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Tips by Trimester $1,500 Giveaway

Finding out you're having a baby is exciting, but kind of overwhelming too, right? Yesterday you were just a girl going about your day-to-day, and then BAM! you got pregnant, and now you're supposed to be a baby expert! Don't worry, mama. There's a reason it takes 9+ months to make that baby....you need time to prepare! Three trimesters of time, in fact.

To help you take a big step towards being ready (if there's ever such a thing), we put together a Tips by Trimester giveaway filled with some of our fave products that we learned about somewhere along the way. From the sweetest new stroller to the coziest newborn baby carrier to a baby meal delivery service that will make life as a mom SO much easier, enter below to win $1,500 worth of gear for mama and baby.

 

 

 

 

Bugaboo Bee5 Stroller. The newest compact stroller in Bugaboo's arsenal is perfect for all your city adventures. It's got a one-hand, one-piece fold, unparalleled stability and swivel maneuverability, plus it comes in endless color and style combinations, so you can rock your personal style, even with a baby. Win a personally customized version. ($739-1076 value, depending on options).

 

 

Ergobaby Adapt Carrier, Natural Curve Nursing Pillow and Swaddler. You'll learn fast a mom that babywearing is a must, and Ergobaby's new Adapt carrier makes it easy to do it from the earliest of newborn days, no insert necessary. It's not Ergobaby's renowned comfort and ergonomics, 3-position options and can be used for a toddler up to 45 lbs. Win a new Adapt carrier, plus Ergobaby's luxurious nursing pillow and swaddler. ($240 value)

 

 

Ubbi Diaper Pail. We know, you don't think you need a diaper pail. But mama, you do! Ubbi's adorable version provides maximum odor control, strategically designed rubber seals to lock in odor, and a slid lid to help keep the smell inside. Because trust, us, there WILL be a smell. ($79.99 value).

 

 

Babyganics Safe World Essentials Gift Set. It's nerve-wracking to use cleaning products around your baby, but boy do babies get dirty. Babyganics baby-safe gift set includes all your essentials to clean that very cute, but very dirty little babe: shampoo , lotion, dish soap and more, all made with plant-based, baby-safe ingredients, in a reusable fabric cube. ($27.99 value)

 

 

Happiest Baby Happiest Bundle. The makers of our new favorite high-tech bassinet the SNOO have more so much to offer when it comes to baby sleep. Get baby sleep expert Dr. Harvey Karp's best tips on getting your baby to sleep with this The Happiest Baby DVD, The Happiest Baby Book, Super-Soothing Sleep Sounds CD and the Perfect Swaddling Solution. ($57.50 value)

 

 

Icon Underwear. Having a baby can wreak havoc on your lady parts, but that doesn't mean you have to walk around feeling self-conscious of sneezing a little too hard. Icon's undies hold up to 6 teaspoons, plus they have fast-wicking liners, leak-resistant sides, odor-eliminating treatment and ultra-thin absorbency. Win two pairs of your fave pee-proof pairs. ($56+ value)

 

 

Little Spoon baby food. We all have the best intentions to feed baby the healthiest, most homemade food, but then, well, life gets in the way. Just because you can't execute on your dream yourself doesn't mean someone else can't: Little Spoon. Just pick a plan that makes nutritional sense for your little one, and fresh, organic baby food blends will be delivered to your door every other week. Win a one-month supply of baby food ($120)

 

 

Bamboobies Breastfeeding Basics. If you're planning to nurse, you're going to need the right tools. And that goes beyond your two boobs. Bamboobies ultra-soft ultra-soft Washable Nursing Pads and Eco-Pure Premium Bamboo disposable Nursing Pads will keep you dry and comfortable because, um, leakage happens. Their Chic Nursing Shawl will give you confidence to feed anytime, anywhere, and boob-ease Organic Nipple Balm & boob-ease Organic Pumping Lubricant will give your nipples a little much-needed love during the process. ($92 value)

 

 

Teat & Cosset Caterina Tunic. We know, you thought your fashion challenges would end with pregnancy. But if you're nursing, you might need a whole new wardrobe that's breast-accessible. We're in love with Teat & Cosset's smart styles that turn the term "breastfeeding fashion" on it's head. Win this super-light and airy tunic with hidden folds for nursing access. ($145 value)

 

 

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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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