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.
They transition seamlessly for indoor play.
With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.
From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.
Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.
Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!
This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.
Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.
Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.
Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.
Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.
Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.
Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.
The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.
Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.
Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.
There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.
Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.
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I am enough.
I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.
Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.
As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.
Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.
When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.
My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.
So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.
When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.
And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.
Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.
May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3
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You'll obsess over these newborn baby pictures.
As you're preparing for baby's birth, we bet you're dreaming of all of the amazing photos you'll take of your precious new babe. As a professional photographer and mama, I have some tips for newborn photos you'll want to capture.