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One new mama puts 6 at-home postpartum workouts to the test.

Indoor Action

Call me crazy or naïve, but I thought squeezing in a solid workout after having my first baby was going to be a breeze. Man, was I mistaken. Not only is it a major challenge to find 30 minutes in a row where you can get your burn on, but uncovering what feels good after the ultimate workout -- giving birth -- takes many trials and even more errors.

With NYC temperatures below freezing levels, walking outside with your little one for exercise may be put on hiatus. Here is roundup of workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home during the different phases of your postpartum recovery.

6 Weeks Out from Birth

A few workouts to try out once your doctor gives you the green light to workout.

Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout

What I love about this workout is it is divided up by body parts, and each section is approximately 10 minutes – which is perfect if that is all you have before your baby starts crying, or if you fall asleep on the mat after a sleepless night. No equipment is needed, and the soothing music relaxes you (and may even lull your baby to sleep) as you begin to rediscover your body (hello long-lost abs).

Tracy Anderson The Pregnancy Project

Tracy Anderson begins the video by talking about her own experience of getting back into shape after baby, which is inspiring and at times, a bit does she look like that?! She eases you into the workout and includes a great stretching sequence that feels amazing.

3 Months After Birth

Although probably still sleep-deprived, you are starting to feel like your old self and may be ready to take your workouts up a notch.

Physique 57 Cardio Sculpt

A high-energy workout that helps strengthen your entire body. The 30 minutes go by in a flash, and muscles you have not felt in a while burn a bit to remind you that they are still there. Plus, you can download this (along with a variety of other great workouts) to do anywhere – perfect for when you are on the go.

Mom and Baby Fitness

Working out with your baby is a sure way to get some adorable smiles in from your 3-month-old. The only challenge is he also has to be in the mood for working out…otherwise it may be cut short. This edition includes two DVDs: one for a young baby and another to use with a toddler. At times it may seem a bit slow paced, but I woke up sore the next morning and had a blast with my lil’ one.

6 Months

You may be ready to go full force with your workouts, so you can keep up with your baby as she starts to get ready to move on their own!

Focus T25

Although only 25 minutes, you will feel like you worked out for an hour. This high-intensity video series provides you with a 5-day program that challenges your entire body. You may find that you prefer certain videos over others, but whatever you choose, you will end the workout feeling accomplished and maybe even brave enough to try on your pre-pregnancy jeans. – HardCORE Yoga with Weights

You may not be able to do all of the poses and have to put down the weights during certain points, but this workout helps to open and tone your entire body. I had never done yoga with weights before and loved the challenge – perfect for strengthening your upper body as you baby gets heavier to pick up!

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10 must-have registry items that will change your life, mama

The baby gear heavy hitters that should be top of your list

Calling all mamas-to-be! It's a fundamental truth of (impending) motherhood that your prepping-for-baby To Do list can feel a mile long, but really the best way to feel organized is to sort out the most important item at the top of your list: your registry. Sure the items you choose to include will end up running the gamut from nice-to-haves to absolutely essential game-changers, but mamas in the know quickly learn one thing: Not all baby gear is created equal.

So while you can and should pepper your registry with adorable inclusions that aren't necessarily can't-live-withouts (go ahead, add 'em!), you should make sure you're ticking the boxes on those pieces of baby gear that can be absolute life savers once you're in full-blown mama mode. From car seats to bouncers and playmats, your play and travel gear will be some of the most obvious important items on your list, but so can unexpected things, like a super comfy baby carrier and a snooze-inducing white noise machine. So to help you sort through the must-have options, we turned to the holy grail of motherhood that is buybuy BABY and handpicked 10 of the very best essential pieces that will change your life, we promise.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

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

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But sometimes finding the right words for talking to kids can be really, really challenging. When choosing how to respond to the marker on the wall, or the seemingly unending why-can't-I battle, or in simply keeping healthy communication open with kids who don't want to talk, the words don't seem to come so easily.

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