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Netflix + nursing: 20 shows you should be binge watching

2. Because you love Amy Poehler.

Netflix + nursing: 20 shows you should be binge watching

18. When you want a modern day telenovela that’s smart, cute + SO funny: Jane the Virgin


19. When you want to learn about the exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar: Narcos

20. When you want to laugh + laugh + laugh: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

2. Because you love Amy Poehler (+ everyone else in this show): Parks and Recreation

5. When you want lots of political scandal: House of Cards

6. When you need a dose of babies + Brits: Call the Midwife

13. Because everyone tells you to watch this one + raves about it (Plus, high school chem + meth = Interesting): Breaking Bad

12. Because it’s Legen (wait for it)...dary: How I Met Your Mother

7. Because Tom Selleck is still a babe: Blue Bloods

10. When you miss Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler, + Joey: Friends


1. When you want to laugh + cry (at every episode): Parenthood


4. When you miss high school drama + antics: Pretty Little Liars

8. When you want to watch a trainwreck of a teacher in subtitles: Rita

Here are a few must-watch first season shows you should get into immediately

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17. Because Aziz Ansari is hilarious + amazing: Master of None

9. Because who doesn’t love 11 seasons of sexy doctors?: Grey’s Anatomy

14. When you want to watch something creepy: The Killing

15. Catch up quick before the new comeback episodes(!!): Gilmore Girls

11. When you wish Varsity Blues was a TV show: Friday Night Lights

16. When you want to escape + go to a whole different world: American Horror Story

3. When you wonder what jail is like (but don’t want to go to find out): Orange is the New Black

Whether you’re on maternity leave or you’re staying home with your newbie—you will have some down time at home. Enjoy it! Enjoy every second. While nursing for hours on end, taking a little “me time” during your little one’s nap, or up late with your night owl we’re thinking that binge watching a show is in your future.

Here are our favorite recommendations on Netflix:

A very important letter for new mamas

Listen, mom-guilt is a dirty liar. Yes, it's your job to fill your little human's needs, but you matter too. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Hang out with friends, take a drive blaring 90's hip hop or shower without interruptions—trust me, you'll be a better person (and mom) because of it.

Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

You will not be perfect at parenting.

Boom.

I have yet to meet a perfect mother, but when I do, she's going to be a tiger who is insanely good at making up songs. (Daniel Tiger's mom, we salute you.)

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Every week, we stock the Motherly Shop with innovative and fresh products from brands we feel good about. We want to be certain you don't miss anything, so to keep you in the loop, we're providing a cheat sheet.

So, what's new this week?

Earth Mama: Effective, natural herbal care for mamas and babies

Founded and grown in her own garage in 2002, Earth Mama started as an operation of one, creating salves, tinctures, teas and soaps with homegrown herbs. With a deep desire to bring the healing powers of nature that have been relied on for thousands of years to as many mamas as possible, Melinda Olson's formulas quickly grew into Earth Mama Organics. Since then, the brand has remained committed to manufacturing clean, safe and effective herbal solutions for the entire journey of motherhood, including pregnancy, breastfeeding and baby care, and even the loss of a baby.

Bravado Designs: Soothing sounds for a good night's sleep

With 28 years of serving pregnant and postpartum mamas under their belt, Bravado Designs is a true authority on the needs of changing bodies. It's true that we have them to thank for rescuing us from the uncomfortable and frumpy designs our own moms had to live with. Launched in Canada by two young mamas, they designed the first prototypes with extra leopard print fabric certain that a better bra was possible. Throughout the years they've maintained their commitment to ethical manufacturing while creating long-lasting products that truly work.

The Sill: Instagram-ready potted plants

We've long admired this female-founded brand and the brilliant mind behind it, Eliza Blank. (She even joined Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety on and episode of The Motherly Podcast!) The mission behind the business was simple: To make the process of bringing plants into your home as easy as possible, and as wonderful as the plant themselves. With their in-house, exclusively designed minimalist planters, the end result makes plant parenthood just a few clicks away.

Not sure where to start? Here's what we're adding to our cart:

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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