I recently got a glimpse of an amazing kraken nursery mural by the talented Drue Wagner (price upon request) and it got me dreaming about a deep-sea adventure. No, not the “laze around on the roofdeck of a cruise ship” kind, but rather the “I wish I became an oceanographer so I could search for krakens” kind. Since it’s too late for a career change, I’ll have to settle on these cool krakens instead, and hope they bring a little ocean breeze into me and baby’s lives. 1. Graphic Spaces Wood Octopus Wall Clock, $45 / 2. nuLOOM Octopus Tail Rug, $521 / 3. Ferm Living Octopus Mobile, $46 / 4. Paper-Source Octopus Baby Shower Invitation, $36.10 for 20 / 5. Alex Marshall Studios Octopus One Piece, $31.49 / 6. Anthropologie Eight-Arms Hook, $48 / 7. Land of Nod Marine Queen Crib Quilt, $119


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Reading to your little one—even from a very young age—stimulates brain development and strengthens the parent-child bond. Reading helps babies develop language skills and make sense of the world around them. Fostering a love for books is a gift your children will treasure for the rest of their lives.

It can be a bit overwhelming to start your baby's first library, so we've created a guide featuring the best of the best—25 classic and new titles that will take you from baby's first day to their first birthday.

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I simply choose not to share pregnant pictures, or even a family photo from the hospital once our daughter arrived because my pregnancy, birth and growing family are parts of my life I wanted to protect from the outside world.

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