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These essentials will make transitioning to solid foods a snap, mama

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So your baby is ready for solids? This is an exciting milestone, mama! Reaching the point where you can safely feed your kiddo pureed peas, applesauce and mashed sweet potatoes is a milestone moment—and one that'll require a few additional pieces of kitchenware. After all, now that your baby is no longer on a strict liquid diet, they need more than just bottles or your boob at mealtime.

Just a warning, though: Transitioning to solid food is a messy endeavor. Your little one is almost guaranteed to spit out whatever you put in their mouth (at least in the beginning), and when they start to feed themselves, you can be sure that plenty of purees and soft finger foods will find their way to your kitchen floor. So prepare yourself, mama, by stocking up on bibs, plates and bowls that adhere to the highchair and storage containers for small portions of leftovers.

From prepping food to serving with ease, Walmart.com has the must-have products to help make baby's first time eating solids a success.

OXO Tot Roll Up Bib

Baby's face, their highchair and your floor are pretty much guaranteed to be covered in food, but you can keep their clothes clean with this comfy and durable waterproof bib. The soft fabric top portion lays flat against your little one's body, while its wide silicone pocket catches crumbs before they land in their lap. Eating out? Simply roll it up at the end of the meal to keep your diaper bag clean from whatever food found its way into the pocket.

Price: $22.99

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NUK Mash & Serve Bowl

Preparing homemade baby food doesn't get much easier than this. Fill the blue and green bowl with fruit and steamed veggies and blend them together with the included masher. Easy-grip handles and a non-skid base provide leverage for mashing those harder-to-mush items (because your kiddo can't only eat bananas!). When meal time's over, the BPA-free set can be cleaned on the top rack of the dishwasher, meaning less time you need to spend at the sink.

Price: $5.39

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OXO Tot Bowl Set

After feeding baby from these versatile bowls, you'll wonder why every bowl doesn't come with its own snap-on lid! OXO makes it easy for busy moms to quickly store their kiddo's uneaten yogurt, applesauce or pureed food or pack finger food like cereal for the road. The set comes with a small 7-ounce bowl that nests inside the larger 12-ounce bowl to save precious cupboard space.

Price: $9.99

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BEABA Babycook

Experimenting with tasty new food combinations is one of the most fun parts of reaching the solid food milestone! This baby food cooker, which steams meals in 15 minutes or less, includes a recipe guide to cooking veggies, fruits, meat and more with baby's emerging palette in mind. It also boasts a modern design that won't stick out like a sore thumb on your kitchen counter, so you won't have to worry about finding an empty cabinet to hide it in.

Price: $149.95

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OXO Tot Training Sippy Cup Set

Making the move from bottle to cup doesn't have to be challenging, or a wet mess. This clever sippy cup includes an innovative training lid insert that slows the flow of liquid passing through the leak-proof valve, so your child never gets too big of a mouthful. As they get better at drinking, you can remove the insert and non-slip handles to make it a sippy cup and, eventually, an open-top cup that's just right for your big kid.

Price: $13.99

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4Moms High Chair Magnetic Feeding Set

The secret to preventing plates and bowls from tumbling off baby's highchair? Magnets! Dishware that doesn't move makes it easier for your child to feed themselves, too. This magnetic starter set includes two large bowls with lids, two small bowls with lids, a plate and a fork and spoon that are all dishwasher-safe.

Price: $39.99

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Babywearing allows newborns to be held close to your body and mama to snuggle with their new bundle of joy—but that's just where the benefits begin. When you're toting your baby with the help of a specially-designed carrier, you're also given back the two hands normally reserved for rocking, cuddling and soothing your little one. That opens up a whole new world when it comes to getting things done—particularly for #mombosses who are masters of multitasking.

We asked four of our favorites about the biggest benefits of their productivity hack of choice (babywearing) and how they got it all done using their carrier of choice, BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Free.

It helps soothe babies more easily

Daphne Oz wearing BABYBJ\u00d6RN Baby Carrier Free

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Babies benefit from being in a carrier not only because worn babies cry less but also because a soothed baby means they're more likely to catch a much-needed nap. Rachel Zeilic, VP of Influencer Marketing at Who What Wear and Creative Director for fashion line Marjoelle, wore her son, August, in his early days for that reason. "It was a GREAT method to help him get to sleep," she says.

Sleep aside, decreased crying makes a huge difference in your busy days, even if your baby is super easygoing and loves carrier time, like that of Emmy-winning TV host, author and mama of four, Daphne Oz, whose youngest, Giovanna Ines (Gigi), is 4-months-old. "Gigi has always loved to be held. She's a very big baby, so babywearing is essential to give my arms a break. She loves to be snuggled as much as possible, and you can tell [being in her carrier] immediately soothes her. Sometimes she'll drift off or just rest her head on my chest and gaze around."

Mobilizing is a snap

Rachel Zeilic wearing BABYBJ\u00d6RN Baby Carrier Free

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Like so many mamas, Zeilic needed to get out of the house frequently in those first few weeks for doctor appointments, but she found the sheer magnitude of getting out and getting the hang of a stroller pretty intimidating. Instead, she relied on her Baby Carrier Free and was out and about quickly after delivery. "We left the house from day one and we made a point every day of walking around the neighborhood," she says. "It was much more feasible [for me] than putting him in the stroller and going for a long walk."

Ariel Kaye, the CEO and founder of Parachute, was a big fan of babywearing with her now 11-month-old daughter Lou for the same reason. "Especially as I started to get more comfortable getting out of the house, what started as really short walks and gradually got longer," she says.

Carriers are especially friendly for city-dwelling mamas

Ranji Jacques wearing BABYBJ\u00d6RN Baby Carrier Free

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Having a baby while living in a big city can be a challenge, but babywearing makes going about your day so much more simple. That's how Ranji Jacques, Fashion Director at Condé Nast, gets around New York City. "Everyone can agree that a baby carrier is a must-have, especially if you're in an urban area," says the mom of two to 3-year-old Diego and 1-year-old Lucienne. Why? Because steep curbs and storefront steps no longer pose a deterrent, and (bonus!) you can keep germ-covered surfaces out of baby's reach.

Take meetings with baby in tow

Rachel Zeilic wearing BABYBJ\u00d6RN Baby Carrier Free

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If you need to phone into the office or are a permanent part of the growing work-from-home mama population, strapping on baby allows you to talk shop and spend time with your little one. "I've honestly gotten so many conference calls and deals done with August in the carrier," says Zeilic.

So did Kaye, who would tote her daughter Lou in her BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Free on walks to Parachute's nearby brick-and-mortar store as not only a way of getting outside, but also checking in with work, too.

Tackle housework + make  errands easier (and feasible)

Daphne Oz wearing BABYBJ\u00d6RN Baby Carrier Free

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When you've got a new baby at home, getting the dishes done or folding a basket of (clean!) laundry is a huge accomplishment. But using the carrier can help you tick off your to-do list while spending time with your newborn. "Babywearing really helped me—like it made all of my everyday [tasks] so much easier," says Kaye, because it gave her back her much-needed set of hands.

Oz agrees that wearing her daughter has been a boon to her productivity. "I try to bring Gigi along whenever I can, since my time at home can be limited and [I'm] often stretched thin trying to get everything in order. She comes along to the market and for coffee and on other errands—and I love to use a carrier in the house so I can keep her with me while I'm heading from room to room putting things in order."

It can provide for everyday teaching moments

Ariel Kaye wearing BABYBJ\u00d6RN Baby Carrier Free

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When you're going about your daily tasks, babywearing provides a front row seat to turn it into an educational experience for the two of you. "It's a special way to be able to communicate with her—I can show her things, touch things," says Kaye. From folding laundry to self-care, opportunities to engage baby can happen anywhere. Just ask Lou, who loves watching mama Ariel do her makeup while happily hanging out in her BABYBJÖRN, a task enjoyed by Gigi and Daphne as well.

Plus, allotting some of your attention to quickie tasks feels more guilt-free when babywearing. "Even though I'm doing other stuff, I can talk to him and narrate what I'm doing," explains Zeilic. "I just feel like it's playing and bonding, versus feeling like I'm sacrificing time with him."

Hello, old favorite activities

Ariel Kaye wearing BABYBJ\u00d6RN Baby Carrier Free

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Zeilic and her husband love to use their Baby Carrier Free for hikes—anything under an hour and she'll strap on the carrier, over an hour and Dad's on the job (good thing it's easily adjustable for parents of all sizes). Even if hiking isn't your hobby of choice, resuming your pre-baby favorite activities and feeling more like yourself post-baby is a welcome change to which most mamas can relate, Oz included.

She fondly remembers the sense of confidence and familiarity that accompanied a babywearing outing when her eldest children were a bit younger. "My first, Philomena, was only 20 months old when John was born and still such a baby herself. I remember going out to the beach on a calm day with Philomena to collect shells, and John was strapped next to my chest, snuggly and content. It was one of the first times I really felt confident as a new mother of 2."

You can travel light

Ranji Jacques wearing BABYBJ\u00d6RN Baby Carrier Free

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Working in fashion, Jacques has a tendency to be flanked with a host of accessories or at least a go-to purse, but babywearing has helped her limit the amount she has in tow when out and about. "I strap on baby, grab a bottle of water and my wallet and I'm ready to go," she says. Minimalist multitasking has never been so chic.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been warning parents not to use inclined sleepers for months now, after a series of infant deaths and an investigation by Consumer Reports led to a recall of the very popular inclined sleeper, the Fisher-Price Rock n' Play.

The Rock n' Play recall led to other recalls, and eventually to the CPSC developing public service messaging asking parents to avoid all inclined sleeping products.

This week the CPSC issued a warning about a specific product, Summer Infant, Inc.'s SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper.

In a statement, the commission explained: "Based on CPSC staff's evaluation of the product, how it is used, and outside expert analysis, CPSC staff believes that the Summer Infant SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper puts infants at risk of suffocation. Although CPSC is not aware of any incidents or deaths involving the Summer Infant SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper, CPSC urges consumers to stop using the product immediately."

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This comes after the Manning report, conducted independently by expert Erin Mannen, Ph.D., a mechanical engineer specializing in biomechanics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She tested and evaluated the design of inclined sleep products for infants and found that "products with inclines 10 degrees or less, with flat and rigid surfaces, are likely safe for infant sleep [and that] soft and plush-like sleep surfaces pose dangers to infants," the CPSC states.

In a statement to Motherly, a spokesperson for SUMR Brands explained the company has already stopped making and selling this product.

"No caregiver has ever reported an injury or death in the SwaddleMe By Your BedSleeper," they explain.

The statement continues: "The company hasn't produced the By Your Bed Sleeper in more than a year, and has no plans to make more. The product is no longer being sold by any major retailers. The By Your Bed Sleeper has significant design differences from other inclined sleepers. The CPSC is developing new rules for this category. We fully support that process, along with any new rules, once they have been set."

It's important to note that the CPSC announcement is a warning, not a recall, but the CPSC still wants a recall. It just has not yet reached an agreement with Summer Infant for a voluntary recall. (Almost all recalls are voluntary, it's rare that the CPSC has to issue a mandatory recall—that only happens when a company can't or won't take part).

Bottom line: The CPSC wants parents to avoid all inclined sleepers.

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If you're visiting a new mama, it's customary to bring a little something to celebrate. This person just went through a monumental, life-changing event and most people focus on bringing stuff for the new baby, who has no idea what has happened—they just want all the snuggles and food. But we say to go ahead and celebrate mama. You can bring flowers or her favorite dish from that restaurant she loves, a little note with a gift card—it doesn't have to be expensive or shiny, just something that shows you care about them.

If you need ideas, Frida Baby, the brand that creates those super useful tools (looking at you, nose-sucker) has you covered.

This Frida balloon was just launched by the company and it's funny, real and will most definitely make any new mama feel seen.

Check it out:

It's a Mom balloon

It\u2019s A Mom Balloon

Everyone is likely familiar with the traditional "it's a boy" or "it's a girl" balloon that every hospital store sells, but it's time to celebrate moms with this "it's a mom" balloon. Sure, it's funny, but also super real. Also, keep in mind that this ships flat so be prepared with some helium to make it float.

$6.99

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My favorite part of the day, hands down, is when my freshly bathed son is all snuggly in his PJs and he's about to sit down in my lap to tuck into a good book before bed. My least favorite part, though, is when he goes to his bookcase and grabs the same book we read earlier that day and the night before (and the night before that). I almost always say, "That one? But do you want to try something new?" (Spoiler: He doesn't.)

So I take a deep breath and remind myself about the research that says reading the same book to your kids over and over helps their brain development. And I dive into the world of Pete the Cat or Piggy and Gerald, and before we know it I'm wrapped up in the magic of that world, too.

We recently asked #TeamMotherly to share the books their kids want to read over and over (and over) and you didn't disappoint. Here's what you're reading (or, more likely, have already memorized):

What the Ladybird Heard

What Ladybird Heard

Kim says: "He's not even two yet and has it memorized!"

$9.31

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

Danielle says: "These are at least twice daily for weeks. More if they're kept downstairs!"

$11.15

Aliens Love Underpants

Aliens Love Underpants

Hope shares: "After two years of constant reading pages are missing and/or torn but he still keeps going to them."

$10.83

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Nelly shares: "When I went to the hospital to have my daughter, my sister and brother-in-law watched my two boys. She FaceTimed me because they were crying and upset. They wanted mommy to read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom because Auntie Cj wasn't doing it right.

"I cried as I recited Chicka Chicka boom boom from my hospital bed. I wanted so badly to be there to hug them and read it in person. They were really missing their mommy and were worried about the doctor cutting open my belly to get the baby out. I recited it all from memory of course. I cried. My sister cried. And my boys finally stopped crying. 🤣

"I went home two nights later and read it to them, never more happy to read the same book for the 315th time. ❤️"

$5.00

Pig the Pug (and the rest of the series)

Pig the Pug

Michelle says: "We have them all and I swear he knows them word for word."

$10.78

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes

Tara says: "Anything Pete the Cat and especially 'I Love My White Shoes'!"

$10.35

Good Night Good Night Construction Site

Good Night Good Night Construction Site

Nanako says: "Read it so many times I can recite the whole book!"

$5.00

I Love You Night and Day

I Love You Night and Day

Samantha says: "I have read this book to my son at bedtime since I was pregnant and he's 7.5 months. His eyes light up and he gets the biggest grin and laughs now when I show it to him. ❤️ It's one of my favorite special times with him."

$5.00

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Stefania shares: "My 3yo loves the book, the song, the movie and even the Bear Hunt yoga for a year. Needless to say, her 3rd birthday will be themed ...you guessed it 🐻🤪"

$5.00

Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos

Neveen says: "My 1.5 yo loves [it]."

$10.96

Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups

Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups

Rainy says: "Just had to hide [this book] bc we've been reading it on repeat (sometimes 4-5x in a row) lately."

$10.86

Home Sweet Home: a Lift-the-Flap Book

Home Sweet Home Lift the Flap Book

Pegah shares: "I can read it page by page without even looking at it. Pointless to read bc my impatient LO just goes to the flap lifting before I can finish a sentence 🤣🤣🤣"

$6.99

Never Touch a Dragon (and the rest of the “Never Touch” series)

Never Touch a Dragon

Lindsay says: "He doesn't like to sit long enough to read unless there's hands-on stuff involved 😂"

$5.74

The Bear Snores On

Mira shares: "Every time, over and over…"

$7.49

The Monster at the End of This Book

The Monster at the End of this Book

Rebecca says: "It's so much fun to read as a parent too."

$4.99

The Little Blue Truck (and the rest of the series)

The Little Blue Truck

Kate says: "I have the Halloween one memorized haha."

$5.00

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See

Kristina says, "My 2-year-old can recite it from memory because we read it so much! It's a game now when we aren't even reading it. 'What did the teacher see?' 😂"

$5.79

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Beejal says: "My 18-month-old daughter especially likes the page with all the food. It's so cute to hear her trying to say what each item is."

$5.76

Good Night Moon

Good Night Moon

Charliena shares: "We have to read [it] every night…"

$5.00

The Wonky Donkey

The Wonky Donkey

Leann says: "My little one is just altogether a fan of reading already..." (And check out this hilarious viral video of a grandma reading it to her grandchild.)

$4.99

May I Please Have a Cookie?

May I Please Have a Cookie?

Monika shares: "[It's] my daughter's fav book."

$4.99

10 Little Fingers and 10 Little Toes

10 Little Fingers and 10 Little Toes

Shawn says: "It's so sweet to count your LO's fingers and toes and give three kisses at the end 😊"

$6.89

Stick Man

Stick Man

Rosemary shares: " She loves all of [Julia Donaldson's] books. We have most of them!"

$10.49

Clifford’s Bedtime Story Box

Clifford's Bedtime Story Box

Thais says: "It has been almost six months of big red dog every single night. Thankfully, there's more than one book about Clifford."

$9.85

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Janet says: "I guess it was so easy to relate to!!!" 😂

$7.29


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One cool thing about starting a new year is the newfound energy to declutter all the things. We know we're not alone with our urges to redecorate and restyle our entire home. Now is the perfect time to find places for all your kids' toys and books.

Honestly, why didn't anyone tell us that along with having kids, you'd also acquire SO. MUCH. STUFF?! Tackling your kids' clutter is no easy feat. That's why we're big fans of toy minimalism whenever possible, but sometimes you just need a place to hide the blocks and all of those teeny, tiny figurines.

We hear you. Here are 10 of our favorite stylish storage solutions to help you get organized in no time, mama:

Pillowfort low profile bookcase

Pillowfort low profile bookcase

We are swooning over the simple, modern look of this low-profile bookcase. It features three cubbies, which is just the right size for books and toys. It also stands at 20" tall—just the right height for easy access for little hands.

$64.99

The Heartland Wood Co rustic ledge shelf

The Heartland Wood Co Rustic Ledge Shelf

These custom, handmade wall shelves add the perfect touch of Joanna Gaines to any space. And they're also a great way to maximize space by getting books off the floor and onto the wall.

$29

Pehr designs pom pom bin

Pehr designs pom pom bin

I dare you to not love these pom pom bins. Sewn by hand, these cotton canvas bins come in a huge variety of colors and sizes, and add just the right amount of whimsy to your nursery or playroom.

$20

Ikea flisat book display

 FLISAT Book display

The minimalist, simple style of this book display will compliment (and declutter) any reading nook. The low profile will encourage your little ones to help themselves to their favorite story.

$19.99

Pillowfort wood toy storage

Pillowfort wood toy storage

Stackable shelving is one of our favorite organization hacks; bins customize perfectly to any space, making it easy to go as high or as wide as you need. These natural wood bins are some of our favorites both for their look and their function.

$19.99

Wayfair palm leaf basket

Wayfair Palm Leaf Basket

If you have to organize your life, you may as well have fun while doing it! We love the combo of natural elements and a pop of color that these woven baskets bring to any space. They even collapse when not in use.

$39.33

Crate&Kids mid-century bookcase

Crate&Kids mid-century bookcase

Is it weird that we want this bookcase for our room? Function meets (gorgeous, modern) style here big time with this gorgeous walnut and white storage solution. It's a bit of an investment, but like we said, we may just steal it when our kids no longer need it.

$299

Ikea trofast storage

Ikea Trofast storage

As if we need another reason to love IKEA. This customizable storage solution works for just about anything that needs organizing, from toys, books to shoes and stuffed animals.

You can choose your own finish, bin sizes, and bin colors, making it just the right fit for any space.

$80.99

Babyletto spruce tree bookcase

Babyletto Spruce Tree Bookcase

We can't think of a more charming, playful way to display your child's book collection. This book "tree" holds 12-15 books on each branch and secures to any wall in the house, making showing off your library not only fun, but practical, too.

$179.99

ZCreateDesign cloud shelf

ZCreateDesign  cloud shelf

Look to the sky—not under your feet—for all your little one's toys and knick-knacks. These handmade cloud shelves could not be cuter!

$27.80

Pottery barn kids elephant storage

Elephant Shaped Storage

Little ones can house small toys and books in this cute elephant-shaped basket. We love that it's a perfect size that won't accumulate too many items, which can hide its unique shape. Seriously, storage has never been sweeter.

$168.00

ECR4Kids storage cabinet

ECR4Kids storage cabinet

Truth is, you can't lose when it comes to having clear storage bins. They're great for housing things kids (and even you, mama!) often forget. This unit also includes four heavy-duty mobile casters that can be installed for effortless mobility. We're sold!

$169.00

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