Think an infant can’t be an influencer? Think again. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most influential babies in New York City, whose parents are leading, innovating and transforming the creative landscape around the globe. From musicians to tech titans, photographers to chocolatiers, these parents are literally doing it all, even with a little baby at home. In fact, for many of them, it’s that baby at home, who’s motivating and inspiring them to keep on doing the cool things they’re doing every day. Which makes these 20 infants the REAL influencers in the family. To celebrate these babies, and the launch of Cybex’s new baby, the Jeremy Scott Priam, we asked fashion photographer Shawn Brackbill to capture these power babies in all their glory. Meet the 2016 “20 Under 1 to Watch.” Baby: Myles Xavier Batyske Mick Batyske, world-class DJ, and Rana Batyske What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “To continue to thirst for knowledge.” Baby: Gemma Sloane Blumenthal Rachel Leigh Blumenthal, founder of Cricket’s Circle, and Neil Harris Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “Gemma is the happiest baby that's full of a spirit. I hope she never stops smiling!” Baby: Jude William Jacob Brackbill Shawn Brackbill, fashion photographer, and Ashley Lafond What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “His constant sweet smiles and love of life.” Baby: Sailor Lynne Soleil Bailey-Babenzien Brendon Babenzien, founder of Noah, and Estelle Bailey-Babenzien, interior designer What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “Sailor is incredibly caring with empathy beyond her years. She has a fun sense of humor, fearless sense of adventure, and sunshine aura that fills a room with joy!” Baby: Max Cillian McPheters Minya Oh, radio personality, and John McPheters, founder of Stadium Goods What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “Our first year with Max has been like climbing a mountain, all tethered together at the waist…we shield him from the future’s expectations and the past’s fears, while he pulls us through the world with new eyes. We hope Max never stops exploring and learning, knowing we will always be right by his side if he stumbles." Baby: Olympia Pearl Cipriani Lindsey Bliss, co-founder of Carriage House Birth, and Daniel Cipriani, restaurateur What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “I hope Olympia always feels so fiercely connected and in love with me, her Mama.” Baby: Levon Sparrow Savransky Belle Augusta Savransky, photographer and blogger, and Gaby Mariano Savransky, musician What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? "Levon Sparrow came into this world on his own time, doctor’s and midwive’s plans be damned. It’s as if he intuitively knew the kind of entrance he wanted to make, and wanted his father to deliver him at home instead. I hope he’s always in touch with that intuition, and forever marches to the beat of his own drum." Baby: Lennox Grae Callahan Noah Callahan-Bever, Chief Content Officer & Editor-In-Chief, Complex Media, and Deirdre Maloney, co-founder of Capsule Show and BPMW Agency What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “Lennox’s default position towards the world is one of elated enthusiasm, and though we’re are sure that will be tempered with time, we hope that she remains optimistic and excited about all aspects of life. Also, we hope she continues to clap/dance every time music comes on FOREVER.” Baby: Rowan Alexander Kraxberger Marissa Kraxberger, VP Creative at Rag & Bone, and Nathan Kraxberger, photographer What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “At 6 months of age, Rowan's personality is still developing, but we hope that his infectious smile and super chill personality remain a part of who he is forever!” Baby: Lillie Sol Vargas Nicole Gonzalez, founder of Lillies & Leon, and Ivan Vargas What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “Lillie Sol was born with a curiosity for everyone and everything around her. I wish for her to always keep this beautiful wonderment.” Baby: Lorenzo O'Neil Bernstein Parents: Harry Vincent Bernstein, founder and creative director of The 88, and Alexandra Jacqueline Thompson, director of operations & new business of The 88 What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “We hope he keeps smiling.” Baby: Louisa Emery Goodyear Catherine Adair Ilyinsky, fo-counder of tenoverten, and Bradley Bissell Goodyear What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? "Louisa has an incredibly sweet and happy disposition. I hope she is always able to find the same easy happiness throughout her life." Baby: Shaan Mehta -Saujani Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, and Nihal Mehta, founding general partner of Eniac Ventures What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “I hope that Shaan always remains curious and continues to have that smile that lights a room and my heart.” Baby: Florence June Mast Michael Mast, co-founder of Mast Brothers Chocolate Makers, and Megan Mast, painter What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “Her eye contact, the way she gazes into your eyes.” Baby: Kyse Anh Lê Lewis Julie Tran Lê, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Librarian in residence, and Jason Garrett Lewis, photographer What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? "Kyse surprised us four weeks early and each day he is increasingly more curious & enthusiastic! He is already 3 months old and one thing we hope that never changes (besides the wild hair he was born with) is this desire for adventure and his love for being social!" Baby: River Olive Kibbler Amri Ryan Kibbler, co-founder of heymama, and Jasmine Edward Kibbler, photographer What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “River is the happiest baby, she spreads joy with her infectious laugh. I hope she continues to shine and makes the world a happier place one smile at a time.” Baby: Hunter Minsoo Yang Eric Yang, founder of Gear Patrol, and Hannah Yang What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “His curiosity about the world around him. Never stop exploring, Hunter!” Baby: Flynn Freeman Amanda Freeman, founder of SLT NYC What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “I hope Flynn's infectious smile and her happy, curious and mellow demeanor stay with her always.” Baby: Owen Drew Andresen Hailey Marie Andresen, founder & editor of Household Mag, and Zachary Valen Andresen Baby: Margaux Grace Morel Jodie Snyder Morel, co-founder of Dannijo, and Greg Morel, president of international at Camuto Group What's one thing you hope never changes about your little one? “Margaux has the biggest heart and is full of happiness, love and laughter.” All "20 Under 1 to Watch" portraits by Shawn Brackbill. *We are so grateful when brands support our content and community. This post was brought to you by @Cybex.
I was blissfully asleep on the couch while my little one was occupied elsewhere with toys, books and my partner. She got bored with what they were doing, escaped from his watch and, sensing my absence, set about looking for me. Finding me on the couch, nose-level, she peeled back my one available eyelid, singing, "Mama? Mama? ...You there? Wake UP!"
Sound familiar? Nothing limits sleep more than parenthood. And nothing is more sought after as a parent than a nap, if not a good night's rest.
But Mother Nature practically guarantees that you are likely to be woken up by a toddler—they're hardwired to find you (and get your attention) when you're "away."