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A Stroller Collab that's Scary Cool

And everything else your mom group is talking about this week.

A Stroller Collab that's Scary Cool

Moms of the universe, unite! You are a force to be reckoned with. When you set your mind to something, like pursuing paid family leave or overcoming various breastfeeding challenges, we know you’ll get it done -- and with style, nonetheless. Since you were probably busy growing a human or chasing after your little ones, here’s a roundup of all the must-read stories you may have missed.

1. Onesies, diapers and strollers generally top parents-to-be’s registry lists. But what if we told you that people around you can pitch in to help you spend more time with your newborn? Babylist just launched the Parental Leave Cash Fund. This new service, which is a reminder that the U.S. remains the only developed country without a federally mandated paid parental leave, allows expectant parents to solicit financial support from family and friends when their work don’t offer compensation during time off after childbirth.

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2. We dream of (real) spring weather and can’t wait to be sporting flowy dresses and light sweaters for breezy nights. Loyal Hana recently launched its new spring collection, and it’s everything a mama-to-be or nursing mom could hope for -- minimalist prints and smart bump-to-boob designs that will help you transition from pregnancy to motherhood seamlessly.

3. You’ve always been a great student, but the science of getting pregnant has you stumped. If only there was a class on how to increase your fertility... Oh wait, there is! Aimee Raupp, an acupuncturist and women’s health expert who specializes in fertility and reproductive health, is offering an e-course that aims to help you improve your health and fertility in 100 days. The course is available until April 3, so sign up now!

4. Breastfeeding is hard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get through it. If you’ve overcome a breastfeeding challenge and want to inspire new moms that are struggling, join Bamboobies’ new social media challenge: #BreastfeedingChallenge. It’s simple: post a picture, share the nursing hurdles you overcame in the caption, and nominate (tag) three moms to share theirs.

5. Bugaboo is giving its strollers a terrifyingly cool new look. Designed in collaboration with French underground and graphic artist Niark1, the “Monsters on the Move” limited edition brings Niark1’s signature monsters to life in a playful and eye-popping print that is sure to turn heads. And with the exciting monster shapes also featured on the underside of the fabric set, your little one’s imagination can run wild while you’re running, well, errands. The Bugaboo by Niark1 collection will launch in just a couple of days, on April 1!

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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