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8 Accessories for The New Mom
Aren’t accessories amazing? They can make a dull outfit more exciting, breathe new life into an old wardrobe, or turn a day look into a night one. Yet, none of those reasons are actually the best part. Accessories stay the same size even when you don’t! While you wait to get back to your pre-baby shape and size, these fall accessories can take the focus away from perhaps some shapeless clothing, which may or may not have abstract patterns of puke and poop on them. Here are 8 fall accessories every new mom needs to bring new life to her maternity wardrobe. 1. Baby Wrap. During your pregnancy and after, it’s great to find gear that does double duty - because the gear really does pile up! The Solly Baby Wrap Carrier doubles... no, triples as a scarf and breastfeeding cover. With so many colors and prints, you have the ability to express your personal style, but we have a special place in our heart for this Navy Shibori.$65, buy here 2. Necklace. We know it's hard to wear a necklace right now, what with baby's hands and teeth all over you at every moment. But you don't have to give up your jewelry habit if you choose a teething necklace like this Loulou Lollipop one, made with silicone and maple wood beads that are safe for baby to slobber all over. $20, buy here. 3. Shoes. These classic smoking loafers from Rachel Comey are quite possibly the most attractive shoes you could own this season. Obviously, they are great for anyone, but they fit the new mom bill since they are flat and slip on, which is perfect whether you're babywearing or strolling. $368, buy here. 4. Diaper bag. This new generation of moms is all about the anti diaper bag -- about carrying something that truly functions as a diaper bag without looking like one. Baggu teamed up with Land of Nod to deliver some really cool totes. Hip prints on the outside with all the room and organization a mom needs on the inside. $349, buy here. 5. Ear warmer. If you want to save the chunky knit hats for later, I second that motion. I’m a huge fan of the knitted headband ear warmers. You don’t have to compromise on your perfectly messy top knot, and it lends that aprés ski air to your look. Iris Mint on Etsy has great quality knits. $28, buy here.   6. Nursing scarf. If you're planning to nurse baby, you'll want to be prepared anywhere, anytime. Pick up a nursing scarf for those days you're feeling like you need a little privacy, or baby wants to feed without distraction. This muslin-blend number from Bebe au Lait is soft and stylish, nobody will ever suspect it's actually made for nursing! $30, buy here. 7. Stroller muffs. If you plan on doing a lot of strolling this winter (well, really it’s not up to you), these are a must. They’ll keep your mitts warm while making it easy to tend to your child. Plus, you won’t need to worry about remembering to pack your gloves. The WarMMuffs from 7 A.M. sit pretty on the stroller, waiting for you. *Cool fact: you can also use these on your bike when not using them on a stroller. $44, buy here. 8. Stroller. If you have not picked out your stroller yet (or you need a fall upgrade?!), this new Quinny x Rachel Zoe one is stunning -- opulent to be precise. The art speaks for itself. $899, buy here.

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Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.

But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.

Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:

1. Embrace multipurpose items

If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.

2. Revive dried mascara

Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)

3. Keep coconut oil handy

Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.

4. Multitask while deep conditioning

If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.

5. Start your hair care routine the night before

As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.

6. Even out your skin tone

Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.

7. Find brands your feel great about

As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.

8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip

With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.


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

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