The Best Holiday Gift for Your Kid That's Actually for You

Alert! Alert! Hannukah is earlier than ever this year! We have the ultimate gift list (2-day Prime delivery included). Plus, a truly thought provoking piece on how to raise generous children. It's a must read. And: why researchers now say keeping your toddler in a crib until age three makes for a happier and well rested household. It's all right here, in our Weekly Links!

  1. Mamas, Hannukah is early this year!! If you haven't started shopping yet you have like three days to get in gear. Luckily, our friends over at Motherly have put together the ultimate Hannukah gift guide making shopping a breeze for us last-minute folks. And yes, many of the items are available on Amazon, so they'll be here in time... if you hurry!
  2. We also might have found the most amazing holiday gift for your kid that's really for you this week, too. Dyson now sells a vacuum cleaner for kiddos that actually works and it's less than $30. What is this magic?! Buy it for your little one this holiday season, then prop your feet up while you watch them do all the work for once, huh?
  3. In this season of giving, we're thinking a lot about how to help our children become generous, caring and empathetic people. This timely WaPo piece describing three ways to raise generous kids really struck a chord with us this week, and we hope it does with you, too. These days more than ever, we could all use some extra kindness and generosity.
  4. If your toddler is still sleeping in a crib, that's totally okay and probably even better for both of you. According to some new research, kiddos who stay in their crib until age 3 get more sleep, and that means you get more sleep. The study found crib sleeping is linked to going to bed earlier, falling asleep faster and less night time wakings.
  5. Reese Witherspoon spoke some truth this week when she admitted she gives her kids tough love, and we're 100% here for it. "Guess what, kids? You’re going to be disappointed and uncomfortable once in a while," Witherspoon said in an interview. It's not always rainbows and butterflies, and we're so happy to see other mamas -- even famous movie star mamas -- admit that!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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