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Target Wants to Upcycle Your Old Car Seats in Exchange For a Discount

Target Wants to Upcycle Your Old Car Seats in Exchange For a Discount

Target Wants to Upcycle Your Old Car Seats in Exchange For a Discount.
Target is looking to make your cleaning efforts a bit easier this September by offering to take old car seats off your hands.
In exchange for the used seats, the company will give you a 20 percent discount on a new seat of your choice in honor of National Baby Safety Month.
The trade-in program, which will take place in Target stores from September 10 to 23, 2017, is in partnership with TerraCycle — a company that recycles hard-to-recycle waste — which will work to upcycle the old car seats into new products.
Through the initiative, Target believes it will “keep more than 700,000 pounds of car seat materials out of landfills.” “In honor of Earth Month, we wanted to make it easy for guests to do something positive for the planet and their communities,” Target’s chief sustainability officer, Jennifer Silberman, said back in April 2017 before the program’s first go-round. “We love this opportunity to give families an environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted car seats and get the new ones they need .
Earlier this year, 80,000 car seats were recycled in honor of Earth Day.
If you’re excited about this program and are planning to take full advantage of the coupon that comes with the trade-in, check out Target’s lineup of car seats available to choose from while you wait for September 10 to roll around (your coupon will only be valid until Oct. 7, 2017, so be ready!).
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The Truth About The Safety Of Crib Bumpers

The Truth About The Safety Of Crib Bumpers

What if baby hits her head?
Are crib bumpers safe?
But while they’re meant to protect baby, studies show they can actually have the opposite effect.
Are Crib Bumpers Safe? “Some crib bumpers are marketed as being safe, but for something to be promoted, there should be studies showing that they are safe, and currently there’s not enough data there to prove that crib bumpers are safe.”
Feel as if you need bumpers to protect baby’s head from getting bumped or caught in the crib slats?
The bulk of the CPSC investigation into crib bumper safety focused on padded crib bumpers, and the agency says there’s currently not enough evidence to say whether mesh crib bumpers are safe or unsafe, citing a need for more research. “Even with mesh bumpers, the same safety concerns are there,” Hammond says. “As kids get older, the concern is that crib bumpers could be used as a launching pad,” Hammond explains.
Crib Bumper Alternatives So if crib bumpers aren’t safe, what are your alternatives?

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I Tried Dance Parties to Work Out As a New Mom + Here’s What Happened

I Tried Dance Parties to Work Out As a New Mom + Here’s What Happened

I Tried Dance Parties to Work Out As a New Mom + Here’s What Happened.
But once you emerge from that fog of sleep deprivation and want to get back into the swing of things, what’s a busy mom to do?
It was an intense cardio workout, but I had a blast shaking my booty to pop hits and learning dance routines.
I heard about Fat Kid Dance Party after watching a PopSugar video about it, and it looked so fun that I signed up for it at Everybody, a gym that’s all about embracing every single body — no judgments.
She loved throwing dance parties in Brooklyn where she used to live, so she thought it was a great way to party and work out.
Find foods that make you feel good and eat those.
Meet your body where it’s at.” Brandlandingham has three rules in her class: 1) There’s no wrong way to do Fat Kid Dance Party.
It was so much fun, and I felt great.
A few weeks later, a friend invited me to Dance Dance Party Party LA, a girls-only dance party.
What I loved about both dance parties was that I channeled my inner dancer, had a blast, and got my sweat on.

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How Wordless Books Can Help Your Kid Learn to Read

How Wordless Books Can Help Your Kid Learn to Read

How Wordless Books Can Help Your Kid Learn to Read.
Prereading toddlers and preschoolers can follow a story told in pictures, a parent or child can narrate the action, and the cozy, empowering experience can help kids develop positive associations with books.
And even though kids aren’t reading words, it turns out that wordless books can develop important skills: Literacy.
They practice listening, comprehension, and interpreting visual images.
This helps kids understand stories once they start reading and can inspire them to write their own stories — an expression of literacy.
Confidence.
Wordless books can be enjoyed by readers of all ages and can develop a taste for reading for pleasure and delight in illustration.
A boy discovers an undersea fantasy world when he develops the film from an underwater camera he finds washed up on the shore.
A middle-grade novel about an orphaned boy who lives in a Paris train station (the book was made into the film Hugo).
But the bottom line is that wordless books are loads of fun to read together and can be entertaining and empowering for kids of various ages to read on their own.

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Adding Another Sibling Won’t Ruin Your Kids

Adding Another Sibling Won’t Ruin Your Kids

Adding Another Sibling Won’t Ruin Your Kids.
Sometime in the next three months, life as I know it will end forever.
With two boys less than 18 months apart, we have existed in survival mode ever since becoming parents.
Pregnancy signals the start of a new life, not just for a child, but for the entire family.
Most new babies come along when firstborn children are between the ages of two and three – a period already rife with significant changes and developments, often hallmarked by disruptive and noncompliant behavior.
Experts believe there are things you can do to make the transition to life with a new baby easier on older children.
The first step is to consider timing.
Between 18 months and three years of age – exactly the time frame in which most parents aim to add a new member to their family – is when older siblings have the hardest time adjusting to a new baby.
Once the new baby is on the way, regardless of the prospective age gap, parents can help their older children adjust by reading books about new babies and introducing older kids to newborns and babies, according to experts at Cornell University.
After the fog of the newborn days begins to settle, I know there will be a period of adjustment for all of us.

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The 5-Minute Routine That Helps Me Transition From Mom to Boss (And Back Again)

The 5-Minute Routine That Helps Me Transition From Mom to Boss (And Back Again)

I would stare at the pile of emails awaiting me with sad resignation.
Then one morning, after a particularly challenging daycare drop off, I walked into my office and looked at my meditation pillow on the floor.
It was there, in theory, to encourage me to take breaks at work, but thus far I hadn’t used it much since my first mindfulness workshop.
I dropped my bags by my desk without turning on the office light, sat down on the pillow, and took a few deep breaths.
Then I slowly stood up, put my computer on its docking station, and mindfully sat down in my chair.
Instead, I was carrying stress from one setting to another throughout the day and never giving myself a chance to pause, step off the treadmill, and catch my breath.
I now practice this transition meditation almost every day, whether my morning has been stressful or not.
This simple practice has made me a more calm and peaceful boss in my work setting and a more patient and attentive parent to my children.
If you want to try your own transition meditation, there are numerous tools available to help, whether you download a simple meditation timer (if you have some experience with meditation or mindfulness), use guided meditations (which can be a huge benefit if you are new to the practice), or start with a free trial of a program like Headspace (which also provides background on why meditation works).
Give yourself care and compassion as you manage the many hats that you wear every day as a working parent.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Signs of Labor

Everything You Need to Know About the Signs of Labor

Everything You Need to Know About the Signs of Labor.
You’re not the first woman in the history of childbearing to feel kind of clueless when it comes to deciphering the signs of labor, especially if it’s your first time around the L and D room.
It’s go time!” to “Hang in there, girl.” 1.
Your water *actually* breaks.
You absolutely can’t walk around for days or weeks after your water breaks.
Sometimes the baby applies pressure in just the right way to make you pee a little.
Your contractions are painful.
The baby drops way down.
The cervix begins to dilate.
When the baby is ready to make a grand appearance, you no longer need the plug.

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How to Prevent a Parental Disaster During Your Afternoon Witching Hour

How to Prevent a Parental Disaster During Your Afternoon Witching Hour

But have you ever stepped back to notice that parents have our own witching hour around 2 p.m.?
Several studies point out how it may be harder for us to think clearly, make good decisions, and avoid making mistakes during the middle of the afternoon.
That circadian slump time is widely referenced in the business world, but it also affects stay-at-home-parents trying to take care of their kids.
The study found that rewards we receive in the morning or evening tend to come as more of a surprise than rewards we get in the afternoon.
This means that we are better off skipping certain activities during our own witching hour.
Try these tips for making the best of your witching hour: Eat a healthy snack Like our kids, if we go too long on an empty stomach, we are bound to lose our balance.
Being out in natural sunlight can also help reset your internal clock and give you a much-needed energy boost.
More than 60,000 elementary schools in the United States are using this creative online program to give their students active breaks throughout the school day.
Why not use it at home for both you and your kids?
You can do the same for them another day.

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Should I Send My Kid to Preschool?

Should I Send My Kid to Preschool?

I primarily work from home and I have a lot of family that lives close by.
So the idea of paying a stranger to teach my son while I do laundry or mow the lawn seems absurd.
My friend Kristi’s 4-year-old son just started pre-K at a public school, and she told me it was a free program.
Pro: They will learn to socialize better and share.
I take my son on a lot of playdates.
But he only engages with one or two kids a day.
In preschool, they spend four hours a day with 10-20 other kids their age.
If you live in one of these states, then just be thankful and take the cost of preschool out of your cons list.
Con: They might be better off with the person who loves them the most.
I know how much time I spend teaching my son right from wrong.

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4 Signs You’re Burnt Out as a Mom

4 Signs You're Burnt Out as a Mom

4 Signs You’re Burnt Out as a Mom.
We all have moments in time in which we feel stressed, but sometimes we don’t even realize how burnt out we are even if others around us can see that we are.
It takes a village to raise a child.
Sign #1: Forgetting Everything Sure, there’s preggo brain and mommy brain, but when you start forgetting things constantly, it’s a sign you’re burnt out.
When I had to move suddenly, I started forgetting things, which was so out of character for me.
Sign #2: Snapping at the Kids and Partner Have you been a bit snappy lately?
Many of my friends swear that yoga has helped reduce their stress levels and increased their energy.
Therapy: You may be burnt out because life has placed some difficulties on your plate like divorce, illness, pregnancy loss, death in the family, etc.
Turn Off the Tech: I had my phone on way too late and was receiving work emails late at night, which subsequently stressed me and impacted my sleep.
Is your partner taking the share?

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