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Car Seats 101

Overwhelmed by the number of choices in products? Get answers to all of your important questions with our guide to Car Seats 101.

The Importance of Car Seats

A car seat is one of the most important gear purchases you're going to make as a new parent. It is one of the only products you will ever buy for your child that has the potential to actually save their life.

Yes, You Can Install a Car Seat in a NYC Taxi

Planning a visit to the Greatest City in the World? While hailing a taxi on 5th Avenue with your newborn and strapping him into a car seat might seem daunting to a new mom, it only takes about 45 seconds to do it safely, according to The Car Seat Lady, aka NYC pediatrician Dr. Alisa Baer. Here’s how:

Week 37: Greening Up My Baby Act

I'm the furthest thing from Betty homemaker (I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never even ironed before!). Yet as my baby bump continues to grow (and grow!) I’m finding that so do those notorious nesting instincts.

Screening the Sunscreens: What's Safe for Baby

Any day now you’ll be reaching for summer’s first tube of sunscreen. You’re not alone if you’re wondering just what’s in it and, most importantly, if it’s safe for you and your kids to spend the season slathering it all over. Sunscreens shield us from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

To provide this defense, they contain chemical and mineral ingredients that scatter, reflect or absorb UV radiation, including oxybenzone, octyl methoxycinnamate, avobenzone, zinc, and titanium.

Healthy Baby Healthy Planet: 5 Ways to Have a Green Pregnancy

Pregnancy, especially your first, upends your life in unexpected ways. Motherhood looms and you’re madly trying to figure out how to give your baby the healthiest start. So it’s no surprise when you also find yourself evaluating the health of the world your infant is about to enter.

Eco-babyproofing: Safely Removing Toxins from Your Home

It’s called the “nesting instinct”—that sudden urge to tidy, purge, organize and decorate. But getting your home ready for your newborn isn’t just about putting together the crib and washing all those teeny tiny clothes. It also means hunting down the hidden hazardous chemicals that have been shown to affect your baby’s growth and development. Think of it as environmental babyproofing.

Growing Battle Over Swaddling

There is a battle brewing about a staple in parents' baby-care arsenals: swaddling.

Safe Sleep

Here’s the good news: Ever since the 1994 launch of the Back to Sleep campaign, which instructs parents to put infants to sleep on their backs, the number of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases has decreased by more than 50 percent. The bad news is that SIDS is still the leading cause of death in babies ages 1 month to 12 months, with more than 2,300 U.S. infants dying from SIDS every year.

New Safety Standards For Play Yards

The safety rules for play yards and portable cribs are about to get stricter thanks to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which unanimously voted to toughen these guidelines, The Associated Press and The Washington Post report.

Get On The Sleep Train

If getting your baby to sleep is a singing, rocking and jiggling process that’s exhausting the whole family, you may want to consider sleep training. “The process involves teaching your baby a new way of going to sleep, usually from being rocked or fed to sleep to falling asleep in her crib,” says Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., author of Sleep Deprived No More (Da Capo Press).

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