If you're overwhelmed by the sheer amount of bottle brands and varieties on the market, welcome to the club! I have four kids and the first three all used the same bottle brand with nary a problem… then baby #4 came around, and of course she decided to reinvent the wheel. I stocked up on nearly a dozen new options, painstakingly sterilizing and attempting to get her to suckle from each one—so that, ya know, I could go to the grocery store or take a shower without her needing to nurse!

Regardless of whether you're a soon-to-be mama looking for the bottle that's just right for you and your baby, or you're at-the-end-of-your-rope mama who's willing to try anything to get your fussy bambino to take a bottle, we got you.

Before we get started, here's your crash course in "babas" as we lovingly call them in my household.

Why do you need bottles if you're planning to breastfeed?

Well, as I said earlier, you're going to likely want some space at some point—whether it's for date night or to run errands for an hour—and to do so with some peace of mind, you'll want your baby to be able to be fed in your absence, and a bottle is the only way it's gonna get done (regardless of whether it's formula or breastmilk in there!).

How many do you really need?

If you're stocking up on bottles for the first time, you'll want to have roughly six to eight on hand starting on day one of baby's life. That may seem excessive, but when you consider that newborns feed eight to 12 times a day, we promise you it's not!

What types of bottles are there?

There are glass and plastic (BPA-free, of course), and there are usually four levels of nipple size for newborns through toddlers, with the nipple size and flow growing with the babe. There are also two sizes of bottles, typically around 4- and 9-ounces—you'll plow through the small bottles when they're drinking smaller portions many times a day, and as solids are introduced you'll transition to the larger bottles for fewer "meals." More to know: Most bottles on the market now are designed to specifically aid parents with certain pain points, like gas, colic, or—like my stubborn fourth child—a baby that simply prefers the boob.

So, there you have it mamas! Now that you've completed your Bottles 101, let's dig in, shall we? Below we give you our favorite bottles to buy.

1. Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottle

Why it's our fave: This is the brand that I used with my first three babies and each was able to seamlessly transition from boob to bottle. I attribute this to the brand's wide, breast-shaped nipple that mimics mama. The bottle boasts an anti-colic technology that vents air towards the bottom of the bottle—and away from your baby's belly. Parents everywhere will appreciate that this bottle only comprises three pieces, which makes cleaning and assembling easy peasy. If you're looking for an all-around all-star bottle, this is it.

More to know: The nipple itself is ultra-soft and has petal-esque design that prevents collapsing and helps babies latch.


2. Dr. Brown's Original Bottle

Why it's our fave: If you have a gassy baby who's suffering from colic—or you simply want to avoid colic at all cost—Dr. Brown's bottles are the way to go. The OG of anti-colic bottles, Dr. Brown's features a technology that routes air through vents, instead of the milk, preventing babies from ingesting bubbles and thus reducing colic, spit up, burping and gas. Another perk: These bottles fit most breast pumps (including Medela), allowing mamas to pump directly into them and avoiding messy transfers.

More to know: The downside of Dr. Brown's is the amount of parts—with five components, hand washing can be a bear but all those pieces can be thrown in the dishwasher!


3. Comotomo Baby Bottle

Why it's our fave: Definitely the prettiest bottle on our list, the Comotomo is also the trendiest—it's beloved by celebs ranging from Kate Hudson to Kim Kardashian. And we have to agree with those A-list mamas, because the bottle's hype is real. The nipple is hyper-realistic when it comes to replicating mama's breast shape, and the bottle's squeezable silicone base helps control milk flow, just as mama would massage her own breast when nursing.

While some users have complained that the bottle's soft base can be difficult to hold on to when feeding baby, the silver lining is that the material is easier for babies to grasp and the malleable material is easier to stuff into a diaper bag side compartment! And some 4,500 Amazon reviewers have given Comotomo nearly five-stars for reasons ranging from the zero-leak nipples to the effective anti-colic valves.

More to know: With only three parts, the bottle is a cinch to clean.


4. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Baby Bottle

Why it's our fave: With an extra wide neck and a nipple shaped like mama's breast (making for an easy, natural latch), Tommee Tippee has gained cult status because its silicone nipple is so sensitive that it actually flexes inside baby's mouth… just like mama's! Comprising an antic-colic valve that creates an extra-slow flow (no bubbles = no gas!), the bottle's curvy design is easy for to grasp and hold. And the short stout body means it's one of the easiest bottles to clean on our list.

More to know: These bottles are the cheapest on our list!


5. Nuk Simply Natural Bottle

Why it's our fave: The only bottle on our list with multiple nipple holes (starting at three with the "slow" flow and going up to nine with the "fast"), Nuk Simply Natural bottles aim to mimic mama's nursing breast via a flexible nipple that moves with baby's latch and adapts to the shape of his or her mouth. The anti-colic air system allows for baby to swallow liquid, not air (No gas! No spit up!) and because it's built into the bottle, there are no extra parts to clean, woot woot!

More to know: The bottles also come in super cute, gender-specific patterns in pastel pink and blue.


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I'm usually that girl who shells out for premium leggings, and I still think they're fun as a treat, but I've now bought these so-called "compression" leggings in multiple colors. And since 74% of you told us in a recent Instagram poll that you live in leggings, we hope this practical hot tip can help make #momlife a little easier for you, too.

So why compression? While we'd never advise going to extremes, we're not opposed to a little help keeping everything in place. To be clear, this isn't about hiding—we're all for celebrating our bodies (and especially our bellies) at every stage. But adapting to an ever-changing shape can be distracting, and a little extra support around the stomach and hips can feel amazing after birth and help you focus on what's important.

What these $20 leggings have on even my most expensive pairs is that they are thick—meaning they don't snag in the wash, sheer out when I squat, or (heaven forbid) rip when I bend over. Their durability makes them perfect for both household chores and high-intensity workouts. They're also warm, making them well-suited for transitioning between seasons. And once your wardrobe fully changes over, the same brand makes compression shorts that are equally comfy.

Homma Premium Thick High Waist Tummy Compression Slimming Leggings

amazon leggings

As for the whole compression thing? Once they're on, I honestly don't notice anything but how flattering they are when I catch my reflection in the mirror. The 88% Nylon, 12% Spandex blend keeps it tight without feeling, well, too tight. Think of the compression like a gentle hug, or a guardian angel that just wants to bless your curves all day long. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to order another pair.


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Wouldn't it be nice to throw on mascara and instantly look well-rested? Let's set the scene: You've been up all night caring for your sick toddler and you look extremely tired. You quickly apply a waterproof, lengthening and volumizing mascara and poof—tired eyes begone. Sounds like a magic trick, right? But we have a few mascaras in our makeup bag that can do just that, mama.

These are our favorite mascaras to use that make us look well-rested and ready to conquer the day, even if we're running on just a few hours:

Tarte surfer curl mascara

Tarte surfer curl mascara

Whether you're prepping for hot yoga, a day at the beach, or just keeping up with the kiddos, Tarte's latest mascara is perfect for a mamas active lifestyle. It's a vitamin E- based mascara that delivers sweatproof, weightless volume without the clumps. Pro tip: Just do the top lashes for a more natural look.


Fenty Beauty by Rihanna full frontal volume, lift + curl mascara

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna full frontal volume, lift + curl mascara

This popular mascara was designed to deliver Rihanna's full lash look, and we must admit, after three applications, our lashes turned out thicker and fuller than ever. The key to this formula is that it's paired with aflat-to-fat brush that customizes what you need. The fat side holds lots of product to quickly load and lift lashes, while the flat side defines and curls each lash.


Maybelline lash sensational mascara

Maybelline lash sensational mascara

Not ready to spend loads of money on a beauty product? We hear you. That's why we love this liquid ink formula from Maybelline. It coats from all sides for full coverage with a featherlight feel. Just be careful with your application—it requires a good makeup remover to remove.


L'Oréal voluminous lash paradise mascara

L'Or\u00e9al voluminous lash paradise mascara

If a deep black color is what you're after, this mascara will get you there in the best way possible. The soft wavy bristle brush gives lots of volume and the 200 bristles catch every lash for a full fringe effect. No, seriously—get the results you crave in only two coats!


Stila Cosmetics magnum xxx mascara

Stila Cosmetics magnum xxx mascara

Suffer from thin, straight lashes that never seem to curl? This creamy, non-clumping formula is buildable and gives instant volume. It's also pretty cool that the blossom-shaped fiber wand is carved in a curved silhouette that dispenses just the right amount of formula on each individual lash for lots of volume.


Marc Jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara

Marc Jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara

When we heard that this mascara was inspired by Marc Jacobs' first beauty memory of his mother shaving fibers from a velvet ribbon to create her own faux lashes, we knew this was something special. This mascara gives smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less.


IT Cosmetics superhero mascara

 IT Cosmetics superhero mascara

If black mascara leaves you with raccoon eyes by the end of the day, this mascara might be your new bestie. Developed with plastic surgeons, and clinically tested, it provides both length and volume in one coat. Also, the formula contains collagen, biotin and peptides to condition your lashes as you coat.


Too Faced better than sex waterproof mascara

Too Faced better than sex waterproof mascara

Without question, the original better than sex mascara lives up to its name, and the waterproof feature on this one is an added bonus. The hourglass-shaped brush was designed with extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of this super black, collagen-fueled formula. But, once on your lashes, prepare to rub for a long time to get it off.


LancĂ´me monsieur big mascara

Lanc\u00f4me Monsieur big mascara

This is one of LancĂ´me's bestselling mascaras and we get why. For starters, it's a creamy formula with a gel-like texture that does not require touch-ups. It also brings a ton of volume, without the flaking.


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I admit it: We struggle with screen time in my house. My 4-year-old is a rambunctious consumer of entertainment and most of his beloved forms come in the mini screen of my cell phone. I do, however, do my best to fill that screen with the most educational kid's apps that exist, and one of his favorites is the world of Sago Mini. Their apps are fun, playful, and yes, help him learn something too.

So imagine our excitement when we found out that Sago Mini is bringing that experience offline with an IRL kid's toy subscription service that sends open-ended toys to you about once a month. The service officially launched Tuesday, February 18th and it's perfect for kids aged 3-5. It costs about $19 a month or $15 a month if you pay for an annual subscription.

The Sago Mini box

The first set of boxes will have planes, road trip and fairy tales themes. ✨The box we tried was road-trip themed and it came with everything your little needs to get off the phone and into their imagination. I loved that even the box itself can be turned into a toy by disassembling it and rebuilding it inside out. Because we all know that sometimes our kid's favorite toy ends up being the box it was shipped in!

The kit comes with three make and play activities, all designed to build off each other. For example, our road trip box came with a felt "road" that my son loved draping all over the furniture, and a cardboard car with wooden wheels in one activity pack. Then the second activity pack had destinations your child can "drive" their car to like Grandma's house, school and a gas station.

I especially appreciated that they kept an eye on sustainability (and cute design!) when creating these play materials. All the paper materials that come in the box are made from recycled goods or sourced from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC certified). The best part? My son played with his set for a good few hours—and never asked for my phone once.


Kim Kardashian West has recently been in the spotlight for her home design—it's incredibly minimalist, with lots of white, bright (but barely there) details—and it got many mamas wondering: How do multiple kiddos live there? Because no matter how much we love minimalism, it can be hard to maintain when toys seem to pop up out of nowhere.

Well, she gave us a sneak peek into her kids' playroom today on Instagram Stories. "You guys always say my house is so minimal—well, you guys haven't seen my playroom," shares Kardashian West.

So now we get it. Among the super-cool details (hello, concert stage and movie projector), her four little ones do play with a ton of toys. Some toys, in fact, that our own kids play with!

Here are some of our favorite toys that we spotted in Kim Kardashian's playroom:

Melissa & Doug Wooden Grocery Store

melissa and doug grocery cart

One of Motherly mamas' favorite interactive play sets. Complete with a hand cranked conveyor belt, a beeping scanner and swipe machine. Plus, it looks beautiful in any playroom. (It was adorable watching Kim show us how it works.)


CAT Construction Fleet Dump Truck

kids toy drump truck

Littles will love putting items in the back of the dump truck. Even better, it's great for both indoor and outdoor play (even works great in sand!).


Sesame Street Big Bird Toy

sesame street toy

This super soft plush toy is a classic with a twist. Yes, it's Big Bird, your child's friend from Sesame Street, but with an artsy twist by Kaws. It's just a tiny detail in the toy's eyes that makes it different and so much cooler.


Learning Resources Pretend Play Food

pretend play baked goods

With 15 pieces, kids have everything they need to bake cookies and cupcakes. Bonus points for working on their hand-eye coordination with the rolling pin, spatula and mixing bowl.


KidKraft Lil' Symphony Guitar

kidkraft kids guitar

The Kardashian West kids might just take after their dad practicing their music skills with this wooden guitar. With nearly 400 positive reviews, this is a favorite for many mamas.


LEGO Classic Box

lego classic

Kids can build and bring anything to life with this set—484 pieces total. Kim has the Legos organized by colors in her drawers, but we like this box to drop everything in.


100-Piece Wooden Train Set

wooden train set

A gorgeous wooden train set for kids of all ages. This one comes with multiple tracks, bridges, buildings and vehicles to create the ultimate experience.


Melissa & Doug Toy Shopping Cart

melissa and doug cart

We doubt Kim Kardashian does her own grocery shopping, but her little ones seem to love this pretend play grocery cart. It pairs perfectly with the grocery mart above!


London Doll Pram Stroller

kids london doll pram

This gorgeous stroller is the sweetest accessory for kids who enjoy playing with baby dolls. It's big enough to fit all different types, from small Barbies to larger ones. Plus, the wheels don't swivel so it's easy for small hands to push around.


Play-Doh Play Pack

play doh

This classic toy never goes out of style. Kiddos can create just about anything their imagination wants with the squishy and bright, non-toxic modeling clay.


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