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*We’ve partnered with Maty’s, a company started by a mom, that makes all natural and organic whole food health remedies, to help ease your cold & flu season. Getting your kids to take their cough syrup was so much easier when they were unsuspecting babies. All you needed was a surprise shot from a syringe, and, barring too much spit-up, the deed was done. Getting your toddler to take cough syrup, on the other hand, usually requires CIA-type techniques. Unless you're one of those parents who live in an Instagram-perfect world, whose kids are always dressed in white pinafores and who obediently line up to take their medicine as instructed, you'll have to get creative come cold & flu season. Well, not to worry, Mama. We've partnered with Maty's All-Natural & Organic Cough Syrups, to arm you with 5 tricks to put up your sleeve while facing off with a medicine-averse toddler: 1. Make it a game. Does your kid run and hide as soon as he sees you even glance at the medicine cabinet? Think about a high-reward object or activity that he would do almost anything for, and offer that as the "prize" for taking his cough syrup. This may require you loosening some of your rules for the time being (i.e. you normally wouldn't give your kid a lollipop at 6 am). But hey, think about the means to the end. 2. Use it as a secret ingredient. A cup of cough syrup on it’s own does not look very appetizing to a toddler. But smoothies, yogurt, juices, or oatmeal? Two toddler thumbs up! Maty’s cough syrups are made with whole food ingredients, so you can use them the same way you would use a spoonful of honey or maple syrup. You can even drizzle it on your kid's morning pancakes! 3. Stay ahead of the game. A cold (or worse, the flu) doesn't have to be an inevitability. Build up your toddler’s resistance by giving him a dose of Maty’s cough syrup as a daily immune booster (see our tip on the Secret Ingredient above!). Maty's cough syrup contains 10 immune-boosting ingredients in every serving, so if you suspect your kid is coming down with something, start doing a daily dose to keep coughs and colds away in the first place. 4. Don't force it. When you’re feeling frustrated, you might be tempted to hold down flailing arms and legs, pry open those clenched jaws and hope for the best (no? Just us?). That tactic will make it rough getting him to take medicine the next time (or ever again). If your toddler starts backing away from you like you're a Disney villain when he sees you approaching with cough syrup in hand, explain that you are not going to force him to take it. Tell him that he can hold it himself, or he can help you hold it. The more control you (seem to) give him, the less scary the medicine-taking experience will feel. 5. Try the M&M Trick. We don't know what it is about M&M’s (ok, yes we do, they're delicious), but kids are just wild for those tiny balls of sugar. We know lots of mamas that swear by M&M's for potty training, but you can also use them to get your kid to take cold medicine. Place a small pile in his cute little palm, and for every sip of cough syrup he takes, he gets an M&M. (Make sure to wash those hands before and afterward, unless you like rainbow-covered furniture. Nervous toddler hands have a tendency to melt candy-covered-chocolate pretty fast.) Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash.


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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.

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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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