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  • 5 Things You Should Never Wear When Breastfeeding

    What NOT to wear when you know you’ll nurse baby in public.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Breastfeeding requires you to make a few adjustments in your life, and that includes changing your personal style for easy, discreet boob access. Yes, getting dressed when you know you’ll need to nurse baby is complicated. Baby can get hungry (or should we say hangry) at any point during your daily escapades, and the functionality of your clothes really matters. So knowing what to wear is important; and knowing what not to wear, even more so. Here are 5 pieces of clothes that you should keep in your closet when you know you’ll need to breastfeed.

    1. DON’T wear dresses that pull over your head. If you don’t dress in a wrap, button down shirt, or a style that’s specifically designed for nursing like this one from Teat & Cosset, there is simply no way to get to your breast without taking off your entire dress.

    2. DON’T wear a jumpsuit unless specifically designed for breastfeeding, like this one from Loyal Hana. Overalls work well with a nursing top layered underneath. We love this one from eco maternity brand Boob Design.

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Mar. 20th, 2017

    The Guilty Secret Of Distracted Parenting (NY Times): "We're distractible because tending young children day after day after day can wear you down."

    Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still In Class (NY Times): "We need to recognize that children are movement-based"--Brian Gatens, superintendent of schools in Emerson, NJ. 

    Mom Organizes 'Nurse-In' At IKEA After Negative Breastfeeding Experience (Huff Post): A Florida mom organized a “nurse-in” at her local IKEA after a negative breastfeeding experience highlighted some flaws in the store’s offerings for families.

    Siri Helps Hero 4-Year-Old Save His Unconscious Mom's Life (Huff Post): The power of Siri and one little boy's quick thinking.

    Exercising While Pregnant Is Almost Always A Good Idea (NPR): Moderation is the goal. 

    Texas Bill Could Allow Doctors To Withhold Information From Pregnancy Women (NYPost): This controversial bill would prevent a mother from suing her doctor if she gave birth to a deformed or disabled child – even if the doctor knew of the potential condition and didn’t tell the parents.

    Want To Fix Schools? Go To the Principal's Office (NY Times): "Principals create the environment. They create a culture of accountability. They create a sense of community. And none of us, nationally, ever debate principals."--Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's mayor. 

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  • Our Favorite Diaper Bag Picks

    When you’re traveling with an infant in tow, choosing the right diaper bag can make your trips go from chaos to calm. Though you might be tempted to grab any old bag and call it a diaper bag, choosing a bag with intention can make a big difference in the long run. You want to be organized. You want everything you might possibly need for your baby just a pocket away, but without bulk. Your diaper bag travels with you, so it needs to look good, and play hard. We scoured through dozens of diaper bags to find the best ones, based on criteria like size, style, practicality, compactness, and ability to keep clean. These are the bags that made us swoon. Happy packing!

    Hatch Bag

    Dubbed the “Anti-diaper bag”, the Hatch bag looks like a tote, but is equipped with every convenience of a standard diaper bag and will carry more than you can imagine. 

    Size: The bag is 15 inches high, 15.5 inches wide, and 5 inches deep.

    Style: The tote bag style of Hatch is versatile and simple, but it also boasts stylish accents like hot pink stitching, gold zippers, and an additional monogrammable tassel that adds a lot of flair.

    Practicality: This diaper bag has an enormous amount of space so you can bring all the essentials, and more. It comes with a changing mat and three matching clutches for organizing within. You could also take any of the clutches out and use separately when you have fewer essentials to bring with baby.

    Ease to maintain: The bag’s interior and exterior are made of easy-to-clean nylon: just wipe down with a damp cloth when needed and air dry.

    Price: $298.00

    Kate Spade Watson Lane Betheny Baby Bag

    The Betheny Baby Bag blends the best of diaper bag options: sleek and chic, but also fun and whimsical, and doesn’t skimp on practical details.

    Size: The Betheny measures 11.7 inches high, 14 inches wide, 7.2 inches deep and has a 10 inch drop from its handle.

    Style: The Baby Bag is as sleek as any Kate Spade product, and while we love all the prints, the rose and black design is gorgeous, fun, and unexpected.

    Practicality: Interior zip pockets and bottle pockets make organizing this bag easy, and there’s plenty of room inside to pack everything on your baby’s list. The bag also has ingenious stroller straps, so you can snap it onto your stroller instead of it weighing down your shoulders.

    Ease to maintain: Made of woven nylon, this bag is durable and easy to clean.

    Price: $348.00

    Burberry Horseferry Check Tote

    This diaper bag is luxurious and well-crafted, but also includes the necessary trappings of a regular daily-use bag for baby.

    Size: The bag measures at 12.5 inches high, 10.5 inches wide, and 6.3 inches deep.

    Style: Made in Italy and with the quintessential Burberry print, it looks more like an everyday tote bag than a diaper bag.

    Practicality: The bag includes a removable and adjustable shoulder strap, for ease of use, and flat-top handles. For organization, there is a single large open compartment and three slip pockets and a removable changing pad. The bag has slightly fewer pockets than other bags, but if you get by with a smaller amount of baby items, there will be plenty of room to place things accordingly.

    Ease to maintain: The interior nylon is simple to wipe down when needed.

    Price: $1,295.00

    MZ Wallace Kate Diaper Bag

    This chic over-the-shoulder bag could be mistaken for your everyday purse and is perfect for parents who want a diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag.

    Size: On the smaller size for diaper bags, it measures at 9 inches wide, 8 inches high and 4.5 inches deep. This can be a pro or a con: you won’t be able to pack everything and the kitchen sink, but the design is compact.

    Style: With an uber-chic design, this bag hides its “diaper bag” status well.

    Practicality: What this bag lacks in space, it makes up for in its practical layout. There are several zip pockets on the interior and exterior, which will make organization a breeze.

    Ease to maintain: Made of nylon, this bag is simple to spot clean if any spills, or worse, occur.

    Price: $395.00

    Storksak Elizabeth 

    This well-made bag is for parents who want a diaper bag that’s both casual enough for everyday outings, but not lacking in style.

    Size: On the larger side, this bag measures 11 inches high, 17.5 inches wide, and 5.5 inches deep.

    Style: The soft quilted-leather exterior is gorgeous for daily use.

    Practicality: This bag comes with an insulated bottle holder, a padded changing mat, and a key ring holder. It also has several interior compartments for you to organize basic baby sundries.

    Ease to maintain: The interior can be wiped down, but the exterior leather is subject to the material’s usual cleaning restrictions.

    Price: $475.00

    Rebecca Minkoff Studded Diaper Bag 

    The Studded Diaper Bag is roomy enough to carry everything you need for your baby, but fits in a compact package.

    Size: The top handles have a 8 inch drop and the bag measures at 13 inches high, 16.5 inches wide, and 7.5 inches deep.

    Style: The studded design makes this a chic pick with fresh details. The cotton twill exterior is a nice contrast to the silver studs. It could easily transition between day and night use, and is durable for frequent trips.

    Practicality: Several exterior and interior pockets will make organizing a breeze. This bag has a place for everything, so you can keep everything in its place. It also comes with a removable changing pad.

    Ease to maintain: The nylon interior is easy to clean when messes happen: wipe down with a wet cloth or sanitized wipe.

    Price: $345.00

    JuJuBe Be Right Back Bag

    This backpack-style diaper bag is offbeat, but perfect for mothers who want an easy-to-grab bag in a wide variety of charming patterns.

    Size: As a backpack, this bag has slightly less interior room than some larger tote-like bags: it measures 16 inches high, 12 inches wide, and 5 inches deep.

    Style: If sporty backpacks fit into your style wheelhouse, then this is the perfect bag. It’s well-crafted and comes in your choice of funky, bold, or classic patterns.

    Practicality: The Be Right Back bag has padded ergonomic straps for easy traveling. The number of pockets, and their accessibility, is what makes this a diaper bag, and not just a backpack: there are two exterior insulated pockets for bottles, a cell phone pocket, and top storage pockets.

    Ease to maintain: Unlike most bags, this one is machine washable, when the worst baby accidents happen. It’s also no sweat to wipe down when needed.

    Price: $140.00

    Moncler Mommy Bag

    The Moncler has a more traditional diaper bag look, along with a vast array of pockets and compartments to store all of your baby’s must-haves.

    Size: The Moncler measures at 11 inches high, 15 inches wide, and 7 inches deep.

    Style: The quilted exterior design is more evocative of the diaper bag look than some other choices on the list, but will be familiar to those who already know the Moncler name. The polished silver hardware and leather accents add dashes of style to the bag, too.

    Practicality: Several exterior and interior pockets make this bag a practical choice for keeping a well-organized bag. A large front zip pocket gives easy access to the most essential baby items. The bag comes with a padded changing mat.

    Ease to maintain: Lined with nylon, this bag is simple to spot clean when needed, and for regular maintenance wipe-downs.

    Price: $510.00

    Marc Jacobs Biker Baby Bag

    This is the urban baby bag that lets the world know your fashion game is still on point, but also meets the needs of any other standard diaper bag.

    Size: This bag is roomier than it looks, which is a good thing. It has a compact feel, but measures at 13.5 inches high, 17 inches wide, and 7.5 inches deep.

    Style: We like the chunky silver zipper and hardware paired with classic black. The bag has drop down handles and an optional strap for messenger bag-style travel.

    Practicality: A large front pocket, dual exterior bottle pockets, and several interior pockets mean that you can organize all of your baby gear inside and out, for easy access. The bag also comes with a removable changing pad.

    Ease to maintain: Made of nylon, this functional bag is easy to wipe down and spot clean.

    Price: $295.00

    Tote Savvy Diaper Bag Insert

    You won’t be seen around town without your prized handbag, despite the new need for a super-organized baby bag. If that’s you, then the Tote Savvy Diaper Bag Insert is exactly what you need to transform your favorite bag into a functional diaper bag.

    Size: The insert measures at 10 inches high, 14 inches long, and 5 inches deep. The insert is also available in a “mini” size.

    Style: The insert replicated the inner lining of a standard diaper bag, so it stays inside your bag. You can go as chic as you please, while turning your usual tote into a de-facto diaper bag.

    Practicality: The insert contains several stacked pockets for your basic baby gear, like diapers, wipes, bottles, and toys. Its layout makes it a little more difficult to grab what you need, but depending on the bag you already have, you may be able to organize the items for quick access. There are accessories you can add on, like the deluxe diaper changing kit and the bottle bag.

    Ease to maintain: Though not machine washable, you can wipe down the insert with a wet cloth or sanitized wipe when needed.

    Price: $72.00

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  • 4 Squash Recipes You and Your Baby Will Love

    Easy squash dishes that will feed your whole family.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Winter squash is a favorite in our household this time of year, with acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash abound. Kids and adults love it for its bright color and sweet and earthy flavor! Many families like it with a lot of sweetness added, such as brown sugar and cinnamon, but it’s actually tasty in savory dishes too. Plus, they’re packed with nutrients that are crucial to the pregnant mama and the toddler alike.

    It’s high in vitamin C and Vitamin A that support healthy immunity, which expecting moms need extra of. For toddlers, try using vanilla extract, grated citrus zest, spices like ground nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and cloves or herbs such as tarragon, rosemary and thyme. Below are a few of my favorite family- friendly squash recipes — also suitable for (and loved by) children. Enjoy!

    Winter Squash Fries with Hummus, (10 months old & up).

    Winter squash makes tasty bite-size fries, and your baby will love dipping them in the flavorful chickpea dip. It’s a high-fiber treat with lots of nutrients, perfect for growing bodies and grasping fingers!

    Ingredients (Makes 4 servings):

    1 cup acorn squash, peeled, seeded and cut into ¼-inch matchsticks
    1 tbsp. olive oil
    1/3 tsp. garlic powder
    ¼ tsp. sweet paprika

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    Tags: Nutrition

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Mar. 13th, 2017

    These Second Graders Write Really Funny Sympathy Cards After Teacher’s Father Dies (Huff Post): Their hearts were in the right place.

    Are We Raising Racists? (NY Times): "But raising children who are resilient for justice and able to do their part to create an inclusive society takes more, especially now."

    Why The "Fearless Girl" Statue Is Kinda Bull (Huff Post): "If the goal is gender equality, State Street's women stats are terrible."

    The Most Valuable Thing A Parent Can Do For Their Kids (Oprah): "One of our toughest jobs as parents is to allow our kids to weather life’s storms."

    Kids Are Getting Older Quicker. And Disney Tries To Adapt. (NY Times): Disney's latest show represents a new direction for the company. 

    "Mommy, Come Wipe Me!" And Other Perils Of Working From Home (NY Times): Other parents relate to moments of disruptions as experienced by a professor interviewed by BBC last week (and shot to viral fame this week).

    This Before & After Makes A Great Point About Pregnant Bodies (Refinery29): There is no perfect way to have a pregnancy. 

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  • The Best High Chairs for Baby

    Babies spend a lot of time sitting, playing, and eating in their high chairs. You want to make sure you’re investing in a high chair that is comfortable and accessible for your baby, but also easy to clean and maintain. Above all else, of course, is the safety of the high chair for little ones.  

    Most babies won’t sit in a high chair until they’re at least six months old, when they start solid foods. But many parents choose to shop for high chairs long before the six month date, since having a newborn doesn’t go well with long shopping excursions. High chairs can be used for months or years, well until a baby has graduated into toddler-hood, so finding a quality high chair is investing in a piece of equipment you can use for a long time.

    Thinking about comfort, safety, and ease to maintain, we’ve tracked down some of the best baby high chairs out there.

    The Peg-Perego Siesta high chair keeps your baby mobile, while still contained. One neat feature of this high chair are the casters wheels (with locking functions for safety) that let you move the chair from room to room, so you and your baby aren’t bound to the dining room. The upholstery fabric is comfortable for your little one, but makes this chair slightly more difficult to clean if there’s a major mess explosion. Still, it’s made with quality materials and is built to last, with a price tag of $300.

    The Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair will seat your baby for years. This high chair hits a home run in nearly every department: its wooden style fits in beautifully at a more grown-up table, but its ergonomic design will keep your baby sitting comfortably. Infant seat, tray, and cushion are sold separately, but even with these additions, the price is reasonable at under $350.

    The Boon Flair Pedestal high chair is designed with parents in mind. We like the Flair high chair because of its well-thought out details: it has a smooth, seamless seat that means cleanup is quick and easy. It has a heavy pedestal base with adjustable levels that consumer reports have deemed “excellent.” And at $250, the price is right for a well-modeled high chair for everyday use.

    The Baby Bjorn high chair is minimalist in style, but not in function. While some high chairs take up enormous amounts of space, the compact Baby Bjorn doesn’t waste an inch of space. It’s easy to fold and makes a great travel high chair, but it also holds up in safety, comfort, and maintenance. The ergonomic design gives your baby support in the right places and safely keeps her in place with a lap belt with two buckles and a tray with safety post. The Baby Bjorn can be found for $300.

    The Micuna Ovo high chair blends style, safety, and function. “Elegant” isn’t usually a word you think of when you consider high chairs, but the Ovo is just that. You won’t mind keeping it at your dining room table, and the beauty of this chair is that it eventually transitions into a kid-sized chair when your baby grows bigger. It’s easy to clean and keep maintained, and has a five-point harness system for safety. Market price for the Ovo is $460.

    The Phil&Teds Lobster is the hook-on chair and travel seat you need. A portable baby seat can come in handy, whether you’re traveling far, or down the street to your favorite restaurant. This hook-on chair has an easy-to-remove fabric shell and dishwasher-safe tray, so cleaning up after a meal out is simple. The “lobster claw” clamps keep the seat safely secured to the table and a 4-point harness keeps your little one in place. The Lobster is listed at $89.99.

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