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5 Reasons The Casper Is the Ultimate Mattress For Moms

By now, you’ve probably thought about it all. Your baby’s nursery is ready, and it’s a true dreamland with a crib (duh), a mobile (duh again) and a sound machine (did we say duh?). You bought a surplus of diapers in sizes newborn and 1… and 2 because, who knows, your baby may be born a giant. And you got that stroller that is small enough to fit in your diaper bag, but still strong enough to hold said giant baby. But there’s one thing we think you should add to your list of awesome baby essentials: a mattress -- for you!

When you become a mom, sleep comes at a premium, and you’ll basically be living in bed, nursing and snuggling your bundle and, you know, recovering from birth. So trust us, you’ll need a mattress that can support you through the highs and lows of new motherhood (and beyond).

Casper -- one of the first bed-in-a-box brands and O.G. mattress-sphere disruptors -- claims to offer high-quality mattresses that are “just right.” But are they right for us, moms? That’s what we wanted to find out, so we’ve put the original Casper mattress to the test.

Here are 5 reasons we think you should add The Casper mattress to your list of new mom must-haves.

1. It’s your daily dose of physical therapy. Motherhood does a number on your back -- your whole body, really. You’re wearing baby to go to the grocery store or to meet with friends; you’re lifting him off the floor or from the crib a thousand times a day; and you’re carrying strollers up and down the stairs. With the Zoned Support technology, The Casper is the back therapy that your new mom body has been waiting for. The softer foam under the shoulders will let you sink in just enough to relieve any pressure you may have; and the firmer surface under the hips provides a little extra support right where you need it to keep your spine aligned. Perfect to bring you some relief after mommying hard all day long.

2. It won’t make you sweat. The downside of a lot of memory foam mattresses is that they tend to get stuffy and sweaty. But The Casper has an outer latex layer that’s very breathable, which means you can rest easy and, well, cool all night long. This can come especially handy for mothers who are experiencing night sweats due to mean hormonal tricks after childbirth and while breastfeeding. Bonus point for the shielding effect that latex has against dust mites and bed bugs.

3. It’s a cinch to clean. As we mentioned, you’ll be spending a lot of time in bed with your baby; and chances are, spills and spit ups  -- whether it’s formula, a diaper blowout or even your coffee -- will make their way onto your mattress. How do you even clean that mess, right? The Casper makes it easy peasy. It has a zip-off cover that you can wash in the machine -- you know, kind of like your little one’s mattress! And if you want extra protection, you can purchase a waterproof mattress cover that will withstand any of your baby’s messes.'

4. You can get it without leaving the house. yYou think waking up three times a night to feed baby is exhausting? Try schlepping to the mattress store(s) and withstanding the rather aggressive salesperson(s) with a baby in tow! And don't even get us started about the intimidating task of transporting the mattress back home! The good news is, with Casper, you can get a mattress delivered to your front door with just the click of a button. Plus, you can try the mattress for 100 days, and if you aren't satisfied, the brand will pick it up and give you a full refund. So get comfy, mama -- and keep on snuggling with your baby, 'cause you pretty much have no reason to ever leave the house.

5. You’ll wake up feeling like you’re on vacay. You know that blissful hotel experience of waking up feeling like a million bucks after sleeping in a fluffy bed that feels like the clouds that dreams are made of? Well, it turns out, you don’t need to stay at a five-star hotel to get five-star slumber. The Casper can provide you with a similar experience, but in the comfort of your own home. And mama, you’ve just given birth to a human being; and now you’re knee deep in laundry and dirty diapers. Plus, if you’re nursing, your little one’s probably sucking on your nipples until they are raw. So you need… nay, DESERVE a bed that makes you feel like you’re waking up from a slumbertastic sojourn in the tropics. We say, the babymoon starts NOW!

Check The Casper mattress now, starting at $595.

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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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