The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

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With work, family and finances, modern parenting can sometimes feel like a juggling act. The Gerber Life parenting blog gives parents advice and tips to help you take on today-and plan for tomorrow. Our parenting blog offers articles on saving money, college planning, family insurance, parenting tips, living green, and health and safety. Although we may not be able to manage your retirement account, drive your all-star athlete to practice, or cook your family's favorite three-cheese lasagna, our parenting blog can provide you with ideas, advice and tips so that you can focus on what matters most: raising healthy, happy kids. We invite you to join the conversation and enjoy our parenting blog.

  1. How to Prepare Your Child for His or Her First Brother or Sister

    Older Sibling Meeting New Little SisterCongratulations, your family is growing! Each new child brings joy and excitement to your life, but preparing your child for a new sibling can be challenging. You want your first-born to continue to feel special, unique and important, while also welcoming a new baby into the family. It’s essential to recognize what this transition means for you, your child, and your family, and to offer parental guidance to your first-born to help ease the transition into the new role of being an older sibling.

    How you’ll approach preparing your first-born for a new sibling depends on such factors as the age and gender of your first child, and the reasons why your family is changing – such as pregnancy, adoption, step child or foster child – among other factors.

    Use these tips as a guide, adjusting them to meet your particular circumstances:

     

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  2. New Parents: Find Savings Fast With Digital Coupons

    Baby Eating Baby FoodClipping coupons from the Sunday newspaper was long a weekend ritual for many people wanting to save on everyday expenses. These days, between trying to get your baby to sleep and trying to function on little sleep yourself, there’s not much time left to read the newspaper, let alone clip coupons. Opportunities to save money quickly through digital coupons are plentiful. Before making purchases for baby, check out these and other online options that can help you stretch your dollar farther:

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  3. Report Finds Americans More Confident About Paying for College

    Students Throwing Their Mortar Boards in the Air at GraduationA 2013 study by Sallie Mae, a private company that services federal student loans, reveals that even in these tough economic times, American families belief in the value of college has been unwavering.

     

    Why is a college education so valuable? Today, many people consider a college degree to be a necessity rather than a luxury. The job market has become fiercely competitive with hundreds if not thousands of applicants for every job advertised. In this climate, people with a college degree are often the best positioned to grab the brass ring.

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  4. Preparing for the First Ride Home with a New Baby

    Crying Newborn in Car SeatWhen you’re a new parent, it’s common to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do before and after the baby is born, since you will not find user instructions or an owner’s manual. Your nurses will be helpful, as well as friends and family, but people sometimes forget what it’s actually like to be a new parent and so may take for granted much-needed advice.

     

    Because you have many things on your mind when you’re trying to buckle-in baby for the first ride home, it’s wise to handle major preparations in advance. Here are some key points to remember:

     

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  5. Does Eating Healthy Have to Cost More?

    Mother & Daughter with Healthy GroceriesPeople who try to eat healthfully may have noticed how much more healthy foods can cost in comparison to unhealthy foods, such as processed or fast foods. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health confirms that healthy eating does indeed cost more, to the tune of $1.50 per person per day.

    For families of any size, this can quickly add up. For a family of four, for instance, this cost can quickly swell to $183 per month, or more than $2,000 a year. Many families find that the cost of eating healthfully is a small price to pay for overall health and wellness, and for avoiding costly health conditions, such as diabetes, later on. When struggling to make ends meet each month, this can be a tough pill to swallow.

    Although eating healthfully will likely continue to cost more, families can save money by choosing inexpensive healthy foods. Here are a few ways to save money while eating healthfully:

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