Ok, definitely file this one under 'sign of the times'. Here's me still prevaricating over whether to buy the 5-year-old her own website domain, and it turns out that unborn children can now have their own Twitter account... well, practically.
The Kickbee is a band of material containing sensors, which the expectant mother can slip on. It'll send a tweet when the baby kicks - only to close friends and family, one hopes, rather than to the entire world, who might get bored of this even quicker that we tired of Foursquare tweets.
Cute idea, but not exactly high on the essentials list, I think it's fair to say.
Thanks to Duncan Birch for the tip-off.
Those suffering the sensitive, aching bosom of the pregnant or breastfeeding may look upon the Cantaloop bra (wait - cantaloop? As in melons?) as if upon some kind of nirvana. Seamless and soft, it just looks so soothing, while unlike many wide-strapped supportive bras, it doesn't look like a medical truss.
As a top-heavy woman who gets substantially larger during pregnancy (seems Mother Nature didn't get my memo about how there really was no need), I've got to say that while it looks inviting, I wouldn't be at all sure it'd provide the degree of support I need. But if your assets are more honeydew than watermelon, this may be just the solution you're looking for. It's also available in a drop-down feeding model.
Via The Toddler Review.
Baggy dungarees and pussy-bow-fronted marquee dresses are thankfully a thing of the past when it comes to maternity-wear, but still, it's rare to see stuff for expectant mums that is quite as downright cool as this hooded dress (also sleeveless top). No need to give up your individual style and become one of the bland, pregnant masses any more: hoorah.
Remember that classic advice to avoid horizontal stripes if you want to look thinner? Well, I guess the logic behind this Ivana Helsinki maternity dress is that, beyond a certain time in your pregnancy, nothing's going to make you look any thinner - so you may as well embrace it, and emphasise it.
I know this look won't be for everybody, but for the bold mums-to-be who aren't afraid to rock a graphic print (and pay a pretty steep price to do so, I have to say), here's your third-trimester look, sorted.
The later stages of pregnancy can be uncomfortable, so I like the idea of maternity wear that looks as comfortable as this - but still makes a bold statement. None of that trying to hide your bump, either: Sobea gives you the chance to draw full attention to your form with a selection of several overt and out-there rainbow tints.
Follow that link to show you a thousand ways with velour for kids, too. I couldn't see the maternity yoga suits on their main site, but you can see the full range on Nordic Kids. Rather kindly, they point out that they can be used for *actual* yoga, or, if that pregnancy languor has kicked in, for advanced-level lounging.
There's not much to see as yet on the still-under-construction website of Mama Tea, but what there is shows some nice design to back up the concept.
Now we just have to wait and see whether the good design hints that the products will come at a premium, and is herbal tea just herbal tea at the end of the day, no matter how appealing the packaging? Or are these specially-tailored blends truly beneficial to pregnant and nursing mothers, above and beyond what is already on the market?
It is so complicated living in a world where we are all advert-literate and hype-wary. It's possible I'm thinking too much, and that what I really need is a nice, calming cup of herbal tea.
If you're looking for an original shower gift, unique baby announcement, or personal thank you note, consider these adorable letterpress cards from Sweet Beets. Printed with a vintage letterpress onto 100% recycled cards stock, it's a gift you can feel good about in so many ways. If you have a hard time choosing just one design, then indulge in Sweet Beet's mix and match set. Lisa's birthday cards and gift tags are also pretty swwwweeet.
As most mothers-to-be experience with their second pregnancy, I am watching my waistline expand more rapidly than with my first. My old maternity clothes are unfortunately not seasonally appropriate. Now, some women absolutely love the idea of shopping for maternity clothing, but I find myself completely turned off by a lot of stuff! I will concede that maternity clothes have come a LONG way from where they were when I was born (floral potato sacks anyone?). So I looked online for "stylish maternity clothes" and up came Isabella Oliver.
These designs are just gorgeous and, unlike other higher-end maternity clothes, the sizes don't end if you were a size 6 pre-pregnancy. Hallelujah! Granted, these clothes are not cheap, but I allowed myself a couple of nicer basics (the kimono wrap for one) and hit Old Navy for the basics. One thing I like about a lot of their pieces is that I wouldn't have to retire them, but could totally wear them while nursing or - better yet - have some pieces tailored once my gestating days are over. Look out for their non-maternity line coming out this spring!
The Bump Box would have been the answer to all my prayers when I was pregnant. In the one box, you get a black skirt, top, camisole and trousers, all in stretch jersey. They can be worn together in various combinations, or of course mixed in to your existing wardrobe. At £85, it's an economical purchase that will see you through your entire pregnancy (and beyond), looking to be quite smart enough for the office or for evening dos, but equally comfortable for casual occasions.
I really like the setntiment behind the products offered at 5 Minutes Apart. This website is devoted to taking care not only of Mom, but the family as a whole, when it comes to delivering and caring for a new baby. They've got something for everyone, in the form of survival kits and pre-packed overnight bags, including expectant dads sleeping over at the hospital, siblings anticipating the unknown, and those moms out there recovering from a c-section. I particularly love the breastfeeding survival kit since I, like (I assume) many women out there, was clueless as to the less-than-glamorous aspects of breastfeeding that aren't taught in those lactation classes. Included are a My Breast Friend pillow with extra cover, Soothies, washable nursing pads and more. A great idea for a shower gift or just something nice for a friend.