The only 5 pieces you need to create a capsule wardrobe, mama

Here's a little secret no one tells you: getting dressed after you have a baby is actually harder than getting dressed when you're pregnant. Your body is likely looking and feeling different than pre-baby, and your clothing needs have changed.

Many mamas look at their closet and reject at least a third of the clothes hanging there, because:

  1. It's too precious. "I can't wear that silk shirt! The baby will spit up on it or my toddler will wipe his peanut butter hands on it and it will be ruined."
  2. It's too low cut or too short. "Bending over to pick up my child will show everything I have."
  3. It has no stretch. "I actually can't even bend over to pick up my child in this."

Mom life requires its own uniform and mom style is back and cooler than ever before.

Designers have made beautiful options that can take you from the office to the playground to date night in style.

Here are our five must-have items to create your mom uniform.

1. Loose fitting, long top

Keep it stylish but comfortable with flowy tops that have plenty of length to cover your waistband. The key is to find tops with a tailored look that don't add volume so you look polished. If you're breastfeeding, look for tops with built-in nursing access to make your life easier. Bonus points if they don't wrinkle.

2. A dress that floats over you

Convenience wins on those busy days (and aren't they always?) Throw a dress on and you're done, and that's critical when you're a mom.

Stock up on pretty dresses that look equally great with sneakers as they do with heels so they can do double duty. Also look for dresses that aren't overly dainty, complicated or short so you can chase kids and don't have to worry about running up a dry cleaning bill every time someone smears something on you.

Personally, I avoid off-the-shoulder and low-cut looks for everyday wear in favor of dresses I can wear with my most comfortable bras. Again, if you're breastfeeding, there are lots of great options with built-in nursing access.

3. Great pair of elastic waist pants

You read that right. Great looking elastic waist pants are not an oxymoron. The key is to find a pair with a quality fabric that holds its shape and looks tailored. Linen is great because it's actually supposed to be a bit wrinkly.

Pay attention to the waistband — you want a wide flat band that won't roll on you so the pants don't look like sweats but still remain comfortable. Choose a pant length and style that elongate your legs.

I like a pair that tapers in with cuffs at the ankle because I find them so easy to move in. Plus, the high-waisted look is back so tuck in a blousy top for a romantic, fresh and slimming look.

4. Jumpsuit or overalls

Here I go again with the one-piece dressing, but it really does simplify life! That said, it doesn't have to be boring.

You can dress up a jumpsuit with a blazer and heels, make it funky with booties and statement jewelry or keep it casual with sneakers. Jumpsuits are very flattering and much more forgiving than fitted outfits, and they feel like you're wearing pajamas.

I love the new more tailored overalls. Super belly friendly, and they look so cool with pointy-toed flats and a fitted striped tee.

5. Fabulous diaper bag

You know how a great bag and pair of shoes can elevate any outfit? Think of your diaper bag the same way, because it's the bag you're going to be carrying around most often for a few years.

You might want to splurge on a bag that is crave-worthy and makes you feel cool but is also functional and built exactly for what you need. I carry this NONA bag and am constantly asked where I got it. I love that it gives my outfit a little rock and roll feel from the unlikeliest of sources. Plus, we love these stylish ones that don't sacrifice style.

Once the littlest of my crew is out of diapers, I'll just swap out diapers for snacks, books and water bottles.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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