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There’s nothing more exciting than traveling with baby... until it’s time to put that baby to bed. Yes, Paris, Rome, Hawaii, even New Jersey (hello, Grandma!) sound fabulous in theory but , well what about the crib? The time difference? The overstimulation? OMG, this won't be a vacation... it will be a nightmare, because she won’t sleep. You begin to rethink the vacation, because now she thrives on the perfect routine. You’re scared you’ll mess up that sleep schedule you worked so hard to establish. You begin to worry how she will adapt, and how you will survive. So what do you do?

Below are 7 easy tips on how to get your baby to sleep when you're traveling.

Sleep Emergency #1: I can’t figure out when to fly to make it easiest on my baby’s sleep schedule.

Solution: I recommend flying during your baby’s scheduled nap times. Your baby will generally sleep better on the plane if it’s scheduled during their biological sleep times (aka “sleep sweet spot”). If you can't hit the perfect sleep sweet spot when purchasing your tickets and your baby misses his regularly scheduled nap, expect that first night to be a little rough with the sleep. Try to implement an early bedtime to accommodate for the loss of sleep during the day.

Sleep Emergency #2: She’s a creature of habit, and I’m not sure how she’ll handle a new sleeping space.

Solution: While you can’t replicate her exact sleep space, you can replicate her sleep routine. Create a routine you can take on the road, and start practicing it a few days or even weeks before leaving. A relaxing bath (even in the hotel sink!), followed by a rubdown with calming baby lotion, can help her get in sleep mode, no matter where you’re located. Use products with organic lavender, which is naturally soothing, like these from Earth Mama. You can even put a baby-safe lavender plush in her travel crib. If you start now, she’ll start to associate the smell with sleep, and the lavender will be a prompt when you’re on the road.

Sleep Emergency #3: Your hotel room (or Grandma’s extra room right off the kitchen) isn't as soundproof as promised.

Solution: If you’re in a hotel, let the front desk know you have a baby and ask to be moved. Otherwise, try a white noise machine or app to mask outside sounds. Place it where the noise is amplified to block it out.

Sleep Emergency #4: Your baby's overtired and can’t calm down.

Solution: Sometimes mama cuddles are the best way to soothe baby. Find a quiet spot away from the chaos for a quick nursing or feeding session, and reassure him that even though you’re not at home, the best part of home (you!) is right there.

Sleep Emergency #5: Your kids have to share a room.

Solution: Make it a vacation adventure! If your children are old enough, bring a sleeping bag or set up some blankets on the floor and tell them it’s a special vacation treat. If your child is younger than 3, request (or bring) bed rails to be placed on the ends of the bed to protect them from rolling off.

Sleep Emergency #6: Grandma (or another family member) wants to pinch those chunky cheeks and bounce your little one on her lap, but it’s overstimulating right before bedtime.

Solution: Ask your family member to move the stimulation to earlier in the day, and instead, have them participate in the bedtime routine. Let them be a part of the bath or read a book. That way they are still spending time with them and bonding in a positive way. A win-win for everyone.

Sleep Emergency #7: Your destination will require a time change.

Solution: For the first few days, make sure that your baby gets at least 15 to 20 minutes of daylight exposure, ideally mid-morning and late afternoon. This will support their little body’s internal sleep clock (Circadian Rhythm) to adapt to the time zone you’re currently in. Bonus: You can also use this tip for daylight savings time!

Above all else, remember to keep a sense of humor. Don’t go into this vacation with a concrete plan. Go with the flow. When you’re traveling, you’re going on an adventure to discover new things and new lands. So make it memorable.

Photography by Ana Schechter for Well Rounded.

*This post was sponsored by Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics. Get the Sleep Little One gift set 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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