Summer is here, and it’s HOT outside. Being pregnant in the summertime is no easy feat. So we’re here with a summer style guide that will give you five ways to dress your bump. Because you deserve to feel cute, but a little less hot (if you catch my drift).
1. A long, flowing maxi dress
I know it might seem counterintuitive, but a long, flowing maxi dress can provide you with much-needed air flow and air circulation. Be aware of the fabrics that you’re choosing… a lighter chiffon-like fabric isn’t going to hold in heat like a tighter knit might. And be mindful of the silhouette as well. A dress that hugs the body is going to be warmer to wear. Slits are also your friend.
2. The perfect swimming suit
Even though you might not feel like the most fabulous lady at the pool/beach/lake, finding a great maternity suit is another great way to beat the heat. Check out this post for some great options, as well as the two selections below.
3. Comfortable, yet fabulous, flats
Chances are pretty great that you might be experiencing a bit of swelling, especially in the foot area. Another way to keep your footsies, and the rest of your body, cool is to find a great pair of flats… namely sandals and/or slides. They can also better accommodate your–ahem–growing feet and ankles.
4. A breathable top Whether it’s a great tank top, or a diaphanous blouse, finding a great breathable top is a must. It helps keep your top half cool, and since that’s where your baby is, it’s probably a good idea, right? Trust us, it’s science. 😉
5. Breezy shorts in a longer length While longer shorts might seem like an odd choice, they can really help with chafing. If chafing is an issue, that is. They can also add a bit more sun protection and are more durable for outdoor activities like hiking. Because it’s slightly cooler in the mountains, and we’re all about feeling a little cooler this summer.
Summertime is a great time to plan a vacation. But sometimes the thought of adding a baby and little kids into the mix can be a little daunting. Here are some travel tips and tricks to ensure that you have a successful summer vacation with children in tow.
On a Plane
Prepare for a delay. Make sure you have food, spare clothing, diapers and wipes with you to last up to 48 hours in the event you have a flight delay.
Be smart about where you sit. When possible, be aware of the areas of the plane that may have more room and can better accommodate your kids.
Fly direct if you can. While it can be more costly, a direct flight minimizes the down time and stress that can come with a layover and connecting flight.
Make sure you say you’re sorry. If your child is being disruptive, communicate with the people sitting around you. Often times it’s the parents’ perceived indifference that annoys passengers more than the disruption itself.
Bring a stroller and/or carrier; leave the car seat at home. If your child is a toddler, you’re better off leaving her car seat at home. If applicable, rent a car seat with your rental car, and it will be ready to go when you arrive. Also, travel with a stroller or other means of transporting your kids. The older ones will appreciate having a “home base” and get a break from walking. And if you have a newborn, a carrier is a great way to go.
Help soothe earaches. Use a pacifier, nurse or feed your child a bottle on takeoff and landing to ensure her ears pop. If you have toddlers, give them a special treat for takeoff and landing that they can chew to avoid earaches.
On a Road Trip
Pack the car the night before. Babies have a lot of gear, so save yourself time and stress by packing your car ahead of time. That way, you can just grab the baby and go.
Keep the important stuff accessible. Whether it’s a couple of diapers and wipes, some extra toys and snacks, it’s a good idea to have the necessities within arm’s reach. That way, you don’t have to pull over every time your baby chucks her toy out of her carseat.
Create a playlist for baby, and a playlist for you. If you have toddlers, this can be especially useful. Make a playlist of their favorite songs (and, if you’re super savvy, some of their favorite podcasts or stories) to make the drive a little more pleasant. And, once they’re asleep, put on yours and have a little jam session.
Don’t be afraid to let them have a little screen time. Whether it’s tablet time, or setting up a movie on a laptop, don’t be afraid to break up the trip with a little technology. Especially if you’re going to be in the car for a prolonged period of time.
General Tips and Tricks
Call your hotel to see if they have a crib or pack-n-play available in your room. That way, you won’t have to take up valuable real estate in your luggage.
Take a stain stick and a travel-sized detergent with you. Kids can get dirty, and you’ll be able to hand wash items in your hotel room if a laundromat isn’t readily available.
Childproof your hotel room first, and nix the mini bar. Also consider booking adjacent rooms for better sleep, keeping the connecting door open throughout the night.
Take reading books and games for the whole family. If your kids are old enough, have them each wear a backpack filled with some personal items and other activities catered to their preferences.
Have fun! You’re creating memories to last a lifetime and providing a great opportunity to bond as a family. Whatever inconveniences you may experience are totally worth it.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The explosion of colors at sunset, the lush green meadows of grass, the soft sandy beaches, and the bright flower beds all make for beautiful photo opportunities during the summer. And if you’ve been waiting to reveal your pregnancy, why not take advantage of these unique summer backdrops to reveal your pregnancy – summer style! Here are some summer-inspired pregnancy reveal ideas.
Feet with baby sandals
A popular pregnancy reveal method is setting out a pair of baby shoes next to mom and dad’s shoes. Use this idea with a summer twist by buying baby flip-flops and setting them in the sand. You could also do this with baby swim flippers, or a baby swimsuit.
Don’t eat watermelon seeds
The old joke about eating watermelon seeds makes for a witty and cute pregnancy reveal, especially during the summer when bright red, juicy watermelon is abundant. Slice yourself a nice, ripe wedge of watermelon, take a big bite, and have someone snap a picture. Then add some simple text, like “Uh-oh, I must have eaten a watermelon seed. Baby watermelon coming November 2017!”
Expecting a little firecracker
There are a lot of cool pictures you can take of fireworks, so use the firework-happy holidays to announce your pregnancy. Hold a sparkler out in front and take a photo, with the caption something like, “expecting a little firecracker this September!” This could also be fun if you have other children. Have each of them hold a sparkler, then add the caption,” adding another little firecracker to the family this September!”
Name in the sand
If the beach calls your name each summer, use it as an opportunity to take a special pregnancy reveal photo in the sand. Write your baby’s name in due date, or even just something like, “Baby [last name] coming October 2017.” You can do a lot with this idea, like standing in the background with your partner kissing, with the focus on the words in the sand. Another cute idea is to extend this photo opportunity into an annual photo, taking a similar picture each year with your baby as he/she grows.
Outdoor balloon photoshoot
Bright, colorful balloons against a vivid blue sky with puffy white clouds is a very picturesque summer scene. Consider taking maternity photos incorporating bright balloons outside to announce your pregnancy. You can write on the balloons, or simply hold them while touching your belly. Adding other children, perhaps with each holding a balloon, and then a balloon tied to something floating next to the children to indicate another baby being added to the family, is an adorable idea.
Empty beach chair
Set up your beach chairs on the beach, and get a head start on your baby’s summer gear by buying a child-sized beach chair and setting it up next to yours. Take a photo with the caption, “Another [last name] beach bum coming October 2017,” or something to that effect.
Family bike rides are a favorite family past time for many families during the summer, so get your baby involved while you’re still pregnancy starting with your pregnancy announcement. Buy a small tricycle, bike, or scooter and tie it to the back of yours. Strike a cute pose on your bike, and use this to announce your upcoming arrival.
Message in a bottle
Another fun beach idea is to place an ultrasound photo in a nice glass bottle with a cork, creating a “message in a bottle,” scene. Lay it in the sand with the ultrasound visible, and write your due-date in the sand in front of the bottle.
There’s nothing like the magic of Disneyland during summer vacation, so give baby a taste of the magic before his/her arrival by staging a disney-inspired pregnancy reveal. You can buy adult-sized mickey ears, and place baby-sized ears next to them. If you’re able, you could even take the photo at Disneyland or Disney World next to a Disney princess or prince, ask them to pose by pointing at your stomach or something to that effect, and add a caption that says something like, “Our own princess will arrive in September 2017.”
Did you announce your pregnancy during the summer? What other summer-inspired pregnancy reveals do you love?