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A Little Bundle Nursery Reveal

We’ve been crushing on Annie Lin of A Little Bundle ever since we found her beautiful baby shop on Instagram. With her impeccable eye for high-quality baby and mama products, and her masterful ability to curate the perfect gift bundle, we knew this Austin gal had serious style. And that was before she got pregnant. So we were understandably ecstatic when we found out that Annie had a baby on the way. And that she was letting us see Baby Girl’s nursery first. And letting us show it to you, of course. Get a glimpse of Annie’s beautiful nursery and find out why this mama is over the moon to join the mama community. Then head over to our Instagram, where she’d taking over our feed for the day, and find out how to win $900 in beautiful baby goodies! How has pregnancy changed or inspired your work? When I started A Little Bundle 2.5 years ago, I was really insecure about the fact that I wasn’t a mother and wanted to provide products for both the mom and the baby. Now that I am pregnant and all my friends and family are mostly mothers or becoming mothers, I find that it’s no different than how I’ve been operating. I’m constantly reading up on products, discovering new techniques and connecting with the moms in local and online communities. It really all comes down to who you surround yourself with, the advice you seek and what you look for! I do have to say I have become overly prepared for motherhood with the 2.5 years training of curating for A Little Bundle, but like I said, every mother does their best and does things differently. I learn more and more each day from the amazing online mommy community. How does your job make you more excited (or nervous!) about having a baby? A Little Bundle is my baby and now that I’m having an actual baby – it’s really making me nervous on how I can juggle both. I’ve been able to take the risk on this dream of mine, and it’s still growing. I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason and it all turns out the way it should be – as long as I put in my best effort of what my priorities are in the period of my life. For now, I’m going to try my best to juggle my small business and figure out motherhood with the help of my amazing friends and family! Tell us about the nursery! What’s the foundation for the space? The nursery really started with this beautiful horse photograph I purchased from the local outlet! Since I’m constantly shopping and looking around for A Little Bundle, I’ve already had an idea of how I hoped for the nursery to turn out to be – clean but quirky! Hopefully, this is shown through what we’ve come up with! Did Baby Daddy weigh in? Baby daddy has some say, but I mostly did the shopping and decoration. My husband works in the design industry, too, so he has a lot of input, but overall we agreed on the furniture and the details were left to me. He did all the assembling, handy work, and putting it together! Haha! How have you gone about putting it together? I really had a lot of things already in mind from just obsessing over certain brands I would find on Instagram. For example, I’ve been such a fan of @_jujujust_ and had a weird feeling to keep this beautiful mobile for my future unborn child one day! And the time has come! Other brands that I’ve collaborated already through A Little Bundle has just been a standing must for my baby girl, for example, Yarning Made, Roxy Marj, Wee Gallery and Wovenplay. As for furniture, I sell Oeuf and Nuna through A Little Bundle and that was a no brainer! Tell us about some of the biggies in the nursery. The Crib was the Classic Crib from Oeuf and I love the modern look to it. The Rocker was a tough one. I was looking for something modern yet practical and comfortable. There’s not a lot of choices out there with that combination. We ended up with the West Elm Graham Glider. Our dresser where our changing pad will be on top is from West Elm! And the details? Oh, There’s just so many! I love her pom pom curtains that I got from Anthropologie. The gold pouf is from Etsy from years ago and the many baskets from Olli and Ella. And I love the mobile from JuJuJust, which I mentioned before I had for A Little Shop almost a year and half ago! Anything sentimental? No actually! My sister has a baby girl who's now 2 years old, so my baby girl will definitely get some of her clothes! What's the best piece of advice you'd give to a mom-to-be that's planning her own nursery? Start early! I’m so glad I started in my second trimester because now that I’m in my third trimester I’m really feeling the body aches, the growth of the belly and feeling tired easier than before! Looking for more of Annie’s nursery faves? Here’s where to find them: Jujujust mobile Anthropologie Pom Pom curtains West Elm Graham Glider Oeuf Classic Crib Oeuf Play Storage Kelli Murray Unicorn Print Olli & Ella Bins Maileg Mr. Fox Hazel Village Stuart Colette Bream Star Pillows Roxy Marj Bear Blanket Margaux and May Swaddles Freshly Picked Moccasins Atsuyo Et Akiko x Jess Brown Photography by Lyda Ham.

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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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