This New Car Seat Will Last Until Age 10!

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This New Car Seat Will Last Until Age 10!

As if we weren’t in love with The Rock already, did you see that picture of him feeding his wife as she nurses their newborn? Total #DadGoals, and we are totally crushing. And a car seat that lasts from birth until age 10! Yes, please. Plus, an age-by-age guide to get your kiddo helping out in the kitchen -- a win for both of you! It’s all right here in our weekly links.

1. Further proof that mamas are superhuman, these celebrity breastfeeding pics are filling our hearts with so much joy! From Padma Lakshmi doing her lashes with her baby fully latched, to Dwayne Johnson totally rocking it as a dad, feeding his wife as she holds their nursing infant. Go, mamas, go!

2. Imagine a world where you only have to buy one car seat for your kiddo. You guys, that world is here. The Maxi-Cosi Magellan is a 5-in-1 car seat dream. It keeps your little one safe from birth until age 10! Talk about getting your money’s worth. Plus, it’s tested beyond U.S. standards for superior safety so you know your baby is in good hands.

3. Is your child old enough to crack eggs? How about cut vegetables? Clean off the table? We’re loving this age-by-age guide of how to get your little one involved in cooking with you. And they will love it, too.

4. Get ready to fill your registry up with heirloom quality, artisan-made pieces. One of our favorite shops, Meridian, just launched a Baby & Child section, and we are so in love with the carefully curated items, and the fair-trade story behind each one -- like this sweet little stuffed lion made at a fair-trade women’s coop in Peru.

5. This has been a bleak week for many of us after learning of the suicide deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. Both parents. Both left behind two young girls. They were just two of the more than 800 suicide deaths last week, many of which leave behind children who struggle to cope with their absence. That’s why we’re sharing this link, on how to best support children who have survived their parents’ suicide.

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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Earth Mama: Effective, natural herbal care for mamas and babies

Founded and grown in her own garage in 2002, Earth Mama started as an operation of one, creating salves, tinctures, teas and soaps with homegrown herbs. With a deep desire to bring the healing powers of nature that have been relied on for thousands of years to as many mamas as possible, Melinda Olson's formulas quickly grew into Earth Mama Organics. Since then, the brand has remained committed to manufacturing clean, safe and effective herbal solutions for the entire journey of motherhood, including pregnancy, breastfeeding and baby care, and even the loss of a baby.

Bravado Designs: Soothing sounds for a good night's sleep

With 28 years of serving pregnant and postpartum mamas under their belt, Bravado Designs is a true authority on the needs of changing bodies. It's true that we have them to thank for rescuing us from the uncomfortable and frumpy designs our own moms had to live with. Launched in Canada by two young mamas, they designed the first prototypes with extra leopard print fabric certain that a better bra was possible. Throughout the years they've maintained their commitment to ethical manufacturing while creating long-lasting products that truly work.

The Sill: Instagram-ready potted plants

We've long admired this female-founded brand and the brilliant mind behind it, Eliza Blank. (She even joined Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety on and episode of The Motherly Podcast!) The mission behind the business was simple: To make the process of bringing plants into your home as easy as possible, and as wonderful as the plant themselves. With their in-house, exclusively designed minimalist planters, the end result makes plant parenthood just a few clicks away.

Not sure where to start? Here's what we're adding to our cart:

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The 6 biggest lies I believed before having kids

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves.

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own ideas of how we would absolutely do things differently than everyone else. Others, we believed what everyone else told us would happen would apply to our littles, too. But, that's not always the case, mama.

Below are six of the biggest lies I believed before having kids—and the reality of what actually happened for me.

1. Put your baby down drowsy, but awake

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