What I Wish I’d Known During My 1st Month of Motherhood

It’s hard to believe that next month is already my son Greyson’s second birthday! In the midst of planning his party, I found myself reminiscing about those first few weeks after I brought him home. Sleepless nights; tireless feedings; moments of abounding joy— being a new mom of an infant can be overwhelming. Now that I’ve gone through it, I wanted to share some of the things I wish I knew sooner. 

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1.Newborn eating habits can be somewhat erratic. My son cluster breastfeed some days and was fussy others and I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. After talking to other moms, I realized this experience was common.

2.Schedules take time to develop. With Grey, even after about five months, I found myself still frantically taking notes of his nap and feeding times, searching for a pattern. Nada. Even worse, I remember hearing my other mom friends touting how their newborn slept for six straight hours at six weeks. I realize now, they are not the norm!

3.Accept help. I was fortunate enough to have offers from friends and family willing to lend a hand. Most of the time though, I didn’t take them up on it. Big mistake. So many of us feel like we have to do it ALL ourselves but taking a little time for you is more than OK.

4.Not every baby likes to be worn. I swore the key to surviving that first month was wearing my son. I bought not one but three different kinds of carriers. He hated them all. Don’t assume because you want to be a baby-wearing mom your newborn does, too.

5.Get outdoors. I can’t tell you how great it felt to get outdoors even for a few minutes during the day. It helped my mood and was a refreshing break from my daily new-mom routine. Those of you expecting in the next few months should take a few moments every day to soak up the sun and nice weather!

6.Take photos of yourself with your baby. I have tons of delicious photos of him as an infant but hardly any of us together those first few weeks. Now I regret not capturing those moments, bags under my eyes and all. Don’t worry about being picture perfect; that is what filters are for!

I’d love to hear any lessons you learned during your first month of motherhood! And if it’s your first, I hope these tips come in handy!–Olivia

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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Photo source: apartmenttherapy.com

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

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Photo source: hudsonbabydesign.blogspot.com

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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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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Photo source: mysweetnestblog.com

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

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Photo source: designdazzle.com

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

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Photo source: projectnursery.com

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

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Photo source: pinterest.com

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A Q&A from The Learning Studio!

Lauren Deneroff, founder of mama{love}, a boutique consulting and baby planning firm, teaches a fabulous Baby Essentials Workshop at The Learning Studio inside of our Destination Maternity store on Madison Avenue. Here, we ask and she answers the questions you want to know.

What do you love about teaching the Baby Essentials Workshop at The Learning Studio?

I love helping new moms prepare for their baby’s arrival! The process can be very overwhelming and some first-time moms don’t know where to start. The Baby Essentials Workshop breaks it down into Baby Care Needs, Nursery Organization and a Guide to Baby Gear. I provide detailed recommendations on the must-haves: what they are and why they need them based on concerns such as budget, lifestyle and space. I love teaching new moms how to make their lives easier by being prepared, organized and informed.

How did you come to teach this type of program, what is your background?

I began teaching workshops when I started my company, mama{love}. We are a maternity consulting and baby planning service that helps expectant moms prepare for baby’s arrival, and also provide support thereafter. I have 10 years of experience as a teacher, holding a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.), as well as a background in counseling with a Master of Social Work (MSW). However, my best preparation for my work is being a mother of two to Brody, 3 ½ and Harper, 1.

What do moms and moms-to-be enjoy most about your workshop?

I think I get moms excited! Having a thorough, clear plan laid out is an invaluable service, especially for busy, working moms or women who are the first of their friends to be expecting. Walking them through the process helps alleviate anxiety, resulting in them feeling ready and less stressed!

Why do you like teaching at the Destination Maternity Learning Studio? 

Destination Maternity is the only maternity retailer that not only offers great options for pregnant women, but it also provides the chance to learn about pregnancy and parenting. Prenatal classes can be very expensive; The Learning Studio offers many affordable resources for the expectant mom. I love being a part of the team and supporting women on their journey.

For more information and to find a Learning Studio location near you, click here.

Look Who’s Laughing!

What better sound exists than a baby’s laugh? Add two of them laughing together and it’s another level of adorable! YouTube user, It’s Judy’s Life, shared this heartwarming video of her daughter interacting with another baby friend. We can’t help but smile at these two and we know you will too!

Not Your Average Lullabies

Music for Baby

No matter your age or genre preference, music speaks to all, even the tiniest of listeners! It truly is the universal language.

We searched high and low, and found a great selection of music created especially for babies. From lullaby versions of old-time classics to lullaby renditions of Madonna and The Beatles, there is something to please every little ear.

Here are some of our favorites to enjoy:

  1. Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Beatles
  2. Bill Weisbach – Baby Einstein: Baby Mozart
  3.  Hushabye Baby! Lullably Renditions of Carrie Underwood
  4. Jammy Jams – Once Upon a Rhyme: Lullaby Renditions of Hip-Hop Classics
  5. Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project
  6. The Baby Loves Jazz Band – Baby Loves Jazz: Go Baby Go!
  7. Rainforest Music: Nature’s Lullabies & More
  8. Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Madonna
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