Molly Sims on Motherhood and Strolling In Style With Orbit

Okay, so saying we identify with all-around-bombshell Molly Sims may seem like wishful thinking, but the reality is, she’s a remarkably down-to-earth mother to almost-two-year-old Brooks—with a few tricks up her stylish sleeve. She knows the power of a good parenting book, a well-packed travel bag, and a smart stroller (namely, the new Orbit G3, launching on Gilt tomorrow at noon ET!). To celebrate the big roll-out, we caught up with Molly to chat about all things motherhood.

Gilt: You juggle it all—acting, modeling, and being a mom—what’s your secret? Any tricks to keeping it all together?
Molly
: When I’m working out of the home, I find myself always wondering what Brooks is doing and what he is up to…I miss him like crazy! Just last week I was working on a sitcom and I swear to you, at every break I would call just to check up on him. But, the thing is, when I work at home, I feel guilty because he is close by and I want to give him all my attention! But, I’ve really learned that I have to have an equal work/life balance.  I make time in my day to focus on work and other times where I don’t touch my laptop or phone and I just focus on my Brooksie. I also have an app on my phone where I can see him in his crib when he is sleeping! It’s great for me when I am out and want to check up on him.

Gilt: What’s the coolest part about being a mom? The most challenging?
Molly
: The coolest thing about being a mom is how much I love having my little partner in crime with me! I love our date nights! We go out at 5pm. Any later than that, Brooks falls asleep at the table. And there is nothing better than hearing him say, “mama”.  It melts my heart. 

The most challenging aspect would have to be, finding that balance to do my job well while still being a good mom to Brooks.

Gilt: Any great parenting advice you’ve picked up from your A-list friends? Any that you always share with other new moms?
Molly
: I am always reading books on parenting and I love having a village of mothers to go to and ask questions. I take a great class with other mothers from Jill Spivack – she has an amazing book, “Sleepy Planet”. I recommend it to everyone!

Gilt: What are your favorite things to do with Brooks?
Molly
: One of my favorite things to do with him is take him to the park so he can run around with all the other kids.  He loves to play on the swing set and jungle gym. I also love taking him to music class.  We have dance parties to his favorite songs!   

Gilt: What’s your approach to kids’ clothes? Brooks always looks baby-chic! Is there anything in particular you love to dress him in, or that we’ll never, ever see him in?
Molly
: Shopping for Brooks is so much fun!  I love him in Gap Kids, Eggy, and I love shopping for him on Gilt.  Brooks never met a stretch pant he didn’t like!  He also got his first suit for his very first graduation from a baby class!

Gilt: Speaking of chic, let’s talk strollers—they’ve kind of become the new status symbols for moms. What made you choose Orbit?
Molly
: I love the whole system! My hubby and I have two bases in each car, so we can easily transfer the car seat from one to the other.  It’s basically an all-in-one system. We can lift him out, lift him in, and never have to take him out of the baby seat. Orbit is a no-hassle stroller!

Gilt: Talk to us about your customized version of the G3—why did you choose that combination?
Molly
: I love black and grey because it’s neutral.  I can mix it up with different color blankets, and the neutral palette goes with everything. I love the baby carrier because we travel so much and I got the sidekick for Brooks so he can ride along with a little sister or brother one day!

Gilt: Any tips for traveling with kids? How can you minimize the stress?
Molly
: I always make sure I have things packed for Brooks to play with, like Hot Wheels, a DVD player, and kid-friendly headphones.  I also wrap his Hot Wheels individually (like little presents), and he gets to unwrap one every hour we are on the plane. I really try to change up his activities every 20 minutes or so. Okay, with him it’s more like every 5 minutes…

Gilt: Your good friend Rachel Zoe just had her 2nd baby—do you think there’s another one in your future, too?
Molly
: I am so happy for Rachel and her family! And yes, we are trying to have another bun in the oven!

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Shop the Launch: The All New Orbit G3 Stroller on Gilt

Attention parents (and those soon-to-be!): We’re thrilled to unveil our exclusive partnership with Orbit, the makers of innovative, award-winning strollers beloved by A-list moms like Molly Sims. Their G3 car seat and stroller system is launching on Gilt, starting Wednesday at 12:00 pm EST. So what’s new about this ride? It’s completely customizable, from the seat to the color choices, and putting it together is a snap — check out the video to see how it works.

Added bonus — when you spend $700 in Orbit Baby products, you’ll receive a $50 credit to Gilt and a $50 credit to Orbit. Talk about strolling in style! 

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Our Newest Arrival: mbaby™ Collection by Munchkin®

Photo c/o Munchkin

As a new parent, we know that your infant’s comfort and safety is your top priority. Putting your little one to sleep on his back, making sure he’s always strapped safely into his stroller, car seat, and bouncer, and removing pillows and blankets from his crib – these are all second nature to you now. Hey, we get it!

 

So does Munchkin. After recognizing that babies spend a lot of time on their backs, leaving their chests and tummies vulnerable to the cold, the company came up with mbaby, their new line of premium infant apparel. The collection of super-soft cotton Onester™ body suits and Sleepster™ sleep suits have an exclusive, patent-pending, double-layer front to keep the chill off baby’s chest without overheating her back. This extra bit of built-in comfort and safety proves, as Munchkin’s motto says, “it’s the little things®.”

 

Now that you don’t have to worry about your baby’s belly getting cold when he’s lying on his back, try our suggestions for fun activities that are guaranteed to engage and entertain little ones in the crib, car seat, or stroller, or when they need a break from tummy time (an important playtime activity that strengthens infants’ neck, back, and shoulders):

 

• Point to, and name, your baby’s nose, tummy, and knees, then tickle each one to begin teaching your infant to identify the different parts of the body.

• Ask, “How big is Baby?” then stretch your little one’s arms wide and say, “This big!”

• Shake a rattle or dangle a fun toy in front of your little one to encourage her to reach out and grab it.

• Lay your baby down, then take his feet in your hands and gently pedal his legs, as if he were riding a bicycle.

• Start up a rousing game of peek-a-boo. Gets ‘em every time!

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Thanksgiving: What Our Kids Are Thankful For

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked our favorite tiny trendsetters what they appreciate the most. Enjoy their adorable answers, below, and then shop our Give Thanks in Style sales.


AUDEN GRACE, AGE 5
Future Cheerleader/Doctor
“I’m thankful for my family, which includes my stuffed giraffe.”



ESMAE, AGE 5

Future Artist
“I’m thankful for my fish, Sleeping Beauty, because she loves me. Oh, and my family and baby brother Riv.”