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How to Have a Baby in the City

For many city women, getting pregnant often means reevaluating their living situation. Can you keep on with a baby in the city? Or is suburban life in your immediate future? At Well Rounded, we not only think having a baby in the city is possible, we actually think it’s pretty awesome. But we know it’s not without it’s challenges.

In honor of our annual City Baby Registry Event, hosted in NYC partnership with the registry experts at Babylist, we put together a list of tips that every city mama should know before that baby arrives. Read on, then check out some photos from our event and the cool products and brands we can’t get enough of for city living.

Here’s how to have a baby in the city.

1. Register for the right gear. City baby life also comes with some pretty specific gear requirements that your friends in the suburbs might not know about. From small spaces to subway stairs, from bathtub-less apartment, to eating out (a lot), us city moms have our work cut out for us. Take a look at our City Baby Registry Essentials here, and register for them over on Babylist. Want to win them? Enter our City Baby Registry Essentials Giveaway here.

2. Find your mom community. They say motherhood takes a village, and when you live in the city, your village is just outside your door. Join a local mom group when you’re pregnant, and make an effort to meet up with them even if you’re feeling tired and cranky, especially after that baby comes. Not sure if you’ve got a local mom group? Sign up for a baby activity, hit up a local baby shop or head to your library or bookstore for story time. Where there's babies, there's moms.

3. Get out of the house. Often. Even the most mundane daily activities can be an adventure when you live in the city, from riding the subway to people-watching from a park bench. But your city has a ton of not-mundane things to do that people travel from all over the world to see! Hit them up while your kid is too little to complain (or before you have to buy her a ticket). And if “get out of the house” simply means heading to your neighbor’s apartment for a glass of wine at 10am, well, that’s ok too.

4. Pack wisely. Unlike our suburban counterparts, us city mamas don’t have a car to stash our baby necessities throughout the day. Before you leave the house, think through any and all situations that might arise during your day, from feeding to napping to an emergency blowout. Make sure your diaper bag is filled with the right tools, from a multi-purpose swaddle to extra diapers, wipes and pacifiers.

5. Ask for help. And know that help can come in many different forms. Sure, cities are filled with a variety of agencies and options for professionals like baby nurses, postpartum doulas, nannies, mother’s helpers and more. But there’s also services galore, from food delivery to valets to home-hair stylists (no judgement) and more. Also, don’t be shy enlisting the people sitting right in front of you: your mother-in-law, your best friend without a kid, your best friend with a kid, your partner. Most people want to help, they just don’t know how, so be direct in your ask.

Now go ahead, scroll through our City Baby Registry photos and get excited about that city baby to be.

Make your life simpler with some products from our event sponsors, curated specifically for city living: Bugaboo stroller; Dyson air purifier; Primary baby fashion; Loyal Hana breastfeeding fashion; Babyganics diapers and skincare; Babynes formula dispenser; Britax car seat; Nanit Baby Monitor; Tula Baby Carrier; Paintzen nursery paint; Bamboobies breastfeeding accessories; Munchkin diaper pail and feeding basics.

To make our party beautiful, we brought in some of our favorite nursery decor brands. Check them out and pick up some stuff for your own baby: Natti Natti pillows and blankets, Baby Jives mobiles, Nook Sleep Poufs.

We had some pretty great experts in the room you might want to call on when you’re pregnant or postpartum:

Bump Envy booth photographer Amy Frances Photography for beautiful pregnancy or newborn photos.

Event designer B. Lee Events, can plan the the perfect baby shower, Sip & See or other important event.

Our Mama Moments lounge expert, Birth Day Presence, provides birth classes, doula services and lactation support.

And thanks to our gift bag sponsors: Blanqi, Munchery, LeSportsac, Modern Burlap, SmartyPants Vitamins, Bebe au Lait, Luxe Valet and Dapple.

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Photography by Jonica Moore Studio.

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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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