From baby’s first taste of food to conversations about the first day of school, some of the best family memories are made at the kitchen table. Where you little one's going to sit to be part of these memories is going to be just as big a decision as what he or she is going to eat. Thankfully, the baby aisle is now full of high chair options that are not only practical and long lasting, but also high design. The kind of high chair you get depends on where you eat, how much cleaning you'd like to do after each meal and how much space you have. To help you in your quest, we rounded up some of the latest options to enter our little ones' dining market. From the classic to the foldable to the feature-heavy, here are the best high chairs of 2019. 1. Bloom Fresco. Modern and stylish, the Bloom Fresco Titanium high chair is much more than it’s good looks. The highest of high chairs, it can be placed both at the kitchen table and at the breakfast bar. But what we really love about this chair is that it can be used from birth. Imagine sipping your morning coffee while gazing eye to eye with that beautiful baby of yours. Keep her off the ground and up at your level while you work or cook dinner; and with a 360-degree swivel, you can keep your eye on baby from anywhere in the room. $650, buy here.2. Cybex Limo Chair. Cybex is venturing the world of high chair, and we are pretty excited about it. The Limo chair is for life. Literally. Your little one can use the chair from infancy (with the Limo Bouncer, which is sold separately) until 99 years old! With the one-hand adjustment, you can adapt the seat and footrest height to your growing child in just seconds, and there are even different depth positions to ensure comfortable seating no matter how big your little one is. The wheels, which go unnoticed, prevent tipping and allows for mobility around the house. And let's not forget how modern and minimalist it looks. Whatever your decor, the Limo Chair is sure to fit it! $299, buy here. 3. Nuna Zaaz. The compact and narrow frame of the Nuna Zaaz makes it great for small-space living. The height is adjustable, meaning you can push the seat up to the table with enough clearance for the tray. And once your little one doesn't need the tray anymore, this chair transforms from baby chair to big kid seat, no tools required! Clean up’s a cinch, the padding can easily be wiped down and the tray is dishwasher safe. $299.95, buy here. 4. Stokke Tripp Trapp. The Stokke Tripp Trapp is a pure classic. Even as new high chairs hit the market, this one simply never gets old. This ergonomic chair is meant to last a lifetime, suitable for 6 month old babies and adults alike. It has a minimalist design that we love, and the mix-and-match accessories that come in an array of color choices are meant to suit anyone's style and decor. $349, buy here. 5. Baby Bjorn. The high quality, low profile high chair from Baby Bjorn is simplistic and ergonomic in design. It has a quick assembly that doesn't require tools, easily wipes clean and the removable tray top can be put in the dishwasher. But the fact that this high chair folds for storage and transport is what makes it really special. It can be used starting at 6 months and fits most children up to 3 years old. $299, on sale for $198.99 here. 6. OXO Tot Sprout. We love that the OXO Tot Sprout is an aesthetically pleasing, budget-friendly pick in the wooden high chair category. The tray slides on and off with one hand and lays flat on the counter top. With a narrow yet study frame and many color combinations to choose from, the Sprout is sure to fit your style as well as your small apartment. And better yet, it grows with your child up to 5 years old. $249, buy here. 7. 4MOMS. Hello magnetic high chair! We love this concept for two reasons: magnets make popping the tray on and off super easy -- for grownups that it. But what’s really genius are the magnetic bowls and plates that stick to the tray. So if you’ve got a kiddo who loves chucking his plate of spaghetti across the room, this high chair has your back. With 3 adjustable height and tray positions, this high chair fits kids up to 60 lbs. $299.99, buy here. 8. Phil and Ted’s Lobster. The Phil and Ted’s Lobster doubles as a space saving and travel-friendly seat. Use it around the house everyday, even easily move it from room to room, to save valuable square footage. And take it with you on weekend trips and restaurant outings. It packs flat and even comes with a convenient travel bag. It might be small but it’s mighty, seating kids up to 3 years old. Plus, it's a budget-friendly option! $89.99, buy here. 9. Stokke Steps Chair. We know Stokke already made the list, but we couldn't not mention their newest high chair, the Steps! Designed with independent toddlers in mind, the Steps chair offers a tool-free adjustable footrest so that your little one to get in and out on their own. This high chair is versatile and accommodates your growing child's needs; and paired with the baby bouncer, it can be used from infancy! What's more, we love how minimalist and chic it looks. Starting at $249, buy here.
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.