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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.

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).

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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.

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If there's one thing you learn as a new mama, it's that routine is your friend. Routine keeps your world spinning, even when you're trucking along on less than four hours of sleep. Routine fends off tantrums by making sure bellies are always full and errands aren't run when everyone's patience is wearing thin. And routine means naps are taken when they're supposed to, helping everyone get through the day with needed breaks.

The only problem? Life doesn't always go perfectly with the routine. When my daughter was born, I realized quickly that, while her naps were the key to a successful (and nearly tear-free!) day, living my life according to her nap schedule wasn't always possible. There were groceries to fetch, dry cleaning to pick up, and―if I wanted to maintain any kind of social life―lunch dates with friends to enjoy.

Which is why the Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller was such a life-saver. While I loved that it was just 14 pounds (perfect for hoisting up the stairs to the subway or in the park) and folds down small enough to fit in an airplane overhead compartment (you know, when I'm brave enough to travel again!), the real genius of this pint-sized powerhouse is that it doesn't skimp on comfort.

Nearly every surface your baby touches is padded with plush cushions to provide side and lumbar support to everything from their sweet head to their tiny tush―it has 40% more padding than other compact strollers. When nap time rolls around, I could simply switch the seat to its reclined position with an adjustable leg rest to create an instant cozy nest for my little one.

There's even a large UV 50 sun canopy to throw a little shade on those sleepy eyes. And my baby wasn't the only one benefiting from the comfortable design― the Metro is the only stroller certified "back healthy" by the AGR of Germany, meaning mamas get a much-needed break too.

I also appreciate how the Metro fits comfortably into my life. The sleek profile fits through narrow store aisles as easily as it slides up to a table when I'm able to meet a pal for brunch. Plus, the spring suspension means the tires absorb any bumps along our way―helping baby stay asleep no matter where life takes us. When it's time to take my daughter out, it folds easily with one hand and has an ergonomic carry handle to travel anywhere we want to go.

Life will probably never be as predictable as I'd like, but at least with our Metro stroller, I know my child will be cradled with care no matter what crosses our path.

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

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After quite a wait (he was born last week) Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have finally revealed their baby boy’s name and it isn’t what the internet was expecting.

While Kim had previously hinted at the name Robert, after her late father and her brother, the couple went with a name that makes sense given Kanye’s new Sunday Services.

Baby number four for the Kardashian-Wests is called Psalm West, his mom announced via Instagram.

Psalm is the fourth child for Kim and Kanye, who are already raising 5-year-old North, 3-year-old Saint and 1-year-old Chicago.

Welcome to the family Psalm!

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Back in the day, when I saw my mom sporting a fanny pack, I cringed. I was a tween, and my mom was utterly embarrassing with her nylon belt bag. Flash forward a couple of decades and as I juggle four kids at a playground while my tote keeps slipping off my shoulder, I find myself thinking, "Maybe, just maybe, my mom was onto something."

And I'm not the only one. That's right friends, fanny packs are BACK. Why? Well, for celebs and fashion-types, it's because everything that was once old must always be reincarnated.

But for us mamas, there is one simple resounding answer: The bag is incredibly convenient. It allows us to have our hands free—to, ya know, change a diaper or put a bandage on a knee—and it also forces us to pare down the litany of items we'll throw into our purses before we head out the door. Like, those ten extra snacks or a juice box or a coloring book — the items that result in your purse suddenly weighing 50 pounds.

Oh, and this just in: You can also sling a fanny pack around your body, now. We've got options!

Is it the ultimate mom bag? Listen, we're not going to say it is. But we're also not going to say it's not. Catch our drift? And if you see yourself in a mirror while sporting your new belt bag, we dare you not to start singing, "I'm too sexy for… my fanny pack."

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Shop our favorite patterns and styles below, some of which start as low as 6 bucks.

Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack, $85.00

Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack

This just in: We all need more neoprene in our lives! We're loving the yellow lace design detail, and the fact that this one has a key clip and card holder inside, too.

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Pam & Gela Leopard Print Belt Bag, $105.00

Pam & Gela Leopard Print Belt Bag

We're just going to say it: One can never have too much leopard in their closet. This one will definitely spice up your daily jeans and t-shirt outfit.

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Herschel Supply Co. Fifteen Belt Bag, $30.00

Herschel Supply Co. Fifteen Belt Bag

Durable? Check. Fun colors? Check. Cute Herschel logo badge on the front? Check.

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Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag 1L, $38.00

Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag 1L


Yes, you need a sporty fanny pack, too. This one is perfect when you're heading to Saturday morning yoga.

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Sun Squad Cooler Fanny Pack, $6.00

Sun Squad Fanny Pack Cooler Grapefruit

A insulated fanny pack that keeps snacks cool? Amen!

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State Crosby Fanny Pack, $42.00

State Crosby Fanny Pack

Proof that fanny packs can be uber-hip (and sleek!) at the same time.

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No Boundaries Fanny Pack, $5.97

No Boundaries Fanny Pack

This sweet-pea pattern screams, "Spring!" and at this price, we might buy two.

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Lola Los Angeles Moonbeam Belt Bag, $28.00

Lola Los Angeles Moonbeam

We're loving the nylon fabric and cool Lola badge on this one, which also comes in black, red and maroon.

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Tee Shirt and Jeans Janie Fanny Pack, $11.99

Tee Shirt and Jeans Janie Fanny Pack

This one had us at pompoms. Oh, and that price. Sold!

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MZ Wallace Metro Belt Bag, $145.00

MZ Wallace Metro Belt Bag

Moms everywhere love MZ Wallace for their crazy parenting-friendly totes, and turns out they make an equally utilitarian belt bag in a variety of fun hues and patterns.

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Gucci Ophidia Small Suede Belt Bag, $1,390.00

What's that? You only wear designer bags? Fear not, they've adapted to the fanny pack trend (except they refer to the style as a "belt bag,") and this Gucci stunner will transition seamlessly from the park to date night.

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Clare V. Perforated Leather Fanny Pack, $299.00

Clare V. Perforated Leather Fanny Pack

The epitome of cool-girl bag brands, Clare V. has brought its chic aesthetic to the fanny pack category, and we couldn't be happier about that. We adore the perforated leather of this bag, as well as the high-contrast zipper.

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Jansport Fifth Avenue Fanny Pack, $17.00

Jansport Fifth Avenue Fanny Pack

If we're going to go the fanny pack route, we might as well go the whole way, right? Right. And nothing screams "90s!" like a Jansport bag. The good news is they haven't raised their prices too much in the past two decades.

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Nike Benassi Just Do It Fanny Pack Slide Sandal, $50.00

Nike Benassi Just Do It Fanny Pack Slide Sandal

Okay, okay, this isn't a true fanny pack per se. It's better! It's actually two amazing '90s trends packed into one perfect product. We give you... the fanny pack slide!

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Mornings can be so rough making sure everyone has what they need for the day and managing to get out the door on time. A recent survey by Indeed found that 60% of new moms say managing a morning routine is a significant challenge, and another new survey reveals just why that is.

The survey, by snack brand Nutri-Grain, suggests that all the various tasks and child herding parents take on when getting the family out the door in the morning adds up to basically an extra workday every week!

Many parents will tell you that it can take a couple of hours to get out of the house each morning person, and as the survey found, most of us need to remind the kids "at least twice in the morning to get dressed, brush their teeth, or put on their shoes."

According to Nutri-Grain, by the end of the school year, the average parent will have asked their children to hurry up almost 540 times across the weekday mornings.

We totally get it. It's hard to wait on little ones when we have a very grown-up schedule to get on with, but maybe the world needs to realize that kids just aren't made to be fast.

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As Rachel Macy Stafford, the author of Hands Free Mama, Hands Free Life, writes, having a child who wants to enjoy and marvel at the world while mama is trying to rush through it is hard.

"Whenever my child caused me to deviate from my master schedule, I thought to myself, 'We don't have time for this.' Consequently, the two words I most commonly spoke to my little lover of life were: 'Hurry up.'" she explains.

We're always telling our kids to hurry up, but maybe, maybe, we should be telling ourselves—and society—to slow down.

That's what Stafford did. She took "hurry up" out of her vocabulary and in doing so made that extra workday worth of time into quality time with her daughter, instead of crunch time. She worked on her patience, and let her daughter marvel at the world or slow down when she had to.

"To help us both, I began giving her a little more time to prepare if we had to go somewhere. And sometimes, even then, we were still late. Those were the times I assured myself that I will be late only for a few years, if that, while she is young."

It's great advice, but unless we mamas can get the wider world on board, it's hard to put into practice. When the school bus comes at 7:30 am and you've gotta be at the office at 8 am, when the emails start coming before you're out of bed or your pay gets docked if you punch in five minutes late, it is hard to slow down.

So to those who are making the schedules the rest of us have to live by, to the employers and the school boards and the wider culture, we ask: Can we slow down?

Indeed's survey suggests that the majority of moms would benefit from a more flexible start time at work and the CDC suggests that starting school later would help students.

Mornings are tough for parents, but they don't have to be as hard as they are.

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If you've ever shopped at Vineyard Vines you know two things. One, it's simply adorable. Like, the stuff that Nantucket dreams are made of. Stripes, checks, plaids and pinstripes in soft pastel hues for the entire family. Even the dog.

And second, you know that in order to achieve such a crisp, cool East Coast vibe that will look oh-so-perfect in your professionally-shot family photo you'll have to pay. Nope, that wee whale logo is not cheap, folks. How much are we talking? In the range of $50 for a boys button-down shirt or $70 for a girls madras dress (to be fair, it does have flutter sleeves and holy cannoli it might just be worth the price tag!). The good news is that we can verify the quality is top notch—my two sons regularly receive my nephews' hand me downs and even after being worn by four boys, they're still in top-notch condition.

Needless to say, for those of us with a penchant for prep on a tighter clothing budget, the news of Target's Vineyard Vines collaboration was music to our ears. We've actually tried the product and we're drooling... over the styles, the quality and the prices! Comprised of more than 300 pieces, the collection is priced from $2 to $120, with most of it costing below $35.

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Let's say it together, friends: Yassss!

Check out our favorite pieces for the whole family below.

Vineyard Vines for Target Women's Sleeveless Ruffle Tie Waisted Midi V-Neck Dress

Price: $35

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Vineyard Vines for Target Baby Ruffle School of Whales Sleeveless Bodysuit

Vineyard Vines for Target Baby Ruffle School of Whales Sleeveless Bodysuit

Price: $12

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Vineyard Vines for Target  Boys' Short Sleeve Polo Shirt

Vineyard Vines for Target  Boys' Short Sleeve Polo Shirt

Price: $16

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Vineyard Vines for Target Men's Striped Swim Trunks

Vineyard Vines for Target Men's Striped Swim Trunks

Price: $25

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Vineyard Vines for Target Girls' Striped Scoop Neck Romper

Vineyard Vines for Target Girls' Striped Scoop Neck Romper

Price: $20

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Vineyard Vines for Target Toddler Boys' 1/4 Zip Pullover Sweatshirt

Vineyard Vines for Target Toddler Boys' 1/4 Zip Pullover Sweatshirt

Price: $16

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Vineyard Vines for Target Women's Blue One-Piece Swimsuit

Vineyard Vines for Target Women's Blue One-Piece Swimsuit

Price:$35

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Vineyard Vines for Target Women's Women's Gingham Long Sleeve Shirtdress

Vineyard Vines for Target Women's Women's Gingham Long Sleeve Shirtdress

Price: $35

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Vineyard Vines for Target Throw Blankets & Pillows

Vineyard Vines for Target Throw Blankets & Pillows

Price: $25-$30

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Vineyard Vines for Target Pet Accessories

Vineyard Vines for Target Pet Accessories

Price: $6-$11

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