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26 Valentine's Day Gifts For Everyone in the Family

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Can we all agree that Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers to indulge in countless heart-shaped chocolate after a 5-course dinner at a fancy restaurant? This very special day is in fact the perfect occasion to share the love with EVERYONE you care about -- all the boos and the babes and the mamas-to-be in your life. Since Cupid is getting ready to hit us all with his arrow, we thought we'd give you a little roundup of all the super cute stuff you can get to the people around you. From "XOXO" moccasins to sexy lingerie, here are 8 Valentine's Day gift ideas that will steal your loved ones' hearts.

BABY

1. Wash With Water Ultimate Mama and Baby Gift Set. This set comes with bath-time goodies, diapers and wipes; and it's sure to keep your baby's skin as soft as can be -- perfect for all the smooches coming his way. $70, buy here.

2. Freshly Picked Valentine's Day Moccasins. Keep your little one’s feet toasty with these adorable moccasins featuring hugs & kisses, candy hearts, and lollipop hearts. Plus, for every $60 spent, you get a free bow! $60 buy here.

3. Oeuf bunny Sweater. What says “love” like your littlest bunny Valentine dressed up like a true Parisian? Oeuf has a whole collection of love-infused clothes for our babes, including this oh so sweet bunny hooded sweater. Amour at first sight. $146, buy here.

4. Chewbeads Baby Brooklyn Teether. Baby will love on this teether with a little heart. Made of silicone, this chew ring is sure to keep baby happy all v-day long. $14.50, buy here.

5. Rose & Rex Penelope Rabbit. Promote your little ones literacy and give back! With each purchase of a Penelope Rabbit, you give 5 toys to children in need and encourage your own children to tell stories and communicate with Penelope. $50, buy here.

TODDLER

6. 7AM Enfant. Instead of wearing his heart on his sleeve, your little tot can wear it on his back! This adorable backpack from 7AM is not only cute, but functional! $46, buy here.

7. Love and Sage Lip Balm. Cute as a button and filled with nourishing organic oils and healing amino acids, this lip balm is gentle enough for your littlest loves, and your tots will love keeping it handy wherever they go. $12, buy here.

8. Kids Shoes Half Hearted Sneakers. Your little heartbreaker in the making is sure to, well... break hearts with these slip-on sneakers. And with the edgy look, there's no doubt that she or he will make a fashion statement. $54.90, buy here.

9. Tattly Sweetheart tattoo set. We know we said your tot could wear his heart on his back, but come to think of it, he can wear it on his sleeve too. This sweetheart tattoo set is so so cute, and it's made with non-toxic ingredients -- perfect for little ones. $15, buy here.

PREGNANT MAMA

10. Belabumbum robe. This robe from Belabumbum is the perfect gift to any woman who's expecting or nursing! With peacock lace sleeves and a dark, sexy red color... this robe will make any woman feel luxurious! $70, buy here.

11. Hatch MAMA Down, Girl leg + foot relief cream. Bring down all that swelling with this cooling, anti-inflammatory gel-based cream and a foot massage, of course. You'll see, your baby mommy will love you for it. $42, buy here.

12. My Baby's Heartbeat Bear. A recordable pregnancy keepsake, this teddy bear keeps the sound of your baby's ultrasound heartbeat safe and sound. This pregnancy keepsake may well be the ultimate Valentine's Day for the mama-to-be in your life. $39.99, buy here.

13. The Big Fat activity Book for Pregnant People. Why not give the pregnant women in your life a good laugh? This book is filled with quizzes, mazes, fill-in-the-blanks, journaling pages, and hysterical musings on what pregnancy is really like. $10.87, buy here.

NEW MAMA

14. Solly Baby x Rylee & Cru Wrap. Give the new mom in your life the gift of keeping her little one close to her heart. With the Solly Baby wrap, she’ll get to wear baby and do everything that she needs to accomplish, while staying stylish, with the super romantic print done in collaboration with Rylee & Cru. $80, buy here.

15. Ember mug. With this temperature-regulating mug, mom will never let her coffee get cold ever again -- even after all the loads of laundry, diaper changes and feeding sessions. $79.95, buy here.

16. Tiny Tags name necklace. Celebrate her transition into motherhood with a little bling. But not just any bling. This necklace is perfect for mom to write the name of her little one. $125, buy here.

17. Teat & Cosset sweatshirt. If mama is nursing, help her out with a super cute, super comfy nursing sweatshirt. You'll make her outings and on-the-go nursing sessions with baby so much easier. $98, buy here.

18. New Mom Wine Labels. We keep talking about baby's milestones, but what about mommy's. These wine bottle labels celebrate mom's everyday life, and what better way to share love than by cheering her (and the meltdown she handled like the badass she is) on? Buy here.

DAD

19. Rags to Raches matching father-child outfits. Baby and daddy will look heartbreakingly cute in these matching outfits from Rags to Raches. From $29.50, buy here.

20. Society Socks subscription. The gift that keeps on giving -- your husband will never have to go shop for socks again. Every month, he will receive two pairs of socks, and each time, two pairs of socks will also be donated to those in need. Join now, starting at $50.

21. A personalized book. Put baby and dad in the stories you read at bedtime by personalizing your all-time favorite children's books. A treat for daddy, and a thrill for the little ones, who will be so excited to see themselves alongside their favorite characters. $34.99, buy here.

22. Belly Buds from Wavhello. Daddy-to-be will be able to bond with baby before birth! With the belly buds and the accompanying app, he can record messages, lullabies and stories to then play directly to the womb. How amazing is that? $$39.99, buy here.

GRANDPARENTS

23. Artifact Uprising photo album. Help your little one’s grandparents travel through all the memories with a customizable Artifact Uprising photo book. Just choose your book size, pictures and done! $15, buy here.

24. I Love You, Grandma/Grandpa Book. Grandma and grandpa will love to read about all the adventures they can go on with their favorite little one. This book could also be a super cute way to announce your pregnancy. $4.99, buy here.

25. Gallery Monogram Puzzle from Shutterfly. Are baby's grandparents puzzle enthusiasts? Spice their collection up with a puzzle that you personalize with a bunch of family and kids photos. They'll rush to finish it. $29.99, buy here.

26. 4moms Breeze Plus travel crib. Let them know that you're planning a trip at their place soon with an easy-to-use travel crib. the new 4moms Breeze Plus also has a bassinet and changing station included! $299, buy here.

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We spend a lot of time prepping for the arrival of a baby. But when it comes to the arrival of our breast milk (and all the massive adjustments that come with it), it's easy to be caught off guard. Stocking up on a few breastfeeding essentials can make the transition to breastfeeding a lot less stressful, which means more time and energy focusing on what's most important: Your recovery and your brand new baby.

Here are the essential breastfeeding tools you'll need, mama:

1. For covering up: A cute nursing cover

First and foremost, please know that all 50 states in the United States have laws that allow women to breastfeed in public. You do not have to cover yourself if you don't want to—and many mamas choose not to—and we are all for it.

That said, if you do anticipate wanting to take a more modest approach to breastfeeding, a nursing cover is a must. You will find an array of styles to choose from, but we love an infinity scarf, like the LK Baby Infinity Nursing Scarf Nursing Cover. You'll be able to wear the nursing cover instead of stuffing it in your already brimming diaper bag—and it's nice to have it right there when the baby is ready to eat.

Also, in the inevitable event that your baby spits-up on you or you leak some milk through your shirt, having a quick and stylish way to cover up is a total #momwin.

2. For getting comfortable: A cozy glider

Having a comfy spot to nurse can make a huge difference. Bonus points if that comfy place totally brings a room together, like the Delta Children Paris Upholstered Glider!

Get your cozy space ready to go, and when your baby is here, you can retreat from the world and just nurse, bond, and love.

3. For unmatched support: A wire-free nursing bra

It may take trying on several brands to find the perfect match, but finding a nursing bra that you love is 100% worth the effort. Your breasts will be changing and working in ways that are hard to imagine. An excellent supportive bra will make this so much more comfortable.

It is crucial to choose a wireless bra for the first weeks of nursing since underwire can increase the risk of clogged ducts (ouch).The Playtex Maternity Shaping Foam Wirefree Nursing Bra is an awesome pick for this reason, and because it is designed to flex and fit your breasts as they go through all those changes.

4. For maximum hydration: A large reusable water bottle

Nothing can prepare you for the intense thirst that hits when breastfeeding. Quench that thirst (and help keep your milk supply up in the process) by always having a water bottle with a straw nearby, like this Exquis Large Outdoor Water Bottle.

5. For feeding convenience: A supportive nursing tank

Experts recommend that during the first weeks of your baby's life, you breastfeed on-demand, meaning that any time your tiny boss demands milk, you feed them. This will help establish your milk supply and get everything off to a good start.

What does this mean for your life? You will be breastfeeding A LOT. Nursing tanks, like the Loving Moments by Leading Lady, make this so much easier. They have built-in support to keep you comfy, and you can totally wear them around the house, or even out and about. When your baby wants to eat, you'll be able to quickly "pop out" a breast and feed them.

6. For pain prevention: A quality nipple ointment

Breastfeeding shouldn't hurt, but the truth is those first days can be uncomfortable. Your nipples will likely feel raw as they adjust to their new job. This will get better! But until it does, nipple ointment is amazing.

My favorite is the Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter. We love that it's organic, and it is oh-so-soothing on your hard-at-work nipples.

Psst: If it actually hurts when your baby latches on, something may be up, so call your provider or a lactation consultant for help.

7. For uncomfortable moments: A dual breast therapy pack

As your breasts adjust to their new role, you may experience a few discomforts—applying warmth or cold can help make them feel so much better. The Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Pack is awesome because you can microwave the pads or put them in the freezer, giving you a lot of options when your breasts need some TLC.

Again, if you have any concerns about something being wrong (pain, a bump that may be red or hot, fever, or anything else), call a professional right away.

8. For inevitable leaks: An absorbing breast pad

In today's episode of, "Oh come on, really?" you are going to leak breastmilk. Now, this is entirely natural and you are certainly not required to do anything about this. Still, many moms choose to wear breast pads in their bras to avoid leaking through to their shirts.

You can go the convenient and disposable route with Lansinoh Disposable Stay Dry Nursing Pads, or for a more environmentally friendly option, you can choose washable pads, like these Organic Bamboo Nursing Breast Pads.

9. For flexibility: A breast pump

Many women find that a breast pump becomes one of their most essential mom-tools. The ability to provide breast milk when you are away from your baby (and relieve uncomfortable engorged breasts) will add so much flexibility into your new-mom life.

For quick trips out and super-easy in-your-bag transport, opt for a manual pump like the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump .

If you will be away from your baby for longer periods of time (traveling or working outside the home, for example) an electric pump is your most efficient bet. The Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump is a classic go-to that will absolutely get the job done, and then some.

10. For quality storage: Breast milk bags

Once you pump your liquid gold, aka breast milk, you'll need a place to store it. The Kiinde Twist Pouches allow you to pump directly into the bags which means one less step (and way less to clean).

11. For keeping cool: A freezer bag

Transport your pumped milk back home to your baby safely in a cooler like the Mommy Knows Best Breast Milk Baby Bottle Cooler Bag. Remember to put the milk in a fridge or freezer as soon as you can to optimize how long it stays usable for.

12. For continued nourishment: Bottles

Nothing beats the peace of mind you get when you know that your baby is being well-taken of care—and well fed—until you can be together again. The Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottle Newborn Starter Gift Set is a fan favorite (mama and baby fans alike).

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A viral video about car seat safety has parents everywhere cracking up and humming Sir-Mix-A-Lot.

"I like safe kids and I cannot lie," raps Norman Regional Health System pediatric hospitalist Dr. Kate Cook (after prefacing her music video with an apology to her children."I'm a doctor tryin' warn you that recs have changed," she continues.

Dr. Cook's rap video is all about the importance of keeping babies facing backward. It's aptly called "Babies Face Back," and uses humor and parody to drive home car seat recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

"Switching from rear-facing to forward-facing is a milestone many parents can't wait to reach," Dr. Cook said in a news release about her hilarious video. "But this is one area where you want to delay the transition as long as possible because each one actually reduces the protection to the child."

Last summer the AAP updated its official stance on car seat safety to be more in line with what so many parents were already doing and recommended that kids stay rear-facing for as long as possible. But with so many things to keep track of in life, it is understandable that some parents still don't know about the change. Dr. Cook wants to change that with some cringe-worthy rapping.

The AAP recommends:

  • Babies and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat.
  • Once they are facing forward, children should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible. Many seats are good up to 65 pounds.
  • When children outgrow their car seat they should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle's lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly, between 8 and 12 years old.

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[Editor's note: Motherly is committed to covering all relevant presidential candidate plans as we approach the 2020 election. We are making efforts to get information from all candidates. Motherly does not endorse any political party or candidate. We stand with and for mothers and advocate for solutions that will reduce maternal stress and benefit women, families and the country.]

Suicide rates for girls and women in the United States have increased 50% since 2000, according to the CDC and new research indicates a growing number of pregnant and postpartum women are dying by suicide and overdose. Suicide rates for boys and men are up, too.

It's clear there is a mental health crisis in America and it is robbing children of their mothers and mothers of their children.

Medical professionals urge people to get help early, but sometimes getting help is not so simple. For many Americans, the life preserver that is mental health care is out of reach when they are drowning.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg just released a plan he hopes could change that and says the neglect of mental health in the United States must end. "Our plan breaks down the barriers around mental health and builds up a sense of belonging that will help millions of suffering Americans heal," says Buttigieg.

He thinks he can "prevent 1 million deaths of despair by 2028" by giving Americans more access to mental health and addictions services.

In a country where giving birth can put a mother in debt, it's not surprising that while as many as 1 in 5 new moms suffers from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, more than half of new moms who need mental health treatment don't get it. Stigma, childcare and of course costs are factors in why women aren't seeking help when they are struggling.

Buttigieg's plan is interesting because it could remove some of these barriers. He wants to make mental health care more affordable by ensuring everyone has comprehensive coverage for mental health care and by ensuring that everyone can access a free yearly mental health check-up.

That could make getting help more affordable for some moms, and by increasing reimbursement rates for mental health care delivered through telehealth, this plan could help moms get face time with a medical professional without having to deal with finding childcare first.

Estimates from new research suggest that in some parts of America as many as 14% or 30% of maternal deaths are caused by addiction or suicide. Buttigieg's plan aims to reduce those estimates by fighting the addiction and opioid crisis and increasing access to mental health services in underserved communities and for people of color. He also wants to reduce the stigma and increase support for the next generation by requiring "every school across the country to teach Mental Health First Aid courses."

These are lofty goals with a lofty price tag. It would cost about $300 billion to do what Buttigieg sets out in his plan and the specifics of how the plan would be funded aren't yet known. Neither is how voters will react to this 18-page plan and whether it will help Buttigieg stand out in a crowded field of Democratic candidates.

What we do know is that right now, America is talking about mental health and whether or not that benefits Buttigieg's campaign it will certainly benefit America.

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If you breastfeed, you know just how magical (and trying) it is, but it has numerous benefits for mama and baby. It is known to reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, and cuts the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by half.

If this wasn't powerful enough, scientists have discovered that babies who are fed breast milk have a stomach pH that promotes the formation of HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor cells). HAMLET was discovered by chance when researchers were studying the antibacterial properties of breast milk. This is a combination of proteins and lipids found in breast milk that can work together to kill cancer cells, causing them to pull away from healthy cells, shrink and die, leaving the healthy cells unaffected.

According to researchers at Lund University in Sweden, this mechanism may contribute to the protective effect breast milk has against pediatric tumors and leukemia, which accounts for about 30% of all childhood cancer. Other researchers analyzed 18 different studies, finding that "14% to 19% of all childhood leukemia cases may be prevented by breastfeeding for six months or more."

And recently, doctors in Sweden collaborated with scientists in Prague to find yet another amazing benefit to breast milk. Their research demonstrated that a certain milk sugar called Alpha1H, found only in breast milk, helps in the production of lactose and can transform into a different form that helps break up tumors into microscopic fragments in the body.

Patients who were given a drug based on this milk sugar, rather than a placebo, passed whole tumor fragments in their urine. And there is more laboratory evidence to support that the drug can kill more than 40 different types of cancer cells in animal trials, including brain tumors and colon cancer. These results are inspiring scientists to continue to explore HAMLET as a novel approach to tumor therapy and make Alpha1H available to cancer patients.

Bottom line: If you choose to breastfeed, the breast milk your baby gets from your hard work can be worth every drop of effort.

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