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They're probably buried under my brother's old hockey gear, but somewhere in the dark recesses of my parents' backyard tool shed is a cardboard box filled with dog-eared paperback copies of every Baby-Sitter's Club book published in the '90s.

They inspired a generation of girls to become babysitters, but the impact didn't end with the flyers we painstakingly printed out (using far too much colored ink, my dad would add). Ann M. Martin's diverse, supportive and entrepreneurial cast of girls stayed with us while we grew into the women they might have been.

And soon, all those well-loved books buried in basements and garages will have a new meaning as a rebooted Baby-Sitters Club is coming to Netflix in July. On June 22nd, Netflix uploaded the trailer for The Baby-Sitters Club and we're loving the modern take.

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Nexflix has ordered 10 episodes and we'll get to relive our childhood starting July 3rd.

"I'm amazed that there are so many passionate fans of The Baby-Sitters Club after all these years, and I'm honored to continue to hear from readers—now grown, who have become writers, editors, teachers, librarians, filmmakers—who say that they see a reflection of themselves in the characters of Kristy and her friends. So I'm very excited about the forthcoming series on Netflix, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere," said Ann M. Martin, author of The Baby-Sitters Club.

For many millennial mamas, Martin was a huge part of their childhoods, as the mother behind the popular Instagram account @the.book.report, Michelle Rasmussen, noted in a post about coming across her old BSC collection.

"I had a rush of good memories. I remember going to the bookstore with my family and we would all head to our different sections to pick out books. There was a time where EVERY TIME we would go to the store I would plant myself in front of 'The Babysitters Club' book section and read and have the hardest time picking out which one to take home with me. I can't wait for Stella to be old enough to be interested in read these books," Rasmussen wrote.

She tells Motherly, "I think I was about eight when I read my first BSC book. I read about Kristy's big idea and watched her gather Stacy, Mary Anne, and Claudia and all I wanted was to be invited into their amazing club. It seemed liked the world's best idea and couldn't help but wish to be invited to the fun."

(Same.)

"I very quickly read every single one. Including the mysteries and the super specials," Rasmussen says. "I was obsessed—I even got the board game for Christmas one year. Oh, and I remember begging my mom to buy a BSC book set from [the] Scholastic book order, because of the necklace that came with the set, even though I had already read 2 of the 4 books that came in that pack."

Like many mamas, Rasmussen hopes to share her BSC obsession with her daughter, Stella, and says she'll probably introduce her around the same age she was when she found them, about eight. The book-loving mama is happy to hear there is a Netflix show, as, in her experience, screen adaptations can get kids interested in reading the source material.

The Hollywood Reporter notes this isn't the first time the BSC has been turned into a TV show. HBO aired an early '90s version by Scholastic, but another screen version of the franchise, 1995's Baby-Sitters Club movie, is perhaps the better known screen adaptation.

Who can forget Schuyler Fisk as Kristy or Rachael Leigh Cook as Mary Anne, or—even more memorable—that rap they all did to help poor Claudia study for summer school? I'm sure my mom's got the VHS copy of that still, too.

July can't come soon enough, but in the meantime we'll re-watch old episodes and hope the trailer will tide us over.

[A version of this post was originally published May 24, 2018. It has been updated.]

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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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 www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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