The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

What parents want to know

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. College Admissions: 10 Things Your Teen Can Do to Stand Out from the Crowd

    High school student posting flyersThe competition among college applicants is at an all-time high, causing the acceptance process to become more selective than ever. In 2015, college acceptance rates dropped to a record low of 5.05 percent. No wonder that teens are feeling the pressure to get into college!

    If your teenage is starting the senior year of high school, here are some things that he or she still has time to do to stand to college admissions.

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    Categories: College Planning
  2. Getting Back into Shape After Baby: 5 Tips on How to Lose Baby Weight

    Mother exercising with babyIf you’re like many new mothers, you began looking for ways to start shedding baby weight shortly after your baby was born – right? – or maybe you started thinking about it while you were pregnant. If so, that’s not surprising, given the unrealistic expectations set by some celebrity moms for how quickly a woman should be able to get back into shape after giving birth.

    Most medical professionals agree, however, that quick weight loss is not healthy.

    The most important thing to remember is that you won’t lose the baby weight overnight, so don’t become frustrated if you do not see immediate results. It took your body about nine months to put on the weight, so anticipate approximately the same amount of time or longer to get your body back into pre-baby shape.

    If you recently had a baby, here are some ways to lose baby weight safely and naturally, as recommended by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a nonprofit organization of women’s health care physicians, (but be sure to check with your physician first, to make sure that these ways are safe for you at this time):

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  3. Practical Baby Nursery Ideas to Consider

    Nursery door signDesigning a nursery is an exciting part of preparing for your baby’s arrival. And while it can be easy to lose track of time searching for baby nursery ideas online and through baby magazines, there are some practical items that every nursery needs. Here are four important things that all new parents should consider when setting up a nursery.

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  4. Retirement Savings Guidelines: How Much Should You Save and by When?

    Elderly couple working on financesRetirement can mean different things to different people, but one aspect remains constant: having some kind of retirement savings in order to pay your living expenses if you will no longer receive a paycheck or other income.

    Determining how much to save for retirement can be tricky and will vary from person to person. You can use the following steps as a guide to figure out how much to save at each stage of your life.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  5. When Should I Consider Increasing My Insurance Coverage?

    Family playing togetherAt some point in your life, you may decide that the coverage amount of your life insurance policy is no longer enough. Things have changed, and you need more coverage for greater peace of mind. That’s normal. People often need to increase their coverage.

    As part of our ongoing blog posting efforts in answering typical questions about life insurance, here are some ways for determining if you should increase life insurance coverage:

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