16 great reads for any stage of your pregnancy journey

Memoirs and novels to give you a sneak peek into other parents’ lives. 

16 great reads for any stage of your pregnancy journey

7. When you need to escape your own work dilemmas + family crises for another mamas ?

Sleepless Nights by Sarah Bilston

8. When you need to take a peek into other new mother’s interesting + complicated lives ?

Little Earthquakes By Jennifer Weiner

5. When you desperately need to LOL ?

Not Ready For Mom Jeans By Maureen Lipinski

Whether you’re trying for baby, just starting your pregnancy journey, or are in the changing-a-million-diapers-severely-sleep-deprived-puddle-of-mush-every-time-the-baby-smiles stage we’ve got the book for you. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll most definitely nod your head ‘yes’ many, many times.

9. When you want to get sucked into a compelling + entertaining page-turner ?

Babyville By Jane Green

12. When you want to fly off to France + learn how they get their babies to sleep through the night at 3 months ??

Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting By Pamela Druckerman

6. When you’re trapped on the couch + need to dive into an adventure ?

Bed Rest By Sarah Bilston

3. When you need to be reminded that sometimes the best things in life aren’t planned. ?

Rattled!: A Memoir by Christine Coppa

2. When you’re feeling vulernable + want to read a book that feels like you’re chatting with a friend. ?

Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence by Rebecca Walker

1. When you can’t process + need to make sense of your own experience of new motherhood. ?

A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother by Rachel Cusk

16. When you need to feel supported + also want to learn a thing or two about parenting (sleeping, separation + attachment, feeding, your new identity as a mother)?

A Mother’s Circle: An Intimate Dialogue on Becoming a Mother By Jean Kunhardt, Lisa Spiegel, Sandra Kunhardt Basile

11. When you need to read a cheeky take on the pressures of motherhood ?

Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace By Ayelet Waldman

14. When you want to read a brave + honest take on new parenthood through a father’s eyes ?

Crawling: A Father’s First Year By Elisha Cooper

15. When you want your stomach to hurt because you’re laughing so loud + so hard throughout ?

Dad is Fat By Jim Gaffigan

13. When you can’t put into words all the funny moments that new parenthood brings, turn to Paul Reiser because he does it perfectly in Babyhood ?

Babyhood By Paul Reiser

4. When you simply need to read a witty story about someone who is in for a huge reality check ?

Something Blue by Emily Giffin

10. When you’re looking for a brutally honest must-read for new mothers who are trying to rediscover who they are❓

After Birth By Elisa Albert

Rarely is a woman more concerned with what her body needs than when she's pregnant. We start to question and research everything, right? From swearing off turkey sandwiches to diving down the rabbit hole of prenatal supplements that make up what we lack, the stress of overthinking is real, mama.

One of the main reasons we launched the Motherly Shop is to help take some of that stress away. We've tracked down the best brands and products developed by people (and in many cases, women!) that truly work to serve the needs of real mamas, especially throughout the overwhelming transition into motherhood.

That's why we knew we had to introduce mamas-to-be to the science-backed and expertly-formulated protein collagen for pregnancy from Needed. And as one of our bestsellers, it's clear you've been looking for it, too.

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9 products that will help baby sleep better (and longer!)

For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

How do I get my baby to sleep? This is one of the most commonly asked questions among new parents, and it makes sense, given that babies are born with their days and nights mixed up. For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

And while that might not exist (yet), we have found some of the best products out there that can help baby fall asleep faster and for longer durations. Because when baby is sleeping, so are you!

Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sack and swaddle

Designed by a mama, parents swear by this weighted sleep sack. It mimics your hug to give your baby security and comfort that helps them get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. The detachable swaddle wing makes it easy to transition as they grow.

It's also super easy to get on and off, and includes a bottom-up zipper for late night changes, so you don't have to wake your baby in the process.


Yogasleep Hushh portable sound machine

Yogasleep hushh sound machine

With three soothing options, this is a perfect solution to help your baby settle when naps are on the go and during travel! I love how compact this noise machine is and that it can run all night with one charge.


Bebe au Lait muslin crib sheets

Burt's Bees Organic Crib Sheets

With a variety of print options to choose from, these breathable sheets are *so* soft and smooth, even through multiple washes. The luxury fabric keeps little ones warm without overheating—a formula that helps ensure more sleep for everyone.


The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

You know what's going to help baby have their best sleep ever? Some quality, super soft pajamas. The timeless (and aptly named!) Perfect Pajama from The Simple Folk are some of our favorites. They last forever and they're made from organic pima cotton that is safe on baby's precious skin. They come in a wide range of sizes so siblings can match and feature fold-over hand covers on sizes up to 12 months.


The Snoo bassinet


Designed by expert pediatrician and sleep guru Dr. Harvey Karp, the Snoo bassinet gently rocks your baby to sleep while snuggled up in the built-in swaddle. Not only does it come with sensors that adjust the white noise and movement based on your baby's needs, there is also an app that allows you to adjust the settings directly from your phone.

While this item is a bit on the expensive side, there is now an option to rent for $3.50 a day, which is a total game changer!


Hatch Baby Rest sound machine + nightlight

best baby sound machine

The Hatch Baby Rest is a dual sound machine and nightlight that will grow with your family. Many parents use this product with their infants as a white-noise machine and then as a "time to rise" solution for toddlers.

The thing I love most about this product is that the light it gives off isn't too bright, and you can even select different color preferences; giving your toddler choices at bedtime.


Crane humidifier

Crane Humidifier

The only thing worse than a sick baby is a baby who is sick and not sleeping well. The Crane humidifier helps take care of this by relieving congestion and helping your baby breathe better while sleeping.

Personally, I think the adorable design options alone are enough of a reason to purchase this product, and your child will love watching steam come out of the elephant's trunk!


Naturepedic organic crib mattress

Naturpedic Lightweight Organic Mattress

In the first few months of life, babies can spend up to 17 hours a day sleeping, so choosing a mattress that is safe (read: no chemicals!) and comfortable is incredibly important.

Naturepedic uses allergen-friendly and waterproof materials with babies and children in mind, making them easy to clean and giving you peace of mind.


Happiest Baby sleepea 5-second swaddle

best baby swaddle

There are baby swaddles and then there is Sleepea. Similar to the brand's swaddle that is built into the Snoo, the Sleepea is magic for multiple reasons. First, it's got mesh panels ensuring baby never overheats. Second, the zipper zips from the top or the bottom, so you can change the baby's diaper in the middle of the night without ever waking them. Third, it's hip safe. Fourth, the patterns are SO cute. And fifth, the interior swaddle wrap that keeps baby's ams down has a "quiet" velcro that won't wake baby if you need to readjust while they're asleep.


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10 photos to take on baby’s first day that you'll cherish forever

You'll obsess over these newborn baby pictures.

Bethany Menzel: Instagram + Blog

As you're preparing for baby's birth, we bet you're dreaming of all of the amazing photos you'll take of your precious new babe. As a professional photographer and mama, I have some tips for newborn photos you'll want to capture.

Here are the 10 photos you will want to take on baby's first day.

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