Bump Water: A New Beverage for Moms-to-Be

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If you're pregnant, you know how important it is for your unborn baby's health to pop a daily prenatal vitamin. Unfortunately, these vitamins can cause unpleasant side effects such as nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and more.“Isn’t there an easier way to get prenatal vitamins than [taking] these huge horse pills that make us sick?” Brooklyn, New York moms Stacy Rauen and … [Read more...]

Entertainment Review: Heroes of the City TV Show and App

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Like many little boys, my nearly 3-year-old twin sons are obsessed with cars, trucks, planes, and trains. So when I was given the chance to review Heroes of the City, a cartoon and app from leading Swedish media company Ruta Ett, I naturally jumped at the chance.Heroes of the City is a television cartoon about rescue vehicles in a small town where everybody gets to be a … [Read more...]

Product Review: Kevel Mommy

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A few months ago, I wrote this blog post for Baby Gizmo on five ways to wear your non-maternity clothes longer. Since then, I've had the chance to try a new product that will also expand the life of your pre-pregnancy pants. (I am now in my second trimester of pregnancy with my third child.) It's called the Kevel, and it's a lifesaver during early pregnancy and, I imagine, … [Read more...]

Visiting Knott’s Berry Farm with Small Children

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My family and I recently had the opportunity to visit Southern California's Knott's Berry Farm, known as America's first theme park, in order to review it for Baby Gizmo. Knott's began as a roadside berry stand and chicken restaurant in the 1920s and is now a world-famous theme park with five themed areas, a 13-acre water park called Soak City, and the 321-room Knott's Berry … [Read more...]

8 Things to Bring to a Restaurant With A Toddler

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 Dining out with a toddler is tricky, but it can be done if you're armed with the right tools. Here are eight items to bring to a restaurant to ensure things run smoothly—and to help you eat your meal in peace!1) Triangular Crayons: Most restaurants that aren't too fancy (i.e. restaurants you would actually bring your kid to) give children crayons and coloring … [Read more...]

Score Free Samples With PINCHme!

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If you like getting free stuff (and who doesn't?), you need to know about PINCHme, a fairly new website through which you can receive free samples in the mail with very little hassle or work on your part. The site—appropriately named because you'll likely think you're dreaming when your first boxes of goodies start to arrive in the mail—offers users free samples of all kinds of … [Read more...]

Product Review: Regalo My Cot Portable Travel Bed

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My family recently spent a fabulous weekend in San Diego. In the weeks leading up to our trip, my husband and I were seriously concerned about where our 3-year-old twin boys would sleep during our resort stay. Though the boys are no strangers to hotel rooms, we finally decided they could no longer squeeze into their pack 'n plays at night. But because they are very physical … [Read more...]

10 Great Easter/Spring Outfit Ideas

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Spring is here, and children's clothing stores are brimming with outfits for Easter and other spring occasions. For inspiration, here are 10 adorable options.FOR GIRLS:Easter Baby: Get your infant ready for the Easter bunny in this pretty Ralph Lauren floral cotton sateen dress and matching bloomers in baby blue or hot pink. (Ralphlauren.com, sizes 3 months to 12 … [Read more...]

Product Review: Guava Family Lotus Bassinet

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Recently I reviewed the Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib. I also had the opportunity to test the company's brand-new Lotus Bassinet, which is still only available on Guava Family's website. Like the Lotus Crib, the Lotus Bassinet is beautiful, lightweight, safe, and extremely portable. It is also very expensive, costing about $200. While I don't think … [Read more...]

Product Review: Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib

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If you're in the market for a pack 'n play, there are many inexpensive options out there that work just fine for occasional use. But if you travel frequently with your family and/or plan to have your baby nap often in a pack 'n play, you may want to consider the Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib. Yes, at around $200, it's pricey. But it's also lightweight, sleek, … [Read more...]

10 Ways Kids Can Help Save Our Planet

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Earth Day is April 22! That means now is a great time to talk to kids about the importance of helping to save our planet. Luckily, there are so many little things even the youngest kids can do to help, from conserving water and energy to recycling and reusing. Here are 10 ideas:Turn off the lights. Remind kids to turn lights off when they leave a room, as well as the TV or … [Read more...]

Visiting the La Brea Tar Pits with Small Children

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Having grown up in Southern California, my husband has very fond memories of visiting the La Brea Tar Pits as a child. He couldn't wait to take our twin boys there, but we've held off for fear that they were too young. Well, we finally decided to visit last week (the boys turn 3 in June)—and we all had a blast! So if you're thinking of visiting the tar pits with young kids, … [Read more...]

Connecting Kids with Wildlife

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With Earth Day coming up next month (April 22), it's a great time to think about helping your kids connect with nature. To support that effort, you might want to join wildlifenation.org, an online community launched in January by the National Wildlife Federation. The aim of Wildlife Nation is to connect people with each other in order to instill a love of wildlife in children. … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Child’s First Trip to the Movies A Success

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We recently took our twin boys to the movie theater for the first time to see Disney's Frozen. They had just turned 2 1/2. We'd toyed with the idea for months, but were unsure whether the boys were ready to sit through an entire movie in a dark theater. Ultimately, we decided to take a shot—and it was a success! Other than a very brief freakout when the lights first dimmed, the … [Read more...]

Ways to Save Money on Group Fitness Classes

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Group fitness classes are a great way to stay motivated and to meet other moms. Sure, working out at home or outdoors is free, but sometimes you just need that extra push to get off the couch. Plus, the instructors can correct your form and offer modifications if you're pregnant or have an injury, so you'll likely get a more effective and safer workout.The downside? Fitness … [Read more...]