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5 Qs with Randi

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5 Qs with Randi

Name: Randi Zinn

Neighborhood: Chelsea, NYC

Occupation: Founder, Beyond Mom and www.RZBeyondMom.com

Baby’s Gender: Girl

How would you describe your pregnant style?

Similar to my regular style- feminine but with an edge. I always try to flatter the parts that should be accentuated and minimize the parts that shouldn’t catch your eye. When pregnant, the parts that fit into those categories shift but that only adds to what can be a fun fashion challenge!

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

Since this was my second pregnancy, I remembered what looked best on me last time around: cute, fitted dresses. Leggings or denim with a funky, slouchy top. I went with those looks again. The only challenges I really ran up against were finding good maternity tights (to wear under those cute dresses when it got chilly out -- either they were too tight or too loose and fell down my body as I walked. Not cute!), and also how to convince myself to put on jeans once I hit Month 9! You reach a point where you want to look stylish, but comfort begins to take precedence. Leggings became my best friend pretty quickly, so I compromised and found leggings with cute patterns like camouflage!

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

That each pregnancy really is different! In some way I guess I expected to recognize symptoms from the first time, but really, this was a very different experience. In some ways for the better, and in some ways, posed more of a challenge!

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

Having been in boy world for the past four years, I’m super excited to have the experience of raising a girl. And even though the clothes are adorable and I can’t wait to dress her, raising a girl in this world is really the thing I feel honored to be part of. It’s a huge challenge to raise a young woman to feel confident and clear about who she is but I feel ready to explore it with her as her mom and hopefully, role model.

What’s your 5 registry essentials?

  1. 4Moms MamaRoo. I decided to invest in a high quality swing this time around, knowing I’ll have my hands full! In fact, i saw this swing for the first time at a Well Rounded Event!
  2. Giggle Better Basic Organic Cotton Crib Sheets. I used these sheets for my son and they lasted years. Super soft and the patterns go with almost any nursery. It was exciting to buy them in pink!
  3. Honest Company Diapers. I have to admit, I’m sold on the cute patterns, but also like that they are earth conscious as well.
  4. Ergo Baby Carrier. We did really well with this carrier with my son, so will be using it again!
  5. Baby Bjorn Travel Crib. A must-have! This crib went everywhere with us and it will be traveling with this family again!

Randi is wearing: Dress by Egg Maternity by Susan Lazar

Photography by Jonica Moore Studio

Location provided by Katherine Salyi

These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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