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5Qs with Stephanie

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5Qs with Stephanie

Name: Stephanie Wolf

Neighborhood: Park Slope/Gowanus

Occupation: Founder and Managing Director of SWPR

Baby’s Gender: A little dude!

How would you describe your pregnant style?

Simple and comfortable – Motherhood Maternity leggings with longer, flowy tunics and tops. My friend suggested investing in ONE good pair of jeans and I’m so happy I did – went with AG Secret Fit Belly Signature Pocket Slim Leg Maternity Jeans. I found some cute tops on Nordstrom from Topshop and planning on plenty of maxi dresses this summer. I continue to live in this moto jacket from Express – still find it slimming, even with the bump.

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

I went from my wedding weight (i.e., smallest ever) to a growing, pregnant body in about 20 seconds, so it was a bit of a challenge to adjust. Tight, itchy materials around my belly never felt right so I strayed away from bellybands and certain brands of leggings. I discovered in my fifth month that A-line or sheath looks are best.

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

My ability to sleep! I’ve never slept this well (or long) in my life. I feel like baby’s growing a new limb every night. Also surprised (and overjoyed) literally every time I feel him kick. And I’ve been amazed at how many pregos are out there! We’re everywhere when you start really looking (especially in my neighborhood). I’m so impressed with how much grace they seem to have while dealing with full-time jobs, kids, commuting on the subway, and the daily stressors of life in NYC, all while managing the ups and downs and aches and pains and exhaustion of pregnancy. I have a whole new appreciation for moms everywhere, but especially in this city.

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

Saturday morning walks to the park for off-leash hours with our dog, Lola – a favorite weekend ritual. Gonna start the dog love REAL early.

What’s your 5 registry essentials?

Still figuring this out. We went with Amazon Baby and I’m glad we did. So far, here’s what I’m most psyched about:

  1. New Zealand Lambskin for Baby
  2. Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Bouncer
  3. My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow (reco essential from sister-in-law)
  4. NoJo Alligator Blues 4 Piece Crib Set
  5. Carters Baby Boys Bulldog Puppy Sleep & Play (so cuuuuute)

Stephanie is wearing:

Bamboobies® Nursing Tank

Bamboobies® Chic Nursing Shawl

AG Secret Fit Belly Signature Pocket Slim Leg Maternity Jeans

TOMS Beatrix Clog Mid Heel Sandal

Stitch Fix Estero Fringe Pendant Necklace (similar style)

Photography by Stylish & Hip Kids.

Shot on location at Maman Tribeca.

*We are so grateful when brands support our content and community. This post was sponsored by Bamboobies.

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Create a school-ready capsule wardrobe for your kids

Dress for success whether virtual learning or in the classroom!

Tina Meeks

Going "back to school" this year may be less of a literal statement than in years past—but there is just as much reason for your kids to celebrate moving on to new grades. Just like in every new school year, a big part of the fun is refreshing your kids' wardrobe with clothes that allow them to express themselves.

Even if finding back to school clothes this year doesn't include a trip to the mall, you can still make an event of it by shopping H&M's kids collection from your computer. Pull up another chair for your shopping buddy and get the cart started with these fave capsule wardrobe options we've already scouted.

Here are our favorite picks:

A t-shirt made for play

H&M t-shirt

Call them essentials, not basics. A graphic t-shirt aces the test when it comes to being perfect for school. And because your little student will probably want to wear something that expresses their personal style as often as possible, it's great to know the shirts can stand up to school time, playtime, downtime and everything in between!

$4.99

Dressed-up casual shorts for total comfort

H&M boy shorts

Whether pulling up a chair for a virtual meeting with the class or heading back to the school for in-person learning, some comfortable, yet stylish, shorts will help your kid focus on the real tasks at hand: learning—and having fun while doing it!

$19.99

Layers for when seasons change

H&M sweatshirt

When it comes to feeling comfortable at school, layers are the MVPs. Whether the AC is blasting or the day started off cool and is warming up quickly, having a unique sweatshirt to shed or add will help your kid look cool while staying warm.

$9.99

A bit of flair with distressed denim

H&M distressed jeans

A school staple for generations, denim is both classic and continually fashionable with updates like distressing and new wash colors. If you're shopping online for jeans this year, take note of H&M's generous return policy—your kids can try on the orders at home and return anything that doesn't fit without a trip to the store.

$24.99

A fashion statement piece

H&M girls skirt

What's better than expressing yourself through a stylish outfit when school is back in session? Still feeling perfectly comfortable and ready to tackle anything the day holds while looking so good. With so many fashion-forward looks available at budget-friendly prices, H&M's children's collection means every kid can find an outfit that speaks to them.

$14.99

Some comfy kicks

H&M boys shoes

A sure way to put a little pep in your child's step this year, cool and cozy shoes are a staple on all back-to-school shopping lists for good reason. (Plus, it's fun to compare them to last year's shoes to see how much your kid has grown!)

$19.99

Anything-but-basic blouses

H&M girls blouse

Whether in the classroom or showing up for a video call with the class, a styling blouse or button-down shirt is a great way for your student to comfortably dress up the day. Better yet? Style doesn't have to come at the expense of comfort with so many made-to-move tops designed just for kids.

$14.99

A shirt ready to go whatever the day holds

H&M boys shirt

With "going to school" meaning anything from showing up in the classroom to doing a virtual session, it's important to have clothes that are perfect for anything the day holds. A classic, cotton shirt with a fashion-forward design is a great way to keep your student feeling ready to start the year with an A+ attitude.

$9.99

This article was sponsored by H&M. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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