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The Coolest Products from the 2018 JPMA Baby Show

Every year, baby and pregnancy gear gets more functional, intuitive and luxurious. This year is no different. At the JPMA Baby Show in Washington, D.C., we were able to get our hands on some of the new gear coming out in 2018 -- and some of it is really, really cool.

Here are 10 of our favorite products coming out this year (hint: a lot of awesome strollers coming your way)!

1. Cybex Eezy S Stroller | September 2018, $299. Our favorite single stroller coming out this year, the Eezy S allows you to change the seating position from front to back-facing by just lifting a lever. No more taking the seat off and maneuvering it -- it rotates completely around, 360 degrees! This is really great for mamas with back pain, moms who have just had a c-section or those who are just trying to wrangle a handful of kids. Plus, the stroller weighs in at less than 17-pounds.

2. DockATot Aristot | Fall 2018, Starts at $1,500. DockATot’s newest creation, the Aristot, is as glam as it gets. Though it comes with a steep price tag, we think for certain moms, this luxurious bassinet will provide the architectural interest desired in main living spaces. The idea is to elevate your DockATot, giving you a dedicated place for your little to nap that isn’t the floor or bed. You can choose from four ultra chic styles and even customize the patina of the metal base.

3. Babyletto Kid Bed | June, $399; and Babyletto Jubilee Gold Crib | June, $599. Babyletto is about to release this sophisticated twin bed for our older kiddos. A first of its kind from this crib maker, the bed has wooden, with a spindle headboard and footboard and triangular feet that will lend a midcentury look to your bid kid’s bedroom. And if you just need a crib for your new bundle, Babyletto is coming out with this gorgeous gold crib. It was one of our very favorite things spotted at the JPMA Baby Show. Metal, chic and totally eye-catching. One of our favorite parts of this crib is that the mattress support will be gold, too -- meaning you don’t have to use an ugly crib skirt to cover it up.

4. Raybaby Monitor | April 2018, pre-order $199. Say hello to the future with this no-contact monitor that tracks your baby’s breathing, movement, roll-overs, and sleep. It uses technology that focuses on ultra sound, using low powered radio waves to track your baby’s breathing -- and alerts you if breathing becomes abnormal. It also lets you know how much good sleep your little one was able to get. And as an added bonus, it looks great on a shelf.

5. Love to Dream Sleep Suit | July 2018, Starting at $50. We are really crushing on this sleepsuit from Love to Dream. Instead of being a sack, it has legs -- allowing your toddler to walk around without tripping. Genius. You can cover or uncover your little one’s feet to transition from naps to play time, and it features a smart zipper for easy diaper changes. This suit is a total game changer for older babies.

6. Thule Sleek Stroller | June 2018, $849 + $249 for second seat. When it comes to double strollers, Thule’s Sleek tops our list for latest and greatest. Everything about this stroller is customizable, from 5 color choices to the 16 different configurations for use as a mono, double or twin stroller. With the optional glider board, the Thule Sleek can even accommodate three kiddos at a time. It’s just 27 pounds, making it easy to lift in and out of your car.

7. Skip Hop Stainless Steel Teether | June 2018, $7. One of the most fun things we’re looking forward to from Skip Hop is this new take on the teether. The stainless steel disk cools quickly in the freezer or a glass of ice water to relieve baby’s sore gums, and is covered in silicone to for extra cushion. We love that this teether doesn’t melt and get goopy like other frozen teethers. And at $7, it’s a steal.

8. Beaba Suction Bowls | Late Summer, $34.95. New baby feeding products from Beaba will be hitting the market late summer, and moms everywhere will say thank you! These new silicone plates and bowls suction to your little one’s eating surface to help keep the mess to a minimum. They’re great for little ones just learning to use utensils. Items can be purchased as a set for $34.95, or individually.

9. TWELVElittle Stroller Caddy | March, $118. Diaper bag meets stroller caddy with this smart new product from TWELVElittle. Clip it on your stroller or swing it over your shoulder like a messenger bag. It features multiple compartments, including one specifically for wipes, which can be accessed while the caddy is closed. Sweet. And we’re really digging this sweet cactus pattern.

10. Diono Traverze Stroller | summer 2018, Starting at $249. This 12-pound compact stroller folds up in a jiff, and even has a telescopic pull-along handle just like your luggage. The Diono comes with a water resistant travel bag to keep it clean and dry in transit. Best of all, you’re not sacrificing any comforts for the compact size: the Diono is fulling reclining, has lower basket storage, five point harness and shoulder strap pads, and comes in 10 different color options -- including a black stroller with a gold frame!

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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!)

1. A brilliant double stroller

You've got more to carry—and this stroller gets it. The DEMI™ grow stroller from Nuna easily converts from a single ride to a double stroller thanks to a few easy-to-install accessories. And with 23 potential configurations, you're ready to hit the road no matter what life throws at you.

DEMI™ grow stroller
$799.95, Nuna


2. A light car seat

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.

PIPA™ lite car seat
$349.95, Nuna


3. A super safe car seat base

The thing new moms of multiples really need to get out the door? A little peace of mind. The PIPA™ base features a steel stability leg for maximum security that helps to minimize forward rotation during impact by up to 90% (compared to non-stability leg systems) and 5-second installation for busy mamas.

PIPA™ base
(included with purchase of PIPA™ series car seat or) Nuna, $159.95


4. A diaper bag you want to carry

It's hard to find an accessory that's as stylish as it is functional. But the Nuna diaper bag pulls out all the stops with a sleek design that perfectly conceals a deceptively roomy interior (that safely stores everything from extra diapers to your laptop!). And with three ways to wear it, even Dad will want to take this one to the park.

Diaper bag
$179.95, Nuna


5. A crib that travels

Getting a new baby on a nap schedule—while still getting out of the house—is hard. But with the SENA™ aire mini, you can have a crib ready no matter where your day takes you. It folds down and pops up easily for sleepovers at grandma's or unexpected naps at your friend's house, and the 360-degree ventilation ensures a comfortable sleep.

SENA aire mini
$199.95, Nuna


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?

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

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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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