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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Recall Alert! Infantino Teething Toys

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Photo Courtesy of the Manufacturer
The CPSC announced a recall on 191,000 Go Gaga Squeeze and Teethe Coco the Monkey Teethers by Infantino. The teethers, sold exclusively at Target stores, pose a choking hazard to young children because the tail of the monkey detaches. Here's what you need to know: The recalled monkey is made of soft orange... read more

Bumpie Buzz: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Welcomes a Baby Boy

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Photo: Instagram
Jason Biggs Welcomes a Baby Boy! -- CelebrityBabyScoop Are Scientists Closer to Discovering What Causes Male Infertility? -- Science Daily Kate Middleton's Serious Style Choice Has Everyone Talking -- Do You Love It? -- POPSUGAR Moms Elizabeth Banks Shares She Wouldn't Have Her Career Any Other Way... read more

Recall Alert! Graco Car Seats [UPDATED]

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Photo: Courtesy of the Manufacturer
UPDATED March 13: Graco has added 403,222 seats to the recall, including: 2006 through 2014 Argos 70 Elite, Ready Ride, Step 2, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus, and Smart Seat with Safety Surround. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just... read more

Brand New ‘Maternity Goggles’ Could Prevent Preterm Labor

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Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
Turns out all you need to ward off preterm labor is a pair of good ole' goggles -- at least that's what a Florida State University researcher believes. According to James Olcese, these light-emitting devices that intermittently flash a blue light at a sleeping pregnant woman could cause a drop in the brain... read more

Recall Alert! BebeLove Baby Walkers

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Photo Courtesy of the Manufacturer
The CPSC and BebeLove announced a recall on 3,600 BebeLove baby walkers because they failed to meet the federal safety standard. The recall includes model numbers 358 and 368. The specific style number (358) was not made to fit through a standard doorway and wasn't designed stop at the edge of a step... read more

8 Too-Cute Valentine’s Day Accessories to Buy for Baby Right Now!

Stop what you’re doing and prepare to melt into a pile of accessory-induced mush. These mini must-haves are too cute to celebrate Valentine’s Day without, so you better buy ‘em now!

See what we mean?:

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Frilly and Fabulous

Get the look, $5

How are you celebrating your first Valentine’s Day with baby?

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Recall Alert! Fred & Friends Artiste, Volume and Panic Pacifiers

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Photo Courtesy of the Manufacturer
Make way for another recall! Fred & Friends just announced a recall on roughly 183,000 US and 17,000 Canadian Chill Baby Artiste, Volume and Panic pacifiers due to a detachment hazard. The pacifiers failed to meet the federal safety standard because the beard on the Artiste and the knob on the Volume can... read more