Giveaway: Mothering magazine subscription {12.22; Worldwide} CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed. View the winner here. Thank you all so much for entering!

This is a joint giveaway with Hobo Mama Reviews and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only. Please find the section marked “Win it!” for the mandatory main entry and optional bonus entries.

Mothering magazine is offering our readers a giveaway of a free one-year subscription!

Mothering magazine cover assortmentMothering is a fabulous parenting magazine for those interested in attachment values and natural living.

This giveaway is open worldwide, with this small caveat:

  • If the winner is in the U.S., the subscription can be your choice of digital or print.
  • Any winner living elsewhere will receive the marvelous digital subscription.

Before anyone internationally feels left out thinking about a digital subscription, let me say that I (Lauren) have a digital subscription, and I love it! (Click here for a free sample of the digital interface, and read more below.) The best part? Because this giveaway ends so close to the holidays, a digital subscription could be a perfect Christmas gift with immediate shipping! If there’s a new parent you know who could use encouragement, this subscription could be just the right thing.

If you’re a current Mothering subscriber, you can extend your subscription by a year, or you could choose to give your prize subscription as a gift to someone special.

Mothering’s mission and reach

Mothering magazine cover hide and seek babyMothering was founded in 1976 and is still the only independently owned, family living magazine in the world. Many parents are on the staff and are encouraged to continue attachment parenting while working.

Either subscription is for one year, which is six issues total. That’s six issues of information, advice, and inspiration. It’s like having a knowledgeable and loving big sibling talk you through parenting.

Topics covered throughout a range of issues include natural birth, thoughtful prenatal care, breastfeeding, cosleeping and the family bed, babywearing, cloth diapering, gentle discipline, consensual living, alternative schooling, holistic health, and more. If that just made your heart go pitter-pat, Mothering is the magazine for you.

Mothering magazine interior spread breastfeeding mongolia

Plus, it’s visually such a gorgeous magazine. The cover images of adorable tots always make me smile, and even the ads inside are appealing, because they’re for products and companies Mothering magazine cover giraffe girlyou would support, too.

You can see my previous comparison of Mothering to conventional parenting magazines to see why I prefer seeing this one in my mailbox or inbox. is also a fabulous resource. The website offers original and reprinted content, natural products for sale, and perhaps most importantly, the community aspect of a thriving online forum where you can connect with other like-minded parents.

The new digital version

After receiving the print subscription for several years, I decided to switch to the digital version with my latest renewal, and I’ve been very happy with it.

Mothering magazine interior spread digital interface

I love the eco-friendliness (no paper and ink, no gas used in the freight) and frugality (only $4.95!) of the digital option. I love how I can keep all my back issues handy by just referencing the link in my email. The subscription is delivered to me immediately upon publishing, and I can enjoy it at any time. I can search by keyword and flip pages for skimming as I desire. You can print articles to share with friends, just as you might Mothering magazine interior spread your letterswith a print copy. You can also share with friends by forwarding a special limited-availability link to up to three friends with each issue.

All of the aspects of the print version are included in the digital: front cover, table of contents, ads, letters to the editor, everything. It’s an exact digital replica of the print magazine.

To browse through a sample digital issue and test out the interface, click here. You can zoom onto each page to view at reading size, or stay zoomed out to browse. Links within the text are hyperlinked so you can click to go immediately to the referenced websites. Only a standard internet connection and browser are needed to view the digital subscription, no software to download. I haven’t had any problems with loading or lag times. You can see the contents and pages at a glance along the left side so you can quickly find the article you want.

One of my favorite perks of having the digital version? You can read it on your laptop while nursing your little one to sleep in a dark room!


Mothering magazine cover current issueIt’s easy to subscribe to Mothering online at You can also find print issues for sale on newsstands at select brick-and-mortar locations, notably natural foods stores such as Whole Foods, major bookstore chains like Borders and Barnes & Noble, and Babies R Us. Back issues are on sale online for 50% off for a limited time. There’s also an audio version. Mothering also has published inspirational and informative books, such as Having a Baby, Naturally: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and Natural Family Living: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Parenting.

Print subscriptions start at $22.95 (U.S.) for one year to the United States. Canadian and other international subscribers add $13 per year. Print subscriptions typically enter you into Mothering magazine interior spread river schoolgiveaways and can often include free gifts as well. If you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll receive advance notice of any deals connected with subscribing.

Digital subscriptions start at $4.95 for one year and are available internationally.

Both forms can be given as a gift subscription, perfect for a holiday present.


For your chance to win a Mothering magazine subscription, enter in the comments below!

Contest is open worldwide: Readers everywhere can win a digital subscription, and readers in the United States can choose between digital and print. This giveaway ends December 22, making a digital subscription a perfect last-minute Christmas gift!

Mothering magazine cover wear your babyMAIN ENTRY: Visit and tell us an article that looks interesting to you!

Leave an email address in at least one of your comments if it’s not clearly visible on your profile or linked web page so I can contact you if you win. (You can write it like this to foil spambots: mail {at} hobomama {dot} com or similar.)

This is a joint giveaway with Natural Parents Network and Hobo Mama Reviews, the review arm of Hobo Mama, a natural parenting blog. You may enter at one site only, and we’ll be recording IP addresses to ensure that there are no duplicate entries. That said, please do check out and enjoy both sites!

BONUS ENTRIES, to increase your chance of winning (leave a separate comment for each so we can count them all):


  • Contest open worldwide for a digital subscription, U.S. only for print.
  • Contestants may enter at either Hobo Mama Reviews or Natural Parents Network but not both. Entries will be combined for the drawing of a single winner.
  • Leave each entry as a separate comment so we can count them all.
  • For actions like following and subscribing, if you already follow or subscribe, just let us know in your comment.
  • For tasks that garner you multiple entries, you can copy and paste the comment with a #1, #2, etc.
  • You don’t have to do any of the bonus entries, but you do have to complete the first mandatory one.
  • We will pick the winner through after the contest closes and send an email notification. Leave a valid email address as you comment so we can contact you if you win. If we can’t reach a winner or don’t hear back within a couple days, we’ll draw a new name.
  • Any questions, let Lauren know: Lauren {at}
Contest closes December 22 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Disclosure: Our reviewer paid for her own Mothering subscriptions.
We did not receive any compensation or product for review.
We try to seek out only products we think you would find
relevant and useful to your life as a natural parent.
If we don’t like a product, we won’t be recommending it to you.
See our full disclosure policy here.


Lauren blogs about natural parenting at Hobo Mama and is the cofounder of Natural Parents Network.

132 Responses to Giveaway: Mothering magazine subscription {12.22; Worldwide} CLOSED