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When I'm with my mom friends, we talk about all sorts of things. Our baby's "first" moments that made us giddy, how incredibly fast boys manage to wear through sneakers, the eye rolls that our daughters are giving us on the regular—we've usually covered this and many more topics within five minutes of saying hello.

But my favorite thing to chat about with my mom friends is everyone's latest favorite products. Maybe it's a toy, an app, a nursing bra or a crib—I take their opinion and file it in my mom brain of things worth trying. Why? Because I trust my mamas! If they love something, I'm likely to love it, too. It's really that simple. Why?

Because moms get that we need the best products for our brood, and that with finances almost always stretched thin, we don't want to waste precious dollars on something that's just "meh."

Which is why I was so excited to learn the top 20 baby products mama's are obsessing over at Walmart right now. From veggie packs and a jogging stroller to a diaper backpack and a night light/sound machine combo, the below items are the ones currently flying off Walmart's shelves because moms can't get enough of them.

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Nanobebe Baby Bottle, Sippy Cups & Accessories Microwave Steam Sterilizer

Nanobebe Sterilizer

Eliminate 99.9% of bacteria by simply microwaving your Nanobebe feeding accessories for four minutes. Done and done!

Price: $24.99

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Hatch Baby Rest Night Light & Sound Machine

A nightlight and sound machine combo, Hatch is also a time-to-rise regulator that you can control from an app on your phone. Read: No more kiddos coming into your bed at 5:30 am!

Price: $59.99

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NUK Simply Natural Freemie Double Electric Breast Pump

Nuk Simply Natural Breast Pump

A super quiet breast pump that is portable and has hospital-level suction capabilities? Yup, it does exist, and moms love it.

Price: $183.99

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Jujube Be Right Back in Whimsical Whisper


Chock full of mesh interior pockets, this backpack also comes with a removable changing pad... and the best part? It allows mama to be hands free!

Price: $163.00

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4moms mamaRoo4 Baby Swing

mamaroo baby swing

Things you don't realize prior to having baby: You need a safe place to put them sometimes (ya know, when you're making dinner or you have to go to the bathroom) and it's a bonus if they are rocked quietly with some supplied background noise. The 4moms Mamaroo is a cult favorite for a reason!

Price: $219.99-$244.99

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BOB Rambler Jogging Stroller

Bob stroller

The jogging stroller category stalwart, the Bob Rambler can go wherever you go—from rough trails to sandy beaches—thanks to its 12-inch air-filled tires and easy maneuverability.

Price: $359.99

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ExerSaucer Lightweight Activity Jumper

ExerSaucer Jumper

The moms have spoken! And it turns out they want a functional bouncer that is also easy on the eyes (no neon colors!). We love how the light wood and white accents are minimalist.

Price: $84.58

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Urbini Omni Plus 3 in 1 Travel System

Urbini Omni

This is an amazing deal. Not only do you get a lightweight, fully-reclining stroller, but this set also comes with an adaptable infant car seat. For under $200.00!

Price: $169.00

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Sorelle Berkley Dressing Table

Sorelle Berkley

This simple, chic nursery item fulfills it's purpose (changing station! storage!) without take up too much space.

Price: $76.83

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Storkcraft Orchard Canopy 5-in-1 Convertible Crib

storkcraft crib

Let us count the ways we utterly adore this crib. Modern and playful, this would look beautiful in any nursery, and it pays for itself seeing as how it grows from crib, to toddler bed, to day bed to full-sized bed!

Price: $349.99

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Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner

Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner

Besides the crib, the glider is the most important piece of furniture in the nursery. You'll be feeding your baby multiple times a day there and squeezing in all of the snuggles and story time. We love this contrasting white piping and button tufting on this one.

Price: $289.00+

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Bedtime Originals Acorn 3-Piece Crib Bedding Set

Baby bedding set

Bearing a sweet woodland patter, this crib linen set includes a quilt, blanket and bed skirt.

Price: $59.99

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Sealy Ortho Rest Crib and Toddler Mattress

Sealy Crib Mattress

With more than 1,100 reviews on Amazon, this waterproof mattress can easily transition from crib to toddler bed.

Price: $55.99

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Gerber Organic 2nd Food Pouches Value Pack

Gerber Value Pack

Have you ever run out of veggie pouches in your house? Trust me when I say it's not a pleasant scenario. Stock up on these so that never happens.

Price: $12.48

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Hello Bello Diapers Jumbo Pack

Hello Bello Diapers

From the new baby brand created by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, these eco-friendly, hypoallergenic diapers are also super absorbent. Score!

Price: $7.97-$29.97

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Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm

Earth Mama Diaper Balm

Diaper rashes happen and they happen fast so stock your changing tables with this organic balm for your baby's tush.

Price: $8.90

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Hello Bello Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

You want to slather natural, mineral sunscreens on your little one, but if you're like us, you're stressed about the high prices associated with most brands. Hello Bello is reinventing the wheel with this affordable tube of 50 SPF sunscreen that lathers on easily with zero thick white residue!

Price: $8.78

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Sometimes it can feel like toys are a mama's frenemy. While we love the idea of entertaining our children and want to give them items that make them happy, toys can end up taking the joy out of our own motherhood experience. For every child begging for another plastic figurine, there's a mama who spends her post-bedtime hours digging toys out from under the couch, dining room table and probably her own bed.

Like so many other moms, I've often found myself between this rock and hard place in parenting. I want to encourage toys that help with developmental milestones, but struggle to control the mess. Is there a middle ground between clutter and creative play?

Enter: Lovevery.

lovevery toys

Lovevery Play Kits are like the care packages you wish your child's grandparent would send every month. Expertly curated by child development specialists, each kit is crafted to encourage your child's current developmental milestones with beautiful toys and insightful activity ideas for parents. A flip book of how-tos and recommendations accompanies each box, giving parents not only tips for making the most of each developmental stage, but also explaining how the games and activities benefit those growing brains.

Even better, the toys are legitimately beautiful. Made from eco-friendly, sustainable materials materials and artfully designed, I even find myself less bothered when my toddler leaves hers strewn across the living room floor.

What I really love, though, is that the kits are about so much more than toys. Each box is like a springboard of imaginative, open-ended play that starts with the included playthings and expands into daily activities we can do during breakfast or while driving to and from lessons. For the first time, I feel like a company isn't just trying to sell me more toys―they're providing expert guidance on how to engage in educational play with my child. And with baby kits that range from age 0 to 12 months and toddler kits for ages 13 to 24 months, the kits are there for me during every major step of development I'll encounter as a new mama.

So maybe I'll never love toys―but I will always love spending time with my children. And with Lovevery's unique products, mixing those worlds has become child's play.


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One hour.

That's all this summer goal requires. It requires pretty much no planning or bucket list-making or thought, other than keeping your eyes open for opportunity. This hour will find you.

I figured out the impact of this hour when we spent last weekend at a water park while my son played lacrosse. Going back and forth from game to hotel water park all weekend left us feeling disjointed and exhausted. It was lots of fun, but I was just tired at the end of it. Every bone in my body couldn't wait to get home.

My kids, however, who can run all day and still not be tired, really wanted just one more hour in the water park. This meant I'd have to put on my bathing suit. We had to check out of our room, so if we stayed, we'd have to change in the damp, icky changing area. My hair would be wet. The water park was so loud. Not one thing about the idea of staying sounded appealing to me.

But still, they wanted to stay. They looked at us with hopeful eyes, begging for the fun to continue. Pretty much every other family was headed home. But we made a decision that changed how I am looking at my whole summer – and, really, how I'm looking at how my role as a parent.

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We stayed the extra hour. I am not exaggerating when I say it made all the difference.

I dug deep and decided I was going to be Fun Mom for an hour. I could have been Sit-in-a-chair-and-half-heartedly-watch-their-antics Mom for an hour, but I decided that would be a waste. If I wasn't going home, I was going to really be there for an hour. I was going to get my hair wet and not complain. For one hour, I was basically going to be a kid.

And it was So. Much. Fun.

I realized how important this hour was about 10 minutes in, when I found myself racing up the steps of the kiddie water slide area, chasing after Sam, plotting how I could adjust my way of sliding to finally beat him in our water slide race. I was ALL IN at that moment.

When I said I would slide with him, Sam's eyes lit right up and his little arms shot up in the air with a giant “YES!" He wanted to have fun with me. In that moment, I was not just Fun Mom. I was Fun Amy.

Having fun with your kids allows you to see them in a whole new light. I watched Sam use his God-given giant load of energy to run and run and run and embrace that hour, so much that I think he may be a fun genius.

I watched Kate fearlessly whip down water slides that made me scream like a baby. She held my hand. She was the one who was brave. She had no fear, and her fierce independence and determination made me feel lucky to be her friend for an hour.

I watched Thomas take Sam under his wing when it was his turn for slide races. I watched him teach Sam new water tricks and happily play in the kiddie area with reckless abandon, being kind and awesome to his brother at every turn.

I watched Ellie and Lily with their arms around each other, best friends for this sacred hour. I went down sides with each of them and floated through the lazy river as we all chatted, without a care in the world.

I held Todd's hand and rode down a slide with him in a double tube, just like in our dating days, our kids watching from behind, rolling their eyes with huge grins on their faces, hopefully seeing that marriage is more than making lunches and carting them around – that marriage is having actual fun with each other.

Spend the hour, my friends.

This hour reminded me how awesome it is to be the fun mom, to just be human with your kids. It reminded me how amazing it can be to say yes.

Sure, I could have used that hour to start on the massive pile of laundry we brought home. And full disclosure: We pushed ourselves to the point that there was plenty of super tired whining and complaining when we drove home. That hour could have saved us from having to stop for a little treat on the way home because now dinner was too far away. The house might have been cleaner and my people fed on time and in bed earlier had we not spent the hour.

But the laundry and the whining and the feeding of the people will always be there. That hour of fun was not only priceless. It was fleeting, like a feather in the wind we could catch if we tried. And we did.

Your hour may not be water park fun. This may sound like sheer torture to you. But your hour can be anything. And seriously, it's just an hour. We can do anything for an hour.

Thinking back, I remember my parents taking this same hour with us. My dad raced from roller coaster to roller coaster with my more adventurous siblings. My mom became more fun than any teenage shopping buddy we had. They spent the time. They took the hour. And we have amazing family memories because of it.

Life tries to drum that hour out of us. It tries to make us believe that getting stuff done is the ultimate prize. I am all for folded laundry and an empty sink and kids who are asleep at bedtime. But don't let life keep you from taking an hour here and there.

Find what you love, share it with your kids, say yes even when every bone in your old and weary body says no. Let your kids hear you scream like a kid going down a water slide. Get your hair wet. Eat ice cream for dinner. Play a family game of tag at the park as the sun goes down.

Show your kids you are more than a task master who cares too much about beds being made. Show them that you are not just the adult who wants them to entertain themselves at the water park while you sit in a hot tub (although I did that this weekend, too, and it was amazing).

Show them that family is fun, and that fun can actually come first. Show them the kid in you. It will bond you together in a whole new way.

Make it your goal this summer to take the hour. Those moments will make all the difference. And it's the moments that will change your family forever.

This post was originally published on Hiding in the Closet with Coffee.

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Breastfeeding is not easy. But neither is weaning. That's why this powerful photo from Brazilian mama Maya Vorderstrasse is going viral. Her husband captured the first time she ever breastfed their second daughter and next to it, almost two years later, the last time she fed their daughter from her breast.

And it's not just the photo that is powerful. In her caption Maya shares her emotional struggles with weaning and the tricks they used to make this transition easier for their youngest daughter. The caption reads:

"The first and last time my precious daughter ever nursed.

I didn't know that one person could feel so proud and so broken at the same time, right now I am a hormonal, emotional, and mental mess.

Raising my arm in this picture was very difficult for me as I had to fight through uncontrollable tears: this picture meant that I would never breastfeed my daughter ever again. I have been nursing for so long, that I don't know what it's like to not nurse anymore.



As I looked behind the camera, my husband is crying like I had never seen him cry before, like seriously, a deep gut cry. I was her comfort, her safe place, and I hope she still finds me that way. A month shy of 2 years old, she finally has a bed in a shared bedroom with her sister. We bought her her first bed, used any distraction we could come up with, snacks and new toys to keep her mind off of it.

My husband has taken over bedtime completely, including all nighttime wakings. We are on our third day, and every day gets a little bit easier. The guilt I feel for not putting her to bed is so intense and I can't wait to go back to it once she doesn't ask to nurse anymore. Closing a chapter is painful, but I am hopeful that this new season of our lives will also be special in its own way.

Through this maturation step she will not only grow more independent, but I will get a much needed break. She unlatched for the last time and sobbingly I said to my husband: "I did my best". He hugged me and responded with: "No. You did THE best, because you gave her your all". I love my family and am so thankful for such special and unforgettable moments like these. 💛

*my lazy boob has no clue about what's going on, but thoughts and prayers are accepted for my good one, I really think it might explode🤱🏻

**thank you to my husband, for insisting on filming this, I will treasure this forever.🤳🏼👩"

You've got this mama!

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If you're looking for basics for the kids for summer, you're in luck, mama. Primary clothes don't have logos or sparkles—they're classic prints and colors that can easily transition from one kid to the next. And this week, Primary is celebrating the new season with a major summer sale.

Items, like swimsuits, dresses, polos and more, are over 50% off. Most pieces are under $10 so you can stock up on an entire new wardrobe without breaking the budget.

Here's what we're adding to our carts—shop the entire sale here:

1. Baby rainbow stripe rash guard

With UPF 50, you can rest easy knowing baby has extra protection outdoors.

$14.50

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2. The track short

The easy pull-on waist will make outfit changes a breeze.

$10.50

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3. Rainbow stripe one-piece

Cute? Check. Will stay in place? Check. UPF 50? Check.

$18.00

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4. The short sleeve twirly dress

Made of 100% cotton jersey, this one will be a staple all summer long.

$10.00

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5. The polo babysuit

Perfect to dress up or down.

$8.00

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Being an adult is no joke. Beyond dressing ourselves and our kids and, ya know, feeding and bathing the family, there are so many other things that life throws at us. And because we're adults, we have to take care of these myriad to-dos. Welcome to: Adulting!

I'm not just talking about laundry, filling up the gas tank and stocking the fridge with groceries, but those tasks that always get pushed back. Getting life insurance. Refinancing your loan debt. (Students loans? Us, too.) Signing up for marriage counseling.

But guess what? These seemingly heavy-lift tasks are now a whole lot easier and faster to tackle. Here's how to check off your most tedious adulting chores.

The life insurance

When you're single with no descendants, life insurance might not seem like a top priority. But when you suddenly have a kid (or three), setting your family up for financial success is a must. And thanks to Ladder, obtaining a policy isn't the taxing, cringe-inducing process it used to be! It's modern and easy to use—seriously, you can even sign up for a policy from your phone or tablet. Ladder makes it possible to obtain a policy in under five minutes. Yes, really. See? No need to procrastinate!

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The student loan redux

You have the degree and the career and you also have the debt. And like us, you're likely just paying your monthly minimums without considering refinancing your student loans—because that sounds hard and complicated. Laurel Road simplifies the process. You can check your rates in only a few minutes (and don't worry, doing so won't impact to your credit score!).

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The marriage counselor

Did you know that 66% of couples report a drop in marital satisfaction when baby arrives? It's not surprising that an infant can cause stress for mama, but all that pressure can affect your relationship, too. Taking the time to really invest in marriage counseling often falls to the bottom of the to-do lists because of the many hurdles—finding a therapist, traveling to appointments, the cost of copays or out-of-pocket fees, the stigma around it all. With Lasting, however, you and your partner pair your apps and can begin working on your relationship together on your own timeline.

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