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2nd Baby Gear Giveaway

Ok, mama. We know, you’ve been here before. But, it’s different the second time around! Because now you not only have a baby, but you’ve got a child too. And while we know you’ve got this, we also know that a little strategic second baby gear could help in a big way.

In honor of our very own Well Rounded co-founder Kaity Velez, who’s about to welcome Baby #2, we put together a mega-giveaway filled with $2,500 in gear to welcome your second little one. How do we know this stuff is exactly what you need? Every product we included in our giveaway was recommended by a baby gear expert from your favorite parenting websites!

Enter to win $2,500 in baby gear now, then scroll down to see what you need and why our experts recommended it.

Peg Perego "Team" convertible stroller. “Being able to physically get both/all your children around on your own is not always easy, but it’s key to surviving the early years with multiple children. It’s also paramount to maintaining your confidence and sanity,” says Lucie's List founder Meg Collins. This Peg Perego convertible stroller gives you option to go single or double, and we especially love that the seat for second child is the same size as original seat. (Value: $999.98).

 

 

Project Nursery 4.3" Monitor and Bear Sound Soother. “Pam and I developed our products after having three kids," says Project Nursery co-founder Melisa Fluhr. The sound soothers drown out the noise of the older children and our monitor systems allow moms to keep a close eye on their sleeping babies - something even a veteran mom appreciates.” We’re pretty sure these two tech products will go a long way to keeping you sane. ($214.98 value)

 

 

$300 Dockatot gift card. “There’s nothing worse than when your baby wakes up your big kid in the middle of the night," says Well Rounded’s co-founder Jessica Pallay. Dockatot’s cozy co-sleeper makes it easier to keep your little one close for quick feeding, cuddling and, yes, shushing.” Choose your fave design, then throw in an extra cover and a few toys and accessories too! ($300 value)

 

 

Ergobaby Adapt Carrier. “The one product a new mama of two needs is a baby carrier. Babywearing is a life-saver, freeing up hands to do all the things required for toddler, baby, AND mama,” say Motherly’s Jill Koziol and Liz Tenety. Ergobaby’s new Adapt carrier allows you to wear your baby from 7 lbs up without an insert, and includes all the other great offerings the brand is known for, like neck support for baby and padded shoulder pads for mom. ($145 value)

 

 

Skip Hop Uplift Multi-Level Baby Bouncer. “The brand new Skip Hop bouncer keeps the baby off the floor so your toddler can’t “hug” them,” says Pregnant Chicken’s Amy Morrison. In addition to that saving grace, this Skip Hop beauty can serve as a traditional floor bouncer or elevated to sofa height, plus anywhere in between. It also plays music or soothing sounds, vibrates and stores away seamlessly. ($120 value)

 

 

I See Me Custom Books. Another pick from Pregnant Chicken’s Amy Morrison, and a genius one at that: While baby gets most of the attention, show some love to big sib with The Super Incredible Big Bother/Sister Personalized Book with medal set (choice of big sister version or big brother version). Big sib can read baby his or her own version too: you’ll also get the I See Me Hello World! Personalized Board Book with Monkey Gift Set (choice of pink coveror blue cover) ($84.98 value)

 

 

Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller. “I loved having a super portable, lightweight stroller that I could use while babywearing. The City Tour’s one-hand fold is crucially important when you're managing two kids (one of whom is a newborn or infant in a carrier),” says Weespring’s Allyson Downey. Despite weighing just 14 lbs., the City Tour has plenty of features: a near flat recline, UV 50+ extended canopy, and a comfortable, padded seat. ($199 value)

 

 

Lansinoh Smartpump Double Electric Breast Pump. “Double electric all the way, baby! But have a spare manual pump (and accessories) to keep in the car incase you get stuck outside unexpectedly without the baby (or babies!),” says Natalie Diaz of Twiniversity, whose advice is important whether you have twins or a singleton. But if you’ve got twins, this piece of gear is even more critical. “Breast milk is deemed medically necessary for premature babies, and since twins often come early, a pump is a must!”

 

 

Lorena Canals Rug. “These rugs are a dream for moms! Not only are they gorgeous, they're machine washable!' says Meg Gerritson of Hello Mamas. 'The day my rug arrived, I laid it out in the nursery and 20 minutes later (I kid you not) my toddler came in and peed on it. Seriously? Into the washer it went and it came out looking brand new. Brilliant.” You said it all, Meg. Win one rug, value not to exceed $300.

 

 

Congrats to our winner, Jessica Z!

Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.

But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.

Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:

1. Embrace multipurpose items

If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.

2. Revive dried mascara

Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)

3. Keep coconut oil handy

Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.

4. Multitask while deep conditioning

If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.

5. Start your hair care routine the night before

As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.

6. Even out your skin tone

Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.

7. Find brands your feel great about

As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.

8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip

With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.


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

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When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.

$23

Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.

$20

Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.

$12.50

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.

$47

boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.

$25

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.

$59

Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.

$36

Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.

$99

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The Social Security Administration has released its list of the top baby names of this decade. The SSA analyzed data for nine of the 10 years in the 2010s to figure out the 200 most popular names for babies since 2010 (that's over 35 million babies).

For boys, Noah got the top spot, with almost as many Noahs being born as there are people in Jackson, Mississippi. That's right, this generation created enough Noahs to fill a city! On the girls' side, Emma is the top name. We created enough Emmas to fill Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Like Noah and Emma, most of the names are classics, with a few more modern names (hi, Jayden!) entering the top 200.

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