Your Hospital Bag Packing List

Closing in on your due date? It is time to start packing your hospital bag! Here are our suggestions for new mom and baby essentials that will help you prepare, while making your hospital stay feel more like home

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Including soft and stretchy basics that you’ll wear before and after baby’s arrival is a great place to start. Base layers like camis, sleep bras and nursing pads will be your go-tos, especially if you plan to nurse after birth.  Bring pajamas you can relax and feel comfortable in, since sleeping after baby will be tough; plus, prepare for visitors by packing a cozy robe. Make sure your trusted skincare and bath-care makes it with you too.

You’re going to want a casual and practical outfit to head home in. We suggest your favorite pair of leggings that transition with you from maternity to motherhood and a pull-over top. Throw in a cute outfit for baby and a pacifier too!

You can shop all of our suggestions below. We’d love to hear what you’re planning to pack in your hospital bag. Share with us below and happy packing!

Nursing Camis // Unlined Nursing Sleep Bra // Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads // Lansinoh Lanolin Cream For Breastfeeding Mothers// Shampoo + Body Wash By The Honest Company // Bump In The Night Nursing Nightgown // Jessica Simpson Lace Trim Maternity Robe // Jessica Simpson 3/4 Sleeve Pull Over Wrap Nursing Top// Leggings // Wubbanub Pacifier // Happy Baby Bodysuit

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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We hope everyone has a special day and if you are a new mom-to-be, welcome to this new holiday! How are you celebrating?

 

How We’re Celebrating Mother’s Day

With this most special holiday this Sunday, we asked some of the moms here in our office to share their plans. Read along for how the team at Motherhood Maternity plans to celebrate Mother’s Day and share your plans in the comments below!

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clockwise from top left: Shelley, Kristen, Alicia, Jillian

Shelley Liebsch, Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Design

I want to forget about email, relax with my boys, and have nothing pressing on my to-do list except movies and Cheez-It®s!

Kristen Diamond, Divisional Merchandise Manager of Skincare, Accessories and Lingerie

My plans are brunch with the kids, my husband and my mom and— depending on weather— we will go to the zoo or just play inside!

Jillian O’Hara, Senior Buyer, Outerwear, Swim, Dresses and Plus

My perfect Mother’s Day would be spending quality time with my family. I would love to kick off the day with a delicious coffee;  enjoy an outside activity like going to a playground or park; and relax with a homemade dinner grilled to perfection. Of course I wouldn’t object to some flowers as a treat!

Alicia Fitzmire, Buyer, Lingerie

My ideal day would be playing with my daughter at the park, and having my husband take care of all of the cooking and cleaning!

 

The Perfect Spring Shower: A Chic Carnival

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Guest Editor: Daina Walls, Copywriter

I have worked for Destination Maternity as a Copywriter within the Creative Department for over two years. Each day I am amazed by the talent of the people on my team but when they threw me a surprise shower, I was truly blown away!

The theme was a carnival and it was probably the classiest and chicest carnival I have ever been to! There were rustic, old-timey touches, mixed with more modern and whimsical cotton candy bouquets and baskets made to look like hot air balloons. It’s hard to keep emotions in check when you feel like a balloon yourself and you’re pretty much full-term, but I held back the tears the best I could. The décor was incredible, but the gifts were even better! I received adorable clothing, shoes, books, a tutu and toys for my little one, and a nursing pillow and a gift card to get myself a (much-needed) massage!

Preparing to go on maternity leave and leaving your daily routine, including the people you see and work with every day, has made me anxious. However, the shower made me feel so supported and has helped ease the transition for me. Mamas-to-be need the extra love, especially around the last few weeks, and I really cannot put into words how much I was touched by such kindness!

A Wish List for Your First Mother’s Day

This may be the very first time you get to celebrate this special day, so we’ve put together a wish list of outfits and gifts just for you! Treat yourself or pass to someone who may need a hint!

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With the weather warming up, a dress is a great way to show off the bump AND help you stay cool. The Spaghetti Strap Tiered Maternity Maxi Dress or the Sleeveless Belted Maternity Dress are both breezy and flattering options for your Mother’s Day celebration, as well as all spring long.

Spring means it’s time to lighten and brighten up your wardrobe; detailed tops and colorful crops allow you to add some hue-variation into your wardrobe.

Looking for a way to give back? For every Jessica Simpson Maternity Moon & Stars T-Shirt sold, $5 will go to the GOOD+ Foundation in support of a total donation of $25,000 from Motherhood Maternity®. For more information and to find out what a tee can do, check out this blog post.

A sleep set is perfect during pregnancy and is a hospital bag essential. The Bump In The Night™ Empire Waist Nursing Nightgown and Robe is a comfortable choice that comes in pink, navy and mint.
In soothing aromas like lavender vanilla and milk & honey, the Body Boost by basq’s Bump Love Kit is perfect for a little at-home pampering!

As always, a gift card allows you (or another special mom-to-be in your life) to pick out some goodies anytime!

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? Make sure to stop by one of our stores and click here to see how we are celebrating YOU all month long!

Give Back to Moms In Need This Mother’s Day

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We’ve teamed up once again with Jessica Simpson and GOOD+ Foundation (formerly known as Baby Buggy) to launch an exclusive tee shirt in celebration of Mother’s Day! For every Jessica Simpson Maternity Moon & Stars Tee shirt  sold, $5 will go to the GOOD+ Foundation  in support of a total donation of $25,000 from Motherhood Maternity®. Founded by Jessica Seinfeld, GOOD+ Foundation is a nonprofit organization that donates child products and services to families in need to break the cycle of poverty.

“I am always inspired by the work of Jessica Seinfeld and GOOD + Foundation. We’re happy to be able to partner again to support the crucial work they are doing for families in this country,” says Jessica Simpson.  “My most important role in life is being a mom and I am honored to support other moms through this partnership.”

This year’s tee was inspired by Jessica’s sister Ashlee Simpson Ross’ celestial themed baby shower; Simpson said, “I was reminded of that special day when working on this tee. I hope that our customers can feel the love we put into it and it is able to help moms who are in need.”

“I love that you can celebrate a mom in your life while helping a mom in need at the same time,” says GOOD+ Foundation Founder and Board President, Jessica Seinfeld.  “The generous donation from longtime supporters Jessica Simpson and Motherhood Maternity allows us to further support parents in need across the country.”

The super soft, heather grey tee shirt is currently available online and in Motherhood Maternity and Destination Maternity stores. If you purchase the tee, help raise even more awareness for GOOD+ Foundation and its network of moms and their families nationwide by snapping a pic and tagging @GOODPlusFdn @motherhoodmaternity and @jessicasimpsonstyle on Instagram!

Win a Private Screening of Mother’s Day, the movie!

This Mother’s Day, it’s all about YOU! Enter via our Facebook page for a chance to win one of two hometown screenings of Mother’s Day, the movie, for you and 99 friends!*

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on 5/9/16. See complete official rules at MOTHERHOOD.COM/MOTHERSDAY for further details, including age and geographic eligibility, plus how to earn bonus entries.  Void where prohibited.

Make Your Hospital Stay Feel More Like Home

Closing in on your due date? It is time to start packing your hospital bag! Here are our suggestions for new mom and baby essentials that will help you prepare, while making your hospital stay feel more like home.

MH Hopsital Bag BLOG

Including soft and stretchy basics that you’ll wear before and after baby’s arrival is a great place to start. Base layers like camis, sleep bras and nursing pads will be your go-tos, especially if you plan to nurse after birth.  Bring pajamas you can relax and feel comfortable in, since sleeping after baby will be tough; plus, prepare for visitors by packing a cozy robe. Make sure your trusted skincare and bath-care makes it with you too.

You’re going to want a casual and practical outfit to head home in. We suggest your favorite pair of leggings that transition with you from maternity to motherhood and a pull-over top. Throw in a cute outfit for baby and a pacifier too!

You can shop all of our suggestions below. We’d love to hear what you’re planning to pack in your hospital bag. Share with us below and happy packing!

Nursing Camis // Sleep Bras // Nursing Pads // Sleep Sets // Robes // Nursing Tops// Leggings  // Skin Care // Wubbanub Pacifier // Baby Outfit

Entertainment Reporter & Mom-To-Be Suzanne Marques Shares Her Red-Carpet Routine

Award show season culminates with tomorrow’s Oscars, which means we’ll tune in for one last red carpet countdown. Since it happens to be our favorite part of the show, we asked Emmy winning Entertainment Reporter Suzanne Marques, who will cover Hollywood’s biggest night for CBS2/KCAL9 & CBS Newspath in Los Angeles,  to share how she preps.  Read how her award-show-ritual has changed now that she is expecting Baby No.1, and get her tips for looking flawless for those red carpet moments of your own!

Guest Editor: Suzanne Marques, Entertainment Reporter

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Marques

Life as an entertainment reporter is exciting, and now that I’m pregnant, I’ve already experienced some unforgettable moments. I was interviewing Julia Roberts during a sweaty bout of nausea in my first trimester, so I couldn’t keep it a secret, and she was the first celeb to congratulate me. George Clooney learned I had a baby on board during a daytime interview, and later that night, I saw him on the chilly red carpet for Hail, Caesar! He teased that I should be inside and warm. As my belly grows, stars like LL Cool J and Rosie O’Donnell have rubbed the bump like a genie’s lamp! It’s been a blast.

Thank goodness award show season is falling during my second trimester. The nausea is gone, my belly has popped and while I’m still tired and forgetful,it feels like the best time of pregnancy.

Preparing for a red carpet is usually pretty intense, but award show season is so much fun as a mom-to-be. Normally, I fit in extra workouts and juice cleanses to make my skin glow and feel good in my gown. Now that I’m pregnant, that’s all gone out the window. It’s a feat to climb stairs without getting winded. Plus,I am eating whatever I want, which includes plenty of cupcakes and chocolate.

Aside from indulging, it’s important to give yourself a little TLC, so you don’t run out of energy. You want to show off that pregnancy glow and enjoy yourself on the red carpet.

The morning of the Grammy Awards I woke up and enjoyed a breakfast sandwich and cup of hot pregnancy tea while I went through my notes for the day. Pregnancy brain is a real thing for me, so I had packed everything I needed  the night before. I took a quick shower and headed to the salon.

I like to wear comfy clothes that are easy to remove when getting hair and makeup done.That way I can change at the salon and go straight to the red carpet. Paul Perez of Sally Hershberger and makeup artist Monique Santiago are my go-to glam squad in LA. If you can swing it, hair and makeup are worth the indulgence. It’s nice to relax and get pampered, instead of wearing yourself out. I did my own hair and makeup for the SAG Awards and regretted it. I got so tired getting ready; it sapped my energy for the rest of the day. If you’re looking to save money, I love blow dry bars and booking a makeup application at MAC.

Every celebrity knows that proper undergarments are the secret to making gowns look their best. They’re just as important during pregnancy. In my first trimester I didn’t want anything tight on my belly because I was so sick all the time, so I kept clothing loose and flowy. In the second trimester I like the support and the feel of a belly band. It’s nothing like Spanx, which feels constricting to me. I wore a belly band that supports the back, while giving a gentle lift to the belly. Paired with a nice push up bra, I had curves in all the right places.

For my red carpet Grammy’s look, I chose a little black dress from A Pea in the Pod. The different textures created visual interest around the bump, and the lacy arms breathed during the day and kept me warm at night. I wore strappy but sturdy heels by Aldo, but didn’t leave them on all day. I keep a pair of flats in my purse at all times because my feet get tired quickly.

Getting glam during pregnancy is such a treat, as your body goes through many changes. Plus, you get so much attention; I’ve learned a baby bump is the ultimate red carpet accessory!

The views expressed on this post represent those of the guest author and not of Destination Maternity. All photos courtesy of Suzanne Marques.

The Mom-To-Be Valentine’s Day Wish List

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve put together a wish list of gifts just for you to come in handy whether you are treating yourself or passing it along to those that may need a hint.

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Graphic tees are a fun way to make a style statement this Valentine’s Day while celebrating the fact that you are expecting.  With flattering side-ruching and a scoop neck, these I Love U and I’m With Cupid maternity tees will be your go-to all month long and are perfect if you are looking for a seasonally fun way to announce your pregnancy.

For a casual celebration, try our cozy red heart sweater. Layer over a denim dress for flirty flair or pair with black pants to elevate the look.

Staying in? Cuddle up in comfortable sleepwear in sweet prints! This pajama set comes with an eye mask so you can be cozy while you rest up.  Be festive in your undergarments too, with heart print panties. And for the new mom planning to nurse, our essential clip down nursing tank comes in pink and red lace.

The Basq Body Boost Mama To Be Kit, in soothing aromas like lavender vanilla and milk and honey, has everything you need for a little at-home pampering, helping your skin exfoliate, moisturize and repair!

Add the gift of glow, with this necklace, which makes a great gift because who doesn’t love a piece of jewelry?

As always, a gift card is perfect for keeping this holiday celebration going. It always fits and allows her to pick out a few extra goodies!

How are you planning to celebrate this day of love?

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