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New Recommendations for Rear-Facing Car Seats

Written by Tara Carnegie

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On August 30, 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 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.

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

Written by Tara Carnegie

babies eating lemons

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.

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

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

Written by Tara Carnegie

boy and girl babies

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.

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!

Breastfeeding is one of the most important and satisfying bonding experiences that a mom will have

Unsafe Plastics: Time to Switch to Glass Baby Bottles

Written by Tara Carnegie

glass baby bottles

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.

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.

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 provided reviews of the Best Fetal Doppler systems, providing their opinions about several systems currently available on the market.

5 Reasons Why Reading to Your Kids is so Important

Written by Jessica Rose

reading to children

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. 

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.

10 Early Signs of Autism in Babies and Toddlers

Written by Tara Carnegie

autism parents hugging

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC), in 37 boys in the United States will be diagnosed with Autism, with boys being about 4.5 times more likely than girls to develop the disorder.

That's scary stuff. And exactly because autism is a spectrum and varies dramatically in severity and symptoms, the fate of a child and adult on the autism spectrum is really hard to predict.

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.

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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

Meet our Blog Authors

Tara Carnegie
Tara is a developmental specialist and mother of 3 from Chicago, IL. She enjoys writing, swimming, and shopping for local and organic food.
Jessica Rose
Jessica is a mom of twin boys and a little Wonder Woman, who loves anything crafty, mocha lattes in the early morning, and writing.
Rayne de Jongh
Rayne is a mother of 3 first and foremost, with a passion for creating beautiful brands and providing content that rocks.

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!?

Am I Pregnant? 10 Early Signs of Pregnancy You Should Know

Written by Tara Carnegie


Before you take your first pregnancy test, you might be one of the women who notices small and early changes in their body that suggest they might be pregnant. But what are those early pregnancy signs and symptoms? When should you expect them, and how common and reliable are they for indicating you might be pregnant? We pulled together 10 of the most common early signs of pregnancy, and read the science to see if they are real or old wives tales

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.