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One of our favorite boutique baby lifestyle brands—you're probably already obsessed with their muslin swaddles—has officially launched a soft disposable diapers and wipes line, and we couldn't be more excited about it. The collection will feature the brand's beloved prints, so even diaper changes and messy moments can be beautiful.


The diapers offer a flexible fit and leak-free protection so mama doesn't have to worry about blowouts. Plus, all of the products are hypoallergenic and free of harsh chemicals, lotions, latex, fragrance and chlorine; and the inside fluff is made from 100% certified sustainable resources. Bonus points for stretchy side panels ?, a wetness indicator, and an extra soft top sheet for baby's bottom.

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The baby wipes are thick and quilted with vitamin E and calming aloe. They're soothing enough to use everywhere, from the face to the bottom.

“I've been wanting to offer aden + anais moms disposable diapers and wipes for a long time now, but I wanted to make sure that I was giving them a soft yet durable product that would hold up," says Raegan Moya-Jones, aden + anais co-founder and CBO. “I'm really proud to be able to provide a super soft, high performance option, and I can't wait to hear what moms and dads think of the newest addition to our family."

Diapers start at $12.99 and come in sizes 1-5 and will feature boy, girl and gender-neutral designs so you can choose a pack that fits your preference. Wipes will sell for $4.99 for a 72-count pack. You can find both at Buy Buy Baby, Wegmans, Amazon and the aden + anais site. For every pack of diapers sold, aden + anais will also plant one tree.

We test-drove the diapers on our tots and we have to say: these are the softest diapers we've ever felt. They're not bulky, offer excellent leak protection and the prints are SUPER adorable. You won't regret adding them to your diaper bag.

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

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The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

This article was sponsored by Dr. Brown's. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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