Five Days of Freebies: Enter to Take Home This Red-Hot Baby Gear!

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Photos Courtesy of the Manufacturers
Need a little something to set your week in motion? How about five days of free gear? (Oh yeah, we went there.) This week, we'll be giving five very lucky moms and moms-to-be the chance to take home goodies from some of our favorite companies! Here's what you need to know: The giveaways will run... read more

Where to Shop for the Year’s Best Baby and Pregnancy Gear

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Looking to buy only the best baby gear for your baby-to-be? We can help with that. After checking out our definitive guide to the hottest products of the year, stock up on all the goodies you'll need once baby arrives -- and we've got the scoop on where to shop for a serious... read more

7 Pieces We Love From the New Kardashian Kids Collection

Happy Kardashian Kids day, peeps! The much-buzzed about line for little girls aged 0-24 months has finally hit the Interwebz (a day early, I might add) at Babies ‘R Us — and it’s actually pretty damn cute! Not like we didn’t expect the clothes (inspired by Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian) to be anything but stylish, but still, we were a little taken back by how much we love the line.

The layettes, dresses, sacks and accessories are sweet and delicate, with lots of white, gold polka-dots and butterfly-inspired patterns and prints. And yes, for those wondering, the line does come with some leopard print (it wouldn’t be Kardashian without it!). The online unveiling comes a day before the reported March 15 launch of the line in stores, so get ready to shop ’til you drop!

Check out a few of our favorite picks:

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Butterflies a-Buzzin'

Make way for one fashionable little lady.

White Butterfly Print Georgette Sleeveless Creeper, $23

What’s your favorite baby line?

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Too Much Time In the Stroller Is Bad for Baby’s Development

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Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
Set the timer, mom, because letting baby hang out in his stroller for too long is probably hindering his speech and physical development skills. Sally Goddard Blythe, a neuro-psychologist presented information at the WATCh? (What About the Children?) charity conference that found an "over-reliance" on forward-facing strollers reduces the time that babies spend... read more

Surprising Study Shows iPads May be Safe for Baby

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Photo: UserExperiencesWorks / YouTube
If you're constantly on the fence about whether too much iPad time is harmful for your baby, there's a new study out from Seattle pediatrician Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis that may surprise you. Christakis, whose speciality is studying the effect of media on children, thought at one point that media use by babies and toddlers was detrimental to... read more

The Government Is Ordering Graco to Explain Why Infant Car Seats Weren’t Included In Their Recall

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Photo: Courtesy of the Manufacturer
After Graco issued a recall on 3.8 million of their car safety seats last month due to faulty seat buckles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now ordering the company to explain why the recall didn't include 1.8 million infant seats too, according to the NY Times. Graco is reportedly... read more

New Stroller Guidelines Will Make Your Gear Safer Than Ever: Here’s What You Need to Know

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Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
Because the CPSC received so many safety-related reports of children under four years old being injured by their strollers, they've released a new safety standard that will take effect in September of 2015. After reports totaled more than 1,300 incidents (including four deaths, 14 hospitalizations and about 391 injuries) from January of 2008... read more

Find Out Why Researchers Are Warning Moms Against Buying White Noise Machines for Baby

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Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
According to new research, those white noise machines designed to soothe baby to sleep may not be safe for his hearing. Led by Dr. Blake Papsin, the lead researcher of the study and chief otolaryngologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, a team of researchers tested 14... read more

9 Simple Steps to Setting Up A Montessori-Style Toddler Bedroom

There was a time when I thought I had all the details worked out in regards to my son’s nursery. Then we sold our house and moved across town into another one which put me back at square one. It was a little daunting at first, but I soon began to realize what a great opportunity I had at my fingertips. Rather than mourning his old room, I had the opportunity to create a new room, a room catered to a toddler rather than a newborn. Let’s all be honest for a second, a toddler’s needs are much different from an infants.

I set out for some inspiration and stumbled across a few Montessori-style toddler rooms. According to Maria Montessori, “We must give the child an environment that he can utilize by himself: a little washstand of his own, a bureau with drawers he can open, objects of common use that he can operate, a small bed in which he can sleep at night under an attractive blanket he can fold and spread by himself. We must give him an environment in which he can live and play; then we will see him work all day with his hands and wait impatiently to undress himself and lay himself down on his own bed,” so a Montessori-style room is space where everything is within a child’s reach — and designed to cater to and foster personal growth.

At first I was startled by them because there was never a crib in sight. However, as I began learning about the reasoning behind the bed and the rest of the room’s set up, I was slowly brought on board. I knew that I wanted to try out a Montessori-style room with our son. (Keep in mind that I am not a Montessori-method expert by any means — this is just this mama’s take on it!)

Check out the gallery to see how it has turned out (so far) and some of the steps I took to make it happen. We are all loving it at our house!

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De-clutter

One of the draws to this style of room for me was that it encourages simplicity. The room is set up without an excess of toys, bulky furniture and general kid clutter. It's a simple, straight-forward environment that is catered just for him -- and I think we all enjoy the simpler space.

Are you a fan of the Montessori-style rooms?

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10 Hot New Toys for Babies and Toddlers

After checking out the newest baby and toddler toys at Toy Fair 2014, we rounded up this year’s top 10 must-haves.

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Boon Pieces Foam Bath Puzzle

Leave it to Boon to solve bath toys’ biggest issue—mildew! This new bath puzzle is non-absorbent, mold- and mildew-resistant and sticks to the bathroom wall even when it’s wet. Plus, it’s a puzzle for the bath. What a smart idea! Available now. $12, BoonInc.com

What’s the most important feature you look for in a toy (for baby or toddler)?

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