33 must-haves for mom and baby in Pantone’s color of the year 🙌

Pantone's color of the year inspires trends and products all over the world. The color for 2020 is classic blue, which, according to TIME magazine is "a deep blue shade that's at once comforting and relatable."

So I started doing some digging around the Internet to find the best baby and mama products in this shade, not only because it's a beautiful color but also because blue is such a powerful color. It has positive effects on the mind and body, and honestly we all kind of need that this year.

These are the must-have Pantone Color of the Year items for everyone in your family:

The Daily stroller by Lalo

The Daily

The Daily stroller is the perfect addition to your family as it grows with your child, transitioning from an infant stroller to a toddler stroller. Plus, you can try it for 100 days and if you don't love it, you can get your money back no questions asked.


The sleepea swaddle by Happiest Baby

Sleepea\u00ae 5-Second Baby Swaddle

This swaddle is so easy to use your baby will be ready to go to bed in seconds! Created by Dr. Harvey Karp, the man behind the favorite SNOO bassinet, this swaddle will keep even the wildest baby tucked in and snug for extra zzz's.


The earth cube bin by Crate&Kids

Earth Navy Cube Bin

If one of your resolutions is to have a more organized home (or kids room!) these cubes will help you get there. You can easily hide away toys, blankets or school work. They come with cool designs on two of the faces of the cube, so you can mix and match as you please.


Magnetic footie by Magnetic Me

Inky So Soft Minky Fleece Magnetic Snowsuit Bunting Pram

The Magnetic Me clothes are designed to help parents save time when dressing and undressing their babies. Instead of dealing with a million snaps or hard-to-pull zippers, these footies come with magnets that make opening and closing clothes the easiest task ever.


Lounge chair by Crate&Kids

Small X-Print Navy Nod Chair Cover

This chair is designed with the littlest ones in the family in mind. Plop the chair next to yours in the living room and get ready for a lot of family hangs.


Convertible car seat by Maxi-Cosi

 Pria\u2122 85 Max Convertible Car Seat - Nomad Blue

This convertible car seat can be used from birth until your kid turns 10 or hits 100 pounds.


Poncho by 7AM Enfant


When it's really cold outside, keeping your little one warm from the car to the stroller or even when wearing them in a carrier can be tricky. This poncho comes to solve that problem for parents. It can be zipped into any car seat or stroller and attached to carriers to keep baby warm. It also has pockets to keep the your hands warm as well.


The baby carrier by Colugo

The baby carrier

This baby carrier adjusts and grows with your baby, meaning you won't need any inserts or extra pieces as they grow. Perfect to use from newborn to 33 pounds, it's super lightweight and breathable so both parent and baby can be comfortable as they explore.


Xplory cot by Stokke 

Stokke Xplory Cot

This is the perfect infant carrier for those who have the Stokke stroller. It's easy to install and will keep your baby safe until they reach 19 pounds. The extended canopy offers protection from the weather outside as you take your little one for a stroll to get fresh air and enjoy the blue skies.


Swaddle set by Posh Peanut

Sailor Blue Swaddle Beanie Set

This set will keep your newborn cozy at the hospital while mom recovers from birth. It's soft and stretchy, allowing baby to be comfortably tucked in.


Liki Trike by Doona

Liki Trike S3

This trike is amazing! It grows with your child so you can use it from when they are 10 months old to 3 years by modifying its structure little by little. Pedals can be added and the steering wheel can be unlocked, making this the only trike you'll need for years. When we push this around the city, people constantly stop us to ask what it is and our son loves the rides so much.


Jefferson shoes by Native Shoes

Jefferson Child

These are a kid and mom favorites for warmer weather. Easy to put on and take off, ready to go splashing and running around the pool, park, beach, you name it! The navy color is on point with this year's trend.


School backpack by Perry Mackin

Charlie Kids School Backpack - Stylish, Durable, Water-Resistant Children\u2019s Bookbag

This backpack is perfectly sized for children 6 to 11 years old, which makes it the perfect addition for school days. It comes with a top zipper that keeps their belongings contained and also two side pockets to carry snacks or water bottles.


Denim overalls by dl1961

Hepburn Overalls

Moving onto mom, these overalls are not only practical and comfortable but very very stylish. Perfect to wear throughout the year with layers, it also allows you to dress them up or down depending on the occasion.


Jimmy CityLite by Native Shoes

Jimmy Citylite

Rain boots will keep your feet dry and comfortable through any weather. They are also super light and come with an enhanced grip, providing moms everywhere with stability while walking around with their little ones.


Silk dress by Reformation 

Justine Dress

This one sleeve dress is perfect for a date night without the kids. Super flattering and classy, you can pair it with your favorite shoes and bag easily thanks to its design.


Maternity shirt by Isabella Oliver

Emily Maternity Shirt

This is one of my favorite items in my closet right now. The quality is incredible and it fits super well over a growing bump. It's my go-to shirt to wear with jeans on a weekend or dress up for work with a pantsuit.


Peplum top by Ashley Stewart


This top will make anything in your closet pop. With a cute peplum cut and asymmetrical sleeves, it's ready for mom to wear it on her night out!


Wrap dress by Reformation

Kaila Dress

This dress is ideal for busy moms. Put it on, wrap it, tie it and you are ready to go. It's slim fitting throughout and super soft and stretchy to accommodate all the movement required to chase children.


Work pant by Storq

Tailored Pant

These pants are made for work or play when your pre-pregnancy pants won't button anymore as your body grows a tiny human. Sleek and modern, but also comfortable, you can throw on with t-shirts or blouses. Plus, it has real pockets!


Suede boots by Tecovas


If western booties are your thing, these ones are a dream come true. Handmade and waterproof, the Lucy boots will fit your feet like a glove.


Maternity dress by Isabella Oliver 

Aiden Maternity Dress

This maternity shirt dress is super versatile as you can wear it buttoned up as a dress or open as a long shirt, allowing you to wear it throughout your pregnancy as your belly grows. Because it's a shirt, it is also great for nursing and doing skin-to-skin.


Mommy bag by Llama Momma Company

Mommy Bag Bundle

When it's time to run to the hospital, this bundle will save the whole family a lot of headaches. It has three different bags to organize everything you bring to the hospital.


Workout leggings by Reebok


These maternity leggings are amazing. Super comfortable, supportive and come in a variety of colors besides black (no judgement if you already have nine pairs of black leggings). We love that they are meant to grow with you so choose your regular size while shopping.


Duvet cover by Splendid

Fokus Duvet Cover & Sham Set

This duvet cover by the Finnish design company Marimekko offers a little chic fun to your bedroom. It comes in sizes twin up to king so the whole family could enjoy the same covers to keep them cozy at night.


Ceramic plate by CB2


This ceramic plate is so beautiful you could either use it as an appetizer plate (its original use) or hang it on a wall as decor with other matching plates.


A throw blanket by Crate and Barrel

Styles Blue Fringe Throw Blanket

This handmade throw is great to have at the foot of your bed for chilly nights, or next to a sofa for movie night with the family.


Desk lamp by Poly & Bark

Retro Hylight Desk Lamp - Blue

This lamp will add a little bit of color to a desk or a child's bedroom. It has a retro style with matte and antique brass finish.


Wall clock by Society6

Navy Blue Minimalist Wall Clock

Give your kitchen (or any room, really) a more modern look with this wall clock from Society6. You can choose the color of the frame—wood, white or black—to make sure it matches the rest of your decor.


Retro style fridge by SMEG

Smeg FAB28 Upgraded Model 50s Retro Style Series Top-Freezer Refrigerator

Speaking of making your kitchen more stylish, how about adding a super cool retro looking fridge like this one? But don't worry, the looks are the only thing retro about it—it's built with the newest technology to keep your food and drinks at the perfect temperature.


A water bottle by Welly

Traveler 18oz

This water bottle will keep your whole family hydrated while helping the environment by reducing the use of single use plastic bottles. It's double-walled and insulated to keep your drinks fresh all day long.


Mug set by Crate and Barrel

Hue Navy Blue Mugs, Set of 4

This set of four mugs is made out of handcrafted porcelain with a glossy finish. Perfect to have as an accent piece with the rest of your plate set.


Modular couch by Polly & Bark 

Shelby 99" Modular Sectional - Oxford Blue

This classy but family-friendly couch will look incredible in any living room. The whole family can lounge around watching a movie and it's easy to clean since all the cushions are removable.


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At one of the most important nights of their career, celebrities made sure their hairstyles stayed put at the 26th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. As a collective, the hairstyles were beautiful—french twists, bobs, pin curls and killer cuts filled the red carpet on the night to remember.

And surprisingly, the secret wasn't just the stylist team, mama. For many of the celebs, much of the look can be attributed to a $5 hairspray—yes, you read that correctly.

Dove style+care micro mist extra hold hairspray was one of the top stylist picks for celebs for a lightweight, flexible finishing spray, leaving tons of body and bounce. Unlike most hairsprays that can take several minutes (even a half hour) to set the look, this extra-hold one contains a fast-drying, water-free formula that helps protect your hair from frizz in minutes. As a result, celebrities were able to hold the shape of their styles with mega volume.

"Dove hairspray works well by holding curls in place with maximum hold and ultra shine, while still maintaining soft, touchable texture that is easy to brush out," says Dennis Gots for Dove Hair, who styled Phoebe Waller-Bridge for the SAG Awards. Translation: It's great for on-the-go mamas who want a shiny hold that lasts, but doesn't feel sticky.

Here are a few awesome hairstyles that were finished with the drugstore Dove style+care micro mist extra hold hairspray at the SAG awards:

Lili Reinhart's French twist

"I sprayed Dove style+care micro mist extra hold hairspray all over Lili's hair to lock in the shape and boost the shine factor, making the whole look really sleek," says stylist Renato Campora who was inspired to create the look by Reinhart's romantic gown. "Lili's look is sleek and sharp with a romantic twist."

Cynthia Erivo's finger waves

"This look is classic Cynthia! I knew I wanted to keep it simple, but it's actually quite detailed and intricate up close," says stylist Coree Moreno. "While the hair was still wet (yes—I needed to work fast!) I generously spritzed on the hairspray for all night hold without flaking. The hair continued to air dry perfectly while she finished up makeup."

Nathalie Emmanuel's curly high pony

"Nathalie wanted a retro Hollywood glam for the SAG Awards, so I used her natural texture and created a high pony with loose tendrils framing her face and neckline," says stylist, Neeko. "I finessed the look with the hairspray to lock in the style while keeping her hair looking and feeling touchable."

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's slicked back bob

"I used duckbill clips on different areas of her hair to keep the shape and curl while the hair air dried. Air drying the hair allowed for maximum shine and then I sprayed lots of hairspray all over to truly lock in the sleek shape and enhance the shine," says stylist Dennis Gots, who was inspired by a 90s vibe for Waller-Bridge's look.

Dove Style+Care Micro Mist Extra Hold Hairspray

Dove Style+Care Micro Mist Extra Hold Hairspray

Who doesn't want a hairspray that makes your hair feel as good as it looks? Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray holds body, volume and enhances shine. It gives your hair touchable hold while fighting frizz, even in damp or humid conditions.


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Beauty + Style Shopping Guides

Keeping up with a skin care routine isn't as simple as it seems when you're a busy mama. When you're trying to bathe kids and get them to bed, or rush out the door in the morning, the last thing on your to-do list is probably using a serum. Plus, figuring out which masks work for your skin type, or what is *really* worth that hefty price tag seems overwhelming.

Until now.

Amazon launched its first-ever skin care line called Belei last year. It featured 12 products that can complete your skin care routine, from moisturizers and serums to cleansers and masks.

Our favorite features? (Aside from the fact that you can Prime these goodies straight to your door).

  • Clean—free of sulfates, parabens and phthalates
  • Affordable—everything is under $40
  • Dermatologist tested + not tested on animals
  • Offers satisfaction guarantee—if not satisfied, they'll refund within a year

Right now, each product is up to 20% off so it's the perfect time to try it out. Here are some of the products we're adding to our cart:

1. Triple-Peptide Eye Cream

Amazon skin care line eye cream

For those inevitable nights with little sleep. Complete with caffeine to reduce puffiness and ingredients like shea butter to minimize the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.


2. Charcoal Balancing Mask

Amazon skin care line charcoal mask

Have five extra minutes? Lather this on to absorb excess oil, deep clean and balance your skin.


3. Retinol Refining Moisturizer

Amazon skin care line retinol moisturizer

Retinol has so many benefits, from smoothing your skin to helping it retain moisture, but it often comes with a price—not this one, luckily.


4. Blemish Control Spot Treatment

Amazon skin care line spot treatment

You can't always stop breakouts from happening, but you can fight blemishes with this.


5. Dark Spot Solution

Amazon skin care line dark spot solution

Your body has gone through a lot and that usually means your hormones have fluctuated. For some, that causes dark spots or uneven skin tone. This is packed with rich ingredients to even everything out.


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If you're visiting a new mama, it's customary to bring a little something to celebrate. This person just went through a monumental, life-changing event and most people focus on bringing stuff for the new baby, who has no idea what has happened—they just want all the snuggles and food. But we say to go ahead and celebrate mama. You can bring flowers or her favorite dish from that restaurant she loves, a little note with a gift card—it doesn't have to be expensive or shiny, just something that shows you care about them.

If you need ideas, Frida Baby, the brand that creates those super useful tools (looking at you, nose-sucker) has you covered.

This Frida balloon was just launched by the company and it's funny, real and will most definitely make any new mama feel seen.

Check it out:

It's a Mom balloon

It\u2019s A Mom Balloon

Everyone is likely familiar with the traditional "it's a boy" or "it's a girl" balloon that every hospital store sells, but it's time to celebrate moms with this "it's a mom" balloon. Sure, it's funny, but also super real. Also, keep in mind that this ships flat so be prepared with some helium to make it float.


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My favorite part of the day, hands down, is when my freshly bathed son is all snuggly in his PJs and he's about to sit down in my lap to tuck into a good book before bed. My least favorite part, though, is when he goes to his bookcase and grabs the same book we read earlier that day and the night before (and the night before that). I almost always say, "That one? But do you want to try something new?" (Spoiler: He doesn't.)

So I take a deep breath and remind myself about the research that says reading the same book to your kids over and over helps their brain development. And I dive into the world of Pete the Cat or Piggy and Gerald, and before we know it I'm wrapped up in the magic of that world, too.

We recently asked #TeamMotherly to share the books their kids want to read over and over (and over) and you didn't disappoint. Here's what you're reading (or, more likely, have already memorized):

What the Ladybird Heard

What Ladybird Heard

Kim says: "He's not even two yet and has it memorized!"


Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

Danielle says: "These are at least twice daily for weeks. More if they're kept downstairs!"


Aliens Love Underpants

Aliens Love Underpants

Hope shares: "After two years of constant reading pages are missing and/or torn but he still keeps going to them."


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Nelly shares: "When I went to the hospital to have my daughter, my sister and brother-in-law watched my two boys. She FaceTimed me because they were crying and upset. They wanted mommy to read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom because Auntie Cj wasn't doing it right.

"I cried as I recited Chicka Chicka boom boom from my hospital bed. I wanted so badly to be there to hug them and read it in person. They were really missing their mommy and were worried about the doctor cutting open my belly to get the baby out. I recited it all from memory of course. I cried. My sister cried. And my boys finally stopped crying. 🤣

"I went home two nights later and read it to them, never more happy to read the same book for the 315th time. ❤️"


Pig the Pug (and the rest of the series)

Pig the Pug

Michelle says: "We have them all and I swear he knows them word for word."


Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes

Tara says: "Anything Pete the Cat and especially 'I Love My White Shoes'!"


Good Night Good Night Construction Site

Good Night Good Night Construction Site

Nanako says: "Read it so many times I can recite the whole book!"


I Love You Night and Day

I Love You Night and Day

Samantha says: "I have read this book to my son at bedtime since I was pregnant and he's 7.5 months. His eyes light up and he gets the biggest grin and laughs now when I show it to him. ❤️ It's one of my favorite special times with him."


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Stefania shares: "My 3yo loves the book, the song, the movie and even the Bear Hunt yoga for a year. Needless to say, her 3rd birthday will be themed ...you guessed it 🐻🤪"


Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos

Neveen says: "My 1.5 yo loves [it]."


Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups

Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups

Rainy says: "Just had to hide [this book] bc we've been reading it on repeat (sometimes 4-5x in a row) lately."


Home Sweet Home: a Lift-the-Flap Book

Home Sweet Home Lift the Flap Book

Pegah shares: "I can read it page by page without even looking at it. Pointless to read bc my impatient LO just goes to the flap lifting before I can finish a sentence 🤣🤣🤣"


Never Touch a Dragon (and the rest of the “Never Touch” series)

Never Touch a Dragon

Lindsay says: "He doesn't like to sit long enough to read unless there's hands-on stuff involved 😂"


The Bear Snores On

Mira shares: "Every time, over and over…"


The Monster at the End of This Book

The Monster at the End of this Book

Rebecca says: "It's so much fun to read as a parent too."


The Little Blue Truck (and the rest of the series)

The Little Blue Truck

Kate says: "I have the Halloween one memorized haha."


Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See

Kristina says, "My 2-year-old can recite it from memory because we read it so much! It's a game now when we aren't even reading it. 'What did the teacher see?' 😂"


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Beejal says: "My 18-month-old daughter especially likes the page with all the food. It's so cute to hear her trying to say what each item is."


Good Night Moon

Good Night Moon

Charliena shares: "We have to read [it] every night…"


The Wonky Donkey

The Wonky Donkey

Leann says: "My little one is just altogether a fan of reading already..." (And check out this hilarious viral video of a grandma reading it to her grandchild.)


May I Please Have a Cookie?

May I Please Have a Cookie?

Monika shares: "[It's] my daughter's fav book."


10 Little Fingers and 10 Little Toes

10 Little Fingers and 10 Little Toes

Shawn says: "It's so sweet to count your LO's fingers and toes and give three kisses at the end 😊"


Stick Man

Stick Man

Rosemary shares: " She loves all of [Julia Donaldson's] books. We have most of them!"


Clifford’s Bedtime Story Box

Clifford's Bedtime Story Box

Thais says: "It has been almost six months of big red dog every single night. Thankfully, there's more than one book about Clifford."


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Janet says: "I guess it was so easy to relate to!!!" 😂


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