Baby Talk: Kristen Bell

by Melissa Goldstein

Actress Kristen Bell is nothing if not versatile: whether channeling morality-light management consultant Jeannie Van Der Hooven in her satirical Showtime series House of Lies, sending up starlets as a self-obsessed actress in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, or launching a pop culture catchphrase merely by uttering Gossip Girl's infamous "xoxo." And of course, who could forget the character that started it all: the unsinkable teenage private eye Veronica Mars, who will be given the big-screen treatment in an upcoming feature film, thanks to Bell's Kickstarter fundraising efforts with series creator Rob Thomas. But it's her role as mum to one-month-old baby girl Lincoln with her fiancé, actor Dax Shepard, that may be her most demanding. We asked the irresistible funny girl, who will reprise her hosting duties for the CMT Music Awards on June 5, to fill us in on the must-haves she holds dear.    

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SENEGALESE STORAGE BASKETS These baskets are a must-have for cleaning up kids' toys. From $68, Serena and Lily PUNCH KITE CRIB SHEET I found tons of ideas for my nursery at Serena and Lily. I especially love the Punch Kite Crib Sheet. $36, Serena and Lily
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ANIMAL PRINTS BY SHARON MONTROSE I hung these prints in the nursery and they look amazing. There are so many to choose from, and every time I look at them I smile. From $25, The Animal Print Shop ROOM AND BOARD DRESSER I searched for a dresser that was classic enough to convert from a changing table to an adult dresser--for when she's older. I settled on this solid wood Room and Board piece, which fits the bill perfectly. $2099, Room and Board
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BRAIN RULES Hands-down the best thing I have read about having a kid. It's an easy read, with 50 years of scientific evidence collected in one book that tells you what to do before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and through your child's first five years. $12, Amazon MOBILES BY JIKITS These are far and away the cutest, most creative baby mobiles I've seen. They are all handmade, so no two are exactly the same. And you can customise any theme you like! From $49, Etsy
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4MOMS MAMAROO SEAT This seat doesn't vibrate like your average baby seat--it mimics natural movements by bouncing up and down, and swaying side to side, just like parents do when comforting babies. And it comes in six adorable fabrics. $200, Shop4Moms HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK DVD Every single one of my friends with children said they could not have done it without this DVD. It's the easiest and best way to soothe a crying baby. It's magic. $27, Happiest Baby

  Photograph: Ari Michelson/August 

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