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Sarah Kovac is a journalist, public speaker and award-winning author from Kansas City. Her memoir, In Capable Arms: Living a Life Embraced by Grace, was published in 2013 and chronicles her journey into adulthood, marriage and motherhood despite a rare and severe disability. 

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The Best High Chairs of 2018

Your baby’s high chair has the power to dramatically affect your parenting experience. If you choose one that is difficult to use, clashes with your decor, is uncomfortable for your baby, or is impossible to move to another room, mealtimes can become a hassle. A poorly-designed high chair can be really irritating to deal with, but a great one will get out of the way and allow you to focus on your baby. That’s why after testing 10 of the most popular and beloved high chairs, we concluded the Fis

Best Mattress Toppers

All products and services featured here are chosen for their potential to inspire and enable your wellness. Everyday Health may earn an affiliate commission on items you purchase. If you find yourself tossing and turning a lot at night or waking up with random aches and pains in the morning, your mattress may not be providing the kind of support that you need. If your mattress has been worn in over the years, a good mattress topper can help make worn out comfort layers feel better. It’s importa

Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers

All products and services featured here are chosen for their potential to inspire and enable your wellness. Everyday Health may earn an affiliate commission on items you purchase. If you’re a side sleeper and have ever spent the night on a firm mattress, you know how it feels to toss and turn all night as hip and shoulder pain wakes you over and over. Side sleeping comfortably requires a different kind of support than back or stomach sleeping. So if you’re in the market for a new mattress, you’

8 of the Best Mattresses You Can Buy Right Now

All products and services featured here are chosen for their potential to inspire and enable your wellness. Everyday Health may earn an affiliate commission on items you purchase. Sleeping on the wrong mattress can lead to all sorts of issues that extend far beyond nighttime discomfort. Healthy sleep habits have been shown to lower the risk of many serious medical conditions and even lengthen your lifespan. A good night’s rest starts with having the right mattress for your body type and sleep

Here's how long your favorite foods will last in your freezer

One of the marvels of modern life is our ability to preserve food for long periods of time by freezing. Making meals ahead and freezing can be a huge help when your schedule and budget are tight, but it’s important to be aware of proper handling techniques and how long different foods will last in the freezer without going bad. Here are some favorite freezer foods and how long you can safely keep them frozen. Chili is one of those foods that just beg to be made in double and triple batches. Ove

Best Crib Mattresses of 2018

Finding the right mattress for your baby’s crib is perhaps one of the most important baby gear decisions a new parent makes. A too-soft mattress poses a safety hazard for newborns, while a too-hard mattress can make it difficult to get the baby to sleep at all (and a sleep-deprived parent is a considerable hazard of itself). As a mother of three, I know how tough this decision can be. You want the safest surface for your baby, you want your baby to sleep comfortably, and you want to have a few b

Track Your Baby's Sleep Schedule With Sproutling

So much of parenting babies and toddlers is wondering when their next nap will be, and if it will be long enough for you to accomplish any of those tasks that have been piling up. Some babies find predictable routines early on, but many parents struggle to pinpoint their little one's rhythms. Fisher-Price's Sproutling monitor aims to help parents find those patterns, and, in turn, regain some semblance of sanity in an otherwise unpredictable situation.

This Tracker Helps New Moms Take Care of Themselves

I always dread newborn checkups. I'm expected to answer a deluge of questions when I'm so tired I'm not even sure what day it is or when I last showered. For this reason, I've always been a fan of baby-tracking apps. I can store pertinent info on my phone and be ready with all the numbers our pediatrician will ask for at a moment's notice. Project Nursery's Parent + Baby Smartband is part baby tracker, part fitness tracker. The wristband's touch interface allows you to log baby events (fetal mo

The Best Baby Carriers

The Lillebaby Complete impressed me from the start. Not only is it beautiful and soft, it's an extremely comfortable carrier. The straps are nicely padded and the waistband is supportive. There is a generously-sized lumbar pad in the back which I loved (but don't worry, it can be removed if giant lumbar pads aren't your style). With that pad in place and the waistband tightened around my hips, there was no spot at which I felt the waist strap digging in. There is also a little pad that protects

4moms MamaRoo4

Babies enjoy the comfort of being bounced and swayed—at least all three of mine do—so it's not hard to see where 4moms came up with the idea for the mamaRoo, a bouncing infant seat that mimics the movements you make when you soothe your baby. Its latest version, the mamaRoo4 ($219.99), is nearly identical to the previous model except for some redesigned menu buttons, a slight change in the attached mobile, and the fact that four percent of its sales through the end of 2017 will be donated...

Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor

Having a new baby is often nerve-wracking. The risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) especially is cause for concern as your newborn is developing routines and getting used to sleeping outside of the womb. The Owlet Smart Sock 2 ($299.99) has cut down on my worry considerably. It's a connected pulse oximeter that allows you to check on your baby's vitals any time through an app, and it will notify you automatically if there's a problem.

The Best Baby Monitor

After considering 42 of the most highly rated baby monitors and testing eight of them for more than 120 hours, we’re confident that the Infant Optics DXR-8 is the best baby monitor available. Compared with competitors, the Infant Optics DXR-8 has a more intuitive, easier to use interface, and the battery life on its parent unit (aka the monitor) lasted longer than on any other video option we found. On other requirements, it delivered as well as the best monitors we tried: It has an adequate ra

Does Your Kid Hate Watches? Try These Tracking Devices

My son joined a Little League baseball team this year. While he loves the sport, our 3-year-old daughter is the one who seems to have found her tribe. While their brothers practice, a flock of little sisters climb bleachers, play tag, and share snacks brought from home. It's super cute, but a little nerve-wracking. They never stay in one place and routinely wander out of sight, prompting my husband or I to walk/jog away from the game to guide our daughter back into view. If only there were some

Eight Smart Mattress

It's no secret that getting a good night's sleep is good for your health. The sheer number of sleep-monitoring fitness trackers attest to the fact that we are becoming more and more concerned about the amount and quality of sleep we get. The Eight Smart Mattress digs a bit deeper than most wrist-worn trackers. It's a memory foam mattress paired with a sensor-equipped cover, with prices starting at $999 for a full size bundle, putting in on par with the Sleep Number it. After sleeping on it every

4moms Moxi Stroller

While a trusty, lightweight umbrella stroller may be sufficient for some, it's no surprise the market is evolving to keep up with moms and dads who expect more bells and whistles, particularly in the tech department. The Moxi, 4moms's latest model, lacks the power-folding functionality of its Origami stroller, but it's less expensive and packs some interesting tricks in its $699.99 frame. It's also five pounds lighter, has a built-in bassinet, and is compatible with a wide range of car seats. On

First Look at the Retro 'Freewrite' Smart Typewriter

My first experience with word processing was on a traditional, turn-the-knob typewriter in the 80s, the dawn of personal computing. By high school, it was replaced by PCs with noisy keys, which took disks that were actually floppy. For the sake of nostalgia, I've considered finding another vintage typewriter, but any writing I care about needs to find its way to a computer, so typing on something not connected to the internet just doubles my work. That's why I jumped at the chance to play with
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