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Tips for Dealing with Soaring Childcare Costs

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Tips for Dealing with Soaring Childcare Costs

Being a mom is hard enough, but when you add the soaring costs of childcare, it can feel downright impossible these days. Childcare costs are now the largest monthly expense throughout the country, surpassing even the cost of housing. 

As daycare expenses continue to rise, it's important for moms to know about available resources that could make things a bit easier for you and your family. To help, we've put together this guide highlighting the most widely accessible programs and resources...

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Innovative Baby Gear That'll Make Parents' Lives Easier

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Innovative Baby Gear That'll Make Parents' Lives Easier

Whether you're expecting your first child or your fourth, parenting is one of the most challenging and important jobs out there. So, we can use all the help we can get! Luckily, more and more innovative products have hit the market to help make parents' lives just a little bit easier. Many new, groundbreaking options are available, from self-pushing strollers to smart changing tables.

But if you've been baby shopping or putting together your registry, you know how overwhelming it can be to figure out what you really need. To help, we've put together this list of the most innovative baby products out there, focusing on essential gear like car seats and strollers...

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The Most Interesting Stories of the Year About Moms & Babies

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The Most Interesting Stories of the Year About Moms & Babies

Our baby bellies and kids make each day’s growth so apparent that we constantly think about the future. But sometimes, it’s important to pause and reflect on the past. This last year had plenty of challenges, but with them came new advances, fascinating discoveries, and parenting tips we never thought of ourselves.

We’ve read through tons of articles and blogs to compile this list with ten of our favorite 2021 stories relating to moms and babies. Whether you are pregnant for the first time or already a parent, there’s something new to learn from each of these listed. It’s far from a complete compilation but covers important family topics that are sure to be on moms’ minds this year...

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Top 20 Books to Read to Your Baby in Their First Year

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Top 20 Books to Read to Your Baby in Their First Year

If you’ve ever watched an infant’s eyes light up when a book is placed in front of them, you know that reading can stimulate the mind even at an early age. Even though words mean little to them, verbal cues are picked up on and help develop language skills. Bedtime reading is also a great time to bond with your baby and introduce them to the world beyond their home.

There are so many colorful and creative books to choose from, and it can sometimes be overwhelming. To help you set up your baby’s first library or know which ones to add to your registry, here’s a guide with our top 20 books to read to them as infants up until their first birthday. A growing library is a wonderful thing, so use this as a starting point and add your favorites to the shelves whenever you’d like...

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The Most Interesting Birthing Traditions from Around the World

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The Most Interesting Birthing Traditions from Around the World

The United Nations estimates nearly 385,000 babies are welcomed into this world each day. Giving birth is universal, and while women around the globe share similar biology, childbirth can be really different from one country to the next. Medical advances, hospital protocols, cultural norms, family traditions, and religious beliefs can all impact what takes place when a baby is born.

From kraamhulp nurses in the Netherlands to burying the placenta in Bali, we’re exploring birth rituals globally. What is common practice in one country can be seen as taboo in another. Even prenatal care can vary greatly, with midwives taking a leading role in several nations and epidurals being much less common in places like Japan or Spain...

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