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There's a Baby on Victoria's Secret's Runway

Happy Holidays, everyone! This week, we take a look at some surprising 2017 trends, find out what your kids have planned for your gifts this Christmas, and get a sneak peek at a stroller that will dominate all the baby expos in 2018. Well Rounded's weekly links.

1. Candice Swanepoel is strutting for two! The Victoria’s Secret model walked down the runway in last month’s show while hiding the news that she was carrying baby number 2. This article compares walking the Victoria’s Secret fashion show to winning a fashion Grand Slam tournament, and it goes on to name an impressive list of models who rocked the wings while expecting. See, women are just too badass sometimes.

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2. Known for their top-of-the-line baby carriers, Ergobaby is releasing a stroller that has all the design, functionality and comfort that we want for our babies. The 180 Reversible stroller has a full sun canopy, an extra-large storage basket, a one-handed fold and an innovative handlebar that allows you to flip the direction of the stroller with ease. It doesn’t officially roll out until January, but you can check out the details and sign up for the mailing list here.

3. Every wonder what your tyke would get you for the holidays, if left up to their own devices? Check out this adorable video featuring some of Well Rounded’s youngest reporters, filling you in on what they think moms would love to get for Christmas. What, you’re telling me you didn’t want Band-Aids for the holidays?

4. LILLEbaby released its signature COMPLETE carrier in a new, limited edition style, the Nursery Rhyme. Featuring a gorgeous gray and yellow pattern in washable, durable, oh-so-comfy cotton, this new style has all the bells and whistles that you’ve come to expect, like added back and neck support, a waist belt, and six carrying positions. The line newly sports pockets and a two-way strap, as well.

5. We all want the best of the best for our babes, but doing the research to find the creme de la creme of baby products can really make your head spin. So check out this list of gear that got over 500 reviews with four stars and up.

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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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com 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 supporting Motherly and mamas.

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