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New Year, New Bump Sweepstakes

Get ready to have the best year ever—here’s $4k in prizes for your 2017 bundle of joy ✨

New Year, New Bump Sweepstakes

As soon as you got that 2017 due date, you knew this was going to be the best. year. ever.

And while you're already getting the greatest gift (from yourself—go you!), there are a few things we want you to have to make welcoming your little bundle even better.

Our NEW YEAR, NEW BUMP SWEEPSTAKES will help you round out that nursery and treat yourself—because, trust us mama, after nine months, you're going to need a little treating. Enter now to win over $4,000 in new mama goodies from some of our favorite brands like BOB Gear, Ergobaby, Babyganics, and more!

Get ready to have the best year ever—here’s $4k in prizes for your 2017 bundle of joy

New Year, New Bump Sweepstakes

WHAT YOU'LL WIN

$500 Gift Card to DockATot

A little lounging never looked so good. DockATot is designed to offer a safe, soothing environment for babies to sleep, play, and relax with 100% breathable (and machine-washable!) fabrics and a seriously safety-tested design. Use this $500 gift card to get a Dock and a few snappy covers, or get a Dock for each room for even more convenient vegging out.

Babyganics New Mom Bundle

Everyone loves a clean home and a clean baby. But a clean and safe home and baby? That's a million times better. Enter our sweeps for the chance to win a new mom bundle from Babyganics featuring skin-sensitive detergent, dryer balls, all-purpose wipes, dish soap, baby wipes, shampoo, eczema cream, bubble bath, and daily lotion. Your little babe has never looked so fresh.

BÉABA Babycook

Get ready to blend (and steam!) nutritious meals for your little bub with a brand new Babycook from BÉABA. Perfect for introducing your baby to her first solid foods, the Babycook can cook and puree fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish for a wholesome meal in minutes.

Bebe au Lait Nursing Pillow & Nursing Essentials Set

You're going to spend hours nursing your baby in the next few months—here's a little something to make the experiences more luxurious. The Bebe Au Lait nursing pillow features an open shape designed to fit all moms and props your baby to the optimal height for a better latch. The Nursing Essentials kit features a cover with patented Rigiflex neckline for better ventilation and eye contact and three burp cloths for wiping up messes. (And, trust us, there will be messes.)

BOB Revolution Flex Stroller

Having a baby doesn't have to put a cramp in your running routine. The BOB Revolution Flex Stroller is the ultimate road machine, designed to handle whatever the terrain can throw at you. Let the swiveling front wheel help you navigate busy sidewalks, while the adjustable handle can be raised or lowered to fit any height parent. Hit the road, mama.

$250 BURU Gift Card + Personal Styling

You are so not about the mommy frump. Frustrated with the lack of stylish nursing and maternity fashion available, BURU's founder set out to create a line that would satisfy the needs of every mama during all stages of motherhood. Enter to win a $250 gift card + a personal styling session—you're going to look so good.

Ergobaby Adapt Carrier and Sleeping Bag + Swaddler

Getting out of the house with a new baby is tough. This will make it MUCH easier. The Ergobaby Adapt Carrier adjusts for three different carrying styles (front, hip, and back) and is suitable from 7-45 pounds, even without an infant insert. And just in case you're not an expert swaddler (it's so much harder than those nurses make it look!), you'll also get a sleeping bag + swaddler for more peaceful bedtimes.

Expectful One Year Membership

Research has shown that mental well being during and after pregnancy has a positive effect on your baby. That's the idea that inspired Expectful, a trimester-specific series of guided meditations and curated communities designed to help expectant and new moms slow down and take a more mindful approach to their mental health. From posture guides to couples meditation, use your one-year free membership to get everyone a little more centered.

$250 Finn + Emma Gift Card

When celeb moms like Kristen Bell and Olivia Wilde are counted among your customers, you know you're doing something right. Finn + Emma creates clothing, toys, and accessories from organic, sustainable materials, all designed with a fresh approach to pattern and color. Meaning these toys might actually enhance your home's decor instead of clash with it. We're in love with their play gyms, but you can use your $250 gift card to buy whatever you please.

Fridababy Bitty Bundle of Joy and Feverfrida

No one wants to think about their baby getting sick, but when it happens, it's best to be prepared. The Fridababy Bitty Bundle of Joy features the award-winning NoseFrida SnotSucker, Windi the GassPasser, a NailFrida the SnipperClipper set, and a Fridet the MomWasher, plus a FeverFriday thermoniter to track any sudden temperature spikes. The cold and flue season's got nothing on you.

Kinsa $150 Gift Card

Kinsa is so much more than just a thermometer. This savvy device syncs with your smart phone to help you track your baby's symptoms and offer real-time guidance on what to do next, so you'll know if you should reach for the Tylenol or head to the doctor's office.

Little Giraffe Shower Wower™ Chenille Gift Set

Warning: You are probably going to want to steal this chenille bath set from your newborn. (We won't tell.) The Shower Wower gift set comes with an ultra-plush blanket + blankie, two coordinating burp cloths, and a hooded towel. Bath time just got a major upgrade.

$250 Lorena Canals Rugs Gift Card

Wouldn't it be great if you could bundle up all of your baby's germs and stuff them in the washing machine? Well, we can't help you with every surface, but with Lorena Canals' machine-washable play rugs, you're halfway there. The eco-friendly, handmade rugs are crafted with natural dyes, so you can feel good about your newborn's tummy time.

Monica + Andy $250 Layette Bundle

Let's face it: It's so much easier to trust another mom when it comes to quality. That's why we're such huge fans of Monica + Andy, a clothing and blanket company founded by a real mom who knows good when she sees it. Use this bundle of goodies to create the perfect coming home outfit for your brand new baby.

Owlet Baby Monitor

It's hard enough to get enough sleep as a new mom—don't let worry rob you of a single second of shut-eye. The Owlet baby monitor is a sock that fits onto new baby's foot and tracks heart rate and oxygen levels while your baby sleeps. And get this: 83% of parents report that they slept better with that peace of mind too.

Project Nursery Monitor with Mini Monitor

Babies are proof that the best things come in tiny packages. Case in point: this Project Nursery baby monitor with a mini monitor perfect for carrying with you around the house (because we all know mamas don't stop working when their babies are sleeping). Get ready for your and your baby to rest easier.

Skip Hop Tuo Convertible Highchair and Grey Feather Duo Signature

"High chair" and "sleek" are rarely seen in the same sentence, but the new Tuo Convertible Highchair from Skip Hop is out to change that. The streamlined design converts quickly from full high chair to toddler chair with a wipe-clean seat you'll appreciate every time you use it. Plus, get a Duo Signature Grey Feather diaper bag so you can head out in style after breakfast.

Stowaway Collection $150 Credit

Ready to grow in style? Stowaway Collection's line of actually chic maternity wear that highlight's your new best accessory: that gorgeous bump. Get a $150 credit to spend on dresses, tops, and bottoms you'll love to wear during pregnancy and beyond.

Total prize value is $4,071.00. See sweepstakes rules for more information.

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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Halfway through a high-risk pregnancy complicated by placenta issues, Teigen announced late Wednesday that she has suffered a pregnancy loss.

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