21 clever uses for a swaddle

It breaks our hearts to part with a supersoft swaddle (or 8), so we’ve found 21 alternate uses for our Aden + Anais – from crumb catcher to superhero cape!

1

Tie it around child’s neck for an instant bib


2

A lovey (soft + breathable + washable = score)


3

Fabric for a boudoir pillow case for the crib


4

A head scarf or turban


5

A changing pad in a pinch


6

A giant, effective burp cloth


7

A portable crib sheet if you forget one – it’s big enough to cover and fold under the mattress.


8

A spring/summer scarf for you (though not if you opted for the monkey print, please)


9

A toy and food-catcher on the plane (tuck one end in the seat pocket, the other under the car seat)


10

A swim towel for littles, especially since it dries quickly


11

A travel sunshade for the car (tuck it in as you’re rolling up the window)


12

A hammock or a swaddle for a baby doll


13

Tie it around your neck and — voila! — impromptu nursing cover


14

A cover for the dirty airplane seat


15

A sunshade or a lightweight blanket in the stroller


16

A booger/snot wiper


17

A cape for superhero play


18

A pareo for you at the beach


19

Restaurant high chair cover — also filthy!


20

Canopy for building forts


21

Shopping cart cover – those things are dirty and cold


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Step-By-Step Transition To A Big-Kid Bed

Everyone knows the cardinal rule of infant slumber – never (ever) wake a sleeping baby.

We’d like to propose an amendment: never (ever) rush the transition of that sleeping baby from their happy crib to a big-kid bed. One cannot overstate the value of a child who sleeps unstirred through the night.

How do you know when it’s time to say “buh-bye” to the crib?

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You need the crib for #2


Leave yourself plenty of time to make the transition before your new arrival makes an appearance. Too much change all at once (new sibling, new bed, new room) is never easy – no matter your age.


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Jailbreak!


If Junior is climbing his way out every night – it’s not safe to keep him behind bars any longer.

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More space, please.


While we’ve known littles who have slept in their crib until age 4, we also know not-so-littles who needed more room to spread out. You know your kid’s limbs best – trust your instincts.


So, you’ve decided it’s time to transition. Now what?

If you purchased a convertible crib, you’re in luck. Simply convert to a toddler bed. Toddler beds use the same mattress and sheets as your crib. Most come with attachments that serve as a bed rail. All you need to add is a pillow.

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Toddler Pillows


Don’t go for extra fluffy – the smaller the better. Remember they’ve been resting their head flat on the mattress happily for quite some time.
See our picks >


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Toddler Bed Sheet Sets


Pre-packaged sets come with fitted and top sheets. Our recommendation: hold off on the top sheet until he’s got the sleeping in one place thing down. We spent the first few weeks detangling our sleeper from the unnecessary layer of fabric. See our picks >


If the crib doesn’t convert, how do you choose what’s next: a toddler bed or a twin/double?

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If space is an issue


consider a toddler bed. They’re close to the ground (in case of falls) and the abbreviated height makes purposeful departures
(i.e. midnight potty breaks) easier to accomplish. They also use the same size mattress as a crib, so there’s no need to add that to the tab. See our picks >


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However, if you have the space


to go big – do it. This will be your kiddo’s bed for the foreseeable future. For a regular bed (twin or double), you need a bed rail. Try and position the bed with one side against a wall – this will minimize sides your sleeper can slip off of. If the bed doesn’t work against a wall, you will need two rails. See our pick >


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we opted to not use rails


and lined the ground beside our kiddo’s twin bed with bean bags that we repurposed in the playroom after falling out of bed was no longer an issue.
And, of course you’ll need new sheets. Let your little help you pick the designs to get them excited about the change. Some of our favorites: Little Auggie, Mia & Finn, Dwell Studio, Unison Home, Biscuit Home.


- The Extras -

1. If you have stairs and haven’t gated them yet, now is the time. Munchkin, KidCo and Summer Infant are all reliable brands whose sites walk you through finding the right solution for your space.

2. Add a nightlight in the hallway and the bathroom, so independent littles can make their way to the bathroom in the dark. We’re drawn to these kitschy versions of a gummy bear or kitty cat. Or you could go all out (it doubles as a piece of art!) with Mr. Maria’s giant bunny.

3. Teach them when to stay in bed and when to rise with a nifty nightlight clock. It’s About Time, Nuk, KID’Sleep, Onaroo, and GoodNite Lite are all good options.

4. Don’t make any changes to their bedtime routine. Keep nightlight, sound machines, woobies, and rules consistent.

And hope for the best.

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So, you’ve decided it’s time to transition. Now what?

If you purchased a convertible crib, you’re in luck. Simply convert to a toddler bed. Toddler beds use the same mattress and sheets as your crib. Most come with attachments that serve as a bed rail. All you need to add is a pillow.

big_kid_bed_1

Toddler Pillows


Don’t go for extra fluffy – the smaller the better. Remember they’ve been resting their head flat on the mattress happily for quite some time.
See our picks >


big_kid_bed_2

Toddler Bed Sheet Sets


Pre-packaged sets come with fitted and top sheets. Our recommendation: hold off on the top sheet until he’s got the sleeping in one place thing down. We spent the first few weeks detangling our sleeper from the unnecessary layer of fabric. See our picks >


If the crib doesn’t convert, how do you choose what’s next: a toddler bed or a twin/double?

big_kid_bed_1

If space is an issue


consider a toddler bed. They’re close to the ground (in case of falls) and the abbreviated height makes purposeful departures
(i.e. midnight potty breaks) easier to accomplish. They also use the same size mattress as a crib, so there’s no need to add that to the tab. See our picks >


big_kid_bed_2

However, if you have the space


to go big – do it. This will be your kiddo’s bed for the foreseeable future. For a regular bed (twin or double), you need a bed rail. Try and position the bed with one side against a wall – this will minimize sides your sleeper can slip off of. If the bed doesn’t work against a wall, you will need two rails. See our pick >


big_kid_bed_3

we opted to not use rails


and lined the ground beside our kiddo’s twin bed with bean bags that we repurposed in the playroom after falling out of bed was no longer an issue.
And, of course you’ll need new sheets. Let your little help you pick the designs to get them excited about the change. Some of our favorites: Little Auggie, Mia & Finn, Dwell Studio, Unison Home, Biscuit Home.


- The Extras -

1. If you have stairs and haven’t gated them yet, now is the time. Munchkin, KidCo and Summer Infant are all reliable brands whose sites walk you through finding the right solution for your space.

2. Add a nightlight in the hallway and the bathroom, so independent littles can make their way to the bathroom in the dark. We’re drawn to these kitschy versions of a gummy bear or kitty cat. Or you could go all out (it doubles as a piece of art!) with Mr. Maria’s giant bunny.

3. Teach them when to stay in bed and when to rise with a nifty nightlight clock. It’s About Time, Nuk, KID’Sleep, Onaroo, and GoodNite Lite are all good options.

4. Don’t make any changes to their bedtime routine. Keep nightlight, sound machines, woobies, and rules consistent.

And hope for the best.

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Homepolish Nursery

We loved the concept of Homepolish as soon as we heard about it: bringing the bespoke experience of working with an interior designer down to earth by charging a reasonable hourly rate vs. a project rate plus commissions, markups, and whoknowswhat else like the traditional model entails. We weren’t the only ones who thought it sounded like a great option – W Magazine digital director Christina Caldwell partnered with Homepolish designer Morgan Colletta for her new three-bedroom apartment in New York’s West Village. Here’s a peek at the nursery and toddler’s room!

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1. Crib, Oeuf 2. Chevron Rug, Land of Nod, 3. Rocking Chair, RH Baby & Child 4. Mobile, Moulin Roty 5. Wall Decals, Jesabi 6. Stuffed Animals, Jellycat

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1. Bookcase, Oeuf 2. Framed Animal Photos, Sharon Montrose 3. Stuffed Animals, Jellycat

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1. Play Table, RH Baby & Child 2. Play Chairs, Land of Nod 3. ABC Play Mat, Giggle 4. Play Tent, House Inhabit 5. Numbers Storage Bins, Land of Nod 6. Stacking Storage Bins, RH Baby & Child

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1. Big Lego Storage Bins, Giggle 2. ABC Play Mat, Giggle

To see the whole apartment, head over to homepolish.com.

Photos Courtesy of Homepolish

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1. Bookcase, Oeuf 2. Framed Animal Photos, Sharon Montrose 3. Stuffed Animals, Jellycat

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1. Play Table, RH Baby & Child 2. Play Chairs, Land of Nod 3. ABC Play Mat, Giggle 4. Play Tent, House Inhabit 5. Numbers Storage Bins, Land of Nod 6. Stacking Storage Bins, RH Baby & Child

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1. Big Lego Storage Bins, Giggle 2. ABC Play Mat, Giggle

To see the whole apartment, head over to homepolish.com.

Photos Courtesy of Homepolish

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lily_aldridge

She might be a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but she defies all model stereotypes: She’s totally down-to-earth and says being a mom is the greatest joy she’s ever experienced. We chatted with the gorgeous Lily Aldridge while she was sitting in the hair chair prepping for a Victoria’s Secret shoot at Milk Studios. The supermodel is married to Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill (yes, “Sex on Fire” was written about her), and they have a two-year-old daughter Dixie Pearl. Lily is extremely hands-on, and unless it’s a quick overnight trip, Dixie comes with her wherever she goes.

The family splits their time between Nashville and New York and just returned from England where they celebrated Dixie’s second birthday at the London Zoo, complete with a cowgirl theme, of course.

Lily got real with us about how she stayed fit during pregnancy, her secret to getting back in shape, her must-have beauty products (she’s obsessed!), her genius tips for traveling with a toddler, and much much more.

Stellar Advice

I was pregnant at same time as Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio and they gave me such good advice for how to stay in shape. I did a lot of prenatal yoga and got lots of massages. I relaxed and had the most beautiful pregnancy – I loved every second of it.

Back To Work

I saw all my friends bounce back with exercise and just being healthy. It was so inspiring to me, so I never worried about that. It was hard work getting back in shape, but I did it, and I was really proud.

After I gave birth, I started doing Ballet Beautiful with Mary Helen Bowers, and she got me ready for the VS fashion show four months post-baby. Getting back in shape with her was an amazing experience. She just had a baby too, so she has a prenatal workout video.

Model Moms

Being a working mom is such a good example for your child. All my friends I work with – Adriana, Miranda [Kerr] and Alessandra – are all amazing working moms, and it’s so great to have such a support system with your friends.

On The Go, Go, Go

Dixie already has so many frequent flyer miles – she comes with me everywhere unless it’s a quick overnight trip.

I pack tons of snacks (raisins and seaweed crisps are favorites) and download a bunch of educational apps on the iPad and let her go to town. It keeps her happy and the people around us, too, since she isn’t crying. Right now, she’s loving ABC Storybots, where robots sing songs about each letter. She can count and sing the ABCs – if you find the right educational apps, the iPad is a great learning tool.

I also have this amazing thing called the CARES Harness – it’s FAA-approved and you don’t need to carry on a car seat. It’s so incredible and makes traveling so much easier.

The Perfect Pregnancy

I did not model while pregnant. I checked out and really relaxed, enjoyed myself and had a healthy, happy pregnancy. I didn’t have tons of cravings, but one night at 4am, I was really wanting dried pineapple and I contemplated waking my husband to go and get it. I waited until the morning, but when I finally got it, it was glorious. Looking back, I should have woken him up!

Pregnancy Wardrobe

I loved my J. Brand maternity jeans. I also loved Hatch – they make such beautiful dresses. I had this one dress from them, and I swear every time I wore it, I got more compliments on it than any other outfit I have ever worn. They were so cute and comfortable. I would love to do a collaboration with them the next time I’m pregnant.

Beauty Junkie

I am a beauty freak. I went to Sephora yesterday and bought like the whole store. I love Creme de la Mer moisturizer, Proactiv Plus cleanser, Pure Fiji starfruit body scrub, Fresh lemon bath cubes, Tom Ford’s Jasmin Rouge and anything Kora [Miranda Kerr’s line].

When I was pregnant, I didn’t put anything on my body that wasn’t all natural. I went a bit wild. I have a whole new respect for ingredients and products. I used a lot of Mama Mio and Kora. To prevent stretch marks, I used a lot of oils – I put as many on as I could, and it worked! Loved the one by Mother’s Special Blend.

#Momfail

I swore I was going to feed her only healthy, organic stuff, but I totally give her juice and ice cream – you have to let them be kids! Also, trying to go down those swirly slides at the park always leads to an embarrassing moment.

The Name Game

I love classic names. I loved the name Pearl and my husband is Southern and he loved the name Dixie. We had two names picked out, and when she was born, I looked at her and just said, she’s a Dixie Pearl! She is such a firecracker and has so much personality – her name suits her perfectly.

Downtime

If you granted me three hours alone on a Saturday afternoon, you’d find me in bed watching House of Cards or Orange Is The New Black being so happy.

Lifesaving Baby Products

Water Wipes are so gentle and amazing, I now use them on my face! Other wipes were irritating her. I’m obsessed with Waxolene as a cure-all because it’s all natural and works. The Fisher-Price swing was a life saver, but next go around I’m getting the mamaRoo that sits on the floor.

The Challenge

Right now, Dixie is so social, and I’m really trying to teach her manners and to share, but it’s really hard to teach a two-year-old. I throw a full-on party in the street when she shares something with anyone, even me!

Night, Night

One of the greatest things I’ve done as a mom is put Dixie on a sleep schedule, using The Dream Sleeper book. It helps everyone get through the day – she knows when it’s time for a nap and is a great sleeper, and I can schedule workouts around that.

Yes, She Eats

I am a huge foodie. I appreciate delicious food, whether it’s a $1 taco or dinner at a five-star restaurant. One of my favorite meal is the roasted chicken at Barbuto, and the chef Jonathan Waxman just opened a restaurant in Nashville that I haven’t been to yet. When we land there tomorrow, the whole family is going directly to Adele’s for dinner. We are so excited he came to Nashville!

Fun With Dixie

We are members of The Nashville Zoo, which is incredible – one of the best zoos I’ve ever been to. At the end of my pregnancy, I would walk around there all day trying to get my labor started.

Dixie and I are obsessed with the homemade popsicles at Las Paletas and it’s right next door to the park, so we get popsicles and go to park and that’s my idea of a perfect day.

More

Lily got real with us about how she stayed fit during pregnancy, her secret to getting back in shape, her must-have beauty products (she’s obsessed!), her genius tips for traveling with a toddler, and much much more.

Stellar Advice

I was pregnant at same time as Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio and they gave me such good advice for how to stay in shape. I did a lot of prenatal yoga and got lots of massages. I relaxed and had the most beautiful pregnancy – I loved every second of it.

Back To Work

I saw all my friends bounce back with exercise and just being healthy. It was so inspiring to me, so I never worried about that. It was hard work getting back in shape, but I did it, and I was really proud.

After I gave birth, I started doing Ballet Beautiful with Mary Helen Bowers, and she got me ready for the VS fashion show four months post-baby. Getting back in shape with her was an amazing experience. She just had a baby too, so she has a prenatal workout video.

Model Moms

Being a working mom is such a good example for your child. All my friends I work with – Adriana, Miranda [Kerr] and Alessandra – are all amazing working moms, and it’s so great to have such a support system with your friends.

On The Go, Go, Go

Dixie already has so many frequent flyer miles – she comes with me everywhere unless it’s a quick overnight trip.

I pack tons of snacks (raisins and seaweed crisps are favorites) and download a bunch of educational apps on the iPad and let her go to town. It keeps her happy and the people around us, too, since she isn’t crying. Right now, she’s loving ABC Storybots, where robots sing songs about each letter. She can count and sing the ABCs – if you find the right educational apps, the iPad is a great learning tool.

I also have this amazing thing called the CARES Harness – it’s FAA-approved and you don’t need to carry on a car seat. It’s so incredible and makes traveling so much easier.

The Perfect Pregnancy

I did not model while pregnant. I checked out and really relaxed, enjoyed myself and had a healthy, happy pregnancy. I didn’t have tons of cravings, but one night at 4am, I was really wanting dried pineapple and I contemplated waking my husband to go and get it. I waited until the morning, but when I finally got it, it was glorious. Looking back, I should have woken him up!

Pregnancy Wardrobe

I loved my J. Brand maternity jeans. I also loved Hatch – they make such beautiful dresses. I had this one dress from them, and I swear every time I wore it, I got more compliments on it than any other outfit I have ever worn. They were so cute and comfortable. I would love to do a collaboration with them the next time I’m pregnant.

Beauty Junkie

I am a beauty freak. I went to Sephora yesterday and bought like the whole store. I love Creme de la Mer moisturizer, Proactiv Plus cleanser, Pure Fiji starfruit body scrub, Fresh lemon bath cubes, Tom Ford’s Jasmin Rouge and anything Kora [Miranda Kerr’s line].

When I was pregnant, I didn’t put anything on my body that wasn’t all natural. I went a bit wild. I have a whole new respect for ingredients and products. I used a lot of Mama Mio and Kora. To prevent stretch marks, I used a lot of oils – I put as many on as I could, and it worked! Loved the one by Mother’s Special Blend.

#Momfail

I swore I was going to feed her only healthy, organic stuff, but I totally give her juice and ice cream – you have to let them be kids! Also, trying to go down those swirly slides at the park always leads to an embarrassing moment.

The Name Game

I love classic names. I loved the name Pearl and my husband is Southern and he loved the name Dixie. We had two names picked out, and when she was born, I looked at her and just said, she’s a Dixie Pearl! She is such a firecracker and has so much personality – her name suits her perfectly.

Downtime

If you granted me three hours alone on a Saturday afternoon, you’d find me in bed watching House of Cards or Orange Is The New Black being so happy.

Lifesaving Baby Products

Water Wipes are so gentle and amazing, I now use them on my face! Other wipes were irritating her. I’m obsessed with Waxolene as a cure-all because it’s all natural and works. The Fisher-Price swing was a life saver, but next go around I’m getting the mamaRoo that sits on the floor.

The Challenge

Right now, Dixie is so social, and I’m really trying to teach her manners and to share, but it’s really hard to teach a two-year-old. I throw a full-on party in the street when she shares something with anyone, even me!

Night, Night

One of the greatest things I’ve done as a mom is put Dixie on a sleep schedule, using The Dream Sleeper book. It helps everyone get through the day – she knows when it’s time for a nap and is a great sleeper, and I can schedule workouts around that.

Yes, She Eats

I am a huge foodie. I appreciate delicious food, whether it’s a $1 taco or dinner at a five-star restaurant. One of my favorite meal is the roasted chicken at Barbuto, and the chef Jonathan Waxman just opened a restaurant in Nashville that I haven’t been to yet. When we land there tomorrow, the whole family is going directly to Adele’s for dinner. We are so excited he came to Nashville!

Fun With Dixie

We are members of The Nashville Zoo, which is incredible – one of the best zoos I’ve ever been to. At the end of my pregnancy, I would walk around there all day trying to get my labor started.

Dixie and I are obsessed with the homemade popsicles at Las Paletas and it’s right next door to the park, so we get popsicles and go to park and that’s my idea of a perfect day.

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