No, breastfeeding isn’t really free

We added up how much it *actually* costs.

breastfeeding isn't free

During my pregnancy, I looked forward to breastfeeding my son. I'd heard that not only does it provide optimal nutrition for baby, it also fights infection and disease, reduces the risk of SIDS, and decreases the mother's risk of breast and ovarian cancers. It helps with mother-baby bonding, as well as postpartum depression and weight loss.

And it's "free!"

Well, kind of.

"There's no free ride on breastfeeding," clarifies Linda M. Hanna, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Registered Nurse Practitioner. "But the cost [of breastfeeding] is significantly less [than formula] in general."

According to the Surgeon General, breastfeeding families can save between $1,200 and $1,500 on formula costs in one year. And on a larger level, A 2007 study estimated that if 90 percent of American families exclusively breastfed for six months, the U.S. would save $13 billion annually from reduced medical "and other" costs.

Still, for many women, the milk doesn't always flow freely. While I knew breastfeeding challenges were a possibility, experiencing them was eye-opening. And one thing that struck me was that breastfeeding's selling point that it's "free"—or at least cheap—is overstated. All of the products and services it can take to successfully breastfeed can easily cancel out that estimated $1200–$1500.

Let's break down some of the costs that come with breastfeeding.



Latching + positioning

You can bring baby to breast, but you can't make them drink. Babies need to latch onto the nipple correctly to transfer an adequate amount of milk, and this doesn't always come naturally.

The good news is that more hospitals are starting to recognize the importance of lactation assistance in the hours after birth. "Hospital-based lactation support is becoming extremely prevalent so women don't have to go out and pay $300 for a lactation consultant to come in," Hanna says. (A lactation consultant's fees will vary based on the consultant and location, but tend to be from $60 to $150 an hour.)

However, there will be a percentage of women who need additional support in help for latching and positioning. "An issue we thought was a latching problem actually turned out to be identified 10 or 15 years ago as the baby having a lip tie or tongue tie," Hanna says. "It can also be the anatomy of the mother, including women who have issues with their nipples, like nipple inversions."

Issues with latching are common, but can be remedied with a slew of products and services:

  • Nipple shield (allows baby to connect to your breast more easily): $7 –$10
  • Nipple everter (helps extract inverted nipples): $7
  • Breast shells (helps extract inverted nipples): $10 –$15
  • Frenotomy (procedure to correct baby's tongue or lip tie): about $750 on average, but the cost depends on medical insurance coverage

Supply, demand + pumping

In a perfect world, you'll supply the amount of milk your baby demands by how often they latch onto your breast. There are endless reasons why a baby and mother might not unite immediately after birth, which can lead to issues with supply in the days postpartum. Taking supplements like fenugreek ($10) and starting an early pumping regimen may boost supply.

The Affordable Care Act requires that most insurance companies cover the full cost of a breast pump "for the duration of breastfeeding." But insurance may limit what type of pump you're able to buy for free. It may also limit the amount of time you're allowed to rent a pump on their dime. Though the AAP recommends breastfeeding for six months, my pump was only covered for three, which left me with two options: 1) Rent the pump for a monthly out-of-pocket fee. 2) Purchase my own pump. (Fortunately, a dear friend gave me her Spectra S2 — though technically most breast pumps are considered single-user devices, so this loan wasn't necessarily FDA-sanctioned).

For those who are forking over cash for a pump, dual electric pumps run anywhere from $100 to $400, with hospital-grade pumps costing as much as $2000, and wearable pumps, like the Willow and Elvie, being closer to $500. Manual pumps, which many moms purchase in addition to an electric pump for on-the-go pumping and emergency situations, are around $15–$25.

Milk storage + feeding

A breast pump is only part of the equation. Once you express milk, you'll need to store it and then feed it to your child — which can require another arsenal of equipment. Aside from a functional refrigerator or freezer, you may need:

  • Bottles and nipples: $2 –$15 per bottle
  • Milk storage bags: $12– $15 for a pack of 100
  • Extra pump parts like flanges, valves and tubes: $30 for a set
  • A pumping bra (not essential, but helpful): $20
  • A bottle warmer (not essential, but helpful): $15–$30
  • Breast pads for leakage (not essential either — but most of us would rather not walk around in public with milk stains on our chests): $10 for a box
  • If you're a breastfeeding working mom, you might consider investing in an insulated cooler bag ($10 –$25) for transporting your pumped milk to and from the office.

You'll also need hot running water and dish soap, as well as a dishwasher or a bottle sterilizer to keep your hardware safe and clean for baby.

Nursing nutrition

"There's also the cost of eating healthy. The best health a mother could have for herself long-term is the health and wellness that she has during pregnancy and the first year or two while breastfeeding," Hanna says.

According to La Leche League International, eating a diet of nutritious, whole foods during pregnancy sets the stage for breastfeeding success. The general consensus is that nursing women eat a minimum of 1,800 calories per day, and those calories should ideally come from wholesome, fresh foods.

The average American household spends between $280 and $500 a month on groceries, but not all mothers have access to traditional grocery stores. In 2010, the USDA reported that 23.5 million Americans live in food deserts: areas with a dearth of supermarkets offering fresh meats and produce. Food deserts are often found in impoverished areas, which can pose health challenges for their breastfeeding mothers and babies.

Breast health

Breastfeeding can be a real pain in the boob, with maladies ranging from cracked and bleeding nipples to plugged ducts and — ouch! — milk blisters. Infections like thrush and mastitis require medical attention, which, if you have insurance, could incur a co-pay for care or warrant a prescription.

Hanna says women get plugged ducts and infections because they don't empty their breasts completely. Skipped, missed or delayed feelings can lead to these problems, but with the schedules we keep today, it's impossible to drain our breasts on time every single day.

"There are things that can be done to avoid infection, but sometimes it's unavoidable. Some women are more prone to them because of their own anatomy, but we can proactively try to prevent these things from happening," Hanna says.

Supplements such as sunflower lecithin ($10), and coconut oil ($7), as well as a lactation massager ($40) can help prevent clogged ducts, which, if ignored can lead to mastitis. Cooling gel pads and nipple balm ($8, both miracles) can help soothe sore nipples.

Milk duds

The breastfeeding industry is vast. Between nursing pillows and fashion lines designed for easy breast access, you could go on a spree with the number of non-essential nursing accessories out there. My current wardrobe consists of a rotation of nursing tops and dresses (all $20 to $50 a piece), and I recently invested in a special backpack with a breast pump compartment that I can take to work ($50).

Intangible investments

A year of breastfeeding adds up to approximately 1,800 hours, which is basically a full-time job. So that means working breastfeeding mothers essentially have to juggle two jobs, often in workplaces that don't offer support in terms of lactation rooms or break time to pump, despite the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. And unfortunately, breastfeeding discrimination is still widespread in the workplace, and it has serious potential financial consequences for breastfeeding mothers and their families.

So, is breastfeeding free?

Sure, if you have zero trouble with latch and supply, never pump and bottle-feed your baby, and are fortunate enough to avoid plugged ducts and cracked nipples — and you have a workplace that supports your breastfeeding and pumping needs.

In reality, most women require some level of breastfeeding assistance, requiring time, money, and emotion. Whether or not the return on investment for breastfeeding is worth it is a personal calculation every mother will have to do for herself.

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    How one company is making a huge difference for LGBTQ youth

    Take notes, all you other brands, this is how it's done

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    This article is sponsored by H&M. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

    We spoke to Chris Bright (he/she/they), Director of Public Training at The Trevor Project, who works closely with H&M. Chris shared with us the Trevor Project's important mission, and what all brands should do to best support LGBTQ youth today.

    1. For those that do not know, what is The Trevor Project's mission? What is it all about and its impact on society?

    The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people, and LGBTQ youth are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight or cis peers. Our mission is to end suicide among the estimated 1.8 million LGBTQ youth under the age of 25 in the U.S. who seriously consider suicide each year.

    Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project launched TrevorLifeline, the first 24/7 national lifeline supporting LGBTQ youth in crisis alongside HBO's broadcast of the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor. The first calls were answered that night. Since then, we have grown from reaching several thousand LGBTQ youth per year to becoming the preeminent resource for LGBTQ young people in crisis, directly serving over 200K LGBTQ young people in the last fiscal year alone. We work tirelessly to save young lives by providing support through our free and confidential crisis programs on platforms where young people spend their time — online and on the phone. In addition to TrevorLifeline, we offer 24/7 digital crisis services including TrevorText and TrevorChat, as well as TrevorSpace, the world's largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth.


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    2. Can you describe the nature of the relationship/partnership the Trevor Project has with H&M?

    Our collaboration with H&M has been remarkably successful, with H&M driving awareness of The Trevor Project and our services among its audience while also demonstrating its strong support of LGBTQ young people. H&M first partnered with us in December 2020 during our "Every Single One" holiday campaign, where they donated $250K in matching funds for Giving Tuesday. This helped The Trevor Project have our best-ever Giving Tuesday moment.

    Our work together has had extensive impact, allowing H&M to engage employees, customers, and community members in conversations about LGBTQ Allyship through Trevor's resources and mission. We're thankful for H&M's support, which helps us continue to operate and improve our 24/7 life-saving crisis services so we can serve more LGBTQ young people.

    3. Why was H&M the right company to partner with?

    H&M is an established yet relevant brand that has the attention of young people, and we're always so thankful to partner with youth-facing brands that can not only spread messages of love and support, but also can increase the awareness of our crisis services and resources. We know that H&M genuinely cares about creating a better future for LGBTQ young people.

    4. What do you see as the biggest challenge or struggle for LGBTQ kids today?

    LGBTQ youth are incredibly diverse, with so many intersecting identities and unique experiences — making it difficult for me to pinpoint what might be the single biggest challenge or struggle for all LGBTQ youth today.

    What I can say, however, is our research reveals numerous challenges or struggles that may be more prevalent across the board for LGBTQ youth. According to our 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, which captures the experiences of nearly 35,000 LGBTQ youth ages 13 to 24 across the U.S., nearly 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth. Over 94% of LGBTQ youth reported that recent politics negatively impacted their mental health and more than 80% of LGBTQ youth stated that COVID-19 made their living situation more stressful.

    What's clear is that while there is no single biggest challenge or struggle for our LGBTQ youth today, it's critical that we find ways to uplift and support each and every LGBTQ young person that we can.

    5. Since it's back to school time, are there stressors or situations that are uniquely heightened for LGBTQ youth, other than the standard new school year jitters, that people don't necessarily know about?

    Our research has found that LGBTQ youth who reported having at least one LGBTQ-affirming space had 35% reduced odds of attempting suicide in the past year, with LGBTQ-affirming school environments having the strongest association with reduced suicide attempts. Since the onset of COVID-19, the volume of youth reaching out to us has significantly increased, at times nearly double our pre-COVID volume. Feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anxiety have been heightened as a result of the pandemic, further emphasizing the need for LGBTQ youth to have access to spaces that affirm their identities, such as gender-neutral bathrooms, trans-inclusive sports, and positive extracurricular activities such as Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs).

    LGBTQ youth who reported having at least one accepting adult — whether it be teachers, coaches, or counselors — were 40% less likely to report a suicide attempt in the past year. The Trevor Project created the Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention, which includes requirements for teacher training, mental health instruction for students, and policies and procedures for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that as in-person learning returns, schools provide LGBTQ students with safe learning environments where they can feel empowered, supported, and accepted by their peers and educators.

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    6. In what way is the support that The Trevor Project provides crucial to LGBTQ youth, especially as it pertains to suicide prevention?

    The support that The Trevor Project provides is so crucial because suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people — and LGBTQ youth are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight or cis peers. LGBTQ youth reach out to Trevor because we are LGBTQ-affirming and a trusted provider of crisis services. All of our volunteers are highly-trained to answer calls, chats, and text from LGBTQ youth 24/7 when they are feeling suicidal or need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk.

    Almost three-quarters of youth stated that they either would not or were unsure if they would have another service if The Trevor Project did not exist. We aim to be there for every young LGBTQ person in crisis with a clear message: you are loved, your life has value, and you are never alone.

    7. What do you think the responsibility is for brands to be involved in pro-social, activism-related work?

    Everyone can play a role in creating change and building progress in our society. Brands — especially those with large platforms and influence — have a responsibility to fulfill that role as well. We recognize H&M and our other brand partners for helping spur progress on important issues, and we encourage others to follow suit. Beyond the essential financial support that brands can provide to nonprofits like The Trevor Project, there's also a direct benefit for the community when brands are loud about their support of Pride; we've found that more than half of youth said brands who support the LGBTQ community positively impact how they feel about being LGBTQ. Finally, it's important to remember that Pride doesn't begin and end in June — the opportunity to support Pride is 365 days a year. We are thrilled to have H&M as a year-round partner for The Trevor Project, demonstrating their authentic support for our work.

    8. What is one of the biggest impacts or positive results you have seen come from the partnership between The Trevor Project and H&M?

    We wouldn't be able to do the work we do and make the progress we've made without our brand partners like H&M. The Trevor Project has experienced significant growth in the last few years with the implementation of our five key program areas: crisis services, peer support, research, education and public awareness, and advocacy. Since 2019, we've been working to scale our volunteer training to increase the number of crisis services counselors on a yearly basis. In addition to original, intersectional monthly research briefs, our research team launched the world's largest survey of LGBTQ youth mental health in 2019, and has released a total of three national, annual reports. We've ramped up Trevor's advocacy work on the local, state, and federal levels to protect the rights of LGBTQ people, including bills to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy that have been in introduced in 40 states. H&M's partnership helps us advance this work by raising significant funds and awareness for our mission. During June 2021, when H&M served as one of our key Pride Partners, our crisis counselors served over 19,500 crisis contacts with free, confidential support via phone, chat, and text.

    9. How important is it for LGBTQ+ youth to see allies in popular culture, be it a celebrity or high profile person, mainstream brand, etc.?

    LGBTQ representation in the mainstream media is extremely important as it makes LGBTQ youth feel seen, validated, and confident that they are not alone. Over 80% of youth said that celebrities who are LGBTQ positively influence how they feel about being LGBTQ, and more than half of youth said brands who support the LGBTQ community have a positive impact on their LGBTQ identity. As we continue to see increased visibility for marginalized communities in popular culture, diverse images will become normalized, which in turn creates a safer, more accepting world for all of us.

    10. For people who want to get involved with a cause like The Trevor Project, what is the best way to make a difference?

    There are a number of ways to get involved with The Trevor Project – from making a donation (TheTrevorProject.org/Donate) to applying to be a volunteer (TheTrevorProject.org/Volunteer) to spreading the word about our resources.

    Affirming spaces and support systems work to save young LGBTQ lives. People can be active in their communities to ensure that more safe, affirming spaces are available and thriving. Even making an effort to respect someone's pronouns and encouraging those around you to do the same can make a huge difference. Our research has also found that LGBTQ youth who report having at least one accepting adult were 40% less likely to report a suicide attempt. If you get the opportunity, be that one person for a young person in your life.

    If you or someone you know needs help or support, The Trevor Project's trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386, via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

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    This incredibly soft comforter from Sunday Citizen is like sleeping on a cloud

    My only complaint? I've slept through my alarm twice.

    When it comes to getting a good night's sleep, there are many factors that, as a mama, are hard to control. Who's going to wet the bed at 3 am, how many times a small person is going to need a sip of water, or the volume of your partner's snoring are total wildcards.

    One thing you can control? Tricking out your bed to make it as downright cozy as possible. (And in these times, is there anywhere you want to be than your bed like 75% of the time?)

    I've always been a down comforter sort of girl, but after a week of testing the ridiculously plush and aptly named Snug Comforter from Sunday Citizen, a brand that's run by "curators of soft, seekers of chill" who "believe in comfort over everything," it's safe to say I've been converted.


    Honestly, it's no wonder. Originally designed as a better blanket for luxury hotels and engineered with textile experts to create this uniquely soft fabric, it has made my bed into the vacation I so desperately want these days.

    The comforter is made up of two layers. On one side is their signature knit "snug" fabric which out-cozies even my most beloved (bought on sale) cashmere sweater. The other, a soft quilted microfiber. Together, it creates a weighty blanket that's as soothing to be under as it is to flop face-first into at the end of an exhausting day. Or at lunch. No judgement.

    Miraculously, given the weight and construction, it stays totally breathable and hasn't left me feeling overheated even on these warm summer nights with just a fan in the window.

    Beyond being the absolute most comfortable comforter I've found, it's also answered my minimalist bed making desires. Whether you opt to use it knit or quilted side up, it cleanly pulls the room together and doesn't wrinkle or look unkempt even if you steal a quick nap on top of it.

    Also worth noting, while all that sounds super luxe and totally indulgent, the best part is, it's equally durable. It's made to be easily machine washed and come out the other side as radically soft as ever, forever, which totally helps take the sting out of the price tag.

    My only complaint? I've slept through my alarm twice.

    Here is my top pick from Sunday Citizen, along with the super-soft goods I'm coveting for future purchases.

    Woodland Snug comforter

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    The bedroom anchor I've been looking for— the Snug Comforter.

    $249

    Braided Pom Pom Throw

    Because this degree of coziness needs portability, I'm totally putting the throw version on my list. It's washable, which is a must-have given my shedding dog and two spill-prone kiddos who are bound to fight over it during family movie night.

    $145

    Lumbar pillow

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    What's a cozy bed without a pile of pillows?

    $65

    Crystal infused sleep mask

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    Promoting sleep by creating total darkness and relaxation, I've bookmarked as my go-to gift for fellow mamas.

    $40

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    Motherly created the flexible online birth class moms need

    The Motherly Birth Class is completely online, which means you can take the class at your own pace.

    Taking a birth class is a pregnancy milestone. Whether you've been excited to take a birth class for a long time or have just recently decided that you wanted to take one, sitting down for that first lesson feels big—spoiler alert, this is really happening! But finding time for a birth class isn't as easy as it would seem.

    We know new parents are busy (hello, understatement of the year). Between diaper changes, pediatrician appointments, healing from birth and the general adjustment to #newparentlife, the days can fill up quickly. But a lot of people are caught off guard by how busy pregnancy can be, too! That first trimester is so often full of symptoms—like nausea and fatigue—that can make previously easy or simple tasks exhausting. The second trimester begins and (usually) we start to feel better. But then our days get filled with planning out baby registries and deciding on questions like, "Where will this tiny new human sleep?" And before you know it, it's the third trimester—and, well, then you're in the home stretch. Plus there are so many appointments!

    All this to say that we get how busy you are—and how hard that might make it to fit in a birth class.

    And that's why we created The Motherly Birth Class. The Motherly Birth Class is completely online, which means you can take the class at your own pace.


    Think you'll want to watch each lesson a few times over? Great!

    Due date's next week and you need the option to take a birth class very quickly? No problem!

    Like everything at Motherly, we designed this class with you in mind.

    Taught by Certified Nurse-Midwife Diana Spalding (who also wrote "The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama"), this class is broken into 12 lessons—and you get to control how and when you watch them. We'll teach you about what your (amazing) body is up to in labor, how to decide when it's time to head to the hospital or birth center (or when to call your home birth midwife), what your options are for coping with pain and so much more.

    When you sign up for The Motherly Birth Class, you'll get access to a downloadable workbook and meditations. Plus, you'll be invited to join our supportive private online community (where you can chat with the class instructor!)

    Oh, one more thing: Your insurance or flexible spending account might even able to able to cover the cost of this class.

    Pregnancy is wonderful—but it's a lot. You deserve a birth class that works for you and empowers you to have your best birth. Because vaginal or Cesarean, unmedicated or medication, birth is incredible. And you are the star of it all.

    You've got this.

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    Take our completely digital birth class from the comfort of your living room. We'll help you have your best birth—because you deserve it.

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    14 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

    They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

    Keeping kids entertained is a battle for all seasons. When it's warm and sunny, the options seem endless. Get them outside and get them moving. When it's cold or rainy, it gets a little tricker.

    So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best toys for toddlers and kids that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, many are 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 indoor outdoor toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.


    Tiny thrill-seekers will love this kid-powered coaster which will send them (safely) sailing across the backyard or play space. The durable set comes with a high back coaster car and 10.75 feet of track, providing endless opportunities for developing gross motor skills, balance and learning to take turns. The track is made up of three separate pieces which are easy to assemble and take apart for storage (but we don't think it will be put away too often!)

    $139

    Secret Agent play set

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    This set has everything your little secret agent needs to solve whatever case they might encounter: an ID badge, finger scanner, walkie-talkie handset, L-shaped scale and coloring comic (a printable file is also available for online download) along with a handy belt to carry it all along. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

    $40

    Mini golf set

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    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.

    $40

    Stepping Stones

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    Kiddos can jump, stretch, climb and balance with these non-slip stepping stones. The 20-piece set can be arranged in countless configurations to create obstacle courses, games or whatever they can dream up.

    $99.99

    Sand play set

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    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.

    $30

    Sensory play set

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    Filled with sand or water, this compact-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.

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    Vintage scooter balance bike

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    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.

    $121

    Foam pogo stick

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    Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord "stick" is sturdy enough to withstand indoor and outdoor use and makes a super fun addition to driveway obstacle courses and backyard races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don't let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.

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    Dumptruck 

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    Whether they're digging up sand in the backyard or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? It's made from recycled plastic milk cartons.

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    Hopper ball

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    Burn off all that extra energy hippity hopping across the lawn or the living room! This hopper ball is one of the top rated versions on Amazon as it's thicker and more durable than most. It also comes with a hand pump to make inflation quick and easy.

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    Pull-along ducks

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    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.

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    Rocking chair seesaw

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    This built-to-last rocking seesaw is a fun way to get the wiggles out in the grass or in the playroom. The sturdy design can support up to 77 pounds, so even older kiddos can get in on the action.

    $79.99

    Baby forest fox ride-on

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    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.

    $79.99

    Meadow ring toss game

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    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.

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    90 baby names for your little dynamo born during Sagittarius season

    Those born under this sign are described as generous, adventurous, and funny.

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    Sagittariuses are beloved by many for their witty humor, adventurous spirit, and generosity. Those born under this zodiac sign from November 22 to December 21 are a fire sign, which means they are constantly seeking new ways to express their creativity and opinions. Commonly referred to as "the travelers of the zodiac," a Sagittarius will never pass up an opportunity for travel or adventure. Similarly, they'll also always keep those around them laughing—they are after all known for their humor.

    One thing's for sure, your life is about to get a whole lot more adventuresome and serene (their tarot card symbolizes calmness!) thanks to your baby Sagittarius.

    Here are 90 baby names for your little wanderlust-seeker.


    Names inspired by fire

    • Aidan
    • Blaze
    • Brando
    • Brent
    • Cyrus
    • Eliane
    • Ember
    • Flint
    • Helios
    • Ignacio
    • Ignatius
    • Keahi
    • Keegan
    • Nuria
    • Pele
    • Phoenix
    • Rhys
    • Seraphina
    • Soleil
    • Tyson
    • Uri

    Names inspired by Sagittarius' color, blue

    • Blue
    • Celia
    • Citrine
    • Cyan
    • Hyacinth
    • Indigo
    • Jay
    • Livia
    • Ocean
    • River
    • Sapphire
    • Skye
    • Slate

    Names inspired by celebrity Sagittariuses

    • Ben (Stiller)
    • Bill (Nye)
    • Brad (Pitt)
    • Britney (Spears)
    • Charlie (Puth)
    • Chrissy (Teigen)
    • Jake (Gyllenhaal)
    • Jamie Lee (Curtis)
    • Jane (Fonda)
    • Janelle (Monae)
    • Kaley (Cuoco)
    • Lucy (Liu)
    • Miley (Cyrus)
    • Nicki (Minaj)
    • Rita (Ora)
    • Taylor (Swift)
    • Tina (Turner)
    • Tyra (Banks)

    Names inspired by Sagittarius traits

    Funny

    • Beatrix
    • Gil
    • Ike
    • Isaac
    • Kiki
    • Noemi
    • Sunny

    Generous

    • Gennady
    • Hiroko
    • Hiroshi
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      Cameron Diaz on having a baby at 47: 'You really have to work hard for it'

      "The only pressure for me now is I have to live to be, like, 107, you know? No pressure!"

      This is the decade that saw the face of first-time motherhood change. The number of first-time mamas under 30 is shrinking, while more and more women are becoming moms after 40.

      Cameron Diaz is one of them. The actress and businesswoman, now 48, became a mom in January at the age of 47. In a new episode of Naomi Campbell's YouTube series, No Filter, Diaz opens up about what it's like to become a mom in your fourth decade.

      "A lot of people do it the other way around... they get married [and] have a family in their youth," says Diaz."I'm kind of doing it in the second half of my life."


      This second half has been the happiest she's ever felt, she explains, adding that life with daughter Raddix and husband Benji Madden feels like the "sweet spot" of her life story. But having a child at 47 is a different experience than having one at 27... and it does mean Diaz will be spending her 50s and 60s raising a child while some of her peers will be sending theirs off to college.

      The first-time mama is taking it all in stride, telling Campbell with a laugh: "The only pressure for me now is I have to live to be, like, 107, you know? No pressure!"

      She continues: "Having a family when you're young...it's like anything when you're young: You do it. But when you're my age and you decide to do it, it's a real choice. You really have to work hard for it."

      Right now, raising her daughter (and working on her wine business) is what feels right for Diaz. She tells Campbell she doesn't think she's going back to acting. "I feel really resolved. I mean, I never say never to anything, first of all, but I feel really resolved," she explains. "I haven't made a movie since 2014. It's been a long time, it's been seven years or six years since I made a film. Girl, I am okay with that."

      Sometimes, what's right for you in your 20s isn't what's right in your 40s. Cameron Diaz proves that, and she proves that the door to motherhood doesn't close on your 40th birthday.

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