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Beautiful Jacqui Saldana, the mama behind Baby Boy Bakery, and designer of our limited edition BBB x Solly Baby wrap, is a bright light. She’s mom to Ryan and Mila, author of My First Year, A Baby Journal, and creator of an inspiring corner of the internet where “people can come for delicious kid-friendly recipes and inspiration to live a loud and wild life no matter the ugly we are faced with.” Sit down with us to learn her joys, her advice and her (ah-ha!) beauty fixes. You’ll leave here with a new friend, we’re sure of it.

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In light of recent media attention regarding the safety of swaddling, we are sharing this guest post by Dr. Rallie McAllister MD, MPH. It was originally posted on the Baby Safety Zone and shared with us from our friends at JPMA. Dr. Rallie is a nationally recognized physician, known for the nationally syndicated newspaper column, Your Health. She has authored hundreds of other health articles on a variety of health-related websites, including WebMD.com, lifetimetv.com, ivillage.com, ParentsMagazine.com, msn.com and BabyCenter.com to name a few.

One of the hardest parts of being a mom is making the best, safest choices for your children. This is often complicated by changing, conflicting medical advice and media reports.

Case in point is the May 2016 Pediatrics study that questioned the safety of swaddling and implicated swaddling in increased risk of SIDS.

In our Tweet-length-attention-span world, the nuances of studies like these are quickly lost. To make matters worse, over-simplified, headline-grabbing sound bites don’t come anywhere close to telling the full story.

Here are important points to understand:

• This study was a review of a handful of previously published studies. It didn’t include new research designed to study swaddling in depth.

• The studies didn’t clearly define “swaddling.” It’s not possible to know if the babies who died of SIDS were swaddled safely and correctly and using products made specifically for swadding—or if these babies had been “swaddled” incorrectly.

• One of the findings of the study is that babies are at risk for SIDS when they sleep on their stomachs. This was already a clearly established risk—and it’s a risk whether a baby is swaddled or not.

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Pregnancy comes with its fair share of excitement and anticipation and tender moments, but my first trimester requires a survival guide. With growing bumps, hormones out of whack and touchy nausea, I’ve kept a list of (and clung to) my tried and true lifesavers. Here’s to looking, and sometimes feeling, like you are keeping it all together!

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To Wear — 

1. Seamless day bra – I have one in almost every color. They’re so comfortable, super inexpensive, and perfect for sensitive and ever-changing, pregnancy boobs.

2. V-neck caftan – A little pricey but my favorite splurge this pregnancy. I had an event earlier this month that called for dressier attire but I couldn’t get excited about anything in this awkward, transition phase where maternity clothes aren’t necessary (or wanted, as I hadn’t shared the news yet) but of course, I still wanted to feel chic and put together. This dress was so comfortable and hid my already noticeable bump perfectly without looking frumpy. Can’t wait to wear this all the way through this pregnancy and beyond.

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3. BB cream – My skin freaked on me this pregnancy in a way it never has. I try to wear a light BB cream, if anything, to keep from irritating it more.

4. Oil-free foundation – When I do need to get more dressed up, then this oil-free but high coverage foundation is an instant fix.

To Feel Better — 

5. Ginger ale – The best ginger ale ever and a total lifesaver for nausea. My sister-in-law brought it to me on my worst day and I’ve been trying to figure out how to get it plugged into an IV ever since.

6. Ginger mints – Ginger in all its forms eases my pregnancy sickness. More ginger goodness when you’re sick of drinking it.

To Catch a Break — 

7. Floor coloring pages – I found this French company at the shop-up we participated in last month in LA. I brought home a large size poster for my kids and they were all three totally engaged. All the while I sat on the sofa next to them, sometimes participating, but mostly just lying there, sick as a dog and happy they felt like I was a part of it.

8. Netflix – The next time you’re up with heartburn or you wake up at 2 AM every morning for no apparent reason (don’t you love it when people tell you it’s because your body is preparing you to be awake all night when the baby comes?), I recommend binge watching Tina Fey’s Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” You’ll laugh so hard you won’t care that you’re awake.

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This guest post is from our favorite ladies, Natalie and Holly, over at The Modern Proper. Their mission is to reinvent proper for the modern homemaker, one delicious meal at a time. Check out more of their delicious recipes here.

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It’s been a little over five years since I had my first child. Upon his arrival I was overwhelmed with love for this new life that was cradled in my arms. It was a love no one could ever prepare me for, and it took my breath away on regular basis. In that time I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by a loving community that stopped by with gifts, flowers and best of all, food.

Fast forward 9 months later, my husband and I found out we were having another baby. That was a shock, to put it mildly. Just as I was caught off guard by this second pregnancy, I was unprepared when he arrived an entire week early, with a delivery so fast I struggled to wrap my brain around what had just happened. My then 17 month old had a nasty cough and cold, it was snowing in March, and our unfinished bathroom remodel left us without a shower. Unlike with the birth of our first born, my husband had to return to work quickly, and in those first few days I experienced emotions I didn’t even know existed within me. The crying went from the typical post pregnancy hormone tears to straight up ugly crying real quick. I knew I needed help, but I had no clue where to even begin to ask. I did this once, I should be able to do it again, right?

That first year of our second born’s life was extremely eye opening and raw for me. It wasn’t until he was 18 months old that my husband and I were even able to talk about some of the feelings we were experiencing, and things we had gone through. It was in that conversation that I was finally able to express that my greatest desire was for someone to just take care of me. I wanted someone to feel sorry for me and to genuinely ask how I was doing, because in that time, I was not okay. Like most hard things in life, we survive. We find it in ourselves to draw from an unseen strength and rise to meet the needs of our families. And I did just that, survived. Where I found that I failed miserably was meeting my own needs. I was exhausted, underweight, unhappy, and overwhelmed. When I was finally able to look in the mirror and see myself again, I made a vow to offer nurture to the other mom’s I knew who were in the throws of adjusting to life with a newborn, because I knew just how tough it could be, and I knew what I had needed so desperately.

Part of preparing myself for this cause was creating an arsenal of recipes that were delicious, home-cooked, protein-packed, healthy, comforting and great for leftovers: the perfect meals to bring new moms in the midst of the struggle. Tortilla soup is at the top of my ever-growing list. While food is an obvious physical provision for new moms, I like to think of it simply as an offering that opens the door to ask the question “how are you really doing?” and offer reassurance that she is in fact doing a great job and yes, she will survive.

 

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Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 rotisserie chicken
1 (15 oz) can diced fire roasted tomatoes
1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 small onion, chopped
1 zucchini, large chopped
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) can creamed or sweet corn
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 bay leaves

Serve with:
4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
fresh lime juice
sour cream
cheddar cheese, shredded
corn chips, crushed
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While rotisserie chicken is still warm, pick all meat of the bones. Place chicken meat in a large soup pot. Discard bones, or save if you like to make homemade stock. Place all ingredients from roasted tomatoes through bay leaves in the same pot as the chicken. Turn heat to high. As soon as soup begins to boil, turn to medium-low heat and continue to cook until onions as translucent and zucchini is tender. About 30 minutes.
Serve soup with chopped cilantro, fresh lime juice, sour cream, cheddar cheese, avocado and corn chips.

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What an amazing week! We launched the new Solly Baby Spring/Summer 2016 line earlier this week and have been running like crazy to keep up ever since. As a little treat for our followers we decided to jazz up the traditional launch giveaway by highlighting the styling that goes into the looks for each model. Every day on Instagram, we’ve been featuring a look and giving you an opportunity to “Win the Wardrobe” by following the listed brands and commenting. Today we’re giving you an extra chance to win each look by pinning your favorite style.

If you missed a look this week on instagram, they’re all listed under #SollyStyle so you can go back and comment on each one if you love them all.

Winners will be announced Monday morning.

Happy pinning!

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