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Choosing the Best Pacifiers for Baby

Pacifiers are so helpful when you’re a new mom. Sometimes the best way to soothe a cranky, screaming baby is to just insert a pacifier into your baby’s mouth. Babies have a natural instinct to suck; many infants in utero suck their little thumbs. The sucking action can calm your baby and help him or her sleep. Some babies are suckers – these infants will suck on their thumbs or fingers if there’s no pacifiers around. Plus, another benefit of using pacifiers is that it may reduce the risk of SIDS – sudden infant death syndrome.
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What Do You Need For Breastfeeding?

Breast Feeding Supplies

What do you really need for breastfeeding? In this article, you will find out my recommended breastfeeding supplies that will make your nursing sessions more comfortable and enjoyable.

First, please note that breastfeeding is the best way to nourish your baby in the first year of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all mothers breastfeed exclusively (not allowing your child to eat any solids) until their child is six months of age.

The Surgeon General of the United States is also making a huge push to get more mothers to breastfeed. So, if you are able to do it, you try and breastfeed your infant.

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New Baby Checklist: Must-Have Baby Products

New Baby ChecklistOne of the best parts of pregnancy is getting your home ready for your new baby. There are a million baby products out there, and sometimes it can get confusing on what you need for your baby’s first year and what you really don’t need. I’ve broken it down to what I think are must-have products for a new baby.

You definitely want to have all the essentials in your home in the final trimester. Although your due date is around 40 weeks of pregnancy, full-term babies can arrive anytime between 37 and 40 weeks. You want to make sure that your home is stocked up with all the essentials and must-have first year baby products before your little one comes home from the hospital.

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Crib Shopping 101: How to Buy the Perfect Crib

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A Convertible Crib

Decorating your nursery, or a corner of your room, is such a great way to make your pregnancy feel “real” and get your partner involved. Nesting plays an important part in every woman’s pregnancy, and purchasing a crib is one of the biggest moments of your baby preparations.

Buying the perfect crib isn’t always easy, though. There is such a large variety of cribs and various styles on the market. How do you know what’s the best crib for you and your needs?

I’m here to break it down for you, so that you can make the best decision for you and your new family.

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3 Fantastic Real Baby Dolls

This is a Guest Post from Firespin Design.

Nothing is more fascinating to a child than another child. It is this exact reason why baby dolls are so popular among young girls and boys. With literally thousands of dolls to choose from, it can get overwhelming to a parent looking to buy their child the perfect doll. Fortunately, the following three dolls are fantastic toys that behave in the manner of a real baby, sure to please any child.

Little Mommy My Very Real Baby

Little Mommy My Very Real Baby DollMy Very Real Baby, just as the name implies, acts very real. The doll is designed as a slightly older baby, around toddler age. She comes with real hair that children can brush and style, as oppose to other dolls with plastic or painted on hair. [click to continue…]

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Best Tips to Wash and Care for Plush Toys

clean stuffed toysGuest Post by Mike. 

Do you have plush toys in your house? Do you know how to properly wash and care for your child’s plush toys?

It is imperative that you understand the risk your child runs when playing with dirty toys. Research shows that objects which are frequently touched, such as cell phones, are the most infected with germs. Similarly, when it comes to kids, as compared to the surfaces of other objects, toys have been found to be worst hit by infectious germs that spread viral diseases, such as cold and flu.
The notion “prevention is better than cure” should be applied, especially when it comes to kids. It saves you time, money, and the stress you and your child go through during periods of sickness.

The following tips can save you from the discomfort dirty plush toys can cause you.

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Stroller Guide: How to Choose a Stroller

How to Choose a StrollerGuest Post by  Amy Tanathorn from Stoller Envy.

First time mommies out there – are you completely overwhelmed at all the stroller choices out there? Don’t know where to begin?

Baby strollers come in so many sizes, shapes, and styles. There’s no one stroller that’s perfect for every parent. Every mom has different needs. Choosing the wrong stroller can be inconvenient and troublesome. That’s why you need to do your research before buying a stroller. You must find the stroller that fits your price range and your lifestyle.

When choosing a baby stroller, ask yourself the following questions and you will narrow down your perfect stroller quickly and easily:
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How to Save Money on Must-Have Baby Products

Guest Blog by Nancy Parker.

budgeting for babyHaving a new baby in the family is one of the most exhilarating experiences a family can have. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive. Babies have a lot of needs – from diapers to baby clothes to strollers and car seats. It can be hard to sift through all of the different baby products and figure out what to splurge on and where you can save money without sacrificing quality.

For instance, you may wonder whether it’s worth buying new clothes or using secondhand outfits. Should you go with cloth diapers or more convenient disposable diapers?

Since you don’t want to spend the first months of your newborns life stressed out over financial woes, here are some ways you can save money while still purchasing all those products your baby needs:

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Essential Clothing for Young Babies

Sponsored Post by Vertbaudet.

Everything Baby ClothesWhen a mother first announces her pregnancy, she can often be overwhelmed with well-meaning advice, offers of baby clothes, and endless anecdotes and wise words.  For a first time mother it can be daunting to navigate the world of baby clothes amid conflicting advice.

A newborn baby has a fairly empty diary and will mainly be kept warm and indoors for the first few months, bar the occasional trip out.  Comfort is of the essence and there is no need for anything but the most comfortable and comforting of garments for a new and sleepy baby.  It goes without saying that most parents will be doing more laundry than usual when they have a baby so it is also useful to have several spare outfits to hand.  New babies can suffer from reflux, or throw up milk at the most unexpected times.  A baby has no respect for whether they have just been bathed and changed.  Nappy changes are frequent and necessary, as are fresh outfits.

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