Motherly’s 1st birthday giveaway ?

We’re giving away an incredible prize package worth over $1,000 to one of our mamas.

Motherly’s 1st birthday giveaway ?

Motherly is turning one! And to celebrate, we’re giving away an incredible prize package worth over $1,000 to one of our mamas. Scroll down for more details about the prizes (they are so, so good!), and then head to Facebook or Instagram to enter.

Fisher Price Little People Set

Now that your little one has seen their first birthday, it’s the perfect time to introduce toys that encourage pretend play. The Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway, Lil’ Movers Airplane, Lil’ Movers School Bus, and assorted figures are the perfect way to help your toddler’s imagination take off.

Monica + Andy Sweater and Blanket

Created by a mom who wanted to make things better for babies and other moms (sound familiar?), Monica + Andy creates stylish and comfortable clothes you’ll love putting on your one-year-old. The giveaway winner will receive a Collegiate, Peplum, or Cherub Sweater and a Muslin or Cotton Blanket to keep their little snuggly this winter.

Micro Kickboard Mini 3in1 Deluxe

Warning: Your one-year-old’s ride is probably about to become a lot cooler than yours. The Mini 3in1 Deluxe from Micro Kickboard morphs from a ride-on to an adjustable toddler scooter, meaning she’ll actually be able to play with it well past her second birthday.

Brightly Book Library

Whether they’re winding down for bed or just looking for a little extra comfort during the teething months, it’s never a bad idea to have a shelf full of books nearby. Brightly is giving the winner a full library, including the Brightly Baby bundle, Beyond the Classics bundle, and assorted other titles your little will love.

Skip Hop Owl Lunch Bundle

Whether you’re packing their lunch for daycare or simply planning a picnic in the park, this Skip Hop lunch bundle featuring Otis Owl is the perfect way to keep her PB&J protected. She’ll love using the Zoopack backpack to carry her Lunchie lunch box, Lunch Kit feeding set, and Strawbottle.

Pixley Pressed $60 Shop Credit

Designed to help moms wear jewelry that celebrates motherhood without sacrificing style, you really can’t go wrong with any of Pixley Pressed’s subtle, chic accessories. But if we had $60 to spend there, we’d have a hard time passing up these hand-stamped bar necklaces.

Babyganics Gift Set

We’ve long loved Babyganics for their high ingredient standards and sensitive skin-safe products — plus, they make our babies smell divine. The winner of our giveaway will receive a Babyganics prize pack worth over $100, including bubble bath, shampoo, wipes, laundry detergent, and so much more.

BURU $100 Shop Credit

Let’s be real, mama: Your baby’s first birthday is as much a milestone for you as it is for him! To celebrate you for being the best mama ever, the giveaway winner will receive a $100 shop credit for a little retail therapy at BURU, a fashion-forward online destination that stocks high fashion designers millennial moms want to wear.

Chatbooks $50 Credit

Raise your hand if you’re a mama who doesn’t have time to scrapbook every precious moment of her baby’s life. (Um, it’s all of us, isn’t it?) Chatbooks is the answer for busy moms everywhere. Their simple-to-use app lets you create custom photo books starting at $12, or you can create a subscription that will automatically send you a printed book of your Instagram photos for every 60 photos you post for just $8. Just think what you could get for $50...

A Free Motherly Class

Our online classes are designed to inspire mamas in their careers and their love lives. Each class connects you with expert advice, interactive programming, and an inspiring community of mothers just like you. And the winner of our giveaway will get to take one absolutely free.

Magnolia Bakery $80 Shop Credit

What’s a birthday without a little cake? The winner of our giveaway will win an $80 credit toward a Magnolia Bakery delivery — they ship nationwide! — perfect for ordering a full cake or a dozen mouthwatering cupcakes. Best. Mail. Ever.

What are you waiting for? Head to Facebook and Instagram to enter!



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These new arrivals from the Motherly Shop are *so* good you need them all

Noodle and Boo, Mushie and Plan Toys—everything you need, mama.

Motherhood is hard work—finding great products and brands to make the journey easier doesn't have to be. Each week, we stock the Motherly Shop with brilliant new products we know you'll need and love from brands and makers that really care.

So, what's new this week?

Noodle and Boo: Holistic baby skin care

Through working with chemists who specialize in natural and holistic skin care, Noodle and Boo has developed exclusive formulas that nourish, replenish and protect especially delicate, eczema-prone and sensitive skin—including laundry detergent. Their signature, obsession-worthy scent—which is subtly sweet, pure and fresh—is the closest thing to bottling up "baby smell" we've ever found.

Mushie: Kids' dinnerware that actually looks great

We're totally crushing on Mushie's minimalist dinnerware for kids. Their innovative baby and toddler products leverage Swedish design to marry both form and function while putting safety front and center. Everything is created in soft, muted colors from BPA-free materials.

Plan Toys: Open-ended toys that last

Corralling and cleaning up the toys becomes less stressful when you bring home fewer, better, more beautiful ones. Plan Toys checks all the boxes. Made from re-purposed rubber wood, they're better for the planet as well.

Not sure where to start? Here's what we're adding to our cart:

Mushie silicone baby bib

Mushie silicone baby bib

There's no going back to cloth bibs after falling in love with this Swedish design. The pocket catches whatever misses their mouths and the BPA-free silicone is waterproof and easy to wipe down between uses.


Mushie kids' square dinnerware plate set

Mushie kids' square dinnerware plate set

We're totally crushing on the soft muted colors that flow with our table aesthetics and the thoughtful high-sided design that helps babies and toddler who are learning to feed themselves.


Noodle and Boo nursery essentials kit

Noodle and Boo nursery essentials kit

Stocked with everything a new mama needs to care for her little one's delicate skin, Noodle and Boo's nursery essentials gift set is the perfect way to create a holistic and natural skin care routine from day one.


Plan Toys doctor set 

Plan Toys doctor set

Ideal for quiet time and imaginative role play, we love the gorgeous planet-friendly doctor kit from Plan Toys. The rubber wood stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, thermometer, syringe and reflex hammer pack up neat and tidy into the red cotton case should they need to dash off on a rescue mission.


Noodle and Boo instant hand sanitizer

Noodle and Boo instant hand sanitizer

Since we're buying and using hand sanitizer by the truckload these days, we're thrilled Noodle and Boo has made one we can feel good about using on little ones who cram their hands in their mouths 24/7. Not only does it kill 99.9% of germs, but it also leaves hands moisturized as well.


Plan Toys natural wooden blocks set

Plan Toys natural wooden blocks set

A toy box isn't complete without a set of blocks—and this set is one of our new favorites. The sustainable, re-purposed wood is eco-friendly, comes at a relatively affordable price point and are certain to last well beyond multiple kids, hand-me-downs and even generations.


Noodle and Boo family fun pack cleansing set

Noodle and Boo family fun pack cleansing set

Because their products were developed for delicate and eczema-prone skin, Noodle and Boo's full line of skin care has become a favorite among those with sensitive skin of all ages. This set is the perfect way to pamper the entire family.


Mushie kids' round dinnerware bowl set

Mushie kids' round dinnerware bowl set

No need to sacrifice safety or design with the sustainable dinnerware from Mushie. Their minimalist, functional dishes are perfect for serving up meals and snacks to your tablemates who might hurl it to the floor at any point. They're made in Denmark from BPA-free polypropylene plastic mamas can feel good about and dishwasher and microwave-safe as well.


Plan Toys geo stacking blocks

Plan Toys geo stacking blocks

The best engaging, open-ended toys are the ones that are left out and available, inviting little (and big!) ones to play. These beautiful gem-like blocks make for addicting coffee table play for the entire family.


Plan Toys wooden green dollhouse

Plan Toys wooden green dollhouse

Energy-efficient design isn't just for grown-up real estate. This green dollhouse includes a wind turbine, a solar cell panel, electric inverter, recycling bins, a rain barrel, a biofacade and a blind that can adjust the amount of sunlight and air circulation along with minimalist furniture we'd totally love to have in our own houses.


We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.


5 brilliant products that encourage toddler independence

Help your little one help themselves.

One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

So, instead of challenging your toddler's desire for autonomy, we found five of our favorite products to help encourage independence—and eliminate frustration in the process.

EKOBO Bamboo 4-piece kid set

EKOBO bamboo 4-piece kid set

This colorful set includes a plate, cup, bowl and spoon and is just right for your child's meal experience. Keep them in an easy-to-reach cabinet so they'll feel encouraged (and excited!) to get their own place setting each time they eat.


Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Before you know it, your little one will be asking (okay, maybe demanding) to fill their own water cups. This amazing 4-pack of cups attaches directly to the fridge (or any glass, metal, tile or fiberglass surface) making it easier for your child to grab a cup themselves. Just be sure a water pitcher or dispenser is nearby, and—boom!—one task off your plate.


Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

These beautiful blocks, made from sustainably-sourced wood and water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paint, will keep your little one focused on their creation while they're also busy working on their fine-motor skills. The puzzle design will encourage patience as your kiddo creates their own building, fitting one block in after the next.


Lorena Canals basket

Lorena Canals Basket

This *gorgeous* braided cotton basket is the perfect, accessible home for their blocks (and whatever else you want to hide away!) so your kiddo can grab them (and clean them up) whenever their heart desires.


BABYBJÖRN step stool

BABYBJ\u00d6RN Step Stool

Your kiddo might be ready to take on the world, but they might need an extra boost to do so—cue, a step stool! An easy-to-move lightweight stool is the must-have confidence-boosting tool you need in your home so your growing tot can reach, well... the world.


We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.


Sen. Kamala Harris is Joe Biden's VP: What this means for mothers

Harris is making history as the first Black and South Asian woman to join a major party ticket.

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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.]

On Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, picked California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate and vice-presidential nominee. This is huge news for mothers in the United States because Harris has been pushing for change on several issues that matter so much to moms.

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