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Most of us don’t give much thought to what motherhood will look like until we’re pregnant (or trying to get pregnant). But Katie Sobel’s been prepping for nearly a decade, as one of the first employees at Plum Organics. Currently Plum’s Vice President of Brand Engagement and Marketing Communications, Katie helped develop the brand’s food philosophy, which is uniquely focused on palate development and supporting baby through the first 1,000 days. Now that she’s expecting her first baby, she’s putting her health and baby background to good use, honing her own pregnancy diet and prepping to feed her baby the healthiest way she can. Below, she shares what she’s been eating (and craving!), and opens up about the food moment she’s most looking forward to sharing with her own baby. What’s your pregnancy diet been like? As with many pregnancies, some of my digestive issues have flared up and it’s been challenging not to be able to turn to my usual tinctures and herbal concoctions given some of risks associated with adaptogens and herbs when you’re pregnant. I have instead tried to focus on warming foods (bone broths, cooked vegetables and tons of ginger tea) when I’m feeling a little out of sorts. I also believe that my clean diet has helped me to maintain good energy throughout my pregnancy. How has a decade in the baby industry helped prepare you for pregnancy? Well, it’s been great hands-on training, that’s for sure! I don’t know if I can officially claim that I’ve earned my MBA (“Masters in Baby Affairs”) but I’ve sure earned some credits. It’s been incredible to have a front row seat as the baby industry has evolved over the last decade, and to know that Plum team has played a big part of that shift. Back when I first started, the category was completely stagnant with the same bland baby food jars that had been around for 50 years. Today, there are so many amazing brands focused on the things that I value: beautiful design, reliable performance, clean ingredients & a strong mission. At Plum, we use a Human Centered Design process for all of our innovation, which means we take an empathic approach and really listen to our consumers. Over the years, I’ve had the benefit of having incredibly unfiltered conversations with new parents and it’s provided me with some eye-opening insights! How has being pregnant impacted your work at Plum? My background in culinary nutrition gives me a unique perspective when it comes to the products we develop and meeting the needs of our littlest consumers. I’m also one of Plum’s very first employees, so I’ve been able to rely on my deep knowledge of the brand. But for me, there was always a piece of the puzzle missing ... and that was being a parent. My pregnancy at Plum feels like a full circle moment. It’s been a bit surreal. I value empathy and try to operate from that place when it comes to our communications; my pregnancy has just made me that much more connected and aware. What have you been craving most during your pregnancy? I was fortunate that I never had bad morning sickness – just a few weeks of feeling queasy and having a strong aversion to what, at times, felt like almost everything! When I came out of that phase, the only specific craving I had was for an everything bagel with dill cream cheese. I don’t eat a lot of processed food and am gluten-free, but I was able to find this delicious product called Pagels. If you toast it realllllly well and use some of Ben’s famous cream cheese, it’s almost like the real thing. Does that count as indulgent? What’s been your daily pregnancy food go-tos? I’ve tried to focus on key nutrients during each trimester. Some weeks I’ve been successful, others have been harder. Now that I’m in my third trimester, I’m focusing on healthy fats. Baby’s brain is doing a lot of growing during this phase and essential fatty acids are critical. I’m not a vegetarian, but I’m incredibly picky about where my meat comes from, so keeping my protein up has been one of my biggest challenges this whole pregnancy. Luckily, my husband is an eager cook so he works hard to keep wild salmon, pasture-raised chicken and grass-fed beef in the dinner rotation. What's it been like learning to dress your body during this pregnancy? My pregnancy style is not too different from how I was dressing before. I like to keep things practical, which usually means a great pair of jeans and tops that can be layered and dressed up or down. Though I stick to simple, neutral toned pieces, I add components that offer a little bit of edge like a funky bracelet or interesting sneakers. And when I have an excuse to dress up, I look for good design and something unexpected like a unique shape or pattern. Every stage of pregnancy has brought its own set of style challenges. I’m petite so it’s easy for me to get lost in clothes if they’re not the perfect fit – and when you’re pregnant, you aren’t going to spend the money to get something tailored. I’ve also noticed that just when you start to feel good in your skin and embrace your new shape, it changes on you. I try my best to focus on the positive, which for me are the moments when I feel the most feminine. What food experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby? I am really excited to breastfeed. Every day I put it out in the universe that that will be something that comes easy for our family. I’m so fascinated by the communication that is happening between mother and child during this stage of nourishment; how the body on a daily basis is adjusting the composition of the breast milk to account for baby’s immunity and needs at that given moment. It’s so intricate and simply miraculous. Beyond that, I can’t wait for first foods. Even with so many new guidelines and progressive minds out there, too many parents still worry about mixing flavors and separating the introduction of new foods. My personal philosophy and Plum’s food philosophy is that complex flavors help thwart picky eating. In our house, we plan to use herbs and spices and mix and match as often as possible. I know how dedicated you are to nontoxic, healthy products. How has that impacted your baby prep? I feel confident I’ve got the food angle covered, but I’ve definitely learned a ton while searching for clean products outside of the food aisle. While they tend to be more expensive, I am impressed with how many great companies are making non-toxic & Green Guard Certified products and prioritizing communicating these benefits, which makes the whole industry more accountable. When shopping for products that will go on our baby’s skin, my go-to is definitely the EWG and their thorough rating list; I then scan first hand products reviews and write ups from some of my favorite lifestyle experts and natural parenting authors. For bedding, furniture and clothing my priorities are limiting extra chemicals (like flame retardants, formaldehyde etc.) and looking for natural organic cottons. Give us your top 5 registry essentials. 1. DockATot baby lounger: my friends have not stopped raving about this! 2. SNOO: my biggest fear is not sleeping, so here’s hoping! 3. Anything from BitteShop.com – all of their non-toxic toys (love the Oli & Carol rubber boats) and adorable clothing 4. Guava Family Lotus Bassinet and Pack & Play: love that it’s a travel system and is Green Guard Certified 5. Keekaroo changing table: easy wipe & clean surface that’s BPA-, PVC-, latex and phthalate free Katie is wearing: ASOS Maternity dress Dansko shoes Botkier bag & Other Stories hat (similar style) My husband, Aaron. Longtime love who is exceptionally good at carrying my things! Photography by Ren’ee Kahn Bresler for Well Rounded. Shot on location at Whole Foods in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

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Pop quiz, mama! How many different types of car seats are there? If you guessed three, you're partially correct. The three main types are rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, and booster seats. But then there are a variety of styles as well: infant car seats, convertible seats, all-in-one seats, high-back booster seats, and backless boosters. If you're not totally overwhelmed yet, keep reading, we promise there's good stuff ahead.

There's no arguing that, in the scheme of your baby and child gear buying lifetime, purchasing a car seat is a big deal! Luckily, Walmart.com has everything you need to travel safely with your most precious cargo in the backseat. And right now, you can save big on top-rated car seats and boosters during Best of Baby Month, happening now through September 30 at Walmart.com.

As if that wasn't enough, Walmart will even take the carseat your kiddos have outgrown off your hands for you (and hook you up with a sweet perk, too). Between September 16 and 21, Walmart is partnering with TerraCycle to recycle used car seats. When you bring in an expired car seat or one your child no longer fits into to a participating Walmart store during the trade-in event, you'll receive a $30 gift card to spend on your little one in person or online. Put the money towards a brand new car seat or booster or other baby essentials on your list. To find a participating store check here: www.walmart.com/aboutbestofbabymonth

Ready to shop, mama? Here are the 9 best car seat deals happening this month.


Safety 1st Grow and Go Spring 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

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From rear-facing car seat to belt-positioning booster, Grow and Go Sprint's got you covered through childhood. Whether you choose the grey Silver Lake, Seafarer or pink Camelia color palette, you'll love how this model grows with your little one — not to mention how easy it is to clean. The machine-washable seat pad can be removed without fussing with the harness, and the dual cup holders for snacks and drinks can go straight into the dishwasher.

Price: $134 (regularly $149)

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Baby Trend Hybrid Plus 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat in Bermuda

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When your toddler is ready to face forward, this versatile car seat can be used as a five-point harness booster, a high-back booster, and a backless booster. Padded armrests, harness straps, and seat cushions provide a comfy ride, and the neutral gray seat pads reverse to turquoise for a stylish new look.

Price: $72.00 (regularly $81)

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Baby Trend Hybrid Plus 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat in Olivia

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Looking for something snazzy, mama? This black and hot pink car seat features a playful heart print on its reversible seat pad and soft harness straps. Best of all, with its 100-pound weight limit and three booster configurations, your big kid will get years of use out of this fashionable design.

Price: $72.00 (regularly $81)

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Evenflo Triumph LX Convertible Car Seat

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This rear- and forward-facing car seat keeps kids safer, longer with an adjustable five-point harness that can accommodate children up to 65 lbs. To tighten the harness, simply twist the conveniently placed side knobs; the Infinite Slide Harness ensures an accurate fit every time. As for style, we're big fans of the cozy quilted design, which comes in two colorways: grey and magenta or grey and turquoise.

Price: $116 (regularly $149.99)

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Disney Baby Light 'n Comfy 22 Luxe Infant Car Seat

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Outfitted with an adorable pink-and-white polka dot Minnie Mouse infant insert, even the tiniest of travelers — as small as four pounds! — can journey comfortably and safely. This rear-facing design is lightweight, too; weighing less than 15 lbs, you can easily carry it in the crook of your arm when your hands are full (because chances are they will be).

Price: $67.49 (regularly $89.99)

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Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

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We know it's hard to imagine your tiny newborn will ever hit 100 lbs, but one day it'll happen. And when it does, you'll appreciate not having to buy a new car seat if you start with this 4-in-1 design! Designed to fit kids up to 120 lbs, it transforms four ways, from a rear-facing car seat to a backless belt-positioning booster. With a 6-position recline and a one-hand adjust system for the harness and headrest, you can easily find the perfect fit for your growing child.

Price: $199.99 (regularly $269.99)

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Graco SlimFit All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

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With its unique space-saving design, this 3-in-1 car seat provides 10% more back seat space simply by rotating the dual cup holders. The InRight LATCH system makes installation quick and easy, and whether you're using it as a rear-facing car seat, a forward-facing car seat, or a belt-positioning booster, you can feel confident that your child's safe and comfortable thanks to Graco's Simply Safe Adjust Harness System.

Price: $149.99 (regularly $229.99)

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Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Platinum XT Infant Car Seat

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Making sure your infant car seat is secure can be tricky, but Graco makes it easy with its one-second LATCH attachment and hassle-free three-step installation using SnugLock technology. In addition to its safety features, what we really love about this rear-facing seat are all of the conveniences, including the ability to create a complete travel system with Click Connect Strollers and a Silent Shade Canopy that expands without waking up your sleeping passenger.

Price: $169.99 (regularly $249.99)

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Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite Infant Car Seat

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With just one click, you can know whether this rear-facing car seat has been installed properly. Then adjust the base four different ways and use the bubble level indicator to find the proper position. When you're out and about, the rotating canopy with window panel will keep baby protected from the sun while allowing you to keep your eye on him.

Price: $129.99 (regularly $219.99)

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If I ever want to look alive before dropping my son off to school, there are two things I must put on before leaving the house: eyeliner and mascara. When using eyeliner, I typically use black liner on my top lid, a slightly lighter brown for my bottom lid, and then a nude liner for my water line. It works every time.

My mascara routine is a bit different. Because my natural lashes are thin and not the longest, I always opt for the darkest black I can find, and one that's lengthening and volumizing. For this reason, I was immediately drawn to It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara. The new mascara is developed in partnership with Drybar (the blow dry bar that specializes in just blowouts) and promises to deliver bold and voluminous lashes all day long. I was sold.

Could this really be the blowout my lashes have been waiting for? It turns out, it was much better than most volumizing formulas I've tried.

For starters, the wand is a great size—it's not too big or small, and it's easy to grip—just like my favorite Drybar round brush. As for the formula, it's super light and infused with biotin which helps lashes look stronger and healthier. I also love that it's buildable, and I didn't notice any clumps or flakes between coats.

The real test is that my lashes still looked great at dinnertime. I didn't have smudges or the dreaded raccoon eyes I always get after a long day at work. Surprisingly, the mascara actually stayed in place. To be fair, I haven't compared them with lash-extensions (which are my new go-to since having baby number two), but I'm sure it will hold up nicely.

Overall, I was very impressed with the level of length and fullness this mascara delivered. Indeed, this is the eyelash blowout my lashes have been waiting for. While it won't give you a few extra hours in bed, you'll at least look a little more awake, mama.

It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara

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Here's how I apply IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara:

  1. Starting as close to lash line as possible (and looking down), align the brush against your top lashes. Gradually turn upwards, then wiggle the wand back and forth up and down your eyelashes.
  2. Repeat, if needed. Tip: Be sure to allow the mascara to dry between each coat.
  3. Using the same technique, apply mascara to your bottom lashes, brushing the wand down your eyelashes.
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Having children isn't always as easy as it looks on Instagram. There's so much more to motherhood than serene baby snuggles and matching outfits. But there's a reason we've fallen so deeply in love with motherhood: It's the most beautiful, chaotic ride.

Every single day, we sit back and wonder how something so hard can feel so rewarding. And Eva Mendes just managed to nail the reality of that with one quote.

Eva, who is a mama to daughters Esmerelda and Amada with Ryan Gosling, got real about the messy magic of motherhood in a recent interview.

"It's so fun and beautiful and maddening," the actress tells Access Daily. "It's so hard, of course. But it's like that feeling of…you end your day, you put them to bed and Ryan and I kind of look at each other like, 'We did it, we did it. We came out relatively unscathed.'"

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And just like that, moms all over the world feel seen. We've all been there: Struggling to get through the day (which, for the record is often every bit as fun as it is challenging), only to put those babies to sleep and collapse on the couch in sheer exhaustion. But, after you've caught your breath, you realize just how strong and capable you really are.

One thing Eva learned the hard way? That sleep regressions are very, very real...and they don't just come to an end after your baby's first few months. "I guess they go through a sleep regression, which nobody told me about until I looked it up," she says "I was like, 'Why isn't my 3-year-old sleeping?'"

But, at the end of the day, Eva loves her life as a mom—and the fact that she took a break from her Hollywood career to devote her days to raising her girls. "I'm so thankful I have the opportunity to be home with them," she says.

Thank you for keeping it real, Eva! Momming isn't easy, but it sure is worth it.

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My labor and delivery was short and sweet. I started feeling contractions on Monday morning and by Tuesday night at 8:56 pm my handsome baby boy was born. Only 30 minutes of pushing. Afterward, I was still out of it, to be honest. I held him and did some skin to skin and handed him off to my husband, my mother held him next.

When he was in my mother's arms, I knew he was safe. I started to drift off, the epidural had me feeling drowsy and I had used up all my strength to push this 7 lb baby out. My son's eyes were open and then I guess he went to sleep too. My mother swayed him back and forth. The nurses were in and out, cleaning me up and checking in on us.

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When yet another nurse came in, my mom said to her, "He wasn't latching because he wanted to sleep."

The nurse yelled, "He's not sleeping!"

The next 25 minutes happened in slow motion for me.

After the nurse said these words, she flung my son onto the little baby bed. I looked over and he looked a little blue. Then I heard the loud words of CODE PINK. In matters of seconds about 30 nursing staff descended into my room and crowded around my baby.

I couldn't even see what was happening. I tried to get out the bed but they wouldn't let me and after a couple of failed attempts one of the nurses look at me and said, "He's fine, he's breathing now."

Breathing now? He wasn't breathing before? Again, I tried to push my way to my baby, but once again I was told to not move. They had just performed CPR on my 30-minute old newborn and I couldn't understand what was happening even after a pediatrician tried to explain it to me.

I just started crying. He was fine in my stomach for 39 weeks and 6 days and now I bring him into this world and his heart nearly stops?

I was told he needed to go to the neonatal intensive care unit. I was confused, as I thought the NICU was only for preemies and my son was full term.

After what felt like an eternity we were finally allowed to see our son. My husband wheeled me there and we saw him in the corner alone. I saw the incubator and the wires, he's all bundled up.

The nurse explained all the beeping and showed me the heart rate monitor. He's doing fine. We go over the feeding schedule. I'm exhausted still. I stay with him until about 1 or 2 am. They all suggest I get some sleep. There's no bed in the NICU, so I head back to my room.

The next day was better, he doesn't have to be in the incubator anymore, but the wires remain. By that night or early the next morning, the wires in his nose come out and I try feeding him. I try pumping. It was painful.

He gets his first bath and he loves it. The nurse shampoos his hair (he had a lot!) and he seems so soothed. The nurse explains that because he's full term he doesn't need the same type of support in the NICU. She tells me my baby's strong and he'll be fine.

I look around. I see the other babies, the other moms. They could be there for weeks. And unlike me, the moms have to go home—without their baby.

Friday comes and by now he's done all his tests, blood work came back normal, all tubes have been removed and I get it. I get my going-home package. Finally. I get my instructions on doctor follow-ups and we finally get to go home.

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There have been a lot of iconic entertainment magazine covers featuring pregnant women over the years. Who can forget Demi Moore's bare baby bump on Vanity Fair or Britney Spears' similar nude pose on Harper's Bazaar?

Pregnant women on a magazine covers is nothing new, but a visibly pregnant CEO on the cover of a business magazine, that's a first and it happened this week.

Inc. just put The Wing's CEO Audrey Gelman on the cover and this is a historic moment in publishing and business.

As Gelman told Today this week, "You can't be what you can't see, so I think it's so important for women to see that it's possible to run a fast-growing business and also to start a family."

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She continued: "It's so important to sort of burst that bubble and to have new images of women who are thriving and working professionally while balancing motherhood … My hope is that women see this and again feel the confidence to take greater professional risks while also not shelving their dreams of becoming a mother and starting a family."

The Wing started in 2016 as a co-working space for women and has grown rapidly. As Inc. reports, The Wing has eight locations in the U.S. with plans for more American and international locations by 2020.

Putting Gelman on the cover was an important move by Inc. and Gelman's honesty about her early pregnancy panic ("I can't be pregnant. I have so much to do." she recalls thinking after her pregnancy test) should be applauded.

Gelman says pregnancy made her slow down physically, and that it was actually good for her company: "I had this realization: The way to make my team and my employees feel proud to work for me and for the company was actually not to pretend to be superhuman or totally unaffected by pregnancy."

We need this. We need CEOs to admit that they are human so that corporate leadership can see employees as humans, too. Humans need things like family leave and flexibility, especially when they start raising little humans.

There are a lot of iconic covers featuring pregnant women, but this one is different. She's wearing clothes and she's changing work culture.

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