There's something about the first week after Labor Day that feels totally "official" here in NYC. School has started, the temps have dropped, Fashion Week is in full swing, and you cannot find a parking spot anywhere. Oh, NYC, how we love you in the Fall! And we're not the only ones. Find out which baby brand just released a limited edition Fall line dedicated to our favorite city, a stroller that's made for the runway and more in Well Rounded's Weekly Links.

1. Wondering what Fall in NYC smells like? So much better than you think. Our friends at Tubby Todd have bottled it in their limited edition fall line, released today. Get your Golden Central Park Bubble Bath and Big Apple Cherry Pie Hair & Body Wash before it sells out, and look out for a MEGA Instagram giveaway with some of our fave fall brands on Sept. 14 to celebrate this yummy launch. Buy your fall bundle here.


2. We know you got your kiddo's backpack already (you did, right?), so now it's time to treat yourself with a bag that will remind you of your own school days. Parkland has partnered with MTV for a collection of bags featuring the playful zig-zags and scribble patterns from MTV'S iconic history and culture. Get your 90's nostalgia on here.

3. Wondering why it's so hard to tune out your baby's cries? Turns out there's actually a scientific reason your baby cries 2 hours a day (yes! that's normal!) and you come running. Find out why here.

4. Since it's back-to-school week for so many toddlers, we thought it would be apt to give some love to Pink's inspiring speech at the VMAs. This one is never ever going to get old. We swear, every mom with a little girl needs to read this now.

5. What better time than during Fashion Week for Bugaboo to debut it's new Atelier collection, a limited edition stroller that takes inspiration from French fashion? It features an elegant and chic build with woven stone mélange fabric on the bassinet and sun canopy, faux-leather trim, hand-stitched faux-leather handlebar & carry handle, and a quilted black seat liner. This luxe stroller is practically runway-ready...the only thing it's missing is, um, your baby. Buy it here.


When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.


The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.

As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

This article was sponsored by Dr. Brown's. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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