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Our favorite Olympic athletes share how their moms contributed to their success

“I wouldn’t be where I am without my mom.”

Our favorite Olympic athletes share how their moms contributed to their success

There’s just no one like your mama. She’s there to push you to be the best you can be and you can always count on her to give you the honest advice you need. With the Winter Olympics starting this week, we found that many Olympic medalists attribute a lot of their successes to their moms—and we can understand why!


From being great role models to going to extra mile to ensure their dreams could come true, here are some of our favorite quotes from Olympians on their moms.

“Every single meet since I was maybe nine or 10, she’s always sat me down before the meets and gives me her usual mom pep-talk....She encourages me and never lets me feel down about something for too long.”—Simone Biles

“I’m the only girl in our family and when my grandmother found out I wanted to play hockey, she pulled my mom aside and said, ‘Girls don’t play hockey.’ And my mom responded, ‘Hilary’s going to play hockey. You need to get with the times.’ My mom firmly established that foundation for me, and she gave me the ability to look at the world as an endless opportunity.”—Hilary Knight

“My communication with my mom was always awesome. I'm a very vocal person and I speak what I feel. No matter what it was, she'd say ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ She'd let me make up my own mind.”—Michael Phelps

“I can't believe what my mom went through—she was so generous. From sixth grade on, at 4 a.m. she'd take me to the rink. I'd practice from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., while my mom sat there. And sometimes after school I'd practice again. Sundays were my day off. She'd travel with me to competitions a couple of times a month.”—Kristi Yamaguchi

“My mom is really tough. I mean, she had a stroke when she gave birth to me. I've never once heard her complain about it. She always taught me, no matter what the situation, I can overcome it."—Lindsey Vonn

“I know how much my mom has impacted my journey and how much I wouldn’t be where I am without my mom. As much as she says she’s proud of me, I’m even more so proud of her because of what she’s done and how she’s been able to raise me and my sisters.”—Elana Meyers Taylor

“I remember breaking down when I learned how bad my injury was. I had never had an injury before in my career, so having a setback was not on my radar. As I was falling to pieces, my mom put her hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Everything happens for a reason. This was supposed to happen.’ For some particular reason, that statement resonated with me. My mom is my rock.”—Shawn Johnson

“My mom was not a seamstress, but I’d see her at 3 o’clock in the morning gluing crystals and sewing every bead. My mom is a warrior, a superhero. When she puts her mind to doing something, there’s no stopping Mama Kwan.”—Michelle Kwan

“I can’t believe she managed that [taking me to practice far away]. She was a single mother of five kids.”—Adam Rippon

“My mother is always standing by with just the right Scripture or inspirational saying to get me through any tough situation.”—Gabby Douglas

"My mom has been the constant for me," Allyson said. "It doesn't matter if I win, if I lose, or if I never run again. I know that she is there for me."—Allyson Felix

“Being a working mommy is something I’ve always wanted to be. My mother is my biggest role model, and she showed me how to do it right. She was very present in our lives and has a great career of her own. Same with my father. So I knew it was possible going in to stay closely connected to my children while also chasing big dreams.”—Kerri Walsh Jennings

We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!


A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.

$239.99

A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.

$219.99

A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.

$379.99

A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.

$29.99

A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.

$99.99

A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.

$15.99

A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.

$79.99

A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.

$99.99

An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.

$24.99

A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.

$59.99

And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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