Thinking About Breastfeeding?

The 5 stories everyone in your mom group is talking about this week.

Thinking About Breastfeeding?

It’s been another week full of political twists and heartwarming stories -- from some Republicans opposing the new healthcare bill to Queen B FaceTiming with a teenager battling cancer. No time to read the news? That’s okay, mama! We know a lot of people, babies and hubbies alike, count on you, so you can count on us for your weekly updates. But let’s forget about politics, shall we? Here are all the mama essentials you need to know about this week.

1. Want to know how long your breast milk has been out and if you should just dump it? This magic wand… err, watch does just that: keeping track of your milk bags and bottles’ temperature with just the push of a button. Mommy's Watch is just what the doctor ordered.


2. In an essay for Glamour, Shannon Clark, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and new mom of twins, shares her journey with infertility and with egg donation. When she was 20 weeks pregnant, she met with her egg donor and did a photoshoot to commemorate their special relationship. Check out her story here.

3. Sesame Street has always kept it real - from expressing the death of one of their beloved characters rather than just replacing him with a new actor and hoping the kids wouldn’t notice, to the beautiful new addition of a muppet with autism. Meet Julia!

4. Wondering just how essential those essential oils actually are? Do you need them? Are they actually bad for you? The founder of one of our fave skincare lines S.W. Basics’ new book is out, and it’s a very essential read.

5. If you’re planning on breastfeeding, or already in the thick of it, don’t miss out on the Teat & Cosset NYC trunk show this Friday and Saturday from 1 - 5pm at Giggle on 451 West Broadway. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, there’s another on Sunday from 12 - 4pm at Pottery Barn Kids, 1311 2nd Avenue. See you there!

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.

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Every week, we stock the Motherly Shop with innovative and fresh products from brands we feel good about. We want to be certain you don't miss anything, so to keep you in the loop, we're providing a cheat sheet.

So, what's new this week?

Meri Meri: Decor and gifts that bring the wonder of childhood to life

We could not be more excited to bring the magic of Meri Meri to the Motherly Shop. For over 30 years, their playful line of party products, decorations, children's toys and stationery have brought magic to celebrations and spaces all over the world. Staring as a kitchen table endeavor with some scissors, pens and glitter in Los Angeles in 1985, Meri Meri (founder Meredithe Stuart-Smith's childhood nickname) has evolved from a little network of mamas working from home to a team of 200 dreaming up beautiful, well-crafted products that make any day feel special.

We've stocked The Motherly Shop with everything from Halloween must-haves to instant-heirloom gifts kiddos will adore. Whether you're throwing a party or just trying to make the everyday feel a little more special, we've got you covered.

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

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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