These IKEA Inspired Baby Names Will Make Your Day

Bella Breakdown We love IKEA, and we love babies…so why not combine the two and create IKEA-inspired baby names? This is no joke, as parents are turning to Ikea furniture for baby name inspiration. Perhaps we are running out of inspiration for baby names and are relying on retailers, like IKEA, who use charming names for their items. Babycentre says, “IKEA is known for the charming Scandinavian it gives its products, and many work surprisingly well as baby names.” Here are the best baby names, inspired by the Swedish retailer: 1. Sommar: Meaning ‘summer.’ 2. Ingo: Meaning, ‘protected by...

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4 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was a Parenting Newbie

I have friends who have newborns and I love going to their houses and holding their babies. This is because I am so glad to be at a stage of life where I have learned a lot from my life experiences as a mom. After having 3 kids, each 2 years apart, I would love to pass on some of the things I wish I had known when I was a brand new mom. Accept Help As a new mom, I wanted to do everything myself. Looking back I wish I had asked for help more. I was so...

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Baby Gear: Key Criteria for Selecting a Car Seat

Bella Breakdown When you are having a baby, there are many things that you need to buy and lots that you want to buy because everything is so darn cute. When it comes to your child’s safety and purchasing baby equipment, one of the main things you absolutely must have is a car seat. Choosing a seat for your child and the needs you have, as well as installing the car seat is something that takes some research and time. Therefore, choosing the right car seat is a really important decision, and one that you want to make before...

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Milestone Moment: Celebrating My Baby’s First Laugh

My #BabysFirst Laugh Made My World More Beautiful As the mother of an infant, I live in a world of firsts; first cry, first hug, first cuddle, first smile. It’s all these tiny little micro-moments, these little snippets in time that mean the most in the lives of parents. Today I’m partnering with the March of Dimes by taking a moment to stop and appreciate my very favorite first in the life of my youngest daughter, Ryleigh. I also want to bring a little awareness to those parents in the NICU who are helping their children fight for their...

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Pregnancy Nutrition: The Nutrients You Need & Where to Find Them

Need-To-Know Info About Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition As a women in the 36th weeks of a pregnancy that has been plagued by Hyperemesis Gravidarum (extreme and life threatening “morning” sickness), I know a thing or two about the need for proper nutrition during pregnancy. Now that I’m happily in the 3rd trimester and have (thankfully) regained the ability to eat I’d like to talk about a few essential components that should play a major role in any expecting mother’s diet. Of course, when expecting, a woman’s mindset switches from nutrition for one to nutrition for two (or more if she’s...

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