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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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If you're already feeling a bit of cabin fever, it's time to get outside for some fresh air, mama. Whether you've planned your days around homeschooling activities or have decided on taking a more laid-back approach, there's always one thing that everyone in the family can agree on: playing outside!

From playhouses to tree swings, we've found 12 of the best outdoor toys to keep your little ones busy in the backyard during the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Gardening tools

kids gardening tools

Even the smallest of gardeners need the right tools to get the job done! These wooden + metal gardening tools look (and work) just like the real thing, and are crafted from natural materials and without toxic paints or finishes. Your little one will love getting their hands dirty while also developing their motor skills.


2. Sidewalk chalk

kids washable chalk bucket

Get the kids outside to create sidewalk drawings (and positive messages for neighbors!). This giant bucket is filled with 50 washable chalk sticks, providing hours of outdoor fun.


3. Water beads

kids water beads

Simply put, water beads are just so much fun! These smooth, squishy beads create an awesome tactile experience and are prefect for sensory play in a water table or any type of small container. You can even use them to practice color recognition, sorting, counting and so much more.


4. Picnic + sensory table

picnic and sensory kids table

Sensory tables are a staple in any preschool classroom—and can be in your own home, too. They're perfect for stimulating your little one's senses and facilitating play, creativity and exploration. This beautiful table has a built-in sandpit that can hold up to 50 lbs of play sand or nearly 3 gallons of water. Plus, it doubles as a place to paint, color or draw.


5. Web swing

kids outdoor web swing

This swing will take you back to simpler times and long, warm summer days spent swinging outside. With more than 1,000 great reviews, this is a bestseller for a reason. It holds up to 600 lbs so multiple kids can hop on (even parents can join in!), and the tree straps are built to be durable.


6. Pool

mini inflatable pool

There's really not much to say here other than WE COULD NOT BE MORE OBSESSED WITH THIS POOL! Measuring 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall, it's big enough for you and the kiddos (ummm or just you?) to stay cool. And have we mentioned all the fun designs? Swoon. 😍


7. Scooter

kids radio flyer scooter

Whether you're zipping through city streets or riding up and down your suburban driveway, a good scooter is a must have for outdoor fun. It's a great way for little ones to improve their balance and coordination while also having a blast!


8. Sprinkler

kids giant sprinkler

Nothing says summer like a giant inflatable cactus sprinkler in your backyard 🤣 This playful sprinkler stands almost 6 feet high and is the perfect way for kids to cool off during those hot days. (Shh, we won't tell if you want to join in on the fun, too!)


9. Jumper

kids junior jumper

If you're looking for a jumping toy but don't want a full trampoline, this jumper is the perfect solution. It's super bouncy, super safe and really fun! This one is sized perfectly for smaller jumpers, and can handle multiple kiddos at once.


10. Wheelbarrow

Radio Flyer kids wheelbarrow

If your kids are going to play outside, they might as well pitch in with the yard work 🤷🏽♀️. This classic wheelbarrow looks just like the real thing—just a lot smaller! Little ones will love filling it up, pushing it around, dumping it out, and then doing it alllll over again and again.


11. Oceanbound tide pool set

For the littlest ones, it's easy to keep it simple. Take their bath toys and use them in a new way outside. With this tide pool set, there are so many opportunities for fun sensory play, whether it's in a sandbox, a rice sensory bin or just good old fashioned dirt. We especially love that these toys are made from 100% recycled plastic and that they come in their own adorable storage bag that can also be used for play.


12. Wooden playhouse

Kids playhouse

This one is spendy for sure, but a sturdy, beautiful playhouse is an investment that will pay off in years of imaginative play for everyone from young toddlers to school-aged kiddos. This one is large enough for several children yet compact enough to work in even tiny backyard spaces. It's made from 100% cedar wood and features several large built-in windows, flower boxes, a working door + doorbell, and even a chalkboard.


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If you had to only choose one product to toss in your bag, what would it be? Our guess is you're looking for something that's easy-to-use, affordable, clean and multi-tasks for you—something that'll simplify your routine because you have other things to worry about than what beauty product to grab (like making that Zoom meeting in time while you're working from home).

Enter: Arrow Beauty—a clean beauty brand created by Birchbox with products designed to save you time.

I had the chance to try out the entire product line and, let's just say I've made sure to toss one everywhere—in my bag, on my desk, in the bathroom. And during this pandemic, it's made getting ready (okay, looking presentable for video calls) in the mornings so much simpler.

Each product is created to be something you grab and go when you're in a rush. Everything is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and mineral oil, vegan and cruelty-free so you can still give your littles all the snuggles and kisses without stressing about transferring any bad ingredients over. And, they're designed to travel well. Birchbox made sure Arrow Beauty featured leak-proof and carry-on friendly items. Did we mention everything is under $25?

Here's what is in their first launch:

Nourishing lip oil

birchbox arrow lip oil

This one might be my favorite from the collection. A lip oil that leaves a high-shine finish that isn't sticky (!!!) and keeps your lips moisturized for hours. It comes in clear, perfect to top off your favorite shade, or color enhancing pink that reacts to the pH level of your skin, making a unique shade for you.


Radiant skin moisturizer

birchbox arrow skin moisturizer

Have no time in the morning? Massage this into your skin for the ultimate pick-me-up. It has a subtle sheen that illuminates and nourishing ingredients—hyaluronic acid and aloe—that hydrates and gives you a glow.


Color enhancing lip balm

birchbox arrow lip balm

The Birchbox team listened to customer feedback to reformulate their OG tinted balm and it's *so* good. There are three shades—berry, coral and blush—that look incredible on all skin tones because it reacts to the pH in your skin to enhance your natural color. Even better? It's buildable!


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This is the #yearofthemother.

And this is the pregnancy book women deserve, from the experts at Motherly.

This is an unprecedented time to embark on the journey of motherhood. You are part of a new generation of women elevating empowerment in all its forms.

Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, whether you're still deciding about pregnancy or already have a baby on the way, becoming mama involves your body, mind, emotions, lifestyle, relationships, schedule, spirituality, worldview—and most of all, your heart.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama celebrates the wonder of your new baby and honors you through this profound life transformation.Inclusive, holistic, and evidence-based, this book was made for you—a loving and supportive embrace of your unique motherhood journey in all its power, complexity and beauty.

Peek inside here!


Praise for The Motherly Guide

"Mothers around the world deserve the guidance that this book offers: unconditional support and access to expert-backed, non-judgmental information. This book is the first of its kind to support the whole woman through the whole journey from getting pregnant, to birth, postpartum, and beyond. The maternal wellness revolution has arrived." —Christy Turlington Burns, founder, Every Mother Counts

"Motherly is leading the conversation about how pregnancy, birth, and postpartum transforms a woman's world―and The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is their greatest contribution yet. Women deserve all the support as their bodies, minds, and lives transform, and this book delivers it with so much heart."—Katrina Scott, cofounder, Tone It Up

"The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is like having an entire birth team on your offers grace, empowerment, and support for however and wherever you find yourself on the becoming mama journey."—Anthonia Akitunde, founder and editor-in-chief, mater mea

"THE essential guide to pregnancy and birth has finally arrived. The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is the only book you need to get you through this adventure. It's woman-centered, warm, and informative . . . it's the book I wish I would've had, and the one I'm so excited for you to have."—Natalie Gordon, founder and CEO of Babylist

"This epic book is a cross between an encyclopedia and a wise aunt. In this thorough and comprehensive resource, the Motherly team offers equal doses of wisdom, love, and cold hard facts so that each new mother can develop the confidence that she desperately needs on her pregnancy and motherhood journey. A soulful and dependable guide for all women."—Kimberly Ann Johnson, author of The Fourth Trimester

Pre-order your copy ofThe Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama, and join us as we redefine motherhood, together.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on so many people's lives, and mamas everywhere are feeling it especially hard. The outbreak has been an especially scary time for pregnant women who worry about getting the support they need during this already challenging time.

At Motherly, nothing is more important to us than helping mamas everywhere feel supported and empowered from the very beginning of their motherhood journey. That's why we took two major steps toward helping pregnant women everywhere feel more confident right now:

First, we wrote the pregnancy + birth book you deserve.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama provides evidence-based, women-centered support for every stage of your journey, from trying to conceive to caring for your sweet new baby.

We wrote The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama to ensure that every person has access to high-quality, nurturing pregnancy and birth guidance. It is the pregnancy book you deserve. And we would be honored if you would consider pre-ordering it now.

You can pre-order The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama at your favorite retailer, and it will be on its way to you when it releases on April 14th:

During this difficult time, please consider ordering from Barnes and Noble or an independent bookstore as they are greatly impacted by COVID-19. (Also, please note delivery times from various outlets may vary or be delayed due to the virus.)

Second, we're making our Becoming Mama™ Online Birth Class absolutely free.

For the thousands of women who are unable to attend their birth class due to the virus, our class, taught by Diana Spalding, Motherly's Digital Education Editor, certified nurse-midwife, and writer of The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama, is the nurturing, empowering resource you need to have your best, most supported birth no matter what.

This class will prepare you for your birth, while the book is about the entire journey—from trying to conceive, to pregnancy wellness, birth, postpartum and caring for your sweet new baby.

More than 7000 women have joined Motherly's FREE online birth class

Pregnancy and birth are some of the biggest moments of life—it can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Going through this process during a transformative world event—a pandemic—can make it feel so daunting. We want you to know that we are here for you.

You deserve to experience pregnancy, birth and motherhood with confidence and joy—and we are honored to be on this journey with you.

As founder of mater mea, Anthonia Akitunde said, The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama "is like having a whole birth team on your nightstand."Because you deserve to experience it all with confidence and joy—and we are honored to be on this journey with you.

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