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Statement-Making Strollers

Give baby a cool new ride with one of these 6 statement-making strollers.

Statement-Making Strollers

In their quest to blur the line between fashion and the parenting world, some of our favorite stroller brands have pushed the stroller out of the playground and onto the runway. Yes, strollers need to be sturdy and well-built, with all sorts of city-smart features that will keep baby comfy and safe from point A to point B. But they can also turn heads, and we believe that they can (and should) complement your look. So if you are in the process of choosing baby’s first ride, now you know: your new set of wheels can be just as fashionable as you are. Whether you’re a rocker at heart, a lover of haute couture or a mod enthusiast, we found some all-in-one prams that will dress the part and help you and baby claim the streets as your personal runway. Here's 6 fashion-forward strollers to look forward to in 2016.   1. BUGABOO BEE BY DIESEL ROCK COLLECTION Bugaboo and Diesel join forces one last time to celebrate your inner rock star and help you “punk up” your baby’s ride. The Rock Collection is the grand finale of a three-year collaboration and comes with an abundance of edgy and stylish details, including a wax-coated fabric, rock-inspired studs, and a backrest tattoo with Diesel’s “Only the Brave” slogan. Plus it's got all the qualities that make the Bugaboo Bee a mobile mom’s best friend: it's compact and lightweight, and it grows with your child from infancy to toddlerhood. Price and Availability: The special Rock edition will hit the stores on April 1, with an estimated price of $919. All three collaborations, including the Military and Denim collections, will remain available until December 2016. 2. CYBEX PRIAM BUTTERFLY COLLECTION Cybex's Butterfly Collection is poetry on wheels – where opposites attract and converge into the best of both worlds. The limited edition boasts bright butterflies resting peacefully on the camouflage landscape and gives parents a city-smart stroller (and fashion accessory) that is sure to liven their #OOTDs. Inspired by the designs of Ray and Charles Eames, the Priam is both chic and functional: it moves flawlessly, has an adjustable, extra-tall handle and can safely carry your little one up to nearly 40 pounds. Price and Availability: The Priam Butterfly Collection, with the matching carrycot, costs $1,499.95 and will be available in the U.S. later this Spring. 3. MOUNTAIN BUGGY COSMOPOLITAN LUXURY WITH GEO PRINT Who said that an all-terrain stroller couldn’t be worthy of a push down the catwalk? A nod to a fashion powerhouse, the Cosmopolitan Luxury Geo Print stroller is rugged and stylish all at once. It is perfect for the urban adventurer. It showcases a checkerboard design in a soft charcoal fabric, and the bassinet comes with a luxurious encased bamboo interior. The Cosmopolitan features a bounty of options, including an easy compact stand fold, a stroller seat that conveniently morphs into a bassinet, and 12-inch rear wheels that can withstand both your off-road and city escapades. Price and Availability: The stroller comes in a bundle (with matching accessories, the bassinet fabric set, and a footmuff) and costs $899.99. You can buy it here. 4. QUINNY X RACHEL ZOE MOODD If you’re looking for a stroller that is minimalist but still makes a bold statement, look no further. Inspired by the jet-setter lifestyle, the Rachel Zoe x Quinny Moodd gets all of its elegance from the detailing: a premium cognac leather, oversized gold hardware, and a classic combination of black and white fabric. The Jet Set collection is an homage to the design of vintage leather luggage and will make you and baby stand out in the streets. The Quinny Mood itself is an obvious choice for those with an eye for design and a taste for functionality. It unfolds automatically and reclines to a fully flat position, suiting baby from birth. Price and Availability: Rachel Zoe x Quinny Jet Set collection will be available at Nordstrom starting late spring 2016, with an estimated price of $899.99. 5. MACLAREN ORLA KIELY QUEST The Maclaren’s Quest gets a retro makeover, and the result is undoubtedly for the pattern-lover. The king of umbrella strollers teamed up with British designer Orla Kiely to create the perfect accessory piece for mum and a safe nest for baby. The revamp features authentic Orla Kiely detailing and materials, and the patterns are playful and reminiscent of the designer’s infamous leaf-print. The Maclaren Orla Kiely is also packed with all the Quest features: a full recline 4-position seat, a comfy padded seat, and a built-in newborn safety system. Price and Availability: The stroller, which is compatible with the brand’s carrycot, retails for $375. You can buy it here or win it instead, since we're giving one away to a lucky Well Rounded reader. ! 6. MAXI COSI KAIA STAR BY EDWARD VAN VLIET The Kaia Star by Edward van Vliet is so full of intricate patterns, it makes our heads spin. In the best way possible. Through the use of geometry and symmetry, the industrial designer created a stroller that plays tricks on the eyes. Plus, the special edition comes with a reversible seat that lets you choose between two of van Vliet’s designs. The Kaia is suitable for children up 50 pound, and makes for the perfect travel system with the ability to attach the matching infant car seat to the frame. Finally, the stroller features a multi-position reclining seat, an adjustable leg rest and more. Price and Availability: You can buy it here for $249.99.

Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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