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    Whether you consider yourself a "crunchy," natural, tree-huggin' mama or not, every mom wants to know that the personal care products she's buying for her baby are as safe as they are effective. But unfortunately, labels like "natural," "vegan," "eco-friendly," "organic" get thrown around a lot without much regulation. It can be maddeningly difficult for even the savviest parent to distinguish between green-washed marketing and what's actually non-toxic.

    Thankfully, looking for key ingredients and language can help. Here, your ultimate guide to steering clear of sneaky chemicals to get the cleanest, greenest, and safest products out there ...

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    How many times have we heard, "Don't go on the Internet for medical advice!" The best and most surefire way to get your burning questions answered is just to go straight to a doctor. Skip the online hassle and the pesky writers who are willing to shell out advice and go right to the professionals. But what happens when the doctors, professionals, and specialists have no answer to you? Well, then you flock to the web.

    That's exactly what the parents of little 10-month-old Wyatt Scott are doing. Wyatt was born with Congenital Trismus, a medically unknown condition where he cannot open his mouth and cannot eat solid foods. He's been to multiple specialists, but no one has been able to find the reason for his lockjaw.

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    Moms may be rethinking their birth plans after hearing about a new study out of Argentina, published in The Lancet. It found newborns held immediately after birth have benefits we haven't even been considering. While expectant moms have most likely heard how skin-to-skin contact with their infant immediately following the birth bolsters bonding and a plethora of physical boons for baby, the latest research shows it could also boost the use of delayed cord clamping and potentially reduce the number of infants with iron deficiency.

    Current guidelines suggest that the baby be held at the level of the mother's placenta (which can be awkward and uncomfortable for the person holding the newborn) before the umbilical cord is clamped. But the new study found that the baby can be held at the mother's stomach or chest and still get similar amounts of blood transferred from the placenta.

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    I am in love with breastfeeding my 3-week-old newborn. I feel empowered by the fact that he has gained weight because I am fueling him (and myself!) with healthy foods. There are times -- specifically at 3 a.m. -- when I am beyond grateful I can stick a breast in his face and magically cure a fussy spell. Who knew breasts were a lot like baby catnip?!

    But let me be clear about something: I'm also as critical about breastfeeding as I am about anything else a large group of people claim is the bee's knees. Many women who have nursed understand that it doesn't always come naturally. As wonderful as it is, it can also hurt and be exhausting. Add in the fact that there are a few "facts" that are, quite frankly, super difficult to abide by, and -- if you're anything like me -- you may just consider throwing in the breastfeeding towel to preserve your sanity.

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    I ran into a new, very tired mom the other day and I couldn't help but remember back to when my now almost-10-year old was a baby.

    God, she never, ever slept.

    But the more kids I added, the more I felt okay letting them cry it out a bit, and surprise, the better they all slept, which led me to believe that it wasn't necessarily her. Maybe my sleepless nights were my own fault.

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    A mother from Ontario, Canada is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for her family today after a Facebook photo of her 5-week-old daughter Brielle went viral. Meghan Mcnutt-Anderson's daughter contracted pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, a highly contagious bacterial infection that affects the lungs and airways that is especially dangerous in infants. In serious cases, it can cause vomiting, weight loss, pneumonia, convulsions, brain damage, and even death.

    Understandably beside herself upon learning of her child's diagnosis, Mcnutt-Anderson took to the social media site last week to post a photo of Brielle and update friends and family on the emotional situation. But she also ended up sending a warning to parents who choose not to vaccinate their children ...

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    A few days ago, 1-year-old Lyra Kaufman made headlines after becoming seriously ill on a sailboat stranded 1,000 miles from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. After word spread that Lyra was dramatically rescued by the Navy, the public's gloves came off on the little girl's parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman.

    As the couple noted in a statement, many questioned the parents' decision to sail with their young family, including not only 1-year-old Lyra but her 3-year-old sister Cora.

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    Up until 10 days ago, I hated breastfeeding. Absolutely loathed it. I had attempted to breastfeed my now-2-year-old daughter, and the experience left me feeling deflated and depressed at a time when I should have been over the moon.

    My little girl was healthy and had a healthy appetite -- that I couldn't manage to satisfy, which just made me feel like a horribly inadequate mom. Perhaps as a result of the fact that I was induced, I produced little milk at first, and coupled with the amount of stress I and everyone around me had placed in my breastfeeding success, nursing just wasn't happening.

    I trashed breastfeeding every opportunity I got and thought of myself as a cheerleader for bottle feeding -- which I definitely felt was needed given our culture's borderline nutso obsession with nursing.

    But two weeks ago I gave birth to my baby boy and everything changed. I'm breastfeeding and loving it -- not because I'm a better mom, but because of 5 factors that had nothing to do with me.

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    Just 16 weeks into her pregnancy, expecting mom Candie Baber got disturbing news: Her unborn baby had a life-threatening heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Essentially, baby Gracie was born with half a heart. "It was really hard," Baber says, "because it's like someone telling you your baby is not going to be OK." And yet amazingly, Gracie is now 4 months old and thriving enough to go home with her family.

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    When you're done with your wedding dress, what do you do with it? Throw an epic trash the dress session? Hang it in a closet somewhere and forget about it? How about cutting it up to make clothes for babies in the NICU who will never make it home from the hospital?

    They're called angel gowns, and they're the brainchild of a woman named Lisa Grubbs, wife of a specialist for premature babies. They're also the most heartbreaking and yet sweetest thing I've heard of in a long, long time.

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