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Name: Erika Spring

Neighborhood: Sunnyside

Occupation:Musician and Reiki practitioner

Baby’s Sex: Boy

How would you describe your pregnant style?

Vintage and playful. I was lucky to be adjusting to my pregnant body mostly in the warmer months, so a lot of my dresses have worked well throughout. And as I got bigger and the skirts became too short, the weather got colder. So I could wear leggings underneath and still be "covered." I also love to layer jackets and dusters, so I've still been able to wear those and feel like I have an outfit on.

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy?

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I was so used to certain shapes working for my body. During pregnancy, everything changed. I used to wear a lot of drapey tops, and they started to look less cute. I also was wearing mostly pants, so it was an adjustment for sure not wanting to have anything around my waist. But it's also been a fun challenge to dig through my closet and find stuff that I had forgotten about and use in a new way.

So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?

The incredible bonding between me and my husband. We were already very entwined, but these past 9 months have been such a fun journey of learning how to love and support each other even more. The childbirth education and hypnobirthing classes we took were really great at fostering closeness and bonding as well. It's been a unique opportunity to pause and take some time out of busy schedules -- to connect more deeply with each other, ourselves and our growing baby.

What are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?

I'm excited to introduce our baby to our amazing community of friends who are living their dreams, fighting for human rights, kindness and peace, making art, and also to share our favorite music with him and find out what he's into. I think he likes disco and Bowie, but time will tell.

What’s your top 5 registry essentials?

  1. cloth diaper service. We're planning to try out diaperkind
  2. beco gemini carrier came highly recommended from a bunch of friends and our doula.
  3. ocean themed playmat from Land of Nod
  4. baby Minnetonkas
  5. books! A friend gifted us Children of the Forest and My First Root Children , and they're so sweet.

Erika is wearing:

stretchy knit dress from Reformation (similar here )

vintage Kimono

Photography by Belle Savransky.

 

Our babies come out as beautiful, soft and natural as can be—shouldn't their clothes follow suit?

Here are nine of our favorite organic kids clothing brands that prove safe fabrics + stylish designs are a natural fit.

Estella

A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.

L'ovedbaby

@lovedbaby

We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson

@happyhannas

One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy

@monicaandandy

The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma

@finnandemma

"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.

SoftBaby

@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby

@gapkids

Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory

@winterwaterfactory

Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile

@underthenile

Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

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