Posts tagged: Gear + Stuff

  • Monica + Andy’s 2020 Nursery Checklist is Here!

    Monica + Andy’s 2020 Nursery Checklist is Here!
    Here’s what’s so exciting if you’re expecting right now: nursery gear has never been better. But the sheer number of products and promises can leave any future mama’s head spinning. So our HQ team—made of 80% moms—decided to dig in deep. Really deep. We tested, we sorted, we talked with experts, and we discovered.Monica + Andy’s 2020 Nursery Checklist is our complete list of can’t-live-without-it products for your new bundle. From a monitor that measures the exact number of minutes your little has been asleep, to baby-safe rugs you can...

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  • WATCH: How to KonMari Your Nursery or Toddler's Room

    WATCH: How to KonMari Your Nursery or Toddler's Room
    When you've read all the pregnancy books, washed out the bottles, and you're still waiting on baby, a little Marie Kondo folding can help those last few days of pregnancy pass by!We sent Kristyn Ivey, founder of For The Love of Tidy and certified KonMari consultant, to visit new mom Nicole Regan of Cedar & Rush. Check out how easy it is to master the KonMari fold and spark some serious joy in your nursery.For step-by-step instructions on mastering the KonMari fold, whether it's for your baby's hats, rompers, pants,...

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  • 7 Feeding Essentials to Add to Your Baby Registry

    7 Feeding Essentials to Add to Your Baby Registry
    While most new moms pack their registry with bottles and nursing gear, fewer have time map out the kitchen tools they’ll crave in four to six months when baby starts on solids. (Truth: your itty bitty newborn will be snacking on sweet potato faster than you think!) Registered dietitians Amanda Baker Lemein and Julie Pappas did the vetting for you—check out their favorite mom-tested, expert-approved feeding tools that make prepping nutritious meals and snacks a whole lot easier—and actually a lot of fun.Puree dispensing spoonThe Boon Baby Food Dispensing Spoon...

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  • 10 Hero Products For Your Baby Registry

    10 Hero Products For Your Baby Registry
    Putting together a nursery or baby registry can feel like learning a foreign language—Uppa-what? Bugga-who?—which is why every mama needs a set of trusty crib notes. Can you survive without these products? Totally. But will they make life ten times easier? Like you wouldn't believe. From strollers to activity mats and nursing covers, here are the hero baby products we've found are worth every single penny. 1. 4moms Mamaroo Nothing soothes a newborn like motion, and this cult combo of a bouncer and swing may be the closest thing to...

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  • How Do Cloth Diapers Work?

    How Do Cloth Diapers Work?
    Cloth diapers can feel intimidating—there’s the old-school origami-style folding, the prospect of having to, um, deal with the contents inside, and the fact that there are over a dozen different types. But the truth is they’re not all that complicated. (Don’t forget we live in the age of the NoseFrida—today’s cloth diapers aren’t your Grandma’s.) Read this primer to decide if they’re worth a shot for your family. The Options: Flat or Prefolds Traditional and super cheap (just a few bucks each), these diapers essentially look like a dish rag...

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  • St. Patrick's Day Craft + Story Time

    St. Patrick's Day Craft + Story Time
    'Tis the season for good luck, leprechauns and rainbows! We tapped Katie Baumgartner of Make to Celebrate to come up with some festive activities to help your little celebrate St. Paddy's Day—take a look at her colorful suggestions.1. Make Leprechaun BinocularsThis one's super easy to do at home—simply glue or tape two paper rolls together, and use little scissors to make a slit in each one to add a string. Your child can use paint sticks (these Kwik Stix are a teacher favorite because they dry super fast!) to decorate...

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  • Monica + Andy's 2020 Hospital Bag Checklist Is Here!

    Monica + Andy's 2020 Hospital Bag Checklist Is Here!
    The coziest button-up pajamas, nursing mama must-haves, superhero baby care essentials—our 2020 list has everything you need for a smooth hospital stay! Take a peek at the video below for our full checklist (modeled by a M+A twin mama), and don't forget to share with any expecting friends.     The coziest robe and loungewear you won’t mind taking a few pictures in.Our pick: Monica + Andy Organic Lounge Robe; Monica + Andy Organic Lounge Set Super soft essentials to dress and cuddle your baby with.Our pick: Monica + Andy...

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  • 6 Brands Every Future Mama Should Know

    6 Brands Every Future Mama Should Know
    Compiling a baby registry—and figuring out how to dress your bump—can feel like learning a different language. As you sift through a sea of recommendations from friends and family, don't miss these six Monica + Andy mom-approved brands designed to make the mama life a little easier. From a stylish swing made to soothe the fussiest of babies to clothing brands that will live in your closet for longer than a trimester, you won't want to miss out. For Moms... 1. Hatch These effortlessly-chic maternity clothes made by a mom-of-two...

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  • How Does Baby Sizing Work?

    How Does Baby Sizing Work?
    Whether you’re gifting a baby or buying for your own bump, understanding clothing sizes can feel a little confusing. Ready for a quick primer? Here are four key things to remember: 1. Even though baby clothes are sold by ‘age’, they’re really broken into groups based on the baby’s height and weight. Babies grow at all different speeds! So it’s totally possible that your sister’s cherubic six-month-old fits into clothes sized 12-18 months. You can check a sizing chart (ours is below!) to ensure a perfect fit. 2. When gifting,...

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  • 7 Last-Minute Gift Ideas For Your Baby's First Christmas

    7 Last-Minute Gift Ideas For Your Baby's First Christmas
    It’s true—your baby won’t remember their first Christmas. (And even if you wrap some amazing gifts, you can bet on that tissue paper being the big hit. All the crinkle and color—it's infant sensory heaven.) That said, there are a number of ways to make the holiday special (they'll see your effort in photos eventually!) and bring on extra smiles. Here are seven ideas that can be assembled (or ordered for a fast delivery) before the big day's here.DIY OrnamentA sweet and simple idea: buy a clear ornament at a...

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