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by Jenny Saltiel with Lexi Walters from American Baby 

With thanks to our partners over at parents.com for sharing this collection of age-old superstitions and myths about gender prediction.  There’s lots more (serious) pregnancy info to check out on their site.

Body Changes & How You Carry

Old wives’ tales are little more than super-circulated rumors. Never proven to be true, they’re sayings and adages that generations of women have passed down to one another regarding family health (“Eating carrots improves your vision”), safe parenting (“Wait an hour after eating before swimming”), and — most popularly — pregnancy.

Little is known about the origins of the following old wives’ tales regarding how to guess baby’s sex, but many pregnant women today still swing chains above their bellies and examine how they’re carrying to determine what they’re having. Whether you’re trying to guess your own baby’s gender or looking for shower games for a friend, read on for the top ways women have guessed: boy or girl?

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citysanantopnio

By Karen Cicero, Parents Magazine

Here are five more great kid-friendly cities, with suggestions of lots of fun activities.  Again, thanks to our partners at parents.com for allowing us to share excerpts of this story.  For a lot more great info on these places, visit Parents Magazine online.

The sky’s the limit when you choose one of these family-friendly and affordable urban hubs for your next trip.

The fastest way to create priceless vacation memories: Go somewhere with lots to do. Big cities boast the coolest museums for families, the bulk of the historical treasures, and massive parks. But navigating them can be a hassle. To find places that make it easy to bring the kids, we looked at the number, quality, and cost of family-friendly attractions; hotel prices; walkability; airport play areas; public-transportation options; crime rate; and more in each of the 100 largest American cities. Use our list of winners and special discounts to map out a last-minute family trip.

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By Karen Cicero, Parents Magazine

Thanks to our partners at parents.com for allowing us to share excerpts of this story.  For a lot more great info on these places, go here. Here are the first five best cities for family travel: stay tuned for the rest next week.

The sky’s the limit when you choose one of these family-friendly and affordable urban hubs for your next trip.

The fastest way to create priceless vacation memories: Go somewhere with lots to do. Big cities boast the coolest museums for families, the bulk of the historical treasures, and massive parks. But navigating them can be a hassle. To find places that make it easy to bring the kids, we looked at the number, quality, and cost of family-friendly attractions; hotel prices; walkability; airport play areas; public-transportation options; crime rate; and more in each of the 100 largest American cities. Use our list of winners and special discounts to map out a last-minute family trip.

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sleep

By Catie Bielecki from Parents Magazine

Grandparents, friends, and society flood parents with well-meaning advice, but how can Mom and Dad be sure they are receiving accurate information? With help from Dr. Andrew Adesman and his book Baby Facts,  we separate baby myths from reality.

Baby’s Sleep Position

Myth: It’s OK to put your baby to sleep on his side.

Reality: To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, healthy babies should always be put to sleep on their back — not their stomach or sides.

Dr. Adesman explains: “Part of the reason for the confusion is that when the government first came out with its ‘Back to Sleep’ campaign, it said side or back, but just a couple years later, it modified this recommendation because sometimes babies roll from their side onto their belly. The safest sleep position for babies is on their back. Unfortunately, some pediatricians are still giving parents misinformation.”

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From Parents.com

Few women who’ve done it would say that giving birth is easy. But preparing the way helps. Here are some last-minute tips to get ready for your big day.

Install the Car Seat

The one absolutely essential piece of baby gear is your car seat. Most hospitals won’t let baby leave unless you’ve got one. If you’re driving your own car, go ahead and put the seat in now, so you have plenty of time to make sure it’s installed correctly. If you’ll be taking a taxi, practice installing it in a car once or twice to familiarize yourself with the seat.

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