BABY BATH-TIME ESSENTIALS

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I’ve got the whole bath-time routine with my son finally down! Now that he’s 18 months old, he loves taking a bath, so it’s way easier. But as a first time mom, I was pretty clueless in the beginning. So, I thought I’d share our favorite products that got us through the first year, as well as some helpful tips for making bath-time your best time.

When your little one is a newborn you won’t bathe him or her every day and for the first few months you’ll be using a bath support of some variety. Once Greyson was a few months old we started giving him baths in the tub with a nice arched bath lounger that he stopped using once he could sit up (about 7-8 months old.)

You’ll need baby wash and shampoo, obviously. Many times you’ll be gifted different varieties at your baby shower, which is great, because you can try them out and decide which you like best before investing. We landed on Aveeno Baby Wash and lotion since Grey’s skin was and is pretty sensitive. I definitely recommend The Honest Company’s shampoo and body wash since they are both great for baby’s sensitive skin as well. Baby towels and wash cloths are a no-brainer too. However, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve gotten him in the tub and forgot to bring them with me! Our linen closet is just outside the bathroom, so make sure to bring everything with you to the bath and have it RIGHT NEXT TO YOU as you are bathing baby. You don’t want to have to reach for anything since you must be attending the babe at all times!

Make sure to have bath toys ready for their little hands. It seems silly, but look for toys that have a spout since some don’t and as baby gets bigger he’ll gravitate toward the ones that sprinkle water. Grey loves his ducky and Sophie the Giraffe Bath Toy.

I always make sure to lay out what he’s wearing on his dresser well before we get into the tub. You’ll find that when you have an infant or toddler, you want everything available so you aren’t scrambling with a delicate newborn or squirmy kid. We lay out his pjs and when he was an infant we always had his swaddle ready too. My favorites are the Aden + Anais swaddle blankets that are made in delicate cotton. I’d love to hear some of your favorite bath time baby products too! Splish Splash! –Olivia

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Ways To Document Your Pregnancy

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From celebrating the big news with friends and family to feeling baby’s first kick, pregnancy  is filled with moments you will want to remember.  Check out this compilation of creative ways to document your journey – from your growing belly and food cravings to ultimately your baby’s birth— so you can have these memories for years to come!

Weekly updates on chalkboardsThis is a fun and artistic way to keep track of how far along you are. Each week you can decorate a chalkboard with little notes and facts.  It’s a fun reminder and keepsake to display in your home and it’s a great way to see how you grow from week to week!

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Write letters to or create an email account for your baby: When your child gets older, he or she can take part in the experience by reading about your pregnancy.  Get even more creative (like this mama-to-be) and include a photo.  Wear one of these graphic maternity tee’s to show everyone your excitement!

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Complete a Pregnancy Journal: Keeping a pregnancy journal will help you express how you are feeling throughout pregnancy and can also be a wonderful keepsake to look back on. You can also share it with your child down the line and share the love you’ve felt from the beginning!

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Baby Album: Create a baby album where you can share everything with your family, friends and baby! My Baby Album With Sophie La Girafe is a charming album for capturing memories from birth through baby’s second birthday, with designated pages for parents to record all the milestones and details of baby’s life.

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Get big sister or brother involved:
 This is such a simple way to show off your big (and his or her ADORABLE) belly!  The soon-to-be-big sibling will love to get in on the fun!

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Take Selfies: No time for props? Grab a camera and take a #bumpselfie.  This is a simple way to chronicle your bump’s growth.  Don’t forget to Instagram and share how you wear us with #destinationmatstyle!

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Four Things: Goddess Edition

Olivia Wilde was recently quoted saying, “I’m a woman! Look at me making a human! I am a goddess!” Although you may not always feel like one during the ups and downs of your pregnancy, we hope that these four things will help to bring out the goddess in you!

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EAT: This Avocado Goddess Dip is both delicious and nutritious!  Avocados are packed with nutrients and vitamins that are good for both you and your growing baby.  Cut up some carrots, celery and cucumber for dipping and enjoy this snack that will help you feel divine on the inside and out!

WEAR: Project an air of elegance and grace in our Sleeveless Braided-Strap Maternity Maxi Dress with a scoop neck and cross back.  Nothing screams goddess-couture like a flowy full-length dress!

DO: Sometimes you just want to do something different with your hair!  These 14 goddess-inspired hairstyles will keep you looking glamorous all throughout your pregnancy.

CREATE: These creative closet dividers can help you keep an organized closet for your little one!  Whether you’re looking for a creative baby shower gift or are looking for a way to divide up an overloaded closet, these color coded dividers can help!

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Spring has finally sprung and with the warmer months ahead of us, it’s finally time to be outside and enjoy the sunshine in maxi dresses and bright colors.  Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet snack of seasonal fruits or in the mood to incorporate new colors into your makeup routine, we hope these four things can inspire you to enjoy the warm weather and get in the spirit of spring.

EAT: These yummy orange glazed blueberry scones are the perfect treat to bring to your next barbeque or to satisfy your sweet tooth!

WEAR: Maxi Dresses are not only cute, but they’re extremely comfortable too!  Our L By Jennifer Love Hewitt Sleeveless Maternity Maxi Dress is the perfect versatile staple for your spring wardrobe.

DO: Looking for a new way to mix up your makeup routine?  How about switching up your go-to red lip with a coral?  It’s the perfect way to transition your winter wardrobe into spring.  We love this peachy-warm tone seen here.

CREATE: What a better way to welcome yours or a friend’s new baby into the world than by making this adorable and inexpensive alphabet board?!  It’s a great accessory to hang in newborns’ rooms to help little ones learn their letters!

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Spring is finally here and there are so many reasons to celebrate. It’s time to leave behind the soups, sweaters and scarves to engage in these FOUR season-changing favorites. Pull up your hair, hop into a dress and get creative in this season of growth.

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EAT: A roasted banana boat is the perfect snack to satisfy cravings and stay healthy! Add in some walnuts for a dose of good-for-you omegas and dark chocolate chips for antioxidants. Haylie Duff and her sister Hilary sweeten up the warm, campfire snack with marshmallows- a welcome twist on the classic S’more.

WEAR: Nothing screams spring like a flirty little dress. Our Sleeveless Fit and Flare Maternity Dress with an empire waist and scoop neck will have you looking sweeter than jelly beans this holiday.

DO: As the temperatures go up, you may wish your hair does as well. These 6 Easy Braided Hair Styles will keep you cool and comfortable while staying on-trend.

CREATE: Like flowers in the spring, babies seem to boom and bloom around this season. Try something different for your next baby shower gift and create these adorable numbered baby bodysuits, or keep them for you and your baby!

Nurseries We Love: Metallic Touches

A little bit neutral, a whole lot of glam, nurseries are going sleek and sophisticated by way of metallic touches. From intricate wallpapers in gold and silver to giant poufs, shiny pillows and mirrored furniture, there’s something to be said for adding a dose of sparkle to your sparkling newborn’s haven.

Silver, grey and white merge together in a nursery that is serenely glam.

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Rich in layers of shiny and bright elements, this little girl’s haven screams glamour.

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The gorgeous gold wall paper in this nursery adds a dramatic punch of metallic loveliness.

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A modern take on luxe metallic, this bright nursery is full of whimsy and cheer.

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Destination Maternity Launches New Skincare and Beauty Brands!

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On Wednesday February 19th, bloggers and editors attended a special breakfast to preview Destination Maternity’s newest beauty and skincare brands for mom and baby. Butter London, Clark’s Botanicals, Sanctuary Spa, Noodle and Boo, Juice Beauty, Perfect Pearl, The Honest Company, Naturopathica, Sophie la Girafe Baby, Basq Skin Care, Body Boost and Mama Mio were all in attendance to speak to guests about their new product offerings. Butter London provided mini-manicures with our new assortment of pretty polishes. Basq Skin Care offered rejuvenating chair massages and Mama Mio pampered guests with hand and arm massages, all while sipping fresh-pressed juices and enjoying breakfast treats from The Butcher’s Daughter.

To shop our newest skincare and beauty brands, please visit a Destination Maternity store near you, or click here to shop online.

New on the Scene: THE HONEST COMPANY!

Brand-new and already high on the must-have list of moms and moms-to-be, The Honest Company has made its arrival to our family and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Founded by four people – Jessica Alba, Christopher Gavigan, Brian Lee and Sean Kane – who set out to create effective, eco-friendly, affordable, beautiful and safe baby products, they have done just that in as little as two years!

And now, new to A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity, you can find five of their naturally nourishing products made just for mom: Organic Belly Balm, Body Oil, Face + Body Lotion, Organic Nipple Balm, and Shampoo + Body Wash.

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View and shop our collection of Honest available at both A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity!

Nurseries We Love: Pop of Orange

Whether acting as an accent to an otherwise neutral décor or as a compliment to a mate on the color wheel, a pop of orange adds a sunny touch of happy to any nursery. Without being too harsh – say like a fire engine red – orange brings mellow warmth to a room that’s perfect for baby.

With a base of aqua and grey, small pops of orange bring a ray of cheer!

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Ultra-modern and clean lines are instantly brought to life with deep orange accents.

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A whimsical play on colors, orange acts as the standout hue in this fun space.

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Soothing and serene, it’s the rug that makes this nursery come alive.

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Nurseries We Love: Nautical

This classic theme has become a modern go-to for the nursery. Traditionally displayed in a blue and white palette, touches of red, yellow and even pink breathe new life into all things nautical for your little one’s haven.

A soothing space reflects small touches of life on the water.

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A to-die-for nursery that resembles the interior of an ultra-posh home on the sea.

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Bright and cheery with a streamlined appeal, we adore the pops of cherry red.

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Bring the nautical theme to your little girl’s room with bold strokes of pink.

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