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This is why you're tired: Motherhood is equivalent to working 2.5 jobs, study says
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We all know there are no days off in parenting—and research shows just how hard moms are working. A study released by Welch's looked at 2,000 American moms of kids between five and 12 years old, and found the average hours moms work per week is 98. As in the equivalent of two-and-a-half full-time jobs.

According to Welch's, the average mom gets going around 6:23 a.m. and the work doesn't stop until 8:31 p.m. (And, for many of us, that sounds like a good day.)

“The results of the survey highlight just how demanding the role of mom can be and the non-stop barrage of tasks it consists of," said Casey Lewis, MS, RD and Health and Nutrition Lead at Welch's, told Yahoo! News.


According to the survey, the average mom is lucky to get about an hour and seven minutes to herself each day. Four out of 10 of the moms surveyed said their lives feel like never-ending series of tasks all week.

Despite the demands, the moms surveyed said they do have helpful lifelines. The top items on the sanity-saver list include baby wipes and wet wipes, iPads, kids' TV shows, drive thru meals and coffee, Netflix and the help of grandparents and babysitters.

"Busy moms may identify with the list of 'lifesavers', which highlights not just a rigorous workload but a constant requirement to feed and fuel the family, week in and week out," said Lewis.

It's clear that many moms are running at maximum capacity, so it's not surprising 72% report struggling to feed their kids healthy snacks and meals. But that also shows that finding food that fuels that family without adding to the workload is a predicament most parents can identify with—so don't beat yourself up if you're among the moms relying on drive-thru once in awhile.

It may seem like a downer to think that the average mom works 14 hours a day—which is basically the equivalent of two part time jobs. But, for a lot of mothers, parenthood is worth the extra time spent running around and wiping things down.

Of course, the findings aren't entirely surprising to many of us moms. But, what is valuable about the research is what it should tell the rest of society: Mothers need support in their workplaces, communities and homes.

Or, at the very least, coffee shop gift cards are much appreciated. ☕️

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[Originally published July 31, 2017]

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These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com 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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