Friday Five

5 great links to send you off into the weekend.

Friday Five

This weekend is my baby's first Halloween, so I am over the moon with excitement! There’s a Superman costume draped over his glider just begging to be filled with a pair of chubby baby thighs. Also, I can't wait to go trick-or-treating with my six year old. In our neighborhood, there are blocks of brownstones covered in everything from animatronic spiders to severed limbs. It's mostly amazing, and only a little bit gross.

Of course, waddling down the street to check out Halloween decorations when you're pregnant may not sound that appealing. Stay home guilt-free if you're not feeling up to it. Curl up on the couch with a scary movie, pass out candy to kids in the building, and consider freaking out your loved ones by faking labor pains. See you next Friday, ladies!

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Piccolini strikes again with the perfect onesie.

You’ve got a brand new baby in a $50 costume. Instagram it with these printable cards.

Beautiful bump photo by Stylish & Hip Kids Photography.

10 must-have registry items that will change your life, mama

The baby gear heavy hitters that should be top of your list

Calling all mamas-to-be! It's a fundamental truth of (impending) motherhood that your prepping-for-baby To Do list can feel a mile long, but really the best way to feel organized is to sort out the most important item at the top of your list: your registry. Sure the items you choose to include will end up running the gamut from nice-to-haves to absolutely essential game-changers, but mamas in the know quickly learn one thing: Not all baby gear is created equal.

So while you can and should pepper your registry with adorable inclusions that aren't necessarily can't-live-withouts (go ahead, add 'em!), you should make sure you're ticking the boxes on those pieces of baby gear that can be absolute life savers once you're in full-blown mama mode. From car seats to bouncers and playmats, your play and travel gear will be some of the most obvious important items on your list, but so can unexpected things, like a super comfy baby carrier and a snooze-inducing white noise machine. So to help you sort through the must-have options, we turned to the holy grail of motherhood that is buybuy BABY and handpicked 10 of the very best essential pieces that will change your life, we promise.

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