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Work-From-Home Baby Registry Essentials

The baby gear you need to balance baby and biz, from home.

Work-From-Home Baby Registry Essentials

The thing about motherhood is that there is no one way to do it. Each day we have to make decisions big and small that affect our households for better or worse. And one of the first biggies as a new mom is the decision to go back to work or stay home and be a full-time caretaker for your baby. Or at least it used to be that cut and dry. More and more we’re meeting moms trying to find flexible jobs or pioneering by starting their own business, in hopes of creating a schedule that makes sense for them.

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Meet the work-at-home mom. From the outside, it may seem like she’s living the dream, and she kind of is. But she’s also striving to strike that perfect balance between baby and business, and probably working her fingers to the bone before baby wakes, during naptime, after bedtime, and basically every other second she has free in her day. Basically this mama is on 24/7.

To give her a helping hand (because we sure know she can use one), we’ve partnered with Skip Hop to create a baby registry filled with the best gear to balance mom life and work life while keeping her sanity intact (most days).

Skip Hop Uplift Multi-Level Baby Bouncer

We know it’s hard to put your newborn down, but when duty calls, you can feel good about unloading your little one into Skip Hop’s cozy Uplift bouncer. Use it as a traditional floor bouncer or elevate your baby to sofa (or desk!) height with just the turn of a knob. It’s got great tech features like vibration to soothing sounds, and blends in well with your living room (ahem we mean, office) decor. Buy it here.

MochiThings: Seize the Day Daily Planner

We hate to be the ones to tell you but that thing you heard about “mommy brain” is totally real. Get in the habit of writing things down. Like, everything. From doctor’s visits to meetings, events and and more get yourself a great organizer to keep your life in order. This one by MochiThings even has enough room for you to jot down those precious baby moments you never want to forget. Buy it here.

Tula Baby Carrier

Being a work-from-home mom doesn’t mean you’ll never leave your humble abode. Whether you’re finally ready to meet your new mom friend or need a few shots of espresso, you’ll have to get out there at some point, mama. Make sure you’re equipped with a great baby carrier before you do. This Tula carrier provides an ergonomic M-position seat supporting optimal development for baby’s body. The fact that it’s adorable is just a bonus. Buy it here.

Withings Smart Baby Monitor

Keep an eye on your little’s every move with this genius baby monitor by Withings. It will help you create the best sleeping environment for baby’s nap times by keeping you informed of the baby’s room temperature and humidity, it comes with 7 songs to lull your baby to sleep, and it allows you to speak to your baby with just the push of a button. Buy it here.

Skip Hop Explore & More Activity Center

Once your babe is mobile (and yes, rolling counts!), you’ll need some safe and exciting activities to occupy him during that uber-important conference call. Skip Hop’s modern activity center has got you covered from four months to toddler, letting your little one sit, swivel & bounce, then cruise and play while standing, and finally use it as an activity table (it converts!). Buy it here.

Munchery Gift Card

As much as we believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, some days you just can’t do it all. And you shouldn’t. You need to listen to your body. And when it says slow down, do it. So, once you’ve registered for your baby gear, let your friends or family spoil you by accepting a home-cooked meal, or better yet, ask for a gift card for a delicious almost home-cooked meal of your choice by Munchery. You can register for one on babylist or buy it here.

Honest Diapers Bundle

What did moms do before the internet? We suspect there were a lot of parents screaming “If only my diapers could arrive at my door every month without me having to think!” Thankfully none of us have to be subjected to that cruelty anymore. The Honest Company offers monthly diaper and wipe bundle deliveries nationwide. The diapers are adorable the wipes are top notch and all Honest Co products are healthy and sustainable. What else do you need? Buy it here.

Babyganics All-Purpose Wipes

As a working mom you’ll realize quickly that simplicity is key. And that all-purpose wipes are possibly one of the best inventions known to mankind. Yep, that’s right: you can clean just about anything with these wipes, including your baby gear, because Babyganics all-purpose wipes are made with only the safest ingredients. Buy it here.

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breastpump

If you’re a work-from-home mom who plans to breastfeed you might think that a pump is unnecessary, but chances are you’ll have to schedule meetings (or even long conference calls!) that don’t involve baby. And when you do, you want to be prepared with back-up breastmilk for baby to consume while you’re away. This one by Medela will be in it for the long haul. Register for it here.

Skip Hop Highline Diaper Bag

When the line between work and play is blurred, your diaper bag often has to do double duty. Skip Hop’s Highline Diaper Bag has got all the functional details make Skip Hop the go-to for diaper bags (hidden bottle pockets, tucked-away changing pad, stroller clips), but it’s also smart and chic for those working mama meetings you’ll inevitably find time to squeeze in. Buy it here.

Bugaboo Runner

With most of your day spent working on your laptop, changing diapers, feeding, playing and more, it’s important to reset by doing something healthy for you. On some days that means a nutrient-packed lunch and on others, it’s a solid run. Even if baby has to come along. The sleek and high-design Bugaboo Runner will help you get on track. Buy it here.

Bugaboo Smartphone Holder

Getting out with baby doesn’t mean you have to be off the grid (although you should totally be if you want to!). For those days you just have to do it all, this smartphone holder will help you keep notified at a glance while on-the-go. Buy it here.

Bravado Designs

If you plan on breastfeeding, the proper nursing bra is a must. Stay comfortable at home and confident at your coffee meetings with this body silk seamless bra by Bravado, which has full access and clips that actually stay closed. Buy it here.

Hevea Round Crown Pacifier

One of the hardest things about being a stay at home mom is figuring out that nap/work balance so you can schedule calls accordingly. For those days the nap vibes just aren’t working in your favor, put a plug in it -- ahem, we mean soothe your baby -- with a natural pacifier like this Hevea one. Buy it here.

Little Unicorn Cotton Swaddles

Keep your newborn cozy with these beautifully designed swaddles by Little Unicorn. Your instagram followers will go gaga over them. Buy it here.

*This post was sponsored by Skip Hop. Register for these Skip Hop products and others at Amazon.com, Buybuybaby.com, and Babiesrus.com.

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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