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3 Holiday Maternity Styles

What to wear to every event this holiday season.

3 Holiday Maternity Styles

Decoding holiday dress codes can be a chore (“festive attire”, anyone?), and when you’re expecting, it can seem downright daunting. These three looks will have you fashionably covered for all your holiday fêtes.

1. WORK PARTY.

A classic, sophisticated look is the way to go. We love Ingrid & Isabel’s updated take on the LBD with its lace detailing. The body-conscious silhouette is tempered by the long sleeves and high neckline making it office appropriate. Pair with ankle-tie pumps (a closed toe feels right for a work event), a statement earring and a sleek box clutch like this style by Asos.

  1. ASOS Grid box clutch bag with chain handle: $43, buy here.
  2. INGRID & ISABEL Boatneck Lace Dress in Black & Nude: $98, buy here.
  3. LOEFFLER RANDALL Delfine Lace-Up Pump: $195, buy here.
  4. KENNETH JAY LANE Three ball crystal black earrings: $50, buy here.

2. HOLIDAY BRUNCH.

Whether brunching with friends or family, this effortlessly chic look is the perfect solution. Start with a flattering off-the-shoulder top. Pregnant or not, a woman’s shoulders always look good and are a great feature to highlight. Be sure to pair with a seamless, strapless maternity bra for proper support and coverage. Pair with slim-fit black trousers. The slightly cropped hem is perfect for showing off a fabulous pair of shoes. We opted for this pair of on-trend gold ballerina pumps, but heeled ankle boots or kitten-heeled pumps would also work well. Top with a cool overcoat in a luxe color like burgundy and a fun fur bag.

  1. SERAPHINE Tailored Black Cropped Maternity Pants: $89, buy here.
  2. ASOS Maternity Trapeze Waterfall Coat: $136, buy here. LA LECHE
  3. TOPSHOP Maternity Floral Ella Bardot Top: $68, buy here.
  4. & OTHER STORIES Ballerina leather pumps: $125, buy here.
  5. LOEFFLER RANDALL Cross-body pouch: $295, buy here.
  6. LEAGUE Women’s convertible strapless nursing bra: $25, buy here.

NEW YEAR’S EVE.

Now’s the time to go all out. This flowy printed gown by Free People serves up luxe-hippie glamour perfect for NYE (plus, your belly will be free of constricting seams or fabrics). Opt for a sexy shoe like these strappy bow-tie sandals by Schutz. Add on dramatic accessories like these black beaded tassel earrings and a gold satin clutch. Gilded nails are a perfect touch, try Smith and Cult’s 8-free formula in Shattered Souls. Toss a faux fur jacket over your shoulders for extra warmth and that nonchalant cool-girl factor.

  1. SCHUTZ Rene tie sandal: $180, buy here.
  2. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Satin foldover clutch in Honey Mustard: $128, buy here.
  3. VANESSA MOONEY The Charlize Earring: $58, buy here.
  4. FREE PEOPLE Shadows printed maternity gown: $500, buy here.
  5. ZARA Short Faux Fur Coat: $169, buy here.
  6. SMITH & CULT Shattered Souls Nail Lacquer: $18, buy here.

10 must-have registry items that will change your life, mama

The baby gear heavy hitters that should be top of your list

Calling all mamas-to-be! It's a fundamental truth of (impending) motherhood that your prepping-for-baby To Do list can feel a mile long, but really the best way to feel organized is to sort out the most important item at the top of your list: your registry. Sure the items you choose to include will end up running the gamut from nice-to-haves to absolutely essential game-changers, but mamas in the know quickly learn one thing: Not all baby gear is created equal.

So while you can and should pepper your registry with adorable inclusions that aren't necessarily can't-live-withouts (go ahead, add 'em!), you should make sure you're ticking the boxes on those pieces of baby gear that can be absolute life savers once you're in full-blown mama mode. From car seats to bouncers and playmats, your play and travel gear will be some of the most obvious important items on your list, but so can unexpected things, like a super comfy baby carrier and a snooze-inducing white noise machine. So to help you sort through the must-have options, we turned to the holy grail of motherhood that is buybuy BABY and handpicked 10 of the very best essential pieces that will change your life, we promise.

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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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The 6 biggest lies I believed before having kids

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves.

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own ideas of how we would absolutely do things differently than everyone else. Others, we believed what everyone else told us would happen would apply to our littles, too. But, that's not always the case, mama.

Below are six of the biggest lies I believed before having kids—and the reality of what actually happened for me.

1. Put your baby down drowsy, but awake

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