Babywearing is more popular than ever, and for good reasons. It promotes baby's development, helps baby be generally calmer, and can decrease the risk of SIDS, flat-head syndrome and postpartum depression. Plus, busy parents get to bond with their babies while taking care of business. And with ring slings, you get to give your parenting style a hands-free makeover without giving up on your actual style! That's why we love Wildbird.

Though ring slings can be intimidating at first, they're the easiest, quickest way to wear your little -- no wrapping or buckling involved. They also grow with your babe: most slings are suitable for newborns up to 35-pounds toddlers, and you can front, side or back carry. Plus, nursing in the sling is very easy. All you need to do is lower and adjust the sling for your baby to access the breast; and if you need a little privacy, you can then use the tail of the sling to cover up.


WildBird recently launched its new Fall/Winter 2018 line, and we're in love. Every collection, the brand finds inspiration in different parts of the world; and this season, the entire line is an ode to the Pacific Northwest. You can tell that WildBird's founder, Tayler Gunn, and her design team had fun bringing this line to life, with colors and patterns -- 24 of them! -- that celebrate some of the traits that define the area: they are cool (like Portland), calming (like the coastal towns in northwest Oregon) and vibrant (like Pikes Place Market in Seattle).

There's Kea, a deep green that resembles the ferns found in the coastal forests; while Puffin and Owl remind us of Seattle's moody skies. Robin is reminiscent of Oregon's big-leaf maple leaves; and the prettiest blues, like Chukar and Starling, bring us back to camping trips spent chatting it up with friends while staring at the starlit sky. Speaking of camping, did we mention Partridge, which is basically everyone's picnic blanket in Oregon?

Aside from the usual fabrics (linen and chambray), WildBird's new collection features Modal slings, which the brand introduced earlier in the Spring. Modal slings are made of linen woven with Lenzing Modal, a rayon fabric that comes from the fiber of beech trees; and boy oh boy, are they soft. Right out of the box, they feel like butter -- no need to break them in!

WildBird is also dedicated to support working moms and to source each and every sling responsibly. To make their slings, which all come with various ring color options (gold, rose gold, black and sliver), the brand relies solely on professional seamstresses who are moms and who can then work from the comfort of their own homes. Plus, Tayler Gunn strives to work with environmentally conscious suppliers that have fair wages and reasonable hours for their workers.

If you've been waiting to get not one, but two WildBird ring slings of your own, now is the time to flock and enter below for a chance to win (value ranging from $130 to $240 depending on the slings you choose!).

Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:

Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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