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How to Create a Natural Medicine Cabinet for Your Family

*We’ve partnered with Maty’s, a company started by a mom that makes all natural and organic whole food health remedies, to help you prep for cold & flu season. There is no experience more stressful for new moms than watching their babies get sick. We all know it has to happen, but that doesn't make it any easier to endure...no matter how old they are, or how many times we've been through it before. And then there’s the added stress of figuring out what’s inside all those scary medicine bottles….not to mention wondering about side effects, drug interactions, and the fear of taking (or giving!) too much. Wouldn't it be nice to know your medicine cabinet is stocked with the safest and healthiest medicines for the entire family to use? Rather than wait for cold & flu season to hit, you should get your medicine cabinet in order now. We’ve partnered with Maty’s, a company that was started by a mom to create natural and organic whole food health remedies, to help share the benefits of whole food remedies in your medicine cabinet. In case you need some inspiration to give your medicine cabinet a healthy makeover, we turned to natural mama and boss babe Desiree Verdejo of the niche beauty boutique Vivrant Beauty. Below, Desiree shares how her background in natural beauty and skincare has inspired her to create a healthy home for her 8-month-old daughter and how she’s incorporating natural and organic products into both her and baby’s routines -- before, during and after sickness hits. You’ve always been focused on natural beauty, but how did your skincare and nutrition routine change when Baby Corbin arrived? Even though I’ve always been drawn to natural products, when I was pregnant I became much more aware of product labels and what ingredients were inside. I sought out home remedies, yoga for back pain, and natural medications like Maty’s All Natural Acid Indigestion Relief for heartburn (anyone who’s ever been pregnant can probably relate!). Now that she’s here I only want the best for my baby, and also for myself. Taking care of her starts with taking care of me. How has motherhood transformed your work? Becoming a mom made me intimately aware of the desires of another group of our supporters -- fellow mothers. It’s given me a new appreciation for organic baby care products, and made me more dedicated to finding healthy, natural products for the family to fill our e-shelves. It’s also been a major adjustment for my workflow! When I first launched the company, I was able to dedicate all of my free time to growing the company, catering to our customers and spreading the word about the brand. I'm now learning the hard task of setting blocks of time aside for work versus Corbin. I haven't figured out the balance bit yet (doubt that I ever will). My first lesson has been to be focused on Corbin or business and to avoid trying to multitask the two. How do you decide what products you want to bring into your home for both you and Corbin? There is so much on the market today, so it can feel overwhelming to make buying decisions but I still trust my natural instincts of being drawn to stories, packaging and ingredients. That’s why I was so drawn to Maty’s. Maty was born with severe heart defects, and Maty’s Healthy Products is a result of her mom studying natural healing. I also have a dynamic group of in-the-know friends and mamas so despite the fact that I am always exploring products, I also ask them what they're loving for guidance. We're coming up on winter and the ever dreaded flu season. How are you planning to combat colds for the family? This is Corbin's first fall, and she's already been a bit congested. I'm trying not to get stressed about the likelihood of her actually getting sick. Personally, I’m a fan of preventative remedies like Vitamin C, ginger tea, turmeric and arnica montana when it gets colder. Growing up, I was slathered in a chest rub as soon as I coughed once. Now that I’ve found Maty's All Natural Baby Chest Rub, I can continue with that tradition with my daughter because they only use pure, natural ingredients. What are your top 3 favorite natural remedies for your baby? I suffer from "congested winters" -- basically, I'm stuffy from the first day of winter until the spring. I fear that Corbin might be like me in that sense. My natural go-tos for her are a nasal aspirator and saline spray, Maty's All Natural Baby Chest Rub for nighttime rubdowns, and Maty’s All Natural Baby Ointment, which is petroleum-free so safe to slather on all over her body. What advice would you offer new and expecting mamas wanting to make the transition to natural and organic care for the family? I completely advise families to transition to natural and organic products, not only when it comes to food, but also over-the-counter remedies, house cleaners, and really anything they can. Thanks to the internet, information about what ingredients to avoid are readily accessible. As a niche beauty retailer, I may be biased, but I also think that it's easier to get started by finding a retailer with a careful curation of cleaner personal care items. Emily Edgar is a NYC-based makeup artist and mama to sweet new babe, Margaux. Typically you can find her on set with top models and actors alike, testing all the newest makeup/skincare products on the market and spreading beauty across the wide open expanses. Follow her on IG @EmilyEdgar. Photography by Jonica Moore Studio for Well Rounded.

SHOP OUR FAVE MATYS PRODUCTS Matys All Natural Baby Chest Rub Grandma swears by it, and now that we have babies we know why. This one's made from pure, natural and wholesome goodness that's petroleum and menthol free.

Matys Organic Cough Syrup Sure, this will calm your coughs and soothe your irritated throat. But start taking it before that first cold and benefit from the 10 immune boosters in its organic whole food ingredients.

Matys All Natural Children's Cough Syrup The kids version of our adult fave. Mom Hint: Skip the medicine cup and use it the same way you’d use honey or maple syrup... in oatmeal, smoothies, or even on pancakes!

Matys All Natural Acid Indigestion Relief A pregnant mama's best friend. This drug-free syrup relieves heartburn and indigestion with no side effects.

Matys All Natural Baby Ointment Whether you're battling dry skin from the winter air or plain ol' diaper rash, slather on this safe and healthy petroleum free ointment.

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With two babies in tow, getting out the door often becomes doubly challenging. From the extra things to carry to the extra space needed in your backseat, it can be easy to feel daunted at the prospect of a day out. But before you resign yourself to life indoors, try incorporating these five genius products from Nuna to get you and the littles out the door. (Because Vitamin D is important, mama!)

1. A brilliant double stroller

You've got more to carry—and this stroller gets it. The DEMI™ grow stroller from Nuna easily converts from a single ride to a double stroller thanks to a few easy-to-install accessories. And with 23 potential configurations, you're ready to hit the road no matter what life throws at you.

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$799.95, Nuna

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2. A light car seat

Lugging a heavy car seat is the last thing a mama of two needs to have on her hands. Instead, pick up the PIPA™ lite, a safe, svelte design that weighs in at just 5.3 pounds (not counting the canopy or insert)—that's less than the average newborn! When you need to transition from car to stroller, this little beauty works seamlessly with Nuna's DEMI™ grow.

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3. A super safe car seat base

The thing new moms of multiples really need to get out the door? A little peace of mind. The PIPA™ base features a steel stability leg for maximum security that helps to minimize forward rotation during impact by up to 90% (compared to non-stability leg systems) and 5-second installation for busy mamas.

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4. A diaper bag you want to carry

It's hard to find an accessory that's as stylish as it is functional. But the Nuna diaper bag pulls out all the stops with a sleek design that perfectly conceals a deceptively roomy interior (that safely stores everything from extra diapers to your laptop!). And with three ways to wear it, even Dad will want to take this one to the park.

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5. A crib that travels

Getting a new baby on a nap schedule—while still getting out of the house—is hard. But with the SENA™ aire mini, you can have a crib ready no matter where your day takes you. It folds down and pops up easily for sleepovers at grandma's or unexpected naps at your friend's house, and the 360-degree ventilation ensures a comfortable sleep.

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With 5 essentials that are as flexible as you need to be, the only thing we're left asking is, where are you going to go, mama?

This article was sponsored by Nuna. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.


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Parents in New Jersey will soon get more money and more time for parental leave after welcoming a baby.

This week New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed off on legislation that extends New Jersey's paid family leave from six weeks to 12.

It also increases the benefit cap from 53% of the average weekly wage to 70%, meaning the maximum benefit for a parent on family leave will be $860 a week, up from $650.

It might not seem like a huge difference, but by raising the benefit from two-thirds of a parent's pay to 85%, lawmakers in New Jersey are hoping to encourage more parents to actually take leave, which is good for the parents, their baby and their family. "Especially for that new mom and dad, we know that more time spent bonding with a child can lead to a better long-term outcome for that child," Murphy said at a press conference this week.

The law will also make it easier for people to take time off when a family member is sick.

Because NJ's paid leave is funded through payroll deductions, workers could see an increase in those deductions, but Murphy is betting that workers and businesses will see the benefits in increasing paid leave benefits. "Morale goes up, productivity goes up, and more money goes into the system," Murphy said. "And increasingly, companies big and small realize that a happy workforce and a secure workforce is a key ingredient to their success."

The new benefits will go into effect in July 2020 (making next Halloween a good time to get pregnant in the Garden State).

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Whether you just need to stock up on diapers or you've had your eye on a specific piece of baby gear, you might want to swing by your local Walmart this Saturday, February 23rd.

Walmart's big "Baby Savings Day" is happening from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at participating Walmarts (but more deals can be found online at Walmart.com already and the website deals are happening for the rest of the month).

About 3,000 of the 3,570 Supercenter locations are participating in the sale (check here to see if your local Walmart is).

The deals vary, but in general you can expect up to 30% off on items like cribs, strollers, car seats, wipes, diapers and formula.

Some items, like this Graco Modes 3 Lite Travel System have been marked down by more than $100. Other hot items include this Lille Baby Complete Carrier (It's usually $119, going for $99 during the sale) and the Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat (for as low as $199).

So if you're in need of baby gear, you should check out this sale. Travel gear isn't the only category that's been marked down, there are some steep discounts on breast pumps, too.

Many of the Walmart locations will also be offering samples and expert demos of certain products on Saturday so it's worth checking out!

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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Any Schumer has not had an easy pregnancy. She intended to keep working, but if you follow her on social media you know she's been very sick through each trimester.

And now in her final trimester she's had to cancel her tour due to hyperemesis gravidarum, also known as HG. It's a rare but very serious form of extreme morning sickness, and on Friday evening Schumer announced she is canceling the rest of her tour because of it.

“I vomit every time [I] ride in a car even for 5 minutes," Schumer explained in an Instagram post.

Due to the constant vomiting she's not cleared to fly and just can't continue to the tour.

This is not the first time Schumer has had to make an announcement about HG. Back in November, just weeks after announcing her pregnancy, she had to cancel shows and again broke the news via Instagram.

She posted a photo of herself in a hospital bed with her little dog Tati, and spelled out the details of her health issues in the caption. "I have hyperemesis and it blows," Schumer wrote.

Poor Amy. Hyperemesis gravidarum is really tough.

Kate Middleton, Ayesha Curry and Motherly co-founder Elizabeth Tenety are among those who, like Schumer, have suffered from this form of severe morning sickness that can be totally debilitating.

As she previously wrote for Motherly, Tenety remembers becoming desperately ill, being confined to her apartment (mostly her bed) and never being far from a trash can, "I lost 10% of my body weight. I became severely dehydrated. I couldn't work. I couldn't even get out of bed. I could barely talk on the phone to tell my doctor how sick I was—begging them to please give me something, anything—to help."

Thankfully, she found relief through a prescription for Zofran, an anti-nausea drug.


Schumer probably knows all about that drug. It looks she is getting the medical help she obviously needs, and she was totally right to cancel the tour in order to stay as healthy as possible.

We're glad to see Schumer is getting help, and totally understand why she would have to cancel her shows. Any mama who has been through HG will tell you, that wouldn't be a show you'd want front row seats for anyway.

Get well soon, Amy!

[A version of this post was published November 15, 2018. It has been updated.]

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As a military spouse, Cydney Cooper is used to doing things alone. But when she delivered her twin daughters early after complications due to Influenza A, she was missing her husband Skylar more than ever.

Recovering from the flu and an emergency C-section, and trying to parent the couple's two older boys and be with her new infant daughters in the NICU, Cydney was exhausted and scared and just wanted her husband who was deployed in Kuwait with the Army and wasn't expected home for weeks.

Alone in the NICU 12 days after giving birth, Cydney was texting an update on the twins to her husband when he walked through the door to shoulder some of the massive burden this mama was carrying.

"I was typing up their summary as best I could and trying to remember every detail to tell him when I looked up and saw him standing there. Shock, relief, and the feeling that everything was just alright hit me at once. I just finally let go," she explains in a statement to Motherly.

The moment was captured on video thanks to a family member who was in on Skylar's surprise and the reunion has now gone viral, having been viewed millions of times. It's an incredible moment for the couple who hadn't seen each other since Skylar had a three-day pass in seven months earlier.

Cydney had been caring for the couple's two boys and progressing in her pregnancy when, just over a week before the viral video was taken, she tested positive for Influenza A and went into preterm labor. "My husband was gone, my babies were early, I had the flu, and I was terrified," she tells Motherly.

"Over the next 48 hours they were able to stop my labor and I was discharged from the hospital. It only lasted two days and I went right back up and was in full on labor that was too far to stop."

Cydney needed an emergency C-section due to the babies' positioning, and her medical team could not allow anyone who had previously been around her into the operating room because anyone close to Cydney had been exposed to the flu.

"So I went in alone. The nurses and doctors were wonderful and held my hand through the entire thing but at the same time, I felt very very alone and scared. [Skylar] had been present for our first two and he was my rock and I didn't have him when I wanted him the most. But I did it! He was messaging me the second they wheeled me to recovery. Little did I know he was already working on being on his way."

When he found out his baby girls were coming early Skylar did everything he could to get home, and seeing him walk into the NICU is a moment Cydney will hold in her heart and her memory forever. "I had been having to hop back and forth from our sons to our daughters and felt guilty constantly because I couldn't be with all of them especially with their dad gone. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life and I won't be forgetting it."

It's so hard for a military spouse to do everything alone after a baby comes, and the military does recognize this. Just last month the Army doubled the amount of leave qualifying secondary caregivers (most often dads) can take after a birth or adoption, from 10 days to 21 so that moms like Cydney don't have to do it all alone.

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