You’ve probably noticed (and hopefully clicked on) me mentioning A Mother’s Boutique throughout this month. Not only have they played a big part in me being able to bring this Baby Mama Shower event to you, but they are also playing a big part in the daily life of mothers through providing a place to find high quality clothing and breastfeeding accessories for pregnant and nursing mothers as well as some cute breastfeeding advocacy wear for babies. 🙂 Everything from underwear and bras to swim and eveningwear for every stage of early motherhood can be found at A Mother’s Boutique with free ground shipping for orders over $60.00!
Some of my favorite items include:
The Organic Nursing Hoodie
for $79.00 that comes in three different colors and doesn’t even look like a nursing shirt. If you’ve ever tried to nurse while wearing a traditional hoodie, you too know that it becomes cumbersome very easily thanks to the bulk. I’d LOVE to have a hoodie made for nursing!
The Cichlid top
on sale for $47.00. It’s good for both pregnancy and nursing which is a huge bonus in my eyes, and it’s fun as all get out. I don’t know if it’d look as good on me in real life as it does the model, but it’s fun to dream. 🙂
Another super fun item is the breastfeeding advocacy wear that sports slogans like “The Milk Factory” for moms and “Born to Nurse” for babies. 🙂 Click here
to check it out.
Their Front Twist Tankini
by Anne Matthew for $63.00. I was tempted to snag this for the product review, but Judy, the owner of A Mother’s Boutique, asked for a photo of me wearing whatever it was I chose to review. Well, I’m thinking that me in a swimsuit right now would NOT help make people want to buy anything from her store, so as much as I want the suit, I passed it up to spare you the image. 😉 So enjoy it on Anne Matthew to the side there. She looks great in it, doesn’t she?
It comes in two colors and choices of bottoms…and you just lift the empire waist part of the top to nurse! I haven’t ever tried to nurse when we’ve gone swimming simply because my chest is always too big so my suits are too tight and, well, getting the suit on to begin with is enough trouble without tryint to nurse on top of it. Since I’ve never tried a nursing swimsuit, I can’t tell you how well it works, but I can definitely tell you that I want to find out!
What I did get a chance to review is also made by Anne Matthew: the Evita dress
in crimson. It’s a simple yet elegant dress that works for both the office and a night out–and it looks beautiful both during pregnancy and after with the ability to easily nurse your baby while wearing it! All you have to do is push the V-neck part aside and whola–nursing is easy while helping to keep you covered and without stretching your dress out. I’ve found it very easy to get on and off (important when you’re 30-weeks pregnant and have a toddler who sticks to you like glue), falls around your figure nicely, and is easy to nurse from. I would recommend choosing a size larger than you think you’ll need if you’re a “lumpy” sort of lady. I’ve managed to sprout some love handles during this pregnancy (with my daughter it was the thighs and butt, this time it’s the waist…what’s a woman to do?) and notice that you can definitely see them when I wear this dress. I’ve modeled it for my sisters and husband who swear it is really just fine, but self concious me, I would just suggest that you go with a size bigger if you don’t want all
of the curves highlighted. 🙂 That picture to the side is of me wearing the dress at 29-weeks pregnant. Cute basketball-belly, right? I really like how the dress makes the bump look cute!
The dress is made of rayon spandex but is as soft as organic cotton, so the feel is great. I find that it can work for both chilly and warm weather and drapes very nicely over a pregnant belly. For $99.00, I think it’s a decent price too, considering that you can wear it during pregnancy, nursing, and afterward–and look and feel great in it at any stage! I’ve even worn it with a dressy pair of pants underneath and have loved that look as well. We all know how important and difficult it can be to feel pretty during pregnancy and nursing, so don’t underestimate the power of a nice dress. Five colors and a wide range of sizes ensure a good fit AND a flattering color to you as well.
A Mother’s Boutique also offer a selection of “sale” items
including all sorts of both regular and imperfect items that you’ll want to check out, as well as a nice and informative blog
which I’ve enjoyed going through. When you place an order, please expect great customer service. Judy was a joy to work with–quick shipping, great with answering sizing questions, and just all around pleasant and knowledgable!
A Mother’s Boutique is giving away TWO $25.00 gift certificates to their store! Each will be chosen by random.org, so if you enter more than once, you might win both. 🙂 To enter, please visit http://mothersboutique.com/
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Note: A Mother’s Boutique provided me with the Evita dress to write this review. No other compensation was received for this review and I was under no obligation to write anything positive. The opinions are all mine!