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What is Baby-Led Weaning?

Thursday, April 27, 2017 By Sarah Bederman
what is baby-led weaning?

Baby-led weaning (BLW) is a gentle, commonsense, and fun way to introduce solids to your baby. While continuing to breast or bottle feed, babies are allowed and encouraged to feed themselves real, whole foods–when they are ready. Babies have the autonomy to experiment and discover food at their own pace, developing “chewing skills, manual dexterity, and hand-eye coordination” (Rapley & Murkett, xiv). Participating in family meals, they discover a wide range of healthy foods and learn important social skills, while choosing what, how much, and how quickly to eat. Babies freely explore a variety of new tastes and textures without pressure…

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Top 12 Second Trimester Checklist

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 By Nina Spears
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We’re in our second trimester and it’s finally the time to start telling our friends and family the good news. Yay! I can’t tell you how relieved I was to finally talk about our pregnancy news with our loved ones and our readers. It was the hardest secret to keep. If you decided to wait to share your news till your second trimester like we did, I’m sure you’re feeling the same way. I’m now 16 weeks along. It’s crazy to think that I have a baby the size of an avocado inside of me! Thankfully the nausea is gone (my…

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3 Essentials for a Successful Day with Baby (With Ergobaby)

Monday, April 24, 2017 By Nina Spears
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This post has been compensated by Ergobaby. Read our policies page for more information. I think the biggest blessings in life are babies. When you are able to love on them, wear them, enjoy their baby rolls, make them giggle and smile, and then give them back to their mothers. 😉 All of it is the absolute best. The day I became an aunt, I was so excited. Oliver, my nephew, is the first baby in the family so we all have been enjoying our time with him. I believe every mother deserves a little break here and there so I have tried to help out and…

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Can You Do Delay Cord Clamping & Bank Cord Blood?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 By Nina Spears
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This post has been sponsored by Americord. Read our policies page for more information. If you are approaching your due date and are working on your birth plan, a question that might have caught your attention is: Would like to delay the clamping of your baby’s umbilical cord after birth? But wait . . . why would someone want to do that? Over the past several decades, majority of babies have had their umbilical cords clamped immediately after birth. (The reason for this was it was thought to help reduce the risk of maternal hemorrhage.) Why would we now do the opposite and delay the clamping of the cord? First of…

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5 Things Your Pediatrician Wants You to Know

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 By
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As a pediatrician and mama, I am writing this in hope that it helps ease some of the million and one worries we all have about our kiddos! Most importantly, trust your instincts. And if you feel like something is off with your little one, please bring them to your pediatrician. 1. Fever When your child is sick and has a high fever, it can be one of the scariest feelings as a parent. Your little ones don’t look like themselves, sometimes their temperatures are very elevated, they’re not eating, and mama panic mode sets in. Fevers are not all bad,…

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9 Tips for Working Moms to Stay Healthy While at Work

Monday, April 17, 2017 By Alayna Pagnani-Gendron
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Working in an office can make it hard to keep a healthy routine, and it can be especially challenging for moms who juggle work and home life. It seems like there is no time for yourself. It can be especially difficult to make time to exercise or eat right. Here are a few tips to keep your work life as healthy as it can be. 1. While at work, work and then leave work at work. This seems obvious. But how many of us schedule birthday parties, car pool, and dance class while we are work? We also check Facebook, emails,…

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Premature Birth: Understanding Your Risk

Friday, April 14, 2017 By
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It is estimated that approximately 1 in 10 pregnancies in the United States will result in a premature birth–this is one of the highest rates in the developed world. Premature birth remains the leading cause of newborn death globally, and it can happen to anyone. Although its prevalence is remarkably high, premature birth remains a puzzle for medical professionals across the world who struggle to identify why so many babies are born too early. Premature birth is defined as delivering between 20 and 37 weeks. Since babies are technically not ready to leave the womb, they are subject to a variety of…

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5 Life Lessons our Grandmothers Knew (And We Should Learn Too)

Thursday, April 13, 2017 By Cheyenne Bell
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A lot has changed since the time our grandmothers were young mothers. There is a lot more noise, a lot more hustle and bustle, and a lot less time, it seems, to get things done. Modern moms enjoy a lot of conveniences that our grandmothers would never have dreamed of, such as curb-side grocery shopping and online banking. But along with all of these modern conveniences, we seem to have lost some of the core lessons our grandmothers learned. Lessons that really should never have been lost. Here are some of the life lessons our grandmothers knew that we should…

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Chick Picks | Best High Chairs

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 By Nina Spears
best high chairs

This post contains affiliate links and referral cods. If you shop from our site, Baby Chick™ may be compensated for clicks or purchases that you make. Read our policies page for more information. If you are getting your baby registry together, one of the items on your list that you may be looking into is a good high chair. Yes, it’s something that your little one won’t be using for a while, but it’s still a good idea to add it to your registry. If you’re not sure which one you should add to your list, below I have shared the top high chairs that include all…

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Twins: 4 Tips for Milestones and Transitions

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 By Joanna Navarrete
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Getting through the day with twins can feel like a huge accomplishment. You’re focusing on two babies, and that means double the transitions and baby milestones. At what age should they be doing that? Is it normal for one twin to be more advanced than the other? Will the other catch up? Having a clear picture of expectations when it comes to your twins’ transitions may help you get a better handle on the ever-changing journey that is raising twins! 1. Swaddles While some babies love being swaddled, others may prefer to be less constricted. Babies should start transitioning out of their…

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