Well Rounded in LA: Junia Montaño

West-coaster Junia Montaño of 100 Layer Cake is all parts excitement and no parts fear. Well, almost no fear.

Well Rounded in LA: Junia Montaño

If you’re anything like us, you were super excited when you found out that chic wedding blog 100 Layer Cake was launching a family blog, 100 Layer Cakelet. And when we found out one of their editors, Junia Montaño, was pregnant, we had to know more about her turning her beautiful family from two into three. Junia, due July 24th, also just so happens to be a friend of my fiancé’s from back in their San Francisco days. While we have only met through the powers that are social media, she’s one of those people I wish lived close enough to set up playdates with. You’ll feel the same after reading more about her. How has pregnancy been treating you? It’s been really great. Now that my nine months is almost up, I've made sure to slow down and enjoy these last few weeks of being pregnant. Random strangers have actually helped me with this. It seems like everywhere I go now, people want to chat with me, ask me when I'm due, if we have names picked out, etc. It's nice! Are you finding out the sex of your baby? Yes. It's a girl! We actually didn't want to find out for the longest time, but as the months went by we needed it to sink in that yes, we were actually going to have a baby. Finding out made it more real for us. How does being in your field inspire baby purchasing or nursery decisions? My husband is a graphic designer, and I look at pretty weddings all day, so we both have an eye for modern decor and colors. We know for sure that we didn't want to buy things that were baby pastel pink or had cheesy images, words and phrases like "princess," "daddy's little girl," etc. on them. We're more attracted to the organic, cleanly designed, muted or neutral-colored products that we feel also complement what we already have in our apartment. We're also not into having a lot of baby stuff around (who knows, that could change), so we're going to try to keep things minimal. That being said, we decided not to dedicate our second room, which I use as my office, as the nursery. So where will the little one sleep? We want to keep her close to us, so she'll be sleeping in our bedroom. Plus, I work from home, so keeping the second room as an office is key for the time being. How are you approaching maternity style? I told myself I didn't want to buy maternity clothes so that I could wear anything new that I bought well after the pregnancy. So far it's worked! I use the pregnancy as an excuse to buy and wear more dresses, which is something I didn't really wear before but quickly found out was so much more comfortable than wearing jeans with the belly band. How is being pregnant in L.A. unique? The heat is definitely the unique (and challenging) part of being pregnant in Los Angeles. Even before becoming pregnant, I'd swell up when the temps got high, and now my fingers and toes balloon up to plump little sausages even quicker. Sadly, the warmer temps and being pregnant at the same time has made it so I no longer fit into any of my cute shoes and sandals. I've had to resort to flip flops and a comfy pair of Nike’s. Any fears of becoming a mama? You know, I don't really have any fears (yet). My husband and I have talked about having kids for so long that all I'm feeling is pure excitement to meet this little one. I should also thank the childbirth prep classes we've taken. They've helped me prepare mentally for different situations and I am hoping to enter the labor and birth of our little one feeling empowered. If I did have to pick one thing though, I'm worried about how our two cats will take to our new family member. Any tips to make the transition easy, please share! What are you most excited about? New adventures! My husband and I have known each other for 17 years and have done practically everything together. We're both ecstatic to become a team of three and experience life all over again through her eyes. Even the most mundane activity, like staying at home to veg and watch TV, will be that much more exciting, and we can't wait. We imagine we'll spend a lot of time just staring at her in amazement that we created her. Photo of Junia in polk-a-dot jumper by Scott Clark. All other photos provided by Junia.


By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


Watch one mama's review of the new Dr. Brown's breastfeeding line here:

This article was sponsored by Dr. Brown's. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

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Parents knowingly sent COVID-positive kids to school—and that's a sign society is failing families

Parents shouldn't feel as though they have no other choice.

Parents across the nation are adjusting to school being back in session during a pandemic. From converting dining rooms into virtual classrooms to totally derailing their careers, parents are finding ways to make it through this unprecedented crisis.

It turns out that there is yet another challenge to overcome: parents knowingly sending their COVID-19 positive children to school. Yes, it happened in Wisconsin this week.

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