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New Mom Wellness Gifts

6 wellness gifts that are perfect for the new mom.

New Mom Wellness Gifts

When it comes to a new mom gift, a little wellness can go a long way. But it's not always the easiest thing to "gift." Lucky for you, we've got some ideas that are as indulgent as they are healthy. Here's a little guide to 6 of the best wellness for the new mom for the upcoming holiday season.   1. Bobble INFUSE Water Bottle. As a dietitian, I can’t say this enough but drinking water is a MUST as a new mom. It’s vital …but as a new mom with a thousand things going on, it’s easy to neglect yourself. Bobble’s INFUSE bottles are lightweight and super easy to carry while pushing a stroller or nursing your little one. The easy filtration removes the taste and odor of chlorine from municipal tap water, yielding a cleaner, crisper taste. Furthermore, the bottles allow users to add simple pieces of fruit or vegetables (think lime, lemon, orange or cucumber) and contain a filter cage to prevent small pieces of flowing back through the nozzle –so you get the flavor water without the bits. You can throw this bottle into your stroller basket or diaper bag and it won’t take up additional weight or space.   2. Hatch Things Sure Shop Bag. This bag is a lifesaver when running errands with your little one. Who hasn’t had a moment where the stroller has tipped over accidentally because you’ve hooked too many bags onto the handles? The bag has two snaps that allow you to evenly distribute the weight of the bag and its contents without having to worry about the stroller tipping over. Whether you’re running errands or doing a stroller workout, this bag is an essential. The best part is that it’s washable!   3. Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra. How about making life a little less complicated with a multi-functional bra? This bra is super comfortable and extremely versatile – whether your nursing, going for a walk or performing light exercises you can continue wearing the Bravado bra at all times. The bra has a simple front snap closure and offers the same sports bra type support for below your chest. Finding something that fits and doesn’t restrict movement is ideal post baby and well into motherhood.   4. Headspace App subscription. Who doesn’t need time to de-clutter your headspace – especially after your little one arrives! You’ve got a million thoughts going through your head at rapid speed allowing no downtime whatsoever. A year subscription to Headspace may solve that. You can choose from four different series (health, performance, relationships, and headspace pro) and access the app easily whether on-the-go or in your own home. Anxiety could negatively affect you and your ability to make sound decisions for your little one so this is certainly an investment well spent.   5. Barley & Oats Gift Card. If you’re a new mom and waiting for your milk to come in, there’s certainly not much you can do except stay relaxed and patient. But focusing on lactation friendly foods postpartum can help. That’s where Barley & Oats comes into play. As a dietitian, I feel that trying to focus on your healthy, pre-pregnancy food regimen may be tough in the first couple of months post baby so why not let someone else do it for you? This organic meal delivery services offers a variety of options including meals and snacks focused on being lactogenic, digestible (for you and the baby) and tasty! Best part is the lactation snacks and gifts are shipped nationwide.   6. Booya Fitness Membership. Squeezing in time to exercise is a daunting task for most new moms pretty much at any stage. However, Booya Fitness is a helpful solution to finding something convenient and efficient. Booya is best described as a “Netflix for Fitness.” The app feeds off the Booya Fitness website and offers offline syncing (so you don’t need wi-fi when using!). For most workouts (majority of them are under 30-35 minutes), you just need a yoga mat! Booya has partnered with a variety of popular boutique fitness brands in order ensure you never feel bored and that there’s always a workout for the mood you’re in that day.

This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

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

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12 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$189

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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21 questions to ask your partner instead of, “How was your day?”

2. If you could do any part of today over again, what would it be?

After a long day of doing seemingly everything, when our partners get home it kind of becomes a habit to ask, "How was your day?" In between prepping dinner, handing off the kids, finishing your own work, we don't exactly get much value from this question. Sure, it may open up the opportunity to complain about that awful thing that happened or excitedly share that presentation you killed at work—but it usually stops there.

I could do a better job of really talking in my relationship. After 12 years and two kids, sometimes all we can come up with post bedtime routine is, "You good? I'm good. Fire up the Netflix."

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