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How to Drive Safely With a Baby

6 tips to stay safe when you’ve got a little one in tow.

How to Drive Safely With a Baby
*We’ve partnered with Skip Hop to show how the right car seat accessories can keep your little one distracted… so that you can stay focused on the road. When it comes to driving around safely with baby, there’s more involved than buckling your car seat in tight. From driving distractions to absent-minded mommy brain to emotional overload at the sound of your sweet baby’s desperate cry, there’s a whole lot to think about when you’re behind the wheel. Below, we put together a list of tips, tricks and apps to help keep you focused when you’ve got baby on board. Here’s 6 things you need to know. 1. Get comfortable with your car seat. Invest in a car seat that’s the right fit for your baby, and get to know it inside out. Practice putting him in the seat, and make sure your car seat is installed properly before it’s go-time. Since up to 95% of car seats are incorrectly installed, you may want to find a nationally certified child passenger safety technician (find your local expert here), and have them do it correctly. If you’re confident your baby is safe in his seat (and your seat is safe in your car!), you’ll be less concerned about every little peep that baby makes. 2. Plan ahead. Once you’ve buckled your baby and yourself into the car, you should stay put. But for a car ride longer than 5 minutes, that can require some advance planning. Keep everything you need close -- from your GPS navigation system to that postpartum snack or water bottle you can’t live without. Keep everything your kid needs close with Skip Hop’s cool Back Seat Organizer, which fits securely behind your front seat. It’s got clear pockets for the iPad (no judgement), insulated bottle pockets, mesh pockets and more, plus a D-ring for hanging toys. 3. Stay calm when your kiddo cries. There is something biologically implanted in our bodies to respond to our babies (and our toddlers) when they cry. It’s like each baby knows just what notes to hit to make sure we tune in. Trust that baby’s safe in that seat (see Tip 1) and ignore the weeps, whimpers and wails. Don’t ever turn around and take your eyes off the road -- if you’re truly concerned, pull over and check it out. 4. Invest in distractions...for your little one. When it comes to driving, that cute little distraction can quickly become a dangerous little distraction -- unless, of course, he’s distracted enough to NOT distract you. Let your little one go wild on Skip Hop’s Activity Tray, which provides the perfect surface for an art project, book or even meal on the go. It’s got a removable wipe-down insert for easy cleaning and side pockets for toys or crayons. Plus, it’s adjustable, so it fits around any car seat. 5. Buckle up, no matter where you’re sitting. Though buckling up might be second nature in the driver’s seat, we bet you’re more cavalier when you’re a back-seat passenger. But while you’re cooing at baby unbuckled, you’re creating a real danger for your driver, especially if there’s an accident and you end up slamming into the driver’s seat. If you crash at 30 miles per hour, your weight is magnified 20 to 25 times*. So your 120-pound body (you’re 120 lbs., right?!) would be akin to a 2,400 to 3,000-pound slam. Ouch. Plus, buckling up sets the right example for your children. So there’s that. 6. Don’t forget baby in the car. We know, we know: you’d NEVER do that. But, you’d be surprised by the power of that brand new mom brain. Don’t beat yourself up for reading this tip -- it’s overwhelming having a new baby! So overwhelming in fact, that there’s quite a few apps (try Waze and Kars4Kids) that have opt-in reminders for when you reach your destination. See, you’re not the only mama who’s concerned. You can also try leaving your purse or iPhone in the backseat, so even if baby’s sleeping soundly and quietly, you’ll have a reason to turn around before getting out of the car.

SHOP CAR SEAT ACCESSORIES

Skip Hop Style Driven Backseat Organizer, $20. Buy it here.

Skip Hop Style Driven Travel Activity Tray, $20. Buy it here.

Skip Hop Style Driven Back Seat Mirror, $20. Buy it here.

Skip Hop Style Driven Car Storage Box, $20. Buy it here.

*Source: The Lancet.

14 sweet 'just thinking of you' gifts for every mama

A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs.

Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)

Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

volition face + body care duo

This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.

$70

Allover roller

esker allover roller

This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.

$65

Kombucha making kit

farmsteady kombucha making kit

What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.

$45

Laetitia lipstick

cupid & psyche laetitia

This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!

$23

Jigsaw puzzle

inner piecec jigsaw puzzle

Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.

$30

Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.

$39

'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."

$35

Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.

$24

Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.

$22

Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!

$25

Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.

$32

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.

$105

Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.

$17

Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.

$68

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