All the celebrity babies born in 2021 (so far) 🎉

Jennifer Love Hewitt's third baby made the most creative entrance.

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It's 2021 and this year is already bringing a lot of new life with it. The babies born this year are members of Generation Alpha and the world is waiting for them.

We're in the last leg of 2021 (if you can believe it) and there are already plenty of celebrity arrivals making headlines while making their new parents proud.

If your little one arrived (or is due to arrive) in 2021, they've got plenty of high-profile company.

Here are all the celebrity babies born in 2021 (so far):

Jennifer Love Hewitt welcomes her third baby!

Most people don't realize that you can treat a full-term baby bump like a blank canvas, which is exactly what Jennifer Love Hewitt's two older kids did before their mama went to deliver their new baby brother!

"Well this is how my kids sent me to the hospital," she captioned the photo of her bump, which she used to announce the birth of her son on Instagram. "My belly was a big hit." (They're the Hatch Belly Tattoos FYI!)

Aiden James was born earlier this week to Hewitt and her husband, Brian Hallisay, who also have two older children: Autumn, 7, and Atticus, 6.

"'It is said that women leave their bodies in labor… they travel to the stars to collect the souls of their babies, and return to this world together,'" Hewitt wrote. "It was my greatest honor to go and collect you Aidan James. Now back to snuggles and resting."

Cardi B and Offset welcome their new baby boy!

It was a very busy Labor Day weekend for Cardi B, who took the holiday literally by giving birth to her new baby boy with Offset. She shared the exciting news on Instagram on Saturday alongside a photo of the couple lovingly staring at their newborn son. The couple are already parents to 3-year-old Kulture, who is now a big sister!

"9/4/21🦕💙🧸," Cardi captioned the sweet family photo. She announced she was expecting baby number two earlier this summer at the BET Awards.

"We are so overjoyed to finally meet our son," the couple told PEOPLE. "He is already loved so much by family and friends and we can't wait to introduce him to his other siblings."

Scarlett + Colin officially welcomed their first baby!

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PEOPLE magazine exclusively confirms that Scarlett Johansson and husband Colin Jost have officially welcomed their first baby together. No further details, including the baby's name and sex, have been released yet.

News that the couple was expecting came out earlier this summer. Johansson is already mom to Rose, her 7-year-old daughter from her previous marriage.

This news comes just one day after we reported that Colin confirmed he was going to be a father! Congrats to the happy couple.

'Outlander''s Claire Fraser is a proud mom to a little lad 🍀

Everyone's favorite Sassenach is now a proud mama! Outlander star Caitríona Balfe announced the arrival of her son on Instagram on Wednesday. She said she'd taken some time off of social media "to enjoy cooking up this little human." She and husband Tony McGill have been married since 2019.

Balfe recently finished filming Outlander's sixth season's sixth season in June, which means her little baby bump was likely hidden under many layers of period costumes. In her Instagram post, Balfe shares how lucky she feels as a new parent.

"I'm in awe of him already and can't help stare and wonder at all the possibilities of who he will become, where he will go and what he'll do on the big adventure of his life," she writes. "Right now he seems so small and fragile and I constantly think how grateful I am that I live in a place, in a time where he is born into peace and safety and yet at the same time I see so many in the world right now that aren't afforded that same privilege and opportunity."

How right you are, mama. Congratulations. 💜

Pete Buttigieg and husband announce they're officially parents!

The former presidential candidate and his husband, Chasten, announced this week that the longtime pair have finally become parents.

"We're overjoyed to become parents!" he wrote on Twitter. "The process isn't done yet and we're thankful for all the love, support, and respect for our privacy that has been offered to us."

Buttigieg adds that he "can't wait" to share more soon—hopefully a sweet photo or two! Congrats to the happy couple.

Tan France is a proud new dad of a son

Tan France and his partner Rob announced the arrival of their baby son, Ismail, born via surrogate on July 10. France shared that baby Ismail had been seven weeks early and had spent three weeks in the ICU. "We love him so, so much. Like, fully obsessed," Tan gushed.

Shawn Johnson East welcomes a baby boy!

Shawn Johnson and husband Anderson East have officially welcomed their second child, a baby boy! This morning, toy shop Teddy & Bear (who have partnered with the East family in selling onesies) announced the happy news.

"We're so excited to announce a new friend is here!" read one slide on the Teddy & Bear Instagram Story. "Mom and baby are doing well and we can't wait to meet our new friend!"

The couple, who are already parents to daughter Drew Hazel, 2, released a statement to PEOPLE: "We are so happy to welcome our little man into the world. We are loving life as a family of four and soaking up every minute."

Congrats to the East family on their new addition!

'Broad City' star Ilana Glazer announces the arrival of her baby with amazing photo!

On Monday, Glazer revealed that she's already three weeks into new motherhood—and she did it in the most Ilana Glazer-y way by sharing a photo of her topless, breastfeeding in a pair of stockings.

"Been breastfeedin in compression socks for the past 3 weeks, hbu?" LOL.

Back in February, the former Broad City star announced she and her husband, David Rooklin, were expecting. No further details about the baby have been revealed yet, but we're so excited for the new family! Congratulations!

Halsey gives birth to their first baby!

Halsey has officially welcomed their first baby with their boyfriend, screenwriter Alev Aydin. The baby's name is Ender Ridley Aydin, and the singer announced the birth with two beautiful photos on Instagram.

"Gratitude. For the most 'rare' and euphoric birth. Powered by love," the singer captioned the photos on Instagram, showing a sweet glimpse of Ender.

Recently Halsey opened up about their difficult pregnancy journey and shared an amazing new album cover art that pays homage to pregnant and postpartum bodies. Congratulations to them and their beautiful new family!

Gal Gadot welcomes her third daughter!

Gal Gadot is officially the mother of not one, not two, but three beautiful girls.

The Wonder Woman star and her husband Jaron Varsano welcomed their newest daughter, Daniella, according to her Instagram account. Gadot shared a sweet family photo of all five members cuddling in bed together— including daughters Alma, 9, and Maya, 4.

"My sweet family 🖐🏼 I couldn't be more grateful and happy (and tired 🤪) we are all so excited to welcome Daniella into our family. I'm sending all of you love and health. GG ♥️🖐🏼🖐🏼🖐🏼🖐🏼🖐🏼," she captioned the post.

Gadot revealed that she was pregnant again in March, captioning an Instagram post with the words, "Here we go again."

Welcome, baby Daniella, and congrats to the whole gorgeous family!

Usain Bolt welcomes twins—and their names are perfect

Usain Bolt is now a father of three!

The Olympian announced the birth of twins with his partner Kasi Bennett. The couple was already parents to 1-year-old daughter Olympia, who was born in May 2020.

Bolt shared an image of the new family of five to Instagram with the names of all three children.

"Olympia Lightning Bolt ⚡️ Saint Leo Bolt ⚡️ Thunder Bolt ⚡️," he captioned the post.

Perfect names for the children of one of the fastest men on the planet!

Kasi also shared a video of the photoshoot to her Instagram. It starts with a shot of Usain and Kasi leaning back in discussion, while little Olympia plays with a phone. As the video pans out, the twins are shown resting peacefully in baskets. The video ends with a sweet note: "Happy Father's Day to the greatest man & dad. Love, Kasi, Olympia, Saint Leo & Thunder Bolt."

Congratulations to the happy family!

Former Bachelor star Lauren Lane and husband Chris Lane announce son

Former "Bachelor" star Lauren Lane (Lauren Bushnell, previously) and country singer Chris Lane have welcomed a baby boy, Dutton Walker Lane.

In an Instagram post announcing his birth, Lane wrote, "Your dad and I can't get enough of all 9 pounds of you. Now back to baby cuddles and praising Jesus over and over again for this little miracle!!"

Similarly, singer Lane shared an adorable video of holding his son for the first time, with the caption, "Words can't describe the love i feel inside my heart for this little man! Thanks for all the prayers🙏🏻 I will never understand how @laurenlane birthed a 9 pound baby! DUTTON WALKER LANE welcome to the world."

Bushnell and Lane tied the knot in 2019, but when the couple got engaged, Lane proposed at her parents' home by playing his hit song "Big, Big Plans", which he wrote specifically for the occasion.

Wonder if he'll write a song about his new baby boy? Congratulations to the happy couple!

Former Bachelor star Arie Luyendyk, Jr. and wife Lauren Burnham welcome twins

It's a boy AND girl for "Bachelor" alum Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his wife, Lauren Burnham Luyendyk, who gave birth on June 12th. The twins join big sister Alessi, age 2. This is happy news for the young family, as Burnham sadly suffered a miscarriage in May 2020.

On Saturday, Luyendyk revealed that Burnham had given birth, sharing on Instagram: "Momma and babies are doing great and everything went smoothly."

The Season 22 star of "The Bachelor," Luyendyk got engaged to Burnham in March 2018 after breaking things off with his season's winner, Becca Kufrin. The couple tied the knot in 2019, the same year they welcomed big sister Alessi.

We look forward to seeing photos of the precious new arrivals. Congratulations!

HGTV stars Erin and Ben Napier announce 2nd child, a daughter

In late May, "Home Town" HGTV stars Erin and Ben Napier welcomed their second daughter, Mae, who joins big sister Helen, age 3.

"While we are excited to have another daughter to love, we are more excited to see the bond she and Helen will have," the Napiers told People magazine. "They're already so in love with each other!"

Napier recently made news when she posted on Instagram about her decision to use formula with Mae. "Just a little encouragement for you mamas who weren't able to breastfeed, like me," she writes. "Don't let anyone make you feel less than or belittled because of it."

So true, mama. Congrats to the happy family!

Survivor contentants Sierra Dawn and Joe Anglim welcome baby daughter

Former contestants of "Survivor" turned married couple, Sierra Dawn and Joe Anglim, have welcomed a daughter, Della Dawn Anglim.

The new parents met on season 30 of long-running reality show in 2014 (notably, Dawn voted her future husband off the island during episode 9).

After announcing Della's arrival on Instagram, the couple received congratulatory messages from fellow Survivor alums Abi-Maria Gomes, Andrea Boehlke, Cirie Fields, Sandra Diaz-Twine and Kristie Bennett, as well as Big Brother star Nicole Franzel. "She is perfect," wrote Gomes. "She's so peaceful!!! Congrats!!" Boehlke wrote.

Here's to future adventures together as a family!

Bachelor alum Lauren Schleyer + husband welcome baby girl

Lauren Schleyer, who appeared on Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of "The Bachelor", has welcomed a baby girl with her husband, Zack Santagate.

Lottie Blue Santagate was born on May 21st, and Schleyer shared a relatable post on Instagram: "Our world will never be the same."

Fans were surprised at the baby announcement, as it came just days after Schleyer revealed her pregnancy news on Instagram, making the announcement just one day before her due date. As privacy was important to Schleyer during this special time, we can't say we blame her.

It appears there will be lots of "backyard hangs with my little bestie 🌼" this summer for the new parents. Congratulations, Lauren and Zack!

Jason Derulo + girlfriend Jena Frumes welcome baby boy

Singer Jason Derulo and girlfriend Jena Frumes welcomed a baby boy, Jason King, on May 18th.

The child is the first for both Derulo and Frumes, a model and business owner.

On Instagram, the happy dad (practicing skin-to-skin with his newborn in the above photo) shared a sweet message after the birth: "The happiest day of my life bringing our baby boy (Jason King Derulo) home. He's so lucky to have such a strong caring hero of a mother @jenafrumes"

As it turns out, Derulo was excited to start a family. In an April interview with Drew Barrymore on her talk show, Derulo said, "I was just starting to really get baby fever. I guess with age and you meet someone you really, really connect with, and it happened at just the right time."

We're excited for these new parents!

Jersey Shore’s Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino + wife welcomed a rainbow baby!

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino and his wife Lauren have welcomed their first child.

The couple announced their son's birth by sharing several sweet snaps on Instagram.

"Romeo Reign Sorrentino 🥰🚀," Mike captioned the post, which included photos of baby Romeo wrapped in a custom swaddle bearing his name.

Sorrentino also shared pictures of the proud parents holding a swaddled Romeo, and a shot of the family, presumably in the delivery room. Mike is wearing scrubs and a face mask, while Lauren is in a hospital bed with a privacy drape over her belly.

The couple has been open about their experience trying to conceive. During a November 2019 interview on Good Morning America, Lauren revealed that she suffered a miscarriage with their first pregnancy.

"And then at about six and half, seven weeks, I miscarried. It was heart-wrenching. When I found out we were pregnant, I felt like this is why we went through all these challenges for years and that this was our time and it was our blessing. … It was hard. It was really difficult. I wanted to share it for other people going through it and just be honest so I can kind of heal through the process."

Congratulations to the happy family!

Emmy Rossum welcomes a baby girl!

Emmy Rossum welcomed her first child with her husband Sam Esmail!

The "Shameless" actress shared the happy news on Instagram with a series of black and white photographs.

"5.24.21 On a sunny Monday morning, at 8:13AM, we welcomed our daughter into the world," the captioned the post.

In the first photo, Emmy is wearing a white bra and her bare belly is exposed. Her husband joins her in the second picture. The third image is of an inked baby footprint, presumably their daughter's.

Rossum also shared a separate post that shows her standing on an apartment windowsill, cradling her pregnant belly. "Two weeks before our daughter was born."

Rossum and Esmail, the creator of the show "Mr. Robot," got engaged in August 2015 after two years of dating. They married in May 2017. This is the first child for both.

Naomi Campbell surprises everyone by announcing the birth of her daughter!

Naomi Campbell is a first-time mama! The iconic supermodel and actress, who is a fabulous 50 years old, welcomed her first baby, she announced on Instagram. The adorable photo shows her hands holding her tiny little girl's feet.

"A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother," Campbell captioned the Tuesday post. "So honoured to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel. There is no greater love."

In May 2017, Campbell told Evening Standard magazine she had the desire to become a mom, but she wasn't in a rush to make it happen. "I think about having children all the time," she said at the time. "But now with the way science is I think I can do it when I want."

Such a sweet surprise announcement! Congratulations, Naomi.

It's a sweet little girl for Sadie Robertson!

While every baby girl is sweet, Sadie Robertson's new little one has a name to match: Honey James Huff, her first child with husband Christian Huff. The Duck Dynasty star announced the birth of their daughter mid-May in a sentimental Instagram post.

"1 week and you've officially changed me for the better. I've learned that before I ever get to really teach you a thing you will teach me a million," Robertson writes alongside a black-and-white photo of her cradling baby Honey.

Robertson and Huff were married last year, and they announced the pregnancy in October. So excited to watch sweeet Honey grow!

Natalie Dormer reveals she had a baby in January!

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The brilliant Game of Thrones actress, 39, recently revealed that she welcomed a baby girl—her first child—back in January. She announced the news on the That's After Life! podcast.

"It's the perfect thing to do during a pandemic, is get pregnant and have a baby," she joked. "I feel like I'm probably being a bit of a cliche. She'll probably be sitting in a bar in 30 years' time… going, 'Yeah, I'm a COVID baby! I think there's going to be lots of COVID babies, because what else could people do?"

She shares the little girl with her partner, actor David Oakes.

Mena Suvari has welcomed her 1st child with husband Michael Hope!

Actress Mena Suvari and her husband Michael Hope are new parents to a baby boy. Christopher Alexander Hope, named after her late father-in-law, arrived earlier this month, and according to Suvari's rep, "Both baby and mom are doing wonderfully."

Suvari spoke candidly throughout her pregnancy about the anxiety and self-doubt she experienced when trying to get pregnant, especially when doctors told her that because of her age (41), she wouldn't be able to conceive. In the end, Suvari tells PEOPLE, "Even in my late 30s I had people questioning me. It put a lot of fear in you," she said. "It took a lot of work to really pull back from that and really believe and trust in my own body and where I was at, have my own journey with it."

Congratulations, Mena and Michael!

It's a daughter for 'Vanderpump Rules' star Lala Kent and fiancé Randall Emmett!

Vanderpump Rules actress Lala Kent and fiancé Randall Emmett have welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Ocean Kent Emmett. Emmett is also the father of two daughters from his previous marriage to actor Ambyr Childers.

Kent has been detailing her pregnancy and life as a new mother on Instagram, writing in a recent post, "I was told I would miss this, and I do. People say, 'enjoy it all, because it goes by so fast'. They are right. I wish I could freeze time. The birth of my daughter, Ocean, was 3 week ago. Today was supposed to be her due date- I feel emotional about it, because it's over, and it was the most incredible experience of my life."

Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song welcome their first child!

Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song welcome their first child!

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Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song are officially parents!

The actors welcomed their first child last week, a baby boy they named Dakota Song Culkin.

The couple confirmed the happy news to Esquire, issuing a short statement: "We're overjoyed."

Esquire also reports that baby Dakota was born on April 5th at 1:10 p.m., in Los Angeles, weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Both mom and son are healthy.

Dakota is named after Culkin's late sister Dakota, who died in 2008.

Culkin and Song first began dating in 2017.

In August, Song dedicated an Instagram post to her boyfriend, calling him a "magical being."

"I could sit here and write endlessly about how wonderful, kind, loving, genuine, loyal, honest, brilliant and hilarious you are, and how grateful I am that I get to share and do this life thing with you," she wrote in a birthday tribute to Culkin. "But firstly, that would take me an eternity and secondly, you won't even see this because you don't ever use instagram. Hahaha. My unicorn that I never thought could exist, I am luckiest person in the world because I am loved by you."

Congratulations to the new parents!

Henry Golding and Liv Lo welcome their first child!

Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding and wife Liv Lo have welcomed their first child.

The couple announced the happy news on Instagram, but did not reveal the baby's name or sex.

Golding shared a gorgeous black and white shot of the new family, praising Lo. "This woman right here. Beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Your strength brought us our greatest joy. Thank you, I love you," he wrote.

Golding's wife shared some photos of her own.

"On March 31st our lives changed forever," the proud mama captioned a set of pictures from the hospital, saying she'd be stepping back from Instagram to spend time with her newborn. "Love you Mama Bear," her famous hubby wrote back in the comments.

The couple announced they were expecting back in November with some sweet bump photos. "Such immense joy this little one has brought us already," Lo wrote at the time.

We're so thrilled for this beautiful new family!

Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicolette Robinson welcomed their second child!

Broadway stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicolette Robinson welcomed their second child!

Odom shared the happy news on Instagram, writing, "More life! One whole week with our Abe. Watching Nicolette give birth to these kids...? Simply, the bravest acts I've ever witnessed from a foot away. I love you, sweetheart and I am in awe. Our little family bursts at the seams with joy! And gratitude."

The actor, who originated the role of Aaron Burr in Hamilton, also revealed that Abe's full name is Able Phineas and he was born on March 25th.

Odom and Robinson are already parents to three-year-old Lucille "Lucy" Ruby. The couple married in 2012.

Odom recently earned two Oscar nominations for his work in Regina King's One Night In Miami…

What a busy month for the Odom-Robinson household!

Congratulations to the growing family!

Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin and her husband are now parents!

Hairstylist Jen Atkin and her husband Mike Rosenthal welcomed their first child!

Atkin, who's well-known for working with clients like Chrissy Teigen and Jennifer Lopez, shared the news on Instagram.

"We are so in love with this little man," she posted, revealing her son's name is River Julién Rosenthal. She also shared a series of photos of River, cuddled up with his parents.

Atkin also revealed that River was born on March 5th via surrogacy.

In a separate post, Atkin shared a video about the couple's surrogacy journey. She thanked the medical team and her surrogacy family for helping to bring River into their lives.

"I know a lot of people have been asking for details about miscarriages, failed IVFs, etc but I'm not sharing any of that bc I don't think anyone has to explain why they chose surrogacy, period," she wrote.

Atkins explained why she and her husband were choosing to share their surrogacy journey with the world, writing, "Our fav nurse Brianna said to us 'The journey as a parent can be very lonely. I have seen people become parents through loss, surrogacy, adoption, and some of the most complicated and devastating circumstances. Through posting you can help people find comfort in not being alone, one family in finding a connection with other families who have gone thru the same experiences, help them find a way to escape the isolation. It doesn't matter how you decide to become a parent, or if being a parent to a little human lasted a million days shorter then it should have, you are still a parent and it deserves massive celebration.'

Here is our celebration of River Julién Rosenthal. ♥️"

We love that nurse and her advice! Welcoming a child deserves a massive celebration, however that baby got to you.

In a more recent post, Atkin shared a sweet picture of River snuggled up with her and an honest look at life with a newborn.

"It's AMAZINGGGG, but it's hard. Maybe I missed the memo but -babies eat every 3hrs? The multiple multiple diaper changes? The tar to mustard poop? THE ENDLESS BURPING??? So much burping. This needs to be taught in sex Ed."

She thanked Kimberly, River's nurse, for helping their family survive the newborn stage. "We couldn't keep our lives and businesses running without you," she wrote.

"I know everyone's journeys are different. I know I didn't carry and thus don't have the physical healing and breast feeding to deal with on top of the mental stuff. I just want the new parents who -in between cheek kisses and baby breath cuddles- are freaked out and sometimes losing their minds to know that...same same.

MAJOR RESPECT to all of the single parents, the foster parents, the working parents, ANY PARENT […] And I love you Mom!!"

Hilary Duff welcomes her third child!

Hilary Duff has welcomed her third child. The actress introduced the world to baby Mae James Bair on her Instagram. Duff shared a sweet photo of the newborn meeting big sister Banks, with big brother Luca and dad Matthew Koma looking on. "We LOVE you beauty," the proud mama wrote.

Duff and her daughters are sitting in a pool of water in the intimate black and white shot. The actress gave birth to Banks in an at-home water birth, and it looks like she opted for a similar delivery with baby Mae.

Famous friends like Sophie Turner and Ashley Tisdale (both new moms themselves) were quick to congratulate Duff on her bundle of joy.

Duff has been impatiently waiting to meet her new addition. "Hey baby, I love you very much… however, I don't wanna be wombmates anymore! I want to hold you in my arms!" she captioned a bump shot posted earlier this month. The Younger star didn't know she'd be having a girl, however—she and Koma opted not to find out the baby's sex ahead of time.

Duff had been on baby watch for a few weeks, sharing that she was hoping to make it past son Luca's March 20th birthday—so her two children wouldn't have to share their special days. Mission accomplished!

We're so happy for the new family of five!

Bindi Irwin is a mom!

Bindi Irwin has welcomed a baby girl with husband Chandler Powell.

The new mom announced the news with a sweet photo shared on Instagram. Grace Warrior Irwin Powell was actually born on her parents' wedding anniversary, making her arrival a double celebration.

"Our graceful warrior is the most beautiful light. Grace is named after my great-grandmother, and relatives in Chandler's family dating back to the 1700s. Her middle names, Warrior Irwin, are a tribute to my dad and his legacy as the most incredible Wildlife Warrior," Irwin wrote. "Her last name is Powell and she already has such a kind soul just like her dad. There are no words to describe the infinite amount of love in our hearts for our sweet baby girl. She chose the perfect day to be born and we feel tremendously blessed."

Proud dad Powell shared the same photo on his Instagram with an emotional caption of his own. "After waiting for you to arrive for the last 9 months, finally meeting you has been the best moment of my life. You have a big life ahead of you and no matter what, you will be surrounded by a whole lot of love. Thank you for gracing your beautiful mother and me on our wedding anniversary, so excited to have you home."

Bindi has said despite losing her famous dad back in 2006, she plans to introduce her daughter to "The Crocodile Hunter" through his old shows and documentaries. "He would've been a good, good grandpa. Yeah, he really would've been. I don't think we would've ever seen our daughter!" she told Entertainment Weekly. "He would've just whisked her away into the zoo and it would've been perfect."

Emma Stone gives birth!

Emma Stone has reportedly given birth! TMZ reports the Oscar-winning actress welcomed her newborn in mid-March. So far the baby's name and gender have not been revealed.

Stone and husband Dave McCrary announced their engagement in December 2019, and tied the knot in 2020. McCrary is a writer and director for Saturday Night Live, where the two met back in 2016.

Motherhood is something Stone has been looking forward to for years. "My perspective about kids has changed as I've gotten older," she explained in a 2018 interview for Elle. "As a teenager, I was like, I'm never getting married, I'm never having kids. And then I got older and I was like, I really want to get married, I really want to have kids."

We're so excited that Stone's dream has now come true!

Zara Tindall welcomed her third child!

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There's another royal baby in the House of Windsor—and the baby boy made quite the entrance!

Zara Tindall—granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth—has welcomed her third child.

Proud dad Mike Tindall shared details of the birth on his podcast, revealing that "a little baby boy arrived at my house." The baby was actually born at home in the bathroom, after the couple realized that Zara's labor was going quickly and there wouldn't be time to get to the hospital.

"It was run into the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get a mat on the floor, towels down," Tindall said. Luckily, Zara's midwife was close by and made it to their home just in time to help with the delivery.

Lucas Philip, who shares his middle name with his royal great-grandfather, weighed in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces. He joins big sisters Mia and Lena.

Buckingham Palace released a statement congratulating the proud parents. "The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news and look forward to meeting their 10th Great Grandchild when circumstances allow."

Frankie Muniz is a dad!

Former Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz is now a father.

Muniz and wife Paige announced the birth of their baby boy on Instagram.

Muniz posted an emotional story telling fans, "I'm a dad, guys! I love him so much, and I love my wife so much." Muniz appeared to be holding back tears of joy as he held his newborn just off-camera.

The couple announced that they were expecting back in September in a sweet video shared to their YouTube channel. "Nothing quite compares to the first time hearing your little one's heartbeat," Muniz said. "We felt like we were living and experiencing a real-life miracle for the first time. The second I heard that heartbeat, reality set in. I was throwing out baby names and future career choices."

The couple also shared that their road to parenthood wasn't an easy one.

"When we found out that we were expecting I think we were both in a state of disbelief. We knew that we wanted this, but we were told that our chances weren't that great," Paige said. "The struggle of going to every doctor's appointment made me feel less and less like a woman. I'm excited to say that we beat the odds."

We are so excited for the new Muniz family of three!

Ashley Tisdale has welcomed a baby girl!

Ashley Tisdale is a mom! The singer and actress shared the happy news with fans on Instagram. "Jupiter Iris French arrived earth side," she wrote alongside a black and white shot of the newborn's tiny hand.

The High School Musical star and husband Christopher French welcomed the baby girl on March 23. The two have been married since 2014, and this is their first child.

Tisdale has been documenting her pregnancy on social media for months, sharing bump shots and a gender reveal back in October. The star was overjoyed to find out she'd be expecting a girl.

"This year has obviously been hard. For so many. Ups and downs, and an emotional roller coaster. I think this day was by far my favorite day EVER! I cried I was so happy," she wrote at the time.

Congrats to the new parents!

Lala Kent is now a mom!

Lala Kent gave birth to a baby girl!

The Vanderpump Rules star welcomed her first child with fiancé Randall Emmett.

Kent, 30, shared the good news on Instagram with a sweet photo of herself holding her newborn daughter in her arms.

The Give Them Lala author revealed her daughter's unique name in the caption: Ocean Kent Emmett!

Baby Ocean's proud dad shared the same image on Instagram and said of his daughter, "She's healthy, beautiful, and perfect like her mother! ❤️"

The couple announced they were expecting in September on their podcast, "Give Them Lala … with Randall."

"I'm, like, shaking right now because I can't believe that it's a real-life thing," Kent said at the time. "I'm really emotional. […] I cry about everything, but today it's very much happy tears. […] For my 30th birthday, I have the best gift given to me—my body also helped out too—I am pregnant."

Kent and Emmett got engaged in September 2018. They originally planned to get married in April 2020—but decided to postpone their nuptials because of the ongoing pandemic.

We're thrilled for the new family of three!

Karlie Kloss gave birth to her first child!

Supermodel Karlie Kloss gave birth to her first child!

Kloss's husband Joshua Kushner shared the happy news on Instagram with a sweet photo of the newborn.

You can see the baby's little hand, bare shoulder, and side profile. You can also see a little tuft of brown hair peeking out from under a blue hat.

Kushner captioned the image, "welcome to the world 🌎."

Kloss, 28, confirmed her pregnancy last fall, sharing a video with the caption, "good morning baby." In the video, she shows off her growing bump.

The couple hasn't shared any other details about their little bundle of joy.

Pippa Middleton welcomes a baby girl!

Pippa Middleton gave birth to her second child.

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Pippa Middleton has given birth to her second child!

The younger sister of Kate Middleton gave birth to a daughter this morning, according to PEOPLE.

Grace Elizabeth Jane was born around 4:22 a.m., weighing 6 pounds and seven ounces, a family source told PEOPLE.

The newborn shares a special connection and middle name with her aunt Kate. The Duchess of Cambridge was born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.

Pippa and her husband James Matthew are already parents to 2-year-old Arthur.

Baby Grace is the fifth grandchild for Pippa and Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton. She joins big brother Arthur, as well as Prince William and Kate's three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Congratulations to the growing family!

Emily Ratajkowski and her husband welcomed their first child!

Emily Ratajkowski and her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard are officially parents!

The model announced the birth of their first child on Instagram, writing, "Sylvester Apollo Bear has joined us earth side."

"Sly arrived 3/8/21 on the most surreal, beautiful, and love-filled morning of my life," she added.

Ratajkowski also shared a sweet photo of herself nursing little Sly.

She and Bear-McClard have been married since 2018.

Congratulations to the growing family!

Zac Hanson is a father of five!

The Hansons welcomed another member to their musical family this week!

Zac Hanson and his wife Kate welcomed their fifth child to the world on Sunday.

"I am a little late, but I celebrated #internationalwomensday the best way I know how," the "MMMBop" singer wrote on Instagram.

"Marveling at the superpower women are uniquely gifted... as well as freaking out over the fact that I am now responsible to help raise another person."

He then revealed his son's beautiful name: Quincy Joseph Thoreau Hanson!

Zac also shared two black-and-white images of the proud parents holding their newborn.

Zac and Kate are also parents to John Ira Shepherd, 12, Junia Rosa Ruth, 10, George Abraham Walker, 7, and Mary Lucille Diana, 4.

Congratulations, Hansons!

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin welcome sixth child together

The Baldwins have welcomed another baby!

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin have welcomed their sixth child together. Their daughter Lucia was born via surrogate, according to PEOPLE.

Hilaria shared a photo of their growing family on Instagram, writing "7" with a red heart emoji. She later shared a close-up shot of the baby girl, revealing her sweet name.

"We are so in love with our daughter, Lucia. Just like your brothers and sisters, you are a dream come true 🤍" she wrote.

The couple shares daughter Carmen Gabriela, 7, and sons Rafael Thomas, 5, Leonardo Angel Charles, 4, Romeo Alejandro David, 2, and Eduardo "Edu" Pao Lucas, 5 months. Alec is also dad to his 25-year-old daughter Ireland Baldwin.

Last year, Hilaria told Us Weekly that she wasn't opposed to having more children.

"At this point, who knows?" she said at the time, while pregnant with Edu. "I don't know. I've learned that I thought I was gonna have one kid and now, all of the sudden, I have a gigantic brood, so who knows?"

Kellan Lutz and his wife have welcomed a baby girl!

Kellan Lutz and wife Brittany Gonzales are now parents to a little girl!

The couple announced the birth of their daughter, Ashtyn Lilly, last week.

"The day she came into the world it was snowing, raining, and freezing, but that night she was born and we woke up to sun, clear skies, and winter melting away," Gonzales wrote in the announcement.

She continued, "It was so symbolic considering this time last year was literally winter for our souls only to be met one year later with the brightest sunshine."

The couple announced last February that Gonzales had suffered a pregnancy loss when she was 6 months pregnant.

New mom Gonzales wrote of Ashtyn, "She ushered in a new season for us and we love her beyond comprehension." She also shared three polaroid images of little Ashtyn with her proud parents.

Lutz reshared his wife's post, adding that the birth was amazing.

The FBI: Most Wanted actor also shared a sweet photo of him and Ashtyn in the hospital, writing, "I mean come on...😍 pure bliss and happiness."

Katharine McPhee Foster is now a mom!

Katharine McPhee Foster is officially a mom!

The Smash actor welcomed her first child with husband David Foster.

"Katharine McPhee and David Foster have welcomed a healthy baby boy," her rep told PEOPLE. "Mom, Dad and son are all doing wonderfully."

This is the first child for Katharine and the sixth for David.

The couple first met in 2006, when Foster mentored McPhee during season 5 of American Idol. They tied the knot in 2019.

Foster is already father to daughters Allison, 50, Amy, 47, Sara, 40, Erin, 38, and Jordan, 34.

Congratulations to Katharine and David on their little boy!

Mandy Moore and husband Taylor Goldsmith have welcomed their first child!

Mandy Moore and Taylor Goldsmith are officially parents!

The couple announced the birth of their son with a sweet post on Instagram.

"Gus is here," Moore wrote, alongside four blue hearts for her baby boy.

"Our sweet boy, August Harrison Goldsmith. He was punctual and arrived right on his due date, much to the delight of his parents. We were prepared to fall in love in all sorts of brand new ways, but it goes beyond anything we could have ever imagined."

The This Is Us star first revealed her pregnancy in September 2020.

Wilmer Valderrama and his fiancée have welcomed a baby girl!

Actor Wilmer Valderrama and his fiancée Amanda Pacheco are now parents.

The 'NCIS' actor shared a sweet announcement to Instagram, announcing the birth of their daughter on February 15th.

"Life is an ever evolving journey, and for all those times when our path needs a light," Valderrama wrote.

"Often angels are sent to show us the way and that we can be more.. straight out of heaven we welcome our first daughter."

Valderrama shared a series of photos featuring the new family. One picture shows the trio hugging in a hospital bed. Another photo shows new mom Amanda holding her baby close, while both smile. A third picture features an adorable closeup of the newborn.

The couple got engaged in January 2020. This is the first child for Valderrama and Pacheco.

Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews had a girl!

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his fiancée Brittany Matthews are now parents!

The couple announced the birth of their daughter, Sterling Skye Mahomes, on social media.

Little Sterling was born on Saturday, weighing six pounds and eleven ounces.

Mahomes, who plays quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, shared a sweet image of Sterling holding tight to her parents' hands. Matthews can also be seen wearing a "Sterling" nameplate necklace.

The day after the Kansas City Chiefs lost Super Bowl LV to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mahomes said that his offseason goals included becoming a better father.

"I've got to work on becoming a better dad even though I haven't become one yet," he said.

This is the first child for Mahomes and Matthews, who began dating at Whitehouse High School in Texas when Mahomes was a sophomore and Matthews was a junior.

Morgan Stewart gives birth to a baby girl!

E! host Morgan Stewart welcomed her first child with husband Jordan McGraw this week.

The couple named their baby girl Row Renggli. They announced the happy news on Instagram.

"Row Renggli McGraw just wanted me to quickly update you guys that after 30 hours, 27 apple juices, & 16 pushes later she decided to join our party! And she's definitely the coolest girl I've ever met," gushed Stewart.

She also shared a sweet photo of herself holding little Row in the hospital.

Jordan, who's the son of Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw, also shared a photograph of their daughter.

Row is the first child for the couple, who married in an intimate ceremony in December.

Rose Leslie and Kit Harington welcome their first child!

Game of Thrones stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington have welcomed their first child!

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Game of Thrones stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington have welcomed their first child!

The couple are now the proud parents of a baby boy.

Their publicist confirmed the happy news to Us Magazine, saying "They have had a baby boy and are very, very happy."

Earlier today, Page Six published paparazzi photos showing Harington and Leslie walking hand in hand down a street, while she wore a baby in a baby carrier on her chest.

Last year, Leslie revealed her pregnancy in the September issue of U.K.'s Make Magazine. She wore a sleek black and white dress for the photoshoot, which included an all-female photography team.

Leslie and Harington met on the set of Game of Thrones. The couple wed in June 2018 in Scotland.

Soccer stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are now moms!

U.S. women's national soccer team players Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris have adopted a baby girl!

The couple, who were wed in December 2019, named their daughter Sloane Phillips. She was born on February 12th.

Krieger announced the news on Instagram, writing, "Dear Birth Mom.. Our promise to you: We promise Sloane will be loved every single day by us, our friends and our family. We promise to give her the tools to live a happy, successful life of inclusivity and support. We promise to share her adoption story with her from the very beginning and celebrate every milestone!"

Harris shared a similar post, writing, "My heart is exploding with Joy. We did it, baby! All of the ups and downs, tears, stress and anxiety was worth it to have this beautiful blessing in our arms. We are building what we've always dreamt of. You both are my everything and I promise to always do right by the both of you. I love you so much."

She also added a sweet postscript: "To all my adoptive families out there. Wow, we see you. Whew, this has been a very stressful process. I'm hopeful to tell our story one day but for now... we can breathe again."

Krieger and Harris both play for the Orlando Pride. They're also reigning World Cup champions as members of the U.S. women's national soccer team. And now, they're tackling a new challenge together: motherhood.

Congratulations!

Julia Fox gave birth to a baby boy!

Julia Fox has given birth to a baby boy!

The Uncut Gems actor announced the birth of her son Valentino this week.

She shared a series of nude maternity photos to Instagram, writing that the pictures were taken "right after my gyno told me I would need to go have my baby early cuz of some blood pressure issues."

"Right after the shoot I went to the hospital and had my precious baby boy," she added.

Fox also revealed that baby Valentino was born on January 17th or as she calls it, "the best day of my life."

Fox married pilot Peter Artemiev in 2018. Valentino is their first child.

The actor, most famous for her breakout role in 2019's Uncut Gems, hadn't publicly confirmed her pregnancy before the surprise birth announcement.

Congratulations to the new family!

It's a boy for Meghan Trainor and husband Daryl Sabara!

Meghan Trainor has given birth to her first child with husband Daryl Sabara!

The All About That Bass singer announced the happy news on Instagram, saying, "This sweet baby boy's due date was today on Valentine's Day."

Trainor revealed that they named their son Riley and that he arrived a week early on February 8th.

"We are SO IN LOVE 🥰😭 Thank you @DarylSabara for the best Valentine's gift ever!" she added.

Trainor also shared a series of photos of little Riley, including a shot where the swaddled baby boy is cuddled up next to Trainor's face, and a photo of a masked and shirtless Sabara giving their newborn a bottle.

Trainor and the Spy Kids actor wed in December 2018 and announced they were expecting last October.

Congratulations!! 🎉

Princess Eugenie has given birth to a baby boy!

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their son today.

The Princess shared the news on Instagram with a sweet black-and-white photo, showing the proud parents holding their baby's hand.

She added three blue hearts to the caption.

Buckingham Palace released a statement with a little more information.

"Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, 9th February 2021, at 0855hrs at The Portland Hospital. Jack Brooksbank was present. The baby weighs 8lbs 1oz.

"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Mr. and Mrs. George Brooksbank have been informed and are delighted with the news.

"This is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's first child, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York's first grandchild, and the ninth great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."

Congratulations to all!

Jenny Slate has given birth to a baby girl!

Jenny Slate is now a mom!

The comedian has confirmed that she gave birth to her first child with fiancé Ben Shattuck.

Slate told E! News that the couple named their daughter Ida Lupine.

"Yeah, I'm not pregnant anymore," she joked. "The baby came out!"

Slate also added that baby Ida is a great sleeper and a very happy little girl.

"I can say, without a doubt, that motherhood is for sure the most meaningful thing that has ever happened to me," she gushed. "I feel really lucky and happy."

Congratulations to the new family!

Celebrity Chef Duff Goldman and his wife are now parents

Chef Duff Goldman and his wife Johanna have welcomed their baby girl!

In an Instagram post, Goldman says, "she is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in the whole world."

Baby Josephine was born on January 31st, weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces.

"Some friends have told me that the love I'll experience when looking at my daughter will be different than anything I've ever experienced and they were totally right," he adds. "My muffin was amazing and I am in awe of how strong and natural and intuitive she is. She's a natural mom no doubt. We made a family! I have a whole little family!"

Goldman stars in the Food Network show Buddy vs. Duff with Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro. He also stars in Duff Takes the Cake.

He ended his sweet announcement by saying simply, "I'm so in love I can't stand it. I have the two best ladies in the whole world. ❤️"

Kelly Rowland and husband Tim Weatherspoon welcomed their second son

Destiny's Child alum Kelly Rowland and husband Tim Weatherspoon are now parents to two boys!

The singer announced the birth of their son, Noah Jon, with a sweet picture that features their older child, Titan Jewell, smiling at Noah.

Rowland captioned the photo, "On the 21st day, of the 21st year, of the 21st century, Noah Jon Weatherspoon Greeted us! We are truly grateful!"

She also added baby Noah's birth stats, stating that he weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces at birth and measured 19 inches tall.

Congratulations to the family of four!

Vanessa Morgan has given birth to her first child

The Riverdale star is officially a mom!

Vanessa Morgan has given birth to a son, according to E! News.

The baby's father is Morgan's estranged husband, Michael Kopech.

A source told E! News, "Vanessa had the baby, and Michael is with her as well. They're both thrilled."

Neither Morgan nor Kopech have commented on their son's birth or revealed any additional details.

Six weeks ago, Morgan announced that she was "officially on maternity leave."

"Officially on maternity leave!!!! Ahh!! Feeling grateful to my showrunner & producers for being so accommodating & writing my pregnancy into the show!🤰🏽Also proud of my body for allowing me to still work almost 9 months preggo. Now time to have a baby! 👶🏼 lol Happy Holidays everyone 🎄"

Emma Roberts welcomed a boy whom she introduce to the world on Instagram

Emma Roberts posted a photo of herself holding her brand new baby, both in matching monochrome outfits and presented him to the world with his full name: Rhodes Robert Hedlund. Roberts is looking radiant in her new role as a mom, and called her son "our bright light".

Stassi Schroeder and Beau Clark picked a unique geographic name for their new baby girl

People reports Stassi Schroeder and her husband Beau Clark are now parents.

The couple welcomed their daughter, Hartford Charlie Rose Clark, on January 7. The baby girl's middle names honor Clark's father and Schroeder's grandmother.

The place-inspired first name is totally on-trend, as more and more parents are taking inspiration from states and cities when naming their little ones.

Congratulations to the family of 3! 🎉

Harry Potter’s Devon Murray + Shannon McCaffrey Quinn welcome son

The actor who played Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter series is now a father!

Devon Murray and his partner Shannon McCaffrey Quinn welcomed their son Cooper Michael Murray on Saturday, January 2.

Jamie Orsini is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, military spouse, and a mom to two busy toddlers. In her spare time, Jamie volunteers with the Solar System Ambassador program with NASA/JPL and reads anything she can get her hands on. She’s currently working on her first novel.

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Even before you became a parent, buying a new car could be a complicated process. Throw in a car seat or two and a dash of anxiety over safety, and suddenly it can feel like a monumental task. In fact, according to a national Cars.com survey, for two-thirds of parents car seats play a significant role in the selection of their car.

Fortunately, when it comes to the right car for a family, Cars.com has done the heavy lifting for you. (Literally!) In their 2021 Car Seat Fit Report Card, their certified child passenger safety technicians compiled Car Seat Check scores for 51 vehicles to determine which provide the safest fit for the most car seats. "Cars are an investment and parents or parents-to-be will want to find a car that can grow with their family, but that doesn't mean you need to jump into a minivan before your first child arrives," says Jenni Newman, Editor-in-Chief at Cars.com.

We sat down with Newman to discuss the Report Card's findings and get her tips to help you make the best decision for your family's ride.

Motherly: What are the top considerations parents or parents-to-be should look for when choosing a car that will provide the safest fit for a car seat?

Jenni Newman: Here are a few things to consider when shopping for your next car: Is there enough space? Look for vehicles with roomier backseats, and think about the number of kids in car seats you could have at one time. Nearly half of parents' decide to buy a new car because they need to fit three in a bigger car. Remember, kids can stay in some level of car seat until they're 4 feet, 9 inches tall—for some kids, that could be when they're 12 years old. Not to mention, you will need enough room for your stroller, grocery bags, equipment for kids' activities and any other items parents and caregivers tote around.

[You also want to ] consider how easy it is to find and use the lower Latch anchors, which are located in the outer rear seats between the back and bottom cushions. A good Latch system makes car-seat installation easier, and since you'll be using car seats for many years, anything that makes life more convenient is a big win.

Finally, how does it feel? Once you've done your research online and have narrowed down your search, get to your local dealership for some hands-on experience. Test out the roominess, ask about kid-friendly features, bring your car seat and try to install it in the cars you're interested in. Dealers are happy to work with you and help you test all the cars and features that matter to you.

Motherly: What are the top cars that accommodate a car seat and why?

JN: The following cars aced our car seat fit tests thanks to their easy-to-find Latch anchors and spacious rear seats. The top cars are:

  • 2021 Audi SQ8: A two-row SUV with a twin-turbo V-8 that puts the fun into the most mundane errands.
  • 2021 Genesis GV80: This luxury SUV can be had with two or three rows — we tested a two-row version. The refined interior might have parents thinking twice about putting kids in the backseat, but don't worry, leather seats are easy to clean.
  • 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid: The redesigned compact SUV now comes in a hybrid version that sips gasoline, meaning you can take those family road trips without fueling up as frequently.
  • 2021 Nissan Sentra: This compact car is small but mighty when it comes to family duty, thanks to its roomy backseat.

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Motherly: Which cars are best for families with 2 or more car seats?

JN: Whether it's a sedan, SUV, pickup truck or minivan, most vehicles can handle two car seats as long as there's enough rear legroom to accommodate a rear-facing infant or convertible car seat.

Three car seats make life more interesting. Not many cars can fit three car seats across the rear seat, but in our car seat installations, we test each car to see if it can accommodate all three of our car seats across the backseat—an infant seat, convertible seat and booster seat—and publish the results. The Volkswagen Atlas, a three-row SUV and the Cars.com 2021 Family Car of the Year, features a roomy second row that easily manages three car seats across it, and its third row is spacious enough to handle car seats or even adults.

Motherly: What are the best ways for parents to confirm that their car seat has been installed correctly?

JN: There are some simple steps that parents can take when installing a car seat. First, they should read the car seat owner's manual as well as their car's manual to make sure the installation is starting off correctly. The manuals may have guidance on whether a car seat can be installed in the middle rear seat, for example.

When installing the car seat, parents should use either the car's Latch anchors or a seat belt, but not both at the same time. Using the Latch system tends to be a little easier for most parents, but if you cannot find your car's lower Latch anchors, then using a seat belt for installation is perfectly acceptable. With a seat belt installation, make sure the seat belt's retractor is in the locked position to keep the car seat securely in place. Your car's owner's manual will walk you through how to lock the retractor.

Check your car seat install by grabbing the car seat near the belt path and giving it a tug. If it moves more than an inch in any direction, tighten the Latch strap to better secure the car seat. It's important to do this test at the belt path because if you test an infant seat, for example, at the top of the car seat, where the baby's head is, it'll seem like there's too much movement, but if you test at the belt path, you'll get a better sense of installation's snugness.

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Motherly: Aside from car seat fit and safety, what are some other features or technology that parents or parents-to-be should consider when shopping for their next family car?

JN: Automakers are loading cars with tons of family-friendly features. One of my favorites is the in-vehicle vacuum in the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. I'd love one of those in my own car - and it would have been amazing to have when my kids were toddlers.

Speaking of minivans, the Pacifica, Odyssey and the all-new Kia Carnival minivan offer an in-cabin camera system that allows parents to monitor any shenanigans in the second and third rows. The camera in the Carnival, which was named Cars.com's Best Minivan of 2021, has impressive resolution, zoom functionality and even night vision.

Automakers are also working to combat child in-car heatstroke with a commitment to add rear-seat reminders to their vehicles by no later than the 2025 model year. GM and Nissan, for example, have systems that use an alert to remind the driver to check the backseat if the rear doors were opened at the start of a car trip. Hyundai offers its Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert system, which uses sensors to monitor the backseat for movement. It alerts the driver if it senses any movement.

Whether you need a car to accommodate one child or a brood, the new Cars.com report could be the first step to getting your family on the road safely. And when in doubt about your car seat's fit, remember, you have options. "Installing car seats can be frustrating. I've been doing it as a certified child passenger safety technician for more than 10 years and have two teenage boys and there are still times when I struggle," Newman says. "Cars.com has hundreds of Car Seat Checks that can be a useful resource for parents who are installing car seats into a new or older model car. Parents should ask for help when they need it, and can find certified technicians at their local police department, fire department or hospital."

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10 Montessori phrases for kids who are struggling with back to school

The first day of school can be hard for everyone, mama. Here's how to use the Montessori method to help your child adjust.

No matter how excited your child was to pick out a new lunchbox and backpack this year, there will likely be days when they just don't want to go to school. Whether they're saying "I don't like school" when you're home playing together or having a meltdown on the way to the classroom, there are things you can say to help ease their back-to-school nerves.

More than the exact words you use, the most important thing is your attitude, which your child is most definitely aware of. It's important to validate their feelings while conveying a calm confidence that school is the right place for them to be and that they can handle it.

Here are some phrases that will encourage your child to go to school.


1. "You're safe here."

If you have a young child, they may be genuinely frightened of leaving you and going to school. Tell them that school is a safe place full of people who care about them. If you say this with calm confidence, they'll believe you. No matter what words you say, if your child senses your hesitation, your own fear of leaving them, they will not feel safe. How can they be safe if you're clearly scared of leaving them? Try to work through your own feelings about dropping them off before the actual day so you can be a calm presence and support.

2. "I love you and I know you can do this."

It's best to keep your goodbye short, even if your child is crying or clinging to you, and trust that you have chosen a good place for them to be. Most children recover from hard goodbyes quickly after the parent leaves.

If your child is having a hard time saying goodbye, give one good strong hug and tell them that you love them and know they can do this. Saying something like, "It's just school, you'll be fine" belittles their feelings. Instead, acknowledge that this is hard, but that you're confident they're up to the task. This validates the anxiety they're feeling while ending on a positive note.

After a quick reassurance, make your exit, take a deep breath and trust that they will be okay.

3. "First you'll have circle time, then work time, and then you'll play on the playground."

Talk your child through the daily schedule at school, including as many details as possible. Talk about what will happen when you drop them off, what kinds of work they will do, when they will eat lunch and play outside, and who will come to get them in the afternoon.

It can help to do this many times so that they become comfortable with the new daily rhythm.

4. "I'll pick you up after playground time."

Give your child a frame of reference for when you will be returning.

If your child can tell time, you can tell them you'll see them at 3:30pm. If they're younger, tell them what will happen right before you pick them up. Perhaps you'll come get them right after lunch, or maybe it's after math class.

Giving this reference point can help reassure them you are indeed coming back and that there is a specific plan for when they will see you again. As the days pass, they'll realize that you come consistently every day when you said you would and their anxieties will ease.

5. "What book do you think your teacher will read when you get to school this morning?"

Find out what happens first in your child's school day and help them mentally transition to that task. In a Montessori school, the children choose their own work, so you might ask about which work your child plans to do first.

If they're in a more traditional school, find an aspect of the school morning they enjoy and talk about that.

Thinking about the whole school day can seem daunting, but helping your child focus on a specific thing that will happen can make it seem more manageable.

6. "Do you think Johnny will be there today?"

Remind your child of the friends they will see when they get to school.

If you're not sure who your child is bonding with, ask the teacher. On the way to school, talk about the children they can expect to see and try asking what they might do together.

If your child is new to the school, it might help to arrange a playdate with a child in their class to help them form strong relationships.

7. "That's a hard feeling. Tell me about it."

While school drop-off is not the time to wallow in the hard feelings of not wanting to go to school, if your child brings up concerns after school or on the weekend, take some time to listen to them.

Children can very easily be swayed by our leading questions, so keep your questions very general and neutral so that your child can tell you what they're really feeling.

They may reveal that they just miss you while they're gone, or may tell you that a certain person or kind of work is giving them anxiety.

Let them know that you empathize with how they feel, but try not to react too dramatically. If you think there is an issue of real concern, talk to the teacher about it, but your reaction can certainly impact the already tentative feelings about going to school.

8. "What can we do to help you feel better?"

Help your child brainstorm some solutions to make them more comfortable with going to school.

Choose a time at home when they are calm. Get out a pen and paper to show that you are serious about this.

If they miss you, would a special note in their pocket each morning help? If another child is bothering them, what could they say or who could they ask for help? If they're too tired in the morning, could an earlier bedtime make them feel better?

Make it a collaborative process, rather than a situation where you're rescuing them, to build their confidence.

9. "What was the best part of your school day?"

Choose a time when your child is not talking about school and start talking about your day. Tell them the best part of your day, then try asking about the best part of their day. Practice this every day.

It's easy to focus on the hardest parts of an experience because they tend to stick out in our minds. Help your child recognize that, even if they don't always want to go, there are likely parts of school they really enjoy.

10. "I can't wait to go to the park together when we get home."

If your child is having a hard time saying goodbye, remind them of what you will do together after you pick them up from school.

Even if this is just going home and making dinner, what your child likely craves is time together with you, so help them remember that it's coming.

It is totally normal for children to go through phases when they don't want to go to school. If you're concerned, talk to your child's teacher and ask if they seem happy and engaged once they're in the classroom.

To your child, be there to listen, to help when you can, and to reassure them that their feelings are natural and that they are so capable of facing the challenges of the school day, even when it seems hard.

Back to School

One of the greatest joys of parenting is getting to introduce your baby to the great, big world. Even from a young age, travel can open our eyes to new environments, teach resilience and adaptability and create a meaningful bond between family members.

The problem? The logistics of traveling with a baby can be, well, challenging. For too long, one of the biggest obstacles standing between parents and their traveling plans has been the hassle of managing an infant car seat on our journey.

The new Nuna PIPA lite rx is changing all that. The Nuna PIPA lite rx is an infant car seat made for everyday life and more enjoyable adventures. With a combination of features that make travel easier, you can skip the question of "how" to go with your baby and move onto asking "where" to go.

From trips around the corner to trips across the country, the new Nuna PIPA lite rx car seat solves so many pain points of traveling with a baby. Here's why you'll love it...

It is amazingly light-weight

We're all for a good workout—just not every time we need to carry the car seat. Weighing in at just 6.9 lbs., the PIPA lite rx truly earns the title of lightweight champion. Combined with a luxe leatherette handle for comfortably carrying in your hand or the crook of your arm, this dreamy travel car seat is great at getting from Point A to Point B—whether you're in the car or not.

It is incredibly safe and secure from day one

With an additional GOTS™ certified infant insert and harness covers, 7-position height-adjustable no-rethread headrest, Aeroflex™ foam and side-impact protection, you can travel with the confidence that your baby is well-protected from your baby's first ride and beyond. And because any parent knows the trickiest part of travel is getting baby in and out of the car seat, the PIPA lite rx simplifies the task: The 5-point no-rethread harness can be held to the side with magnetic buckle holders while you're getting your baby in or out of the seat. (Meaning no more searching for straps under a wiggly baby!)

Your baby will be cozy for longer excursions

When it comes to keeping your little travel companion content, comfort is the name of the game. With foam cushions and a memory foam headrest, your little explorer will have the best seat in the car when buckled in. For a little extra privacy, pull down the breathable Dream Drape and quietly attach it to the side of the car seat with magnets. Or, enjoy some time in the sun without concerns about harsh rays with the full-coverage UPF 50+ canopy.

Base or belt... the decision is yours

The Nuna PIPA lite rx offers two ways to secure the seat to the car: with the (included) PIPA RELX base or by buckling in through the belt path on the infant car seat with the vehicle's seat belt, meaning one less thing to take along when you travel by taxi or airplane. Better yet, the car seat securely installs in just seconds so you can get on with the adventure.

Stroll on with the full travel system

Compatible with Nuna's extensive line of strollers, the Nuna PIPA lite rx lets you create a travel system that works for your lifestyle. From single strollers to rides that can grow with your family, you can click the Nuna PIPA lite rx into place and go—wherever your travels might take you.

The Nuna PIPA lite rx is available now in two color options. Take a closer look at this fully featured infant seat on nunababy.com.

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

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Keeping kids entertained is a battle for all seasons. When it's warm and sunny, the options seem endless. Get them outside and get them moving. When it's cold or rainy, it gets a little tricker.

So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best toys for toddlers and kids that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, many are 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 indoor outdoor toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.


Stomp Racers

As longtime fans of Stomp Rockets, we're pretty excited about their latest launch–Stomp Racers. Honestly, the thrill of sending things flying through the air never gets old. Parents and kids alike can spend hours launching these kid-powered cars which take off via a stompable pad and hose.

$19.99

Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster

Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster

Tiny thrill-seekers will love this kid-powered coaster which will send them (safely) sailing across the backyard or play space. The durable set comes with a high back coaster car and 10.75 feet of track, providing endless opportunities for developing gross motor skills, balance and learning to take turns. The track is made up of three separate pieces which are easy to assemble and take apart for storage (but we don't think it will be put away too often!)

$139

Secret Agent play set

Plan-Toys-Secret-agent-play-set

This set has everything your little secret agent needs to solve whatever case they might encounter: an ID badge, finger scanner, walkie-talkie handset, L-shaped scale and coloring comic (a printable file is also available for online download) along with a handy belt to carry it all along. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Stepping Stones

Stepping-stones

Kiddos can jump, stretch, climb and balance with these non-slip stepping stones. The 20-piece set can be arranged in countless configurations to create obstacle courses, games or whatever they can dream up.

$99.99

Sand play set

B. toys Wagon & Beach Playset - Wavy-Wagon Red

For the littlest ones, it's easy to keep it simple. Take their sand box toys and use them in the bath! This 12-piece set includes a variety of scoops, molds and sifters that can all be stored in sweet little wagon.

$17.95

Sensory play set

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Filled with sand or water, this compact-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.

$19.95

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

Foam pogo stick

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Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord "stick" is sturdy enough to withstand indoor and outdoor use and makes a super fun addition to driveway obstacle courses and backyard races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don't let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.

$16.99

Dumptruck 

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyard or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? It's made from recycled plastic milk cartons.

$22

Hopper ball

Hopper ball

Burn off all that extra energy hippity hopping across the lawn or the living room! This hopper ball is one of the top rated versions on Amazon as it's thicker and more durable than most. It also comes with a hand pump to make inflation quick and easy.

$14.99

Pull-along ducks

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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.

$16.99

Rocking chair seesaw

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This built-to-last rocking seesaw is a fun way to get the wiggles out in the grass or in the playroom. The sturdy design can support up to 77 pounds, so even older kiddos can get in on the action.

$79.99

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.

$79.99

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.

$24.75

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

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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?

Talli Baby: One-touch logging for feedings, diaper changes, sleep & more

Founder Lauren Longo is no stranger to the overwhelm and cry-face-down-in-the-nursery-carpet levels of stress new parenthood can impart. In fact, it was that exact experience that inspired her to create the Talli Baby–a simple (but sophisticated) way to track all your little one's information from diaper changes to feedings without adding complicated steps to an already full plate. Simply mount the tracker to your nursery wall or changing table and with the touch of a button, record all the important events of the day with the Talli Baby app. Everything can be easily shared with pediatricians and other caregivers, making it easy to keep tabs on changes and patterns. And it's not just for babies! The platform is flexible enough to be used for all kinds of caregiving–special needs kiddos, aging parents or even those who are trying to diagnose or manage a chronic condition will find it to be an invaluable tool.

Versine: Luxe, evidence-based skincare made with pregnancy in mind

From the gorgeous packaging to the divine formulas, it's not hard to fall in love with Versine. Launched by a mom who struggled to find clear guidance on what exactly was considered safe when it came to caring for her skin while pregnant, the curated brand offers just two multi-tasking products that address common pregnancy and nursing-related skin issues without a drop of worry about the ingredients. Each of the pH-balanced serums are free from no-no's like retinols and hydroquinone and irritants like essentials oils and salicylic acid among others. It's skincare, simplified.

Beluga Baby: Breathable bamboo baby wraps

Canadian-based Beluga Baby was born of one mama's quest to find a stretchy wrap that would calm her fussy five-month-old. Unsatisfied with the options available, she curated a consciously-designed bamboo blend fabric to make her own. The result? A super-breathable, supportive and ultra-stretchy sustainable baby wrap that's become a new-parent must-have all around the world. The one-size design means it can be shared between caregivers of various sizes but the variety of colors and patterns make it a serious challenge to choose just one. Beluga Baby's wraps are ASTM safety certified, designated Hip Healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, and the brand is an active member of the Babywearing Industry Alliance.

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




Talli Baby Tracker

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It's quick and easy for those late-night wake-ups and feedings, and it's simple and intuitive for grandparents, nannies and other caregivers. Check in from the app anytime, anywhere to see all your baby's data in real-time, no matter how it was logged or who logged it. It also integrates with Alexa (if you have the Echo) and runs on AA batteries, so no ugly cord to contend with! Price is for one device. (You can buy as a set of two for a discount!)

$99.98

Versine Gentle Actives Clarity Crème-Serum

Versine Gentle Actives Clarity Cr\u00e8me-Serum


Versine's original worry-free, pH-balanced serum, Gentle Actives Clarity crème-serum is packed with Kakadu Plum Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Squalane to brighten and define, giving you a smooth and healthy glow. Formulated to be effective and safe for pregnancy, you'll also love its ultra-light cream texture. Truly the perfect marriage between the most delicate of lotions and a traditional serum.

$80

Versine Gentle Actives Clarity Crème-Serum + Azelaic Acid

Versine Gentle Actives Clarity Cr\u00e8me-Serum + Azelaic Acid

Target pregnancy (and everyday) breakouts and dark spots with this gentle but potent azelaic acid serum. This pH-balanced serum is formulated much like Versine's original Gentle Actives Clarity Crème-Serum, but with the added power of azelaic acid to help calm oily and inflamed skin. Still worry-free, hydrating, and glow-enhancing, but with an added superstar to smooth acne and blemishes. Its lightweight, fast-absorbing texture is also sure to pamper and help you get your glow on, mama.

$80

Beluga Baby

beluga-baby-wrap

Suitable for babies from newborn to 25 pounds, Beluga Baby wraps soothe gas and colic, comfort your baby, promote bonding, and according to some research can even reduce crying by over 40% in the first year. Worth its weight in gold, we say.

$69.95

Baby Beluga Mini Beluga

Baby Beluga Mini Beluga

Perfect for twinning with mama or you, know, carting the cat around, (I hear they love that) we seriously can't get enough of the adorable Mini Beluga carriers. Take their favorite doll or stuffie on a walk around the block and expect to be stopped with a chorus of "awwww's" everywhere you go.

$19.95

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To my friends who had kids before me: I am sorry I didn’t know

But now that I'm a mother, I do know. And I promise to pay it forward.

I have never felt more fiercely loved than in the days, weeks and months after my baby girl was born. I felt immense love from everyone in my life, but the love I felt from other mothers was different. It came from deep-seeded understanding and empathy. It came from heartfelt celebration and excitement.

It came from a place that only another mother can relate to.


I recall one very emotional day when my daughter was about a week old. I had been going through the throes of triple feeding coupled with the height of what I assume you would call the baby blues.

My sister sat on the couch with me as I painstakingly tried to pump through severe engorgement, and as she rubbed my shoulders, encouraging me to make it through just one more feeding session, I broke down in tears and told her I was so sorry.

She looked at me shocked. Why, exactly, was I apologizing?

It is so simple to see now—in those moments of raw motherhood, my sister was able to love me in a way that no one else could because she had been there before.

While feeling overwhelmed with gratitude to have her in my life, I suddenly felt so much sadness that I hadn't been able to love my sister in the same way when she was walking through early motherhood.

And so many moments followed that one, moments that made me feel immensely lucky to be surrounded by what can only be described as the best humans on earth, followed by the realization that I wish I could have done so much more, and felt so much more, for my dear friends in their early days of motherhood.

So, to my friends who had kids before me: I am sorry.

To my sister who tried for months to breastfeed her son and spent countless hours with lactation consultants and feeding groups, I am sorry I didn't understand how something as simple as feeding your child could make you feel like a failure. I am sorry that I did not wrap you in the biggest hug every day and tell you that you are a great mom and that if you need to cry about it, it is okay.

To my friend with the baby in the NICU, I am sorry I didn't realize that behind the text saying you were "okay" and "didn't need anything," that nothing would've made a bigger difference than a warm meal and hot coffee dropped off to the front desk of the hospital. I knew you were a strong warrior mom (all NICU moms are), but now I know that even warrior moms need someone listening to what they aren't saying.

To my friends who lost their sweet babies before they arrived, I am so sorry that I never knew how much you could love someone you have never met. I am sorry that I couldn't even come close to imagining your pain and sadness until I felt my own daughter wiggle in my belly, and even then, I still couldn't. Saying I am sorry will never be enough to encompass the pain you are feeling, so I hope saying "I love you" will let you know I am here.

To my friends with the sick children, I am sorry I never fully understood the heart-wrenching agony of seeing your child in pain until I saw my own heart beating outside my body in my beautiful daughter. You are the bravest type of mom there is, and I know there is nothing you wouldn't sacrifice for your child. You hold up the world, but when you need someone to hold you up, I am here.

To my friend who confided in me that she was struggling with postpartum depression, I am sorry I did not know just how heavy that anxiety felt on your heart. I am sorry I didn't understand the darkness you experienced every night when you went to bed and the desperation of wondering when it would all go away.

To my friend who sent me the Starbucks card and heartfelt message on my first day back from maternity leave, I am sorry I didn't take more time to check in with you when you came back to work. I loved looking at photos of your beautiful baby and hearing about her life, but I should've spent more time checking in on you and making sure you felt loved and appreciated, especially as you made the adjustment back to work.

These wonderful, beautiful women have taught me so much. And while I didn't know, I do now. My understanding was almost instantaneous the moment I became a mom, and the sisterhood of motherhood has carried me through the difficult times and celebrated alongside me during the good.

To be loved without pretense or judgment is what this sisterhood is all about, and you just don't know until you experience it for yourself.

I am sorry I didn't know, but I promise to pay it forward each and every day.

This this story was originally published on May 24, 2018. It has been updated.

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