Brace yourselves, the cold and flu season is upon us. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), so far this season there have been at least 2.6 million flu illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 1,300 deaths from flu. There's no question that cold and flu season is terrible for everyone, but it's a special kind of miserable for mamas and their little ones. This season means more sick days, hundred of tissues, emergency stashes of chicken soup and a humidifier on rotation.

But this year, we've got you covered with the nine items you need to take some of the sting out of the sniffles:

1. Kinsa sesame smart ear thermometer

Kinsa sesame smart ear thermometer

We know, we know; aren't all sick toddlers fussy? Thanks to the charming design of the Sesame Smart Ear Thermometer, you can have Elmo as your nurse as you diagnose your little one's illness. Even better, the Sesame Smart Ear features your child's favorite friends in the app. (And with a sick kid, you're going to need the pick-me-up too, mama.)

$89.93

2. Earth Mama calming lavender baby lotion

Earth Mama calming lavender baby lotion

When high temps hit your little one, reach for the Earth Mama calming lavender baby lotion to put them at ease. Made of a pure essential oil blend of organic vanilla and lavender, this lotion not only moisturizes babies of all ages, but it also aids in lulling them to sleep.

$17.99

3. Munchkin the medicator

Munchkin the medicator

The medicator dispenses liquid medicine at a safe flow rate for baby that minimizes choking and coughing. The design bypasses taste buds so the chances of spitting are lessened for medicine that goes down easily. It also comes in a variety of colors, so you're sure to find something that pleases your picky toddler.

$2.99

4. Crane drop humidifier

Crane drop humidifier

A humidifier that actually looks chic? We never thought we'd see the day. But the Crane Drop Humidifier does so much more than look cute perched on your baby's changing table. The ultrasonic cool mist technology increases moisture in the air for easier breathing (especially overnight), and clean control antimicrobial material in the base reduces mold and bacterial growth by over 99%. Those germs don't stand a chance.

Pro Tip: Prevent mineral build-up in the base by adding the Crane Demineralization Filter. Already seeing build-up? Clean it with a vinegar solution to keep your humidifier scum-free.

$42.49

5. Babyganics chest rub

Babyganics chest rub

Bedtime with a cold rarely goes smoothly. Our solution? Smear a little of Babyganics' Cold Relief Chest Rub on your baby's chest and neck for a natural way to open stuffy nasal passages. The natural menthol formula has an almost instant effect—you might even want to steal it for yourself.

Pro Tip: Get a second tube to keep in your diaper bag. (Because stuffy noses rarely happen at home when you're prepared.)

$19.51

6. Little Remedies saline mist

Little Remedies saline mist

Odds are, you're not going to want to wrangle a baby and a traditional nasal passage irrigation system. (We know—that just sounds complicated!) Skip the mess and reach for this Sterile Saline Mist from Little Remedies. This gentle spray moisturizes dry or crusty nasal passages and flushes out excess mucus causing those sad little sniffles, all without any alcohol or harsh chemicals.

Pro Tip: Use this spray before attempting to remove mucus—the whole process will go much smoother.

$13.54

7. FridaBaby nosefrida

FridaBaby NoseFrida

We'd love it if every infant came equipped with the ability to blow their own nose, but alas, that duty is still left up to us. When your little one has the sniffles, ditch the outdated bulb syringe and opt for the award-winning NoseFrida, proudly referred to as The Snotsucker. The mechanics seem a little gross at first (yes, you are actually sucking the snot out of that little nose!), but trust us, it's worth it.

$19.98

8. Babyganics vapor bubble bath

Babyganics vapor bubble bath

A warm bath is already one of the best ways to soothe a fussy, sick kid, but Babyganics Vapor Bubble Bath steps up the nurturing a notch by infusing their bubbles with natural menthol, eucalyptus and rosemary. And the non-allergenic formula won't irritate sensitive skin, so it's the perfect way to comfort littles with a cold.

Pro Tip: Feel like you're catching your baby's cold? Breathe deep while you bathe so you can soak up the menthol benefits too.

$14.95

9. Boogie Wipes

Boogie Wipes

Dissolve crusty boogers and mucus with ease with these soft wipes made with natural saline. Boogie Wipes feature spunlace technology for a gentler wipe on sensitive noses, as well as soothing chamomile, aloe, and vitamin E to treat raw skin with care. Throw a pack in your diaper bag to wipe up runny messes all cold + flu season long.

Pro Tip: Wipe in a downward motion to help remove those bad boys from baby's nose.

$12.99

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Aside from hygienic reasons, there's something about a bath that's soothing, inviting and relaxing. Even little ones can enjoy the benefits of self-care but they often need a little bit of entertainment while they're getting cleaned. Because they are so small and constantly putting anything in their mouths, it's important to use toys that are just as safe as they are entertaining.

We gathered a few best practices from the American Academy of Pediatrics for safe bath time with infants and kids and our favorite products to keep our littles having fun in the water:

  • Use a safe, sturdy tub. Baby bathtubs can be "bucket style" for sitting upright, slanted for support, inflatable, folding and spa-style.
  • Be aware of bumps, edges and slings. Consider avoiding tubs with slings and pay close attention to any bumps or edges that pose a risk.
  • Never leave a child alone in a bathtub. Children can drown in 1 or 2 inches of water so make sure you're not stepping away from the bathroom or leaving babies in the care of another child.
  • Check water temperature. Lower the temperature of your water heater to no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid burns.

Here are our favorite safe bath toys for infants and toddlers. And of course, always check (and double check) toy labels for age guidelines and hazard warnings:

Green Toys tide pool bath set

Green Toys tide pool bath set

This 7-piece bath set includes a starfish, scallop, abalone, snail, squid and jellyfish, as well as a seaweed-patterned storage bag that are packaged using recyclable materials and printed with environmentally responsible inks. Each piece is designed to pour water in a different way—scoop up water with the abalone and create a cascading waterfall with the holes along the edge, or fill the jellyfish and watch the water run down and out each of the legs.

$12.77

B&H baby thermometer

B&H baby thermometer

Ever wonder if your baby is too hot or too cold during bath time? This high and low temperature alarm includes an accurate thermometer that flashes and beeps when water is at a non-optimal temperature. It also doubles as a bath toy that complies with the Consumer Product Safety Commission's toys safety standards, so you don't have to worry if the thermometer will produce chemical reactions in water. Genius!

$16.99

Sophie la girafe so pure bath toy

Sophie la girafe so pure bath toy

Babies can have fun chewing away this Sophie bath toy because it's made of 100% natural rubber from the rubber tree's sap. The rubber ring is also easy to grip so little ones can have full confidence splashing and playing around. And don't worry, water can't get inside the toy so bacteria and mold won't form.

$23.93

Skip Hop bath puzzle

Skip Hop bath puzzle

A puzzle and bath book in one? Yes, we'll take it! The pages float in water and stick to bath tiles so you're child will be entertained the entire time they're in the water. We love that the handy stroller ring keeps it all together when they're done.

$8.00

Green Toys my first tugboat

Green Toys my first tugboat

This cool tugboat toy is safe for the earth as well as your child. It's made with 100% recycled plastic milk containers, which helps save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and is free from BPA, PVC and phthalates. It also features a wide spout which will help them scoop and pour water while exploring in the water.

$11.91

Boon marco light-up bath toy

Boon marco light-up bath toy

If you have older kids and are less concerned with them putting toys in their mouth, your kid might enjoy Marco. Put Marco in water and watch him float while the color-changing light activates. It's BPA-free, too.

$11.99

Skip Hop light up bath toy

Skip Hop light up bath toy

Featuring water-activated multicolor lights, this soft and squeezable bath toy is sure to make a splash with any child in your life. Choose from a dinosaur or unicorn with the phthalate-free materials.

$4.50

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If you haven't bought an Instant Pot yet, what are you waiting for, mama? It's one of those holy grail items that, once used, you're not sure how you ever lived without it. In fact, it was one of the most-purchased items from Motherly mamas last year and was life-changing for one of our editors when she finally caved and tried it out for her family.

Whether you're a chef who loves to make gourmet meals or a mama who hates cooking and needs more time in the day, it's one of those products that works for everyone.

And, the Instant Pot is on super sale today on Amazon—just $56.99.

Instant Pot 6-quart

instant pot sale

Why does it have such a cult following? Because it cuts down on cooking time and you can cook just about anything in it. It acts as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and warmer all in one. And the smart one-touch program makes cooking ribs, soups and desserts so much easier.

The 6-quart size cooks for up to six people, making it the perfect size for your family, and is 29% off today.

$56.99

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Music's biggest night was filled with show-stopping braids, sculpted baby hairs and to die for curls, but there was one music icon and mom-of-three whose hair stole the night—and it was created using drugstore favorites.

Gwen Stefani hit the red carpet with super sleek strands which isn't anything amazing, but when we heard it was created with products all under $10, we had to reach out to this mama's stylist and get the scoop. "Gilded tresses and sleek chic are the vibes I had in mind for this look," says celebrity stylist Danilo. "Effortless glam that is polished and perfected."

The look is extremely budget-friendly and can be achieved at home, continued Danilo. "I like drugstore products because they're reliable; you can find them at major retailers when you need them in a pinch, and a lot of them really work as well as salon-quality products.

Danilo paired Stefani's middle-parted straight hair with glowing skin and a glossy light pink lip. One thing is for sure, this mama secured her place in pop culture history while epitomizing cool-girl chic.

Here are the drugstore products Gwen Stefani used on her hair at the 2020 Grammys:

Suave professionals keratin infusion smoothing shampoo

suave professionals keratin infusion smoothing shampoo

"To prep Gwen's hair, I washed it with suave professionals keratin infusion smoothing shampoo and coconut oil infusion conditioner," says Danilo. "This left her hair silky smooth and nourished."

Pro tip: It's important to practice foundational hair care—treating the hair preciously and using the right products day to day. Nutrient-rich shampoo and conditioner are the key tools for this process.

$2.99

Suave professionals heat defense leave-in conditioner

suave professionals keratin infusion heat defense leave-in conditioner

"While wet, I applied suave professionals keratin infusion heat defense leave-in conditioner to prep the hair before adding heat," says Danilo. "This added another level of protection for the hair and left it touchable and soft."

$6.96

Suave professionals sleek anti-frizz smooth & shine cream

suave professionals sleek anti-frizz smooth & shine cream

"Next I applied a dime-sized amount of suave professionals sleek anti-frizz smooth & shine cream to make sure the hair is extra sleek and shiny," says Danilo.

$6.99

Suave professionals flexible control finishing hairspray

suave professionals flexible control finishing hairspray

"Then I blew dry the hair straight, using a mixed bristle brush, and use a flat iron to get rid of any remaining kinks," he says. "I finished her look with suave professionals flexible control finishing hairspray to set the look and add a hint of shine."

$2.94
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Keeping kids entertained without a screen can be tricky—especially when you're stuck inside on a rainy or freezing day. That's why we love having toys and activities around that we know will keep our littles occupied for hours.

Amazon Prime has a bunch of lightning deals available today on screen-free toys and activities. This means there's limited inventory so when the deal is 100% claimed, it's gone for good. So if you've been eyeing a specific item, add to your cart before someone else does!

Here are some of our favorite toys and activities on sale on Amazon today only:

Aqua water drawing magic mat

large water drawing mat

A mat so big multiple kids can use it, but don't worry, it folds up easily to be stored away. Fill the 'magic' marker with water and watch kids write letters and numbers and draw designs. In under 10 minutes, the writing will disappear, ready for more creativity. The best part? No mess and it's 25% off today.

$19.53

STEM magnetic blocks

kids magnetic tiles

Magnetic tiles are the perfect educational toy, allowing kids to get creative with building figures and designs. We love that this set includes number fixture blocks so they can maximize learning while playing. The blocks are 27% off and you can click the coupon before checkout to score an additional 20% savings.

$10.19

10-pc bath toys set

kids bath toys

Make bath time more fun with this set of 16 toys and two scoop nets. Each toy is small enough for little hands to grasp and the nets are helping your little one learn hand-eye coordination. The 4.7-star rated set is 24% off today.

$15.25

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