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Let’s be honest: life as a mom is busy! So busy that you probably don’t have time to research all the clothing that you get for your wee one. Jen Hartford knew this about all of us moms before being a mom herself. Which is why she created Noble Carriage, an online shop and platform where all the baby things are safe for baby and the world.

“The organic food movement has done a fantastic job of raising awareness about the harmful effects of pesticides and chemicals used to produce the food we eat, “Jen said. “These same practices are done to grow the cotton that we put on our baby’s fair skin. It’s my goal to raise awareness about this issue and to create a curated shop of all of the best organic and sustainably made baby clothing, toys and accessories that people can trust.”

More than making it simple to shop for your baby responsibly, Jen’s store makes it pretty. Sure, all of the items are made with certified organic cotton and are free from harsh chemicals; but they are also super soft and with intricate and delicate designs, making your little one irresistibly cute all. of. the. time.

Of course, when Jen announced that she was expecting, we couldn’t wait to see her very own noble babe sporting all of the noble clothes. But we were even more eager to see how her taste for beautiful, eco-friendly design would transcend out of her shop and into her little one’s universe. So without further ado, here’s a sneak peek at Noble Carriage founder and mom boss Jen Hartford’s nursery.

1. Why did you decide to focus on environmentally sustainable and organic baby clothing/products? I started Noble Carriage as a way to address the growing concerns of sustainability in fashion and the harmful effects that this industry has on farmers, the environment, and ultimately the end consumer. This challenge is far greater than just one company can tackle, so I focused our efforts where we could have the most profound impact: babies.

2. How has your pregnancy affected the way you select the products that you sell on your site? My pregnancy, and the birth of my daughter Sofia, has already had a profound effect on the brands and products that we sell at Noble Carriage. So far, her biggest impact has been with our nursery assortment. It wasn’t until I began to plan Sofia’s nursery that I discovered the overabundance of things people tell you that you “need.” I would say I am a minimalist, so this helped me focus on the products that are truly needed in the nursery. Everyone is different, but it’s safe to say that there are only a handful of things that you actually need, so my goal with Noble Carriage is to simplify the product choices to help parents design a sustainable, safe and eco-friendly nursery.

3. How has working in the baby world shaped the way you feel about your soon-to-arrive bundle of joy? Working in the baby world made me realize that there’s nothing more valuable than finding and maintaining a community of trusted moms. When they say “it takes a village,” they aren’t kidding.

I knew that the physical and mental challenges of pregnancy and parenting would be tough, but I totally underestimated the emotional toll that babies can have on their parents. It’s impossible to prepare for the unknowns of pregnancy and childcare, which can quickly lead to confusion, frustration, and fear. I’m so lucky to have met so many wonderful women and mothers over the last few years who have helped me through my journey in business and motherhood. It’s them, my tribe of mamas, that have helped me become a more confident mom.

4. Tell us about your nursery. What’s the vibe you decided on? I like to think of myself as a minimalist, so naturally, I wanted to have fewer, nicer things. The room is very small, so I decided to paint the walls white and use light wood and other natural colors in the furniture and decor to open up the room and provide a blank canvas to introduce some fun art and pops of color. What transpired from there is best described as a modern earthy vibe with mexican accents (inspired by my latin mother).

5. How did you go about creating the space? To create more space and brighten up the room, I remove the closet doors and painted the walls white.

From there, I focused on the four things that I felt I absolutely needed in Sofia’s nursery: a crib, a dresser, a changing station and a rocking chair. It’s crazy how quickly space evaporates once you’ve checked those essentials off.

Next, I wanted Sofia to find solace in nature, so having plants as a key part of her nursery was important to me. Unfortunately, her room is located downstairs and has zero natural light, so this was actually a huge challenge. Luckily, I was able to find a botanical designer who I worked with to create a hanging plant portal for the space (basically, an art installation made from preserved plants). This plant art sits directly above our rocking chair, which we hope will stir Sofia’s imagination and calm her while we feed and soothe her to sleep. This custom plant portal quickly became the focal point of the room.

6. Tell us about some of the biggies in the room. I overthink every little detail, so if it’s in her room, it likely has a story and meaning behind it. The biggies to me are the 4 essentials I previously mentioned as well as the custom plant portal.

My favorite element of the room is the combination of the rocking chair and plant portal. The rocking chair is a custom piece made by Monroe Workshop exclusively for Noble Carriage. Their workshop is in the heart of Los Angeles where they make stunning sustainable furniture and wood toys for kids. The custom plant portal is hung from the ceiling directly above the rocking chair, which is a beautiful visual for Sofia and adds some unique dimension to the room.

7. What elements from Noble Carriage are you bringing into your nursery? How, if at all, is your nursery style echoing that of Noble Carriage? Like Noble Carriage, a lot of curation went into choosing the items that I would bring into Sofia’s space. I did my best to choose items that are not only well designed, but are also free from any chemicals that could be harmful to Sofia.

The crib is made from untreated, sustainable birch wood and converts into a toddler bed. The hand woven baskets double as toy, book, laundry, and diaper storage. And even the clothing serves as a decor item.

8. What are some of the details or sentimental pieces that you think really bring the room together? I’m all about Sofia having strong female icons in her life, so naturally I have an obsession for Frida that I want to pass down to Sofia. Anything Frida-inspired in the room has sentimental value to me. The portrait of Frida Kahlo illustrated by Alex Carfioli(gifted to me by my mom) and our exclusive Frida Kahlo doll, handmade by a mama artist in Tijuana, Mexico, exclusively for Noble Carriage.

A few other pieces that mean the world to me are a mobile above the changing table, handmade by my sister-in-law, handmade native american moccasins, gifted to me by my other sister-in-law, and our Noble Carriage exclusive handmade Misha & Puff X Jess Brown doll (are you catching onto my handmade obsession yet?!)

9. What’s the best piece of advice you’d like to give a mama-to-be who’s about to create her little one’s universe?

Start designing with the items you need and not the items you want. Paint, build, and open rugs well before the baby is due to arrive. No matter how natural a product is, there is usually still an element of off-gassing that occurs so you should allow that to happen well in advance. Lastly, remember that when you are happy, your baby is happy, so design a space that makes you happy.

Photos by Rico Castillero.

Shop the nursery:

Misha & Puff X Jess Brown doll

Frida Kahlo doll

Oeuf NYC crib

Kalon stump nursery stool

Monroe workshop rocker

Frida Kahlo Doll in indigo little mini dress

Jess Brown coco doll

Monroe Workshop Cecily the pig

Hazel Village Max the hipster raccoon doll

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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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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.

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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!

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Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.

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"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.

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