It's our birthday! Motherly turns 5 today! 🎉

You've got this. And we've got you.

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We started Motherly 5 years ago because it didn't exist.

Half a decade ago, when my co-founder Jill Koziol and I were in the midst of new motherhood ourselves, we craved a resource that treated us, Millennial mothers, as whole women during the most transformational experience of our lives.

We wanted a space that took our career ambitions seriously.

A site that addressed systemic bias against mothers head on.

A brand that saw the beauty and pain in motherhood and spoke honestly about it all.

A company that changed the parenting world from one centered on babies, to one that tells women that they matter, too.

Because as Jill often says, "when mothers thrive, families thrive, and the whole world thrives."

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In five years since our launch, it has been an incredible honor to connect with hundreds of millions of women on this journey of motherhood.

We've published over 10,000 articles and essays meant to inform and inspire a new generation of mothers.

And our videos—often created with clips sent in from our beloved community— have had over 1 billion views.

We've also gotten to interview scores of inspiring mamas on The Motherly Podcast—women like Kristen Bell, Gabby Union, Clea and Joanna of The Home Edit and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (to name a few).

Through The Motherly Shop, two books (The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama and This is Motherhood ), our popular videos and Instagram Lives, and our social accounts, we've gotten to interact with literally hundreds of million of readers and viewers.

And today, Motherly is five. And like a lot of five-year-olds, we might have made our mark on the world—but we still have lots of big dreams for what we can do as we grow.

So in a lot of ways, we're just getting started. And 2020 showed just how much more work we have to do.

Mothers were struggling before the pandemic, but 2020 revealed just how little broader society truly supports or understands them.

Next year, Motherly is doubling down on our mission and commitment to help mothers thrive, with a renewed focus on wellness resources, structural changes, and actionable tools that give women the support the desperately need.

Because mothers deserve to thrive.

You've got this. And we've got you.

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    14 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

    They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

    With fall in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in outside-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

    From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

    Wooden doll stroller

    Janod wooden doll stroller

    Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

    $120

    Detective set

    Plan Toys detective set

    This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

    $40

    Sand play set

    Plan Toys sand set

    Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

    $30

    Water play set

    Plan Toys water play set

    Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

    $100

    Mini golf set

    Plan Toys mini golf set

    Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

    $40

    Vintage scooter balance bike

    Janod retro scooter balance bike

    Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

    $121

    Wooden rocking pegasus

    plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

    Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

    $100

    Croquet set

    Plan Toys croquet set

    The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

    $45

    Wooden digital camera

    fathers factory wooden digital camera

    Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

    $179

    Wooden bulldozer toy

    plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

    Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

    $100

    Pull-along hippo

    janod toys pull along hippo toy

    There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

    $33

    Baby forest fox ride-on

    janod toys baby fox ride on

    Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

    $88

    Balance board

    Plan Toys balance board

    Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

    $75

    Meadow ring toss game

    Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

    Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

    $30

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