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A Postpartum Stroller Workout You Can Stick To

*We've partnered with Mountain Buggy to help you achieve your #fitmomintentions. We know how hard it is to get back into your fitness routine after baby. You're tired, you're distracted and you're always with that little bundle of joy...which makes it pretty hard to hit the gym. Whether your postpartum fitness goal is to run a marathon or just take daily walks with baby, you can actually achieve your #fitmomintentions with just a stroller, your baby, and a little perseverance. We've partnered with Mountain Buggy to show you how, with a series of 6-week workouts curated by our fitness editor Roma Van der Walt. Our first workout addresses general postpartum fitness, to help you gain strength and flexibility, and repair the body from pregnancy and birth. You can do this workout as soon as you're cleared for fitness by your doctor (usually 6 weeks postpartum). Below, new mom Lauren Lorow, marketing manager at Sweaty Betty, shows you how it's done! Postpartum Stroller Workout Workout Goals: To attack some of the weaknesses that pregnancy left behind and find out whether you suffer from issues such as diastasis recti and pelvic floor dysfunction (most of us do!). To prevent long-lasting problems from bad posture (caused from breastfeeding and carrying the baby on one side), address a shift in your center of gravity, increase your flexibility. Props: Mountain Buggy terrain stroller, which has a lie-flat seat recline so it's newborn ready, plus an adjustable handlebar, hand brake, and shock-absorbing suspension. Precautionary Advice: Your baby is still too young to run with you. So when you see "running" in your plan, make sure to park the stroller and run the short segments to and from the stroller.   WEEK 1: ● Start incorporating bird dogs into your daily routine to gently rediscover your deep core. This is an abdominal stretch done on all fours, where you extend your leg and opposite arm, then switch. ● Do your kegels for your pelvic floor every day. ● Go for walks outside at least 3 times per week for about 30 minutes, find a friend to walk with and maybe add in short running segments of 15-30 seconds. ● Reprogram your phone to unlock with the weaker hand index finger to avoid 'de Quervain's' wrist pain and scroll and type with the index finger instead of your thumb as much as you can. WEEK 2: ● If you aren't bleeding anymore consider buying kegel weights or an electronic trainer for your pelvic floor. Use while walking with the stroller. ● Incorporate walking lunges with the stroller, taking a big step forward and bending the front knee while you gently hold on to the handle bar. Alternate legs and do 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions on each side. ● Practice holding your baby with your weaker arm. ● Sign up for a mommy and baby yoga class to get a good stretch. WEEK 3: ● Keep up your stroller walks and organize them into a 10 minute warm-up, 2 sets of 10 repetitions of 30 seconds running and 30 seconds walking, then a 10 minute cool-down. ● If your baby gets fussy, take her out of the stroller and alternate between a squat and lifting her high up in the air for three sets of 15 repetitions. ● If you're walking with a friend, ask them to hold the baby or place them back in the stroller while you do some tricep dips on a park bench. ● To keep working on diastasis recti, lie down on the ground, and work on 'imprinting' your lower back into the floor. Lie on your back, feet on the ground and knees bent. Inhale and relax your stomach, then exhale and press your lower back into the ground so that you couldn't fit a piece of paper between the mat and your lumbar spine. Work up to 3 sets of 15 repetitions. Keep up with your bird dogs. WEEK 4: ● By now you should feel good enough to either run more or go back to a cardio class. Try to incorporate a cardio workout by yourself of 30-50 minutes without having to worry about the baby. It's important for your mental health as much as for your physical wellbeing. ● Incorporate some upper body strength work such as push ups on your knees or against a wall, to counteract the tension that comes from being hunched forward breastfeeding and to support carrying a growing baby. ● At home, consider doing something like a tabata (short, high-intensity intervals) or 7-minute workout. Modify as needed through the more intense portions. You can step into burpees and out of them without jumping, and do sideways steps instead of jumping jacks. WEEK 5: ● If you have been doing your kegels regularly, now it's time to test them with some more intense work such as jumping jacks. Try 2-3 sets of 60 seconds. ● If you feel that you can't get through 60 seconds of jumps without leaking (or if some of your other cardio is impacted), consider working with a physical therapist who specializes in the pelvic floor. Nobody should be having this issue for too long after giving birth. ● Make sure you practice good posture at work. Incorporate a lumbar cushion or gymnastic ball to sit on, or try a standing desk, if available. ● Use your lunch hour to get in more cardio exercise but don't go back to doing planks, crunches or other traditional ab exercises until your diastasis recti is gone (which takes several months -- even in the best cases). WEEK 6: ● Keep up with 2 days of cardio, supplemented with stroller walking/running on the weekend and daily work on core and pelvic floor. ● Set goals. Do you want to run a race? Tone and strengthen to be in the best mom shape you can be? Get through a 30-day yoga challenge? After a total of 12 weeks, you can probably tackle most of these goals cautiously. Listen to your new body, take cues and step back when something hurts or doesn't feel right. ● Reward yourself regularly. You gave birth to a human, you are working again, you are a partner, mother, feeding machine and an athlete! You deserve a massage or a nice meal out with your partner. Cheers to you! Photography by Stephanie Stanley for Well Rounded. Lauren is wearing Sweaty Betty leggings and tank top..  


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With two babies in tow, getting out the door often becomes doubly challenging. From the extra things to carry to the extra space needed in your backseat, it can be easy to feel daunted at the prospect of a day out. But before you resign yourself to life indoors, try incorporating these five genius products from Nuna to get you and the littles out the door. (Because Vitamin D is important, mama!)

1. A brilliant double stroller

You've got more to carry—and this stroller gets it. The DEMI™ grow stroller from Nuna easily converts from a single ride to a double stroller thanks to a few easy-to-install accessories. And with 23 potential configurations, you're ready to hit the road no matter what life throws at you.

DEMI™ grow stroller
$799.95, Nuna


2. A light car seat

Lugging a heavy car seat is the last thing a mama of two needs to have on her hands. Instead, pick up the PIPA™ lite, a safe, svelte design that weighs in at just 5.3 pounds (not counting the canopy or insert)—that's less than the average newborn! When you need to transition from car to stroller, this little beauty works seamlessly with Nuna's DEMI™ grow.

PIPA™ lite car seat
$349.95, Nuna


3. A super safe car seat base

The thing new moms of multiples really need to get out the door? A little peace of mind. The PIPA™ base features a steel stability leg for maximum security that helps to minimize forward rotation during impact by up to 90% (compared to non-stability leg systems) and 5-second installation for busy mamas.

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(included with purchase of PIPA™ series car seat or) Nuna, $159.95


4. A diaper bag you want to carry

It's hard to find an accessory that's as stylish as it is functional. But the Nuna diaper bag pulls out all the stops with a sleek design that perfectly conceals a deceptively roomy interior (that safely stores everything from extra diapers to your laptop!). And with three ways to wear it, even Dad will want to take this one to the park.

Diaper bag
$179.95, Nuna


5. A crib that travels

Getting a new baby on a nap schedule—while still getting out of the house—is hard. But with the SENA™ aire mini, you can have a crib ready no matter where your day takes you. It folds down and pops up easily for sleepovers at grandma's or unexpected naps at your friend's house, and the 360-degree ventilation ensures a comfortable sleep.

SENA aire mini
$199.95, Nuna


With 5 essentials that are as flexible as you need to be, the only thing we're left asking is, where are you going to go, mama?

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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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