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Best Breastfeeding-Friendly Dresses For Summer

Breathe and nurse easy with these super stylish summer dresses.

Best Breastfeeding-Friendly Dresses For Summer

Summertime is right around the corner. The mercury is climbing, and you'll soon want to get away with wearing as little as possible and give your legs a little breathing room. You know that that means, right? Summer dresses! But finding the right one is not easy, and if you're on the hunt for a dress that gives baby easy boob access, it gets even harder. Don't worry -- with the right style and a couple of shopping strategies, you'll be able to breathe (and nurse) easy, which is why we are wrapping up the best of the bunch. Here are 10 breastfeeding-friendly dresses that will keep you cool all summer long, even when baby is nursing.

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1. Mara Hoffman: this button-up midi dress, which is made of organic linen, will serve you well during your breastfeeding days and beyond; and the prints will keep things fun and colorful all summer long.

2. Shopburu: this super stylish white dress hits fashion and function out of the park. It has a front zipper for easy breastfeeding access and the ruffled details are sure to wow the crowd. Plus, you can dress it up or down as you wish.

3. Reformation: the safari dress bodes well for breastfeeding. It's got front buttons and a v-neck, which makes it even easier to nurse on the go. Made sustainably, this dress has a cool sensibility that will keep you, well, cool on the muggiest days.

4. ONE by Auguste: a deep v-neck and a wrap silhouette is the perfect breastfeeding combination, and this dress, which is actually non-nursing, has it! We love the airy, bohemian style that emanates from it too.

5. Fillyboo Maternity: this is the quintessential spring and summer breezy maxi dress, equipped with nursing friendly features, like a double layered bodice and dual buttoned panel.

6. Teat & Cosset: this simple black maxi dress is a closet essential for your nursing (and pregnancy) wardrobe. It's got a zipper in the front for your little one to nurse wherever you are. Plus, it works from day to night, work to play.

7. Love Comma: this striped t-shirt dress is the one you’ll live in with either sneakers or sandals all season long. Not only is it comfortable and soft, it has a nursing mechanism that doesn't use any hardware that could irritate baby during his or her nursing session! The extra-large pockets also come in handy if you need to store baby's binkies or wipes.

8. Loyal Hana: on-trend, comfortable and discreet access to the breast, this off-the-shoulder style is a must this season. It's lightweight, breathable and chic and has two side zippers for baby to nurse easily while on the go -- or for you to pump.

9. Maia Moda: this versatile black dress will become a go-to style throughout your spring and summer breastfeeding days. The lift-up style at the front isn't just elegant, it's perfect to feed your child seamlessly. And the elastic waist allows for a lot of flexibility, which is great for the new mom's ever-changing body.

10. Zara: this light pink shirtdress works just as well with sandals for the office (and pumping!) as it does with sneakers at the park. The loose fit is also forgiving if you still have to drop all of the baby weight.

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These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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