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Active Mama Registry Essentials

15 baby products to help you keep moving.

Active Mama Registry Essentials

January’s a great time to get active, or at the very least, plan to get active. Especially if you’re about to become a mom. Exercising is not only beneficial for your postpartum body and mind, it’s also a great way to get out of the house, meet other mamas, and feel like yourself again during a time of major change.

To help you become an active mama, we’ve partnered with Babylist to curate 15 must-have registry items. All you have to do to add them to your registry is sign up for a Babylist registry, add the Babylist button, then click on each link to add the product to your own Babylist registry. Now, look at that, your fingers are active already! That’s a great start, mama.

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BOB Revolution Flex Stroller

Make your baby a part of your running routine. BOB’s comfortable and versatile FLEX stroller has a full suspension system for a smooth ride, a tracking adjustment knob to keep it in line, and 9 different handlebar positions so it’s good for any size mom (or dad). It’s also great for everyday use, with a large basket, and it holds your baby till they’re 75 lbs. We don’t judge. Register here.

Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier

Sometimes being active simply means getting out of the house, and Ergobaby makes it easy to just get up and go. The 360 Carrier is one of our fave styles; it’s comfortable for mama, ergonomically safe for baby, and offers 4 different carrier positions, including front-facing, so your baby can easily see all your new mama action. Register here.

Little Lotus Travel Crib

Baby travel essentials are key to maintaining an active lifestyle as a parent. Guava Baby’s Little Lotus crib lightweight, breathable and as nontoxic as it gets -- it’s flame retardant, PVC, phthalates, lead & heavy metal-free, low-VOC and certified to the GREENGUARD GOLD eco-standards. Register here.

Erbaviva Sunscreen

Before you head out into the great outdoors, protect your little one’s skin (and yours!) with Erbaviva’s new SPF 30. It’s filled with natural ingredients like zinc oxide, aloe and organic essentials oils, but provides water-resistant protection without leaving white streaks. Register here.

BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance

You can get active in doors too, mama! While you’re stretching in your living room, throw baby in BabyBjorn’s famed bouncer. There’s no batteries required -- your baby’s own movements will bounce the seat and lull your baby into a calm...or maybe even sleep. Register here.

Patagonia Baby Bunting

The cold weather’s no excuse to stay indoors when you’ve got the proper baby bunting. Patagonia knows how to do it right with all the cozy protection you need, plus convenient baby-friendly details like full-length zippers for easy changes and foldover hand and foot covers. Register here.

Fitbit Alta

You’re entitled to a mama product or two on your baby registry, especially when it will benefit your baby, like this Fitbit activity tracker. Keep an eye on your steps, sleep, activities plus get reminders, encouragement and smartphone notifications. Did we mention it’s cute...and waterproof? Register here.

Backpack Child Carrier

Bring your babywearing to new heights -- literally -- with this hike-friendly baby carrier. It’s got a strong but lightweight metal frame (it only weighs 5 lbs!) and heavy duty cloth to withstand the elements, as well as a removable sun/rain canopy and safety reflective strip. It also has multiple pockets, shoulder and waist-band padding, two side water bottle holders and folds flat for easy storage. Register here.

Oat Mama Bars

If you’re a nursing mama, you need to be extra-conscious of your nutritional intake to ensure you’re energized and milk-filled. Oat Mama’s lactation bars are filled with ingredients that not only help with your milk-production, but also keep you moving throughout your day. Register here.

Blanqi Support Leggings

Give yourself a little love on baby’s registry with a pair of Blanqi leggings. They’re smooth, supportive, and oh so flattering that you’ll just have to show them off by getting out of the house. Even the most anti-leggings mama will find herself reaching for these day after day after day. Register here.

Storq Carryall

We’re obsessed with Storq’s smart basics for pregnancy, and this minimalistic carryall (because who wants a “diaper bag”?) is postpartum perfection. Made from 100% cotton water-repellent canvas, it wears like your favorite backpack but also has every pocket you need for your baby stuff and fits comfortably on a stroller. Register here.

S’well Water Bottle

Thought you needed water during pregnancy? That goes double for postpartum! Keep your S’well bottle filled and your body hydrated and ready for any action that comes your way. OR, fill its stainless steel with breastmilk or formula -- it’s non-toxic, non-leaching and BPA-free, and will keep that baby’s milk cold for 24 hours, or hot for 12. Register here.

Gathre Mat

Make it easier to enjoy the great outdoors with this large, luxurious and easy to clean leather Gathre mat. It’s also a great option if you’re visiting someplace with your baby where you’re not quite sure what’s on the floor (ahem, the gym). Register here.

Skip Hop Wet Dry Bag

Part of being an active mama is knowing which of your baby gear can do double duty for mama, and this wet dry bag is one of them. Sure, it holds pee-pee diapers or blowout-inflicted baby clothes, but it also does the job storing your sweaty post-workout clothing so you can workout, change and keep right on going through your day. Register here.

Thinkbaby Sippy of Steel

Don’t let baby’s mealtime put a wrench in your day. Get a travel-friendly baby bottle, like this one from Thinkbaby, which keeps drinks well insulated, has a no-spill spout (your non-diaper bag -- see above -- will thank you), and a convenient travel top. It’s also great for bottle-to-sippy transition with its soft silicone spout. Register here.

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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

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

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

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

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

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

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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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

$35

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Errands and showers are not self-care for moms

Thinking they are is what's burning moms out.

A friend and I bump into each other at Target nearly every time we go. We don't pre-plan this; we must just be on the same paper towel use cycle or something. Really, I think there was a stretch where I saw her at Target five times in a row.

We've turned it into a bit of a running joke. "Yeah," I say sarcastically, "We needed paper towels so you know, I had to come to Target… for two hours of alone time."

She'll laugh and reply, "Oh yes, we were out of… um… paper clips. So here I am, shopping without the kids. Heaven!"

Now don't get me wrong. I adore my trips to Target (and based on the fullness of my cart when I leave, I am pretty sure Target adores my trips there, too).

But my little running joke with my friend is actually a big problem. Because why is the absence of paper towels the thing that prompts me to get a break? And why on earth is buying paper towels considered a break for moms?

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