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2017 Valentine's Day Gift Picks

Our editors share their gift ideas for all the Valentines in your life.

2017 Valentine's Day Gift Picks

Are you a hopeless romantic who thinks of Valentine's Day as a celebration of true love? Good, we are too, and we don't think your beau should be the only one to get a present! Which is why our editors compiled the ultimate Valentine's Day gift guide to help you splash some cash on all the loves of your life. Whether you are shopping for dad, your pregnant friend, baby or grandparents, here are 18 Valentine's Day gift ideas. JESSICA'S PICKS: 1. Baby: June & January Striped Bonnet. A baby bonnet never fails to get us ooh-ing and aahing. June & January’s new V-day striped bonnet is as cute as it is soft and cozy. Get that baby in your life Insta-ready! $17, buy here. 2. Pregnant friend: Basq Lavender Calming Oil. Whether your BFF just got pregnant, or is coming up on the big day, her skin deserves some love. Basq’s formula’s are safe for pregnancy and postpartum, and this lovely lavender set has an added value of being soothing for mama and baby (even if he’s still on the inside!). $36, buy here. 3. Nanny: Minted V-day Photo Art. You can’t quite underestimate the love a caregiver feels for her kids, and this Minted photo gift shows her they love her back. Throw 30 of your fave photos (we know, how can you possibly choose?!) into this beautiful heart-shaped keepsake. $57, buy here. 4. Dad: HATCH Collection Pops Sweatshirt. The lovely ladies at HATCH are showing dad some love with a limited edition sweatshirt collection. Nothing tells the single ladies to lay off your man better than a sweatshirt that says Pops, Big Daddy or Sharp Shooter. Well except the baby in his arms. $78, buy here. 5. Toddler: A Little Lovely Company Neon Heart Light. Your toddler wants a nightlight. You want her room to look cool. This eco-friendly neon heart will make the absolutely perfect V-day gift for both of you. $60, buy here. 6. New Mom: Little Ulysses Diaper Bag. Any veteran mama will tell you that you don’t really need a diaper bag. Just a cool bag, with a lot of room, that you can throw bags upon bags upon bags inside. This Little Ulysses canvas tote does the trick, and will make you smile every time you throw it on your shoulder. $35, buy here. KAITY'S PICKS: 1. New mama:The Tubby Todd Mama Bundle. Let the new mom in your life know that you notice all of her hard work by giving her a gift that literally tells her “You’re doing a great job, mama.” The Tubby Todd Mama Bundle is filled with Four essential products to nourish and support mama’s beautiful evolving bod through every season of motherhood. $49, buy here. 2. Dad: Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker. Even if that cool AF baby daddy of yours hasn’t gone down the coffee connoisseur route just yet, there’s no better time than now since he’ll be burning the midnight oil with you now that daddy duty is being added to his portfolio. Help him nurture his new passion with this classic Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker. $38.95, buy here. 3. Grandparents: Baby Bjorn Travel Light Crib. You’ll notice soon (if you haven’t already) that there’s nothing too good for baby in grandma’s eyes. Show grandma how much you love her this Valentine’s Day by giving her the gift of more visits! And as a token of your commitment, get her the perfect travel crib. The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light is simple to set up and has the potential to last all the way up to year 3! $299, buy here. 4. Toddler: Rockets of Awesome. Kids love surprises. And you love your kiddo. Sign your independent toddler up for a fun seasonal box of fun with Rockets of Awesome, which will hand-pick selected styles for your mini fashionista. And while 8-12 items will get delivered to your door, you’ll only pay for what you keep. You’ll love the time it saves you from shopping, and your kids will love not only the clothes, but also the fun color-me-in box it comes it. Sign up here. 5. Baby: April Eleven Heart Music Box. While a black heart may not scream “I love you” in theory, this black heart music box by April Eleven proves us wrong. Its delicate shape and soothing music make it the perfect addition to any modern baby nursery. $52.50, buy here. 6. Pregnant Friend: Boppy Multi-Use Slipcovered Total Body Pillow. There's no sugarcoating it: those sleepless pregnant nights suck. Show that mama-to-be in your life some love with the gift of sleep. The Boppy total body pillow's unique design supports head, neck, back, hips and tummy with just one pillow. So mom can spend less time adjusting positions and searching for the 3rd pillow through the night and spend more time getting the precious sleep she deserves before baby arrives. $60, buy here. CHARLENE'S PICKS: 1. Baby: Brooklyn Born crib sheet. Who’s ready to sleep all. night. long? This soft and organic crib sheet from Brooklyn Born will make your little one’s bed look like a piece of abstract art. Plus, it is reminiscent of the paint splatters that permeates the fashion world, so you're sure to keep your home on trend. $49, buy here. 2. Toddler: Land of Nod Ikat Playhouse. Everyone needs a little space just for themselves -- especially your toddler. This new playhouse from Land of Nod will add a little bit of magic and style to your little one’s bedroom and will be the perfect foundation to let his imagination go wild. $129, buy here. 3. Dad: Polaroid Cube camera. “Isty-bitsy brilliant,” this teeny tiny action camera is. Water-resistant and shock-proof, the Polaroid Cube is packed with fun: 1080p video, a wide-angle lens, and a built-in battery that records up to 90 minutes. It is ready for any of dad’s adventures -- from bath time with a splashy toddler to a ski trip with his dad pals. $59.99 (on sale now!), buy here. 4. Grandparents: Joy Album. Are baby's grandparents miles away from him? Meet Joy. This digital photo album will let them witness baby's cutest moments as soon as you share them from your camera roll and social media channels. Plus, the StoryTime feature lets the family get together to discuss the photos over a voice call -- a nod to the old times of sitting on your couch while paging through your childhood albums. $399, buy here. Use the code WRNY50 to get $50 off (valid until February 28). 5. Pregnant valentine: Belabumbum sexy undies, Bra + Lacey boy cut. If you’re hoping for a little “kissy kissy time" (as our friends from Downunder Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban call it), why not get your mama-to-be sultry lingerie to help her feel sexy… err, sexier than she already is? This bra and free lace combo from Belabumbum will enhance her newfound curves and make her feel and look incredible without compromising comfort. $53, buy here. 6. New Mom: Kimama kimono. In the first few messy months of motherhood, mama won't feel like herself. This handmade kimono from Kimama, which she can wear in and out of the house, is exactly what she needs to pump up her mood and her style all at once. The floral and colorful patterns will help her feel elegant and beautiful despite the fact that she hasn’t slept more than 4 consecutive hours in a long while and that nothing seems to fit her quite right. Trust us, she’ll love you for it. $100, buy here or, for the newest design, here.

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These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.


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Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

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

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

Meadow ring toss game

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

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

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

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

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

$40

Wooden doll stroller

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

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

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

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

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

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

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

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

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

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

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

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

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

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

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

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

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

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

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

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

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

$88

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