I remember the excitement I felt when I went to register! I couldn’t wait to drag my husband through the aisles of the megastores with my scan gun in tow looking for big ticket items and must have nursery accesories. It was a slightly different set of emotions when I finally went through those sliding doors. All those emotions could be summed up by one word: overwhelmed!!!
I thought I had everything figured out, until I realized that I didn’t actually have ANYTHING figured out.
So let me save you at least a little bit of a headache by offering you some advice. Yes, megastores are great for the big things like bassinets and economy sized boxes of diapers. But, skip them for the fun things like accessories.
That’s where Caden Lane steps in to relieve some of that stress. When it comes to must have nursery accessories, Caden Lane has just what you’ve been looking for. Here are some of my favorites.
First things first, the bibs! What is not to love about all of their options? I love the Bibdanas for all the slobbery drool that comes along with those dreaded teething days. It looks fashionable but also serves a purpose of keeping their clothes free of pools of drool. For messy eating (and my son loved sweet potatoes, which got everywhere!), I loved the Coated Bib. My son loved his Red Stripe/Red Circle Dot one. The coating makes it so easy to just wipe food right off and the pocket at the bottom catches runaway food that you can just dump out later!

red stripe coated bib - a must have nursery accessory
My next two favorites kind of go together. I love the nursing covers and boppy covers. My boppy was my best friend for basically the first year of my son’s life, so naturally I needed something that was not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional. I really love the Navy Mod Mix cover with the super plush minky fabric on the bottom. It’s level of comfort for mom and baby is unbeatable. Have a little girl? Molly’s Mint cover is so perfect with the same soft minky, but with the added bonus of ruffles. When you are a new momma spending hours of the day nursing, or just using the boppy to hold your new little one, you will be thankful you have a beautiful and comfortable cover like Caden Lane’s.
This brings me to my next favorite item. I love their nursing covers. I absolutely adore the Aqua and Silver Sparkle cover. It has a rigid neckline so you can still make eye contact with your baby. And it’s full coverage so you feel comfortable. It is a MUST HAVE for nursing mamas.

Aqua Sparkle Nursing Cover - A Must Have Nursery Accessory
Next, skip the cheap itty bitty baby towels and please invest in several of their hooded towels. They have taken my son from his newborn days to his much more stinky and dirtier toddler days. And he still has room to grow! I love the Woodland Deer and it’s perfect for a boy or girl!

Woodland Deer Hooded Towel - a must have nursery accessory
Last, but definitely not least, the burp sets! I got plenty of different types of burp clothes from here and there. The burp sets from Caden Lane are by far my favorite! They have an assortment of adorable colors and fabrics and the cloth themselves are so soft and absorbent for those inevitable spit up explosions.
Caden Lane has plenty of other great must have nursery accessories, but these are my most favorite. Which accessory do you think would be your favorite?

 

 

The first day of summer is still technically a week away, but we’re already feeling the heat here in South Texas. If you’re pregnant, depending on how far along you are, you may not be looking forward to hotter, longer days like you normally would this time of year. That extra weight and hormones from your precious bundle of joy may be making it difficult to find ways to enjoy the hot outdoors, but not to worry because we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite summer pregnancy tips and tricks to fully enjoy summer outdoors with a baby bump!

  1. A Cold and Refreshing Mocktail

Join in the fun with one of these cool and tasty non-alcoholic drinks by the pool, at a BBQ, or just in your own backyard. We’ve linked to some of our favorites below:

Blackberry Limeade – a nice sweet twist on a summer classic!

Delicious Mocktail for Summer

Recipe & Photo via Cooking Light Magazine

Blueberry Mojito – a fruity, minty pick-me-up that’s sure to not disappoint.

Blueberry Mojito Mocktail for Pregnant Summer Fun

Recipe & Photo via The Merry Thought

Watermelon Ginger Spritzer – made with real watermelon this drink will have all your friends wanting a sip!

Watermelon Ginger Spritzer Summer Mocktail for Mommies-to-be

Recipe & Photo via Kitchen Konfidence

  1. Hit the water!

Lounge by the pool (or rather in the pool), take a dip in the lake, or float down the river (bring along one of those mocktails!). Water helps reduce your body temperature and can also even help relieve some of your aches and pains by relieving pressure on your back.  Plus, who can resist showing off the cute bump in a fun swim suit?

Frankie Hearts Fashion Gorgeous Summer Belly Bump

Image via Frankie Hearts Fashion

  1. Try to lay off the salt (a little).

    Salt can lead to swelling and heat can lead to swelling, together it’s a recipe for disaster. Reducing one might provide some relief, and no one is going to stay indoors ALL summer long!

  2. Carry a spray bottle or mister around with you.

    As we mentioned above, the heat’s not going anywhere, so this is just another tactic to help keep you cool and a little bit more comfortable.  Plus it will remind you a little bit of those misting fans you thought were so cool when you were younger and you can pretend to be the cool kid again. We like this one from Target:
    O2Cool Misting Fan - Summer Pregnancy Tips

  3. Pamper Yourself!

It’s hot, you’re sweaty, you deserve get a little something for yourself to help lift your spirits. Get a cute new swimsuit that shows off your bump perfectly, splurge on some maternity shorts that you’ll only ever wear this one season, or get a pedicure with your girlfriends. Heck do all three if it makes you feel better!

Summer can still be the fun season you know it to be when you’re pregnant. We hope you use some of these summer pregnancy tips to make this one of your best summers yet!

Can you think of something we missed? Leave your best summer pregnancy tips in the comments below!

 

 

 

We LOVE gold polka dot nurseries.  Ever since we released our Gold Dot Crib Bedding Collection more than a year ago, they have been some of our most popular baby bedding sets. And we’re not seeing the trend go anywhere anytime soon.

And that’s with good reason. Polka dots have been around for over a century in fashion, from Minnie Mouse to Christian Dior and the yellow polka dot bikini.  Polka dots have been symbols of playful feminism and carry a unique reminiscence of the past.  But add a modern gold metallic and this modern day trend is just as stylish as it ever has been, especially in a nursery!

Here are a few of our favorite gold polka dot nurseries and crib sets that are keeping the trend going:

pink & mint girly gold polka dot nursery

via Project Nursery

This beautiful nursery features our Coral & Gold Sparkle Baby Bedding that includes a fun confetti-like coral, pink, and gold dot crib sheet and is backed by a fun and symmetrical accent wall with gold dot decals. The colors keep this room fresh and modern while the gold dots add a touch of whimsy and extra girly-ness.

And if you want to keep things girly but not go completely pink. Our Coral & Gold Dot Crib Bedding Set is a popular and fun choice.

coral and gold dot crib bedding for a gold dot nursery

Coral & Gold Dot Baby Bedding

But the gold polka dot nursery trend doesn’t just have to be for the girls! Take this gorgeous boy’s nursery from a One Kings Lane VP mom for example. The dark navy and gold dot decals make for a masculine take on the trend…and a gorgeous nursery!

gold polka dot nursery idea for a boyvia Elle.com

Gold dots seem to be extremely versatile for nurseries of every style, so there’s sure to be a way to incorporate it in your own. Whether that’s just with a simple touch here and there, like a throw pillow on the rocker, or as a more integral part of your nursery design, like choosing completely gold dot crib bedding, we’re sure you’re going to love this gold polka dot nursery trend just as much as we do.  Let us know how you plan on incorporating gold polka dots in your nursery in the comments below!