Treat yourself on Valentine’s Day, mama ❤️

When was the last time you got something just for you? Here are eight ideas to get you started.

Treat yourself on Valentine’s Day, mama ❤️

Valentine's Day has a reputation for being oh-so-romantic, but love is so much bigger than that. And as a mama, whether you're single, married, or somewhere in between, you deserve to take a day to really nurture yourself.

Not sure where to start? Here are eight ways to show yourself some love this month, mama.

1. Book a momcation (or girls trip)

When was the last time you really went somewhere for a few days? Probably pre-baby days. Explore online to find a destination that makes the most sense for you. Maybe it's a staycation at a local hotel on your own. Perhaps it's a girls getaway to somewhere warm. There are so many options and you're sure to come back refreshed, relaxed and feeling more like yourself than ever.


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2. Buy yourself your favorite flowers

You don't need a partner to have fresh flowers in your home. Many are running sales for Valentine's Day and they'll deliver beautiful bouquets right to your door.

Shop at ProFlowers
Shop at From You Flowers
Shop at PickupFlowers
Shop at The Bouqs

3. Indulge on Etsy

If you haven't browsed Etsy in a long time, get ready to spend hours scrolling. If you're in need of inspiration, we love:

Shop Etsy

4. Treat yourself to that product you've been eyeing

Have you had your eye on that skincare product that's just a little bit of a splurge? Or, bookmarked that pair of boots? Show yourself a little love and invest in yourself, mama. Some of our favorite ideas:

5. Pick a subscription to receive each month

Subscriptions are like a little surprise each month and ideal if you're not sure exactly what you want, but know what types of items you enjoy.

  • Cratejoy has hundreds of subscriptions. We love the under $20 ones.
  • Stitch Fix has a stylist send you unique items. Simply send back ones you don't like and pay for what you keep.
  • If you love Nordstrom, Trunk Club will help you curate a beautiful wardrobe.
  • Want to try items then return? Say hello to Le Tote. Wear, return, repeat.
  • Beauty gurus will obsess over Birchbox.

6. Try out a new hobby

If you're feeling like you never have time to yourself, or find that unwinding to reality TV isn't helping your overwhelm, try picking up a hobby.

7. Unplug + fill your cup

Sometimes the best way you can nurture yourself is to take a day, or a few hours, to unplug. If you can, ask for a personal day at work, have grandparents or friends take the kids for a day, schedule a coffee date with your biggest confidant, or use your lunch break or nap time to sit and do absolutely nothing. The key is to do something that fills your cup that doesn't involve mindlessly scrolling Instagram or binging on that new Netflix show.

8. Spruce up your home

With so much on your plate, you've likely put off buying new sheets or replacing that dining chair because it's not a priority. If you don't want to do something self-care related, consider what bothers you in your home and fix it. Want new sheets? We love Brooklinen. Need a new kitchen item or craving a new rug? Wayfair has tons of options (with great deals). Not sure what you're looking for? Browse through Amazon's bargain finds to score a gem.

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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.


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