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The best life advice from famous working moms—from Michelle Obama to Victoria Beckham

There are so many incredible women who have succeeded at both 'insert job title' and 'mama.'

The best life advice from famous working moms—from Michelle Obama to Victoria Beckham

Being a mama is hard. Building a career is stressful. Balancing working motherhood seems near impossible—but you've got this. Whether you choose to stay at home, have a flexible job, or are jumping back into the workforce, your new title as 'mom' is no doubt the most important one. But, with only so many hours in a week, you have to decide how to best manage work life with family life.

First, know that it's normal to feel overwhelmed and it's okay to be unsure if you're giving enough time to each role. It's important to remember that regardless of how you do it, you know what's best.

The good news? You're not alone in this ongoing battle. In fact, there are so many incredible women who have succeeded at both 'insert job title' and 'mama.' (Plus, having a working mama doesn't hurt kids, science proves it.)

Here's some eye-opening advice from some of our favorite working moms.

Have open conversations

“Very early on, I explained it to them—they went to school, I went to work. We each had our own obligations, our responsibilities and when we met at night, we would exchange our experiences."—Diane von Furstenberg

You're setting a great example for your kids

Like so many working mothers all over the world, I feel the constant struggle to be the best mother I can, whilst setting a good example to my children to work hard. I travel for work when it's necessary, and I miss them all the time when I am away."—Victoria Beckham

Don't ever forget what's most important

“The truth of the matter was that whether I'm the first lady and he's the president, our first job is make sure that our kids are on point. That is the most important legacy we will ever leave."—Michelle Obama

It's okay to be selective + prioritize

“It is an adjustment trying to balance a career and motherhood for sure, but the key is to prioritize. You become more selective and work on projects that are so meaningful because you want every other waking moment spent with your family. You have to remember, though, to make time for yourself."—Kim Kardashian

Forget the guilt

“Get rid of the guilt...When you're at one place, don't feel bad that you're not at work; when you're at work, don't feel bad that you're not at home."—Katie Couric

You can make the impossible, possible

"I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you're just thinking, 'This is impossible. Oh, this is impossible.' And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible."—Tina Fey

It's okay to set boundaries

“When I started law school, my daughter, Jane, was 14 months and I attribute my success in law school largely to Jane. I went to class about 8:30 am and I came home at 4:00 pm, that was children's hour. It was a total break in my day and children's hour continued until Jane went to sleep. Then I was happy to go back to the books, so I felt each part of my life gave me respite from the other."—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Keep it in perspective

“Knowing I've got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match. I don't need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don't need them. That's a different feeling for me."—Serena Williams

Give yourself (and others) grace

“Before, I didn't quite get it. I did not really get how hard it is to succeed at work when you are overwhelmed at home...Being a mother is the most important—and most humbling—job I've ever had."—Sheryl Sandberg

No one else can take your place

“You might be president of PepsiCo. You might be on the board of directors. But when you enter this house, you're the wife, you're the daughter, you're the daughter-in-law, you're the mother. You're all of that. Nobody else can take that place."—Indra K Nooyi's mother to her

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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Comforts Training Pants

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Comforts Nite Pants

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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

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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 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.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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