10 delicious Rosh Hashanah recipes for the whole family

Welcome in the Jewish New Year, mama!

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Let's face it—anything happening in the year 2020 is going to feel weird, especially when it comes to holidays with big meaning. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated from September 18th to September 20th, 2020—and it's going to be quite different than it normally is.

You may be opting to attend services virtually this year, or perhaps are skipping the big family gatherings you love. There is no doubt that that is going to be hard.

The good news is that with holidays like Rosh Hashanah, maintaining the traditions that are possible (even during a pandemic) will help the time to feel special and reminiscent of your fondest memories. And what is one of those oh-so-important Rosh Hashanah traditions? The food!

We know people have strong opinions about the traditional recipes of Rosh Hashanah: Are you on #TeamGefilteFish or #TeamNoThankYou? But one thing's for certain: The rich and beautiful traditions of Rosh Hashanah can never be taken away. So blow the shofar, light the candles and enjoy the celebrations. Shanah tovah!

Here are 10 delicious Rosh Hashanah recipes to help you celebrate the Jewish New Year.


Honey whole wheat challah

Serves: 2 small loaves or 1 large loaf

Total time: 8 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2-2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks + 1 tsp water + 1 tsp honey
  • Whole flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds (optional)
  • Thick sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1 tsp sugar and lukewarm water. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, until it becomes foamy on top.
  2. In a large bowl mix together 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, salt and sugar. After the water-yeast mixture has become foamy, add to flour mixture along with oil and honey, and mix well.
  3. Add another 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup regular flour and eggs, and mix until smooth. Switch to the dough hook attachment if you are using a stand mixer.
  4. Add another 1 1/2 to 2 cups of mixed flour, mixing thoroughly and then remove from bowl and place on a floured surface. Knead remaining 1/2 cup flour into dough, continuing to knead for around 10 minutes (or however long your hands will last).
  5. Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a damp towel. Allow to rise at least 4 hours, punching down at least once if possible.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Braid challah, and allow challah to rise another 90 minutes, or until you can see the size has grown and challah seems light. This step is very important to ensure a light and fluffy challah.
  7. In a small bowl beat 2 egg yolks with 1 tsp water and 1 tsp honey.
  8. Brush egg wash generously over challah. Sprinkle with seeds and thick sea salt if desired.
  9. If making one large challah, bake around 28 minutes; if making two smaller challahs, bake 24 to 26 minutes. When making round challot, make sure the middle has cooked through, which might require an extra 1 to 2 minutes baking time.

Recipe from The Nosher

Gefilte fish

Serves: 10-15

Total time: 4 hours

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 lb whitefish filets, coarsely ground (head, bones and tail reserved)
  • 1 lb yellow pike filets, coarsely ground (head, bones and tail reserved)
  • 1/2 lb carp filets, coarsely ground (head, bones and tail reserved)
  • 6 medium yellow onions, peeled
  • 8 medium-large carrots, peeled and trimmed
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups club soda
  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • 1 package of cheesecloth (9 square feet)
  • 3 packets of gelatin, optional (kosher options do exist)

Instructions

  1. Rinse the reserved fish trimmings (head, bones and tails) and place in the bottom of a fish poaching pot.
  2. Fill the pot to the halfway mark with water and bring to a boil over high heat, skimming any foam or impurities that rise to the surface. Note: Unless you have a special burner on your stove that will accommodate the poaching pot, set the pot across two burners to heat the pot evenly.
  3. Slice 2 of the onions into ½-inch thick rounds and lay on top of the fish trimmings. Place a rack inside the pot. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer while preparing the filling.
  4. Place the ground fish in a large mixing bowl. Coarsely chop the remaining four onions and place in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the onions 5 to 10 times until finely chopped, but not mushy. Add the onions to the ground fish. Coarsely chop four of the carrots and pulse in the food processor 5 to 10 times until finely chopped, but not mushy. Add the carrots to the bowl with the onions and fish and mix until evenly combined.
  5. Place the ground-fish mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. With the mixer on low, incorporate one egg at a time. Add salt, pepper and sugar. With the mixer still going, add club soda and matzo meal and mix until combined.
  6. Spread the cheesecloth, then fold it in half. Remove the cover of the pot and gently lay the cheesecloth over the opening so that there is about 1 to 2 inches of overlay around the edges of the pot.
  7. Using a large spoon or spatula, fill the cheesecloth evenly with the fish mixture (up to the top edge of the pot), being careful not to pack it down too tightly. Smooth the top of the mixture evenly with the back of your spoon, and tuck the edges of cheesecloth into the pot (you will need them again later to lift the loaf out of the pot). Essentially, you are creating a little cheesecloth hammock for the gefilte loaf to rest in and hold its shape while it cooks. Cover and lower heat to a gentle simmer.
  8. Cook for 1 hour, then lay the remaining whole carrots over the top of the gefilte loaf. Cover and let cook for an additional 1 1/2 - 2 hours. You may need to adjust the heat as it cooks to maintain a gentle simmer, so keep and eye on the heat while it cooks. The finished gefilte should be light in color, firm to the touch and the carrots should be cooked through.
  9. Remove the whole carrots from the top of the loaf and reserve for garnish. Carefully (and ideally with help from an extra set of hands), remove the loaf from the poaching pot by pulling up on the edges of the cheesecloth. Place the loaf, cheesecloth side down, on a large platter, plate or cutting board. Place another large platter over the top of the loaf and carefully invert so that you can easily remove the cheesecloth. Let cool, and then cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
  10. For serving: Slice the loaf into ½-inch slices and the carrots into ¼-inch rounds. Serve on a bed of iceberg lettuce, with a few sliced carrot rounds and a dollop of beet horseradish.

Recipe from Jewish Food Society

Apple honey bowl

Serves: 4

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 apples
  • 1 lemon's worth of juice juice
  • 1/2 cup honey

Instructions

  1. Remove the core of the apple and hollow out the sides, being careful not to cut through the sides or bottom.
  2. Rub lemon juice on the cut inside to keep it from turning brown.
  3. Fill the apple with honey and place it in the center of a plate. Surround your apple honey dish with lemon juice sprinkled apple slices for dipping.

Recipe from: Reform Judaism

Sweet kugel

Serves: 15

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raisins, craisins, dried chopped apricots or chopped drained pineapple
  • (optional)
  • 12 oz wide egg noodles
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 lb sour cream (2 cups)
  • 8 oz cottage cheese (1 cup)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened - OR farmer's cheese, crumbled (1 cup)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Cinnamon and sugar for dusting
  • Your favorite kugel topping (streusel, crushed graham crackers, cornflakes, etc.).
  • Nonstick cooking oil spray

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Cover the raisins with hot water and let them soak to plump while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles to the pot, bring to a boil and cook until tender (not overly soft), about 5 minutes. Drain and return the cooked noodles to the pot.
  3. In a food processor or blender, blend the eggs, sour cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sugar, melted butter and salt.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the cooked noodles in the pot and stir until well combined.
  5. Drain the raisins. Stir them into the noodles.
  6. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking oil. Pour the noodle mixture into the dish.
  7. Top the kugel by sprinkling generously with sugar and lightly with cinnamon. Alternatively, you can use your favorite kugel topping.
  8. Bake the kugel for about 60 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking, until the center of the kugel is set and the tips of the noodles turn golden brown. Remove from the oven.
  9. Let the kugel rest for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing. Kugel can be served warm or cold.

Recipe from Tori Avey

Chopped liver

Serves: 3 cups

Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken livers
  • 6 to 8 tbsp chicken schmaltz
  • 3 medium yellow onions (about 1 pound), 1 peeled but left whole with the root end intact, the rest finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large hard-boiled eggs, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cleaning the livers. Rinse each under cold running water. With a sharp knife, separate the two lobes. Cut away any visible fat, membrane or green patches on the livers. Place in a strainer to drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the schmaltz in a large 10 or 12-inch heavy pan. Add chopped onions and saute, over medium-high heat, until soft and translucent, 7 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add cleaned, drained livers and saute until cooked through 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Add salt and black pepper. Allow any liquid that the livers release to evaporate as they cook. Remove from the heat and cool.
  5. If using a wooden chopping bowl, transfer cooked livers and onions to it. Using a metal chopping blade, chop cooked livers into small diced pieces. Some of the livers will turn into mush, others will hold their shape. The goal is to attain a spreadable combination of small pieces and paste.
  6. If not using a chopping bowl, chop each liver by hand on a cutting board using a very sharp knife, and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  7. Add chopped eggs, mix well, and adjust the seasoning with additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Adding more schmaltz will smooth out the flavor of the liver and the texture. Use your judgment. The chopped liver can be made up to two days in advance and refrigerated at this point.
  8. On the day of serving, remove the liver from the refrigerator.
  9. Using a handheld box grater, grate the remaining onion into the liver, holding on to the root end to leverage. Mix well, taste and adjust the seasoning, which will have changed after sitting and chilling.

Recipe from Jamie Geller

Vegan chopped liver

Serves: 10-12

Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms (use white, baby bella, or cremini)
  • 3/4 cup roasted cashews (see note)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, or to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Sauté the onions slowly over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until nicely browned. Add the mushrooms and cook until they've wilted down.
  2. Combine the onions and mushrooms with the remaining ingredients in the container of a food processor. Process until smoothly pureed, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Serve at once with matzo, matzo crackers, or raw veggies. Or store in a tightly lidded container in the fridge until needed, and bring to room temperature before serving.

Recipe from VegKitchen

Sweet and sour brisket

Serves: 10

Total time: 11 hours

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds beef brisket
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Instructions

  1. Heat brisket in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook until browned on all sides.
  2. Stir in water, ketchup, vinegar, onions, garlic, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium-low.
  3. Continue simmering until tender, turning brisket occasionally, 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours and 30 minutes.
  4. Remove brisket and allow to cool before slicing the meat against the grain.
  5. Place brisket slices in a 9x13 inch baking pan or large platter and pour gravy on top. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove any excess fat and reheat before serving.

Recipe from All Recipes

Sweet + spicy roast chicken with carrots, dates + pistachios

Serves: 4-6

Total time: 1 Hour 15 minutes, plus 6 hours marinating time

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1 large lemon
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 6 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice, from 2 oranges
  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 6 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 pounds bone-in chicken pieces (thighs, drumsticks and breasts)
  • 3 cups 1/4-inch sliced carrots
  • 1 medium yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced dried dates
  • 2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley, for garnish
  • 2 scallions, light and dark green parts, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped salted pistachios, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Make the marinade: In a medium bowl whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, orange zest, orange juice, olive oil, mustard, honey, red pepper flakes, garlic, thyme and salt.
  2. Place the chicken, carrots, onions, and dates in a large sealable plastic bag. Add the marinade and seal shut. Massage to make sure everything is evenly coated with the marinade. Place the bag on a rimmed sheet pan to protect against leakage and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  4. Transfer all ingredients from the bag, including the marinade, to a rimmed sheet pan (do not line the pan with foil). Turn the chicken skin side up. Roast until chicken is lightly browned and cooked through, 40 to 45 minutes. About halfway through cooking, stir the carrots so that they don't burn around the edges of the pan.
  5. Turn on broiler (leave pan on middle rack), and cook 1 to 3 minutes more, or until skin is golden brown and crispy. Watch carefully: the honey in the marinade can cause the skin to burn quickly.
  6. Transfer the chicken, carrots, onions and dates onto a platter, along with the sauce in the pan. Sprinkle the parsley, scallions and pistachio nuts over top and serve.

Recipe from Once Upon a Chef

Roasted carrot and sweet potato tzimmes

Serves: 8-10

Total time: 1 1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 6–8 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 pounds carrots
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 pound shallots (about 8 large)
  • 1/2–3/4 pound dried plums or pitted prunes
  • 3–4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground white or black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Using a swivel-blade vegetable peeler, remove the zest in large strips from 2 of the oranges and the lemon. Be sure to press down only hard enough to capture the colored part of the skin, not the bitter white pith. Juice enough oranges to yield 2 1/2 cups juice. Reserve the lemon for another use.
  3. Peel the carrots and cut them crosswise into 2-inch chunks or lengthwise into 2-inch chunks (if carrots are very fat, first halve them lengthwise).
  4. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into large bite-size chunks. Peel and quarter the shallots lengthwise. Use kitchen scissors to snip the dried fruits in half.
  5. Use a roasting pan large enough to hold all the vegetables in more or less a single layer. Place carrots, sweet potatoes, shallots, dried fruit and lemon and orange zest in the pan. Toss with enough olive oil to coat evenly, season with salt and pepper, and pour the juice over it all.
  6. Roast the vegetables, turning them once or twice during cooking, until they are tender and are browned in places and most of the juice is absorbed, about 1¼ hours. If you want a saucier finished dish, add another ½ to 1 cup juice during the last 20 minutes of cooking. The juice should thicken slightly.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe from Amelia Saltsman

Arabic date and honey cake

Serves: 8

Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup salted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 8-10 whole, pitted dates

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease a 10-inch springform pan with butter.
  3. Beat together the eggs, sugars and vanilla until the mixture whitens in color. Drizzle in the melted butter and continue to mix well. Sift together the flour and baking powder, then add to the batter while stirring gently.
  4. Pour the batter into the spring-form pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. While it is in the oven, start preparing the topping. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugars, honey, almonds and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour the topping gently on the cake and return it to the oven for another 15 minutes.
  6. Let the cake cool, then release it from the spring-form pan and plate on a cake stand or serving platter.
  7. Line the edge of the cake with the dates. Serve with coffee.

Recipe from The Wanderlist Kitchen

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7 best humidifiers to help baby (and you!) breathe easier

From soothing illness to improving sleep it's a nursery must-have.

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Throughout the year (but during the cooler months, especially), the dry air in our homes can make things tough for little bodies. Colds and congestion amplify and as any parent knows, listening to a tiny person struggle to breathe is too painful to bear. And living through a pandemic where every sniffle puts you into a tailspin, it's good to know a bit about all the tools you have at your disposal: like a baby humidifier for your nursery.

Do babies need humidifiers?

From mitigating eczema and battling respiratory illness to simply helping baby sleep better, a humidifier is registry must-have. Moist air can help improve upper respiratory discomforts as well as soothe sore throats while they get some much-needed rest. Not to mention, the added moisture also benefits their sensitive skin and provides a dreamy ambiance for sleep.

What to look for in a humidifier

While there are a variety of types on the market, humidifiers generally fall into two categories: warm mist and cool mist. Warm mist is often pointed to as quieter and cleaner than cool mist, but from a safety perspective, cool mist is preferred when it's going to be used around curious toddlers who could be burned by steam or hot water.

Humidifiers can also be defined by the way the humidity is created. There are ultrasonic models which use high-frequency sound vibrations to transform water particles into a cool, hydrating mist and evaporative models which leverage fans to do the job. Again, both styles have their place, but know that ultrasonic humidifiers are generally filter-less, quiet and efficient but do come with a higher price tag. Also, without a filter, families with hard water often bemoan fine white dust on furniture and surfaces which is caused by the minerals being dispersed along with the mist. It's harmless but annoying. Evaporative machines pull water through a water-saturated filter that removes those impurities as it runs. Their drawback, however, is the energy they require to work along with being markedly noisier.

But no matter what kind of humidifier for baby you decide on, the care of the unit is most important. Keeping your humidifier clean is paramount as they can quickly become the stuff of nightmares. (If you've ever cut open a squirty bath toy, you know the moldy horror show that can live inside.) Most models require emptying daily along with regular cleanings and disinfection.

We've rounded up the best baby humidifiers on the market today which are easy to clean and best suited for use in nurseries. (But if you want to use them in every room, no one's going to stop you!)


Canopy x Lalo Humidifier + Aroma Diffuser

Canopy X Lalo humidifier

We love a good collab and could not be more thrilled about this one in particular. (I mean, how can you not be excited about "the world's cleanest humidifier" pairing up with one of the most stylish baby gear brands around?) The no-mist design puts out filtered, hydrated air to moisturize skin and soothe baby's breathing while the built-in diffuser fills the nursery with calming scents thanks to pure essential oil blends. Their proprietary technology which uses a paper-based filter and embedded UV lights make it the only anti-mold humidifier on the market—talk about breathing easier, right? Additionally, the unit is quite easy to clean and even dishwasher safe. (#Blessed)

Reviewers say: "I've gone through many humidifiers and many diffusers. This is the best of both worlds. As a humidifier, it's SO easy to clean! That's the biggest pain in the butt to me. And it's QUIET! Oh so quiet. Then there's the added benefit of being a diffuser except you don't put the essential oil IN the water. You drip it on a stone that sits right on top of the air holes so there's no oil to clean up. This product is amazing. Truly." –John H.

$150

Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

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A favorite among parents, Crane's entire collection of humidifiers is a top choice in nurseries and throughout the house. The classic Drop is available in a variety of fun colors as well as some adorable animal shapes that marry function and style. Powered by ultrasonic technology, their cool-mist humidifier is whisper-quiet (since it doesn't depend on a fan to get the job done) and filter-free, giving you one less thing to think about. (They do offer an optional demineralization filter if your water is too harsh.) The one-gallon tank allows it to run for over 24 hours in a room up to 500 square feet and is easy to adjust via a knob on the front. Auto-shutoff has your back when the tank runs out and the award-winning design's mist lid allows you to send the mist in any direction.

Worried about cleaning? Don't be. The detachable bottom fill tank is made with clean control anti-microbial material, reducing mold and bacteria growth by up to 99.96%. Daily emptying and once-a-week disinfecting with basic white vinegar keeps it in tip-top shape!

The only complaint is the nightlight which does not shut off or adjust. If your little one needs a super dark environment you can always wrap it with one of the six dozen burp cloths you have lying around!

Reviewers say: "I bought my first crane drop humidifier when I was pregnant with my first child. I couldn't have made a better choice! 6 years later I still have the original & its still working great. Since then, I have bought 2 more in different colors and one replacement tank (I dropped it in the tub after filling it & it cracked). The tank is just the right size to last all night...even on the highest setting...but not so heavy that I can't fill it myself. The motor is quiet....quiet enough not to wake a newborn. I really love this product. I don't think there is a better basic humidifier out there."–Hol709

$54.99

Fridababy 3-in-1 Humidifier

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How much do we love all things Frida? Since launching with the Nose Frida almost a decade ago, they've created an impressive portfolio of mom and baby products that solve some of the most intimate (and sometimes gross) parenting problems—including the 3-in-1 humidifier. With a design that functions as a nightlight and diffuser in addition to its prowess as a humidifier, it uses the power of ultrasonic vibration to keep babies comfortable in spaces up to 320 square feet. For parents who don't have the space or just hesitate to take up real estate with a giant hissing machine, this one is more compact than most (and almost totally silent!) The unit will run for 12 hours with an auto-shutoff when the tank is empty and a mist adjuster to customize output. The nightlight offers a range of soothing colors and the ability to turn it off altogether while the diffuser feature allows you to add the brand's vapor drops or any aromatherapy-grade essential oils. Next stop, Dreamland!

Reviewers say: "Fridababy always comes up with the most creative and useful products. The 3-in-1 humidifier, diffuser, nightlight is no exception. I love that I only need to use one appliance as my humidifier, diffuser and nightlight. It runs quietly, it's easy to clean, the diffuser works great and it's competitively priced. This will be my go-to baby shower gift.
It's an absolutely phenomenal product!"–Nowienono

$49.99

Vicks Filter-Free Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Vicks Filter-Free Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

With no filter to replace and a powerful 1.2-gallon tank that can run for 30 hours, this hassle-free humidifier can soothe the entire family—not just baby! It's great for year-round moisturizing but really shines during cold and flu seasons with the addition of Vicks' VapoPads which fill the air with congestion-relieving magic. The wide tank opening and lack of nooks and crannies make it a cinch to clean which is also a huge plus in our book. ​

Reviewers say: "We got this for our baby who was sick with a stuffy nose. Previous Starlight one was very hard to keep clean and filled the room with a white fog. This one doesn't do that. You can see the mist coming out and helped with the stuffy nose and the dryness from running the heater during cold months. It's not as loud as I expected based on other reviews. Almost soothing. My 3-year-old kept turning it on without us knowing and it would run all day. The tank does last a few days when ran continuously. Of the 4 different ones we've owned this is my favorite. Filter-free makes cleaning a breeze."–Brittany

$39.86

Miro NR07G Humidifier

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Yes, it's one of the priciest on the list, but fans of the Miro say it's worth every penny. Created by a dad who felt that traditional humidifiers get too dirty, putting tiny lungs at risk, it's the only humidifier on the market that allows you to easily wash every square inch—a modern design that's as practical as it is stylish. The one-gallon tank can be filled via the open-top without having to stop the machine and can run for up to 24 hours at the lowest setting. It's also super quiet, equipped with an auto-shutoff and filter-free.

Reviewers say: "I am in love with these humidifiers! Yes, mama, you need them for peace of mind for your family. Every other humidifier I have tried has been impossible to fully clean, but this one is completely cleanable. No more icky humidifiers here! It's super quiet and it actually uses less water than my previous ones, so a gallon of distilled water can humidify a small to medium-sized bedroom during sleeping hours for 2-4 days before needing to be refilled. 🙌🏻 I recommend using distilled water as it reduces cleaning frequency. I clean ours weekly, but it never looks like it needs it.
I know it can be pricey for most families, but consider it an investment in your family's health. Anytime me or my kids have been congested or coughing, it's cleared up after just 1-2 nights of running the humidifier. It will pay for itself; because it's completely cleanable, it lasts longer, you won't be replacing it any time soon."–Southside Mommy

$125

Honeywell Easy to Care Cool Mist Humidifier HCM-710

Honeywell Easy to Care Cool Mist Humidifier HCM-710

​As Amazon's choice for easy to clean humidifiers, Honeywell checks all the boxes with their Cool Mist Humidifier. While filter-less styles are generally easier, this one more than makes up for it (and not just because the Wicking Filters inhibit up to 99.99 percent of mold growth!) The large tank allows it to run for up to 36 hours, and with only a couple of pieces to deal with, it truly is a breeze to clean. The open-top design can be filled without having to do anything but pour.

Reviewers say: "We bought this for our infant's room because other expensive humidifiers we had bought would usually die within a year do to the hard mineral content in our water. This humidifier is simple and works. We replace the wick every few months to remove the accumulated sediment. AND the best thing about this humidifier is the noise. When on high, it produces a smooth, consistent fan noise that has been the perfect white noise we needed for our son's room. If you don't want white, fan noise, don't get this, if you are looking for a humidifier that works and produces white noise, this is a great buy." K. Shorner-Johnson

$61.16


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To the mama preparing her heart for baby #2: You are ready

Your heart is about to grow so much more full with love.

A few months ago my two year old daughter and I were driving home from dinner with friends, and as we pulled onto our street a lump formed in my throat and big tears began to stream down my face—I realized that tonight was our last night ever just the two of us to do my daughter's bedtime routine.

Out-of-town relatives were set to arrive, my husband would soon be home from his deployment, and we'd be having our second baby.

The intense emotion hit me out of nowhere.

I felt guilty about how much was about to change for my daughter. I had no idea how to rationalize or sort through this sudden rush of feelings.

I was already so in love with this healthy, unborn baby girl kicking inside my belly, but I felt like I was mourning the future loss of my season as a mama of one.

Fast forward three months later to today as I once again found myself with a lump in my throat, but this time it was the result of watching my 2.5 year old daughter love on my infant while she sat in her bouncer seat. I had stepped out of the room for a moment, and when I rounded the corner to return I found my older daughter crouched down by my baby wiping spit-up off of her face and making the sweetest baby-talk noises.

My baby was locked on my older girl's eyes, and the lump in my throat formed before I knew it. I smiled and recalled my emotions from a few months back—I couldn't begin to imagine then how full my heart would feel watching the two tiny loves of my life interact with each other. It sometimes takes my breath away.

I was so worried then about the unknown and making my daughter "share" my husband and me and the life we'd all built together, but we didn't know what we didn't know, and that's that I had nothing to worry about.

To the mama reading this whose heart is currently twisted about soon going from parenting one kid to two...

It really is true that you'll never have to split your love between your babies, and it really is true that your love will multiply tenfold as you all get to know your newest little love.

Right now you may catch yourself wondering how it's possible that you could ever intensely love another little person as much as you love your first (I couldn't begin to fathom it), but just wait, mama. It's beautiful and perfect it happens so effortlessly.

You wonder and worry about how your oldest will respond to sharing your attention, but try to remember that the adjustment period, regardless of how long or short it is, is just a brief season in the grand scheme. (Plus, your oldest may surprise you with how well and how quickly he or she adjusts.)

Like me, you may find yourself in this bizarre phase of mourning all the things you love about this current season of life as a mom to one. You feel like you've all finally found a routine that's comfortable and easy and enjoyable just in time to shake things back up again. You'll surely find that "comfortable" routine again eventually, and this time you'll have the privilege of having another little soul to love and raise and enjoy.I used to watch other moms who had two or more children and wondered if they could have ever at some point empathized with my roller coaster of emotions about adding another baby. I would watch as these mamas so effortlessly moved through the grocery store or a restaurant or the park with two or more little ones, and I would hope (and still hope) that one day I would find my groove just like her. I hoped that someday I would be able to embrace the role of juggling multiple kids as naturally as she seemed to do.

If your heart is twisted and you're finding yourself taken back by your roller coaster of emotions about having your next baby—know that your feelings are relatable, understandable and justified. You may choke up like me when it's time to give your biggest baby one last hug before you meet your second one, but just remember this is all a beautiful part of this crazy life.

Your heart is about to grow so much more full with love.

Making the transition from one to two, mama? These tried-and-true products can help.

BABYBJÖRN bouncer bliss

BABYBJ\u00d6RN bouncer bliss

Siblings are our first best friends. The universally-loved bouncer from BABYBJÖRN not only gives your arms a much-needed break, but also provides the sweetest opportunity for their bond to thrive.

$250

Tushbaby carrier - black/gold

Tushbaby carrier - black/gold

The next best thing to an extra set of arms, the Tushbaby carrier takes the weight off of your waist and is equipped with a storage area perfect for diapers, wipes and changing essentials of all kinds. Ditch the diaper bag and carry on with toddler life like the pro you are. You've got this, mama.

$79

Slumberkins alpaca snuggler

Slumberkins Alpaca Snuggler

If your older child is struggling with the transition, the Slumberkins alpaca snuggler is a snuggly tool developed by therapists and early education specialists that can help kids manage anxiety and better articulate big feelings.

$44

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