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Most parents of newborns have similar shopping lists. Food (to keep them energized during long, sleepless nights), emergency pacifiers, wipes and many, many packs of disposable diapers are essential. When exhausted dads walk down the baby care aisle on autopilot at 3AM there’s no question that diapers are needed. However, most don’t consider there is an alternative…cloth! Gone are the days when cloth diapers were considered unhygienic, difficult to close and, of course, the only option. Many more mothers than you expect rely on cloth diapers today. Baby care is a very personal decision and on the surface, cloth may seem outdated, complicated and just plain gross. However, there are always unseen benefits to every option. Let’s carefully weigh the pros and cons to help make the best decision for YOUR family! 1. COST A family should expect to spend $3,000 per child on diapers. That is a HUGE financial…

If your gut feeling says you might have a bun in the oven it can be agonizing to wait to find out for sure. Though ultrasounds and pregnancy tests are the only foolproof method of being certain, most urine tests won’t give accurate results until at least a day after your first missed period; an ultrasound can take even longer, as the fetus is invisible until 5-6 weeks after gestation. Thankfully, there are several signs of pregnancy that often show up long before a urine test or ultrasound is possible. Though every pregnancy is unique and every woman will experience theirs differently, the presence of these 15 symptoms, especially in conjunction with one another, might be a good indication that you’re a mommy-to-be. Early Signs Tender or swollen breasts It takes a lot of time for your breasts to gear-up and transform into milk-machines, so it’s no surprise they start…

Children do not come with instruction manuals. They do not come with a how-to guide allowing parents to avoid making mistakes as they raised them. Children test the boundaries of patience and rules. As a parent, you worry about making harmful mistakes that will forever scar your child and instill bad behaviors. You are not perfect, no parent is. They all make mistakes. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes all parents make. Yelling The most common mistake all parents make is yelling at their children. You probably have promised yourself more than once that you are no longer going to lose your temper and start screaming at your child. However, something happens, and you find yourself right back where you do not want to be raising your voice. While it might seem like the only way to get your child’s attention is to yell at them, it makes…