I spend a lot of time looking at new baby products—researching, finding alternatives, learning about brands—not just for work as a Shop Editor, but also for fun. As a mom of three under 3 , I want to know everything there is to know about whatever I buy for my kids. When I find something I love, I recommend it to anyone who will listen. I'm committed to making parent's lives everywhere easier, more stylish, and overall happier. I also feel like everything around us has evolved so much, so I'm all for new technology in baby gear mixed with the old school knowledge of all the moms that came before me.
The Motherly Shop is also on a mission to make mamas' lives easier. It's stocked with tried-and-true products you need and want. Here are some of my favorites:
This sound machine is a cult classic for a reason: it works. We have four of them and take them everywhere we go because without it our children (and sometimes even ourselves) can't sleep deeply enough. I love it because the sound is a natural fan, not an electronically created sound of something else. It's soothing and constant. The downside is that it's not battery operated, so you need a backup when the power is down.
I wasn't planning on babywearing when I had my first, but when I discovered the freedom of naps on the go, it totally became our thing. I wore him up until I got pregnant with my twins and only stopped for medical reasons. Now that they're here, I'm back to babywearing all the time. It's proved to be absolutely necessary because they both suffered from reflux and holding them upright was the only thing that seemed to help them. The Baby Tula carrier can be used for newborn up to 3 years, and it allows me to wear them on my front or back, as well as inward and outward-facing. It's also easy to adjust, which makes passing it back and forth with my husband no problem.
This MontiKids activity gym is a family favorite. I've tried every single activity gym you can imagine—the ones with light-up toys, the ones you can fold and throw under a couch, the ones with all the bells and whistles, the ones that promise to keep your babies entertained for hours—and honestly this is the only one both my kids and I loved. It's simple, it's Montessori, and most importantly, my babies love it. It comes with a ton of toys, online Montessori instruction and is designed to evolve as your baby develops new skills. Plus, you can turn it into a teepee once they are not babies anymore. The sleek design won't clash with your furniture or scream BABY at you.
These snuggly friends are not only super soft and cute, but they all come with a book and a message behind it. It has helped my toddler express his feelings (especially now that things have changed drastically in his life) while also being a comforting friend at bed time. I love, love, love all their characters. Best of all, they are machine washable so it makes cleaning them a cinch.
This block set is an amazing way to let your kid's imagination run wild, while also being cute and practical. The set is intended for kids 18 months to 4 years old and it can be anything they want it to be. They can build towers, houses for the little people that come with it, turn the box into a car and take the whole set for a spin around the house. We are huge fans of this brand at home because all their toys have kept our children engaged while helping them develop the skills they need to reach their next milestone.
I don't know how to cook, so this meal service has been truly a lifesaver for my children (seriously, no one wants to eat anything I attempt to put together). Regardless of your culinary skills, YUMI is an excellent option for those kids already experimenting with solids because every little tub is packed with the nutrients they need, giving you peace of mind that they are getting the best food ever.
Ready to hold any messes, these Mushie silicone bibs are both ready for any messy eater while also looking pretty darn cute. Made of BPA-free food grade silicone, the deep pocket catches whatever misses their mouths and when mealtime is over, you can toss them in the dishwasher.
I love the powerful message of this bracelet so much that I wrote an entire essay about it. Simple, sleek and elegant, this bracelet is my new staple. I never take it off (not even to shower or bathe the kids) and it constantly reminds me that I am doing just fine.
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