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  • Baby Fashion (0-6mos.) Fall Edition

    Leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Fall is here, and it’s the very first one for your new baby! You’ve probably already begun collecting cold-weather coats, hats, and snuggly blankets for the change of season. Once you’ve covered the bases, it’s time to get fun with your baby’s clothing. Why not make your baby’s first autumn extra-special by dressing her in the season’s latest fashion? Trips to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch are even better when you and your baby are enjoying autumn in style. Girl or boy, there are a collection of trends to follow this fall. Make sure your baby’s clothes are thoroughly on-point!  

    Ruffle your baby up. The most stylish infant clothes are adorned with frilly ruffles this autumn. Dainty dresses are always adorable on a brand-new baby girl, but don’t stop at a ruffled dress. Look for delicate decorative ruffles on sleeves, collars, and down pants legs. Jackets and sweaters with ruffles are perfect for keeping baby cozy as the temperature drops, while keeping her up on the current trends. Bonus points for snatching up a ruffled receiving blanket for chilly evening stroller rides.

    ruffle it up

     Look for lace all over the place. Lacy accents are normally found on special-occasion-only baby clothing. This fall, seek out lace on everyday wear, like bodysuits, leggings, sweaters, and baby accessories. Decorative lace overlays are lovely for autumn, but so are lace trimmings on hemlines and delicate lace headbands. When you shop for lacy babywear, run the fabric over the back of your hand to be certain that it won’t be too itchy or irritating against you little one’s sensitive skin.

    lace accents are in

    Dress for the great outdoors - even if you’d rather stay inside. Wild woodland themes are all over baby clothes this fall, matched with wonderfully rich earthen tones. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been camping in your life, you can still dress your baby in this season’s mountain and forest motifs. Woodland critters like foxes, owls, fawns, and bears pop up in beautiful patterns, as well as designs evocative of late-night s’more roasting and hikes in autumnal woods. You know your baby is a little animal, so embrace that with the fall’s wilderness trend.

    dress for the great outdoors...even when staying in

    Red, orange, and yellow are autumnal staples, but don’t forget pink. Soft, dusty pink is everywhere this fall. The dusky hue matches well with the darker palette that shorter autumnal days invite. Find unexpected ways to dress your baby in this hot fall shade, like rosy booties to keep tiny toes warm or a pink bodysuit layered under a cardigan. When you’re out with infants, it’s crucial to keep a back-up outfit in the diaper bag (in case of spit-up, diaper issues, or food stains, just to name a few possible issues), so be sure to get an extra dusty pink shirt or two to carry with you if the first outfit fails.

    dusty pink is an autumnal staple color

    Pick bold patterns for your fierce little one. Fearless floral patterns are especially popular this autumn, but also find checks and plaids for your fashionable infant. Infant clothing usually tends toward gentle motifs and light colors, so choosing a piece with strong designs will make a major statement. Pair checked shirts with solid bottoms, or oversized polka dots with a simple onesie. These patterns are particularly well-suited to your little girl’s first tiny swing dress, when it’s time to get fancy, or a baby boy’s first dapper party shirt.

    pick bold print for your fierce little one

    Remember to bring layers to keep your baby cozy. When it comes to following fall baby trends, outerwear isn’t an exception. Faux-fur is popping up everywhere this autumn. Furry coats and vests will give your tiny trendsetter a polished look, especially in luxuriant cream or off-white shades. The details on these pieces really stand out, so pay attention for the cutest buttons, clasps, and toggles to complete the look. Faux-fur lined bunting and one-pieces are also perfect for the coldest autumn days, out and about.

    keep baby cozy in layers

    Baby clothing safety is always in style. As you piece together your infant’s perfect fall wardrobe, remember that it’s important to keep an eye out for possible safety risks. Remove drawstrings from baby’s clothing, as the strings can catch on cribs, seats, swings and other furniture. Also, be aware of tiny, detachable adornments on clothing items, like rhinestones, jewels, buttons, and other decorative pieces. These can fall off and become a choking hazard, so check the clothing to make sure that pieces are still attached.

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  • Baby Fashion: Headbands

    Because it’s never too early to accessorize.

    Putting a baby into a headband is one of those trends you either love or loathe. We’re kind of loving it at the moment, and with the right headband, we think you will too. We’ve rounded up a collection of some of our favorite headband makers, all of which feature unique styles, cool patterns and fun colors. So start accessorizing.

    Article & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

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  • The Emotional Lifecycle of a Onesie

    7 feelings you’ll experience from buying to retiring those tiny baby clothes.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Before a baby arrives, we build a picture of them in our imagination, evocative and alluring, captivating us whenever we have a moment for reflection. There’s nothing more suggestive of the mysterious newborn to be than their tiny baby clothes. The adorable patterns, simple and luxurious textures, even their glorious smells wrap us up in the deliciousness of our baby and the promise of the future. As new moms, we ride an emotional wave during the child’s first year, and the lifecycle of their clothing captures all of it in a nutshell.

    Rarely do we consider the feelings that are evoked by newborn baby clothes. Intense expectation, haunting nostalgia, a million shades of wonderful coupled with a tinge of sadness. All of it is part of the first year. Here are the 7 phases in the emotional lifecycle of a onesie.

    1. Anticipation. Even the most superstitious family is likely to buy a few key pieces of clothing before a baby is born. Onesies, pajamas and gowns, and blankets. All of them purchased when the baby is but a dream, possibly before we know the gender, and before there’s even a name. We could stare at those garments for hours, trying to envision the squirming bundle that will inhabit them shortly.

    2. Celebration. Once the baby is born you will receive lots of clothing, all sizes, all seasons, every style, many of it not your style. I recall a particular crushed velvet jacket that I simply couldn’t touch too many times because I was enraptured. I loved everything about it, from its smell to the depth of color. My son wore it twice, as spit up and velvet didn’t really go together that well. But it sent me on a reverie I remember to this day. You’ll also get plenty of items that won’t be quite right and that will eventually lead you to feelings of….

    3. Frustration. You’ll spend a lot of time managing clothing returns, figuring out what she’s outgrown and what has a week or two of wear left. If you line up everything by size in the closet as I did, your child will outgrow half of the wardrobe by mid-year. The season won’t align with his sizes, some items seem forever too big, and a few will be worn for a week or two. You’ll be in and out of stores, trying to remember how much money you have left in credit at this or that place. It will all be a blur.

    4. Mastery. As you make your way through the clothing gifts, and get to know whether your child is big or small for their age, how certain brands size their clothing, you’ll become an expert on what will work. You’ll love the things YOU buy.

    5. Nostalgia. Around this time you’ll start to retire lots of clothing, storing items away for future siblings. It’s not always easy to give up these old friends. Memories haunt them. She wore this dress to meet Aunt Clara, that gown when he was in the hospital, this onesie the first time he had a fever. As the seasons change, you say goodbye to what are now favorites. You wonder when you’ll see them again.

    6. Recycling. With each pregnancy, mothers revisit the magic of the layette. I’ve had three sons, spaced roughly 18 months apart, so I’ve been in and out of the baby boxes many times and I’ve shared those special pieces with my sister who also has a boy.

    7. Rekindling. Just recently, we were cleaning the basement and happened upon a forgotten stash of newborn clothes. Our boys are now 16, 14, 13 and 11 and many many onesies were collected along the way. What intense joy and sadness upon reacquaintance with their clothing. How could my son, now 6 ft. 3, have inhabited those baby shoes? Where did all the time go? Our boys will too quickly become men, as our memories scramble to get themselves in order. Hold on to some of those beloved items, the ones that take you back to the early days of motherhood, with all of its powerful associations, the ones you want etched in your mind forever.

    This article is by Renee Bock, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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  • Cold Weather Essentials For Mom & Baby

    March has arrived, yet it seems like the cold is only getting harsher! We know how tough it can be to keep you and your baby comfortable when out-and-about in the cold. Stay warm and protected with these cold weather essentials, so you can ensure as much comfort and agility through the rest of these frigid days.

    Braving the whipping winter winds with your little one requires a bevy of must-have tools to keep you both safe and comfortable when you’re on-the-go, including:

    For Baby

    • A snug fitting winter hat that covers your baby’s ears
    • Mittens—they’re easier to slip on little hands
    • A thick winter coat with sleeves that taper at the wrist
    • Baby leg warmers to add layered warmth on a particularly chilly day
    • Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm to treat your baby’s Jack Frost-kissed skin
    • A warm stroller blanket or BundleMe to keep body heat in and the cold out
    • A waterproof stroller cover to slip on during rain, sleet, or snow
    • Shoes that cover your baby’s ankles—snow boots or rain boots during periods of wet weather
    • Nine Naturals Natural Sunscreen SPF 32 to shield your baby from the sun’s harmful rays

    For Mom

    • A warm winter coat that extends past your waist and can zip or button up high on your neck
    • Ear muffs or a snug fitting hat that will keep you warm but not interfere with your ability to hear clearly
    • A heavy-knit scarf that is both easy to put on and remove
    • Nine Naturals Unscented Moisturizing Body Cream to lock in moisture
    • Smart touch gloves, which allow you to answer a phone call or send a text without exposing your digits to the elements
    • Sunglasses to shield your eyes from the bright winter sun
    • Nine Naturals Simply Natural Lip Balm to treat painfully chapped lips
    • A stocked diaper bag with saline wipes for runny noses, alcohol-free hand sanitizer, hand warmers to slip in your coat pocket, and a baby bottle filled with water to keep your precious one hydrated
    • The Dark Sky App —available on your iPhone or iPad—provides you with up to the minute weather condition reports, allowing you to decide if you should head out or stay inside for the day

    What are some of your favorite ways of staying warm in the cold weather?

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    • Shoe Shopping for Tiny Feet

      Style versus function is a constant battle. Here’s why you should take a step back when it comes to baby’s footwear choice.

      Article & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

      Once your baby starts taking their first steps the, “Yes! Now I can finally buy little shoes!” moment happens. Inevitably you’ll venture into the kid’s shoe section of the store and become overwhelmed by the amount of cuteness. Before you know it you’re splurging on tiny soles that look insanely cute, but may not help so much with their developing feet. It’s a dilemma we face with our everyday purchases too, right? Style versus function.

      Los Angeles Pediatrician, Dr. Monica Asnani “encourages toddlers to go barefoot while indoors whenever possible because they can grip the floor or carpet with their toes and achieve better balance than while wearing shoes.”

      So if your little is just starting to pull themselves up to stand, you don’t need shoes yet. You want to let their toes “curl, wiggle, bend, and spread to work the small muscles of their feet” – Natasha Burget, MD.

      Once they’ve started the cruising-the-furniture phase, things move pretty quickly from there. Soon they’ll be ready for short walks outside, and that’s when you want to protect the bottoms of their feet, thus shoe shopping begins!

      Keep in mind that not all shoes are made with your toddler’s developing feet in mind. So while those teeny Toms (that come in so many fun colors, sequins, and designs) look really cute, it’s not so fun for our little explorers when their feet start slipping out from the backs, or they’re tripping from a stiff sole. Our recommendation is to put those on the back burner for when they’ve become confident walkers! They’ll be there in no time.

      So let’s talk shoes, in stages…

      Cruising / First Walker: They’re going to be curious about their new shoes, so staying away from anything with laces, that they can untie, and velcro that they can quickly undo is best avoided. Elasticized backs are key at this stage too because they’ll help keep shoes on. At this stage you definitely want “a shoe with a soft, flexible sole (that you can bend easily back and forth) and a nonskid sole.” (Dr. Monica Asnani). The all leather moccasin type shoes are very popular during this stage because it’s the closest to being barefoot that they can be while still being protected. Check out just a few faves from the below that are perfect for this stage, and quite stylish!

      Style Picks: 1. stitches & soles2. Li’l Aussie Shoe Co.3. hello moccs

      Confident / Exploring: During this stage, they’d rather be walking than sitting in a stroller. They’re not holding onto furniture much, and they’re going for it, smiling, giggling and almost running with every rapid step they’re taking. You can still keep them in leather sole shoes because they’ll still find them just as comfortable, just beware that they’re going to wear a lot quicker now that they’re more mobile. Now you can move onto rubber soles, which opens up a whole new variety of shoes to shop for. “When shopping for toddler shoes, bend the shoe in half. The shoe should bend in the middle. If the shoe bends at the “ball” of the foot, then there is some arch support in the shoe. A toddler will walk stiffly and unnaturally in a shoe with arch support, so look for a different shoe” – Natasha Burget, MD.

      P.S. Bobux has a great image below each of their shoes to show their sole’s flexibility which comes in handy.

      Style Picks: 4. Bobux5. Joojos6. Tip Toey Joey

      Running / Full time walker: There’s no particular age for this stage because everyone develops at their own rate, but you’ll know when they’ve reached it because you’ll hardly be able to catch up with them! You can buy those cute little Toms now, and pretty much every shoe you see out there. It’s always good to take your kids shoe shopping with you though. Have them try on a pair and walk around the store to see how comfortable they walk in them. Comfort should still be key! Last thing you want is for them to cry of blisters.

      Style Picks: 7. See Kai Run8. Camper9. Dr Marten’s

      Happy shoe shopping!

      This article is by Junia Montano, courtesy of Well Rounded NY. Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city. 

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    • Fashion Friday – Our Guide and Top Picks for Buying Infant Clothing

      Shopping for baby clothes for the first time can be extremely overwhelming for first-time parents.  More often that not, you end up buying too many items that the baby doesn’t wear or that don’t fit and end up having to spend more money on clothes once the baby arrives. Earlier in the week, we spoke with Kristin Swati, the founder and owner of the Fawn Shoppe, an online children’s boutique on the topic of organic children’s clothing. Today, with Kristin’s help, we’ve put together a shopping guide for parents who are welcoming a little one soon.

      NN: We know that parents or parents-to-be are thinking about their children long before they are born. What are your top tips for new parents who are shopping for clothes for their baby?

      KS: 1. Indulge! There is nothing like a gorgeous layette to help one escape from the doldrums of maternity wear.

      2. Shop Online for quick, convenient purchasing. It is certainly easiest to shop for baby once one knows the gender and well before the baby is born. But of course many parents keep the sex a surprise, and some cultures dictate that all shopping is done after birth. Online shopping makes it a lot easier to buy things once baby is here if parents prefer to wait.

      3. Purchase basics in 3- and 6-month sizes. On sizing, we recommend buying up to size 6 months on basics with the heaviest concentration in the 3 months size initially. Smaller babies may stay in the newborn (NB) size for up to the first month but larger ones may wear size 3 months from birth. Though it’s hard to know, family size is a decent predictor. When unsure, size 3 months is a good bet for the bulk of your layette. Oh..and to be clear, size 3 months may also be quoted as size 0-3 months by some designers.

      4. Pay attention to indoor temperatures. Don’t forget that baby will be inside most of the time in the beginning. Therefore, the temperature of your home is the relevant one and not the temp outside. This actually makes buying easier because certain pieces like long-sleeved onesies will be great no matter the season. Layering is also fantastic for babies on the go.

      5. Watch your baby to see if he/she is comfortable. Rules like “dress your baby in one more layer than you have on” don’t apply to every baby. Far more effective is touching the baby’s hands, feet and neck to feel if he is the right temperature. Of course sweating means to remove clothing right away. Common sense.

      NN: What are the must-have clothing items that expecting parents should purchase for their baby?

      KS: On our list of must-haves are:

      1. Gowns. Yes, boys can wear them too. Most modern ones really don’t look like actual gowns anymore but more like a onesie that doesn’t end and is open at the bottom. For the first few weeks nothing makes changing easier than a gown. Pull up; change diaper; pull down. Nine Naturals Pick: Striped gown from Giggle.

      2. Onesies. Loads of them. We love kimono button style in particular for healing bellies. And sleeves with hand covers are nice. Clipping newborn nails is a little nerve wracking for most new parents. Nine Naturals Pick: Kimono-style onesies from Giggle.

      3. Leggings. To go over the onesies if temperature dictates. Layering is key. Nine Naturals Pick: Leggings from babylegs.

      4. Socks. Bundles are great. Dryers like baby socks more than anything else so buy a lot. Nine Naturals Pick: Sock sets from Trumpette.

      5. Swaddle blankets. Even if you never quite figure out the swaddle or your baby hates it, you will use these for everything from cleanup to nursing cover to impromptu sunhat. Trust us. Nine Naturals Pick: Organic Cotton Swaddle Cloth from aden + anais.

      6. Footies. Not as easy for changing as the onesies and gowns but the built in socks make them well worth the multitude of snaps. Nine Naturals Pick: Footies from Paige Lauren.

      7. Weather specific needs. Depending on season, you’ll want a couple of sunhats, a snowsuit (yes, strollers sometimes have these built in…but we liked the suit for baby wearing purposes once baby hits 3 months or so), and plenty of warmer hatsNine Naturals Picks: Organic Sunhat in Keyhole Print from Feather Baby, Cuddle Me Infant Snowsuit from Barefoot Dreams, and the Cable Hat & Booties Set from Egg Baby .

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