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Family Traditions: Making memories with your little ones

Family traditions are a huge part of most families. Starting your own family presents an opportunity to create traditions that are all your own by either meshing family traditions brought in by you and your partner, or creating brand new ones.   We asked our lovely ambassadors and the...

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  • I think I have pregnancy brain. Is that a real thing?

    It’s definitely possible. Anecdotal evidence suggests that moms-to-be feel forgetful and spacey. Research hasn’t shown proof of cognitive deficiencies...

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    It’s definitely possible. Anecdotal evidence suggests that moms-to-be feel forgetful and spacey. Research hasn’t shown proof of cognitive deficiencies during pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean you’re making up your “momnesia.” You’re probably busy, stressed, and short on sleep—a combo that can add up to lack of concentration and short-term memory loss for anyone. And there’s some evidence that pregnant women’s brains are changing, although not necessarily in ways that would lead to forgetfulness. A recent study found that pregnancy alters areas in the brain that relate to empathy—which may help new moms better understand their babies’ wants and needs.

  • When can my child move from a crib to a toddler bed?

    Most kids switch between 18 months and 3 years, and it’s usually out of necessity. Your child may start...

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    Most kids switch between 18 months and 3 years, and it’s usually out of necessity. Your child may start climbing out of the crib (so it becomes a safety hazard to leave him in there), or another baby is due soon (so you need the crib for a younger sibling). When you do make the move, continue his usual bedtime routine and explain that he should stay in bed until you come for him or he has to use the bathroom (if he’s potty trained). Calmly lead him back to bed if he leaves, and repeat as necessary until the novelty of getting up fades for him. Be patient! Keep him safe in the meantime by removing any hazards in his room and installing a safety gate at his door and at the top of the stairs.

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