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Wondering what to get your favorite 1-year-old this holiday season? Wonder no more!

Here are our picks that are sure to please your little love.

WANT

Maileg Penguin

Straight from the North Pole and ready for cuddles! This little guy is so sweet and adorable, you'll want to keep him around all year long.

Penguin Boy, Maileg USA, $28.00

BUY

HABA Lighthouse Wooden Rainbow Stacker

Toddlers love to stack things up then knock them down. (Then stack things up, and knock them down, then stack things up...) This simple, colorful wooden stacking toy helps with hand-eye coordination and is really fun!

HABA Lighthouse Wooden Rainbow Stacker, Amazon, $21.99

BUY

Moulin Roty Wooden Bus Puzzle

The French win again with this bright, beautiful wooden puzzle featuring sweet little animals on the go. The perfect first toddler puzzle.

Mouline Roty Bus Puzzle, Bonjour Petit, $12.90

BUY

Hape Scoot Around Wooden Ride On Balance Bike

This four-wheeled scooter is the perfect first ride-on toy for your toddler on the move. It's perfectly sized for little ones, encourages strength and balance development, and has rubber wheels that won't scratch up your floors.

Hape Scoot Around Balance Bike, Amazon, $53.07

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NEED:

Little Sapling Toys Personalized Step Stool

The perfect—and most beautiful!—answer to "I want to do it MYSELF!" This handmade personalized Walnut step stool makes the perfect gift that will be used for years to come.

Walnut Step Stool, Etsy, $90.00

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Love Mae Feeding Set

This Australian brand of bamboo dinnerware has captured our hearts with its whimsical aesthetic and commitment to environmental sustainability. You won't even mind washing these dishes because they're just so cute!

Love Mae Feeding Set, Anthropologie, $36.00

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Little Spoon Baby Food Delivery Subscription

Baby food, reinvented—AND delivered directly to your door. YES PLEASE. With blends like Black Bean Mango Corn Lime Cilantro and Quinoa Butternut Squash Kale Apple, you may want some for dinner, too.

Little Spoon Subscription, Little Spoon, $2.99 per meal for three meals a day

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Zoo Animal Growth Chart

Now's the perfect time to start keeping track of how fast your little one is growing up! (Cue the 😭)

Zoo Animal Growth Chart, Crate & Kids, $39.00

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WEAR

Hanna Andersson Pajamas

Some of our all-time faves! They're not only cute and comfy, but we swear they magically grow with your child and fit season and after season! Don't miss all of the ridiculously adorable holiday patterns.

Night Night Sleepers, Hanna Andersson, $40.00

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Hotbunz Organic Pants

We're obsessed with how cozy and stylish these pants are. The waistband is designed to keep soft tummies comfortable and the pants move well with even the most adventurous littles—no bagging in the knees thanks to the premium organic cotton.

Hotbunz Organic Pants, Hotbunz, $39.00

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Minnetonka Slippers

Keep your toddler's toesies warm and cozy all winter long with these soft-but-durable moccs. They're perfect for new walkers and fit perfectly in a stocking!

Minnetonka Cassie Slipper, Amazon, $26.31-$89.19

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READ

Touch! My Big Touch-and-Feel Word Book

Little hands love to touch and feel, lift flaps, and discover new things, and this book checks all of those boxes. We love the oversized format and the vivid, bright illustrations.

Touch! My Big Touch-and-Feel Word Book, Amazon, $13.29

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Shake, Wiggle & Roll

Your little one will move and groove alongside the adorable pups featured in this board book. NOT suitable for bedtime reading!

Shake, Wiggle & Roll, Amazon, $8.09

BUY

All the World

This Caldecott-winning picture book is now available in a sturdy board book form perfect for toddlers. It's an inspiring, beautiful ode to our world and to the simple joys of childhood—one you'll return to again and again.

All the World, Amazon, $7.99

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First Snow

"Look out. Now look up. From the sky one flake falls, then another. And just like that—it's snowing." This sweet story perfectly captures the magic of waking up to a snowy day.

First Snow, Amazon, $15.75

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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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