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Did You Know You Could Do Aerial Yoga During Pregnancy?

Think: Cirque du Soleil, but with lots of baby bumps bouncing. We’re talking about Prenatal Aerial Yoga, and it is the cool new workout for prenatal and postpartum mamas. Covered in stretch marks? You’re not alone. One of our favorite supermodels is showing hers off and making us all feel a little more ~normal~ in our new mom bods. And let’s get real: aren’t prenatal vitamins just the worst? They’re huge and they smell bad, and taking them is a total task. We’ve got the deets on how you can trade those horse pills in for a smoothie instead. It’s right here in our Weekly Links.

  1. Prenatal Aerial Yoga. We know, we know. It sounds crazy, but we have a feeling you’re totally going to love it. The Om Factory in Midtown hosts prenatal and postpartum aerial classes designed to teach you to protect your body from injury and strain. Added bonus: some guided meditation and savasana in the hammock, letting the sensation of weightlessness melt away your tension. The first of its kind is this Saturday, June 2nd, at 10 am EST. Sign up here.
  2. Raise your hand if that prenatal vitamin you keep on your bedside table is a little hard to swallow. Starting June 12, you won’t have to choke it down anymore. Smoothie King is teaming up with Premama and adding a prenatal smoothie to their menu! The 20-ounce Premama smoothie will contain 300 calories, tons of fresh fruit and the Premama prenatal multivitamin! We are totally marking our calendars.
  3. We love a good Chrissy Teigen story, and this one is a breath of fresh air in an overly Photoshopped world. Chrissy has shown off her stretch marks before, even pre-baby, but now she has some big purple ones thanks to the newest Legend, and she shared a picture on her Instastories. We love the realness, Chrissy!
  4. If you’re already a Solly Baby wrapping mama, you know that fabric is the softest in the world, and now you can dress your newborn in it head-to-toe! Solly just released an adorably snuggly two-piece layette that's lightweight and with a wide neck, and it may or may not include magical sleepy dust to help sweep your baby away to dreamland.
  5. Finally a bra for everything: nursing, hands-free pumping, working out, and just, you know, life. Milx is a brand new company started by three moms, so they totally know what you’re looking for in a bra… and their OG hands-free nursing sports bra hits all the marks.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

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Why do all of my good parenting or baby-focused inventions come after they've already been invented by someone else? Sigh.

Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.

Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.

It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?

But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.

Plus, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a plush hooded towel, right? Well, except when it's paired with a dry, mess-free floor, maybe.

Check out our favorites to make bathtime so much easier:

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Our list of 100 baby names that should be on everyone's list this year includes more choices than in the past of names that are obscure and surprising. That's because there are so many more unusual baby names coming into widespread use and baby namers have become a lot more adventurous.

Expectant parents do not need to be told to move beyond Jennifer and Jason. Their thinking about names has evolved to the point that the most useful thing we can do is offer a large menu of intriguing choices.

Here are our picks for the 100 best surprising + unusual baby names now.


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