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8 Great Manhattan Baby Shops

You probably never realized women were allowed to live on the island of Manhattan during pregnancy...until your pregnancy test turned positive. And then suddenly every woman in a half block radius had a belly poking out from beneath her coat. Hooray, you're not alone! Now, more than ever, families are deciding to stay put when baby’s on the way and raise their great families in this great city. Can you blame them?

And just like every neighborhood has their own unique mommy listserv, every neighborhood also has its own unique baby shop. Not because you really need that much baby stuff, but because its a lot more fun to shop for this tiny human you've never met than it ever was shopping for new shoes. Okay, maybe not more, but at least equal, and that is some serious fun.

Here are the 8 baby shops we're currently digging in Manhattan. And check out our recommendations in Brooklyn too!

1. Babesta. If you’re growing a little rock star in that big ol belly of yours, then Babesta is the baby store for you. The downtown shop is a cool kids’ mecca, filled with modern furniture, funky decor and cutting-edge fashion for the littlest of people. Now that Babesta opened a new store in Brookfield place, you’ve got two great registry alternatives if those big box stores give you the hives, PLUS a whole nother location devoted to dressing that stylish baby of yours. Battery Park City & Tribeca

2. Yoya. Discovering this whimsical West Village shop is like finding a secret garden for your baby, filled with treasures so lovely you just don’t want to share. Curated with the eye of an interior designer, there’s always an incredible shoe, onesie, sweater or more that you just can’t live without. You can also find Yoya online, so you don’t have to live in the West Village to make it your local fave. 605 Hudson St., West Village

3. Books of Wonder. We love a shop that makes us feel like we’ve stepped back into old school New York. Books of Wonder is one of them. Filled to the brim with children’s books, you can tell each book on each shelf is there for a reason. And that’s to ignite the love of reading in every child and parent that steps foot into the store. You will not only find the latest books, but also super rare and out-of-print titles. 18 W. 18th St., Union Square

4. ABC Carpet & Home. Just like the rest of the store, the baby and kid’s department at ABC Carpet & Home is filled with high-end and quirky giftables that will surprise even your artsy-fartsy friend who has everything. Filled with stuffed animals and beautiful wooden toys, the store’s whimsical decor also makes it the perfect place to wander for nursery inspiration. 888 Broadway, Union Square

5. My Little Sunshine. In just a few short years since opening in 2010, My Little Sunshine has solidified a spot on our NYC baby shopping tour. Hip moms will love discovering the coolest baby and children’s fashion brands out there (think Tane organics, Tocoto Vintage, Babe and Tess and Oeuf), while grandmas, aunts and BFFS will appreciate the great accessories and giftables. Both its locations also offer haircuts, which adds even more of a local vibe to these neighborhood charms. Chelsea & Tribeca

6. Teich Toys & Books. You won’t find blinking lights or television characters on the shelves of Teich Toys . Instead, this well curated West Village shop prides itself on small-batch manufacturing and handcrafted design, offering toys and books that encourage imagination and interaction. Plus the life-sized toy train in the center of the store makes it easy for kids (and their parents!) to stay awhile and explore. 573 Hudson St., West Village

7. Piccolini. You know that adorable “I Love NY” onesie with the hot dog and pretzel that makes every baby on Instagram 10 times cuter? This genius little Nolita shop created them. In case that cuteness isn’t enough, Piccolini's owner Alex Zagami also stocks up on one-of-a-kind books, towels and rock star tees that will keep you finding reasons to just so happen to be in the neighborhood. 167 Mott street, Nolita.

8. Pink Olive. This whimsical baby store stocks all sorts of gifts for babies and toddlers. From baby clothes to accessories to toys and stuffed animals to stationaries -- Pink Olive is a wonderland of innovative, playful, beautiful, thoughtful goodies for the littlest persons in our lives; and the store’s team do their best to fill the shelves with products that are made from local and national makers. 439 East 9th Street, East Village.

Got a favorite Manhattan baby shop? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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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!)

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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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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.

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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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