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How to Massage Your Baby: A Daily Routine

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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.

Meet Lucas: The First Gerber Baby with Down Syndrome!

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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!?

8 Reasons Why Reading to Your Kids is so Important

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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.

New Recommendations for Rear-Facing Car Seats

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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.

10 Early Signs of Autism in Babies and Toddlers


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC), 1 n 37 boys in the United States are diagnosed with Autism, with boys being about 4.5 times more likely than girls to receive a diagnosis.

Autism is a spectrum that varies in severity and symptoms. If you have concerns about your baby's development, please seek the advice of your pediatrician and contact your local early intervention program.

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

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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

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

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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!

Meet our Blog Authors

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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.
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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.
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Rayne de Jongh
Rayne is a mother of 3 first and foremost, with a passion for creating beautiful brands and providing content that rocks.
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Jess Jordan
Jess is a mother of three, a writer, and an adjunct communications professor, who loves reading, painting, and kitchen experimenting!

7 Car Seat Mistakes Parents are Making

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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.

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


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