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Does my baby need an organic crib mattress? Answers from a mom-pediatrician - ChildrensMD

Does my baby need an organic crib mattress? Answers from a mom-pediatrician - ChildrensMD


ChildrensMD

Are organic crib mattresses safer for babies? What are the risks of traditional crib mattresses and are organic crib mattresses worth the extra money? What about breathable crib mattresses? If you’re buying a crib mattress you’ll be bombarded with online ads for products that are supposedly safer, but the truth is the science behind crib… READ MORE

DreamCloud Mattress Review

by Logan Block @ Sleepopolis

I’m super excited about today’s review because I’ll be taking a look at one of the newest beds on the market: the DreamCloud hybrid mattress. This bad boy combines high-density foam with encased coils for a sleeping experience that promises to be as luxurious as it is supportive. To see how well this hybrid lives […]

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Breathable Orthopedic Firm Foam Standard Crib Mattress – White

by Avish Dahiya @ Mattresses – Dream On Me

Dream On Me Breathable Orthopedic Extra Firm Crib Mattress features a 5 inch core for your baby comfort which includes a breathing flow technology. The hypoallergenic, antibacterial, CertiPUR-US certified layers Mattress is covered with a breath-flow material on the infant side and a waterproof cover on the toddler side with lock stitch seams. Dream On […]

5 Things to Think About Before Planning Your Baby’s Nursery

by @ Ideal Baby & Kids: Blog Posts

There is a lot of thought and effort that goes into designing a space for your bundle of joy. Before you start buying paint and decor, use these tips from a mom of three who has designed her dream nursery for her children.

1. Find Your Style. The first part of the planning process within the nursery is to find the style that best suits you and your family. Take this quiz on Disney Baby to help make this process a little bit easier so you can narrow down the style and theme of the nursery. It’s a great idea to choose something that goes with the flow and design of the decor in your own house.

2. Make It Baby-Friendly. This sounds like a no brainer, but it’s important you step back and look at the space and your design you have in mind. Your baby will only be little for a short time, and before you know it, they will be crawling around, pulling themselves up, and attempting to get into everything. Make sure that you put toys and shelves that are easily accessible for those little hands. Anything that has a cord or can easily be tipped over needs to be out of the reach of your child. It’s much easier to baby-proof and make the room baby friendly before the baby arrives than once your little one is welcomed into the world and you only have time to take care of them.

3. Find Some Inspiration. When designing my son’s nursery, I chose the woodland theme after being inspired by a drawing done by my uncle. Once I knew this was the focal point, I started to look for colors and other art designs that fit within my theme..

4. Buy Toys and Use Them as Decor Until Baby Can Play. Because the baby is still young, I wanted to add a lot of toys, board books, and stuff animals to his room that he could easily access when he was playing. I didn’t want to clutter his room, so I looked for stylish solutions that we could add to the room that used his toys as a piece of decor. Wooden toys and stuffed animals make great decor that will add some playfulness your child’s nursery. By displaying them in baskets or low level shelves, it allows your child to easily access them when they want to play, but also allows you to put them up and display as decor when they aren’t in use.

5. Make Sure to Carve Out a Space for You. Believe it or not, this nursery is also a place for you. You will be spending a lot of late nights and early mornings in the nursery, so you want to make sure that you create a space for you within the room. Get a nice glider with soft pillows that allow you to sit down, get comfortable, and snuggle that new bundle of joy.

Designing a nursery for your little one is a magical, but somewhat overwhelming experience. As a mom of three who has designed plenty of nurseries for my children, there are several things that I’ve learned along the way that have made the experience one that is a lasting magical memory.

The Best Crib Mattress 2018: Top 5 Compared

The Best Crib Mattress 2018: Top 5 Compared


Choose Mattress

Read our toddler and crib mattress reviews for a no-nonsense buying guide to see which is the best baby mattress for the money in 2018.

Best Soft Mattress for Your Needs

by Candace Osmond @ The Sleep Judge

Considerations Before Buying A Mattress

by Lindsay S @ Choose Mattress

Mattress shopping is not the time for impulse buys. A new mattress can run into the multi-thousands of dollars and will be bulky and difficult to move. Since you’ll also be spending up to a third of the next five to ten years asleep on one, it’s very important to take the time to understand the mattress world and your own needs so you can feel great about your purchase. According to the Huffington Post, a bad mattress will affect your ability to sleep. For example, if you consistently feel hot or uncomfortable during the night, you’ll likely toss and

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Best Cyber Monday Baby Gear Deals 2017

by Denise & Alan Fields @ Baby Bargains

Best Cyber Monday Baby Gear Deals 2017 Best Cyber Monday Baby Gear Deals 2017. Here are the best deals we found for Cyber Monday 2017 baby gear bargains! Good news! These deals are still live now as of this posting! UPDATE 7:57pm: Amazon has posted even more deals tonight! Look at our Facebook page feed […]

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How to Watch the Only Supermoon of 2017

How to Watch the Only Supermoon of 2017

by Neel V. Patel @ Slate Articles

A full moon might come around once every 30 days, but a supermoon—when the full moon appears bigger and brighter than ever before—is a much rarer celestial spectacle. Like Thanksgiving dinner or resolutions to give up social media, supermoons only happen once, maybe twice a year. This year will see just one supermoon, and you’ll need to play your cards right this weekend for a chance to see it.

A supermoon is essentially a collision of two astronomic phenomena: the perigee and the syzygy. The moon’s distance from the Earth naturally fluctuates as it orbits. When it gets to its shortest distance, that’s called the perigee—it’s about 225,000 thousand miles away and 16,500 miles closer than usual. As the moon orbits around the sun and Earth orbits the sun, phases of the moon are intermittently created. The alignment between Earth, moon, and sun that creates full moons (or new moons) is called syzygy.

When the perigee occurs at the same time as a full moon, we get a “perigee syzygy”—colloquially known as a supermoon. When this happens, the moon appears up to 15 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than it usually does.

The last supermooon to hit the night skies was over a year ago, and it was closer to Earth than it’s been since 1948. It won’t be that close until 2034—this year’s supermoon, occurring on Dec. 3, which is Sunday night, will be a bit more muted: only about 7 percent bigger and 16 percent brighter. Depending on how much of an aficionado you are of lunar events, you might not really be that interested. Truth be told, many people can’t normally differentiate a supermoon from a run-of-the-mill full moon. If you want to really soak in the supermoon this year, you’re going to have to watch it the right way: like a space nerd.

First thing’s first: Look for the moon on the horizon right after moonrise (you can find local moonrise times here). It will appear bigger and brighter thanks to the “moon illusion” effect that makes the moon larger by the horizon than it does higher in the sky. Exactly why this happens is still unclear among scientists, but for the purposes of the supermoon, just go with it.

Next: Bring a pair of binoculars, or even a small telescope, for some extra magnification. You’ll want to soak in as much of the supermoon as possible, and you’ll do yourself a favor by using this opportunity to gaze at incredibly fine details on the lunar surface.

If you miss the moonrise, you should still take an opportunity to look at the moon sometime in the night. You’ll also have an encore chance at a peak viewing moment at 3:45 a.m. ET on Dec. 4, according to NPR.

Yes, we’re trudging headfirst into the winter season, which means it’ll be cold out. If you’re a giant baby and don’t want to go outside, you can pull up a livestream of the Virtual Telescope as it watches the moon rise over Rome.

Normally this is the part where I might tell you how to find the moon using a night sky smartphone app, but if you already have problems spotting the moon, you might just want to stay inside and forget about the supermoon entirely.

For the rest of you, happy viewing!

Bamboozled: Showdown over baby mattress bill in N.J. Senate

Bamboozled: Showdown over baby mattress bill in N.J. Senate


NJ.com

A David versus Goliath story, with baby safety at issue.

Baby Mattress Pad Protectors from Lil Helper

Baby Mattress Pad Protectors from Lil Helper


Thinking About Cloth Diapers

Looking for a baby mattress pad? If you are tired of changing your baby or child's bedding in the middle of the night, you'll want to check out these made-in-Canada crib mattress protectors.

Breathable 6″ Full Size Firm Foam Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

by Avish Dahiya @ Mattresses – Dream On Me

Dream On Me, Breathable 6 Inch Core Mattress is a 2 in 1 full size foam mattress that offers you the freedom of choice and is the answer to your babies comfort and support which includes a breathe flow technology. The hypoallergenic, antibacterial, CertiPUR-US certified layers mattress is covered with a breath-flow material on the […]

Icon Mattress

by dididadia @ DREAMWOOL

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Brentwood Home Cedar Mattress Discount Code

by Logan Block @ Sleepopolis

It’s easy to save 15% on your purchase of a Cedar mattress by Brentwood Home. Just follow these simple steps Head over to BrentwoodHome.com Select the size Cedar mattress you would like Confirm the items for purchase Enter SLEEPOPOLIS15 promo code in the “Gift card of discount code” section and click Apply You just saved […]

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Best Baby Mattress 2018: Top 10 Picks

by Enozia Vakil @ Distracted Momma

When it comes to choosing the best baby mattress, things can get a bit tricky. Choosing the right mattress for your little one’s bed is exceptionally important, because it is during these initial stages of life that key growth and developmental phases occur, and your little one requires complete rest to help his body recover. To make things[...]

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Thirteen new booster car seats earn Best Bet for 2017

by Denise & Alan Fields @ Baby Bargains

Thirteen new booster car seats earn Best Bet rating by IIHS for 2017 Last Updated: Feb 1, 2018 @ 4:50 pm.  Thirteen new booster car seats earn Best Bet rating by IIHS for 2017. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is out with their latest booster car seat ratings—and they’ve crowned 13 new booster […]

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The Dangers Behind Secondhand Smoke

by Keren Lopez @ iBaby

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New Jersey close to banning baby mattresses linked to deaths

New Jersey close to banning baby mattresses linked to deaths


WPIX 11 New York

TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed a bill that would ban the sale of supplemental baby mattresses designed for playpens after they were linked to dozens of infant deaths.“You go into stores with the impression what's on the shelves is safe," said New Jersey Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), a sponsor of the bill (A-1139 substituted for S-2616).

Breathable 3″ Two-Sided Inner Spring Play Yard Mattress

by Avish Dahiya @ Mattresses – Dream On Me

Dream On Me, Two-Sided 3″, Play Yard inner spring Mattress introduce a breathe flow technology. Our mattress is designed to fit selective play yard it features a lightweight interwoven, heat tempered coils offers a firm foundation and excellent support CertiPUR-US certified layer for comfort these mattress are covered with a breathe-flow material on the infant […]

Baby Mattress - DREAMWOOL

Baby Mattress - DREAMWOOL


DREAMWOOL

Dreamwool Baby MattressWe have been making wool mattresses for 40 years and the one comment made by mothers time after time is; how well their baby sleeps on a Dreamwool mattress!It’s natures best fibre for sleeping on. Basically, wool wraps you in a “natural comfort zone” by absorbing moisture and regulating temperature. Your baby

The 6 Best Baby Crib Mattresses - Updated Review Guide For 2018

The 6 Best Baby Crib Mattresses - Updated Review Guide For 2018


The Sleep Advisor

Finding the perfect baby mattress is an extremely important decision! Our IN-DEPTH buyer's guide makes it EASY to find the perfect crib mattress for your baby!

Want to be a Baby Whisperer? Here’s how

by Jennifer Ritchie @ Pregnancy Magazine

One of the most astonishing revelations about newborns is their ability to communicate almost from birth. Without words, they inform when they want to eat, how they learn, when they want to play, and even rest. Learn to better read these signals and you may just avoid meltdowns from both you and baby. Healthy babies […]

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Black Friday 2017 Baby Gear Deals Round-up!

by Denise & Alan Fields @ Baby Bargains

Black Friday 2017 Baby Gear Deals Round-up! Black Friday 2017 Baby Gear Deals Round-up! We’ve been busy posting deals to our Facebook and Twitter feeds today—here’s a round-up of what we’ve seen so far! • WOW! $4.29 for our top rated crib sheet: Pinzon 300 Thread Count Percale Fitted Crib Sheet, Ivory. Down from $11. • Lowest price […]

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Noisy Newborns

by @ SleepCurve: Latest News

From pregnancy to pram, there are hundreds of worries that warp the new mum’s mind. No mum expects to sleep seamlessly with her new baby in tow, but few are prepared for the anxiety that can strike in the middle of the night.

There are hundreds of resources available on the subject of newborn sleep, pages of e-advice at your fingertips and countless wise words from friends, relatives and even strangers in supermarkets.

But nothing prepares you for the first weeks and months of newborn noises.

The noises made by a tiny baby at night are incomparable to anything a new mother has ever heard before. They vary from baby to baby, but tend to consist of snorts, whines, wheezes, grunts and even growls.

The right position of the baby’s head can help reduce these noises, and taking the baby off a flat surface and using a specially engineered mattress such as SleepCurve can make the world of difference.

Putting your baby ‘back to sleep’ is of utmost importance and has been proven to reduce the risk of SIDS. However, lying a newborn baby on its back on a flat surface means that the infant’s chin touches its chest. This unnaturally restricts the baby’s airways and can cause snoring and grunting in a newborn, and eventually such breathing will be uncomfortable to baby waking it up.

If a baby can rest its head in a natural and neutral position, the airways are opened, making her more comfortable and more likely to sleep through the night, peacefully. Which of course allows parents to sleep through the night without analysing every single snuffle their newborn utters.

SleepCurve’s moses basket mattress rests baby’s head in such a way that you can hear the difference from the moment the baby is placed in the basket. So, peace of mind, and a peaceful night! 

Pregnancy-Safe Makeup {Safer Cosmetics for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

You know that innate feeling of responsibility that you develop when you first become a mom? For me, it developed almost instantly after I found out I was pregnant with my first baby. I suddenly had this overwhelming sense of responsibility to give my babies the very best. MY best. My mama bear instincts kicked into […]

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DreamCloud Mattress Giveaway

by Logan Block @ Sleepopolis

It’s time for another giveaway, this time the luxury hybrid DreamCloud mattress! I just recently reviewed the DreamCloud, and boy is this winner lucky! Great feel and great support for all sleeping positions – plus winner chooses the size! DreamCloud Mattress Giveaway DreamCloud is a thick hybrid mattress that I found to be a bit […]

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Sleeping Without A Pillow, Good Or Bad

by bestmattress @ Best Mattress Reviews

Pillow is not a scientific device but it has scientific uses in human lives or in human health.  It is used to snooze on and prop up the head/neck or other parts of the body. The word comes from Middle English “pilwe”, an old English “Pyle” before the 12th century. The concept of using it […]

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Clean and Healthy New York

Clean and Healthy New York


Clean and Healthy New York

Clean & Healthy NY works for safer chemicals, a sustainable economy & a healthier world by getting toxics out of products, our bodies, children & environment.

SAFE SLEEP: Substance abuse and your baby’s safety

by Julianna @ Delaware Thrives

You may think drugs are something you will never struggle with, but addiction has no boundaries. According to the CDC, opioid addiction is on the rise. Opioids are often given as a prescription pain killer, but they are very addictive, especially when taken for long periods of time.  Long-term treatment with opioids may increase the[.....]

Crib Mattresses for the Nursery

Crib Mattresses for the Nursery


Rooms To Go Kids

Affordable crib mattresses for sale. Shop top-rated baby mattresses for your nursery. Find the perfect combination of safety, support & comfort. #iSofa #roomstogo

Our Voila Hybrid Mattress Review for 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Crib Mattresses Emit High Rates of Potentially Harmful Chemicals, Cockrell School Engineers Find

Crib Mattresses Emit High Rates of Potentially Harmful Chemicals, Cockrell School Engineers Find


UT News | The University of Texas at Austin

Editor's note from UT Austin media relations office on funding: As noted in the release, this study was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Nordic Research Opportunity program, a joint program between NSF and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).AUSTIN, Texas  In a first-of-its-kind study, a team of environmental engineers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin found that infants are exposed to high levels of chemical emissions from crib mattresses while they sleep.

What is SIDS and How to Lower the Risks

by Keren Lopez @ iBaby

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The 6 Best Rated Hybrid Beds – 2018 Reviews & Comparisons

by Mark Reddick @ The Sleep Advisor

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Dreamcloud Mattress Review

by bestmattress @ Best Mattress Reviews

A bed is only as comfortable as its mattress. With all the options available, DreamCloud is the best hybrid mattress that will improve your sleep. Unlike conventional brands, this one guarantees the serenest and most comfortable sleep. This model combines the best of tufting, memory foams, latex, and coil technologies to develop 8 hand constructed […]

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Breathable Foam Crib and Toddler Bed Standard Mattress, White

by Avish Dahiya @ Products – Dream On Me

Dream On Me, Two-Sided 5″, mattress introduce a breathe flow technology. Our mattress is designed to fit standard full size cribs it features supreme comfort, hypo-allergenic, CertiPUR-US certified layer for comfort these mattress are covered with a breathe -flow material on the infant side and a waterproof cover on the toddler side with lock stitch […]

Recall: Crib Mattresses Don't Meet Fire Standards

Recall: Crib Mattresses Don't Meet Fire Standards


WebMD

Cribs, sold by major retailers online, did not meet federal flammability standards.

Dream On Me Recalls Crib & Toddler Bed Mattresses Due to Violation of Federal Mattress Flammability Standard

Dream On Me Recalls Crib & Toddler Bed Mattresses Due to Violation of Federal Mattress Flammability Standard


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mattresses and contact Dream On Me to receive a free mattress cover to bring the mattress into compliance with the federal flammability standard.

Mattress Disposal and Recycling

by Lindsay S @ Choose Mattress

With all the millions of mattresses being sold annually worldwide it’s wonder where all of these used mattresses cease to be worthy at the end of their life cycle. I used to have an image of huge refuse sites with stacks of rubbish and piles of mattresses. In the US, this is no longer the case as it was some decades ago. However, in many places across the world, a landfill site is certainly where old mattresses still do tend to expire, piled high in corners of tips where they take up space and cause unnecessary harm to the environment.

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Mattress Buying Guide & Secret Tips

by Lindsay S @ Choose Mattress

Anyone interested in buying a new mattress will know how difficult it can be to make the right choice. Considering many of the mattresses for sale whether in a showroom or online can easily be an expensive purchase, it’s important that your selection is wise and really should be viewed as an investment rather than a product. In this section below we discuss many of the things to consider when it comes to choosing a mattress, ranging from size, hypoallergenic properties, and much more. Not just to address value for money, but to ensure you’re sleeping on something you’ll cherish for

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These “Healthy” Light Bulbs Promise To Improve Your Sleep

by Cody Gohl @ Sleepopolis

If you've already bought a great mattress and are still struggling to fall asleep at night, it might be time to upgrade your light bulbs.

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Mattress Pads vs. Mattress Toppers: What Should I Choose?

by Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey @ Sleepopolis

Is your bed a little less comfortable than it used to be, but you’re not in a position to buy a new mattress? Or, is your new mattress not as comfortable as you had hoped but returning it isn’t an option? In either scenario, you might find that a mattress pad or a mattress topper […]

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Top 5 Serta Adjustable Mattresses

by Star Newcomb @ The Sleep Judge

How to Help Your Toddler Sleep Through the Night

by Keren Lopez @ iBaby

The post How to Help Your Toddler Sleep Through the Night appeared first on iBaby.

How to Clean a Crib Mattress

How to Clean a Crib Mattress


LIVESTRONG.COM

Considering how much time your baby spends sleeping, keeping the mattress clean is imperative. Between dust mites and inevitable leaky diapers, your baby’s crib mattress can become quite dirty over time. As susceptible as young immune systems are to germs already, regular cleaning of your baby’s mattress goes a long way to keeping them...

15 Yummy Iron-Rich Foods For Babies That They’ll Love To Devour

by Nicole Arsiwala @ MomTricks

Iron

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Could Ivana Trump Have Conceived Three Children While She Had an IUD?

Could Ivana Trump Have Conceived Three Children While She Had an IUD?

by Eleanor Cummins @ Slate Articles

Ivana Trump’s recent memoir Raising Trump is a breezy account of her central role in bringing up three of America’s most powerful children. As she tells it, her life was a series of ski trips and interior redesigns packed between working at her husband’s company and raising her kids. Her ex-husband and our current President Donald Trump seems largely absent, stopping in only to worry whether his namesake might grow up to “be a loser.” But even with that, the most horrifying part of her autobiography is undoubtedly her assertion that she conceived all three of her children while having an IUD.

It all starts on Page 59 of the book when Ivana makes mention of the circumstances surrounding the conception of her first child, Donald Trump Jr.:

Incredibly, I got pregnant on the honeymoon. Why so incredible? At the time, I had an IUD implanted in my uterus. The odds of conceiving with the coil were miniscule. I always thought I was a one-in-a-million woman, but this was ridiculous.

Within five pages, she’s gone through two more IUDs—and two more children:

For birth control, I considered going on the Pill, but I knew I’d forget to take it at the same time every day. With some misgivings, I had another IUD put in. Three years later, the same thing happened! I got pregnant with Ivanka despite having the device
[…]
A new IUD went in, and the doctors swore up and down it was going to work this time. ‘Ivana, you will not get pregnant!’ they said.
A year and a half later, Eric was conceived.

That’s right—every single one of the Trump triad apparently exists in spite of their mother’s repeated efforts to shut down the factory. That seems alarming regardless of the form of birth control to which you subscribe. But if, like Ivana, you have an intrauterine device or rely on one, these stories are only that much more terrifying. Indeed, you might be screaming how is this possible?

So, I called Dr. Jen Gunter, the internet’s favorite OB-GYN, to get some answers. She says that what Ivana Trump describes in her memoir is certainly possible—but it is statistically improbable. “Obviously, IUDs aren’t perfect, they have a failure rate,” Gunter says. Back in the 1980s, some European IUDs, which Gunter suspects is what a wealthy woman like Ivana Trump would have likely chosen for herself in that time, could have failure rates in the neighborhood of 2 percent. “But you’re still looking at less than 2 percent. A 2 percent failure rate in your next pregnancy, and a 2 percent failure rate in your next pregnancy,” Gunter says. “That’s a little weird.”

By describing it all as a “little weird,” Gunter is being generous: If the IUDs were not compromised in some way, and if we generously round up to a firm 2 percent failure rate, the statistical chance of Trump experiencing three pregnancies while using this form of birth control is 0.0008 percent, making it the kind of statistical disaster that would befall no more than 8 in every 1 million women—or at least, that would be the expected rate 30-plus years ago. Modern American versions of the IUD have dramatically lower failure rates—we’re talking between 0.1 and 0.8 percent—making Ivana’s dramatic childbirthing triptych even more improbable today.

Another thing that could explain Ivana’s situation is that her IUDs were not working perfectly. In a blog post on the very topic of Ivana Trump’s pregnancies, Gunter writes about women who have IUD failures and notes that this can happen multiple times before the cause is discovered. In cases where women’s IUDs repeatedly fail, doctors first wonder if it’s the result of a physical abnormality: Fibroids, benign tumors, and even curvatures of the uterus can knock the IUD out of its ideal resting place. Other times, women suffer from “expulsions” where the uterus kicks the IUD out, sometimes without its owner even realizing until she finds out she's pregnant. But whatever the cause, we can all agree that, as Gunter puts it, “After two failures you’d think, ‘Are you sure this is what you want to continue with?’ ”

There are, of course, many alternatives to IUDs. But it seems that Ivana might not have had another good choice that she wanted to try. Gunter writes in her blog that Donald Trump apparently “hates condoms.” Regardless of whether that’s a fair inference to draw from the president’s “jokes,” it seems safe to infer that the couple didn’t want to solve their problem through condom use, which, to be fair, is also not fail-safe. As Ivana notes herself, she wasn’t interested in taking on the daily tedium of the pill. And ultimately it seems the couple was actually happy about each pregnancy, so perhaps she didn’t switch because she wasn’t actually that bothered by the situation. As she writes in the book, after she had Eric, she decided to have her tubes tied, which is by far the most reliable—and permanent—form of birth control.

Still, the improbability of Ivana Trump’s claims, combined with their very public nature, has pushed Gunter to propose some alternate theories. Perhaps the stories were framed in such a way that stressed the family’s commitment to keeping unplanned pregnancies. “It’s possible it’s an anti-abortion dog whistle,” Gunter said, who admits that she also hasn’t read the book and has “a thousand other books” she’d want to read before this one. Or maybe they are just there as an attempt to flatter her ex-husband. Gunter’s blog post is titled “Does Ivana Trump want us to believe The Donald has super sperm?” In it she writes, “The other [theory] is, ‘My god, Donald has the best sperm ever. He’s just shooting the best sperm out of his Trump tower.’ ” Knowing our president, this explanation, while disturbing on multiple levels, does not seem implausible.

Ultimately, Ivana Trump’s uterine dramas are great fodder for a memoir, but they’re no reason to freak out about the efficacy of IUDs. It’s still the most reliable form of birth control, and the statistics are in your favor. Plus, here’s a useful tip from a Broadly article explaining a similar situation, in which a woman got pregnant after her IUD failed and took a photo of the resulting baby holding the device: Spend the money you save on tampons and pads (IUDs often stop your period) on a stock of pregnancy tests for peace of mind. And if the type of birth control you are using fails or turns out to not be ideal, there are still numerous other options (pills, patches, condoms, spermicides—you name it) that might work better for you, and it’s your doctor’s job to help you find the method that’s best for you.

While we may never know exactly what was going on with Ivana Trump’s uterus, one thing does seem clear: Her ex-husband has always been out to undermine birth control.

Breathable 5″ Foam Crib and Toddler Bed Standard Mattress

by Avish Dahiya @ Mattresses – Dream On Me

Dream On Me, Two-Sided 5″, mattress introduce a breathe flow technology. Our mattress is designed to fit standard full size cribs it features supreme comfort ,hypo-allergenic, CertiPUR-US certified layer for comfort these mattress are covered with a breathe -flow material on the infant side and a waterproof cover on the toddler side with lock stitch […]

Our Aviya Bed Review: Is This America’s Favorite for 2018?

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Leesa vs Lull Mattress- What You Need To Know

by Frank Apodaca @ The Sleep Judge

Study: Netflix Before Bed Harms Sleep

by Cody Gohl @ Sleepopolis

Movie and TV streaming could be the cause of America’s sleep problem, at least according to a new study from Amerisleep.  The mattress company made this assertion in its recent deep dive into the sleeping habits of 1,300 Americans, which aimed to figure out just how many of us are getting our recommended 7-9 hours […]

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Acid Reflux in Babies, Sleep Position Can Help

by @ SleepCurve: Latest News

One of the most common and distressing conditions that affect babies in their first year is acid reflux, sometimes referred to as Gastroesophogal Reflux Disease.

It is the cause of great discomfort and sleepless nights and is caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the oesophagus, the tract that takes food from the throat down into the gut.

Whilst our stomach lining is quite capable of coping with the acid, the sensitive walls of the oesophagus cannot and the painful sensation is intense.

Of course babies can neither understand nor communicate what is happening to them and the feeling of helplessness at the baby’s distress causes great anxiety for parents.

The symptoms in babies and very young children may include coughing, vomiting (sometimes dry) and possibly respiratory problems. Almost inevitably the baby will cry inconsolably and refuse food from the breast or bottle.

Some studies have suggested that as many as a third of babies suffer from acid reflux to some degree in their first year.

There is no single cure or solution to acid reflux, but parents can take simple steps to reduce the impact.

Smaller more frequent feeds can help the digestive system cope as well as changing position during feeding. Pausing during feeding to burp can also help the baby to digest the milk more steadily.

Sleeping position is also important.

The simple effect of gravity can help during sleeping, if babies sleep on a very slight incline to help avoid the contents of the stomach moving upwards.

The angle of the mattress must be very slight indeed to avoid the head being held at an unnatural position.

The SleepCurve mattress is designed to help babies avoid acid reflux. The mattress has a very gentle slope from the head down to the feet which both maintains a natural, comfortable position for the baby’s head whilst making it easier for the effects of gravity to benefit normal digestion.

This video describing how a SleepCurve mattress can help prevent acid reflux explains how it works. Click here : Acid reflux  in babies

Breathable Foam Crib and Toddler Bed Standard Mattress, White

by Avish Dahiya @ Mattresses – Dream On Me

Dream On Me, Two-Sided 5″, mattress introduce a breathe flow technology. Our mattress is designed to fit standard full size cribs it features supreme comfort, hypo-allergenic, CertiPUR-US certified layer for comfort these mattress are covered with a breathe -flow material on the infant side and a waterproof cover on the toddler side with lock stitch […]

7 Easy Ways To Help Your Congested Infant Right Now

by Jennifer Taylor @ MomTricks

There's nothing more heartbreaking than hearing your infant sniffle and struggle to breathe when they have a cold. Here's how to help them.

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Sweet Dreams 6” 88 Coil Spring Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

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Your baby will sleep peacefully on the Sweet Dreams Spring Coil Mattress by Dream On Me. Constructed with quality materials and workmanship, this mattress is manufactured with pride in the USA. This lightweight mattress offers 88 durable, interwoven, heat tempered, steel coils providing supreme comfort and support. A protective polyurethane foam wrap on each side […]

Baby & Toddler Crib Mattress Reviews | Sleepopolis

Baby & Toddler Crib Mattress Reviews | Sleepopolis


Sleepopolis

What could be more important than where your baby sleeps? Research the best baby and crib mattress reviews and discover the best bed for your baby!

Illinois Firm Barred from Making Misleading Baby Mattress Claims

Illinois Firm Barred from Making Misleading Baby Mattress Claims


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Moonlight Slumber, LLC, an Elgin, Illinois-based firm that advertised its baby mattresses as organic and free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented or could not support its claims to consumers.

Breathable 3″ Two-Sided Inner Spring Play Yard Mattress

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Dream On Me, Two-Sided 3″, Play Yard inner spring Mattress introduce a breathe flow technology. Our mattress is designed to fit selective play yard it features a lightweight interwoven, heat tempered coils offers a firm foundation and excellent support CertiPUR-US certified layer for comfort these mattress are covered with a breathe-flow material on the infant […]

Astronomers Just Photographed a Nursery of Stars

Astronomers Just Photographed a Nursery of Stars

by Neel V. Patel @ Slate Articles

A nursery of newborn stars in outer space might sound adorable and sparkly, but the reality is something much more violent. Stars are gigantic spheres of gas and dust, and when they’re infants, they tend to be a lot like human babies, spewing out gobs of hot carnage in every direction. Bring a truckload of these things into one tiny little region of space, and you suddenly have a cosmic patch of tempestuous, astrophysical hell.

That’s what scientists are looking at in a new image of Sharpless 29, a stellar nursery 5,500 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius. Captured by the European Southern Observatory’s VLT Survey Telescope at Cerro Paranal in Chile, the new image depicts a mass of hot, active interstellar gas creating a perfect breeding ground for new stars.

As you can see, the focal point of Sharpless 29 is the central nebula, a crimson, warped cosmic body stretching out over several light-years, filled with enough turbulence to destroy stars that unwitting try to form within it. Most of the young stars in the VLT image are less than 2 million years old—mere seconds on the scale of the cosmos. Their young age means they’re currently pulsing erratically with bouts of radiation, each attempting to carve out different cavities within the region. If you look closely, the central nebula itself has an ever-expanding nook sculpted by the constant stellar winds and piling up excess material into the surroundings.

Meanwhile, the swirl of gas and dust mixed with ultraviolet light from newborn stars creates a very intense glow, augmenting the shine of the stars themselves. The blue light is caused by the scattering effect of small particles. The darker, tentaclelike clouds are filaments made of accumulated dust.

Sharpless 29 is kind of a cornucopia of physics stuffed into a single place. There aren’t very many parts of the galaxy that so intricately detailed by newborn stellar reactions. For astronomers, this is a prime window into how stars form and evolve, the influence of newborn stellar radiation on dust and gas, and how the properties of magnetic fields are affected by such a violent myriad of factors. That information itself gives us more insight into how the sun, its planets, and the Earth came into existence.

And of course, the images are gorgeous.

Breathable 6″ Full Size Firm Foam Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

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Bombshell: Researchers admit “5X safer” claim for rear-facing car seats is false

by Denise & Alan Fields @ Baby Bargains

Bombshell: Researchers admit “5X safer” claim for rear-facing car seats is false First published: November 29, 2017. Last updated: Dec 4, 2017 @ 2:57 pm Bombshell: Researchers admit “5X safer” claim for rear-facing car seats is false. In a stunning reversal, a scientific journal retracted an influential 2007 paper that alleged rear-facing car seat use […]

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Baby Mattress

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Baby Trend Nursery Center Breathable Two-Sided 3″ Foam mattress with Square Corner

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Dream On Me, Two-Sided 3, Play Yard Foam Mattress introduce a breathe flow technology. Our mattress is designed to fit selective play yard it features CertiPUR-US certified layer for comfort these mattress are covered with a breathe flow material on the infant side and a waterproof cover on the toddler side with lock stitch seams. […]

How to Choose a Baby Crib Mattress

How to Choose a Baby Crib Mattress


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Selecting a baby's first mattress can seem like an overwhelming task, but all you need to do is follow a few key pointers. Ensure the mattress has a certification seal and fits properly and snugly in the crib. Choose a mattress that is...

Tempur-Pedic Alternatives In 2018

by Lindsay S @ Choose Mattress

While you may or may not love your bed, ask yourself – how comfortable are you while sleeping on it? Replacing your decade old mattress can help you sleep comfortably, but choosing the best mattress isn’t always as simple as one may think. For example, brands and types are abundant, and budgets range from cheap to very expensive, so scrimping could be detrimental to health, whilst overpaying could be pointless. If you’ve chosen the wrong mattress for yourself in terms of comfort, you’d most likely end up having a tough time sleeping and eventually suffer from sleep deprivation. Comfort aside,

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How Travel with your iBaby this Thanksgiving!

by Zizi Baydoun @ iBaby

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Best Rollaway And Folding Bed

by bellax @ Best Mattress Reviews

Beds have always been most important furniture at your home. Obviously, it is impossible to sleep without a proper bed. In the past years, people think of beds as big wooden planks jot together to make a proper place to sleep in. in the coming years, everything has changed, each and everything became convertible or […]

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Discussing Mattress Pads vs Toppers

by Lindsay S @ Choose Mattress

After a long hard day’s work, many of us look forward to coming home and crashing out on a comfortable bed. However, we get home, throw our clothes to the floor and jump in bed only to find it’s no longer as comfortable as it once was. What to do next? Perhaps buying a new mattress isn’t an option, after all they can be quite expensive, or perhaps your landlord advises against it, or maybe even donating a mattress where you live is difficult. There are numerous constraints one can come across. In which case, an excellent answer to these

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​5 tips for healthier and happier sleep

by @ SleepCurve: Latest News

As a nation obsessed with sleep and how much we can glean night on night, it is no surprise that everyone has an opinion on how to get a baby to ‘sleep through’. 

Listen to any mums group chatting and the topic of sleep will come up regularly, and often involve mums boasting that their child has slept for a full twelve hours, worrying those who feel that their infant is lagging behind in quality sleep.

Although every baby will eventually sleep through the night, there are a number of things that you can do to help soothe your little one and keep them dozing that little bit longer.

1.Teach your baby the difference between day and night

Your newborn baby will spend on average 16 hours of every 24 asleep. The first step is to teach your baby the connection between dark and sleep, and light and awake.

Within 10 weeks, your baby is capable of understanding that night time is quiet time. Help this understanding grow by immersing your baby in the hustle and bustle of normal life but avoiding simulation at night.

2. Happy napping

Overtired babies are very difficult to settle so napping is essential and it’s very important to learn your baby’s sleep signals.

These could be them going quiet and still, rubbing their eyes, yawning or crying.

Respond to these sleep cues right away by putting them in their Moses basket or cot for a nap.

By the end of the first month, a napping pattern typically emerges with babies needing a nap every one and a half hours after their previous waking time.

If it helps, keep a diary of your baby’s feed and sleep times so you can spot a pattern emerging.

3. Routine, routine, routine

Routines rarely work very early on, but be persistent and there are elements of your baby’s day that you can start to introduce on a regular basis. This is critical to developing healthy sleep habits. A succession of events which every night ends in your baby drifting off teaches her the simple message that it's now time to go to sleep.

Begin with a warm bath and pyjamas, and follow up with some soothing music or even a story - babies love to hear their parents’ voices from a very early age even though they may not understand a story.

Finally, dim the lights in the room and give the final feed of the day (not taking in to count the night feeds!). Enjoy this quiet time and make it a cosy ritual every day.

4. Create a sleep inducing environment for naps and bedtime

The environment that you end the day in will communicate to your baby that it is time to sleep.

Create a calming space for baby in a quiet room. Avoid television and noisy siblings if possible and dim the lights. Pay attention to the position you put baby down in, the temperature and the way they are swaddled. Safety is of utmost importance - follow advice on ‘back to sleep’, ‘feet to foot’ and a temperature of 16-19 degrees celsius.

5. Work in time with infant sleep cycles

Different babies respond to different parenting methods, particularly at night. The key is to work with the facts, whatever method you choose to settle your baby. The night time sleep cycle of a very young baby lasts for around 60 minutes but from three months of age that increases to 90 minutes.

Be prepared for some sleep disturbance 60 minutes after your baby has fallen asleep, and then 90-120 minutes following. Depending on your baby, and the conditions the baby is sleeping in, for example temperature or sleeping position, the disturbance may be fully waking or simply a grumble and a change in position. 

Sapira Mattress Discount Code

by Logan Block @ Sleepopolis

You can save $200 on any size Sapira mattress by using the Sleepopolis exclusive promo code! All you have to do is follow these steps: Select the size Sapira you would like to purchase and add it to your cart Once you have confirmed your cart is accurate click Checkout Enter SLEEPOPOLIS in the Discount […]

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Booster Car Seat review: Chicco MyFit

by Denise & Alan Fields @ Baby Bargains

Booster Car Seat review: Chicco MyFit Booster type:  Harnessed booster Weight: harness to 65 lbs. high back, with seat belt 40-100 lbs Price: $200, $250 IIHS rating: Not yet. NHTSA ease of use rating: Not yet. Comments: Chicco’s newest booster car seat, MyFit is the company’s first foray into the harnessed combo booster category dominated by Britax’s […]

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Brentwood Home Oceano Mattress Review

by Jessica Jones @ The Sleep Judge

Amazon Promo Codes February 2018

by Denise & Alan Fields @ Baby Bargains

Amazon Promo Codes February 2018 Amazon Promo Codes February 2018. Here they are: the February 2018 promo codes and coupon codes on Amazon! Click below to read the details. These are limited time deals only and were accurate at the time of posting! Tell us if you find these links are broken or no longer valid. […]

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Organic Cloth Diapers 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Cloth Diapering

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Welcome to Organic Cloth Diapers 101! Cloth diapering, especially with high-quality organic cloth diapers, is a great way to reduce your baby’s exposure to harmful chemicals and reduce your carbon footprint and help protect the environment. Even knowing how beneficial it can be, cloth diapering for beginners can still be pretty intimidating. After all, there […]

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Deluxe Mattress Pad

Deluxe Mattress Pad


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Sleep tight.Crib mattress pad with micro-pillow technology to help enhance comfort and air circulationProvides added comfort without compromising mattress firmness or safetyWaterproof lining protects mattress from leaksCover has a zipper, allowing it to stay securely in placeFits all standard crib mattresses

Am I feeding baby enough? You’ll know with responsive feeding

by Leslie Schilling, Registered Dietitian & Coauthor of Born To Eat @ Pregnancy Magazine

There are some things that just come naturally to us. Like when you’re standing by someone holding a baby and you start swaying while you’re talking to them. Sometimes feeding our sweet baby is like that and sometimes it’s just not that intuitive. There are two main times in early feeding that can be a […]

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Nolah Mattress Discount Code

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You can save $125 on any size Nolah mattress by following some simple steps and using the following promo code! Choose your mattress at NolahMattress.com Enter the code SLEEPOPOLIS in the discount code section on the checkout screen and click apply Congratulations, you just saved $125!   Don’t forget to check out my full Nolah […]

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Breathable Foam Standard Crib and Toddler Mattress

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Dream On Me, Two-Sided 5″, mattress introduce a breathe flow technology. Our mattress is designed to fit standard full size cribs it features supreme comfort, hypo-allergenic, CertiPUR-US certified layer for comfort these mattress are covered with a breathe -flow material on the infant side and a waterproof cover on the toddler side with lock stitch […]

We’re Letting Meals on Wheels, One of Our Best Senior Programs, Slowly Wither and Die

We’re Letting Meals on Wheels, One of Our Best Senior Programs, Slowly Wither and Die

by Nathan Kohrman @ Slate Articles

Five times a week for nearly 20 years, Meals on Wheels program coordinator Leisa Cotten would bring warm meals to the immobile and elderly of Cochise County, in the rural southeast corner of Arizona. But for the past decade, she’s had to switch it up. Now she delivers frozen meals, five at a time, once a week. “I haven’t seen you in a while” says Mark, one of Cotten’s clients (and whose name we have changed here), as she walks into his trailer. “Cutbacks,” Cotten replies, rearranging his freezer to fit the five white microwavable trays into the top row. “You coming back next week?” he asks. “I should be,” Cotten says.

In 2011, the first cohort of the 75 million baby boomers turned 65. Over the next 18 years, they will continue to age, and the country’s population pyramid will grow increasingly vase-shaped. Caring for the tens of millions of boomers is a demographic challenge without precedent in the United States. Meals on Wheels, among the most iconic and popular social programs in America, should be gearing up to deal with the impending increase in demand. But instead, the program faces funding shortfalls and service cutbacks. This year, its programs served 23 million fewer meals than in 2005. One estimate shows that less than a fifth of eligible seniors can actually avail themselves of home-delivered meals because of limited resources. Today, Cotten has a single assistant to help her serve a county larger than Connecticut. In 1987, she oversaw a staff of 36 that served thousands of meals a year. And her program isn’t the only one—today, Meals on Wheels programs around the country are withering just as Americans need them more and more.

Few anti-poverty programs have the virtuous sheen and cultural cache of Meals on Wheels. The home-delivered meal service, which in various iterations has fed millions of frail seniors over seven decades, enjoys a singular spot in the imagination of would-be American altruists, a hybrid of soup-kitchen ladling and escorting veterans across streets. Public figures (and Fight Club anti-heroines) avail themselves of the glow. Politicians constantly include Meals on Wheels in press flyers, and in March, Colin Kaepernick donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels America—a charitable rebuke to those critical of his civil rights activism.

MOWA is the umbrella organization that oversees and advocates for the thousands of individual Meals on Wheels chapters, which are run by local service organizations, like Catholic Community Services, in Cotten’s case. In aggregate, chapters receive a third of their funding from a provision of the Older Americans Act signed into law by President Nixon in 1972, and the rest comes from state and local governments, corporate donations, and individual donations. MOWA prides itself on facilitating a “successful public-private partnership.” (Some programs, like Cotten’s, do not officially affiliate with MOWA but still benefit from their advocacy and receive federal funding.)

Advocates claim that the services Meals on Wheels chapters provide are multipotent: Home visitors bring not just food to frail seniors but also offer companionship and referrals to social services. The deliveries also encourage clients to perform “activities of daily living” like housework and dressing themselves as they prepare for guests. “We’re required to observe everything: their verbal and visual ability, emotional health, their skin color,” Cotten said. “If we notice anything—if they’re unstable walking—we call a case manager. If it’s critical, we call 911.” Ninety percent of seniors on the program say that Meals on Wheels “makes them feel more safe and secure.

But virtue and a sense of safety aren’t enough to pay for lunch. Broadly speaking, we underfund social programs for the elderly. Less than 2 percent of corporate, community, and foundation donations go to programs related to aging, which has been a problem for Meals on Wheels programs. “There’s more and more competition for a smaller share of donations,” said Ellie Hollander, CEO of MOWA. For more than a decade—in which both political parties have had their shots at controlling Congress and the White House—federal funding for the OAA has been flat while the cost of food and inflation have both increased and tens of millions of baby boomers retire.

To Democrats, the OAA is important but low on their list of priorities. After gaining control of Congress and the White House in 2008, they spent their political capital on a stimulus bill, financial reform, health care reform, and cap and trade. All of these policies are orders of magnitude more expansive than the OAA, and some, like health care reform, overlap with the services that the OAA provides. Admittedly, the OAA got a 22 percent funding boost in 2009 as part of the stimulus and a comparable bump in 2010 for a senior jobs program. But in 2011, after Democrats lost control of the House, the OAA funding returned to its baseline of about $1.9 billion, where it’s stayed since. In March of 2016, 30 Democratic Senators signed a letter circulated by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders calling for a “minimum 12 percent increase”—a sincere gesture without any chance of passing. After 2011 budget negotiations, caps were placed on nonmandatory spending, which includes Meals on Wheels. The program may carry political currency, referenced in wish lists and attack ads, but it rarely ends up in congressional debate.

Republican reservations are varied. On one side of the spectrum is Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who expressed skepticism about the efficacy of the entire OAA during a 2011 hearing on senior hunger. Other Republicans equivocate. In September, Rep. Martha McSally, who represents Leisa Cotten in Cochise County, pushed for a $14.2 million increase for senior services under the OAA. A press release touted her support for Meals on Wheels, even though her amendment technically funded different programs. This month, McSally voted for several versions of a GOP tax bill, which, among many cuts, removed $1.7 billion in funding from Meals on Wheels and other social programs. That’s like giving clients a packet of crackers and then taking away their steak.

What’s more, advocates for older Americans are wary of using the modest political power they have. AARP, though formidable, is notoriously reluctant to throw its weight behind all but what it deems the most important fights, like the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Its membership also skews more affluent than those who receive Meals on Wheels. MOWA doesn’t have the money or activated constituency to command much clout on its own. “Many people who in fact most use and need social benefits are simply not voting at all,” observed Alec MacGillis, writing in 2015 about the decline of the safety net. MOWA officials are more likely to get a meeting with a first-year legislative aide instead of a senator. Plus, the organization is determined to maintain its nonpartisan appeal, making it less inclined to weaponize its reputation against the politicians who pay only lip service. (MOWA also has an interest in not alienating its clients or the volunteers on whom it relies.)

Compounding the problem, the data on Meals on Wheels haven’t been robust until recently. A literature review in 2015 found that most studies related to home-delivered meal programs were small, unrigorously designed, and measured “self-reported dietary intake,” an unreliable metric. (Try measuring what you eat for a week.) Though senior nutrition advocates swore by the program, the lack of data made it harder to argue for more funding and may be the reason the OAA’s nutrition program has floundered. For many poverty programs, robust data are necessary for survival but not sufficient. Meals on Wheels programs are stuck in an appropriations purgatory where many don’t receive enough money to stay at capacity, much less expand, but they’re too adored to be cut much without political reprisal.

Better data has emerged in the past five years—and its delivered a compelling case for the programs. In 2013, Kali Thomas, a public health researcher at Brown University, published a paper that found “if all states had increased by 1 percent the number of adults age 65 or older who received home-delivered meals in 209 under title III of the OAA, total annual savings to states’ Medicaid programs could have exceeded $109 million.” Most of the savings would come from keeping seniors in their homes and out of nursing homes, which are more expensive. Ninety-two percent of Meals on Wheels recipients say the service lets them live at home. The Medicaid savings were uneven—some states saved millions while other lost out—but Meals on Wheels likely saves billions in Medicare spending too. In 2016, Thomas found that receiving home-delivered meals was correlated with a 30 percent decrease in falls for seniors who’ve fallen before. Falls—in which seniors can break a hip, or worse—cost Medicare $31 billion in 2015 alone. What’s more, collaboration between MOWA and Brown University found that rates of hospitalization and emergency-room use decreased for patients getting Meals on Wheels compared to those who weren’t. For context, one night in the emergency room costs the same as a year of home-delivered meals. This evidence is in line with macroscopic public health findings that countries that spend more on social services than health services tend to have longer life expectancies and decreased rates of premature mortality.

Meals on Wheels could help address the greatest health care and demographic challenge Americans face this century—that is, if it were treated as more than a pet program or hollow political prop. Until then, millions of seniors will starve in the richest country in history.

As we left Mark’s trailer, I asked Cotten what happens when Meals on Wheels can’t afford to bring a client food anymore. “We do everything we can to avoid that,” she said. “We don’t want to play God.” Many branches have stopped adding to their waitlists—some hundreds long—because they don’t want to offer false hope. Today, Meals on Wheels has become something all too familiar to the program—a 70-year-old everyone claims to love but few actually care for.

HOME VISITING: Preparing for your new baby

by Julianna @ Delaware Thrives

Getting ready to welcome a new baby is very exciting! You are preparing to get to know your little one. When it comes to preparation, there is a lot to think about. All the information you read can get overwhelming. That’s why a home visitor can be a great help. Home visiting is a free[.....]

Baby Crib Mattresses

Baby Crib Mattresses


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Breathable Orthopedic Firm Foam Standard Crib Mattress – White

by Avish Dahiya @ Products – Dream On Me

Dream On Me Breathable Orthopedic Extra Firm Crib Mattress features a 5 inch core for your baby comfort which includes a breathing flow technology. The hypoallergenic, antibacterial, CertiPUR-US certified layers Mattress is covered with a breath-flow material on the infant side and a waterproof cover on the toddler side with lock stitch seams. Dream On […]

Serta iComfort Mattress Reviews

by bellax @ Best Mattress Reviews

For all those people looking for an outstanding mattress’s brand, Serta could give them all that they need. It is one of the leading names among industries that aim to bring comfort to people’s life. It has started emerging as one big name in mattress industry in 1931 with the introduction of their Perfect Sleeper […]

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The 5 Highest Rated Firm (Hard) Mattresses in 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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NFL Coach Matt Patricia Keeps a Mattress In His Office. Is It His Secret to Football Success?

by Cody Gohl @ Sleepopolis

NFL coaches pull some seriously long work days, and Matt Patricia of the Patriots (and soon to be of the Lions) blurs the line between bedroom and office.

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Breathable 6″ Little Butterflies 2-in-1 Foam Core Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

by Avish Dahiya @ Mattresses – Dream On Me

Dream On Me, Breathable 6 Inch Core Mattress is a 2 in 1 full size foam mattress that offers you the freedom of choice and is the answer to your babies comfort and support which includes a breathe flow technology. The hypoallergenic, anti bacterial, CertiPUR-US certified layers mattress is covered with a breath-flow material on […]

The Best Nasal Aspirator To Help Your Little One Breath Easily Again

by Jennifer Taylor @ MomTricks

It's heartbreaking to hear your child sniffle and struggle to breathe when they have a cold. Read our guide on nasal aspirators and see which we recommend.

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Pebble Pure Crib Mattress - Baby

Pebble Pure Crib Mattress - Baby


Nook Sleep Systems

A better night’s sleep for your baby starts on the Pebble Pure Crib Mattress. 100% organic, breathable and non-toxic.

Breathable Foam Standard Crib and Toddler Mattress

by Avish Dahiya @ Products – Dream On Me

Dream On Me, Two-Sided 5″, mattress introduce a breathe flow technology. Our mattress is designed to fit standard full size cribs it features supreme comfort, hypo-allergenic, CertiPUR-US certified layer for comfort these mattress are covered with a breathe -flow material on the infant side and a waterproof cover on the toddler side with lock stitch […]

The Best Organic Crib Mattresses + Why You Need One!

The Best Organic Crib Mattresses + Why You Need One!


The Gentle Nursery

A list of the best non-toxic + organic crib mattresses for your baby. Choose a healthier mattress for safer sleep!

How To Tell If You Have Bed Bugs

by bellax @ Best Mattress Reviews

Bed bugs are diminutive, elliptical, healthy-looking insects; they feed on animal or human blood. They belong to insect family Cimicidae. Adult bedbugs have plane bodies about 5 mm long. They live in cracks and crevices in and around the bed. Their color varies due to the amount of blood some are yellowish brown and some […]

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Buying a Baby Crib Mattress: The Inside Story

Buying a Baby Crib Mattress: The Inside Story


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When you're outfitting your baby's crib, do your homework and test mattresses for fit and firmness.You've picked out a crib, but where do you even start to select a baby crib mattress? Mattress shopping may not be as fun as selecting the crib itself, but it's an important purchase. Just ...

Idle Sleep Mattress Review

by bestmattress @ Best Mattress Reviews

Idle Sleep offers the best mattresses on the market. This brand provides support, comfort, quality, and durability. What distinguishes Idle Sleep models from traditional models is the two-sided design. In actual fact, two sides are better than one. Introduction And Compare Table The most incredible quality of Idle Sleep models is the two-sided design. The […]

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The Best Tummy Time Mats 2018

by Denise & Alan Fields @ Baby Bargains

The Best Tummy Time Mats 2018 Last Updated: Dec 26, 2017 @ 11:29 am. The Best Tummy Time Mats 2018. Ask your mom or dad, do they remember tummy time? Bet the answer will be “Huh? What’s that?” Yep, tummy time is a relatively new concept in the world of parenting. In 1994, the American […]

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Crib brand review: ED by Ellen

by Denise & Alan Fields @ Baby Bargains

Crib Brand Review: ED by Ellen Web: EDbyEllen.com Crib Brand Review: ED by Ellen. When we learned that Ellen Degeneres was entering the nursery furniture arena with a line called ED by Ellen, we were skeptical. The category has been littered with celebrity-endorsed flops from the likes of Heidi Klum, Kathy Ireland and Jenny McCarthy. […]

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Warning: The 2018 flu is extra tough on babies, kids

by Emme Lukasik @ Pregnancy Magazine

Buckle up, mamas. This year’s flu strain is particularly scary for babies and children under 5. The Centers for Disease Control is reporting that the H3N2 strain has infected four times as many Americans as were sick with the flu this time last year. At the publication date, 45 states are reporting widespread infectious outbreaks. […]

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Best Crib Mattresses of 2018

Best Crib Mattresses of 2018


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Best Bed Sheet

by bestmattress @ Best Mattress Reviews

As much as beds and mattresses are essential to a healthy and comfortable life, one cannot overlook the importance of bedsheets. A cozy and comfortable bed can be one of the greatest joys this life has to offer. In order to enjoy the fullest from a bed, it is necessary to have the right kind […]

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Breathable 3″ Two-Sided Square Corner Play Yard Mattress

by Avish Dahiya @ Mattresses – Dream On Me

Dream On Me, Two-Sided 3, Play Yard Foam Mattress introduce a breathe flow technology. Our mattress is designed to fit selective play yard it features CertiPUR-US certified layer for comfort these mattress are covered with a breathe flow material on the infant side and a waterproof cover on the toddler side with lock stitch seams. […]

Newton Baby crib mattress is breathable, washable, non-toxic

Newton Baby crib mattress is breathable, washable, non-toxic


TreeHugger

A baby lying face-down will be able to breathe freely on this mattress.

Breathable 5″ Foam Crib and Toddler Bed Standard Mattress

by Avish Dahiya @ Products – Dream On Me

Dream On Me, Two-Sided 5″, mattress introduce a breathe flow technology. Our mattress is designed to fit standard full size cribs it features supreme comfort ,hypo-allergenic, CertiPUR-US certified layer for comfort these mattress are covered with a breathe -flow material on the infant side and a waterproof cover on the toddler side with lock stitch […]

Celebs Who Are Expecting in 2018

by Keren Lopez @ iBaby

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The Wait Can Kill You

The Wait Can Kill You

by Chavi Eve Karkowsky @ Slate Articles

Jane Doe, the 17-year-old girl held in federal custody, underwent her termination of pregnancy on Wednesday, at approximately 16 weeks of gestation, four weeks after requesting the procedure. Four weeks is 28 days—less than a full calendar month, but as long as one cycle of the moon, at least one and maybe two paychecks. But in the end, she received the procedure; she got what she chose and what she needed.

But that delay mattered, because when it comes to abortion, timing is everything. Time is blood loss. Time is risk. Time is danger.

The easiest way to understand this is to discuss surgical complexity. A termination procedure prior to 10 weeks is simple and common. It can be performed via a medical abortion, using pills, and can be safely recommended. Many patients can have their terminations done in the office, without special machinery, without an operating room.

A termination at 12 weeks is still a simple procedure, involving a dilation and curettage, which almost any qualified OB-GYN provider can do. It is over in less than 20 minutes.

A termination performed after approximately 14 weeks becomes a more complicated surgery. Sometime around this gestational age, the cervix—the opening to the uterus—needs to be dilated more than can safely be accomplished in the operating room on the day of procedure. The cervix needs to prepared, either with medications or with dilators placed the day prior to the procedure. The most common dilators are osmotic ones; they are placed during a speculum exam and left in the cervix, where they absorb moisture and expand over 12 to 24 hours. This dilates the cervix, and it often creates some cramping. The dilators are removed immediately prior to the termination of pregnancy the next day. Even with the best medical care, pain medications, and moral support, none of this is pleasant.

A termination performed even later—sometimes 17 weeks, sometimes 18 weeks, sometimes 20 weeks—needs two days of dilation. So the patient, here a 17-year-old, might get dilators placed on a Wednesday and go home. She would return on a Thursday, have those dilators removed and new ones placed, and go home. She would then return, finally, on a Friday, with nothing to eat before her operating-room time. Finally, 48 hours after she started, she would undergo her procedure.

That’s one of the differences a month can make.

Here’s another difference a month can make: Study after study has shown that termination of pregnancy is, overall, an extremely safe procedure. (Please note, ideally before you comment, that termination of pregnancy is, at every gestational age, safer than continuation of pregnancy. Continuing a pregnancy and delivering a baby is one of the riskiest things a young woman can do in this country of high and rising maternal mortality rates.) But the risks attendant to the surgical procedure of abortion dramatically increase with gestational age. Again, time is risk. For example, in one study looking at the overall risk of death from abortion, the overall risk was very low—0.7 deaths per 100,000 legal induced abortions. But the risk of death from termination of pregnancy increased exponentially—by 38 percent—for each additional week of gestation. Women who have abortions at 13 to 15 weeks are almost 15 times more likely to die of abortion-related causes than women who undergo one before eight weeks; women who undergo one at 16 to 20 weeks are 30 times as likely to die. In this damning study, the authors point out that “up to 87 percent of deaths in women who chose to terminate their pregnancies after 8 weeks of gestation may have been avoidable if these women had accessed abortion services before 8 weeks of gestation.” The finding that increasing gestational age equals increased risks of all kinds in pregnancy termination has been consistently found through many studies.

This tactic of delay isn’t just Jane Doe’s problem. All around this country, anti-abortion groups are working to make abortion take longer. They may not be able to outlaw it, but they make it harder—they make it more onerous, and they make it happen later. And that costs a patient a week, two weeks, a month. But what it really costs her is pain, and safety, and maybe sometimes more. Those tactics mean that sometimes the abortion is prevented, and that’s the goal of the anti-abortion groups. But sometimes those tactics mean that the abortion does happen, but is more uncomfortable, more extensive, and less safe. These tactics are very comfortable offering as casualties a woman’s pain, and her risks, and her body.

That’s the month Jane Doe just went through. None of us can imagine what Jane Doe’s extra month of waiting cost her, emotionally or financially or legally. But medically, this month had consequences. That month of delay tactics meant that her body was placed in more danger and more pain than it needed to be, just as those delay tactics do the same to women everywhere around this country every day. That month mattered to her, and to all of them, and maybe to you.

The Best Baby Crib Mattress [y] | Baby Bargains

The Best Baby Crib Mattress [y] | Baby Bargains


Baby Bargains

After comparing 15 different crib mattress brands, we pick the Naturepedic No Compromise Organic Cotton Classic Lightweight Crib Mattress ($259 on Amazon) as the Best Baby Crib Mattress 2018. Naturepedic’s No Compromise Organic Cotton Classic Lightweight mattress features closed-cell air pockets made from food-grade . . .

The 6 Best Mattress Picks For Under $1000 – 2018 Edition

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Best Baby Mattress 2018: Top 10 Picks - Distracted Momma

Best Baby Mattress 2018: Top 10 Picks - Distracted Momma


Distracted Momma

When it comes to choosing the best baby mattress, things can get a bit tricky. Choosing the right mattress for your little one’s bed is exceptionally important, because it is during these initial stages of life that key growth and developmental phases occur, and your little one requires complete rest to help his body recover. To make things[...]

Mom's Guide 2018: The 5 Best Crib Mattresses For Safe Sleep

Mom's Guide 2018: The 5 Best Crib Mattresses For Safe Sleep


MomTricks

Did you know that many popular crib mattresses are unsafe? It's true, but we'll show you 5 great choices that are safe, comfortable and firm.

Choosing a Safe Mattress for Your Baby's Crib

Choosing a Safe Mattress for Your Baby's Crib


EWG

During the first few years of their lives, infants can spend most of their time sleeping or crawling in the crib. Choosing children’s products that are good for air quality in the baby’s room can be a difficult task.

How to Tell If Your Used Crib Mattress Is Safe

How to Tell If Your Used Crib Mattress Is Safe


The Spruce

Wondering if a used crib mattress is a good idea? Get the scoop on second-hand mattresses, and find out if your own hand-me-down mattress makes the cut.

Non-Toxic Baby Toys {How to Buy Safer Toys for Your Baby}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

In an ideal world, all toys would be safe and there would be no need for worry. There would be no toy recalls and no toys with unsafe levels of lead or BPA. Obviously, that’s not the case and most toy manufacturers won’t think twice about using PVC in their toys or paint sourced from […]

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Top 5 Best Crib Mattresses 2018 - Buyer's Guide And Reviews

Top 5 Best Crib Mattresses 2018 - Buyer's Guide And Reviews


Best Mattress Reviews

Disclaimer:We receive free products to review and participate in affiliate programs, where we are compensated for items purchased through links from our site (at no cost to the buyer). Have a newborn or a toddler? Then you should definitely care about their sleep as it is imperative to their growth. To ensure the latter, you …

3 Simple Tips for Making Your Baby Gear Last

by @ Ideal Baby & Kids: Blog Posts

Having a great car seat, stroller, high chair and play yard is essential to a baby registry list. Sometimes, purchasing these pieces for your little ones can seem like an investment. I know whenever we’ve bought essential pieces for Soren, my first thought was, “How can I make this last and stay nice not only for Soren but for future siblings?” Because we all know that babies are MESSY. It’s almost a rite of passage as a parent to constantly feel sticky, slobbered on, and have stains everywhere. And I’m sure we ALL avoid wearing white and purchasing any white furnishing for our homes! I know I do! ;) So, how can we keep baby gear clean and make it last from one baby to the next? Check out these simple tips on making your gear look like new throughout the years.

1. Use Wipes for Everything

I use baby wipes for EVERYTHING now. Maybe it’s because they are also within arm’s reach? In any case, wipes are incredibly useful and such a multi-purpose product. I recommend keeping an extra bag of wipes sealed in the car, in your kitchen, and with your stroller. If baby makes a mess, use wipes to quickly get it up, so you prevent staining and dirt build up. Wipe down straps, buckles, trays, and fabric to quickly clean up small messes when you’re on the go! You can also purchase saline wipes. These work great too. I also recommend purchasing a few travel wipe dispensers and keeping them handy as suggested above.

2. Remember the Power of a Bib!

Bibs are great for keeping baby’s clothes clean, but they are also great for catching things that could potentially land on baby gear. Whether your little one is snacking on the go or eating a meal in his/her high chair, always make sure to put on a bib. Store bibs on a command hook behind your high chair for quick access, and always keep a few in your diaper bag for on-the-go needs! We especially love those waterproof bibs with the catch-all pockets. They are so easy to clean!

3. Give It a Regular Spring Cleaning

Be sure to set aside time every few weeks/months depending on what is needed to take the padding off your gear and run it through a delicate wash cycle. Let these air dry to prevent any shrinking. Don’t forget to use a high chair/gear cleaner to really wipe up messes and make sure your gear is free of anything icky. Maintaining the cleanliness of your gear day by day in simple ways will make it so much easier to keep up with and clean!

The Longboard Stroller: Will Quinny bring it to the US?

by Denise & Alan Fields @ Baby Bargains

The Longboard Stroller: Will Quinny bring it to the US? Last updated: Nov 30, 2017 @ 1:59 pm The Longboard Stroller: Will Quinny bring it to the US? A mash up between a stroller and skateboard, the Longboard Stroller by Quinny is lighting up the internet—so what is it? And when is it coming, if […]

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Should Pregnant Women Buy Pregnancy Pillows?

by Lindsay S @ Choose Mattress

A pillow provides many benefits, and there are several different types to suit each usage too. In fact, there is a pillow that can help with almost any type of rest, seating, or laying down position. Whether it’s a goose down pillow for luxurious bed time sleep, a wedge pillow for helping position whilst catching up on TV shows, or a neck pillow for traveling, these little wonders are everywhere, and very much needed too. One of the common and somewhat essential types required by women today are known as pregnancy pillows. Simply put, these are specially designed to suit

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Happsy Organic Crib Mattress

Happsy Organic Crib Mattress


Happsy.com

Mother Nature and parent approvedParents want the best for their babies and the Happsy organic baby crib mattress delivers. The Happsy crib mattress is mad...

PlushBeds Coupon Code

by Logan Block @ Sleepopolis

You can save $50 on your PlushBeds purchase by using the discount code “SLEEPOP5” at checkout. Just follow these simple steps: Head over to PlushBeds.com Select the mattress you would like to purchase Confirm your order is correct Enter the promo code in the Coupon Code box found on the checkout page and click Apply […]

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HOME VISITING: Scheduling well-baby visits

by Julianna @ Delaware Thrives

The first two years of your baby’s life are important. Keep your baby happy and healthy by going to well-baby visits. A well-baby visit lets you know how your baby is growing and developing. These visits will happen every 2-3 months. A Home Visitor can help you schedule and prepare for these important visits. If[.....]

Our In-Depth DreamCloud Bed Review for 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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$200 Off DreamCloud Promo Code

by Logan Block @ Sleepopolis

It’s easy to save $200 on your DreamCloud sleepopolis.com/dreamcloud/ purchase by using the Sleepopolis coupon code. Just following these steps to get the discount: Head over to DreamCloudSleep.com. Choose the size DreamCloud mattress you would like to purchase. Confirm your cart is correct and apply SLEEPOPOLIS200 promo code. That’s it, you just saved $200!

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Chemicals in the crib

Chemicals in the crib


chicagotribune.com

Flame retardant chlorinated tris is found in baby mattresses in tests commissioned by Chicago Tribune.

Zotto Mattress Unboxing

by Logan Block @ Sleepopolis

I’m here to unbox the Zotto mattress! It’s a memory foam mattress standing 10 inches in height and aims to help regulate temperatures to help sleep cool. This is going to be my first look at the Zotto, so I’m excited to learn more about the mattress and get a sense of the feel so […]

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SAFE SLEEP: Traveling for the holidays? Make sure your baby has a safe place to sleep

by Julianna @ Delaware Thrives

  The holiday season is upon us. This means you might be traveling to visit family or friends. Sometimes these trips include sleeping over. If you have a baby in tow it’s important to make sure they have a safe environment to sleep in. There are times where a grandparent’s house or friend’s apartment might[.....]

Breathable 6″ Little Butterflies 2-in-1 Foam Core Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

by Avish Dahiya @ Products – Dream On Me

Dream On Me, Breathable 6 Inch Core Mattress is a 2 in 1 full size foam mattress that offers you the freedom of choice and is the answer to your babies comfort and support which includes a breathe flow technology. The hypoallergenic, anti bacterial, CertiPUR-US certified layers mattress is covered with a breath-flow material on […]

Our Leesa Bed Review For 2018 – Should You Buy It?

by Jill Thompson @ The Sleep Advisor

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3 Baby Items You’ll Want Back-Up For

by @ Ideal Baby & Kids: Blog Posts

Every parent knows you want to have a hidden stash of diapers and wipes — there’s nothing like going to change a diaper at 2 a.m. and discovering there isn’t a single diaper in the house. But those aren’t the only thing you might want to have back-up for to avoid a scramble, usually at the most inconvenient time, to find a replacement. Here are three things I’ve learned (in some cases, the hard way) to keep on hand:

That Beloved Lovey. My oldest daughter has a little lovely like a Dumbo one and the idea of sleeping without it is laughable. So far, we haven’t lost it (although we’ve had a few close calls), but having an extra one gives us all some peace of mind. It’s also nice if the lovey eventually gets too dirty or worn out to be able to switch it out for a new, clean one.

Crib Sheets. Whether it’s throw-up or a blow-out diaper, keeping an extra crib sheet or two in the linen closet will mean you can replace the sheet and have your baby back in bed in no time! When our middle daughter got a stomach bug a few weeks ago, we were so so grateful to have a back-up. By the time I had her bathed and in fresh jammies, my husband had the crib all clean and ready for her to get back to bed.

Pacifiers. When you can’t find one or it gets left behind somewhere, you’ll be really glad to have a few stashed away. For eight months, we had only one pacifier for our oldest daughter – we managed to never lose it! Then, on a family trip to Disneyland, she tossed it over the side of the stroller and none of us noticed until it was too late. We scoured the area, but finally had to give up (happily, the baby centers at Disneyland have big baskets of pacifiers. Vacation saved!)

And, of course, don’t forget those diapers and wipes.

A Safe Mattress May Save Your Baby's Life - Reduce The Risk of SIDS

A Safe Mattress May Save Your Baby's Life - Reduce The Risk of SIDS


Kitchen Stewardship | Real Food and Natural Living

Get a safe non-toxic crib mattress and you may save your baby's life! Important info on SIDS, flame retardants in mattresses, and your options for natural mattresses.

Baby Trend Nursery Center Breathable Two-Sided 3″ Foam mattress with Square Corner

by Avish Dahiya @ Products – Dream On Me

Dream On Me, Two-Sided 3, Play Yard Foam Mattress introduce a breathe flow technology. Our mattress is designed to fit selective play yard it features CertiPUR-US certified layer for comfort these mattress are covered with a breathe flow material on the infant side and a waterproof cover on the toddler side with lock stitch seams. […]

All About Different Mattress Thickness

by Lindsay S @ Choose Mattress

One of the many common attributes you will see listed when reading through any mattress reviews or specifications is not just the name, brand, or material, but also the stated mattress thickness, which is sometimes specified as its height. Many people may mistakenly believe that the different mattress sizes correlate to their height, but this isn’t necessarily true – you can get thick Twin and thin Queen, and vice versa. In this article we touch a little more briefly upon size. Why Mattress Height Matters Mattress height plays a large role in how the bed appears in the room. Will

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Best Luxury Mattresses

by bestmattress @ Best Mattress Reviews

One-third of a man’s life is spent sleeping. The well-spent one-third part of life affects the remaining two third part of life immensely. In order to fully utilize your skills for progressing in the competitive world today, you have to ensure you have the best health, a fresh mind, and an energetic, vibrant body. All […]

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Britax debuts new low-price car seats: Allegiance ($200), Emblem ($240)

by Denise & Alan Fields @ Baby Bargains

Britax debuts new low-price car seats: Allegiance ($200), Emblem ($240) Published: Feb 1, 2018 @ 9:55 am. Britax debuts new low-price car seats: Allegiance ($200), Emblem ($240) Britax has kicked off the new year with a surprise—two new car seats from a lower price line called Essentials starting at $200. These are scaled down car seats […]

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Hypnic Jerk The Involuntary Twitching Spasm During Sleep

by bestmattress @ Best Mattress Reviews

Without any doubt, sleep is necessary for person’s well-being. The idea of the comfy bed along with the peaceful ambiance is not less than a blessing. Majority of us know the worth of sleep in our lives and feeling of being refreshed after a good sleep. Even though we know the importance of sleep but […]

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Breathable 3″ Two-Sided Square Corner Play Yard Mattress

by Avish Dahiya @ Products – Dream On Me

Dream On Me, Two-Sided 3, Play Yard Foam Mattress introduce a breathe flow technology. Our mattress is designed to fit selective play yard it features CertiPUR-US certified layer for comfort these mattress are covered with a breathe flow material on the infant side and a waterproof cover on the toddler side with lock stitch seams. […]

Sleeping on Your Stomach: Is It Bad for You

by bestmattress @ Best Mattress Reviews

When it comes to sleep, we are less than willing to compromise. After all, the best sleeping position is the one that you’re in right now, at least when getting out of bed. But for some of us, sleeping can be a tedious task, and we want to know more about what our sleeping habits […]

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Choosing an Organic Kids Mattress

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  One of the most important decisions a parent can make is choosing an organic kids mattress. Sleep is critical to your child’s health and well-being, and since kids spend more than one third of their lives in direct exposure to their mattress materials it’s crucial to their health that those mattress materials be safe, …Read More

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How to Choose the Best Mattress for Your Baby's Crib

How to Choose the Best Mattress for Your Baby's Crib


Ted & Stacey's Mattress Guides & Reviews

You want the best everything for your baby, but there are always so many options! Read this quick guide to filter the noise and find the best crib mattress!

Platform Beds vs Box Spring Beds

by Lindsay S @ Choose Mattress

At the end of the day, we all need to sleep, right? That too on a comfortable bed! Nothing beats the feeling of getting into a comfortable bed and looking forward to a good nights sleep at the end of a hard days work. When it comes to beds, depending on the kind of comfort you need, you have many options to choose from, however the two most common types of beds to pick from are the platform bed or the box spring bed. Any idea which one you are using currently? Unless you have actively purchased one in the

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Best Organic Crib Mattress - Healthy Child

Best Organic Crib Mattress - Healthy Child


Healthy Child

Important facts you must know about the toxicity of a baby crib mattress! Learn how to choose the safest and best organic crib mattress.

HEALTH EQUITY: Provide health equity opportunities for your baby

by Julianna @ Delaware Thrives

Considering having a baby? Give your little one a fair chance at health equity! Health equity means that everyone has an equal opportunity at living their healthiest life. Every parent wants their child to live a happy and healthy life. That is why it is important to ask yourself whether your living situation is healthy[.....]

How to buy a crib mattress | BabyCenter

How to buy a crib mattress | BabyCenter


BabyCenter

Organic? Foam? Innerspring? Get up to speed on your mattress options and how to choose the best mattress for your baby.

24 Super-Fun Ideas For Baby Play (A Month By Month Guide)

by Sarah Amos @ MomTricks

In The Guide The first few weeks. 1 – 2 months. 2 – 3 months. 3 – 4 months. 4 – 5 months. 5 – 6 months. 6 – 7 months. 7 – 8 months. 8 – 9 months. 9 – 10 months. 10 – 11 months. 11 – 12 months. Let’s face it: the […]

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5 Common Types Of Sleep Disorders

by Lindsay S @ Choose Mattress

Minor and major sleep disorders are becoming an increasingly common occurrence in modern times, especially prevalent in individuals who have for whatever reason failed to embrace healthy and stress-free lifestyles. It’s important to note that the most common sleep disorders doesn’t necessarily mean lack of sleep, it can also mean too much of it, or alternatively could be neither, but instead something that occurs during slumber that isn’t classed as a normal sleeping habit such as excessive snoring. Broadly speaking, these types of disorders occur in the form of compromised rejuvenation, and will eventually compromise the overall well-being and health

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How can you choose the best crib mattress for your baby?

How can you choose the best crib mattress for your baby?


iBaby

Baby crib mattresses not only contribute to a peaceful sleep of babies but also support the baby’s growing body when she is sleeping.

The 40 Best Baby Mattresses for Cribs and Toddler Beds | Safety.com

The 40 Best Baby Mattresses for Cribs and Toddler Beds | Safety.com


Safety.com

Choosing the right baby mattress is an important decision. We've compiled the best mattresses for infants, babies, and toddlers of all ages.

The baby mattress: why it's among top 3 in importance

The baby mattress: why it's among top 3 in importance


Pregnancy Magazine

Read why your baby mattress is one of the most important nursery purchases. Hint: it's not just about a good night's sleep.

The Ultimate Non-Toxic Baby Registry Checklist {2018 Edition}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Hi mama, and welcome to the Ultimate Non-Toxic Baby Registry Checklist! Putting together your baby registry is a process in and of itself, and it can be really fun and exciting. It can also easily consume weeks or even months of your pregnancy. I want to make it easier for you. My goal is to help you […]

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Do I Put a Fitted Sheet over a Mattress Protector?

by Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey @ Sleepopolis

You spent good money on your mattress and you want it to last. One of the first lines of defense you can take to make your investment last is to purchase a mattress protector. Not only can it save your mattress from warranty-voiding stains and spills and keep dust mites and sweat from permeating your […]

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Non-Toxic Bath Toys {Safer, Plastic-Free Toys for Bath Time}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Bath time is a fun time in our home. My oldest loves to play and splash around in the bath, and I like to sit back and enjoy a few moments of conversation with him. But, getting him in the bath – that’s another story! The only thing that helps is agreeing to give him […]

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What kind of mattress is best for my baby?

What kind of mattress is best for my baby?


Grist

When an expectant mother from St. Louis wonders what kind of mattress is best for baby, advice maven Umbra Fisk spits up a few suggestions.

Why Good Sleep Matters So Much

by Lindsay S @ Choose Mattress

We humans spend about one-third of our lives asleep. This one-third greatly impacts the quality of the other two-thirds of our lives. Many things contribute to a good night’s rest, and your mattress lies at the foundation. According to WebMD, when it comes to sleep quality, “to get it right, you’ve got to start with the basics and your mattress is the first building block to a restful slumber.” After all, if you’re tossing and turning all night, struggling to get your body into a pain-free position, your sleep quality will be poor, and your wellness will suffer. The Importance

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How music works magic on babies

by Elizabeth Pantley @ Pregnancy Magazine

By Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns Mothers have always crooned their babies to sleep with lullabies, fathers have sung nursery rhymes to their toddlers, and families have made folk music a part of everyday life. Why? Because music is calming, music facilitates language development, and most of all, music is […]

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Sweet Dreams 6” 88 Coil Spring Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

by Avish Dahiya @ Mattresses – Dream On Me

Your baby will sleep peacefully on the Sweet Dreams Spring Coil Mattress by Dream On Me. Constructed with quality materials and workmanship, this mattress is manufactured with pride in the USA. This lightweight mattress offers 88 durable, interwoven, heat tempered, steel coils providing supreme comfort and support. A protective polyurethane foam wrap on each side […]

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