Life & FamilyJune 29, 2015

Stylish Moms Share Their Faves!

As I move through this pregnancy I’ve relied on asking my friends who have already been through it for so many recommendations.  In fact this weekend we went to look at strollers and while Andrew thought is was aweeeeeeesome to fondle all the gear, I was SO overwhelmed. So I thought why not share some of that brilliant information?  I asked four of my stylish, fabulous friends to share some specific favorites and tips!

Marie Whitney Family Session copyright Laura Winslow Photography (68)

Marie Whitney

Founder & Creative Director of (and one of my besties), mom to sons Jack and Drew.

MATERNITY CLOTHING:

Jeans: AG JeansTees/ Tanks: Liz Lang for Target or Monrow

Leggings: Topshop High Waisted Maternity legging and GAP Supersoft maternity legging 

Bras/ Underwear: Cosabella Never say Mommie Bralette , Never Say Maternity HotPant (don’t mind the TERRIBLE names!) 

Dresses:  Definitely a Black Ruched Maternity Tank Dress by Ingrid & Isabel  – a tank dress is so comfortable and easy to dress up with heels and some jewelry or down with some flats and a denim jacket.

And a wrap dress too!  perfect  for a growing belly.

Swimwear: Liz Lange for Target has some cute pieces that won’t break the bank, I like to keep is classic and black. Add a great coverup and big sunglasses.

BEAUTY:

Belly Product: Elasticity Belly Oil by Belli or Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil – both work great and are 100% safe for baby.

Anything specific beauty-wise that you loved during this time: Clarisonic and Belli Anti-Blemish Face,  Zoya or  SCOTCH (chemical free) nail polish, Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil

HEALTH:

Workout: Pure Barre

Pre-Natal Vitamin: New Chapter Perfect Prenatal

Favorite Drink: Fruit-Infused water (great with fresh fruit or lemon&mint)  or occasionally Izze for some carbonation.  T is great for making infused waters.
Favorite Snack/ Craving: I’d always carry individual packs of almonds and Bumpboosters Pregnancy cookies in my purse just in case
What kept you sane? Acupuncture, prenatal massages & support from other moms!

GEAR:

Stroller:

Car Seat: Maxi Cosi

Baby Carrier: Baby Bjorn Carrier One

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CAITLIN FLEMMING

Founder of the blog & , mom to son Jackson.

MATERNITY CLOTHES:

Jeans:

Tees/ Tanks:– I wore these almost every day!

Leggings:

BEAUTY:

Belly Product:

Anything specific beauty-wise that you loved during this time: I started using all organic products by – they are a dream!

HEALTH:

Workout:  Pre-natal Pilates – it kept everything toned and although I didn’t feel like going afterwards I felt more energized.
Favorite Drink:  Cranberry juice

Favorite Snack/ Craving: Pickles and carbs at the beginning, then all I wanted were salads and red meat.
What kept you sane? Lots of walks.
Best Baby Book/Guide You Read: , when your little is born is my favorite.

GEAR:

Stroller: – it’s the perfect city stroller. Lightweight and easy to fold. Get the ! – we use this stroller for running and when we go on long walks.

Car Seat: – it’s nice and basic.

Baby Carrier: – tons of girlfriends recommended this carrier, I love it. Doesn’t hurt my back and it’s all black.

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NATALIE SCHWARTZ

Founder of the (great source for amazing kids clothes) , mom to daughters Sloane, Emelia and Presley (twins!)

MATERNITY CLOTHES

Jeans: Any kind of skinny jean, these change year to year (and pregnancy to pregnancy)

Tees/ Tanks: Pea in the Pod ribbed (had in every color) and James Perse (non-maternity)- the key to a good tank is it being long!

Leggings: Faux-leather from Hatch

Bras/ Underwear: – loved her nursing bras even while pregnant.  I wore my Cosabella thongs all through my pregnancies (and then had to throw them out after due to them being stretched out!).  is also amazing for underwear/ bras/ PJ’s.

Dresses: Loved maxis for summer, for special events I’d just buy up a size or two of whatever I wanted to wear. Hatch Collection makes my favorite top to bottom maternity line (works just as well for after baby when you aren’t back to pre-baby size yet).

Swimwear: Bikinis! I love a pregnant belly on display on the beach!

Beauty: Tata Harper! #1 best ever!

Belly Product: Tata Body Oil and coconut oil.

Anything specific beaauty-wise that you loved during this time: Blow outs- with my twins I could barely stand up through blow drying my own hair.  Mani-pedis are a nice luxury too.

Workout: Yoga with my twins Presley and Emelia and pilates with Sloane.

Pre-Natal Vitamin: I could barely swallow vitamins, so a chewable/gummi multi.

Favorite Drink: Poland Spring Lemon or Lime Sparkling water mixed with lemonade or grapefruit juice.
Favorite Snack/ Craving: Carbs!!!
What kept you sane? Baths, pre-natal massages and knowing that soon I would be holding a baby in my arms and the rollercoaster of pregnancy would be behind me!
Best Baby Book/Guide You Read:  I didn’t read many books- I just received weekly Baby Center updates (which I still do).  Right before the twins arrived my husband and I watched a video called Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. We thought it was insane and laughed through the whole thing while vigorously rocking and “shushing” our first daughter!
GEAR:
Stroller:  I love my , but then I became partial to the City Select Double Stroller.  A nice big stroller with a bassinet is best for walks in the beginning and then a base that works with your car seat for later.   And I love the Maclaren umbrella stroller for traveling and trips into the city.
Car Seat: (make sure it works with your stroller)
Baby Carrier: Beco- it’s the easiest to use and best for your back.

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Erin Hiemstra

Founder of the blog and mom to son Carter.

MATERNITY CLOTHES:

Jeans: Jbrand, Asos, Genetic Denim

Tees/ Tanks: Storq, Hatch and over-sized versions of my usual faves like Everlane and Heidi Merrick

Leggings: Gap body, lululemon (sized up) and Jcrew maternity pants.

Bras/ Underwear: I didn’t need different ones than normal, but now I love Ingrid & Isabel nursing bras and tanks!

Dresses: Hatch and amazing full length jersey tank dresses from Old Navy

BEAUTY:

Belly Product: African Botanics for belly oil and moisturizers.

Anything specific beauty-wise that you loved during this time: Tata Harper and for natural  skincare. Aesop for hair and bath products.  One Love Organics (moisturizers and lotions).

HEALTH:

Workout: prenatal Pilates and yoga – went all the way up to 42 weeks! And tons of walking, especially walking hills. It is San Francisco after all.

Favorite Drink: Lemon water and coconut water though nothing made up for missing wine like crazy
Favorite Snack/ Craving: Mexican food. My baby was raised on burritos and enchiladas.
What kept you sane?  Staying super busy. I never really slowed down. My pregnancy really flew until I was past my due date – then time ground to a halt!  Oh, and sleeping in. Sleep till noon like you’re a teenager again. Do it constantly because you will never do it again!
Best Baby Book/Guide You Read: the only book I read before I gave birth was Bringing up Bebe, which I loved. It revealed how so many of things we’re told we “have to do” are totally cultural – like not eat unpasteurized cheese or even how much weight you should or shouldn’t gain. 

As for baby books, skim them all because you really don’t know what philosophy is going to work for your family and your baby. The Happiest Baby on the Block and its method to sooth a crying baby does really work. I’ve also gotten good tips from books like The Baby Whisperer, 12 Hours in 12 weeks, Healthy Sleep Happy Child and Sweet Sleep.
I also really love apps for both pregnancy and babies. I loved Nurtur app to track my pregnancy, Baby Log for tracking all things baby after he was here (because you really truly cannot remember what you did 15 minutes ago) and Wonder Weeks to learn about their development.
GEAR:
Stroller:– Obsessed!
Car Seat:
Baby Carrier: and the Ergo baby front pack

 

 

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