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Top 10 Maternity Essentials

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Being pregnant doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor where dressing is concerned.  If you know how to build your basic wardrobe by buying a few well chosen quality pieces, you should be fine through most of your pregnancy.  The key is to plan early, not necessarily buy early.  Buying too early leaves some women at a stump by the last trimester as sometimes there is a greater weight gain than expected.  Planning, on the other hand, prepares you in knowing what and where you will buy your pieces when it comes time, without getting yourself all stressed out in the process.  Here is a list of items that you should consider planning for.  These are not just maternity essentials but wardrobe essentials that are fantastic starting points that can be built up.

 

1. Leggings:  Thick pant like quality leggings are the perfect item to wear with tunics.  Lighter weight leggings in opaque colors are fantastic to wear with a sexy short skirt or sweater dress; the perfect look for mommies who are pregnant during cold weather months.  Maternity leggings are more cost efficient than maternity pants and can easily take you through your full 9 months.  While maternity pants are great up until the start of your final trimester, leggings tend to continue to be comfortable bottom options well into the third trimester.  A worthwhile investment as you will find yourself living in them post baby!low rise

 

2. Neutral T-shirts:  A t-shirt in both black and white solid colors are definite essentials.  Basics are great, especially for layering, yet try to find T’s in these neutrals with a little bit of character.  A different style neckline, sleeve head or perhaps some pleats (ruching) at the sides to liven it up a little.

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3. Sweater Wrap: Sweater wraps a wonderful addition to any woman’s wardrobe, especially in the spring or fall when the weather can be a little temperamental.  These amazing sweaters can be worn pre pregnancy, during the largest point in pregnancy and make wonderful after pregnancy items.  Investing in a good quality sweater wrap can be beneficial as it keeps you feeling fashionable throughout your pregnancy and serves well as a nursing cover afterward.  This makes your investment one that is good to go for at least 2 full years. Not bad!
4. Maternity Tunics: While maternity tops are great and a worthwhile investment for the first two trimesters and post pregnancy (for nursing), tunics go a little bit further.  The added length and room in the middle accommodate your growing belly and back side creep ups are practically non-existent.  You may pay more for a tunic than a maternity top but less for leggings (than maternity pants).  The trade off is that a Tunic with Leggings will have a longer possibility of wear ability!

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5. Black stretch pants: This is a necessity, especially for those ladies in the office. Your maternity pant doesn’t have to be black; you can choose another neutral based color like gray, brown or navy blue, depending on your taste.  Find yourself a good fitting pair and expect that you will begin to wear this mid first trimester and well into mid-third trimester.  Should you gain a little more than expected, these pants may not take you to the very end.  Understand that you will get continues use out of them post baby.

 

6. A Little Black Maternity dress.  The little black dress goes a long way for everyone, including pregnant mommas!  This little number can be dressed up and down with the right choice of accessories. Although, going for the ultra basic black dress is something that most women will do so as to “stay safe”, try something bold and go for one that has a little bit of flare.  Are you tiny on top?  Try a cute little a-line strapless style.  Do you have a full chest with a great pair of lady legs?  How about a V-Neck , ruched number with a short hemline?  Whatever you choose, have fun!

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7. The proper undergarments:  Breasts tend to enlarge quite quickly in early pregnancy.  Investing in a good, natural fitting bra is important.  Maternity bras are not necessary at the very beginning; however, plan to buy some in your second trimester.  If you are planning on nursing, then buying maternity bras will be the best option as these are made to make nursing easier with special clip up cups.

Maternity panties are another investment that you should make, yet later on when you have a fuller tummy to accommodate.  This is an item that you will be buying for a short time use so you should be find with 3-4 pairs that you can wash often.
8. Maternity Jeans:  Jeans are a part of women’s wardrobe before pregnancy, so they need to remain part of a women’s wardrobe during pregnancy!  Begin researching that perfect pair when you find out about your upcoming event!  Yet plan to buy to wear as of your 12-16th week if you wish to have the most wear out of your lovely blues!  As that beloved pair of black maternity stretch pants, these babies may not be the most comfortable option the last two weeks of pregnancy, so don’t be discouraged.

Jeans for mommy from MaliMoo Baby!

Jeans for mommy from MaliMoo Baby!

9. A sweat suit:  Ok so the term Sweat suit doesn’t sound so sexy, but a cuter than cute front zip hoody and a sexy pair of yoga pants will come a long way.  These are perfect items to kick out around the house at night and will take you very far!  W worthwhile investment!

 

10. Accessories: You can never have enough accessories!  These nifty items can be worn well after your pregnancy!  They can make the same dress look different in so many ways.  Splurge in this area as these are items you will hold on to for a long time!  Shoes and sandals also fall under this category.  For moms who are in their third trimester during the hot summer months, cute and inexpensive flip flop thong shoes are a great way to snazzy up any outfit. These types of little shoes come in such vibrant and funky colors with flowers and other types of decorative trims.

 

Bottom line is to have fun!  Maternity time is the perfect time to buy that crazy fashion item for the season!  Enjoy your special time and more importantly enjoy making yourself look and feel fantastic!

Visit The MaliMoo Baby online maternity store for some inspiring maternity wear ideas!

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Feeling nauseous? 5 things you can do.

Being pregnant is a beautiful time in a woman’s life yet there are those fated days where we feel just a little bit less than beautiful.  When these moments hit, we often forget about the simple things that can make a difference in the way we feel about ourselves.  The absolute worst feeling is the overwhelming nausea that hits many women in the beginning of pregnancy.  I was cursed with 4 solid months of 24 hour nausea that could only be relieved with ginger.  Unfortunately it would only holdout for half an hour at a time, but any relief was welcome.

Here are a few things that can make you feel more awake and look less green on those nauseous days.  I can’t guarantee that you will feel any less disgusting, but I can at least assure that no one will really notice (I hope)!

 

1. A quick splash with Ice water.  I’m guessing that this isn’t what you were expecting to see as the first thing on this list, but you will be surprised at what a nice ice filled bowl can do!  Fill a nice bowl with ice and water, submerge your freshly washed face into it for several seconds.  Repeat a minimum of 5 times.  Ok now tell me how quickly you forgot how bad your day was going?  Maybe this even shocked you out of your nausea for just a split second?  Your cheeks are now blushing with color I’m sure!

2. Moisturize and make-up.  Now that your face is a glow, how about slathering on some moisturizer and mascara on to that fresh face?  Add a dab of lip gloss.  Aren’t you feeling much better already?  Try finding scent-free options for this time in your pregnancy as many women abhor smells!

3. Hair.  Yes hair is a kind of extra special topic when you’re pregnant.  All kinds of funky things happen to it.  It can become more dry, or oily.  It can begin falling out or may actually become the crowning glory you always dreamed of!  Tying it back in a knot day to day won’t make you feel any sexier.  Do something different.  Invest in some colorful hair clips or bands.  Take 5 minutes to pull a curler or straightener through it.  I’m sure you can survive 5 minutes without throwing up!  I hope?
4. Add some color close to your face.  Nothing says awake or alive like the right color.  IF you know what color makes you shine on the drabbest day, wear it.  And wear it often!  Whether a top or scarf, even a piece of jewelry, nothing does it better than some sexy color close to your face.  IF you’re feeling extra sick, go for some vicious prints.  People will be so drawn to the excitement of your blouse that they won’t notice how green you really look!
5. Last but not least, invest in some candied ginger.  For those of you who aren’t fans, consider it a short term thing and give it a shot.  Candied ginger is much less spicy than natural ginger and coated with sweetness.  Not to sound gross here either, but for those of you ladies who can’t get much of a toothbrush close to your teeth or have issues with real vomiting, having candied ginger to snack on goes a long way in more ways than one!

 

Good luck and may your natural glow take over your nauseous green complexion sooner than later!

Baby on board, what do I wear! Step one: How to evaluate what you have

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Beautiful Zara Maternity top

Beautiful Zara Maternity top

Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life.  A time to reflect on all the lovely things you’ve done and all the things you aspire to do.  With the new blooming life in your belly, you’ll be filled with only happy thoughts until that fated day when the top button of your pants will no longer close. Uh-oh, the unwelcome fat days have come.  Rather than feeling depressed and filled with self-loathing about your body’s “discrepancies”, embrace these changes: Inside and out.

The most difficult task is shopping for a new wardrobe.  Add a body that has a mind of its own and the shopping experience has now become more of a nightmare than the week-end therapy it once was.

The trick to maternity wear shopping for both the body and the pocket book is to do it in steps.

Over the next few days, I’ll be posting the three vital steps to evaluating your closet and how to organize yourself so that you maximize the use of your current clothing and dollars.

Today covers STEP ONE: Evaluate what you do have and how you can make what you own an asset in your new maternity wardrobe.  Invest in some large plastic bins to store your no longer fitting items while they wait for you to come back to your skinny body!

Here are some tips on how to determine what to keep and what to stash:

  • The sexy squeeze:  A sexy squeeze item is anything that you can still squeeze into and wear comfortably for at least a couple more weeks, including items that you can salvage with the use of a maternity band can be kept in the closet (for now).  Remove all clothing items that definitely do not fit anymore. Put these away in your store away bin.
  • Golden stretch rule: Some tops, dresses and sweaters made of stretchy fabrications and can be worn at the beginning of your pregnancy.  These items may even carry you through to the very end; But before you wear out your non-maternity stretch clothing, you’ll need to decide what you plan to wear out and what you plan to wear once you are back to the skinny you.  While it’s nice to wear what you have, you’ll need to remember that some stretch fabrics won’t recover after being stretched to new heights.  These types of items will generally be ruined due to lack of stretch recovery.  Therefore, the golden stretch rule is to keep items in your closet that are long enough, stretch enough and that you don’t mind wearing out.  Store away those precious stretch pieces you wish to spare from distorting with your new sexy body and want to wear again after baby is here.
  • Over and open: Button down shirts, jackets, blazers and other over pieces are hit or miss.  Some women enjoy the open jacket look or shirt blazer look.  If you have a few good over pieces that can be worn open for fashion sake, then by all means keep them in your closet.  Just remember that some items like these look ridiculous unless they are properly buttoned up.  So for those un-fit babies, pack them up for later.
  • Baby Booty: Baby booty is the first thing to creep up on most women.  Pants, jeans and shorts are the trickiest items to wear when you are pregnant. These are the first items you will need to replace and are typically the last item that most people go back to in their old size (right away).  Choose these items wisely.  Any non stretch bottom that is already giving you grief has to be put away in that bin immediately.  Keep all yoga pants, leggings and joggers that you don’t mind sacrificing to the “golden stretch rule” (see above).   Items that matter should be put away.
  • Bring the Bling: Except for belts, all other accessories are the items that have no “shape” restraints.  Now is the time to go through all of the bling you have, including those you probably forgot about.

The key to success in looking great and wearing suitable maternity wear during your pregnancy is merely organization.  Take the time to properly go through your closet and remove the items you don’t need in order to assure that you can easily find and coordinate your new wardrobe.  Don’t forget to pull out all of your bling from the hidden crevices of your drawers!

Until step two, HAPPY ORGANIZING!!!

MaliMoo Baby on the Review Stew!

Today, Marissa Oachs of the Review Stew featured MaliMoo Baby in her blog!  Marissa is an athletic trainer and writer of two blogs: The Review Stew and The Hardest Job on Earth.  We are so happy that Marissa is enjoying her Double Rouche Top in Bamboo and wish her and her family all the best with the coming of another little bloom this spring!

Read what she has to say about the Double Rouche Top in Bamboo in The Review Stew.

OWLS Continue on Ashley Suzanne this week!

ALSO HAPPENING THIS WEEK!!!!!

A lovely little OWL item from MALIMOO has been featured on ASHLEY SUZANNE’s blog this week!  Ashley Suzanne is an avid blogger whose focus is on anything fun: From books to family life, crafts, foods and anything else she brainstorms.  Read what she has to say about MaliMoo Baby and the little OWL piece that she’s featured this week!

LITTLE NIGHT OWL REVIEW

MaliMooBaby on Growing Up Geeky!

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Mama G of Growing up Geeky just posted a wonderful review on a delicious diaper bag that we have in store!

A beautiful printed 2 in 1 (back-pack or messenger) produced by Timi & Leslie called the Farah.

The Farah pattern is available in the 2 in 1 Back Pack , a  tote like bag (Tag-A-Long), the Dual and a messenger.

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These wonderful canvas bags come in SAHARA, AIKO and FELICITY patterns!

Read her review here!

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Christmas Shopping with Toddlers: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Christmas is a pleasing thought when there is still 6 months to go.  Once November hits, Christmas is no longer the picture perfect vision of Santa and candy canes.  The panic begins and it’s just a matter of time before the panic SETS in!  There are ways to get around these type of anxieties, but like all things, this  takes effort.  Often lots of it.  Taking responsibility to block off time for planning is more of a chore rather than a luxury.

This is by no means a lecture as every single person I know has done this before: Ignored the upcoming yuletide festivals until the very last two weeks.  I’ve done it to myself a countless amount of times.  The biggest down fall is that the shopping still has to get done.  So instead of enjoying my shopping experience, I’m crying.

I liken it to being in college and being prepared by studying in advance rather than cramming.  Although many of us have survived cramming, being prepared is the more favorable option.  If money is an incentive, then I can assure you that proper planning can save you a few dollars, if not more.  Last minute purchases (set off by panic) usually increase the credit card charges by quite a bit.

I took some time to think back on my experience as a mother to a toddler.  My son was the typical rowdy toddler boy.  The kind that would climb up on anything or dart off into any aisle without a thought.  Shopping was often a horrifying experience.  These interesting shopping outings will happen no matter what, but preparation will help you keep focus and not loose your cool as quickly.

These are actual steps that I used to get me through those rough years.  With terrible twos and tantrums, I was determined to enjoy the holiday season with my child: Not only Christmas day but the whole planning process as well.

The important thing to remember is that kids do have bad days just like we do.  If your child is not up to something, dragging a child who hasn’t napped or has been up all night with a fever is not a wise decision.   Create a shopping plan and the job can get done with a multitude of little trips rather than that one big “Cram-of-a-nightmare” a couple of weeks before. The final outcome being fun little trips with your child, a better pre-holiday experience and positive memories for both of you.
Take the time to read these articles and let me know your thoughts!  Have you tried any of these points?  Have they worked?  Are there are there other tips you can provide to moms shopping with toddlers this season?  We’d love to hear your feedback and your advice!

 

Christmas Shopping With Toddlers: Part 1 – The Preparation

Christmas Shopping With Toddlers: Part 2 – Putting Your Plan Into Action

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MAGNEATOS!!! Perfect Christmas gift for the young architect in the family!

Today’s Woman blog featured a review on magneatos on behalf of MaliMooBaby.com! These magnificent blocks are also featured in her 2011 Christmas guide.

Read the review here: Magneatos review in Today’s Woman Blog!

 

Magneatos sold on MaliMooBaby.com

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MaliMooBaby.com Review and Giveaway on Barefootmommies.com!

MaliMooBaby.com first review!  Please take the time to read this very nicely written review about our store!

http://www.barefootmommies.com/2011/10/19/malimoobaby-com-reviewgiveaway/

 

Have a great day!!!!!!

The Perfect Little Maternity Dress!

Earlier this month I wrote an article, The Perfect Little Maternity Dress, in Ezine outlining how dresses have become the new “jeans”.  This works particularly well for ladies like myself, who have the typical pear shaped body.  Finding pants with the right fit  is a challenge.  Well fitting tops are an easy find for me so choosing dresses as a staple is a natural choice.

Knowing my shape well, I gravitate to the dress racks when shopping. I rarely leave a store frustrated like I had in the past (after pant shopping).  With the many styles of leggings available, I can finally wear dresses that are a little shorter than I would normally be accustomed to choosing.

Pregnancy brings forward a whole host of body issues.  The whole growing sideways thing is a little too much to handle for many women!   Hearing the word “stretchy pants” just stirs up images of some old guy with a curled up moustache in some 70’s reject photo.

Dresses with stretch and a sweet A-line hem flatter most figures.  There is comfort in wearing a dress with ample stretch, in a soft luxurious fabric and in a colour that camouflages your new nauseous look.

I strongly believe in finding a few good dresses and treating them like a great fitting pair of jeans.  Dress them up or down depending on the occasion.  Accessories go a long way and creating colour groups to change up your look are a less expensive way to stretch the use of one great fitting, quality dress.

Dresses can take you further than you would expect!