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The Value of Swaddling Your Baby

“Snug as a Bug.” It’s a cute phrase to describe a swaddled baby, but a properly swaddled infant has tremendous benefits  than just being “cute.” Swaddling — the practice of snugly wrapping a baby in a blanket for warmth and security — can keep your baby from being disturbed by her own startle reflex, help […]

Dad’s Role in Pregnancy and Birth

“It was inspiring. It made me realize that there is nothing that I could do that could trump that ever. You can run 10 marathons, but once you see your wife go through birth, that’s it, you know. She’s got you beat.” That’s a quote from one dad who witnessed his wife give natural birth […]

Happy First Birthday, Audrey

CommentsPosted by: Stephanie Roussell on Sep 04, 2014 in Babies, Family Fun, Milestones

Saturday came and went like every other normal day for most. But it was so much bigger than that at our little house on the corner. It was Audrey’s first birthday! My little one is now 1 and as much of a toddler as ever. I worried that the day would bring bittersweet, sappy memories, […]

What’s In a Name? The Most Popular Baby Names of 2013

A flood of new babies with the biblical moniker helped the name Noah sail past Jacob to become the new No. 1 name for boys in 2013. The switch at the top ended Jacob’s 14-year run as the most popular boy’s name in America. According to the Social Security Administration, which released the most popular […]

Protect Your Child: Never Leave Them in a Hot Car

This summer alone, it seems, parents are failing when it comes to children and hot cars. There have been 18 reported deaths of children left in cars; 34 total in the year of 2012. Leaving children in cars is not a new concept. Many parents feel safe about leaving children in cars with older siblings […]

My Moisturizing Detox Bath

CommentsPosted by: Rachel Henry on Jul 29, 2014 in Babies, Breastfeeding, health, Parenting

Rewind to four years ago…pre-kids…one of my favorite ways to relax and rejuvenate was a nice, long, hot, detox bath. Every Sunday evening, like clockwork, I would start my detox process with some light stretching to soothing music while my garden tub filled with steamy goodness. I would take in the amazing scents of lavender […]

So Many Firsts

CommentsPosted by: Stephanie Roussell on Jul 24, 2014 in Babies, Family Fun, Milestones

It feels cliché to say, but I’m having so much fun experiencing all of Audrey’s firsts. First babbles, first swims, first foods, first holidays. It all seems so new and exciting to her, which makes it new and exciting for us. I told you last time about her first “Mama”, but there’s so much more […]

Car Seat? Check! Diapers? Check! Health Insurance? Uhhh….

With everything going on toward the end of your pregnancy, it’s easy to miss a step or two when preparing for your little one’s arrival. While insurance headaches are common these days, there’s a way to add a new baby to your health insurance without going through insurance pains. It would seem obvious that your […]

Gift Guide for New Moms and Dads

When you’re pregnant, you’ve got a million things to think about before your delivery — have we packed the hospital bag? Is the house ready for a baby boy or girl? Are we really sure about that name?!? So it’s understandable that some small items might slip your mind. If you’re thinking about any last-minute […]

The Benefits of Vaginal Delivery

For centuries, women gave birth through vaginal delivery, and even with the advancement in medical technology, it still remains the best option for moms and babies. For babies, a vaginal delivery can squeeze fluid from his or her lungs, preventing many breathing complications, among numerous other benefits. For moms, a vaginal delivery has a decreased […]

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