Happy 2017 to all! We've been thinking about the topics you want to read about in the next year, and it prompted us to take a look back at what you enjoyed in 2016. From pregnancy health and beauty to the environment to fabulous photoshoots for your little bebe, these were the articles you loved last year ...
7 Ab-Rehab Tips Following Delivery: With the proper rehab, you can absolutely get your core back to its pre-pregnancy (or better!) state. The great news is you can begin your core rehabilitation process as soon as you feel comfortable following delivery, and it is most likely easier than you think.
Keep Your Diaper Bag Organized: Every January we have the best intentions to stick to our resolution to make our lives a little more organized. This year ensure your diaper bag will stay organized and fabulous year-round with these top 4 tips!
4 Steps to Fight Morning Sickness: While many suggest that morning sickness might be a good sign that the baby is growing and healthy, let’s face it–feeling pregnancy nausea is miserable. Here are Nine Naturals’ and healthy mama®’s top tips for avoiding and treating morning sickness.
Why You Should Avoid Microbeads: For the past decade, “microbeads” have been ubiquitous in the world of personal care products; these round, plastic particles are an exfoliation ingredient in everything from toothpastes to facial scrubs. Unfortunately, microbeads are far from the friendly little scrubbers they’ve been made out to be.
Smile For The Camera, Baby – Newborn Photoshoot Tips: Peaceful, sleepy grins. Gently closed hands. Pale, pinky feet. Who doesn’t love a good newborn pic…or two, or three…Follow these top tips from Photofaire on how to get the most out of your newborn photoshoot.
Track Baby's Vision: Have you ever wondered what the world would look like through your baby’s eyes? Now you can follow along, with this timeline of baby’s vision development, courtesy of our friends at Comotomo, baby bottle and teethers brand.
Zika-Free Babymoon Destinations: Your baby is on the way, but before he (or she!) arrives, you and your partner are planning a celebratory babymoon to a dazzling tropical locale. There are plenty of gorgeously sunny and peaceful destinations for you to jet off to, pre-baby.
Smile For The Camera Mama – Maternity Photoshoot Tips: If you’re expecting, the thought of a stranger documenting your growing body may be nerve-wracking. To bring your fantasy photoshoot to life and get the best bang for your buck, try these top maternity photoshoot tips from our friends at Photofaire.
Top 5 Instagrams For #NuseryInspo: Here are Nine Naturals’ top five fetching nurseries, bringing next-level nesting inspiration to your Instagram feed. Tag #NineNaturals to feature your creative nursery decor!
The Book That Taught Me What I Want To Teach My Daughter (The New Yorker): We should teach our children “not the little virtues but the great ones,” - the Italian author, Natalia Ginzburg
Can You Safely Lose Weight While Breast-Feeding? (NY Times): Best strategies for weight loss that will not jeopardize milk supply
Why Doesn't Keeping Up With The Kardashians Show The Nannies? (NY Mag): "I often wonder, Where are the nannies? I know they exist. Why, in a show that is pretty often groundbreaking and transparent and “real,” are they invisible?"
Why A Chemical Banned From Soap Is Still In Your Toothpaste (NY Times): "That's because Colgate Total convinced the FDA that the benefit of triclosan in toothpaste outweighs any risks."
UK Government To Ban Microbeads From Cosmetics By End Of 2017 (Guardian): Another victory but more needs to be done to cover microplastics in all down the drain products.
The Woolly Wisdom In The "Llama Llama" Books (NY Times): Understanding the challenges of childhood in rhyme
Depressing Study Finds Even 3-Year-Olds Have Body Image Issues (Huff Post): "And some 4-year-olds are aware of strategies to lose weight."
As Students Return To School, Debate About The Amount Of Homework Rages (NY Times): How much homework is enough?
How Parents Harnessed The Power Of Social Media To Challenge EpiPen Prices (NY Times): "In just 45 days, Ms Kantayya's petition grew from a few dozen signatures to more than 80,000 people who sent more than 121,000 letters to Congress."
5 Ways Your Kids Can Get You Hacked (Huff Post): "If you have something that is not supposed to get into your child’s paws, it needs to be kept behind lock and key, or preferably in a safe that requires a biometric data point."
The Internet Thinks I'm Still Pregnant (NY Times): "I hadn't realized, however, that when I had entered my information into the pregnancy app, the company would then share it with marketing groups"
Shaming Women Into Pregnancy Is Not The Way To Raise Birth Rates (SELF): "The Italian government's new #FertilityDay ads attempt to scare ladies into having babies by warning them about their ticking biological clocks."
This Is The Baby Laugh To End All Baby Laughs (Huff Post): Next level infectious baby laugh.
Teacher Shares Powerful Lesson For Parents Buying School Supplies (Huff Post): "Ultimately, kids are not oblivious to the messages adults convey. And when it comes to education, these messages can be crucial."
Eye-Opening Video Will Make Adults Reconsider The Way They Talk To Children (Huff Post): Small changes in adult behavior, both inside and outside of the classroom, can enhance a child’s approach and her ability to learn.
Why I Am Lucky To Live In A State With Strong Reproductive Rights (Scary Mommy): One mom's story and the importance of reproductive rights.
The Problem With Parenting Books (Vogue): "To write honestly about being a parent is, even now, to invite judgment."
Couple Didn't Have Funds For A Wheelchair, So They Built One For Their Baby (Huff Post): “Nothing can stop her.”
Is Hayden A Boy Or Girl? Both. 'Post Gender' Baby Names Are On The Rise (NY Times): The number of unisex baby names has risen 88% over the last three decades since 1985.
Brain Scans Of Brazilian Babies Show Array of Zika Effects (NY Times): Understanding the impact of Zika.
Moms Of Babies Who Died In Child Care Share Their Powerful Message (Refinery29): "They came from across the country — and from both political parties — with a shared goal: no other mother should have to lose a child as they had."
Need A Babysitter? Don't Count On Grandma (NY Times): Today's grandparents are juggling between their own plans and helping out with grandchildren.
Hi, I'm Boomer Phelps, The Swaggiest Person At These Olympics (Huff Post): "All I ask is that when I’m snoozing, you give me my space. That’s my me time, you know?"
When Success Leads To Failure (The Atlantic): The pressure to achieve academically is a crime against learning.
27 Adorable Photos Of Olympians Just Being Regular Ol' Parents (Huff Post): Hilarious and totally aww-worthy parenting moments from some of the 52 U.S. Olympians with kids.
The Underground Breast Milk Market In America (Mic): For women who underproduce breast milk, feeding babies can be incredibly expensive.
Have Politics Become So Ugly That Educators Are Afraid To Teach Civics? (Fast Company): Schools wary of Clinton versus Trump minefields are avoiding lessons on government—but it's to the detriment of our kids.
Back-To-School Sales Tax Holidays May Be Skimpier This Year (NY Times): Some states are scaling back on the potential savings offered.
10 Things You'll Never See On A Baby Registry -- But Totally Should (Babble): Non-traditional gifts to consider adding to a baby registry.
Barnyard Dust Offers A Clue To Stopping Asthma In Children (NY Times): "The discovery originated with an idea: that a growing number of children were developing asthma because their daily environments were simply too clean."
How Helicopter Parenting Can Cause Binge Drinking (The Atlantic): One writer's take on how the way some white professionals raise their children is exacerbating an alcohol problem on U.S. college campuses.
Flying With Shrieking Children? Give Your Neighbors A Goody Bag (NY Times): Using goody bags to build social capital.
Evil Genius Mom's Foolproof Plan Gets Kids To Clean The Kitchen (Huff Post): Hold the WiFi password for ransom.
Pokémon Go May Be A Fad, But Augmented Reality For Kids Is Here To Stay (Fast Company): The iPad app Osmo Monster combines Disney-style animation and Google-style AI to create kid-friendly fun.
Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, and Kim Kardashian West Spark A New Post-Baby Body Conversation (Vogue): “Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It’s all love.” - Anne Hathaway