Mother’s Day City Guide

No matter your mom style, we’ve planned out your day and picked out your gifts.

Mother’s Day City Guide

One of the best things about becoming a mom is that you get a whole day dedicated to you. That’s right, Mother's Day is sort of like having a second birthday, which is kind of nice because, as a mom, you spend the other 364 days running around the city from storytime to music class to Mandarin. Nobody knows how much you deserve a day off more than City Tot, which lists and reviews just about every single one of those NYC kids activities...and there’s a whole lot of them.

This Mother’s Day, City Tot wants you to indulge, whether you’re a mom or a mom-to-be. Or maybe both. So they've partnered with us for this year's Well Rounded NY Mother’s Day City Guide. Whether you're an uptown girl like Kate or a yoga mama like Hilaria, we've planned out your big day and picked out your gifts. All you have to do is pass it on.


Mom Style: Kate Middleton

1. Brunch. Start your day at Eli's Table, a new--and totally delicious--high-end spot from the famous Zabar family.

2. Mom Bag. Just because you have to carry a diaper bag doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re carrying a diaper bag. Loving the ladies-who-lunch look with the brand new Skip Hop Duet.

3. Jewels. Helen Ficalora knows how to make a mom happy. This gorgeous new Mom charm is a no-brainer for your special day...and every day after.

4. Workout. Whether you’re pregnant or a new mom, you’re totally entitled to your Physique 57 fix on Mother’s Day. Hit up their pre/postnatal class, or download an online workout and do it on your own time.

5. Spa. If there was ever a day to hit the Carlyle, Mother’s Day is it. The Sense Spa is totally decadent yet understated.

Image source for Kate.



Mom Style: Karen O

1. Brunch. If you fell in love with Russ & Daughters sandwiches for your hangover cure, you’ll fall in love with Russ & Daughters Cafe's brunch for a grown-up (i.e. mom) indulgence.

2. Mom Bag. A Rebecca Minkoff diaper bag is pretty much a right of passage for a downtown mom. Her new Bowie bag was made in partnership with Every Mother Counts, which is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for mothers around the world.

3. Jewels. Feed your inner rocker with a trinket from edgy downtown jewelry designer Karen Karch. This heart amulet from her onyx collection will be an heirloom for sure - not that you needed an excuse.

4. Workout. If you’ve scaled back on late nights since getting pregnant or having your babe, you’ll love getting loose with 305 Fitness, a dance-cardio workout that even includes a hot DJ.

5. Spa. Sure, the massages at Great Jones Spa are pretty top-notch, but the water lounge is also perfect for people-watching.

Karen image source.



Mom Style: Hilaria Baldwin

1. Brunch. Nourishing your heart and soul starts with nourishing your stomach, and you’ll love the nutritious yet charming Cafe Clover in the West Village.

2. Mom Bag. This stylish and functional Honest FEED diaper bag will make you feel as good as you look since Honest’s partnership with FEED will provide nutritional support to over 1,500 mothers and children in need.

3. Jewels. The Tulsi Project uses ancient Sanskrit mantras to inspire peace and love with every eco-friendly piece. Plus the brand donates 50% of net profits to charitable causes.

4. Workout. Since you’re channeling Hilaria, you might as well hit up her studio Yoga Vida. There’s an accessible and inclusive vibe that makes every mama feel welcome, no matter how out of practice she may be.

5. Spa. Relax your body and mind the way the Greeks and Romans did it at Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca. Chill out in the calm and serene space, or treat yourself to a relaxing massage.

Hilaria image source.


Mom Style: Jaime King

1. Brunch. If you’ve never explored Greenpoint, Anella is a great reason to start. Critics love it for the excellent food, but we love it for the relaxing outdoor space. Ok, and the food.

2. Mom Bag. We’re all about the backpack here in Brooklyn, and Lily Jade’s diaper bag version is a must-have for every mama.

3. Jewels. Brooklyn mama Scosha has got a cult following for good reason; her handmade creations are as beautiful as they are distinctive. Take home one of her brand new Little Scosha bracelets and have a mommy & me moment.

4. Workout. Make your way back to Greenpoint to hit up Maha Rose before mama duty calls. From Reiki to laughter yoga to dance rituals, you’ll work out your soul as much as your body.

5. Spa. Skip the traditional spa and head to Brooklyn Herborium for a facial treatment from the shop’s holistic experts. They also offer healing phototherapy and make one of our favorite natural skin care lines, Between You & The Moon.

Jaime image source.

This post was brought to you by City Tot.

My village lives far away—but my Target baby registry helped them support me from afar

Virtual support was the next best thing to in-person hugs

They say you shouldn't make too many major life transitions at once. But when I was becoming a mama for the first time nearly five years ago, my husband and I also moved to a new town where we didn't know a soul, bought our first house and changed jobs.

To put it mildly, we didn't heed that advice. Luckily, our family and friends still made it feel like such a magical time for us by supporting our every move (literal and otherwise) from afar. They showered us with love through a virtual baby shower (expectant parents nowadays can relate!) featuring the unwrapping of gifts they were able to ship straight to me from my Target registry.

Here's one piece of advice I did take: I registered at Target so I could take advantage of the retailer's benefits for registrants, which include a welcome kit valued over $100, a universal registry function and more. Fast-forward a few years and Target has made the registration perks even better for expectant parents: As of August 2020, they've added a Year of Exclusive Deals, which gives users who also sign up for Target Circle a full year of savings after baby is born on all those new mama essentials, from formula to diapers and beyond.

Honestly, even without the significant perks of a free welcome kit with more than $100 in coupons, additional 15% off coupons to complete the registry and a full year of free returns, registering at Target wasn't a hard sell for me: Even though the experience of shopping for baby items was new, shopping with Target felt like returning home to me… and the comfort of that was such a gift.

And of course, Target's registry plays a vital role right now, as expectant parents everywhere are being forced to cancel in-person baby showers and navigate early parenthood without the help of a hands-on village. A registry like this represents a safe way for communities to come through for new parents. If you're anything like me (or any of the other mamas here at Motherly), you certainly have emotional ties and fond memories associated with Target.

What to register for at Target was also an easy talking point as I began to connect with moms in my new community. I will always remember going on a registry-building spree with my next door neighbor, who had young children of her own. As we walked the aisles of Target back in 2015, she suggested items to add… and we laid the foundation for what has since become one of my most cherished friendships.

Even as I made connections in my new hometown, I was nervous that expecting my first baby wouldn't feel as special as if I were near family and friends. But my loved ones exceeded all expectations by adding the most thoughtful notes to gifts. They hosted a beautiful virtual baby shower and even encouraged me to keep the registry going after my baby made his debut and new needs arose.

In the years since, "community" has taken on a wonderfully complex new meaning for me… and, in these times of social distancing, for the rest of the world. I've come to cherish my newfound friends in our local community alongside those long-time friends who are scattered around the county and my virtual mama friends.

Now, as my friends' families grow, I'm so grateful that I can show them the same love and support I felt during my first pregnancy. I sing the praises of Target's baby registry—especially in light of the pandemic, since I know mamas can do everything from a distance thanks to Target's website and the added benefit of getting trusted reviews and helpful registry checklists.

And now that I'm on the gift-buying side of the equation, I've found new joy in picking thoughtful gifts for my friends. (Because goodness knows Target has something for everyone!)

For my friend who is a fellow runner, I teamed up with a few others to give the jogging stroller she had on her registry.

For my friend who is a bookworm, I helped her start her baby's library with a few books that are also well-loved in our home.

For other friends, I've bundled together complete "sets" with everything they need for bathing or feeding their children.

I know from my own experience that, yes, the registry purchases are so appreciated, but the thoughtfulness and the support they represent means even more. Because although my village may have been distant, the support they showed me was the next best thing to in-person hugs.

Start your own Target Baby Registry here to experience a Year of Benefits including a Year of Exclusive Deals through Target Circle to enjoy for a full year following your baby's arrival, a year of free returns, two 15% off completion coupons and a free welcome kit ($100 value).

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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