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It may still be cold out, but warmer, longer days are right around the corner, and we bet you’re starting to think about baby bloomers and bathing suits. We, on the other hand, already have your babe’s fall wardrobe in mind. We recently visited Playtime New York to meet with our favorite designers and get the scoop on the color palettes that you’re going to see on your little one’s cozy knits, sweat suits and teeny tiny booties next fall. While we love neutrals and grey, we spotted a lot of warm and vibrant autumnal hues that we’re super excited about. So if you’re due in the fall, be prepared for your wee one to sport a lot of shades that will melt your heart and enliven your cooler months (as if he already wasn’t enough!). Here are 7 brands that will add a fiery tint to baby’s F/W17 universe. 1. Donsje Amsterdam. If you want the perfect first shoe for your baby, look no further. Amsterdam-based brand Donsje’s booties have your little one’s tiny toes covered -- from infancy to toddlerhood -- and would make a show-stopping shower gift or a practical, yet beautiful first shoe for your toddler. They offer soft sole options for newborns and rubber soles for new walkers. Our favorite? The animal booties are fun but sophisticated, “nostalgic with a twist.” The fur-lined Mary Jane, which comes in the softest nubuck, is a close second. They’re classic but not ordinary and come in rich shades of caramel, berry, navy, walnut and truffle. Check out the current collection here. See them in person this fall, at Geometry Kids in our very own Brooklyn. 2. Rylee and Cru. Rylee and Cru is a favorite of ours. Created by mother and illustrator, Kelli Murray, Rylee and Cru merges art and imagination to offer quality basics with whimsical prints and, thanks to the hand-garment dye, a vintage touch.. The brand offer sizes that range from 3 months to 8-9 years. We love the sweatsuit combos, which come back each season in new prints and colors. The FW17 print will feature the cutest foxes in frost! Other items will showcase a palette of both soft and vibrant colors -- from vanilla and blush, to frost, sage and ginger. 3. Goose Grease. Goose Grease is a Brooklyn-based fair trade company from husband and wife team, Juan Carlos and Anna Leigh Donado. Their wooden peg doll collections offer the perfect nursery decor item. Both Carlos and Leigh Donado are artist, and the peg doll sets are hand-painted. These dolls will add the perfect pop of color and detail to any nursery. Our favorite is the “Children of the World” set of four. Also available are DIY peg doll sets for kids. This makes a perfect gift to keep big brother or sister occupied while the new baby naps. For next fall, Goose Greece will add crocheted knits for the dolls to stay warm! 4. Gray Label. Gray Label has the softest essentials for children size 0 to 8. The Amsterdam-based designer and mom of three, Emily Gray, says “we use only the softest 100% organic fabrics available, to ensure everyday comfort and practicality.” Every season, Gray Label carries a few classic styles and colors but also releases a few new colors and styles every season. They have two set options for a baby’s going-home outfit. But Gray Label pants, tees and hoodies are the true wardrobe staples that you will want for babies, toddlers and bigger kids alike. The colors for FW ’17 are so good! A bright cheery mustard, rich navy and a fun but not too bright burgundy are the best! 5. Lucas du Tertre. Every nursery needs a statement baby blanket to hang on the crib or rocker (but remember -- only for decor. Baby should not have loose bedding around when he’s sleeping). Lucas du Tertre has plenty to choose from. Designed in France and ethically made in India, the colorful cotton prints are whimsical, modern and classic all at the same time. The baby quilts are thick enough to lay on the ground for baby to kick and play on comfortably, whereas the cotton sheets add an element of sophistication to any room. We fell in love with the multicolor owl and denim colored star prints. For FW ’17, look out for the black baby quilt with florals in bright coral, red, okra and blue. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the chicest scarfs and hats for boys this fall.   6. Baby Bites. Baby bites creates sleeping bag for babies and kids that are fun and functional. They’re available in both a summer weight and a winter weight, and they come in two sizes: bebes 1-12 months and ninos 2-6 year-olds. Baby Bites is a Barcelona-based brand with the goal to “make people smile wherever they go!” The sleeping bags, which are shaped like fish, make a great play surface for baby, stroller bunting, or the perfect choice for your child’s first sleepover. We also love the idea of using them as photo ops for baby’s “first months” photo shoots - showing how big he gets next to his fish. The sleeping bags are available in a rainbow assortment of colors -- mustard, emerald, mint green, and stone pink. 7. Tia Cibani Kids. Tia Cibani Kids won the “Pirouette One to Watch” award at Playtime NY. This line is eclectic and fashion forward. The children line initially focused on kids ages 2-14 but now has items available for baby too. Look out for the knit romper for your littlest fashionista, this fall. The skirt/blouse color black combos as well as the ribbon tiered dresses are perfect to make a dramatic entrance during a special occasion. We love the down parkas in bright colors like maca (in the yellow family), jalapeno (a citrus green), pampas (soft pink), toucan (bright pink). They can cheer up any cold, grey winter day. And to spice up your little ones’ looks, get him a felt fedora, and her a tulle or pom pom headband.

Sarah Bean is a Brooklyn mom of two energetic boys. She’s called the Williamsburg-Greenpoint neighborhood home for more than decade. Sarah has a design degree from Parsons and worked in fashion as well as early childhood education before becoming a mom. Her focus is on all things baby, kids and mama - especially spaces, events, and clothing. When Sarah isn’t working on a project, you can find her trying to keep up with her two boys on scooters or bikes!

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There are few kids television shows as successful as PAW Patrol. The Spin Masters series has spawned countless toys and clothing deals, a live show and now, a movie.

That's right mama, PAW Patrol is coming to the big screen in 2021.

The big-screen version of PAW Patrol will be made with Nickelodeon Movies and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

"We are thrilled to partner with Paramount and Nickelodeon to bring the PAW Patrol franchise, and the characters that children love, to the big screen," Spin Master Entertainment's Executive Vice President, Jennifer Dodge, announced Friday.


"This first foray into the arena of feature film marks a significant strategic expansion for Spin Master Entertainment and our properties. This demonstrates our commitment to harnessing our own internal entertainment production teams to develop and deliver IP in a motion picture format and allows us to connect our characters to fans through shared theatrical experiences," Dodge says.

No word on the plot yet, but we're gonna bet there's a problem, 'round Aventure Bay, and Ryder and his team of pups will come and save the day.

We cannot even imagine how excited little PAW Patrol fans will be when this hits theatres in 2021. It's still too early to buy advance tickets but we would if we could!


In the middle of that postpartum daze, the sleepless nights, the recovery, the adjustment to a new schedule and learning the cues of a new baby, there are those moments when a new mom might think, I don't know how long I can do this.

Fortunately, right around that time, newborns smile their first real smile.

For many mothers, the experience is heart-melting and soul-lifting. It's a crumb of sustenance to help make it through the next challenges, whether that's sleep training, baby's first cold, or teething. Each time that baby smiles, the mother remembers, I can do this, and it's worth it.


Dayna M. Kurtz, LMSW, CPT a NYC-based psychotherapist and author of Mother Matters: A Holistic Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom, says she sees this in her clinical practice.

"One mother I worked with recounted her experience of her baby's first smile. At eight weeks postpartum, exhausted and overwhelmed, she remembered her baby smiling broadly at her just before a nighttime feeding," Kurtz says. "In that moment, she was overcome by tremendous joy and relief, and felt, for the first time, a real connection to her son."

So what is it about a baby's smile that can affect a mother so deeply? Can it all be attributed to those new-mom hormones? Perhaps it stems from the survival instincts that connect an infant with its mother, or the infant learning social cues. Or is there something more going on inside our brains?

In 2008, scientists in Houston, TX published their research on the topic. Their study, "What's in a Smile? Maternal Brain Responses to Infant Facial Cues", takes data from the MRI images of 26 women as they observed images of infants smiling, crying, or with a neutral expression.

The images included the mother's own infant alternated with an unknown infant of similar ethnicity and in similar clothing and position. In each image, the baby displayed a different emotion through one of three facial expressions; happy, neutral, or sad. Researchers monitored the change in the mothers' brain activity through the transitions in images from own-infant to unknown-infant, and from happy to neutral to sad and vice versa.

The results?

"When first-time mothers see their own baby's face, an extensive brain network appears to be activated, wherein affective and cognitive information may be integrated and directed toward motor/behavioral outputs," wrote the study's authors. Seeing her infant smile or cry prompts the areas of the brain that would instigate a mother to act, whether it be to comfort, care for, or caress and play with the baby.

In addition, the authors found that reward-related brain regions are activated specifically in response to happy, but not sad, baby faces. The areas of the brain that lit up in their study are the same areas that release dopamine, the "pleasure chemical." For context, other activities that elicit dopamine surges include eating chocolate, having sex, or doing drugs. So in other words, a baby's smile may be as powerful as those other feel-good experiences.

And this gooey feeling moms may get from seeing their babies smile isn't just a recreational high—it serves a purpose.

This reward system (aka dopaminergic and oxytocinergic neuroendocrine system) exists to motivate the mother to forge a positive connection with the baby, according to Aurélie Athan, PhD, director of the Reproductive & Maternal Psychology Laboratory (a laboratory that created the first graduate courses of their kind in these subjects).

These networks also promote a mother's ability to share her emotional state with her child, which is the root of empathy. "A mother cries when baby cries, smiles when baby smiles," Athan says.

While there's a physiological explanation underlying that warm-and-fuzzy sensation elicited by a smile, there may be other factors at play too, Kurtz says.

"In my clinical practice, I often observe a stunning exchange between a mother and her baby when the latter smiles at her. A mother who is otherwise engaged in conversation with me may be, for that moment, entirely redirected to focus on her little one," Kurtz says. "This kind of attention-capturing on the part of the baby can enable and cultivate maternal attunement—a mother's ability to more deeply connect with her infant. The quality of attunement in early childhood often sets the stage for one's relationship patterns in the future."

Whether a physiological response, a neural activation, simple instinct, or the tightening of emotional connection, the feeling generated by babies' smiles is a buoy in the choppy ocean of new parenthood.

And while the first smile may be the most magical by virtue of its surprise and the necessity of that emotional lift, the fuzzy feeling can continue well into that baby's childhood and beyond. It keeps telling parents, you've got this!

[This was originally published on Apparently]


Chrissy Teigen is one of the most famous moms in the world and definitely one of the most famous moms on social media.

She's the Queen of Twitter and at least the Duchess of Instagram but with a massive following comes a massive dose of mom-shame, and Teigen admits the online comments criticizing her parenting affects her.

"It's pretty much everything," Teigen told Today, noting that the bulk of the criticism falls into three categories: How she feeds her kids, how she uses her car seats and screen time.

"Any time I post a picture of them holding ribs or eating sausage, I get a lot of criticism," she explained. "Vegans and vegetarians are mad and feel that we're forcing meat upon them at a young age. They freak out."


Teigen continues: "If they get a glimpse of the car seat there is a lot of buckle talk. Maybe for one half of a second, the strap slipped down. And TV is another big one. We have TV on a lot in my house. John and I work on television; we love watching television."

Teigen wants the shame to stop, not just for herself but for all the other moms who feel it. (And we agree.)

"Hearing that nine out of 10 moms don't feel like they're doing a good enough job is terrible," she said. "We're all so worried that we're not doing all that we can, when we really are."

The inspiration for Teigen talking publicly about mom-shame may be in part because of her participation in Pampers' "Share the Love" campaign. But even though Teigen's discussion coincides with this campaign, the message remains equally important. Advertising can be a powerful tool for shifting the way society thinks about what's "normal" and we would much rather see companies speaking out against mom-shame than inducing it to sell more stuff.

Calling out mom-shame in our culture is worth doing in our lives, our communities and yes, our diaper commercials. Thank you Chrissy (and thank you, Pampers).


Dear fellow mama,

I was thinking about the past the other day. About the time I had three small boys—a newborn, his 2-year-old brother and his 5-year-old brother.

How I was always drowning.

How I could never catch my breath between the constant requests.

How I always felt guilty no matter how hard I tried.

How hard it was—the constant exhaustion, struggling to keep my home any kind of clean or tidy, how I struggled to feed my kids nutritious meals, to bathe them and clean them and keep them warmly dressed in clean clothing, to love them well or enough or well enough.


Those years were some of the toughest years I have ever encountered.

But mama, I am here to tell you that it doesn't last forever. Slowly, incrementally, without you even noticing, it gets easier. First, one child is toilet trained, then the bigger one can tie his own shoelaces, then finally they are all sleeping through the night.

It's hard to imagine; I really really get it.

It is going to get easier. I swear it. I'm not saying that there won't be new parenting challenges, that it won't be the hardest thing you have ever done in your life. It will be. But it will get easier.

These days, all of my kids get the bus to school and back. Most of them dress themselves. They can all eat independently and use the toilet. Sometimes they play with each other for hours leaving me time to do whatever I need to do that day.

I sleep through the night. I am not constantly in a haze of exhaustion. I am not overwhelmed by three tiny little people needing me to help them with their basic needs, all at the same time.

I can drink a hot cup of coffee. I do not wish with every fiber of my being that I was an octopus, able to help each tiny person at the same time.

I am not tugged in opposite directions. I don't have to disappoint my 3-year-old who desperately wants to play with me while I am helping his first grade bother with his first grade reading homework.

And one day, you will be here too.

It's going to get easier. I promise. And while it may not happen today or even next week or even next month, it will happen. And you will look around in wonder at the magnificent people you helped to create and nurture and sustain.

Until then, you are stronger and more resilient than you can even imagine.

You've got this. Today and always.


A fellow mama

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