The All-About-Mama Registry

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You might have had the greatest baby shower of all time, but that adorable onesie isn’t going to fit you, and a nursing bra, while practical, doesn't scream fashion forward. It’s high time you had a registry for the things you really need (and actually want!) Our friends at Babylist helped curate an amazing All-About-Mama Registy—see the must-have items below.

Mommy Tees & Accessories

During pregnancy, it can feel hard to stay on-trend when your body is changing so rapidly and while you're worrying about a million other things. We’ve picked out graphic tees, statement diaper bags, and personalized necklaces for moms who love fashion. These clothes and accessories are so cute that you can keep wearing them after pregnancy!

Cool Mom VNeck. "I'm not like a regular Mom. I'm a cool Mom."

Cool Mom VNeck"I'm not like a regular Mom. I'm a cool Mom."

The (Anti) Diaper Bag - Black. Anti-bulk, anti-ick, anti-fuss, pro-you (tassel sold separately)

The (Anti) Diaper Bag - BlackAnti-bulk, anti-ick, anti-fuss, pro-you (tassel sold separately)

Beloved Bundles

Bundles are the gift that keeps on giving. For this category, we’ve selected bundles that will help you relax and unwind. Choose from beauty-focused bundles with shower gel and moisturizers, or try breastfeeding essentials like nipple butter and heat packs.

Just For Mom. Includes Magical Moringa Facial Moisturizer, Yoga Bomb Bath Bomb, Honey Bee Bath Bomb, Sunny Side Bubble Bar, Beautiful Shower Gel, Love and Light Hand Cream and Sunrise Soap

Just For Mom. Includes Magical Moringa Facial Moisturizer, Yoga Bomb Bath Bomb, Honey Bee Bath Bomb, Sunny Side Bubble Bar, Beautiful Shower Gel, Love and Light Hand Cream and Sunrise Soap

Mama's Breastfeeding Essentials Bundle. Includes Organic Milkmaid Tea, Natural Nipple Butter, Booby Tubes and an Organic Cotton Tote. Soothing comfort to nourish a new mamas breasts, so she can nourish her angel baby, naturally.

Mama's Breastfeeding Essentials BundleIncludes Organic Milkmaid Tea, Natural Nipple Butter, Booby Tubes and an Organic Cotton Tote. Soothing comfort to nourish a new mamas breasts, so she can nourish her angel baby, naturally.

Mama’s Gotta Look Good

Thank goodness purses and wallets always fit you, no matter how pregnant you are. This category is stocked with high-quality, trendy accessories that will give you an extra spring in your step to match your pregnancy glow.

Lunette Half Moon Wallet. Comes in gold shimmer/olive, natural/cherry and saddle/white

Lunette Half Moon WalletComes in gold shimmer/olive, natural/cherry and saddle/white

Net Bag. Comes in blue, orange and yellow.

Net BagComes in blue, orange and yellow.

Treat Yourself

You deserve a treat! We love to choose things that you can use over and over again, so this category has things like candles, subscription services, and mugs. Every time you sip your coffee or smell your candle, it’s a re-treat!

Bloomsy Box Monthly Subscription. Be surprised every month with a new bouquet of flowers

Bloomsy Box Monthly SubscriptionBe surprised every month with a new bouquet of flowers

"I Donut Know What I'd Do Without You" 16 oz. Soy Wax Candle. This punny candle has a warm, creamy vanilla aroma with just a touch of cinnamon.

"I Donut Know What I'd Do Without You" 16 oz. Soy Wax CandleThis punny candle has a warm, creamy vanilla aroma with just a touch of cinnamon.

Cherish Every Moment

This time in your life is going to fly by, so we picked out some items that will help you keep all your memories in one place. Look through books, journals, and photo storage to find new ways to record all your special moments.

Chatbooks. Super easy $8 photo books (works perfect for all those amazing Instagram photos!).

ChatbooksSuper easy $8 photo books (works perfect for all those amazing Instagram photos!).

Childhood History - Sand. This is a prompted journal that a parent can fill out to have a complete childhood history for their child. It covers from when the mother is pregnant, until the child is 18 years old.

Childhood History - SandThis is a prompted journal that a parent can fill out to have a complete childhood history for their child. It covers from when the mother is pregnant, until the child is 18 years old.

 

 

Gina Loves: Pregnancy Edition

Your pregnancy can be an amazing, exciting, and completely overwhelming time. An entirely new set of needs arises for approximately nine months as you grow your little one and await her arrival. See what things Gina loved during her pregnancy below!

When Hazel came into my life, so did a whole new world of products I was pretty unfamiliar with. Even working in the wonderful world of babies, there was still so much to learn! With the help of friends and family, I was able to navigate through tons of pregnancy products, and I’m happy to share what I’ve learned. Here are some of my favorite products from my pregnancy and a few reasons why I loved them.

H&M Maternity Clothes

   

 

 

H&M has great basics, so I used their pieces to make a capsule maternity wardrobe. I would combine basics with my current jackets, jewelry, and shoes (until they no longer fit) to make outfits that worked with my growing body and existing style.
These were a lifesaver during my pregnancy. TOMS were the only shoes I wore because they were comfortable even when my feet ached and swelled, a.k.a. during my entire last trimester. They have lots of different styles and patterns, so they really work for any occasion.
ASOS has lots of adorable dresses for going to events and weddings, and they have even have cute clothes for work. I’m pretty lucky to work in a casual office environment, but it was great to know that I could dress up for a meeting if I wanted to.
I was kind of intimidated by my pillow when I first saw it. My husband bought it for me off Amazon when he noticed I was having trouble sleeping, and it sat on my floor for a month before I tried it. But the first night I used it, it was glorious and totally life changing.

I hope these recommendations help you like they helped me. One thing I took away from this was to try new things, especially when it comes to comfort during pregnancy. I would have never tried the pregnancy pillow on my own, but honestly, it was hard to give up after having the baby! When you’re pregnant for the first time, you’re experiencing all sorts of new issues, so don’t be afraid to try new solutions.

What were your must-haves during your pregnancy? Let us know in the comments! 

Newborn Babywearing

This guest post is written by our friends at Baby Tula, a family-owned and managed business dedicated to providing high-quality, ergonomic, and fashionable baby carriers, ring slings, and woven wraps. Based in the US, Baby Tula is one of the world’s leading baby carrier manufacturers and is committed to offering outstanding products that keep tomorrow’s generation close to our hearts, while protecting the home they will one day inherit.


Soft, sweet, sleepy, squishy. There’s just nothing like a newborn, and the best place to cuddle them is close to your heart!

Beginning at 8lbs, your sweet little one can be worn in a Tula ring sling or woven wrap. These lovely carriers are perfect for your wee babe – they are just fabric, rings, and cuddles. Or, if you prefer an ergonomic carrier, the use of an infant insert can make them an accessible option from birth. Soft Structured Carriers are easy to use, comfortable, fit multiple caregivers and offer a quick alternative for when you’re out on the go!

From a physiological standpoint, babywearing can be very helpful for your little one as he or she grows. When first born, babies have a C-shaped curve to the spine. As your little one develops strength in his neck and is able to begin to lift his head, the curve in the cervical spine begins to develop. Using a properly-sized carrier correctly can help to support this spine development.

In those early days, there are many additional benefits to wearing your baby which include: facilitating skin to skin contact that assist in stabilizing baby’s body temperature,improved heart and lung function, and supporting breastfeeding; and support bonding for male and female caregivers.

When wearing a newborn, please remember some key things about safety.

In the first four months, it is important to remain vigilant about baby’s placement. Since babies have a very delicate airway, keeping him or her upright and in a high tummy-to-tummy position on the caregiver is very important. This helps to mimic the way you would hold a new baby in your arms while giving baby enough space for you to put 1-2 adult fingers between his chin and chest to allow your little one to breathe easily. Also, be aware of your child’s breathing, check on your baby often, and reposition as needed for safety and comfort.

The wonderful carrier for a newborn for many caregivers is a ring sling. Tula Ring slings are easy to use, comfortable, easily adjustable, and very quick to put baby into and take them out of, which can be especially useful for small newborns that need frequent feedings and diaper changes. They are also a single layer of supportive but soft woven fabric, which is breathable and comfortable year round, regardless of the weather.

Another great option for a new baby is a woven wrap. They range in length from about 2 meters long to over 5 meters long and are used by wrapping them around the caregiver’s torso and baby in a specific manner, and knotting carefully with a secure double knot. Woven wraps can be used through toddlerhood as well, and are best known for being versatile, comfortable, and ergonomic.

If you choose to use an ergonomic carrier, be sure that you select the Standard Size with the Infant Insert, which is intended to be used with any baby who is less than 15 pounds, as well as until he or she is big enough for his or her knees to hang freely down in the M-position with no pressure on the insides of baby’s knee or calf. The Infant Insert features a pillow to boost baby’s height, a back and neck support which helps both modify the size of the carrier to suit a smaller baby as well as providing structure to support their strengthening body, and a harness which helps maintain the appropriate positioning for your little one.  

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Regardless of which carrier is your favorite for a new baby, having your little one on your chest or in a carrier has so many positive benefits, from helping babies to grow and develop better, as is shown in kangaroo care research, to supporting their sense of balance and security, to enhancing nursing relationships, to lowering stress, to bonding and brain development! Plus, it helps make caring for yourself and other children easier!

 

 

 

Gina Monologues: What I Want This Mother's Day

This year, Mother’s Day is especially meaningful for me. Not only does it fall on my birthday, but I was born on Mother’s Day as well (which was special for my mother). It’s also my first year celebrating as a mother myself, so it feels a little serendipitous and a definitely a little magical to have everything aligned.

So when my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday and for my first Mother’s Day, I initially thought about all the products (flowers, jewelry) and other intangibles (a relaxing massage, a vacation) I would want. Then I realized I have everything I could ever need or want, and that this Mother’s Day is about gratitude for everything that I have. It’s also about taking time to honor the millions of Ovia moms and future moms out there who are doing everything possible to get pregnant and bring happy, healthy babies into this world.

With that being said, I want to share what I’m grateful for:

My adorable and healthy 5 month-old daughter Hazel

I love my daughter Hazel more than I could have ever imagined, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have a healthy child. When she was born, people asked me if I was surprised by anything. Was I surprised by the lack of sleep, or the challenges of breastfeeding? From working at Ovuline, I felt pretty prepared for those things. What came as a slight shock was the amount of love I had for my baby. I was surprised by this huge primal urge to protect and care for her. That I would give up anything, including my life, for her just to be healthy and happy.

My husband (And the generation that takes pride in being a good parent that we're apart of)

My husband is an incredible person, partner, and father. I’ve not once felt that I am carrying the load more than him. (As I write this, my husband is actually soothing our fussy baby on a cross-country flight so I can write this post). My mom always comments on how lucky I am to have such a helpful husband, and of course I agree. But I’ve also come to realize that I’m also living in a time and of a generation that values being a good dad and parent. More and more, men and partners are assuming equal responsibilities, and take great pride in being a good dad or parent.

My dream job of helping people become parents

I have the dream job of helping people lead healthier lives and have beautiful babies! Every day I’m inspired by the talented and passionate people on our team, and the mission we’re on together.  

As a cofounder of Ovia, I have spoken to hundreds of women about their parenting journeys. I’ve heard their fertility questions, their infertility struggles, their pregnancy health scares, and their joyous birth stories. When I see women and couples work so hard to have a baby, I think, wow, they are already such good parents.

Every morning, I think of the millions of women using the Ovia apps, tracking their fertility to get pregnant, or smiling when they see the image of their baby’s hand size in the womb. And I just want to tell them, you’re amazing. No matter where you are in your journey, you’re already a great mom.