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Turn Your Spare Room Into a Nursery With These Tips

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If you’re expecting a baby, one of the most exciting things you get to do is prepare the nursery! If you have a spare room in your house, you’re in luck. With a little bit of planning and effort, you can turn that extra space into a beautiful and functional nursery for your new addition. Here are some tips to get you started:

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Ridgewood High School and Glee Alumni Ali Stroker and Husband David Perlow Welcomed their First Child

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Ridgewood NJ, the New York Post is reporting that Ridgewood High School and Glee Alumni Ali Stroker and husband David Perlow welcomed their first child.

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Parenting 101: Everything First-time Parents Need To Make Their Baby Happy


Congratulations on your new arrival! As a first-time parent, there are a lot of things you need to know to make your baby happy. In this article, we’ll cover everything from how to change a diaper to how to soothe a crying infant. As you navigate the exciting journey of parenthood, it’s valuable to understand the cues behind your baby’s cries. Exploring the nuances of different baby cries can provide insights into their needs and emotions. Keep reading for tips and advice that will help you become a parenting pro in no time! 

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Reasons Why You Should Invest in A Baby Monitor


Some baby essentials as a crib, baby bottles, and diapers will occupy your house. It is exciting to have a little bundle of joy, especially when you just get to stare at them all day. On the one hand, it could also be daunting to attend to your baby 24/7. Count in those sleepless nights to your weeping infant, and those mid-day trips to the bassinet for code brown situations.

You might need to invest in baby monitors. Let’s face it, you’re a busy parent. With this device, you can chop onions in the kitchen without worry. You can track your baby’s movements from afar.

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Taking Your Newborn to the Beach? Here Are Some Things You Might Need

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A beach is a lovely place where we all usually go to relax and enjoy the sounds of waves under the sun. While you enjoy sunbathing, your baby will also be entertained and can learn something new as they explore the outdoors. With numerous things that can help make the trip more fun for all, bringing the baby to the beach is now simpler. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the things that you need when you take your child to the beach. 

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Things to Prepare Before the Baby Arrives


Having a baby is breathtaking, and you do not want to miss out on this experience worrying about what you need and don’t have. At this point, you want to entirely focus on your newborn, to be fully in the moment. 

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Why It’s Important for Moms to Keep Their Guts In Check

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The strength and love of a mother is truly one of a kind. There is no greater definition of unconditional love than that of a mother to their child. Although there is no direct link to motherhood and an amplified intuition, there is no doubt that moms have tremendous gut feeling power. Whether it is the heightened senses that increase when becoming a mom or the never ending fear of losing their child, knowing when something is off without really knowing what’s going wrong is a gift no one can deny is evident in mothers.

There may not be clear scientific research backing the claims of gut health and intuition, but there is no denying that bad physical health can interfere with clear thinking. A mother’s intuition is not exclusive to humans alone, as almost all animal species have shown the mother’s evident capability in keeping their child out of harm way. By simply listening to that inner voice, moms are able to always figure out the right thing to do for their child. Whether one calls it the conscience, the soul, or God, listening to that inner gut feeling can be the best decision to make. Trusting that voice takes a lot of courage, and denying its power can be detrimental.

To fully understand the gut feelings in the body and if they are accurate or not, it is also important to place priority on gut health. A healthy gut creates overall improved health in all aspects of the body. When the body is unable to function properly, gaining a grip on what the body is trying to convey will be extremely challenging. Mental and physical health do go hand in hand. Any time there is a presence of negative bacteria in the stomach, the ability to think properly becomes more of a challenge. The mother has to always be alert and ready to take charge, especially when put in uncharted territorial experiences. The moment health gets in the way of the decision making process, it becomes more difficult to be an authoritative figure.

How Microbiomes Work In The Body

Healthy microbiomes in the gut have been shown to regulate the immune system’s functions by creating a more active flow. The body consists of trillions of fungi, viruses, and bacteria, all collectively known as this microbiome. The existence of this bacteria can fasten the metabolism, improve digestion, break down nutrients, and combat negative toxins in the gut. Bad gut health is linked to various diseases related to the liver, diabetes, heart health, and various other bowel movement conditions. An imbalance of healthy and unhealthy microbes inside intestines can cause major damage to the natural functions of other major organs as well. That is why it is vital to always keep the gut in check and balanced at all times. It will take some time to fully cleanse the gut, but the results will be far worth the time put into its care.

Not all bacteria are bad, with some actually beneficial to the body’s existence. The trillions of present microbes exist mostly in the intestines, with the rest on the skin. These microbes are mostly in the socket of the large intestine known as the cecum or the gut microbiome. There are actually more bacterial cells in the body in comparison to every other human cell. There are 30 trillion human cells in the body and over 40 trillion bacterial cells, which means the body consists of more bacteria cells than human ones. With over 1,000 different species of these bacteria, each one plays a huge role in the health of the gut. At times these microbes can reach up to 5 pounds and if contaminated with negative bacteria, the entire body will be affected.

Without proper gut health, the body deteriorates and fluctuates, as everything is connected to the gut. Evidence has shown that babies actually first come in contact with these microbes while still in the womb. This is why mothers are advised to consume more live active cultures while pregnant. From the beginning of conception, humans are connected and exposed to the bacteria of the gut and will eventually create their own as full grown beings. The higher the microbiome diversity present in the gut, the healthier it is for the body.

How Food Affects Gut Health

The food consumed defies what level of bacterial diversity is created in the stomach. The more whole foods consumed and fresh produce, the more positive bacteria cultivation occurs. As the diversity of microbes increase in mothers, the nutrients in the breast milk enriches. The first type of bacteria the baby is exposed to is the Bifidobacteria which is present in breast milk. This bacteria is crucial for the healthy growth of babies as well as the absorption of nutrients in the mothers cells.

The digestive process of fiber is also due to certain bacteria present in the gut. Certain bacteria in the gut happen to be responsible for the breakdown of fiber in the gut, and without the stomach it is incapable to metabolize food properly. In terms of the immune system, microbiome creates a fluidity in the gut that produces immune cells to grow. How the body reacts to infection is determined by the present healthy bacterial cells in the gut.

The Connection Between Brain And Gut Functions

Brain health and activity is also somewhat controlled by the gut and the microbiomes present. New research suggests that these microbes have the ability to affect the central nervous system in the brain which creates the ability to think clearly. Overall, there are countless ways and reasons as to why the gut microbiome is responsible for production key physical functions on overall health.

Never neglect the health of the gut, as it will tremendously affect the way one’s intuition is utilized. The healthier the literal gut is, the stronger the gut feelings will be in action. Overlooking one of the biggest organs in the body can have long term negative effects. It does not take too much to keep the gut in check. With the right diet, a bit of physical activity, and regular check ups with a doctor, the gut can stay in tip top condition.

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Finding the Best Deal for Baby

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Ridgewood NJ,  Like many of us Ridgewood resident Lia Littlewood, Co-founder of was searching the internet for the best value for baby products and realized the multitude of options was over whelming .This gave her the idea to create a website where people can go to learn about the latest deals for products they want to buy for their babies and families .

The Co-Founders met over a decade ago during our first semester as freshmen at Villanova University outside of Philadelphia, PA. We had so much in common but bonded most over the fact that we loved the thrill of discovering new brands and also finding (and sharing) a great deal more than anyone else we knew. In the years since, we both got our MBAs and got married. Well, you know how the saying goes…first comes love, then comes marriage…

This past February we both had baby girls only two days apart (you’re probably thinking we totally coordinated it, but it was the best surprise ever!) With these two new babies, and college and weddings to pay for one day, we both found the need to become even savvier shoppers, and with all the practice we have had deal hunting, we want to share the wealth (literally) with other moms. That’s how we came to form Little List.

We look forward to sharing our saving secrets with you. We’ll sign off with our first “Little List”:

• We love being Moms and want to create the best lives for our families, always being in-the-know of the best brands out there and learning about the greatest in new products.
• We don’t believe in paying full price. It’s the thrill of the deal!  (And let’s face it, some products are awesome values already!)
• We believe that you don’t have to sacrifice being chic while being on a budget.