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5 Things That Keep You up All Night During Pregnancy
*We've partnered with Maty's natural and organic whole food health alternatives because we're tired. The bigger your bump gets, the more you'll hear it: “sleep now before the baby comes!" But like, who are the people telling you this, and um, have they ever even been pregnant? Between constant congestion and heartburn from Hell, getting a goodnight's sleep during pregnancy is nearly impossible. And the more you stress about sleeping, the more difficult it becomes to drift off. So if you're reading this in the dark as your spouse snores on the other side of the bed, we've been there, mama, and we've got your back. That's why we've partnered with Maty's whole food remedies to help you catch some pregnancy zzz's, because, okay, they're kinda right: you better sleep while you can! 1. Heartburn. TMI, but who hasn't woken up with a mouth full of vomit? People who have never had a belly full of baby, that's who. During pregnancy, heartburn can get so severe it'll choke the sleep right out of you. Cutting out french fries and other greasy foods will go a long way in easing the burn. You could also try sleeping propped up with pillows to keep the digestive flow moving down. And while we know those drugstore meds are tempting, take a spoonful of Maty's All Natural Acid Indigestion Relief instead. Made with ingredients you know, recognize, and can pronounce (I think you may have heard of honey, turmeric and ginger?), Matys soothes your burning belly without the added worry of side effects, weird drug interactions or other unknowns. 2. Anxiety. Your body is so ready for a good night's sleep, but your mind won't stop! So you have no choice but to stay up all night reading everything you can find online about babies and how to keep them alive. If someone could see your phone's pregnancy search history, it would look like this: what is colostrum, placenta recipes for dogs, how to prepare newborns for the SATs. Our advice? Grab a cup of ginger tea (also helps with nausea!), put down your phone and pick up a good book totally unrelated to baby. Take comfort in knowing you'll have plenty of time for middle of the night Googling sessions later on when you're up feeding your baby. 3. Discomfort. Rolling over in bed is now more difficult than a three-point-turn in a mac truck. Let's face it: during pregnancy, getting comfortable in bed is a pipe dream. Once your late into pregnancy, switching sides requires getting into an all-fours position, and usually requires assistance. Then there are the leg cramps that hurt so bad you wake up screaming a medley of your favorite four-letter words. Massages can help, and pregnancy pro tip: so can Maty's All Natural Vapor Rub It's filled with some of our favorite essential oils, like peppermint, tea tree and pine, and developed to ease the pain and help you get back to sleep ASAP. 4. That impossible-to-shake pregnancy cold. While our bodies are busy knitting together a baby, they're totally slacking in other departments. Namely, our immune systems! You're all but guaranteed to get at least one cold while you're pregnant, and maybe even more. Most cold meds are off-limits when you're baby-growing, but Maty's Organic Nighttime Cough Syrup has only whole food ingredients intended to soothe and coat your throat, plus 10 immune boosters in every spoonful (um, you should be taking this stuff even when you don't have a cold.) It's also a great alternative to melatonin, which contrary to popular belief, is actually synthetic. Another cold-coping idea? Raid baby's already-prepped changing table (we know you got it done when you had 2. Anxiety) for Maty's All Natural Baby Chest Rub -- it's petroleum free, and full of chamomile and lavender to help open up your sniffly nostrils. 5. Your Bladder. If you're finally able to nod off, chances are it won't last too long. That baby in your belly is wringing your bladder like a washcloth and at a certain point it becomes a miracle if you're able to go two hours without running to the bathroom! We would say don't take a glass of water to bed with you, but hydration is key during pregnancy, so our only suggestion for this one is to pick up a few diapers… size: mom! Rethink your medicine cabinet with Maty's whole food health alternatives. Shop them here:

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One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

So, instead of challenging your toddler's desire for autonomy, we found five of our favorite products to help encourage independence—and eliminate frustration in the process.

EKOBO Bamboo 4-piece kid set

EKOBO bamboo 4-piece kid set

This colorful set includes a plate, cup, bowl and spoon and is just right for your child's meal experience. Keep them in an easy-to-reach cabinet so they'll feel encouraged (and excited!) to get their own place setting each time they eat.

$25

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Before you know it, your little one will be asking (okay, maybe demanding) to fill their own water cups. This amazing 4-pack of cups attaches directly to the fridge (or any glass, metal, tile or fiberglass surface) making it easier for your child to grab a cup themselves. Just be sure a water pitcher or dispenser is nearby, and—boom!—one task off your plate.

$29

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

These beautiful blocks, made from sustainably-sourced wood and water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paint, will keep your little one focused on their creation while they're also busy working on their fine-motor skills. The puzzle design will encourage patience as your kiddo creates their own building, fitting one block in after the next.

$18

Lorena Canals basket

Lorena Canals Basket

This *gorgeous* braided cotton basket is the perfect, accessible home for their blocks (and whatever else you want to hide away!) so your kiddo can grab them (and clean them up) whenever their heart desires.

$29

BABYBJÖRN step stool

BABYBJ\u00d6RN Step Stool

Your kiddo might be ready to take on the world, but they might need an extra boost to do so—cue, a step stool! An easy-to-move lightweight stool is the must-have confidence-boosting tool you need in your home so your growing tot can reach, well... the world.

$20

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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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Our list of 100 baby names that should be on everyone's list this year includes more choices than in the past of names that are obscure and surprising. That's because there are so many more unusual baby names coming into widespread use and baby namers have become a lot more adventurous.

Expectant parents do not need to be told to move beyond Jennifer and Jason. Their thinking about names has evolved to the point that the most useful thing we can do is offer a large menu of intriguing choices.

Here are our picks for the 100 best surprising + unusual baby names now.


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