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Top Tips for Introducing Your Toddler to the Library

Our local library has a wonderful storytime schedule that rotates through different seasonal themes. Storytime is 45 minutes, which includes a couple of stories, songs, finger plays, and a simple craft. The children's area at the library is beautifully decorated with bright colors and a puppet show theater. Yet, even with all these "we welcome children at the library" accommodations, my children still managed to get kicked out of the library. It was probably my fault. I had all three kids ...

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Top 5 Baby Names by State

Thursday, March 26th, 2015 by from Blog from the Belly

The top five names were very similar from state to state, but there are some standouts when we look across the country. To make digestion easier, we've broken the top two in each state down for you by region! Up first, the Northeast ...

New England

Connecticut: 36,085 babies born in 2013 - William 207, Olivia 235

Maine: 12,776 - Benjamin 82, Emma 65

Massachusetts: 71, 788 - Benjamin 499, Emma 486

New Hampshire: 12,396 - Liam 91, Emma 93

Rhode Island: ...

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curly hair care

Oh my gosh the curls!

I love his hair!

Where did he get that hair?!

Can I touch it?!

OK, slow your roll, Miss Lady. He's a human, not a puppy. He doesn't want to be petted.

But I get it. The hair is big, and interesting, and eye-catching, and cool. It's fun to look at it, but as a mama in charge of caring for it, it's way less fun to manage.

If you've got a curly kiddo at your home whose hair needs a little TLC, here are some tips to help tame it. ...

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Probably one of the nicest things about having four kids is the fact that, with each consecutive child, the time I spent pushing during childbirth significantly decreased. 

Granted, it's not something to necessarily brag about, but I confess that when I went from a whopping four hours of painful pushing to mere minutes, I wanted to shout from the rooftops with happiness. 

So if you had told me with my first child that there was something super easy and super cheap that could ...

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Family Meals Collage

Do you feel that you make the same thing for your kids for dinner over and over again and that too much of it is convenience-based, frozen, or fast foods? Well, today I am going to show you how to take those meals that they love and convert them into homemade yumminess that you'll want to eat, too!

Here are 5 Simple Family Meal Swaps That Your Kids Will Love!

Menu #1: Turn Chicken Nuggets into Homemade Crunchy Chicken Fingers

If your child is a fan of fast food chicken ...

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Home birth is on the rise in the United States.

In 2014, over 30,000 women delivered at home, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites as the "highest recorded number since 1989," when they began tracking home birth statistics. 

But while home birth may be a more popular option than ever before, many people still wonder about its safety for both mother and baby. 

Nikki Addimando is one such mother, who chose home birth after having her first baby ...

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 Keeping kids in line while they're at school is tough stuff. I know firsthand how much of a barrel of laughs it can be. I know I've mentioned this in some of my previous posts, but I taught kindergarten in China, so I've got a pretty decent idea of how rough it can be. I had originally gone in there thinking that Chinese kids were going to be predictable and robotic in their behavior because of social norms that I had assumed existed.

Not so. 

I was chasing toddlers around all ...

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tips for hosting a memorable baby shower

An EverydayFamily member recently turned to our community in search of inspiration for hosting a baby shower. She wrote,

I'm kind of bad at planning parties, and my family isn't really around much to help. What should I get and do for planning a baby shower? I only have a few months left in my pregnancy. I'm just in a rush doing everything since I just found out that I was pregnant four weeks ago. First-time mom, never done this before.

First of all, I ...

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world's coolest diaper bags main

I have a confession for you.

Even though I have four kids, I am firmly and sternly anti-diaper bag.

I once had a frilly, totally "mommy" diaper bag that looked adorable, and my baby, in theory, would have loved it if she wasn't a baby and noticed such things. The bag fell apart in weeks, but I was relieved that I didn't have to drag that ugly thing out anymore.

These days, I'm all about the diaper bag that doesn't look like a diaper bag, which is why I am proud to present ...

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packing tips for the hospital bag

For my first pregnancy, my bags were packed and ready to go at a moment's notice -- from the beginning of the third trimester. A bit extreme, I know, but I didn't want to be scurrying around my two-story house, throwing things in a bag at the last minute.

The result of being a little too prepared was that my "bag" was really a carry-on suitcase -- expanded to the max -- and several extra bags (one for snacks, one for electronics, one for my husband, etc.), and they were all packed full ...

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