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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Our “Ask giggle” series features some of the questions we hear most from our customers.
Q: I enjoy heading outdoors with my two young children — especially once the weather turns warm and sunny. Can you recommend some easy-to-use products for safe and healthy fun in the sun?
A: Sure! Here are some of our top picks for protecting your little one while still enjoying the great weather outside. More
Expecting? We've got some great advice to prepare you for your pregnancy and the birth of your child.
Our friends over at Nameberry are always adding new monickers to their ever-growing database of baby names. Among the latest additions? A Native American tribal name, obscure Slavic and Hawaiian choices, and names with Christian and Muslim origins. Because they’re popping on the popularity list or were chosen by a celebrity, have august roots or noteworthy relatives, the baby name experts have deemed them worthy of adding to the Nameberry lexicon.
So here they are, from A to Z. Would you use one of them for your baby?
Start your breastfeeding off right with helpful information from non-profit Best for Babes.
Think you’ve heard it all when it comes to the added bonuses of breastfeeding? Think again. Thanks to an increased awareness over the last 10 years, plus a ton of new studies done on the subject, the benefits just keep piling up.
Here are 10 of the most eye-opening benefits we’ve heard yet. Prepare to be amazed… More
Learn strategies for navigating public transportation, crowded streets and small living spaces from Manhattan mom Monica Storch.
It’s pretty hard to believe summer’s almost over. (Seriously, where did it go?!) If you’re anything like me, you’re probably looking to ditch your current surrounings right about now while the weather’s still nice. But if this is your first trip with a baby or toddler in tow, not so fast there — you’ve got some major planning to do first.
From choosing the right locale to packing the right gear, any parent will tell you there’s a lot to consider when it comes to traveling with little ones. Here are some of my personal tips I’ve learned along the way: More
Build a healthy environment for your baby with practical and easy tips from national nonprofit Healthy Child Healthy World.
If you’ve reached the moment in your pregnancy when you’re thinking about setting up baby’s room, here’s how to make it as pure as can be. For more ideas, check out our free e-book. And always keep in mind that when it comes to gear for a baby, less is truly more.
1. Choose no or at least low-VOC paint
Traditional paints include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to keep ingredients dissolved evenly and to help the finished product dry. These VOCs can affect your baby’s health. Since paints can continue to emit VOCs for months after they’ve been applied, it’s best to choose low- or no-VOC varieties or alternatives like milk paints. It’s also advisable to have someone other than mom applying the paint, especially if scraping of old paint—which may or may not be lead-based—is involved prior to application of new paint. Hiring a trained professional is the safest way to go, especially if you don’t know if there are layers of lead paint in your home.
Get tips from the trenches with this information-packed blog from the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know, Heather Flett and Whitney Moss.
Heading to the pediatrician? Whether it’s baby’s first check-up, or your toddler’s first “big kid” visit, allow me to impart some of my wisdom…
Personally, I’ve always felt that bringing a newborn to the pediatrician for the first time is both comforting and anxiety-provoking. And here’s why: it feels like I’m returning, for a few brief moments, to the experts who know way more than I do about everything when it comes to this baby stuff. I better not mess it up, I always think to myself. But now that I’ve been down this path three times before, I can assure you that the doctor is only a phone call away.
To be most prepared for your 10-minute session, here are some things I’ve learned: More
Get fun fashion advice from blogger Nadia Carriere for the 40 weeks before and after your baby is born.
My motto these days? Out with the old and in with the new! And I know I’m not alone. These first few months of the year always seem to get everyone in the mood to organize. But while most people tend to focus their energy on the kitchen, the office, and the bedroom… what about the nursery? Yes, babies may be too small to really make a real mess; but it does help to set things up so that mountain of baby stuff you have somehow actually stays in order. More
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Some of us jump for joy this time of year… especially parents with school-aged children who’ve spent the summer moping around the house complaining of boredom. Despite their jam-packed, fun-filled days and late nights chasing fireflies or roasting marshmallows, these last few days before the school doors open are challenging to kids and parents.
But as we check off our supply lists and search out the perfect backpack, we often forget to adjust summer schedules of lazy, pancake mornings or movies before bedtime. It’s important to start adjusting sleep schedules early enough so your child isn’t jolted by the early wake up call the first day back. Don’t forget, adequate sleep (10-12 hours for preschoolers and primary school children) is essential for immune function, effective learning, memory, problem solving, creativity, adaptability, not to mention mood and behavior regulation. Also, if you have both a school-aged child and a baby in the house, you may also have to adjust baby’s schedule to accommodate drop offs and pick ups and after school activities.
Here are three easy tips to ease the family back into healthy school snooze routines: