8 maternity styles to love all pregnancy long

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8 maternity styles to love all pregnancy long

A maxi dress.

Whether it’s a wedding or a day at the zoo, a maxi dress can(almost) literally be worn anywhere.  Justthink of how many times you could rock this dress during your pregnancy.

Our friends at PlumPretty Sugar have a line of maternity maxi dresses that are sure to makeyou (and your wallet) smile. For a boho effect, they recommend adding layeredbracelets to get that artisan feel. For evening events, they recommend pairingmatching heels to dress up the look.

A luxe set of pajamas.

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Who needs a hospital gown when you can wear a light andgorgeous set of jammies after labor? Bring on the visitors!

Plus, a stylish pair of maternity PJs can be worn throughoutyour pregnancy and even while nursing baby. According to our friends at PlumPretty Sugar, they are “perfect for easy mornings and lazy evenings.”

We knowmama, we can’t wait for jammie time either.

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Looking for a few maternity must-haves for your growingbump?

Maybe you want to create the perfect minimalist capsulewardrobe to get you through the next 9 months. Or perhaps you are simply in themood to splurge on a few pregnancy pieces that won’t break the bank. Whateveryou are looking for, we’ve got you covered—from head to toe, mama.

Consider these pregnancy style essentials your go-to shopping list for the next 9 months and beyond—


Almost as versatile as jeans—and definitely more cozy—leggingsare a simple way to feel great during your pregnancy…even in those lastuncomfortable months.

Wear them with tunics, button-downs, dresses, or sweatersand fret no longer about buttons and zippers. Hey, they should be banned duringpregnancy, anyway, right?

An oversized button-down shirt.

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Talk about comfy chic.

Pair with leggings, jeans, or shortsfor a casual but polished look.

Not happy with the selection in the women’sdepartment? Head for the men’s section—or better yet, raid your partner’scloset. He won’t mind, especially with how charming you make his wardrobe look.

Boyfriend jeans.

A little looser in the leg, boyfriend jeans can be wornthroughout your pregnancy. Plus, they can be dressed up or down and worn withalmost any shoe in your closet. (We recommend a super comfy flat or bootie.)

Pro tip: Invest inan inexpensive bellyband to turn any jeans into maternity wear, from the first trimester allthe way through to the fourth. Who said you needed to buy expensive maternityjeans to look this good?

A super-soft dress.

Whether you like them long or short, every mama needs atleast one dress that shows off her bump. You are gorgeous. Flaunt yourpregnancy glow while you can.

Pair with flip flops, flats, or sneakers for a casual dayout.

And last but not least?

A long sweater.

Nothing says comfy (and flattering) like a long sweater wornwith leggings or jeans. Perfect for work or weekends, this is one of the mostversatile pieces to own during pregnancy.

Pro tip: Wear alayer under your sweater in case one of those infamous pregnancy hot flashesstrikes.

An empire tunic.

Re-discover your waistline with a tunic that will make yousparkle. Long, flowy hems mean you can wear them with almost any bottom,including leggings. Yesssss.

Pair with a long necklace to elongate your torso while bringingfocus to your brag-worthy baby bump.

Bonus: Tunics with an empire waist tend to accentuate the ladies up top. Who said pregnancy hormones didn’t have their perks. ?

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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