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5 Qs with Lauren

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5 Qs with Lauren

Name: Lauren Jimeson

Neighborhood: Upper East Side

Occupation: Freelance writer, social media consultant, and founder and editor of A Mommy in the City

Baby’s Sex: Boy!

How would you describe your pregnant style?

This is most likely my last pregnancy so I want to make the most of it. I wanted to be chic, modern and elegant, while still comfortable because I have two little ones to run after.

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

With this being my third pregnancy, I pretty much knew what to expect with my body. What I didn't expect was how quickly everything would start showing! My bump started making an appearance much earlier this pregnancy which allowed me to embrace it for just a little bit longer. The biggest challenge that I encountered was making sure that I could still take care of my two daughters in the outfits that I wore, while still maintaining my style.

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

Although I have been through this twice before, it's so easy to forget about the pregnancy once your baby arrives. It's so incredible to feel him move inside of me and to see his little body on that ultrasound screen. Nothing in the world will ever replace that feeling of joy.

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

I love HATCH Collection. They have long been a favorite of mine and I started wearing it when I was pregnant with my youngest daughter. It's modern and elegant and goes far beyond pregnancy, which makes it extremely practical for your wardrobe.

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

Saturday morning breakfasts in Central Park. It's been a tradition for our family when it's warm outside to take a walk in the park on Saturday morning and end up at the Boat House to have breakfast out on the patio. It's one of my favorite parts of the weekend because it's uninterrupted family time.

Lauren is wearing:

Rag & Bone Jacket (similar style)

Rag & Bone Boots

Gap Dress - non-maternity (similar style)

Photography by Desiree Walters Photography.

Shot on location at the Arlington Club.

After 4 kids, this is still the best baby gear item I’ve ever purchased

I wouldn't be swooning over the BABYBJÖRN bouncer after eight years and four kids if it didn't work.

I have four kids 8 and under, so you might expect that my house is teeming with baby gear and kid toys.

But it turns out that for me, the more kids I have, the more I simplify our stuff. At this point, I'm down to the absolute essentials, the gear that I can't live without and the toys my kids actually play with. And so when a mama-to-be asks me what things are worth registering for, there are only a few must-haves on my list.

The BABYBJÖRN bouncer seat is on the top of my list—totally worth it and an absolute must-have for any new mama.

In fact, since I first splurged on my first BABYBJÖRN bouncer eight years ago (it definitely felt like a splurge at the time, but the five star reviews were really compelling), the bouncer seat has become the most-used product in our house for baby's first year.

We've actually invested in a second one so that we didn't have to keep moving ours from the bedroom to the living room when we change locations.

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baby bjorn bouncer

The utility of the seat might seem counterintuitive—it has no mechanical parts, so your baby is instead gently bounced by her own movements. In a world where many baby products are touted for their ability to mechanically rock baby to sleep, I get that many moms might not find the "no-motion" bouncer that compelling. But it turns out that the seat is quite reactive to baby's little kicks, and it has helped my kids to learn how to self-soothe.

$200

Lightweight + compact:

The BABYBJÖRN bouncer is super lightweight, and it also folds flat in a second. Because of those features, we've frequently stored it under the couch, in a suitcase or in the back of the car. It folds completely flat, which I love.

Entertainment zone:

Is the toy bar worth it? The toy bar is totally worth it. Not only is the toy bar adorable, but it's one of the first toys that my babies actually play with once they discover the world beyond my boobs. The toys spin and are close to eye level so they have frequently kept my baby entertained while I cook or take a quick shower.

Great style:

This is not a small detail to me–the BABYBJÖRN bouncer is seriously stylish. I am done with baby gear and toys that make my house look like a theme park. The elegant European design honestly just looks good in my living room and I appreciate that parents can enjoy it as much as baby.

It's adjustable:

With three height settings that let you prop baby up to be entertained, or lay back to rest, we get years of use. And the bouncer can actually be adjusted for bigger kids and used from newborn to toddler age. It's that good.

It just works:

I wouldn't be swooning over the BABYBJÖRN bouncer after eight years and four kids if it didn't work. But I have used the seat as a safe space to put baby while I've worked (I once rocked my baby in it with my foot while I reported on a breaking news story for the Washington Post), and as a cozy spot for my second child to lay while his big brother played nearby. It's held up for almost a decade with almost-constant use.

So for me, looking back on what I thought was a splurge eight years ago, was actually one of the best investments in baby gear I ever made.

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