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Believe it or not, San Diego, California is not just a super fun surf town filled with everyone living their best lives partying it up -- it's actually a great place to raise a family. The weather is basically perfect all year round; every neighborhood has its own unique vibe; and you are within miles from the beach, the mountains, the desert and lakes. And when it comes to baby and kid stores, San Diego is just filled with hidden gems. So whether you want the designer duds for a bargain price or you want your kids to show they support all lifestyles, you can pick up something as unique for your little ones as the neighborhoods themselves.

1. Wonderful & Wild:​ ​1007 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Located in the heart of Hillcrest, this cute little shop carries mostly smaller, local and all natural and organic brands. The owner, Brianna, a mother of 5 herself, is certified in baby safety education and teaches workshops on babywearing, car seat installation safety and cloth diapers, as well as an array of other classes offered at the store. This store also offers a cloth diaper service for families not wanting to use conventional diapers. What I really loved the most was the nod to the Hillcrest culture; the store offers a bunch of gay pride flair as well as an outstanding children’s book collection focusing on feminism, equal rights and homeopathic remedies.

2. Replay Toys​: 2920 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104

This resale toy shop is a child’s dream. There is so much to see and tinker with! They have a large selection of popular favorites, like Star Wars, Pokemon and My Little Pony, as well as classic finds such as vintage trains, Pez dispensers and those color blast books that color in every color with one clear marker! (I used to love those!!!!) The shop also keeps a lot of Melissa and Doug toys in stock, learning toys and tools and funky costumes. They take trades daily and after you shop 5 times, you receive a $10 off coupon. Another cool aspect: they give free books for every purchase! Great way to get the littles interested in reading!

3. The Baby Exchange:​ ​721 Arnele Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020 & 6130 Lake Murray Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942

This baby consignment and resale shop has two locations in San Diego; La Mesa and El Cajon. They not only consign baby clothes, but baby gear, toys, unopened feeding equipment, furniture and strollers. You have to call the store in advance as both stores will only take back certain items on certain days and times and are strict on their cash/credit policies. They do have a small section of new clothing and accessories as well. They are totally worth taking a peek if you are on a budget for a new baby, especially if you need something like a car seat and stroller because they will only accept these items if they are in excellent condition, and they will resale them for much less.

4. Little Love​: ​1110 Torrey Pines Road , San Diego, CA 92037

This darling little store is located in the center of the La Jolla shopping district. The store gives off quaint little country vibes, which is a cozy feel for that area. This shop specializes in designer consignment, and I felt like I was on a treasure hunt. They carry clothes from newborn to kids size and even offer a small maternity section. There was loads of snazzy designers, some even unopened (score!), like Burberry, Stuart Weitzman, Janie and Jack and Juicy Couture. The owner’s mother was manning the shop the day I visited and offered me 40% off any one item. She was extremely sweet, an ex-teacher, who totally understood when my toddler had a meltdown because mommy was delaying nap time to cruise the racks. (I’m sorry!)

5. Baby Go Round Resale (BGR Resale):​ ​6360 Riverdale Street , San Diego, CA 92120

This baby resale store is the largest one I’ve seen thus far! And for as large as it is, it is extremely well kept -- clean and orderly. There is a small section of local handmade items, cloth diapers and a seasonal section. A huge perk for mama’s shopping is the children’s play/lounge area! It's fully equipped with a comfy couch, large TV, toys and play space! They have a separate area for those selling back and actual dressing rooms, which I haven't seen in any other store yet. This store takes pride in that it is a family owned business and has been for years. Fun fact: my mother-in-law ran this store about 25 years ago!

6. Geppetto’s​: Multiple locations throughout the San Diego area

This fun toy store has been family owned in San Diego for 40 years and has expanded from a small store in Old Town to 10 locations throughout the county! All the toys here are brand new. They have toys for newborns up to the teenage years. Lots of the toys are geared toward sensory learning; lots of fun kinetic sand and squishy goo type things - you know, the kind of stuff your kid loves and makes you squeamish! And although the price point may seem slightly higher, many of the toys here you wouldn’t find at a big chain like WalMart or Toys-R-Us (RIP).

Erin McInerney is a native Brooklynite living in San Diego, CA for the past 8 years. She and her boyfriend Ryan have two sons, Bryson and Christian. She spends her time modern mommying and practicing and preaching wellness.

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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.

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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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