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There's something extra special about the first holiday season as a new parent. And of course we want to get the new parents in our lives an extra special gift—something that says "I love the baby, but you matter, too." Baby's first holiday is so exciting, but it is important to remember that this is holiday season looks a whole lot different as a parent.

So what should you gift? Consider products (or services!) that honor the challenges of new parenthood while recognizing how amazing it can be. And since those can be hard to find, our team has curated a list to make it easier for you to shop so you can focus on what matters most.

Here's what we're gifting our favorite mamas and dads:

Countdown to Mama

The Countdown to Mama 14-Gift Box is like an advent calendar for pregnant people, and that's awesome. Every day mama gets a little surprise while she looks forward to meeting her little one. These presents aren't just nice to have, they reduce stress, too. It's nice to know that you already have some necessities on hand. The gifts include a nursing cover and a silicone breast pump (but also beautiful jewelry and bath bombs for mom.

(Use code MOTHERLY for 15% off your purchase)


Artifact Uprising baby book: The Story of You

baby book

We've seen a lot of baby books and can confirm this one outdoes all others. There's a reason why it is a bestseller. It's as individual and unique as your baby, allowing you with enough space to write down memories next to photos. And like everything from Artifact Uprising, it's simply beautiful.


M.M.LaFleur + Motherly Morandi sweater

morandi sweater

This is the ultimate (machine-washable!) cozy sweater that's perfect for mama to cozy up in or dress up for going back to work. Our favorite part? You can grab baby a tiny matching one (which is seriously so adorable). Use code MOTHERLY19 for an exclusive set of recorded meditations. And check out our full Motherly capsule collection here.


Ergobaby all carry positions baby carrier

ergobaby carrier

Every new parent needs a quality carrier and we love how this one allows for multiple carrying positions, including the forward facing (but ergonomic) option that so many dads dig. This is most ideal for when baby is a bit older, starting at around 4 months.


The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama


The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is the pregnancy book you've been waiting for. It is evidence-based, non-judgmental and warm, and focuses on the beautiful baby and expecting mama.


Google home mini

google home mini

It's a smart speaker. It's a sound machine. It's a way to ask your partner to bring you another bottle (without just shouting down the hallway). The Google Home Mini is a must for new parents. We use ours all day, every day. Pro tip: You'll want one for every room.


Thinx all-star set

she thinks period underwear

This set of Thinx's most popular period-proof panties makes a great gift for a new mom. It includes a black hip-hugger, grey cotton brief and a black sport panty so she can try out all the styles and figure out which one works best for her body.


Aerie move high-waisted leggings

Aerie Move High Waisted Leggings

Every mama needs a pair of high-waisted leggings (no working out required). These are an amazing dupe for the Lululemon Align legging, at a fraction of the cost. They cover enough of the tummy to add support, come in several different lengths and feel like butter.


Daily Harvest subscription

Here's a fact: New parents are starving, but also have no time to eat. If you don't have time to be their meal train (of if they're past those first few weeks after birth), a subscription to Daily Harvest is the next best thing to keep them stocked with easy and nutritious smoothies. No less than five members of #TeamMotherly are avid subscribers.

Prices vary depending on frequency.


Ingrid + Isabel mama gold necklace

mama necklace

An accessory fit for a new mama, this beautiful 16-inch necklace from Ingrid & Isabel is an Insta-worthy way for a new mom to show off her new title with pride.


Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA 

Dada book Jimmy Fallon

This book is a present for baby and a joke (but not really) for parents. Nothing is better than gifting a laugh.


Grayson flannel shirt

grayson flannel shirt

The most comfortable (and well-made) button-up you'll ever wear. The fit flatters so many body types and it's slightly structured, making it easy to dress up. Plus, it's breastfeeding-friendly and machine washable.


Jane Pope jewelry name ring

Jane Pope ring

Parents spend a lot of time coming up with the perfect name for their baby and this gift is a great way to honor the beauty of a that and the bond between mother and child. This one is a splurge, but te hand-engraved 14k gold name ring is perfect for sentimental mamas in your life.


Womanly Made mother top

mother t-shirt

A beautiful gift to give to a new proud mama. It's made of 100% cotton and is breathable—perfect for postpartum sweats or cozy nursing sessions. Plus, each purchase helps a mama in need.


Dyson cordless stick vacuum

Dyson animal stick vac

If you are shopping for a family with babies and fur babies, they'll love how quickly this vacuum picks up pet hair (and any mess the human baby can throw at it). One of our editors says it's perfect for quick clean ups, but powerful enough to do a deep clean.


Instant Pot 3-Quart 7-in-1 pressure cooker

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is the perfect gift for new parents because it really is effortless cooking.

The Instant Pot is changing the way our families eat and makes postpartum meal prep so simple.


Grey State Apparel sweatshirt

grey state apparel sweatshirt

This terry cotton blend makes this sweatshirt feel exactly like your favorite one that you've had since college. Easy to toss on, mama will appreciate loungewear that really does look good.


Roborock S4 robot vacuum

robo vacuum

It is hard to find the time (and energy) to vacuum as a new parent, so this WiFi enabled device (which can connect to Amazon's Alexa) is truly the gift that keeps on giving. It's a time hack that keeps the floor clean for a crawling little one.


Third Love 24/7 nursing bra

ThirdLove 24/7 nursing bra

Finding a bra that fits is hard at the best of times, so finding a well-fitting nursing bra can be super stressful. This one takes all the stress out of finding the perfect fit with super-soft fabric, front closure and easy-open cups that really support you.


Rifle Paper Co. tapestry memoir notebook

Rifle Paper Memoir Notebook

For the mama who loves to journal, the Rifle Paper Co. Tapestry Memoir Notebook is the a thoughtful gift for this season of life. Keep track of the memories made in early parenthood in a beautiful place.


Adidas Sport OverEar headphones

Adidas Sport OverEar Headphones

We love how versatile these Adidas Sport OverEar headphones are. They're super easy to set up (just sync with any bluetooth device), sweat-proof (for those intense sessions at the gym) and all the controls for what you need are on the headphones themselves. Bonus: When we tested these, our 3-year-old loved them as much as we did. They would actually be great for long car rides with littles who want to watch their own videos in the back seat.


The Whole-Brain Child

the whole-brain-child

This book is a bestseller for a reason. It educates new parents though relatable stories and offers realistic ideas for raising kids with the brain in mind.




For all the dehydrated parents who don't want to be reaching for cheap plastic bottles but are too frugal to buy themselves a fancy bottle when they're spending so much on baby bottles, wrap up a hydroflask.


Primula Stainless Steel Pour Over Coffee Maker

pour over coffee maker

The best pour over coffee maker we've tried, the Primula is easy to use, easy to clean and makes the perfect coffee. You don't need pods, paper filters or a fancy machine, you just need the Primula, some grounds and hot water. It fits on any mug, too.


Apple iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 pro

Yes, it's absolutely worth the hype and I would argue the best gift a parent can get. This phone takes such amazing pictures, new parents will have a camera roll full of high-quality baby photos.


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If you're already feeling a bit of cabin fever, it's time to get outside for some fresh air, mama. Whether you've planned your days around homeschooling activities or have decided on taking a more laid-back approach, there's always one thing that everyone in the family can agree on: playing outside!

From playhouses to tree swings, we've found 12 of the best outdoor toys to keep your little ones busy in the backyard during the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Gardening tools

kids gardening tools

Even the smallest of gardeners need the right tools to get the job done! These wooden + metal gardening tools look (and work) just like the real thing, and are crafted from natural materials and without toxic paints or finishes. Your little one will love getting their hands dirty while also developing their motor skills.


2. Sidewalk chalk

kids washable chalk bucket

Get the kids outside to create sidewalk drawings (and positive messages for neighbors!). This giant bucket is filled with 50 washable chalk sticks, providing hours of outdoor fun.


3. Water beads

kids water beads

Simply put, water beads are just so much fun! These smooth, squishy beads create an awesome tactile experience and are prefect for sensory play in a water table or any type of small container. You can even use them to practice color recognition, sorting, counting and so much more.


4. Picnic + sensory table

picnic and sensory kids table

Sensory tables are a staple in any preschool classroom—and can be in your own home, too. They're perfect for stimulating your little one's senses and facilitating play, creativity and exploration. This beautiful table has a built-in sandpit that can hold up to 50 lbs of play sand or nearly 3 gallons of water. Plus, it doubles as a place to paint, color or draw.


5. Web swing

kids outdoor web swing

This swing will take you back to simpler times and long, warm summer days spent swinging outside. With more than 1,000 great reviews, this is a bestseller for a reason. It holds up to 600 lbs so multiple kids can hop on (even parents can join in!), and the tree straps are built to be durable.


6. Pool

mini inflatable pool

There's really not much to say here other than WE COULD NOT BE MORE OBSESSED WITH THIS POOL! Measuring 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall, it's big enough for you and the kiddos (ummm or just you?) to stay cool. And have we mentioned all the fun designs? Swoon. 😍


7. Scooter

kids radio flyer scooter

Whether you're zipping through city streets or riding up and down your suburban driveway, a good scooter is a must have for outdoor fun. It's a great way for little ones to improve their balance and coordination while also having a blast!


8. Sprinkler

kids giant sprinkler

Nothing says summer like a giant inflatable cactus sprinkler in your backyard 🤣 This playful sprinkler stands almost 6 feet high and is the perfect way for kids to cool off during those hot days. (Shh, we won't tell if you want to join in on the fun, too!)


9. Jumper

kids junior jumper

If you're looking for a jumping toy but don't want a full trampoline, this jumper is the perfect solution. It's super bouncy, super safe and really fun! This one is sized perfectly for smaller jumpers, and can handle multiple kiddos at once.


10. Wheelbarrow

Radio Flyer kids wheelbarrow

If your kids are going to play outside, they might as well pitch in with the yard work 🤷🏽♀️. This classic wheelbarrow looks just like the real thing—just a lot smaller! Little ones will love filling it up, pushing it around, dumping it out, and then doing it alllll over again and again.


11. Oceanbound tide pool set

For the littlest ones, it's easy to keep it simple. Take their bath toys and use them in a new way outside. With this tide pool set, there are so many opportunities for fun sensory play, whether it's in a sandbox, a rice sensory bin or just good old fashioned dirt. We especially love that these toys are made from 100% recycled plastic and that they come in their own adorable storage bag that can also be used for play.


12. Wooden playhouse

Kids playhouse

This one is spendy for sure, but a sturdy, beautiful playhouse is an investment that will pay off in years of imaginative play for everyone from young toddlers to school-aged kiddos. This one is large enough for several children yet compact enough to work in even tiny backyard spaces. It's made from 100% cedar wood and features several large built-in windows, flower boxes, a working door + doorbell, and even a chalkboard.


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If you had to only choose one product to toss in your bag, what would it be? Our guess is you're looking for something that's easy-to-use, affordable, clean and multi-tasks for you—something that'll simplify your routine because you have other things to worry about than what beauty product to grab (like making that Zoom meeting in time while you're working from home).

Enter: Arrow Beauty—a clean beauty brand created by Birchbox with products designed to save you time.

I had the chance to try out the entire product line and, let's just say I've made sure to toss one everywhere—in my bag, on my desk, in the bathroom. And during this pandemic, it's made getting ready (okay, looking presentable for video calls) in the mornings so much simpler.

Each product is created to be something you grab and go when you're in a rush. Everything is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and mineral oil, vegan and cruelty-free so you can still give your littles all the snuggles and kisses without stressing about transferring any bad ingredients over. And, they're designed to travel well. Birchbox made sure Arrow Beauty featured leak-proof and carry-on friendly items. Did we mention everything is under $25?

Here's what is in their first launch:

Nourishing lip oil

birchbox arrow lip oil

This one might be my favorite from the collection. A lip oil that leaves a high-shine finish that isn't sticky (!!!) and keeps your lips moisturized for hours. It comes in clear, perfect to top off your favorite shade, or color enhancing pink that reacts to the pH level of your skin, making a unique shade for you.


Radiant skin moisturizer

birchbox arrow skin moisturizer

Have no time in the morning? Massage this into your skin for the ultimate pick-me-up. It has a subtle sheen that illuminates and nourishing ingredients—hyaluronic acid and aloe—that hydrates and gives you a glow.


Color enhancing lip balm

birchbox arrow lip balm

The Birchbox team listened to customer feedback to reformulate their OG tinted balm and it's *so* good. There are three shades—berry, coral and blush—that look incredible on all skin tones because it reacts to the pH in your skin to enhance your natural color. Even better? It's buildable!


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This is the #yearofthemother.

And this is the pregnancy book women deserve, from the experts at Motherly.

This is an unprecedented time to embark on the journey of motherhood. You are part of a new generation of women elevating empowerment in all its forms.

Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, whether you're still deciding about pregnancy or already have a baby on the way, becoming mama involves your body, mind, emotions, lifestyle, relationships, schedule, spirituality, worldview—and most of all, your heart.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama celebrates the wonder of your new baby and honors you through this profound life transformation.Inclusive, holistic, and evidence-based, this book was made for you—a loving and supportive embrace of your unique motherhood journey in all its power, complexity and beauty.

Peek inside here!


Praise for The Motherly Guide

"Mothers around the world deserve the guidance that this book offers: unconditional support and access to expert-backed, non-judgmental information. This book is the first of its kind to support the whole woman through the whole journey from getting pregnant, to birth, postpartum, and beyond. The maternal wellness revolution has arrived." —Christy Turlington Burns, founder, Every Mother Counts

"Motherly is leading the conversation about how pregnancy, birth, and postpartum transforms a woman's world―and The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is their greatest contribution yet. Women deserve all the support as their bodies, minds, and lives transform, and this book delivers it with so much heart."—Katrina Scott, cofounder, Tone It Up

"The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is like having an entire birth team on your offers grace, empowerment, and support for however and wherever you find yourself on the becoming mama journey."—Anthonia Akitunde, founder and editor-in-chief, mater mea

"THE essential guide to pregnancy and birth has finally arrived. The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is the only book you need to get you through this adventure. It's woman-centered, warm, and informative . . . it's the book I wish I would've had, and the one I'm so excited for you to have."—Natalie Gordon, founder and CEO of Babylist

"This epic book is a cross between an encyclopedia and a wise aunt. In this thorough and comprehensive resource, the Motherly team offers equal doses of wisdom, love, and cold hard facts so that each new mother can develop the confidence that she desperately needs on her pregnancy and motherhood journey. A soulful and dependable guide for all women."—Kimberly Ann Johnson, author of The Fourth Trimester

Pre-order your copy ofThe Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama, and join us as we redefine motherhood, together.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on so many people's lives, and mamas everywhere are feeling it especially hard. The outbreak has been an especially scary time for pregnant women who worry about getting the support they need during this already challenging time.

At Motherly, nothing is more important to us than helping mamas everywhere feel supported and empowered from the very beginning of their motherhood journey. That's why we took two major steps toward helping pregnant women everywhere feel more confident right now:

First, we wrote the pregnancy + birth book you deserve.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama provides evidence-based, women-centered support for every stage of your journey, from trying to conceive to caring for your sweet new baby.

We wrote The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama to ensure that every person has access to high-quality, nurturing pregnancy and birth guidance. It is the pregnancy book you deserve. And we would be honored if you would consider pre-ordering it now.

You can pre-order The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama at your favorite retailer, and it will be on its way to you when it releases on April 14th:

During this difficult time, please consider ordering from Barnes and Noble or an independent bookstore as they are greatly impacted by COVID-19. (Also, please note delivery times from various outlets may vary or be delayed due to the virus.)

Second, we're making our Becoming Mama™ Online Birth Class absolutely free.

For the thousands of women who are unable to attend their birth class due to the virus, our class, taught by Diana Spalding, Motherly's Digital Education Editor, certified nurse-midwife, and writer of The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama, is the nurturing, empowering resource you need to have your best, most supported birth no matter what.

This class will prepare you for your birth, while the book is about the entire journey—from trying to conceive, to pregnancy wellness, birth, postpartum and caring for your sweet new baby.

More than 7000 women have joined Motherly's FREE online birth class

Pregnancy and birth are some of the biggest moments of life—it can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Going through this process during a transformative world event—a pandemic—can make it feel so daunting. We want you to know that we are here for you.

You deserve to experience pregnancy, birth and motherhood with confidence and joy—and we are honored to be on this journey with you.

As founder of mater mea, Anthonia Akitunde said, The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama "is like having a whole birth team on your nightstand."Because you deserve to experience it all with confidence and joy—and we are honored to be on this journey with you.

To sign up for our free online class, please fill out this info, and we'll email you access to the class (within 24 hours) and sign you up for our newsletter.

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