Whether you're still changing diapers or you've finally told them "toodles," chances are you've gone through plenty of wipes containers. Aside from refilling them or passing them along to another mom, what can you do with all the disposable packaging? A lot, as it turns out! Moms from the Circle of Moms Facebook page have shared myriad uses for wipes containers, from homemade piggy banks to travel jewelry cases. Click through for some very crafty ideas!
Moms of kids with allergies have to do double duty to keep their bundles of joy safe, happy, and healthy. In the Moms of Allergic Children community, moms are sharing their concerns and questions about allergies. Here are some quick tips from Dr. Oz for them and others on how to treat — and prevent — some common allergies.
Here's some food for thought — a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 40 percent of babies are being fed solids at least two months before the American Academy of Pediatrics's recommended age of 6 months, according to The New York Times. Nine percent of mothers reported starting their children on solids as early as 4 weeks.
For the past 20 years, the AAP advised mothers to wait until a baby was 4 months of age to introduce solids, and last year, encouraged by the health benefits of breast milk, they raised that age to 6 months. Parents' reasons for starting their babies on solids at a younger age included not being aware of the recommendations or finding them to be hard to follow.
"When a baby is ready to start eating food, he will put his hands in his mouth, and you will see him actually making chewing motions," Dr. TJ Gold of Brooklyn-based Tribeca Pediatrics told The New York Times. "At 2, 3 months, they can't even hold their head up well, and they can't sit," he added, inferring that it could be dangerous to introduce solids at such a young age.
Gold also stated that the consumption of solid food leading to a better night's sleep was nothing more than a myth, and should not be a factor in introducing real food to a baby before 6 months.
One little surprise that comes along with having a new baby is just how overwhelming the slew of requisite baby bottles can become. Is it the end of the world? Of course not. Is it majorly inconvenient when you already find yourself struggling to complete the smallest household tasks with an infant in your arms? Absolutely. The key to preventing those bottles — and all of their corresponding pieces — from overtaking your kitchen? It's all about organization. Here, seven products that will help you to reclaim control of countertops.
It's almost time (we think, we hope!) to shed a few layers; put away those buntings, mittens, and gloves; and start thinking Spring. Since warmer weather is likely to mean a lot more time spent strolling outside with your little ones, it's also time to upgrade your baby's ride with the latest and greatest accessories. Here's our guide to enhancing your stroller — just in time for the sunny days ahead.
Is your Instagram feed flooded with nostalgic snaps every Thursday? Mine sure is, and I thought that it was high time that POPSUGAR editors got in on the fun. After a few call-in requests for parents to go digging through their attics and basements in search of baby albums, my colleagues joined me on an oh-so-fun trip down memory lane. Click through and check us out, then be sure to play along and tag your own retro snaps on Instagram with the hashtag #TBT today!
One thing moms learn really fast is that little kids can't keep their clothes on. From the time they are 4 months old or so and start kicking or pulling off their booties, to toddlerhood, when they like to strip down and race around in their birthday suits, young kids prefer to be in the buff.
It's great fun in the summertime, when it's easy to let your kids splash through the sprinklers or play in the pool in the backyard sans bathing suits and cumbersome shorts and T's. But is it OK to let kids be seen naked at the beach or in public? At what age does it become taboo? Those are questions many Circle of Moms members start to wonder as their little ones get bigger.
We've all seen TV show couples try to get out of a ticket by claiming that the woman is pregnant and about to have her baby. But for Tyler and Ashley Rathjen of Iowa City, IA, this really was the reason they were pulled over by a cop for speeding. It's what happened next though, that's truly amazing.
The police officer chased the Rathjens to within two blocks of the hospital, where they finally stopped at a red light in heavy traffic. As the video below shows, while Tyler explained their situation to the officer, Ashley had the baby!
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As every new mom knows, your baby's weight gain is of the utmost importance during his or her first few weeks of life. While most pediatricians require visits every couple of days until your baby meets and surpasses their birth weight, a new product from Withings makes the "weight"-ing game a whole lot less stressful. The Smart Kid Scale ($180) works with a corresponding app to weigh and track your newborn through school-age child's growth. It comes with a baby basket for weighing infants, and once your child can sit or stand, the scale can be used on its own.
Once your tot is on the scale, his or her weight is displayed and instantly transmitted to a free iOS app. The information can then be shared with your partner, or even pediatrician, and tracked along with your child's height and feedings. For any parent who's ever attempted the weigh yourself alone/weigh yourself holding the baby/subtract the difference method, the Smart Kid Scale will come as a welcome (and much more precise) option.
At $180, the high-tech scale is a bit of an investment, but knowing that it'll last for several years (and through several kids, if you're planning on more) makes it a purchase worth considering. What do you think? Would you put the Smart Kid Scale to good use, or do you think that doctor's visit weigh-ins are sufficient?
With your first child, there's a seemingly never-ending list of stuff to buy — nursery furniture, clothing, bottles, breast pumps, bouncers, swings . . . After you've invested in all that gear, there's no way you're going to want to buy it again for baby number two (if you're a one-and-done kind of gal, we have some great tips on how to get rid of it). So how do you store all that precious baby stuff, so it's ready to go for your second arrival? We have some great tips on cleaning, sanitizing, and storing the most costly of kiddie investments so you'll feel great about using them for your second baby. Keep clicking to get all your baby gear organized!