Tips by Trimester $1,500 Giveaway

$1,500 giveaway!

Tips by Trimester $1,500 Giveaway

Finding out you're having a baby is exciting, but kind of overwhelming too, right? Yesterday you were just a girl going about your day-to-day, and then BAM! you got pregnant, and now you're supposed to be a baby expert! Don't worry, mama. There's a reason it takes 9+ months to make that need time to prepare! Three trimesters of time, in fact.

To help you take a big step towards being ready (if there's ever such a thing), we put together a Tips by Trimester giveaway filled with some of our fave products that we learned about somewhere along the way. From the sweetest new stroller to the coziest newborn baby carrier to a baby meal delivery service that will make life as a mom SO much easier, enter below to win $1,500 worth of gear for mama and baby.






Bugaboo Bee5 Stroller. The newest compact stroller in Bugaboo's arsenal is perfect for all your city adventures. It's got a one-hand, one-piece fold, unparalleled stability and swivel maneuverability, plus it comes in endless color and style combinations, so you can rock your personal style, even with a baby. Win a personally customized version. ($739-1076 value, depending on options).



Ergobaby Adapt Carrier, Natural Curve Nursing Pillow and Swaddler. You'll learn fast a mom that babywearing is a must, and Ergobaby's new Adapt carrier makes it easy to do it from the earliest of newborn days, no insert necessary. It's not Ergobaby's renowned comfort and ergonomics, 3-position options and can be used for a toddler up to 45 lbs. Win a new Adapt carrier, plus Ergobaby's luxurious nursing pillow and swaddler. ($240 value)



Ubbi Diaper Pail. We know, you don't think you need a diaper pail. But mama, you do! Ubbi's adorable version provides maximum odor control, strategically designed rubber seals to lock in odor, and a slid lid to help keep the smell inside. Because trust, us, there WILL be a smell. ($79.99 value).



Babyganics Safe World Essentials Gift Set. It's nerve-wracking to use cleaning products around your baby, but boy do babies get dirty. Babyganics baby-safe gift set includes all your essentials to clean that very cute, but very dirty little babe: shampoo , lotion, dish soap and more, all made with plant-based, baby-safe ingredients, in a reusable fabric cube. ($27.99 value)



Happiest Baby Happiest Bundle. The makers of our new favorite high-tech bassinet the SNOO have more so much to offer when it comes to baby sleep. Get baby sleep expert Dr. Harvey Karp's best tips on getting your baby to sleep with this The Happiest Baby DVD, The Happiest Baby Book, Super-Soothing Sleep Sounds CD and the Perfect Swaddling Solution. ($57.50 value)



Icon Underwear. Having a baby can wreak havoc on your lady parts, but that doesn't mean you have to walk around feeling self-conscious of sneezing a little too hard. Icon's undies hold up to 6 teaspoons, plus they have fast-wicking liners, leak-resistant sides, odor-eliminating treatment and ultra-thin absorbency. Win two pairs of your fave pee-proof pairs. ($56+ value)



Little Spoon baby food. We all have the best intentions to feed baby the healthiest, most homemade food, but then, well, life gets in the way. Just because you can't execute on your dream yourself doesn't mean someone else can't: Little Spoon. Just pick a plan that makes nutritional sense for your little one, and fresh, organic baby food blends will be delivered to your door every other week. Win a one-month supply of baby food ($120)



Bamboobies Breastfeeding Basics. If you're planning to nurse, you're going to need the right tools. And that goes beyond your two boobs. Bamboobies ultra-soft ultra-soft Washable Nursing Pads and Eco-Pure Premium Bamboo disposable Nursing Pads will keep you dry and comfortable because, um, leakage happens. Their Chic Nursing Shawl will give you confidence to feed anytime, anywhere, and boob-ease Organic Nipple Balm & boob-ease Organic Pumping Lubricant will give your nipples a little much-needed love during the process. ($92 value)



Teat & Cosset Caterina Tunic. We know, you thought your fashion challenges would end with pregnancy. But if you're nursing, you might need a whole new wardrobe that's breast-accessible. We're in love with Teat & Cosset's smart styles that turn the term "breastfeeding fashion" on it's head. Win this super-light and airy tunic with hidden folds for nursing access. ($145 value)



I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.

And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3


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Becoming a mother has been life-changing. It's been hard, tiring, gratifying, beautiful, challenging, scary and a thousand other things that only a parent would ever understand.

It is these life-changing experiences that have inspired me to draw my everyday life as a stay at home mom. Whether it's the mundane tasks like doing laundry or the exciting moments of James', my baby boy's, first steps, I want to put it down on paper so that I can better cherish these fleeting moments that are often overlooked.

Being a stay-at-home-mom can be incredibly lonely. I like to think that by drawing life's simple moments, I can connect with other mothers and help them feel less alone. By doing this, I feel less alone, too. It's a win-win situation and I have been able to connect with many lovely parents and fellow parent-illustrators through my Instagram account.

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