Coffee is life—and these 12 products make your regular cup even better

These will get you through any sleep regression mama.

products for coffee lovers

I've always loved coffee, but when I was right in the throes of my baby's fourth trimester and severely sleep deprived, I loved my morning cup even more because it was the push I needed to start my day. In fact, one of the best gifts we got from our baby registry was a coffee maker with—wait for it—a timer that allowed my husband and I to leave it ready before we went to bed and wake up to both a crying baby but also our house smelling like freshly brewed coffee.

I know I'm not alone in this love for coffee because there's even an International Coffee Day, celebrated this year on September 29th. So get your wallet ready and let's celebrate this very important day IMHO with awesome products that will make coffee drinking go from mundane to a ritual in your day. Self-care can be anything you love, mama, so enjoy your cup of joe!

Here are our favorite products for all the coffee-loving mamas out there:

SMEG coffee maker + grinder

Smeg DCF02CRUS 50's Retro Style Drip Filter Coffee Maker Bundle

Let's start with the basics: an incredibly stylish coffee maker that will deliver the best coffee ever. Plus it comes with a bonus, a matching coffee bean grinder, because if there's something I've learned in my coffee-drinking life is that grinding your own beans gives you a much better tasting cup of joe. This set from SMEG is a double win and will make your kitchen look fly.


Rising Tides coffee

Pink Label, Women Producer Series,

Supporting good causes has never been easier than with Rising Tides coffee. Their motto really shows what they are all about Great Coffees, Great Causes. This one in particular supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


Yamazaki sugar container

YAMAZAKI  Tosca Ceramic Food Storage Canister

Keeping the kitchen organized is a must, and that's why this Yamazaki canister is ideal to go with your fancy SMEG coffee maker and will keep your sugar fresh for when you need it.


Handheld milk frother

Bonsenkitchen Handheld Milk Frother, Electric Hand Foamer

If you drink your coffee with milk, this bestselling hand milk foamer will take your coffee game to the next level in no time. It's highly reviewed on Amazon, like, 6,800+ 5-star reviews good. It can also be used to make the perfect hot chocolate for your kids in the winter!


Melita coffee filters

Melitta Cone Coffee Filters

You can't make drip coffee without these, and after testing a million different other brands, Melita coffee filters are unbeatable. They don't break when you pull them out once you're done making your brew and it does not affect the flavor of your coffee.


Welly tumblr

WELLY  Tumbler 16oz

To keep your coffee hot while on the go (or you know, chasing after your kids inside the house) this Welly tumbler is key. The triple-walled, vacuum-insulated Tumbler has you covered with a sliding lid for easy, one-handed drinking. It keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 3.


Takeya cold brew maker

Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew

Speaking of cold drinks, if you are more into cold brew instead, this coffee maker has a super fine mesh that will keep grounds out of your freshly brewed coffee. You can also brew coffee ahead of time and leave it inside the fridge for next morning when you'll be needing some.


Starbucks flavored syrups

Starbucks Naturally Flavored Coffee Syrup Variety Pack

If you want to recreate your favorite Starbucks drink at home, you're going to need these delicious flavored syrups from the brand. Mix them up and create your own favorite concoction!


Hawkins Shaker mug set

Hawkins Shaker mug set of 4

Modern, minimalist and perfectly sized, we love these Shaker-inspired mugs from Hawkins New York. And don't worry—they're microwave safe for that inevitable reheat.


Omnom icelandic chocolate

 OmNom Coffee + Milk 73% 60g (Pack of 2)

If you're looking for a snack to go with your cup of joe, add this Icelandic coffee+milk flavored chocolate from Omnom. It's delicious, ethically sourced and the packaging is so beautiful you'll want to keep forever. I dare you to not eat the whole bar in one sitting, it's that good.


Brim electric pour-over coffee maker

For many coffee lovers, pour-over coffee is the preferred method, but when you're a busy mama, you need something that is just a little bit easier and a lot more automatic. Which is why we love this electric version from Brim. It keeps your coffee at the ideal keep warm temperature of 176 degrees (no more cold coffee, mama!) and you don't have to fuss with any paper filters since it comes with its own permanent built-in filter. (It's on sale right now at Best Buy!)


Sunday Citizen throw

SUNDAY CITIZEN  Casablanca Snug Throw

When you finally get the kids out the door (or maybe out to play with your partner or grandparent) you should totally cozy up under this Sunday Citizen throw that will make you feel like you're getting hugged by it. Grab your favorite book or watch you favorite show while you get some alone time with your best friend: coffee.


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Tips parents need to know about poor air quality and caring for kids with asthma

There are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

When wildfires struck the West Coast in September 2020, there was a lot for parents to worry about. For parents of children with asthma, though, the danger could be even greater. "There are more than 400 toxins that are present in wildfire smoke. That can activate the immune system in ways that aren't helpful by both causing an inflammatory response and distracting the immune system from fighting infection," says Amy Oro, MD, a pediatrician at Stanford Children's Health. "When smoke enters into the lungs, it causes irritation and muscle spasms of the smooth muscle that is around the small breathing tubes in the lungs. This can lead to difficulty with breathing and wheezing. It's really difficult on the lungs."

With the added concern of COVID-19 and the effect it can have on breathing, many parents feel unsure about how to keep their children protected. The good news is that there are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

Here are tips parents need to know about how to deal with poor air quality when your child has asthma.

Minimize smoke exposure.

Especially when the air quality index reaches dangerous levels, it's best to stay indoors as much as possible. You can find out your area's AQI at An under 50 rating is the safest, but between 100-150 is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as children with asthma. "If you're being told to stay indoors, listen. If you can, keep the windows and doors closed," Oro says.

Do your best to filter the air.

According to Oro, a HEPA filter is your best bet to effectively clean pollutants from the air. Many homes are equipped with a built-in HEPA filter in their air conditioning systems, but you can also get a canister filter. Oro says her family (her husband and children all suffer from asthma) also made use of a hack from the New York Times and built their own filter by duct taping a HEPA furnace filter to the front of a box fan. "It was pretty disgusting what we accumulated in the first 20 hours in our fan," she says.

Avoid letting your child play outside or overly exert themselves in open air.

"Unfortunately, cloth masks don't do very much [to protect you from the smoke pollution]," Oro says. "You really need an N95 mask, and most of those have been allocated toward essential workers." To keep at-risk children safer, Oro recommends avoiding brisk exercise outdoors. Instead, set up an indoor obstacle course or challenge your family to jumping jacks periodically to keep everyone moving safely.

Know the difference between smoke exposure and COVID-19.

"COVID-19 can have a lot of the same symptoms—dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and chest pain could overlap. But what COVID and other viruses generally cause are fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea and body aches. Those would tell you it's not just smoke exposure," Oro says. When a child has been exposed to smoke, they often complain of a "scrape" in their throat, burning eyes, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain or wheezing. If the child has asthma, parents should watch for a flare of symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing or a tight sensation in their chest.

Unfortunately, not much is known about long-term exposure to wildfire smoke on a healthy or compromised immune system, but elevated levels of air pollution have been associated with increased COVID-19 rates. That's because whenever there's an issue with your immune system, it distracts your immune system from fighting infections and you have a harder time fighting off viruses. Limiting your exposure to wildfire smoke is your best bet to keep immune systems strong.

Have a plan in place if you think your child is suffering from smoke exposure.

Whatever type of medication your child takes for asthma, make sure you have it on-hand and that your child is keeping up with regular doses. Contact your child's pediatrician, especially if your area has a hazardous air quality—they may want to adjust your child's medication schedule or dosage to prevent an attack. Oro also recommends that, if your child has asthma, it might be helpful to have a stethoscope or even a pulse oximeter at home to help diagnose issues with your pediatrician through telehealth.

Most importantly, don't panic.

In some cases, social distancing and distance learning due to COVID may be helping to keep sensitive groups like children with asthma safer. Oro says wildfires in past years have generally resulted in more ER visits for children, but the most recent fires haven't seen the same results. "A lot of what we've seen is that the smoke really adversely affects adults, especially older adults over 65," Oro says. "Children tend to be really resilient."

This article was sponsored by Stanford Children's Health. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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