Pregnancy Profile: Paige Lauren

The baby fashion brand’s founder shares her own 5 pregnancy style picks.

Pregnancy Profile: Paige Lauren
Every now and then we see a baby brand that makes us say, “We wish that came in OUR size!” PaigeLauren baby is one of those brands. No, we don’t necessarily want to climb into a onesie or romper. But there’s something about PaigeLauren that’s so soft and timeless--simple, classic and cozy looks that you want to wear--ahem, we mean you want baby to wear--every day. So it’s no surprise that this LA designer’s pregnancy style is much like her baby brand: casual, simple, elegant. “Just give me something soft and timeless and I'll wear it with some cute shoes and a purse and call it a day,” she says. We recently spoke to Paige as she awaited Baby Boy (he arrived earlier this month!), and she filled us in on how she’s dealing with her changing body, the best LA pregnancy shopping spots, and what 5 essential pregnancy pieces she’s lived in for 9 months plus. How would you describe your pregnancy style? I would describe it as full of excitement! As much as I'd like to say my style is very casual chic, inside I really just can't wait to meet the little one! What are your favorite places to shop for pregnancy clothes in L.A.? A woman can never really know how her body is going to react to a pregnancy. My body hasn't changed as much as I thought it would but except for my growing belly. I've been finding myself wearing rompers I found at Hardwear on Larchmont, Dresses from Gypsy on Robertson, maternity t-shirts from Gap on Beverly Drive and jeans from Pea in the Pod. What's been your biggest surprise in learning to dress your pregnant body? Well, I've had to ask my husband to put on my shoes every morning, starting about 3 months ago. My tummy is pretty big and getting in the way of simple things like that. I love being pregnant and love my new body.

PaigeLauren Baby

What's been your favorite part about pregnancy dressing? I do like to show off the bump. It's been pretty fun and quite an interesting conversation starter. People are rather engaging when your pregnant whether they want to know if it's a boy or girl, or have an infinite amount of unsolicited advice for a new Mom-to-be. What's your personal take on maternity vs. non-maternity during pregnancy? Like I said before, I've only had to get a few pieces of maternity clothes, I guess I am one of the "lucky ones." So the few key pieces like tee shirts, jeans and bras haven’t been much of a burden to get just for these 9 months. Everything else I wear is non-maternity and fits great--especially all the dresses and rompers that are current fashion trends. How is your pregnancy style different or similar to your non-pregnancy style? It hasn't changed. I'm a casual gal with simple elegant taste. Just give me something soft and timeless and I'll wear it with some cute shoes and a purse and call it a day. What’s your 5 essential pregnancy pieces? 1. Gap Pure Body crew neck tee // 2. James Perse Parachute Poplin Utility Pant // 3. Gypsy Embroidered Maxi Dress // 4. Splendid Secret Fit Belly® French Terry Maternity Leggings // 5. James Perse Vintage Fleece Sweatshirt Dress Photo of Paige Lauren by The Pod Photography.


A very important letter for new mamas

Listen, mom-guilt is a dirty liar. Yes, it's your job to fill your little human's needs, but you matter too. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Hang out with friends, take a drive blaring 90's hip hop or shower without interruptions—trust me, you'll be a better person (and mom) because of it.

Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

You will not be perfect at parenting.


I have yet to meet a perfect mother, but when I do, she's going to be a tiger who is insanely good at making up songs. (Daniel Tiger's mom, we salute you.)

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9 products that will help baby sleep better (and longer!)

For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

How do I get my baby to sleep? This is one of the most commonly asked questions among new parents, and it makes sense, given that babies are born with their days and nights mixed up. For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

And while that might not exist (yet), we have found some of the best products out there that can help baby fall asleep faster and for longer durations. Because when baby is sleeping, so are you!

Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sack and swaddle

Designed by a mama, parents swear by this weighted sleep sack. It mimics your hug to give your baby security and comfort that helps them get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. The detachable swaddle wing makes it easy to transition as they grow.

It's also super easy to get on and off, and includes a bottom-up zipper for late night changes, so you don't have to wake your baby in the process.


Yogasleep Hushh portable sound machine

Yogasleep hushh sound machine

With three soothing options, this is a perfect solution to help your baby settle when naps are on the go and during travel! I love how compact this noise machine is and that it can run all night with one charge.


Bebe au Lait muslin crib sheets

Burt's Bees Organic Crib Sheets

With a variety of print options to choose from, these breathable sheets are *so* soft and smooth, even through multiple washes. The luxury fabric keeps little ones warm without overheating—a formula that helps ensure more sleep for everyone.


The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

You know what's going to help baby have their best sleep ever? Some quality, super soft pajamas. The timeless (and aptly named!) Perfect Pajama from The Simple Folk are some of our favorites. They last forever and they're made from organic pima cotton that is safe on baby's precious skin. They come in a wide range of sizes so siblings can match and feature fold-over hand covers on sizes up to 12 months.


The Snoo bassinet


Designed by expert pediatrician and sleep guru Dr. Harvey Karp, the Snoo bassinet gently rocks your baby to sleep while snuggled up in the built-in swaddle. Not only does it come with sensors that adjust the white noise and movement based on your baby's needs, there is also an app that allows you to adjust the settings directly from your phone.

While this item is a bit on the expensive side, there is now an option to rent for $3.50 a day, which is a total game changer!


Hatch Baby Rest sound machine + nightlight

best baby sound machine

The Hatch Baby Rest is a dual sound machine and nightlight that will grow with your family. Many parents use this product with their infants as a white-noise machine and then as a "time to rise" solution for toddlers.

The thing I love most about this product is that the light it gives off isn't too bright, and you can even select different color preferences; giving your toddler choices at bedtime.


Crane humidifier

Crane Humidifier

The only thing worse than a sick baby is a baby who is sick and not sleeping well. The Crane humidifier helps take care of this by relieving congestion and helping your baby breathe better while sleeping.

Personally, I think the adorable design options alone are enough of a reason to purchase this product, and your child will love watching steam come out of the elephant's trunk!


Naturepedic organic crib mattress

Naturpedic Lightweight Organic Mattress

In the first few months of life, babies can spend up to 17 hours a day sleeping, so choosing a mattress that is safe (read: no chemicals!) and comfortable is incredibly important.

Naturepedic uses allergen-friendly and waterproof materials with babies and children in mind, making them easy to clean and giving you peace of mind.


Happiest Baby sleepea 5-second swaddle

best baby swaddle

There are baby swaddles and then there is Sleepea. Similar to the brand's swaddle that is built into the Snoo, the Sleepea is magic for multiple reasons. First, it's got mesh panels ensuring baby never overheats. Second, the zipper zips from the top or the bottom, so you can change the baby's diaper in the middle of the night without ever waking them. Third, it's hip safe. Fourth, the patterns are SO cute. And fifth, the interior swaddle wrap that keeps baby's ams down has a "quiet" velcro that won't wake baby if you need to readjust while they're asleep.


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A few years ago, while my wife's baby bump got bigger and my daddy reading list grew longer, I felt cautiously optimistic that this parenthood thing would, somehow, suddenly click one day. The baby would come, instincts would kick in, and the transition from established couple to a new family would be tiring but not baffling.

Boy was I wrong.

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