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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.

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Caring for young children can be challenging enough on a perfectly normal day, but during an emergency those challenges are magnified. Natural disasters and emergencies—such as earthquakes, storms, fires, power outages, flooding or outbreaks that affect a wide community—obviously present a major operational challenge for childcare programs.

That's why childcare providers need to have preparedness plans for emergencies and natural disasters that are likely to occur in their communities. Be sure to discuss emergency planning with your day care, childcare program or after-school care provider.

Here are a few helpful questions to ask to make sure that your child's day care or childcare is ready for emergencies.

1. Does the parent handbook cover emergency planning? Is it up to date?

The parent handbook should serve as a guide for everything that takes place in a childcare program, from drop-off protocols to nap schedules, and it should also include information about the program's emergency plans, response, and recovery. As situations change or arise, the parent handbook should be updated accordingly.

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2. What is your communication plan for emergencies or disasters?

While 90% of childcare providers have written emergency response plans, only 70% have plans to communicate with family members during an emergency. Your provider should outline its plan of communication in its parent handbook.

3. Do you perform drills for disasters that are likely to occur in our area?

Ask whether your day care or childcare program has practiced its emergency response plans in a calm, safe environment—in other words, before it's necessary.

4. What is your evacuation plan?

In the rare event that an evacuation is necessary, it's important for providers to include up-to-date evacuation drills and protocols in the parent handbook. Caregivers, staff, parents and children should all know the designated meet-up point during a community evacuation.

5. Do you have a safe, designated evacuation spot in the event of a community evacuation?

Once staff and children calmly evacuate the building, there needs to be a safe shelter-in-place spot nearby. This location should be kid-friendly and have plenty of food, water and ways to keep young children occupied. The location should also be able to accommodate children with special needs and those with medical requirements.

6. What is your shelter-in-place plan?

During an emergency where parents are unable to access roads or public transportation, childcare programs need to have a shelter-in-place plan. Whether children stay at the facility or evacuate to a safe spot nearby, providers need to keep at least 72 hours worth of food, water, and medical supplies up to date. The program should also have parents write notes in advance letting children know that everything is okay.

7. Do you have post-disaster plans?

According to FEMA, more than 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster. If childcare programs close, parents cannot return to work and recovery cannot begin. Also, young children need a safe, secure, and familiar place to return to after a disaster.

8. How do you discuss emergencies in an age-appropriate manner with children?

A great way for care providers to introduce the concept of emergency plans to children is to have them help create emergency kits. This way children become familiar with emergency response items. Teachers should also let parents know how they plan to talk to children about emergencies in advance.

9. What are your policies for closing?

Childcare providers must give advance warning to parents about closures if there is an impending weather emergency. If roadways near the childcare program are typically out of use during an emergency, both parents and staff need to map out secondary pick-up plans in advance.

10. Are you in touch with local preparedness organizations?

Local emergency organizations can provide advice and tips to prepare for an emergency or natural disaster. Parents, care providers and community organizations should meet regularly and have the most recent copies of the parent handbook.

According to FEMA, in 2019 alone, there were 59 declared disasters in the U.S. These emergencies include earthquakes, tropical storms, fires, floods, severe storms, tornadoes, landslides, mudslides, extreme wind, and snowstorms. But basic advance preparation can go a long way toward helping parents and caregivers feel ready for emergencies and disasters, and can ensure that families and care providers stay safe.

A version of this post was originally published at the Institute for Childhood Preparedness

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The transition to motherhood is tough, and you deserve a little love! Join us March 28th for Motherly's Becoming Mama event in NYC for a day filled with conversations and connections that will leave you feeling inspired. Get advice from expert panels, indulge in a little pampering, and meet other local mamas IRL for a day of empowerment and support.


Register now for early-bird pricing, and access to limited VIP tickets with exclusive gift bags.

Here's what you can expect:

  • A mindful mama meditation to start your day.
  • Interactive panels and workshops focused on the hottest topics for new moms and moms-to-be. Check them out below!
  • A healthy lunch + delicious snacks
  • Pregnancy + postpartum pampering
  • Personalized gifts for you + your baby
  • The chance to test the hottest baby gear on the market
  • A swag bag filled with surprises
  • Amazing giveaways from our brand partners

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Here's what we'll be talking about on our panels:

Navigating the Fourth Trimester: Self-Care for Mom
While having a baby is a joyous occasion it often involves mom putting her own health on hold and speeding into overdrive to care for baby. Here postpartum experts will discuss the importance of postpartum mental wellness, and the importance of asking for help and finding support.

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The Motherhood Advantage sponsored by Medela
Motherhood brings so many advantages to the workplace, and yet, it's still a topic often talked about in hushed voices. We'll invite Medela to sponsor this very important panel that will evolve this working mom conversation. Together we can work to erase the Motherhood Penalty, support moms with the proper tools and lift each other up in the workplace.

Parenting in Partnership: Learning to Share the Load
There's never been a more equitable time to be a parent, and yet so many mothers still feel like they're carrying more than their fair share. Let's talk about how to create a parenting team from the start, with tips, tricks and expert advice on leveling the playing field between parenting partners.

*While many of Motherly's events are family focused, there will not be specific activities or play spaces for babies or kids. This event is more mom-focused. Babies under 1 are welcome at this event, but a baby carrier is suggested. Please use your discretion.

Thank you to our sponsors buybuy Baby and Medela.

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When I think about Meghan Markle, her effortless style is usually one of the the first things that comes to mind. Whether she's traveling, taking her dogs for a walk, or attending a royal event, her outfits always look timeless and put together. Yet somehow she still manages to wear outfits that feel way more accessible (even when she is donning a gorgeous—but expensive—coat we've had in our cart for much longer than we care to admit).

While I can't quite afford a personal stylist yet or drop a few thousand on a bag, I did do a little digging and found that a few of her wardrobe staples are items that I can add to my closet, with a little investment. And, if you're not in the market to invest this much, don't worry—I found dupes that will do the trick!

Here are our favorite products to achieve Meghan Markle's classic mom style:

Meghan's pick: Rothy's flats

rothys flat

Confession: I own a lot of shoes. But I wear my Rothy's at least once a week and they're the first shoe I toss into my luggage when I'm traveling because they're so comfortable and can be machine-washed. The Point is my (and apparently Meghan Markle's) favorite style because it elongates the legs and goes with literally anything you wear. I love that they're made from recycled plastic water bottles, too. And, they just launched the Mary Jane—it has a bow!—if you prefer a more dainty look with a fun twist.

$145

Our dupe: ASOS ballet flats

asos black pointed toe

This pointed pair will give a similar elongated look at just $23. They come in half sizes and if you're unsure which size is best, ASOS offers a sizing recommendation. The material isn't machine-washable (like our prized Rothy's) but you can wipe these clean with a damp cloth to keep them looking like new.

$23

Meghan's pick: Wool wrap jacket

meghan markle wool coat

There's just something so elegant about this coat. Maybe it's the wrap waist that flatters any body type. Or, it's the way the collared neck drapes (seriously it'll even make wearing pajamas look chic). It's become one of the most recognized pieces from Meghan's wardrobe and we are obsessed.

$750

Our dupe: Tahari wool blend coat

tahari wool blend cape coat

Looking for something more affordable? This coat is marked down to $83 from $360 at Nordstrom Rack. While we haven't personally tried it, at 77% off, we can bet the quality is pretty up to par with a higher-end jacket. Plus, we're obsessed with the pale blue and port wine colorways. The removable waist tie belt and shoulder cape overlay will have you feeling like Meghan Markle in just about anything.

Bonus: We love this Amazon dupe that's just under $80.

$82.48

Meghan's pick: Longchamp bag

longchamp bag

On the quest for a bag that holds just about everything you need (without having to be a diaper bag)? Say hello to the Longchamp 'Le Pliage' tote. It's water-resistant, has durable leather straps and folds up into a square for each storage or packing. I've had mine for more than five years and it's still going strong—and it's schlepped a lot of heavy things over the years. Plus, it just looks nice with everything!

$125

Our dupe: Amazon shoulder bag

longchamp knock off bag

This dupe on Amazon has 59 great reviews and the large size is under $30! With three sizes, you can pick whatever best fits your style. Each bag comes with a zippered main compartment and interior pockets and yes, it even folds up just like the real thing.

$27.99

Meghan's pick: Birdies slippers

birdies slippers

Are they house slippers or the most comfortable flats you've owned? Spoiler alert: They're both. Meghan has been spotted wearing The Heron style (I've been spotted wearing the slides around my apartment all day) many times and we think the velvet detail dresses up just about anything, even leggings. The no-slip rubber sole and 7-layer support means you can run around in these all day long without missing a beat.

$95

Our dupe: Chase & Chloe pointy loafer

pointy toe loafer

While you won't experience the cloud-like softness of Birdies, you can achieve a similar look with this pair from Nordstrom Rack for under $20. Both black and tan pairs come with a padded footbed, grip sole and a flexible construction (so hopefully no blisters even from day one).

$19.97

Meghan's pick: Madewell denim jacket

madewell denim jacket

I didn't own a denim jacket until last year and since then, I've worn it in just about every season. Over summer dresses, paired with a T-shirt, over a blouse, you name it. It add just enough extra warmth without having to put on something bulky and is machine-washable. For an extra-cool and Meghan Markle factor, roughly roll up the sleeves twice.

$118

Our dupe: Old Navy denim jacket

old navy denim jacket

Grab this $30 distressed denim look at Old Navy. I'm not sure how they do it, but their denim jackets are *so* soft. This one is slightly fitted so size up if you're looking for a more oversized look. Just like the Madewell one, this hits right below the waist, making it great to pair with pants or dresses.

$35

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