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Are You a Snack Time Tyrant with Your Kids?

How many times have you pleaded with your kid to finish her snack? Your effort to make sure your child is eating enough has good intentions, but a new study says it could be causing more harm than good. Researchers have found that when it comes to snack time, bossy moms may end up with chubbier kids.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, observed 1,200 moms and their toddlers during snack time. Many parents struggle to maintain healthy nutrition with ever picky toddlers, often plying and pleading with toddlers to eat “just one more.” Previous research has shown a connection between parents’ controlling mealtime behavior and obesity, and this study revealed the same.

Parents who were intrusive during snack time – for example, saying “You know you like it, take another bite” – tended to have heavier children.

The weight differences between kids who were pushed to eat, versus those who weren’t, was small. However researchers did find that if mom was pushy during snack time her child would move up on the body mass index (BMI) scale, a difference akin to moving up from the 50th to the 57th percentile, according to study author Julie Lumeng

Ultimately researchers say it’s safe to trust your tot’s appetite and learn to control their appetite. Your little one knows when she’s full, and she won’t let herself starve.

Happy interracial family is enjoying a day in the park

Is It Time To Have Another Baby?

Children are wonderful, priceless joys—but they’re also expensive, time-consuming and a drag on marital satisfaction.  Conflicted?

The pressures to have more than one come from all sides. There’s the notion that only-children are sad. Or maybe you want a girl now that you have a boy. Or Grandma might be hinting that she expects more grandkids. And a recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that 1 in 3 parents with more than 2 kids say that in retrospect, 2 is the perfect family size.

So how do you choose? In his book, Creating Your Perfect Family Size, family therapist Dr. Alan Singer uses anecdotal evidence, research findings and a series of self-test questionnaires to help moms and dads make the choice that works for them.

Katie Quirk spoke to Dr. Singer about the advice he offers in his book.

What questions can a couple ask themselves to help them decide about family size?

I think it’s a waste of time for couples to talk about what’s the ideal number of children in a family. If you really want to have children, have one child and then stop and think and talk and see. Ask yourself, do you like the experience, is your marriage still strong, or did you put your marriage on the back burner. How about family finances? It’s important to decide each child, one at a time. After you have one and you’re thinking about a second, ask yourself is now the best time to have a second child.

Let’s assume I have 1 child and I’m unsure about number 2. When’s the best time to start thinking about a second child?

The earliest is when child number one is 1 year old, because the minimum space between births should be 2 years. This comes straight from the New England Journal of Medicine, based on the recovery of a mother’s body, which has to be the first priority. They say not less than 2, and no more than 5 years between births. It also makes sense, in terms of the gaps between children and them getting along together.

What would be the main reason not to have a second child?

The main reason to stop, or to wait, would be for the strength of your marriage. It’s my strong belief – based on what I’ve learned professionally, personally, and through my research and the research of others – that the most important and most delicate relationship in a family is that between the parents. Those parents and their nurturing of their relationship takes first priority. Having another child, a sibling, comes second.

And a good reason to go ahead and have another child?

Ask yourself, do you like parenting and are you good at it – because those two are not the same. If you love the child that you have and desperately want to have another child, that’s the right reason. It shouldn’t be because society dictates, or because you came from a family of two children and you want to emulate your childhood experience. And it shouldn’t be for gender. If you have one child and it’s a boy, and you’ve always dreamed of a daughter, don’t think, well, I always wanted a daughter, so I’m going to go take another shot on the hopes that I’ll have that daughter. The best reason to have another child is you love the child you have, you love parenting and you want to have another child regardless of gender, because that’s not something you can’t control.

Some couples worry about having an only child – what do you tell them?

To absolutely NOT worry. Only children are not lonely, they are typical, happy children. Don’t force yourself to have another child because of the stigma of the only child; that’s external pressure instead of internal desire. The reason to have another child should not come from the pressure of people who don’t mind their own business and say, ‘You’re going to give little Susie a brother or sister, aren’t you?’ like being an only child is some kind of disease or affliction. Only children are wonderful children. And you can spoil five children just like you can spoil one if you don’t have good parenting skills.

Thoughtful pregnant woman looking out the window

How to Plan Your Dream Birth

Whether it’s your first baby or your fourth, you probably have a vision for how you’d like your labor and delivery to play out. Perhaps you prefer to go as long as possible without using medication, even over-the-counter painkillers. Or maybe you’d like it to be a family affair, with your older children, in-laws and parents around you.

Ideally, by the time the third trimester rolls around, you’ve already begun discussing your plans with your doctor or midwife. But how do you keep track of the details and, more important, make sure your labor and birth experience hews close to what you hoped for when that first contraction hits? By outlining every detail in writing and sharing your wishes with your partner and family members who’ll be there when the time comes. This way, they’ll know how to best advocate for you so your experience mirrors as closely as possible what you’ve longed for.

Ready to draft your own birth plan? Get started by thinking about the following questions, keeping in mind that your hospital/birthing center may not offer all these options, and that sometimes medical necessity means that the birth can’t go exactly as you envisioned it – the important thing is your baby’s well being.

Labor

  • Who would you like to accompany you to the hospital?
  • What type of room would you prefer to labor in – birthing center/labor-delivery-postpartum (aka all-in-one) room/private room/semi-private room/whatever’s available?
  • Nurses and doctors/midwives will likely come and go as needed, but are you open to having medical residents and/or students stop in?
  • Would you like to wear scrubs or your own clothes?
  • How do you feel about enemas and other preparatory steps (shaving, etc.)?
  • Would you like to bring anything to help you relax during labor (a CD player, scented candles, massage oils)? Check whether the hospital or birthing center can accommodate them.
  • Would you prefer to be able to eat and/or drink while in labor, as long as it doesn’t interfere with any medical procedures?
  • How do you feel about fetal monitoring? Continuous or intermittent?
  • Do you want to be hooked up to an IV? Or have a heparin lock started? (Ask your doctor if you’re not sure what these meds are.)
  • How do you feel about pain medication? If you want it – or at least the possibility of using it – which kind would you prefer?
  • How do you feel about epidurals? Under what circumstances would you want one to be administered?  And when – in the middle of labor or when you feel you can’t go it alone any longer?
  • If there’s a hot tub, would you like to be able to labor in it? Are there any other labor regimens you’d like to use (squatting bar, etc.)?
  • Would you be open to having your water broken to expedite delivery if the doctor thinks it’s necessary?

Delivery

  • Who would you like to have in the room when you give birth?
  • Do you want cameras or video recorders in the room? If so, who will in charge?
  • Would you be open to an episiotomy? Or would you prefer to tear naturally, if it comes down to that?
  • In the event your doctor or midwife suggests a C-section, would you like a second opinion if there’s time? If permitted, do you want your partner to be in the room with you during the procedure?
  • Would you like to try pushing for as long as you are able as long as the baby’s okay?
  • Would you like to use a mirror to be able to see the baby crown as you push?
  • Would you like your partner or someone else in your group cut the cord?
  • Would you like to save the umbilical cord?
  • Are you preserving/donating the cord blood?

Post-birth

  • Would you like to hold the baby immediately after birth, before any non-essential procedures are done? Or are you fine either way? What about your partner?
  • Would you like to nurse the baby soon after he/she is cleaned up by the medical/birth center staff?
  • Would you like pain meds postpartum?
  • How soon after delivery do you hope to go home?
  • Is your partner staying the night at the hospital or birthing center if you are?
  • Will the baby be rooming in with you or bunking at the nursery? If your baby’s at the nursery, would you like them to bring him/her to you for feedings?
  • Do you think you would prefer to breastfeed or bottle-feed?
  • Is the staff allowed to feed the baby formula? If so, what brand?
  • If the baby’s a boy, is he going to be circumcised at the hospital?
  • Do you want visitors? If so, how many at a time?
  • Do you have a pediatrician to check out the baby so you all can be discharged, or are you fine with using whichever doctor is on baby rotation?
  • If it’s not hospital policy to be brought to the front of the building in a wheelchair, would you prefer to walk?

This information is not a substitute for personal medical, psychiatric or psychological advice.

a pregnant woman receiving a massage from her husband

Maintaining Relationships while Pregnant

No matter how long you and your partner have been a couple, pregnancy changes everything. Suddenly, your once easygoing relationship has to deal with morning sickness, leg cramps, swollen ankles, and maybe even hemorrhoids and anemia. And then there’s the prospect of stretch marks. Forget those hot mama dreams! These “experiences” can be frightening and maddening, all at the same time.

Even worse, your partner is free of all these annoyances, and that makes you feel resentful. Your resentment may take you by surprise and strain the relationship just as your pregnancy strains you physically. Here are six things you can do to avoid diving into the world of resentment and anger over the sacrifices that parenthood is already “unfairly” demanding of you, and not of your baby’s dad.

1.    Give yourself permission! Your body has been adapting to pregnancy since the moment you conceived – now it’s time to make a mental shift. Recognize that you are entitled to resentful and angry feelings, just as you are entitled to feel thrilled, amazed, grateful and excited about motherhood. Tell yourself that “these feelings” are universal and shared by almost all women during pregnancy’s hard times”.

2.    That said, try shifting your focus away from the negatives you may be experiencing physically so that the positives come to the surface. Enjoy these times of celebrity – the doors being opened for you, the offers of a seat, and the compliments about your glow of impending motherhood. The more you do this, the more you can empathize with the baby’s father: When you’re feeling like a rock star, he’s relegated to the role of roadie.

3.    Discuss your feelings with each other. Talk about how “celebrity” feels to you, and ask your baby’s dad to talk about how being a “roadie” impacts him. Not only is he stuck with being a roadie; but over the nine months of pregnancy he will miss the special bonding that you experience with your baby, the excitement of those first kicks, the spiritual awakening you enjoy as you realize that your hopes and dreams for the future are now determined by the new life growing inside you. Now is the time to spend some quality time with your roadie and share with him the closeness you feel with the baby.

4.    Don’t assume that the dad-to-be knows what to do! Let your roadie know that he can talk to his baby even though he can’t see or feel her. He can also play his favorite music for his baby’s enjoyment and, by resting his head or hand on your belly, feel the kicks that keep you awake at night. Ask him to keep track of the baby’s cycles, from quiet to active. Doing so will help him feel connected to the baby that’s growing inside you. During these intimate times when you’ve invited Dad to experience the baby’s rhythm, you can reveal your feelings about the baby and invite him to share his. Just remember that talking about feelings may be scary for the roadie in your life, especially if he has been fenced off from the realm of feelings since he was a young boy.

5.    The dad-to-be’s involvement in planning the nursery and gathering those necessary supplies will further bond him to the baby. By considering him a partner and not a “helper,” you will help create the team that your family will benefit from always. Soon, your baby will be able to add his helping hands to making the “family business” run smoothly.

6.    We all want to belong to something, to be a part of an exciting venture, so tell your roadie how much you value his being a part of this parenthood team. Acknowledge the help he’s giving you during pregnancy and will give the baby in the future, so he will know that you appreciate his partnership. As with any teammate, he needs to hear frequently what a valuable contribution he’s making.

tired pregnant woman

How To Treat First Trimester Fatigue

When you found out you were pregnant, you were floating on air. Now all you want to do is crawl into bed. What happened to you?

You’ve got first trimester fatigue. Your body’s working overtime to produce the placenta and all those magnificent, complicated systems that will turn your embryo into a fetus.

These natural remedies will delicately rev your engine when you need it:

  • Power nap. It’s been said the amount of energy a pregnant woman uses just sitting in a chair is greater than that used by someone climbing a mountain. On top of that, your body is producing hormones to make you drowsy. What about a compromise? A 15- to 20-minute snooze can provide greatly needed rest, clear your head and get you going.
  • Follow your nose. Your sense of smell is working overtime; take advantage of it. According to the Sense of Smell Institute, research shows that a whiff of peppermint increases performance, so savor a candy for a quick blast of energy, or a cup of mint tea to calm and rejuvenate you all at once. And citrus – incorporated into dozens of products from shampoos to seltzer – also invigorates and refreshes.
  • Get wet. No one can snooze through a shower! A midday splash washes away fatigue and is just plain fun especially if the temp is a bit brisk.
  • When you’re on the go, spritz. Pick up a spray bottle at a local pharmacy fill it with water (and, if you want,  a drop of peppermint or citrus oil). When you need a boost, mist these key spots: your face, behind the neck and along both sides of your arms and legs.
  • Get moving. While you should avoid introducing any new exercise moves, a mild workout, a brisk walk, a swim or turning up the music and dancing are wonderful tools to keep you strong and prepare you for delivery.
  • Pack protein for power. If you’re dragging, skip the doughnut; refined sugar carbs decrease your stamina and make you even more tired. Eating small amounts of high-protein foods, like pasteurized-milk cheese or a hard-boiled egg, is a healthy way to get real energy and avoid nausea. Raw almonds are an easy-to-carry solution; crunch a few when you start to lag.

If your constant noshing at work is embarrassing you, how about inviting others to join you? You could put trail mix or snacks on your desk, or pass out high-protein cookies. And when your mind turns to pizza at 3 p.m, ask colleagues if they’d like a slice too. You’ll be sure to find takers.

a woman telling her friend that she is pregnant

When to Tell the News About Your Pregnancy

You’ve got some delicious news to tell. Now, you just have to figure out who to share it with and when. We surveyed experts, parents and mothers-to-be. Here’s their advice about letting the world in on your exciting secret.

Broadcasting your news to the world

There’s no one optimal time to share such life-changing news. It depends on a number of factors, and on what matters most to you. Some say the earlier the better: “Friendships and community are so important for women, and in early pregnancy many can use that support,” says Mairi Breen Rothman, a certified nurse midwife and consultant at the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Having others to chat with can make the good news feel even better.

Some women, though, would rather wait until the pregnancy’s firmly established before sharing the news, and that’s fine, too. Since when to tell is one of the first decisions you’ll make as a couple or an expectant single, be sure the time is right for you. Some people bask in the light of having a delicious secret together; some with large families wait for the next gathering to tell everyone all at once. Some women we surveyed confided in their mom or best friend and brought the rest of the world in after they were feeling less tenuous. Others gathered their friends to break the news at a picnic or barbecue so no one would feel left out.

Telling the boss

Many women we spoke with preferred to delay sharing the news with their boss until they were actually showing. Though word of a baby’s impending arrival is celebration-worthy, your boss may not be as excited. Even if she’s a friend, she may feel inconvenienced by the thought that you’ll be out on maternity leave.

Instead, wait until after the first trimester, and be prepared. Get a copy of the employee handbook, know the company’s maternity-leave policy and ask yourself the questions your boss will ask you: Will you work through your due date? How much time off will you take? Just make sure to tell your boss before she hears it from the office rumor mill and early enough so she’s not scrambling. And because sometimes secrets do slip, be prudent about telling coworkers. (Knowing your secret may create a conflict of interest for them, even if you’re close.)

Some factors, including severe morning sickness, might play into your decision to tell your boss or a coworker early. If your job requires heavy lifting or working with potentially hazardous substances, consider checking in with your boss much sooner. You may be able to negotiate reassignment or take precautions above and beyond the usual. See a list of potentially hazardous substances at the Web site for Childbirth Connection, a national nonprofit maternity-care info source; also check with your doctor or midwife.

So take inventory of everyone you’d like to tell and consider all the reasons to share now or wait till later. And don’t let anyone tell you any different. After all, says Laura Zeidenstein, CNM, DrNP, director of the Nurse Midwifery Program at Columbia University, “the choice is extremely personal.”

Trust us: Creatively sharing baby news will be a highlight of your pregnancy. For an instant celebration, consider telling your loved ones at a big event (you’ll also avoid the hurt feelings that come when some family members find out after others). Show up in “Mom” and “Dad ” T-shirts, or present Grandpa with his version in front of everyone. Don’t forget to have your camera poised!

cute baby in a high chair holding an apple

10 Best High Chairs and Booster Seats

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to choosing a high chair for your child, making it challenging to choose one. Some parents may favor a simple high chair, while others prefer extra features like removable and adjustable trays or one that folds up so it’s easy to travel with or store. Look no further; the battle between booster seats is over because we’ve prepared a list of the best options for you.

Here’s or list of the 10 best high chairs and booster seats that both you and you baby will love:

1. OXO Tot Sprout Wooden Chair

OXO Tot Sprout Wooden Chair
OXO Tot Sprout Wooden Chair

This classic wooden high chair is both sturdy and durable. Tool-free, you can easily adjust the height and depth of the seat, allowing the product to grow with your child. For extra security, the chair comes with a five-point harness that holds your baby tight. You can remove the table, making it easy to wash off spilled Cheerios and milk.

To convert the Sprout into a youth chair, simply remove the straps and tray, and adjust the seat to the lowest setting.

2. Graco Slim Spaces

Graco Slim Spaces Highchair
Graco Slim Spaces Highchair

Not only does this nifty chair come pre-assembled and ready to use, but it also features a compact fold that allows it to squeeze into tiny spaces. Its stain-resistant and machine-washable seat pad make for a simple cleanup, and its removable tray can be placed in the dishwasher. The seat has six height positions and three recline levels, making it easy to feed your baby in multiple positions. In addition, your child will be secured with the chair’s convertible three- and five-point harness – there’s no escaping those vegetables!

3. Fisher-Price SpaceSaver

Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair
Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair

Its compact size and ability to grow with your baby makes the Fisher-Price SpaceSacer an excellent chair. Simply place the SpaceSaver on a kitchen chair and tightly secure the straps around the legs. It features a three-position recline and height adjustment and comes with a machine-washable seat pad, dishwasher-friendly tray and built-in cup holders. If you have limited space in your home, this is the chair for you. The SpaceSaver can be easily removed when not in use and placed in a cabinet or storage closet.

4. Chicco Polly Magic

Chicco Polly Magic High Chair
Chicco Polly Magic High Chair

The lockable wheels on the Chicco Polly Magic allows you to move the chair around and feed your baby in any desired location. With a quick snap, the one-hand tray disconnect allows you to easily remove your baby without having to completely lift him or her out of the chair. The chair adjusts to six height positions, and three reclining angles and footrest heights. Its premium upholstered seat pad will keep your baby comfortable, and its two-position, five-point harness will keep him or her secure and safe.

5. Graco SimpleSwitch

Graco SimpleSwitch Highchair and Booster
Graco SimpleSwitch Highchair and Booster

If you’re worried that your little one might outgrow his or her high chair quickly, consider purchasing the SimpleSwitch model by Graco. This portable number features a two-in-one high chair that can be converted into a booster seat when the time comes. It features three reclining levels, allowing you to comfortably find the right feeding position. The chair includes a comfortable three- and five-point harness, giving you some peace of mind knowing your baby is secured.

Be sure the booster seat comes with a harness and extra straps to keep your baby secure. Be sure the booster seat or high chair comes with a harness and extra straps to keep your baby secure.

6. BabyHome Eat

BabyHome Eat High Chair
BabyHome Eat High Chair

This high chair is light, simple and safe, and it comes with a polished aluminum frame and a wide, stable base. Its quilted liner can be easily removed and is machine-washable. The five-point harness can be adjusted as your baby grows. The tray is fully removable, so you are able to thoroughly clean all that spaghetti and marinara off over your sink. It features a compact fold and can be easily stored.

7. Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe

Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat
Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat

Its front and rear seat straps make the Healthy Care booster seat universal, as it can be altered to fit any chair. It offers three height adjustments and a three-point harness to secure your child while still offering comfort. The tray can easily be removed and placed in the dishwasher for a quick cleanup. If your family dines out a lot, take the booster seat with you! Its adjustable shoulder straps allow you to carry and transport the booster seat from place to place.

8. Musty Grow-Up

Mutsy Grow Up Booster Seat
Mutsy Grow Up Booster Seat

This booster seat will keep your child secured with its five-point harness and additional straps to attach to all four legs of a chair. It’s a breeze to clean and easy to transport – it’s lightweight (only 4 pounds!) and compact, allowing you to bring it along on a family vacation or take to a restaurant. It’s comfortable, as its simple design contours to fit the shape of an average child.

9. Summer Infant Deluxe

Summer Infant Deluxe Comfort Booster
Summer Infant Deluxe Comfort Booster

The Summer Infant Deluxe features a two-in-one infant feeding seat with a tray that can be removed, transforming it into a booster seat for your toddler. It features a compact folding design, making it easy to store and travel with. It allows for a quick cleanup with its removable, machine-washable pad and dishwasher-safe tray. For safety purposes, the Deluxe offers a strap that goes over your baby’s belly and additional straps you can securely latch onto your kitchen table.

10. Graco Blossom

Graco Blossom Booster Seat
Graco Blossom Booster Seat

The three-point harness on the Graco Blossom booster seat will reassure you that your child is safe. It features two seat installation strips so you can attach the booster seat to your dining room chair. It’s compact, easy to clean and offers a removable seat back to help position your growing baby more comfortably.

Here are the best diaper bags.

The 10 Best Diaper Bags

Out with your old purse and in with a new look: the diaper bag. With an infant, your regular handbag just won’t cut it anymore. You’re going to need something that fits everything you need plus extras – just in case. Here are the 10 best diaper bags:

1. Vilah Bloom Harbor

Vilah Bloom Harbor
Vilah Bloom Harbor

This tote is perfect for those women who love a preppy-looking bag. Its straps are long enough to be worn over the shoulder, which is ideal for comfort. In addition, it comes with clips so that it can be attached to your stroller so you don’t have to be tied down. The features include nine different-sized pockets (one made specifically for wipes) and two spots for bottles.

2. Skip Hop Chelsea

Skip Hop Chelsea Downtown Chic Diaper Satchel
Skip Hop Chelsea Downtown Chic Diaper Satchel

There are two things that are ideal about this bag: It’s relatively inexpensive, and it has a large amount of storage for all of your belongings. On the other hand, the shoulder strap isn’t the most comfortable, so if you experience shoulder or back problems you may want to try something with a little more support.

3. Skip Hop Forma

Skip Hop Forma Pack & Go Diaper Tote Bag
Skip Hop Forma Pack & Go Diaper Tote Bag

This model of diaper bag is a good value with lots of room to organize your things. It’s highly functional and comes in a number of cute patterns to choose from. This is one of the best bags to buy if you’re on a budget.

4. Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back

Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Backpack Diaper Bag
Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Backpack Diaper Bag

This is a backpack diaper bag. It’s made of great fabric that is soft on the skin yet durable. It’s a little bit pricer than your average bag, but it’s high-quality so you won’t have to worry about it breaking or tearing.

5. Pacapod Portland Bag

PacaPod Cromwell Black Designer Baby Changing Bag
PacaPod Cromwell Black Designer Baby Changing Bag

This bag is messenger-style, which means the strap is long enough that it goes across your body, allowing the bag to sit comfortably on your hip. It also has an expandable panel and comes with two extra bags to hold feeding materials so that they don’t mix with anything else.

6.  Nixi Arcata Diaper Bag

Bumkins Nixi Arcata Recycled Fabric Diaper Bag
Bumkins Nixi Arcata Recycled Fabric Diaper Bag

This bag is great for parents who are all about eco-friendly products because it’s made of recycled fabric. It has six interior pockets and five exterior ones to keep all your items organized. However, its lightweight material doesn’t drag you down while you cart it around throughout the day.

Buy a diaper bag with plenty of compartments inside. Buy a diaper bag with plenty of compartments inside.

7. Storksak Ariel Diaper Bag

Storksak Ariel, Coral
Storksak Ariel, Coral

This tote doesn’t even look like a diaper bag; it looks like a designer purse! However, it is much more practical since it comes with a changing bag and drawstring bag. Plus, it’s made of silicone so it’s easy to clean – which is ideal because when you have a little one, spills are bound to happen.

8. JJ Cole Collections Satchel

JJ Cole Satchel Diaper Bag
JJ Cole Satchel Diaper Bag

This extra-spacious bag is perfect for those moms who want something that’s helpful and stylish. It has four interior pockets so everything has a place.

9. Hip Cub Diaper Bag

Diaper Bag by Hip Cub
Diaper Bag by Hip Cub

This bag comes with a matching changing pad and stroller straps. It’s one of the bigger bags on the list, as it has seven pockets and one main compartment with a secure zipper close. Its two pockets on the side fit just about every bottle on the market. Plus, it carries a 100-percent guarantee, so if you don’t love it (you will), you can get your money back.

10. Babymel Amanda Mini

Babymel Amanda Mini Daisy Print Diaper Tote Bags
Babymel Amanda Mini Daisy Print Diaper Tote Bags

Not every parent wants a huge diaper bag to carry around all day. In fact, some moms just want a smaller bag for short trips. That way, they can pack only the necessary items and not be weighed down. This is the perfect choice for them.

Here are the best baby bouncers to choose from.

10 Best Baby Bouncers

Need your little one to be entertained while you make dinner, pay the bills or work on something? No worries, the baby bouncer is here to help! This little number will be your best friend once your little one comes – trust us. Therefore, you’re going to want the best model there is. Here’s our list of the 10 ten best baby bouncers to choose from:

1. Bright Starts Rocker

Bright Starts Rocker, Peek-A-Zoo

The seat on this bouncer can rock back and forth to lull your little one to sleep or be set to a fixed position. Plus, it vibrates to calm your baby – he or she will be sleeping in a matter of minutes once you turn on this feature. Also, the bouncer comes with toys attached so your infant can gaze in amusement above his or her head.

2. Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer, My Little Snugabunny

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer, My Little Snugabunny

In addition to having the cutest name possible, this baby bouncer is perfect for your bundle of joy. The seat has soft, cushion fabric so your little one can easily snuggle in. Plus, it comes with eight songs, nature sounds and vibrations to soothe your baby no matter what mood he or she is in.

3. BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance

BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft, Black/Dark Gray, Cotton

This baby bouncer is a little bit pricier than the last couple, but with good reason. The BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance is beloved by parents across the nation because it’s versatile and doesn’t need any batteries. It also has four angle settings: upright, fully reclined, partially reclined and folded down. Hint: Folded down comes in handy for storage and trips.

4. Stokke Steps Bouncer

Stokke Steps Bouncer

You’ll get the most bang for your buck with this model. Why? Because you’ll receive the Steps high chair as well, both of which work well as places to feed your little one at the dinner table each night.

Try a baby bouncer that doubles as a high chair.Try a baby bouncer that doubles as a high chair.

5. Nuna Leaf Curv Bouncer

Nuna Leaf Baby Seat Twilight with Mesh

The nice thing about this baby bouncer is that you can use it from infancy all the way through the toddler years. It holds up to 130 pounds, which is well over the average for most baby bouncers. It’s relatively noiseless and moves for about two minutes with only a push.

6. Fisher-Price Newborn Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper

Fisher-Price Newborn Auto Rock 'n Play Sleeper

This device is a sleeper and a baby bouncer hybrid – perfect for the parents who want the best of both worlds. Plus, it has a hands-free feature, which is incredibly helpful when you have work to do.

7. Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Deluxe Bouncer

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer, Rainforest Friends

This model is sure to keep your little one entertained with its removable toy bar, which includes a toucan, monkey, giraffe and frog. In addition, it has head support and calming vibrations for your baby.

8. Cuddle Bug Bouncer

Sassy Cuddle Bug Bouncer

Another cute name with an adorable model to match is the Cuddle Bug Bouncer. It comes with a soft, built-in blanket for those fidgety infants. Plus, it’s designed to fit your baby as he or she grows into toddlerhood.

9. Bright Starts Playful Pinwheel Bouncer

Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer

This baby bouncer is both inexpensive and practical. It includes a non-slip feet so you can place it safely on any hardwood floor or tile throughout your home. The seat also consists of an adjustable three-point harness and a removable seating pad, so it’s easy to throw into the wash.

10. 4Moms MommaRoo Bouncer

4Moms Mamaroo Bouncer

This model is designed with mom in mind. It has five unique motions that mimic a parent’s movement so your child feels comforted. You can even adjust the movements through your smartphone.

a teething baby chewing his moms hand

Top Teething Toys for Babies

A full set of 20 baby teeth can take three years to develop. Symptoms of teething can include irritability, trouble sleeping, sore gums, loss of appetite, excessive drooling, and of course the urge to chew on everything. (And that’s just the moms! Joke. Sort of.)

The bad news: With symptoms showing three-five days before the appearance of each tooth, that’s a lot of cranky days and sleepless nights.

The good news: You’ll have plenty of opportunities to test different soothers and find what works for your little one.

Here are 10 helpful tools to help soothe and manage your baby’s teething pain.

1. Sophie the Giraffe

Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether

What is it about this giraffe that makes it a baby’s first best friend? Is it the warm and gentle eyes? The soft and flexible natural rubber? The neck and legs that make it easy for babies to bring the toy to their mouths? Whatever it is, chewing on Sophie provides lots of comfort. As a bonus, she quickly becomes a treasured companion in the car seat and stroller.

$25 at Amazon.com.

2. Wood Teethers

Maple Teether Pair

These are a great alternative for those who prefer one made from all-natural materials. Plus, some babies might like gnawing on something harder. These wood teethers are soothing and simply designed.

$15 at Amazon.com

3. Gum Massage

ZoLi GUMMY STICKS Gum Massager

A gummy teething stick by Zo-li is a good option for when back teeth are coming in, as most teethers can’t reach that far. It also has an anti-choking shield, which is especially handy if you’ve caught your baby gagging on drumsticks and wooden spoon handles. For a low-tech alternative, try massaging gums using your clean finger or knuckle. Note: This is most helpful when your child doesn’t have any teeth yet—and can’t bite you!

$24.99 (set of 2) at Amazon.com.

4. Frozen Washcloth

rubber ducks

If you’re lucky, the most effective remedy might be the cheapest. Wet a clean washcloth and put it in the fridge or freezer for half an hour. Then give it to your little one to bite and suck. The textured fabric plus the numbing effect from the cold could be the perfect calming combo.

5. Mesh Teethers with Frozen Fruit

Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder

If teething is making feeding a challenge, other helpful remedies can be found right in your own kitchen. Try wrapping some frozen fruit in a clean washcloth or handkerchief. While he’s biting through your chilled homemade teether, the sweet tastes could get him interested in eating again. For a convenient substitute, check out mesh teethers.

$8.95 at Amazon.com.

6. Raid the Fridge

Carrots and Celery

Chilled foods such as yogurt or applesauce can be a tasty way to gently numb sore gums. For babies and toddlers eating solids, gnawing crunchy cold foods, such as celery, carrots, and even watermelon rinds can be perfect for putting pressure on swollen gums. Just make sure that your baby doesn’t bite off chunks too big to manage.

7. Amber Necklaces

The Art of Cure Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

Amber bead necklaces have become increasingly popular—and not just with the new-age crowd. Containing succinic acid, a naturally occurring substance, amber is believed by some to be a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and calming to the nervous system when worn against the skin. Since necklaces could break and loose beads are a choking hazard, make sure that the beads are individually knotted. For safest use, these are recommended for children older than 36 months.

$15 at Amazon.com.

8. Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen Generic 500 mg Extra Strength

The emergence of wide molars can take toddlers (and parents!) by surprise. A mild pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, could alleviate a lot of discomfort, helping your cutie be less miserable and sleep through the night. And as we all know, anything is more tolerable after a good night’s rest. As always, check with your doctor before giving your kids any medications.

They are around $10 at Amazon.com