13 teething products my babies can't get enough of

From all the gummy smiles to getting ready to chomp anything in sight.

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I vividly remember the moment my babies started teething. First came the drooling (so much drool!), then came the hand chewing, the toy chewing, chewing anything near and available to them. Then came the crankiness until pop, a tiny tooth came out, and we were back to normal in a couple of days. Every single time I've desperately shopped online looking for something—anything, really—that will help them and myself get through this.

After years of research and experimenting, these are the products I highly recommend for when your baby is going from all the gummy smiles to getting ready to chomp anything in sight.

Bebe Au Lait wooden teether

Rainbow Wooden Teether

This teether will keep your baby entertained for hours. It's non-toxic, anti-microbial and the beads make it super easy for tiny hands to grab. Plus, the rainbow is the perfect shape for them to chew on. It comes in a bunch of different shapes to choose from.


Chewbox animals

Silicone Baby Teethers set of 6

Coming as a set of six (which is great if you are looking to have a variety of shapes and colors in different places) you can attach to the stroller, car seat, swing, you name it. My toddler still loves to pretend that the dolphin and turtle are swimming together through the house so once your babies are done teething, they can easily transition to bath toys.


Linen crinkle teether

Linen Crinkle Bunny Ear Teether

My babies love these Montessori teethers. The crinkly linen keeps them engaged while the wooden circle allows them to easily grab the toy and chew on it with their gums.


VIVAIODAYS rescue balm

Olive Oil All Purpose Rescue Balm Gel

An all-purpose balm for all the things, including rosy cheeks from extra drool caused by teething. It's super easy to apply and can be used year long, especially during cold months when drool and wind can cause delicate skin to get a bit more irritated. The product is gluten-free, cruelty-free and certified vegan.


BogginHead bandana teether

BooginHead Baby Newborn Cotton Bandana Teether Bib

The two-in-one bib by BooginHead is amazing. The cloth part catches all the drool while the silicon part allows babies to grab onto it or chew to soothe their gums with the little indents it has. Bonus points for being super stylish and easy to wash.


Nûby mittens

Nuby Soothing Teething Mitten with Hygienic Travel Bag

Teething babies love to have their hands in their mouths. I, however, hate the smell of dried up saliva on them (can anyone relate?). These mittens solve that problem. Babies can chew on the mittens while keeping their hands clean and dry. Ideal for babies who cannot hold teethers yet.


Anjie + Ash teething necklace

Stevie Teething Necklace in Bubble Gum

I'll admit I've worn these necklaces when I don't have a teething baby (or even a baby) around because that's how stylish they are. Now that I have two teething babies (yay, twins!), you can find me wearing one all day long. Designed to be easy for babies to manipulate, they also feature a patented clasp that releases if they tug too hard. There are different sized beads to keep baby engaged, and are all made of non-toxic silicone.


Mombella mushroom

Mombella Mimi the mushroom super soft silicone baby soothing teether toy

This mushroom is all the rage in my Facebook mom groups right now. So much so that some orders have been delayed because of high demand. The reviews speak for themselves though, babies love it! It's easy to grab and easy to chew on, plus the bright color keeps them engaged.


Bebe Au Lait bandana bibs

Vintage + Modern Floral Classic Muslin Bandana Bib Set

Made for stylish babies, these bibs will not only catch all of your baby's drool, it will also level up any outfit they are on. The pack comes with two coordinating bandana bibs so you can also match all of your kids. There are many different colors and patterns for you to choose from and keep your baby dry and looking fly.


Green sprouts cooling teether

green sprouts Cooling Teether

Our favorite feature? This round teether can be frozen for extra soothing power on baby's gums. It's filled with distilled water for safety and the little shapes on each ball give extra comfort for baby. Easy to grab by tiny hands and easy to clean for busy moms.


Fillable + freezable teetherpop

Fillable, Freezable Baby Teether for Breastmilk, Pur\u00e9es, Water, Smoothies, Juice

If your baby has started solids already, this teether is ideal for them as it allows baby to experiment with flavors while soothing soft gums. You can fill the teether with anything—breastmilk, purees, frozen fruit—and keep frozen for extra comfort.


Lexypexy wooden teething toy 

The Sullivan Teething Toy

Can we talk about how adorable this pretzel is? Plus, it's made from all natural, non-splintering, sustainable maple wood that makes tiny gums super happy. It comes in so many adorable options and is fantastic for photoshoots.


Zarbees natural gum massage gel 

Zarbee's Naturals Baby Gum Massage Gel

Our pediatrician has always recommended Zarbees to us for our toddler because of all their natural products. This gel is safe for 2-month-olds and up and is alcohol and drug-free.


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By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


Watch one mama's review of the new Dr. Brown's breastfeeding line here:

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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Errands and showers are not self-care for moms

Thinking they are is what's burning moms out.

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A friend and I bump into each other at Target nearly every time we go. We don't pre-plan this; we must just be on the same paper towel use cycle or something. Really, I think there was a stretch where I saw her at Target five times in a row.

We've turned it into a bit of a running joke. "Yeah," I say sarcastically, "We needed paper towels so you know, I had to come to Target… for two hours of alone time."

She'll laugh and reply, "Oh yes, we were out of… um… paper clips. So here I am, shopping without the kids. Heaven!"

Now don't get me wrong. I adore my trips to Target (and based on the fullness of my cart when I leave, I am pretty sure Target adores my trips there, too).

But my little running joke with my friend is actually a big problem. Because why is the absence of paper towels the thing that prompts me to get a break? And why on earth is buying paper towels considered a break for moms?

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