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3 Tips to Elevate Your Postpartum Leggings

There is no doubt that stretch pants (aka leggings) are a go-to post-baby favorite. You’re sore and want to be comfortable; you are dealing with limited time; and you’re likely not back to pre-pregnancy weight (normal!). Maternity clothing can be off-putting once baby has arrived, and you’re probably hesitant to spend a lot of money on clothes. We don’t blame you, your body is still in flux. Naturally, leggings become the default. But leggings can also force us into a style uniform rut. Not to worry, there are simple techniques to elevate this postpartum must-have so you can feel fashionable while also remaining functional and comfortable through the transitional months ahead. Here are three key strategies to consider.

1. In the appropriate season, be sure to consider heavier fabrics. Leather, suede or velvet, which is very on trend right now, are all equally as comfortable but considerably more stylish. Here are a few options:

  • H&M Imitation Leather Leggings, $19.99. Buy here.
  • Zara Velvet Leggings, $12.99. Buy here.
  • Aritzia Vegan Suede Leggings, $90. Buy here.

2. Lose the zip-up sweatshirts and t-shirts. Instead, pair your leggings with fashion items like blazers or dresses to keep the comfort factor on point, while elevating the total look. Here are a few to choose from:

  • Madewell Buffalo Check Dress, $69.99. Buy here.
  • Laveer Kadette Blazer, $525. Buy here.
  • Mango Shift Dress, $79.99. Buy here.

3. Mix it up with joggers. Just like leggings, joggers offer a silhouette that’s casual and comfortable. But they have that “je ne sais quoi” that, with the right accessories, can add a chic athleisure vibe to your look. Plus, joggers are super trend-right. Here are a few to consider:

  • J.Crew Saturday Pant, $69.50. Buy here.
  • Pam & Gela Track Pants, $245. Buy here.
  • Gap Zip Pocket Joggers, $49.95. Buy here.

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Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

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

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

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

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

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