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Sneak Peek: Baby Goods

From nursery decor to baby's must-have snowsuit, here's a preview of fall baby trends.

Sneak Peek: Baby Goods

We know you might have spring florals and summer stripes on your mind. But soon enough, you'll want those yellowing leaves, woodland creatures and layering basics for baby. Especially if you've got a little one due in a few months. We recently hit Playtime New York and met the designers and founders of some of our favorite baby brands for a sneak peek at their fall 2016 collections. So we're bringing you the scoop on the color palettes, fabrics and shapes that will permeate baby's universe later this year.

Whether you are on the hunt for the perfect nursery accent piece or want to know what your wee one will be sporting in the fall, here are 8 baby things to get excited about for this coming fall.

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1. Goodnight Light

The Piña Colada lamp doesn’t just bring a warm glowing light to the nursery. Boasting all the imperfections of the pineapple, it also brings an element of kitsch that is ultimately unexpected in the world of baby. But you don’t need to be a fan of pop culture to get on board with Goodnight Light’s aesthetics. Designed by Eva Newton, the lamp (and many of the brand’s other designs) will fit in any décor, from minimalist to retro. All in all, the brand’s philosophy is to create designs that appeal to both children’s imagination and grownups’ tastes. Goodnight Light will be launching for the first time in the US this May and will introduce a few new designs, so mark your calendar and figure out which lamp you like best.

2. Rylee & Cru

This bear sweatshirt and sweatpants ensemble has all the usual fall fashion suspects a baby (or a mama) can dream of. It comes in a warm rust color with an all-over bear print and is made with French terry, a soft cotton fabric that is sure to keep baby warm during the colder months. Both pieces are garment dyed, which gives them a soft, vintage look and feel. Rylee & Cru's founder, Kelli Murray, merges art and imagination to create clothes that are both artistic and easy to wear, and all of her pieces are made in California. Check out the brand's current collection and don't forget to snag a bear fall outfit, once it launches later this year.

3. Finn+Emma

Get baby ready for the best playdate ever with Finn + Emma’s Woodland Play Gym. With both sustainability and style in mind, the brand has created a space for baby to play happily (and safely) ever after. The activity mat has a 100% birch wood frame finished with non-toxic stains and lacquers; and the wooden toys are crafted of natural untreated Indian hardwood, which is buffed with vegetable seed wax. The knit dolls are made of organic cotton and are hand-knit by artisans in Peru. We love the hipster twist that the brand gives to the woodland creatures. Plus, all the toys are detachable and can be used on strollers and high chairs. Do you need more convincing? The Woodland Play Gym is available now!

4. Bacabuche

The kimono-style gown is one of Bacabuche’s top sellers, and rightly so. It is the perfect, safest way to keep baby toasty at night, and the kimono-style opening is adjustable and makes nighttime diaper changes a breeze. Next fall, the gown will come in this gorgeous plum color and will be made with bamboo fleece, making it even softer and more comfortable for baby. The brand uses a mix of natural and organic textiles to provides baby with a wardrobe that is modern, playful and simple all at once. If you're thinking about getting a welcome-home gift for your little one, check with Bacabuche to know when the plum kimono-gown will hit the shelves.

5. Lulaland

Do you often have the urge to squeeze chubby baby thighs? If so, cover your little one’s bottoms with these Lulaland bloomers. Made of all-organic cotton jersey, these bubble shorts are comfortable and the perfect layering piece once the temperatures drop. With the bold, folkloric patterns, these bloomers are truly one of a kind and promise to turn heads. Plus, the suspenders keep them in place and add a little urban chic to baby's winter look. The brand wants to pay tribute to the manufacturing process and has worked with people from all over the world to hand pick and hand dye fabrics and create unique clothing for babies and older children alike. Stay tuned to get the deets on Lulaland's AW16 launch.

6. Nobodinoz

The Arizona teepee is the perfect home away from home: it gives our wee ones a little space just for themselves – where they can hide, rest, read or pretend play with their friends. The teepee comes in many different colors and patterns and can be stored in the bag that it comes in. Although, we think it is stylish enough to leave out at all time, in any room of the house. Nobodinoz works hand in hand with local manufacturers and artisans in France and Spain to combine style and quality with a fair-trade sensibility. The brand is also in compliance with European safety standards. Go on Nobodinoz's website to pick the teepee that will fit your little one’s universe, or wait for US retailers to carry their line.

7. Noch Mini

Noch Mini is stepping into new (winter) territory: in the fall of 2016, the brand will launch its first-ever line of bunting suits. Available in blue and pink, the snowsuit is made of goose down and organic cotton on the inside, and of recycled waterproof polyester coating on the outside – the perfect combination to keep baby toasty and dry on a cold, rainy day. We also love the minimalist, yet sophisticated all-over triangle print and can't wait to see all the babies sport that pointy hood. Noch Mini also uses certified organic materials and low-impact dyes to give baby the softest – and safest – outfits possible. Keep an eye out for the brand's AW16 launch.

8. Little P Rugs

We’ve got our heads in the clouds – well, one cloud that is. Little P’s Silver Lining Cloud Rug is made of 100% New Zealand wool and is non allergenic, making it the perfect surface for baby to play, crawl or daydream on. It’s also framed with a silver sparkle, which is great if you want to add a whimsical touch to your wee one’s bedroom. Little P's focus is to create beautiful, eco-friendly rugs for our homes and, in the process, to help the communities in which rugs are made get medical and educational assistance. The brand will soon make its way into US shops. So get ready and browse Little P's range – there’s a rug for everyone and every style.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

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

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

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

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

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$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

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

$35

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