The one product that's taking the stress out of dinnertime

One slightly messy, but definitely memorable meal at a time.

The one product that's taking the stress out of dinnertime

Long before I became I mama, I was aware of the importance of the family meal. Research shows that eating together can do everything from teach better manners and healthy eating habits to building a child's self-esteem. Sounds magical, right? Problem was, as long as my little one was perched in his high chair, it was hard to feel like he was fully immersed in the experience. Not to mention that feeding a toddler comes with its fair share of stressors (hello, picky eating and food messes!).

So when I had the chance to try OXO Tot's Nest Booster Seat With Straps, I jumped at it. I hoped it would give us a chance to start building mealtime memories as a family—and make feeding my toddler a little easier.

Turns out, it did just that. In addition to giving my toddler a literal seat at the table, the seat also gave me some peace of mind.

As the mama to an energetic, never-not-squirming little one, his safety is a frequent concern. It's actually one reason why we've been so hesitant about transitioning him to a booster seat in the first place. But I was able to breathe a sigh of relief when we strapped him into OXO Tot's Nest Booster. Two adjustable straps secure the booster tightly to our kitchen chairs, while the high back and sides, as well as a three-point adjustable harness with two side-release buckles help my wiggle-worm stay put.

Though hidden from view, the bottom of the booster boasts an equally enticing feature: non-skid feet that keep it securely in place (one less thing for worried mamas like me to fret about). Not to mention, they prevent the booster from scratching up chairs (something I really appreciate given that one of my first initiations into adulting was learning how surprisingly pricey dining chairs can be *gulp*).

At a mere five pounds, the booster is easy to pick up and go, making it no big deal to schlep it to restaurants (my husband and I found out the hard way that not all restaurants have high chairs, so we like to travel with our own booster—just in case). Another bonus: It's the ideal height for all sorts of tables and chairs, so it works just as well at Grandma's house or our favorite local diner as it does at home.

Plus—and maybe this is my favorite part—it's easy to clean. Let's be honest: For as much food that lands in baby's mouth, just as much, if not more, ends up, well, just about everywhere else (and I've got the stained walls to prove it!). Fortunately, this one's smooth plastic and lift-out cushion are a cinch to wipe down, meaning that while your family dinner memories are forever, those sweet potato puree splatters are merely temporary.

And unlike the pants and shoes my toddler seems to outgrow monthly, I don't have to worry about him getting too big for his booster anytime soon. This booster can go from 9 months until they reach 50 pounds. The adjustable straps will accommodate his warp-speed growth, and eventually, once he turns 3, we'll be able to conveniently tuck the straps away in a compartment beneath the seat and use it without the three-point harness.

Bottom line: The OXO Tot Nest Booster Seat is helping our family build a dinner tradition—one slightly messy, but definitely memorable meal at a time.

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By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


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