You requested time off, booked your flight, reserved the hotel room, and planned your days (aka delegate diaper duties to dad, and veg out on a lounger with a cocktail in hand). But there’s still one more thing you have to do: pack. When baby is tagging along, packing is arguably one of the most stressful aspects of traveling. The last thing you want is to schlep a truckload of baby gear through the airport only to realize he doesn’t need most of it. So how do you elevate your commute from everyday to vacay? Pack light. Literally. And guess what: “big” and “light” are no longer mutually exclusive. Case and point: with these 7 lightweight travel baby gear picks, you’ll have all of baby’s essentials for less than 30 pounds. BABYZEN YOYO+ - 14.5 pounds Need a stroller that can collapse into luggage-size dimensions? You've got to check out Babyzen Yoyo+. Here's why: I was recently strolling towards the plane, and a flight attendant was getting ready to hand me a gate check tag. I swore our stroller could fit in the overhead bin, and proudly proceeded to demonstrate. Three clicks and 10 seconds later, our flight attendant waved us through, looking somewhat disappointed that he didn’t catch me in a lie. It’s true: the Yoyo+ does convert in flash, can be carried like a shoulder bag, and follow you on board as a carry-on luggage. Even better? You no longer have to wait for slow gate check attendants. $645, buy here. INGLESINA FAST TABLE CHAIR - 4.2 pounds Restaurant high chairs are not always easy to come by, and you never know how often they're wiped clean. Before heading to Grandma’s summer house (or to a secluded island in the Pacific) invest in baby's very own mobile throne. With Inglesina’s Fast table chair, your little one can sit with the rest of the family, right at the table -- any table. No lap necessary. It’s easy to transport, weighs only 4.2 pounds, and collapses into 3.5-inch thick. It also comes with a self-contained carry bag that can lay flat in a suitcase. If you live in a tight space, this travel chair also serves as a great everyday substitute for a bulky regular high chair. $69.99, buy here. BOBA AIR - 0.7 pounds Being a mom means being a multitasking marvel. Fixing dinner, folding laundry and feeding baby all at once? Not a problem. But navigating a busy airport with a baby in tow? Tricky business. The hand-free mobility of a baby carrier will help you ready yourself for the security checkpoint, get settled on the plane and so much more. The Boba Air is as light as a feather, but strong and supportive, plus tidily folds into its own storage bag to throw in your diaper bag or carry-on. $64.99, buy here. PHIL&TEDS TRAVELLER - 7 pounds Hotel cribs are great to lighten up your (travel) load, but they may not meet today’s safety standards, and some hotels substitute fitted sheets with folded full-sized bedding -- a serious suffocation hazard to a sleeping infant. Play it safe with a portable crib. Weighing in at a mere 7 pounds, the Traveller is lighter than your baby, and its inflatable mattress is cushy and firm all at once. It's compact enough to slip into a suitcase, an overhead compartment or a backpack. What’s more, (de)constructing the Phil&Teds travel cot takes a jiffy. $199.99, buy here. PUJ FLYTE TUB - 1.2 pounds Bathing baby on the go can be a big slippery-slope deed. Hotels don’t always have bathtubs, and even if they do, infants need a lot of support to keep themselves from flailing and sliding. With Puj Flyte, giving that cute baby pudge a quick touch-up has never been easier, even in a hotel room. Like the original, this collapsible tub can fit in most standard countertop and pedestal sinks, and cradles baby in a stable and comfy position during bath time. The Flyte is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and it folds flat for travel. $34.99, buy here. CRANE TRAVEL HUMIDIFIER - 0.4 pounds Getting sick while traveling is a real bummer, and it’s especially tough on little kids. With Crane’s travel humidifier, you can bring a little relief wherever you go without adding heft to your load. The machine’s ultrasonic cool mist combats dryness and cold and flu symptoms, keeping your wee one as comfortable as possible to help him get a good night’s sleep. The humidifier comes with a carrying bag, a portable tank (remember to empty it out before getting to the TSA checkpoint), and a power adapter that works with both power outlets or USB ports. $29.99, buy here. BOKEN ESSENTIALS EVERY DAY BAG - 0.8 pounds Let us warn you now: your travel experience will never be perfect. But a great diaper bag that is lightweight and functional will undoubtedly make your airport commute a tiny bit better. The Boken everyday bag is deceptively big and will store baby’s entire life… Well, maybe not, but it will pack everything he needs for an entire day. It’s got a total of 6 pockets, big and small, a large diaper pad, and detachable messenger and backpack straps. When you are done using it, crumple it up into an inner zip pouch for easy storage and traveling. Did we mention that this wipeable bag is only 0.8 pounds? $68, buy here.
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.