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City Baby Registry Picks

15 things that will make parenting in the city easier.

City Baby Registry Picks

Parenting in the city is its own kind of adventure. From navigating tight hallways, subway stations and fifth-floor walk-ups, parents in the concrete jungle need baby gear that is as adaptable as possible. We’ve rounded up our top picks for feeding, changing, sleeping and taking baby on the go. With the right essentials, you’ll be ready for anything city life can hand your way.

1. Ubbi Cotton Muslin Blanket Buddies

Okay, these are crazy cute. The Ubbi muslin blanket buddy is a 2-in-1 convertible stuffed animal that transforms into a blanket. No more stuffing blankets into your diaper bag or under the stroller basket, where they can drag across the ground collecting everything. It’s a playmate when baby is up, and a cozy place to snuggle up for naps. $30, buy here.

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2. Babyganics Essentials Gift Set

 

This complete care kit includes Babyganics favorites such as body wash, bubble bath, lotion and hand sanitizer--all made with gentle, plant based ingredients. Since spending the day out in the city tends to leave its mark on you, we’re sure that this is a bathtime must-have. Oh, and the set comes in a reusable fabric bin, perfect for nursery storage! $29.99, buy here.

3. Ergobaby Khaki Green Omni 360

There’s no getting around it--city-dwelling parents NEED a baby carrier. Trust me, you and your MetroCard will thank me. Ergobaby’s all-in-one, newborn ready Khaki Green Omni 360 has all the carry positions. Designed to grow with you from week 1 to 36 months, it features crossable shoulder straps for a personalized fit. $180.00, buy here.

4. Bravado Original Nursing Bra

Comfort is critical when you’re running around all day, and access is everything when you’re nursing. Get the best of both worlds from the best-selling Bravado Original Nursing Bra. It’s a seamless, comfortable, cotton style that will keep you supported while making on-the-go pumpings and feedings a breeze. $35, buy here.

5. Bloom Alma Mini Solid Wood Crib

 

Love the convenience of the pack and play but want the classic style of a wooden crib? The Bloom Alma Mini Solid Wood Crib is a foldable, portable alternative to a full-sized crib. With its own carry bag, it’s great for travel or small spaces, and you won’t feel guilty about storing it for baby number 2. $340, buy here.

6. Bugaboo Cameleon3

Take one look at those tires and you’ll know that the Bugaboo Cameleon3 was designed for city life. Car-seat compatible and endlessly customizable, the Cameleon3 is meant to be the only stroller you’ll ever need. Its array of accessories and fabrics lets it grow from newborn to toddler, and the high-end build means that it’ll take sidewalks and grassy parks with ease. Starts at $999, buy here.

7. Dyson AM10 Humidifier & Fan

The city isn’t exactly known for fresh air... or predictable weather. This Dyson two-in-one humidifier and fan takes care of both issues, keeping the air in the room comfortable while functioning as a fan on hot days. The built-in UV ensures that the device emits a clean mist, and it’s quiet enough for nursery use. $499.99, buy here.

8. SNOO Smart Sleeper

What new parent couldn’t use an extra set of hands? The SNOO Smart Sleeper encourages good sleep habits from day one by responding to your baby with gentle motions and white noise. Its sleek design fits into the most cozy and the most chic of urban apartments. In honor of SNOO’s first birthday, use code HAPPY1 for 35% off. $1,160, buy here.

9. Loyal Hana Christy Nursing Shirt in Cream

A closet staple, this soft and cozy classic is designed to take you from pre- to post-natal without breaking a sweat. It has hidden side zippers for nursing and pumping, and the fabric will keep you comfortable year round. $105, buy here.

10. Piccolini Hot Dog Pretzel NY Organic Onesie

Is there anyone cuter than you? Fugeddaboutit! Your tot will be the talk of the town (or at least in family gatherings) with this top that sports classic New York street food fare. T-shirts are available in toddler sizes too, so all your tiny strap-hangers can strut their stuff. $35, buy here.

11. OXO Sprout Chair in Green/Walnut

With space at a premium for most city dwellers, any baby gear we buy better be prepared to pull its weight. OXO’s Sprout Chair is designed to last your little until age five, featuring a modular design with removable parts that allows the high chair to convert into a youth seat. The Green/Walnut finish adds an earthy and sophisticated touch. $249.99, buy here.

12. Munchkin VIB Gift Basket

Known best for their feeding and safety gear, this deluxe gift set is a must for the VIB (Very Important Baby) in your life. It includes 27 Munchkin favorites, like the Latch bottle, Stay-in-Place mirror, spoons, sippy cups and of course, the White Hot Rubber Ducky. $150, buy here.

13. Skip Hop Light Up Diaper Caddy

There’s nothing that says parenting quite like holding your poop-covered child while you scramble to find diapers and wipes. Keep things neat and clean with a diaper caddy that fits your decor and all of baby’s essentials. It has a unique touch light on the handle, so that you can handle late-night changes without waking up the whole house. $40, buy here.

14. Petite Soul Shop Bonnet in Grey

Stylish and simple, the Petite Soul Shop's Bonnet keeps your baby’s head warm on even the breeziest of days. Perfect for a stroll in the park or down Broadway, this bonnet is made of super-soft cotton jersey and is machine washable. $28, buy here.

15. The Play Gym by Lovevery

We love this brand new spin on the age-old activity center, especially for city living. Lovevery’s version has a full year’s worth of playtime built in, including 5 development zones on the Play Mat that reveal or conceal to prevent overstimulation and promote brain and motor skill development. It’s crafted using FSC-certied wood and organic cotton mouthable accessories, and it even includes a Play Guide with inspiration and stage-based activities from child development specialists. Smart. $140, buy here.

This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

This article was sponsored by Highlights. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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Every parent can relate to these funny tweets about the presidential debate

If you've refereed siblings you can relate to Chris Wallace.

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The first presidential debate was painful to watch for many reasons. The sitting president of the United States failed to condemn white supremacy when asked, and while both President Trump and Joe Biden spoke nearly constantly, they didn't say much of value.

It was disappointing for stressed parents who would have rather heard more about policy and the future of America instead of watching two men interrupt and insult each other.

The candidates spent a significant amount of time talking over each other, asking the other to shut up and deflecting questions from moderator Chris Wallace, whose position was instantly relatable to any parent who has had to ask their children to stop squabbling at the dinner table.

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These viral tweets sum up the debate perfectly:

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