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Gabrielle Union just launched the CUTEST baby clothing line 😍
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If someone could bottle up whatever it is that Gabrielle Union does to achieve her perfect skin, we would be eternally grateful. In the meantime, while we wait for that magical potion, we can all shop the L.A.'s Finest actress's adorable new baby clothing line with New York & Company.

Inspired by her 5-month-old daughter Kaavia James (with basketball player Dwayne Wade), Union created a capsule collection for babies, size 0 through 24 months.

"What started out as just wanting to make matching outfits that @kaaviajames and I could wear (and our dog Tre) - transformed into something bigger that includes all babies," Union wrote on her Instagram account. "The line was inspired by busy moms who need easy, cute and comfortable clothes for their babies… and of course, @kaaviajames' dynamic personality."

Ranging in price from $15 to $45, check out our favorite pieces below, or shop the whole collection here.

1. Kaavia James Collection French Bulldog Print Onesie

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Price: $34.95

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2. Kaavia James Collection Dot-Print Smocked Top and Bloomer Set

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Price: $34.95

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3. Kaavia James Collection Striped Oversize Jumpsuit

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Price: $39.95

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4. Kaavia James Collection Animal Print Ruffled Romper

Price: $24.95

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5. Kaavia James Collection #Shadybaby Star Print Tee

Price: $14.95

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I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

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The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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