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Let’s hear it for Baby Daddy! He rubbed your swollen pregnant feet (right?), put together your complicated stroller, and told you that you looked absolutely beautiful even when you were stuffing your face with french fries and hysterically crying during a particularly bad rage of your pregnancy hormones. He’s probably your best friend. And if he isn’t now, he will be as you parent this little baby of yours. Especially if you bribe him with a great holiday gift now. Here’s 9 ways to win Dad over this holiday season.

1. Father Figure Bandana Burp Rag

What better way to empower dad to be a part of the feeding ritual than to get him his own burp rag? We love this 100% organic muslin bandana number from Father Figure, a new clothing line developed to inspire and support dads, and benefit fathers in need through nonprofit partnerships. $24, buy here.

2. Product of the North Diaper Backpack

Speaking of products that should be made with dads in mind, this rugged Product of the North backpack is a welcome addition to the diaper bag marketplace. Your guy will love the way it looks nothing like a diaper bag, but has everything that a diaper bag needs, like side bottle slip pockets and a removable diaper changing mat. $89.99, buy here.

3. The New Primal Beef Jerky

Parenting makes you hungry. So just in case dad is feeding himself during those late night baby feedings, encourage him to snack healthier with The New Primal’s certified gluten-free, paleo-friendly, artisanal quality, and minimally processed beef jerky. $39.95/20 sticks, buy here.

4. Powerbeats 3 Wireless Headphones

Help dad listen to the best parenting podcasts with these high-tech wireless earphones. They’ve got 12 hours of battery power, sync seamlessly with his iPhone, and they’re sweat (and most likely spit-up)-proof. We swear he’ll never put them on and tune you out. Never. $199.95, buy here.

5. Babybjorn Baby Carrier One

Give him a chance to feel confident while he’s out and about with his newborn with this Babybjorn baby carrier. Help him strap in securely the first time and you’ll have him hooked on babywearing for life...or at least through year 3, which is how long this ergonomic, 4-position carrier will last. $169.95, buy here.

6. Ursa Major Fresh Tracks Shave Kit

Now that he’s cuddling up with baby, that 5 o’clock shadow has got to go. Incentivize him with this luxurious shave kit from the super-natural skincare experts at Ursa Major. And, this thoughtful gift says so much more than shave; it also says, “Dad, you deserve 20 minutes of time to yourself….But that’s it.” $54, buy here.

7. Mountain Buggy Bagrider

Let your guy get all the “hot dad” stares while he’s strolling through the airport with your kiddo on this Mountain Buggy’s Bagrider. This 2-wheel, carry-on size luggage adapts to a ride-on for your toddler (up to 33 lbs.) with a simple twist of a dial. $99.99, preorder here.

8. Odin 00 Fragrance

Have you ever smelled a man who pulled an all-nighter, is covered in baby spit-up, and accidentally smeared some poop on his hand when he was last changing baby’s diaper? And yet, one spritz of the latest fragrance from Odin and you’ll want to make another baby with him, despite everything we just told you. $185, buy here.

9. Cosabella Never Say Mommie Babydoll Nursing Nightgown

Ok, we know this looks like it’s for him, but it’s really for you too….and for baby. Based on one of our fave Cosabella nursing bras, this sexy sleepwear is as comfortable as it is functional. Sure, we know there’s more looking than touching these days -- at least for you and Dad. But at least this nightie will keep you looking fine (as you flee the room to feed crying baby). $148, buy here.


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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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