With this pregnancy, I've been so lucky to be able to travel a bit. It's mostly been family travel, so when we had the opportunity to have an official Babymoon (trip before baby arrives just as a couple) we seized the day! Babymoons are a somewhat recent phenomenon and not everyone is able to take one (especially with the lack of maternity/paternity available and people have to use sick/vacation days after baby is born.) We are so lucky that we were able to get time off and my Mom was available to watch our toddler.
We decided to go to Victoria, BC because it's relatively close to our home in Seattle and I'd heard wonderful things about the city. My husband had been when he was in high school, but I'd never been there before. We went in late July, so the weather was warm during the day, but cooled off at night.
As the trip got closer, I started thinking about what to pack. We were just going to be gone a weekend, but we had a lot of fun activities scheduled. I kept in mind that we'd be on a double decker bus, a boat, inside/outside and walking around. Some items on my packing list are essentials and some are things that I should take advantage of before I'm consumed by the newborn phase again.
What to Pack for a Babymoon
Packing for any trip can be stressful. Add in the fact that you are pregnant and probably don't fit into your go-to items, it can be overwhelming. And you may not feel super cute (depending on how pregnant you are) which just complicates things even more. I've made the mistake of packing clothes that were non-maternity and didn't fit or maternity clothes that made me feel frumpy. Not a great way to start a vacation.
I've traveled a bit while being pregnant. I was able to do Vancouver, Italy, and Hawaii when I was pregnant with Owen (before I was put on bed rest.) I was able to explore Disneyland, Portland, Suncadia, Hawaii, Vancouver and Victoria while pregnant with #2. With each trip, I adjusted what items I brought with me as I pared down to just the essentials.
5 Must-Have Maternity Travel Items
As a Mom of a toddler, my "uniform" usually consists of yoga pants and some sort of sweatshirt. We like to be out and about and he's always on the go, so it's important that I'm comfortably able to play with him on the floor or run around with him at the park. But, sometimes I feel a bit boring in my "uniform" and want to pop some fun back into my wardrobe. That's where LuLaRoe fits in!
I first discovered LuLaRoe when I was just 3 months pregnant. I was feeling bloated and could barely squeeze into my yoga pants because the waistbands all seemed to hit me at the worst spot. I tried on a pair of LuLaRoe leggings and was surprised that I was able to pull them up to my natural waist, alleviating the rubber band feeling around my expanding tummy. And, they came in bright, fun prints! They were perfect for my first and second trimester and I looked forward to rocking them post-pregnancy.
LuLaRoe is always coming out with new styles and designs. My friend Stacy sent me a Carly dress in the middle of my 3rd trimester and it was so nice to wear something that wasn't technically "maternity" but totally worked! I liked to belt it when I wore it out and about because it showed off my bump. At home, I usually went without a belt and just enjoyed not feeling restricted. It was also a great dress to nap in!
I also appreciated that the Carly dress was something I could wear immediately after giving birth and could be a staple in my closet. I live in Seattle and it's necessary to wear leggings under dresses most of the year. I love the neural color of my Carly dress because it's easy to pair it with black leggings for a more subdued look or I can add a pop of color! I've even paired it with skinny jeans (both maternity jeans and regular jeans.)
The Carly dress also works wonderfully underneath a babywearing wrap. I like to wear my baby, but not all clothing works well under a wrap. I like to use my Happy Wrap because it's nice and stretchy and is the right thickness to be comfortable with my Carly dress. I don't feel too warm.
I've also been able to breastfeed while wearing the Carly. I like to wear a nursing cami underneath (usually my Bravado one) and pair with leggings or yoga pants. Then, I just pull up the dress and pull down my nursing cami and we're all set!
Stacy even sent Owen a shirt to try out and he loves how soft it is! I like that it's a good layering piece (especially in our Seattle weather) and it's comfy enough to wear as lounge wear around the house. Sometimes we use it as a pajama top. LuLaRoe offers many colors that are gender neutral. I usually throw this shirt into my diaper bag because it rolls up nicely and compactly.
To see what other LuLaRoe goodies are available, check out Stacy's VIP LuLaRoe Shopping Page.
LuLaRoe products were sent for review purposes.
I was really hesitant to buy nursing clothes after the birth of my first son because everything I saw looked so frumpy and cumbersome. I ended up just wearing regular shirts, which meant I had to expose my tummy to nurse my son when I was out and about. Normally I'd be fine with that, but it was winter and I was cold and it made the whole nursing experience feel make-shift and I didn't like that. When I had my second son, I knew I needed to really search for some nice nursing clothes. That's where Bun Maternity fits in.
While perusing their website, I was immediately attracted to the style of clothing they offer. It was all the same style I was used to wearing, but much more functional with the nursing option. I live in Seattle and I'm used to wearing sweatshirts basically year-round and was thrilled that they had a Hoodie option that looked comfortable but also fitted and what I'd call "Northwest Chic."
Bun Maternity sent me a few items to try out. The first was their Cozy Nursing Hoodie. I can't believe how soft the fabric is, which is perfect for cuddling with my newborn. It's light/medium weight, which is perfect for me because I always feel a bit overheated when nursing, however I also get chilly if I have to expose too much skin. The fabric also has a bit of stretch for a flattering fit. It's really easy to unsnap the top of the hoodie for easy nursing access. I've also successfully nursed in it while keeping the top snapped. My favorite feature of this hoodie is the front pocket! After perusing online for maternity and nursing clothes that have pockets, I'm stoked to have actually found something with a pocket so I can stash my phone (which has my nursing tracker app on it.)
This will also be the ultimate wardrobe piece for flying because it would keep me warm on the plane and I'd feel covered up enough. I have a feeling that I will continue to wear it even when I've stopped nursing because it fits so well.
They also sent me their Softie Nursing Tee, which is incredibly soft and lightweight. Like I said, I tend to feel overheated when nursing (which is the opposite of what I'm like when I'm not nursing), so I usually try to find shirts that are thin so I don't feel sweaty. Thinner shirts are also great because spit up and milk leaks dry quickly so you aren't walking around with a damp shirt. This shirt has a very flattering cut and I feel fairly stylish wearing it with jeans. It's hard to find nursing tees that aren't boxy or cumbersome, so I love that this shirt hugs me in all the right places. This is a great piece to layer underneath the hoodie and it can be worn out and about or paired with pajamas. They have lots of colors and they can be worn year-round in all types of climates.
Finally, they sent me a nursing poncho. This is also lightweight, so it's easy to stash in my diaper bag. I've used this piece not only for nursing, but also as a huge burp cloth to protect my shirt when we are away from home. I've also used it as a makeshift blanket for my son in his carseat. Full disclosure: I've already used this to cover up some epic spit up on my clothing!
Bun Maternity sent me products for review purposes.
I'm so excited that Bun Maternity has partnered with me to giveaway a nursing tank and tee combo!
I'm so thrilled to announce that I'm giving away a $75 PinkBlush Maternity gift card! I received this Navy Blue Mint Green Colorblock Maxi Maternity Dress just in time for my Babymoon in Victoria, BC.
PinkBlush Maternity is a great option for those who don't want to spend a fortune on maternity-specific clothes that can only be worn for a few months and then are tossed to the side. They provide the modern mom with stylish, versatile pieces that can be worn from pregnancy, through the transition to motherhood as well as discreet nursing necklines for breastfeeding moms.
Winner must not have already won a PinkBlush Maternity giveaway within 3 months. Winner will be chosen at random and asked for email address. Once PinkBlush Maternity has verified that winner has not won in past 3 months, gift card will be issued.
Contest begins Sunday, August 7 at midnight and ends Saturday, August 13 at 11:59pm PDT. Winner will be announced Sunday, August 14.
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When we decided to head up to Victoria, BC for our Babymoon, I knew that this would be one of my last opportunities to look nice for awhile. Life with a toddler is full of messy buns and yoga pants, so I really wanted to take advantage of the couple of days I had toddler-free. Cute maternity clothes are hard to come by. Thankfully, PinkBlush Maternity sent me this gorgeous maternity dress to wear!
When I touched the dress for the first time, I couldn't believe how buttery soft it was! I was a bit hesitant to try it on because a lot of the maternity dresses I've tried on ended up looking frumpy and the opposite of cute. So, I was really surprised how well it fit! It even covered the massive nursing bra I was wearing (only bra that seems remotely comfy at 7 months preggers.) Major points right there!
The dress is easy to move around in and it's the perfect weight for Spring, Summer or Fall. Since I was touring around, I ended up wearing a large sun hat for part of the day and then added a sweater in the evening. I also wore flat sandals due to all the walking. This dress was comfortable enough for a double decker bus ride, water taxi ride, touring a museum and castle, enjoying afternoon tea in a garden and eating at restaurants. Most importantly, I felt really put together!
What surprised me the most about this PinkBlush Maternity dress was the overall quality. I have always thought of maternity clothes as throwaway pieces. However, because of the cut and style, I think I will be hanging onto this dress long after I'm pregnant. It's just a great staple maxi dress and it's a dress I would have grabbed regardless of pregnancy. And I think it will be a dress that always makes it into my travel bag for just about any destination.
PinkBlush Maternity sent me this dress for review purposes.
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