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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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Parents in New Jersey will soon get more money and more time for parental leave after welcoming a baby.

This week New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed off on legislation that extends New Jersey's paid family leave from six weeks to 12.

It also increases the benefit cap from 53% of the average weekly wage to 70%, meaning the maximum benefit for a parent on family leave will be $860 a week, up from $650.

It might not seem like a huge difference, but by raising the benefit from two-thirds of a parent's pay to 85%, lawmakers in New Jersey are hoping to encourage more parents to actually take leave, which is good for the parents, their baby and their family. "Especially for that new mom and dad, we know that more time spent bonding with a child can lead to a better long-term outcome for that child," Murphy said at a press conference this week.

The law will also make it easier for people to take time off when a family member is sick.

Because NJ's paid leave is funded through payroll deductions, workers could see an increase in those deductions, but Murphy is betting that workers and businesses will see the benefits in increasing paid leave benefits. "Morale goes up, productivity goes up, and more money goes into the system," Murphy said. "And increasingly, companies big and small realize that a happy workforce and a secure workforce is a key ingredient to their success."

The new benefits will go into effect in July 2020 (making next Halloween a good time to get pregnant in the Garden State).

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Whether you just need to stock up on diapers or you've had your eye on a specific piece of baby gear, you might want to swing by your local Walmart this Saturday, February 23rd.

Walmart's big "Baby Savings Day" is happening from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at participating Walmarts (but more deals can be found online at Walmart.com already and the website deals are happening for the rest of the month).

About 3,000 of the 3,570 Supercenter locations are participating in the sale (check here to see if your local Walmart is).

The deals vary, but in general you can expect up to 30% off on items like cribs, strollers, car seats, wipes, diapers and formula.

Some items, like this Graco Modes 3 Lite Travel System have been marked down by more than $100. Other hot items include this Lille Baby Complete Carrier (It's usually $119, going for $99 during the sale) and the Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat (for as low as $199).

So if you're in need of baby gear, you should check out this sale. Travel gear isn't the only category that's been marked down, there are some steep discounts on breast pumps, too.

Many of the Walmart locations will also be offering samples and expert demos of certain products on Saturday so it's worth checking out!

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Any Schumer has not had an easy pregnancy. She intended to keep working, but if you follow her on social media you know she's been very sick through each trimester.

And now in her final trimester she's had to cancel her tour due to hyperemesis gravidarum, also known as HG. It's a rare but very serious form of extreme morning sickness, and on Friday evening Schumer announced she is canceling the rest of her tour because of it.

“I vomit every time [I] ride in a car even for 5 minutes," Schumer explained in an Instagram post.

Due to the constant vomiting she's not cleared to fly and just can't continue to the tour.

This is not the first time Schumer has had to make an announcement about HG. Back in November, just weeks after announcing her pregnancy, she had to cancel shows and again broke the news via Instagram.

She posted a photo of herself in a hospital bed with her little dog Tati, and spelled out the details of her health issues in the caption. "I have hyperemesis and it blows," Schumer wrote.

Poor Amy. Hyperemesis gravidarum is really tough.

Kate Middleton, Ayesha Curry and Motherly co-founder Elizabeth Tenety are among those who, like Schumer, have suffered from this form of severe morning sickness that can be totally debilitating.

As she previously wrote for Motherly, Tenety remembers becoming desperately ill, being confined to her apartment (mostly her bed) and never being far from a trash can, "I lost 10% of my body weight. I became severely dehydrated. I couldn't work. I couldn't even get out of bed. I could barely talk on the phone to tell my doctor how sick I was—begging them to please give me something, anything—to help."

Thankfully, she found relief through a prescription for Zofran, an anti-nausea drug.


Schumer probably knows all about that drug. It looks she is getting the medical help she obviously needs, and she was totally right to cancel the tour in order to stay as healthy as possible.

We're glad to see Schumer is getting help, and totally understand why she would have to cancel her shows. Any mama who has been through HG will tell you, that wouldn't be a show you'd want front row seats for anyway.

Get well soon, Amy!

[A version of this post was published November 15, 2018. It has been updated.]

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As a military spouse, Cydney Cooper is used to doing things alone. But when she delivered her twin daughters early after complications due to Influenza A, she was missing her husband Skylar more than ever.

Recovering from the flu and an emergency C-section, and trying to parent the couple's two older boys and be with her new infant daughters in the NICU, Cydney was exhausted and scared and just wanted her husband who was deployed in Kuwait with the Army and wasn't expected home for weeks.

Alone in the NICU 12 days after giving birth, Cydney was texting an update on the twins to her husband when he walked through the door to shoulder some of the massive burden this mama was carrying.

"I was typing up their summary as best I could and trying to remember every detail to tell him when I looked up and saw him standing there. Shock, relief, and the feeling that everything was just alright hit me at once. I just finally let go," she explains in a statement to Motherly.

The moment was captured on video thanks to a family member who was in on Skylar's surprise and the reunion has now gone viral, having been viewed millions of times. It's an incredible moment for the couple who hadn't seen each other since Skylar had a three-day pass in seven months earlier.

Cydney had been caring for the couple's two boys and progressing in her pregnancy when, just over a week before the viral video was taken, she tested positive for Influenza A and went into preterm labor. "My husband was gone, my babies were early, I had the flu, and I was terrified," she tells Motherly.

"Over the next 48 hours they were able to stop my labor and I was discharged from the hospital. It only lasted two days and I went right back up and was in full on labor that was too far to stop."

Cydney needed an emergency C-section due to the babies' positioning, and her medical team could not allow anyone who had previously been around her into the operating room because anyone close to Cydney had been exposed to the flu.

"So I went in alone. The nurses and doctors were wonderful and held my hand through the entire thing but at the same time, I felt very very alone and scared. [Skylar] had been present for our first two and he was my rock and I didn't have him when I wanted him the most. But I did it! He was messaging me the second they wheeled me to recovery. Little did I know he was already working on being on his way."

When he found out his baby girls were coming early Skylar did everything he could to get home, and seeing him walk into the NICU is a moment Cydney will hold in her heart and her memory forever. "I had been having to hop back and forth from our sons to our daughters and felt guilty constantly because I couldn't be with all of them especially with their dad gone. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life and I won't be forgetting it."

It's so hard for a military spouse to do everything alone after a baby comes, and the military does recognize this. Just last month the Army doubled the amount of leave qualifying secondary caregivers (most often dads) can take after a birth or adoption, from 10 days to 21 so that moms like Cydney don't have to do it all alone.

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