what parents are talking about

New Car Seat Guidelines

  • Children should ride rear-facing to age 2, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. (The old policy from 2002 cited age 12 months and 20 pounds as a minimum for when to turn a seat around.)
  • Children should use a booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old.
  • Children should ride in the rear of a vehicle until they are 13 years old.

See the new guidelines here

Oregon Trying To Ban Child Bike Trailers

Oregon is trying to pass a bill that will outlaw child bike trailers for children under six. The decision is purely based off of statistics showing a growth in serious bikers having accidents.


Embrace The Pregnant Glow – Not The Sun-Kissed Glow

As a sun goddess herself, I struggled when I was pregnant to avoid the sun. Being that I entered just the beginning of summer with my 8-month-old belly, I didn’t have much of a chance to go out – but it only took one time in that bikini on the lake with a huge, exposed belly.

During pregnancy you will notice a number of skin changes because of the change in hormones your body is going through. Your reaction to the sun is included in this. Many pregnant women who rarely sunburn will likely sunburn during pregnancy – especially when your skin is extremely stretched out (during the last few months of pregnancy).

Even though I was lotioned up, my belly got a little burnt which then led to stretch marks. Yes, exposure to the sun will worsen and in some cases, bring to light the dreaded stretch marks.

Research is all over the map with sun exposure and pregnancy. I say, “Better safe than sorry.”

I have a number of pregnant friends who will be going through the summer, and my advice is to stay out of the sun. If you are going to be in the sun, make sure you do not overheat for risk of the fetus overheating and make sure you are covered. Furthermore, stay out of the tanning beds. Think about how hot you get normally. You will get extra hot when you are pregnant which means that little baby is going to get pretty hot leading to potential dangers. It is the same as why you are not supposed to take hot baths or go in a hot tub. I’ve read that even tanning lotions are not recommended during pregnancy.

And for those of you who have stretch marks, stay covered. The sun exposure will still make these worse no matter how old they are.


For you pregnant ladies, this spandex tank top was my best maternity buy. It is light and cool spandex so you do not get hot, it is slimming (making your belly be the only thing that stands out!) and I used it also for a swim suit along with some bottoms. It also works throughout your whole pregnancy, stretching as you grow. 

Target – Be Maternity Tank

Ingrid & Isabel : Great maternity wear!


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