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5 Qs with Rebecca

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5 Qs with Rebecca
Name: Rebecca Smith Neighborhood: Clinton Hill Occupation: Founder & CEO of Recliner Baby’s Sex: Boy How would you describe your pregnant style? I’ve tried to keep it as close to my regular style as possible to keep feeling like ‘me’! I’d define my style as 70% relaxed with an element of smart. I typically have a jacket or little heel on to dress up a relaxed look. I also love soft shirting, which is where the original Point Collar Shirt from the RECLINER sleepwear range came from. Garments that are super relaxed while having an element of ‘smart’ tailoring are a dream for me and have worked well in pregnancy too. Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy? Oh yes. Summer has been tough, and maternity options are limited. It’s been trial and error. Buying up a size or two in dresses has worked, but only when fabrics are soft and silky - this way they still hang well around your body rather than looking boxy. Fitted jersey dresses have worked better later in pregnancy. It has been a work in progress throughout because the body changes every 2 weeks or so. That’s the hardest part! I’m a throw-it-on-and-out-the-door kinda gal, so all the trying-on has been tough for me! So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy? Hands down, the second trimester. My energy was electric. I felt clear-headed, focused and quite empowered. I think that science has done a disservice to women in not helping us better understand the incredible neurological happenings in our brains as they develop in the maternal sense. There is too much negative chatter around the concept of the ‘baby-brain,’ weight gain and other physical aspects of pregnancy typically associated with weakness. As a society, we need to focus more on how pregnancy (and motherhood!) is making us or has the capacity to make us stronger, wiser, more intelligent individuals. What are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby? Seeing through the fresh eyes of a child. Rediscovering the world. Appreciating the small things. Being a kid again! Also, cuddles. What’s your top 5 registry essentials? I actually don’t have one. I’m British so we get awkward about these things. However, here are some of the things I am picking up for myself and my babe:
  1. RECLINER Night-Tee Sleep Dress. More time spent at home will make this an essential. It feels amazing against the skin.
  2. Duckling print from The Animal Print Shop. This is too much…
  3. Serena and Lily storage baskets. A chicer way to hide toys!
  4. Finger puppets from Giggle. Adorable and obviously essential ;-)
  5. Marks and Spencer body suits (for him, not me!). The quality is gorgeous, and the designs are modern. Plus, they are well very priced.
Rebecca is wearing: RECLINER Lounger Robe in Grass Reformation dress (similar style) Loeffler Randall shoes (similar style) In honor of her baby Roman’s arrival, Rebecca’s treating you to a Recliner discount! Use code #BUMPENVY for 15% off through Recliner.nyc. Expires Dec. 7 Photography by Belle Augusta for Well Rounded NY. Shot on location at Concrete & Water. And oh, that boobs bath mat!

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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.

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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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