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Get the Facts on Bedwetting

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Does your child wet the bed? If so, she’s not alone: Bedwetting happens to as many as one in every six kids from age four through twelve. So you’re not the only parent dealing with middle-of-the-night cleanup of sheets, jammies, and child, or with comforting a distressed and embarrassed little one. Get all the facts on bedwetting, and easy solutions to the problem, in this handy infographic sponsored by Goodnites.

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Download Our Free App!

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Are you curious about how your baby is developing? Our Parents Pregnancy and Baby Guide app offers you a week-by-week guide from conception through the end of your baby’s first year.

Perfect for parents-to-be with tons of questions, this free app will show you pictures of baby’s development, and give you all the details you need from how to calm a crying baby to breastfeeding tips. As baby gets older, new moms and dads can view a month-by-month breakdown of what to expect in baby’s second year, during months 12 to 24.

Newly updated to incorporate features from Windows 8.1, the app allows calendar integration, snap view, and sharing of articles and photos with friends and family.

Download the app today

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The Joy of a Sleeping Baby

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

You probably know that infants should snooze about 14 to 15 hours total (nighttime rest plus naps) every 24 hours. So why does it feel like your sweetie is always awake? Or the minute her sleepy head hits the crib, she pops her eyes wide open? Because making sure your infant gets good zzz’s takes a lot of hard work, time and practice!

We’d love for you to share your thoughts and opinions with us about all things sleep-related for babies from birth to age one.

Please take a moment to complete our short survey. You can also enter to win a Babies “R” Us gift card. And who couldn’t use a little cash for baby gear?! But hurry! This survey and sweepstakes ends October 4.

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Thinking About Hurricane Season and Rebuilding Together

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

This is a guest post by Isabel Kallman, the founder of Alphamom.com. Isabel is volunteering with Meredith Corporation in Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that believes everyone deserves to live in a safe, healthy home. Earlier this year, the Parents team spent a day cleaning, painting, and gardening at Gerritsen Beach, New York, a Brooklyn neighborhood hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Visit parents.com/WeRebuild to see photos of the workday, volunteer for a project, or to make a donation to support Rebuilding Together’s efforts.

Gerritsen Beach after Hurricane Sandy by Joseph Mikos Photography

Gerritsen Beach after Hurricane Sandy by Joseph Mikos Photography

 The beginning of September always brings with it a flood of memories and anxieties, frankly.

It’s the beginning of the school year in the Northeast. It’s the beginning of a month filled with beautiful skies and crisper weather, just like on September 11th, 2001. And, it’s the beginning of Hurricane Season for the East Coast.

As a child, Hurricane Season in New York City wasn’t something to which we paid that much attention. I remember schools being closed during Hurricane Gloria. But, she skipped New York City.

By college, Hurricane Andrew of 1992 was very memorable. Not because it hit New York (it didn’t), but because its path had crossed with the homes of some of my college buddies from Florida.  They came back to college in the Northeast having endured a Category 5 hurricane. My world and cares were expanding beyond New York City.

Over the past two years, New York City has prepared itself for Hurricane Irene and seen firsthand the devastation of Hurricane Sandy (some like to call it Super Storm Sandy, but to me that moniker underplays the devastation she left in her wake). I saw some of it firsthand in the days following.

Unfortunately, I think this is our new normal in the Northeast.  I think we should be prepared for annual super storms and hurricanes to hit our coast.

Since Hurricane Andrew, I  have often wondered how the residents of the Caribbean and the southeastern states mentally prepare and steel themselves for Hurricane Season.  But if there was one lesson I learned back during Hurricane Katrina it was how the American public rallies around others and how the Internet is an effective tool in connecting those who want to help to the resources that allow them to do so. The comfort I reach for now is knowing for sure that if and when a hurricane strikes our area again, there are many many people who want to help.

When my friends from around the country learned of the desperate need for supplies in hard-hit areas of NYC like the Rockaways, Coney Island and Staten Island, I was inundated with messages asking where they could send supplies.

I discovered in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy so many wonderful organizations that were able to coordinate the many volunteers who wanted to help. One such group is Rebuilding Together. It’s a non-profit group that for the past 25 years has been helping communities throughout the US with critical repairs post-devastation.

We Rebuild Gerritsen Beach with Meredith Corp

I was fortunate enough to be a guest of Parents Magazine at Meredith Corporation’s annual Rebuilding Together volunteer day in Gerritsen Beach. Along with 499 other volunteers, I visited the small Brooklyn seaside community where 75% of the homes were unexpectedly flooded during Hurricane Sandy. In team groups, we all worked furiously to help as much as we could that day. I was assigned to help paint and restore Kidde Beach which is the small neighborhood beach where Gerritsen community–especially the kids and families–gather during summer nights and hang out.

We Rebuild Gerritsen Beach with Meredith Corp

We Rebuild Gerritsen Beach with Meredith Corp

We hammered and painted as furiously as we could. Together we wanted to make a huge impact that day. I left with sore arms, but even though we couldn’t accomplish and restore everything, I was comforted to know that Meredith Corporation and Rebuilding Together would be in Gerritsen finishing up restoring homes and Kidde Beach as long as necessary.

We Rebuild Gerritsen Beach Meredith Corporation

Thank you from young Gerritsen Beach resident

Hurricanes are horrifying, as is the devastation they leave behind. But the Americans who rise to the occasion and help? They are awesome and a source of help and comfort to others afterwards. Knowing that fellow Americans want and do help, well, that  is a huge comfort to me. Especially now that it’s September again.

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A Royal Family Photo

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013


The first officially released photograph of the royal family since the birth of Prince George was taken by Michael Middleton, Kate’s father, in the Middleton’s garden. The family looks comfortable and casual — there’s not a bejeweled item to be seen — in the photograph, which was taken in early August, and features a sleeping Prince George, as well as dogs Tilly and Lupo. Kate’s wearing a brightly colored dress, and William has on a button-down shirt with jeans. The family’s natural, unstaged pose in the photo is somewhat reminiscent of a picture of William at just nine-months-old, on a trip with his parents to Australia.

Planning a family pic of your own? We’ve got tips on what to wear in your family photo to make your pictures frame-worthy.

Image Credit: Michael Middleton/PA Wire

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