Maternity Wardrobe Summer Clothing Staples

maternity clothing for summer

As a pregnant lady myself, I know what a challenge the summer months can be. It’s already getting really hot in Los Angeles, so wardrobe choices have been tricky. So I thought I would share some summer wardrobe staples to get you through the hotter months in style and comfort.

Dress Options:

  1. I’m most coveting this Errands dress from HATCH – it is breezy, cool, comfortable, and not too short (which is so key for me during pregnancy).
  2. I have and have already been wearing this tank maxi dress from Old Navy. It is flattering, comfortable, and surprisingly cool. And my bump looks cute in it! Plus, it’s way affordable.
  3. I love the simple style and vibrant color of this dress from Fourth Love. It would be great dressed up or down.

Non-Maternity Options That Fit Your Bump:

  1. My new favorite discovery during my pregnancy has been Saint Grace Apparel. The foldover pants and maxi skirts are so comfortable on a growing bump (even a big one) and you can keep wearing your favorites long after your pregnancy is done.
  2. An old favorite that has worked great during my pregnancy is this pleated maxi dress. I had it in a couple of colors already and wore it belted before my pregnancy. I’ve since bought in a couple more and wear it unbelted now. It was a running joke on a recent trip that every night I wore the same dress in a different color, because I did! But I have gotten so many compliments every time I wear this dress. And it’s another item that you can keep wearing after baby because it isn’t actually maternity.

The Basics:

  1. I like this cute chambray skirt because it isn’t too tight or too short, and goes with everything. It’s a great alternative to shorts, which I find uncomfortable during pregnancy.
  2. The exception to my own ban on shorts during pregnancy (for me personally) are longer rolled denim ones. They are loose, casual, and super cute. These from J.Crew are my favorites.
  3. A major staple to any summer maternity wardrobe is a good tank. These from H&M are cute, comfy, fit well, and hold up to repeated wears. And they are affordable enough to buy in several colors.

Pool & Beach Pieces:

  1. Cute maternity swim suits can be hard to find. If you’re comfortable letting your bump show, I like buying a non-maternity bikini top in a larger size and pair it with a pair of matching solid color maternity bottoms. I’m also really loving this maternity one piece swimsuit, which comes in a couple of patterns like the bandana blue or black and white chevron.
  2. A pair of lightweight shorts are a must (for better or worse) when you’re pregnant in the summer. These black maternity dolphin shorts are cute over a swimsuit or paired with a tank or tunic.

The Accessories:

  1. A cute pair of summer sandals or two (or five!) always make a pregnant lady’s outfit better. And this is one area of your body that probably hasn’t changed much in size, so the shopping is more fun! I really love these cute patterned sandals from Anthropologie (and own the pink pair).
  2. A cute summer hat is an absolute must to protect your skin from the sun and pregnancy melasma. I love this cute casual straw fedora from Gap.

What are your favorite summer maternity wardrobe staples?

About Chandra Fredrick

Living in Los Angeles with her talented actor husband Jonathan and toddler son Charlie, Chandra blogs daily at Oh Lovely Day, sharing inspiration for wedding, home, and child. When she's not writing, Chandra is treasure hunting at flea markets for her home and event rental company Gilded Rentals and being a mom to a very active 3 year old. She also enjoys DIY'ing and decorating her new home and eating at the LA Farmers' Market with her family.

Baby Sprinkle! Shower Party Planning Ideas for Baby 2 or 3

Baby Sprinkle Inspiration | Chandra Fredrick for Babylist

We all know what a baby shower is all about, but have you heard of a baby sprinkle? A sprinkle is a smaller version of a shower, thrown to honor someone pregnant with her second (or sometimes third) baby. Since the mom probably already has most of the things you need for baby, the idea behind the sprinkle celebrate the newest pregnancy and to give things that need replenished (like diapers or bath supplies) or more personalized gifts for that baby. Here are some ideas for throwing a baby sprinkle:

  1. Get personal: If you know the gender and/or name of the baby, get him or her something personalized or monogrammed, or a cute blanket or stuffed animal that is just theirs and wasn’t handed down from a sibling.
  2. Make it ‘sprinkle’ themed: sprinkles are basically just tiny confetti, and what is more fun and festive than confetti? Nothing! A sprinkle cake, sprinkle sweets, sprinkle-rimmed glasses, even sprinkles as favors – the possibilities for a sprinkle-themed shower are endless and so fun. Another fun idea? Rain sprinkles.
  3. Low key is just as fun: a ladies brunch (minus kiddos) is a nice way to host a sprinkle. Choose a spot the momma loves, bring your gifts, and bring some flowers for the table. You can even have favors at each place setting.
  4. Remember the siblings: Whether you bring a small gift for a sibling or include them in a game (like give your advice on how to be a good big brother or sister), including the older siblings in some way is always a sweet gesture.

Regardless of how you do it, the point of the sprinkle is to celebrate the momma and new baby-on-the-way. Because every baby deserves a celebration (and every pregnancy could use a little more fun, am I right?)

Have you ever had or thrown a baby sprinkle? What are your favorite baby sprinkle gifts or ideas?

{photo credits} sprinkle cake: Amy & Jordan Photography via Style Me Pretty / confetti balloons: Hostess with the Mostess / sprinkle-rimmed glasses: Hostess with the Mostess / sprinkle favors: 6th Street Design School / sprinkle sweets: Hostess with the Mostess

About Chandra Fredrick

Living in Los Angeles with her talented actor husband Jonathan and toddler son Charlie, Chandra blogs daily at Oh Lovely Day, sharing inspiration for wedding, home, and child. When she's not writing, Chandra is treasure hunting at flea markets for her home and event rental company Gilded Rentals and being a mom to a very active 3 year old. She also enjoys DIY'ing and decorating her new home and eating at the LA Farmers' Market with her family.

5 Lovely DIY Spring Baby Shower Ideas

Spring Baby Shower Inspiration | Chandra Fredrick for Babylist

 

Summer babies bring spring showers, and since spring is just around the corner I wanted to share some fun baby shower inspiration and DIY ideas for all of you throwing spring showers.

1. Make it rain with cute raindrop garland and similar “shower” details. The clouds on the straws are super cute too! (via Fiskars)

2. Blooms make the perfect favor at spring showers. (via Hostess with the Mostess)

3. Use rain boots as floral containers for your table centerpieces. (via Kara’s Party Ideas)

4. Have an ‘in bloom’ theme with lots of pretty paper flower decor. (via Icing Designs)

5. Upside down parasols or colorful umbrellas make for unique and fun spring shower decor. (via Piccoli Elfi)

These would also all make for fun ideas for a ‘baby sprinkle’ too, don’t you think?

About Chandra Fredrick

Living in Los Angeles with her talented actor husband Jonathan and toddler son Charlie, Chandra blogs daily at Oh Lovely Day, sharing inspiration for wedding, home, and child. When she's not writing, Chandra is treasure hunting at flea markets for her home and event rental company Gilded Rentals and being a mom to a very active 3 year old. She also enjoys DIY'ing and decorating her new home and eating at the LA Farmers' Market with her family.

5 Spring Maternity Style Basics

spring wardrobe essentials on babylist

It may still be winter but spring is just around the corner (and so is a bigger bump for all of you pregnant gals out there). So I thought it would be fun to dream of warmer weather and growing bellies by sharing my favorite 5 basics for your spring maternity wardrobe.

  1. A great pair of jeans. These from J Brand are a favorite of many of my pregnant friends, though you can find great jeans in many styles and price points. Try on several styles and see what works for you. Oh, and the heels are totally optional – I’d go for flats myself :)
  2. Maxi dresses. Maxi dresses are a pregnant woman’s best friend. You can wear them with booties, flats, and sandals and layer a cardigan or denim jacket on top when it gets chilly. Oh, and they’re just about the most comfortable thing you’ll wear.
  3. Long drapey tees. Another spring staple is the long drapey tee shirt. Pair it with jeans or leggings and layer it with a cardigan or jacket. It is flattering on every baby belly and is long enough to cover everything you want.
  4. Floral print dresses. What says spring more than a sweet floral print dress? Dress it up with a blazer and jewelry or down with sandals and a denim jacket.
  5. A light jacket or cardigan. Invest in a cozy cardigan or light jacket to layer over your other basics. They are great over tanks and jeans too.

What are your favorite maternity staple items?

About Chandra Fredrick

Living in Los Angeles with her talented actor husband Jonathan and toddler son Charlie, Chandra blogs daily at Oh Lovely Day, sharing inspiration for wedding, home, and child. When she's not writing, Chandra is treasure hunting at flea markets for her home and event rental company Gilded Rentals and being a mom to a very active 3 year old. She also enjoys DIY'ing and decorating her new home and eating at the LA Farmers' Market with her family.

My Favorite Nursery: inspired by Lullaby Paints colors

I’m a big fan of baby safe paint company, Lullaby Paints, (beautiful, hard-wearing, and non-toxic – what’s not to love!) and their shades are perfect. My favorite Lullaby Paint colors inspired a bright and fun nursery that could work for both boys and girls. Starting with a soft grey as my neutral, I added azure sea and tangerine for fun pops of color. And then I threw in some of my favorite products of 2013 for baby’s nursery!

Fun fact: while it wouldn’t taste good – you can actually eat Lullaby Paints. They’re that safe.

Lullaby Paints Nursery Inspiration

products: book caddy / safari fitted crib sheetstriped throw blanket / Beaver Caddy Tote / turtle constellation night light / star pillowmoses basket

 

About Chandra Fredrick

Living in Los Angeles with her talented actor husband Jonathan and toddler son Charlie, Chandra blogs daily at Oh Lovely Day, sharing inspiration for wedding, home, and child. When she's not writing, Chandra is treasure hunting at flea markets for her home and event rental company Gilded Rentals and being a mom to a very active 3 year old. She also enjoys DIY'ing and decorating her new home and eating at the LA Farmers' Market with her family.