What better time to share the news of your pregnancy than on a day synonymous with love? What a cute idea! Click through for some of the sweetest pregnancy announcement cards out there.
Ellen Schmidt has been hauling a stroller on the subway since 2009, when she first began her blog, Baby Meets City. Mama to two sweet and precocious little gals, Ellen writes about the highs and lows of parenting in New York City. Always an adventure! A lover of children’s literature, Ellen is (slowly) reviewing every children’s book set in the Big Apple. Ellen lives in Upper Manhattan with her family, though if you ask her older daughter, she’d prefer if they lived at the Museum of Natural History.
Did you know that February is Children’s Dental Health Care month? While we’re teaching our tots how to brush their teeth, it’s also important to watch what goes into their mouth. Though reading labels for sugar intake is key, here’s another tip: the stickier the food, the easier time it has clinging onto and in between teeth and settling into gums. While baby teeth will eventually fall out, tooth decay can cause your child to have a hard time chewing or even speaking. The makers of Periclean have alerted us to a list of seven food and drinks that once consumed can lead to tooth decay, a real concern when it comes to your child’s baby teeth.
I’m seeing all sorts of triangles in children’s decor lately, and as it turns out, it makes a pretty cute theme for a nursery. Geometric designs are perfect for the hip and modern baby (and his/her parents)! Click through for some of my favorites in triangular-shaped nursery inspiration.
An elephant is one of the most elegant and graceful animals around, and also one of the cutest, making them a really adorable theme for a nursery. If you’re going the unisex route, they’re the perfect accessory, too. Click through for some of my favorites inspirations in big ear animal decor!
The Yale School of Medicine has released some revealing findings in a new study published just recently in the women’s health journal, Fertility and Sterility. One thousand women in the United States (between the ages of 18-40) were asked basic questions about fertility, and here are the major findings from the study:
- Only 50 percent of women had ever discussed reproductive health with their medical provider
- 41 percent of women believe that their ovaries continue to make new eggs as they age
- Half of women did not know that multivitamins with folic acid are recommended to reproductive age women to prevent birth defects
- Over one-quarter were unaware of the adverse implications of sexually transmitted infections, obesity, smoking or irregular menses on fertility
- One fifth were unaware of the effects of aging on reproductive success, including increased miscarriage rates, chromosomal abnormalities, and increased length of time to achieve conception
It’s a sad day around these parts. Apparently, shapewear is not good for my health, despite making me think I look 10 times skinnier in the mirror. Goodness. The timing of this is particularly bad considering it’s award season and all. Okay, that last part was a joke, though there’s nothing funny at all about this topic. In an article on The Huffington Post, gastroenterologist Dr. John Kuemmerle, dermatologist Dr. Maryann Mikhail and chiropractor Dr. Karen Erickson were interviewed to find out exactly what happens to your body when you wear shapewear. The results aren’t pretty.
Diaper bags have come a long way from the clunky, uniform, “that’s obviously a diaper bag” must-have accessories for moms. And thank goodness for that. These days, you can easily disguise those diapers and wipes and even use your diaper bag as an every day purse. A bag that is multi-functional yet stylish is an essential part of every new mom’s gear. Click through for some of my very favorites!
Actor Hank Azaria began the new documentary web series, Fatherhood, with the intention of asking dads about their experiences as he contemplated becoming a father himself. Along the way, Azaria’s girlfriend, Katie Wright, became pregnant. As a result, his questions changed from the theoretical to the specific in the most humorous yet touching way. Azaria brings us along on his journey, in addition to interviews with fellow actors and fathers like Bryan Cranston and Kevin Bacon, and experts in the parenting field, like Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. The result is a poignant, hilarious and informative look at what it is to be a father today.
Read on as Azaria shares some of his thoughts on parenting, pasta and being a proud dad (his son, Hal, is now 4 years old):
Parents want their boys smart and their girls skinny. Gulp.
I found the results of a recent study by Google Data Scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz to be rather shocking, to say the least. In a recent op-ed article in the New York Times, he reveals that by using anonymous, aggregate data from Google searches, parents are two and a half times more likely to ask, “Is my son gifted?” than “Is my daughter gifted?” Parents are also twice as likely to ask how their daughters should lose weight than how their sons should.
And it only gets worse from there.
In case you haven’t noticed, owls are making a big comeback in children’s products. From backpacks and lunch boxes, to bath towels and nursery decor, the wise owl is flying all over the place. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, parents note that owls are a welcome break from all the pink princesses and primary colors out there. Owls can also be gender neutral, which is a fun alternative if you are keeping baby’s sex a surprise. Click through for some of my very favorite owl-themed products for your nursery. Hoot, hoot!