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City Baby Registry Giveaway

Having a baby in the city is a once-in-a-lifetime experience (actually, that’s true for many, since new parents tend to flock to the suburbs, or at least the outer boroughs, once baby number two is on the way). But there’s a lot to be said for raising little ones in the city. There’s mommy groups, parks, baby-friendly yoga classes and a cafe on every corner. Raising a subway-savvy baby is a slice of New York style cheesecake if you’ve got the right support and the right gear. Check out the details on one of our biggest giveaways ever, and enter below so you and your baby can strut the streets in style.

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The Bugaboo Bee5 stroller is hailed as the “urban stroller,” and with good reason. Compact and well designed, with an aluminum chassis and a one-handed fold, this lightweight stroller takes cabs and subways with ease. The winner can customize colors from available core and premium fabrics, all of which are machine washable with a UPF 50+ sun canopy. Retail value is $759.

 

 

Whether running errands or running for the 2 train, a baby carrier is a hands-down (and hands-free) must for city living. Ergobaby’s all-in-one, newborn ready Khaki Green Omni 360 has all the carry positions, and is designed to grow with you from week one to 36 months (yes, thirty-six months). Our crossable shoulder straps give a personalized fit, keeping baby close as you keep it moving. The Ergobaby Omni retails for $180.00.

 

 

With space at a premium for most city dwellers, any baby gear we buy better be in it for the long haul. OXO’s Sprout Chair is designed to last your growing tot until age five, with removeable parts that allows the high chair to convert into a youth seat. The Green/Walnut finish adds an earthy and sophisticated touch for your little urbanite. It retails for $249.99.

 

 

Ah, the clean, fresh air of the big city, right? Yeah, maybe not so much. But you can replicate the perfect urban zen oasis with Dyson’s AM10 Humidifier & Fan. This nursery essential is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and provides year round comfort, humidifying in the winter and cooling in the summer. It’s also the world’s first Quiet Mark certified humidifier, so you and baby will sleep easier. It retails at $499.99.

 

 

Since many city-dwellers have to get creative about where baby’s sleeping, changing and feeding places are, it’s important to have gear that blends into the decor and keeps mess to a minimum. Ubbi’s diaper pail ($80) comes in thirteen different colors and holds up to 55 diapers, and the diaper caddy ($30) holds diapers, wipes, and other changing supplies in an ultra portable, ultra durable kit.

 

 

Every new mom needs some...ahem, support. Bravado’s pretty and practical nursing bra line will give you the lift you need throughout your postpartum days. Check out the variety of shapes and styles, including the Original Nursing Bra ($35.00), the Belle Underwire Nursing Bra ($52.00), and the best-selling Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra ($49.00).

 

 

Talk about triple duty! The Bloom coco go 3-in-1 is a lounger, rocker and stationary baby seat. Designed to fold flat for easy storage, it comes with a travel bag for a cozy baby seat no matter where you are. This stylish multi-tasker retails at $180.

 

 

 

A baby registry favorite, Munchkin helps you prep your home for baby with a selection of carefully designed bottles, cleaning tools, baby gates and even lactation cookies. Round out your registry with a Munchkin gift card for $150.

 

 

 

Babyganics is well known to parents for their commitment to creating safe and effective baby skin care products. Each one of their items goes through extensive testing to make sure that each one helps uphold their commitment of creating a world that’s safe for little ones to explore. We’re helping make your home safe for baby with a $150+ gift basket of assorted Babyganics items--everything from laundry detergent, diapers, wipes, bath products and sunscreen.

 

 

Urban mamas are known for style, and your baby bump is the ultimate accessory. Loyal Hana is giving away a $75 gift card for their line of ultra-chic maternity and nursing clothes. Their pieces are trendy and flattering enough that you’ll still be rocking them long after baby’s out of diapers.

 

 

TOTAL VALUE: $2,489.98

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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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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.



Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on 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 support Motherly and mamas.

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A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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