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WTF… Hospital Bag

Take a peek into the birth day carryall of Stone Fox Bride’s Molly Guy.

WTF… Hospital Bag

With her laid-back style and earth-mama vibe, Stone Fox Bride’s Molly Guy is taking the birth of her second baby in stride. Everything about the creative director of NYC’s most enchanting, anti-establishment bridal salon exudes cool, and she’s approaching the big birth day with the same easy-going attitude.

“I’m much less stressed out than the first time around,” Guy says, referring to her almost-3-year-old daughter Sunny, “almost to the point of being negligent when it comes to planning.”

While she claims to be the “world’s worst packer,” the experienced Brooklyn mama knows enough to know what’s in the bag is a lot less important than what it’s all there for. “Keep the focus on getting that baby out!” she says. “Don't stress about the little things. You'll be back home soon enough.”

Here are her 8 must-haves for those first few, sweet (and sweaty) days.

1. Stone Fox Bride KANTHA quilt. You never know what kind of germs are lurking on those hospital sheets — I love these soft quilts made from vintage saris.

2. S.W. Basics Cream. I live for this moisturizer, it keeps my skin super soft and refreshed.

3. Stone Fox Bride Vintage Caftan. Easy breastfeeding access is key, obviously.

4. Jean's Greens Women’s Blend Tea. Lots of raspberry leaf to start toning my uterus ASAP. (Tea cup from ABC Home)

5. Earth tu Face Toning Mist. Smells like the most fragrant wholesome organic summer rose garden — might spritz a little on baby too!

6. The Collected Poems Of Richard Wilbur. I read this to my daughter a few hours after she was born. One of my favorite poems by Richard Wilbur: "The Writer" is about parenthood, fathers, daughters and the passage of time.

7. Ryan Roche Sweater. It's like wearing a blanket. Can't wait to snuggle my little nugget up in its cozy softness.

8. Dr. Bronners Peppermint Soap. Giving birth is sweaty business. The first thing I wanted to do when it was over was take a hot soapy shower!

Illustrated portrait by Jennifer Cascino of Famous Swan Productions. Molly is wearing: Ryan Roche Sweater; Ecote weekender bag.

This 'mama' necklace is a bestseller for a powerful reason

There's a lot going on in the world right now, but one thing that's certain? You're still mama.

There's a lot going on in the world right now, but one thing that's certain? You're still mama. No matter what is going on at work, what decision you make about heading back to school, or how you're caring for your family right now, we know you're the best mama for your family.

So in case you need a little reminder of just how incredible you are, we love this sweet necklace from Tiny Tags. And other mamas do, too, because it's been one of our top sellers for weeks.

Whether you're coveting it for yourself or want to gift it to your favorite mama, it's one of those gifts that'll keep on giving years later. It's dainty enough to easily layer with just about anything you have in your jewelry collection, but is just as beautiful as a standalone piece to wear daily. And in these tough seasons, it's honestly a gentle, much-needed reminder that you were made for this. You can do hard things. You are doing the best you can even when it feels like you can't make one more decision.

Tiny Tags script 'mama' necklace

tiny tags mama necklace

The charm is 1/2" long and the chain is 16", falling just above most mama's collarbones. All Tiny Tags personalized jewelry is laser engraved by highly skilled artisans to make the most elegant pieces.

$105

And, don't worry, it's totally low-maintenance. Simply polish with a polishing cloth every now and then for extra shine. Now to decide: gold or silver?

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