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cc_blog_spacerYou’ve probably heard the one about how the designer behind the famous “Morning After Bag” became a mom, right? There goes glamorous, fancy-free nights and here comes early morning feedings and clothes launder.

But Rebecca Minkoff hasn’t lost an shred of her fierceness. In fact, the birth of her son Luca three years ago has emboldened her even more.

First of all, his birth was natural. Drug-free, ladies. And when we saw her out and about a few weeks later, wearing Luca in her Ergo, it was at a cocktail party. Then we heard she nursed during meetings! And when we asked the designer herself, the truth was even wilder. She co-sleeps! She even pumps in meetings! (“It was awkward in Japan. They’d evacuate the room.”) She almost got in a bar-fight while wearing her baby! (“This girl was talkin sh*#. I was like, do you have a problem with me?!”)

So here’s this uber-successful designer – her designs are sold in more than 1,000 stores in 35 countries – making the kinds of choices (nursing, co-sleeping, front-pack as uniform) frequently associated with attachment parenting and  lovey-dovey hippies. She’s a fashion biz badass with a serious motherly instinct.

Her tour de force continues with two special arrivals this summer: In June, a flagship store on Greene Street in Soho and in August, baby #2. “I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to do that and have a fashion show a month later,” she says. We say: refresh your bad self with the sage stories you shared with us. Here’s 8 ways Rebecca stuck to her guns – the heck with what you think.
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cc_blog_rebecca_tipscc_blog_rebecca_tips1I met Brandon Holley when she was Editor in Chief of Lucky magazine. I was pregnant and planning to do natural childbirth, but she had a home birth. I was impressed! She’s the editor of a magazine, but she still came as close to nature as possible.

cc_blog_rebecca_tips2You only get a little nugget of time before they grow older. I feel like I saw too many people take a clinical approach to childbirth. And I was like, what’s the point?

cc_blog_rebecca_tips3My friend never breastfed because the nurse said she was starving her kid. They’re nurses, not police! You have to take the stance of this is what I’m gonna do. You have to command respect in yourself first.

cc_blog_rebecca_tips4Before the baby, I wanted to nurse for at least a year. And once we settled into a routine I thought I might go for two. But he broke up with me at 15 months. I’d follow him around with my boob! My husband told me: It’s his decision, let it go.

cc_blog_rebecca_tips5We’ve never had a set time for dinner because our schedules are so crazy. So, when we’re all together as a family, we eat. My husband and I believe in treating Luca as an adult in a little persons body –  we trust him and he tells us when he’s hungry.

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Too many people are scared of what other people think. When it came to nursing and pumping, I didn’t care. This is the best thing I can do for my kid. I was always: Don’t eff with me, this is what I’m gonna do.

cc_blog_rebecca_tips7The longest I’ve been gone for work is 5 days, and I’ll never go longer than that. It wasn’t good for me, it wasn’t good for him. But I know fashion editors that leave the baby for 3 weeks; I just can’t do that. You have to do what you feel comfortable with.

cc_blog_rebecca_tips8We’ve had to roll with it. Luca slept with us until he was a year old – in our bed until 7 months and then in a crib in the room. He learned to basically “pole vault” out of his crib, so then we trained him again, but we were traveling a lot and the jet lag made it all fall apart. He soon got his own room, but he started crawling into our bed at 6am. So what. I figure, there’s gonna be a point where he doesn’t want me. It’s OK if he crawls into my bed for now.

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Send “holiday” cards

Stand apart from the holiday crush and send your annual family greetings as Valentines instead.

Teach them to treat themselves

Every year go to the store with your little and buy a box of chocolates to share. Lesson being love yourself, treat yourself, share the love.

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Send them love notes

Tape paper hearts to their doors while they sleep. On each one, write a word or sentence that describes why you love them.

A Love Jar

For the two weeks before Valentine’s day keep a jar front and center in your house where you can write down all the people you love with a quick “why” then mail them off to the recipients as valentines that you make together.

A romantic dinner for three or four

Make Valentine’s dinner a formal, multi-course family occasion by dressing up the menu with appetizers, sparkling lemonade, and dessert; dress up your dinner dates in their fanciest togs (or heart-print tights) usually reserved for holidays.

Heart-y breakfast

Make a stack of pink heart pancakes or waffles — just add (organic) food dye. Slice strawberries to look like hearts. And slurp down a berry smoothie.

Make love

Make your own heart tarts with the kids with Foodstirs kit.

Spread love

Make little love notes with your kids and then take them (and tacks) to the park. Pin these love notes for strangers, teaching your kids kindness (and wonder) at the same time.

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On Our Radar: January 22, 2015

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Ella, by Mallory Kasdan
WHO: Eloise fans with a sense of humor.
WHAT: In this parody of the infamous Plaza-dwelling six-year-old, Ella is a crafty Brooklyn hipster who attends Hillary Clinton fundraisers and has a manny – who dreams of owning a grilled cheese truck, of course.
WHEN: You need a laugh.
WHERE: booksamillion.com

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Skip Hop Layette
WHO: Parents of – or expecting – newborns.
WHAT: Skip Hop’s brand new wardrobe for baby dons charming, colorful prints – chevron, polka dot, and (our favorite) clouds – at affordable price points ($10 – $35).
WHEN: Before baby arrives.
WHERE: skiphop.com

Premama
WHO: Pregnant women
WHAT: This new prenatal vitamin is drinkable and helps alleviate morning sickness thanks to ginger, Vitamin B6, and Magnesium.
WHEN: Always talk to your doctor about which prenatal vitamin is right for you.
WHERE: drinkpremama.com

CityStork
WHO: City-dwellers who keep the stroller in their apartment.
WHAT: Two NYC moms designed smart wheel covers to keep dirt and germs out of reach from the baby and off the floor.
WHEN: Think for 2 seconds about what’s on those wheels after a stroll.
WHERE: citystorkonline.com

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9 Celeb Moms’
Fav Baby Products

To celebrate the launch of our new registry, we asked our network of moms what they couldn’t live without. Peruse their must-haves to inspire your own picks.


Zanna Roberts Rassi

Marie Claire Fashion Editor, E! News Correspondent, Mom of Twin Girls
Follow her on IG: @zannarassi


Stroller

Baby Jogger City Select for the city
Bugaboo Donkey for the country

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Ivanka Trump

Owner Ivanka Trump, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @ivankatrump


Carrier

Ergo 360


Bath Tub

Primo


Bottle

Born Free


Monitor

Motorola & Dropcam


Stacey Bendet Eisner

Designer Alice and Olivia, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @aliceandolivia


Stroller

Bugaboo Bee3


Infant Car Seat

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max


Jenni Kayne

Designer & Blogger, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @jennikayne


Infant Car Seat

Orbit Baby G3


Swaddle

Aden + Anais (in all white)


Claiborne Swanson Frank

Hollywood Photographer, Mom of One Boy
Follow her on IG: @claiborneswansonfrank


Stroller

Uppababy Vista


Infant Car Seat

Chicco KeyFit 30


Motion Chair

Bloom Coco Go Lounger


Pacifier

Avent


Daphne Oz

The Chew Co-Host, Mom of One Girl
Follow her on IG: @daphneoz


Stroller

Bugaboo Bee3


Infant Car Seat

Chicco KeyFit 30


Carrier

Solly Baby Wrap


Jordana Brewster

Actress, Mom of One Boy
Follow her on IG: @jordanabrewster


Bouncer

Nuna Leaf


High Chair

Stokke Tripp Trapp


Diapers

Bambo


Sound Machine

Cloud B Sleep Sheep


Marissa Kraxberger

Fashion Executive & Blogger, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @ladyandprince


Stroller

Bugaboo Bee3


High Chair

Svan Anka


Clothing

Zara, H&M, J.Crew


Rebecca Minkoff

Designer, Mom of Two
Follow her on IG: @rebeccaminkoff

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