Just one glorious day aaalll about you. Sounds like perfection right about now doesn’t it, new mama? Learning to be the perfect diaper-changing, baby-soothing, breast-feeding goddess is harder than Instagram made it appear. Exhausting even. We get it. But taking care of you is just as important as taking care of baby. Because a happy and healthy mom is exactly what baby needs. This is where the Mama Moon comes into play. Earlier this week, we showed you how one New York mama-to-be spent her last days of pregnancy indulging in some me-time at Equinox’s luxe East 74th Street location, and it made us drool with bump (and time!) envy. But then we remembered that we mamas could do that too. Sure, it might not be an endless day of spa and yoga, but sometimes as a mama, all it takes is knowing that baby is in good hands at a place like Equinox’s Kid’s Club, and the ability to take a shower without baby tears on the other side, to make you feel human again. Mama Moons are highly encouraged post-baby. On a very regular basis. Especially when it involves getting those endorphins on the up and up. With a schedule filled to the brim, no one knows what we’re talking about more than new mama, spin enthusiast and founder of Terez, Zara Terez Tisch. We recently caught up with her during her own lovely Mama Moon at the Equinox High Line, which with their latest cycling class experience, The Pursuit, was the perfect place to find out how this spin enthusiast is getting back into the workout saddle. Why is taking time for own health and fitness so important? Between being a new mom and running a company, I can get exhausted pretty easily. I have found that working out not only makes me feel good but also energizes both my mind and body so that I am able and happy to do all the things I need to do. What are some of your favorite things to do at the gym? Spinning is by far my favorite thing to do. How are you navigating taking time for yourself now that baby has arrived? It isn't easy. My calendar has become my life and I want to make sure that I get as much time with my baby as possible. As everyone has told me, these moments go by so fast, so I try to make sure to have time carved out everyday that I get to spend just with her. Tell us about your perfect afternoon (or hour) to yourself. Because my mind is constantly churning, I love to try to turn it off and give it a break. I live in the West Village, so it's always fun for me to walk to the Highline and then drop into Equinox for a sweat. I’d end my afternoon cuddled up on the couch watching the newest movie that came out. A lot of women get nervous about hitting the gym after baby -- what advice would you give women to help them get back into it? I'm not going to lie, I was pretty scared. After months of not stepping foot inside a gym, the thought of getting back into it frightened me. It's kind of like jumping into a cold pool -- you are so nervous and then you finally just JUMP! It's refreshing! You just need to do it at your own pace. If you are taking a class, don't feel pressured to keep up with the rest of the room. You know your body, so all you have to do is listen to it. How does working out help you balance being a mom and entrepreneur? Working out helps gives me "me time." In order to be a great mom and entrepreneur, I need to be the best version of ME. Working out has allowed me to take time for myself with no distractions. Photography by Evan Gubernick of 485 Creative. *We are so grateful when brands support our content and community. This post was sponsored by Equinox. Join Equinox for an exclusive offer now!
Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.
Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)
Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.
Go shopping with a veteran parent
As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.
By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.
Include items at a variety of price points
When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.
At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)
Think about the gifts you would like to give
The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.
I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.
Ask for things to grow with your child
Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.
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