Our fave 5: Kid-friendly rugs that are SO beautiful and cost $200 (or less)

Welcome to "Our fave 5," a new franchise where we scour the market in categories moms want to find the products we absolutely love. We test everything we recommend to ensure the products aren't just beautiful or fix a problem, but are also high-quality and safe for your family. The options out there are oversaturated and can feel overwhelming, but we're here to curate it all for you.

Before I had kids, I had a white couch. I repeat: I had a WHITE couch. The idea of this couch—or any expensive, light-colored furnishings—co-habitating with my family of six nowadays is pure fantasy. Between leaking bottles and sippy cups, sticky fingers and a dog that has a penchant for puking, we simply can't invest in decor that is a) expensive or b) not kid-friendly. (Read: No glass tables, no sharp edges, no white couches.)

This has been a decorating pain point for me, especially when it comes to area rugs. I've got wood floors in my house and need rugs in pretty much every room. The rugs I had in my pre-mom living spaces were north of $1,000 and always in the very-not-kid-friendly material of wool. (Listen: I die for wool rugs but one popsicle laid to rest on them and they're dunzo.)

The good news is that there is a plethora of totally beautiful rugs on Wayfair right now that will zhush up your spaces—whether it be a living room, an office or a nursery—and because they're made of polypropylene, they're 100% stain-proof.

We tested out five of the site's top sellers (they each have thousands of positive reviews) and can attest that they arrive with nary an odor, are super soft and guess what? You can even get that creamy rug you've been missing so much.

I dared to put this beauty—which has 24,000 positive reviews!—in my family room and after six months it's still just as pristine as the day it arrived. That's after being exposed to chocolate, blood, crushed up Goldfish, mud and even one unidentified neon pink substance. (Was it chalk? Was it sand art? We'll never know!) I simply rubbed the stains with water and soap and each time they disappeared.

My point is this: Just because we're parents doesn't mean we have to settle for ugly utilitarian rugs while our kids are in their messiest years. Nor to do we have to shell out for expensive pieces that are going to make us want to lose our minds if (when!) they get mucked up.

(The best part? If it does get destroyed—because, let's face it, poop explosions happen—at these prices you're not going to be too torn up about replacing it.)

Check out our five favorites below—all of which are $200 or less and have tens of thousands of positive Wayfair reviews—and consider one for your home this spring.

The Clair rug

Number of reviews: 24,000+

Why you'll love it: On-trend with a Morroccan-esque pattern, this rug immediately brightens up a room in a modern, fresh way. Similar to the black-and-cream graphic rug trend we're seeing everywhere right now, I appreciate that Clair is still graphic… but much softer with the light grey pattern (rather than stark black). Good to know: This rug is definitely more white than cream (whereas the Youati below is more ivory than white!). It's soft underfoot, and, as I mentioned earlier, repels even my kids' worst stains.


The Hillsby rug

Number of reviews: 14,000+

Why you'll love it: Tired of the muted farmhouse tones that are so hot right now? Then this is the super gorgeous rug for you. Bursting with color amid a vintage-meets-bohemian pattern, the Hillsby would look great against neutral furnishings in a living space, under a dining room table or even in your daughter's room! Regardless, this puppy is going to hide ANY and ALL spills or messes. With a .38-inch pile, it's soft underfoot (but not crazy fluffy).


The Hosking rug

Number of reviews: 15,000+

Why you'll love it: Looking for a family or living room rug that is light… but not too light? This is your ticket. With touches of navy blue and a pastel yellow, the rug looks great against darker furniture (mine is under a brown leather couch and it pops to say the least). It makes a subtle statement and is super cushion-y underfoot, thanks to the half-inch pile.


The Youati rug

Number of reviews: 9,000+

Why you'll love it: In person, this rug is SO beautiful. Cream-based with an intricate Persian floral pattern, it has a half-inch pile, which makes it super plush and fluffy (especially with a rug pad underneath). I have it in my bedroom and it truly sets a serene tone… which is all I want when I crawl into bed at night!


The Latham Rigo jute rug

Number of reviews: 3,000+

Why you'll love it: Okay, okay, this one isn't polypropylene but natural fiber rugs are HOT right now and they're a durable option for high-traffic areas like mudrooms or foyers. This one sheds a bit at first, but after a few days side effect is nonexistent. I like that its half-inch pile isn't too thick—my front door is still able to swing open when the rug is nearby (even with a pad underneath). I would recommend purchasing double-sided rug tape to stave off curling edges.


Bonus: Wayfair Basics Rug Pad

Number of reviews: 89,000+

Why you'll love it: Yes, you could put your directly on the floor but trust me when I say you don't want to. For a little extra cash, you can greatly increase the comfort level of your rug by adding a plush pad underneath and Wayfair's Basics brand is my favorite. Made from recycled felt, the pads have a latex backing that prevents sliding and can be trimmed with a utility knife. (Tip: You want the pad about an inch shorter than your rug on all sides).


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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 thickmeaning 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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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.


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.


Lancôme monsieur big mascara

Lanc\u00f4me Monsieur big mascara

This is one of Lancôme'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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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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