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Eight Baby Health Tips for New Parents 

Being a new parent has its own set of challenges as you experience many new things — from soothing your crying baby to late-night feedings. You have so much to learn as you embark on the journey of parenthood. And knowing how to take care of your delicate baby is the first step. 

Every first-time parent feels nervous about managing a fragile newborn. Yet, with time, love and lots of patience, you’ll learn to take the best care of your baby. Each passing day helps you understand the signals for hunger, sleepiness and other reasons for crying. So, soon you’ll be a pro at it.

But for now, you need the right information at your fingertips to endure a fulfilling experience. So, here are the top baby health tips for you as a new parent.

1. Make a Checklist

It’s essential to prepare yourself by making a checklist of the items you require for baby care. Before you bring your baby home, ensure you have enough stock. At bathtime, for instance, you’ll need to gather the essentials, including soft washcloths, baby shampoo and soap, cotton balls, a hooded towel and a bathtub.

If you’re nursing, you’ll need things like nursing pillows, nursing bras, a breast pump, etc.

2. Tips for Breastfeeding Your Baby

Feeding your baby breast milk is nutritious, and it helps boost their immune system. If you decide to breastfeed, try to breastfeed during the first hour after giving birth — this is also known as the “golden hour.” It’s important to breastfeed during the golden hour as the skin-to-skin contact will help you bond with your baby. Plus, the suckling releases hormones helping the uterus contract and stop bleeding. 

After the first few months of birth, you’ll want to feed your baby regularly. This means you should be feeding at least every two to four hours or 8-12 times a day — depending on how hungry your baby may be. 

It’s also crucial you avoid bottle feeding in the first three months unless you have no other option. After every feeding, it’s important to wipe away any residue off their gums using a soft washcloth for dental hygiene purposes.

3. Handle Your Newborn With Care 

A newborn’s body is fragile, and new parents should handle their baby delicately with the utmost care. Supporting the head first with one hand is essential when you hold your baby. The head is the heaviest part of their body, and they’re not ready to support it on their own yet. Once you have a handle on their head, you can rest it in your arm’s cove. Then, you can use the other arm to support your baby’s bottom. 

You’ll also need to wash your hands regularly before handling your baby. Newborns don’t have an adequate immune system yet, so they’re always at risk for infection. Plus, anyone else who holds your baby should always have clean hands. 

You should also be sure never to shake your baby. Shaken baby syndrome causes a serious brain injury if you forcefully shake them out of frustration or playing. 

4. Trim Baby’s Nails Regularly

Ensure you trim your baby’s nails regularly. Babies’ skin is very delicate, and their nails are sharp. Essentially, they could scratch their face at any point. That’s why you must cut the nails at regular intervals because the baby’s nails grow back quickly. However, you want to do this cautiously while the baby is sleeping. 

If you’re too afraid to use nail clippers, consider filing the baby’s nails. Just be careful not to trim the nail too far down into the baby’s nail bed. Furthermore, you want to ensure the baby doesn’t scratch himself in the face. To prevent this, you can place soft mittens on your baby’s hands, so he doesn’t scratch himself while sleeping. 

5. Bond With Your Baby

Establishing a bond with your newborn is one of the most enjoyable parts of parenthood. It’s crucial to bond with your little one as it helps establish an emotional connection. Plus, it contributes to their overall emotional development, which affects other areas like physical growth. 

You have a few ways to bond with your newborn. First, SSC (skin-to-skin contact) begins with bonding by cradling your baby and gently stroking the tummy or back. You want to be sure your baby looks into your eyes so she gets familiar with you. Studies have shown mothers who have SSC breastfeed longer than the average of over 60 days — meaning more women can breastfeed successfully while bonding.

You could also try massaging your baby to enhance the bonding. Or you can use vocal sounds — babbling and singing — as you rock your little one in a chair.

6. Soothe Your Baby’s Cry

Crying is a baby’s way of communicating — whether hungry, tired or feeling discomfort. As you continue to observe your baby, you’ll be able to understand what he is trying to say. 

You can look for certain cues that can help you tell whether your baby needs:

  • Fed
  • A diaper change.
  • Swaddled
  • Entertainment
  • To sleep.
  • Changed because they’re too hot or cold.
  • To suck on something.
  • To cry for no reason.

7. Establish a Bedtime Routine

Setting a nighttime schedule for your baby helps her learn when it’s bedtime. If you let the baby sleep at odd timings, this will set the foundation for many sleepless nights. Set a bedtime schedule as early as possible. That way, you can prepare yourself and your baby for a good night’s sleep.

Establishing a bedtime routine is also beneficial for your baby’s circadian rhythm. This teaches them the difference between day and night and often helps your baby mentally prepare for bedtime.

8. Keep Your Baby Clean

Expect to have a soiled diaper at least 8-10 times per day. Depending on the number of times you feed your newborn, you’ll be doing many diaper changes. So, it’s imperative not to leave the soiled diaper on for too long. Dirty diapers can make your baby feel discomfort, while they can also cause rashes and infections. 

Try to change the diaper immediately after you sense a dirty diaper. While changing your baby, use soft baby wipes to get her clean. You can also use diaper rash cream to take care of the redness before placing a clean diaper back on. 

Bellabeat Ivy

Bellabeat Ivy for Valentine’s Day

In thinking about the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the special woman in your life, consider combining fashion, fitness, and function with a Bellabeat Ivy. In four different colors with an elegant design, Bellabeat Ivy is leagues above the other health and wellness wearables.

Bellabeat Ivy is designed specifically for the modern woman. It is the ideal gift for a new mom, someone tracking their fertility, a new teen who has just gotten her period and is learning to track her cycle for the first time, and more. For women in the later stages of life and going through menopause, it is an excellent tool to track symptoms and a changing body. There are no other elegant smart bracelets – receive compliments on what looks like an elegant piece of jewelry while its features aid the gym-obsessed, health-conscious woman in your life.

The unique features combined with the sleek design make Bellabeat Ivy one of a kind; read on to see its unique capabilities highlighted below.

Elegantly Designed

Among health and fitness trackers, Ivy stands out with a fashionable, edgy look that can match any style. With no display, Ivy’s non-intrusive design keeps your data private and visible only when you sync it with the Bellabeat app.

Know Your Readiness Score Each Day For 2022

Are you all set to go out and smash your goals, or do you need to slow down and shorten your to-do list? Ivy will tell you. Imagine replacing your hectic morning with a new, data-powered ritual that helps you plan the day in total sync with your body. While you sleep at night and your body is in its calmest state, Ivy measures your resting heart rate, respiratory rate, and cardiac coherence.

Why those parameters? Because they reveal your bio-response to recent activities, stress, and emotions. In the morning, when synced with the Bellabeat app, Ivy calculates your readiness score – how ready you are for the day on a scale from 0 to 100.

Your Self-Care Amplified

How you spend your day matters. Ivy monitors your activity, sleep, meditation, menstrual cycle, and hydration log and compares it to standards that are measured on women like you!

At the end of the day, your lifestyle data is processed into your wellness score, showing how well you are taking care of yourself. The more you drink water, exercise, or meditate, the higher the score. Ivy is the wellness assistant that cheers for you and motivates you to do your best.

Track your heart rate 24/7

Discover your stress response and reach your goals in the number of steps, active minutes, and calories burnt. Ivy monitors your heart rate (HR) and activities to help you make healthier choices.

  • Active Heart Rate
  • Steps
  • Active Minutes
  • Calorie Burn

Fast Charging

The Ivy recharges in 90 mins and lasts up to 8 days. In the world of wearables, Ivy’s battery life exceeds all screen-based trackers by ten times! Its battery also lives two times longer compared to other no-display trackers.

Unmatched Cycle Tracking

How much do you know about the ‘fifth vital sign’? Ivy helps you to sync with your body and discover its natural wisdom by correlating your biometric and lifestyle data to the four phases of the menstrual cycle. Ivy helps you tune into your body’s rhythm and track your period, ovulation, pregnancy, or birth control. Monitor your changes in the menstrual cycle, log symptoms, and even predict issues before they appear.

The Ivy is truly terrific for new moms, women working to get a handle on postpartum symptoms as well as women who need a better handle on recurring symptoms during each menstrual cycle and reproductive health.

It Comes With “The Coach”

With Ivy, women automatically receive a complimentary Coach Premium membership that works as your guide, based on expert support and Bellabeat’s medical board standing behind all the content in the app, developed in sync with women’s cycles in mind. The Coach incorporates the woman’s monthly cycle as an umbrella for its insights and Coach recommendations closely track the period cycle to provide personalized holistic wellness content. This means that there is finally a Coach that can suggest to women what to eat, exercise, or what meditation to practice for each stage of our cycle.

The App Provides over 30 Sleep Meditations

Sleep meditations are the most common remedy for sleep problems. They help your body transition to sleep easier and raise your chances of entering the deep sleep stage. In the Bellabeat app, you can find more than 30 sleep meditations that can help you relax and unwind. Each meditation tracks within your connected Ivy and will tell you daily how well you are doing with stress levels and more.

The Bellabeat Ivy retails for $249 and can be purchased here.

Cruise illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Mother’s Day Cruise

CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY ON THE WATER WITH A PREMIER BRUNCH CRUISE ABOARD CITY CRUISES  

Book an unforgettable experience aboard a City Cruises vessel this year, featuring signature cocktails, specialty food offerings, and spectacular city views 

Mom figures of every kind deserve only the best, especially given this past year. City Cruises announced today its Chicago port will be offering specialty cruises celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9. Mom, grandmother, aunt, or any Mom figure you hold near and dear to you, will be swept off their feet this upcoming holiday with an exclusive brunch or dinner cruise aboard one of the spectacular City Cruises vessels, paired with a selection of specialty cocktails and city views to make them swoon. 

Families of every kind are invited on board to enjoy a delicious Sunday meal, all while taking in unmatched views of the city skyline from the Chicago River or Lake Michigan and create unforgettable memories together. 

Mother’s Day experiences offered in Chicago include:

DATES: Sunday, May 9, 2021
CRUISING TIME: Early Brunch: 10:00am – 12:00pm (9:30am boarding) or 
Afternoon Brunch: 2:00pm – 4:00pm (1:30pm boarding)
Tickets Available HERE

RATE: Early Brunch: $101.90 (Adult/Window Table); $81.90 (Adult)
            Afternoon Brunch: $109.90(Adult/Window Table); $89.90 (Adult)

INCLUDES:              

  • Two-hour premier brunch cruise on Lake Michigan
  • Delicious plated brunch with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts
  • Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water
  • Bottomless mimosas for guests 21+

Spectacular views of the city skyline and local landmarks

Guaranteed table for your party size

Onboard entertainment

Flower for mom and two souvenir champagne flutes

EXTRAS AND UPGRADES:

  • Creative cocktails, wine and beer from our well-stocked cash bar
  • Window table reservations for the best views
  • Additional upgrades to customize your experience

This cruise departs from Navy Pier. For more information or to purchase tickets, please City Experiences or call (888) 957-2634.

MOTHER’S DAY PREMIER DINNER CRUISE ON THE CHICAGO RIVER

DATES:                     Sunday, May 9, 2021

CRUISING TIME:   7:00-9:00pm (6:30pm boarding) Tickets Available HERE

RATE: $151.90 (Adult/Window Table); $126.90 (Adult)

INCLUDES:  

  • Two-hour dinner cruise on the Chicago River
  • Delicious plated dinner with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts
  • Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water
  • Spectacular views of the city skyline and local landmarks
  • Guaranteed table for your party size
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Flower for mom and two souvenir champagne flutes

EXTRAS & UPGRADES: 

  • Creative cocktails, wine and beer from our well-stocked cash bar
  • Window table reservations for the best views
  • Additional upgrades to customize your experience

This cruise departs from Chicago River Esplanade, right in front of the NBC Tower on the River (north side) or 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit City Experiences or call (888) 957-2634.

To provide reassurance in the current pandemic environment, City Experiences has expanded its industry defining SafeCruise by City Cruises program, building on already stringent sanitation processes, to incorporate further health-driven measures to guard against the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting local regulatory initiatives against the spread of COVID-19
  • Mandatory daily crew member health screening and wearing of appropriate PPE.
  • Revised boarding and ticketing procedures to allow for social distancing and touchless entry.
  • Requiring guests to wear face masks while cruising, except while eating and drinking.
  • Reducing the number of guests on board, as supported by local government, and adapting all seating and table spacing to allow for a minimum 6-foot distance between guests.
  • Implementing enhanced sanitation and disinfection procedures, with hand sanitizing stations available throughout the vessel. 

Hornblower Cruises and Events Chicago Port Information 

  • Anyone who self-reports any of the noted COVID-19 symptoms or has completed travel in any of the restricted Travel Order states over the past 14 days, will not be able to join the cruise. 
  • All Crew and all Guests ages 2 and older are always required to wear face coverings while on board our vessels, except while dining or exempted by the local health authority. 
  • To reflect current requirements some of the usual elements dining cruises may not be permitted or offered. 
  • Chicago cruises will operate indoor dining at 40% capacity with a maximum of 50 guests per deck. 
  • All prices quoted are per person, subject to availability and exclude fees and taxes. 
  • Cruises depart Chicago River Esplanade, right in front of the NBC Tower on the River (north side) 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive Chicago, IL 60611
  • If looking to organize a private festive celebration in Chicago, City Cruises’ luxurious fleet is ideally suited family events or corporate outings alike and can easily accommodate a range of group sizes in accordance with current limitations. 
  • Visit City Experiences for more information on experiences available or call (888) 957-2634. 

About City Experiences

City Experiences represents Hornblower Group’s expansive portfolio of water- and land-based experience companies and includes two sub-brands: City Cruises and City Ferry.  City Cruises companies operate dining, sightseeing and private events across 22 destinations in the U.S., Canada and the UK.  City Cruises companies also operate cruises on behalf of the National Park Service and the Niagara Parks Commission and currently hold service contracts to provide ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, Alcatraz Island and Niagara Falls.  City Ferry companies offer specialized knowledge and expertise required to transport passengers, vehicles and other cargo safely across inland and coastal waterways, serving as operator of NYC Ferry and Puerto Rico ferry system, among others.  City Experiences’ portfolio of companies also offers a range of land-based experiences including shore excursions, partner-offered experiences, multi-port packages, with companies including Cruising Excursions, ShoreTrips and Walks products.  For more information visit City Experiences.

About Hornblower Group

Hornblower Group is a global leader in world-class experiences.  The corporate entity of Hornblower Group is comprised of American Queen Steamboat Company and City Experiences.  Seaward Services, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and privately owned vessels, is also a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, operating and maintaining U.S. Navy Ranges and port facilities, including local oil spill response.  Today, Hornblower’s footprint spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities, with offerings including water-based experiences, land-based experiences, overnight cruise experiences, and ferry and transportation services.   Hornblower Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional corporate offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; London, United Kingdom; New Albany, Indiana; New York, New York; and across Ontario, Canada. 

About SafeCruise by City Cruises

Established over 25 years ago, SafeCruise by City Cruises delivers industry-defining standards for health, safety and security across all of our City Cruises operations. Continuously improving, the program follows the most up to date government and industry guidelines and applies decades-long operational expertise to ensure a safe environment for guests and crew members, while maintaining City Experiences’ excellent record of safety. For more information visit SafeCruise.

Empowering women by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Women Face A Myriad Of Injustices; Can A Better World Emerge?

By Andi Simon, Ph.D.

 

What does it say about our culture when moms and their children are facing unbearable pain and trauma during the pandemic? This crisis has amplified the way women in the U.S. are undervalued, or not valued at all. While it is widely known that America lags far behind all other industrialized countries in paid maternity leave, appropriate childcare and suitable work/life balance for mothers, the challenges of the current public health crisis have brought to the fore front the severity of these issues. Why, we must ask, do mothers have to disproportionately bear the burden of household work and care for family members? To add to the unfair burden of labor, women still earn 18% less than men, often with little or no employer or spousal support.

 

How can this be? What are we missing in this story?

 

As a corporate anthropologist who worked from the time my daughters were three weeks old (having obtained no paid leave then either), I have gotten past the anger and frustration. Like many women, I have accepted this as just the way it is. But, does the workplace have to continue to operate with these unfair standards?

 

Before the pandemic, women made up more than half the work force at 58%. This was the highest percentage of woman in the workplace than what had been observed for a long time. Yet 40% of children are born to single mothers. At the same time as the role of men as fathers and co-caregivers has shifted, so had the role of single mothers in the workplace. Only 69.6% of men are employed full-time, and 6.3% are unemployed (5.9 million), as of February 2021. The academic dropout rate for men is 20% higher than for women: 6.2% of men don’t complete high school and 58% who start college don’t complete a four-year program (48% at private institutions).

 

During the pandemic, 10 million jobs have been lost. Over half these positions were held by women, often women of color. In December 2020 alone, 140,000 jobs were eliminated– all of which had been held by women.

 

Women, on the other hand, have generated most of the new jobs since the 2008 recession.

 

Before the pandemic, women owned and ran 40% of the businesses in the U.S. Many of these businesses were second incomes. Others were necessity businesses–from hair salons to “solopreneurs”–trying to thrive in a gig economy that, since 2019, has grown to encompass one third of the workforce.

 

To add one more injustice, our healthcare system is among the world’s worst for women.

 

US women have the highest maternal mortality rate among 11 developed countries. Women in the US also have one of the highest rates of c-sections. US women also face the greatest burden of illness, highest rates of skipping needed healthcare because of cost, most difficulty affording healthcare, and report the least satisfaction with their quality of care. One in three women in the US report having emotional distress. Clearly, we need to transform the US healthcare experience quickly into one that cares about womens health.

 

When will men, who have the power to change our society, recognize the pain they are creating for women?

 

When you add it all up, women seem like superheroes. They attempt to achieve work-life balance. They worry about childcare and parent care. They try to build careers and grow businesses, often with family and friends as the major source of funding. They strive to provide healthy, safe environments for their families, sometimes with little or no help. Is this as good as it gets for women?

 

I venture to guess that no, it can get better. It will get better. It must get better. How? By all of us–women and men­–fighting for a new, improved normal. By refusing to accept defeat, women can make a change.

 

About Andi Simon

Andi Simon, Ph.D, author of Rethink: Smashing the Myths of Women in Business, is an international leader in the emerging field of corporate anthropology and founder and CEO of Simon Associates Management Consultants. A trained practitioner in Blue Ocean Strategy, Simon has conducted over 400 workshops and speeches on the topic as well as consulted with a wide range of clients across the globe. She also is the author of the award-winning book On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights. Simon has a successful podcast, On the Brink with Andi Simon, that has more than 125,000 monthly listeners, and is ranked among the top 20 Futurist podcasts and top 200 business podcasts for entrepreneurs. In addition, Global Advisory Experts named Simons’ firm the Corporate Anthropology Consultancy Firm of the Year in New York – 2020. She has been on Good Morning, America and Bloomberg, and is widely published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Business Week, Becker’s, and American Banker, among others. She has been a guest blogger for Forbes.com, Huffington Post, and Fierce Health.

Mina tocalini illustrates article for 360 MAGAZINE

Brands You Will Love In 2021

There is no shortage of new and established products out there for consumers to try in 2021. One thing that has become obvious over the past year is consumer preference for quality. Because online shopping has skyrocketed consumers in the U.S. and around the world are seeming to tend to require more information about the products they buy. The reason being that, while browsing is something you do even when shopping in person, the level at which you can browse when ONLINE shopping is far superior. 

Say you are at a big box store looking at laptops. Maybe there will be ten options there for you to choose from or, if the place is especially large, maybe you’ll get twenty. But on the internet, there are literally hundreds of options – all of which you can research and choose from at your leisure until you choose the right one. While increased variety is certainly not a bad thing, it can also lead to something called “decision paralysis” where your mind gets overwhelmed at the number of options and defaults to something familiar. This is where curated lists like the one below come in handy: We did the research to pick out some of the best brands so that you don’t have to!

Organic Protein

Whether you are a fitness fanatic or not, protein powder is on just about everyone’s shopping list these days. Supplementation should not be thought of as a “substitute” for a good diet but, when taken in combination with a good diet, high-quality (preferably organic) protein products like those from Orgain can make a world of difference in terms of your overall health. 

Adding a high-quality protein powder or drink to your diet can lead to better muscle growth, improved appearance of your skin, more energy, less hunger, and more. 

A Secure, Portable Cubby

Tech Tub2 is a way to keep multiple electronic devices safe when you travel with kids, or students, or whatever the case may be. The device is epecially designed for educators but also has important uses for coaches, parents, and others.

Athletic Apparel

Like every other facet of life, exercise (and physical activities in general) have a uniform. That’s not to say you should be wearing a suit on the basketball court, but you should be wearing the athletic version of the RIGHT STUFF. And that’s where tasc performance comes in. Offering some of the best in bamboo-based technology, clothing from tasc will help you look the part and feel the part whenever you are doing something athletic. It’s high-performance athletic apparel for adults with an authentic approach to their fitness.

High-Quality CBD

CBD has a wide range of benefits, many of which are only now be discovered by the American public. But not all CBD is created equal. If you are looking for a product to help you sleep better or to help reduce your muscle or joint aches and pains, considering going with broad spectrum CBD from Healist Naturals.

Shaving Done Right

LTHR Shaving makes shaving a genuinely enjoyable experience. Sure we all know that a warm, old-fashioned shave feels better and makes you look better than a rush job. But who has the time? With the hot lather shaving device by LTHR, now you do!

The Best In Men’s Jewelry

JAXXON is bringing back men’s jewelry in a big way. Whether you’re thinking about a gold chain, silver bracelet or anything in-between checkout JAXXON for high-quality jewelry at reasonable prices.

The Best Way to Get Comfy

This faux fur blanket from Everlasting Comfort is the only comfort you’ll need while traveling or when snuggling up on the couch. The right blanket makes all the difference when it comes to sleep or relaxing at the end of a long day. That is why, even when it comes to your blanket, it pays to get something that is genuinely high quality and which will feel comfortable enough to help sleep better and relax easier.

Conclusion

Organic protein, athletic apparel, and more. Many products have come out over the past year with those listed here being among the best. Enjoy!

Pregnancy illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Buying Guide for Maternity Clothes

Whenever you notice that your baby bump has grown, you might start stressing out–especially after you notice that your regular clothes don’t fit anymore. You might have noticed a social media fashion blogger with an incredibly shaped pregnancy bump posting the effortless look of fashion and fun. Are you trying to look like them, but in vain? Relax­­. Finding flattering and fitting garments can be a huge challenge for every mom-to-be. In this guide, you will find the best tips for every woman’s maternity wardrobe:

When is the right time to buy maternity clothes?

Every woman experience pregnancy differently. Due to this, there is no specific time to buy your maternity clothes. It will depend on your body type, because all people are different. You will notice different pregnant women start wearing maternity clothing at different times of their pregnancy period.  Continue reading on for several clues on when you may purchase maternity clothes:

  • Whenever you find yourself unbuttoning your top or pants
  • When you feel more bloated than normal
  • When your bump peeks out of your top
  • When your buttoned shirt doesn’t button

The above signs correspond to what’s happening inside your belly. Usually at 20 weeks, your uterus is at a level of the umbilicus.  During a mom’s first pregnancy, the bump usually pops a bit later than during subsequent pregnancies. For first-time moms, they seem excited to show off their bumps and start buying the right clothes immediately.

How to Choose the Right Maternity Clothes

You might find yourself experiencing the above signs and are in need of need maternity clothes, but may not know where to start. The following tips will automatically help you find the correct information regarding what’s required of your maternity wardrobe.

Figuring out Sizing

During your first pregnancy, it is hard to estimate how your body will change during the entire pregnancy process, which means that it is pretty tricky to know the correct sizing.  But the most important thing is to make sure you buy something comfortable. Note that not every part of your body is growing at the same rate.   Some pregnant women even change bra cup sizes before their bump pops.  Choose what’s convenient for you.

Tips To Consider When Buying Maternity Clothes

Consider stretch

Choose a specific fabric that stretches, as it will continue to fit your growing body throughout the pregnancy process. Any stretchable fabric or jersey fabric will allow a more flexible fit.

Test for sheerness

Garments with sheer fabric are excellent for any pregnant woman. It is also a stretchable fabric. Make sure to try on sheer garments to see how they fits your body.

Embrace ruching

Ruching is an overlaying of fabric strips that are pleated, gathered, or fluted together to create an amazing ripple effect. It is an apparel feature that allows your maternity clothing to grow with your pregnancy bump. It automatically works with any body size and type.

Consider beyond pregnancy

It is always fantastic to choose maternity clothes that have nursing features on them. When the time comes for breastfeeding, you will use them, and your investment in maternity wear will get even more use. As said earlier, invest in comfortable and beautiful clothes, and you will never regret them throughout the nine months of pregnancy.

Mom illustration by Gabrielle Archuleta for 360 Magazine

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

As Valentine’s Day comes to a close, there seems to be a lull in the season of gift-giving. Christmas and Valentine’s Day are two holidays focused on spreading love and the next day focused on sharing love is Mother’s Day. Although it’s still weeks away, it’s never too soon to start planning for the important women in your life.

Tea Forté

Tea Forté has a variety of exquisite teas that are the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. The company features a variety of tea collections such as the Soleil Collection, which will be available in March 2021, the Wellbeing Collection and the Tea Over Ice Collection

Tea Forté also features a variety of gift sets so they’re ready to go as a perfect gift. Beyond tea, they feature teaware such as a steeping cup that has a double-walled cup to keep tea hot and the cup cozy to hold. Plus, enjoy free shipping on all orders over $49!

Gifts from Tea Forté – Starting at $18

OURA Skincare

A perfect gift for Mother’s Day is skincare and OURA has products worth talking about. OURA has recently worked to create self-care products that infuse high-tech solutions into everyday life, while also doing social good by granting the wish of a childhood cancer patient for every 1,000 products sold.  

The OURA Exfoliator is self-disinfecting and rejuvenates the skin by removing dead skin cells as it cleans out pores and sweeps away debris deeply and completely using only water. The dual-textured smart fiber pad is infused with copper oxide which works naturally to improve skin texture and provide a luminous glow, while gentle enough for sensitive skin. These special cleansing cloths are anti-bacterial; ultra-plush; self-sterilizing; sustainable; hypoallergenic; and anti-aging.

Like the Exfoliator, the Hydro Glove creates a healthy glow on skin from head to toe. The Hydro Glove is antimicrobial and made of 100 percent cotton infused with copper to allow for gentle exfoliation for the entire body.

OURA Skincare – Starting at $38

OURA Hydroglove

The Cutie Undies Period Panty 

There’s finally a sensible solution to help stop stains on your favorite panties from unpredictable monthly leaks. Cutie Undies are underpants that you wear during your period and then toss into the garbage! 

Each pack comes with two pairs of 100% cotton breathable briefs with built-in sanitary pads for the best day/night protection. The briefs are discreet, secure, comfortable and biodegradable. The best part? It’s only $9.99 for a pack of two! Check out their website for more information

Cutie Undies – Starting at $9.99

Barefoot Dreams Lounge Wear

Mom has been working overtime for the past year, it’s only fair to give her a gift of true comfort with Barefoot Dreams’ new Spring collection featuring new colorways of fan-favorite sets and brand-new styles. Surefire items include the Crinkle Jersey Lounge Set in a beautiful new color, Waterfall Sea Salt, the Scoop Neck Short Set, and the Washed Satin Short PJ Set

Now, with everyone staying home, loungewear is the perfect gift for any woman in your life. Barefoot Dreams features a collection of cozy, chic and comfortable clothing. 

Barefoot Dreams Products – Starting at $20

Barefoot Dreams

Gemmist

Score extra points with mom this year, by giving her a gift made just for her – salon-quality custom haircare by Gemmist. Made with coconut oil, camellia japonica seed oil and avocado oil, and by using science-based formulas from a quick hair quiz, this personalized shampoo and conditioner set, and the Scalp Balancing Bar is the endless thank you mom deserves. 

With these products, women in your life will be able to bring the spa home with them. The brand also offers a Gemmist gifting subscription service to save you the hassle. 

Gemmist – Starting at $36

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DoggieLawn 

DoggieLawn was created when founder Natalie wanted to find an easy indoor dog bathroom solution to living in an apartment with dogs. It’s the perfect, natural place for your pet to relax or go potty – especially right now with cold temps, crazy storms, or even if it’s in the middle of the night and you don’t want to venture outside!

DoggieLawn is an environmentally-friendly subscription or one-time purchase that delivers a never-ending supply of fresh grass right to your door. Great for indoors, small balconies, backyards and more! Learn more on their website

DoggieLawn – Starting at $26

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Qemp CBD

Qemp has a variety of CBD oils, the perfect Mother’s Day gift for all the stressed moms out there. Their formulas are crafted to help maintain focus, boost energy and improve rest. They also have a CBD cream to help provide relief for pain. They have formulas for nighttime and daytime use as well as an oil for beginners that don’t know where to start. 

Qemp CBD – Starting at $26.25

Qemp CBD oil

GlassFusion Screen Protectors 

The GlassFusion VisionGuard+ with D3O and GlassFusion+ with D3O are now available for the Apple iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12/12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The formulation used by InvisibleShield is crystal clear, so it looks just like the phone’s original screen. The D3O additive makes these industry-leading screen protectors more than 20% stronger than the original GlassFusion protector. These screen protectors are perfect for the mom that can’t seem to hold on to their phone. 

GlassFusion Screen Protectors – Starting at $49.99

Glass Fusion Screen Protector

G-SHOCK’s Gold Ingot Collection

G-SHOCK’s new Gold Ingot Collection screams luxury. The GM110SG-9A, GM5600SG-9, and GM6900SG-9, each feature stainless steel bezels and buckles with eye-catching semi-transparent bands and metallic gold dials inspired by the design of a classic Gold Ingot. The retro-inspired models each come equipped with standard G-SHOCK technology and capabilities including shock resistance, 200M water resistance, EL backlight, daily alarm, stopwatch, countdown timer, and full auto-calendar.

G-SHOCK’s Gold Ingot Collection – Starting at $220

G-SHOCK Gold Watch

L’OR Espresso 

For the mom that loves coffee, L’OR will allow them to dive into pure espresso bliss. With L’OR you can experience the sweet aroma of the freshest Arabica and Robusta beans, hand-selected by L’OR roasters. The selection is truly exquisite and would satisfy any mom that wants to indulge. 

L’OR Espresso – Starting at $6.90

Blowfish Malibu Sandals 

As we move into the spring months and warmer weather, sandals are on every women’s wishlist. The Blowfish Malibu Spring Collection has a variety of cute styles to choose from. The Rylim Sandal is the perfect slide on shoe to complete your Spring look; the cushioned footbed, featuring a cactus flower sock design, allows for all day comfort without breaking the bank or compromising your chicness. The Rylim Sandal comes in five cool colors and is Vegan Registered too!

Blowfish Malibu Sandals – Prices Vary

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Ida Body Care

A trend in skincare is moving toward more natural and organic products, and sugar can be a key ingredient in a natural skincare regimen. Ida Body Care Founder & CEO Vicki Weaver Payne says “Our Sugar Scrub is Ida’s secret step to maximize hydration. My mother Ida created it with natural sugar and 12 essential oils including anti-aging powerhouses like Avocado oil, Evening Primrose oil and Apricot Kernel oil,” Vicki explains. “Your skin will never feel the same.” 

A vegan and cruelty-free line, Ida’s Body Scrub stimulates the skin, activating and cleansing it, so you feel revived and ready. Sugar is beneficial to the skin because it is a natural humectant. A humectant draws moisture from the environment into the skin. Using sugar on the skin can help hydrate the skin and retain moisture.

Ida Body Care’s Sugar Scrub – Starting at $12.50

PROUD Clothing

PROUDis an ethically sourced collection with a mission to give back. Any purchase the customer makes from the website, 10% of gross sales will be donated to their charity of choice: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Pink Ribbon Girls, Baby2Baby, Off The Street Club, Victoria’s Victory Foundation or the Rezvan Foundation.

PROUD’s ethos is to create a brand that unifies people beyond the current political divide in America and awaken the philanthropist in each of us. The idea is no matter where you come from or what you do, we all have something to be proud of. With a variety of sizes, styles and prices, the women in your life will love PROUD.

PROUD apparel – Starting at $48

Luli Bebé Diaper Bags

For the mom that wants a bag that is stylish and practical, the Luli Bebé Monaco Diaper bag is the one for her. Available in two sizes—Monaco and Petit Monaco—the soft vegan faux leather texture is gorgeous and easy to care for. Worn as a backpack or a shoulder/crossbody bag, with clips provided to attach to it to a stroller, this diaper bag is versatile and beautiful.

The central satin-lined storage space is ringed by pockets for a total of nine storage spaces, to keep all of the baby’s things organized and easy to reach. The exterior design and elegant colors make this diaper bag look runway-worthy, with shades of Ebony Black, Pearl White, Stone Grey, Pastel Pink, Latte Brown and Caramel.

Luli Bebé Monaco Diaper bag – Starting at $129

FluffCo Pillows

Mother’s deserve a good night’s sleep and FluffCo brings ultimate comfort to your bedroom. Featuring down and feather as well as down alternative pillows, bring the ultimate hotel pillow experience home with you! The pillows contain ethically sourced down & feather and pillow shells made with cooling eucalyptus.

At half the industry retail cost, your best night sleep ever is right around the corner with FluffCo. Any woman in your life will love the comfort that FluffCo can provide. After all, they deserve to relax after the busy lives they need to balance.

Coach x Champion

For the fashion-forward mom, this limited-edition collaboration brings together two American icons, combining Coach’s distinct attitude and legacy of craftsmanship with Champion’s authority in authentic athletic apparel.

Featuring leather bags, leather jogger pants, sweaters and shearling jackets printed with new branding that unites Coach’s storypatch, one of its house symbols, with Champion’s iconic C-logo, the collection reimagines the shared heritage of both brands with a fresh, modern lens. 

BisouLovely Jewelry

BisouLovely is a line of high-quality ethereal jewelry that will remind you of the magical jewels in your fairytale dreams!

Inspired by magical girls, each piece is crafted with care using precious metals and sparkling stones to create the jewelry of your fairytale dreams. Choose from rings, necklaces, and earrings in celestial shades of pink, blue, rose gold, silver with sapphires, opals, cubic zirconia stones, moonstones and more.

Gifts from BisouLovely – Starting at $80

Puro Sound Labs Headphones

 Puro Sound Labs, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium, safe children and adult headphones, recently announced a change in ownership. Founder Dave Russell has sold the company to his daughters, Ashley Warnicki, Christina Russell and Nicole Russell, to both honor Women in the Workplace as we celebrate Women’s History Month in March, and also to continue his legacy of providing safe hearing for all.

The brand is dedicated to creating healthy, affordable, high-quality listening products for everyone. They have a variety of styles and colors beginning at just $64.99. The volume limiting headphones ensure a safe listening experience.

Puro Sound Labs Headphones – Starting at $64.99

Malicious Women Candle Co.

Malicious Women Candle Co. is a woman-owned company serving sassiness through their ethically made candles, cosmetics, apparel, jewelry and more. They have built a community of Malicious Misfits from around the world and their candles make the perfect gift.

Scents like “A Hot Mess” and “Blueberry Cobbler” will fill anyone’s home with a fabulous scent. The women in your life will love the cute candle jars that will spice up any room. The candles come with funny sayings so they can be personalized to the woman you’re shopping for.

Malicious Women Candle Co. – Starting at $20

Repour Winesaver

For the mom that loves wine, Repour has the perfect way to save the bottle so every last drop stays fresh. By absorbing the oxygen from the bottle—which is what causes wine to go bad in the first place—it keeps your wine fresh from the first glass to the last.

Use Repour like you would a normal stopper or closure. One Repour will save one full bottle of wine (750 ml), even if you drink one glass a week for 5 weeks. The stopper eliminates 100% of oxygen from your wine, perfect for those who can never finish a bottle.

Repour Winesaver – Starting at $9.99

Louis Vuitton Gifts for Her

This Mother’s Day, make mom feel bathed in opulence with a heartfelt gift from luxury designer, Louis Vuitton. The company has an array of exotic and leather handbags so that mom can tote around all her goods in one compact, fashion-forward purse. Vuitton also features stunning springtime garment designs, like their Starboard Wedge Sandals and Stellar Sneakers, so mom can stride with style. Pair her favorite Louis Vuitton shoes with the fashionable Flounce Detail Straight-Cut Dress or the Monogrammed Jacquard Gabardine dress for a full outfit–perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch. If she can’t get enough of the accessories, add a cool new pair of sunglasses, a monogrammed shawl, or some of the company’s beautiful baubles. From earrings and rings to necklaces and watches, let mom shine in what is sure to be a gift she’ll cherish forever.

Louis Vuitton experiential gifts can make for most unforgettable Mother’s Day memories– such as their Surfboard by Alex Israel, bikes, board games, and book collections. Sharing an afternoon playing chess with mom on her new Louis Vuitton chess set might be your new, favorite Mother’s Day tradition together.

A variety of luxury home goods are available from Louis Vuitton’s Mother’s Day gift guide. From origami flowers by Atelier Oi to Marcel Wanders diamond mirror to Tokujin Yoshioka’s stunning blossom vase and more, outfit mom’s space with the glitz and glamour she deserves. Several of Vuitton’s gifts–including the Doudou Louis teddy bear and Lockit bracelets­– give money back to UNICEF, so customers can feel good about simultaneously indulging in mom and contributing to a charitable cause.

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GUCCI

Gucci’s Mother’s Day gift guide offerings include the Ken Scott, Off The Grid and Ouverture collections along with Gucci’s Beloved Handbags which were recently reimagined in new precious gems colorways! Gucci’s eclectic, contemporary and romantic designs are sure to leave mom swooning for more!

Beloved Handbag by Gucci via Lauren Gnazzo (Gnazzo Group) for use by 360 Magazine

SKINNEY MEDSPA

Shower some of your most deserving with the gift of great skin…because there’s no better gift than giving mom a little time for herself on her very special day! SKINNEY Medspa is the latest beauty destination to debut in Miami in Bal Harbour Shops, offering all manners of cosmetic enhancements under one roof. Specializing in high-tech non-invasive skin treatments, cosmetic and body contouring procedures, SKINNEY Medspa’s Mother’s Day promo showcases some of their favorite treatments at a discounted price, available for purchase from now until Mother’s Day!

  • FRAXEL:

Fraxel promotes more beautiful, healthier skin. Stimulates collagen, fights aging, uneven texture, deep wrinkling, or scars. Normally valued at $1,500, the treatment will be available for $1,000 for a limited time. 

  • THERMAGE:

Address the visible signs of aging in minutes! Thermage is non-invasive that smooths + tightens. Normally valued at $3,000, the treatment will be available for $2,400 for a limited time.

On the other hand, surprise mom with something you both want! In addition to the above treatments, SKINNEY Medspa is offering Buy 1 Gift 1 on select facials:

  • HYDRAFACIAL:

The HydraFacial immediately improves the look and health of skin using patented technology to cleanse, extract and hydrate while providing ongoing results. This A-list facial will leave skin looking healthy and flawless.

  • VENUS FREEZE FACIAL:

Venus Freeze is a non-surgical face-lift that smoothes fine lines, wrinkles and tightens skin. Its powerful cell stimulation promotes an instant glow, making the skin look plump and healthy.

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Blowfish Malibu Women’s Hapuku Wedge Sandal 

The Hapuku Wedge sandal features a 3-inch heel and a faux-leather strap upper with a Velcro closure. With the Blowfish Malibu sandals signature cushioned footbed, your mom won’t have to sacrifice style or comfort!

Blowfish Malibu Women's Hapuku Wedge Sandal by Coded PR for use by 360 Magazine

Blowfish Malibu Women’s Marley Sneaker

The Marley, one of Blowfish Malibu’s best-selling sneaker, is a slip-on sneaker featuring a canvas upper with elastic for an easy on/off wear. With distressed edges and a cushioned footbed, this sneaker is perfect for everyday wear! Available in a variety of colors and prints.

Blowfish Malibu Women's Marley Sneaker by Coded PR for use by 360 Magazine

MVMT S1 MOD 32MM Watch

If she likes simplicity, she will love this S1 MOD watch from MVMT, featuring a minimalist architecture with a sleek all-over silver steel colorway and a 32MM diameter case.

MVMT S1 MOD 32MM Watch by Coded PR for use by 360 Magazine

MVMT Runaway in Silver/Green Lens

For the moms on the go, this pair of aviators will fit and flatter anyone! Designed with polished stainless steel, the Runaway is a great addition for a classic and effortless look.

MVMT Runaway in Silver/Green Lens image by Coded PR for use by 360 Magazine

MVMT Double Barbed Cuff 

This barbed wire inspired cuff is perfect for the edgy and stylish mothers. Featuring an open closure, this cuff is a fun twist to stack with other accessories or to wear by itself. Available in 4 different colored metals.

MVMT Double Barbed Cuff image via Coded PR for use by 360 Magazine

BBQGuys Outdoor Living Products

Food brings people together. This Mother’s Day, enjoying some quality time with mom over a delicious meal. With BBQGuys‘ wide range of grills, BBQs, smokers, pizza ovens, BBQ accessories, outdoor kitchen appliances, and more on their website, you’ll be cooking up a delicious meal in no time. The Blaze Electric Grill is perfect for cooking up a delicious Mother’ Day meal. With a water-resistant exterior, mom will love this new grill. Table-Top to Pedestal, or Built-In model, the Electric Grill is versatile, allowing for mom to grill anywhere in style. The newest launch that she will adore features triangular searing rods to create the perfect sear marks, stainless steel flame tamers to minimize flare-ups and add flavor, and 1500 Watt heating elements to distribute heat evenly and with a maximum grill surface temperature of 749°F.  

Give back to mom, after all the years she’s spent caring for you, by showing her some love with a home-cooked meal. Or, if she’s a chef, grace her kitchen with a new appliance she’ll love to use. Either way, BBQGuys is here to make Mother’s Day even more delectable this year.

BBQGuys Blaze Electric Grill image via Gabrielle Gaines at Berk Communications via 360 Magazine

Tissot Bellissima Wristwatch

This Mother’s Day, get mom a stunning timepiece she is sure to cherish forever. Tissot’s Bellissima evening wrist watch is the perfect, elegant accessory for any look. This delicate time piece is available in several versions, which can be viewed on Tissot’s website.

Add an extra sparkles to your mom’s outfits with a gift that will remind her of you every time she glances down to check the time. This dainty watch suits all of life’s occasions, including being the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Tissot Bellissima Wristwatch by Anil Torres at Tissot for use by 360 Magazine

The Bodega

 On Saturday, June 12th btw 4PM-8PM, 360 Magazine will host our intimate immersive pop-up shop, which will be reminiscent of a traditional Bronx Bodega. This po-up shop is a collaborative effort to elevate our brand’s priorities in popular culture and design (PC+D). We are looking to collaborate with and highlight local businesses in the Bronx. 360 Magazine works with LGBT-friendly, community-based organizations.

This boutique and private shopping experience will be held at the #360TRAP Bronx workspace. The event will feature #AOHSOA Trunk Pieces and lifestyle choices, specifically designed for consumers to live their best PC+D lifestyle.

The pop-up will possess a carnival theme and will feature creative activities and decors compatible with this fun concept. The event’s open bar will run for four hours and feature signature spirits of mixologists, as well as festive tapas. This event will be a privileged opportunity to reinforce brand awareness and network among target audiences and sponsors.This summer event will also be the precursor for World Blood Donor Day (6/14) and Armon Hayes‘ birthday (6/16).

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Dianne Morales

As of late, one of our team members had the opportunity to sit down with New York City mayoral candidate Dianne Morales for an interview. After eight years under Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City will see someone new in the position in 2021, and Morales, a member of the Democratic Party, is jumping at the opportunity.

360: What are the major points of inspiration throughout your life, so far, that have led you to where you are today?

Morales: At my core is a commitment to community, and I learned community at home. I am the youngest of three girls and the daughter of Puerto Rican parents. My mother, a secretary for the Leather Workers’ Union, and my father, a building manager on the waterfront, created a working-class life for us in Bed-Stuy. But our home was not just for me and my sisters. My grandmother, Mami, lived with us my whole childhood. In fact, she and I shared a bed until the day that I left home for college. Our home was a resting place, a layover, a transition point for whoever needed it. There was always someone new sleeping on the couch or joining us at the dinner table. Whether they had just arrived from Puerto Rico, were in between jobs, had just returned from the military or from being incarcerated, there were always other people staying with us while they “got back on their feet.” My parents opened their arms and their front door to whoever needed it. I never questioned this way of life. I was taught, “If you have, then you provide.” We took care of each other. I saw, firsthand, the opportunity created when we each take responsibility, not just for ourselves, but for our neighbors and for our communities. This belief has spurred me on through 30 years in the public sector, as an educator, a foster care worker and a leader of nonprofits.

As I established my own home in Bed-Stuy as a single mom, my children and I recreated the dynamic my parents had built. We always have a few extra people living in our home – whom we often refer to as our “chosen family.” These extended family members have filled my home with love and reciprocal support. In a twist of fate, since the pandemic hit, I have shared my home with my parents and my children. I envision a New York City where we take care of each other, where everyone is welcome to the dinner table, where neighbors provide more support than extra sugar and all of us have a warm place to rest our heads. Although NYC is vast with diversity, we are all inextricably bound together and are only as strong as our most vulnerable link.

360: How can a mayor, as opposed to any other civic official, lead unique positive changes for equity?

Morales: Over the past several months there is a mantra I have been repeating consistently: a budget is a reflection of our values. The mayor has executive power over what gets funded in the city and by how much. Funding for services that contribute to true public safety (access to housing, medical/mental healthcare, economic stability, job training, education) will provide access and opportunity to those who have historically been left behind by our elected officials. Line by line, the budget reveals the values of a city and government. The NYC budget passed in June was a failure. It failed the residents of NYC, who have been raising their voices in protest and demanding a divestment from law enforcement since May 29. It failed those whose lives have been lost at the hands of the NYPD. It failed communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by violence and brutality.

The budget highlights the need for NYC leadership to put New Yorkers first by investing in communities. The NYC Mayor also has the ability to work to desegregate public schools and impact the quality of education provided to over 1.1 million students, many of whom are students of color living in poverty. This alters the course of a student’s life and provides an entry point to economic mobility and a true career trajectory. New Yorkers deserve a bold, transformational leader who is unapologetically committed to prioritizing justice in the budget’s bottom line. I fundamentally believe that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. Our city needs a mayor that is in tune with her people and provides a vision for and direction for what is possible.

360: What are some of the most pressing or urgent issues that need attention within New York City, and how would you address them?

Morales: New York’s problems all stem from structural oppression by Race, Gender and Class, so our solutions must go deeper, all the way to the root causes. Too many New Yorkers are living in a time of scarcity, and that’s been going on since long before the virus hit. The are working two jobs, just barely surviving and always one misfortune away from losing everything. Instead of this “Scarcity Economy,” we need a “Solidarity Economy,” and that requires bold action. First, transforming public safety in the city by providing access to the same critical resources found in wealthy communities will be a critical step toward creating the long-term change we need for all to live in dignity. True public safety includes ensuring that every New Yorker has access to “life essentials,” like quality transportation, affordable housing, excellent and equal education and human-centered healthcare. All New Yorkers deserve access to these fundamental resources in order to live in dignity, and it is the necessary floor needed to break through glass ceilings.

Next, we must enhance and overhaul vital infrastructure requiring multi-part, creative solutions that address the deeper issues embedded in the fabric of NYC. To break the racist cycle of poverty that divides our city into the “haves” and the “have-nots,” we will establish a guaranteed minimum income. We will push for universal healthcare and eliminate inequities in the health system faced by women, and especially women of color. We will work to address the persistent segregation of our schools and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by replacing school safety officers with trained mental health professionals. The driving force behind all policy initiatives is the experiences, needs and voices of women of color. Particularly, Black women. As the Combahee River Collective wisely wrote in its 1977 statement, “If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.” We know that if New York does right by Black women, the entire city will be better for it.

360: How can you use your personal experiences with serving as a single mother and observing the many other challenges that face New York City residents to enact policy reform?

Morales: So many of New York’s problems have impacted me directly, and so much of who I am and what I know comes from being a mom. My greatest joy is being the mother of my two children, Ben and Gabby. They constantly push me, teach me and nourish me. As a single parent, I share experiences with hundreds of thousands of other New Yorkers. A 2018 study found that single-parent households are the second largest household type in New York City. I navigated New York City’s systems – economic, health and education – on my own. I balanced a budget for my family each month, figuring out how to make it work. My greatest challenge was parenting my children through the NYC education system. The rigid and unforgiving education that my children received did not allow any space for their learning differences. They did not see themselves in the white-centric curriculum and we struggled to find support during their developmental years. Advocating for my children was a full-time job on top of my paying-full-time-job. Again and again I have stood with parents for a more equitable and life-affirming education for our kids. It is with this same community spirit of coalition building, advocacy and bettering of our social safety nets that I will push for policies that support all types of families in NYC.

360: What is one of the most significant components of your background or experiential knowledge that separates you from any other candidate?

Morales: I am, in so many ways, the average New Yorker. I was born and bred in Bed-Stuy. I am an Afro Latina single-mom of two children who survived the New York City public school system. I am a first generation college graduate who came back home to my city after school. I am a woman of color who discovered that I was not being paid the same as my white male counterparts. I’ve watched my neighborhood change, I’ve seen Starbucks replace the corner bodega, and I have spent my weekends marching side by side – 6 feet apart – with my fellow New Yorkers demanding justice for those killed at the hands of a racist policing system. Because I am the average New Yorker, my voice reflects the voices of thousands of others. We share our lived experiences, frustrations and joys. I love New York City because I see our full potential for all of us.

360: How does your previous extensive work with social service nonprofits inform your motivations and goals to serve as Mayor?

Morales: For decades, I worked within the community to address structural inequities burdening communities of color. I worked alongside those experiencing the symptoms of our broken system most acutely – poverty, lack of access to education, homelessness and mental health services. I witnessed firsthand the day-to-day struggles of New Yorkers that are perpetuated by cycles of poverty and oppression. I worked from the ground, up and from the inside, out. But as I hammered away, I recognized these structural and institutional barriers, and began to ask, “So how do we burn them down?” It felt as though I was only tinkering around the edges of the problem and providing Band-Aid solutions to deep, deep wounds. The core, perpetuating issues were centralized and foundational. I realized that if I want to create lasting, effective change, I must address these systemic and political problems at the root. As Mayor, I would carry with me the voices of those I have served.

360: In outlining your points of action and reform for New York City, how does the COVID-19 pandemic affect any of these potential strides for change?

Morales: As we know, COVID-19 is a catastrophe that illuminates all of the cracks and splinters in our broken systems. At first, many claimed the COVID-19 was a “great equalizer,” affecting all people, regardless of race, class or gender. Instead COVID-19 disproportionately impacts people of color and low-income communities. This is not a coincidence or personal failing, but rather the direct result of racist systems, putting structural oppression in stark relief. While some New Yorkers are able to escape crowded areas, arm themselves with personal protective equipment and work remotely, others, namely people of color, are on the front lines providing essential services to our city.

As COVID-19 has had devastating consequences that will leave a lasting impact for years to come, it has also provided us with a unique moment. As we saw after the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, being homebound and isolated forces us to pay attention. We have paused. We have slowed down. With fewer distractions and a center of focus, folks all across the country have had the veil lifted. People are noticing the interconnected webs of oppression I have lived with and that I have been fighting to dismantle my entire life. In this moment, we need leaders in office who are of, by and for the movement for social change. There is a momentum and hunger for justice that can no longer be ignored. As we overcome the challenge of the disease, I will never let the city forget who is truly essential. Together we will create a world in which front-line workers are truly valued as indispensable. A world where we accompany our applause and platitudes with a livable wage, unquestionable dignity and real community power.

360: What are some of the most rewarding takeaways you have gained from leading several momentous organizations?

Morales: I’ve learned firsthand about the barriers and challenges that people have to overcome in order to gain access to opportunities that are alleged to be available to everyone. I also have watched as community members care for one another to bridge the gaps in access to those opportunities. This is testament to the power of our communities to be true partners in determining the solutions they face when given the resources to do so. Finally, I have been able to bear witness to what is possible when people finally gain access and opportunity and how that has the potential to change the trajectory of people’s lives and transform families and communities.

360: Regarding the national and global movement, Black Lives Matter, how will you utilize your unique identity to empower minorities in the City of New York?

Morales: Like many people of color, I have lived years of my life trying not to take up space. I have seen the ways that my identities – my Blackness, my Latina roots, my politics, my womanhood – make people, namely white people, uncomfortable. In these spaces I would constantly ask myself, “Do I seem too opinionated, too articulate, too aggressive?” I would contort and deflate myself to fit into tight corners and small boxes. I would shrink myself so that others could feel big. When making the decision to run for Mayor of NYC, I decided it was important for me to run as my full, unadulterated, unapologetic, multi-hyphenated self. There would be no more shrinking, questioning or self-doubt. I recognize that by the very nature of stepping into this space, I am opening up a path of possibility. As the first Afro-Latina running for mayor of New York City, I recognize the awesome responsibility I hold. I know that when I speak, unfairly or not, I am representing all Afro-Latina women. Missteps become mass stereotypes. Accolades become communal achievements.

This is both beautiful and deeply terrifying. But in moments of fear, I am guided by a greater purpose to bring with me those whom have been devalued and made to feel small, as I have been; to elevate the voices of those with shared experiences and claim our rightful place in democracy and representation in leadership. People like me, individuals and communities of color, women of color, we must be at the forefront of our politics and policies. I am deeply committed to divesting from racist systems and investing in Black and Brown communities. I am committed to reimagining public safety on our streets and in our schools. I am committed to shifting wealth opportunities to those who have been historically marginalized. I am committed to redressing and repairing the wounds of oppression that scar our city. I am in this race to stand taller in the face of a world that tells me to shrink. I am here to tell them that Black lives are beloved. We matter today and every day forward.

360: To all of the NYC citizens following your efforts to better numerous communities, what are some of the best ways individuals can support your campaign?

Morales: The best way to help me is to join the campaign with a small contribution. I am not a career politician, and unlike other candidates, I have not spent decades cultivating a war chest of people, networks and resources to kickstart my run for mayor. I want to be responsive to the people, not the special interests.. My campaign was born out of my home in Bed-Stuy, out of conversations with my neighbors, friends and colleagues. Our campaign is 100% powered by the people, not the 1%. We are an intersectional coalition of Black and Brown, Latinx, LGBTQIA and working class New Yorkers. We are backed by the people being hit the hardest at this moment in time. I am so incredibly humbled that in the middle of a pandemic, without employment, people are finding a way to donate to our campaign. I know what is at stake and the choices they have had to make to do so. If donating to our campaign is not possible for you during this financially uncertain time, we understand. Visit my website, dianne.nyc, for information and volunteer opportunities. Spread our mission to your fellow New Yorkers. Reach out to join our team. Remember me in November 2021.

To learn more about Dianne Morales, you can click right here. To learn more about her stances and solutions, you can click right here. To support Morales through donations, you can click right here. You can also support her on Twitter and Instagram.

MOTHER’S DAY ADVENTURES

Sure, any mom would be happy with flowers and a nice dinner, but some moms deserve a bit more this year.  People are switching it up and taking their mothers on an unforgettable trip-of-a-lifetime – an ecotourism adventure. 

 

While ecotourism – travel intended to support conservation efforts while enjoying nature – has been around since the 1970s, the resurgence comes with 21st-century buzzwords of “sustainability” and “green living.”

 

Oceanic Society, America’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation remains at the forefront of the trend, and is hosting an exclusive ecotourism trip to Trinidad where travelers can explore the island’s beaches and experience the amazing mother leatherback turtle at one of the world’s most important nesting sites. The trip is timed to coincide with the peak of the turtle’s nesting season and Mother’s Day.

 

This fun and educational trip could create a one in a lifetime bonding opportunity for any mother and child. The expedition is from May 11 – 15, 2019 and is $3,600 per person. For more information about the trip to Trinidad, click here.

Boppy

We are asking media and influencers to help support moms with the following:

SHARE! This link here with your audience where you will find 3-4 questions around the pillars of the campaign — Educate, Empower, and Support. For every entry and share, Boppy will donate $1 of product to a parent in need ( up to $5,000).

SHARE the details of The Momkind Project™ with this link http://www.boppy.com/momkind-project/ and hashtag #momkindproject

PROMOTE Safe Sleep information and the brochure here: http://www.boppy.com/safe-sleep/ with hashtag #momkindproject and #safe2sleep

SHARE how using Boppy Pillows at Hospitals helps with bonding and breastfeeding success outcomes: http://www.boppy.com/healthcare/ with hashtag #momkindproject and #boppylove

Boppy is continuing to work with First Candle, Boppy’s Professional Healthcare channel and Military Moms within The Momkind Project™. More details on all of these initiatives as part of The MomKind Project™ are below!

The Momkind Project™ Pillars are:

Educate new moms and moms-to-be on safe sleep practices for baby.

Empower pre-natal and post-natal moms via the Boppy Professional Healthcare Channel.

Support families through donations and initiatives with a focus on both military and the underserved communities.

First Candle

Boppy has maintained a long-time partnership with First Candle, the leading national non-profit organization that is dedicated to the education, advocacy and research of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). First Candle and Boppy are once again championing a campaign to spread awareness, eliminate stillbirth and help educate parents on safe sleep practices for baby. The campaign includes advertising, safe sleep practices on boppy.com and informational tags on Boppy® Products.

Boppy’s Professional Healthcare

Boppy’s Professional Healthcare channel is focused on supporting healthy pregnancies and successful breastfeeding. Research confirms that new mothers who use a nursing pillow (including a Boppy® Pillow or Boppy® Healthcare Pillow) with a lactation consultant or breastfeeding professional at the hospital were more likely to successfully breastfeed at home. According to a Boppy Study from May 2016, 88.4% of moms who used a Boppy® HC Pillow at the hospital after birth left the hospital successfully nursing. Boppy is committed to supporting mom’s choice to breastfeed and helping family members bond with baby after birth with the Boppy Products.

Military Families

Boppy’s longstanding commitment to support military moms began many years ago. Not only are Boppy® Products available to military families at exchanges nationwide, but Boppy also donates products to support military moms at USO Baby Showers in connection with What To Expect. In addition, Boppy donates products to local and national non-profits supporting underserved families.

About The Boppy Company

Founded in 1989, The Boppy Company is the pioneering leader in creating comfortable and supportive products for parents and babies. It all started with the iconic, beloved and award-winning Boppy® Feeding & Infant Support Pillow, a must-have staple for all nurseries. Boppy’s brand essences – beloved, bonding, comfort, fashion, safe, simple and versatile – remain at the heart of the business and drive product innovation. Nearly three decades later, Boppy has expanded its product line to include carriers, teething solutions, pregnancy pillows, breastfeeding accessories, baby loungers, travel products and more. Boppy offers Support for All Momkind®throughout the journey of parenting. For more information, visit www.boppy.com. The Boppy Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Artsana Group, www.artsana.com.

About First Candle

First Candle is a national non-profit organization committed to eliminating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep-related infant deaths through education and outreach while providing bereavement support to those families who have experienced a loss. Through their groundbreaking Straight Talk for Infant Safe Sleep program, community partners and parents work together to adopt Safe Sleep Guidelines, promote breast feeding and reduce second hand smoke in order to improve the rate of infant survival. For more information, to access grief support or to make a donation call 1-800-221-SIDS or visit www.firstcandle.org.

About WhatToExpect and USO

Throughout the year, What To Expect and USO partner to host baby showers for military moms. Heidi Murkoff, who established the What to Expect Foundation in 1997, serves as the host for each shower, answering questions, signing copies of her best-selling book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” and posing for photos with expectant mothers. Each shower offers guests a chance to get to know each other through tried-and-true baby shower games and lunch, where Heidi addresses expectant moms’ concerns and answers candid questions during a Q&A session. The USO’s corporate partners also provide traditional gifts for the nearly 100 moms that attend each Special Delivery shower. In the past, The Boppy Company has sent in-kind donations to these events to help spoil and support military moms.