Want to practice more self-care, mama? Try these products

It’s time to *finally* focus on giving yourself a little extra TLC you’ve been craving.

Want to practice more self-care, mama? Try these products

Mamas, 2018 is the year for you. A time for a fresh start and an opportunity to hit reset on your day-to-day routines. It's time to *finally* focus on giving yourself a little extra TLC you've been craving, even if your schedule is jam-packed.

In fact, even just five minutes of me-time can help you become a better mama, because let's be real—you can't give yourself to others when you're running on empty.

Here are some of our favorite products and tips to help you *actually* practice self-care this year. You deserve it.

1. Headspace

Sometimes mama just needs five minutes to herself, away from the chaos. This app guides you through short meditations, helping you to focus on mindfulness. Even better, choose what you need most at the moment: Sleep, stress-relief, a way to calm your anxiety. ?


Headspace app; from $7.99-$12.99 per month,


2. Pink Love Bath Salts

Raise your hand if you love a good bath, mama. ? Sprinkle in these Himalayan pink salts for a relaxing aroma and soak in the all-natural essential oils. We love the subtle scent and the completely natural ingredients.

Fig + Yarrow; $16.50,


3. Facial Cleansing Milk

Hop in a quick shower or bath and give your skin a soft and smooth feel with this gentle coconut milk cleanser. It not only wipes away impurities, but also naturally brightens and tightens the skin.

Edible Beauty No. 1 Belle Frais Facial Cleansing Milk; $54.00,


4. Anti-Wrinkle Cream + Syrum

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With a refreshing citrus scent and light feel, these all-natural products are perfect for a little pick-me-up during naptime. (Or anytime, really!) They're firming and offer tons of hydration for the skin, leaving mama with a fresh glow.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Collection; $49.40,


5. Gold Eye Masks

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Let's face it, all of the sleep in the world won't rid of our bags. Fortunately, these patches use snail slime extract to really penetrate the skin with maximum hydration. Put them on for about 30-minutes while you're getting something done around the house and end up with firmer and glowing skin.

Petitfee Gold + Snail Hydrogel Eye Mask; $12.87,


6. Dead Sea Mud Mask

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10&co's mud mask combines Dead Sea mineral mud and Australian green clay with hydrating oils to boost your skin's metabolism and smooth the surface. It'll also detoxify the delicate areas on your face and give hydration.

10&Co The 4am Set, Dead Sea Mud Mask; $48.00,


7. Silky Sleep Mask

While we can't necessarily get more beauty sleep, we can sleep better, even if it's during naptime. Slipsilk mask is pure silk and nontoxic and is designed to help you get the perfect beauty sleep. ? Bonus: The elastic band won't create a crease in your hair and the material is anti-aging.

slip™ for beauty sleep 'Slipsilk™' Pure Silk Sleep Mask; $45.00,


8. Deep Pore Mask

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Whether you have normal or oily skin, this mask will penetrate deep into clogged pores to remove toxins and impurities. A perfect way to boost dull skin, reduce shine, and rid of excess dead cells for a fresh face.

Kiehl's 'Rare Earth' Deep Pore Cleansing Masque; $30.00,


9. Romantic Bath Bomb

You deserve a little extra pampering and suds, mama. ? With fresh ingredients (including aphrodisiacs) you'll get an ideal bath time relaxation. Breathe in rose and jasmine aromas for a luxurious evening.

Lush Titsy Tosty Bath Bomb ; $6.95,


10. Safe nail polish

We can't always make it to the nail salon for a fresh mani-pedi, but who says you can't treat yourself at home? ZOYA nail polish doesn't have any of those traditional toxic or harmful ingredients so it's safe around children. We love their dusty rose mauve and gray purple colors!

ZOYA Nail Polish; $9.00;


Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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:

This article was sponsored by Dr. Brown's. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says that newborns, especially, do not need a bath every day. While parents should make sure the diaper region of a baby is clean, until a baby learns how to crawl around and truly get messy, a daily bath is unnecessary.

So, why do we feel like kids should bathe every day?

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