BEST IN SHOW: MUST HAVE PRODUCTS FOR MOMS TO BE & NEW MOMS

With the spate of maternity and new mom gear on the market, it is easy to get overwhelmed. So, I took a swan dive through the marketplace and selected a few must have products to help you-and your new baby-look and feel your best. Believe me, the smallest details make the world of difference.


1. SMART STASH: emergency diapers at the ready
Diaper Buds $5.99 for 8ct.

2. DROOL WORTHY: four chic bibs in one, perfect for busy parents and stylish kids
Bebe Au Lair Quib Bibs $14

3. MATERNITY MOXIE: Must-have pregnancy kit with luxe pampering essentials
Citrus Lane Pregnancy Pampering Kit curated by Amy Tara Koch $65

4. NEW RULES!: Dr. Laura Jana’s comprehensive guide for new parents
Heading Home With Your Newborn by Laura A. Jana & Jennifer Shu

5. SLEEP SAVVY: Guru Dr. Marc Weissbluth shows you how to get baby to stack Zs
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth

6. HEAVEN SCENT: The safest lavender-spiked cleanser for pregnancy
Belli Skincare Pregnancy Body Wash $15

7. BOOBY TRAP: Is it a bottle? A breast? Tough to tell and that’s a good thing
Mimijumi Not So Hungry bottle $13.99

8. AU COURANT CAR SEAT: The most adorable, safe, easy to carry  infant car seat
Britax Chaperone Carseat

9. GREAT CHOICE: Cord blood banking equals parental peace of mind
Viacord Cord Blood Banking

10. NURSING NIRVANA: Where (breastfeeding) fashion meets function
Leading Lady Nursing Lace Bra $31

11. PREGGO PANTIES: Sexy. Sexy. Sexy.
Belabumbum Maternity Lace Boyshorts $29

12. STROLL IN STYLE: Super stylish, lightweight stroller
Baby Cargo Stroller $150

13. HEDGE ON THE WEDGE: Get out of the preggo dumps in these sustainably sourced kitten heel wedges that come with seven ribbons to transform your look
Mohop Shoes Mid Cherry Peep toe $164

14. MOLTO MAXI: A smooth-as-silk maternity dress that can be dressed up or down in a snap
Ingrid & Isabel Athena Maxi Dress $148

15. FLIRTY & FABULOUS: The genius “Momshell” dress is perfect for pregnancy and beyond
More of Me Maternity Momshell Dress $170

16. SWELL STYLE: Jumpers are on trend. Hatch’s version accommodates a burgeoning bump and can be worn-belted-after baby
Hatch Maternity Jumper $258

17. SLEEK & CHIC: A black stretch camisole bodysuit perfectly flatters a pregnant body
Bashful Bump Maternity Camisole Bodysuit $44

18. SPACE SAVER: Rollable bibs are great for the on-the-go mom
Tommee Tipee Easy Roll Bibs $6.99 2pk

19. PURE RELEIF: Cootie free skin cream to naturally relieve baby’s eczema and assorted skin irritations
Episencial Soothing Cream $10.99

20. THE SKINNY: Destination Maternity translates the colored denim trend seamlessly into maternity with their secret fit belly.
Joe’s Jeans for Destination Maternity Chelsea Secret Belly Fit in Lollipop $185

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Tap into holiday glam with me in Chicago

Chicagoans: I will be out and about offering up sage advice on easy, breezy ways to glam up your holiday look. Please join me at one of these fab events. RSVP required

 

PREGGERS & BUMP CLUB CHICAGO

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: HOLIDAY SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA! 

With Special Guest, journalist, television personality and

author of Bump It Up, Amy Tara Koch

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Preggers

900 North Michigan Avenue, 5th floor  Chicago, IL 60611

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

$15 in advance/$20 at the door

Fabulous giveaways include:

                    Medela Swing Pump                          Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover Gift Set

MD Moms Silky Smooth Baby gift set                  BabyBjorn Little Potty

http://www.bumpclubchicago.com/The_Bump_Club_Chicago/Preggers_Event.html

 

 

Neighborhood Parent’s Network

BUMP IT UP for the Holidays

Featuring Style Expert and Author, Amy Tara Koch

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bubbles Academy

1504 N Fremont St, Chicago, IL 60642-2526

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Raffle includes a Britax B Nimble stroller and more!

www.npnparents.org

http://npnparents.org/expectantMomsGrp.asp

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THE BRITAX B READY WINNER IS…….

I loved all of your entries. Many tugged at my heart and I only wish that I had a cadre of strollers to give away. Happily, I will have frequent giveaways on my site. I ultimately picked the story that was most about the triumph over frump. Here is her entry:

The fight against frump is something that I battle on a daily basis. Sometime sthe urge to throw on a comfy pair of yoga pants and an oversized tee is so overwhelming that it send me running to the freezer for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to complete the ensemble. But I decided early on in my pregnancy that I did not want my bump to go unnoticed. I flaunt it by staying healthy and wearing form fitting tunics, leggings, long necklaces, heels and scarves-not all togethre, naturally as I subscribe to Coco Chanel’s golden rule. My goal is to appear as  long and lean a spossible with 15 lbs of extra weight on my frame. Bottom line is that I have learned that my clothes do not have to enhance my bottom line. Pregnancy is a time to feel beautiful, and I am bound and determined to embrace my bump with pride…and maybe just a half pint of Cherry Garcia :)

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bumping it up—SF style!

I just completed my fantabulous BUMP IT UP event with Twitter Moms at the W Hotel San Francisco. The day included incredible “cravings-based” treats, tasty mocktails by La Croix, Sprinkles cupcakes, Makeunders from Lancôme, Bliss mini-spa treatments, shapewear and bra fittings from Wacoal, registry tips from Giggle, baby planning tutorials from Itsa-Belly, Britax and Baby Björn and fab gift bags featuring my favorite mommy must-haves like Tide To Go™, Pampers with DryMax™, Moms The Word smoothies, Mama Mio Boob Tube™, Episencial Playful™ foaming bath and gifts from Wacoal.

More photos can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=236273&id=114367277518

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good morning, texas!

Amy and Annika ready!

Amy and Annika ready!

Amy with Host Amy Vanderoef

Amy with Host Amy Vanderoef

I just appeared on “Good Morning Texas” with the glorious anchor Amy Vanderoef. We bumped up Annika in a Pouch versatile dress, fab jewelry from Bloomingdale’s, and a few of my signature scarves. The piece de resistance? The Britax Chaperone stroller that Annika proudly leaned upon…leaving hotel for Pickles & Ice Cream to style my model for tonight’s big event!

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bumping it up in washington, DC!

Here are photos from my recent voyage to our nation’s capital for my BUMP IT UP tour! For more photos, click here!

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winging it at WGN!

Amy Tara Koch on WGN TV Chicago

Amy Tara Koch on WGN TV Chicago

On set at WGN in Chicago, my trusty preggo assistant Janeen and I were placed in the BOZO dressing room. I kid you not. It is the very room that BOZO would apply his pancake makeup and red honker. It was very exciting. But, nothing compares to the excitement of arriving on a live TV set with props and being told that your time has been pushed up by 40 minutes and you are on…NOW!

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BUMPING IT UP with kourtney kardashian!

Amy Tara Koch and Kourtney Kardashian in Miami, FL

Amy Tara Koch and Kourtney Kardashian in Miami, FL

New mom Kourtney Kardashian co-hosted my BUMP IT UP bash at W South Beach and offered Miami’s haute mama set 4th trimester fashion tips featuring her postpartum belly shrinking accessory, “The Belly Bandit.” Kardashian walked away with a basket filled with mommy must-haves: BUMP IT UP, Lancome bronzer, Pampers Swaddlers with Dry Max (Mason wears a size 3 already!), Tide To Go (gets the  barf out!), Wacoal shapewear and a chic new Britax Chaperone stroller!

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book tour!

Here are some photos from my recent book tour! Check out the BLISS SPA, Britax, Baby Bjorn, and Kourtney Kardashian’s new book, “The Belly Bandit,” and other fabulous wares starting with the letter “B”—including BUMP IT UP! More to come!

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amy on NBC-6 in Miami, FL!

Here are some fun photos from my appearance on NBC-6 in Miami, FL. Note the Chaperone Stroller in all of the shots!

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