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10 Essentials for Maternity Activewear

What you need to look for in prenatal activewear to make the most of your pregnancy workouts.

10 Essentials for Maternity Activewear
Do you love athleisure and can often be found wearing your favorite workout gear to the coffee shop? You and me both, mama! But what do we do now that we are pregnant and our bump is starting to force us out of our regular workout clothes? While I have seen my fair share of women resorting to wearing their partner’s large t-shirts, there are so many cute maternity brands that can hug your form in such flattering ways and provide the support that you need for your pregnancy workouts. But you know what that means… Decisions, decisions. But wait... Before you go running to the store to gift yourself (and your bump) that perfect-looking workout outfit, you must know what to look for in prenatal exercise clothes. Here are our 10 tips to finding the perfect, most supportive maternity activewear, whatever your pregnancy workout may be. For outdoor exercises such as running and open air exercise classes:

Belabumbum activewear

1. Get good, fitted shoes. Pregnancy wreaks havoc on your balance, and when you are moving around outside, the ground is much more likely to be uneven. Make sure to get fitted for a good running shoe that reflects your weight gain and possible increase in shoe size. 2. Layer up with moisture-wicking tops. Regardless of the outside temperature, you will heat up quicker during pregnancy and may have to shed layers when others are still fine. Invest in a good moisture-wicking top and a sweatshirt to stay warm in cold temps. Belabumbum makes moisture-wicking top is a great first layer to your workout outfit, and this Boob Design fleece sweater blocks the wind to keep you warm even when the temperatures are low. 3. Wear a supportive sports bra. Any outdoor sport that brings about “bounce” requires a good sports bra to keep you comfortable and your growing, possibly tender chest happy. You will most likely have to size up at least one cup, and make sure that you buy sports bras for moderate to maximum support, which you can then reuse postpartum. This seamless yoga nursing bra from Bravado is comfy, and you'll be able to wear it well after pregnancy, as a breastfeeding mom. For high-impact activities, try this one from Hotmilk. 4. Favor shorts or long pants with a belly panel. You may never want to wear a different type of pant again. The panel can give mid-belly or full-belly coverage depending on the season and your comfort. Plus, these pants offer some stability and support for your growing bump and the change in your centre of gravity. These Hatch x Bandier leggings are exactly what you need: they hug your form, and the stretchy waistband cradles the bottom of your bump, which is great for support during pregnancy. 5. Put a band/belt on your belly. As you get bigger, you want to support the belly, especially if you continue to jog, hop or even power walk. Belly bands such as the Gabriella Maternity Support Belt are great to allow for those activities late into your third trimester. For indoor exercises such as yoga, barre and pilates classes:

HATCH x Bandier

6. Wear a comfortable top. The last thing you want during pregnancy is a tight top or one that rides up and exposes your mid-section. Invest in some maternity pieces that are soft to the touch to feel good while you flow through your prenatal yoga or barre class. Since you’ll also be sweating more than usual during your indoor workouts, make sure to opt for a moisture-wicking alternative. This interlocking bra/tank top from Hatch x Bandier is great for low-impact, indoor activities. 7. Opt for pants that aren’t too loose or too short. In an indoor class you want to be able to move and go upside down without having to constantly adjust your clothing. So wear body hugging maternity wear, especially on the legs that isn’t too short or too wide so you feel supported and covered in all the right places. Fitbump's maternity capris are a yoga fave. 8. Choose a color that won’t embarrass you. Since you are pregnant, there’s a chance that you will either sweat more along your private parts or have bladder-related emergencies. While it is not something women want to talk about, it is fairly common during and after pregnancy. So choose a neutral dark color that will conceal stains that can make you feel uncomfortable. 9. Wear socks with a grip. Though this is an optional suggestion, pregnancy may make you wobbly or worried about slipping. These socks will feel just light enough to do any class from yoga to barre (where they are required) and keep you safe when your balance is compromised. Try these Sweaty Betty socks with high grip and extra arch support. 10. Accessorize with a cute headband. Since you will never have to worry about going up a size up, get a cute headband. You can wear it to keep sweat out of your eyes and to feel extra pretty now that you have those extra luscious locks. For more inspiration on what to wear, check out our fitness essentials like in this blogpost. Let us know in the comments how you manage to stay fit during your pregnancy. Happy sweating, mamas. Image courtesy of Fitbump. Shop the post:

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.

$30

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!

$75

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.

$40

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.

$120

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.

$30

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.

$100

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.

$40

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.

$121

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.

$100

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.

$45

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.

$179

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.

$100

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.

$33

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.

$88

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

$35

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says that newborns, especially, do not need a bath every day. While parents should make sure the diaper region of a baby is clean, until a baby learns how to crawl around and truly get messy, a daily bath is unnecessary.

So, why do we feel like kids should bathe every day?

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