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Mother’s Day is, undoubtedly, a special time around here. We wanted to give a handful of our moms something to remember these babywearing moments forever so we decided to hold a special Solly Baby photoshoot at our studio just for them. But just blindly choosing a dozen mothers to Solly HQ for this photo session proved to be nearly impossible so, in order to choose, we asked our instagram community to submit a story about what babywearing means to them. The stories that poured in were all so unique and beautiful, we knew we had to share them with you.

After our photoshoot we worked with Artifact Uprising to print some of the pictures from the shoot and then we featured a handful of them the days leading up to Mother’s Day with their stories.

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Here is the entire collection of our #SollyStories featured mothers. We had such a wonderful day meeting the moms, holding their babies and hearing their babywearing stories. Every single one of our mothers are so very special and it was an absolute honor to be able to celebrate a few of them in such a fun way. Thank you so much to Artifact Uprising for the prints, to all the mothers that entered the contest and a huge thank you to everyone that traveled to Carlsbad to spend the day with us.

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Photography by Ben Christensen
Hair + Makeup by Brittany Gharring
Creative Design by Dulcet Creative

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Guest Contributor: Bethany Menzel

“I am so happy that spring has sprung and I can finally pull out dresses & hats. They are what I live in during the warmer months, such an easy outfit to throw together but always looks stylish. When i’m wearing my wrap I usually go for a tighter fitting dress because then everything fits nicely underneath. I love mixing patterns (just like I did in my winter baby wearing post) so I paired the adorable swiss dots wrap with my striped Asos Maternity dress, the mix of these patterns & colours just feels fun and springy to me! ” – Bethany

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+ Photos by Elissa Crowe Photography

On Bethany:
Dress – Asos Maternity ( similar style here & here )
Shoes – Vintage ( similar style here )
Hat – Brixton
Wrap – Solly Baby

On Poppy:
Onesie – H&M
Tights – H&M
Moccasins – Freshly Picked

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It has arrived! The Oh Joy! for Solly Wrap is here and ready to ship. Words can not describe the delight and excitement in the Solly Baby offices right now. Joy Cho is a brand dream and to be able to collaborate with her for our first installment of the Solly Baby signature series has been nothing short of magical. For a special behind the scenes video about the line, watch here.

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Guest Contributor: Jane Maynard // This Week for Dinner

Yes, pregnancy is a time to avoid alcoholic beverages. But just because you have that adorable baby bump doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun drink in hand! There are all kinds of delicious mocktails out there that can help you ride out the next nine months. And, let’s be honest, some (all?) of them actually taste better sans alcohol!

These 15 fabulous mocktail recipes are just what you need to quench your pregnant thirst. And, with warm weather finally settling in, the fizzy, fruity fun that is a mocktail is perfect for spring and summer. Don’t forget! Just because you’re not a virgin (yes, the preggo belly gives you away!) doesn’t mean your drink can’t be! Bottoms up!

01_Strawberry Mint Fizz

Strawberry Mint Fizz –
This tasty strawberry mint fizz also has a slight cucumber flavor. The freshness of this drink is perfect for spring and you’ll definitely want more than one glass! Get the recipe from Babble.

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Blood Orange Basil Mocktail –
This mocktail has a richer flavor thanks to the blood orange and basil, which end up complementing one another beautiful. And, of course, fizz! Get the recipe from Babble.

03_Persian Pomegranate Mocktail

Persian Pomegranate Mocktail –
Orange blossom water gives this mocktail its special Persian twist. Get the recipe from Tori Avey.

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Frozen Virgin Strawberry Coconut Daiquiri –
Frozen drinks are always the best, especially when there coconut and strawberries are involved. Get the recipe from The Lemon Bowl.

Sparkling Honey Rosemary Lemonade –
This is lemonade, cocktail style. Except, of course, no booze! Get the recipe from Nutmeg Nanny.

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Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Cooler –
One of the fun things about cocktails is the interesting mix of flavors, which this drink most certainly has thanks to hibiscus. Get the recipe from Tasty Yummies.

06_Banana Pina Colada

Banana Piña Colada –
Piña coladas are always a great candidate for going virgin! Get the recipe from Tasty Yummies.

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Frozen Virgin Strawberry Margarita –
This frozen strawberry margarita is perfect for when you’re in a party mood! Get the recipe from Barbara Bakes.

Pink Grapefruit Sparkler –
This pink grapefruit sparkler also features the flavors of pineapple and ginger. Bonus: ginger helps with morning sickness! Get the recipe from Cookin’ Canuck.

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Mango Margaritas –
A mango margarita will definitely help a tired, pregnant mama relax and transport herself, at least mentally, to a desert island! Get the recipe from Simply Sated.

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Mojito Smoothie –
This slushy mojito is downright irresistible. Get the recipe from Wonky Wonderful.

Ginger Mojito –
What better way to get in some anti-morning sickness ginger than with a mojito! Get the recipe from Taste As You Go.

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Citrus Mint Spritzer –
A hint of mint gives this citrus spritzer a refreshing flavor you’ll love! Get the recipe from Diethood.

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Summer Fruit Spritzer –
When summer comes be sure to get out this recipe and take advantage of all those summer fruits! Get the recipe from Miss in the Kitchen.

Cranberry Sorbet Bellini –
If you can’t have a classic bellini, go for this variation on a theme, with raspberry and cranberry. Get the recipe from Country Cleaver.

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Hi! My name is Lindsey Shipley, Registered Nurse, IBCLC, certified lactation specialist and mom of 2. I provide lactation consulting services before and after baby is born. I teach breastfeeding courses in-person and online. I also offer breastfeeding basics, intermediate breastfeeding, and returning to work and breastfeeding. I’m here today to share some of the benefits of skin-to-skin contact.

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Just when you thought Solly Baby had given you enough reasons to choose their wrap with the beautiful design and easy how-to videos, I’m here to share some research-based reasons why you should consider babywearing! I teach clients in my breastfeeding classes about the benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care, also known as Skin-to-Skin. Kangaroo Mother Care is when an infant is placed on the maternal chest with just a diaper on, and blankets are placed over the top. This practice has been shown to aid in stabilizing infants after birth. It is important to practice skin-to-skin not only immediately after birth, but the benefits can extend well beyond that time. Babywearing allows mother and infant to practice skin-to-skin contact wherever they are. With Solly Baby wrap, you and your baby can enjoy the benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care up to one year of age! Today, I’m going to give you some research-based reasons why to consider babywearing for your infant.

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Physiological Benefits to Mom and Infant –
Research has shown that skin-to-skin contact creates a more stable environment for both mom and baby. The physiological benefits to the infant include temperature regulation, heart rate consistency, blood sugar control, quicker weight gain, improved sleep patterns, increased immunity, and an easier time breastfeeding overall. Benefits to the mother include a better milk supply, quicker recovery, reduced risk of postpartum depression, sleep patterns regulated to the infants’, and ability to breastfeed longer (Sywulak-Herr, 2002, p. 290).

Enhanced Mood and More Rest –
For a long time, there was a notion of “take the baby, so Mom can rest”. Now, we know that a mother can get more worry-free rest with the infant closeby (Merewood, 2014, p. 510). Babywearing facilitates this closeness. Skin-to-skin contact can stimulate oxytocin release, a hormone that creates a very relaxing effect for mothers. When mothers and infants are separated, it can create mutual anxiety; which means more infant crying and less restful sleep.

Ease the Transition –
Being born is hard work! It is quite a shock for infants that have spent nine months in a warm, protective environment to transition to the outside world. They are used to constant soothing motion and the sound of their mother’s heartbeat and voice. No wonder why infants are most comfortable in skin-to-skin contact. Babywearing is a great option to extend the many benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care beyond the first few days postpartum.

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References:
1. Merewood, Anne. (2014). Skin-to-skin at Birth: A New Model of Care. Journal of Human Lactation, 30. 509-510. doi:10.1177/0890334414549768

2. Sywulak-Herr, C.M. (2002). Video Review: Kangaroo Mother Care: Rediscover the Natural Way to Care for Your Newborn Baby. Journal of Human Lacation, 18, 289-290. doi: 10.1177/089033440201800324

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Baby Shower

March 26, 2015

Hello everyone! My name is Leila Lewis, founder of the Los Angeles-based wedding and lifestyle firm, Be Inspired PR, and lifestyle site, Inspired by This. I am a working mom of 2 and life couldn’t been any crazier or more rewarding right now with my 2 year old daughter and newborn son! I’m a huge fan of Solly Baby wraps and am honored to be guest contributor today! I am very excited to share some cute and fun spring baby shower ideas with you all! Whether it is for a baby girl or boy, or you want to keep it gender neutral, I definitely recommend sticking with a theme! It is a great way to help keep everything unified and there are so many unique ones out there! Spring baby showers are definitely my favorite because you can play around with bright colors, décor, and florals! Here is to all of the mamas-to-be! Hope you enjoy these tips and ideas!

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+ This baby shower was inspired by blue jeans! How cute are those DIY blue jeans pocket utensil holders?! A great shower theme for a boy and for Spring!
Image via Inspired By This.

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+ DIY “Push Baby Push” cupcake push pops – such an easy do it yourself dessert to have at your baby shower. The final product is so yummy and adorable, plus super affordable! 
The full tutorial is on Inspired By This.

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+ A baby shower inspired by feminine flowers is perfect for Spring! Pink, yellow, and crème is a great color palette to start with.
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+ I still can’t get over these hanging umbrellas! So unique! Adds so much to just your typical outdoor tent! Love the idea of having a “garden party” themed baby shower for a girl.
 Image via Inspired By This.

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+ It’s always a fun idea to keep your family and friends guessing the gender of your baby until your shower. Play a fun game and have a big reveal such as this “hiding giraffe”. Image via Inspired By This.

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Thanks to Leila for the fun post!
P.S. She’s currently hosting a giveaway of all her favorite baby must haves. Good luck!

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We made it! The spring/summer 2015 line launched last week and we’re finally getting an opportunity to take a moment to reflect on all the amazingness. Each launch just keeps getting better and better as we make improvements along the way and continue to grow the Solly Baby team. Last spring we posted our first behind-the-scenes video to give you all a little sneak peek of the photoshoot (my favorite part of the entire process) — it was so much fun to see it all come together that we brought it back for this launch too!

Enjoy!

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Resources:
Photography by Max Wanger
Styling by Jacqui Saldana for Madewell
Hair + Makeup by Kelly Shew

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