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Not surprisingly, we spend a lot of time thinking about products for moms. Whether it’s the answer to a fussy feeder or an item that will soothe you, mama, we’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest in the baby + mama space. Here are the top ten items we can’t wait to bring home from the 2017 JPMA Baby Show.


1. The Nanobebe Breastmilk Bottle

Not only will this savvy little bottle remind you of, ahem, your milk’s source, it’s also designed to preserve breastmilk nutrients essential to your baby’s health. Plus, the unique shape heats and cools quickly (limiting bacteria growth) and makes it even easier for babies to hold and self-feed. Sounds like a little more free time for you, mama!

Pro tip: Use the included breast pump adapter to pump milk directly into the bottle for faster storage with less mess for you to clean.

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2. Doddle & Co.’s The Pop Pacifier

Chalk this up to one of those “how did it take so long to think this up?” inventions. The ingenious Pop pacifier from Doddle & Co. automatically closes in on itself every time your baby drops it (AKA, every thirty seconds), protecting the nipple from any unsightly germs that might be lurking on the floor. And it’s made from 100 percent silicone, so there are no lead, PVC, BPA, latex or phthalates to worry about.

Pro tip: It does take a fairly strong suck to keep the nipple from popping back in, so bring this pacifier out once your newborn has mastered the skill.

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3. Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center from Skip Hop

Not only does this activity center from Skip Hop come with all the bells and whistles your baby needs to promote solo play, it also packs an economical bonus: The design transitions to three different stages to grow with your developing little one. It’s also easy to assemble and comes with a 360-degree rotating seat to put a little more bop in their bounce.

Pro tip: The discovery window lets baby see their feet as they bounce to help them learn the cause and effect of their actions.

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4. Aristotle Baby Monitor by Nabi

We love a product that packs a multi-use punch. The Aristotle by Nabi is a voice-activated smart monitor that functions as a baby monitor, speaker, smart light, HD wifi camera, and sound machine, all in one chic little package you’ll actually want to leave out on the changing table. Use the smart phone app to customize your Aristotle’s functions, from when the sound machine should turn on to when the nightlight should dim. Get yours summer 2017!

Pro tip: Use the app to log your baby’s daily activities and track their growth progress, then access the information remotely from your phone (so you can always keep Grandma updated).

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5. The Project Nursery Baby + Parent Smartband

Imagine a world where your Fit Bit helps you be a better mom, and you’ve got the genius of the Project Nursery Baby + Parent Smartband. The first-of-its-kind wearable helps you log everything from feedings to appointments and streamlines digital communications to help keep your day running smoothly.

Pro tip: The Fitness functions track steps, exercise, calories, and hydration for mamas looking to shake any bothersome baby weight.

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6. Rookie Humans Fitted Crib Sheets

Let’s be real: Your sleeping baby is already the cutest thing ever. But if you want to crank nap time up a notch, you can’t do better than these whimsical crib sheets from Rookie Humans. Designed to function as sheets and imaginative backdrops for in-crib photos, these dreamy styles are the best thing to happen to your Instagram feed all year.

Pro tip: The beautiful packaging also makes them a charming baby shower gift your new mom friend will treasure forever.

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7. The Lansinoh Smartpump

Love it or hate it, pumping is often a necessary part of a new mama’s life. Isn’t it about time your pump started doing some of the hard work for you? Meet the new Smartpump from Lansinoh, a brilliant device that uses bluetooth technology to sync with the Lansinoh Baby App to help track pumping sessions, duration, amount pumped, and even calories burned every time you hook it up.

Pro tip: The pump features three customizable styles to mimic your baby's natural feeding pattern and maximize milk production and comfort.

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8. TINSELTOT Decorative Rug Topper

The last thing you want to worry about during playtime is if your baby is ruining your rug. (We get it, those things aren’t cheap!) The TINSELTOT TOPPER is designed to fit seamlessly over your existing rug and serve as an extra layer of protection. Baby made a mess? Simply pop it into the washing machine and no one ever has to know.

Pro tip: It can also double as a durable picnic blanket for the park!

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9. The Fridababy BIG Bundle of Joy Gift Set

Wouldn’t it be great if someone handed you a tool kit with everything you’d ever need when your baby was born? The Fridababy BIG Bundle of Joy set comes pretty darn close. The kit includes registry must-have NoseFrida the SnotSucker, as well as three other products you might not know about but won’t know how you lived without, Windi the GasPasser, NailFrida the SnipperClipper Set, Fridet the MomWasher and more.

Pro tip: The reusable pouch is perfect for storing all your items between uses.

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10. The OXO Tot Air Stroller

The newest stroller from OXO Tot is a game-changer. It’s only 11 pounds (yes, you read that right!), but it boasts a 55-pound weight limit, meaning you’ll use it for years. It's also overhead compartment compatible when folded, stands on it’s own when folded, and has a huge SPF 50 canopy for all your outdoor adventures.

Pro tip: Get yours October 2017!

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Summer heat has a way of making the house feel smaller, more congested, with less room for the air to circulate. And there's nothing like heat to make me want to strip down, cool off and lighten my load. So, motivation in three digits, now that school is back in, it's time to do a purge.

Forget the spring clean—who has time for that? Those last few months of the school year are busier than the first. And summer's warm weather entices our family outdoors on the weekends which doesn't leave much time for re-organizing.

So, I seize the opportunity when my kids are back in school to enter my zone.

I love throwing open every closet and cupboard door, pulling out anything and everything that doesn't fit our bodies or our lives. Each joyless item purged peels off another oppressive layer of "not me" or "not us."

Stuff can obscure what really makes us feel light, capable and competent. Stuff can stem the flow of what makes our lives work.

With my kids back in school, I am energized, motivated by the thought that I have the space to be in my head with no interruptions. No refereeing. No snacks. No naps… I am tossing. I am folding. I am stacking. I am organizing. I don't worry about having to stop. The neat-freak in me is having a field day.

Passing bedroom doors, ajar and flashing their naughty bits of chaos at me, is more than I can handle in terms of temptation. I have to be careful, though, because I can get on a roll. Taking to my kids' rooms I tread carefully, always aware that what I think is junk can actually be their treasure.

But I usually have a good sense for what has been abandoned or invisible in plain sight for the lack of movement or the accumulation of dust. Anything that fits the description gets relegated to a box in the garage where it is on standby in case its absence is noticed and a meltdown has ensued so the crisis can be averted. Either way, it's a victory.

Oh, it's quiet. So, so quiet. And I can think it through…

Do we really need all this stuff?

Will my son really notice if I toss all this stuff?

Will my daughter be heartbroken if I donate all this stuff?

Will I really miss this dress I wore three years ago that barely fit my waist then and had me holding in my tummy all night, and that I for sure cannot zip today?

Can we live without it all? All. This. Stuff?

For me, the fall purge always gets me wondering, where in the world does all this stuff come from? So with the beginning of the school year upon us, I vow to create a new mindset to evaluate everything that enters my home from now on, so there will be so much less stuff.

I vow to really think about objects before they enter my home…

…to evaluate what is really useful,

...to consider when it would be useful,

...to imagine where it would be useful,

...to remember why it may be useful,

…to decide how to use it in more than one way,

... so that all this stuff won't get in the way of what really matters—time and attention for my kids and our lives as a new year reveals more layers of the real stuff—what my kids are made of.

Bring it on.

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In the moments after we give birth, we desperately want to hear our baby cry. In the middle of the night a few months later it's no longer exactly music to our ears, but those cries aren't just telling us that baby needs a night feeding: They're also giving us a hint at what our children may sound like as kindergarteners, and adults.

New research published in the journal Biology Letters suggests the pitch of a 4-month-old's cry predicts the pitch they'll use to ask for more cookies at age five and maybe even later on as adults.

The study saw 2 to 5-month olds recorded while crying. Five years later, the researchers hit record again and chatted with the now speaking children. Their findings, combined with previous work on the subject, suggest it's possible to figure out what a baby's voice will sound like later in life, and that the pitch of our adult voices may be traceable back to the time we spend in utero. Further studies are needed, but scientists are very interested in how factors before birth can impact decades later.

"In utero, you have a lot of different things that can alter and impact your life — not only as a baby, but also at an adult stage," one of the authors of the study, Nicolas Mathevon, told the New York Times.

The New York Times also spoke with Carolyn Hodges, an assistant professor of anthropology at Boston University who was not involved in the study. According to Hodges, while voice pitch may not seem like a big deal, it impacts how we perceive people in very real ways.

Voice pitch is a factor in how attractive we think people are, how trustworthy. But why we find certain pitches more or less appealing isn't known. "There aren't many studies that address these questions, so that makes this research especially intriguing," Hodges said, adding that it "suggests that individual differences in voice pitch may have their origins very, very early in development."

So the pitch of that midnight cry may have been determined months ago, and it may determine part of your child's future, too. There are still so many things we don't know, but as parents we do know one thing: Our babies cries (as much as we don't want to hear them all the time) really are something special.

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For many years, Serena Williams seemed as perfect as a person could be. But now, Serena is a mom. She's imperfect and she's being honest about that and we're so grateful.

On the cover of TIME, Williams owns her imperfection, and in doing so, she gives mothers around the world permission to be as real as she is being.

"Nothing about me right now is perfect," she told TIME. "But I'm perfectly Serena."

The interview sheds light on Williams' recovery from her traumatic birth experience, and how her mental health has been impacted by the challenges she's faced in going from a medical emergency to new motherhood and back to the tennis court all within one year.

"Some days, I cry. I'm really sad. I've had meltdowns. It's been a really tough 11 months," she said.

It would have been easy for Williams to keep her struggles to herself over the last year. She didn't have to tell the world about her life-threatening birth experience, her decision to stop breastfeeding, her maternal mental health, how she missed her daughter's first steps, or any of it. But she did share these experiences, and in doing so she started incredibly powerful conversations on a national stage.

After Serena lost at Wimbledon this summer, she told the mothers watching around the world that she was playing for them. "And I tried," she said through tears. "I look forward to continuing to be back out here and doing what I do best."

In the TIME cover story, what happened before that match, where Williams lost to Angelique Kerber was revealed. TIME reports that Williams checked her phone about 10 minutes before the match, and learned, via Instagram, that the man convicted of fatally shooting her sister Yetunde Price, in 2003 is out on parole.

"I couldn't shake it out of my mind," Serena says. "It was hard because all I think about is her kids," she says. She was playing for all the mothers out there, but she had a specific mother on her mind during that historic match.

Williams' performance at Wimbledon wasn't perfect, and neither is she, as she clearly states on the cover of time. But motherhood isn't perfect either. It's okay to admit that. Thanks, Serena, for showing us how.

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There are some mornings where I wake up and I'm ready for the day. My alarm goes off and I pop out of bed and hum along as I make breakfast before my son wakes up. But then there are days where I just want 10 more minutes to sleep in. Or breakfast feels impossible to make because all our time has run out. Or I just feel overwhelmed and unprepared.

Those are the mornings I stare at the fridge and think, Can someone else just make breakfast, please?

Enter: make-ahead breakfasts. We spoke to the geniuses at Pinterest and they shared their top 10 pins all around this beautiful, planned-ahead treat. Here they are.

(You're welcome, future self.)

1. Make-ahead breakfast enchiladas

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I'd make these for dinner, too.

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