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We know you might have spring florals and summer stripes on your mind. But soon enough, you'll want those yellowing leaves, woodland creatures and layering basics for baby. Especially if you've got a little one due in a few months. We recently hit Playtime New York and met the designers and founders of some of our favorite baby brands for a sneak peek at their fall 2016 collections. So we're bringing you the scoop on the color palettes, fabrics and shapes that will permeate baby's universe later this year.

Whether you are on the hunt for the perfect nursery accent piece or want to know what your wee one will be sporting in the fall, here are 8 baby things to get excited about for this coming fall.

1. Goodnight Light

The Piña Colada lamp doesn’t just bring a warm glowing light to the nursery. Boasting all the imperfections of the pineapple, it also brings an element of kitsch that is ultimately unexpected in the world of baby. But you don’t need to be a fan of pop culture to get on board with Goodnight Light’s aesthetics. Designed by Eva Newton, the lamp (and many of the brand’s other designs) will fit in any décor, from minimalist to retro. All in all, the brand’s philosophy is to create designs that appeal to both children’s imagination and grownups’ tastes. Goodnight Light will be launching for the first time in the US this May and will introduce a few new designs, so mark your calendar and figure out which lamp you like best.

2. Rylee & Cru

This bear sweatshirt and sweatpants ensemble has all the usual fall fashion suspects a baby (or a mama) can dream of. It comes in a warm rust color with an all-over bear print and is made with French terry, a soft cotton fabric that is sure to keep baby warm during the colder months. Both pieces are garment dyed, which gives them a soft, vintage look and feel. Rylee & Cru's founder, Kelli Murray, merges art and imagination to create clothes that are both artistic and easy to wear, and all of her pieces are made in California. Check out the brand's current collection and don't forget to snag a bear fall outfit, once it launches later this year.

3. Finn+Emma

Get baby ready for the best playdate ever with Finn + Emma’s Woodland Play Gym. With both sustainability and style in mind, the brand has created a space for baby to play happily (and safely) ever after. The activity mat has a 100% birch wood frame finished with non-toxic stains and lacquers; and the wooden toys are crafted of natural untreated Indian hardwood, which is buffed with vegetable seed wax. The knit dolls are made of organic cotton and are hand-knit by artisans in Peru. We love the hipster twist that the brand gives to the woodland creatures. Plus, all the toys are detachable and can be used on strollers and high chairs. Do you need more convincing? The Woodland Play Gym is available now!

4. Bacabuche

The kimono-style gown is one of Bacabuche’s top sellers, and rightly so. It is the perfect, safest way to keep baby toasty at night, and the kimono-style opening is adjustable and makes nighttime diaper changes a breeze. Next fall, the gown will come in this gorgeous plum color and will be made with bamboo fleece, making it even softer and more comfortable for baby. The brand uses a mix of natural and organic textiles to provides baby with a wardrobe that is modern, playful and simple all at once. If you're thinking about getting a welcome-home gift for your little one, check with Bacabuche to know when the plum kimono-gown will hit the shelves.

5. Lulaland

Do you often have the urge to squeeze chubby baby thighs? If so, cover your little one’s bottoms with these Lulaland bloomers. Made of all-organic cotton jersey, these bubble shorts are comfortable and the perfect layering piece once the temperatures drop. With the bold, folkloric patterns, these bloomers are truly one of a kind and promise to turn heads. Plus, the suspenders keep them in place and add a little urban chic to baby's winter look. The brand wants to pay tribute to the manufacturing process and has worked with people from all over the world to hand pick and hand dye fabrics and create unique clothing for babies and older children alike. Stay tuned to get the deets on Lulaland's AW16 launch.

6. Nobodinoz

The Arizona teepee is the perfect home away from home: it gives our wee ones a little space just for themselves – where they can hide, rest, read or pretend play with their friends. The teepee comes in many different colors and patterns and can be stored in the bag that it comes in. Although, we think it is stylish enough to leave out at all time, in any room of the house. Nobodinoz works hand in hand with local manufacturers and artisans in France and Spain to combine style and quality with a fair-trade sensibility. The brand is also in compliance with European safety standards. Go on Nobodinoz's website to pick the teepee that will fit your little one’s universe, or wait for US retailers to carry their line.

7. Noch Mini

Noch Mini is stepping into new (winter) territory: in the fall of 2016, the brand will launch its first-ever line of bunting suits. Available in blue and pink, the snowsuit is made of goose down and organic cotton on the inside, and of recycled waterproof polyester coating on the outside – the perfect combination to keep baby toasty and dry on a cold, rainy day. We also love the minimalist, yet sophisticated all-over triangle print and can't wait to see all the babies sport that pointy hood. Noch Mini also uses certified organic materials and low-impact dyes to give baby the softest – and safest – outfits possible. Keep an eye out for the brand's AW16 launch.

8. Little P Rugs

We’ve got our heads in the clouds – well, one cloud that is. Little P’s Silver Lining Cloud Rug is made of 100% New Zealand wool and is non allergenic, making it the perfect surface for baby to play, crawl or daydream on. It’s also framed with a silver sparkle, which is great if you want to add a whimsical touch to your wee one’s bedroom. Little P's focus is to create beautiful, eco-friendly rugs for our homes and, in the process, to help the communities in which rugs are made get medical and educational assistance. The brand will soon make its way into US shops. So get ready and browse Little P's range – there’s a rug for everyone and every style.

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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$179.95, Nuna

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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.

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$199.95, Nuna

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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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Parents in New Jersey will soon get more money and more time for parental leave after welcoming a baby.

This week New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed off on legislation that extends New Jersey's paid family leave from six weeks to 12.

It also increases the benefit cap from 53% of the average weekly wage to 70%, meaning the maximum benefit for a parent on family leave will be $860 a week, up from $650.

It might not seem like a huge difference, but by raising the benefit from two-thirds of a parent's pay to 85%, lawmakers in New Jersey are hoping to encourage more parents to actually take leave, which is good for the parents, their baby and their family. "Especially for that new mom and dad, we know that more time spent bonding with a child can lead to a better long-term outcome for that child," Murphy said at a press conference this week.

The law will also make it easier for people to take time off when a family member is sick.

Because NJ's paid leave is funded through payroll deductions, workers could see an increase in those deductions, but Murphy is betting that workers and businesses will see the benefits in increasing paid leave benefits. "Morale goes up, productivity goes up, and more money goes into the system," Murphy said. "And increasingly, companies big and small realize that a happy workforce and a secure workforce is a key ingredient to their success."

The new benefits will go into effect in July 2020 (making next Halloween a good time to get pregnant in the Garden State).

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Whether you just need to stock up on diapers or you've had your eye on a specific piece of baby gear, you might want to swing by your local Walmart this Saturday, February 23rd.

Walmart's big "Baby Savings Day" is happening from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at participating Walmarts (but more deals can be found online at Walmart.com already and the website deals are happening for the rest of the month).

About 3,000 of the 3,570 Supercenter locations are participating in the sale (check here to see if your local Walmart is).

The deals vary, but in general you can expect up to 30% off on items like cribs, strollers, car seats, wipes, diapers and formula.

Some items, like this Graco Modes 3 Lite Travel System have been marked down by more than $100. Other hot items include this Lille Baby Complete Carrier (It's usually $119, going for $99 during the sale) and the Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat (for as low as $199).

So if you're in need of baby gear, you should check out this sale. Travel gear isn't the only category that's been marked down, there are some steep discounts on breast pumps, too.

Many of the Walmart locations will also be offering samples and expert demos of certain products on Saturday so it's worth checking out!

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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Any Schumer has not had an easy pregnancy. She intended to keep working, but if you follow her on social media you know she's been very sick through each trimester.

And now in her final trimester she's had to cancel her tour due to hyperemesis gravidarum, also known as HG. It's a rare but very serious form of extreme morning sickness, and on Friday evening Schumer announced she is canceling the rest of her tour because of it.

“I vomit every time [I] ride in a car even for 5 minutes," Schumer explained in an Instagram post.

Due to the constant vomiting she's not cleared to fly and just can't continue to the tour.

This is not the first time Schumer has had to make an announcement about HG. Back in November, just weeks after announcing her pregnancy, she had to cancel shows and again broke the news via Instagram.

She posted a photo of herself in a hospital bed with her little dog Tati, and spelled out the details of her health issues in the caption. "I have hyperemesis and it blows," Schumer wrote.

Poor Amy. Hyperemesis gravidarum is really tough.

Kate Middleton, Ayesha Curry and Motherly co-founder Elizabeth Tenety are among those who, like Schumer, have suffered from this form of severe morning sickness that can be totally debilitating.

As she previously wrote for Motherly, Tenety remembers becoming desperately ill, being confined to her apartment (mostly her bed) and never being far from a trash can, "I lost 10% of my body weight. I became severely dehydrated. I couldn't work. I couldn't even get out of bed. I could barely talk on the phone to tell my doctor how sick I was—begging them to please give me something, anything—to help."

Thankfully, she found relief through a prescription for Zofran, an anti-nausea drug.


Schumer probably knows all about that drug. It looks she is getting the medical help she obviously needs, and she was totally right to cancel the tour in order to stay as healthy as possible.

We're glad to see Schumer is getting help, and totally understand why she would have to cancel her shows. Any mama who has been through HG will tell you, that wouldn't be a show you'd want front row seats for anyway.

Get well soon, Amy!

[A version of this post was published November 15, 2018. It has been updated.]

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As a military spouse, Cydney Cooper is used to doing things alone. But when she delivered her twin daughters early after complications due to Influenza A, she was missing her husband Skylar more than ever.

Recovering from the flu and an emergency C-section, and trying to parent the couple's two older boys and be with her new infant daughters in the NICU, Cydney was exhausted and scared and just wanted her husband who was deployed in Kuwait with the Army and wasn't expected home for weeks.

Alone in the NICU 12 days after giving birth, Cydney was texting an update on the twins to her husband when he walked through the door to shoulder some of the massive burden this mama was carrying.

"I was typing up their summary as best I could and trying to remember every detail to tell him when I looked up and saw him standing there. Shock, relief, and the feeling that everything was just alright hit me at once. I just finally let go," she explains in a statement to Motherly.

The moment was captured on video thanks to a family member who was in on Skylar's surprise and the reunion has now gone viral, having been viewed millions of times. It's an incredible moment for the couple who hadn't seen each other since Skylar had a three-day pass in seven months earlier.

Cydney had been caring for the couple's two boys and progressing in her pregnancy when, just over a week before the viral video was taken, she tested positive for Influenza A and went into preterm labor. "My husband was gone, my babies were early, I had the flu, and I was terrified," she tells Motherly.

"Over the next 48 hours they were able to stop my labor and I was discharged from the hospital. It only lasted two days and I went right back up and was in full on labor that was too far to stop."

Cydney needed an emergency C-section due to the babies' positioning, and her medical team could not allow anyone who had previously been around her into the operating room because anyone close to Cydney had been exposed to the flu.

"So I went in alone. The nurses and doctors were wonderful and held my hand through the entire thing but at the same time, I felt very very alone and scared. [Skylar] had been present for our first two and he was my rock and I didn't have him when I wanted him the most. But I did it! He was messaging me the second they wheeled me to recovery. Little did I know he was already working on being on his way."

When he found out his baby girls were coming early Skylar did everything he could to get home, and seeing him walk into the NICU is a moment Cydney will hold in her heart and her memory forever. "I had been having to hop back and forth from our sons to our daughters and felt guilty constantly because I couldn't be with all of them especially with their dad gone. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life and I won't be forgetting it."

It's so hard for a military spouse to do everything alone after a baby comes, and the military does recognize this. Just last month the Army doubled the amount of leave qualifying secondary caregivers (most often dads) can take after a birth or adoption, from 10 days to 21 so that moms like Cydney don't have to do it all alone.

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