What is LATCH?
LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. Lower anchors connect the car seat to the vehicle without the use of the vehicle's seat belts. The tether is a strap that secures the car seat to the frame of the vehicle. When asked if LATCH was safer than a vehicles seat restraint system, highly respected The Car Seat Lady states, "No! Seat belts have always been a very safe and effective way to secure a car seat… the problem is that getting a secure installation with a seat belt is often confusing and challenging. LATCH was invented in an attempt to decrease the misuse rate for car seats by giving parents an easier way to secure the child's car seat to the
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- BabyZone | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 1:06 PM ESTCar seatKeeping up with car seat recommendations can make your head spin, but this is one change you'll want to be aware of. The 2014 rule requires child-seat manufactures to advise against the use of LATCH (required in cars since 2001) if children and their car seats have a combined weight of 65 pounds.
What is LATCH?Read More »from 2014 Car Seat Changes and LATCH: What You Need to Know
- Looking for a cute and quirky theme for your baby's nursery? Prepare for a robot invasion! With their bright geometric style and fun retro vibe, robots add geeky cool to any baby's crib. For nursery decor inspiration, check out these 7 robot-inspired ideas.
-By Jacqueline Tourville Read More »from 7 Ideas for a Robot-Themed Nursery
- We all know kids won't understand cassettes and eight-tracks, but what about the technology we grew up with? How much of what we know will be completely lost on our kids? Here are 6 pieces of technology that confound and befuddle my 2-year-old.
-By Lyz Lenz
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- Gwen Stefani is pregnant with her third child, another boy! Do we sense a new celebrity mom trend here? Find out who else in Hollywood has given birth to all boys.
-By Jacqueline Tourville Read More »from 7 Celebrity Moms with All Boys
- BabyZone | Parenting – Tue, Feb 25, 2014 1:11 PM ESTAs we gear up for our fourth baby, we have more shopping to do than most. We gave away our well-worn, mostly hand-me-down baby essentials before we left Rome last year but as luck would have it, we need it all again. I know this is our last baby and want to shop carefully, so I thought about what worked well in the past, then asked other parents what's the one thing they'd buy again. Here's what they said, along with a few recommendations of my own.
-By Charity Curley Mathews Read More »from Real Parents Share: What’s the One Piece of Baby Gear You’d Buy Again?
- BabyZone | Parenting – Tue, Feb 25, 2014 1:08 PM ESTWhat do you get when two geeks have great chemistry? A baby! It also means it's time to start planning an epic, geek-themed baby shower. Here are some ideas to help you with your quest.
-By Darcy Zalewski Read More »from May the Party Planning Be with You: 7 Geeky Baby Shower Ideas
- BabyZone | Parenting – Tue, Feb 25, 2014 1:00 PM ESTKate and WilliamIt's common knowledge that most birth defects affecting the brain or spinal cord in babies can be avoided by boosting levels of folate (vitamin B9) during pregnancy. And if you're looking to become pregnant, you know to start taking your pre-natal vitamins right away.
Knowing that, there's rather shocking news out of Great Britain: a large study of expectant moms in the country (nearly 500,000!) has revealed that less than one in three of them are taking this advice, with most avoiding folic acid and the essential supplements while pregnant. Even worse, the study found that almost half the women who had experience with previous pregnancies where there was a neural birth defect were still omitting folic acid from their diet, and only 51 percent were taking supplements.
Most birth defects, like spina bifida (a neural tube defect involving the spinal column), can be prevented by taking supplements. While spina bifida can be rectifiedRead More »from Why the Duchess of Cambridge Should Be Talking About Folic Acid
- If you're deciding when and how to start your baby on solids, you must find out what baby-led weaning is all about!
-By Tracy Brennan Read More »from 5 Things You Didn't Know About Baby-Led Weaning
mom and babyHow long did your labor take--or should it take? I've had three natural births in Rome, as in no epidurals, and the main reason I chose to forgo medication was because I was so worried about this very situation. I was afraid that with an epidural, labor wouldn't progress fast enough to suit the Italian medical guidelines and I'd end up with a C-section, possibly times three.
I didn't realize the same thing could've easily happened here in the U.S. until I read NPR's recent reported on new birthing guidelines. Obstetricians hope they will reduce the number of C-sections-and they're all about timing.
"Women with low-risk pregnancies should be allowed to spend more time in labor, to reduce the risk of having an unnecessary C-section, the nation's obstetricians say."
The change comes, according to the piece, because about one-third of all births are cesareans, which is a 60 percent increase since the 1990s--though neither the healthRead More »from Doctors Advise Longer Labor to Avoid C-Sections
- BabyZone | Parenting – Mon, Feb 24, 2014 1:52 PM ESTFrom weeks to months to years, just how long does it take to get pregnant? Here are 10 moms willing to share their stories.
-By Jacqueline Tourville Read More »from 5 Moms Answer the Question: How Long Did it Take You to Get Pregnant?