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Pregnancy comes with its fair share of excitement and anticipation and tender moments, but my first trimester requires a survival guide. With growing bumps, hormones out of whack and touchy nausea, I’ve kept a list of (and clung to) my tried and true lifesavers. Here’s to looking, and sometimes feeling, like you are keeping it all together!

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To Wear — 

1. Seamless day bra – I have one in almost every color. They’re so comfortable, super inexpensive, and perfect for sensitive and ever-changing, pregnancy boobs.

2. V-neck caftan – A little pricey but my favorite splurge this pregnancy. I had an event earlier this month that called for dressier attire but I couldn’t get excited about anything in this awkward, transition phase where maternity clothes aren’t necessary (or wanted, as I hadn’t shared the news yet) but of course, I still wanted to feel chic and put together. This dress was so comfortable and hid my already noticeable bump perfectly without looking frumpy. Can’t wait to wear this all the way through this pregnancy and beyond.

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3. BB cream – My skin freaked on me this pregnancy in a way it never has. I try to wear a light BB cream, if anything, to keep from irritating it more.

4. Oil-free foundation – When I do need to get more dressed up, then this oil-free but high coverage foundation is an instant fix.

To Feel Better — 

5. Ginger ale – The best ginger ale ever and a total lifesaver for nausea. My sister-in-law brought it to me on my worst day and I’ve been trying to figure out how to get it plugged into an IV ever since.

6. Ginger mints – Ginger in all its forms eases my pregnancy sickness. More ginger goodness when you’re sick of drinking it.

To Catch a Break — 

7. Floor coloring pages – I found this French company at the shop-up we participated in last month in LA. I brought home a large size poster for my kids and they were all three totally engaged. All the while I sat on the sofa next to them, sometimes participating, but mostly just lying there, sick as a dog and happy they felt like I was a part of it.

8. Netflix – The next time you’re up with heartburn or you wake up at 2 AM every morning for no apparent reason (don’t you love it when people tell you it’s because your body is preparing you to be awake all night when the baby comes?), I recommend binge watching Tina Fey’s Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” You’ll laugh so hard you won’t care that you’re awake.

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For your baby valentine

February 1, 2016

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We cherish every reason to celebrate our little loves well beyond Valentine’s day, but look to this gift guide for our round-up of the sweetest gifts for your baby valentines. Don’t we all live for every extra I love you, kiss and hug, both given and received! xo

 

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01. Harem Pants / 02. Pacifier Clip / 03. Knit Heart Blanket / 04. Solly Ox Blood Wrap / 05. Letterpress Print / 06. Love Bobbi / 07. I Love You Teether / 08. Flower Rattle / 09. Romeo & Juliet Board Book

 

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Bringing Home Baby

October 6, 2015

The feeling of a new baby in your home is almost impossible to describe. Time seems to stand still for a moment and, even amidst crying and gas and sleeplessness, the beauty of the whole thing is almost intoxicating. Somehow Shelby Osmond captures it perfectly in this video. Like, I-should-probably-have-ten-more-babies-perfect. Check out more heavenly baby moments on her blog, Brandon and Shelby.

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Hi! My name is Lindsey Shipley, Registered Nurse, IBCLC, certified lactation specialist and mom of 2. I provide lactation consulting services before and after baby is born. I teach breastfeeding courses in-person and online. I also offer breastfeeding basics, intermediate breastfeeding, and returning to work and breastfeeding. I’m here today to share some of the benefits of skin-to-skin contact.

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Just when you thought Solly Baby had given you enough reasons to choose their wrap with the beautiful design and easy how-to videos, I’m here to share some research-based reasons why you should consider babywearing! I teach clients in my breastfeeding classes about the benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care, also known as Skin-to-Skin. Kangaroo Mother Care is when an infant is placed on the maternal chest with just a diaper on, and blankets are placed over the top. This practice has been shown to aid in stabilizing infants after birth. It is important to practice skin-to-skin not only immediately after birth, but the benefits can extend well beyond that time. Babywearing allows mother and infant to practice skin-to-skin contact wherever they are. With Solly Baby wrap, you and your baby can enjoy the benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care up to one year of age! Today, I’m going to give you some research-based reasons why to consider babywearing for your infant.

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Physiological Benefits to Mom and Infant –
Research has shown that skin-to-skin contact creates a more stable environment for both mom and baby. The physiological benefits to the infant include temperature regulation, heart rate consistency, blood sugar control, quicker weight gain, improved sleep patterns, increased immunity, and an easier time breastfeeding overall. Benefits to the mother include a better milk supply, quicker recovery, reduced risk of postpartum depression, sleep patterns regulated to the infants’, and ability to breastfeed longer (Sywulak-Herr, 2002, p. 290).

Enhanced Mood and More Rest –
For a long time, there was a notion of “take the baby, so Mom can rest”. Now, we know that a mother can get more worry-free rest with the infant closeby (Merewood, 2014, p. 510). Babywearing facilitates this closeness. Skin-to-skin contact can stimulate oxytocin release, a hormone that creates a very relaxing effect for mothers. When mothers and infants are separated, it can create mutual anxiety; which means more infant crying and less restful sleep.

Ease the Transition –
Being born is hard work! It is quite a shock for infants that have spent nine months in a warm, protective environment to transition to the outside world. They are used to constant soothing motion and the sound of their mother’s heartbeat and voice. No wonder why infants are most comfortable in skin-to-skin contact. Babywearing is a great option to extend the many benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care beyond the first few days postpartum.

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References:
1. Merewood, Anne. (2014). Skin-to-skin at Birth: A New Model of Care. Journal of Human Lactation, 30. 509-510. doi:10.1177/0890334414549768

2. Sywulak-Herr, C.M. (2002). Video Review: Kangaroo Mother Care: Rediscover the Natural Way to Care for Your Newborn Baby. Journal of Human Lacation, 18, 289-290. doi: 10.1177/089033440201800324

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Baby Shower

March 26, 2015

Hello everyone! My name is Leila Lewis, founder of the Los Angeles-based wedding and lifestyle firm, Be Inspired PR, and lifestyle site, Inspired by This. I am a working mom of 2 and life couldn’t been any crazier or more rewarding right now with my 2 year old daughter and newborn son! I’m a huge fan of Solly Baby wraps and am honored to be guest contributor today! I am very excited to share some cute and fun spring baby shower ideas with you all! Whether it is for a baby girl or boy, or you want to keep it gender neutral, I definitely recommend sticking with a theme! It is a great way to help keep everything unified and there are so many unique ones out there! Spring baby showers are definitely my favorite because you can play around with bright colors, décor, and florals! Here is to all of the mamas-to-be! Hope you enjoy these tips and ideas!

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+ This baby shower was inspired by blue jeans! How cute are those DIY blue jeans pocket utensil holders?! A great shower theme for a boy and for Spring!
Image via Inspired By This.

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+ DIY “Push Baby Push” cupcake push pops – such an easy do it yourself dessert to have at your baby shower. The final product is so yummy and adorable, plus super affordable! 
The full tutorial is on Inspired By This.

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+ A baby shower inspired by feminine flowers is perfect for Spring! Pink, yellow, and crème is a great color palette to start with.
 Image via Inspired By This.

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+ I still can’t get over these hanging umbrellas! So unique! Adds so much to just your typical outdoor tent! Love the idea of having a “garden party” themed baby shower for a girl.
 Image via Inspired By This.

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+ It’s always a fun idea to keep your family and friends guessing the gender of your baby until your shower. Play a fun game and have a big reveal such as this “hiding giraffe”. Image via Inspired By This.

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Thanks to Leila for the fun post!
P.S. She’s currently hosting a giveaway of all her favorite baby must haves. Good luck!

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The reality is, if you have a newborn, there’s a good chance you will be a party of 3 this Valentine’s Day. Have no fear! Wrap that little sweetie up and enjoy a night out with our tips.

1: Wrap ’em up! Your Solly Baby is the best way to have them sleep right through the festivities.

2: Go out early! The earlier you go to dinner the less tired your babe will be and if there is any crying, you’ll feel less stressed if it’s not a full house.

3: Nurse, burp, change the diaper, and put your wrap on before leaving the house for an easy transition and prep for a good, looong nap.

4: Make a flexible plan! We always plan one main activity while we are out and one for at home. Maybe dinner at a restaurant without a server for an easy exit, a walk on the beach or downtown, and then a movie or dessert at home.

5: You know my mantra for the first year: Keep it simple! Try to focus on your partner and the ways you’ve grown together the last few months. It may not be your most romantic V-Day ever, but it’ll definitely be the sweetest!

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P.S. You can also still order your wrap (in the U.S.) and get it by Valentine’s Day!
Read more of our tips on our Instagram @sollybabywrap #SBTuesdayTip

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Bringing Baby Home

December 29, 2014

The feeling of a new baby in your home is almost impossible to describe. Time seems to stand still for a moment and, even amidst crying and gas and sleeplessness, the beauty of the whole thing is almost intoxicating. Somehow Shelby Osmond captures it perfectly in this video. Like, I-should-probably-have-ten-more-babies-perfect. Check out more heavenly baby moments on her blog, Brandon and Shelby.

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EMC Holiday Gift Guide

December 10, 2014

EMC-Gift_Guide For every wrap purchased on our site, we donate $1 to our partner charity, Every Mother Counts, 100% of which goes directly to programs that dramatically improve maternal health worldwide. Since we couldn’t think of a better gift Solly Baby could give this holiday season, we wanted to give a little more. For the month of December we’ll be donating $10 of every Burnt Sienna Solly Baby Wrap sold on our site to Every Mother Counts. Check out the rest of their gift guide here.

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