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5 things I wish I had known about children’s vision correction

1. Even without signs of vision delays, your little one may still need sight correction.

5 things I wish I had known about children’s vision correction

As they say, hindsight is 20/20—and that is definitely true with my experience navigating the world of childhood eye exams and glasses for my son: Before my sweet Asher was prescribed glasses at the age of 2, I never had him professionally examined by an ophthalmologist. His pediatrician never suggested anything about it. And it never really crossed my mind to have his vision screened, since neither my husband nor I were glasses wearers.


Now I know it never hurts to take those preliminary measures—which I wish I would have done before more seriously problems began to arise. And no time is better to get your little ones’ eyes examined than August, National Eye Exam Awareness Month!

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In honor of that and in an effort to help other parents, here’s what I’m learned about raising a cute little wearer of eyeglasses.

You should get an exam even if you don’t suspect a problem

No vision issues, no problem, right? WRONG. My sweet boy never showed signs of any delays with his vision. It wasn’t until one night when I was giving him and bath and noticed his left eye turning inwards that I knew something was going on. Just because there is no vision problem history with mom or dad doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take you kids to get their eyes checked yearly.

Infants should get eye exams, too

I would never have guessed that perfectly healthy babies need routine eye exams, but they do. There’s even a program called InfantSEE that specializes in free eye exams for babies under the age of one. And as a matter of fact, the American Optometric Association recommends babies have their first eye assessment around 6 months of age. Healthy eyes play a large roll in the overall wellbeing of your child!

Most insurance plans cover eye exams

And I’m not talking about vision insurance—although those usually cover one yearly exam to a certain extent. I’m talking about medical insurance. I think one misunderstanding with vision exams is that medical insurance doesn’t cover them. Most medical insurance plans cover routine eye exams and any additional medical eye care for children.

Don’t be startled by imperfect vision

It is estimated that more than 25 percent of children in the United States wear some form of a vision-correcting device, e.g. glasses, contacts, etc. I know when my little guy first got them I was so heartbroken and worried for him. In reality I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t educated about glasses or vision impairments; I knew absolutely nothing and that terrified me. Now that we have nearly three years of glasses-wearing under our belt (and more education on my end), I’m confident that we are making the best decisions for him.

Kids in glasses rock!

My little guy’s first pair of glasses were the classic plastic Miraflex ones. After being in them for about six months we quickly realized that he needed something a little more his style. After searching for months and checking every optical shop for some that fit, I had no luck. Then I came across a wonderful company online called Jonas Paul Eyewear and they fulfilled his glasses needs. Since then, he’s been wearing their frames fulltime and we LOVE them—they are truly made for busy little boys like Asher!

In just a few years, I went from being scared by the idea of children’s eyeglass to being a true fan. (Most of all because they help my son’s vision—but also because he’s so cute wearing them!) I hope this also helps empower you to get your children’s eyes examined.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

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When Chrissy Teigen announced her third pregnancy earlier this year we were so happy for her and now our hearts are with her as she is going through a pain that is unimaginable for many, but one that so many other mothers know.

Halfway through a high-risk pregnancy complicated by placenta issues, Teigen announced late Wednesday that she has suffered a pregnancy loss.

Our deepest condolences go out to Chrissy and her husband, John Legend (who has been by her side in the hospital for several days now).

In a social media post, Teigen explained she named this baby Jack.

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"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough," she wrote.

She continued: "We never decide on our babies' names until the last possible moment after they're born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever."

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