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  1. Top Common Challenges New Moms Face

    Top Common Challenges New Moms Face

    If you are pregnant or a new mom, you are probably already aware that raising a new baby is a demanding task. Here are some of the top challenges new moms need to overcome.

    Too Much Unwanted Advice Can Be Overwhelming

    During pregnancy and after, people will give you unsolicited advice, whether it be strangers on the street or well-meaning loved ones. You may find it hard to handle these situations with grace when tired and overwhelmed. While many people are probably trying to be helpful, you most likely have done your learning and have a doctor who can help guide you on what is best for you and your child. If you need answers to questions you have, doing your own investigating on tips for new parents can help give you back some agency over your life, and it's okay

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  2. How To Help Your Kids Adjust to a Move

    How To Help Your Kids Adjust to a Move

    Moving is a big deal for everyone, but it is especially tough for young kids. After all, they know where everything is in their home. They may be close with their neighbors and friends.

    Whether you and your family are moving across town or across the country, your kids will have to get used to a new school, a new doctor and a new home layout. It is thus not uncommon for children's behavior to change following a move. Toddlers could regress in their development. Slightly older kids may get cranky or clingy. They could also lash out or have trouble sleeping.

    To make the transition as smooth as possible for your children, you need to be proactive. Before you even Google "sell my house," you should start helping your kids adjust to the idea of moving. Here are some ways to prepare your young children for a move.

    1. Talk To Them in Advance

    Children need time to adjust to a major change. Do not wait

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  3. Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression? How Do You Know What That Sad Feeling is?  

    Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression? How Do You Know What That Sad Feeling is?  

    Having a baby is supposed to be a joyous time for a family. After the anticipation of pregnancy, the baby’s arrival is often exciting and rewarding. But some women struggle after childbirth. Whether a baby it’s your first child or your fifth, it takes time to adjust to a new baby and the challenges they bring.

    But there are other challenges that women can experience after childbirth. Due to the changes in hormones and other potential factors, some women experience feelings of anxiety or depression after having a baby. People say that baby blues are normal after childbirth, but postpartum depression typically needs treatment. If you have had a baby, how do you know whether what you are experiencing is baby blues or postpartum depression?

    What are the baby blues?

    The “baby blues

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  4. 6 Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep

    6 Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep

    Every parent is looking for the magic way to help their baby get a good night's sleep. From babies that have trouble falling asleep to babies that wake up during the night, sleeping soundly is a notoriously difficult skill for a baby to master. However, getting a full night's sleep can be the holy grail for overtired parents and a sure way for everyone to have a better day.

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  5. Benefits of Tracking Your Sleep

    Benefits of Tracking Your Sleep

    Healthy sleep is crucial to your overall health. Unfortunately, it's easy to ignore your sleep health in favor of getting enough hours in the day. If you want to improve your general wellbeing, you should start by getting healthy sleep. Tracking your sleep has many benefits, including the points below. 

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  6. 3 Beneficial Summer Activities for Kids

    3 Beneficial Summer Activities for Kids

    Summer is approaching quickly. Soon, school will be out, and your children will be home. Without school, there is plenty of downtime during the day. Some children can entertain themselves. Others require assistance or would rather say they are bored repeatedly instead of trying to come up with solutions. Here are some ideas to help fill your child’s summer break with activities that are good for their health and encourage learning.

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  7. 7 Ways To Balance Home and Work

    7 Ways To Balance Home and Work

    As a working mom, you probably feel as if you are constantly being pulled in all directions. You don't have nearly the time to devote to everything, much less the energy. Therefore, it takes some planning and careful strategizing to make it run smoothly day after day. Maybe you feel like some aspect of your life is suffering, though. In the end, it all comes down to the well-being of your children. Here are some suggestions for making it all work as a working mom. 

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  8. Moving with Your Baby: Tips for a Smooth Process

    Moving with Your Baby: Tips for a Smooth Process

    Moving houses is a challenging process, especially if there's a baby involved. You won't have to take care of one thing but two - relocation and your baby. Besides keeping your child happy, healthy, and alive, you'll have a tone of things to do moving-wise - decluttering, cleaning, packing, transporting, and then everything from the top when you arrive at your new home. It all sounds like a lot, and, to be honest, it is. However, it's not impossible. This situation is pretty manageable if you plan it properly. So, to help you and give you peace of mind, we gathered a few tips for a smooth process when moving with your baby. Shall we?

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  9. Tips for Finding the Right Parenting App

    Tips for Finding the Right Parenting App

     Look for an Age-Appropriate Parenting App 

    The power and flexibility of cloud monitoring have led developers to create features that place help in the hands of anxious parents. When searching for the right parenting app, the first thing to consider is your child’s age. Apps for parenting typically lean more heavily on a particular age group of children. Learning what age the app developer was targeting will help you eliminate those not for you.

    Some parenting apps focus on helping new parents keep up with the deluge of new tasks to keep up when they bring their baby home. For example, infant parenting apps concentrate on feeding time reminders, medical appointment schedules and tracking growth, weight and development benchmarks.

    As kids get older, their needs change. So the parenting app you are using should k

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  10. Addressing Mental Health as an Adoptee

    Addressing Mental Health as an Adoptee

    “She’s such a lucky girl!” is a phrase often heard in reference to a child being adopted by a loving family. But although an adoptee’s fate might be better than a lifetime of abuse, neglect, or need, adopted children could still experience trauma. Finding an adoptive “forever family” means the loss of a biological family and produces many changes.

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