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5Qs with Leland

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5Qs with Leland

Name: Leland Brito e Cunha (formerly Drummond)

Neighborhood: South Williamsburg

Occupation: co-Founder AZIONE, PR & some creative storytelling

Baby’s Sex: M

How would you describe your pregnant style?

Stubborn? (Ha!) I refused to get maternity clothes. I'm lucky to be tall so it was a bit easier to pull off relaxed casual without looking like a 90's throwback. I've also made it a point to force my way into my pre-pregnancy-sized boyfriend jeans pretty much until the bitter end. (Truth be told, some days I just didn't breathe too well!) I had a lot of vintage tees and flowy tops that came in handy, and my sneaker collection has paid off tenfold in this home stretch(ed out feet).

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

I've definitely had to sacrifice my personal style and stick to more basics, and I admit to (gasp) repeating the staple items that actually fit me well... Something that I wouldn't have done prior to this. At the end of the day, I've learned that you just have to look at yourself through a different lens during this time, one of love and acceptance. It's a beautiful time, but more often than not you don't feel so beautiful and it can be frustrating... so the more you cut yourself some slack, the better. I'm just glad I own my company and don't have to abide by anyone else's dress code!

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

Probably people's reactions to seeing a pregnant woman. It's kind of magical to see how it can change people's expressions and make them smile. For the most part, it seems to bring out the kindness in people.

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

I wore an amazing bright yellow Naeem Khan caftan from the SS16 runway for my shower in CA that made me feel like a total goddess for the day. (Attached a pic). Surprisingly, workout gear is also a favorite... I have these camo leggings from HPE, they're actually a client of mine, but I still squeeze into a size small and they hug all the right places. Plus it makes me feel good to kick ass in a workout, even with a serious bump in these last months.

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

A fresh snowfall during winter. There's something so magical about NYC during that time when the city first gets blanketed in white.

Leland is wearing:

Citizens for Humantity Maternity jeans

Free People top (similar style)

All Saints boots

Photography by Amy Frances Photography.

Location: Washington Market Pediatrics.

We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!


A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.

$239.99

A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.

$219.99

A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.

$379.99

A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.

$29.99

A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.

$99.99

A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.

$15.99

A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.

$79.99

A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.

$99.99

An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.

$24.99

A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.

$59.99

And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

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

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