Swimsuit Guide: For Expecting Moms, New Moms & Babies

Moms, your bodies are miracles. Seriously, the ability to bring life into this world is amazing, and there is absolutely no shame in any part of the process of pregnancy, including the changes your body goes through. That being said, change in general is simply uncomfortable. Just like a new haircut that takes time to get used to, you might not feel like yourself for a while during pregnancy and after you give birth as notice the changes in your body, especially in a swimsuit where the changes are more visible. Begin embracing your strong, changed body by jumping right back into your usual hobbies and activities, including spending time at the pool or beach in the summer. Here are some very cute and functional swimsuits for pregnant moms, new moms, and those perfect little babies your incredible body just created.

Maternity Swimsuits

This suit from Nordstrom is timeless, with its classic black silhouette, supportive bust and stretchy ruching. This will be your go-to suit during pregnancy, and would also be flattering for your postpartum body!

 

This wrap tankini from Target features ruching and a removable strap for comfort and style! And that royal blue color is gorgeous!

 

If you already have a bikini or tankini top that you love, these foldover maternity bottoms from Nordstrom are perfect to adapt your current swimwear to your current body.

 

This high-neck one-piece from Target is everything. When you need that extra coverage to feel secure, the recent high-neck trend is your best friend.

 

Draped tops create the perfect silhouette for pregnant women, and give you more room to move without tight material. This crochet tankini from Target is a winner.

 

Postpartum Swimsuits

This high-waisted bikini with a draped, flowy top is perfect for that postpartum, recovery time. It’s flattering and stylish with plenty of coverage. Get it on Amazon here. 

The perfect postpartum tankini: maternity AND nursing friendly, adjustable straps, and two color options. What more could you want? Get it on Amazon here.

 

Swimdresses are a great option for postpartum swimwear to achieve comfort, security, and coverage. We love these swimdresses on Amazon, and can’t decide on our favorite color combo. What’s yours?

 

Have you ever seen anything as cute as this bow swimdress? We can’t get over the bow detail, the flared skirt, and the accentuated waist that makes this the perfect postpartum swimwear. Get it on Amazon here.

 

 

Baby Swimsuits

Boys

This print is adorable, and your little guy will be the most stylish guy at the pool in these from H&M.RuggedButts sells exclusively baby boy clothes, and their swimwear is unbearably cute. Check out these geometric plaid swim shorts, we can’t get enough of them!

 

The contrast print on these shorts are to die for, and at only $10 it’s Target for the win again!

 

Keep little mister safe from the sun with the coordination rash guard/swim short combo, also from Target.

 

 

Girls

Ruffles and polka dots are staples for baby girl fashion. This swimsuit from H&M has them both.

 

Stars, stripes, and bows. A rashguard/swim bottoms combo for your patriotic baby girl this summer. Get it from Target here. 

 

RuffleButts (the girl version of RuggedButts) has the most adorable seersucker peplum swimsuit for baby girls that you’ve ever seen. And you can choose to add your baby’s initials if you want.

 

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Smart Nursery Trends for 2017

Smart nurseries are a growing tech trend. From smart cribs to video monitors, we’ve rounded up five must-have smart nursery trends for your consideration.

Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera (from $190)
This camera works in harmony with an accompanying app, which you download after the camera is plugged in. One of the great things about the Nest is that it has a built-in speaker and microphone, so you can talk and listen through the app. The night vision capabilities are comprehensive, and you receive 24/7 live video in 1080p HD. You also get a free trial of Nest Aware, which allows you to record the video feed and store it in the cloud.

Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale ($129)
The Hatch Grow Smart Changing Pad features a plastic base, with a foam top and safety belt, that is comfortable and wipeable, so no changing pad cover is required. It is designed to track your baby’s weight, feeding amounts and diaper changes, and does do through an app that is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

SNOO Smart Sleeper ($1,160)
This basinet is designed for babies from newborn to six months, or until your baby can get up on her hands and knees. You place your baby in a fixed swaddle position, which keeps her on her back, and if your baby begins to cry, the SNOO respond with white noise and gentle motions that mimic the womb, to ensure that your baby gets her best sleep.

Naya Smart Breast Pump ($999)
The Naya Smart Breast Pump boasts patent-pending HydroComfort Technology that uses water instead of air to gently massage and help express milk more efficiently and quickly. Its rechargeable battery lasts up to 180 minutes, which equates to about two days of pumping for most women. You can also pair it with the free Naya Health Tracker, which will automatically track your pumping sessions, milk supply and daily and weekly stats. It is composed of fewer parts than traditional pumps, is lightweight and comes with all of the accessories you’ll need for successful pumping.

Owlet Baby Monitor ($249.99)
It goes without saying that the Owlet Baby monitor is an innovative and useful addition to any smart nursery. Its comfortable sock uses pulse oximetry technology to track your infant’s heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep. The Owlet is designed to sound an alert if your child’s heart rate goes too high or too low, as well as if their oxygen levels dip below a preset level. And, it syncs to your smartphone via WIFI, as well as to a base station in your child’s room.

What do you think about these smart nursery trends? Would you splurge on any of these items?

 

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What’s Inside Your Diaper Bag – Spring Break Edition

Diaper bags are usually pretty consistent from mom to mom. You can probably find a few extra diapers, a pack of wipes, a package of crackers that are all crumbs by now, stray papers from appointments, receipts, etc., a small book or toy your baby loves, a pacifier,  and a few other odds and ends. There are usually seasonal objects you should throw in to make sure you’re prepared when you’re out with your little one in the changing weather.  Here are some important additions to your diaper bag for a hassle-free spring break:

Extra water bottle and straws

If your baby is old enough to drink out of a straw, you can just throw in an extra disposable water bottle if your family uses them, or even just fill up a standard reusable one so your baby can drink out of it with a straw. This way you don’t have to worry about leaky sippy cups or bottles. When it starts warming up outside and you need to keep your baby hydrated, straws are your best friend.

Heat-friendly snacks/Insulated Lunch Box

You might have gotten away with apple sauce pouches or bananas when it was cooler outside, but these snacks do not hold up well in warmer temperatures. Stock up on heat-friendly snacks or an insulated lunch box where you can keep fruit, veggies, dairy, (your sanity chocolate), and other snacks or drinks that need to stay cool.

Sunscreen

When the sun comes out after a long winter, you’ll likely be eager to get outside without. Even if it’s still a little bit cool, the sun can still cause damage to you and your kids’ skin, so keep some sunscreen in your diaper bag for those bright, sunshiny days.

Baby Hat

If your baby will tolerate it, keep a cute little hat in your bag to better protect them from the bright sun and shield their eyes. A hat with a chin-strap is probably your best bet for keeping it on your baby’s head.

Swim Diapers

A lot of shopping centers have splash pads that, on a nice sunny day, will be filled with children enjoying themselves. If you keep even just a single swim diaper on hand your baby won’t have to sit out on the fun.

Kid-friendly bug spray

Another often-forgotten item is bug spray. Especially in the spring when the rain leaves a lot of standing water, mosquitoes are bound to be buzzing around. Keep yourself and your baby bug-bite free by keeping a small bottle or stick of insect repellent in your diaper bag, separate from your food items, of course.

First-aid kit

Playing outside in the warm weather often means falling, and owies, especially on freshly-walking or crawling baby legs. Keep a few basic first-aid supplies on hand, such as antiseptic spray or wipes and band aids.

Hand-washing supplies

Playing outside usually means getting dirty. And that’s okay. But keeping some disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer on hand can help you enjoy these nice spring days without getting sick. Wipe down those dirty park swings and sanitize those tiny baby fingers that have been pulling out grass to stay clean and germ-free.

Portable picnic blanket

A lot of mamas are eager to get out during spring break, so you might not always get a spot on a bench at the crowded park or a chair at the crowded pool. Consider keeping a portable picnic blanket or even just a lightweight baby blanket on hand when you need to pop a squat on the ground.

Empty grocery bags

Your diaper bag likely already has a spare change of clothes for blowouts and leaks, but when the potential for mud and water play enter the picture you might want to keep some empty grocery bags handy to keep them in until you can wash them.

 

Use this list to decide which spring break diaper bag items will be most useful to you, and let us know if there are any other handy items that we missed!

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The 6 Best of the Best Baby Pajamas

 

A good pair of baby pajamas can make or break you. Because, let’s be honest, you are going to need to select the best of the best pajamas that can take you from late-night feedings to diaper changes and beyond. Below are six of the best baby pajamas, in a variety of styles and price points.

1. HALO SleepSack ($26.95)
If you’ve read our post about safe sleep tips, you’ll know that it’s safest to keep baby in a crib without extra blankets, pillows or bumper pads. A sleep sack is a great solution for parents who want to ensure that baby is warm enough, while still maintaining sleep safety. And the HALO is the best of the best. With an inverted zipper that zips up from the bottom, diaper changes are no sweat. My husband and I used a sleep sack with our youngest and are kicking ourselves that we didn’t use one for our oldest.

2. HALO SleepSack Swaddle ($28.95)
If you like the idea of a sleep sack, but have a baby who loves to be swaddled, this is the sleep sack for you. This sleep sack features a 3-way adjustable swaddle (arms in, hands-to-face, one or both arms out) that adjusts to your baby’s sleep style. It also features a zipper that unzips from the bottom, so your baby stays swaddled during diaper changes. How great is that?

3. Old Navy Zip-Front One-Piece ($14.00)
I’m not going to lie, Old Navy makes a great pair of pjs. I like their footed, non-fleece pajamas, because they’re lighter weight, but still versatile. Plus, you have the option of selecting simpler colors and patterns, which is a nice break from all of the in-your-face character selections out there. If you’re worried about using the Owlet with footie pajamas, have no fear… the sleep sock is low profile enough to fit comfortably and opperate normally under footie pj’s.

4. Carter’s Fleece Snap Front Footie (From $10.80)
After having a NICU baby that practically lived in pajamas for her first three months, I have to say that Carter’s makes the best fleece footed pajamas. They just do. They wear well, they have options with snaps or with zippers, which is nice, and there are a lot of different styles to choose from. Also, I feel like they’re always on sale, so I’ve scored some from $10 or less.

5. Candy Kirby Designs Knotted Gown ($28.00)
If sleep gowns are more your cup of tea, you must give these a try. The lap neck and soft knit fabric make them the best gowns of all the gowns. Seriously, these are so soft, and are easy to knot/unknot for diaper changes. And the color/pattern options are luscious. Plus, you’re supporting an awesome small business that manufactures everything in the USA, which I always think is an added bonus.

6. Hanna Andersson Baby Sleeper ($36.00)
Hanna Andersson pajamas are my absolute favorite. They are well made, cute and so versatile. The only slight negative about their newborn pjs is the fact that they don’t make them footed, but that means that your babe will be able to wear them longer. So you definitely see a great return on your investment. Plus, they go on sale a lot, so you can score some at a discount. (And you can also get matching pajamas for yourself, your partner, your bigger kids and/or your pets. Amazing, right?)

What are your favorite styles of baby jammies?

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