How to Lose the Baby Weight in 6 Weeks

And why it’s ok to want your pre-baby bod back!

How to Lose the Baby Weight in 6 Weeks
*We’ve partnered with Mountain Buggy to help you achieve your #fitmomintentions. Ask a new mom about her postpartum body and she may reluctantly admit she wants to shed a few of those baby pounds. Yet, many messages in the media make you feel ashamed for even mentioning weight loss; we’re supposed to be proud of our new body, no matter how uncomfortable we feel in it. While we’re all for embracing your postpartum bod, we’ve also got your back if you wish that bod was slimmer. So for Part 3 of our #fitmomintentions series with Mountain Buggy, we’ll show you how to lose weight while working towards a goal, using a 6-week workout curated by our fitness editor Roma Van der Walt. Meet Well Rounded reader Stephanie, who got real about her #fitmomintensions in an email to us: Before I was pregnant, I was coming off a high. I had completed an IRONMAN: 140.6 miles of swimming, biking and running. I trained everyday for 8 months, and raised over $60,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And then I got pregnant. High risk and high emotion, I ate my feelings and felt awful in my own skin. Which led to more feeling dinners and shower meltdowns. Did I mention that I got engaged while pregnant, and my wedding is in two months? Harper was born after over 24-hours of Labor and multiple epidurals. She almost died at birth and was in the NICU attached to machines when I held her for the first time. Once I started working out (which is almost daily), I would feel guilty because I was away from her. With 25 lbs and multiple diets that haven’t moved the needle, I cried out of sheer disappointment and embarrassment at every wedding dress appointment. I am looking for a running stroller routine that would enable me to work out and reach my goals, all while being with my daughter, and showing her the place I feel most strong and confident.

Well Rounded Reader Stephanie training with her Mountain Buggy Terrain.

Roma says: “Weight Loss postpartum is a loaded topic. After all, this is the time when we completely devote ourselves to another human being, their needs (and there are so many!) come first and our disheveled self comes second. However, in many instances we are also prepping to return to the world outside of our newborn bubble, whether that’s for work or otherwise. “Stephanie not only wants to trim down for her wedding, but she also signed up for multiple half-marathons, a 70.3 IRONMAN and a bunch of 10-milers and Olympic distance triathlons. I admire Stephanie’s commitment to going after her goals. The caveat is however, that these intense periods of training and life have to be no more than several months at most and then we have to give ourselves a break again.” Below is a 6-week program to help you get extra fit, fast, slim and stay sane as a new mom. It’s structured as training for a race of at least 10K (or a wedding!) at the end, but can be used for weight loss even if you have no end-goal. WEEK 1:
  • Find a coach. Just like in every other area of life, having a coach to oversee your progress and hold you accountable, is crucial.
  • Invest in a training journal such as the Believe Training Journal by fellow new mama (of two) and badass runner Lauren Fleshman or sign up for myfitnesspal to track your training and weightloss.
  • Sit your partner down and warn them. The next six weeks may be hectic, they will require some emotional leniency on their part and some understanding of your fatigue, desperation, elation, frustration and added piles of laundry.
  • Stock up your fridge and pantry with healthy snacks such as nuts, dried fruit, dark chocolate, coconut flakes, peanut-butter, Ezekiel raisin toast, pre-boiled eggs and good full fat yoghurt. Hell hath no fury like a hangry mother.
  • Schedule an annual physical and have your hormones tested, especially if you have larger fitness goals in mind. The female athlete triad is particularly scary for nursing moms, resulting in anemia and possibly osteopenia (brittle bones) and 25% of mothers get diagnosed with thyroiditis about 5-6 months postpartum. Thyroiditis most often follows a curve of HYPERthyroidism (yay weightloss, scary cardiac symptoms) followed by HYPOthyroidism (oy, it’s not your baby that’s causing the fatigue) and in another 25% of cases women will stay chronically ill with Hashimoto’s disease.
  • If you are aiming to do a longer-distance race down the line, sign up for a 5k and use it as a so called ‘rust buster.’ For more structured training, we need to know your current fitness to be able to build fitness. So, if you run the 5k in 30 minutes, your mile pace is about 9:45/ mile. This is valuable information for the coming weeks. Ideally schedule another 5k for 3 weeks later at the half-way mark of your training plan.
WEEK 2:
  • A good pre workout breakfast should include easily digestible carbs, so for example a piece of toast with banana, or oatmeal with blueberries. Plan to run out 3 days a week. If your partner doesn’t have to be out of the house too early, ask them to do breakfast with the kid(s) or take the baby in your running stroller.
  • Right after finishing a workout, is a crucial window to keep your body burning, so have a quick snack or shake and then nurse, shower, get ready and have a bigger meal later. The ratio should be 4:1 carbohydrate to protein, toast with a boiled egg, a shake with banana, almond milk and berries.
  • Set your schedule for the week: 3 medium cardio sessions running or swimming or biking and one longer session on the weekend where you possibly combine two of the above and train for at least one hour or longer. If you can fit it in, add one more day for a more intense workout during the work week.
  • Work on your core and back with this move for your deep core.
WEEK 3:
  • How is your weight loss progress going? Make sure to weigh yourself first thing in the morning after going to the bathroom. Either do it every day and you will quickly find that there are fluctuations or do it 1-2 times a week and watch more overall progress. The best way I have found to lose weight is to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. So work your way from carb richer meals to low / no carb at dinner. Please don’t eat salad for lunch, you will find yourself hungry within hours and starving by dinner time. Your body burns more carbohydrate during the day when you are active but needs more protein and good fats for repairs of muscle tissue at night. Also, carbohydrates bind water which will make you “heavier” on the scale the following morning.
  • If you don’t have diastasis recti, it’s time to chisel your midsection. Incorporate a plank on your elbows into your week at least 3-4 times for 60 seconds.
  • Don’t skimp on some strength work which will benefit your cardio. Try this routine with your little one.
  • Extend your weekend training, by adding a second day recovery run after you do the longer session the previous day. Maybe you can get your partner out with you, run to the playground or go swimming together. Make it fun for all. Your children take on fitness as a lifestyle if you live it and make it fun for them.
WEEK 4:
  • How is your sleep? I know that for many new moms that’s a difficult topic but sleep is the single most important recovery tool, health benefit and key for our adrenal health which keeps our metabolism running well. If you are a night owl who loves to scroll on social media, shut it down and head to bed when your children do, at least for a few nights per week.
  • Two weeks out from your race, it’s time to put the wine glas down. Alcohol contains empty calories and not drinking for two weeks will do wonders to your body’s definition. Your body metabolizes alcohol before anything else so when you drink wine and eat, many of your dinner’s components are literally put on the back burner until the body is done metabolizing the drinks. If the glass of wine is your reward mechanism, try and make that a few pieces of dark chocolate, a nice bottle of Kombucha, or a raw healthy dessert like avocado cacao mousse.
  • Time to increase your training load during the week, and add a long session on Saturday and an easy recovery on Sunday. Always start with a warmup of about 10 minutes before running faster portions and try adding strides at the end of your easy runs. Strides are acceleration runs to about 80% of your maximum speed over about 100 yards. Always recover fully before doing the next and do about 3-5 of them.
  • Race a second 5k if you’re up for it. I bet you that you will run at least 1-2 minutes faster overall.

Stephanie and Harper.

WEEK 5:
  • In a 6-week plan, this would be your hardest week with the biggest time commitment, especially if you have a larger race upcoming. It’s also the week when recovery plays a crucial role. So book a massage to treat yourself before race week. Don’t book it too late in the week because a good deep tissue massage is quite draining on the body, too.
  • By this week, you should be eating very clean, tried out your outfit for the big day and feel good in it (whether that is your race kit or wedding dress!).
  • Now it’s time to work on some mental mantras. Big events always bring about jitters, but call on your mama experience to calm yourself; I remind myself that I pushed a baby out after 25 hours of labor. No marathon takes that long…
  • Plan your logistics for the big day because it will be here before you know it. Visualize portions of the race before going to sleep at night or how excited you’ll be and how you’ll deal with little snafus of your big day. Most importantly, think about the joy you will feel sharing your big day with your loved ones.
WEEK 6:
  • Whether it’s a social or a sporting event, I like to do a fat load before a carb load. Well maybe not before a social event... Meaning that for 4-5 days, I eat 70% of good fats and protein or more and keep carbohydrates to a minimum. That excludes sugar, most fruit, juice, bread, pasta, rice, even sweet potato. It leaves full fat yoghurt, nuts, seeds, greens, lean meats, fish, eggs, avocado and more. The result is that I can see my body getting more defined and it mentally puts me in “GO” mode.
  • For a sporting event, the last 3 days before, you would reverse and eat about 70% carbohydrate to fill up your carb storage. Make sure to eat your biggest dinner not the night before but two nights before and the lunch on the day before because most of the time, race nerves kick in at dinner the night before and don’t allow us to eat much.
  • Get some “me time” before the big day. Pamper yourself with a pedicure or go for a walk and be alone. As a mom, when have you last been alone? It’s important to hone in, to listen to your inner voice, to really feel all the emotions that the day inspires without the constant noise that is so prevalent in a new mom’s life.
  • Get out there and after it. If it’s a race, break it down into manageable chunks. Tell yourself, you’ll catch that one person ahead of you, then another and don’t give up. If it’s an event, think about getting through each detail. As a new mom, you’ve created life, birthed it and then juggled the most difficult season of your life postpartum. Not many can say that.
  • Soak in every moment! It goes by way too fast.

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    When you ask any two mamas to share their experience with breastfeeding, you are bound to get very unique answers. That's because while the act of breastfeeding is both wonderful and natural, it also comes with a learning curve for both mothers and babies.

    In some cases, breastfeeding won't be the right path for everyone. But with the right tools, resources and social support systems, we can make progress toward the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation to continue breastfeeding through the first year of a child's life. After all, breastfeeding helps nourish infants, protects them against illnesses, develops their immune systems and more. Not to mention that mothers who breastfeed experience reduced risk for breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

    With National Breastfeeding Awareness Month this month, it's a great time for mamas (and expectant mamas!) to gather the supplies that will support their feeding journey—whether it looks like exclusively breastfeeding, pumping or combo-feeding.

    Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

    Designed for regular use, this double electric breast pump allows mamas to customize the cycle and vacuum settings that work for them. The 100% SoftShape™ silicone shields on this pump form-fit to a wide range of breast shapes and sizes—which means more comfortable, more efficient pumping. And every pump comes with two complete Dr. Brown's Options+ bottles, giving you everything you need to go from pumping to feeding.

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    Dr. Brown’s™ Breast Milk Collection Bottles

    There's no need to cry over spilled milk—because it won't happen with these storage bottles! Make the pump-to-feeding transition simpler with Dr. Brown's Milk Collection Bottles. The bottles adapt to Dr. Brown's electric pumps to easily fill, seal and transport, and they work with Dr. Brown's bottle and nipple parts when your baby's ready to eat. (Meaning no risky pouring from one bottle to another. 🙌)

    $9.99

    Breast Milk Storage Bags

    With an extra-durable design and double zip seal, your breast milk will stay fresh and safe in the fridge or freezer until it's needed. Plus, the bags are easy to freeze flat and then store for up to six months, so your baby can continue drinking breast milk long after you are done nursing.

    $9.99

    Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump with Options+™ Bottle & Bag

    Here's something they don't tell you about breastfeeding ahead of time: While feeding your baby on one side, the other breast may "let down" milk, too. With this one-piece Silicone Breast Pump, you don't have to let those precious drops go to waste. The flexible design makes pouring the milk into a bottle stress-free.

    $14.99

    Dr. Brown’s® Manual Breast Pump

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    $29.99

    Options+™ Anti-Colic Baby Bottle

    With the soft silicone nipple and natural flow design of these bottles, your baby can easily switch between breast and bottle. Clinically proven to reduce colic thanks to the vent, your baby can enjoy a happy tummy after feeding sessions—without as much spit-up, burping or gas! By mimicking the flow and feel of the breast, these bottles help support your breastfeeding experience.

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    7 hacks for simplifying after-school snacks

    Prepping delicious and nutritious foods shouldn't take all day.

    When you're in the middle of the school year and managing a family, each minute of time becomes very precious. Sometimes that means healthy food choices in the household can take a backseat. But don't stress it, mama. Prepping delicious and nutritious choices for the kids to munch on doesn't need to take all day.

    Remember to keep it fun, simple and interactive! Here are tips for simplifying after-school snacks once and for all:

    1. Prep snacks on Sunday

    This simple trick can make the rest of the week a breeze. Tupperware is your friend here, you can even write different days of the week on each container to give the kids a little surprise every day. I really like storage with compartments for snack prep. Personally, I slice apples, carrots or cucumbers to pair with almond butter and hummus—all great to grab and go for when you're out all day and need some fresh variety.

    2. When in doubt, go for fruit

    Fruit is always a quick and easy option. I suggest blueberries, clementine oranges, apples, frozen grapes or even unsweetened apple sauce and dried fruit, like mixed fruit. It's fun to put together a fruit salad, too. Simply cut up all the fruit options and let the kids decide how they'd like to compile. Prepped fruit is also great to have on hand for smoothies, especially when it's been sitting in the fridge for a few days—throw it in the blender with some nut milk and voila.

    3. Pair snacks with a dip

    Hummus is a great dip to keep on hand with lots of versatility or you can grab a yogurt-based dip. Easy and healthy dippers include pre-sliced veggies, baby carrots and multigrain tortilla chips. Plain hummus is a great way to introduce seasonings and spices too—shake a little turmeric, add fresh basil and you'd be surprised what your kids will take to.

    4. Have high-protein options readily available

    Snacks with high protein, like cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs and jerky will fuel kids for hours. One of my favorites is a turkey stick, which is a fun addition to the hummus platter. Just slice into bite-sized pieces. I love cottage cheese because it can go savory or sweet, use as a dip with your prepped veggies, or drizzle pure maple syrup and sprinkle with berries.

    5. Always keep the pantry stocked

    Monthly deliveries keeps the pantry updated without a trip to grocery store. Many kids are big fans of popcorn, granola and pretzels. We like to DIY our own snack packs with a little popcorn, pretzels, nuts and whatever else is in the pantry so there's always something different!

    6. Make cracker tartines

    I love the idea of replicating popular restaurant dishes for kids. Here are some of my favorite snack-sized tartines using any crisp bread, or favorite flat cracker of your choice as the base. There are no rules and kids love adding toppings and finding new combinations they love.

    • Avocado crackers: Use a cracker and then layer with thinly sliced avocado, a dollop of fresh ricotta cheese topped with roasted pepitas or sunflower seeds.
    • Tacos: The base for this is a black bean spread—just drain a can of black beans, rinse and place into a wide bowl. With a fork or potato masher, lightly smush the beans until chunky. Spread onto your cracker and top with tomato, cheddar cheese and black olives. Try out a dollop of super mild salsa or some lime zest to introduce some new flavor profiles.
    • A play on PB&J: Smear peanut butter, almond or a favorite sun butter on the cracker. I like to get a mix it up a bit and put fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries and tiny diced apples) and a little bit of dried fruit sprinkled on top.

    7. Pre-make smoothie pops

    The easy part about meal prep is the prep itself, but knowing exactly how much to make ahead is tricky. Freeze a smoothie in popsicle molds to have a healthy treat ready-to-go snack. They're super simple to make: Add any fruit (I like apples, berries, pineapples and mangoes) and veggies (carrots, steamed beet and wilted kale) to a blender with your favorite nut milk until you have consistency just a bit thinner than a smoothie. Pour into your trusty reusable popsicle molds and then into the freezer to make an ice pop so good they could eat them for breakfast.

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    15 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

    They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

    Keeping kids entertained is a battle for all seasons. When it's warm and sunny, the options seem endless. Get them outside and get them moving. When it's cold or rainy, it gets a little tricker.

    So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best toys for toddlers and kids that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, many are Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

    From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these indoor outdoor toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.


    Stomp Racers

    As longtime fans of Stomp Rockets, we're pretty excited about their latest launch–Stomp Racers. Honestly, the thrill of sending things flying through the air never gets old. Parents and kids alike can spend hours launching these kid-powered cars which take off via a stompable pad and hose.

    $19.99

    Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster

    Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster

    Tiny thrill-seekers will love this kid-powered coaster which will send them (safely) sailing across the backyard or play space. The durable set comes with a high back coaster car and 10.75 feet of track, providing endless opportunities for developing gross motor skills, balance and learning to take turns. The track is made up of three separate pieces which are easy to assemble and take apart for storage (but we don't think it will be put away too often!)

    $139

    Secret Agent play set

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    This set has everything your little secret agent needs to solve whatever case they might encounter: an ID badge, finger scanner, walkie-talkie handset, L-shaped scale and coloring comic (a printable file is also available for online download) along with a handy belt to carry it all along. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

    $40

    Stepping Stones

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    Kiddos can jump, stretch, climb and balance with these non-slip stepping stones. The 20-piece set can be arranged in countless configurations to create obstacle courses, games or whatever they can dream up.

    $99.99

    Sand play set

    B. toys Wagon & Beach Playset - Wavy-Wagon Red

    For the littlest ones, it's easy to keep it simple. Take their sand box toys and use them in the bath! This 12-piece set includes a variety of scoops, molds and sifters that can all be stored in sweet little wagon.

    $17.95

    Sensory play set

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    Filled with sand or water, this compact-sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

    $19.95

    Vintage scooter balance bike

    Janod retro scooter balance bike

    Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

    $121

    Foam pogo stick

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    Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord "stick" is sturdy enough to withstand indoor and outdoor use and makes a super fun addition to driveway obstacle courses and backyard races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don't let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.

    $16.99

    Dumptruck 

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    Whether they're digging up sand in the backyard or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? It's made from recycled plastic milk cartons.

    $22

    Hopper ball

    Hopper ball

    Burn off all that extra energy hippity hopping across the lawn or the living room! This hopper ball is one of the top rated versions on Amazon as it's thicker and more durable than most. It also comes with a hand pump to make inflation quick and easy.

    $14.99

    Pull-along ducks

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    There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

    $16.99

    Rocking chair seesaw

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    This built-to-last rocking seesaw is a fun way to get the wiggles out in the grass or in the playroom. The sturdy design can support up to 77 pounds, so even older kiddos can get in on the action.

    $79.99

    Baby forest fox ride-on

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    Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

    $79.99

    Meadow ring toss game

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    Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

    $24.75

    Mini golf set

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    Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

    $40

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    Even 5 hours of screen time per day is OK for school-aged kids, says new study

    Researchers found screen time contributes to stronger peer relationships and had no effect on depression and anxiety. So maybe it isn't as bad as we thought?

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    If you've internalized some parental guilt about your own child's screen time usage, you're not alone. Numerous studies have shown that exposure to significant amounts of screen time in children leads to an increased risk of depression and behavioral issues, poor sleep and obesity, among other outcomes. Knowing all this can mean you're swallowing a big gulp of guilt every time you unlock the iPad or turn on the TV for your kiddo.

    But is screen time really that bad? New research says maybe not. A study published in September 2021 of 12,000 9- and 10-year-olds found that even when school-aged kids spend up to 5 hours per day on screens (watching TV, texting or playing video games), it doesn't appear to be that harmful to their mental health.

    Researchers found no association between screen usage and depression or anxiety in children at this age.

    In fact, kids who had more access to screen time tended to have more friends and stronger peer relationships, most likely thanks to the social nature of video gaming, social media and texting.


    The correlations between screen time and children's health

    But those big social benefits come with a caveat. The researchers also noted that kids who used screens more frequently were in fact more likely to have attention problems, impacted sleep, poorer academic performance and were more likely to show aggressive behavior.

    Without a randomized controlled trial, it's hard to nail down these effects as being caused directly by screens. The study's authors analyzed data from a nationwide study known as the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study (ABCD Study), the largest long-term study of brain development and children's health in the country. They relied on self-reported levels of screen time from both children and adults (it's funny to note that those reported numbers differed slightly depending on who was asked… ).

    It's important to remember that these outcomes are just correlations—not causations. "We can't say screen time causes the symptoms; instead, maybe more aggressive children are given screen devices as an attempt to distract them and calm their behavior," says Katie Paulich, lead author of the study and a PhD student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Also worth noting is that a child's socioeconomic status has a 2.5-times-bigger impact on behavior than screens.

    Weighing the benefits with the risks will be up to you as the parent, who knows your child best. And because we live in a digital world, screens are here to stay, meaning parents often have little choice in the matter. It's impossible to say whether recreational screen time is fully "good" or "bad" for kids. It's maybe both.

    "When looking at the strength of the correlations, we see only very modest associations," says Paulich. "That is, any association between screen time and the various outcomes, whether good or bad, is so small it's unlikely to be important at a clinical level." It's all just part of the overall picture.

    A novel look at screen time in adolescents

    The researchers cite a lack of studies examining the relationship between screen time and health outcomes in this specific early-adolescence age group, which is one of the reasons why this study is so groundbreaking. The findings don't apply to younger children—or older adolescents, who may be starting to go through puberty.

    Screen time guidelines do exist for toddlers up to older kids, but up to 1.5 hours per day seems unattainable for many young adolescents, who often have their own smartphones and laptops, or at least regular access to one.

    Of course, more research is needed, but that's where this study can be helpful. The ABCD study will follow the 12,000 participants for another 10 years, following up with annual check-ins. It'll be interesting to see how the findings change over time: Will depression and anxiety as a result of screen time be more prevalent as kids age? We'll have to wait and see.

    The bottom line? Parents should still be the gatekeepers of their child's screen time in terms of access and age-appropriateness, but, "our early research suggests lengthy time on screen is not likely to yield dire consequences," says Paulich.

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    Mom and gorilla bond over their babies at the zoo: ‘It was so beautiful’

    The new mothers shared a special moment at a Boston zoo.

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    Motherhood knows no bounds.

    When Kiki the gorilla spotted a new mom and baby visiting her habitat at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, she immediately took a liking to the pair. Emmelina Austin held her five-week-old son Canyon to the glass so Kiki could get a better look.

    The gorilla spent nearly five minutes happily pointing and staring at baby Canyon.


    Emmelina's husband captured the sweet moment on his phone, in a video that's now gone viral.

    Mother shares unique maternal bond with gorilla (FULL VIDEO) www.youtube.com

    Why was Kiki so interested in her tiny visitor? Possibly because Kiki's a new mom herself. Her fifth baby, Pablo, was born in October.

    Near the end of the video, Kiki scooped up Pablo and held him close. The new moms held their baby boys to the glass and shared a special moment together: just a couple of mothers, showing off their little ones.

    "When I walked into the zoo that day, I never could've imagined that we would have had that experience," Austin told ABC News. "It was so beautiful, and we walked out just over the moon."

    We can't get enough of the sweet exchange. There's something special about sharing your little one with the world. Mothers of all ages, races–and it turns out, species–understand.

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