Fight the Frump! You Deserve the Best! March 28, 2017 14:53
For some women the growing body that comes with pregnancy is an exciting and glorious time.
For many however, there is also a struggle to embrace 'getting bigger' ... quite understandable in our society where gaining weight can feel like a sign of weakness.
When we are not feeling our best, there can be a tendency to dress down, wear baggy clothes and essentially try to fade into the background.
This is one of the worst things we can do for our self esteem.
As we get bigger, let's do ourselves a favour and dress up instead of dressing down.
We all know how much looking good is tied to feeling good.
So go ahead - put a pretty scarf around your neck.
Wear dresses (comfortable and flattering).
Eyeliner and lipstick in just for no reason.
Your good jewelry to hang with friends and relatives.
Distract with cleavage (my fave).
Fight the frump - celebrate your glorious being (take it easy on the self criticism) and enjoy looking and feeling amazing - even have a fashion moment - with flattering cuts, quality fabrics and stylish solutions for one of life's greatest adventures.
Luna is Looking for Mama Made Newborn Hats March 10, 2017 20:52
Credit Note or Gift Card from In Store? January 21, 2017 15:05If you have a credit note or gift card from Luna's Richmond Hill boutique, please let us know via message or email and we will turn it into an online gift card for all your maternity and nursing shopping needs! Please send us the credit note or gift card number. Thank you!
Model Search! Do you live in the GTA? January 11, 2017 11:04
Best Selection of Tiffany Rose Dresses for Maternity & Nursing in Canada November 23, 2016 14:37
Holiday Shopping & Official Shipping Timelines November 20, 2016 22:50
This weekend we had snow, the Santa Clause parade in town and holiday shopping on the brain.
For everyone thinking of maternity gifts for their pregnant loved one or new mom in the family we continue to stock the biggest selection of flattering pregnancy and nursing fashion. We select clothing that will grow and shrink with you and flatter at any stage. Apologies to your friends as they will have to buy their own maternity clothes; you won't be donating these items.
See HERE for shipping timelines within Canada.
Please see HERE for shipping timelines to the USA and elsewhere.
Please use the notes section of your order to give us any instructions and 'Need By' dates.
December 19 is the official Canada Post deadline for expedited parcels within Canada for non-remote locations (i.e. not very many 0s in the postal code).
To celebrate family (a blessing we share every day) and the spirit of the season (love one another) we have an exciting collaboration in the works. Stay tuned - and remember: life is good.
Loving the Seraphine Bump Kit for Easy Pregnancy Style! November 10, 2016 21:00
Figuring out what to wear on any given day can be a challenge - but when your body is often doing new and wacky things - having "nothing to wear" actually happens. Regularly. How depressing. Oh wait - it's the Seraphine pregnancy clothing must-have bundle to the rescue!
The Seraphine London Bump Kit includes 4 fantastic essentials that will have you looking and feeling amazing in no time!
Searching for Stylish Maternity Clothes in Edmonton? October 29, 2016 09:11
Our most popular search term this week? "Buy Pregnancy Jacket Montreal" has been bumped out of first place by "Winter Maternity Coat Edmonton" on Luna's search bar. What does this tell us? Winter has arrived to Canada! If you are looking for a maternity coat in Toronto, or a babywearing coat BC, pregnancy and beyond jacket Mississauga, you really need to check out our collection of top quality and stylish coats for you, your baby and beyond. Believe me - as a been there, done that moment - your self esteem will diminish every time you try to hold your husband's fleece closed over your cold tummy as a cold wind blows. You are worth a coat that closes. You are worth a jacket that isn't "just for a few months" but that will grow with you, shrink with you and in many cases help baby keep snuggled up against you and loving life.
Best Winter Maternity Coats & Babywearing Jackets Canada October 20, 2016 00:00Check out the best selection of winter maternity coats and babywearing jackets! Enjoy Free Shipping + Free Returns in Canada! For anyone who is pregnant or just had a baby going into winter in Canada - at some point the realization that you need a winter coat that actually zips up - becomes front and centre. How to look stylish, stay warm and not waste a bunch of money on a maternity coat that you will wear for only a short while? Adjustable (and affordable!) winter jackets for pregnancy and beyond! Hooray! Luna stocks the best quality winter coats (made in Europe and in Canada) that have smart features like removable hoods etc but that also grow with you and baby during pregnancy and will shrink down for babywearing and to become a gorgeous non-maternity coat afterwards. A top quality and stylish non-maternity coat that is. Don't settle for your husband's jacket that almost closes - now you can be sensible, save money and still zip up your coat! SHOP HERE.
Luna Offers Free Returns!! September 27, 2016 17:38Hooray! Luna Maternity & Nursing is proud to be able to offer our customers in Canada free returns! Shop the biggest & best selection of maternity & nursing clothing without any risks! Try before you buy! Look & feel amazing!! Thank you for your support over the past 4 and a half years - this is a small way of showing how much we appreciate our customers - many of whom have become our friends!
You Don't Have to Wear a Dress for Your Maternity Photos June 25, 2016 15:08
Yes I said it and you can tell your aunt/mother/husband I said so. Not everybody feels their best in a dress and there is no reason to force yourself when you already might not be feeling exactly in your prime. Surely you have a lot of other more pressing subjects to concern yourself with - why add "try to please others" to your list! Oh yea she said it. A cute top like THIS crochet (slightly A-line) top from Seraphine doesn't cling and really flatters. This top can be dressed up easily with a classic pearls for a garden party look or with distressed denim and sneakers a la Gwen Stefani. It is also a nursing top that doesn't look like a nursing top which means you will love to wear it for years to come! Or go for THIS really uber hottie maternity and beyond top from Elpasa in Europe. You have plenty of options - a cute maternity skirt and top for a fresh feel, or if you are a jeans girl - why not wear jeans like THIS for a lighter modern look or THESE if you like a more classic dark wash! Whether you want a long and flowing pregnant Goddess feel or boots and jeggings, try to find a photographer who can read people and does the extra work to have the personality of the client taken into consideration when suggesting poses, backdrops and the overall feel of the shoot. One of our favourite giveaways for our GTA and Toronto ladies is the free mini-maternity shoot and free 5 x 7 from BoyGirl Photography. Shout out to Cristina Sacco who always has her clients at the centre of her work! www.boygirlphotography.com.
How to Clean & Use Your Spectra Breast Pump April 19, 2016 20:38
Here are some helpful tips about cleaning your Spectra Canada Breast Pump!
First time use
- Sterilize all parts of the breast shield kit excluding the tubing using your preferred sterilization.
- You DO NOT need to sterilize the tubing as it will not be in contact with your breast milk.
- And DO NOT sterilize the breast pump body.
After each use
- Disassemble and wash all parts of your breast shield kit that come into contact with your breast and breast milk and wash in warm soapy water and rinse it in clean water and airdry on clean towel.
- Keep parts covered when not in use.
Which is Better: Reusable Nursing Pads or Disposable? April 06, 2016 10:35
There are many reasons why women use washable nursing pads as opposed to purchasing disposable ones. Ultimately the decision will be based on your individual needs but below we lay out some of the pros and cons for each.
Spectra Baby S1 & S2! The Best Breast Pump Now in Canada! March 22, 2016 21:35
Before my first was born I remember researching for hours about what was the best stroller, crib, baby monitor, change table etc - so much so that I now joke I could have done a PhD or at least my Masters in Baby Gear. Once baby was born I remember sending my husband to the store with just one directive - please buy the most expensive pump. My nipples were cracked, I was exhausted and baby was eating constantly - I needed relief and all the reviews of breast pumps that I had read left me confused and unsure...some women loved them, some women hated them - there was no clear winner. Luna has been in business for 4 years and despite specializing in nursing clothing and accessories, we had never stocked a breast pump. There was never a pump that we felt we could sell our customers with confidence - until now! After reading hundreds of reviews on the best breast pumps and comparing the actual mechanics of the available breast pumps - we are proud to stock the Spectra Baby USA breast pump. Here are some of the features of the S1 pump. Keep in mind the S1 and the S2 are the same pump except the S1 has the rechargeable battery as well as the AC adapter.
Backflow Protection technology protects breast milk and baby from bacteria, mold and viruses while pumping (no other pump has this technology!!)
2 Phase Cycling with Let-Down Button provides adjustable suction and cycling in let-down and expression mode
Customizable pump settings to mom’s own response to follow her flow and find her best settings every time
Able to be used as a single or double breast pump
Pump is designed to be really quiet while in use
All components that come in touch with milk are BPA-free
Powered by an AC Adaptor or rechargeable internal battery- lasts up to 4 hours on a charge (both included)
LCD Display, timer and two-level lighting function
Included with the Spectra S1:
Double Electric Breast Pump
(2) Backflow protectors
(2) Duck bill valves
(2) Collection bottles and caps
(2) Standard 24 mm size flanges
Rechargeable internal battery
Look & Feel Amazing Pregnant ! Fight the Frump! March 02, 2016 11:11
For some women the growing body that comes with pregnancy is an exciting and glorious time. For many however, there is also a struggle to embrace 'getting bigger' ... quite understandable in our society where gaining weight is a sign of weakness. As with any weight gain (never mind the fact that there is another human growing in us!) there is a tendency to dress down, wear baggy clothes and essentially try to fade into then background. This is one of the worst things we can do for our self esteem. As we get bigger, let's do ourselves a favour and dress up instead of dressing down. We all know how much looking good is tied to feeling good. So go ahead - wear a dress to the mall? Why not? Makeup and jewelry to hang with friends - darn right! Fight the frump - celebrate your bump! Shop our huge selection of stylish maternity dresses HERE.
Looking to Buy Maternity Jeans? Use This Maternity Jeans Buyers Guide. January 19, 2016 21:55
Every pregnant woman will eventually want to buy maternity jeans, but how do you pick out the perfect pair of jeans that fit well and look amazing? There are maternity jeans that look great but they are uncomfortable, some that are very comfortable but you wouldn’t want to be caught in public wearing them, and then there are those that combine comfort and style. So, how do you make sure that you buy the latter pair? Well, thankfully you are on our blog, because all of the maternity jeans that we stock are designed to be worn all day comfortably while allowing you to still rock stylish jeans.
One of the first things you will have to take into consideration when selecting a pair of maternity jeans is the waistband style. There are two main styles, which include the under bump and over bump. We will explain both one so you can identify the maternity jean style that best suits your needs.
Under Bump Maternity Jeans
Under bump maternity jeans do exactly what it sounds like they do; they lay low on your waist and hug right under your baby bump.
The under bump maternity jeans should fit snug while still providing a great deal of elasticity, because you want them to stay up and not slide down.
Check out these maternity jeans along with our entire selection by clicking HERE
Over Bump Maternity Jeans
Over the bump maternity jeans will lay higher up on your waist and they feature comfortable material that sits against your tummy to prevent irritation. Many pregnant women prefer this style because they feel the soft material provides them with additional support.
Some women assume that this style can’t be sexy, but our entire line of maternity jeans are the most comfortable as well as sexy pairs of jeans that you will find. We understand how important it is to continue feeling beautiful while you advance through your pregnancy, and our sexy maternity jeans allow you to feel just that!
While the under bump suit certain body types, the over the bump style are preferred by the majority of women. Bending over or reaching up will not expose your stomach when wearing a pair of over bump maternity jeans.
Check out these maternity jeans along with our entire selection by clicking HERE
Tips to Help You Buy Maternity Jeans Online
It is so convenient to buy maternity jeans online, so we have put together a list of tips to help you buy the perfect pair of maternity jeans online.
- Maternity jeans are designed around baby bumps and your changing body, so there is no need to buy larger sizes. Many women assume they have to purchase larger sizes, but the changes your body will go through are taken into consideration and you should purchase your regular sizing. The only instance that would call for a larger size is if you were expecting twins. If you ever have specific sizing questions don’t hesitate to give us a call at 905-508-5862 or shoot us an email at email@example.com.
- Our styles of maternity jeans combined with our extensive inventory of maternity tops and dresses gives you endless possibilities of beautiful and sexy outfits. Don’t be afraid to shop for style in mind just as you would for regular clothes! Maternity clothes don’t have to be frumpy and boring, and you will notice this after one look at our inventory of sexy maternity clothes!
- You get what you pay for when it comes to maternity clothes. Cheap clothes will often be made out of uncomfortable material and wear quickly. Your pregnancy is 9 months and you want to make sure that you are extremely comfortable throughout the process, so purchase maternity clothes that will offer the best comfort and will flatter your body - these are the ones that you will reach for time and time again.
Our maternity jeans selection is premium quality and features the best in fit, function and adjustability. You can check out each pair of jeans that we carry to read about their special fit and adjustment features.
All of the maternity clothes that you see on our website are currently in stock and available for immediate shipping. All orders over $100 qualify for free shipping as well.
Stylish Winter Coats & Jackets That Will Grow & Shrink With You!! December 01, 2015 13:21
Yes ladies - no more stuffing yourself into a too small coat, or borrowing your husband's old jacket, or freezing your bottom off wearing layers of sweaters! You can buy a stylish, warm and totally adjustable winter coat or jacket that will look good at any stage including after baby is born. Straight from Europe - check them out for yourself!
Luna is Hiring!! October 25, 2015 21:00
Luna is looking for a part-time Sales & Customer Service Associate. The ideal candidate will be able to grow in the role with the eventual goal of acting as a Retail Manager. We are looking for a friendly, helpful and serious sales associate who loves fashion and can help customers find what they need to look and feel amazing. The perfect candidate sees what needs to be done and does it.
Specific responsibilities include:
Inspect newly arrived stock for defects, prepare for display
Greet customers, understand their needs and suggest suitable items
Recommend additional products to improve customer's shopping experience and to increase sales
Ensure customer concerns are addressed in a proactive and customer-oriented manner
Utilize point of sale system and proper cash handling procedures to efficiently conduct financial transactions
Maximize visibility of key products through attractive in store displays
Effective inventory management to minimize shrinkage and improve customer shopping experience
Superior communication skills to ensure good relationships with customers and colleagues
Keep store tidy and presentable
Rate of pay and commission commensurate with experience
Email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
New Formal Maternity Dresses In Store & Online! October 11, 2015 14:51
I am so excited - blogging on a Sunday afternoon has to be the first clue!! We just received our new shipment of Tiffany Rose maternity party dresses and evening wear and the styles are simply gorgeous!! As one of the only stores in Canada that sells Tiffany Rose, we have to do our fair of educating... and by educating I mean stocking sexy, stunning, sophisticated, stylish maternity (and nursing) special occasion dresses.
This one is a Luna favourite - nursing friendly and like the majority of styles we stock - totally looks great after baby is born - no bump required!
Why Women Love Isabella Oliver Maternity October 05, 2015 12:31
Known as a celebrity favourite there is no doubt that Isabella Oliver maternity clothes are recognized and loved around the world and that includes here in Canada. Simply put - this iconic pregnancy label makes flattering clothing for the pregnant woman. You don't have to be a fashionista to appreciate the difference that quality fabric and a skilled cut make in your overall appearance. In fact, Isabella Oliver specializes in simple basics and classic separates that can form the basis of your maternity and beyond wardrobe. Shop the entire Isabella Oliver collection HERE
Announcing $5 Shipping to USA July 22, 2015 22:30
Just in case our American customers needed a better reason than a super low Canadian $ to shop at Luna - we have now introduced $5 shipping to the USA!! You can still choose to have your items sent with expedited shipping but if you are not in a rush for your items, simply select Regular Shipping at checkout and enjoy the savings! To our beloved Canadian customers shopping for maternity clothes online, you still receive free expedited shipping over $100 within Canada. Questions about shipping? Simply email us at email@example.com for more info!
Top 5 Tips for Stylish Plus-Size Maternity Clothes July 07, 2015 16:00We all know how closely looking good is tied to feeling good (and in many cases vice versa)...and one of the times when looking good deserves extra emphasis is during pregnancy. In our body-conscious society, getting bigger can bring stress and struggles as our body grows and changes in ways we can't control and often that we just don't like. READ MORE
Exercising Your Pelvic Floor the Easy & Effective Way! June 07, 2015 22:24
Any woman who has been to the doctors, read a woman's magazine, browsed a pregnancy website, or breathed oxygen has no doubt (repeatedly) been told of the importance of strong pelvic floor muscles. Most of us know they are useful to avoid leaking pee (not fun) and to avoid organ prolapse (downright scary) but of course strong pelvic floor muscles are also super important when it comes to having better sex and more orgasms. We are told to do our kegels and all will be well. READ MORE
Why Are There So Few Designer Maternity Stores In a City As Big As Toronto?? May 30, 2015 00:30
If you ask a woman from our mother's generation they will tell you that we should consider ourselves lucky because when they were pregnant - there really were NO maternity stores in or around Toronto offering stylish fashion for pregnant women. Period. Apparently we should consider ourselves lucky that we can now find a handful of pregnancy shops carrying stylish maternity and sometimes cute nursing wear within the 4 corners of the GTA. READ MORE
Maternity Bridal - Dress Options For the Stylish Pregnant Bride March 25, 2015 20:00
Thankfully the days of limited options for pregnant brides are becoming a distant memory. At Luna we regularly special order maternity wedding dresses from the top pregnancy designers who also design gorgeous wedding dresses for stylish brides and mothers-to-be. READ MORE
Supportive Comfort: Choosing the Perfect Nursing Bra For After Baby is Born March 04, 2015 23:44
For all my lovely ladies who cannot come into the store, this is a blog all about choosing the best nursing bras for your hospital bag and for when supportive comfort is what you crave.
First thing is I'm referring to nursing 'bras' in the plural form because you will need more than one! We say three is the minimum so that you have one to wear, one in the wash and one that is ready to change into when your little angel deposits puke, poop or whatever on you (sorry).
Second point I would like to address is that at some point in recent history, a surely well-intentioned person suggested that women should wait until the baby is born to buy nursing bras. It seems like it could make sense but NO DON'T WAIT!! After seeing a number of women with 2-day old babies hobble into the store desperate for a bra (and sleep) I would like to respectfully suggest that there is no need to wait to buy a bra.
Quality nursing bras are made of materials that will adapt to your changing body. Simply buy a bra designed for breastfeeding with material that stretches and make sure there is room to grow in the cup and room to shrink in the band.
Chances are when your milk comes in you will go up one or two cup sizes and at the same time once the baby is born your rib cage will shrink back down (especially if you employ post-partum compression).
Now some of you may be thinking, "What if I can't nurse? I don't want to waste money on nursing bras." This is the biggest myth of all. Yes some women cannot breastfeed for medical reasons. Many women who can in fact breastfeed get stressed, get bad advice, get discouraged and give up. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We are afraid we can't do it and that baby is hungry and it hurts etc. so we supplement with formula and then because when it comes to breastfeeding 'demand equals supply' and there is less demand (nursing), we end up with less supply (milk).
The best advice was from a nurse who told me to give it 6 weeks before I gave up. And then at 6 weeks, I promised myself to go until 3 months and then by 3 months...heck I had spent that money on those bras - no way I was giving up!
Ok so back to getting you some fabulous nursing bras... (the kind you will thank me about via email!) most likely if you are packing your hospital bag or just had your baby, you will want a bra that you can fall asleep in and that will be super gentle on your tender breasts.
So without further delay here are Luna's Top 3 Supportive Comfort Bras in order of popularity:
1. Bravado Bodysilk Bra - Our most popular bra offers the coverage of a sports bra with removable pads.
2. Boob Fast Food Bra - Very stretchy, less 'bra' than the bodysilk and cute enough for Gwen Stefani to rock.
3. Cache Coeur 3D Light - made of spacer foam, women say it feels like air. Most supportive of the comfort bras.
Shop all the bras HERE
6 Reasons You will LOVE Aden + Anais Swaddles and Multi-Use Blankets February 21, 2015 09:50
To try them is to love them and here is why:
- The BEST PRICE on Aden & Anais Swaddles - OH YES WE DO!
- They are breathable. Sweaty baby are not happy babies. Muslin and Bamboo are both temperature regulating fabrics so they help baby stay warm without over-heating.
- They get softer with every wash. The perfect lovey.
- They are stylish, cute and sweet - perfect for family keepsakes with plenty of non-baby prints.
- High quality - won't shrink and will stand up to constant washing.
- They are huge - which means you can actually swaddle your (9lb) baby without losing your mind. It also means they are practical for a whole bunch of uses: a stroller cover that doesn't fall off every two feet, a blanket for your 4 year old that is the perfect size, a tummy time mat, a nursing cover...
You will wish they came in adult sizes! Check out the whole collection of Aden & Anais Swaddles HERE
Why Buying Cheap Maternity Clothes Doesn't Save You Money February 21, 2015 09:48I have always been a price-oriented shopper - the sale rack is where I start in every store. I have learned an important lesson over the years, which is - that in most cases - we get what we pay for. Nowhere is that more true than in maternity clothing. Simply because you will be washing and wearing a few core pieces again and again. I bought a pair of black maternity pants from the mall - after 2 washes they were no longer black and my butt was sagging! I ended up buying another pair and the same thing - fading, pilling and crappy fit - after only a few washes. So two pairs of black maternity pants and I still didn't have anything to wear. Did buying cheap save me money? Paying more for something I love to wear and feel fabulous in is smart - otherwise the item sits in the back of our closet - I got a great deal - but I never wear it...is that saving money?
Maternity Leggings: A Pregnant Woman's Best Friend January 24, 2015 22:57
One of the most common remarks we hear from women trying on clothes in our store is, "Wow! This is so comfortable!".
Yes we all love the idea of 'saving' and somehow we have it in our head that there is some award for suffering with discomfort...actually the opposite is true. We can get the unjust title of 'a complainer'!
Pregnancy already comes with its own set of discomforts - why add to them by trying to wear clothes that almost fit, kinda fit or fit as long as you don't move, breathe or bend over.
A basic pair of black maternity leggings are a pregnancy must-have. Everybody has their own idea of a perfect leggings but the Seraphine maternity legging is a best-seller for 6 basic reasons:
1. The price - we sell them for only $40.
2. The band goes up all the way over the tummy (or can be folded down). This means no annoying line in the middle of your tummy - even when you are really big - and no discomfort whatsoever.
3. They have a very slight sheen - meaning they can be worn with dressier tops and dresses as well - they don't look like sweatpants.
4. Very breathable! You can sleep in these leggings and they are perfect for pre-labour.
5. Totally opaque - even when you bend over, even in the sun, even if you had a big lunch.
6. They wash really well - no fading, no pilling - wash after wash (assuming they don't mistakenly get put in the dryer with hubby's socks!)
Remember there is no award for trudging through pregnancy, stretching out your pre-pregnancy clothes or buying one size bigger and pretending they fit everywhere else!
You deserve comfort, you deserve quality - and at $40 a pair - these are crafted with the stylish and economical woman in mind.
Check out these maternity leggings and others by clicking HERE
What The Heck Is Post-Partum Compression And Why Would I Want to Do It? January 24, 2015 22:36
Anyone who has had a baby knows that when you leave the hospital after having a baby you will still look approximately 8 months pregnant. If you aren't prepared for this reality - well now you know...and you are welcome.
Postpartum wraps have been known to help reduce the swelling of the uterus, decrease bloating caused by water retention, support your legs & back and provide additional comfort and support for you breast feeding moms.
3 Great Reasons to Use a Post-Partum Compression Belt #GetYourBodyBack
1. Reduce Swelling:
Much of your lingering belly will be due to fluids and swelling. For this reason, women throughout history have used binding to regain their pre-pregnancy shape. You will literally look and feel slimmer by simply using the belt to reduce the swelling.
2. Eliminate Back Pain:
In addition to reducing swelling, a post-partum belly wrap will provide support - just as weight lifters and employees at Home Depot wear a wide belt for extra back support - your post-partum compression belt will reduce back pain and help support your core as your regain your strength in the weeks following delivery. Let's remember that your stomach muscles have been severely stretched during pregnancy and in the case of a c-section the stomach muscles have been cut...it can be painful to even sit up straight and move about with a post-pregnancy support belt.
3. Shrink Your Rib Cage & Hips:
Every pregnant woman has heard about the wonderful hormone known as Relaxin. In short this wonderful hormone is responsible for physically relaxing your body allowing your ribs and hips (among other things) to expand to accommodate the little person growing inside. This hormone is still present for approximately 6 weeks after delivery (also known as the 4th trimester). That means that we have a good chance to bring back in our rib cage and hips using the gentle and sustained compression provided by a post-partum belt.
Not convinced? Here is a nice list of reasons this will be the best money spent for your post-pregnancy self:
How to Use a Post-Pregnancy Compression Belt
In the past, women have wrapped a sheet tightly around their abdomen and kept it on for 40 days following birth. Fast forward to today and thankfully women have another option! At Luna we love the Belly Bandit for a few reasons. The price is higher than some other compression belts - but the quality of compression is much better. This means your belt will not stretch out and stop working after a week.
The Belly Bandit also comes with a very strong and wide velcro panel, meaning it will hold you in and shrink with you - but it also means you can take it off for showers etc...a serious improvement over sheets! Some customers ask why a Belly Bandit is better than a corset. Simply because a corset has very few settings and cannot offer the compression power of the Belly Bandit. A corset or some other type of shaper is perfect for after the initial compression period of 6 weeks.
A Belly Bandit is super easy to use and is doctor approved. (To be sure of your individual case, please ask your doctor). There are a few ways to make sure you get the most out of your post-baby compression.
Tips For Maximum Results
1. Wear your Belly Bandit as soon as you get home from the hospital. We therefore recommend buying your Belly Bandit before delivery because after having a baby the last thing you will want to do is go shopping. Well...at least for a while!
2. Wear it all the time. Yes ladies - all the time. Take it off for showers obviously but other than that it should be worn 24/7. And don't worry - because of the support and comfort it provides (not to mention the slimming) you will want to wear it all the time.
3. Wear it tight! Sometimes customers come in with their belt loosely on and they tell me they don't think it is working...IT HAS TO BE TIGHT! Not so tight that you can't breathe - or feel discomfort - but it is called compression for a reason!
Choosing the Perfect Post-Partum Belt To Suit Your Needs
After using the belts personally and based on the feedback of many customers we have identified the top two options:
B.F.F. (Body Formulated Fit): Perfect for petite women, short-waisted women and curvy women. There are two panels that hug your curves in comfort while offering 2 more inches of Velcro. This design creates the ability for a woman to have the compression conform to create a natural silhouette – because we are all not built the same.
Bamboo: Super soft and about an inch taller. This is the belt we recommend for tall or long-waisted women and anyone who has had a c-section. You can still close it on a diagonal to get the perfect fit. Wearing the Belly Bandit™ after a c-section may help to decrease post-op recovery time by minimizing associated incision pain, which allows greater mobility post-surgery.
Word to the Wise
You may end up going through two sizes. I initially balked at the idea of spending on a second belt - but when you are slimming down so fast - you will be glad to buy a second belt. Let's face it, I would have spent thousands of dollars to get my old body back - a couple of hundred seemed like a deal. When I was at home and feeling super keen, I wore both belts, with the bigger belt on my hip area to take advantage of the relaxin I had still floating around.
Choosing The Right Size
Here are some tips to help you find the right size:
* In the eighth month many women will be the same size as they will be post delivery. Simply measure the circumference of your waist starting at your belly button. Choose the corresponding band for your size.* Just prior to delivery simply subtract 3 to 5 inches from your waist measurement. Select the corresponding band for that size.
* If you purchase it after you give birth, simply choose the corresponding band for your waist size.
Band Size: EXTRA SMALL Fits Current Waist Size: 28” - 32”
Band Size: SMALL Fits Current Waist Size: 33” - 37”
Band Size: MEDIUM Fits Current Waist Size: 38” - 43”
Band Size:LARGE Fits Current Waist Size: 44” - 49”
Band Size:EXTRA LARGE Fits Current Waist Size: 50” - 57”
Buy Nursing Tops That Are Both Stylish and Functional December 01, 2014 22:40
There are many reasons why women buy nursing tops rather than just using any top they currently own. Many experts encourage breastfeeding rather than using formula and if you take this route it is important to feel as relaxed as possible while nursing. Wearing nursing tops can really help to make the experience more comfortable for you and that is ultimately good for both mom and baby (and in fact the whole family!)
Why Buy Nursing Tops?
Some women wonder why they need to buy nursing tops instead of wearing regular maternity tops or older tops that they currently have sitting in their closet. In a nutshell, nursing tops are designed for easy access while providing privacy. This helps to not only feed your baby quickly, but also do so a bit inconspicuously, as they will often need to be fed when it is not the ideal situation. Many of our stylish nursing tops are designed to cover the breast area during nursing, allowing for feeding at virtually any time with complete discretion. Some women prefer a ‘pull-down’ type of access which is also quick and easy – and we stock a large selection of those types of nursing tops too. If you are still not sold on the need for a nursing top - just think: who really wants to lift up their top every time baby is hungry? Just having had a baby – baring my abdomen was close to the bottom of my list of things I would like to do!
How to Buy Nursing Clothing
There are a few must-have nursing basics that will make your life easier and your breastfeeding experience more enjoyable – these essentials are of course nursing bras and nursing tops. Just as nursing bras range from total comfort to total fashion, so too do nursing tops. You will want to buy good quality nursing tops because you will constantly be washing them (think spit up and other baby joys). Think about your usual style and start there – being a mom doesn’t mean that you should give up what makes you feel your best. You deserve a few nursing tops for around the house as well as going out…and don’t forget about sleep. The ‘in the middle of the night’ feedings are more comfortable if you don’t have to also deal with a cold tummy!
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Don’t Forget About Nursing Dresses!
I remember leaving the hospital with my first little guy – everything is packed and ready to go, the forms are signed and we are almost out the hospital room door when he begins to cry like crazy wanting to be fed – despite the fact that I fed him before the checkout process begun… but I digress. I will never forget the look on the nurse’s face when I started to pull my comfy sundress up from the bottom trying as quickly as I could to get to the hook on my nursing bra. Her comment, “Didn’t you know you were having a baby?”. So yes a comfortable dress is a great way to leave the hospital – just make sure it is nursing friendly! I also remember at my son’s baptism struggling in the bathroom, disrobing just to get to my breasts – again, never thought about nursing friendly clothing. By the time we went to our next special occasion – I was totally prepared with a gorgeous dress that would accommodate breastfeeding. Life in paradise!
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Nursing Top & Dress Purchase Tips
- Consider what type of access you prefer. You may need to experiment to truly find your preference as some women prefer styles that cover their entire breast area, while some like the clear sight lines provided by ‘pull-down’ access. It all comes down to personal preference.
- Shop for style. Yes, we said style! Nursing tops don’t have to be boring and dull. One quick look at our selection of sexy nursing tops and you will see that the styles have come a long way in recent years. These aren’t your mother’s nursing tops! A great deal of nursing clothes don’t look like nursing items at all and can easily be integrated into your non-nursing wardrobe and enjoyed for years to come. There are special occasion nursing tops and dresses as well as casual options from basic lounge t-shirts to cute dresses perfect for breastfeeding on the go.
- Look for quality. As mentioned you will most likely need to wash your nursing tops more often than you would be inclined to believe. Don’t waste your money on nursing tops that fall apart in the wash, shrink, fade, pill or even worse – look so bad you never want to wear them! All of the stylish nursing tops, dresses and sleepwear that we carry are flattering and high quality – helping you look and feel your best.
- Select comfortable materials. The last thing you want to deal with when nursing is scratchy materials or fabrics that don’t breathe. All of the nursing, dresses and breastfeeding sleepwear that we carry are constructed of the highest quality materials that are safe for mom and baby and you can feel good knowing that all of our clothing is sweatshop-free!
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Tips to Help You Buy Nursing Tops Online
Let’s face it, online shopping is very convenient to do from the comfort of your home, especially with a newborn in the picture! This is one of the reasons we decided to launch an online presence with a large selection of the highest quality maternity and breastfeeding clothes. So, to help you buy nursing tops and other maternity necessities online, we have put together this list of tips.
- Shop in advance. We all know that one of the worst feelings is looking in our closet with nothing to wear. Especially as a new mom when everyone else’s needs come first and especially with a body that has undergone some serious and sometimes unnerving changes. When you are pregnant focus on buying maternity clothes that will also work for nursing. This will extend the life of your wardrobe and ensure that you are not trying to survive on next to nothing in the way of breastfeeding-friendly clothing.
- Purchase multiple items to save on shipping. We offer free shipping on all orders over $100, so it pays to purchase multiple items – you are going to need them anyway so take advantage of special promotions when you can.
- Look for a retail presence as well. There are a lot of websites that sell maternity clothes online, but just because they have a website it doesn’t make them an expert. We have a physical retail location as well, and have literally served thousands of breastfeeding women – we know the challenges and can help you by providing guidance of what has worked well for other new mothers and probably answer some questions you didn’t even think to ask! We love to speak with our customers and help them pick out the perfect maternity and nursing clothes!
- Assume you can. Sometimes we hear that women want to delay purchasing nursing clothing ‘in case they can’t breastfeed’. Please know that breastfeeding for many women is challenging – poor latches, not enough milk swollen ducts, and cracked nipples plague many women. These bumps in the road can feel like the end of the road and some disappointedly assume that it wasn’t meant to be. We may also get pressured from well-meaning family or receive out-of-date advice from doctors who may have studied a chapter on breastfeeding in school. We are led to believe that it will either work or not work. That is very far from the truth. Expect it to take approximately 6 weeks to get the hang of nursing your baby. You will learn and the baby will also learn and before you know it, breastfeeding your baby will be the easiest and most stress-free thing you do in a day. I promise!
So, whether you need to buy nursing clothing for around the house or for going out, we have a stylish selection of beautiful tops and dresses to meet your needs. If you ever have specific questions about a style that we offer please contact us – we are always more than happy to speak to you and answer any questions that you might have.
Stylish Maternity Dresses Allow You to Ditch The Baggy Clothes & Feel Sexy November 14, 2014 13:06
Stylish maternity dresses allow you to feel pregnant, proud and still sexy. Some pregnant women opt for large baggy clothes and tense up at the thought of a sexy maternity dress. While there is nothing wrong with comfy clothes, wouldn’t you love to look and feel your best while wearing cute, comfortable and fashionable maternity clothes?
Yes, maternity dresses can be sexy! Many women feel like they have to cover up the weight gain, but why not compliment the amazing changes that your body goes through with a flattering maternity dress that will highlight the changes you like while helping to camouflage the changes you are not too crazy about!
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Wearing sexy maternity dresses instills the confidence to go anywhere, knowing you look amazing! Have a corporate event or wedding to attend? Want to head out for a nice dinner date with your significant other? What about looking and feeling amazing at your baby shower?
Regardless of the occasion, sexy maternity dresses are the answer! Our selection of maternity dresses is the most extensive collection available online, and we even offer free expedited shipping within Canada on all orders over $100.
Stylish maternity clothes come in a wide range of styles, from hot cocktail styles that are suitable for a date night with your significant other to more conservative form fitting dresses that are appropriate for the office. Our selection of maternity dresses has you covered for everything from nights out to boardroom meetings.
Selecting the perfect maternity dress has a lot to do with your audience, but lucky for you we have you covered for every situation. A dress for a corporate event might require that you cover up ‘the girls’ but if you are looking for a dress to wear out with your significant other for a romantic evening, by all means why not highlight your assets with a bit of décolleté..
Then we have the always-fun meet up with the in-laws. Some women feel more comfortable wearing a dress that doesn’t draw too much attention to the belly area instead of one designed to really showcase the baby bump. From ultra conservative to ultra sexy, we have you covered.
Once you have a particular style in mind you can then pick out the perfect maternity dress to unleash your inner sexiness! Pregnancy is a very exciting stage of your life, so treasure it, embrace it, and kick those baggy maternity clothes to the curb. Now is the perfect time to give sexy maternity fashion a try!
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Yes, Looking & Feeling Sexy Daily While Pregnant is Possible
Dressing down is a surefire way to feel down! As we get bigger the best thing we can do is to dress up – not down! Say goodbye to unflattering baggy maternity clothes that feel like you have a tarp on, because you can now find beautiful dresses so stylish that you could wear them to the local hotspot and turn heads without feeling like you are walking around with a large “I’m Pregnant” sign. Our complete selection of sexy maternity dresses provides you with endless options for all events, from those fancy nights out to just everyday errands.
Our selection is constantly growing, as we stock the hottest and newest styles to hit the market. All of the maternity dresses that you find on our website are currently in stock and ready for immediate shipping. All orders above $100 are also eligible to take advantage of our free shipping offer.
Sophisticated Maternity Dresses – Yes, We Have Those Too!
Don’t assume that a sexy maternity dress has to resemble something ultra sleek and hot along the lines of lingerie. Feeling sexy while you are pregnant starts with truly loving what you are wearing. Let’s be honest for a moment; wearing big baggy clothes just isn’t going to do the trick. Try combining an elegant maternity dress with a sexy maternity bra to make you feel incredible and emit that beautiful pregnancy glow!
With so many women opting to maintain pre-pregnancy style throughout their term it has resulted in a much larger selection of stylish dresses to select from. Some might blame society for the added pressure to remain beautiful, but the majority of women have the inner desire to feel and look their best throughout their pregnancy.
5 Simple Tips to Feel Ultra Sexy During Your Pregnancy
- Stay away from baggy clothes.
Simply put, you aren’t going to feel sexy wearing big baggy clothes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with proudly and elegantly showing off your changing form, so wear beautiful dresses with flattering cuts and fabrics.
- Don’t be afraid of color.
Black and white are always a great choice, but don’t be afraid to try a bold color or a wild print. Gone are the days that women try to mask the baby bump, so get with the times and show it off to the world with a comfortable and sexy maternity dress from one of our excellent designers.
- Heels can still be your friend.
We aren’t talking about six-inch stilettos here, but there is no rule against wearing a one or two inch heel that elongates your legs and creates a sleek and sexy shape. Match your sexy maternity dress with a pair of black pumps to really set your outfit off!
- Don’t ditch the makeup just yet.
There are several all-natural organic brands of makeup that can be safely used throughout your pregnancy. While you are going to carry a natural glow, complimenting it with smoky eyes and some neutral lips can really make you feel sexy.
- Emit confidence.
If you feel confident inside then it is going to radiate through, and dressing in maternity clothes that make you feel beautiful and sexy is going to help turn that confidence up a notch!
Our entire line of sexy maternity dresses are so stylish that you will be glad to know that most will grown and shrink with you so that you can wear them for years not months!
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Which sexy maternity dress is your absolute favorite? What one did you purchase or are you planning to purchase? Let us know in the comments below!
Must Have Maternity Basics - The Best Black Maternity Pants For Work September 12, 2014 11:00
For most of us, black pants (maternity or otherwise) would be considered a wardrobe staple - and taking the time to find the right pair will pay off big time. Let's face it - the only thing worse than standing in front of your closet wondering what am I going to wear - is standing in front of your closet pregnant wondering what am I going to wear?
The usual rules apply: it is wise to spend a little more and buy something you feel totally great in and that will survive constant wash and wear. Because (this may be obvious but just in case) it's not saving money if you don't wear it.
If you are looking for a classic pair of suit or office pants then you will love the Queen Mum Maternity City pants collection. They come in skinny, straight leg or bootcut and are a pregnant professional's dream come true.
For business casual a fantastic option is the Boob Maternity Slim Pant; they look like office pants and feel like yoga pants - they literally look good with trainers, boots and pumps. What more could you ask for?!
If you prefer a completely skinny maternity black pant, consider a maternity tregging such as
Depending on your work environment, you could get away with a pair of black jeggings paired with a nice top or tunic. And if that is the case, are top picks are Boob treggings in black (no back pockets, can be worn over or under the tummy) Mama i Ja Kala treggings (thicker material with slimming back pockets!). For an under-the-tummy option check out the celebrity favourite from J Brand.
At Luna we carry a HUGE selection of black pants - so feel free to email or call with questions about style or fit and you can be sure to find your must-have maternity pants.
Stand Up Straight July 09, 2014 11:38
Nothing improves the way we look and feel faster than good posture - standing up straight, shoulders back and head held high. Yet all the lovingly repeated cradling, protecting, carrying, hugging, feeding, bending, picking up, cradling, protecting, hugging, feeding, bending, picking up of motherhood can wreak havoc on our posture. This of course will eventually wreak havoc on our health and well-being. Here is a super simple and effective way to straighten up. Stand with your back against a wall and move the heels of your feet, your buttocks, shoulders and the back of your head back to touch the wall. Take a few breaths and feel your shoulders lower. Continue breathing (duh) and walk away from the wall. I love to do this when I am getting ready in the morning or find myself stressed during the day - I literally walk away a new person.
4 Things I Wish I Did When I Was Pregnant June 29, 2014 22:55
Tips for How to Play With Our Children June 08, 2014 14:35
In SuperBaby, author Dr. Jenn Berman helps us to raise the level of play
...without taking it over. I find #5 in her "what not to do' list the hardest!
Must-Have Maternity Black Pants May 21, 2014 12:52
The Secret to Feeling Gorgeous While Pregnant May 20, 2014 14:42
For some women, the growing body that comes with pregnancy is an exciting and glorious time. For many however, there is also a struggle to embrace 'getting bigger' ... quite understandable in our society where gaining weight is a sign of weakness. As with any weight gain (forget the fact that there is another human growing in us!) there is a tendency to dress down. This attempt to fade into the background is one of the worst things we can do for our self esteem. Ladies, let's do ourselves a favour and as we grow, let's dress up instead of dressing down. Bypass the yoga pants and baggy cardigans and find a flattering and versatile maternity dress that helps you feel fabulous. Yes you can wear a dress to the mall. Makeup and jewelry to hang with friends - why not!?! We all know that looking good is tied to feeling good - so remember - fight the frump!
Why Bother With Nursing Clothes May 06, 2014 15:08
Clothes designed with access for breastfeeding will make your life easier. You just had a baby - do you really want to whip up your shirt time baby needs to eat?! Rewind a few years back, just about to leave the hospital with my little guy and all of a sudden the frantic cries for food began - at that point I remember starting to hike my long dress up trying to feed this crying baby and the lactation consultant looked at me and asked, "Didn't you know you were having a baby?". Whether you are leaving the hospital, at the mall, going for a walk, in the car, sitting on your couch at home or awake for a night-time feeding - a nursing shirt, nursing dress or nursing pyjama will help you maintain your comfort and style while breastfeeding.
Be Good To Your Girls March 06, 2014 14:11
For most women, heaviness or tenderness of the breasts is one of the first signs of pregnancy.
There is no prize for suffering - your breasts are growing, your rib cage is growing - you need a bra that can adapt.
Try to avoid buying a regular bra in a bigger size - you will not be that size again - buy a bra that can grow and shrink with you.
For some, there is a mental block involved with undergarments - even when they are digging in and hurting - we resist change.
Undergarments that don't fit create bumps and lumps that make us feel fat instead of pregnant.
Good bra = good foundation: customers instantly look and feel better when they make the switch to something that fits!
Many women wear a sleep bra to bed - try it and you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner.
Be good to your girls and they will be good to you!!