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New motherhood can be exhilarating, magical, and... really, really tiring. A thoughtful gift for a new mama—something just for her, not for baby—can go a lonnnggg way. Treat the new mom in your life (or yourself!) to a fantastic gift this season from our picks below. We can't think of many people more deserving!

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1. Edible Beauty & Desert Lime MicroExfoliant

This face polish is gentle enough to be used every few days, but strong enough that you can definitely feel the smoothing effects on your skin after each use. It smells a-mazing and is perfect to revitalize and re-energize the skin of any tired new mama.

Edible Beauty & Desert Lime MicroExfoliant, Sephora, $52.00

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2. Artifact Uprising Baby Book - The Story of You

This next level baby book is one of our faves this season. It's completely different than your average baby book, and that's what we love about it. It's stunningly simple, aesthetically beautiful, and really easy for any new mama to fill in.

Artifact Uprising Baby Book - The Story of You, Artifact Uprising, $120.00

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3. THINX

While mama is at home snuggling her new babe, her body is still recovering from delivery. It's normal for women to bleed for up to six weeks after giving birth (if you're filling up more than a pad in under 1-2 hours, let your doctor know), but postpartum pads aren't the most comfortable. Enter THINX. Their washable, reusable undies can hold up to 1 1/2 to 2 tampons' worth, or be used with pads to prevent leaks, helping mama to feel a bit more like herself. This set is on sale through 12/31, featuring some of their most popular styles.

All Star Set, THINX, $85.00 (originally $100.00)

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4. Daily Harvest Subscription

Fresh, organic smoothies are healthy and incredible, but let's be honest—smoothie-making probably isn't high on the to-do list of any new mom. Enter Daily Harvest, who will send individual, superfood-packed frozen smoothie cups right to your door. Um, YES PLEASE.

Daily Harvest Subscription, Daily Harvest, prices vary based on frequency

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5. Feed Amelia Tote

Reality check: new mamas have a lot of stuff to cart around. Help them pack mule in style with these neutral, stylish totes perfect for all things baby and mama. Bonus: This particular bag provides meals for 100 school meals.

FEED Amelia Tote, Feed Projects, $198.00

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6. Mama Necklace

Celebrate her new title with a delicate piece of jewelry. Handmade in California, this necklace is a sentimental piece she can rock for years to come. Plus, it's made of 14K gold so you don't have to worry about it turning.

Mama Necklace, Ingrid and Isabel, $125.00

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7. Dyson Animal V8 Cord Free Vacuum

Yup, there's a vacuum on this list. (#momlife) Because kids are messy, and this vacuum is AMAZING. It's totally cord free and, dare we say, makes vacuuming so easy that it's almost fun.

Dyson Animal V8 Cord Free Vacuum, Amazon, $325.99

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8. Bright Cellars Wine Subscription

Take a short quiz, see your personalized wine matches, and get your favorite bottles sent directly to your door every month. You just spent nine months not drinking, so this one seems like a no-brainer to us. Click here to see your wine matches and get $50 off your first month!

Bright Cellars Wine Subscription, Bright Cellars, prices vary

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9. Wildbird Ring Sling

Babywearing can be a lifesaver for new moms. These ring slings can take a bit of practice (we love the online tutorials), but once you get the hang of it, they're a great way to keep baby close and calm. We 💜Wildbird's soft and beautiful fabrics.

Wildbird Ring Sling, Wildbird, $64.95 and up

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10. Smugmug Gift Subscription

New mom-ing means suddenly having more photos than you know what to do with. Smugmug has a user friendly interface and is a safe place to store all those precious memories.

Smugmug Gift Subscription, Smugmug, starting at $3.99 per month

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11. eufy Baby Monitor

If mama doesn't have a trusted baby monitor just yet, we love this one by eufy. Featuring a wide-angle lens, you'll be able to see the entire room so it can still be used during mobile toddler years. With an easy set-up, mama simply has to plug it in and go.

eufy Security SpaceView Baby Monitor, Amazon, $139.99

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12. ThirdLove 24/7 Nursing Bra

We love ThirdLove's regular bras, and their new nursing collection lives up to their same high standards of comfort, style and durability.

ThirdLove 24/7 Nursing Bra, ThirdLove, $72.00

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13. Freshly Picked Diaper Bag

Dubbed by some as the "perfect" bag, this brand new release from baby mocc favorite Freshly Picked was designed by crowd sourcing what moms actually want—large capacity, ease of use, durability and style. We think it checks all four boxes, and then some! ✔ ✔

Freshly Picked Diaper Bag, Amazon, $176.02

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14. Amanda Deer Jewelry

You can never, ever go wrong with some jewelry. Whether the new mama in your life is looking for a dainty, on-trend piece, or something personalized to remind her of her new little one, there are so many great options here to choose from.

Amanda Deer Jewelry, Etsy, $36.00 and up

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15. Hanna Andersson Family Matching PJ's

It's no secret that #hannajams are some of our favorites, and these matching family sets really knock it out of the park. There's pretty much nothing cuter than coordinated family pj's in our book!

Hanna Andersson Family Matching PJ's, Hanna Andersson, $40.00 and up

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16. Rifle Paper Co. Journal

New motherhood is a time of change, growth, and self-reflection. Rifle Paper Co. makes gorgeously crafted journals that are the perfect place for a new mom to capture all of those meaningful moments. And, if you're a planner, we also love this five year set.

Rifle Paper Co. Journal, Amazon, $15.00

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17. Love Is

This story of a girl and a duckling who share a year together will touch any new mama's heart.

Love Is, Amazon, $15.19

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18. The Whole-Brain Child

We love the scientific insight + everyday practicality behind this bestselling book on how fostering brain development can lead to happier, calmer kids. It's like opening the door into your child's brain, and it's completely fascinating.

The Whole-Brain Child, Amazon, $10.87

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If there's one thing you learn as a new mama, it's that routine is your friend. Routine keeps your world spinning, even when you're trucking along on less than four hours of sleep. Routine fends off tantrums by making sure bellies are always full and errands aren't run when everyone's patience is wearing thin. And routine means naps are taken when they're supposed to, helping everyone get through the day with needed breaks.

The only problem? Life doesn't always go perfectly with the routine. When my daughter was born, I realized quickly that, while her naps were the key to a successful (and nearly tear-free!) day, living my life according to her nap schedule wasn't always possible. There were groceries to fetch, dry cleaning to pick up, and―if I wanted to maintain any kind of social life―lunch dates with friends to enjoy.

Which is why the Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller was such a life-saver. While I loved that it was just 14 pounds (perfect for hoisting up the stairs to the subway or in the park) and folds down small enough to fit in an airplane overhead compartment (you know, when I'm brave enough to travel again!), the real genius of this pint-sized powerhouse is that it doesn't skimp on comfort.

Nearly every surface your baby touches is padded with plush cushions to provide side and lumbar support to everything from their sweet head to their tiny tush―it has 40% more padding than other compact strollers. When nap time rolls around, I could simply switch the seat to its reclined position with an adjustable leg rest to create an instant cozy nest for my little one.

There's even a large UV 50 sun canopy to throw a little shade on those sleepy eyes. And my baby wasn't the only one benefiting from the comfortable design― the Metro is the only stroller certified "back healthy" by the AGR of Germany, meaning mamas get a much-needed break too.

I also appreciate how the Metro fits comfortably into my life. The sleek profile fits through narrow store aisles as easily as it slides up to a table when I'm able to meet a pal for brunch. Plus, the spring suspension means the tires absorb any bumps along our way―helping baby stay asleep no matter where life takes us. When it's time to take my daughter out, it folds easily with one hand and has an ergonomic carry handle to travel anywhere we want to go.

Life will probably never be as predictable as I'd like, but at least with our Metro stroller, I know my child will be cradled with care no matter what crosses our path.

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

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It's been more than a year since Khloé Kardashian welcomed her daughter True Thompson into the world, and like a lot of new moms, Khloé didn't just learn how to to be a mom this year, she also learned how to co-parent with someone who is no longer her partner. According to the Pew Research Center, co-parenting and the likelihood that a child will spend part of their childhood living with just one parent is on the rise.

There was a ton of media attention on Khloé's relationship with True's father Tristan Thompson in her early days of motherhood, and in a new interview on the podcast "Divorce Sucks!," Khloé explained that co-parenting with someone you have a complicated relationship with isn't always easy, but when she looks at True she knows it's worth it.

"For me, Tristan and I broke up not too long ago so it's really raw," Khloé tells divorce attorney Laura Wasser on the podcast. She explains that even though it does "suck" at times, she's committed to having a good relationship with her ex because she doesn't want True to pick up on any negative energy, even at her young age.

That's why she invited Tristan to True's recent first birthday bash, even though she knew True wouldn't remember that party. "I know she's going to want to look back at all of her childhood memories like we all do," Khloé explained. "I know her dad is a great person, and I know how much he loves her and cares about her, so I want him to be there."

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We totally get why being around Tristan is hard for Khloé, but it sounds like she's approaching co-parenting with a positive attitude that will benefit True in the long run. Studies have found that shared parenting is good for kids and that former couples who have "ongoing personal and emotional involvement with their former spouse" are more likely to rate their co-parenting relationship positively.

Khloé says her relationship with Tristan right now is "civilized," and hopefully it can get even better with time. As Suzanne Hayes noted in her six guiding principles for a co-parenting relationship, there's no magic bullet for moving past the painful feelings that come when a relationship ends and into a healthy co-parenting relationship, but treating your ex with respect and (non-romantic) love is a good place to start. Hayes describes it as "human-to-human, parent-to-parent, we-share-amazing-children-and-always-will love."

It's a great place to start, and it sounds like Khloé has already figured that out.

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Kim Kardashian West welcomed her fourth child into the world. The expectancy and arrival of this boy (her second child from surrogacy) has garnered much attention.

In a surrogacy pregnancy, a woman carries a pregnancy for another family and then after giving birth she relinquishes her rights of the child.

On her website, Kim wrote that she had medical complications with her previous pregnancy leading her to this decision. “I have always been really honest about my struggles with pregnancy. Preeclampsia and placenta accreta are high-risk conditions, so when I wanted to have a third baby, doctors said that it wasn't safe for my—or the baby's—health to carry on my own."

While the experience was challenging for her, “The connection with our baby came instantly and it's as if she was with us the whole time. Having a gestational carrier was so special for us and she made our dreams of expanding our family come true. We are so excited to finally welcome home our baby girl."

A Snapchat video hinted that Kim may have planned to breastfeed her third child. What she chooses to do is of course none of our business. But is has raised the very interesting question, “Wait, can you breastfeed when you use a surrogate?"

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The answer is yes, you sure can! (And you can when you adopt a baby, too!)

When a women is pregnant, she begins a process called lactogenesis in which her body prepares itself to start making milk. This usually starts around the twenty week mark of pregnancy (half way through). Then, when the baby is born, the second phase of lactogenesis occurs, and milk actually starts to fill the breasts.

All of this occurs in response to hormones. When women do not carry a pregnancy, but wish to breastfeed, they can induce lactation, where they replicate the same hormonal process that happens during pregnancy.

A woman who wants to induce lactation can work with a doctor or midwife, and start taking the hormones estrogen and progesterone (which grow breast tissue)—often in the form of birth control pills—along with a medication called domperidone (which increases milk production).

Several weeks before the baby will be born, the woman stops taking the birth control pill but continues to take the domperidone to simulate the hormonal changes that would happen in a pregnancy. She'll also start pumping multiple times per day, and will likely add herbal supplements, like fenugreek and blessed thistle.

Women can also try to induce lactation without the hormones, by using pumping and herbs, it may be harder but some women feel more comfortable with that route.

Inducing lactation takes a lot of dedication—but then again, so does everything related to be a mama. It's a super personal decision, and not right for everyone.

The important thing to remember is that we need to support women and mothers through their entire journey, no matter what decisions they make about themselves and their families—whether Kardashian or the rest of us.

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