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Top 5 Newborn Baby Carriers

When I was pregnant with my son Oliver in 2011, I hadn’t really thought about newborn baby carriers, or even traveling with him in any other way than with a stroller… that is, until I stumbled across Greenpoint store Wild Was Mama (formerly Caribou Baby). I was around five months pregnant when I entered Adriane Stare’s store and “discovered” babywearing. My mom laughed because having grown up in Guatemala, that was the only way women carried around their children. Somehow -- and luckily -- this ancient method of babywearing became on trend. As did the gorgeous woven wrap colors and patterns that line the walls of the shop.

After all these years, I still can’t imagine having taken on our streets (and stairs) of NY without the joys of babywearing. In those newborn days, when all Oliver did was sleep, I would pop him in the carrier and take him for long walks or on the subway without hesitation (or elevator mapping). We were even able to enjoy the wonders of brunch with him snuggled close to me. These may sound like small triumphs, but it’s all about the small triumphs in the beginning. I truly believe babywearing helped me regain little pieces of my pre-baby life quicker. Plus, I got almost as many compliments on my wrap as I did on my baby. So to share the wealth, we asked our friends and babywearing experts at Caribou Baby to tell us all about their five favorite baby carriers.

WOVEN WRAPS:

Nothing beats the full-body distribution of weight like a woven wrap, a long piece of woven fabric that wraps around your body and ties around you and the baby. One of the only carriers that is actually supportive from infancy through toddlerhood, a woven wrap like the Didymos, is adjustable to each parent and also to each size/stage of your child. It’s not nearly as hard to use as it seems and it’s comfortable! Downside: long fabric tails can feel cumbersome to new parents just learning how to use it and the wrap fabric will definitely drag on ground at some point.

RING SLINGS:

Beloved for their quickness and simplicity, ring slings are worn over one shoulder. A shorter piece of fabric adjusts through two rings below the shoulder. These are great carriers to nurse your baby in, and surprisingly supportive, depending on which brand you choose (and shoulder style). Sakura Bloom ring slings work well in the house or for quick trips around the neighborhood, but you may additionally want a two-shouldered carrier for longer ventures. Downside: Although they can be amazingly easy carriers, they can be finicky and lose position when you are first learning how to use them. Don't give up!

STRETCHY WRAPS

This soft and snuggly carrier is adjustable to each parent and each size and stage of baby. Similar to a woven wrap, this carrier is a long piece of stretchy fabric that wraps around your body and ties. Baby can be popped in and out without removing the carrier, as fabric stretches around baby’s body. It's great for taking babe in and out of cars. The stretchy fabric can also have nice compression on a newly-postpartum situation. It’s pretty snuggly in the winter, but can get a little sweaty in warm weather. Downside: Depending on the brand and weight of your baby, stretchy wraps may only be supportive for infancy.

ADJUSTABLE-BASE MEI TAI'S

This carrier feels similar to a woven wrap in support, but can be a little more user-friendly. You can cinch down the body panel of these carriers small enough to support very little babies properly from knee-to-knee, so that they can have their legs out of the carrier from infancy. We like the Didymos brand Didytais because it has wide straps that give great support and nice lateral support for newborns that don't yet have good core control. Downside: If you find long straps frustrating or can’t stand straps grazing the ground, probably not for you.

BUCKLE CARRIERS

A buckle carrier has a structured waist belt, padded body panel and two shoulder straps. We like the Beco Gemini best for newborns. The base has a snap down in the crotch, so a newborn can be worn without an insert, legs out of the carrier. The straps can also be crossed behind your back, which tends to be more comfortable for many wearers, as it gives middle back support. It fits a wide variety of body types, and it's significantly smaller, therefore fitting younger babies appropriately, rather than trying to jerry-rig it for babies of all sizes. Downside: This carrier can only be worn about up to about a baby’s first year. Though the brand Tula, which offers infant carriers, has toddler options that can securely hold children up to 60 pounds!

*Every body, carrier and person is different so please make sure to visit your local baby wearing specialist for guidance on the proper use of your carrier.

Also special shout out to Adriane and Greg Stare's son Loren, when he was a baby.

PHOTOGRAPHY by EVAN GUBERNICK

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.

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This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!

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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."

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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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