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 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

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

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

Hands On: Tracking My Kids' Sleep With HugOne

There are few things a parent obsesses over more than sleep. How do I get my child to sleep easier? How long should she nap? Should she be waking up this much at night? Will I ever sleep in again? It makes sense. If your family isn't getting quality sleep, your kids are irritable, and you can't be productive. How the heck is a sleep-deprived mom supposed to keep her cool when junior insists on another glass of water instead of going to bed? No sleep = no peace.

6 Doctor-Approved Tips to Help Avoid Colds & Flu This Season

It’s that time of year when the kids return from school with more than just homework and art projects in tow – they often bring germs home, too. And while we can’t keep ourselves or our kids from coming into contact with germs (which would ultimately be an unhealthy goal) we can take steps to reduce the likelihood that we’ll actually get sick. Notable New York City-based physician Dr. Keri Peterson explains how:

How to Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

Last month, around 100,000 tax accounts were compromised after hackers got into the IRS website. The IRS is providing free credit monitoring services to everyone affected, but what can we do to protect ourselves and our families in the future? Have you done anything to safeguard your child against identity theft? If hackers can get to the federal government, they can get to you. They can get to your kids. As a mom, you may feel like your head is on a swivel, but you can’t see everything. REL

Pregnancy glow or pregnancy gloom?

Her birth would coincide almost exactly with the release of my book, so this new little one would put a bit of a damper on the media appearances my publisher had planned. I knew that my opportunities to write would be few and far between with a toddler and a newborn swallowing up any excess time and energy. I mourned my freedom. I mourned my career. I mourned the loss of the skinny body I had obtained since my first was born. I began to fear we had made a mistake. And the guilt I felt on the he

Let Your Baby Eat Dirt

Spring has officially arrived, and here in the Midwest, everyone is out enjoying these first days of sunshine. My toddler points at the door all morning, begging to go play outside. Now that she’s experienced the grass between her chubby little toes, she can’t get enough. We were chatting across the fence with a neighbor when I noticed our little one had wandered over to our garden, which of course right now is nothing more than a dirt patch. She was squishing the black soil between her fingers
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