Ready for the understatement of the year? Becoming a mom changes your life. (I’ll go ahead and pause here for snorts and knowing laughter, because duh.) Becoming a mom changes your life in all kinds of ways, from the ones you expect (hello, sleepless nights) to the ones you don’t (six outfit changes in a single day? Yeah, it’s a thing).
But only moms who’ve been through it know just how important it is to hold on to as much of the “you” that you were before you became a mom. Those things — whatever they are for you — can help thread some much-needed normalcy into your new life. Think about it this way: Your pre-motherhood identity and lifestyle were yours. They are yours. And there’s no need to stick them on a shelf for another time! You’ve got every right — and even a duty to that dynamic woman you’ve become from birth until momhood — to hold onto them.
I’ll give you an example. I remember the excitement of choosing items for my baby registry... until I actually started choosing items for my baby registry. I suddenly found myself being pushed to add items like diaper bags in pastel, balloon-printed fabric, and jungle-themed everything for the nursery. These didn’t feel like things I’d normally want, purchase, or use. Did this new beginning really have to feel like such a far removal from everything that made me me?
The answer is — thankfully — no! All it took was a few calls to my trusted mom friends to learn that just like there are options for pastel-loving jungle enthusiasts, there are also products designed to complement my own style and preferences. My college roommate — a been there, done that mother of four — pointed to her Stokke® Xplory® X Stroller as the ultimate example of an effortlessly chic baby product that fits into her life and style. With a protective reclining stroller seat that’s tested for safety and quality, the stroller boasts premium detailing and comes in a range of straight-from-the-runway hues so she was able to pick the one that felt like her.
Inspired by this combo of fashion and function, Romper teamed up with Stokke® to deliver a list of top baby essentials that prove there’s no need for moms to sacrifice their personal style. Keep scrolling and start stocking up.