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Having a baby in the city is a once-in-a-lifetime experience (actually, that’s true for many, since new parents tend to flock to the suburbs, or at least the outer boroughs, once baby number two is on the way). But there’s a lot to be said for raising little ones in the city. There’s mommy groups, parks, baby-friendly yoga classes and a cafe on every corner. Raising a subway-savvy baby is a slice of New York style cheesecake if you’ve got the right support and the right gear. Check out the details on one of our biggest giveaways ever, and enter below so you and your baby can strut the streets in style.

 

The Bugaboo Bee5 stroller is hailed as the “urban stroller,” and with good reason. Compact and well designed, with an aluminum chassis and a one-handed fold, this lightweight stroller takes cabs and subways with ease. The winner can customize colors from available core and premium fabrics, all of which are machine washable with a UPF 50+ sun canopy. Retail value is $759.

 

 

Whether running errands or running for the 2 train, a baby carrier is a hands-down (and hands-free) must for city living. Ergobaby’s all-in-one, newborn ready Khaki Green Omni 360 has all the carry positions, and is designed to grow with you from week one to 36 months (yes, thirty-six months). Our crossable shoulder straps give a personalized fit, keeping baby close as you keep it moving. The Ergobaby Omni retails for $180.00.

 

 

With space at a premium for most city dwellers, any baby gear we buy better be in it for the long haul. OXO’s Sprout Chair is designed to last your growing tot until age five, with removeable parts that allows the high chair to convert into a youth seat. The Green/Walnut finish adds an earthy and sophisticated touch for your little urbanite. It retails for $249.99.

 

 

Ah, the clean, fresh air of the big city, right? Yeah, maybe not so much. But you can replicate the perfect urban zen oasis with Dyson’s AM10 Humidifier & Fan. This nursery essential is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and provides year round comfort, humidifying in the winter and cooling in the summer. It’s also the world’s first Quiet Mark certified humidifier, so you and baby will sleep easier. It retails at $499.99.

 

 

Since many city-dwellers have to get creative about where baby’s sleeping, changing and feeding places are, it’s important to have gear that blends into the decor and keeps mess to a minimum. Ubbi’s diaper pail ($80) comes in thirteen different colors and holds up to 55 diapers, and the diaper caddy ($30) holds diapers, wipes, and other changing supplies in an ultra portable, ultra durable kit.

 

 

Every new mom needs some...ahem, support. Bravado’s pretty and practical nursing bra line will give you the lift you need throughout your postpartum days. Check out the variety of shapes and styles, including the Original Nursing Bra ($35.00), the Belle Underwire Nursing Bra ($52.00), and the best-selling Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra ($49.00).

 

 

Talk about triple duty! The Bloom coco go 3-in-1 is a lounger, rocker and stationary baby seat. Designed to fold flat for easy storage, it comes with a travel bag for a cozy baby seat no matter where you are. This stylish multi-tasker retails at $180.

 

 

 

A baby registry favorite, Munchkin helps you prep your home for baby with a selection of carefully designed bottles, cleaning tools, baby gates and even lactation cookies. Round out your registry with a Munchkin gift card for $150.

 

 

 

Babyganics is well known to parents for their commitment to creating safe and effective baby skin care products. Each one of their items goes through extensive testing to make sure that each one helps uphold their commitment of creating a world that’s safe for little ones to explore. We’re helping make your home safe for baby with a $150+ gift basket of assorted Babyganics items--everything from laundry detergent, diapers, wipes, bath products and sunscreen.

 

 

Urban mamas are known for style, and your baby bump is the ultimate accessory. Loyal Hana is giving away a $75 gift card for their line of ultra-chic maternity and nursing clothes. Their pieces are trendy and flattering enough that you’ll still be rocking them long after baby’s out of diapers.

 

 

TOTAL VALUE: $2,489.98

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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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