Twins, twins, they’re everywhere! Or at least, it seems like it. Beyoncé and Jay-Z are expecting twins, and so are George and Amal Clooney. But they’re not the only superstar celebs who are going to be pulling double duty when it comes to raising kiddos — Madonna also recently adopted twin four-year-old girls from Malawi. With all the twinning out there, we’re bringing you the lowdown on these mini multiples.
1. The twin birth rate peaked in 2014. The twin birth rate rose a whopping 76 percent between the years 1980 and 2009, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). In 2014, twinning reached a record high. But in 2015 the rate declined… slightly (from 33.9 to 33.5 out of every 1,000 births). Even though there’s an ever so small dip in the twin birth rate, in 2015 alone 133,155 babies were born in twin deliveries!
By Erica Loop
The big day is almost here. Woo-hoo! Just one thing — you’ve yet to pack your hospital bag. You’re fairly certain you shouldn’t bring a 12-piece luggage set with you for a 48-hour hospital stay, but even your labor playlist is in better shape than your go-bag list. Yep, packing for “baby day” isn’t exactly easy. Narrow things down with these hospital bag essentials!
Now that you’re a soon-to-be mama, your BFFs are constantly sending you FB links to “totally true” baby sex predictor tests. You just read that if you mix baking soda with your own pee (yes, people actually do this) and it fizzes, you are def having a boy. Um, really? You’re all about figuring out whether you need a princess pink or sea creature blue nursery, but you aren’t exactly sure if these so-called methods are real or just old wives’ tales. Check out the facts — and the fictions — when it comes to figuring out whether you’re having a Jenny or a Johnny.
There are certain baby board books that you will either buy or be gifted that are basically required reading for the under-one set (and books make GREAT baby shower gifts). Goodnight Moon, I Am Bunny, Pat the Bunny (basically anything with a bunny on it) are found in nurseries across the land. But how about if you want to get or give a title that isn’t one of the standard-issue picks? Thankfully, there are oodles of awesome (and inspired) options out there. Here are 10 super cool board books that should have a proud place right between Baby Beluga and Guess How Much I Love You.
Here, some parenting advice, from our friends at Brit & Co.
By Maggie Henderson, Brit & Co
For working moms, daycare is a part of life. Whether you decide to get a babysitter or enroll your baby in a daycare program, finding the right caregiver is a pretty big, and often stressful, deal. It’s important to start your search early — like when you’re still in the early to mid-months of being pregnant, as many daycares have long waitlists. Once you’ve narrowed down your list of places to visit, consider asking these 12 questions to get a better sense of what each daycare has to offer.
Before You Schedule a Tour
It’s worth asking a couple of key questions before getting a tour on the books. After all, your time for window shopping is limited and, depending on how big of a city you live in, the options may need to be narrowed down to save your sanity.