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11 Last-Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas for 2018

It's that time of year again -- time to shower dads with love... and gifts! Still scrambling for ideas for your main man? Don't you worry -- the perfect gift for the father figures in your life, be it your dad or your baby daddy, is just ahead. We asked our Well Rounded team to share their gift picks for the occasion. So without further ado, here are 11 Father's Day gifts, brought to you by our editors.

1. Hockey Addict's Guide to NYC, $14.99. My husband is hockey-obsessed, but I can only get him so many jerseys, game tickets and signed pucks. Evan Gubernick's new book uncovers all of NYC's hidden hockey life: it's got every place to eat, shop and talk hockey, which should keep him sufficiently busy during the off-season. I'll probably buy the Toronto version too, just in case he needs a road trip before the puck hits the ice next fall. ~ Jessica Pallay, co-founder and Chief Content Officer.

2. Matching baby-and-me Adidas Stan Smiths sneakers, $75 for the men's pair and $30 for the crib shoes. My partner has wanted white sneakers for a while. Adidas Originals Stan Smiths seem like the obvious choice -- a classic that will up his cool factor all summer long. And while I'm at it, I'll up the cute factor and get a matching pair for my little one. I mean... How cute would it be for him to twin with dad as he takes his very first steps?? ~ Kaity Velez, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer.

3. Childcare so we can have a night out. My husband and I rarely -- and I mean, really rarely -- go on dates. It's not that we can't; it's just that we are too busy with work and the kids and life to even start thinking about going out. Sad, I know... Which is why for Father's Day, I'm going to ditch all the gadgets and the watch I was thinking of getting him. Instead, I will book a babysitter so that I can take him out to a dinner and movie night, à la pre-kid style! With Urban Sitter, finding someone whom we can trust to watch our kids is easy. So all I really have to worry about is choosing a restaurant. Tempted? Until June 20th, you can get a $45 credit from UrbanSitter with the code SUMMERFUN. ~ Charlene Petitjean-Barkulis, managing editor.

4. Chillbo Baggin lounger, $54,90. We do a lot of picnicking, summer concerting, BBQing, beaching and, now that we live in the suburbs, backyard entertaining. I thought it would be a good gift to take all of that up a notch in a funny way but it's also super convenient because you don't need a pump to blow it up. You just wave it in the air a couple of times to fill it up. And I mean isn't Father's Day the ultimate day for chillin'. ~ Jill Wang, sales and partnerships director.

5. Daddy's Little Dress Shirts, prices range $8 (head band) to $95 (bloomers and dress). It really doesn't get more personal than this! The owner of this small shop takes one of dad's shirts and sews it into a dress (or bloomers, romper, bow tie) for your little one. When I saw this site I fell in love. It's the perfect gift and keepsake for the whole family. I'm also getting one of my grandpa's shirts turned into something for Kennedy, which will be so so special because she never got to meet him. ~ Jacqueline Solivan, sales and partnerships associate.

6. Herschel Supply Co. little america backpack, in light khaki crosshatch, $99.99. Because my husband has been carrying the same North Face backpack he got in middle school (more than twenty years ago!!!), it’s time for a major upgrade. He likes this Herschel bag because it doubles as a work bag and manly diaper bag. I like it because it’s a major adult upgrade from that old, ripped-up bag he’s been carrying. ~ Hanna Nakano, news editor.

7. Grady’s Cold Brew Kit, $30.00. I’m giving my husband the gift of drinking Cold Brew in his pajamas! The Grady’s Cold Brew Kit makes it possible to brew this caffeinated deliciousness at home and is perfect for my hardworking, coffee-loving husband. ~ Natalie Gentile, gear editor.

8. Taste Trunk subscription box. My husband is half South African and Australian raised, so any time I can up his braai (bbq) game, I think it's a good investment. So for this Father’s Day, I am planning to get him an upgrade to his bbq skills with a 3-month subscription to Taste Trunk. I have no doubt that he will pass on his love for grilling to our tiny happy eater, as much as he got it from his Papa! ~ Roma van der Walt, fitness editor.

9. AncestryDNA Kit, $78. Teaching and connecting his kids and grandchildren to their history and lineage has been one of my dad's passions for the longest because he believes that knowing each branch of your family tree is the truest foundation of knowing who we truly are individually. That's why I decided to get him the AncestryDNA Kit. This kit not only breaks down your ethnic origin, it can also connect the dots and introduce you to living relatives whom you may have never met. My dad even connected with a half brother he had never met before! ~ Danielle Wilson, event coordinator.

10. Amazon Echo Show, Smart Speaker with Alexa, $229 (On Sale for $149). My dad is not tech-friendly, but recently he's gotten a taste of the Amazon world and has talked about the Amazon Show for months. He loves to cook and try new recipes, and the Amazon show has a screen to pull up any recipes, cooking shows, and tutorials easily and all hands free. It can display the weather, security cameras, play music, and he can video chat! It secretly might be a gift for the whole family to use, so it's worth every penny! ~ Larissa Woss, community editor.

11. Hot Yoga class pack, $145 (mats and towels included). My husband loves hot yoga, but hasn’t been able to go in a while. I’m pretty sure he’d be into a class pack at the high end hot yoga place in our ‘hood, HeatWise (in Brooklyn Heights). HeatWise offers a spacious yoga experience and infrared heat, plus the atmosphere is super chill and pristine. (Pack of 5 classes, $145. Mats and towels included). ~ Alexis Barad-Cutler, associate editor.

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With two babies in tow, getting out the door often becomes doubly challenging. From the extra things to carry to the extra space needed in your backseat, it can be easy to feel daunted at the prospect of a day out. But before you resign yourself to life indoors, try incorporating these five genius products from Nuna to get you and the littles out the door. (Because Vitamin D is important, mama!)

1. A brilliant double stroller

You've got more to carry—and this stroller gets it. The DEMI™ grow stroller from Nuna easily converts from a single ride to a double stroller thanks to a few easy-to-install accessories. And with 23 potential configurations, you're ready to hit the road no matter what life throws at you.

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2. A light car seat

Lugging a heavy car seat is the last thing a mama of two needs to have on her hands. Instead, pick up the PIPA™ lite, a safe, svelte design that weighs in at just 5.3 pounds (not counting the canopy or insert)—that's less than the average newborn! When you need to transition from car to stroller, this little beauty works seamlessly with Nuna's DEMI™ grow.

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3. A super safe car seat base

The thing new moms of multiples really need to get out the door? A little peace of mind. The PIPA™ base features a steel stability leg for maximum security that helps to minimize forward rotation during impact by up to 90% (compared to non-stability leg systems) and 5-second installation for busy mamas.

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4. A diaper bag you want to carry

It's hard to find an accessory that's as stylish as it is functional. But the Nuna diaper bag pulls out all the stops with a sleek design that perfectly conceals a deceptively roomy interior (that safely stores everything from extra diapers to your laptop!). And with three ways to wear it, even Dad will want to take this one to the park.

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5. A crib that travels

Getting a new baby on a nap schedule—while still getting out of the house—is hard. But with the SENA™ aire mini, you can have a crib ready no matter where your day takes you. It folds down and pops up easily for sleepovers at grandma's or unexpected naps at your friend's house, and the 360-degree ventilation ensures a comfortable sleep.

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With 5 essentials that are as flexible as you need to be, the only thing we're left asking is, where are you going to go, mama?

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Baby stuff comes in such cute prints these days. Gone are the days when everything was pink and blue and covered in ducks or teddy bears. Today's baby gear features stylish prints that appeal to mom.

That's why it's totally understandable how a mama could mistake a car seat cover for a cute midi skirt. It happened to Lori Farrell, and when she shared her mishap on Facebook she went viral before she was even home from work. Fellow moms can totally see the humor in Farrell's mishap, and thankfully, so can she.

As for how a car seat cover could be mistaken for a skirt—it's pretty simple, Farrell tells Motherly.

"A friend of mine had given me a huge lot of baby stuff, from clothes to baby carriers to a rocker and blankets and when I pulled it out I was not sure what it was," she explains. "I debated it but washed it anyway then decided because of the way it pulled on the side it must be a maternity skirt."

Farrell still wasn't 100% sure if she was right by the time she headed out the door to work, but she rocked the ambiguous attire anyway.

"When I got to work I googled the brand and realized not only do they not sell clothing but it was a car seat cover."

The brand, Itzy Ritzy, finds the whole thing pretty funny too, sharing Farell's viral moment to its official Instagram.

It may be a car seat cover, but that print looks really good on this mama.

And if you want to copy Farell's style, the Itzy Ritzy 4-in-1 Nursing Cover, Car Seat Cover, Shopping Cart Cover and Infinity Scarf (and skirt!) is available on Amazon for $24.94.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy.You've got this.

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Daycare for infants is expensive across the country, and California has one of the worst states for parents seeking care for a baby. Putting an infant in daycare in California costs $2,914 more than in-state tuition for four years of college, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Paying north of $1,000 for daycare each month is an incredible burden, especially on single-parent families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 10% of a family's income—by that definition, less than 29% of families in California can afford infant care. Some single parents spend half their income on day care. It is an incredible burden on working parents.

But that burden may soon get lighter. CBS Sacramento reports California may put between $25 and $35 million into child care programs to make day care more affordable for parents with kids under 3 years old.

Assembly Bill 452, introduced this week, could see $10 million dollars funneled into Early Head Start (which currently gets no money from the state but does get federal funding) and tens of millions more would be spent on childcare for kids under three.

The bill seeks to rectify a broken childcare system. Right now, only about 14% of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in subsidized programs in California, and in 2017, only 7% of eligible children younger than three years of age accessed Early Head Start.

An influx of between $25 to $35 million dollars could see more spaces open up for kids under three, as Bill 452, if passed, would see the creation of "grants to develop childcare facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age."

This piece of proposed legislation comes weeks after California's governor announced an ambitious plan for paid parental leave, and as another bill, AB 123, seeks to strengthen the state's pre-kindergarten program.

Right now, it is difficult for some working parents to make a life in California, but by investing in families, the state's lawmakers could change that and change California's future for the better.

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When a mama gets married, in most cases she wants her children to be part of her big day. Photographers are used to hearing bride-to-be moms request lots of pictures of their big day, but when wedding photographer Laura Schaefer of Fire and Gold Photography heard her client Dalton Mort planned to wear her 2-year-old daughter Ellora instead of a veil, she was thrilled.

A fellow mama who understands the benefits of baby-wearing, Schaefer was keen to capture the photos Mort requested. "When I asked Dalton about what some of her 'must get' shots would be for her wedding, she specifically asked for ones of her wearing Ellie, kneeling and praying in the church before the tabernacle," Schaefer tells Motherly.

She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.

"Dalton wore Ellie down the aisle and nursed her to sleep during the readings," Schaefer wrote on her blog, explaining that Ellie then slept through the whole wedding mass.

"As a fellow mother of an active toddler, this is a HUGE win! Dalton told me after that she was SO grateful that Ellie slept the whole time because she was able to focus and really pray through the Mass," Schaefer explains.

Dalton was able to concentrate on her wedding day because she made her baby girl a part of it (and that obviously tired Ellie right out).

Ellie was part of the commitment and family Dalton if forging with her husband, Jimmy Joe. "There is no better behaved toddler than a sleeping toddler, and she was still involved, even though I ended up unwrapping her to nurse her. I held her in my arms while my husband and I said our vows. It was really special for us," Dalton told POPSUGAR.

This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!

Congrats to Dalton and Jimmy Joe (and to Ellie)! 🎉

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The internet is freaking out about how Peppa Pig is changing the way toddlers speak, but parents don't need to be too worried.

As Romper first reported, plenty of American parents have noticed that preschoolers are picking up a bit of a British accent thanks to Peppa. Romper's Janet Manley calls it "the Peppa effect," noting that her daughter started calling her "Mummy" after an in-flight Peppa marathon.


Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.

Toronto-based speech and language pathologist Melissa James says this isn't a new thing—kids have always been testing out the accents they hear on TV and in the real world, long before Peppa oinked her way into our Netflix queues.

"Kids have this amazing ability to pick up language," James told Global News. "Their brains are ripe for the learning of language and it's a special window of opportunity that adults don't possess."

Global News reports that back in the day there were concerns about Dora The Explorer potentially teaching kids Spanish words before the kids had learned the English counterparts, and over in the U.K., parents have noticed British babies picking up American accents from TV, too.

But it's not a bad thing, James explains. When an American adult hears "Mummy" their brain translates it to "Mommy," but little kids don't yet make as concrete a connection. "When a child, two, three or four, is watching a show with a British accent and hears [words] for the first time, they are mapping out the speech and sound for that word in the British way."

So if your baby is oinking at you, calling you "Mummy" or testing out a new pronunciation of "toh-mah-toe," know that this is totally natural, and they're not going to end up with a life-long British pig accent.

As Dr, Susannah Levi, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at New York University, tells The Guardian, "it's really unlikely that they'd be acquiring an entire second dialect from just watching a TV show."

It sure is cute though.

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