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To the mama weathering a true storm

You possess profound strength that is unrivaled by any other force on this earth—you are a mom.

To the mama weathering a true storm

Can I be honest for a second? I don’t know how to start writing this.


There are no words on this earth to adequately express how devastated I am for the people affected by Hurricane Harvey. As I sit at my kitchen table, in my home with my children safely in their beds, how can I even begin to transform a blinking curser into anything that comes close to representing the pain, loss and fear that people in Texas are feeling right now?

The news reports come in and I am overwhelmed by heartache. It is the familiar pangs I feel every time something catestrophic happens in our world—and right now it seems to be happening a lot. Charlottesville, Syria, Orlando... I could go on and on.

While I feel for everyone involved, it’s always thoughts of the mothers who make me weep. I have three children. They are my pulse and my oxygen. The very idea of them being in any kind of danger makes me sick to my stomach. Yet that is the reality so many moms in Texas, and across the world, are facing.

To those moms, for what it’s worth, I have a message for you—

You are not alone

I cannot imagine what you must be feeling right now, staring up at the night sky wondering “Why did this happen?” and “How are we going to make it?” I can’t imagine it, but I want you to know that I am staring at the same sky thinking about you—and so are moms across the world. We have not forgotten you. We promise that we won’t.

You are so strong

A disaster like this can make you feel powerless, I know. But you need to remember how amazingly tough you really are. You possess profound strength that is unrivaled by any other force on this earth—you are a mom.

You are important

Maya Angelou said, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Your children, family and community will be forever impacted by the way you make them feel. In the absence of resources, stability and answers, your love will be the guiding light that gets them through this, and makes them stronger on the other side. Your love moves mountains, mama.

And to everyone who is watching the news

We need to act. We can’t let the logistics of distance or feelings of helplessness stop us from trying to do something. Yes, you and I are just individual people but that doesn’t mean we can’t get to work and try.

We all have a super power. Are you an artist? A teacher? Do you have a green thumb? Are you great with animals? Do you know how to build things? Are you a nurse? Are you great with kids? Do you love to bake? Are you an athlete?

Find your super power, harness it and use it to help.

Afraid your thing won’t really affect the world? Let me remind you about the butterfly theory; it states that under the right conditions, a tiny butterfly flapping its wings can cause a storm on the other side of the world. This can be a beautiful, worthy form of chaos: chaotic love, chaotic creativity, chaotic goodness.

Be the chaos that changes the world.

When it all feels like too much, remember the words of our childhood hero, Mr. Rogers:

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.

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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