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Most people tackle their nursery decor during pregnancy. Should I get a mini crib, on top of a full-size crib? Should I get a rocking chair or a glider? Where will the changing table go? Should I even get a changing table? And the most looming question of all: what will the nursery theme be? The problem is, you don’t always know what you’ll need until baby arrives, and you often don’t know what theme will actually fit your little one’s personality until later on. So decorating a nursery while expecting turns out to be trickier that we may think. It’s certainly been a long and ever-changing process for me.

After spending so much time decorating my baby girl’s nursery, I ended up co-sleeping with her in a Dock-A-Tot, and she never even enjoyed the nursery that much. Indeed, Indie Rey played in other parts of the house, close to wherever I was getting work done; and I didn’t sleep train her, in her own room, until she was a little over four months old. So when we unexpectedly decided to move last September to be in a more kid-friendly neighborhood, you’d think that I would have learned my lesson and would maybe spend less time on the new nursery. Well… Joke’s on you -- or on me, I’m not sure.

Of course, I was sad to leave behind all the hard work we had done to design Indie’s first bedroom. But I was also so excited to be able to reimagine her universe. And now that I knew her personality better, I could finally incorporate more of herself in the decor.

Indie Rey is a very smiley and happy baby, and I wanted that side of her personality to transpire throughout the room. I wanted to create a fun color palette that could easily transition into toddlerhood. Adding wallpaper seemed like a great way to do that; and the Wild Grass print from Chasing Paper was just the perfect match with just the right amount of abstract to titillate her imagination. Plus, the wallpaper was so easy to use: simply peel and stick it to the wall.

When Indie Rey was born, I started calling her “bubble gum,” which eventually turned to “my Sunshine Bubblegum Girl!” To commemorate her nickname, my good friend Jenn made this adorable handmade sign for her 1st birthday, which now hangs above her crib! Her mobile is by @_jujujust_. Both pieces add the perfect pop of color, and I love the mobile so much, I think I'll keep it for my next baby, too!

As Indie grows, I constantly move furniture around, add furniture and toys, and clean out her toys and clothes! She learned to crawl, stand and almost walk (she’s so close!), and we quickly realized that there were a few things we didn’t need anymore. For example, the moment that she became mobile, she hated being on her back, and changing her on the floor with a toy to distract her became a whole lot easier. So we got rid of the changing table.

We replaced her Lorena Canals rug, which we now use as a rug around the dinner table since it’s so easy to clean, with a large Restoration Hardware vintage-washed chenille rug. Finally, though I want the room to be pretty for me to look at, I want it to be hers. So I’ve added pieces that are fun and engaging for her, like the Monte Design Cubino chair, which she loves to climb in and out of. We’re also incorporating as many musical elements to her room since she’s developed a new love for singing and dancing.

I hope you enjoyed the tour to my little one's space. Want to know where everything is from? Here's a list:

Jujujust mobile

Dyson Air Purifier

Anthropologie Pom Pom curtains

West Elm Graham Glider

West Elm dresser

Oeuf Classic Crib

Oeuf Classroom Storage

Restoration hardware rug

Monte Design Cubino chair

Chasing Paper wallpaper

Target Unicorn Head

OxeyedBaiby Romper

The Paper Bouquets Flower Crown

Backpack Zara Kids

Little Bundle Pom-Pom Tassels

Olli & Ella Bins

Maileg Mr. Fox

Roxy Marj Bear Blanket

Yarning Made with Little Bundle Equality exclusive blanket

Atsuyo Et Akiko x Jess Brown

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Annie is a mama to Indie Rey and two mini Australian shepherds, Maddie and Macaron residing in Austin, Texas. She is the founder of A Little Bundle, started as a subscription baby box turned e-commerce, and a marketing service, Unicorn & Rainbows. Annie loves traveling, online shopping, food delivery and anything gelato related.

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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.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy.You've got this.

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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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