5 Pregnancy Safe Stretches

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Now, bring on the back and hip pain. Want to do something about it? Try stretching.  For the most part, stretching does not require any equipment or gym membership, so it is an easy way to maintain a fitness regimen during pregnancy. Aside from its accessibility, prenatal stretching offers many benefits. Stretching helps you prepare for labor, eases hip pain, and helps you relax. Pregnancy is a time when your body constantly changes. Because your body is different everyday, so is stretching. During pregnancy, most stretches are still safe as long as they are done correctly and modified. Here are five safe stretches that are safe throughout pregnancy.

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Meccano Robot Toy Review: M.A.X. and MeccaSpider

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math has infiltrated our homes, becoming a huge part of our public school curriculum and introducing many of our children to concepts and practices that they never would have experienced at such an early age. These days, the majority of our children’s toys are well-advanced beyond anything we ever had to play with and our kids are excelling rapidly with many of the these new technologies.

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The benefits of free cord blood banking

The business of staying healthy has become a billion dollar industry. From high cost prescriptions to elective cosmetic procedures, the range of available medical investments is unending.

What if someone told you for just a few hundred dollars each year, you could invest in having a perfectly matched set of stem cells approved for treating over 80 medical conditions, ranging from leukemia to lymphoma. It’s a minimal cost, helping the guarantee the health of your child for years to come.

Even with the benefits, and the low cost, this article isn’t here to tell you that you should pay to make this investment. Public cord blood banking is 100% free and helps ensure that the precious and valuable stem cells can go directly to a family in dire need of medical assistance.

Donating cord blood is a safe and painless procedure that can save lives.


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Lorena Canals: The Perfect Playroom Rug

As a parent, it is a constant battle to find a balance between a child friendly home and one that suits your adult taste. Children are known to leave a trail of messes wherever they go, no matter what surface they are told to play on. Whether it is juice, paint, or food, parents sometimes feel as though they are following their child’s trail, making sure there are no permanent stains left. In the constant parental search for products that make sense for families, rugs can be especially difficult to find when it feels like your only option is a cheap “play room” rug that can be replaced with each major stain. Anyone channeling their inner Joanna Gaines knows rugs are one of the most important parts of any room; they can either pull together a room’s décor or add another visually interesting element.  Once you have kids, playrooms become one of the most loved and essential rooms in the house and luckily Lorena Canals is on board with providing you the perfect rug option.

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Photographers Guide on How to recoup from busy season burn-out

We know that many of our loyal readers at Daily Mom are mom-turned-photographers, or professional photographers themselves. Every year, we strive to publish relevant information within the photography world such as gift guides, and informative posts. For many of us in the realm, we’ve made it through the busiest season of all: fall. From all the families that have to schedule a photo session to proudly display on their annual Christmas cards, to those brides and grooms that want that perfect, crisp, fall weather, we know first-hand that, come January, you’re ready for some down time. We’re here today to give you some amazing suggestions, and be the photographers guide on how to recoup from busy season burn-out.

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60 Days of Giving: WINNERS!

Thank you to everyone who entered and participated in our 60 Days of Giving this holiday season! Every day from October 20th to December 20th, Daily Mom brought to you a different product that we thought you would love as a way to say thank you for being a loyal Daily Mom reader. We had so much fun sharing some of our favorite things with you, and we hope you enjoyed learning about some great products as well as got some good holiday gift ideas for your friends and family. Below are the conditional winners of our 60 Days of Giving. Take a look and see if you’ve won!

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Think about safety as you prepare for your new baby

When you’re expecting, you’re working to prepare your family and your home for your new baby, from painting the nursery to diving into parenting books. One of the most important ways to prepare is to think about safety precautions, especially safe sleep, safe stress relief, and water safety. In the Tampa Bay area alone, nearly 200 children under the age of six have died in the last five years (2012-2016) from the top three causes of preventable child death: suffocation caused by unsafe sleep practices, abusive head trauma caused by shaking a baby and drowning from lack of supervision around water.

These tragedies can happen to anyone, and every member of our community – not just parents – bears the responsibility of educating themselves on these dangers. While you’re preparing for your new baby’s arrival, take a few moments to learn the measures you can take once your baby is born to prevent needless child deaths in our community.

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10 Tips to Designing a Small Organized Playroom

Playrooms. They are the epitome of a double-edged sword; A must have if you have any hopes for a (somewhat) toy-free living area, but yet the amount of upkeep and energy that goes into keeping one organized is a never-ending battle. Pinterest fills your head with dreams of colorful play spaces, oozing with educational activities, bright, happy children, properly labeled bins, and perfectly crafted wooden blocks stacked neatly on table in the corner – or perhaps, made into the most elaborate of castles. We can barely contain our excitement until we look around our own home and notice two major things: 1. Our kids love the gawdy, noisy plastic toys, and 2. We have no space. Where are these bright and airy play spaces of Pinterest land? If you are tight on space, but still hoping to create a fun (and organized) space for your children to play freely, we have 10 tips to get you started!

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Top Ways to Treat & the Best Mattress for Lower Back Pain

As we all get older (and wiser?), we tend to notice different aches and pains that may or may not have been around for the past few years. Our days of couch surfing at a friend’s pad are long gone, and it may be time to give in and admit that you may have to add in some extra steps to your nighttime routine to keep your body feeling good. Read on to hear all about our top 5 ways to help cure back pain as well as the best mattress for lower back pain.

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The Power of Prenatal Vitamins

You get a lot of information thrown at you when you start thinking about having a baby. Does every little decision really carry as much weight as the world would lead you to believe? Just spend an hour online and the mommy forums will have you all worked up! Here’s a little secret from one mom to another: not everything is super important. Not every choice you make carries a lot of weight or power. Some decisions do though, and choosing to take a prenatal vitamin is one such decision. When trying to conceive, during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding, prenatal vitamins are a must because they are actually powerful and can make a difference in the life of your future child. 

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Family Meal Planning with HelloFresh

This post is sponsored by HelloFresh and contains affiliate links, but all opinions are that of Daily Mom.

The rush of the holidays are over, and your family is still recovering. You are still recovering. You might still have to take down all the holiday decorations. There is still a pile of wrapping paper in that corner over there. Your suitcases still need to be unpacked from your travels to see family. Your kids are in front of their new toys, eyes glued, and voices yelling at their siblings (it usually sounds something like “Stooppppp. Mooooom, he’s touching my new Lego set!”). The last thing on your mind right now is probably meal planning for this week. Heck, you don’t even know what you’re going to do for dinner tonight. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone help with this daunting task? Well, say hello to family meal planning with HelloFresh.

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Hatchimals Surprise Daily Kids Review Toys

When a toy is all the rage, is it really worth the hype? Hatchimals are hugely popular but are they really as fun and engaging as your child imagines? We are all about trying things first hand and sharing all the details with you. Daily Kid Alexis just happens to love Hatchimals and was more than willing to try out the new Hatchimals Surprise! We captured the exciting unboxing and hatching and are happy to share it with you all.

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11 Unique Books To Add To Your Child’s Library

Are you tired of reading the same classic books to your children every night? Whether you simply cannot sit through another reading of Goodnight Moon to your toddler, or your grade-schooler is speeding through their classroom reading list and is looking for something new, we’ve compiled a list of 11 of the most unique children’s books (for all ages), that you’ll be sure to want to add to their personal library.

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Exploration of Grief Therapy

Coping with grief and loss is a difficult experience. After the passing of the initial intense anguish, you or someone you know may want to “take action” to cope with grief. The decision to take action is the most difficult part. Processing grief is different for everyone. That’s why there are different types of therapy.

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