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You're proud, you're excited, and you can't believe your baby is this grown up. It's totally natural to feel a mix of emotions on your child's first day of school.

We're right in the thick of back-to-school season, and first day photos are flooding our social media feeds. If you captioned your photos with #bittersweet sentiments, you're in good company.

These celebrity parents were pretty torn about the big transition to school, too, as their Instagram posts illustrate.

Chrissy Teigen

Okay, so technically Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's daughter Luna had her first day of preschool last year, but her second year pic this September was just too cute. Luna's chalkboard sign lists all her favourite things and that she wants to "do nails" when she grows up.

It looks like Luna wrote her own name on the bottom of the board and we are pretty impressed with her penmanship.

This is one 3-year-old who is going to rock preschool!

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad's son Liam is only 2, but he is getting his early childhood education on this year in nursery school.

Liam's first day was obviously an emotional one for his mama, who is expecting his first sibling soon.

"I'm too pregnant to handle this 😭," Conrad captioned her photo.

Daphne Oz

Daphne Oz recently welcomed her fourth child and has now sent her two oldest off to school.

"just a coupla grownups, here about the first day of school! Philo is in kindergarten and John is in preschool 3s and I can't believe it 😭🥰" she captioned a couple of Instagram photos. These kids are too cute.

"So proud of these kiddos! 😍😭😭" their grandfather, TV's Dr. Oz noted in Daphne's comments.

Whitney Port

Whitney Port's son Sonny is looking super cute for his first day of a cool preschool program.

"I actually didn't cry, is that crazy?! He started something called PORTABLE CLASSROOM two days a week. It's essentially a toddler transition class," Port captioned his first day pic on Instagram.

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

Snooki's two oldest babies, Giovanna and Lorenzo, were off to Kindergarten and first grade this year.

"Mommy is crying," Snooki noted on Instagram, adding that she's also cheering to be "free till 3".

She not totally free, as she's still got her 3-month-old, Angelo, at home but we all know it is way easier to run errands with one 3-month-old than with a couple of school-age kids.

Congrats to Giovanna and Lorenzo!

Jenni "J Woww" Farley

Snooki's colleague Jenni "J Woww" Farley also marked a first day this week with her daughter Meilani.

"My baby girl @meilanimathews first day of school. We were out late yesterday celebrating her milestone at six flags… and even with limited sleep, she got up, took a tubby, dressed herself," the proud mama notes in her Instagram caption.

She continued: "I love you Mommy. Thank you so much for picking out that pretty dress but I'm 5 now. I can pick my own outfits now…' Lorddddd I am not ready for how grown up she is 😫😫😫"

Neither are we!

Emily Maynard Johnson 

Emily Maynard Johnson of Bachelor fame had the perfect caption for this photo of her triplet boys' first day of school.

"and just like that, I can walk around target alone," she wrote.

🤣🤣🤣

Have a good time at Target, Emily! You deserve some mama time.

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer had to trust her husband Mike Caussin with the photo-taking duties for daughter Jolie's first day of pre-K and while he didn't take it quite like she would have, Kramer was happy to have a photo for her photo albums and the 'gram.

"When I asked Mike to take a pic of Jolie on her first day of school I was hoping for the shot outside the front door with a really cute sign (which I told him to please do) and I truly would have LOVED her hair brushed but I guess this will have to do. Hahaha."

She did thank Mike (who might also need to clean his camera lens).

Kandi Burruss 

Real Housewives star Kandi Burruss got the ideal picture (exactly what Kramer described above) before dropping her son Ace Wells Tucker off for his first day of preschool.

"Happy first day of school @acewellstucker! Much love to all the parents who were up early dropping their kids to school," she wrote on Instagram.

 Kristen Bell + Dax Shepard

Last year when Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard sent their oldest, 5-year-old daughter Lincoln, off to kindergarten, they marked the occasion with this sweet Instagram post.

The emotional toll of this big transition caught Bell off-guard. Earlier in 2018 she told E! News she felt great about Lincoln's transition to Kindergarten. "I mean, it has nothing to do with me, I'm just sort of here for her, and I've shown her the school," she said.

But then, when preschool graduation arrived, the tears arrived, too.

When the time came for Bell and Shepard to walk Lincoln into kindergarten, it was Shepard who was in tears, as was captured in the second image in his wife's Instagram post.

First days are emotional for dads, too.

 Tamera Mowry

Tamera Mowry tried her best to hold back the tears as her 5-year-old son, Aden, started school last year, While mama had tears in her eyes, Aden's were full of excitement, Mowry noted in her Instagram post.

"He was so pumped for his first day," Aden's dad, Mowry's husband Adam Housley wrote on his own Instagram account.

"Mommy cried, sister got a hug and he surprised me with a kiss on the forehead. Insane how time flies. So excited for this kid," the proud dad captioned another sweet first day pic.

Ayesha Curry

Ayesha and Steph Curry recently welcomed a new baby into the family in 2018, but that same year their first baby celebrated some major milestones, too.

Little Riley was off to first grade, and she couldn't look more adorable in her first day photo.

We totally approve of Curry's use of both the crying emojis and the heart eyes emoji. This picture definitely needed both.

 Nicole + Michael Phelps

Last year there were no tears at all in the caption of Boomer Phelps' (son of Olympian Michael Phelps and publicly pumping mama Nicole Phelps) first day of school pic, perhaps because the pic came from the toddler's own Instagram account and not from his mama's. It's unlikely that he typed those three exclamation points himself, but mom (or dad) sure captured the excitement in that smile.

First days of school may make us mamas a bit emotional (our babies are growing up!) but they sure are an incredible experience for our children. Crying emojis are totally appropriate, but so is this one: 🎉.

[A version of this post was originally published August 23, 2018. It has been updated.]

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There are few kids television shows as successful as PAW Patrol. The Spin Masters series has spawned countless toys and clothing deals, a live show and now, a movie.

That's right mama, PAW Patrol is coming to the big screen in 2021.

The big-screen version of PAW Patrol will be made with Nickelodeon Movies and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

"We are thrilled to partner with Paramount and Nickelodeon to bring the PAW Patrol franchise, and the characters that children love, to the big screen," Spin Master Entertainment's Executive Vice President, Jennifer Dodge, announced Friday.

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"This first foray into the arena of feature film marks a significant strategic expansion for Spin Master Entertainment and our properties. This demonstrates our commitment to harnessing our own internal entertainment production teams to develop and deliver IP in a motion picture format and allows us to connect our characters to fans through shared theatrical experiences," Dodge says.

No word on the plot yet, but we're gonna bet there's a problem, 'round Aventure Bay, and Ryder and his team of pups will come and save the day.

We cannot even imagine how excited little PAW Patrol fans will be when this hits theatres in 2021. It's still too early to buy advance tickets but we would if we could!

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Chrissy Teigen is one of the most famous moms in the world and definitely one of the most famous moms on social media.

She's the Queen of Twitter and at least the Duchess of Instagram but with a massive following comes a massive dose of mom-shame, and Teigen admits the online comments criticizing her parenting affects her.

"It's pretty much everything," Teigen told Today, noting that the bulk of the criticism falls into three categories: How she feeds her kids, how she uses her car seats and screen time.

"Any time I post a picture of them holding ribs or eating sausage, I get a lot of criticism," she explained. "Vegans and vegetarians are mad and feel that we're forcing meat upon them at a young age. They freak out."

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Teigen continues: "If they get a glimpse of the car seat there is a lot of buckle talk. Maybe for one half of a second, the strap slipped down. And TV is another big one. We have TV on a lot in my house. John and I work on television; we love watching television."

Teigen wants the shame to stop, not just for herself but for all the other moms who feel it. (And we agree.)

"Hearing that nine out of 10 moms don't feel like they're doing a good enough job is terrible," she said. "We're all so worried that we're not doing all that we can, when we really are."

The inspiration for Teigen talking publicly about mom-shame may be in part because of her participation in Pampers' "Share the Love" campaign. But even though Teigen's discussion coincides with this campaign, the message remains equally important. Advertising can be a powerful tool for shifting the way society thinks about what's "normal" and we would much rather see companies speaking out against mom-shame than inducing it to sell more stuff.

Calling out mom-shame in our culture is worth doing in our lives, our communities and yes, our diaper commercials. Thank you Chrissy (and thank you, Pampers).

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Gabrielle Union + Dwyane Wade have been blended family goals, an inspiration to those struggling with infertility and now they are an inspiration to parents of trans kids and supporters of trans rights.

Earlier this month Wade appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and spoke about his 12-year-old daughter Zaya coming out as transgender and Union posted a beautiful video + caption to Instagram, inviting fans to "meet Zaya."

This week Wade appeared on Good Morning America, explaining that Zaya has known she was transgender since she was 3 years old.

"Zaya has known it for nine years," the proud dad said on GMA, adding that he credits Zaya (who was assigned as male at birth) with educating him and helping him grow.

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"I knew early on that I had to check myself... I've been a person in the locker room that has been a part of the conversation that has said the wrong phrases and the wrong words myself," he told GMA's Robin Roberts. "My daughter was my first interaction when it comes to having to deal with this conversation...Hopefully I'm dealing with it the right way... Inside our home we see the smile on my daughter's face, we see the confidence that she's able to walk around and be herself and that's when you know you're doing right."

It sure seems like Wade and Union have been doing it right. When Union posted a video to Instagram earlier this month introducing Zaya it was clear the tween's dad and step-mom have her back.

In the video Zaya is riding in a golf cart with her dad and dropping wisdom. She says: "Just be true to yourself, because what's the point of even living on this earth if you're going to try to be someone you're not?...Be true and don't really care what the 'stereotypical' way of being you is."

Union was so impressed by her step-daughter, captioning the video: "She's compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her. It's Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people."

Later in the week Union addressed criticism of Zaya's transition on Twitter, writing: "This has been a journey. We're still humbly learning but we decided quickly w/ our family that we wouldn't be led by fear. We refuse to sacrifice the freedom to live authentically becuz we are afraid of what ppl might say. U have the ability to learn & evolve."

Zaya's big brother is also on her side. Newly 18-year-old Zaire posted the cutest throwback pic from when he and Zaya were just little kids, noting how the siblings were and are best friends.

"Man, I remember bugging my mom as a kid telling her I wanted a brother so bad. I was the only child looking for company and someone to look after and take care of," Zaire began his caption. "I have been blessed to have my best friend, Zaya with me for 12 years. We did everything together … we fought, we played, we laughed and we cried. But the one thing we never did was leave each other behind."

Zaire continued: "I've told you that I would lay my life down to make sure you are ten toes down and happy on this earth," he told his younger sibling. "I don't care what they think Z, you are my best friend and I love you kid, and if it means anything, just know there's no love lost on this side ✊🏾"

We are so impressed and inspired by the love Zaya's family is showing her (and other kids by sharing this story publicly). You've got this Zaya!

[A version of this story was posted February 12, 2020. It has been updated.]

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Back in August the the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Contigo announced the recall of millions of Contigo Kids Cleanable water bottles—about 5.7 million of them.

Now, the CPSC and Contigo are recalling millions of water bottles and the replacement lids that were given to consumers as part of the August 2019 recall.

"Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles and the replacement lids provided in the previous recall, take them away from children, and contact Contigo for a free water bottle. Consumers who received replacement lids in the previous recall should contact Contigo for the new water bottle," the CPSC states.

Millions of Contigo Kids Cleanable water bottles were originally recalled after it became clear the silicone spout could pose a choking hazard.

"Contigo identified that the water bottle's clear silicone spout in some cases may detach from the lid of the water bottle," Contigo stated in a notice posted to its Facebook page back in August.

According to the CPSC, "Contigo [had] received 149 reports of the spout detaching including 18 spouts found in children's mouths" before the original recall.

Now, the CPSC reports "Contigo has received a total of 427 reports of the spout detaching including 27 spouts found in children's mouths."

All of the recalled water bottles have a black color spout base and spout cover.

This week Contigo expanded the recall. The original date range was for Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottle from April 2018 through June 2019. Now it is for bottles purchased through February 2020, and all the replacement lids.

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Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask features an easy-to-drink (and clean) top, a silicone bottom that won't scratch your furniture.

Motherly has tested these with a two-year-old and an eight-year-old and found these bottles are perfect for Pre-K to elementary school.

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CamelBak

The CamelBak is a big hit with little kids as it is easy to maneuver and it's a big hit with moms because it is easy to clean in the top rack of the dishwasher. CamelBak Eddy 12 oz Kids Vacuum Stainless Water Bottle

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Skip Hop

The designs on the Skip Hop stainless steel bottle keep kids happy and the silicone sleeve keeps the bottle from falling out of little hands! Bonus points for a flexible straw that is easy to clean!

$17.99


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{A version of this story was originally posted August 27, 2019. It has been updated.]

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