5 Easy & Healthy Snack Ideas For Toddlers

Skip the potato chips and make snack time exciting and healthy again! Whether you’re a working mom or a dad who doesn’t cook, try these quick and easy snack recipes for your toddler:

1. Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Source: Baby Foode

This delicious smoothie has all the right nutrients in one place – vitamins, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and antioxidants.

Ingredients: 
1 heaping cup strawberries (frozen)
1 ripe banana (frozen or fresh)
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp honey (optional)
1 cup milk (you can also use almond, rice, hemp, soy, or coconut milk)

Directions:
Place all ingredients into blender and blend for 1-2 minutes or until all ingredients are combined and smooth.

For more info, visit Baby Foode’s website.

2. Baked Sweet Potato Fries
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As aforementioned, sweet potato is a superfood that contains plenty of nutrients and vitamins.

Ingredients:
1 large sweet sotato (washed, peeled, and cut into fries)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp smoked paprika.

Directions: 
Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Then, place sweet potatoes into a mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil and smoked paprika until they are all coated. After that, place them a baking tray on one single layer.Bake for 35 mins, turning half way through.

For more info, visit Healthy Little Foodies’ website.

3. Zucchini Muffins
Source: Parenting

Zucchini is a popular summer squash vegetable. It is a good source of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous. Your little one will not notice the zucchini in these muffins at all!

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt

Directions: 
Stir into flour mixture until batter is just combined. Spoon into well greased muffin cups, filling to the top. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

For more info, visit Parenting’s website.

4. Peanut Butter Bars
Source: Super Healthy Kids

Gluten and dairy free, this peanut butter bars are quick and easy to make.

(Note: Do check with your child’s doctor if he or she is allergic to peanuts.)

Ingredients: 
4 medium bananas
2 cup oats, dry
6 tbsp peanut butter, all-natural
Walnuts and chocolate chips (optional)

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a glass dish. Then, mash the bananas and mix together with oats and peanut butter. Spread the dough evenly in the prepared dish, then sprinkle with walnuts and chocolate chips. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Lastly, cut into bars.

For more info, visit Super Healthy Kids’ website.

5. Cocoa Yogurt Cup
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Rich in protein and probiotics, yogurt is a great source of calcium (even better than milk!). Besides that, yogurt consumption leads to more fullness and less hunger, according to a University of Washington study.

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup plain or lower sugar vanilla yogurt
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp maple syrup or honey

Directions:
In a cup, thoroughly combine all the ingredients. Serve chilled.

For more info, visit Yummy Toddler Food’s website.

20 Delightful Movies For Kids

Are you planning to hold a kid-friendly family movie night? Then we are your ultimate guide! From the classics such as “Mary Poppins” and “Annie” to the newer films like “The Boss Baby” and Moana, here are 20 films for your little film buffs:

1. Finding Nemo (2003)

Source: Disney Pixar

“Finding Nemo” is a heartwarming film that follows a clownfish named Marlin and a regal tang named Dory as they try to find Nemo, Marlin’s son. The original film was followed by a sequel, “Finding Dory”(2016).

2. Charlotte’s Web (2006)
Source: YouTube

Entertainment your children with this fascinating tale of a pig, a spider, and a really funny rat.

3. The Sound of Music (1965)
Source: Sound Of Music

This movie is where we first learn our Do-Re-Mi. Based on the memoir “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” by Maria von Trapp, the film is about a young Austrian woman studying to become a nun in Salzburg in 1938 who is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children.

4. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Source: Parabola Magazine

“The Wizard of Oz” is a fantasy tale that follows Dorothy Gale as she befriends a scarecrow, a cowardly lion, and a tin man.

5. The Lion King (1994)
Source: Thought Catalog

“The Lion King” is a Disney classic. We bet your kids won’t stop singing “Hakuna Matata” after they watch this.

6. Mary Poppins (1964)
Source: Miz Hollywood

Hands down, “Mary Poppins” is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

7. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
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The late Robin Williams was a great actor and one of his most iconic roles is Mrs. Doubtfire. Funny and heartwarming, “Mrs. Doubtfire” is a must-watch for all kids (and parents)!

8. The Sword In The Stone (1963)
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Go on a magical journey with “The Sword In The Stone”! It is also the 18th Disney animated feature film and was the final Disney animated film to be released before Walt Disney’s death.

9. Annie (1982)
Source: Letterboxd

Based on “Little Orphan Annie”, a 20s comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” tells the story of an orphan girl from New York City who is taken in by America’s richest billionaire Oliver Warbucks. While there are other adaptions of “Annie”, we personally love this one the most!

10. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
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Starring the late Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” is an American musical fantasy film that tells the story of Charlie Bucket as he receives a Golden Ticket and visit the chocolate factory with four other children from around the world.

11. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Source: Disney Wiki

“Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind.”

“Lilo & Stich” is a timeless tale about friendship and family, and it will leave you and your kids (mostly you though) crying buckets when Lilo shows her adoption papers to the Grand Councilwoman.

12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
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This Hayao Miyazaki-directed film is gorgeous, fascinating, and simply irresistible. “Howl’s Moving Castle” tells the story of a young hatter named Sophie after she is turned into an old woman by a witch’s curse. She encounters a wizard named Howl, and gets caught up in his resistance to fighting for the king.

13. The Boss Baby (2016)

Source: DreamWorks

Alec Baldwin is “The Boss Baby”! This film is loosely based on the 2010 picture book of the same name written and illustrated by Marla Frazee. The plot follows a baby who is a secret agent in the war between babies and puppies.

14. Moana (2016)
Source: Disney Wiki

This musical animated film tells the story of Moana, the strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian village, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. By the end of the film, your kids will be screaming, “I am Moana!”

15. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Source: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

This Steven Spielberg-directed movie is a timeless story about friendship. Considered as one of the greatest films ever made, it was even selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

16. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
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Based on the novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford, “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” is a remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey. Filled with adventure, your kids will absolutely love this doggy movie!

17. Toy Story (1995)
Source: Babble

Follow Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and friends as they discover the world outside of their owner Andy’s room for the first time. Also, did you know that “Toy Story” was the first feature-length computer-animated film and the first feature film produced by Pixar.

18. Spirited Away (2002)
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“Spirited Away” is another one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most significant animated works and it is on the British Film Institute’s list of “Top fifty films for children up to the age of 14”. In not so many words, the film follows the adventures of a 10-year-old girl named Chihiro as she enters a magical world of spirits.

19. Shrek (2001)
Source: DreamWorks

Cased on William Steig’s 1990 fairy tale picture book of the same name, this beloved animated movie stars Shrek – a green ogre who rescues and falls in love with Princess Fiona. It also features a really funny talking donkey!

20. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Source: Disney

“Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” is a science fiction comedy that tells the story of an inventor who accidentally shrinks his and his neighbor’s kids to a quarter of an inch with his shrinking machine. The worst part is, he accidentally threw them out with the trash!

Also, check out our guide to kid-friendly Halloween movies here

10 Early Signs Of Pregnancy

Although a missed period is the most common signs of pregnancy, symptoms can vary from woman to woman. Some women may begin noticing the first early signs during week one or two after conception, whereas others will start to feel symptoms in week four or five.

From implantation bleeding to dizziness, to food cravings, here are 10 early signs of pregnancy:

1. Implantation bleeding

Implantation bleeding is considered as one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. According to Health Line, the fertilized egg creates a blastocyst (a fluid-filled group of cells) that will develop into the baby’s organs and body parts. And about 10 to 14 days (week four) after conception, the blastocyst will implant in the endometrium, the lining of the uterus.

This can cause spotting or light bleeding which may be mistaken for a light period. Besides that, this symptom is sometimes accompanied by light cramping.

2. Swollen or tender breasts

If a woman is expecting, she might experiences changes in her breasts. These changes are usually indicated by swelling or tenderness, and can occur between week four and six. Moreover, the areola (the area around the nipple) may change to a darker color and grow larger.

3. Increased body temperature 

During early pregnancy, your core temperature may also increase more easily during exercise or in hot weather. So it’s advisable to drink more water, exercise carefully, and keep your bedroom cool.

4. Fatigue and tiredness

Many women cite that feeling tired as a sign of pregnancy. This can occur any time during pregnancy. As your progesterone levels will soar, you’ll often feel sleepy.

5. Mood swings 

Mood swings are very common during pregnancy. This is because your estrogen and progesterone levels will be higher than usual – which may cause feelings of depression, irritability, anxiety, and euphoria.

6. Nausea and morning sickness

While it’s called “morning sickness”, nausea can happen any time during the day or night. This symptom usually develops around week four to six and according to the American Pregnancy Association, many women experience decreased morning sickness during the first 12 weeks.

7. Dizziness

When you’re expecting, high or normal blood pressure will drop in the early stages of pregnancy – which may cause feelings of dizziness since your blood vessels are dilated. To prevent this, we suggest that you drink enough water and snack regularly. Furthermore, standing up slowly when getting up from a chair may also help.

8. Frequent urination

Experts also note that increase urination starts for most pregnant women between week six to eight. This symptom will continue throughout your pregnancy as the expanding baby and uterus place pressure on your bladder. So don’t worry if you find yourself accidentally leaking, it’s absolutely normal!

9. The pregnancy glow

During the early stages of pregnancy, your oil glands will produce more oil and you may find that your skin will begin to have a glow-y appearance . This is caused by the changes and increase of hormones and blood volume. Be careful though, this may also trigger acne!

10. Food cravings or food aversions

Food cravings has always been a common pregnancy symptom among women. Many of the cravings seem to come out of nowhere and you may even want to eat something you normally do not care for. While no one knows for sure why pregnant women experience cravings, some nutritionists and healthcare providers believe that certain cravings are meaningful. For example, a craving for red meat might mean that the expecting mother lacks protein.

Also, read about pregnancy myths and facts here

Source: Health LineAmerican Pregnancy Association.

15 Pairs Of Baby Names For Twin Boys

Yay – you have twin boys on the way! But having twins also mean that you have to come up with two names. If you have no idea where to start, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite sets of names (and their meanings) for your little boys:

1. Liam & Logan

Meaning: Liam is a German man with the meaning “will-bearer”; the Gaelic meaning for Logan is “from the hollow”.

2. Elijah & Ethan

Meaning: Elijah means “God the Lord”; Ethan is Hebrew for “strong” or “constancy”.

3. Jonah & Noah

Meaning: Jonah is a biblical name for “a dove” and “he that oppresses” or “destroyer”; Noah is a biblical name and means “rest”.

4. Andrew & Matthew 

Meaning: Andrew is a Scottish name which means “manly” but its biblical meaning is “a strong man”; Matthew is the “gift of the Lord”.

5. Michael & Matthew

Meaning: In Biblical the meaning of the name Michael is “poor” or “humble” while in Hebrew, it means “gift of God”; Matthew is the “gift of the Lord”.

Source: Pinterest
6. Brandon & Bryan 

Meaning: Brandon is an Irish name that means “prince” or “brave”; Bryan is a Celtic name that means “brave” or “virtuous”.

7. Jayden & Jordan 

Meaning: Jayden is a Hebrew name that signifies “God has heard”; Jordan is a biblical name that means “river of judgement”.

8. Daniel & David

Meaning: Daniel is Hebrew for “judgement of God”; David means “beloved”.

9. Jackson & Joshua

Meaning: Jackson is based on John or Jacques and it means “God has been gracious”; Joshua is a biblical name that holds the meaning “savior” or “deliverer”.

10. Samuel & Harold

Meaning: Samuel is a Hebrew name that means “heard God” or “asked of God”; Harold’s Teutonic meaning is “mighty in war” while its Norse meaning is “war chief”.

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11. Tyrese and Theo
Meaning: Tyrese is Latin for “smooth”; Theo is short for Theodore which means “divine gift”.

12. Jasper & Jenson

Meaning: Jasper is Persian for “treasurer”; Jenson is a Scandinavian name and derived from the name John meaning “God is gracious”.

13. Aaron & Ryan

Meaning: Aaron is a biblical name that means “mountain of strength”; Ryan originated in Ireland and means “king”.

14. Carter & Cooper

Meaning: Carter means “transporter of goods by cart”; Cooper is an English baby name that means “barrel maker”.

15. Aiden & Austin

Meaning: Aiden is Irish for “fiery one”; Austin is another name for Augustinian and it means “majestic dignity” in Latin.

Bundle Your Baby Up With These Adorable Winter Clothes This Winter

One of the best things about winter is to see your baby bundled up in an adorably warm winter jacket. We mean, aren’t they the cutest when they’re all puffy and snuggly? Here are some of our favorite winter jackets we love:

1. The North Face Kids Plushee Bear Hoodie
Source: Zappos.com

The North Face specializes in outdoor products so it’s no wonder why so many people choose their outerwear to keep themselves warm during the winter months. One of our favorite baby wears from the brand is this “bear-y” cute and cozy plushee hoodie!

Get the Plushee Bear Hoodie at Zappos.com for $55.00.

2. Columbia Baby Snuggly Bunny Bunting
Source: Amazon.com

This full-body quilted bunting with covered zip placket from Columbia features microfleece-lined arms and hood and embroidered logoing at chest. Made from a 100% polyester, this will definitely keep your baby warm and snuggly when he (or she) plays in the snow. It also comes in various colors purple, pink, orange, green, navy, and many more.

Get the Bunny Bunting at Amazon.com for $40.32.

3. Zutano Unisex Baby Cozie Elf Romper
Source: Amazon.com

How can you not love Zutano’s this elf-inspired outfit? It’s extremely cute! It has pointed hood and button-up front, with long sleeves and legs with fold-over cuffs. Beside that, it’s machine washable too. 

Get the Elf Romper at Amazon.com at $32.51.

4. The Children’s Place Faux Fur Bunting
Source: The Children’s Place

Comfy and super cute, this baby bunting with cute 3D ears by The Children’s Place is 100% polyester will definitely keep you baby warm and toasty during the winter months. It zips from neck to baby’s left ankle and it has convertible mittens at sleeve cuffs. 

Get the Faux Fur Bunting at The Children’s Place at $19.98.

5. Baby Snowsuits Hooded Jumpsuit Down Jacket
Source: Ali Express

These baby snowsuits will make sure your darlings love is all snuggled and warm for any outdoor activities. Also, it has four gorgeous colors that are picture perfect.

Get the Baby Snowsuits Hooded Jumpsuit Down Jacket at Ali Express for $42.03.

6. Luckyauction Baby Toddler Winter Cute Bear Fleece Romper
Source: Amazon.com

Luckyauction’s cute animal-style onesie, which is made of cotton and fleece, is super soft that will keep your baby warm and comfortable. Suitable for everyday wear, this darling jacket features buttons closure and adorable ears. 

Get the Cute Bear Fleece Romper at Amazon.com for $17.99.

Also, read through our post on how to keep your baby warm and healthy here.

8 Fascinating Facts About Twins You’ve Probably Never Heard Before

Having two babies at the same time mean twice the fun and laughter! If you’re expecting twins, here are some interesting facts about them you probably didn’t know about:

1. Some women have the “twin gene”

If you’re pregnant with fraternal twins, you might have inherited something called a “twin gene”. The gene causes hyperovulation in some women and it can be passed down from generation to generation. In case you didn’t know, hyperovulation can cause women to release more than one egg during ovulation.

2. Twins can have different biological fathers

Nope, we ain’t lying! According to Baby Center, one study estimates that as many as 1 in 400 sets of fraternal twins has different biological fathers. This happens when two eggs from the same mother get fertilized by two different fathers within the same ovulation period.

Twin Facts
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3. Mothers of twins tend to live longer

After looking into the records of over 59,000 women who gave birth from 1800 to 1970, researchers from the University of Utah suggest that mothers of twins actually lived longer than those who had singletons. “The argument is that people have to live long enough to bear children and rear them so the offspring live long enough to reach sexual maturity so they in turn can reproduce,” says the study’s lead author, Ken Smith, director of the Utah Population Database and a professor of family consumer studies at University of Utah.

4. Twins bond in the womb

The myth is true – multiples interact with each other in mommy’s womb. An Italian study found that fetuses start deliberately interacting at 14 weeks. By the 18th week, they touch the other sibling more than themselves.

5. Tell them apart by looking at their belly buttons

This is because belly buttons (or navels) are scars left from removing the umbilical cord, so each one is different. Besides that, parents can identify their twins by taking their fingerprints.

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7. They speak their own languages

Experts say that 40% of multiples invent their own language. Dubbed cryptophasia (which means a language only they can understand), twins pick up on verbal cues that others around them can’t interpret. Although it usually fades away as they begin to learn proper language, some pairs maintain their unique vocabulary their whole life.

Perhaps the most well-known example of cryptophasia is the case of June and Jennifer Gibbons (aka The Silent Twins).

8. Twins can be born months apart

While most multiples share the same birth date, some were born days, weeks or even months apart. A delayed interval birth takes place when one multiple is delivered prematurely, but doctors are able to halt labor and keep the remaining multiple in their mother’s womb to grow and develop.

Sources: TIME, Being A Mom, Very Well.

15 Sweet Pairs Of Baby Names For Twin Girls

Congratulations! You’re going to have a beautiful pair of twin girls. Although you’ll have double the number of diapers to change, your twins will also give you twice the fun and laughter.

Having twins also mean that you have to come up with two names. If you have no idea where to start, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite matching names (and their meanings) for your little loves:

1. Madison & Mackenzie

Meaning: Madison comes from the English surname meaning “son of Maud”; Mackenzie means “fire-born”.

2. Hailey & Harper

Meaning: Hailey is composed of the Old English elements hēg (hay) and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow); Harper means “harp player”.

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3. Hannah & Heidi

Meaning: Hannah is derived from the Hebrew hannāh which means “gracious, full of grace, mercy”; Heidi is the pet form of Adalheid (noble one) and Hildegard (battle protector).

4. Addison & Avery

Meaning: Addison is a last name derived from the name Adam; Avery means “ruling with elf-wisdom” in French and “counselor” in English.

5. Ella & Emma

Meaning: Ella means “beautiful fairy woman”; Emma means “complete, whole, universal” in German.

6. Gabriella & Isabella

Meaning: Gabriella is the eminine form of Gabriel, which is derived from the Hebrew gavhrī’ēl (God is my strength); Isabella is a variation of Elizabeth, which means “God is my oath).

7. Haylee & Kaylee

Meaning: Haylee is the transferred use of a Northern English surname derived from Hale or Hales (residing in a nook, recess, or remote valley); Kaylee is derived from caol (slender).

8. Tanya & Tasha

Meaning: Tanya is originally a Russian pet form of Tatiana; Tasha is the Russian pet form of the name Natalie (natal day, Christmas).

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9. Natalie & Nicole

Meaning: Natalie is a name derived from diēs nātālis (natal day, Christmas), Nicole is the feminine form of Nicolas, which is from the Greek Nikolaos (“victory of the people”).

10. Valerie & Vanessa

Meaning: Valerie means “to be strong, healthy”; Vanessa was invented by Jonathan Swift for a lover named Esther Vanhomrigh.

11. Faith & Hope

Meaning: Faith and Hope are virtue names.

12. London & Paris

Meaning: London and Paris (made famous by Paris Hilton) are destination names.

13. Felicia & Alicia

Meaning: Felicia means “happy”; Alicia means “nobility”.

14. Charlotte & Charlene

Meaning: Charlotte and Charlene are the Female diminutive of Charles, meaning “man, strong”.

15. Mia & Maya

Meaning: Mia’s Latin origin meaning is “mine” or “wished-for child”, Maya’s Latin origin meaning is “great”.

Top-Rated Baby Monitors For You & Your Baby

Nowadays, parents can observe their baby’s every move with a baby monitor. And thanks to the advance in technology, baby monitors these days have some really neat features. Not only can you watch your baby from another room with your phone, but you can also talk to him (or her) through a microphone and play lullabies with just a click of a button.

If you’re having a tough time choosing the perfect baby monitor for you and your little one, we’ve rounded some of our top picks in this list. Check ’em out:

1. iBaby Monitor M6S
Source: Amazon.com

PCMag.com claims that the iBaby Monitor M6S is the best baby monitor they’ve ever tested and it’s also their editor’s choice. The M6S is a full-featured baby monitor that uses your phone to keep tabs on your baby and offers a 1080P full HD video crystal clear resolution with night vision.

Customer review: “I LOVE this monitor. I’m one of ‘those’ moms and think I have to be right there so I can hear/see her. Since getting this I can put her in the crib in the room and do other things around the house while she’s sleeping. Defiantly wish I would have got it sooner.”

Get the M6S at Amazon.com for $134.99.

2. Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor 
Source: Amazon.com

Motorala’s MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor has a bunch of excellent features, including a 3.5-inch color LCD screen parent monitor, 2.4 GHz FHSS wireless technology, infrared night vision, 5 lullabies, and many more. Did we also mention that it’s Baby Centre’s 2017 Mom’s Pick Winner?

Customer review: “After trying two different brands with our first kid we were given this as a gift. It works so well! Easy to use, can connect multiple cameras to it. Super clear picture even at night and wonderful video rotation coverage.”

Get the MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor at Amazon.com for $99.99.

3. Summer Infant Wide View 2.0 Digital Color Video Baby Monitor
Source: Amazon.com

Designed with an innovative wide angle lens camera, Summer Infant’s Wide View 2.0 Digital Color Video Baby Monitor lets you see up to 4 times more of your baby’s room. Moreover, it offers a soft-glow nursery nightlight, a talk back to baby feature, as well as automatic black and white night vision.

Customer review: “Great addition for our sanity! Easy to set up and the user interface is simple and take minutes to get used too. I would definitely recommend!”

Get the In View 2.0 Video Monitor at Amazon.com for $78.20.

4. DBPOWER Digital Video Recorder Baby Monitor System
Source: Amazon.com

With a user-friendly interface, DBPOWER’s Digital Video Recorder Baby Monitor System features room temperature monitor and alert, nightlight, lullaby, sound activated LED lights, and digital video recording function (DVR). Aside from that, it supports up to 4 cameras to let you monitor up to 4 rooms at the same time.

Customer review: “This unit is packed with so many features; I also love the lullabies as well as the room temperature monitor and alerts with sound activated LED lights!!
For my daughter the ability to speak through the parental unit to soothe your baby as you are on your way to the room is a wonderful.”

Get the Digital Video Recorder Baby Monitor System at Amazon.com for $139.99

5. Holababy P1 HD Video Baby Monitor
Source: Amazon.com

Unlike typical monitors, Holababy’s P1 HD Video Baby Monitor uses motion and sound detection to alert you when your little love is crying or moving around in the crib. It also has a built-in microphone and speaker, temperature, audio and motion sensors, as well as inside lullabies and nature sounds to lull your baby to sleep.

Customer review: “THE BEST BABY MONITOR EVER! forget about cables and little screens and speakers! EVERYTHING ON MY IPHONE! its just great! later we will use it for our home security We use this daily to watch our house when we travel. It worked perfectly and shipped on time. Thanks!”

Get the P1 HD Video Baby Monitor at Amazon.com for $99.99.

6. Infant Optics DXR-8
Source: Amazon.com

Although the Infant Optics DXR-8 is on the pricier side, it’s definitely worthe every penny. With a large 3.5 inches full color LCD display, the baby monitor is the first-ever system with interchangeable optical lens capability. This allows you to customize viewing angle and zoom. And that’s not all, it requires no strup at all – just plug and play!

Customer review: “This camera and monitor are great and the customer service provided by the company is outstanding. So stop hunting and trying to weigh all the baby camera/monitor reviews and get this camera and monitor if it provides you with all the features you want. You really aren’t going to find anything better.”

Get the Infant Optics DXR-8 at Amazon.com for $166.99.

Also, do check out our buying guide on baby bottles here.

8 Common Pregnancy Myths Busted

When you’re expecting, everyone around you seems to be an expert on health. But it turns out, many of their “advises” are just old wives’ tales. From staying away from fish and coffee to saying no to sex, here are 8 common pregnancy myths and facts:

1. You shouldn’t exercise while pregnant

Fact: This is one of the most common pregnancy myths of all time. While many people believe that expecting mothers should rest and do nothing, it is actually a good idea to stay active during pregnancy. It’s safe and healthy and so long as your pregnancy is normal you can do what you did before you were pregnant, according to Tommy’. Also, let us remind you that Serena Williams was 2 months pregnant when she won the woman’s title at the Australian Open.

2.  Sex is a big no-no!

Fact: Not to worry, folks. According to experts, sex doesn’t physically hurt your little one. Besides that, WebMD noted that babies are fully protected by the amniotic sac and strong uterine muscles, with a thick mucus plug sealing the cervix. It’s also advisable to check with your doctor to make sure your pregnancy is indeed low-risk before intercourse.

3. You can’t drink coffee at all

Fact: Many expecting mothers are warned to stay away from coffee completely because it might cause miscarriage, preterm birth, or low birth weight. But there’s actually no clear evidence that expecting mothers will face any increased risk as long as they stay within the recommended limit of less than 200 milligrams of caffeine (that’s about one 12-ounce cup of coffee) per day.

4. You have to say no to fish, too

Fact: Contrary to popular opinion, eating two servings of fish per day is actually healthy for both mother and child. Fish such as salmon contains DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that babies need for optimal brain and development. However, pregnant mommies should stay away from raw fish because it is more likely than cooked fish to contain parasites and bacteria.

5. All women feel happy during pregnancy

Fact: Studies suggest that as many as one in 10 expectant mothers feel stressed and depressed. If you are suffering from mood swings and anxiety, don’t hesitate to seek help from your doctor.

6. Expecting mommies shouldn’t travel by plane

Fact: The NHS stated that flying is not harmful to mother and baby. “Travel during pregnancy is a concern for many women, But if your pregnancy has no complications then there’s no reason why you can’t travel safely, as long as you take the right precautions,” says Sarah Reynolds, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Bedford Hospital NHS Trust.

While it is safe for expecting mothers to travel by plane, some airlines will not let you fly towards the end of your pregnancy. So be sure to check with the airline for their policy on this.

7. You’re eating for two

Fact: Having a baby inside you doesn’t mean you have to eat twice as much as you normally do. In fact, the average woman with a normal weight pre-pregnancy needs only about 300 extra calories per day to promote her baby’s growth.

8. You’ll lose your baby weight during delivery

Fact: Sorry, mommies – but you’ll only lose between 10 to 15 lbs (including the baby and some water weight) when you give birth. But fret not, because breastfeeding can also help mothers return to their pre-baby weight.

8 Instagram Moms You Should Follow Right Now!

If you love scrolling through beautiful photos of mother and child, then you should really follow these gorgeous mothers on Instagram:

(Beware! These Instagram handles are highly addictive.)

1. Amelia (Emmy) Jones

This mommy is #motherhoodgoals. Did we also mention that Amelia Jones sells handmade home and life goods on on Etsy as well?

2. Bethany Menzel

The names of Bethany Menzel’s children are gorgeous – Poppy Darling, Goldie Bloom (who left to be with her heavenly father at 10 days old), and Skipper Augustine. To know more about Bethany and her family, click here to follow her blog.

3. Jennifer Borget

Jennifer Borget is a part-time journalist, full-time wife and mother. Follow her blog for more interesting articles on parenting and kids.

4. Mary Lauren

“Me and my love, living near the ocean, doing our best to raise sweet humans.”

Mary Lauren’s description on Instagram touched our hearts in many ways. Click here to follow her blog (it covers lifestyle, family, fashion, travel, beauty, and many mo.

5. Ginger Parrish

Ginger Parrish is one hipster mama! Also, she really, really loves hats. Follow the Parrish family here.

6. Tjin Lee

Tjin Lee, a mother of two adorable boys, is the co-founder of Mercury group, Crib Society and Trehaus Cowork in Singapore. Tell us Tjin, how do you balance work and family?

7. Cara G Mcilroy

Not only is Cara G Mcilroy a mother, but she is also the mentor of “Asia’s Next Top Model”! Besides that, she is also the founder of Genie Juicery.

8. Innika Choo

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This mother’s insta is filled with colors, colors, and more colors! Innika Choo, an Australian-born, Bali-based designer, and her three children are regularly pictured wandering the Balinese markets and green fields.