6 Tips for a Happy Road Trip with Baby

1. Make sure to pack lots of extra items in the diaper bag and keep it in an easy place to access. Try to keep a portion of the back seat or the back of your van or SUV clear for diaper changes that need to happen when you can’t get to a clean changing table. The Vianetic diaper bag has a built in change pad so you know you have a clean place to easily change baby no matter where you are on the road.

2. Make sure to keep safety your first priority by keeping your little one properly secured into their car seat at all times. To avoid your baby getting overly cranky, build extra time into your trip for stops to get out of the car seat and stretch their little legs. Check out Map of Play, which will allow you to search for local parks and playgrounds near where you are. When you head out on your road trip make sure you dress baby in soft, breathable clothes to ensure they don’t get overheated or uncomfortable.
3. Snacks, snacks and more snacks. If your baby has started to eat solids pack plenty of snacks to fight of any “hangry” tantrums.  Snacks also means bringing lots of wipes and small garbage bags so you can keep your kids and your car somewhat clean on the road. Try this snack container from Ubbi to avoid messes.
4. Make sure you never become a distracted driver on your road trip. Start by packing all your items like snacks and water within arm’s reach. Make sure you have a hands-free device for your phone ready to go before you hit the road. Despite what you may think, avoid using rear view baby mirrors. These mirrors seem like a good idea but every second you are staring at your baby in that mirror means you aren’t looking at the road ahead.

5. If your time on the road interferes with nap time bring items to comfort your baby and help them sleep on the road and keep their schedule. The Marpac Hushh White Sound Machine is portable and offers three sound options to choose from. You can use this to help baby sleep at your destination and while you are on the road.

6. Wipes, wipes and more wipes. On the road wipes will be used for diaper changes, cleaning up after snacks and meals, cleaning your car, wiping messy faces and cleaning up just about any spill that comes so pack lots. Water Wipes are made with 99.9% water so you can feel good about using tons of these.

Happy Travels! xo, Julie

Tuesday Introduction: Devi Ma Yoga

When I first met Kelly and heard her story and inspiration behind Devi Ma I was so intrigued. Devi Ma Yoga is so much more than yoga classes and Kelly brings so much experience and wisdom to each of the classes she teaches. I love the approach and flexibility that expecting and new parents can find at Devi Ma Yoga. Read on to hear more about Kelly’s story and what you will find at Devi Ma.

How long ago did you start Devi Ma Yoga and what inspired you?

Devi Ma Yoga opened in November 2018. It was another step on an amazing journey that began back in 2005 when I first started teaching prenatal yoga and Yoga for Labor and Delivery workshops.

However, I was originally inspired toward this work in the 1990s, as a result of my own experiences during pregnancy while living on the reservation in South Dakota. It was here that I glimpsed the powerful spirituality and traditions of pregnancy and birth which is deeply revered by First Nations people, yet starkly juxtaposed to the lack of services and modern realities of reservation life.

When I began teaching Yoga for Labor and Delivery, I realized just how important it is for women and their partners to know much more about birth, how the body and mind adjusts, options, questions to ask and what to expect. I also realized that a good number of women were not fully receiving this information and feeling “not heard”, dissatisfied with their birth experience, and generally disempowered by the system. I observed many women seeking a more meaningful, informed and even spiritual experience in welcoming their baby. This is when I made it one of my goals to offer classes that not only addressed the physical aspects of birth, but also the profound emotional, mental and spiritual aspects that are often overlooked. In 2006, I was nudged forward in this work yet again as I supported my sister’s birth and caught my niece upon her entry into the world. Since this time, I have supported over 70 births. Most recently, I supported the birth of my daughter-in-law and son, welcoming a new grandson Earth-side. In all of these births, I am always deeply struck by the awesome, innate power of women.

When considering names for my studio I was searching for something that captured this innate and powerful energy. Devi Ma seemed like the perfect name. It is a Sanskrit term meaning “goddess mother” and it represents the inherent abundance, power and creative force of the feminine… at all stages of life.

What types of classes do you offer?

I offer yoga classes that include prenatal and mom & baby yoga. I also offer Yin Goddess yoga which focuses on the deep transformations of peri-meno, menopause and beyond. In addition, a “regular” yoga class called Hatha Elements is on the schedule. This is a traditional yoga and meditation practice for both women and men of all ages. Fertility yoga classes will be on the schedule soon, but privates are available now.

I provide a comprehensive childbirth education series (3 classes) that guide parents-to-be through the last weeks of pregnancy, the entire birth process, and the realities of the first six weeks with baby. One of the unique aspects of my childbirth education series is that you get to choose when you take the classes, how many classes you take, and the order in which you attend. The website has a full description of the classes and my approach/philosophy on birth at: yogadevi.mom

My studio also offers workshops, guest speakers, doula services and doula training as well as yoga teacher trainings at both the basic and graduate levels. The yoga trainings I offer are: 200 hour Basic Yoga Teacher Training, Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, Yin Yoga Teacher Training, and continuing education workshops for yoga teachers, including a course I developed in 2009 called Adapting Asana for Prenatal Yoga Students.

How are your classes unique to the classes at my local hospital or gym yoga classes? Where do your classes take place?

Classes at Devi Ma encompass a traditional yoga practice that goes beyond just the practice of physical yoga poses. In addition to movement, we practice yogic breath, meditation and relaxation techniques that serve as effective tools for birth and beyond. We sing to babies, work on subtle body alignment (chakras), address pelvic floor integrity, changes in breast tissue, discuss tips and resources, and find time to just chat. Classes are designed to nurture the “whole woman” by addressing the profound physical, emotional, mental and spiritual transformations of pregnancy and motherhood. As a seasoned doula, childbirth educator and prenatal/postnatal yoga teacher, I combine all of my skill bases for a more comprehensive and informative class. Beyond the average yoga class, my goal is to guide women in how to trust their body, release trepidation surrounding birth and breastfeeding, and reconnect with their internal wisdom. In this way they can navigate the rapid shifts of pregnancy and motherhood with greater understanding, ease and calm.

What does your daily schedule look like? How do you divide your time and priorities between your kids, your husband, your home and your business?

Most of my classes are held in the mornings, evenings, or weekends. But, when I am on-call as a doula, I never know when (or how long) I will be at a birth. In this way, my schedule is sometimes a moving target. In between classes, I prepare lesson plans, update and write training curriculums, mentor new doulas and yoga teachers, and run a business.

My children are now grown. But, I am mom to a very gregarious and talkative parrot. As any bird parent will tell you, caring for a parrot is very similar to having a small child in terms of the care, daily routine and attention they require. So this is actually the anchor that keeps me centered in maintaining a routine that also includes time for myself and my husband every week.

Is there one piece of baby gear that you tell a new mom she needs to have for breastfeeding?

The Haakaa breast milk collector is great for catching milk that leaks from the opposite breast as you are nursing baby. My daughter-in-law used one and said it best: “This was a lifesaver the first three months, and I built up a good stash just doing this.”

Thanks Kelly!

xo, Julie

Tuesday Introduction: JennV Photography

This Tuesday Introduction is a little different because I have been lucky enough to know Jenn for something like 15 years.  I have long admired her work at JennV Photography and think the photos she takes can become real treasures for families. Jenn is super talented and her work stands out amongst the crowded market of photographers by celebrating the everyday lives of families. She has one of those personalities that just makes you feel comfortable and at ease from the moment you meet her which is a must have when you are inviting someone into your home! 

How long ago did you start JennV Photography and what inspired you?

I started my business 9 years ago. It feels like a lifetime ago and what inspired me then and now are very different. Originally I loved capturing the details of my first born and the magic of everything that was new at the time. I wanted to share that magic with clients and their children. But in a pretty, perfectly posed way. Now I am a documentary family photographer and am inspired to capture moments that show real parents and the genuine love they have for their kids through their every day actions (even in the hard moments!) – whether that’s making pancakes, calming them after a tantrum, or heading to the zoo for a family outing. Parents work SO hard on the daily, and it’s so easy to dismiss it or not even think about it at all because we’re all so busy. I photograph it and celebrate it.

How is your photography different than other photographers?

Plainly put, I capture my clients’ legacy and their real, unposed and unfiltered memories forever. In 30 years their kids will look through an album that shows what a day in their life was like way back when. It’s the most beautiful story they’ll own. It’ll show the real chaos of life with kids, the calmness after Mom kissed their boo boo, and the love that shines through everything their parents did for them when they were young.

What is a tip you can give to a family to get ready for a day of having their photos taken?

Don’t stress! I know it’s cliche and overused but it’s true! Nothing about the day matters except your family being yourself. Even if it’s with a posed portrait photographer. Let your kids get a little wild, let them get away with stuff you ordinarily wouldn’t – you’ll be happy you did when the session is filled with laughter vs. the tension of expecting your kids to sit and smile stiffly for a stranger.

What does your daily schedule look like? How do you divide your time and priorities between your kids, your husband, your home and your business?

Ha! It’s all over the place! I have three kids, the youngest of which is still in preschool so that makes my days a bit choppy. But every morning I am up at 5am and I get two solid hours of work done (and drink allll the coffee!). If I don’t have that consistency and time to myself before my kids wake up I get kind of…grumpy. I also have one full day a week to work without interruption so that helps. I do think the whole work-life balance thing is an illusion though. No woman has it all together and completely figured out. We’re all just swimming along trying to stay afloat, and beating ourselves up when one of the balls we’re juggling while swimming drops. I like to focus on a couple of things that I can do well in a week. Outsource stuff if I can and then choose to let the rest go.

Is there one piece of baby gear that you would tell a new mom she needs to have?

I LOVE a good backpack diaper bag. It was the easiest thing to grab and go when may baby was a baby – and with my third we were always on the go! I recently saw the Birch Bag from Parker Baby on a friend and fell in love. It’s so cute, functional (pockets!), and gets major bonus points for not being feminine- which means Dad’s love it too!

Life with a new baby can seem to move by so quickly so I absolutely love the idea of a documentary family photographer like Jenn coming to capture those early days filled with feedings, diaper changes and sweet baby yawns. To see more of Jenn’s beautiful portfolio and book your documentary day with her head to http://jennvphotography.com or find her on Instagram

xo, Julie

Tuesday Introduction: The Parent Collective

In the last ten years we have learned about a lot of childbirth classes and new parent classes and mom groups but none of them as smart and useful for new families as The Parent Collective!  Jessica Hill co-founded this resource for parents after her own positive experiences in the U.K. We were lucky enough to get a little time with Jessica to learn more about the classes and the community that The Parent Collective offers expecting families.

How long ago did you start The Parent Collective and what inspired you?

I decided to start TPC back in 2016 after hearing from countless friends that they spent their early months and years with their baby feeling lonely and isolated.  Because I was lucky enough to have my boys in the UK and benefit from the NCT, my experience was wildly different, and I wanted to give a similar feeling of support through education to others.  Quite simply – I don’t know how I would have gotten through the early months of my first baby without my village of NCT moms who got me out of the house, listened to me vent when I was struggling, swap strategies for dealing with the latest feeding/sleeping/illness issues that crop up, and filled countless afternoons with conversation and companionship.  Everyone needs that support and I hope that TPC will fill this need.

What types of classes do you offer?

We offer a prenatal class series for expectant parents and after babies arrive, we offer CPR & First Aid classes, postpartum support groups as well as a wide range of workshops and online content developed in response to participant questions.

Our prenatal class, which is our core offering, is a 4-week series and in it, participants will discuss:

Session 1: What to expect in labor and delivery

Session 2: Relaxation techniques to help you through the early stages of labor, options for pain management and C-sections

Session 3: Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding information and advice, including latching on, pumping, milk storage, getting on a feeding schedule, and how to manage problems that may arise

Session 4: Newborn care

How are your classes unique to the classes at my local hospital?

The Parent Collective offers a new style of prenatal class which is designed to provide evidence-based information, foster open, judgment-free discussion and establish friendships among couples living in close proximity and due at the same time. We see ourselves as an alternative to other childbirth education classes and hope that couples taking the series will develop a social network through participation, gather playmates for the little ones on the way and of course, provide that crucial support system that parents so need.

The idea for these classes arose from my experience with having my boys in the UK where they have a prenatal class series called the NCT, or National Childbirth Trust. With these classes, couples register for a series of sessions with a group of couples who are all delivering around the same time and live local to one another. The idea being that along with learning what you need to about labor and caring for your newborn, you are also fostering a support network that will be invaluable to you during this next chapter in your lives.

I am always banging on about how important it is to have friends with babies the same age as yours.  I absolutely realize that it is hard to make friends as adults but with pregnancy as the common thread, it can sometimes be easier.  Mom and dad friends at every stage of the parenthood journey are super helpful, but friends who have kids the same age as yours are essential. No one can fully appreciate the daily trials of a newborn like your friend who is also navigating life with a newborn. From spilling preciously pumped milk to dealing with an explosive poo in-transit (which of course only manifests once you have run out of wipes). When you are in it, these feel like total disasters.  However, these stories will not elicit a visceral “gasp!” from a new parent, but rather a breath of relief as you realize another real person has experienced something similar—like, yesterday.

Parents need this camaraderie so you can enjoy/survive the early days (and hopefully beyond) together. Our classes allow parents to solidify these relationships before babies arrive, so you don’t have to work so hard once they do.  You can already be texting from the hospital about the terrible food and a love you never thought possible.

Where do your classes take place?

We currently host regular classes in Fairfield County, CT, Manhattan, Long Island, NY, Bergen County, NJ and we will very soon be launching in Westchester, NY.

Also, TPC will soon be launching our prenatal series as a webinar.  Watch this space!!

What does your daily schedule look like? How do you divide your time and priorities between your kids, your husband, your home and your business?

My boys are 8 & 10 so I am out of the very busy phase of parenting.  That said, when they get home from school, they still like me enough to want to play with me so I try to work while they are at school and then leave some afternoon time for a basketball game or the standard schlepping from activity to activity.  The juggling act of managing work and home life requires so much mental headspace that I am like a robot in the evening.  I have to power down and I sleep 8 or 9 hours most nights.

Is there one piece of baby gear that you tell a new mom she needs to have?

I would say any baby-wearing apparatus that allows you to move a bit more freely with the bubs in tow.  My youngest was colicky and screamed when he wasn’t being held so I couldn’t do much of anything because I was carrying him everywhere.  Once I figured out the baby wearing thing, it made my life so much easier!!

Thanks Jessica! You can learn more about the classes offered at The Parent Collective here or follow along with them on Instagram.

xo, Julie

One Nursery Closet Three Ways

Having an organized nursery where you can see everything, access everything you need without digging and are able to quickly grab exactly what you need can make a really big difference in your day taking care of baby. Unfortunately, custom closets can be really expensive and not always an option when you are already in investing in all new baby gear and not every space and not every nursery closet is created the same.

Thankfully we discovered a closet system that gives you the feeling of a custom closet but at a much more affordable price. We recently installed a nursery closet using a super versatile (and easy to install) system by Modular Closets.  With Modular Closets you can choose from one of their pre-designed closets based on your closet dimensions or choose from their closet sections to build the closet of your dreams. Once we picked the pieces that would work best for our nursery we utilized their free design services and ended up with the nursery closet that worked perfect in our space!

We loved the end result so much we decided to stock it and style it three ways to show you just how versatile it can be in any nursery space. We chose to go with three hanging sections, a cubby section, three shelves and 4 drawers to ensure we could fit everything we needed for this nursery now and still have room for gifts that would be coming and the next size of clothes and diapering needs.

Gender Neutral 

Styling a gender neutral nursery can be challenging but bringing in neutrals through metallics or natural elements like easy to care for plants can bring the space together. Having different size storage baskets is great in this space for swaddles, extra crib sheets, baby’s towels and toys. In this Modular Closets system we chose to utilize three hanging spaces for carriers, clothes and sleep sacks but we could easily add more shelving in those spaces later if we needed.

Super Feminine Nursery

Creating a super feminine nursery doesn’t mean it has to be all pink or purple but you can add soft baskets or blankets to make the nursery perfect for your little girl. In this space we chose to bring in more books, frame an ultrasound photo and highlight some gifts to make this nursery closet feel more personal.

Shared Big Boy/Baby Room

When your new baby needs to share a room with a big brother or sister it is even more important to have an organized nursery. For this shared space we dedicated half the nursery closet for baby’s items and half the closet for big brother’s items. We left more hanging space for big brother’s clothes and baskets below for toys. For baby’s items we incorporated more storage  baskets on the top shelves and lots of organizers in the drawers.

Right now Modular Closets is offering 15% off your order when you use  code “babynav15”. We love this system so much for how easy it is to install, how high quality the materials are, how versatile it is and great it looks in this space. We can’t wait to see this in more clients’ nurseries!

If you want a full review that includes how we designed and installed this nursery closet you can check out our full video review here.

If you are looking for some of the baskets we used or other products to help organize the nursery check out our Amazon Page here.

Happy Nursery! xo, Julie

Disclosure: Modular Closets provided free product for review. However, all opinions are my own.

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6 Tips to Make Baby’s 1st Holiday Card Splendiferous

It seems like every year the holiday season starts earlier and earlier and I for one am not complaining. I absolutely love this time of year but there is no denying my to-do list gets extra long about right now. As a mom the one holiday task that I have learned you can never start too early is planning for your holiday card! Just think, after you capture the perfect photo you need to choose your  favorite card, personalize your card, accept delivery of your cards, write out all the names and addresses of your friends and family, realize you don’t have enough stamps and head back to the post office (oh wait, is that one just always me?) and then get them in mail in time for the holidays. Check out these 6 tips to ensure your baby’s 1st holiday card is absolutely splendiferous by starting off with that perfect photo:

  1. Your baby’s photo doesn’t have to be taken by a professional. Thanks to the amazing cameras on our phones today you can put your little one somewhere with a lot of natural light and snap away. You can still have beautiful holiday cards without spending a lot on professional photography and no one will notice the difference.

    Minted, “sweet signature”
  2. It is perfectly acceptable to combine this year’s holiday card with your birth announcement (especially if you baby was born in the fall). You can get creative with the title and text on your holiday card while also announcing your baby’s arrival. This is one card people will leave up long after the tree has come down.

    Minted, “little bundle of joy”
  3. Timing can be everything. Even if the hottest photographer in town only has one slot open to take your holiday pics if it is right before nap-time or during feeding time you have to find someone else. Find a time where you know baby will be content for up to 30 minutes (hint, the morning usually works really well for this if you can get everyone ready) so baby is happy and so are you.

    Minted, “delicate boughs”
  4. Put baby in comfortable clothes and don’t overdue the props. It can be tempting to put baby in a brand new outfit and shoes and a jacket and a headband or a cute holiday hat. However, just like you wouldn’t be happy taking a photo in an itchy holiday sweater, baby might not be happy in fancy clothes or under a bunch of props. Look for seasonal clothing that is soft and comfortable like baby is used to everyday.

    Minted, “big bright joy”
  5. Your baby doesn’t need to be awake and smiling. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to have baby looking right at the camera or smiling or even awake. After all, sleeping babies don’t cry and you might even be able to get a little more creative with your pic while baby happily sleeps.

    Minted, “most wonderful time”
  6. Don’t stress it and don’t hesitate to get in the photo! Everyone who receives your card is going to be so happy to see your little one and they won’t notice any little things in the picture that you might wish were different. The first holiday season with your new baby is a very special time and you will be happy you and your partner jumped in the picture when you look back on this time. Enjoy it!
    Minted, “winter bright”

    Bonus Tip #7 – Check out Minted for your holiday card! Minted has so many beautiful options that are unique and created by independent artists. Whether you need a Christmas card, Hanukkah card, holiday birth announcement card, New Years card or general holiday card, Minted has beautiful, on-trend designs to meet your needs. I love, love that I can upload my own perfect photo and then browse the Minted catalog with my picture in the designs. This year I was super excited to see their all new Vellum overlay holiday cards and the luxurious dimension the translucent vellum adds to the card (this is the top contender for my family holiday card this year)!

Happy Holidays! xo, Julie

This post is sponsored by Minted but the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Moving to Solids

One of the stages that I can remember being most confused and concerned about when my oldest son (who is now 10) was a baby was transitioning to solid food. I was so unsure how to start, when to start, what gear I needed to start and what exactly I should be feeding him. The one thing that I did know for sure was that I wanted him to have real fruits and veggies and not a lot of fillers.

This was such a big step for me that we decided to feed him his first puree at Christmas with our whole family there (I even got him a special Santa bib). He absolutely loved the bright orange carrot puree and went on to be an amazing little eater but I never stopped worrying about what was in the food that I was feeding him or his little brother and sister.

Now when I am working with clients and we are picking out high chairs, bibs and feeding sets I am also really excited to be able to recommend Beech-Nut® Naturals™. Beech-Nut® Naturals™ is a line of baby food purees that is inspired by homemade, made with real fruits and real veggies.

How many times have you been in your grocery store and looked at a label and you weren’t able to pronounce many of the ingredients? With Beech-Nut® Naturals™ that isn’t the case because each jar is made only with simple, 100% natural ingredients.

We love that Beech-Nut® Naturals™ is accessible and available right in our local grocery store and that it is something that parents can easily grab to feed their babies and feel great about it! Beech-Nut® Naturals™ is really simply real food for babies™!

When your doctor advises your baby is ready (typically around 4 months) to start solids you can pick up the Stage 1 which are simple single ingredient jars such as:

  • Just Sweet potatoes
  • Just Apples
  • Bananas
  • Just Carrots
  • Just Green Beans
  • Just Butternut Squash
  • Prunes

Once your baby has conquered Stage 1 you can move to the Stage 2 (typically around 6 months) which  introduces perfect pairings of two or more foods:

  • Just Pear & Blueberry
  • Banana Orange Pineapple
  • Just Apple & Kale
  • Apple & Pumpkin
  • Just Sweet Corn & Green Beans
  • Just Carrot, Corn & Pumpkin
  • Just Spinach, Zucchini & Peas
  • Apple, Cinnamon & Granola

Have you started solid foods with your baby yet? If so, what was the food you chose as your baby’s first food?

xo, Julie

This post is sponsored by Beech-Nut® Naturals™ but the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

News from ABC Kids Expo 2018…Baby Gear Coming Soon!

This week in Las Vegas is the ABC Kids Expo 2018 which is the chance for juvenile brands to showcase their latest and greatest products. This is also the chance for retailers, the general baby gear community and baby gear nerds like me to see what will be coming out later this year and in 2019. This is where the most innovative baby gear launches and we get to see the latest trends in baby gear. Below are just a few of our favorite baby gear products that are coming out of ABC (be sure to come back as we update this post through October 11th):

nuna cudl

(Image credit: Nuna)

From the brand that brought us the Leaf and changed the way we looked at bouncers and the uber popular Nuna Pipa infant car seats comes their latest innovation with the Nuna Cudl Baby Carrier.  The Cudl is 3-in-1 carrier (front facing inward, front facing outward, back) with an integrated infant booster so there is no need for a seperate infant insert. The padded shoulder straps feature magnetic buckles to ensure super easy and secure closures. A storage pouch, built in hood and two infant bibs make this carrier easy for parents to use! (Available early 2019)

Uppababy knox

(Image Credit: Car Seats for the Littles)

The UPPABaby Vista and Cruz changed the game when it came to strollers and have had the competition chasing them for years. The UPPABaby Mesa has been a popular infant car seat for parents to use seamlessly with the Vista but now UPPAbaby is bringing us the next step with the UPPABaby Knox Convertible car seat. We don’t have too many details yet but we do know it features visual confirmation that the car seat is installed correctly, a nine position no-rethread hardness and a multi-directional tether. The Knox will be available in four fashions. (Available Summer 2019)

clek liing

(Image Credit: Clek)

Clek is known for their innovation in safety, fabrics and fashions when it comes to convertible seats and booster seats so we have anxiously been awaiting their latest announcement that they are launching an infant car seat. The Clek Liing is suitable for babies from 4-35 lbs, weighs 9 lbs, offers a European belt path and a load leg.  (Available February 2019)

Halo DreamNest

(Image Credit: Halo)

Halo has always been a leader in sleep safety and now they are offering a product that is not only for safe sleep but also may help babies and parents get more sleep. The Halo DreamNest 3-in-1 grows with your child from a rocking bassinet, to portable crib to travel cot. It features an open air sleep system with breathable mesh mattress and the EasySway rocker attachment allows you to gently soothe your baby to sleep. The bassinet attachement and EasySway rocker attachment work with your baby up to 15 pounds. (Available January 2019)

silver cross coast

The Silver Cross Coast is the latest in the single to double stroller game! The Coast is lighter and more streamlined than the Wave by Silver Cross which will have a lot of new parents celebrating. With the addition of the tandem seats and car seat adapters (it is currently compatible with Maxi Cosi, Nuna and Cybex) there are 17 total configurations. With the Coast you still get all the beauty and manufacturing expertise that Silver Cross brings. This stroller has a black frame with black chrome features and a textured fabric including an ombre seat fabric. Bassinet Included. (Available for pre-order now)

Ergobaby Cool Air Mesh Omni 360 Review

October 1 – 7th, 2018 is International Baby Wearing which is a week-long opportunity to celebrate, promote and advocate for the many benefits of baby wearing. From slings, to wraps to soft-structured carriers there are products at all price points and fashions that make baby wearing work for all types of families. You can grab one of our favorites (as well as a few great accessories) here!

There are so many proven benefits to baby wearing…

  • Strengthens the bond between you and baby
  • Allows you to get things done hands free (BIG bonus if you have older kids)
  • Reduces infant crying!!!
  • Aids in baby’s physical and emotional development
  • Promotes early language development

If we had to name one winner in the soft-structured carrier game this week it would be the all new Ergobaby Omni Cool Air Mesh 360! Thanks to the comfy, personalized fit and cool mesh fabric you can carry baby and be hands free longer. It is super easy to switch baby from facing in to facing out thanks to the quick sliders. The Ergobaby Omni Cool Air Mesh 360 works with your newborn at 7lbs up to your toddler at 45lbs and requires no infant insert. Check out our full video review…

Happy Carrying! xo, Julie

 

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4 Steps to Dressing Your Body Post Baby

Congratulations, your baby has arrived and mommyhood has taken you by the reigns. You have so much to focus on that getting dressed should be the least of your worries! Here are a four  simple tips to help as you start to dress your ever changing postpartum body:

Boob Fast Food T-Shirt Bra
  1. Be sure you’re wearing the right size undergarments! Get fitted to find your true bra size and keep those girls up. Don’t be afraid of going up in underwear size either.  Your new body is temporary and the point is to feel comfortable and have the perfect fit. Your clothes will feel and look better if the foundation underneath is solid! Trust me.

    Hatch, The Classic White
  2. Bodies don’t just spring back once baby is out, sadly. Maternity clothes will still be your friend over the next couple months, and that’s OK! In fact, it’ll be flattering, especially your maternity jeans. If nursing, you’ll also want to invest in some nursing friendly tops for ease and to be sure you are comfortable. As always, mixing and matching maternity and regular clothes according to what fits your body best is effective outfit planning.

    Ingrid & Isabel Essentials Cozy Wrap
  3. Layers add effortless style, create a shapely figure, provide warmth (for you and baby) and can make nursing in public a breeze. Cargo/leather/denim jackets, cardigans or scarves are great examples. Blanket scarves are super cozy for winter months and lightweight scarves are great for summer months. These even double up as blankets or sun shields if ever in a pinch! #winning

    Chewbeads Perry Necklace
  4. Lastly, and my favorite, are pops of color. Lots of new moms (even non-moms) can be self-conscious about their mid-section. Sticking to dark colors around wherever you’re uncomfortable and drawing attention to accessories with a bolder color for your earrings, shoes, lip gloss or manicure are fabulously fun distractions!

At the end of the day, you’re in survival mode keeping both you and baby comfortable. Plan ahead with some basics for you that make throwing on an outfit effortless. You’d be surprised at how looking pulled together and even getting a compliment from a stranger can really boost your mood.

Angela is a personal stylist and CT mom of 3 who loves helping women look and feel their best. Through her mindful services, she intends to get to the root of your true style so that you can confidently express your inner beauty on the outside too. Whether it’s a closet edit, in-person shopping session, wardrobe restyling out of your own closet, or virtual styling, her mission is to simplify your wardrobe goals and to guide you to effortlessly expressing your own unique fashion sense. Check her out at Styling Seed