This time of year, we’ve all got sand and sun on our mind, but being pregnant at the beach (or poolside!) isn’t always as easy-breezy as it seems. Don’t let your blossoming belly keep you from maximizing your summer fun. From a great maternity bathing suit to the best bottle to keep you hydrated all day long, we’ve got 8 must-haves for your fun in the sun.

1. Start your look with some Stoney Clover Lane Summer Tattoos (15 tattoos/sheet). $10

2. This Eberjey Libertine Elka Coverup will last you well beyond pregnancy. $156

3. Cute, comfy and cheap! These Target Platform Sandals are a summer steal. $24.99


4. Cause baby's not here yet, pack your stuff into his 7 A.M. Enfant Hamper Bag. $49

5. Janessa Leone's Juhl Hat takes the standard straw staple to another level. $230

6. Stay hydrated, pregnant lady! And do it in style with S’well's Pastel Water Bottle. $35

7. No, it's not your cute belly they're looking at--it's this adorable Topshop Maternity Tile Swimsuit. $65

8. Finish off your look with these chic Crap Eyewear Hanoi Weekend Sunglasses. $58

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own ideas of how we would absolutely do things differently than everyone else. Others, we believed what everyone else told us would happen would apply to our littles, too. But, that's not always the case, mama.

Below are six of the biggest lies I believed before having kids—and the reality of what actually happened for me.

1. Put your baby down drowsy, but awake

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