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City mamas get an especially strong solidarity fist bump from us. ? Whether you’re navigating subway stairs or struggling to fit a nursery in a 1-bedroom apartment, there are certain challenges that urban mamas take on every day.


Here are genius 9 small-space products that will get you almost as excited as a Starbucks on every block.

1. When you hit the streets: BABYZEN YOYO+ Stroller

Tricky city streets (and building vestibules), you have met your match. The savvy BABYZEN YOYO+ converts to accommodate either an infant or a toddler, maneuvers like a dream, and folds down to roughly the size of your gym bag—it can even fit in an airplane overhead compartment. And at a mere 13 pounds, you won’t even mind lugging it up subway steps to take your little to the outer boroughs.

Pro tip: Part of what keeps this ride so lightweight is a lack of frills. But for mamas who need to bring a bag and can’t get through a playdate without Starbucks (AKA, all of us), we recommend investing in the cup holder and travel bag.

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2. When you need counter space for the toaster: Boon Grass Drying Rack

When counter space is already at a premium, you want everything that you have to keep on display to at least contribute to a stylish aesthetic. And we haven’t found a cuter way to air dry all those bottle nipples than the Boon Grass Drying Rack. The simple design is the perfect place to dry all baby’s things that you’d rather keep separate from your other dishes.

Pro tip: Still need more drying space? Think up! Pair your Grass with the Boon Stem Accessory.

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3. To wash off that city grit: Puj Tub

While we love infant tubs with bells and whistles, they tend to take up more room than most urban mamas can spare. The Puj Tub is made from soft white foam that folds and conforms to your sink during bath time, and then hangs or store flat when you’re done. Think of it this way: The quicker the cleanup, the faster you get to the snuggling-a-freshly-bathed-baby moment.

Pro tip: If you’re dealing with a seriously small bathroom, opt for the Puj Flyte—it’s so compact, it can fit into a suitcase.

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4. When Grandma wants to check in: Phillips Avent uGrow Smart Baby Monitor

Life moves a little faster in the city, which is why urban mamas will appreciate how quick and easy it is to set up the Philips Avent uGrow Smart Baby Monitor. The clever design lets you (and the baby sitter, and Grandma, etc.) keep an eye on your little using SafeConnect Technology that works across 3G, 4G, and wi-fi—all from your smart phone. It also features lullaby songs, temperature control, a built-in nightlight, a microphone for 2-way convos, and alerts that you can personalize based on noise volume or temperature.

Pro Tip: The design is great for travel as you only have to bring the one device—your phone functions as the monitor.

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5. When your playroom is the corner by your couch: Skip Hop 3-Stage Activity Center

We love the Skip Hop 3-Stage Activity Center for being entertaining without over-stimulating baby (like other activity centers can be—you know what we mean). The construction is solid and the simple toys are engaging, meaning the center can last for YEARS as it moves from baby play space to toddler toy to child's table. It’s also amazingly compact. You know, in case you 2-bedroom has started to feel even smaller lately.

Pro tip: We are total suckers for a product that grows with baby (who has the space for more toys??), and this activity center fits the bill oh-so beautifully.

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6. When you can’t find parking near your apartment: Doona Car Seat

The feeling of knowing you have to carry your heavy car seat and baby six blocks because you can’t find parking? Disheartening. The feeling of knowing you can simply turn your car seat into a stroller and wheel your way anywhere? WINNING. The Doona car seat features integrated wheels that flip down, transforming it into a compact stroller with a 360-turn radius perfect for zipping over city sidewalks. Warning: This all-in-one piece is so amazing, strangers will fawn over it in public.

Pro tip: Practice the folding/unfolding technique without baby inside the seat for the first few times. And definitely spring for the All-Day Bag—so worth it.

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7. When the closest swing is at the park down the block: mamaRoo

Besides offering one of the smallest swing footprints on the market, 4moms’ MamaRoo has a clean, modern look that will blend with your urban aesthetic. The base features a speaker that can connect with your mp3 player (to play jams for baby and you), and the whole swing can be controlled through Bluetooth on an app on your phone.

Pro tip: It’s the perfect swing option for babies that are still sharing a room with mama (hello, one-bedroom apartment!).

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8. When your dining table is a coffee table: Summer Infant Deluxe Comfort Folding Booster Seat

Having a baby doesn’t have to mean giving up dinners out—you just need to come prepared. The folding mechanism of the Summer Infant Deluxe Comfort Folding Booster Seat creates a streamlined, flat design that you can tuck into your stroller’s undercarriage or a large tote bag. It’s perfect for stopping at a friend’s for lunch, navigating restaurants without high chairs, or simply substituting for bulkier high chairs.

Pro tip: The tray is dishwasher safe—hooray for no scrubbing!

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9. When you need one that does it all: Bugaboo Stand

It would be great if you could fit a bassinet, stroller, car seat and high chair into your tiny apartment, but for those of us still trying to find room for an actual dining table (#adultgoals), there’s this nifty little stand. The Bugaboo Stand easily transforms your stroller bassinet into a sleeping solution and your seat into an adjustable high chair—and when folded down, it’s roughly the size of an umbrella.

Pro tip: The stand is compatible with the Bugaboo Cameleon3, Bugaboo Buffalo and Bugaboo Donkey strollers, but you will need to purchase the appropriate adapters for your model.

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Christmas is so fun and magical, but if we don't keep ourselves in check it can get really overwhelming.

Sandra Bullock is the latest high-profile mom to talk about toning down presents to make more room for what matters in her family's Christmas celebration.

Mom to Louis, 8, and Laila, 6, Bullock was on the Today show this week when she explained how over the years her Christmas celebrations snowballed until she felt like her family was missing the point.

"I overdo it, and then I panic that I didn't do enough. Then I get more—and then everyone else has overdone it," she explained, adding that this year, she just stopped overdoing it, and she's feeling a lot less stressed this Christmas season.

"We just stopped. Because there's so much happening in the world where people don't have anything. And we said, 'Why don't we just make this about other people?'" Bullock explained, adding that her kids were totally into the idea of giving instead of getting this year.

"They were amazing about it. So, Christmas is three small gifts," she told Today's Hoda Kotb.

Why three is the magic number of presents 

Bullock is hardly alone in toning down Christmas. Tons of parents are simplifying the holiday in order to focus on the more meaningful parts, in part because (as Motherly previously reported) giving your kids fewer toys at Christmas actually makes them happier!

Combine increased happiness with the modern desire for less cluttered, minimalist living and you have a trend. In fact, even the number of gifts Bullock is doing this season is trendy. Three gift Christmases are a thing.

Three is kind of a magic number when it comes to Christmas celebrations. There are enough presents to make the morning feel magical, but not so many that the kids are lost in a mountain of wrapping paper and materialism.

With three gifts, kids have an opportunity to feel gratitude instead of overwhelmed. They can truly appreciate their presents and parents can feel less overwhelmed as well, because it's way easier (and cheaper) to buy three presents than try to bring the whole toy aisle home.

Making Christmas about giving 

Research demonstrates that children whose parents talk to them about giving to others are 20% more likely to make charitable donations than kids whose parents did not have that talk. Simply by talking to Louis and Laila about giving to others, Bullock is building capacity for giving in her kids, and in this case, talking does more than modeling, researchers note.

Bullock has the resources to give both a huge charitable contribution and a massive Christmas to her own kids, but both society and her kids are probably better off with her new Christmas plan.

A 2013 study, a 2013 study conducted by the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy found that just having a parent who gives their money and time to charity isn't as impactful as having a parent who talks to you about why it's important to do so.

By having the conversation about making Christmas about others, Bullock is instilling her values in her kids in a lasting way.

Helping kids give 

Bullock didn't go into detail about exactly how she's helping her kids make Christmas about others, but there are a lot of ways that parents can do that.

You can help your children choose or make gifts for other important people in their lives, like grandparents, teachers and friends.

You can ask your children to help you choose toys to give to charities that help families who can't afford to buy their kids gifts this year.

You can take your kids with you to volunteer at an organization that's doing good in the world.

You can involve your kids in making a monetary donation to a worthy cause.

The important part is doing it together, and having conversations about why giving is so much more important and impactful than getting.

We're all trying to raise empathetic kids and keep our houses free of clutter, and it sounds like Bullock's plan could help with both those goals.

If you're feeling overwhelmed and like you've been overdoing the holidays, consider taking a tip from Bullock and giving yourself permission to just stop.

Christmas doesn't have to be overwhelming to be magical.

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We all want our homes to be safe for our kids, but for years corded window blinds have been a hidden hazard in many American homes, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

That era is now over because as of this month, corded window blinds are no longer being sold by American stores or websites.

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Child safety advocates are cheering the decision by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association to require stock window coverings to be cordless or designed with inaccessible or short cords.

A study published last year in the journal Pediatrics found that 255 children died after getting tangled up in blind cords between 1990 and 2015, more than 16,800 kids were injured and seen in emergency rooms.

"We've known about this risk for over 70 years, yet we're still seeing children strangled by these products," study senior researcher Dr. Gary Smith told HealthDay last December. "It's just unacceptable."

A year ago, Smith said it was totally doable for manufacturers to reduce the risks associated with corded blinds, and now, finally, they have.

Now, people who need corded blinds (like those with disabilities who find corded blinds easier to use) will still be able to get them as custom orders, but you won't find them on the shelves at your local home improvement store.

Up until now, one child per month (on average) is dying because of window blind cords. It may have taken 70 years, but we're so glad to see this change!

Removing window blinds with cords

Some parents aren't aware that window blind cords can be hazardous. If you have corded blinds in your home and are now wanting to replace them, look for replacement blinds that have the "Best for Kids" certification label on the packaging.

If replacing all the blinds in your house is too costly right now, experts recommend starting with the rooms where your child hangs out the most, like their bedroom and the living room.

If you're renting, replacing blinds can be a bit trickier, as some leases prevent tenants from changing the blinds.

Talk to your landlord about the safety hazard (put it in writing and note the study in Pediatrics and the new regulations from the Window Covering Manufacturers Association). Alternatively, if your blinds are the snap-in kind, you can remove the landlord's blinds and store them somewhere safe while using your own, safer, window coverings for the rest of your tenancy.

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If you've ever stood over your baby's crib or clung to the monitor watching them as they slept, you're not alone, mama. Making sure your baby is safe while they sleep is one of the top concerns for parents, and often leads to our own sleepless nights as we struggle to relax while our baby snoozes. But you need your sleep too.

Here are 10 safe sleep guidelines to keep in mind so you can rest a little easier:

1. Place baby on a firm surface in a crib or bassinet.

Although your baby has the capability of falling asleep pretty much anywhere as a newborn, it is strongly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that all sleep happens in a crib with a firm mattress or in a bassinet. Other than a fitted sheet, nothing else should be in the crib, especially for newborns. By placing your baby on a firm surface, you will greatly reduce the risk of SIDS.

2. Put your baby on their back.

This is the safest position for your baby to sleep until they learn to roll over on their own. Once your baby has the ability to completely roll over, it is okay to allow them to remain in that position for sleep, but you should still put them on their back to begin with.

3. Set the appropriate temperature in the room.

You may have the urge to over-bundle your little one, especially in the winter months, but as long as the temperature in the room is between 68-72-degrees Fahrenheit, there is no need to layer them in excessive clothing. Long sleeve sleepwear with light socks is all they need to stay warm.

4. Make sure baby has their own separate sleeping space.

Although there are strong opinions on both sides of this subject, research has found that sharing a bed with a baby can put them at risk for SIDS. It is recommended by the AAP to room-share for the first 6-12 months of life, but not bed-share. The same goes for sleeping on a couch or other soft surfaces during the day. If you want your baby close to you, you can keep the crib or bassinet next to your bed.

5. Do not expose your baby to smoke.

Smoking is one of the risks of SIDS and even small particles on your clothing can be passed to your baby. Children should especially not be sleeping in an environment where there are particles of smoke in the air. This is something that should be considered when traveling and staying in hotels or homes of friends and family members as well.

6. Use a monitor if they're sleeping in another room.

The use of a baby monitor not only gives you peace of mind but can help ensure your baby remains safe while sleeping. While you don't need to worry over every little sound they make, there will be situations when you need to go in the room and do a safety check based on what you see or hear in the monitor.

7. Feed your baby in a position that isn't too relaxing for you.

This is one that might seem odd as you want to be comfortable as you feed the baby, especially if you are exhausted. However, it is best to avoid any situation where you might potentially fall asleep. For example, sitting in an upright position in a chair versus laying in your bed can help you stay more alert.

8. Use a pacifier and/or breastfeed if possible.

There are numerous reasons why a mama might not be able—or want to— to breastfeed, but if you do have the capability of doing so, it has been found as a way to decrease the risk of SIDS.

Similarly, if your child will take a pacifier, this is a great way to not only soothe them but also to prevent SIDS. I also highly encourage feeding your child as much as needed during the first few months of life. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to feed them every time they wake, but if they seem genuinely hungry, it is safest not to stretch them too long in between feeds.

9. Have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors nearby.

You'd be surprised how many homes don't have these installed or installed correctly. Regularly check the batteries in both devices and make sure they are working properly throughout the home so you'd be notified if something happened.

10. Don't let your baby sleep in an area with animals.

I know this one can be tough, especially if your pets were your first babies, but as much as we love them and as gentle as we think they are, limit the risk. A cat or dog could accidentally suffocate your baby if they have access to their crib/bassinet, or their fur could cause them to have trouble breathing.

These safety guidelines are not meant to induce fear or cause excessive worrying, but rather serve as tools and knowledge that will ensure baby's sleep is as safe as possible.

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It impacts 15 to 20% of pregnant and postpartum mothers, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), but depression too often goes untreated because it can be so hard for the mothers who are suffering to ask for help.

Untreated depression can rob new moms of the joy of pregnancy and those early days of parenthood, but new guidelines from the AAP could see moms getting help sooner.

This week the AAP released a new policy statement urging pediatricians to "incorporate recognition and management of perinatal depression into pediatric practice" because research suggests about 50% of moms who are depressed during and after pregnancy now are going undiagnosed.

A mother may not be a pediatrician's patient, but if a pediatrician notices that a mom seems to be struggling, helping her is obviously helping the baby, too.

Dr. Marian Earls, the lead author of the report, explains in an AAP media release: "When we are able to help a mother deal with her mental health, we are essentially reaching the whole family."

Earls' colleague, Dr. Jason Rafferty, says the idea is that by helping moms, pediatricians are proactively caring for the child's health, too.

"We know that postpartum depression can be a form of toxic stress that can affect an infant's brain development and cause problems with family relationships, breastfeeding and the child's medical treatment," he explains.

Prenatal depression impacts way more mothers than people realize, as Motherly previously reported. It's estimated more than 400,000 babies are born to depressed mothers each year. In addition, about one in nine new moms in America experience postpartum depression symptoms, according to the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As Licensed Master Social Worker Erin Barbossa previously told Motherly, too many mothers have been going undiagnosed or untreated for too long.

"From my perspective, unfortunately, our medical system really lacks putting the mental health lens on unless symptoms are really severe," she explained. "We tend to focus on the physical symptoms related to the health of the baby, and if all of those check out, all is good enough."

The AAP's new guidelines seek to change that, by suggesting mothers get screened for depression once during pregnancy and then again during the baby's appointments at 1, 2, 4 and 6 months old.

The doctors behind the report say more work needs to be done to support parents suffering from depression and in reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, but screening new mothers is a step in the right direction, and could change the lives of entire families.

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