5Qs with Shannon
*We’ve partnered with Bravado Designs to show off some Bump Envy style. Share yours with #bumpenvy. Name: Shannon Roop Neighborhood: Greenpoint, Brooklyn Occupation: HBO, Manager, Digital Distribution and Physical Sales Baby’s Sex: GIRL! How would you describe your pregnant style? This time around, I am trying to keep my style but go cheaper and comfy! And with a 2 year old at home, anything that I buy needs to be able to go through the wash! Though I can wear most of my the maternity clothes that I got during my first pregnancy, I’ll have to get winter essentials because I only needed to dress my bump during the warmer months the first time around. I also cheat a lot with my shoes, trying to make them cool so that everything else looks better. Finally, I like to spend money on one pair of good maternity jeans to make me feel good about myself! Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy? I still had an extra 8 pounds from my last pregnancy, so some of my old clothes were a bit tight or got too tight a lot faster. I also have to travel a lot and meet with partners, which means that i have to wear nice clothes. But my legs and feet are killing me, so I’ve been trying to dress up my dresses with cool sneakers and flats is a must! Overall, I feel more frumpy this time around, but I don't want to keep buying more clothes knowing that this is my last pregnancy. What's one item of clothing you purchased during pregnancy that you know will get tons of use after baby arrives? I actually bought some nursing bras and camis from Bravado Designs during pregnancy rather than waiting until I’m actually breastfeeding. They feel so supportive and comfortable for my bump now, and I know I’ll be wearing them every day after the baby arrives. They make life so much easier! So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy? My legs are always tired and restless, and the ligaments in my bottom half are stretching. The pain when I move while sitting or lying down is insane! It makes doing anything a lot harder, so I find myself dressing in a way that makes things more comfortable! What’s your top 5 registry essentials? 1. Milk Makers Cookie mix. I needed help making milk the last time around, so I will have these waiting! 2. Noggin Stick. This is my go-to present for every new baby because it was a lifesaver for my daughter. Once, it got three kids under four months to stop crying! 3. Rock N Play. I had a hand-me-down for my firstborn, but I plan on getting the one that rocks on its own!! 4. Love to Dream Swaddle. I was HORRIBLE at swaddling, and she was a Hoodini -- always trying to escape. I was so afraid she was going to suffocate, so we moved to Love to Dream, and it was bliss! She loved having her arms up! 5. Uppababy Vista with roller board and extra seat. Time to move on up to a double stroller. I’m hoping the roller board will help with a toddler who always fights the stroller. Bonus: the best sound machine ever!! The Marpac sound machine is worth the extra $$ Shannon is wearing: Bravado Designs Seamless Silk Cami Dolce Vita Ciara shoes (similar style) Anthropologie earrings (similar style) Citizens of Humanity Maternity Jeans Ganni Tailored Blazer (similar style) Photography by Belle Augusta for Well Rounded NY.


Bravado Designs Seamless Silk Cami


Ganni Tailored Blazer (similar style)


Dolce Vita Ciara shoes (similar style)


Anthropologie earrings (similar style)


Citizens of Humanity Maternity Jeans

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

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!


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.


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.


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.


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When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.


Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.


Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.


Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.


boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.


Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.


Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.


Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.


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