“A grand adventure is about to begin." Thus spoke Winnie the Pooh. And girl, we promise you, that isn't the last time you'll be quoting children's cartoon characters in the years to come. (What's up, Paw Patrol? 🐶) It feels really good to take small, practical steps toward becoming a parent, like discussing 10 key questions with your partner, eating well to boost your fertility and getting your financial house in order. You responsible adult, you!
By this point, you can probably roll with whatever parenthood throws your way—whether that's changing diapers, powering through a long day after a sleepless night, or soothing a sick little one. Learning on the job like this isn't always easy, but we bet your teeny boss is giving you a winning performance review.
Around the 5-month mark, your baby is probably doing some rolling of their own, too! At this point, your baby is endlessly curious and naturally grabby, so make sure you're giving them a safe place to explore while you cheer them on from the sidelines.
Of course, cheerleading is just one of the many, many roles you play throughout the day. Your multitasking skills are pushed to the limit, but it's important to carve out time for yourself. And hopefully everyone in your house is now enjoying longer stretches of sleep, with the dreaded 4-month sleep regression a thing of the past.
As is always the case with parenthood, new challenges are around the corner. The good news? These products can get you prepared for them.
For some much-needed teething relief: Sophie la Girafe teether
Ouch. Teething isn't fun for babies—or their mamas. Luckily, teething toys do help provide relief for those tender gums. Build your supply so that something to chew on is always clean and handy.
For checking out that cute little baby: Baby Einstein floor mirror
You aren't the only one who can't take your eyes off your little cutie. Babies love checking themselves out, too! Mirror play allows your baby to study facial expressions, learn about interactions and begin to recognize their own reflection.
For banishing cradle cap: Fridababy cradle cap system
If your baby's scalp is looking a little reptilian, rest assured that cradle cap is a common issue. Thankfully, it's also conquerable with an easy three-step method to lather, loosen and lift away the flakes.
For organizing all the toys: Pillowfort stackable storage bins
It's amazing how quickly toys and gear can amass in your home! A collection of stylish storage bins makes "out of sight, out of mind" possible at the end of the day.
For safe sleep: Graco pack-n-play
Experts advise always putting your baby to sleep on a flat, firm surface. So, if your baby is getting snoozy when you aren't by the crib, a pack-n-play is a great, portal option. As a bonus, the space can pull double-duty as a playard when your baby is awake.
For skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom: Honest Beauty face cream
What about a little something for you, mama? Since your time is a precious commodity, having good skin can help streamline your getting ready routine. A good face cream does the miracle work of making your skin appear vibrant—even if you were up with a baby throughout the night.
A simple way to show off your pictures: Polaroid digital photo frame
There's no excuse to let your favorite photos languish on your phone's camera roll! A digital photo frame makes it so simple to see your favorite memories with baby over and over again.
For reclaiming your car: Brica trunk organizer and changing station
Your car is probably filling up with quite the assortment of baby gear. Rather than sacrifice your passenger seat to a stockpile of wipes and diapers, clear the clutter with a trunk organizer.
The hands-free assistant you always needed: Lenovo smart clock
The mental load of motherhood is real and we'll take all the backup we can get. Enter: this smart clock. Seriously, there is no going back after you discover all this incredible multitasker can do, like help you manage your schedule, check the weather and manage all your smart devices.
For keeping coffee hot: Ello Jane travel mug
If peacefully sitting and drinking your morning coffee feels like a distant memory, you can lessen the sting with a lidded mug that keeps your drink hot until you are actually able to take a sip. Mom win!
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