Support Baby Buggy + Families in Need

JessicaSimpsonMaternity_Soul_Mates_TeeWe’ve teamed up with Jessica Simpson and Baby Buggy® to launch an exclusive teeshirt for the Jessica Simpson Maternity collection at our Destination Maternity® stores. In celebration of Mothers Day, five dollars of every tee shirt sold, up to $50,000,  will be donated directly to the nonprofit organization Baby Buggy, which provides families in need with essential gear, clothing, and educational services for infants and children up to age 14 across the country.

“Being a mom is the most meaningful life experience I have ever had.  I share a common need with all mothers – to make life as happy and comfortable as possible for my kids,” says Jessica Simpson.  “Baby Buggy is an incredible organization that helps so many mothers fulfill that need.  I am honored to have created this adorable tee to help support Baby Buggy and all of the moms out there who are working hard to be the best they can be for their kids.”

“We are extremely thankful for the continued support of Jessica Simpson and are excited to embark on a new partnership with Destination Maternity to raise even more awareness about our work,” says Baby Buggy Founder Jessica Seinfeld. “The funds raised will greatly help our organization’s efforts to support parents across the country as they work to raise their families in a safe and healthy environment.”

The super soft, heather grey tee shirt is adorable and is currently available online and in our Destination Maternity and Motherhood Maternity stores. If you purchase the tee we encourage you to help raise even more awareness for Baby Buggy and its network of moms and their families nationwide by sharing across social media using the hashtag #JSxBabyBuggy. -Olivia

Get the Look // Hilaria Baldwin

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Hilaria Baldwin, yogi, TV correspondent, and mom to daughter Carmen, is currently expecting her second child with husband Alec! Check out her Instagram feed to catch a glimpse of her coast-to-coast travels, healthy recipes (for adults, kids and pets!), adorable pictures of Carmen and her fabulous maternity style! A Pea in the Pod has been a favorite of Hilaria’s throughout both pregnancies; she’s opted for chic dresses like our Isabella Oliver Dress, AG Jeans and sported a fun Statement Tee, taking us along with her everywhere from her family vacations to the red carpet! Her style is definitely one to watch! -Olivia

 

Did You Know? I love Lucy was the First Real TV Pregnancy

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If you have ever seen an episode of the classic show, I Love Lucy, than you know Lucy and Ricky apparently slept in two separate twin beds. However, real life Lucille Ball, the biggest female TV star back in 1952, got pregnant with her real-life husband Desi Arnaz, aka Ricky Ricardo. She insisted that they write her pregnancy into the script, but CBS executives thought that showing her as pregnant, but especially using the word pregnant would be considered too vulgar! Lucille Ball won the battle and they actually coincided her real-life pregnancy to that of her second child, a son Desi Arnaz Jr. and in the show, Little Ricky. Gotta love Lucy! -Olivia

5 Adorable Nursery Wall Ideas

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We’ve rounded up some of our favorite nursery wall art ideas to give you a little inspiration for your own babe’s abode! Framed animal prints, paper corsages, murals and even an accent wall can turn a basic nursery into a unique room for your little one. One of the simplest ways to add something fun on the wall is to frame your favorite card or print or purchase your baby’s initals for over the crib. We’ve found all of these great ideas on pinterest, and with a little online shopping and elbow grease you can D.I.Y most of these projects yourself. Happy decorating! -Olivia

Currently Craving

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Here’s what I am currently craving right now: Bugaboo’s Andy Warhol Stroller Collection, which is a fashion-set favorite for new moms.// Pastel colors are in for Spring. Love this Dior baby blue nail polish. // Nude is big in cosmetics and footwear. Obsessed over these Aquazzura and Schutz heels!  // Anything from our new Rachel Zoe Collection PLUS these flare leg jeans from McGuire are a maternity must-have this summer. // This tile-print sheath from Rachel Zoe Collection is perfection, if you’re expecting or not this summer! -Olivia




5 Must Reads for Mom’s to Be

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We’ve got the skinny on the must read books for moms-to-be. Our office is filled with new and expecting moms so we took a poll to bring you an edited list of the best pregnancy reads from empowering to practical to humorous!

REAL+A GOOD LAUGH

www.fromthehips.comFrom the Hips by Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris

This book gives it to you straight, filled with advice and stories from pregnant women, moms, doctors and midwives who have been through and seen it all! Light and funny, it feels like dishing over lunch with your girlfriends!

 


TOTALLY PRACTICAL:

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

Everyone knows this book because well, it’s the classic #1 Best Selling pregnancy book and for good reason. Easy to read, easy to understand and full of relevant information, it’s on its 4th edition!

 

 

 

EMPOWERING:

AMAZON.COM

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin has over 30 years of experience as a midwife helping women give birth naturally. This book acts as an information guide for expectant mothers on establishing a mind-to- body connection before conceiving.

 

 

 

BEST FOR THOSE WHO PLAN TO BREASTFEED:

www.lilli.org

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman

A great guide for first-time mothers who plan on breastfeeding, the information is provided by internationally respected La Leche League, known for setting the standard for educating and empowering mothers who want to nurse.

 

 

KEEP MOM AND BABY HAPPY:

www.happiestbaby.com

 

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp

Read this if you don’t read any other baby books! Dr. Harvey Karp teaches you about an “off-switch” for your baby’s crying. Need we say more?

 

 

 

 

Trending Baby Names

Trending Baby Names

 

What is every little girl’s favorite movie? If you don’t know, here’s a hint… LET IT GO! Frozen’s Elsa and Anna are trending as baby names in 2015, as well as other Disney character favorites including Tiana, Giselle, Anastacia and Aurora.  The movie, The Fault in Our Stars, has earned both Gus and Hazel popular baby name status. Arya—calling all Game of Thrones fans– as well as its other spelling Aria, from Pretty Little Liars, and Piper, from Orange is the New Black, are TVinspired baby names. Other pop Culture influenced names give a nod to literature, like Harper; Harper Lee is the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Our favorite royals William and Kate have given us a new love of the name George, while their own monikers continue to be popular choices. No doubt if they have a girl and decide to pay homage to Diana, we will be seeing that name rise in popularity. In fact, the United Kingdom is proving to be quite a source for baby names in the US, with “Fiona, Flora, Fenella, Greer, Isla and Elspeth, and for the boys, Finlay, Angus, Duncan, Ewan and Lachlan” making their way across the ocean according to The Huffington Post.

Your favorite color might just make the perfect baby name as well! In addition to Hazel, Scarlet, Lavender, Indigo, Magenta, Lilac– the list goes on—could be the just the way to make a bold statement with your name choice. Names with an X at the end or in the middle are becoming popular like Lennox or Axel as well.  To round out our list of names, Titan, of Greek Mythology is strong, memorable and makes a Big Statement!

Congratulations and good luck! –Olivia

WINTER FAMILY FUN

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Every year my family and I get away to the Pennsylvania Poconos for a fun ski weekend. My husband is an avid snow boarder and my 20-month old son loves being outdoors, so it was a perfect trip for all of us! Hot cocoa by the fire and ski-in, ski-out accommodations were my only specifications.

Since getting away with a toddler can be challenging, we had our extended family with us so everyone spent time with Greyson, leaving a little free time for my husband and I. Luckily, we had some extra hands, but in case you get the chance to take a family trip without grandparents, aunts or uncles, here are some tips on a worry (less) weekend with little ones.

Keep consistency; we packed Greyson’s favorite toys and had them set up for him just as he would at home. I also brought tons of his favorite snacks, and tried my best to keep to his normal nap schedule. Vacations are for special moments and tons of fun, but trust me, letting your toddler off to his own devices and sleep schedule can lead to major (but preventable) melt downs

Of course, packing for a whole family can be a challenge too, but I’ve learned to keep it simple. Lots of layers, if you are expecting or not, are super important! I always carry my favorite Chapstick and moisturizers to keep me hydrated in the cold weather too.  -Olivia

1 Honest Skincare/ 2 Ski Mask/ 3 Scarf/ 4 Maternity Sports Bra/ 5 Naturopathica Skincare/ 6 Maternity Camisole/ 7 Bundle Me Combo Pack

MATERNITY MUST-HAVES

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Welcome to the 3rd trimester; this is the homestretch. I have been there, not too long ago, so I figured I would comprise a short list of must-haves for these next few weeks. The key is staying comfortable, feeling good and preparing for your final step… motherhood! (Side note, if you are newly pregnant or halfway through, make sure you check back at our first two posts in this series geared toward 1st  trimester and 2nd trimester musts!) During the 3rd trimester, however, many women will be attending their shower or sprinkle, so a comfortable, yet chic dress is essential.  All eyes will be on you, but you want to be able to enjoy the day without fussing around with your outfit.  This concept of staying comfortable is the name of the game through the rest of your pregnancy.

Start with trying cozy pajamas and soft sleepwear for maternity, because they travel from pregnancy to post-pregnancy seamlessly. This holds true for our maternity panties as well. Stock up on ruched tops, nursing camis and nursing bras now. They offer a lot of stretch, so they will continue to grow with you, plus they double as parts of a comfortable outfit for leaving the hospital after baby.  The Secret Fit Belly® jean is amazing because the panel is supportive, yet stretchy and adds control. You will continue to love these after baby, because you still will crave the support and comfort they provide.

Start thinking about packing those hospital and baby bags now. You are going to want to keep hydrated, so remember to moisturize the remainder of your pregnancy and afterward too. Think about bringing the softest blankets in your bag, so you can wrap baby up and start your new life. You are almost there! -Olivia

1 Maternity Cardi, Maternity Tee, Maternity Jogger Pant/ 2 Maternity Nursing Bra/ 3 Maternity Panty/ 4 Elastin Skincare/ 5 Secret Fit Belly® Jean/ 6 I Love You More Ruched Tee/ 7 Nursing Cami/ 8 Animal Bath Wrap/ 9 Baby Blanket/ 10 Baby Bag

ROYAL BABYMOON

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Our favorite royal just came back from her babymoon, probably looking totally glam in nautical blues and whites. From across the pond to a tropical island, Kate Middleton always looks amazing.  Are you planning on taking that last trip before the baby comes too? Take a look back at our blog post What2Wear/Where The Babymoon edition for inspiration on what to pack!

Luckily, you do not need to be a resident of a kingdom to achieve The Duchess’ fashion-forward and sophisticated style. A Pea in the Pod sells the luxury line, Seraphine Maternity, Kate’s go-to maternity brand!  With inspiration from the most classic and classiest European cities, Seraphine helps makes moms-to-be feel and look their best, whether on a babymoon or at work! Stay tuned for more posts about this regal brand with celebrity and royalty following!

Whether away or here to stay … happy shopping! –Olivia

  • I'm OLIVE CAPONE MYERS, Style Director for Destination Maternity and lover of all things simple yet stylish!
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