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When 20-year-old Kylie Jenner introduced her newborn daughter Stormi to the world, I wondered, “should I be thinking about having a baby anytime soon?”

You see, I’m 20 too, and to me it feels like a vague in-between stage of life where I’m no longer a kid, but also not yet a full-fledged adult. I don’t feel ready to become a mom, but, like many people my age, I spend a lot of time on social media to see what people my age are up to. And as I scroll down through my social media feeds, it looks like they’re up to getting pregnant!

Women in America tend to have children later in life; a recent study estimated 26 as the median age that women have their first baby. But I have noticed a different reality on social media: a lot of moms are young — very young!

It’s not just Kylie Jenner, who surprisingly kept her pregnancy private and decided to keep her daughter out of the spotlight. On Instagram in particular, many mom influencers get or got pregnant in their late teens and early 20s. They often share beautiful, glamourized images of motherhood, making it look easy and desirable. And since Instagram is the biggest platform for influencer marketing, this growing presence of young moms is potentially “influencing” many young people to become young parents themselves.

I’ve noticed this trend in my own entourage, knowing quite a few people my age who are already parents. I can’t tell for sure that images on Instagram played a big part in them deciding to become parents early in life; but I see that, just like many of the young momfluencers, their Instagram feeds revolve a lot around motherhood.

While I’m still not sure I’m ready to jump into motherhood yet, these little squares on my screen give me hope for when that time comes.They tell me that life can be fun with kids around; and seeing young women owning their role as moms -- whether they choose to work at home, stay at home, travel or go back to work -- makes motherhood more accessible and less frightening for all of us.

Here are 10 young Instagram momfluencers I’ve got on my feed:

1. Acacia Kersey @acaciakersey

Age: 20

Followers: 2 million

What she posts about: Acacia Kersey, previously Brinley, had a significant following before getting pregnant at 18; but more and more people have followed along her journey, as she’s documented every step -- from pregnancy to birth to how she and her husband are raising their daughter. Two years later, Acacia is pregnant with her second child.

2. Lilly Bennett @lillybennett__

Age: 17

Followers: 39K

What she posts about: Lilly Bennett got pregnant when she was 16 years old and dedicates a big portion of her Instagram account to the growth of her daughter, Aaliyah Rose, and to her life as a teen mom. This includes “real” images of herself as her postpartum body and her journey to getting her body back in shape.

3. T h e r e s e @tsimko96

Age: 20

Followers: 6K

What she posts about:. Therese is a photographer, blogger and a young mom who got pregnant at the age of 17. This Colorado mom features beautiful photos of her family in nature, and she also occasionally showcases some of her work as a photographer. Therese is also expecting her second child, and though she says always wanted to be young mom, her age is not the focus of her feed.

4. Victoria Hemeyer @victoriahemeyer

Age: 27

Followers: 3K

What she posts about:. Though Victoria posts mostly about her boys and family adventures, her feed is full of nature and outdoor experiences. At the beginning of her journey into motherhood, she also posted a lot about balancing her life as a mom with school work and finals.

5. Sydney Poulton @sydneyliann

Age: 28

Followers: 53K

What she posts about:. Though her kids are older now, Sydney became a mom at 22 years old and is now well established in the Instagram mom community. As a fashion blogger, she posts a lot about her fashion ventures, but not just. She also shares the sweetest family photos and talks about her adventures with her little ones.

6. Cara Loren @caraloren

Age: 27

Followers: 818K

What she posts about:. Cara Loren is now 27, but she had her first child, Hanes, at the age of 21. The Utah-based lifestyle blogger and influencer writes mostly about fashion, beauty, fitness and parenting. She and her husband, who now work together, have taken their business to a whole new level, with an online shop and various product collaborations, like a diaper bag with Fawn Design. They are now expecting their third child, their first daughter.

7. Sheridan Gregory @sheridangregory

Age: 28

Followers: 67K

Sheridan Gregory got pregnant with her first son at the age of 22. Now a mom of two and married to actor Adam Gregory, she’s a lifestyle blogger who focuses a lot on beauty, hair and style. Her YouTube videos consist in a lot of tutorials.

8. Melissa Isaacs @meland2minis

Age: 24

Followers: 1K

Melissa is 24 years old and already a mother of two. Her Instagram feed has featured the ins and outs of her experience as a mother and a mom-to-be. That includes the pretty and the messy -- from the celebration of expecting a baby girl to the messy mom bun.

9. Arianna Aleman @ariannaallen

Age: 21

Followers: 3K

Arianna Aleman is 21-year-old stay-at-home mom. A military wife, she is pregnant with her second baby, and her firstborn is almost a year old. Her instagram feed is all about documenting her journey as mom, and her blog, which she started to keep memories and share parenting tips, is stays raw and “real.”

10. Delilah Loeppky @loeppkyslife

Age: 21

Followers: 2.5K

Delilah Loeppky, 21, is a YouTube creator and a mom of one. On her YouTube channel, she documents her life as a mom, going over things like her morning routine and meal planning for her baby. One of her latest videos: all about her baby fever.

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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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