Hospital Bag Essentials

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Your third trimester is often spent making final preparations for baby: nurseries are decorated, supplies are purchased and baby showers are celebrated. In addition to these nesting rituals, it’s also time to think about what to pack in your hospital bag. Since labor can be unpredictable in terms of timing, packing a bag before your due date will help you feel prepared and ready for when baby decides to make his or her grand entrance into the world. We’ve paired our recommendations with tips from The Bump to create a simple-to-follow checklist:

  • 2-3 pairs of warm, non-skid socks or slippers for walking the halls before and after labor:

We recommend our Bump in the Night Slippers which are warm, cozy and easy to put on and take off as needed.

  • A warm robe or sweater:

We like our Bump In The Night™ Empire Waist Nursing Robe which comes as a set including a comfortable, matching nursing nightgown.

  • 2 maternity bras without underwire:

We recommend our Seamless Lift Up Nursing Bra: the material is soft, comfortable and easy to adjust.Try our Jessica Simpson Seamless Clip Down Nursing Bra which easily clips down for feeding.

  • A few pairs of maternity underwear:

We like our 3 Pack of Maternity Fold Over Panties: adjustable to your liking, you can wear them over your bump or folded down for added comfort.

  • Lip balm (hospitals are very dry) and moisturizer:

Eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm comes in a 3 pack and is made with nourishing shea butter, vitamin e and jojoba oil. As an added bonus, it’s also gluten-free, paraben-free, petrolatum-free and phthalate-free. Body Boost’s Fragrance Free Stretch Mark Butter moisturizes to renew stretched skin and also relieves itchiness from dry conditions.

  • A change of clothes for the trip home:

Comfort is key! Layer up in a super-soft, Jersey Knit Maternity Hoodie paired with a relaxed fit maternity tank topFold Over Jersey Knit Yoga Pants are soft and adjustable for a fit that feels best.

Babymoon Essentials

Jet-setting to your babymoon? Our list of essentials will keep you both comfortable and stylish as you celebrate your impending new arrival!

maternity maxi dress

Comfort is key! Opt for a super comfortable maxi in a flattering jersey fabric like our BCBGMAXAZRIA Long Sleeve Variegated Stripe Maternity Maxi Dress. Paired with an open front cardigan that you can take off once you arrive, you’ll feel relaxed and happy as you travel to your destination.

maternity swimwear

Hit the sand in our L*Space Shirring Detail Maternity Bikini Swimsuit! In a beautiful pistachio hue with intricate shirring, you will be the most stylish mama on the beach.

Looking for more coverage with the same amount of style? Try our Halter Maternity Tankini Swimsuit with ultra-flattering ruching and a supportive halter top.

Heading to lunch straight from your spot in the sun? Take cover in our boho-chic L*Space Embroidery Maternity Swim Cover-up complete with on-trend geometric detailing.

In addition to your regular SPF, slather on some of our Lavender UV Protection Cream by Naturopathica, which doubles as an ultra-soothing daily moisturizer.

maternity shorts

A comfortable pair of shorts is a necessity while traveling! Our Secret Fit Belly® Cuffed Maternity Shorts will keep you cool and comfortable as you play, shop, explore and have fun! Our Sleeveless Scoop Neck Maternity Tank Top is the perfect accompaniment; in six colors, you’ll have one to wear every day.

maternity dress

For a romantic dinner for two, slip into our Sleeveless Fit and Flare Maternity Dress which perfectly shows off your shape. The beautiful fiery hue will enhance your pregnancy glow and a gold statement necklace is the perfect addition to complete your oh, so pretty ensemble.

Cold Weather Cravings: Coats!

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The chill of the cold weather months has us longing for outwear that provides the cozy comfort we need. As warm as they are stylish, our winter maternity coats come in a range of styles and fits for all.

Wrap up your bump in a super plush puffer style or try a wool coat with a belted waist. For a fashion forward approach, go for an on-trend military design with a cozy lining. Whether you try one or more , you (and your little one) will stay happy and warm all season long.

Shop our entire selection of maternity coats at Destination Maternity.

Third Trimester Checklist: The Homestretch!

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You’re almost there! It’s the final stretch of your pregnancy and you are ready to get this baby out! But until that imminent day has arrived, there is still much to do, and many clothes to wear. From what to don at your upcoming baby shower to prepping for your postnatal needs with nursing bras and tops, both new items and mainstays are available to meet your needs.

Stay tuned for next month’s Maternity Checklist guide to see what to buy post pregnancy!

Second Trimester: Feeling and looking great!

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Congrats, you’ve made it through the first trimester; you are now well underway to becoming a mommy! As you may have noticed, your pre-pregnancy clothes aren’t cutting it anymore. Last month, we checked off all of the basics needed to begin building your pregnancy wardrobe; this trimester is all about the fashion! We wish for your personal style to shine through during these next six months, and with that, trend-worthy pieces below are ready to come into play.

  • Keep on donning the staples of your wardrobe in SECRET FIT BELLY® PANTS & JEANS
  • LAYERING PIECES are key to seasonal dressing – and to staying cool when you’re always hot!
  • Show your style-savvy in FASHION TOPS that make a statement.
  • SIDE RUCHE TOPS are chic pieces that prove their function by lying flat and staying in place.
  • Up the comfort ante with SLEEP BRAS that support where and when (hello, sleep) you need it.
  • You will find that all you want to live in is LOUNGE WEAR – go for it!

Stay tuned for next month’s Maternity Checklist guide to see what to buy during your third trimester!

Kate Winslet Glows in Pea!

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At a special screening of her new film, Labor Day, an expectant Kate Winslet donned our tried-and-true favorite A Pea in the Pod scoop neck tank top under a chic, figure-flatter blazer. Accessorized with layered necklaces and a stylish messy do, she radiated a mama-to-be-glow in her all-black look.

A simple staple, yet one that can be worn virtually anywhere, tanks and tees are a pregnant woman’s best friend. Easily adaptable to a multitude of outfits, you will adore our vast selection of basics – tanks, tees and other fabulous layers – that will take you through the entire nine months, and well beyond.

Shop maternity basics at A Pea in the Pod!

Must-Have Maternity: Check, Check, Check!

Motherhood Maternity

As the weeks go by, and your belly gets bigger, excitement and anticipation fills the air as you bask in the joy of bringing a new addition into the world. While it can all seem overwhelming at times, what you wear during your pregnancy shouldn’t be. With a focus on providing moms-to-be with maternity clothing that is both comfortable and stylish, please join us as we present our Maternity Checklist, a guide on what to wear throughout your trimesters. For the next several months, check out the basics you shouldn’t live without out as well as on-trend extras for your pregnancy and beyond.

Stay tuned for our four-month installment of the Maternity Checklist!

Vacation Bound: Part 1

Vacation

‘Tis the season to holiday, and with that, your vacation wardrobe should be all about effortless ease. Whether it’s your babymoon or simply a must-needed getaway, packing a bag with chic basics that can be dressed up or down is key. Here, A Pea in the Pod Senior Designer, Elizabeth Shane Quinn, takes a cue from the ubiquitous summer trends of white denim and cool chambray, both from Motherhood Maternity. With a flattering base, Macy’s offers fabulously versatile touches that exude the season’s “kick-back and relax” mentality. In short, we can’t wait to pack our bags…Au revoir!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Vacation Bound series to see even more vacay options later in the week!

Shop this look from Motherhood Maternity and get these extra touches from Macy’s:

A New Mom’s Guide to Diaper Bags

diaper bag

This A Pea in the Pod diaper bag by Petunia Pickle Bottom is a great option for stylish moms. Its graphic print, detachable changing pad and easy-access storage makes the bag both fashionable and practical. But, it’s not just about having a cute diaper bag; it’s really about what you put in it that counts. While on the go, having everything you need in case of well, anything, will keep both you and your little one comfortable, calm and happy.

Here is a list of some Diaper Bag Essentials:

  • Diapers (approximately one diaper for every two to three hours)
  • Baby wipes (plenty!)
  • Diaper cream and/or baby powder
  • Pacifiers (one or two to be safe)
  • Formula (if not breastfeeding)
  • Burp cloths
  • Bib
  • Bottle
  • Blanket to keep your baby cozy
  • One to two extra changes of clothes
  • Extra socks
  • Extra hat for when it’s cold
  • Tissues
  • Nursing cover (if breastfeeding)
  • Two plastic bags to store soiled clothing
  • A few toys to entertain the little one
  • Extra blouse for yourself (this can never hurt!)
  • Hand sanitizer (a must!)
  • Bottle of water for yourself – so you stay happy and hydrated

 A Must-Have Diaper Bag Accessory

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This Swipe By Skiphop is a convenient way to always have easy access to baby wipes. Simply attach it to your diaper bag or stroller and you will never struggle to find another wipe again.

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