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  • Do you need a bassinet? Pros and cons
    August 19, 2016 Dana

    Do you need a bassinet? Pros and cons

    While the classic heirloom bassinet may not be up to modern safety standards,* there’s something incredibly charming about the picture of a baby sleeping in her own infant-sized nest. Whether you’re going with the traditional wicker look or going sleek and modern...

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  • The science is in: early bedtimes are better!
    May 20, 2016 Dana

    The science is in: early bedtimes are better!

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: both our personal experience and loads of research show that early bedtimes are better for babies and kids. So we’re definitely fans of this article from Melinda Wenner Moyer at Slate,...

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  • Swaddling 101: why you need to swaddle your baby
    March 14, 2016 Dana

    Swaddling 101: why you need to swaddle your baby

    Little Unicorn hedgehog swaddling blanket, from their Facebook page The transition period directly after birth is often referred to as the “fourth trimester”: a time in which all of the stimuli of the outside world can easily overwhelm your baby,...

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  • What is colic, and what can you do about it?
    September 23, 2015 Dana

    What is colic, and what can you do about it?

    Some babies seldom cry, and enjoy a good nursing session, have a hearty burp, and drift off into blissful, milky sleep. Others… don’t. When Mary Widdicks had her second baby, who was one of the above “easy babies,” she was...

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  • Why are newborn babies fussy at night?
    July 23, 2015 Eli

    Why are newborn babies fussy at night?

    Over the past eleven years in the business, I’ve mainly given advice about baby gear: what stroller to buy? How do you tie your baby wrap? How do you create the perfect registry? But besides being a baby gear aficionado,...

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