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*We’ve partnered with JJ Cole to help you survive the winter freeze. When the cold weather hits, it can be tempting to hunker down indoors, especially when you’ve got a new baby. But if you’re hibernating in your living room, how are you going to get all those adorable Instagram-worthy photos of you and your little one? The right baby gear can make all the difference when it comes to staying active (and adorably Instagrammable) during the winter months. So we’ve partnered with JJ Cole, maker of the famous cozy Bundleme, to share our top 10 Instagram moms showing off their top 10 Instagrammable winter walls. Find out how they take the perfect stroller shot, and how they make sure their little one stays warm while they do it. Then head to Instagram and show us how you’re a #strollerposer too! Fallon Carmichael Santiago @casadefallon Bushwick, Brooklyn Baby Jude, 6 months Tell us a little about your wall. I came across this wall in Bushwick and instantly fell in love! What caught my eye at first was the gorgeous, strong women featured and how colorful and vibrant she was. Then, of course the message “Love is color” spoke to me as well. As a multiracial woman who is also raising mixed race children, it’s important to me that I teach my children to not only embrace what makes them different, but to also love others because of their differences too. To me, that is what this wall represents. What's your best tip for getting out and about with baby during the winter? Layers, layers, layers. A cozy jumper and hat are a must, topped off a warm Bundleme, and you’re good to go. I swear my son loves being in his stroller even more during the winter months because it’s so cozy! Jude is wearing the JJ Cole Bundleme Knit Infant in Graphite. Olivia Metzger @livviejane Hank, 9 months Chicago Tell us a little about your wall. This farm-themed wall in Lakeview is so fun for my boys to visit. We shot our pictures in front of the giant tomato because I wanted a pop of red but there's also a huge horse, cow, and chicken that my three-year-old likes to touch. It doesn't hurt that it's located around the corner from our favorite coffee shop, Heritage General Store. What's your best tip for getting out and about with baby during the winter? Aside from investing in a comfortable and warm pair of boots, a Bundleme and an arsenal of cute hats, treating yourself to a hot drink -- coffee, tea, hot chocolate -- while you're out and about will help warm you from the inside out. Hank is wearing the JJ Cole Bundleme Knit Infant in Graphite. Shahidah Zareef Nasir Zareef, 2 months @bossmom_Shah Oakland Tell us a little about your wall. I love this wall at my children's school! It's a painting of Afeni Shakur, an American activist in her community and the mother of Tupac Shakur. The school is named Roses in Concrete, inspired by a famous poem written by Tupac titled "The rose who grew from concrete." Afeni Shakur came to the school a few times since it opened 3 years ago. Another fun fact: the school is located in the Oakland neighborhood that I grew up in! I use to attend the same school in elementary, but since then, it closed and reopened as the school my children attend today. What's your best tip for getting out and about with baby during the winter? My tip for keeping your baby nice and warm while out and about in the winter is: don't leave home without your Bundleme! Simple as that. I cannot rave enough about how good it feels to strap my baby in the stroller knowing that he is tucked in nice and cozy from the winter air! I even noticed that my baby is a bit less fussy since we've started using the Bundleme. Nasir is wearing the JJ Cole Bundleme Infant Knit in Graphite. Anna Whitworth @anja_mari Leo, 2 years, Simon, 5 years Boston Tell us a little about your wall. We love colorful walls -- they remind me of our Chicago days, when we started a collection of wall picture-taking, even before kids! My husband and I would go explore Chicago together and take pictures of ourselves in front of interesting walls. We are pretty new to Boston and I feel like we are finding our place around New England through spotting cool walls. What's your best tip for getting out and about with baby during the winter? Bundle them, bundle yourself and do frequent stops at coffee shops! A warm drink in hand and snacks for the squirming toddler can really make a difference...and make it possible to trek through the city. Leo is wearing the JJ Cole Bundleme Urban Toddler in Stealth. Sai De Silva @scoutthecity Rio, 8 months Dumbo, Brooklyn Tell us a little about your wall. NYC is my wall! It’s the best backdrop in the world. What's your best tip for getting out and about with baby during the winter? As much as I love all four seasons in NYC, I have to admit winter is freezing! The only thing that can get you through these blustery times is a warm coat. Rio is wearing the JJ Cole Bundleme Knit Infant in Graphite. Kelsey Bethune @kelseybethune Crew, 8 months Union Market, Southeast Washington, D.C. Tell us a little about your wall. This wall, located at a market in SE Washington, D.C., is similar to a wall in Chelsea Market in Manhattan. The building behind this wall houses so many of D.C.'s creative startups and we love the creative community that it fosters. This heart wall is a bit of an iconic D.C. photo op. Above the hearts it reads, "Never Give Up." I moved to D.C. three months before my business partner and I launched our company, which was tough to do in a new market with no industry friends! Union Market has always represented a welcoming spot for me, whether it's for brunch with friends, meetings with clients or networking with industry pros….and now, walking my baby around in the snow! What's your best tip for getting out and about with baby during the winter? Crew was a late spring baby, so getting out in cold weather is new to us, but I've already learned about the power of layers! We walk pretty much everywhere we go in the city, so it's important to protect him from windy alleys or unexpected cold cloud coverage. But it’s equally important to remember to unbundle him when we get inside warm locations so he doesn't overheat. I usually have an extra just-in-case muslin and a short-sleeved onesie as his bottom layer, just in case he gets too warm while I'm grocery shopping. Crew is wearing the JJ Cole Bundleme Original Infant in Graphite. Shannon Bird @birdalamode Hudson Holland Briton, 2 years, Brooklyn, 7 months Provo Tell us a little about your wall. I love this wall because it’s in Provo where I met my husband and right outside from where I had my college graduation dinner. It’s also the wall where I used to shoot when I first started blogging. What's your best tip for getting out and about with baby during the winter? As a mom you can do anything….that is, if your children are comfortable. And in the winter comfort comes in the form of staying warm. I love the Bundlemes because they are warm and cozy all day/night long. Hudson and Brooklyn are wearing the JJ Cole Bundlemes in Infant and Toddler Stealth. Ali Maffucci @inspiralizedali Luca Leo Cerda, 12 weeks Jersey City Tell us a little about your wall. This wall is in downtown Jersey City, right beside one of my husband and my favorite restaurants, Mathews. We love having date nights there. Their cocktails are the best! My husband’s favorite drink comes with a little plastic monkey on the rim. What's your best tip for getting out and about with baby during the winter? Definitely keep the stroller packed with cold weather essentials! I love my stroller mittens, an extra cozy blanket, a warm hat for the baby, and of course, a cold weather stroller sack like the Bundleme. I keep it all in my stroller at all times, so if I run out the door, I'm prepared. And knowing that it’s always in there, helps me get out the door more quickly! Once I know baby is warm, I try to find events or errands that get me out of the house. Instead of ordering shampoo on Amazon, I go to the local pharmacy or store to grab it. No matter how little the errand or task is, it’s so important to get of the house with the baby, even when it’s cold out. Luca is wearing the JJ Cole Bundleme Urban Infant in Black. Marisa Brown @hellobabybrown Briar, 4 months, Phayre, 2 years, and Sloan, 4.5 years Portland Tell us a little about your wall. This wall is located right outside the Hawthorne Theatre, in the heart of the Hawthorne district. We love the Hawthorne neighborhood because it's always bustling with people and has many diverse shops and restaurants. On this particular day, we had promised our daughters a trip to their favorite toy store, and they had a blast! What's your best tip for getting out and about with baby during the winter? My best tip for getting out with kiddos during the winter months is to dress them in layers. I always add a sweater, coat and hat to my kiddos’ outfits, even under the Bundleme, so that they're warm while we're outside, and I can easily strip layers off and be comfortable when we go inside. I typically keep coats and hats in my car so that it's easy to just jump in the car and go!s Briar is wearing the JJ Cole Bundleme Original Infant in Black. Liz Teich @thenewyorkstylist Asher, 8 months Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Tell us a little about your wall. This wall has been one of our favorites since we moved to the neighborhood 10 years ago. Just this past year, it became even more special because the local book store, Books Are Magic, moved in just in time for me to have my baby. I bring him there often. The owner is a writer who used to work at the old neighborhood book shop, and when that closed, she decided to open this one. She felt, like the rest of us, that our neighborhood needed a local bookstore. It’s such a neighborhood gem. What's your best tip for getting out and about with baby during the winter? It’s so much easier to get out of the house with the Bundleme! Layering my little one up takes too much time now that he’s so wiggly and on the move. The main thing I worry about now is keeping his head warm. I pack extra hats in my diaper bag because I’m always forgetting to put one on him when we run out of our apartment. Asher is wearing the JJ Cole Bundleme Urban Infant in Ice.

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As mamas, we naturally become the magic-makers for our families. We sing the songs that make the waits seem shorter, dispense the kisses that help boo-boos hurt less, carry the seemingly bottomless bags of treasures, and find ways to turn even the most hum-drum days into something memorable.

Sometimes it's on a family vacation or when exploring a new locale, but often it's in our own backyards or living rooms. Here are 12 ways to create magical moments with kids no matter where your adventures take you.


1. Keep it simple

Mary Poppins may be practically perfect in every way, but―trust us―your most magical memories don't require perfection. Spend the morning building blanket forts or break out the cookie cutters to serve their sandwich in a fun shape and you'll quickly learn that, for kids, the most magical moments are often the simplest.

2. Get on their level

Sometimes creating a memorable moment can be as easy as getting down on the floor and playing with your children. So don't be afraid to get on your hands and knees, to swing from the monkey bars, or turn watching your favorite movie into an ultimate snuggle sesh.

3. Reimagine the ordinary

As Mary says, "the cover is not the book." Teach your child to see the world beyond initial impressions by encouraging them to imagine a whole new world as you play―a world where the laundry basket can be a pirate ship or a pile of blankets can be a castle.

4. Get a little messy

Stomp in muddy puddles. Break out the finger paint. Bake a cake and don't worry about frosting drips on the counter. The messes will wait, mama. For now, let your children―and yourself―live in these moments that will all too soon become favorite memories.

5. Throw out the plan

The best-laid plans...are rarely the most exciting. And often the most magical moments happen by accident. So let go of the plan, embrace the unexpected, and remember that your child doesn't care if the day goes according to the schedule.

6. Take it outside

There's never a wrong time of year to make magic outside. Take a stroll through a spring rainstorm, catch the first winter snowflakes on your tongue, or camp out under a meteor shower this summer. Mother Nature is a natural at creating experiences you'll both remember forever.

7. Share your childhood memories

Chances are if you found it magical as a child, then your kids will too. Introduce your favorite books and movies (pro tip: Plan a double feature with an original like Mary Poppins followed with the sequel, Mary Poppins Returns!) or book a trip to your favorite family vacation spot from the past. You could even try to recreate photos from your old childhood with your kids so you can hang on to the memory forever.

8. Just add music

Even when you're doing something as humdrum as prepping dinner or tidying up the living room, a little music has a way of upping the fun factor. Tell Alexa to cue up your favorite station for a spontaneous family dance party or use your child's favorite movie soundtrack for a quick game of "Clean and Freeze" to pick up toys at the end of the day.

9. Say "yes"

Sometimes it can feel like you're constantly telling your child "no." While it's not possible to grant every request (sorry, kiddo, still can't let you drive the car!), plan a "yes" day for a little extra magic. That means every (reasonable) request gets an affirmative response for 24 hours. Trust us―they'll never forget it.

10. Let them take the lead

A day planned by your kid―can you imagine that? Instead of trying to plan what you think will lead to the best memories, put your kid in the driver's seat by letting them make the itinerary. If you have more than one child, break up the planning so one gets to pick the activity while the other chooses your lunch menu. You just might end up with a day you never expected.

11. Ask more questions

Odds are, your child might not remember every activity you plan―but they will remember the moments you made them feel special. By focusing the conversation on your little one―their likes, dislikes, goals, or even just craziest dreams―you teach them that their perspective matters and that you are their biggest fan.

12. Turn a bad day around

Not every magical moment will start from something good. But the days where things don't go to plan can often turn out to be the greatest memories, especially when you find a way to turn even a negative experience into a positive memory. So don't get discouraged if you wake up to rain clouds on your beach day or drop the eggs on the floor before breakfast―take a cue from Mary Poppins and find a way to turn the whole day a little "turtle."

Mary Poppins Returns available now on Digital & out on Blue-ray March 19! Let the magic begin in your house with a night where everything is possible—even the impossible ✨

After a pregnancy that is best described as uncomfortable, Jessica Simpson is finally done "Jess-tating" and is now a mama of three.

Baby Birdie Mae Johnson joined siblings Ace and Maxwell on Tuesday, March 19, Simpson announced via Instagram.

Simpson's third child weighed in at 10 pounds, 13 ounces.

Birdie's name is no surprise to Jessica's Instagram followers, who saw numerous references to the name in her baby shower photos and IG stories in the last few weeks.

The name Birdie isn't in the top 1000 baby names according to the Social Security Administration, but It has been seeing a resurgence in recent years, according to experts.

"Birdie feels like a sassy but sweet, down-to-earth yet unusual name," Pamela Redmond Satran of Nameberry told Town and Country back in 2017. "It's also just old enough to be right on time."

At this moment in time, Simpson and her husband, former NFL player Eric Johnson, are probably busy counting little fingers and toes , which is great news because it means Simpson's toes can finally deflate. She's had a terrible time with swollen feet during this pregnancy, and was also hospitalized multiple times due to bronchitis in her final trimester.

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We're so glad to see Simpson's little Birdie has finally arrived!

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Spring is officially here and if you're looking for a way to celebrate the change in the season, why not treat the kids to some ice cream, mama?

DQ locations across the country (but not the ones in malls) are giving away free small vanilla cones today, March 20! So pack up the kids and get to a DQ near you.

And if you can't make it today, from March 21 through March 31, DQ's got a deal where small cones will be just 50 cents (but you have to download the DQ mobile app to claim that one).

Another chain, Pennsylvania-based Rita's Italian Ice is also dishing up freebies today, so if DQ's not your thing you can grab a free cup of Italian ice instead.

We're so excited that ice cream season is here and snowsuit season is behind us. Just a few short weeks and the kids will be jumping through the sprinklers.

Welcome back, spring. We've missed you!

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The woman who basically single-handedly taught the world to embrace vulnerability and imperfection is coming to Netflix and we cannot wait to binge whatever Brené Brown's special will serve up because we'll probably be better people after watching it.

It drops on April 19 and is called Brené Brown: The Call to Courage. If it has even a fraction of the impact of her books or the viral Ted talk that made her a household name, it's going to be life and culture changing.

Announcing the special on Instagram Brown says she "cannot believe" she's about to be "breaking some boundaries over at Netflix" with the 77-minute special.

Netflix describes the special as a discussion of "what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty" and it sounds exactly like what we need right now.

April 19 is still pretty far away though, so if you need some of Brown's wisdom now, check out her books on Amazon or watch (or rewatch) the 2010 Ted Talk that put her—and our culture's relationship with vulnerability and shame—in the national spotlight.

The power of vulnerability | Brené Brown

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If Marie Kondo's Netflix show got people tidying up, Brown's Netflix special is sure to be the catalyst for some courageous choices this spring.

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My husband and I recently had a date night that included being away from our son overnight for the first time since he was born three years ago (but don't let your heads run away with a fantasy—we literally slept because we were exhausted #thisiswhatwecallfunnow). It was a combination of a late night work event, a feeling that we had to do something just for the two of us, and simple convenience. It would have taken hours to get home from the end of a very long day when we could just check into a hotel overnight and get home early the next day.

But before that night, I fretted about what to do. How would childcare work? No one besides me or my husband has put our son to bed, and we have never not been there when he wakes up in the morning.

Enter: Grandma.

I knew if there was any chance of this being successful, the only person that could pull it off is one of my son's favorite people—his grandmother. Grammy cakes. Gramma. We rely so much on these extended support systems to give us comfort and confidence as parents and put our kids at ease. Technically, we could parent without their support, but I'm so glad we don't have to.

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So as we walked out the door, leaving Grandma with my son for one night, I realized how lucky we are that she gets it...

She gets it because she always comes bearing delicious snacks. And usually a small toy or crayons in her bag for just the right moment when it's needed.

She gets it because she comes with all of the warmth and love of his parents but none of the baggage. None of the first time parent jitters and all of the understanding that most kids just have simple needs: to eat, play and sleep.

She gets it because she understands what I need too. The reassurance that my baby will be safe. And cared for.

She gets it because she's been in my shoes before. Decades ago, she was a nervous new mama too and felt the same worries. She's been exactly where we are.

She gets it because she shoos us away as we nervously say goodbye, calling out cheerfully, "Have fun, I've got this." And I know that she does.

She gets it because she will get down on the floor with him to play Legos—even though sometimes it's a little difficult to get back up.

She gets it because she will fumble around with our AppleTV—so different from her remote at home—to find him just the right video on Youtube that he's looking for.

She gets it because she diligently takes notes when we go through the multi-step bedtime routine that we've elaborately concocted, passing no judgment, and promising that she'll follow along as best as she can.

She gets it because she'll break the routine and lay next to him in bed when my son gets upset, singing softly in his ear until she sees his eyelids droop heavy and finally fall asleep.

She gets it because she'll text us to let us know when he's fallen asleep because she knows we'll be wondering.

She gets it because just like our son trusts us as his mom and dad, Grandma is his safe space. My son feels at ease with her—and that relaxes me, too.

She gets it because when we come home from our "big night out" the house will be clean. Our toddler's play table that always has some sort of sticky jelly residue on it will be spotless. The dishwasher empty. (Side note: She is my hero.)

She gets it because she shows up whenever we ask. Even when it means having to rearrange her schedule. Even when it means she has to sleep in our home instead of her own.

She gets it because even though she has her own life, she makes sure to be as involved in ours as she can. But that doesn't mean she gives unsolicited advice. It means that she's there. She comes to us or lets us come to her. Whenever we need her.

She gets it because she takes care of us, too. She's there to chat with at the end of a long day. To commiserate on how hard motherhood and working and life can be, but to also gently remind me, "These are the best days."

After every time Grandma comes over, she always leaves a family that feels so content. Fulfilled by her presence. The caretaking and nourishment (mental and food-wise) and warmth that accompanies her.

We know this is a privilege. We know we're beyond lucky that she is present and wants to be involved and gets it. We know that sometimes life doesn't work out like this and sometimes Grandma lives far away or is no longer here, or just doesn't get it. So we hold on. And appreciate every moment.

As Grandma leaves, I hug her tight and tell her, "I can't thank you enough. We couldn't have done this without you." Because we can't. And we wouldn't want to.

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