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Lalabu Simple Babywearing Kit


We didn’t think there was a way to improve babywearing (it makes babies cry less, people!), and then we learned about Lalabu. Since 2013, this husband-and-wife duo has been designing babywearing clothes and accessories that make keeping your little one close part of every day life. (Plus, 2% of profits go to help moms in developing countries. How great is that?) The kit includes a Soothe Shirt, Dad Shirt and pair of postpartum Lalabu Leggings.

$150 Nested Bean Gift Card

We wanted to give you the prize of more sleep, but since we can’t actually come watch your baby for you, we went with the next best thing: a $150 gift card to Nested Bean. The brand’s genius products range from swaddles and sacks in adorable patterns and breathable materials that include a gentle weighted pad designed to mimic mama’s touch to promote longer sleep every night.

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$150 Belabumbum.com gift card

We love a brand that remembers there’s a woman behind the mom, which is why we’re such huge fans of Belabumbum, a boutique lingerie and loungewear line (it’s pronounced “bell-ah-boom-boom”—it means “beautiful bum” in Portuguese). The winner of the giveaway will receive $150 in credit to spend on gorgeous, beyond-comfortable intimates and sleepwear perfect for taking a moment to yourself. (Even if it can only happen after baby’s bedtime.)

Celebrate the new season in style with nearly $4,000 in products designed to brighten you and your baby’s lives! Scroll down for more details on this incredible prize package that is guaranteed to put a spring in your step.

Babies in Bloom Sweepstakes

WHAT YOU’LL WIN

$750 Gift Card to Minted for Birth Announcements and Nursery Art

We love a good Instagram announcement as much as the next person, but when we really want to say something with style, we turn to Minted. With thousands of stationery designs, stunning art prints, and home decor accessories, you’ll have no problem spending this $750 gift card if you win!

Summer Infant Sleep-Play-Bath Package + SwaddleMe Deluxe By Your Side Sleeper

Hey, it’s not always easy being a baby. (Hahahahaha.) But just in case your little one needs some time to chill out and unwind, Summer Infant and SwaddleMe have him covered. The winner of our giveaway will receive a deluxe Sleep-Play-Bath package, complete with a Lil' Luxuries Whirlpool Bubbling Spa & Shower (AKA, your babe’s version of a spa day), Pop n' Play Deluxe Ultimate Playard (perfect for indoor/outdoor explorations), Panorama Digital Color Video Monitor (to keep a panoramic eye on things while your little one rests from their adventures), and a SwaddleMe Deluxe By Your Side Sleeper (the safest way to sleep with your little one). Bath time and chill just became a thing.

$150 The Ollie World Gift Card

Let’s face it: You’ll probably never be able to swaddle your baby as perfectly as those nurses did in the hospital. (What are they, wizards??) But thanks to the Ollie swaddle, you won’t have to. The unique design of this swaddle is made from super soft fabric that keeps wriggly babies contained with a custom hook and loop closure for the perfect, individualized fit — no wizardry required.

Munchkin Very Important Baby (VIB) Basket

We think babies are some of the most important people in the world — shouldn’t their stuff reflect that? The Munchkin VIB (Very Important Baby) Basket is packed with must-haves and would-be-great-to-haves designed with you and your baby in mind. Including favorites like the Latch™ Bottle, LATCH™ Pacifier, Deluxe Snack Catcher, White Hot Ducky, and Deluxe Stay-in-Place™ Mirror, Munchkin has got it all covered.

$150 Motherly Classes Credit

You know Motherly has always been about helping you feel more empowered in motherhood. Since we first launched over a year ago, we’ve been rolling out more and more classes designed to improve your life. Now our video classes range in topic from how to rock working mama life to how to streamline and simplify your home to so, so much more. The winner of the giveaway will win $150 in class credit. Click here to peruse your options!

10 TempTraq Temperature Monitors

If all those spring showers have got your little one down with a cold or fever, TempTraq has got your covered. These simple digital thermometer patches provide continuous temperature recording that syncs with your smart phone to provide round-the-clock monitoring and advice to give you peace of mind and help you both feel better sooner.

Eco-Mama Baby Bundle from Bambino Mio

Founded on the principles of quality, convenience, style, comfort, and value, the husband-and-wife couple behind Bambino Mio have been selling reusable diapers since 1997. The product line now ranges from reusable diapers to wipes to swim accessories, and you’ll love the fun patterns and innovative designs.

Total prize value is $3,748.31. See sweepstakes rules for more information.

Mutsy Evo Urban Nomad

A stroll with your little one that feels like walking on air? The Mutsy Evo Urban Nomad just might put you and your baby on cloud nine. Designed with a fully adjustable and easy-to-carry seat with an ergonomic push bar and 360-degree swiveling front wheels, this is one stroller that has been created for comfort.

$150 Thinkbaby Gift Card

When was the last time you really stopped to think about what your baby’s bottle was made from? The minds behind ThinkBaby think about it every day, which is why they continue to lead in the usage of safe materials for consumer products. Combine that with their sustainable, lasting design (their bottles can also transform into sippy cups and straw bottles with a few accessory swaps!), and you’ve got a feeding resource that really makes the grade.

Starling by VersaMe

Research has shown that the more words babies hear during their first four years, the smarter they become. Now, Starling by VersaMe wants to help all parents help their babies. Simply clip the Starling receiver to your baby, and the pacifier-sized device will count the words you say to your baby and sync that number with an app that provides feedback and tips for developing your baby’s language skills. How smart is that?

$300 Chatbooks Gift Card

We’re sure there are moms out there with the time to download and edit pictures to assemble in perfectly-designed photobooks...we’re just not sure we actually know any of them. Fortunately, there’s Chatbooks, the insanely simple app that creates beautiful, keepsake-worthy albums from your Instagram photos and then automatically delivers them to you for just $8. We did the math, and that means you can make about 35 books if you win this prize. Score!

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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

    I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

    I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

    My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

    1. Go apple picking.

    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

    To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

    2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

    To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

    3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

    Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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    The one thing your family needs to practice gratitude

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    I think I can speak for well, basically everyone on planet earth when I say things have been a bit stressful lately. Juggling virtual school, work and the weight of worry about all the things, it's increasingly difficult to take even a moment to be grateful and positive these days. It's far easier to fall into a grump cycle, nagging my kids for all the things they didn't do (after being asked nine times), snapping at their bickering and never really acknowledging the good stuff.

    But the truth is, gratitude and appreciation is the kind of medicine we need now more than ever—and not just because the season is upon us. For one thing, practicing gratitude is a scientifically proven way to boost our happiness, health and relationships. More importantly, we need to ensure we're cultivating it in our children even when things are challenging. Especially when things are challenging.

    I'm ready to crank the thankfulness up a few dozen notches and reboot our family's gratitude game so we can usher out 2020 on a fresh note. So, I've called in some reinforcements.

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    One out of six.

    To make these numbers even more sickening, mistreatment was more common among women of color, women with partners of color, women with lower socioeconomic status, and women under the age of 30.

    (And yet people still question the validity of stating that black mothers are at a higher risk of pregnancy and birth-related complications.)

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