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how i weaned my baby from the pacifier

A newborn baby has an innate reflex to suck -- a reflex that is developed even before he or she is born. It is one of the most important reflexes -- one that sustains him or her. When a baby demonstrates the sucking reflex, it is not always a hunger cue. Sucking is an enjoyable activity, which is why so many babies take to a pacifier at birth. According to the Encyclopedia of Children's Health, 75-85% of children in Western societies use a pacifier for comfort. ...

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If you've ever experienced any complications during your pregnancy, you may be familiar with the age-old doctor's advice to tuck you and your baby bump straight into the safety of bed rest. 

When it comes to protecting your most precious cargo, bed rest just seems to make sense, doesn't it? Sure, it may be a little controversial and, sure, doctors can't say for sure that it will help ensure that a baby makes it longer to full term, but what mother would be out running errands and ...

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father playing in the grass with baby son

Parenting is the world's hardest job, followed by marriage. When I became a mom, I had no idea just how much of a strain it would put on my marriage. The sleepless nights, the constant whining, the tantrums, and the lack of time for myself was a huge transition. It also changed my relationship with my husband.

No longer was it just the two of us. There were no more spontaneous trips to the mall, dinner, and a movie. A baby changed everything. Don't get me wrong, not all of it was bad. ...

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There have been so many (wonderful) movements to get moms into pictures – Allison Slater Tate’s, The Mom Stays In The Picture struck a chord with mothers around the world for it’s straight-forward poignancy and call to action to stop disappearing from our children’s – and our own – stories and Bridgette White’s, Exposed by my children for what I really look like told the all-too-relatable story of wanting to delete photos of ourselves simply because we don’t look (mythically) ...

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When you're in the very early weeks of pregnancy, chances are your countdown has already begun. You check the calendar to see when you can expect your baby's heartbeat to be present, when you can expect the nausea to begin, and when you hit that 12-week mark--the beginning of the second trimester.

The second trimester is a totally different ballgame than what the first trimester of pregnancy is like. You've got some symptoms coming while other ones are become a thing of the past, and ...

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halloween costume DIY last minute

Halloween will be hitting the streets in T-minus eight days.

Are you ready?

Probably not, because, ugh, Halloween, with the indecisiveness and the Mommy-I-wanna-be-all-of-the-things and the $40 price tag for a cape.

Here are some super easy DIY costume ideas for Dudes (or non-Dudes!) in case you're like me and you need them.

Nacho Libre. He is our hero. Plus, the cape is made from felt, the mask was dug out of our toy box, and the boots are for rainy days. The only ...

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halloween options girls boys

Currently, I'm living in Suzhou, China, and am working at an international kindergarten, teaching 2-year-olds how to speak English (despite not even being able to speak Mandarin), how to get along (the majority of these children are currently the only child in their family and will quite possibly remain so for the remainder of their days), how to interact with other children (a side effect of the previous point), and how to experience other cultures.

For example, even though China is ...

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terrible twos

You are walking through the grocery store, minding your own business and you walk down the cookie aisle to a very familiar scene: A 2-year old girl is losing her cool at her mom who is standing her ground as she wails that she really wants those cookies on the shelf. She doesn't seem to answer to any reason her mother is trying to give her (ex. that they have cookies at home, that she won't get her way screaming like this), but the girl is continuing her tantrum.

For any parent, this ...

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 

It's every parent's worst nightmare--a culprit that snatches babies away with no warning signs or symptoms--and a phenomenon that the medical world is still trying to understand completely. 

Most of us know the basics when it comes to SIDS, like the fact that it claims approximately 4,000 lives of babies in the United States every year, and we know to follow the guidelines for prevention, such as the #1 rule of always putting babies to sleep on ...

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15 Fun and Easy Ideas  for Classroom Halloween Parties

Halloween classroom parties are an absolute highlight of the school year for kids, no matter if they are in preschool or elementary school. But, if you are in charge of planning the event and pulling together the food, crafts, and activities, it can seem like a daunting task! So here are 15 fun and easy ideas courtesy of some very creative bloggers to help you plan a fantastic Halloween classroom party!

#1 Little Vampire Donuts

Brandy, from Gluesticks, came up with this ...

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