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Arguably the biggest sale day of the year (yep, even more than Black Friday and Cyber Monday), Amazon Prime Day is finally here, mamas! If you're not already a Prime member, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to enter the sale.

It's full of goodies for everyone in the family and is the perfect time to purchase those products you've been coveting. And, no one is judging if you're getting a head start on the holiday season.

Everything starts at 3pm ET today! While there is limited stock, the sale will run through midnight PT on July 17 and new items will be added—nearly 36 hours of incredible deals!

We'll be updating the deals throughout the day so you don't have to scour through thousands of items so keep checking back here for new sales we love. And, if you want other coverage, check out our Amazon Prime Day page for the latest stories.

Without further ado, here are our favorite items from Prime Day. Get to shopping, mamas!

For baby

Diaper Genie + refills, $39.99 (regularly $49.99)

Infant Optics Baby Monitor, $165.99 (regularly $229.99)

Baby Handprint Kit, $12.88 (regularly $21.95)

Britax B-Free & B-Safe Ultra Travel System, $297.49 (regularly $439.99)

Stork Custom Glider and Ottoman, $149.99 (regularly $178.99)

Infant Sleeper, $29.98 (regularly $49.99)

JOOVY High Chair, $157.81 (regularly $199.99)

Ingenuity Cradling Swing, 20% off of $99.99

Graco Jogger Baby Travel System, $172.00 (regularly $319.99)

Graco Pack 'n Play, $40.95 (regularly $79.99)

Safety 1st 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, $115.59 (regularly $169.99)

Convertible 5-in-1 Crib, 20% off $150.00 (regularly $169.95)

Burt's Bees Baby Changing Pad Cover, 20% off 12.99 (regularly $16.95)

Organic Fitted Crib Sheets, 20% off $18.95 (regularly $21.99)

Amazing Baby Sleeping Sack, 30% off $16.99

Walk-Thru Gate, 25% off $59.88 (regularly $63.32)

Fisher-Price On-The-Go Baby Dome, $43.88 (regularly $69.99)

Summer Infant Portable Booster, 20% off $25.49 (regularly $34.99)

Amazon Cloud Cam, $59.99 (regularly $119.99)

Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottle Essentials Set, $43.49 (regularly $69.99)

White Noise + Bluetooth Speaker, $29.99 (regularly $49.99)

Baby Trend Double Jogger Stroller, $135.99 (regularly $199.99)

Tommee Tippee Bottle Set, $19.99 (regularly $36.99)

Diono Radian All-In-One Convertible Car Seat, $179.99 (regularly $234.95)

Mama Bear Organic Baby Food Pouches, Set of 12, $11.03 (regularly $15.75)

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo, $73.49 (regularly $104.99)

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube, $16.39 (regularly $24.99)

Kids&Koalas Foldable Baby Walker, $90.23 (regularly $112.79)

Dr. Brown's Narrow Pink Bottles, 3-pack, $13.19 (regularly $20.99)

Glass Sip 'n Straw Cup, $8.72 (regularly $19.99)

Honest Diapers, 70% off

2-in-1 Shopping Cart Cover, $21.58 (regularly $40.00)

Owlet Smart Sock Baby Monitor, $249.99 (regularly $299.99)

For the kids

Square Panda Phonics Playset, $49.95 (regularly $99.95) [in partnership with Square Panda]

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, $89.99 (regularly $129.99)

UV Play Shade, $29.99 (regularly $43.49)

WowWee Fingerlings Unicorn, $14.79 (regularly $17.99)

Pure Enrichment Cool Mist Humidifier, $39.99 (regularly $79.99)

Tot Tutors 2-in-1 Activity Table, $40.49 (regularly $77.00)

Evenflo Harnessed Booster, 20% off of $61.83

Insulated Toddler Backpack, 30% off $18.39 (regularly $20.00)

Britax Harness Booster Car Seat, 25% off $149.99 (regularly $229.99)

Xbox One Starter Bundle, $229.99 (regularly $299.99)

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles, $5.38 (regularly $9.99)

Sharpie Markers, 24 count, $11.36 (regularly $32.32)

WowWee Elmoji Junior Coding Robot, $28.96 (regularly $59.99)

Peppa Pig Lights + Sounds Home Playset, $31.49 (regularly $59.99)

Magaformers Basic Set, $28.20 (regularly $49.99)

Microscope Kit, $25.19 (regularly $41.99)

Happy Belly Yogurt Trail Mix, $12.94 (regularly $18.49)

Mountain Falls Hypoallergenic Tear-Free Baby Night-Time Bath, $9.81 (regularly $14.02)

SmartLab Toys Extreme Secret Formula Lab, $11.16 (regularly $19.99)

Moon Shoes, $23.43 (regularly $39.99)

KidKraft Charlotte Dollhouse, $97.99 (regularly $139.99)

Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll 'N Trike, $55.53 (regularly $109.99)

Teddy Bear, $11.48 (regularly $20.00)

Things I Eat, My First Match Game, $6.45 (regularly $11.99)

Stainless Steel Sippy Cup, Set of 2, $16.99 (regularly $25.99)

Twin Mattress, $64.57 (regularly $113.54)

Melissa & Doug Slice and Back Wooden Play Food Set, $11.19 (regularly $19.99)

Kids Dinosaur Socks, $9.99 (regularly $11.00)

For parents

Instant Pot, $58.99 (regularly $99.95)

iRobot Roomba, $229.99 (regularly $349.99)

Kindle, $49.99 (regularly $79.99)

Audible, 3 month subscription, $4.95 per month (regularly $14.95/mo)

Anker Power Bank, $19.19 (regularly $49.99)

Clarisonic Mia, $79.00 (regularly $129.00)

Echo Dot, $29.99 (regularly $49.99)

Fitbit Charge 2, $119.95 (regularly $149.95)

Ring Video Doorbell Pro, $174.00 (regularly $249.00)

Skip Hop Diaper Bag Backpack, 30% off of $69.95

Bissell CrossWave Floor + Carpet Cleaner, $174.99 (regularly $249.99)

Vitamix Blender, $369.95 (regularly $529.99)

Cuisinart Food Processor, $125.99 (regularly $199.99)

Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, 4 months for $0.99 (regularly $7.99/mo)

Toshiba 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV, $289.99 ($399.99)

Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System, $99.99 (regularly $169.99)

Keurig Coffee Maker + Milk Frother, $109.99 (regularly $179.99)

Fire TV Stick, $19.99 (regularly $39.99)

Echo Show, $129.99 (regularly $229.99)

Coleman RoadTrip Propane Grill, $135.00 (regularly $262.49)

Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, $42.99 (regularly $59.99)

Air Purifier, $58.49 (regularly $89.99)

Folding Camping + Beach Wagon, $69.99 (regularly $119.99)

15-pc Knife Block Set, $94.28 (regularly $345.00)

Sally Hansen Nail Set, $40% off $27.20 (regularly $28.63)

Contigo Stainless Steel Travel Mugs, $23.49 (regularly $31.99)

Rwanda Whole Bean Coffee, Light Roast, $16.58 (regularly $23.69)

Thermometer for Forehead, $16.99 (regularly $29.99)

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker, $69.00 (regularly $99.00)

Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle (Thermos), $18.33 (regularly $35.00)

Samsonite 5-Piece Luggage Set, $14900 (regularly $250.00)

23andMe DNA Test, $99.99 (regularly $299.99)

Philips Sonicare Toothbrush, $39.95 (regularly $69.99)

Stainless Steel Steam Iron, $51.99 (regularly $74.99)

Swiffer Continuous Clean Air System, $89.95 (regularly $104.95)

Ninja Blender, $49.99 (regularly $86.95)

Stainless Steel Coffee Mug Warmer, $20.31 (regularly $29.99)

Down Comforter + Duvet Insert, $32.87 (regularly $53.99)

Beachwaver Styler Kit, $134.00 (regularly $184.00)

Keurig K-Elite + 44 K-Cups, $99.99 (regularly $197.44)

Macbook, $989.99 (regularly $1,299.99)

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Did you hear that? That was the sound of Nordstrom and Maisonette making all your kid's summer wardrobe dreams come true.

Nordstrom partnered with Maisonette to create the perfect in-store pop-up shop from May 24th-June 23rd, featuring some of our favorite baby and kids brands, like Pehr, Zestt Organics, Lali and more. (Trust us, these items are going to take your Instagram feed to the next level of cuteness. 😍) Items range from $15 to $200, so there's something for every budget.

Pop-In@Nordstrom x Maisonette

Maisonette has long been a go-to for some of the best children's products from around the world, whether it's tastefully designed outfits, adorable accessories, or handmade toys we actually don't mind seeing sprawled across the living room rug. Now their whimsical, colorful aesthetic will be available at Nordstrom.

The pop-in shops will be featured in nine Nordstrom locations: Costa Mesa, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Bellevue, WA; Seattle, WA; Toronto, ON; and Vancouver, BC.

Don't live nearby? Don't stress! Mamas all across the U.S. and Canada will be able to access the pop-in merchandise online at nordstrom.com/pop

But don't delay―these heirloom-quality pieces will only be available at Nordstrom during the pop-in's run, and then they'll be over faster than your spring break vacation. Happy shopping! 🛍

This article is sponsored by Nordstrom. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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For decades, doctors have prescribed progesterone, one of the key hormones your body needs during pregnancy, to prevent a miscarriage. The hormone, produced by the ovaries, is necessary to prepare the body for implantation. As the pregnancy progresses, the placenta produces progesterone, which suppresses uterine contractions and early labor.

But a new study out of the UK finds that administering progesterone to women experiencing bleeding in their first trimester does not result in dramatically more successful births than a placebo. Yet, for a small group of mothers-to-be who had experienced "previous recurrent miscarriages," the numbers showed promise.

The study, conducted at Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research at the University of Birmingham in the UK, is the largest of its kind, involving 4,153 pregnant women who were experiencing bleeding in those risky (and nerve-wracking) early weeks. The women were randomly split into two groups, with one group receiving 400 milligrams of progesterone via a vaginal suppository, and the other receiving a placebo of the same amount. Both groups were given the suppositories through their 16th week of pregnancy.

Of the group given progesterone, 75% went on to have a successful, full-term birth, compared to 72% for the placebo.

As the study notes, for most women, the administration of progesterone "did not result in a significantly higher incidence of live births than placebo." But for women who had experienced one or two previous miscarriages, the result was a 4% increase in the number of successful births. And for women who had experienced three or more recurrent miscarriages, the number jumped to a 15% increase.


Dr. Arri Coomarasamy, Professor of Gynecology at the University of Birmingham and Director of Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research, said the implications for that group are "huge." "Our finding that women who are at risk of a miscarriage because of current pregnancy bleeding and a history of a previous miscarriage could benefit from progesterone treatment has huge implications for practice," he said.

It's estimated that 1 in 5 pregnancies ends in miscarriage. And while even a spot of blood no doubt increases the fear in every expectant mother's mind, bleeding is actually a very common occurrence during pregnancy, Coomarasamy said. Still, first trimester bleeding is particularly risky, with a third of women who experience it going on to miscarry.

So for women who have been through it multiple times, Coomarasamy's findings are an important avenue to explore. "This treatment could save thousands of babies who may have otherwise been lost to a miscarriage," he added.

The study is among a number of recent groundbreaking discoveries made by doctors looking to further understand what causes miscarriages and what can be done to prevent them. While about 70% of miscarriages are attributed to chromosomal abnormalities, doctors recently learned that certain genetic abnormalities, which exist in a small group of parents-to-be, could be discovered by testing the mother and father, as well as the embryo.

Doctors have also discovered that even knowing the sex of your baby could predict the complications a mother may face, thus helping medical professionals to assist in keeping the pregnancy viable.

But while there is no sweeping solution to stop miscarriages, for some couples, the use of progesterone does offer a glimmer of hope. "The results from this study are important for parents who have experienced miscarriage," Jane Brewin, chief executive of Tommy's said. "They now have a robust and effective treatment option which will save many lives and prevent much heartache."

Brewin added that studies like this one are imperative to our understanding of how the creation of life, which remains both a miracle and a mystery, truly works. "It gives us confidence to believe that further research will yield more treatments and ultimately make many more miscarriages preventable," she said.

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Every mom has her own list of character traits each of she hopes to instill in her children, but there is one that stands out as a big priority for the majority of millennial mothers.

Motherly's 2019 State of Motherhood survey revealed that kindness is incredibly important to today's moms. It is the number one trait we want to cultivate in our children, and according to stats from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this emphasis on kindness couldn't come at a better time.

In recent years kids and parents have been straying from kindness, but these Ivy League experts have some great ideas about how today's moms can get the next generation back on track so they can become the caring adults of tomorrow.

Between 2013 and 2014, as part of Harvard's Making Caring Common project, researchers surveyed 10,000 middle and high school students across the nation. They found that no matter what race, class or culture the kids identified with, the majority of the students surveyed valued their own personal success and happiness way more than that of others.

Why do kids value their own success so much more than things like caring and fairness? Well, apparently, mom and dad told them to.


Eighty percent of the 10,000 students said their parents taught them that their own happiness and high achievement were more important than caring for others. (So much for sharing is caring.)

The folks at Harvard say that valuing your own ambition is obviously a good thing (in moderation) in today's competitive world, but prioritizing it so much more than ethical values like kindness, caring and fairness makes kids more likely to be cruel, disrespectful and dishonest.

So how do we fix this? Here's Harvard's four-step plan for raising kinder kids.

1. Help them practice being nice

Giving kids daily opportunities to practice caring and kind acts helps make ethical behavior second nature. They could help you with chores, help a friend with homework or work on a project to help homelessness.

All those tasks would help a child flex their empathy muscles. The key is to increase the challenges over time so your child can develop a stronger capacity for caregiving as they grow.

2. Help them see multiple perspectives

The researchers want kids to “zoom in" and listen closely to the people around them, but also see the bigger picture. “By zooming out and taking multiple perspectives, including the perspectives of those who are too often invisible (such as the new kid in class, someone who doesn't speak their language, or the school custodian), young people expand their circle of concern and become able to consider the justice of their communities and society," the study's authors' wrote.

3. Model kindness

Our kids are watching, so if we want them to be kinder, it's something we should try to cultivate in ourselves. The Harvard team suggests parents make an effort to widen our circles of concern and deepen our understanding of issues of fairness and justice.

4. Teach kids to cope with destructive feelings

According to the researchers, the ability to care about others can be overwhelmed by a kid's feelings of anger, shame, envy, or other negative feelings. They suggest we teach our kids teach that while all feelings are okay to feel, some ways of dealing with them are not helpful, or kind (for example, “Hitting your classmate might make you happy, but it won't make them happy and isn't very kind. Counting to 10 and talking about why you're mad is more productive than hitting.")

While the folks at Harvard are concerned that so many kids are being taught to value their own happiness above all, they were also encouraged by the students who do prioritize caring and kindness. One of the students surveyed wrote, “People should always put others before themselves and focus on contributing something to the world that will improve life for future generations."

If we follow the advice of Harvard researchers, the world will see more kids that think like that, and that's what future generations need.

[A version of this post was originally published November 8, 2017. It has been updated.]

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These days more women are having babies into their 40s, but the idea that women are facing down the biological clock is pretty pervasive—once you're over 35, you automatically receive that "advanced maternal age" classification, while your male partner's age may never even be mentioned. The pressure on older moms is unfair, because according to new research from Rutgers University, men may face age-related fertility decline too and America's dads are getting older.

It's a new idea, but this finding actually takes 40 years worth of research into account—which, coincidentally, is around the age male fertility may start to decline. According to Rutgers researchers, the medical community hasn't quite pinpointed the onset of advanced age, but it hovers somewhere between ages 35 and 45.

The study which appears in the journal Maturitas, finds that a father's age may not just affect his fertility, but also the health of his partner and offspring.

Based on previously conducted research, the team behind this study found evidence that men over 45 could put their partners at greater risk for pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Babies born to older fathers also have an increased likelihood of premature birth, late stillbirth, low Apgar scores, low birthweight, newborn seizures and more. The risks appear to exist later in life, too: Research suggests children of older fathers have greater risk of childhood cancers, cognitive issues and autism.


There's been plenty of studies surrounding advanced maternal age, but research on advanced paternal age is pretty slim—scientists don't quite understand how age correlates to these factors at this point. But researchers from Rutgers believe that age-related decline in testosterone and sperm quality degradation may be to blame. "Just as people lose muscle strength, flexibility and endurance with age, in men, sperm also tend to lose 'fitness' over the life cycle," Gloria Bachmann, director of the Women's Health Institute at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, explains in a release for this news.

As we've previously reported, more and more men are waiting until later in life to have children. According to a 2017 Stanford study, children born to fathers over 40 represent 9% of U.S. births, and the average age of first-time fathers has climbed by three-and-a-half years over the past four decades —so this research matters now more than ever, and it may represent the first step towards setting certain standards in place for men who choose to delay parenthood.

The biggest thing to come out of this research may be the need for more awareness surrounding advanced paternal age. This particular study's authors believe doctors should be starting to have conversations with their male patients, possibly even encouraging them to consider banking sperm if they're considering parenthood later in life.

Women certainly tend to be aware of the age-related risks to their fertility, and many regularly hear that they should freeze their eggs if they're not ready for motherhood. And while it's still too early to say whether we'll ever examine paternal age this closely, this research may set a whole new conversation in motion.

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In many homes, especially those where both men and women are present, the battle for control over the thermostat is very, very real. If you find you're often the one cranking up the heat or turning down the air conditioning, there's a reason for that, mama.

According to a study published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, women think better in warmer temperatures, while men get sharper when the air conditioning kicks in.

Researchers recruited hundreds of college students, both men and women, and put them in rooms where the temperatures ranged from 61 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, the students took tests. Their math, verbal and local skills were evaluated. It was pretty simple stuff, like doing addition without pulling up the calculator on your phone or making as many words as you can from a bunch of letters within a set time limit.

For every 1.8 degrees that the temperature went up, women performed better on the math problems by nearly 1.8%! Basically, when the room got warmer, the women could think clearer. As for the men, when the temperature went up by 1.8 degrees their math performance suffered by about 0.63%. They were not as impacted as women, but still clearly did better when the rooms were colder.


The researchers were thinking about offices when they set out to do this study, and suggest that many air-conditioned office spaces are too cold for women and should be less chilly. But the research also makes sense within the context of many homes where disagreements over temperature are a common occurrence.

The study proves that those of us who are shuffling around the house in slippers and sweaters in May while our partners are walking around in basketball shorts and t-shirts may have a point. As Paul C. Rosenblatt, a Professor Emeritus of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota wrote for HuffPost, "in heterosexual couples the woman was three times more likely than the man to be the colder one," and "that for couples with real differences in temperature preference, there is problem solving to do."

Part of that problem solving may involve compromise or different temperature settings in different rooms when possible. "There are couples who battle for years about thermostat settings — thermostat wars in which each sneaks to the thermostat to set it up or down when the partner isn't paying attention," Rosenblatt writes.

That's not ideal, but neither is having brain freeze all time or wearing three pairs of socks in the house. A 1998 study out of the University of Utah found women usually do have colder hands and feet than men, by about 3 degrees Celsius.

Maybe it's time for everyone to comprise. If the house is just a couple degrees warmer we might all be happier.

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