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Recently I became aware of this animated infographic by Tabletop Whale. It shows a human embryo and fetus development from conception to birth. I think it’s a fascinating display and truly makes me marvel at the complexity of the human body. It made me consider just what happens during pregnancy, so here’s a week-by-week breakdown. Week 1 - Mom isn’t pregnant yet, but things are in the works. The conception date is determined by subtracting two weeks from mom’s last menstrual cycle. Week 2 - Mom’s body is ramping up progesterone,...

Is your toddler ready for the big kid potty? Yippee, diaper days are almost over!  This time can be very exciting for a parent. It’s a big step, but it also can be a pain in the butt. If this is your first potty training rodeo, you’re going to need a little advice and help. I’ve been through this multiple-times and trust me there are days where you just want to scream! Don’t worry, those days will pass and once your child is potty trained, you will love the luxury...

A child’s playroom is where they go to relax and unwind after a day at school, but it could also be a place where they learn and practice important developmental skills. Most parents think of a playroom as merely a space to store all of their kids’ toys. However, in addition to storing toys, the playroom should be thoughtfully designed to encourage creativity, independence and cooperative play and learning. If your playroom falls into any of the categories below, you may want to think about giving your playroom a makeover....

One of the toughest and most frustrating aspects of being a parent to a newborn baby is the issue of trying to figure out why they’re crying. Newborns will cry a lot and for so many different reasons, so getting a better understanding of what’s causing it will help you immensely. These are some ways you can identify your child’s cry and interpret what they need from you as a parent: Hunger Hunger cries have been described as fairly unrelenting and almost desperate. Other signs that your child may be...

Scheduling play dates for your kids is the perfect way to let them burn off some extra steam while also getting a chance to develop some valuable social skills with other kids. They can also provide a great opportunity to make new mom friends while your kids play. The only thing that would make this play date better is if mom can also find a way to enjoy it. Here are some play date ideas to consider: Gingerbread Party Each child can be given premade gingerbread dough that they can...

When it comes to a playroom, you want to make it the best possible play area for your child, while also getting good deals on the toys and furniture you use for it. Luckily, Ikea is packed to the walls with modern, quality furniture that you can get for a very reasonable price. Plus, playrooms are transitional, meaning you only need them for three to five years. As your child grows, eventually a playroom won’t be necessary. Ikea furniture is great because you can continue to use it after the...

Tummy time is an important practice for your little one for a number of reasons and benefits that comes from it. When your child is placed on its stomach, it now has the ability to attempt pushing and crawling around on their own. It’s also an important physical development method. Your child can gain valuable strength in their different body parts that have yet to be used much. Due to the many benefits of tummytime, you’ll want to try making this experience as enjoyable as possible for your baby. Here...

At the moment, it’s no secret that organic foods cost more than traditionally manufactured foods. The prices are coming down as many people in the country switch to organic diets, but there’s still a ways to go. If you want to eat healthy, you’ll have to find ways to stretch your budget so you don’t go broke. Here are some tips on buying organic foods on a budget. 1. Buy generic organic. The organic trend has become so popular, that many supermarket chains and food stores now offer generic versions...

When your baby is about to walk, it's an exciting time for your family. Walking means independence and freedom; your little one is about to start traveling all over your house. Soon he/she will be demanding trips outside or to the playground. Remember not to push your child. Every kid walks when they are ready so you don't want to create stress during this exciting time, but here's how you can gently help. 1. Go barefoot. When you’re at home, leave your child barefoot, even without socks. Let her feel...

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