Swings and bouncers sure are cozy, but for baby, your arms are the comfiest spot of all. That said, going about your day and doing your own things isn't really feasible if you have to hold baby all day long. Enters your trusty baby carrier. Babywearing has gained popularity in the past couple of years, and for good reasons. It's not just that it gives your arms a break from that hefty new bundle of yours. Babywearing strengthens the bond between parents and baby, promotes baby's development, helps baby be generally calmer, and decreases the risk of SIDS, flat-head syndrome and postpartum anxiety and depression. With popularity comes variety -- from classic ring slings to wraps to four-position structured carriers, there's literally an option for everyone. To mark International Babywearing Week, we've rounded up the best baby carriers in 2017. Here are 10 of our favorites. 1. Ergo baby Omni360. The newest baby carrier from one of the most trusted names in the game is truly an all-in-one option for parents. Similar to the All Position 360, the Omni allows for 4 carrying positions but drum roll, without the need for an infant insert! Also new, an added lumbar support for extra comfort and a removable pouch where you can store your phone and keys. $180, buy here. 2. Cybex Yema. Stop the presses, the most stylish baby carrier to date has arrived. On trend as always, Cybex’s Yema is both fashionable and functional. This gorgeous carrier can be used from birth-27 pounds and can be worn in three positions, front, back and side carry. The stylish fabrics and design really set this baby carrier apart from the rest. From the leather-look to the newest Koi print (pictured above), this carrier is truly a fashion accessory for mama. $199.99, buy here. 3. Studio Romeo. If minimalism is your thing, the baby carrier from Studio Romeo might just be the one for you. This simple baby sling provides the snug feel you get with a wrap but without all the tying and knotting. Simply slip the two panels over your head, place baby inside and you’re ready to go!We’re really loving the easy to wear with any outfit, monochromatic look of these baby carriers. $100.36, buy here. 4. Sakura Bloom Onbuhimo. While we all know and love the ring slings from Sakura Bloom, they just introduced a new carrier, the Onbuhimo that we’re swooning over. Beautiful and functional, this carrier marries the snug feel of a wrap with the sturdiness of a structured carrier. Perfect for babies 15-35 lbs and expectant mamas since the Onbuhimo is designed without a waistband, how cool is that? $198, buy here. 5. Lalabu. Lalabu has made babywearing super simple for moms and dads. Even the most hesitant baby wearer will feel confident using these innovative shirts designed with a built in pouch for newborns up to 15 lbs. And we love that the Soothe Shirt for mom comes with a built in nursing tank that allows you to seamlessly go from babywearing to breastfeeding. $75, buy here. 6. Wild Bird Ring Sling. There is something really romantic about a ring sling. They are a practical alternative to the classic carrier, again no wrapping or knotting and are suitable for baby and toddlers alike. The gorgeous collection from Wildbird are all made with 100% linen fabric and come in a lovely array of colors and patterns. $64.95, buy here. 7. Solly Baby. Solly Baby is known for their classic baby wrap and impeccable collaborations. The newest artist collection features designs from painter Jen Garrido that are absolutely stunning. But what’s even bigger news from Solly Baby is the new shorter lengths of their baby wraps. The new standard wrap size is made with less fabric, meaning your wrap will no longer touch the ground when tying it on. $65, buy here. Use the code WELLROUNDED to get $5 off your order on the Solly Baby site. 8. Abiie. The Huggs Hip Seat Carrier from Abiie was created with the importance of an ergonomic design in mind. This carrier ensures a healthy hip position with it’s innovative arched booster seat which provides all-day comfort for both baby and parent. This lightweight yet sturdy carrier also features a unique double-layer back panel that can be removed to expose a breathable, mesh material for keeping baby cool on hot days. $129, buy here. 9. Tula Free to Grow. The much loved brand Tula recently introduced their first carrier for newborns, no infant insert needed. The Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier has built in adjustable hight and weight settings that make it comfortable and ergonomic for infants and grows with baby all the way up to a whooping 45 lbs. This ultra versatile structured carrier is made with breathable, lightweight fabrics and can be worn in both front and back carry positions. $159.99, buy here. 10. Baby Bjorn's newest collection/colors. The Be You Collection is the latest and greatest from Baby Bjorn. This exciting new collection offers a color palette that celebrates diversity and promotes the freedom for parents to express themselves as individuals. Show your personal style with a range of vibrant and unique colors not normally scene in baby wearing with the new Be You Collection offered on both the Carrier One and Carrier One Air. $189.95, buy here. Shop the post:
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.