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Work-From-Home Baby Registry Essentials

The thing about motherhood is that there is no one way to do it. Each day we have to make decisions big and small that affect our households for better or worse. And one of the first biggies as a new mom is the decision to go back to work or stay home and be a full-time caretaker for your baby. Or at least it used to be that cut and dry. More and more we’re meeting moms trying to find flexible jobs or pioneering by starting their own business, in hopes of creating a schedule that makes sense for them.

Meet the work-at-home mom. From the outside, it may seem like she’s living the dream, and she kind of is. But she’s also striving to strike that perfect balance between baby and business, and probably working her fingers to the bone before baby wakes, during naptime, after bedtime, and basically every other second she has free in her day. Basically this mama is on 24/7.

To give her a helping hand (because we sure know she can use one), we’ve partnered with Skip Hop to create a baby registry filled with the best gear to balance mom life and work life while keeping her sanity intact (most days).

Skip Hop Uplift Multi-Level Baby Bouncer

We know it’s hard to put your newborn down, but when duty calls, you can feel good about unloading your little one into Skip Hop’s cozy Uplift bouncer. Use it as a traditional floor bouncer or elevate your baby to sofa (or desk!) height with just the turn of a knob. It’s got great tech features like vibration to soothing sounds, and blends in well with your living room (ahem we mean, office) decor. Buy it here.

MochiThings: Seize the Day Daily Planner

We hate to be the ones to tell you but that thing you heard about “mommy brain” is totally real. Get in the habit of writing things down. Like, everything. From doctor’s visits to meetings, events and and more get yourself a great organizer to keep your life in order. This one by MochiThings even has enough room for you to jot down those precious baby moments you never want to forget. Buy it here.

Tula Baby Carrier

Being a work-from-home mom doesn’t mean you’ll never leave your humble abode. Whether you’re finally ready to meet your new mom friend or need a few shots of espresso, you’ll have to get out there at some point, mama. Make sure you’re equipped with a great baby carrier before you do. This Tula carrier provides an ergonomic M-position seat supporting optimal development for baby’s body. The fact that it’s adorable is just a bonus. Buy it here.

Withings Smart Baby Monitor

Keep an eye on your little’s every move with this genius baby monitor by Withings. It will help you create the best sleeping environment for baby’s nap times by keeping you informed of the baby’s room temperature and humidity, it comes with 7 songs to lull your baby to sleep, and it allows you to speak to your baby with just the push of a button. Buy it here.

Skip Hop Explore & More Activity Center

Once your babe is mobile (and yes, rolling counts!), you’ll need some safe and exciting activities to occupy him during that uber-important conference call. Skip Hop’s modern activity center has got you covered from four months to toddler, letting your little one sit, swivel & bounce, then cruise and play while standing, and finally use it as an activity table (it converts!). Buy it here.

Munchery Gift Card

As much as we believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, some days you just can’t do it all. And you shouldn’t. You need to listen to your body. And when it says slow down, do it. So, once you’ve registered for your baby gear, let your friends or family spoil you by accepting a home-cooked meal, or better yet, ask for a gift card for a delicious almost home-cooked meal of your choice by Munchery. You can register for one on babylist or buy it here.

Honest Diapers Bundle

What did moms do before the internet? We suspect there were a lot of parents screaming “If only my diapers could arrive at my door every month without me having to think!” Thankfully none of us have to be subjected to that cruelty anymore. The Honest Company offers monthly diaper and wipe bundle deliveries nationwide. The diapers are adorable the wipes are top notch and all Honest Co products are healthy and sustainable. What else do you need? Buy it here.

Babyganics All-Purpose Wipes

As a working mom you’ll realize quickly that simplicity is key. And that all-purpose wipes are possibly one of the best inventions known to mankind. Yep, that’s right: you can clean just about anything with these wipes, including your baby gear, because Babyganics all-purpose wipes are made with only the safest ingredients. Buy it here.

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breastpump

If you’re a work-from-home mom who plans to breastfeed you might think that a pump is unnecessary, but chances are you’ll have to schedule meetings (or even long conference calls!) that don’t involve baby. And when you do, you want to be prepared with back-up breastmilk for baby to consume while you’re away. This one by Medela will be in it for the long haul. Register for it here.

Skip Hop Highline Diaper Bag

When the line between work and play is blurred, your diaper bag often has to do double duty. Skip Hop’s Highline Diaper Bag has got all the functional details make Skip Hop the go-to for diaper bags (hidden bottle pockets, tucked-away changing pad, stroller clips), but it’s also smart and chic for those working mama meetings you’ll inevitably find time to squeeze in. Buy it here.

Bugaboo Runner

With most of your day spent working on your laptop, changing diapers, feeding, playing and more, it’s important to reset by doing something healthy for you. On some days that means a nutrient-packed lunch and on others, it’s a solid run. Even if baby has to come along. The sleek and high-design Bugaboo Runner will help you get on track. Buy it here.

Bugaboo Smartphone Holder

Getting out with baby doesn’t mean you have to be off the grid (although you should totally be if you want to!). For those days you just have to do it all, this smartphone holder will help you keep notified at a glance while on-the-go. Buy it here.

Bravado Designs

If you plan on breastfeeding, the proper nursing bra is a must. Stay comfortable at home and confident at your coffee meetings with this body silk seamless bra by Bravado, which has full access and clips that actually stay closed. Buy it here.

Hevea Round Crown Pacifier

One of the hardest things about being a stay at home mom is figuring out that nap/work balance so you can schedule calls accordingly. For those days the nap vibes just aren’t working in your favor, put a plug in it -- ahem, we mean soothe your baby -- with a natural pacifier like this Hevea one. Buy it here.

Little Unicorn Cotton Swaddles

Keep your newborn cozy with these beautifully designed swaddles by Little Unicorn. Your instagram followers will go gaga over them. Buy it here.

*This post was sponsored by Skip Hop. Register for these Skip Hop products and others at Amazon.com, Buybuybaby.com, and Babiesrus.com.

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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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