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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!

New Year, New Bump Sweepstakes

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


$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.

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Pop quiz, mama! How many different types of car seats are there? If you guessed three, you're partially correct. The three main types are rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, and booster seats. But then there are a variety of styles as well: infant car seats, convertible seats, all-in-one seats, high-back booster seats, and backless boosters. If you're not totally overwhelmed yet, keep reading, we promise there's good stuff ahead.

There's no arguing that, in the scheme of your baby and child gear buying lifetime, purchasing a car seat is a big deal! Luckily, Walmart.com has everything you need to travel safely with your most precious cargo in the backseat. And right now, you can save big on top-rated car seats and boosters during Best of Baby Month, happening now through September 30 at Walmart.com.

As if that wasn't enough, Walmart will even take the carseat your kiddos have outgrown off your hands for you (and hook you up with a sweet perk, too). Between September 16 and 21, Walmart is partnering with TerraCycle to recycle used car seats. When you bring in an expired car seat or one your child no longer fits into to a participating Walmart store during the trade-in event, you'll receive a $30 gift card to spend on your little one in person or online. Put the money towards a brand new car seat or booster or other baby essentials on your list. To find a participating store check here: www.walmart.com/aboutbestofbabymonth

Ready to shop, mama? Here are the 9 best car seat deals happening this month.

Safety 1st Grow and Go Spring 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat


From rear-facing car seat to belt-positioning booster, Grow and Go Sprint's got you covered through childhood. Whether you choose the grey Silver Lake, Seafarer or pink Camelia color palette, you'll love how this model grows with your little one — not to mention how easy it is to clean. The machine-washable seat pad can be removed without fussing with the harness, and the dual cup holders for snacks and drinks can go straight into the dishwasher.

Price: $134 (regularly $149)


Baby Trend Hybrid Plus 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat in Bermuda


When your toddler is ready to face forward, this versatile car seat can be used as a five-point harness booster, a high-back booster, and a backless booster. Padded armrests, harness straps, and seat cushions provide a comfy ride, and the neutral gray seat pads reverse to turquoise for a stylish new look.

Price: $72.00 (regularly $81)


Baby Trend Hybrid Plus 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat in Olivia


Looking for something snazzy, mama? This black and hot pink car seat features a playful heart print on its reversible seat pad and soft harness straps. Best of all, with its 100-pound weight limit and three booster configurations, your big kid will get years of use out of this fashionable design.

Price: $72.00 (regularly $81)


Evenflo Triumph LX Convertible Car Seat


This rear- and forward-facing car seat keeps kids safer, longer with an adjustable five-point harness that can accommodate children up to 65 lbs. To tighten the harness, simply twist the conveniently placed side knobs; the Infinite Slide Harness ensures an accurate fit every time. As for style, we're big fans of the cozy quilted design, which comes in two colorways: grey and magenta or grey and turquoise.

Price: $116 (regularly $149.99)


Disney Baby Light 'n Comfy 22 Luxe Infant Car Seat


Outfitted with an adorable pink-and-white polka dot Minnie Mouse infant insert, even the tiniest of travelers — as small as four pounds! — can journey comfortably and safely. This rear-facing design is lightweight, too; weighing less than 15 lbs, you can easily carry it in the crook of your arm when your hands are full (because chances are they will be).

Price: $67.49 (regularly $89.99)


Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat


We know it's hard to imagine your tiny newborn will ever hit 100 lbs, but one day it'll happen. And when it does, you'll appreciate not having to buy a new car seat if you start with this 4-in-1 design! Designed to fit kids up to 120 lbs, it transforms four ways, from a rear-facing car seat to a backless belt-positioning booster. With a 6-position recline and a one-hand adjust system for the harness and headrest, you can easily find the perfect fit for your growing child.

Price: $199.99 (regularly $269.99)


Graco SlimFit All-in-One Convertible Car Seat


With its unique space-saving design, this 3-in-1 car seat provides 10% more back seat space simply by rotating the dual cup holders. The InRight LATCH system makes installation quick and easy, and whether you're using it as a rear-facing car seat, a forward-facing car seat, or a belt-positioning booster, you can feel confident that your child's safe and comfortable thanks to Graco's Simply Safe Adjust Harness System.

Price: $149.99 (regularly $229.99)


Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Platinum XT Infant Car Seat


Making sure your infant car seat is secure can be tricky, but Graco makes it easy with its one-second LATCH attachment and hassle-free three-step installation using SnugLock technology. In addition to its safety features, what we really love about this rear-facing seat are all of the conveniences, including the ability to create a complete travel system with Click Connect Strollers and a Silent Shade Canopy that expands without waking up your sleeping passenger.

Price: $169.99 (regularly $249.99)


Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite Infant Car Seat


With just one click, you can know whether this rear-facing car seat has been installed properly. Then adjust the base four different ways and use the bubble level indicator to find the proper position. When you're out and about, the rotating canopy with window panel will keep baby protected from the sun while allowing you to keep your eye on him.

Price: $129.99 (regularly $219.99)


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If I ever want to look alive before dropping my son off to school, there are two things I must put on before leaving the house: eyeliner and mascara. When using eyeliner, I typically use black liner on my top lid, a slightly lighter brown for my bottom lid, and then a nude liner for my water line. It works every time.

My mascara routine is a bit different. Because my natural lashes are thin and not the longest, I always opt for the darkest black I can find, and one that's lengthening and volumizing. For this reason, I was immediately drawn to It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara. The new mascara is developed in partnership with Drybar (the blow dry bar that specializes in just blowouts) and promises to deliver bold and voluminous lashes all day long. I was sold.

Could this really be the blowout my lashes have been waiting for? It turns out, it was much better than most volumizing formulas I've tried.

For starters, the wand is a great size—it's not too big or small, and it's easy to grip—just like my favorite Drybar round brush. As for the formula, it's super light and infused with biotin which helps lashes look stronger and healthier. I also love that it's buildable, and I didn't notice any clumps or flakes between coats.

The real test is that my lashes still looked great at dinnertime. I didn't have smudges or the dreaded raccoon eyes I always get after a long day at work. Surprisingly, the mascara actually stayed in place. To be fair, I haven't compared them with lash-extensions (which are my new go-to since having baby number two), but I'm sure it will hold up nicely.

Overall, I was very impressed with the level of length and fullness this mascara delivered. Indeed, this is the eyelash blowout my lashes have been waiting for. While it won't give you a few extra hours in bed, you'll at least look a little more awake, mama.

It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara

It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara

Here's how I apply IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara:

  1. Starting as close to lash line as possible (and looking down), align the brush against your top lashes. Gradually turn upwards, then wiggle the wand back and forth up and down your eyelashes.
  2. Repeat, if needed. Tip: Be sure to allow the mascara to dry between each coat.
  3. Using the same technique, apply mascara to your bottom lashes, brushing the wand down your eyelashes.
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Having children isn't always as easy as it looks on Instagram. There's so much more to motherhood than serene baby snuggles and matching outfits. But there's a reason we've fallen so deeply in love with motherhood: It's the most beautiful, chaotic ride.

Every single day, we sit back and wonder how something so hard can feel so rewarding. And Eva Mendes just managed to nail the reality of that with one quote.

Eva, who is a mama to daughters Esmerelda and Amada with Ryan Gosling, got real about the messy magic of motherhood in a recent interview.

"It's so fun and beautiful and maddening," the actress tells Access Daily. "It's so hard, of course. But it's like that feeling of…you end your day, you put them to bed and Ryan and I kind of look at each other like, 'We did it, we did it. We came out relatively unscathed.'"


Eva Mendes Admits Parenting Two Girls With Ryan Gosling Is 'Fun, Beautiful And Maddening' www.youtube.com

And just like that, moms all over the world feel seen. We've all been there: Struggling to get through the day (which, for the record is often every bit as fun as it is challenging), only to put those babies to sleep and collapse on the couch in sheer exhaustion. But, after you've caught your breath, you realize just how strong and capable you really are.

One thing Eva learned the hard way? That sleep regressions are very, very real...and they don't just come to an end after your baby's first few months. "I guess they go through a sleep regression, which nobody told me about until I looked it up," she says "I was like, 'Why isn't my 3-year-old sleeping?'"

But, at the end of the day, Eva loves her life as a mom—and the fact that she took a break from her Hollywood career to devote her days to raising her girls. "I'm so thankful I have the opportunity to be home with them," she says.

Thank you for keeping it real, Eva! Momming isn't easy, but it sure is worth it.

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My labor and delivery was short and sweet. I started feeling contractions on Monday morning and by Tuesday night at 8:56 pm my handsome baby boy was born. Only 30 minutes of pushing. Afterward, I was still out of it, to be honest. I held him and did some skin to skin and handed him off to my husband, my mother held him next.

When he was in my mother's arms, I knew he was safe. I started to drift off, the epidural had me feeling drowsy and I had used up all my strength to push this 7 lb baby out. My son's eyes were open and then I guess he went to sleep too. My mother swayed him back and forth. The nurses were in and out, cleaning me up and checking in on us.


When yet another nurse came in, my mom said to her, "He wasn't latching because he wanted to sleep."

The nurse yelled, "He's not sleeping!"

The next 25 minutes happened in slow motion for me.

After the nurse said these words, she flung my son onto the little baby bed. I looked over and he looked a little blue. Then I heard the loud words of CODE PINK. In matters of seconds about 30 nursing staff descended into my room and crowded around my baby.

I couldn't even see what was happening. I tried to get out the bed but they wouldn't let me and after a couple of failed attempts one of the nurses look at me and said, "He's fine, he's breathing now."

Breathing now? He wasn't breathing before? Again, I tried to push my way to my baby, but once again I was told to not move. They had just performed CPR on my 30-minute old newborn and I couldn't understand what was happening even after a pediatrician tried to explain it to me.

I just started crying. He was fine in my stomach for 39 weeks and 6 days and now I bring him into this world and his heart nearly stops?

I was told he needed to go to the neonatal intensive care unit. I was confused, as I thought the NICU was only for preemies and my son was full term.

After what felt like an eternity we were finally allowed to see our son. My husband wheeled me there and we saw him in the corner alone. I saw the incubator and the wires, he's all bundled up.

The nurse explained all the beeping and showed me the heart rate monitor. He's doing fine. We go over the feeding schedule. I'm exhausted still. I stay with him until about 1 or 2 am. They all suggest I get some sleep. There's no bed in the NICU, so I head back to my room.

The next day was better, he doesn't have to be in the incubator anymore, but the wires remain. By that night or early the next morning, the wires in his nose come out and I try feeding him. I try pumping. It was painful.

He gets his first bath and he loves it. The nurse shampoos his hair (he had a lot!) and he seems so soothed. The nurse explains that because he's full term he doesn't need the same type of support in the NICU. She tells me my baby's strong and he'll be fine.

I look around. I see the other babies, the other moms. They could be there for weeks. And unlike me, the moms have to go home—without their baby.

Friday comes and by now he's done all his tests, blood work came back normal, all tubes have been removed and I get it. I get my going-home package. Finally. I get my instructions on doctor follow-ups and we finally get to go home.

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There have been a lot of iconic entertainment magazine covers featuring pregnant women over the years. Who can forget Demi Moore's bare baby bump on Vanity Fair or Britney Spears' similar nude pose on Harper's Bazaar?

Pregnant women on a magazine covers is nothing new, but a visibly pregnant CEO on the cover of a business magazine, that's a first and it happened this week.

Inc. just put The Wing's CEO Audrey Gelman on the cover and this is a historic moment in publishing and business.

As Gelman told Today this week, "You can't be what you can't see, so I think it's so important for women to see that it's possible to run a fast-growing business and also to start a family."



She continued: "It's so important to sort of burst that bubble and to have new images of women who are thriving and working professionally while balancing motherhood … My hope is that women see this and again feel the confidence to take greater professional risks while also not shelving their dreams of becoming a mother and starting a family."

The Wing started in 2016 as a co-working space for women and has grown rapidly. As Inc. reports, The Wing has eight locations in the U.S. with plans for more American and international locations by 2020.

Putting Gelman on the cover was an important move by Inc. and Gelman's honesty about her early pregnancy panic ("I can't be pregnant. I have so much to do." she recalls thinking after her pregnancy test) should be applauded.

Gelman says pregnancy made her slow down physically, and that it was actually good for her company: "I had this realization: The way to make my team and my employees feel proud to work for me and for the company was actually not to pretend to be superhuman or totally unaffected by pregnancy."

We need this. We need CEOs to admit that they are human so that corporate leadership can see employees as humans, too. Humans need things like family leave and flexibility, especially when they start raising little humans.

There are a lot of iconic covers featuring pregnant women, but this one is different. She's wearing clothes and she's changing work culture.

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