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7 Great Baby Gifts That Are Both Cute and Practical

11/15/2015 at 02:00 PM ET

How many expectant moms have cried in the aisles of the big box baby stores, overwhelmed (if not downright frightened) by the sheer volume of stuff that comes with a kid?

I know I was one of them, and ever since, I’ve vowed to gift my fellow new mommies with only goodies that are both cute and practical.

Here are seven of my favorites — most are new to the market, with a couple classics sprinkled in that just make life easier.

Buttermilk Babies Blankets ($75)
Pretty much the softest baby blankets I have yet to find. The patterns are cute, funny and just the right amount edgy: teeny skunks and brass knuckles are among my faves in the “tough cookie” set.

They can be used as traditional swaddles if you’ve got that special skill set, or as stroller blankets, lovies, you name it. Jaime King, Molly Sims and Haylie Duff are all fans, sharing social media photos with their babies in Buttermilk.

Buttermilk Babies
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Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s Meditation Trainer Shares Her Best Tips for Busy Moms

11/03/2015 at 02:00 PM ET

Jenna Dewan-Tatum meditation Emily Fletcher
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It can be hard for moms to carve out time to concentrate on themselves, but meditation expert Emily Fletcher believes meditating is actually the most selfless thing a mother can do.

“So many moms are so good at giving, sometimes to the point of exhaustion and depletion. If you’re running on empty, then you don’t have anything to give to your family,” explains Fletcher, who has instructed Jenna Dewan-Tatum in her Ziva Meditation technique.

“If you take the time to fill up your own tank with bliss and fulfillment and energy, then you’re going to be giving some higher quality time to your family.”

Whether you’re a mom of a newborn or older kids, Fletcher’s tips and advice will help you experience the benefits of meditation. (Dewan-Tatum credits meditation with her natural glow, so it’s definitely worth trying!)

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Taylor Swift’s Hits Have Been Turned Into Lullabies – and They’re Way Too Cute

10/29/2015 at 01:55 PM ET

You’ve never heard Taylor Swift‘s music like this before.

The 25-year-old singer’s catchy songs have been given the lullaby treatment by award-winning children’s music series Rockabye Baby!

Due out on Friday, the album offers a sweet spin on everything from Fearless‘ “Love Story” to 1989‘s “Blank Space.”

Staying true to a relaxing theme, these recreations feature soothing touches of xylophones, marimbas, wood blocks and bells.

Taylor Swift
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How Amanda Peet’s Kids Inspired Her New Children’s Book

10/20/2015 at 07:15 PM ET

Amanda Peet Children's Book
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Amanda Peet‘s kids are being raised Jewish, but they had questions about Christmas — so the actress co-wrote a children’s book, called Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosensteinto address them.

“They were asking me, ‘Why can’t we have a tree? Is Santa coming to us? Who is Santa? What can we do for him?’ ” Peet tells PEOPLE. “They felt left out, as I think most Jewish children do, and I was exploring different ways to make sense of it.”

Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein is about a young Jewish girl who wishes she could have Christmas. The Togetherness star co-wrote the book with writer Andrea Troyer, the wife of D.B. Weiss, who co-showruns Game of Thrones with Peet’s husband David Benioff.

Peet, 43, and Troyer wrote the book two summers ago while their families were living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where Game of Thrones films. During the writing process, they would test out portions of the book on their children.

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Rachel Zoe’s New Maxi-Cosi and Quinny Collaboration Pairs Style and Function

10/19/2015 at 01:45 PM ET

Rachel Zoe knows fashion — she also knows the stress of being a busy mom.

In her new collection for Quinny and Maxi-Cosi, Zoe kept both aspects of her life in mind while creating a carseat and stroller that marry both “style and function.”

“Something practical can also be fashionable, which is why my collaboration with Quinny/Maxi-Cosi was such a natural fit,” Zoe, 44, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“For me, the details are what make this collection special. Rich hues, leather stitching and gold accents add an element of glamour and sophistication.”

Courtesy of Rachel Zoe x Maxi-Cosi

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Author Jessica Zucker Honors Pregnancy Loss with Collection of Heartfelt Cards

10/14/2015 at 01:00 PM ET

In recent months, celebrities such as Mark Zuckerberg and Eva Amurri Martino have openly shared the heartbreak that accompanied their miscarriages, thus bringing much-needed awareness to an often isolating experience for many.

With Thursday, Oct. 15, marking the official Infant & Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day, PEOPLE spoke to Jessica Zucker – author, psychologist, and creator of the viral hashtag #IHadaMiscarriage on the New York Times‘ “Motherlode” page about the best way to address a friend or loved one who may have experienced a pregnancy loss.

Zucker, who is on the medical advisory council of Christy Turlington BurnsEvery Mother Counts organization, explains that when public figures come forward to discuss a topic that is often considered taboo, it truly has a positive impact.

“Celebrities talking about their own personal experience helps normalize the conversation and helps other people feel more inclined to share,” she says.

Jessica Zucker
Courtesy Jessica Zucker

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Bibs! Blankets! Jaime King Shares Favorite Picks from Gilt’s Aden + Anais Sale

08/18/2015 at 06:30 AM ET

As a newly minted mom of two, Jaime King knows all about stocking up on early-stage essentials for her growing family.

And now the actress — and mom to sons Leo Thames, 4 weeks, and James Knight, 22 months — is making shopping for baby a bit easier for other parents (and parents-to-be!). King has teamed up with Gilt to share her mommy must-haves from the company’s collaborative sale with aden + anais.

“What I love best about this collection is that you know that every piece is made with love and care and — most important — functionality,” says King, 36.

From cozy blankets and bibs to sleep sacks and changing pads, the limited edition aden + anais for Little Gilt line — which features an assortment of eight prints exclusive to Gilt — includes everyday items a new mama might need in her nursery.

Jaime King Gilt son James Knight
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