How to Hide your Pregnancy Like Cardi B

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How to Hide your Pregnancy Like Cardi B

Rap star, single mama, about to give birth then go on tour… WTF?! Cardi B just announced her pregnancy and already -- she is rocking it. Plus, apparently there’s a magic age where you can have a baby and keep the gender pay gap to a minimum. Maybe Cardi B read the story?? It’s all in our Weekly Links. Check it out!

  1. After weeks of dodging rumors, Cardi B announced her pregnancy in the coolest way ever: live on SNL. Pretty epic. But if you’re like me and you’re all, “who’s Cardi B?”, here’s some even more exciting celebrity baby news. Rachel McAdams totally Kylie Jenner-ed us -- she had a baby without anyone ever finding out she was pregnant. Meanwhile, I’m over here with an 18-week bump I can’t hide under my sweatshirt.
  2. And speaking of being pregnant, maybe it’s the hormones or maybe it’s just the fact that Mr. Rogers was an actual angel, but if you’re in the mood for a good tear jerker, look no further than this story about his visit to one of his television neighbors in the hospital. With the Mr. Rogers documentary coming out this summer we are loving all the first hand stories of just how incredible he was.
  3. PTA Schedule have you feeling a little less than incredible? It’s hard for working moms to run the world -- and volunteer at the school library. There just aren’t enough hours. That’s why we’re loving this piece that encourages gender equality in PTA volunteering (where are all the emails encouraging dads to bring snacks??). It even highlights some schools that incentivize male involvement. Bravo!
  4. And check this out. Apparently there’s a magic window of time where moms can have a baby and minimize the gender earnings gap. Music to our ears.
  5. PS: one of our favorite and most hip kiddo clothing companies has an awesome new collab coming out. Nununu partnered with Israeli artist Shay Id Alony for an edgy collection that’ll have your little one looking fly this spring.

This is my one trick to get baby to sleep (and it always works!)

There's a reason why every mom tells you to buy a sound machine.

So in my defense, I grew up in Florida. As a child of the sunshine state, I knew I had to check for gators before sitting on the toilet, that cockroaches didn't just scurry, they actually flew, and at that point, the most popular and only sound machine I had ever heard of was the Miami Sound Machine.

I was raised on the notion that the rhythm was going to get me, not lull me into a peaceful slumber. Who knew?!

Well evidently science and, probably, Gloria Estefan knew, but I digress.

When my son was born, I just assumed the kid would know how to sleep. When I'm tired that's what I do, so why wouldn't this smaller more easily exhausted version of me not work the same way? Well, the simple and cinematic answer is, he is not in Kansas anymore.

Being in utero is like being in a warm, soothing and squishy spa. It's cozy, it's secure, it comes with its own soundtrack. Then one day the spa is gone. The space is bigger, brighter and the constant stream of music has come to an abrupt end. Your baby just needs a little time to acclimate and a little assist from continuous sound support.

My son, like most babies, was a restless and active sleeper. It didn't take much to jolt him from a sound sleep to crying like a banshee. I once microwaved a piece of pizza, and you would have thought I let 50 Rockettes into his room to perform a kick line.

I was literally walking on eggshells, tiptoeing around the house, watching the television with the closed caption on.

Like adults, babies have an internal clock. Unlike adults, babies haven't harnessed the ability to hit the snooze button on that internal clock. Lucky for babies they have a great Mama to hit the snooze button for them.

Enter the beloved by all—sound machines.

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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

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A few years ago, while my wife's baby bump got bigger and my daddy reading list grew longer, I felt cautiously optimistic that this parenthood thing would, somehow, suddenly click one day. The baby would come, instincts would kick in, and the transition from established couple to a new family would be tiring but not baffling.

Boy was I wrong.

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