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In Disney's new movie, Christopher Robin, available on Digital & Blu-ray Nov 6, an adult Christopher is revisited by his furry friends from the past and reminded of the importance of a slower pace of living—and taking time for the things that truly matter, like his family.

The movie has us reliving, loving and even laughing over so many wise words from our childhood. Here are 10 Poohisms from Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin reminding us all that sometimes "doing nothing often leads to the very best something."

Get ready to curl up with your family, pop some popcorn and slow down. You'll relish every moment.



1. “Oh hello, am I glad to see you. It's more friendly with two.“

For children, so little is often needed to make a moment special. As parents, we get caught up in the idea of creating magic—when often all that is needed is simply spending time on our child's level, seeing the world the way they do.

Instead of trying to plan every moment, let your child take the lead. Let them pick the activity, the snack, the music—anything that can give you a better peek into what's important and fun for them.

2. “There's always time for a smackeral of wonder.”

There's so much pressure on mamas to #doallthethings. But what if we turned off the hustle for a day and took the time to let the little things wow us the way they do our children? Take a leisurely nature walk and really take the time to smell the flowers.

Spend the afternoon together reading as many books (or, true talk, the same book over and over) without worrying about what else you could be doing with that time. You might be amazed at how much you actually accomplish.

3. “Nobody could be uncheered by a balloon.”

When it comes to fun for your child, the simplest solution is often the best answer. (After all, even Eeyore's day is made better by a balloon!)

4. “He hasn't learnt in books, but he can always think of a clever plan."

It doesn't take an expert degree to raise happy kids. Odds are, you already have all the skills you need to keep your child healthy and feeling loved. For most kids, the most important thing is the time and effort you're probably already giving them. So don't stress yourself out! The fact that you care about being a good mom means you already are one.

5. "Give Rabbit time, and he'll always get the answer."

It's so easy to fall into the trap that we have to rush. We need to have the answers, we need to know it all. But mama life is a marathon—not a sprint. Even wise old Rabbit knows the importance of taking his time, and mamas should give themselves the same luxury to find the best solution.

6. “As long as nobody minds, I suppose it's all right.”

Another thing motherhood isn't? A competition. We believe in mamas supporting other mamas—and everyone finding the right solutions for their families. So stop comparing. If it works for you and your little ones, that's definitely all right with us.

7. Winnie The Pooh: What day is it? Christopher Robin: It's today. Winnie The Pooh: My favorite day.

You don't have to wait for a holiday or special event to make a little magic. Every day together can be a moment your child will remember, whether it's the way you always made pancakes on Tuesday mornings or your rainy day tradition of taking a puddle walk around the neighborhood.

8. “I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I've been.”

In short? Don't get caught up in what feels like a #momfail. Acknowledge mistakes, but don't let them define you—or your parenting. Tomorrow is another day, and motherhood is filled with second chances.

9. “Your life is happening now, right in front of you.”

The mundane rarely feels like the most memorable, but for our kids, the simplest days can be some of the best. Take time to appreciate the moments you're in now (even if part of you looks forward to being past the diapers-and-tantrum days!) because they'll never come around again.

10. “Goodbye? Oh no, can't we go back to Page 1 and do it all again?”

One day, you just might miss every second of what you've got right now. Even on the hard days, taking a moment of appreciation can be the best way to shake off a stormy afternoon or difficult bedtime. We bet you wouldn't give it all up for the world.


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When you become a parent for the first time, there is an undeniably steep learning curve. Add to that the struggle of sorting through fact and fiction when it comes to advice and—whew—it's enough to make you more tired than you already are with that newborn in the house.

Just like those childhood games of telephone when one statement would get twisted by the time it was told a dozen times, there are many parenting misconceptions that still tend to get traction. This is especially true with myths about bottle-feeding—something that the majority of parents will do during their baby's infancy, either exclusively or occasionally.

Here's what you really need to know about bottle-feeding facts versus fiction.

1. Myth: Babies are fine taking any bottle

Not all bottles are created equally. Many parents experience anxiety when it seems their infant rejects all bottles, which is especially nerve wracking if a breastfeeding mom is preparing to return to work. However, it's often a matter of giving the baby some time to warm up to the new feeding method, says Katie Ferraro, a registered dietician, infant feeding specialist and associate professor of nutrition at the University of California San Francisco graduate School of Nursing.

"For mothers returning to work, if you're breastfeeding but trying to transition to bottle[s], try to give yourself a two- to four-week trial window to experiment with bottle feeding," says Ferraro.

2. Myth: You either use breast milk or formula

So often, the question of whether a parent is using formula or breastfeeding is presented exclusively as one or the other. In reality, many babies are combo-fed—meaning they have formula sometimes, breast milk other times.

The advantage with mixed feeding is the babies still get the benefits of breast milk while parents can ensure the overall nutritional and caloric needs are met through formula, says Ferraro.

3. Myth: Cleaning bottles is a lot of work

For parents looking for simplification in their lives (meaning, all of us), cleaning bottles day after day can sound daunting. But, really, it doesn't require much more effort than you are already used to doing with the dishes each night: With bottles that are safe for the top rack of the dishwasher, cleaning them is as easy as letting the machine work for you.

For added confidence in the sanitization, Dr. Brown's offers an incredibly helpful microwavable steam sterilizer that effectively kills all household bacteria on up to four bottles at a time. (Not to mention it can also be used on pacifiers, sippy cups and more.)

4. Myth: Bottle-feeding causes colic

One of the leading theories on what causes colic is indigestion, which can be caused by baby getting air bubbles while bottle feeding. However, Dr. Brown's bottles are the only bottles in the market that are actually clinically proven to reduce colic thanks to an ingenious internal vent system that eliminates negative pressure and air bubbles.

5. Myth: Bottles are all you can use for the first year

By the time your baby is six months old (way to go!), they may be ready to begin using a sippy cup. Explains Ferraro, "Even though they don't need water or additional liquids at this point, it is a feeding milestone that helps promote independent eating and even speech development."

With a complete line of products to see you from newborn feeding to solo sippy cups, Dr. Brown's does its part to make these new transitions less daunting. And, for new parents, that truly is priceless.

This article was sponsored by Dr. Brown's. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

Jessica Simpson celebrated her baby shower this weekend (after getting a cupping treatment for her very swollen pregnancy feet) and her theme and IG captions have fans thinking this was not just a shower, but a baby name announcement as well.

Simpson (who is expecting her third child with former NFL player Eric Johnson) captioned two photos of her shower as "💚 Birdie's Nest 💚". The photographs show Simpson and her family standing under a neon sign spelling out the same thing.

While Simpson didn't explicitly state that she was naming her child Birdie, the numerous references to the name in her shower photos and IG stories have the internet convinced that she's picking the same name Busy Philips chose for her now 10-year-old daughter.

The name Birdie isn't in the top 1000 baby names according to the Social Security Administration, but It has been seeing a resurgence in recent years, according to name nerds and trend watchers.

"Birdie feels like a sassy but sweet, down-to-earth yet unusual name," Pamela Redmond Satran of Nameberry told Town and Country back in 2017. "It's also just old enough to be right on time."

Simpson's older kids are called Maxwell and Ace, which both have a vintage feel, so if Birdie really is her choice, the three old-school names make a nice sibling set.

Whether Birdie is the official name or just a cute nickname Simpson is playing around with, we get the appeal and bet she can't wait for her little one to arrive (and her feet to go back to normal!)

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As if we needed another reason to shop at Target, our favorite store is offering some great deals for mamas who need products for baby. Mom life can be expensive and we love any chance at saving a few bucks. If you need to stock up on baby care items, like diapers and wipes, now is the time.

Right now, if you spend $100 on select diapers, wipes, formula, you'll get a $20 gift card with pickup or Target Restock. Other purchases will get you $5 gift cards during this promotion:

  • $20 gift card when you spend $100 or more on select diapers, wipes, formula, and food items using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock
  • $5 gift card when you buy 3 select beauty care items
  • $5 gift card when you buy 2 select household essentials items using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock
  • $5 gift card when you buy 2 select Iams, Pedigree, Crave & Nutro dog and cat food or Fresh Step cat litter items using in store Order Pickup
  • $5 gift card when you buy 3 select feminine care items using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock

All of these promotions will only run through 11:59 pm PT on Saturday, January 19, 2019 so make sure to stock up before they're gone!

Because the deals only apply to select products and certain colors, just be sure to read the fine print before checking out.

Target's website notes the "offer is valid using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock when available".

The gift cards will be delivered after you have picked up your order or your Target Restock order has shipped.

We won't tell anyone if you use those gift cards exclusively for yourself. 😉 So, get to shopping, mama!

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This month isn't just the start of a new year, but the start of a new life for those due in 2019. If you're expecting a baby this year you've got plenty of celebrity company, mama.

Here are some fellow mamas-to-be expecting in 2019:

Alexa and Carlos PenaVega 

The Spy Kids actress and mom to 2-year-old Ocean will soon have to get herself a double stroller because PenaVega and her husband Carlos are expecting again.

"Holy Moly!!! Guys!!! We are having another baby!!!!" captioned an Instagram post. "Do we wake Ocean up and tell him??!! Beyond blessed and excited to continue growing this family!!! Get ready for a whole new set of adventures!!!"

Over on Carlos' IG the proud dad made a good point: " This year we will officially be able to say we have 'kids!' Our minds are blown," he write.

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald

In January Counting On Jessa Seewald (formerly Jessa Duggar) announced via Instagram that she is pregnant with her third child with husband Ben Seewald.

We love that she was able to make the announcement in her own time, not worrying about speculation about her midsection. She's been over that for a while.

[Update: January 18, added PenaVega]

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