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Must Read: “Dad is Fat” by Jim Gaffigan

From new parents to empty nesters, everyone will recognize their own families in this hilarious, outrageously funny book. Comedian Jim Gaffigan, whose riffs on everything from Hot Pockets to manatees have scored millions of hits on YouTube, decided to tweet about his mistakes and victories in being a dad. His tweets attracted millions of followers, and fans couldn't get enough, so he took his joys and horrors of life with five kids and poured them into this book. “Dad is Fat” is an explosively funny cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

MiaMily Hipster Plus 3D Baby Carrier

This unique baby carrier has a 3-dimensional built-in seat. What does this mean? Unlike with a conventional front-facing carrier, your baby's legs won't dangle and your child can sit comfortably with support in all the right places. The carrier also puts your baby's hips in the healthy “M position” recommended by pediatricians. It's also strong enough to handle the weight of most 3 year olds. $175. Available online. miamily.com

Tranquilo Soothing Baby Mat

A National Parenting Center seal of approval winner, the Tranquilo soothing baby mat calms babies by mimicking the sounds and motions of the womb with reassuring vibrations and white noise. The large mat is best used for bassinets, cribs, pack and plays, activity mats and play pens; the small mat is perfect for baby carriers, strollers, car seats and for cradling and comforting your baby in your arms. Lightweight and compact, it can easily be folded up and placed in a diaper bag. The interior is water resistant and the cover is removable and washable. $84.99, $99.99. Available online. tranquilomat.com

Compression Therapy During Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant have a higher risk for developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) because of increased blood volume and hormonal changes that can cause blood to clot more easily. Wearing compression socks and hosiery by SIGVARIS can help keep your legs healthy during pregnancy and beyond by improving blood circulation and venous blood return back to the heart. Compression therapy alleviates many common DVT symptoms such as swollen feet and ankles or tired and achy legs, and may reduce the risk of varicose veins, phlebitis and thrombosis. Available in several textures, colors and styles at pharmacies, orthopedic and medical supplies stores and online. sigvaris.com

Rejuvenating Rosemary

Avalon Organic's rosemary hand soap, bath and shower gel and hand and body lotion stimulate the mind and body with the invigorating aroma of rosemary from rosemary essential oil. With moisturizing ingredients like quinoa and vitamin E, the hand soap cleanses without drying out hands; the calendula, aloe and botanical cleansers in the bath and shower gel purify and rejuvenate extra dry skin; and the shea butter, safflower and coconut oils and beta-glucan in the hand and body lotion restore skin's natural lipid balance. Available online. avalonorganics.com