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We know you probably constantly hear about all the compact strollers that are perfect for urban living. But in any walking city, a stroller is more than just a set of wheels to transport your baby from point A to point B. It’s a second home, where he’ll get to eat, nap and live his best city baby life. And that city baby life, let us tell you, can be a rough one. You’ll have to zigzag your stroller through busy street intersections, carry it up and down subway stairs, drag it through snow and puddles, and bump it over high and broken curbs. Sure a small stroller has its advantages, but we say: your baby’s safe haven should be comfy and tough enough to withstands all that hustle and bustle that comes with city living. Enters the Bugaboo Fox.

The brand’s newest stroller, a hybrid between the ubiquitous Cameleon and the more rugged Buffalo, took all of your must-have stroller features and packed them into one gorgeous stroller. It’s the ultimate stroller, and it’s been selling like hotcakes. Wondering why all the other moms in your parenting group are raving about their new ‘boo? We put it to the test. Here are 10 things we love about The Fox.

1. It is strong. The Fox is durable and meant to take you everywhere -- like an all-terrain stroller. Like Bugaboo’s other strollers, the frame feels robust and is made to last. But one of the Fox’s strongest suits is the new central joint suspension, along with the big tires, coming together to make for one smooth and steady ride. Cobblestone streets, bumpy trails or even beaches and dunes -- virtually nothing can get in the way of your adventures.

2. It is comfortable. The all-wheel suspension means that your baby gets to ride around bump free. Plus, the bassinet and toddler seat were ergonomically designed for ultimate comfort. It’s spacious, and the seat is adorned with a supportive pillow-top padding, so your baby can comfortably snooze while you’re on the go. And unlike the Cameleon, you can now recline the seat with just one hand!

3. It’s a smooth ride for you, too. A lot of the times, all-terrain strollers can get heavy and clunky. But not the Fox. At only 21.8 lbs, it can do a lot of your day-to-day heavy lifting, but without you having to carry a heavy load! Really… One of the first things you’ll notice is how easy it is to lift up. But perhaps even more impressive is how effortless it is to push and steer. It’s like power steering, but for your stroller. Now, crowded streets and narrow corners at the grocery stores have nothing against us.

4. It has higher weight limits. When we said earlier that the Fox was durable, we weren’t kidding. Both the Cameleon and the Buffalo had a weight limit of 37.5 lbs. But the Fox, chic and feisty, can hold children up to 48.5 lbs! So you’re guaranteed to get more use out of it, especially if your little one is growing fast (who are we kidding, they all are!).

5. The seat is higher. You’ll be lifting your baby in and out of the stroller a lot. A LOT. With the higher seat position, you can do that without having to bend over. Plus, you’ll be closer to your little one to check on him. All in all, it’s a major win for you, your babe, and your back! 

6. It folds in one piece. For a full-size stroller, the fold is actually pretty compact. But what we love the most is… drumroll... the self-standing one-piece fold, which is a major upgrade from the Cameleon if, like me, you’re short on space and need to store your stroller upright. Really -- the new folding design makes transporting your stroller a breeze, whether you are lugging it down the stairs or loading it in the car. For an even more compact fold, you can detach the wheels to tuck the stroller away in your apartment’s tightest corners.

7. It’s made of recycled materials. One of the reasons Bugaboo makes products that last is to generate less waste and lower the brand’s environmental impact. With the launch of the Fox, the brand is taking its mission a step further, by using less raw materials to actually build their strollers. The fabrics on the Bugaboo Fox are made with recycled plastic bottle. This is a big selling point for anyone who wants to live that eco-friendly life.

8. It’s a looker and entirely customizable. Like with the Bee5, you can customize everything about your Fox -- the fabric of the bassinet, the seat and the canopy; the color of the frame; and even the color of the handlebar grips and the wheel caps! That's right, your stroller can really reflect your style. What's more, the Fox has a slim figure and faux leather detailing that add a sophisticated touch to its otherwise rugged, do-it-all dispositions.

9. The storage is nuts. Not only can the Fox carry heavier children, it can store more stuff too! The underseat basket, which is easily accessible, has built-in pockets and a weight capacity of 22 lbs! And if that’s enough for you, don’t fret! You have the option to purchase the Bugaboo Mammoth bag, which fastens at the bottom of the stroller and can hold up to an additional 26 lbs!

10. It has a lot of other practical extras. The Fox is jam-packed with many other must-have features that full-size strollers have: the handlebar easily adjusts up and down; a two-wheel position to pull the stroller through the snow or sand; an extendable sun canopy; lock swivel wheels for extra stability when you go through rough terrains; and a footbrake that flips and locks easily (something the Cameleon didn't have).

Ready to give your city babe the coolest, smoothest ride ever? Check out the Bugaboo Fox Stroller here, starting at $1,199.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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?

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


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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.

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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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