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Why This Plastic Butt Straw Is The Greatest Baby Gadget of All Time 

For the first eight months of my son’s life, I tracked every little thing his little body did. And I mean every damn thing. It started when a lactation consultant suggested I log his feedings and diapers due to early breast milk supply issues after an emergency C-section. It morphed into me obsessively opening the…Read […]

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The Carabiner Clip Is a Versatile Tool That Parents Need 

Rock climbers have long hailed the beloved carabiner, a tool unmatched in versatility. But did you know it’s also a baby registry staple? About 10 years ago, some marketing genius took the ubiquitous metal clip and rebranded it with a terrible name: The Mommy Hook. What it is: Uh, still just a large carabiner clip.…Read […]

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How to Clean Your Gross High Chair

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and author of the New York Times bestselling book, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag … And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. Her flagship column, “Ask a Clean Person,” debuted in 2011. Here on Offspring, we’ve launched a new iteration of it, focusing on parenting…Read more… […]

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Prepare for Breastfeeding to Be a Lot Harder Than You Expect

As soon as found out I was pregnant, I started researching the best tactics for parenting, including breastfeeding. I started attending La Leche League meetings before my bump was even visible. I learned about latching and holds. I checked out books on breastfeeding from the library, and went to every community…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Don’t Slather Your C-Section Newborn With Vaginal Fluid Just Yet

If you’re preparing to deliver a baby, you may have read that babies delivered via C-section are deprived of the microbes that babies ordinarily receive on their trip down the birth canal—microbes that may protect against a host of chronic health problems. Over the past decade, scientists have gathered more and more…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Best Cord Blood Banking Services Are Free

Google “cord blood,” as I did when writing this article, and you’ll find services falling all over themselves to beg you for your child’s umbilical cord blood and, oh, just a few thousand dollars. In a updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics says: don’t listen to those guys. There’s a better…Read more… Continue […]

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That Study About Lead in Baby Food Is Nonsense

A new study says our children are chowing down on lead and other contaminants in baby food and formula. But there’s something fishy about said study. For one thing, it comes from a group arguing for “transparency” in labeling… but keeps all their own data hidden.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Hold Up, There’s No New Study About Epidurals and Total Length of Labor

Do epidurals prolong labor? Read the headlines this week and you’d think we finally answered that question once and for all—with epidurals turning out to have no effect. But the study actually asked what happens if you already have an epidural, and turn it off as you’re pushing out the baby.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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You Have a Birth Plan, But Do You Have a Postpartum Plan?

It’s understandable that pregnant women focus their planning on the impending delivery: whether it’s going to be a C-section or vaginal birth, at home or in a hospital, smooth jazz or total screaming shitshow. You might even have made up a detailed “birth plan,” complete with instructions for pain meds, lighting…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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There Is Still No “Safe” Amount of Alcohol You Can Drink in Pregnancy

This week’s study on alcohol in pregnancy got spun both ways: light drinking is totally safe according to some some news stories, a definite no-no in others. Sorry, but this one’s a buzzkill. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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PSA: Parents, Bolt Your Dresser to a Wall 

Last week, I saw another furniture recall: Ameriwood Home recalled 1.6 million dressers after a four-year-old child was injured in an accident involving a tippy dresser. Last year, Ikea recalled 29 million dressers after at least six children were killed by dressers that fell over. If you own one of the Ameriwood…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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