Neha Leela Ruch's Pregnancy Style

Name: Neha Leela Ruch

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Occupation: Mother & Founder, Mother Untitled

How would you describe your pregnancy style? Low key and feminine. I really enjoyed growing this belly in the summer because it meant lots of breezy dresses, very few of which were actually traditionally maternity. Now that it's cooling down and we're in the last weeks of the pregnancy, I'm wearing a rotation of neutral longer sweater dresses or knits.

What is one pregnancy ritual you’ve built into your routine? With my first, I had the time to be really conscious of growing a human and taking good care of myself with yoga and massages. This time around, exercise has mostly consisted of trailing after my toddler, but I have been really committed to acupuncture with Sarah Coles-McKeown from Bloom Acupuncture to heal the aches, relax my body and take the time to reflect on where we are as a family while I lay in the room letting the needles do their thing.


What’s your favorite pregnancy product that you cannot live without? My Mama Mio Tummy Rub butter. I go through an excessive number of these tubs over the course of 40 weeks, but slathering it on after a shower feels so luxe. Knock on wood, I made it through the first, and hopefully the second, pregnancy without stretch marks.

What will you miss most about being pregnant once the baby arrives? Quality time with Bodie. The last two and a half plus years with my first baby have felt so novel and fun as I had the space in my life to watch and help him grow. The emotions at the end of this pregnancy are very real about how that time will inevitably shift when his sister joins our world.

What’s one piece of pregnancy advice every mama to be needs to know? Just like in parenting, the tough moments or stages do pass. I had a much more challenging pregnancy this time around with more fatigue in the early weeks, a bout of shingles as I rounded into trimester two and sciatica in the last trimester. But on the other side of that, at 37 weeks, I'm feeling energized and excited in the sprint phase of preparing our family, our physical space and Mother Untitled for the transition.

What’s your top 5 registry essentials?

1. Keekaroo Peanut Changer. I'm the annoying friend that gifts off registry for this one because it spares you so much laundry. It's a chic rubber changing pad that you can just wipe down after the inevitable diaper explosions instead of washing covers.

2. Nook Pebble Light Crib Mattress. These, along with the wraps if you choose to just cover another mattress, have a very smart way of promoting breathability and oxygen and fending of germs. It gave me a lot of peace of mind as a first time mother.

3. Petit Bateau Onesies. The palette, the quality and the softness are worth the price point. They're also durable, which means the baby girl inherited all of Bodie's pieces.

4. Miracle Swaddles. I was useless at figuring out how to use our muslin blankets to stay secure and snug. I love the fabric and colors on these and they are idiot-proof in wrapping up the baby.

5. Pehr Baskets. You just can't have enough baskets and these washable, subtly patterned ones are my favorite. In the beginning they're good for little diaper changing or nursing stations all over the house but they quickly evolve into a chic way to keep all the little toys contained.

Neha is wearing:

Ulla Johnson Fantine Dress in Blush

Red Valentino cream knit sweater & JBrand Maternity Jeans

Theory Adrellana Ribbed Wool-Blend Dress, similar here.

Photography by Jessica Lorren and styling by Liz Yingst.

These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

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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.


"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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