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Fall Essentials for Your Toddler

What your tot really needs to transition into the colder months.

Fall Essentials for Your Toddler

When cooler weather starts to roll in, we fashionistas all get giddy over pulling out the chunky sweaters, boots, scarves and hats. Dressing for fall is 10 percent about being warm and 90 percent about having fun with all the layers sitting pretty in your closet. But what if you have busy tots to clothe?

Sure, it's exciting to invent a whole new wardrobe for our little ones, but their needs are much more practical than ours. After all, they are all about play, and they’re also incredibly prone to colds. So their fall threads need to be comfortable and warm in all the right places. To create the perfect ratio, opt for practical, but stylish essentials, like lined pants, chunky ribbed tights and thin layers and finish with outerwear staples like boots and all-weather jackets. Finally, throw in a little bit of fun and cute because, well, who else to better pull that off than a tiny person?

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Here are our picks for your toddler’s fall essentials.

SWEATERS

1. Football sweater by Rad Vintage Shop: $20, buy here. 2. J Crew Camo tee: $32.50, buy here. 3. Tiny Cottons turtle neck tee: 36 euros, buy here. 4. Joe Fresh French Bulldog Print Sweatshirt: $12.25, buy here. 5. Bobo Choses seagull sweatshirt: 70.80 euros, buy here.

 

BOTTOMS

1. Mini Boden leggings: $34, buy here. 2. H&M treggings: $14.99, buy here. 3. Rylee & Cru ginger mini skirt: $57, buy here. 4. June & January tights: $13.50, buy here. 5. Andy & Evan grey suiting joggers: $44, buy here.

 

DRESSES

1. Old Navy floral dress: $14, buy here. 2. Imoga Osha dress: $134.36, buy here. 3. Monica & Andy zipper dress: $44, buy here. 4. NUNUNU eye 360 dress: $66, buy here.

 

SHOES

1. Hunters rain boots: $70, buy here. 2. See Kai Run kids dane: $48, buy here. 3. Minnetonka splash fringe boots: $55, buy here. 4. Converse chucks: $30, buy here.

COATS

1. Tucker + Tate hooded cardigan: $49, buy here. 2. Gap floral satin jacket: $58, buy here. 3. Zara quilt vest: $22.90, buy here. 4. Columbia rain jacket: $24.99, buy here. 5. Andy and Evan cardigan: $46, buy here.

 

ACCESSORIES

1. Oeuf crown: $38, buy here. 2. Misha & Puff sledding scarf: $48, buy here. 3. Tucker + Tate socks: $12, buy here. 4. Rags to Ratchet broken H panel clip back hat: $23.50, buy here. 5. Grey Label endless scarf: $26, buy here. 6. Old Navy beanie: $12, buy here.

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Tenth & Pine: Gender-neutral and butter-soft basics for littles + bigs

In 2016, after a stage four endometriosis diagnosis and a 10 year battle with infertility, Tenth & Pine founder Kerynn got her miracle baby, Ezra Jade. As a SAHM with a Masters in Business, she wanted to create a brand that focused on premium quality, function, comfort, and simplicity.

She sought out premium, all natural fabrics and factories that shared her core values, practicing environmentally friendly manufacturing methods with fair and safe working conditions for employees. As a result, her made in the USA, gender-neutral designs check all the boxes. The sustainable, organic basics are perfect for everyday wear, family photos and any adventure in between.

Lucy Lue Organics: Sustainably and ethically-produced modern baby clothes

This family-owned and operated business was started by a mama who wanted out of corporate America after the birth of her son. Thoughtfully designed to mix-and-match, Lucy Lue's sustainably and ethically produced collection of modern organic baby clothes only uses fabrics that are "environmentally friendly from seed to seam." Their gorgeous, earthy tones and comfy, minimalist styles make the perfect addition to first wardrobes from birth through the first years.

Sontakey: Simple bracelets that speak your mind

Sontakey has been such a hit in the Motherly Shop that we knew it was time to expand the line. And since these beautiful mantra bands look so stunning stacked, more options = more fun.

Not sure where to start? Here's what we're adding to our cart:

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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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When Chrissy Teigen announced her third pregnancy earlier this year we were so happy for her and now our hearts are with her as she is going through a pain that is unimaginable for many, but one that so many other mothers know.

Halfway through a high-risk pregnancy complicated by placenta issues, Teigen announced late Wednesday that she has suffered a pregnancy loss.

Our deepest condolences go out to Chrissy and her husband, John Legend (who has been by her side in the hospital for several days now).

In a social media post, Teigen explained she named this baby Jack.

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"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough," she wrote.

She continued: "We never decide on our babies' names until the last possible moment after they're born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever."

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