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5 Qs with Jenny

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5 Qs with Jenny

Name: Jenny Greenstein

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village, NYC

Occupation: Personal Stylist

Baby’s Sex: Girl

How would you describe your pregnant style?

I don’t think my pregnancy style is a departure from my pre-pregnancy style which I describe as urban boho. Or a combination of East coast meets West. While I’ve had to be strategic about silhouettes and fit, I’ve maintained consistency with my usual look. That said, I’m really happy that it’s maxi dress season because since the weather turned warm (and I’m almost 8 months along), I’ve given up on jeans and any item with a waistband.

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

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Building a collection of clothing that would sustain throughout the pregnancy. This was a combination of picking out my existing pieces that worked and feeding in some newness to round it all out. I tried to purchase items that would fit postpartum to get the best return on my investment and I was mostly able to do that. Carefully and strategically. Once that was established, I found my pregnancy style groove.

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

How comfortable and empowered I feel in my body. I didn’t know how I would handle the physical changes, but ironically I am more confident in my skin now, than I was in my pre-pregnancy body. The other thing that surprises me is how surprised I still am after almost reaching 8 months. Everyday, I’m still in awe that my body is creating life. It is fascinating! I am literally blown away.

What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump?

Jumpsuits! I’ve lived in my Hatch Collection Cashmere Onesie since the day it arrived my first trimester, so it certainly received the most mileage out of anything in my wardrobe. It was the best investment I made. Warm and cozy in the winter layered up, and wears just as well now with a tank and sandals. It is beyond comfortable. The other piece I wear non-stop is from H&M. I bought a pair of non-maternity white overalls 3 sizes too big and since there are 3 buttons along each side, I have been able to undo one at a time to create more space as my belly grows. I bought it at about 4 months, and I’m approaching 8. Still works!

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

The culture, the diversity, the art, design and dynamic nature of the people! There is so much difference here and I love how people don’t shy away from self-expression and individualism. I’ve lived here for almost 15 years and while these days I tend to walk around on autopilot, I can’t wait to experience things for the first time again through the lens of my babe.

Jenny is wearing:

Flannel dress

Sfera jacket (similar style)

Zara shoes (similar style)

Photography by Karilyn Sanders.

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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.

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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

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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!

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Detective set

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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.

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Wooden doll stroller

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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

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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.

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Water play set

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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

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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

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$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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