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Ariel

Ariel is a recently turned stay-at-home momma of three little ones to her high school sweetheart. When she isn’t busy playing with her young kiddos (or running around frantically), you can find her writing on her personal blog, Dreams To Do. Ariel is a lover of inspirational words, photography, coffee, reality TV, and of course, her family. You can connect with Ariel on Twitter and Facebook.

Car Seat Guide: Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat

If you’re searching for a car seat that will safely carry your precious cargo from infancy through preschool (from 5-65 lbs!), the Chicco Nextfit convertible car seat is just what you need. Designed to be the “easiest convertible car seat to install” in any vehicle, both rear and forward facing, the Chicco Nextfit combines top-notch protection with comfort and eye-catching design.

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Car Seat Guide: Evenflo Advanced Transitions 3-in-1 Booster

Is your big kid quickly outgrowing their convertible car seat and you’re wondering what they should ride in next? If so, today we’re sharing with you the last car seat you’ll ever need: the Evenflo Advanced Transitions 3-in-1 Booster! This amazing car seat easily transitions from a forward facing 5-point harnessed booster to a seat belt highback booster to a backless booster, offering you years of safety (and comfort) for your growing little one.

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Stroller Guide: UPPAbaby Vista & RumbleSeat

It’s here: the stroller the world has been waiting for! The redesigned 2015 UPPAbaby VISTA is the only stroller you’ll ever need with an intuitive design that allows for multiple configurations, whether you’re on the go with a newborn, an infant and toddler, or even twins. This stroller is perfect for single child families, but can be easily converted to a double stroller with the addition of the amazing RumbleSeat. Read on to see all that this sleek, sturdy, and easy-to-operate stroller has to offer.

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A Mother’s Intuition: Skin-to-Skin Brought Her Baby Back to Life

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What would you do if you were told your baby had died during birth? Can you even imagine the heartbreak? For Kate Ogg, this is exactly what she had to experience. However, her desire to hold and comfort her “dead” son actually saved his life! This is one feel-good story you don’t want to miss.


After three years of struggling with infertility, Kate Ogg and her husband were blessed with a twin pregnancy. Premature labor at 26 weeks lead to the early arrival of her babies, a boy and a girl. Shortly after her son, Jamie, was born, doctors told her he didn’t make it. Her beautiful act of love and desperation, brought him back to life!

Grab some tissues and watch this short video to see for yourself the power of a parent’s touch. 



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40 Weeks: A Must-See Documentary

If you’re expecting, you probably have a million questions floating around in your mind from the changes going on in your body, to what you can and can’t eat, to some of the not-so-glamorous side effects. Sure, you can read the books and comb the internet for hours, but what if instead you could kick your feet up and watch an entertaining movie while learning tons of valuable information about the journey to motherhood? Today, we’re excited to introduce you to the just released, must-see documentary, 40 Weeks.

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Want to star in a new reality series?

Young Families Nationwide Can Enter The First Years “Welcome to The Family” Video Series Contest for a Shot at Becoming the Stars of a New Online Reality Series,
Plus the Chance to Score $7,500+ in Prizes


The First Years, a leading manufacturer of juvenile products for more than 60 years, is a brand that embraces an honest view of parenting – babies don’t come with an instruction manual, and there is no such thing as a perfect parent. To celebrate the real journey of parenthood, The First Years is looking for a cast of characters from a wide variety of backgrounds to star in their “Welcome to The Family” (or WTF!) online reality series. 

You could win:

  • A starring role in the “Welcome to The Family” (or WTF!) online reality series
  • iPad Air 2
  • $2,000 worth of baby products
  • $5,000 savings bond

Who Can Enter:

  • New parents (with children ages newborn to 20 months) and parents who are expecting a new arrival before June 1, 2015 are invited to enter the contest beginning February 1, 2015 through March 1, 2015 at family.thefirstyears.com.

How to Enter:

  • Submit a Story: In 100 words or less, parents will be asked to describe what makes their new family totally unique by giving an up-close-and-personal look at the parenting journey their family is taking. The more individual their story is, the better!

AND

  • Submit a Video: Parents will be asked to share a 30- to 60-second video that shows what parenting moments are really like in their home – the good, the bad and the “I-can’t-believe-that-happened” moments. Think reality TV, only actually real – no holds barred!
Visit family.thefirstyears.com for all the nitty gritty details and to get the entry process started!

GOOD LUCK!


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Luxury Diaper Bags For Stylish Moms

The days of shiny, plastic diaper bags in cheesy baby prints are slowly coming to an end. Nowadays, moms can remain fashionable while carrying great-looking, but still functional, diaper bags. For you moms who love your handbags and hate to sacrifice style just because you have a baby, we’ve rounded up a few of today’s hottest luxury diaper bags. But really, we hate to label those gorgeous totes “diaper bags” because you’ll want to carry them long after the diaper days are over.

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Editors’ View: Hotel Living

After our recent adventure to Las Vegas for the 2104 ABC Kids Expo, we shared with you some of our editors’  hand picked, favorite, time tested travel products. Now, we’re diving in a little deeper with the awesome items that keep us from feeling homesick when on the road. Here are some of our favorite products to make any hotel room your home away from home – for both you and your children! 

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Toddler Dining: Booster Seat Round-Up

Whether you’re short on space and want to ditch the highchair or have a toddler who’s ready to sit at the big table with the family, there’s a great option for you: Booster Seats! Nowadays there are a wide variety of boosters, from cushions that you can throw on top of any old dining chair to ones that strap down and feature removable trays. We’ve rounded up a few great options that will not only save you space, but allow your toddler to safely dine at the table with you.

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The Best Bassinets for Baby

The crib is set up and your baby’s room is all ready to go. While you may be anxious for baby to enjoy their new space, it isn’t always practical to have him sleeping down the hall from you in that big room all by himself. Instead, consider the cozy confines of a bassinet right next to your bed for those first few months. Not only will baby feel secure in a smaller bed space, but you won’t be far for those middle of the night feedings. Also, if you plan on traveling with baby, many bassinets on the market today are compact and perfect to take with you wherever you go! Here are four great bassinets to consider for baby’s first bed.

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Must-Have Clothing & Accessories from ABC Kids Expo 2014

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Last month Daily Mom had the pleasure of attending the 2014 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada – the world’s premier trade show for children’s products. Two of our editors spent long days scouring the floor for the best new products for kids, babies, and parents. We’ve already shared with you the latest and greatest when it comes to strollers, toysfeeding products, sleep products, and all things travel related – now it’s time to share some of our top picks for clothing and accessories!

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The Latest Sleep Products from ABC Kids Expo 2014

Daily Mom recently returned from the 2014 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada – the world’s premier trade show for children’s products. Two of our editors spent long days scouring the floor for the best new products for kids, babies, and parents. We’ve already shared with you the latest and greatest when it comes to strollers, toys, feeding products, and all things travel related. Now it’s time for baby sleep products! Check out these amazing cribs, bassinets, bouncers, and more!

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Exciting Travel Products from ABC Kids Expo 2014

Daily Mom recently returned from the 2014 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada – the world’s premier trade show for children’s products. Two of our editors spent long days scouring the floor for the best new products for kids, babies, and parents. We’ve already shared with you the latest and greatest when it comes to strollers, toys, and feeding products and now it’s time for all things travel related. Check out these amazing car seats, baby carriers, and more!

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Our Favorite Feeding Products from ABC Kids Expo 2014

Daily Mom recently returned from the 2014 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada – the world’s premier trade show for children’s products. Two of our editors spent long days scouring the floor for the best new products for kids, babies, and parents. We’ve already shared with you the latest and greatest when it comes to strollers and toys, so now it’s time for our favorite feeding products – high chairs and sippies and breast pads… oh my!

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The Latest Toys from ABC Kids Expo 2014

Daily Mom recently returned from the 2014 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada – the world’s premier trade show for children’s products. Two of our editors spent long days scouring the floor for the best new products for kids, babies, and parents. We’ve already shared with you the latest and greatest when it comes to strollers and now it’s time for the toys. Get ready to expand that Christmas shopping list!

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