The New AAP Car Seat Guidelines You Need to Know About

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The New AAP Car Seat Guidelines You Need to Know About

Your kiddo may need to stay rear facing longer than you thought. We have details on new guidelines regarding rear facing carseats. Plus, how to get 20 percent off your next car seat... or bouncer... or rocker... OMG Target's car seat trade-in is back and better than ever! And 50 percent off diapers?!?! Sign us up! It's all right here in our Weekly Links

  1. Super important news from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding your child's car seat: they've revised their guidelines when it comes to how long your kiddo should be rear facing. Previously, the AAP said children should remain rear facing until age two, but their new guidelines remove the age limit and instead say to remain rear facing until meeting the height and weight recommendations by the car seat manufacturer. The AAP says it is best to keep your kiddos rear facing for as long as possible, because that is the safest way to ride.
  2. And speaking of car seats, the event that's like Christmas for parents -- Target's car seat trade. And this time, it's better than ever! From Sept. 9 to Sept. 22, you can turn your old car seat in to Target and get a coupon for 20 percent off a new car seat, base or booster and for the first time ever, the coupon is also valid on some other baby items like high chairs, rockers and bouncers.
  3. It turns out those at-home wearable baby monitors aren't all they're cracked up to be. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says the Owlet Smart Sock 2 and Baby Vida devices get vital signs wrong. The researchers concluded there was no evidence they help prevent SIDs, and aren't just unhelpful, they cause problems by sending parents to the emergency room when nothing is wrong or keeping them at home when they need to be headed to the hospital.
  4. The two words every parent wants to hear: discount diapers! We were so psyched to hear about this deal over at The Honest Co., we couldn't wait to share it with you. You have to act fast, though: in celebration of Labor Day, the brand is offering 50 percent off their diaper + wipe bundle until Sept. 11. Um, yes, please!
  5. As if we even need to tell you this, mama... once your baby comes into the world, everything changes. When a baby is born -- so, too, is a mother. The shift is profoundly life changing in nearly every way imaginable. We're loving this new TED Talk with Psychiatrist Alexandrea Sacks who introduces a new way to think about the transition into motherhood. It's a must watch.

After 4 kids, this is still the best baby gear item I’ve ever purchased

I wouldn't be swooning over the BABYBJÖRN bouncer after eight years and four kids if it didn't work.

I have four kids 8 and under, so you might expect that my house is teeming with baby gear and kid toys.

But it turns out that for me, the more kids I have, the more I simplify our stuff. At this point, I'm down to the absolute essentials, the gear that I can't live without and the toys my kids actually play with. And so when a mama-to-be asks me what things are worth registering for, there are only a few must-haves on my list.

The BABYBJÖRN bouncer seat is on the top of my list—totally worth it and an absolute must-have for any new mama.

In fact, since I first splurged on my first BABYBJÖRN bouncer eight years ago (it definitely felt like a splurge at the time, but the five star reviews were really compelling), the bouncer seat has become the most-used product in our house for baby's first year.

We've actually invested in a second one so that we didn't have to keep moving ours from the bedroom to the living room when we change locations.

BABYBJÖRN bouncer bliss

baby bjorn bouncer

The utility of the seat might seem counterintuitive—it has no mechanical parts, so your baby is instead gently bounced by her own movements. In a world where many baby products are touted for their ability to mechanically rock baby to sleep, I get that many moms might not find the "no-motion" bouncer that compelling. But it turns out that the seat is quite reactive to baby's little kicks, and it has helped my kids to learn how to self-soothe.


Lightweight + compact:

The BABYBJÖRN bouncer is super lightweight, and it also folds flat in a second. Because of those features, we've frequently stored it under the couch, in a suitcase or in the back of the car. It folds completely flat, which I love.

Entertainment zone:

Is the toy bar worth it? The toy bar is totally worth it. Not only is the toy bar adorable, but it's one of the first toys that my babies actually play with once they discover the world beyond my boobs. The toys spin and are close to eye level so they have frequently kept my baby entertained while I cook or take a quick shower.

Great style:

This is not a small detail to me–the BABYBJÖRN bouncer is seriously stylish. I am done with baby gear and toys that make my house look like a theme park. The elegant European design honestly just looks good in my living room and I appreciate that parents can enjoy it as much as baby.

It's adjustable:

With three height settings that let you prop baby up to be entertained, or lay back to rest, we get years of use. And the bouncer can actually be adjusted for bigger kids and used from newborn to toddler age. It's that good.

It just works:

I wouldn't be swooning over the BABYBJÖRN bouncer after eight years and four kids if it didn't work. But I have used the seat as a safe space to put baby while I've worked (I once rocked my baby in it with my foot while I reported on a breaking news story for the Washington Post), and as a cozy spot for my second child to lay while his big brother played nearby. It's held up for almost a decade with almost-constant use.

So for me, looking back on what I thought was a splurge eight years ago, was actually one of the best investments in baby gear I ever made.

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Sorry, you can’t meet our baby yet

Thank you for understanding. ❤️

In just over three weeks, we will become parents. From then on, our hearts will live outside of our bodies. We will finally understand what everyone tells you about bringing a child into the world.

Lately, the range of emotions and hormones has left me feeling nothing short of my new favorite mom word, "hormotional." I'm sure that's normal though, and something most people start to feel as everything suddenly becomes real.

Our bags are mostly packed, diaper bag ready, and birth plan in place. Now it's essentially a waiting game. We're finishing up our online childbirth classes which I must say are quite informational and sometimes entertaining. But in between the waiting and the classes, we've had to think about how we're going to handle life after baby's birth.


I don't mean thinking and planning about the lack of sleep, feeding schedule, or just the overall changes a new baby is going to bring. I'm talking about how we're going to handle excited family members and friends who've waited just as long as we have to meet our child. That sentence sounds so bizarre, right? How we're going to handle family and friends? That sentence shouldn't even have to exist.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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