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This mama life comes with its fair share of challenges. (Okay, maybe more than its fair share.) And especially in the first year, when everything is so new, it would be a huge help if someone could swoop in and solve a few of those dilemmas for you. Well, we're happy to say, “We got you, mama!" Here are eleven products that will get you back to feeling like a #momboss.


1. For the “more food is on the floor than the plate" moments: SmartClean Trio 3-in-1 High Chair

Introducing your baby to solid foods is exciting, but it can also be messy. We love the SmartClean Trio 3-in-1 High Chair because it cleans in a snap (meaning you're out of the kitchen and back to playing with your little one in no time). The soft, padded seats wipe clean in seconds, and the tray can be removed with one hand and popped in the dishwasher for quick cleaning. Let the purees commence!

Pro tip: The Trio 3-in-1 is the only high chair your child will ever needs because it converts from a full high chair to a booster seat to a toddler chair.

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2. For the “please sleep, please sleep, please sleep" moments: FoldAway Rocking Wood Bassinet

Pros of those first few sleepless months: You learn you can do just about anything on minimal sleep. Cons: Just about everything else. But to help make those moments easier (and to encourage more trips to dreamland), we love the FoldAway Rocking Wood Bassinet. Its simple, portable design folds down easily to save space and help you be ready for nap time at a moment's notice. The legs also adjust to rock for easy soothing or to leave stationary for sleeping.

Pro tip: The comfort pad is machine washable for easy cleanup after any diaper leaks.

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3. For the “it has been four days since I've showered" moments: Smart and Simple Playard

Turns out those tiny little people we bring into our homes don't understand the concept of “time to ourselves." So when you really need a break, create a safe space for your baby within your eye line so you can get a minute to shower or drink a cup of coffee. We love the Smart and Simple Playard because it's the perfect place for rest, changing, and play. The OneLessStep™ feature provides easy folding and transport, and almost every part can be easily removed and cleaned in your washing machine.

Pro tip: Use the convenient side storage pockets to store diapers, wipes, and toys so everything is within reach.

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4. For those “sorry, we don't have high chairs" moments: Baby Base 2-in-1 Seat

It's a woe for every new parent: You've finally geared yourself up for a meal out with your baby...only to be thwarted by a restaurant that doesn't have child seats. No, you shouldn't head home! Just come prepared with one of your own. We love the Baby Base 2-in-1 seat because it's compact enough to keep in the trunk of your car and safely attaches to a dining chair for meals anywhere. The foam insert provides extra cushioning for smaller babies and can be removed as your child grows for years of use.

Pro tip: The removable tray stores under the seat so it's less likely to get lost in transport.

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5. For the “so this is sleep regression" moments: Ok To Wake Clock

It's an age-old story: Your baby had just started to sleep through the night, when suddenly they start calling for you at 5 a.m. again. Don't despair, mamas! We love the Ok to Wake Clock from Patch Products LLC to get their circadian rhythms back on track. The simple clock boasts a friendly alien face that lights up at a time designated by you each morning. All you have to do is teach your child that a dark clock means it's not time to get up yet, but a lit-up clock means they can call for you.

Pro tip: It can take about a week to get younger children on a new schedule, but stick with it! Soon your child will love calling you to see their “woken up" clock each morning.

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6. For the “mom brain is real" moments: Motherly mama meditations

It's common for new mamas to feel frazzled or like they can't get a handle on things, but we know you've got this! To help you get back to feeling like yourself, we created the Motherly meditation guide for new mamas. Our series of videos are great to play at the start or end of the day, or even for a minute mid-afternoon (especially after a particularly stressful tantrum).

Pro tip: Schedule a few minutes every day to listen to a meditation , refocus, and remember that you are doing an amazing job, mama!

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7. For the “this conference call is definitely happening" moments: Solly Baby Wrap

When you're a work-at-home mom with a new baby, getting anything done can feel like a challenge. Our secret to checking off our to-do list with a newborn? Babywearing. We love the Solly Baby Wrap for soothing fussy babies and keeping our hands free to prep dinner, send emails, and even pick up around the house. The lightweight design is made from buttery soft sustainable fabric that keeps your baby close without slowing you down.

Pro tip: Use the handy self-enclosing pocket at the end of the wrap to store between snuggle sessions.

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8. For the “this baby is never going to latch!" moments: Boppy 2-Sided Breastfeeding Pillow

When you're new to breastfeeding, it can feel like a failure if everything doesn't go smoothly. Don't give up, mama! For those times when it seems like your little one just isn't getting it, we love using a breastfeeding pillow that can give you both a boost, like the Boppy 2-Sided Breastfeeding Pillow. The innovative design has a soft side for supporting baby and a firmer side to provide more support, plus an adjustable belt to keep everyone close.

Pro tip: Don't always breastfeed in the same area of your home? Consider registering for two pillows, one to keep in the baby's nursery and the other to keep in the living room so meal time can happen whenever you're ready.

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9. For the “I don't have time to go to the gym" moments: Daily Burn Subscription

We get it: You want to lose some baby weight, but the idea of putting on yoga pants and driving to the gym is more than you can handle right now. Skip the commute and work out in the comfort of your living room with a subscription to the Daily Burn. With more than 600 videos to stream, ranging from cardio burnouts to gentle prenatal yoga lessons, Daily Burn will let you work up a sweat—on your own terms. Each video comes with great instruction, clear up-front expectations for intensity and challenges to keep you motivated. Plus, there's a free 30-day trial!

Pro tip: After filling out the questionnaire to get your customized workout plan, don't be afraid to peek around at the other classes. The 15-minute-or-less options are especially great for nap time!

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10. For the “my errand list is as long as my arm" moments: Snap-N-Go Stroller

Those first few outing with baby can be intimidating...and tiring — mamas have a lot to carry! For checking off a day's worth of errands, we love the Snap-N-Go stroller, a universal infant car seat carrier frame. Simply take your child's car seat from the car and pop it into this lightweight travel system for a simplified walk from the parking lot to the store. When not in use, fold it flat. The whole thing is less than 18 pounds!

Pro tip: The roomy undercarriage is great for storing purchases or baby necessities on the go.

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11. For the “real clothes are so not happening" moments: Blanqui Post Partum Leggings

We're calling it: Black leggings are the uniform of new moms everywhere. And when they're as sleep and genius as this Blanqui pair, they can take you from home to the gym to lunch dates with pals. Blanqui's Post Partum High Waist Leggings feature a seamless, comfortable design with a smoothing high waistband perfect for pulling in newly vacated bellies. You'll probably never want to take them off — and we couldn't agree with you more.

Pro tip: Not sure of your size? Small fits sizes 2-6, medium fits sizes 8-10, large fits sizes 12-14, and extra large fits sizes 14-18.

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We spend a lot of time prepping for the arrival of a baby. But when it comes to the arrival of our breast milk (and all the massive adjustments that come with it), it's easy to be caught off guard. Stocking up on a few breastfeeding essentials can make the transition to breastfeeding a lot less stressful, which means more time and energy focusing on what's most important: Your recovery and your brand new baby.

Here are the essential breastfeeding tools you'll need, mama:

1. For covering up: A cute nursing cover

First and foremost, please know that all 50 states in the United States have laws that allow women to breastfeed in public. You do not have to cover yourself if you don't want to—and many mamas choose not to—and we are all for it.

That said, if you do anticipate wanting to take a more modest approach to breastfeeding, a nursing cover is a must. You will find an array of styles to choose from, but we love an infinity scarf, like the LK Baby Infinity Nursing Scarf Nursing Cover. You'll be able to wear the nursing cover instead of stuffing it in your already brimming diaper bag—and it's nice to have it right there when the baby is ready to eat.

Also, in the inevitable event that your baby spits-up on you or you leak some milk through your shirt, having a quick and stylish way to cover up is a total #momwin.

2. For getting comfortable: A cozy glider

Having a comfy spot to nurse can make a huge difference. Bonus points if that comfy place totally brings a room together, like the Delta Children Paris Upholstered Glider!

Get your cozy space ready to go, and when your baby is here, you can retreat from the world and just nurse, bond, and love.

3. For unmatched support: A wire-free nursing bra

It may take trying on several brands to find the perfect match, but finding a nursing bra that you love is 100% worth the effort. Your breasts will be changing and working in ways that are hard to imagine. An excellent supportive bra will make this so much more comfortable.

It is crucial to choose a wireless bra for the first weeks of nursing since underwire can increase the risk of clogged ducts (ouch).The Playtex Maternity Shaping Foam Wirefree Nursing Bra is an awesome pick for this reason, and because it is designed to flex and fit your breasts as they go through all those changes.

4. For maximum hydration: A large reusable water bottle

Nothing can prepare you for the intense thirst that hits when breastfeeding. Quench that thirst (and help keep your milk supply up in the process) by always having a water bottle with a straw nearby, like this Exquis Large Outdoor Water Bottle.

5. For feeding convenience: A supportive nursing tank

Experts recommend that during the first weeks of your baby's life, you breastfeed on-demand, meaning that any time your tiny boss demands milk, you feed them. This will help establish your milk supply and get everything off to a good start.

What does this mean for your life? You will be breastfeeding A LOT. Nursing tanks, like the Loving Moments by Leading Lady, make this so much easier. They have built-in support to keep you comfy, and you can totally wear them around the house, or even out and about. When your baby wants to eat, you'll be able to quickly "pop out" a breast and feed them.

6. For pain prevention: A quality nipple ointment

Breastfeeding shouldn't hurt, but the truth is those first days can be uncomfortable. Your nipples will likely feel raw as they adjust to their new job. This will get better! But until it does, nipple ointment is amazing.

My favorite is the Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter. We love that it's organic, and it is oh-so-soothing on your hard-at-work nipples.

Psst: If it actually hurts when your baby latches on, something may be up, so call your provider or a lactation consultant for help.

7. For uncomfortable moments: A dual breast therapy pack

As your breasts adjust to their new role, you may experience a few discomforts—applying warmth or cold can help make them feel so much better. The Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Pack is awesome because you can microwave the pads or put them in the freezer, giving you a lot of options when your breasts need some TLC.

Again, if you have any concerns about something being wrong (pain, a bump that may be red or hot, fever, or anything else), call a professional right away.

8. For inevitable leaks: An absorbing breast pad

In today's episode of, "Oh come on, really?" you are going to leak breastmilk. Now, this is entirely natural and you are certainly not required to do anything about this. Still, many moms choose to wear breast pads in their bras to avoid leaking through to their shirts.

You can go the convenient and disposable route with Lansinoh Disposable Stay Dry Nursing Pads, or for a more environmentally friendly option, you can choose washable pads, like these Organic Bamboo Nursing Breast Pads.

9. For flexibility: A breast pump

Many women find that a breast pump becomes one of their most essential mom-tools. The ability to provide breast milk when you are away from your baby (and relieve uncomfortable engorged breasts) will add so much flexibility into your new-mom life.

For quick trips out and super-easy in-your-bag transport, opt for a manual pump like the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump .

If you will be away from your baby for longer periods of time (traveling or working outside the home, for example) an electric pump is your most efficient bet. The Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump is a classic go-to that will absolutely get the job done, and then some.

10. For quality storage: Breast milk bags

Once you pump your liquid gold, aka breast milk, you'll need a place to store it. The Kiinde Twist Pouches allow you to pump directly into the bags which means one less step (and way less to clean).

11. For keeping cool: A freezer bag

Transport your pumped milk back home to your baby safely in a cooler like the Mommy Knows Best Breast Milk Baby Bottle Cooler Bag. Remember to put the milk in a fridge or freezer as soon as you can to optimize how long it stays usable for.

12. For continued nourishment: Bottles

Nothing beats the peace of mind you get when you know that your baby is being well-taken of care—and well fed—until you can be together again. The Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottle Newborn Starter Gift Set is a fan favorite (mama and baby fans alike).

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A viral video about car seat safety has parents everywhere cracking up and humming Sir-Mix-A-Lot.

"I like safe kids and I cannot lie," raps Norman Regional Health System pediatric hospitalist Dr. Kate Cook (after prefacing her music video with an apology to her children."I'm a doctor tryin' warn you that recs have changed," she continues.

Dr. Cook's rap video is all about the importance of keeping babies facing backward. It's aptly called "Babies Face Back," and uses humor and parody to drive home car seat recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

"Switching from rear-facing to forward-facing is a milestone many parents can't wait to reach," Dr. Cook said in a news release about her hilarious video. "But this is one area where you want to delay the transition as long as possible because each one actually reduces the protection to the child."

Last summer the AAP updated its official stance on car seat safety to be more in line with what so many parents were already doing and recommended that kids stay rear-facing for as long as possible. But with so many things to keep track of in life, it is understandable that some parents still don't know about the change. Dr. Cook wants to change that with some cringe-worthy rapping.

The AAP recommends:

  • Babies and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat.
  • Once they are facing forward, children should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible. Many seats are good up to 65 pounds.
  • When children outgrow their car seat they should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle's lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly, between 8 and 12 years old.

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[Editor's note: Motherly is committed to covering all relevant presidential candidate plans as we approach the 2020 election. We are making efforts to get information from all candidates. Motherly does not endorse any political party or candidate. We stand with and for mothers and advocate for solutions that will reduce maternal stress and benefit women, families and the country.]

Suicide rates for girls and women in the United States have increased 50% since 2000, according to the CDC and new research indicates a growing number of pregnant and postpartum women are dying by suicide and overdose. Suicide rates for boys and men are up, too.

It's clear there is a mental health crisis in America and it is robbing children of their mothers and mothers of their children.

Medical professionals urge people to get help early, but sometimes getting help is not so simple. For many Americans, the life preserver that is mental health care is out of reach when they are drowning.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg just released a plan he hopes could change that and says the neglect of mental health in the United States must end. "Our plan breaks down the barriers around mental health and builds up a sense of belonging that will help millions of suffering Americans heal," says Buttigieg.

He thinks he can "prevent 1 million deaths of despair by 2028" by giving Americans more access to mental health and addictions services.

In a country where giving birth can put a mother in debt, it's not surprising that while as many as 1 in 5 new moms suffers from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, more than half of new moms who need mental health treatment don't get it. Stigma, childcare and of course costs are factors in why women aren't seeking help when they are struggling.

Buttigieg's plan is interesting because it could remove some of these barriers. He wants to make mental health care more affordable by ensuring everyone has comprehensive coverage for mental health care and by ensuring that everyone can access a free yearly mental health check-up.

That could make getting help more affordable for some moms, and by increasing reimbursement rates for mental health care delivered through telehealth, this plan could help moms get face time with a medical professional without having to deal with finding childcare first.

Estimates from new research suggest that in some parts of America as many as 14% or 30% of maternal deaths are caused by addiction or suicide. Buttigieg's plan aims to reduce those estimates by fighting the addiction and opioid crisis and increasing access to mental health services in underserved communities and for people of color. He also wants to reduce the stigma and increase support for the next generation by requiring "every school across the country to teach Mental Health First Aid courses."

These are lofty goals with a lofty price tag. It would cost about $300 billion to do what Buttigieg sets out in his plan and the specifics of how the plan would be funded aren't yet known. Neither is how voters will react to this 18-page plan and whether it will help Buttigieg stand out in a crowded field of Democratic candidates.

What we do know is that right now, America is talking about mental health and whether or not that benefits Buttigieg's campaign it will certainly benefit America.

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If you breastfeed, you know just how magical (and trying) it is, but it has numerous benefits for mama and baby. It is known to reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, and cuts the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by half.

If this wasn't powerful enough, scientists have discovered that babies who are fed breast milk have a stomach pH that promotes the formation of HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor cells). HAMLET was discovered by chance when researchers were studying the antibacterial properties of breast milk. This is a combination of proteins and lipids found in breast milk that can work together to kill cancer cells, causing them to pull away from healthy cells, shrink and die, leaving the healthy cells unaffected.

According to researchers at Lund University in Sweden, this mechanism may contribute to the protective effect breast milk has against pediatric tumors and leukemia, which accounts for about 30% of all childhood cancer. Other researchers analyzed 18 different studies, finding that "14% to 19% of all childhood leukemia cases may be prevented by breastfeeding for six months or more."

And recently, doctors in Sweden collaborated with scientists in Prague to find yet another amazing benefit to breast milk. Their research demonstrated that a certain milk sugar called Alpha1H, found only in breast milk, helps in the production of lactose and can transform into a different form that helps break up tumors into microscopic fragments in the body.

Patients who were given a drug based on this milk sugar, rather than a placebo, passed whole tumor fragments in their urine. And there is more laboratory evidence to support that the drug can kill more than 40 different types of cancer cells in animal trials, including brain tumors and colon cancer. These results are inspiring scientists to continue to explore HAMLET as a novel approach to tumor therapy and make Alpha1H available to cancer patients.

Bottom line: If you choose to breastfeed, the breast milk your baby gets from your hard work can be worth every drop of effort.

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