Top 3 Expert Baby Bump Styling Tips

You’re pregnant! Congratulations and welcome to this amazing next chapter of your life.  As your baby grows, so do you and getting dressed can become frustrating, to say the least. That uncomfortable stage where it’s not yet an obvious baby bump and potentially just some extra weight around the waistline can leave you feeling frumpy, which isn’t good for anybody. Sometimes, women prefer to not invest in maternity style because it’s a temporary stage for your body, but if it negatively affects how you feel daily, keep reading to learn how a good outfit can boost your mood.

A Pea in the Pod Joe’s Secret Fit Belly Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans

1. To start, you can get away with your regular threads, leaning towards leggings, flowy or asymmetrical tops, over-sized shirts, jeans expanded by your elastic hair-tie, maybe a bra adjuster to expand your bra. But once that gets uncomfortable, I highly recommend finding the right pair of maternity jeans. Trust me, you won’t want to get out of them! (And you’ll be sporting them post-baby too.) Don’t make the mistake of buying regular clothes a size up because maternity lines stay true to your size and fit in flattering ways to show off your baby bump. Stick to the color and patterns that appeal to you and make that belly your greatest accessory!

Old Navy Maternity Bodycon Scoop-Neck Dress

2. Shopping maternity doesn’t need to break the bank. H&M, Old Navy (the above dress is only $20!), Target, and ASOS all carry fun styles that are budget friendly. If you’re into designer brands, A Pea in the Pod, Isabella Oliver, Nordstrom, and Hatch always have a solid selection for both quality and fit. You’ll definitely get plenty of wear out of your maternity clothes, plus maybe miles for another pregnancy, handing down to a good friend, or even consignment.

Ingrid & Isabel at Nordstrom

3. Not everything needs to be maternity! Wisely mix and match. A fabulous way to elevate a simple maternity dress is to wear it with your chic blazer, leather or denim jackets…no need to zip up! You could even wear a dress with a cool pair of sneakers for comfort and style. In addition, make the most of bold accessories to glam up any plain outfit. Accessories always fit, right?! Whether you’re wearing all black, colors, floral, or stripes, be sure you’re comfortable because true beauty shines with confidence.

If you’re still feeling stuck, create a Pinterest board to figure out a style you love. Or hire a personal stylist to get you through it by really digging into your closet and doing the legwork of shopping. Pregnant women are glowing and gorgeous. Try your best to embrace it!

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

Best St. Patrick’s Day Baby Gear (and some for mom too)

On St. Patrick’s Day we are all a little bit Irish! We have selected our favorite green gear to make sure you and baby are safe from pinches. And as a bonus we found all these on Amazon and they are all available with Prime so you can be sure they will arrive on time!

From cribs to bibs and everything in between check out our list of more than 35 green products on our Amazon Influencer page HERE! Don’t wait…some of these items are selling out quickly!

xo, Julie


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Stylish (and Still Safe) Baby Proofing Products

Safety is always a priority but over the month of September it gets extra attention because it is Baby Safety Month. Baby gear and making sure parents know how to use baby gear safely is a real passion for me but safety doesn’t end there. There are a lot less glamorous things to talk about when it comes to safety (and yes, toilet locks are on that list). Check out the below for some of our favorite baby  gear products that are super safe and functional but also come with a look that you won’t mind:

  1. Puj Snug Spout Cover – This ultra soft, flexible and mildew resistant spout cover will not only keep your little one safe in the tub but its modern design will keep you and baby happy.
  2. Qdos Crystal Gate – Made with professional acrylic and tested to meet the most rigorous safety standards, the Qdos Crystal Gate brings a contemporary modern design to match the beauty of your home.
  3. West Elm Walton Ottoman – Instead of constantly worrying about your little one bumping into the corners of your coffee table go for something softer. The Walton Ottoman offers a double padded cushion and is big enough for your coffee table needs or to just put your tired feet up.
  4. Rhoost Table Corner Guards – Whether you need to protect your little walker against the edges of your kitchen countertops, your dining room table or your coffee table the Rhoost Corner Guards will adjust to fit and won’t damage your furniture by using adhesive.
  5. Safety Baby Self-Closing Outlet Cover – These covers will fully replace your outlet covers to ensure the utmost safety while also leaving you without plugs all over your house.
  6. Little Nomad Playmat – These non-toxic foam mats are made with interlocking 2 x 2 tiles to create a beautiful surface that is safe for baby to roll and play while looking amazing in your home.

xo, Julie

Note: These items are only a small list of the items you need to fully baby proof your home and does not cover everything needed to keep baby safe. Always follow manufacturers directions and if needed hire a professional baby proofer. 

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5 Tips For Helping Your Toddler Prepare For a New Baby

For the baby of the family, it can be an adjustment when a new baby is going to be joining the family. Confusion, jealousy, and even some acting out can be normal when you bring a new member into the family but with some planning, you can make it easier.

  1. Tell your toddler a couple months before baby is due. While your toddler may overlook your weight gain it is helpful to explain it to them. Let your toddler get used to the idea. Encourage your child to talk to the baby in your belly and feel it move. The more your toddler bonds with the baby before the birth the easier things will be when you bring baby home.
  2. Help your child understand what a new baby is. Toddlers that have not had much experience with babies will need a little help understanding. Point out babies while you are out of the house, read books to your toddler about babies, and answer questions your little one may be capable of expressing to you.
  3. Buy your baby a baby doll. Explain to your child that while mama takes care of the new baby they have a big job of taking care of their new baby. While waiting for the big day use the baby doll to teach your child how to hold and cuddle and be gentle with the baby.
  4. Ask your toddler for help prepare for the new baby. Allow your little one to feel involved in decisions like picking paint for the nursery. Your toddler may love to draw a picture that would be framed for the wall. If transitioning your toddler to a big kid bed so you can use the crib start early so it is not a big shock when baby arrives and the crib has a new occupant.
  5. Get your toddler a gift from the baby. A gift for your toddler the day the new baby arrives is a great way to make them feel important and prepare them for the next few months where the baby will be very needy. Children see this small gesture as a sign that they are still loved even though they are not the baby of the family anymore.

Anything that you did with your toddler to prepare them for a new baby?

Baby Products New Parents DO NOT Need

Choosing the gear that you will add to your baby registry can be a fun and exciting process but realizing the amount of baby gear available can become quickly overwhelming. While you want to make sure you have all the essentials you also don’t want to end up with a bunch of stuff that you don’t need and won’t use. Check out the list below of the items you can skip so you can focus on the baby gear products that are going to be best for your family.

Wipe warmer. While it can be enticing to think that you are buying something that would keep your little one’s bottom nice and warm and make them more comfortable a wipe warmer just isn’t necessary. First of all, wipe warmers aren’t portable so you don’t want to get baby used to only warm wipes and then have to change their diaper on the go and use regular out of the package wipes. There are also several wipe warmers on the market that will actually dry out your wipes and with each pack you put in you will end up throwing a quarter of them in the garbage. Stick to storing packs of wipes in a great organizer along with all the diapers and creams.

Crib bumpers and bulky bedding sets. Not only do you not need crib bumpers or any other bulky bedding it is a danger that you simply shouldn’t use. The state of Maryland, the city of Chicago and other US cities have actually banned the sale of crib bumpers because there are so dangerous to infants. Bedding sets often come with a quilt that you also should not put in the crib and a diaper stacker that no one actually stores diapers in. Stick to a tightly fitting crib sheet and if you are looking for a little more décor on the crib you can always add a crib skirt.

Baby walkers. These products are often marketed to parents as something that will help babies learn to walk but the opposite is actually true. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests parents do not use walkers because they actually discourage babies to learn to walk and they are dangerous. This one might seem like a fun toy for baby and a way to give baby some independence but they are dangerous as babies can fall down stairs or reach dangerous items while in them. Stick to a stationary exersaucer but limit the use to 15 minutes each session.

Car seat mirrors. You may think buying a car seat mirror will help keep your baby safe because you can keep an eye on them while you are in the car. However, you simply don’t need a car seat mirror because it actually takes your eyes off the road which is where they should be at all times. Driving the car with a crying baby, laughing baby or baby throwing things can be distracting enough that you don’t need to buy something else to make you even more distracted. Stick to only using products with your baby’s car seat that are manufactured by the same manufacturer as the car seat.

Movement monitors or wearable baby monitors. Unless you know that your child is going to be coming home after a stay in the NICU, will be born small or will have a medical issue you don’t need a movement monitor or a wearable monitor that tracks things like your baby’s oxygen level or heart rate. New parents have a lot of things to think about and worry about and adding these things can simply drive parents crazy especially by giving data that will just increase anxiety. Stick to a great video monitor with features such as pan and zoom and a great night vision camera.

Did you buy anything for your first baby that you never used?

xo, Julie




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Amazon Prime Day 2017 – Deals on Maternity and Baby Products

Tomorrow (actually it starts tonight at 9pm EST) is like Christmas in July…it is Amazon Prime day! First and foremost, in order to take advantage of the amazing deals that will be happening during this 30 hours of deals you have to be an Amazon Prime member. You can even just start with a 30-day trial which you can do here. As a busy mom, I can’t imagine not taking advantage of Amazon Prime…in addition to the free two day shipping, we love the free movie selections and I have just switched to using Amazon for the unlimited photo storage.

But as great as Amazon Prime Day is it can also be overwhelming combing through all the deals! So…check back here throughout the day where I will be posting as many great deals on products that we love that I can find. I am hoping for lots of great deals on all things baby gear!

First, sign up for Prime and then check back here for all the great deals on all things maternity and baby!!

1. Amazon Echo Dot – this may not seem like an obvious baby item but it is so great for the nursery. The Echo can be used for a timer, to make your shopping lists hands free while you are nursing baby and even play white noise for baby to go to sleep. Prime Day Deal for only $34.99

2. Quinny Buzz Xtra 2.0 – this stroller is amazing for the fashion forward family on the go! It is a single stroller that is super easy to fold and has all-terrain, never go flat tires! I love the fabrics on the stroller and this deal is amazing! Normally $599.99 but the Prime Day Deal is for only $209-$319 (depending on the color). This one won’t last so I would get this one fast!

3. Spray Pal and Cloth Diaper Sprayer Bundle – if you are a cloth diapering family there is no doubt you need the Spray Pal!! Prime Day Deal for only $59.96.  UPDATE – SOLD OUT
4. Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One (Denim Gray) – This is one of our favorite 4-position carriers and it does NOT require an infant insert! Prime Day Deal only $111.03 (normally $189.95) UPDATE – SOLD OUT but price is only back up to $121.59 which is still 36% off!

5. Skip Hop Bath Toys & Accessories – Skip Hop definitely makes some of our fav products because they are well made, smart (yes that means easy for parents to use) and easy to clean.

The Moby bath Kneeler is normally $16 but with the Prime Day Deal you get an extra 20% off at checkout.



Moby Bath Tear-Free Waterfall Rinser is already on sale for $8.00 and with the Prime Day Deal you get an extra 20% off at checkout.


The Moby Bath Spout Cover Universal Fit is already  on sale for $10.40 and with the Prime Day Deal you get an extra 20% off at checkout.


Dunck Stacking Bath Toys are normally $7.00 but with the Prime Day Deal you get an extra 20% off at checkout. 
6. Ingrid & Isabel Pleated Tank Maternity Dress – this is one of our absolute favorite maternity dresses. It is perfect for summer and looks great on ANY size. You can dress this up or down throughout your pregnancy. Normally $100 and it is already on sale for $88 but then with the Prime Day Deal you get an extra 30% off at checkout! 

7. LILLEbaby 3-1 CarryOn All Seasons Toddler Carrier (Black) – This is an amazing toddler carrier that will allow you to carry your child up to 60 pounds! This carrier has a ton of padding so it is super comfy for parents but also has a temperature control panel to ensure your toddler is comfy as well. Normally $169.99 but with this Prime Day Deal it is only $126.99. UPDATE – NO LONGER AVAILABLE

8. GB Pockit Stroller– Yes, that is right…the stroller that has the Guinness World Record for the smallest fold, weights only 9.5 lbs and will fit in the overhead bin (it will probably fit right in your backpack) is in on this deal too! You can use this stroller from 6-months up until your child is 55 lbs. Normally $179.95 but you can get this amazing little stroller for $135 with this Prime Day Deal!  UPDATE – Only Capri Blue and Posh Pink available at Prime Deal price.

9. Baby Bjorn Cradle – This is a favorite of so many of our clients. This beautiful cradle is soft and breathable and offers a gentle rocking/bouncing motion for your baby. The materials are fully washable and weighing in at only 13 pounds it can be moved around your house. This can be used from birth up until 6 months. Normally $349.95 but you can get this beauty for $223 with the Prime Day Deal. UPDATE – SOLD OUT

10. Diono Rainier All-In-One Convertible Car Seat (Black Mist) – This car seat will grow with your baby from birth to booster: rear-facing from 5-50 lbs., forward-facing from 20-90 lbs. in a five-point harness, and booster mode from 50-120 lbs. (up to 57″ tall). This is ideal for parents who don’t want to use an infant seat in the beginning and/or for parents of multiples who might be looking for a more narrow convertible seat. This seat is already on sale for $264.74 and then with the Prime Day Deal you get another 20% off at checkout! 

11. ezpz Mini Mat – One-piece silicone placemat + plate (Coral) – if you have ever used the ezpz or even seen the demonstration you know why it has its name and why it is a must have in toddler feeding. Prime Day Deal for $15.96 (and you better hurry because this won’t last). 

12. BOB Revolution Flex 2016 (Single and Duallie) Red -BOB is the leader in jogging strollers and for good reason. The state of the art suspension and air filled tires make this a smooth ride no matter the terrain. The Flex offers an adjustable handlebar and the seat padding ensures baby is comfy for your long runs. With the Prime Day Deal both the Single and Duallie are 20% off. 
13. BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft (Black/Gray, Mesh) – This is one of our favorite bouncy seats because it is super light weight so you can easily move it from room to room and if company is coming over it lays flat and you can slid it under the couch. Baby will love it because the mesh keeps them cool and with a simple kick of their legs they will make themselves bounce. Already on sale for $168.78 this is going to be an even better deal with the Prime Day Deal goes live at 11:40!  UPDATE – SOLD OUT
14. Project Nursery Parent + Baby Smartband (Black) – Think of your Fitbit but now think of it also holding all the info that you need to keep track of fetal movements and doctor appointments too. Once you have baby you can keep track of diaper changes, naps and feedings! This is a must have for a modern parent. Already on sale for $79.99 and for this Prime Day Deal it is down to $69.99 which is 53% off the original price! 

15. Rubbermaid Storage – I realize this also isn’t a baby product but a baby definitely comes with a lot of stuff and a lot of that stuff they quickly outgrow and you will want to store….and storage can be expensive. These big rubbermaid storage containers are already on sale for $19.11 and with the Prime Day Deal you get another 20% off at checkout. 

16. Ergobaby 360 (Dewy Grey) – This is Ergo’s only 4 position carrier and it works from 12 pounds up until 33 pounds. This carrier will ensure your baby is in the right position and that you are super comfortable carrying. Normally $159.00 with the Prime Day Deal it is only $128.00. 
17. Mustela Newborn Arrival Gift Set – Whether you already use Mustela on your own little one or need a gift for an upcoming baby shower, grabbing this for 30% is a great deal. Prime Day Deal for only $31.49. (This one is going FAST)
18. Summer Infant Pop N’ Play Portable Playard – This is a great option for trips to the beach or park this summer. This is super easy to set up and take down which makes it ideal for travel. Prime Day Deal for only $43.99. 
19. Dr. Brown’s Options Bottle, 4 Ounce (4 pack) – Bottles can be surprisingly expensive, especially when you realize how many you need so I would hurry and grab this deal on 4 bottles by Dr. Browns. We love these bottles because they remove more air than any other bottle but if you don’t have a gassy baby and that isn’t a concern you can remove the inner tube for easier cleaning. Prime Day Deal for $18.39. 

NOTE – don’t be tempted to grab a deal on something you don’t need or really want! The deals are great but you do not want a house full of baby gear you don’t use and doesn’t really work for your family!




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5 Latest and Greatest Baby Gear Videos

Did you know that weekly (okay…so recently I missed some weeks but I really try weekly) we are uploading video gear reviews over on YouTube? Check out our 5 most recent videos below and then subscribe over at YouTube so you don’t miss any more! Then, be sure to check back each Wednesday for our latest baby gear review video.

  1. Gather Leather Mats

2. Angelcare Wireless Baby Movement Monitor

3. Micuna Ovo Highchair

4. Silikids Silicone Tableware

5. Diaper Caddy

6 Ways to Find Energy During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can zap energy from you leaving you wondering how you will make it through the day let alone finish everything on your to-do list. Add the fact that many of us have to make a major cut in our caffeine intake during pregnancy and the struggle gets worse. The good news is that you can fight it and find energy during your pregnancy.

This may sound obvious but plan ahead for a full nights sleep. You will wake up for a lot of trips to the bathroom and in the third trimester rolling over can become an Olympic sport. In the the end, it is vital that you take the time to go to bed early so that you will have a full nights sleep even if you are up repeatedly. Ideally, you need an hour earlier than normal to make up for lost time. To help with night wakings create a relaxing bedtime routine and cut off fluids early in the evening.

Start the day out right with a healthy energizing meal. Natural energy boosters like orange juice are a great addition to your breakfast. Planning a breakfast that will give you energy with plenty of filing protein is a great way to give your body an early morning energy boost without having to reach for coffee.

Plan your daytime snacks. Energy wanes and, let’s face it, pregnancy makes you hungry. Planning daily snacks helps you make it through the day and stops you from grabbing high carb or high sugar snacks that will send you crashing rather than give you the true fuel you need to keep you going.

Give energy boosting essential oils a try. Orange and lemon essential oils are invigorating and can help give you the pep in your step you need to make it through the day. Aromatherapy jewelry is great for keeping these handy for you to enjoy the fragrance all day long.

To help your body fight off tiredness you will find regular workouts go a long way. Even if all you can manage is a stroll around the park it will help give you a boost of energy and keep your body healthy and ready for the big day when it needs all the strength it can get. If you need something really low impact, swimming is an amazing workout you can enjoy that will take pressure off your back and hips giving you pain relief that goes a long way to making your day easier.

Don’t be afraid to take a nap. Creating an entire human can be exhausting and if you find yourself in need of a nap look for a comfy place and take advantage. You earned it.

xo, Julie

Your Questions. Our Expert Answers.

I have been so, so excited to get this going and it is now LIVE! Over the last 6 years there have been so many times where I have spoken with people that just felt stuck or really confused on one area of their registry. They couldn’t decide between a few strollers or they couldn’t figure out which high chair to get or they were traveling and had no idea which gear was best for travel. Sound familiar?

Ask an expert is an opportunity for you to get swift, real, unbiased information from me without needing to do a full baby planning package!

How does it work?

1. Submit your question in the form on the Ask An Expert page. Definitely give some background info to your question and this will allow me to give you more personalized product recommendations).
2. Submit your question and simply pay $10 for expert review and advice. Honestly $10 is nothing to ensure that you get the right product that is going to work for your family.
3. You will receive the answer to your question within 18 hours but most likely less than that as I want to get you the info that you need as quick as I can.
4. You are able to ask one follow-up question at no cost to ensure you have all the info you need.

Whether you are stuck while building your registry or realized you are in need of something once you have baby home we can help!

I wish I could help every new parent I meet or see in a baby store. Sharing the information that I know and helping parents navigate the vast world of baby gear is honestly what drives me. I truly want every parent to enjoy their pregnancy and not feel any stress over all the other stuff that comes with a baby!

Head to Ask an Expert now and ask away!

xo, Julie