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New Recommendations for Rear-Facing Car Seats

Written by Tara Carnegie

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently changed their recommendations for how long children should remain in a rear-facing infant or convertible car seat.

As most of you probably know, the AAP previously recommended that children should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 2 years old. But the new recommendation states that children should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the height or weight limits of the car seat. There is no longer any age limit for rear-facing car seats.

The 29 Most Ridiculous Baby & Kid Products!

Written by Jessica Jordan

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First-time parents need to fill about nine months of time waiting for their bundle of joy to arrive. There is plenty of planning - choosing names, building a crib, and packing your bag for the glorious hospital trip. But toward the end of pregnancy, when the anticipation is all-consuming, first time parents have the wonders of Amazon to fill their countdown minutes - and the selection of ridiculous baby products does not disappoint!

When you are pregnant, you will have the option to purchase designer morning sickness bags, so you can puke in style. Once baby arrives, you will discover an assortment of hilarious onesies including phrases such as, “I only cry when ugly people hold me.” And as your child grows, the endless selection of poop-themed kids’ toys and games will have you reaching back for those designer barf bags.

Stainless Steel Baby Bottles: Safer than Plastic?

Written by Tara Carnegie

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With all the concerns about leaching dangerous chemicals into breast milk and formula, parents are increasingly steering away from plastic baby bottles.

At first, parents were shifting toward plastic baby bottles advertised as BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and Bisphenol-A-free. More recently, research has shown that even BPA-free plastic baby bottles can leach chemicals into food and beverages.

Specifically, BPA-free baby bottles are commonly made with plastics using BPS, BPF, BPAF, BPZ, BPP, and/or BHPF. Notice how they all have "BP" in their names? That's bisphenol, and leading scientists say that BPA-free plastics are just like BPA in that they leach chemicals that cause genetic and hormonal disruption.

Baby Registry Checklist: 20 Must-Haves

Written by Miriam Slozberg

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The idea of building a baby registry can be incredibly overwhelming, especially for first-time parents-to-be. You simply don't know what items to add and what to avoid. Once you start looking around at Amazon or your local Target, you’ll soon become overwhelmed with all the products that suddenly all seem necessary!

The goal is to choose items that are going to be useful on a daily basis and don’t end up turning into clutter and taking up space. A good baby registry will also help you avoid getting tons of the same gift from friends and family, like a dozen plushies or five of the same exact baby book!

Signs of a Hungry Baby: 8 Cues Every Mom Should Know

Written by Jessica Jordan

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Both new and experienced breastfeeding mothers want what is best for their children, and no one ever said breastfeeding was easy. But in addition to soreness, changes in appetite, learning various feeding positions, and sleeplessness, many mothers also wonder if their babies are receiving enough milk. They know their babies are nursing, but without a measurement standard like the ounce marks on baby bottles, breastfeeding mothers must rely on other signals to indicate how much breast milk is being consumed.

50 Baby Essentials for New Parents

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New parents-to-be will find there are numerous baby essentials to have on hand before baby is even born! When checking off items on a baby registry wish list or preparing for baby needs throughout the house, new parents will need to consider these essentials to care for both baby and mom.

Here is a top 50 baby essentials list by category. Click on any list item to jump down to additional information, tips, and resources.

Babies Eating Lemons for the First Time: Cutest Video Ever!

Written by Tara Carnegie

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Scientists and pediatricians typically recommend providing your baby with diverse foods to help provide new sensory experiences and develop healthy food preferences.

And studies show that adding in extra homemade foods such as fruits, vegetables and meats helps babies develop diet diversity, get more valuable nutrients, and even have lower percentage of body fat once they become a toddler.

Is your Car Seat Expired? Dates and Guidance

Written by Jessica Jordan

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Car seats vary widely in the number of years they can be used after their production date. Some car seats expire after only 6 years, whereas some of the best convertible car seats newer models expire 10 years after their manufacturing date. Because these vary so much, and the labels or imprints can be so hard to find, we've developed this car seat expiration guide to make your life a little easier!

Why Are There More Boys Than Girls? Hint: It's Not Super Sperm!

Written by Tara Carnegie

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Since the 1800's, scientists have wondered why so many more male babies were born than female babies.

Last year alone, in the United States there were 3.2 million more boys than girls (source).

And there are tons of possible explanations why boys are so much more common.

Picky Eaters: Tips, Tools, and Foods

Written by Jessica Jordan

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Baby’s first solid food is an exciting milestone. Parents are often eager to sit with their child at the family table. Additionally, for babies who were exclusively breastfed, the start of solid foods means the child’s other parent may now be involved in feeding and that special bonding time.

Unsafe Plastics: Time to Switch to Glass Baby Bottles

Written by Tara Carnegie

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Scientists at Washington State University have discovered that many BPA-free plastics leach harmful chemicals just like traditional plastics containing BPA (bisphenol-A, a phthalate).

Not only that, but their recently published experiments showed that these leached chemicals caused genetic and hormonal changes that were very similar to the changes they see with BPA exposure.

Holiday Hazards: Keeping Baby Safe and Happy

Written by Jessica Jordan

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When the world is aglow with holiday lights and spirit, parents and children alike will buzz with excitement and wonder. The holiday season is a lovely time of year, full of tradition, festivities, and vibrant bustle. This time of year can also add stress and dangers to a baby’s routines. Some of the top holiday hazards include decorations, shopping dangers, and celebrations.

Best Fetal Doppler Systems? Think Again!

Written by Tara Carnegie

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Here at Mommyhood101 we pride ourselves in in providing unbiased information and giving parents the opportunity to make informed decisions about which baby, toddler, and child products are perfect for their unique lifestyles and needs.

Many websites that are similar to ours have recently published reviews of the Best Fetal Doppler systems, providing their opinions about several systems currently available on the market.

When Do Babies Crawl?

Written by Tara Carnegie

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Be careful what you wish for! Once your baby starts crawling, you are in for a whole new set of challenges. But when exactly should you expect your baby to start crawling? We reviewed the research and consulted with a developmental pediatrician, and figured out the appropriate developmental milestones you should pay attention to.

350 Gender-Neutral Baby Names

Written by Tara Carnegie

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Picking a gender-neutral baby name is becoming very popular, and there are tons of reasons why parents are turning to unisex names when picking the perfect moniker for their baby-to-be.

How to Start Solid Foods

Written by Tara Carnegie

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With all the changes in recommendations over the years, introducing your baby to solid food can be a confusing time. This simple guide outlines when to introduce solid foods to your baby, what to feed them, and how to do it. With patience and practice, your little one will be eating on their own before you know it!

How to Stay Fit and Healthy During Pregnancy

Written by Tara Carnegie

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When it comes to taking care of yourself during pregnancy, it can be difficult to determine exactly what you should be doing to ensure the health of you and your baby. Apart from that, it can be confusing to determine which symptoms are of concern and which are typical during pregnancy.

How to Travel with a Baby - 25 Essentials

Written by Jessica Jordan

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Vacations and holidays are wonderful times to gather with family and friends who may be excited to meet your new infant or see how your toddler has grown. Whether traveling by car or by plane, for just an overnight stay or longer at a destination, it is best to get a head start on planning and packing for travel with a baby.

How to Massage Your Baby: A Daily Routine

Written by Rayne de Jongh

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There’s something absolutely magical about the bond that exists between parent and child. Here’s the great news: Baby massage not only strengthens that bond but also helps your child achieve optimal health. Physical touch is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your little one as she or he grows and in return, you’ll be giving yourself the opportunity to learn more about what makes your baby happy, calm, and feel secure.

The benefits of baby massage don’t just stop at building a bond with your child, though. Starting massage from an early

15 Tips for Picking a Daycare

Written by Jessica Jordan

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Choosing a daycare center is a difficult task both logistically and emotionally. Parents seek daycare centers for a number of reasons, which may include personal and professional obligations, social skills development, and others. But no matter the motivation, all of these parents are searching for a clean, quality daycare center with passionate, experienced staff.

Meet Lucas: The First Gerber Baby with Down Syndrome!

Written by Tara Carnegie

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Each year, Gerber holds a contest to find the next face of Gerber - the Gerber baby!

Sifting through over one hundred thousand entries by hopeful parents, Gerber finds the perfect baby to demonstrate their core values to consumers worldwide.

And they found something perfect in Lucas! I mean, look at that smile! Don't you just want to squish his cheeks and give him a kiss!?

20 Baby Products You Really Don't Need

Written by Jessica Jordan

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As the adage goes, “Babies are not born with instruction manuals.” So it’s a good thing all their stuff comes with directions! In addition to sustaining another human life, new parents are tasked with sorting through the inundation of new and improved baby products!

There are some obvious needs: good diapers, a safe car seat and stroller (or maybe an awesome travel system!), a baby monitor system, a baby carrier, and a comprehensive diaper bag to tote around baby’s supplies. Be sure to check out our list of 50 baby essentials for all new parents. But some other baby essentials on the market seem more superfluous (and silly) than essential!

Figuring Out Your Baby's Sex at the FIRST Ultrasound! The Ramzi Method.

Written by Tara Carnegie

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One of the most exciting phases of pregnancy is finding out the sex of your baby and celebrating the results. Maybe through a gender reveal party, or maybe just the two of you sharing some ideas about the nursery, clothing, and toys.

Finding out the gender of your baby is also one of the first times that parents start to feel emotionally connected with the growing baby, and start to think about his or her identity within the family. It's a fun time to start thinking about names and how the addition of a boy or girl will impact your future lives.

Full List of Kids Foods Containing Cancer-causing Herbicide

Written by Tara Carnegie

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published results of a new study demonstrating that 43 of the 48 cereals, oatmeals, and snack bars they tested contained the herbicide Glyphosate, which is classified by several agencies as a likely carcinogen. And Glyphosate was found in all of the Cheerios and Quaker cereals tested. This study builds upon very similar results found in their earlier study of oat-based products.

These are the same breakfast cereals we feed our children, the same oatmeal we feed our babies, and the same snack bars we include in packed snacks and lunches. That's scary stuff!

Don't Smoke Pot While Breastfeeding: New Research Shows Why

Written by Tara Carnegie

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Thinking about smoking marijuana while breastfeeding? Think again.

Smoking Pot During Pregnancy.

As states gradually begin to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, access to high quality and relatively inexpensive pot is becoming more common. Not surprisingly, recent research shows that the number of pregnant and non-pregnant women

Breastfeeding: How to Increase Milk Supply

Written by Jessica Jordan

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Breastfeeding is a journey with a greater learning curve than many new mothers expect. While moms spend 40 weeks planning, prepping, researching cribs, baby monitors, car seats, and strollers, those who plan to breastfeed may not think too much about how to nurse. Many may assume the natural process will come as second nature—after all, they already have the equipment, and evolution has done millions of years of work for us already! And some moms may find little challenge in the process. But the reality for many mothers is unexpected challenge and frustration along with the joys of breastfeeding.

How to Start Breastfeeding your Baby: A Beginner's Guide

Written by Tara Carnegie

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Getting Started With Breastfeeding

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 83% of all women choose to breastfeed their children. That doesn't mean that it's possible for all moms, or that it's easy for all of them either!

Winter Baby Clothes: How to Layer and Prepare for Cold

Written by Jessica Jordan

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Dropping temperatures generally motivate more indoor activities like snuggly pajamas and warm cocoa. However, the outdoors are not always off limits through late fall and winter, and a little fresh air is always great for health and mood. Many parents want to escape the house and even bring their baby to winter sports activities such as sledding, skiing, showshoeing, and more.

7 Car Seat Mistakes Parents are Making

Written by Tara Carnegie

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We've come a long way since the vintage car seats that our parents and grandparents probably sat in as babies. But, even with the advanced designs and safety features of modern car seats, there are several reasons that your brand new car seat might be unsafe for your baby, toddler, or big kid.

Below we review seven of the most common car seat mistakes that can compromise your baby's safety. The most important rule of thumb is to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Halloween Costumes for Cats? Count me in!

Written by Tara Carnegie

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We've seen plenty of baby costumes, dog costumes, and even halloween costumes for random objects like mailboxes and shrubs. But halloween costumes for cats!? You can't possibly get any cuter than this!

Sit back, relax, grab a handful of halloween candy (we won't tell!) and feast your eyes on some serious feline adorableness!

Halloween is just around the corner and here's your chance to outfit your favorite furry friend in some of the cutest halloween costumes we've ever seen!

8 Reasons Why Reading to Your Kids is so Important

Written by Jessica Rose

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From the very beginning, we are told how important it is to read to your kids, even before they know how to speak. But why is it important? What is it about reading that is so important to their development? Which baby and toddler books are the best?

We all know reading is an important step to learning. When children know how to read they are a step closer to understanding concepts and topics. It is crucial to school success. But why read to your kids at a very young age? Here is our list of reasons why reading to your kids is so important.