The Mom Diaries: Tackling the Big Boy Bed

We recently took the plunge and transitioned my son Grey into a toddler bed. The first few nights in his big boy bed took a little getting used to for all of us! The practical piece of the switch was relatively easy; we have the Built to Grow crib by Young America and all you need to do is remove the front to convert it to a bed. Letting go of the crib he spent the first two years of his life in, however, was much harder… for me! He is no longer a baby and while I love sharing new experiences with him, I also wish time would stop. To cope with it better, I try focusing on our sweet routine of reading books before naptime and bedtime, which means I’ll have these new memories with him to cherish.Olivia_Grayson_CribThe first few nights in his big boy bed was an adjustment naturally for him as well; he woke a few times and I’d find his little face next to my bed. After a few days of me promptly returning him to bed and comforting him for a few minutes, he is now sleeping through the night alone.

How did the move from crib to bed go for you and your toddler? -Olivia

Ease Morning Sickness Naturally

Chances are #morningsickness is showing up on more than just your Instagram feed during the VMAs. When I was pregnant with my son, I had a serious case of the queasies during my first trimester, and thankfully, I was able to quell it without needing a prescription.
5For those of you looking for a way to potentially alleviate an upset stomach and nausea during pregnancy, Preggies Pop Drops are all-natural gluten free lozenges that are a sweet and convenient to carry with you. If you prefer something you can sip on, you can try Anna Naturals Keep It Down Pregnancy Tea, new to our stores and online. Organic ginger and organic chamomile are blended with spearmint and lavender for a soothing or refreshing cup of tea—you can make it hot or iced—that’s quite delicious and safe for pregnancy. PLUS it is 100% caffeine free.

Would love to know your tips for handling morning sickness; share them in the comments below! xoxo, Olivia

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Momspiration Monday // Maria Shriver

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Boston Bump Roundup

2IMG_8914After a rough start due to travel delays, I finally arrived in Boston late Friday morning! Running short on time, I made a quick lunch stop at Sweet Green and then headed right to our Newbury Street A Pea in the Pod for an afternoon of styling with local mamas-to-be. Each one was looking for something different, including the perfect pair of maternity jeans, a stand out shower dress or go-with-everything tees.

Saturday started off at a fabulous breakfast spot called Tatte Bakery that I discovered in Beacon Hill. I definitely recommend this place; they have the most delicious pastries! Then it was on to Destination Maternity’s Natick store for another fun day of styling! Brooke, a Mama Mio skincare expert—who is also expecting!— was on hand to give mini massages and talk skincare with moms-to-be. I helped Brooke start her maternity wardrobe with a few key pieces that are perfect for early on as well as later in your pregnancy like a striped A-line tunic that can be styled up or down.9Two tips I share with all of my clients are: wear what makes you feel comfortable and also shop early, since most pieces transition with you through every trimester! 

I am looking forward to my next maternity styling tour in Cali next month. Stay tuned for dates! -Olivia

Kid Friendly Miami Hotspots

Guest Editor: Kathy Buccio, Freshly Squeezed Fashionista

Running around after a three year old while pregnant can be exhausting; but, nothing gets me more excited than spending time with Maya and seeing the world through her eyes. And when I’m not shopping for some maternity fashion must-haves at Destination Maternity (seriously, it can be addicting), I’m exploring our new city with my mini me! We settled in downtown Miami, and are so fortunate to be minutes away from the beach and all these cool neighborhoods that offer kid-friendly amenities that are actually fun for parents too! My freelance schedule has made it so remarkably amazing to carve out quality time with my number one girl, and now with Rocco making his appearance in just a few short weeks, I’m looking forward to doing some adventuring with the other man in my life! Here are some of my favorite ‘Miami hotspots’ that happen to be kid friendly too!

FOOD

Wynwood Kitchen: Enjoy some pretty epic art (Shepard Fairey’s artwork is featured on a mural in the restaurant’s outdoor space) and good Latin-influenced food at this restaurant in Wynwood, Miami’s bustling art district. Coco and I like this one the best because it’s enclosed inside the Wynwood Walls, which features art work from street artists from around the world. Coco and I get to enjoy some wine while Maya runs around and tumbles in the grassy area. It’s a win win.

Visa-01: It’s the best-kept secret (well, not anymore) when it comes to authentic and delicious pizza in Miami. Located inside an office building off Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, we love coming here with Maya because she gets to have her own personal pan-sized pizza while we get to enjoy some of the restaurant’s top winners like the Star Luca (with Ricotta cheese) and the Federica pizza (mushrooms, artichokes, and black olives). The pizza is worth the wait in this 10-table establishment!

Bunnie Cakes: We can’t talk about kid-friendly spots without mentioning sweets! We live dangerously close to Bunnie Cakes, a colorful little vegan sweets shop (also gluten-free if you need it) that is every kid’s dream! They were featured on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and everything from their red velvet cupcakes to their homemade Oreo cookies are made fresh! Maya loves to lick the icing off their mini cupcakes and we just take a seat in one of their doll-like pink chairs inside their ‘pretty in pink’ space! It’s a great spot for some mommy and me time!

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Photo Credit: Suna Photography

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The Beach: Miami has some of the best beaches in the U.S, and lucky for us, it’s right in our backyard. When we moved to Miami, the first thing we did was sign Maya up for swim classes and now we can’t get her to stop swimming!

Play- In: Adventure seekers like little Miss Maya, can pop inside Play-In, the indoor playground right in the heart of Wynwood. Everyday they have open play, and with the price of admission, kids can also enjoy art classes, yoga, and even some unexpected fun on the zip line. I love watching Maya run around, climb the slides, and jump in the trampoline, while she makes friends (and I get to sit and relax for a bit)!

Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre: The Miracle Theater in Coral Gables has an outstanding kid theater program, that offers different kid-friendly productions like Charlotte’s Web, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and Maya loves the shows. They’re only an hour long, which is perfect for a child’s attention span.shop imageSHOP

Baby Love Luna: This Miami based online shop is my latest obsession! I’ve stocked up on essentials for Rocco and Maya. They carry brands like Tiny Cottons, Children of the Tribe, Perfectly Baked, and Nununu, which is not something you find at local kid boutiques here.

Tutti Bambini: Besides offering baby concierge services and a photo studio (stay tuned for my newborn session in September), they carry all the essentials for new parents. They also offer newborn classes, CPR classes, and sleep training classes for new moms.

The Children’s Exchange: Kids outgrow everything -from toys to clothes – and then you’re left with the burden of what to do with all this gear you are never going to use again, and that’s where the Children’s Exchange comes in. They consign baby gear like strollers (that’s where I consigned my old Uppa Baby), car seats, toys, and they also take clothing from newborn to tweens. When your merchandise sells, you can either get payment in the form of a store credit or a check!

Kid friendly Miami spotsMIAMI ESSENTIALS

Maclaren Stroller: It is hands down the best travel stroller because it’s sturdy, it’s easy to maneuver, and even easier to break down, especially with one hand. I use it religiously with Maya and it has traveled with us all over the world! And as a shower gift, my best friend and sister-in-law (Rocco’s future godparents) gifted us with the double Maclaren. I can’t wait to put that baby to good use!

Beco Baby Carrier: We carried Maya all over the city in her baby carrier, and Rocco will be no exception. What I love about the Beco is that it has back support, and that’s important to both Coco and I. It’s versatile, it gives you that close physical connection with your baby, and it allows you to be hands free while you do so. I can’t wait to take Rocco all around Miami in his carrier!

Skip Hop Backpack Diaper Bag: It’s all about the backpack when it comes to diaper bags. I’m all about the three C’s- Chic, Convenient, and Comfortable and the Skip Hop backpack diaper is all about convenience. There’s none of that falling off the shoulder dilemma when you have a shoulder bag, and that works great for some parents, but for me, I’m all about ease and accessibility. The backpack is travel-friendly and again, it allows you to be hands-free so you don’t have to juggle carrying baby and diaper bag simultaneously.

Chewbeads Pacifier Holders: Here is one thing that was not fun when Maya started using pacifiers- playing the whole “where did the pacifier go?” guessing game. Once I discovered the pacifier clip holders, my parenting life changed! I swear by them. I’ve stocked up on a few from Chew Beads for Rocco. They’re cute, practical (they glow in the dark) and 100% silicone. No more pacifier ‘hide and seek’ for us!

The Ultimate Registry Checklist Part II

BUYBUYBABY v1 PART 2Last week in Part I of our baby registry checklist, we covered strollers, feeding and bath time must-haves. Today we’re talking some of the most popular playards, layette and safety picks according to the experts at buybuy BABY  who dished on some customer favorites and hot new registry items. Trust me, you’ll want these insider tips before you start your registry! And yes, choosing the best bouncy seat is kind of a big deal!  -Olivia
BBB Registry Products Part2 v1Playards + Infant Seats: 

Customer Favorite: Graco Pack-n-Play Playard with Newborn Napper is an awesome all-in-one newborn suite.

Hot New Item: 4moms mamaRoo is an infant seat, bouncer and swing that has different speeds, motions and an iPod dock.


Layette: Swaddles, sleep-sacks and bodysuits: make sure to choose the right ones for your swaddling abilities!

Customer Favorite + Easy to Use: Halo SleepSack

Pro Swaddle Choice: Aden + Anais are great; you just need to have your swaddle down pat.


Safety First: Know what you need in an infant monitor (Wi-Fi, zoom, remote access) and be sure to add baby-proofing items to your registry as well. Baby proofing a house can add up, so it’s a good idea to register for starter kits.

Customer Favorite: Motorola Monitors are easy to use and have tons of features to choose from.

Registry Essential: Safety 1st Essentials Child Proofing Kit is a great starter set for new parents.


Bonus Picks: buybuy BABY encourages moms-to-be to make an online Wish List. They also suggest adding the BEABA Babycook Baby Food MakerBoppy Pillow and a sound machine to your registry, since so many moms love these items!

Find a buybuy BABY store near you or shop online.

Rachel Zoe’s Back to School Guide for Moms + Tots

Guest Editor: Rachel Zoe, Stylist, Editor and Designer

Vacations are winding down which means back to school for moms and moms-to-be everywhere! Who better to help get us back into the grind than fashion maven and mom of two adorable boys Rachel Zoe? Read on for her tips on how to simplify your daily routine—but still look amazing!—plus she shares her essentials for both moms-to-be and kids, too!rachel zoe fall fashion style tips v1From Rachel:

I always tell women, no matter how busy your day is, take an extra 5 minutes when getting ready to make yourself feel glamorous.  Looking and feeling your best can be as easy as putting on a coat of mascara, adding a little lipstick or simply layering a bold accessory into your look.  Keep your overall outfit effortless and chic – a black maxi dress is always good place to start.

Invest in a hat that you love, a bold necklace that makes a statement, or a cozy scarf to tie your look all together. I live in tall platform heels, but they aren’t for every woman. If you’re looking for a little height, opt for a block heeled bootie instead – you’ll be stable on your feet yet still get those extra inches you weren’t exactly born with!  Here are some of my favorite fall pieces for a mom-to-be and their kids:

FOR MOM

It’s also important to keep your ensemble uncomplicated and use accessories to elevate your look. A black dress, your favorite jeans, even an effortless shirt dress are perfect pieces to start with. Try these pieces: Short Sleeve Maternity Top  // Wool Fedora // Leather Ankle Booties // Pendant Necklace // Maternity Maxi Dress // Secret Fit Belly Ponte Maternity Pants

FOR TOT

Cozy cardis, cool prints and earth tones are fall must-haves for your little boy or girl. Try these pieces: Navy Pea Coat // Moccasins // Brown Horse Backpack // Suede Boots // Feather Onesie // Shearling Sweater

 

The Potty Chronicles // Ready – Aim – Diaper?

When I started The Potty Chronicles series last month, I really thought we were in the ball park of potty training; unfortunately, my toddler’s willingness to participate has been fleeting.3The Potty ChroniclesIn an attempt at peeking Grey’s interest in using the potty, I tried a few things. First, I abandoned the basic toddler potty that coordinated with my bathroom (the horror!) and opted for one with all the bells and whistles, the Fisher Price Learn-to-Flush Potty. It sings a song, makes a flushing sound… you get the jist. I also bought these Piddlers Toilet Targets at my local Buy Buy Baby during a recent visit in the hopes he’d like taking aim in the potty. Neither has really gotten him interested enough to prompt him to ditch the diaper and use the potty just yet. Since he’s still only a few months into his second birthday, I think I’ll continue trying without pushing him too hard. Wish me luck!The Potty ChroniclesHow long did it take you to potty train your toddler? -Olivia

Momspiration Monday // Diane Keaton on Motherhood

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The Ultimate Registry Checklist Part I

baby shower registry checklistRegistering for your baby shower, especially if you are a first-time mom, can be overwhelming. Pumps, strollers, layettes… where to start!?! I recently brought a friend of mine who is expecting to meet up with a buybuy BABY registry expert. We had such an awesome experience! The associate walked us through the store while asking detailed questions about my friend’s home and where the baby would be sleeping in order to help her choose the perfect products. We also got the dish on some of their most popular registry items right now, PLUS insider tips that will help you choose the best picks for your own registry!baby shower registry must haves checklistStroller: We learned that the most time is spent in the stroller department and rightly so since a stroller can be a big ticket item. Our registry guru recommend taking your time and test driving the stroller right in the store.

Customer Favorite: Baby Jogger City: Easy to use and good on all terrains make it a popular choice.

Best for Customization:  The Uppa Baby Vista is available in a variety of colors and adapts as your family grows.


Bottle Feeding: Read reviews for bottles and ask your mommy friends what they recommend before registering. Consider how easy the bottles and accessories are to clean.

Best for Transitioning from Breast to Bottle: Joovy the Boob, designed for a smooth transition.

Eco-Friendly: Lifefactory is made of the highest quality thermal shock-resistant glass, which is why it is quickly becoming a mom fave.

Customer Favorite: Phillips Avent and Dr. Brown’s. Both are trusted bottle brands.


Bath Time Essentials: Make sure to register for the right quantities of bathing accessories like wash clothes and towels for baby! You want to make sure you have enough linen on hand, so you aren’t constantly doing laundry as a new mom.

Customer Favorites: 4moms infant tub has a built-in thermometer to check water temperature. Aden + Anais towels and washcloths get softer after every wash.

Popular for Sink Bathing: Blooming bath.

Check back next week for part II of our registry checklist featuring playards, layette and safety must-haves! -Olivia

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