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All About Mama Registry

15 things every new mama needs on her wishlist.

All About Mama Registry

If there’s one thing we’ve learned through all of our collective Well Rounded babies, it’s that a happy baby starts with a happy mama. And yet, in the chaos of taking care of a newborn, we often forget to take care of ourselves. The best way to remedy that? Plan your postpartum before baby arrives by adding some stuff to your baby registry that’s all about mama.

We know what you’re thinking: isn’t a baby registry supposed to be for baby? Not anymore. We’ve partnered with Babylist to curate 15 baby registry items that are as much about baby care as they are about self-care. 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. Go ahead, mama, you deserve it.

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Bugaboo Bee5

The newest compact stroller in Bugaboo’s arsenal is your personal parenting statement. It comes in endless design combinations, so you can rock your own style while you’re rolling down the city streets. And with that super-easy one-hand, one-piece fold, plus unparalleled stability and swivel maneuverability, life with baby will be easy breezy.

Multi-pack bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads

If you’re planning to nurse, you’re going to need the right tools. And that goes beyond your two boobs. Bamboobies ultra-soft Washable Nursing Pads will keep you dry and comfortable because, um, leakage happens. The ultra-thin, heart-shaped regular nursing pads are perfect for light leaking, while the round shaped overnight nursing pads are more absorbent for newborn nursing.

Snoo Smart Sleeper

The newest innovation from Dr. Harvey Karp, the sleep expert and pediatrician behind the “Happiest Baby on the Block,” is designed to help mama get a little more sleep. The stylish SNOO smart bassinet provides movement and soothing noises to help put baby back to sleep. It’s also super-safe, so you can rest easy that baby’s resting easy.

Icon Hiphugger Style Undies

Having a baby can wreak havoc on your lady parts, but that doesn’t mean you have to walk around feeling self-conscious of sneezing a little too hard. Icon’s undies hold up to 6 teaspoons, plus they have fast-wicking liners, leak-resistant sides, odor-eliminating treatment and ultra-thin absorbency.

Ubbi Diaper Pail

We know, you don’t think of a diaper pail as a luxury for mama, but once you get a whiff of that first big blowout, you’ll be thankful you’re not using a regular old trash bin. Ubbi’s adorable version provides maximum odor control, strategically designed rubber seals to lock in odor, and a slid lid to help keep the smell inside.

Babyganics Baby Safe Essentials Kit

Is it so wrong for mama to want a clean house….and a clean baby? Babyganics baby-safe gift set includes all your essentials to clean that very cute, but very dirty little babe: shampoo, lotion, dish soap and more, all made with plant-based, baby-safe ingredients, in a reusable fabric cube.

Ergobaby Adapt Carrier

After baby arrives, it’s so important to keep moving (and doing the things you love doing). Babywearing is a must, and Ergobaby’s new Adapt carrier makes it easy to do it from the earliest of newborn days, no insert necessary. It’s got Ergobaby’s renowned comfort and ergonomics, 3-position options and can be used for a toddler up to 45 lbs. And we’re totally crushing on Ergo’s new patterns like this Geo Black Print.

NYDJ Alina Ankle Jean

You cannot underestimate the satisfaction you will get when you pull on your first pair of non-maternity jeans postpartum. NYDJ makes it easy to do it early with the ultra-soft, ultra-stretchy Alina Ankle Jean, with a slim silhouette and a released hem for a chic, lived-in look. Did we mention it’s got an exclusive Lift Tuck® slimming technology to make you look and feel one whole size smaller? Not that you need it, but….

June & January Booties

We know, we know: if you lose one more sock, you might lose it, right? Stay sane with June & January’s itty bitty baby booties. They’re soft and light, so baby will barely even know she’s wearing them, and that velcro closure will make sure they stay put. Use code CCIERF8XD51T and get $10 off your first order at juneandjanuary.com, which means they’re basically free. A win for mama, for sure.

Little Spoon Baby Food Subscription

We all have the best intentions to feed baby the healthiest, most homemade food, but then, well, life gets in the way. Little Spoon helps you execute on your dream with its 1 container per day subscription service. That’s one container of fresh, organic baby food bundled into a two week shipment sent right to your doorstep.

Teat & Cosset Vivian Shirt Dress

We know, you thought your fashion challenges would end with pregnancy. But if you’re nursing, it’s worth treating yourself to a new wardrobe that’s breast-accessible. We’re in love with Teat & Cosset’s smart styles that turn the term “breastfeeding fashion” on its head, like this soft and cozy Vivian shirtdress. It’s as perfect for those first few days home from the hospital (OMG, company’s here!) as it is for heading back to the office.

Expectful Gift Certificate

There’s no better time to start meditating than when you’ve got a baby on the way. Meditation during pregnancy & postpartum can help with stress & anxiety, increase your connection with baby, reduce the chance of postpartum depression and more. Expectful’s online pregnancy meditations are easy and effective...and take just 10 minutes. Which is good, because sometimes that’s all you have.

 

Uma Body Oil

So we know you can’t take an hour-long essential oil bath every day as a new mom, but you can give yourself a quick body rub with Uma’s anti-aging body oil, and that’s almost as good. This luxurious blend of botanicals not only feels smooth, light and delicious, but also fights free radicals and environmental toxins. And if you’re not in love with your new stretch marks (we don’t judge), this hydrating oil also enhances cellular turnover and promotes elasticity, which can diminish visible “imperfections.”

Munchkin LATCH Newborn Bottle Set

Whether you’re a formula-feeding, breastfeeding or combo-feeding mama, there will likely come a time when you need (or want!) to give baby a bottle. Munchkin’s LATCH bottle was designed to mimic the breastfeeding experience, making it easier to transition from breast to bottle and back. Which means mama can hand baby (and bottle) over to take a shower, or hit the gym….or just sit and stare at the wall.

Parental Leave Fund

Baby and mama gear is great and all, but spending time with that new little person during those first few weeks is priceless. Instead of adding one more baby item to your registry wish list, use Babylist to ask your friends and family to pitch in to help fund your parental leave. Once you start a registry, simply pick "Enter Your Own" and let your loved ones help you take a few extra few days or weeks off from work to hang with your baby.

*This post was sponsored by Babylist.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.

$159.99

Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!

$29.99

Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.

$29.99

Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌

$9.99

Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.

$14.99

Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.

$24.99

Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.

$8.99

Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.

$7.99


Watch one mama's review of the new Dr. Brown's breastfeeding line here:

This article was sponsored by Dr. Brown's. 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

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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