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This former NI​CU baby is making mas​k covers for nurses fighting coronavirus ❤️
Kristy Rae Carnaghi

The coronavirus crisis has led to a staggering shortage of personal protective equipment for doctors and nurses across the world—meaning the men and women who are on the front lines against the disease are putting their own health at risk.

Among the most desperately needed items is face masks, and a former NICU family are among the many Americans stepping up with a DIY solution.

When she heard about the dwindling supply of masks facing hospitals, Georgia mom Kristy Rae Carnaghi wanted to help. "A friend of mine is a seamstress and is making them for her friends that are nurses," she said. When Carnaghi joined the effort, her 5-year-old son Christian wanted to get involved, too, saying he wanted to help the nurses protecting everyone from the virus.

"So we gathered the material and elastic from people in our neighborhood and wanted to do them for the NICU nurses since they have helped both of us so much," Carnaghi tells Motherly.

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Carnaghi posted in a Facebook group to see if any health care workers could use their homemade masks, and the response was immediate. A neighbor who is also a NICU nurse said she was interested, and took a mask to work. "She says the nurses there love them and have requested more," Carnaghi said. "So we are busy cutting and sewing today. My company is losing business to this so I'm home with a lot of time on my hands."

The masks aren't medical-grade, according to TODAY, meaning they don't protect against coronavirus—but they do provide a bright, cheerful cover that can extend the life of the disposable surgical masks and inserts that some nurses are being forced to reuse as N95 masks are in such short supply.

Courtesy: Kristy Rae Carnaghi

Carnaghi says the effort is going at a 5-year-old's pace, but she's been so impressed with Christian's desire to help others. "My son is an amazing kid. This is keeping us busy and making our hearts happy and each one is made with love from a NICU baby." It's also providing him with some great lessons while he's unable to go to school. Carnaghi says Christian is drawing, measuring and cutting the mask covers right alongside her.

But the most important lesson of all that he's learning right now is about giving back to the people who are risking everything to keep us safe.

Thank you Christian! You're doing a great job!

Why do all of my good parenting or baby-focused inventions come after they've already been invented by someone else? Sigh.

Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.

Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.

It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?

But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.

Plus, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a plush hooded towel, right? Well, except when it's paired with a dry, mess-free floor, maybe.

Check out our favorites to make bathtime so much easier:

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Expectant parents do not need to be told to move beyond Jennifer and Jason. Their thinking about names has evolved to the point that the most useful thing we can do is offer a large menu of intriguing choices.

Here are our picks for the 100 best surprising + unusual baby names now.


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