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5 Best Pregnancy Skincare Brands In 2018

These must-have products are green, clean and effective!

5 Best Pregnancy Skincare Brands In 2018

Pregnancy doesn’t just come with that legendary glow everyone is talking about. New sensitivities, dullness from all those sleepless nights, random breakouts, dryness, hyper-pigmentation issues (better known as Melasma or the 'mask of pregnancy') and stretch marks all may make a visit throughout your pregnancy. And while you’re having all these skincare issues, a lot of products that are flooding the shelves of the skincare aisle are big no-nos now that you are pregnant. Lucky for us, there are a handful of companies developing products specifically designed with pregnant women in mind. Being mindful of the extra sensitivities mamas-to-be experience, these products have been designed with the most natural ingredients and are exceptionally safe and very effective.

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If you find yourself struggling with any of the typical pregnancy-induced skin issues and searching for the greenest, cleanest and most effective products out there, you're in the right place. We've taken the guesswork out of the equation with our top 5 must-have products designed with pregnant women in mind.

1. Basq: Anti-Blemish Daily Cleanser, $18. Yes, it's possible you'll feel as if your skin is revisiting your most challenging adolescent experiences because hormonal acne is no joke and something mamas-to-be experience on the regular. Not to fear, Basq is here to save the day with their new clarifying face cleanser. You'll find Oak Root Extract and Tea Tree Oil acting as natural astringents helping to gently draw out impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Plus, calming Chamomile and Cucumber will leave your skin soothed and refreshed. Guaranteed safe for expectant and nursing mothers!

2. Tubby Todd: Belly Oil, $15. If you need a rich moisturizer for the bump, look no further ladies. This oil is an instant soother for tight, itchy, stretched skin! Recommended to be used 'on your bump, rump, thighs & chest,' it helps restore the skin’s natural elasticity and luminosity and fights against stretch marks. You'll notice increased hydration and a boost to collagen production thanks to avocado, jojoba and shea oil. You're in safe hands here, all Tubby Todd products are 100% natural, organic and cruelty-free!

3. Mama Mio: Pregnancy Boob Tube, $36. Hello new breast...errr, best friend! It seems every inch of your body changes during pregnancy, and your breasts are not off limits. This moisturizer rich in organic omega oils, rosehip fruit oil and CoQ10 helps to hydrate, elasticize and strengthen skin during those indiscriminate cup size changes. Protecting, soothing and cooling all in one product, this cream can do double duty once baby arrives! You'll be happy to hear Mama Mio has a 'No Nasties' policy, which means that all formulas are free from parabens, petrolatum, colourants, xenoestrogens, PEGs and phthalates.

4. Amareta: Bright Side Balancing Toner, $42. This toner is perfect for brightening up a dull complexion when those sleepless nights start to set in. This toner is refreshing, hydrating and helps to reduce the effects of hyperpigmentation using Rosehip Tea (a Vitamin C powerhouse), Geranium Oil and Guava Leaf. Expectant mothers will be happy to know Amareta excludes from their products over 40+ ingredients that are potentially disruptive or dangerous to the body!

5. Nine Naturals: Vanilla + Geranium Replenishing Belly Butter, $35. We know that belly is going to grow, and with the growth comes some slight discomfort in an unexpected sensation. Nothing will feel better than scratching that itch and slathering your bump with this lux belly butter. Daily moisturizing with this beauty will be your first line of defense against stretch marks and itchiness. The butter is crafted using organic emollients including broccoli seed oil, shea butter and cupuaçu butter. And it's got restorative omega fatty acids to help improve the skin’s elasticity.

Why do all of my good parenting or baby-focused inventions come after they've already been invented by someone else? Sigh.

Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.

Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.

It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?

But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.

Plus, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a plush hooded towel, right? Well, except when it's paired with a dry, mess-free floor, maybe.

Check out our favorites to make bathtime so much easier:

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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