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9 Best Mommy and Me Brands

If you're going to twin with your babe, do it in style!

9 Best Mommy and Me Brands

Sure, you never thought you'd be that Mom - the one that likes to match their clothes with their kid, right? But hey, all bets are off once baby arrives, and all of the sudden you have the urge to do all the things you were sure you'd never do. Yes, that includes twinning with your mini me. But yeah, you can be all matchy matchy without being all, you know, cheesy. These Mommy and Me brands are giving us life with the cutest options imaginable, making it borderline impossible to not go there. Here's a round-up of 8 of our favorites.

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1. Pink Chicken. For the urban boho Mom with a beachy flair, Pink Chicken offers the most gorgeous, relaxed prints. I love the Indira Dress for mama and Quinn Onesie bebe.

2. Doen. For that time when you and your little are walking through sunflower fields, Doen is the earthy brand you wish you had. I love the Sol Dress for mama + Yearling for your mini.

3. Roller Rabbit. For the globally inspired Mommy and me duo, Roberta Roller Rabbit has got you covered with gorgeous batik and block printing. Check out the Aarus Hira top for mama and bebe.

4. Masala. For mommy and me beach days (summer isn't over, right? And there's always that getaway you've been dreaming about), Masala has the most beautiful Indian prints. How about the fringe tunic for mama and matching onesie for bebe? Yeah, we thought so.

5. Rylee + Cru. Looking for urban edge for your mommy and me duo look? Rylee + Cru is the perfect fit. We are drooling over the shearling overcoat for both mama and babe. Perfect for the colder months ahead.

6. Oliva + Ocean. Want a matching mommy and me swimsuit? Oliva + Ocean is your go-to. I love the gingham for both mama and bebe. The brand also collaborated with Baby Boy Bakery, and it's 👌.

7. Lennon and Wolf. The simple and muted color palette from Lennon and Wolf will keep you relaxed but elevated. And the women's silhouettes work well with mama's changing shape. We can't get enough of Ryan overalls for both mama and bebe.

8. Auguste. This Australian brand will keep mama and her mini me feeling whimsical, feminine and bohemian. Opt for the spring rose wrap style for mama and spring rose midi for the little one.

9. Nico Nico Clothing. For an easy, breezy look, Nico Nico's Dey Kaftan dress is a must, and it's perfect for the ever-changing postpartum body. You can pair it with Olive Tie dress for your little one. Plus, both are on major sale right now!

This year many of us have a tighter budget than usual given (looks around) everything that has happened. Coupled with the uncertainty of what Halloween might look like, many of us are reluctant to spend money on brand new costumes that our kids will outgrow by next year. I get it. But I also know that many, like me, love Halloween so much. I thought about skipping the celebration this year, but that just feels like too big of a disappointment in an already disappointing year.

That's why I started looking into alternative costumes—something my kids will be able to wear once the clock hits November, and maybe even hand down to siblings and cousins in the coming years. At the same time, I'm not a DIY person, so I wanted outfits that didn't require any sewing or hot glue. Last year I attempted using one to build my son's Care Bear costume, and of course, I burnt my hand.

So with some creativity (and the brainpower of my colleagues), we came up with these costumes that are both fun and practical, made with items that your children will be able to (and want to!) wear year around:

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This is my one trick to get baby to sleep (and it always works!)

There's a reason why every mom tells you to buy a sound machine.

So in my defense, I grew up in Florida. As a child of the sunshine state, I knew I had to check for gators before sitting on the toilet, that cockroaches didn't just scurry, they actually flew, and at that point, the most popular and only sound machine I had ever heard of was the Miami Sound Machine.

I was raised on the notion that the rhythm was going to get me, not lull me into a peaceful slumber. Who knew?!

Well evidently science and, probably, Gloria Estefan knew, but I digress.

When my son was born, I just assumed the kid would know how to sleep. When I'm tired that's what I do, so why wouldn't this smaller more easily exhausted version of me not work the same way? Well, the simple and cinematic answer is, he is not in Kansas anymore.

Being in utero is like being in a warm, soothing and squishy spa. It's cozy, it's secure, it comes with its own soundtrack. Then one day the spa is gone. The space is bigger, brighter and the constant stream of music has come to an abrupt end. Your baby just needs a little time to acclimate and a little assist from continuous sound support.

My son, like most babies, was a restless and active sleeper. It didn't take much to jolt him from a sound sleep to crying like a banshee. I once microwaved a piece of pizza, and you would have thought I let 50 Rockettes into his room to perform a kick line.

I was literally walking on eggshells, tiptoeing around the house, watching the television with the closed caption on.

Like adults, babies have an internal clock. Unlike adults, babies haven't harnessed the ability to hit the snooze button on that internal clock. Lucky for babies they have a great Mama to hit the snooze button for them.

Enter the beloved by all—sound machines.

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My 3-year-old is eating peanut butter toast with banana for breakfast (his request), and we are officially running late for preschool. We need to get in the car soon if we want to miss the morning traffic, but he has decided that he no longer wants the food that he begged for two minutes earlier. What started off as a relatively calm breakfast has turned into a battle of wills.

"You're going to be hungry," I say, realizing immediately that he could care less. I can feel my frustration rising, and even though I'm trying to stay calm, I'm getting snappy and irritable. In hindsight, I can see so many opportunities that fell through the cracks to salvage this morning, but at the moment… there was nothing.

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