5Qs with Madeleine

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5Qs with Madeleine

Name: Madeleine Fawcett

Neighborhood: Dumbo

Occupation: Publicist and co-founder of Project MM

Baby’s Gender: We’ll find out in just over a month!

How would you describe your pregnant style?

My pregnancy style has been laid back and casual without giving off too much of the “I’ve totally given up” vibe (hopefully anyways!). Fortunately, I didn't have to stray too far from mainstays of my wardrobe. I bought a few maternity pieces from HATCH, and they are amazing — my Hatch onesie has been a lifesaver for when I feel like being comfortable and want to look pulled-together at the same time. For fall and winter, I stuck to oversized Acne and Raquel Allegra sweaters with jeans, leggings and palazzo pants. My MaxMara teddy coat saw me through colder days and accommodated my growing bump! For Spring into Summer, I've been wearing lots of dresses from (again) Raquel Allegra , Isabel Marant, Sea, and Ulla Johnson and also living in beautiful caftans by RHODE Resort. When I am not running around to meetings, Lululemon and Ivy Park have also been in heavy rotation!


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

I think one of the challenges for me was just accepting and embracing my growing belly and being content and patient with myself. To grow a human is a beautiful thing, so it’s okay if I can’t wear this or that for a bit! Also, again, I was fortunate to be able to transition some of my less fitted pieces of clothing, so they have worked during my pregnancy, which eliminated a lot of frustration!

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

How kind people were to me on the subway ride back from the Beyonce concert at Citi Field! Ha. In all seriousness, I've been so pleasantly surprised by how incredibly friendly and magical people have been to me during the past 9 months, showering me with love and guidance and support all along the way. It makes me want to stay pregnant forever! I think I also surprised myself at how active I've remained. I've been loyal to my routine of going to Laurie Cole's Soul Cycle class three times a week since I got pregnant and I've been so proud of myself to stay that course! It’s been instrumental in keeping my mind and body fit and prepared for the upcoming birth!

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

Oh my, where do I even begin…everything!? There are so many firsts that my husband and I look forward to sharing with this baby—and of course, we can’t wait to share our family and traditions and people and places we love! I just can't wait to meet this little human I've been hanging out with for the past 9 months and start showing him or her the world. I'm so excited to see things through his or her eyes (I guess that's more what I look forward to: this baby sharing with me, right?). It's all just so exciting, I can’t even believe I have the honor of being this baby’s parent!!!

What’s your 5 registry essentials?

  • Leachco Snoogle : This crazy looking pillow has been a godsend in the final stretch of waiting for baby. My husband gave it to me, and it has been a third wheel in our bed ever since!
  • Babyzen Yoyo stroller : Everywhere I turn in NYC, I bump into chic mamas pushing the Yoyo. They are so portable and easy to fold, we can’t wait to use ours!
  • Books, books, books: I recommend registering for the classics so you can build your baby a library he or she will treasure forever! Madeline (a popular one for me growing up J), Goodnight Moon , Eloise , Make Way for the Ducklings , Peter Rabbit , Where the Wild Things Are , and on and on.
  • Cozy, cuddly swaddle blankets from Aden + Anais and Little Unicorn: In addition to soothing our baby, we will use them to lounge in the park this summer, for a little breastfeeding on the go privacy and to shade our babe from sunlight. The prints are adorable!
  • Organic, natural and non-toxic products from Earth Tu Face, Rahua and tenoverten have been lifesavers throughout my pregnancy! I recommend registering for ETF Coconut Body Butter , Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner and the Nail Remover wipes from tenoverten.

Madeleine is wearing:

Ulla Johnson dress (similar style)

Black Gucci mules

Photography by Stylish & Hip Kids.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

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

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