This summer, keep your kids happy with these essential safety tips

 

by Laura Falin posted in Life Summer is almost here! I can't wait. Our family is so done with schedules and schoolwork, and we're ready for some hiking and swimming and other outdoor adventures. But it's good to be aware of the risks as well. Not so we can sit at home afraid to go... Read more »

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4 reasons I love shopping at Walgreens

 

by Ashleigh Evans posted in Products As a busy mom of four, convenience is key, but I'm also always on a budget. Walgreens is easy on my wallet for essentials and I always know exactly what to expect at every location I visit. There are so many other reasons to shop there, too. 1. They’re... Read more »

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12 strange (but totally normal) habits of breastfeeding babies

 

by Michelle Stein posted in Parenting Recently, I came across this adorable video that brought back so many memories of breastfeeding my babies. The clip features an infant gently massaging mama's breast while nursing. Too precious, right? Babies are so smart! When they want to get more milk, they often massage the breast themselves! Has your baby...

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Photos: Mom involves her toddler in every moment of birth

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Pregnancy The decision of who will be in the room with you when you deliver your baby is an important one. I came across beautiful photographs of a mama in Brazil who made sure her toddler was a part of every aspect of her birth, from labor through delivery. Ludymilla,... Read more »

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I'm an introvert with extroverted kids and it's exhausting

 

by Michelle Stein posted in Parenting I prefer to workout alone. And I avoid small talk like it's an infectious disease. I'm an introvert, and I'm OK with this. But my three kids? They all seem to take after their extroverted dad. Which is fine. Except, well, it's exhausting. My 3-year-old daughter greets everyone by name... Read more »

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Photos: Mom pulls out baby at amazing home water birth

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories "Babies are what I live for!" South Florida-based photographer, Kathy Rosario, told Bored Panda. "To me, there is nothing more amazing than watching a woman give birth, and when it’s in the comfort of her own home it feels even more special." When her friend and fellow photographer... Read more »

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10 things you should know before getting pregnant

 

by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Mom Stories It's 3:01 p.m. I, very literally, have 29 minutes to pee as much as I want until I'm not allowed to pee for more than three hours . . . that is, if I want to learn the gender of my baby today. They tell you that... Read more »

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12 ways summer break sucks the life out of parents

 

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Parenting While students - and their teachers, too - are happily launching themselves headfirst into summer, parents aren't quite as excited about the prospect of having their children underfoot for three long, hot months. Sure, there are a lot of great things about the school break. The evenings get longer,... Read...

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15 things no one warns you about after childbirth

 

by Michelle Stein posted in Parenting I devoured the obligatory What to Expect When You're Expecting, pored through BabyCenter's resource pages and asked my Ob-gyn about a million questions when I was pregnant with my first child. Since I armed myself with all the knowledge I could get my hands on, I thought I had... Read more »

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How many pregnancy tests did you take after a positive result?

 

by Sara McGinnis posted in Mom Stories If someone were to ask you "How many times did you test AFTER a BFP (big fat positive result)?" I'd be willing to bet one of two things would happen: 1) You'd scrunch up your face, look at them like they were crazy, and say "none" with a... Read more »

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Attention rookie parents: all you need to know about diapering

 

by McKenzie Stamper posted in Parenting All right, new and soon-to-be parents, let's talk diapers. If you've never changed a diaper before, it's okay: don't stress! It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but trust me, you'll get the hang of it in no time. To help you prepare, I broke diapering into three main... Read more »

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Having the confidence to let your baby grow up

 

by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Parenting By Chelsea Day This boy is actually my second-youngest kid, but he's my baby. He's the one who crawls into my bed in the middle of the night, the one who clings a little harder during movies. Even while our 1-year-old runs circles around me, our 3-year-old requires... Read more »

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Are your kids taking unnecessary supplements?

 

by Claudia Boyd-Barrett posted in Parenting About a third of kids and teens are regularly swallowing dietary supplements, even though they probably don't need them, according to a new report. Researchers studied data on more than 4,000 children and adolescents who took part in a national health survey between 2003 and 2014. Older teens and... Read...

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The secret fear that kept me from breastfeeding my 3 babies

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories If you've read any of my posts about formula feeding, you know I never had an intense desire to experience breastfeeding. Still, I attempted to breastfeed when my first daughter was born. A few setbacks later, and I somewhat eagerly switched to formula, never looking back. Sort of. I can tell you opting...

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If babies wrote motivational posters, they'd look like this

 

by Maggie Downs posted in Mom Stories Sometimes I look at my son, and I wish I could be more like him. Not the spitting-up part or the weird puréed foods, of course. But the wonder with which he sees the world. The way he just exists, fully present in every moment. The zest for life... Read more »

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