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Pregnant in Madison

Mini Magazine’s founder shares the best pregnancy spots in her Wisconsin hometown.

Pregnant in Madison

 

Six years before she got pregnant, Kaitlyn Kirby had an idea for a digital magazine….about kids. She launched Mini Magazine in 2011 with no baby background or practical experience, just a dream for a chic and beautiful publication that would help the modern mom. This March, she’ll finally get to read it as one of those modern moms, as she welcomes her first baby into her Madison, Wisconsin home.

“In my six years running Mini, many were not aware that I didn’t have any children of my own,” she says. “I have been stockpiling tips and advice from the inspiring parents we feature for so long, I feel like I’m finally getting to put it all to use!”

Below, Kate gives us the pregnancy tour of Madison, and shares the best spots to hit when you’ve got a new baby or a baby on the way.

Shopping: J.Crew and GAP. I’ve stayed true to my looser t-shirts, tunics and leggings combos all through this pregnancy, and I find most of my essentials at J.Crew and GAP.

Prenatal pampering: Duncan Edward Salon

Pregnancy cravings: Our favorite neighborhood restaurant, Gates & Brovi. We’re there at least 1-2 times per week for dinner or brunch, and we even named our dog Brovi! They have the best cheese curds in the city, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Sweets: Bloom Bake Shop. I found Bloom when we first moved to Madison in 2010, and I’ve been a devoted customer ever since. Treats made with local ingredients? Sign me up! The raspberry almond rose cupcake is my favorite.

Nursery Decor: As crazy as it may sound, I’m not into those uber-themed nurseries with circus animals or butterflies. I’ve taken hints of design from places that I love and worked it into our nursery space where it feels more like a cohesive part of our house instead of a wave of pink or blue when you walk in. For instance, I love The Home Market at Hilldale in Madison for its neutrals, raw wood and classic upholstered pieces — The store looks like a Nancy Meyers set and it’s also where I found our nursery’s Dash & Albert rug. I also love the restaurant Everly in our neighborhood for its modern white on white on wood scheme — exactly what you’ll find in our nursery (ahem, entire house).

Relaxing around town: Colectivo Coffee in our neighborhood has a really cute little shop where my husband and I love to go spend a lazy weekend afternoon with a cup of spicy chai, sitting by the large windows and people watching.

Baby Shop: Little Luxuries is a really cool shop downtown on State Street where you can always find unique baby products and toys.

Prenatal Yoga: Dragonfly Yoga. I started doing hot yoga a few years ago, and it is my studio of choice. I’ve paused on hot yoga during this pregnancy, but I still continue my practice when I can!

Place to meet other pregnant gals: Birthing classes. Our hospital has so many free classes and groups where moms-to-be and new moms can come together to learn and share concerns and advice after baby.

We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!


A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.

$239.99

A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.

$219.99

A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.

$379.99

A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.

$29.99

A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.

$99.99

A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.

$15.99

A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.

$79.99

A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.

$99.99

An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.

$24.99

A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.

$59.99

And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

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

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