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2017-18 Inside our 18th Annual Baby Guide: special offers, resources, features and cool finds for expectant and new moms & dads

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2 month old Rylan sleeps soundly as the moon wraps him in warmth. Newborn photography by Allyfotografy Media Co.

Wow! Hard to believe 18 years have gone by since the Baby Guide was first launched by WestCoast Families. Since then, we’ve seen so many changes: social media, smart phones, blogs and websites, online shopping, and digital photography have changed the world for new and expecting moms. Information and cool products are literally at our fingertips. But it’s sometimes a difficult world to navigate and understand. We still have a crucial need for human connection, especially with and for our kids. Magazines have a way of connecting people, ideas, and products, in a personal intimate way… so hopefully you can take a few minutes each day, and enjoy the original local content and valuable resources we have put together for you here in the 18th annual Baby Guide.

Publisher & Managing Editor Managing Editor, Andrea Vance Assistant Editor, Bianca Bujan Contributing Editor , Jodi Iverson Art Director, Krysta Furioso Administration, Jennifer Bruyns Accounts Receivable & Payable, Jennifer Brule Advertising,

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Cool Finds Find that special one of a kind item for baby

Families Without Filters Stifled by Super Moms on Social Media?

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Travelling with Baby 14 essential Items to bring on your trip

Feeding Baby Tips for making feeding go smoothly Instagram: @westcoastfamilies

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cool finds Summer Infant Wide View Video Monitor Stop doing the ninja roll in and out of your baby’s room to make sure they’re still breathing at night, and rest assured your baby is safe with the Summer Infant Wide View Video Monitor. With features like a built-in soft glow night light, remote zoom camera, talk back to baby capabilities and more, you can keep an eye on your baby without getting off the couch. | $130

Baba Slings Baby wearing has many great benefits - for both parents and babies, but how do you find a sling that’s comfortable and easy to wear? The Baba Sling is not only simple to secure, but it’s versatile. It allows you to carry your baby in 5 different positions, and is great for breastfeeding while on the go. It’s effortless to put on and take off, fully adjustable, adaptable to your needs, and super durable. The best part? You can unclip and lay down your sleeping baby - without waking them up. | $90

Book: It All Begins With Food It’s one thing to make healthy meals for your kids, and quite another to create dishes that they’ll actually enjoy eating. Brought to you by the founder of popular baby food brand Love Child Organics, It All Begins with Food is packed with over 120 easy-to-make recipes created with kids’ picky palates in mind. From baby’s first foods, to wholesome meals for the whole family, the delicious recipes will have your kids eating their veggies and begging for more. This will quickly become your go-to guide to cooking at home. | $25

The First Year Book (AMK Design Shop) The first year will fly by! Capture every moment and document your child’s first year before you blink and they’re off to college. This beautiful, 58-page album features poems, hand and foot print pages, memorable milestones, and more all tucked between a black-and-white cover that allows you to create an album that is as unique as your precious new baby. The first year may be short, but the memories will last forever. | First Year Book $29


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Travelling With Baby 14 essential items to bring on your trip by Claire Newell, Travel Best Bets


ravelling with a baby may seem like a daunting task but it really doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. All it takes is a little planning and the right travel gear to keep you organized and your little one happy. Here are some of my favourite products for travelling with a baby:

ThinkBaby Sunscreen SPF50+ 3oz This sunscreen comes in a 3oz container which is perfect for taking in your carry-on. It falls into the highest category of water resistance and has a SPF 50+ rating. Plus, the formula is nice and gentle for your baby’s sensitive skin. | $20 Phil & Teds Travel Cot This is a great bed/playpen for travelling with your baby. It’s lightweight and easy to assemble and the mesh sides allow you to see your baby. It comes with a comfy self-expanding mattress, carry bag, and fitted sheet. | $200 JL Childress Gate Check Air Travel Bag Use this handy, compact travel bag when gate-checking a standard or double stroller to protect it in the plane’s cargo hold. The bright red colour and large graphics make it easy to identify your item later. It’s nice and compact so won’t weigh you down while it’s not in use. | $25 My Little Seat Infant Travel High Chair This high chair is great for babies who can sit unassisted. It straps onto any standard dining chair and your baby is secured with a 5-point harness. Trust me, they will love sitting with you at the table like a big kid. | $25 Summer® Keep Me Clean™ Disposable Bibs This 20 pack of disposable bibs is great for travel and cuts down on laundry while you’re on the road. They come equipped with a crumb catcher pocket and adhesive strip to make the bib easy to strap on. | $5 NorthShore™ Premium Disposable Baby Changing Pads This 25 pack of baby changing pads is excellent for when you are in transit. The soft pad has a quick-drying top sheet that wicks moisture away from your little one. | $8 Star Kids Snack n’ Play Travel Tray This is a must for your next family road trip! The Snack & Play Travel Tray provides a table-like surface for snacks and toys. It buckles around your child’s seat and has two large mesh side pockets to store more bottles, toys, and more. | $30


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BenBat Travel Friends Baby Head/Neck Support This ergonomic head support is the ideal companion for your baby in the car, plane, or stroller. The handy velcro strap works great as a pacifier holder. | $25 The KidCo® BouncePod This lightweight portable travel bouncer sets up in an instant for a convenient place to put your baby. The cushioned headrest is adjustable and the machine washable padded seat cover has a net backing that provides added comfort for your baby. | $55 Safety 1st Health Care Kit This 11-Piece kit combines all the essentials of infant health care items neatly in a zippered travel case. It includes a digital thermometer, nasal aspirator, medicine dropper, soft grip toothbrush, alcohol wipes and emergency contact card. This kit is a must-have for families with children. | $15 3 Sprouts Backseat Organizer You need this for your family vehicle. It keeps all of your little one’s travel essentials within easy reach and off the car floor. With six pockets there is a place for everything and because it’s made of nylon, it wipes clean easily. Its universal design fits most cars and will protect the back of your seat from little shoes. | $20 UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller This lightweight stroller is perfect for travel. It weighs just 11 pounds making it one of the lightest strollers on the market. It reclines nicely for naps and folds up to a convenient compact size in a snap. | $340 Fisher-Price® Deluxe FastFinder™ Backpack Diaper Bag In my opinion this is the best diaper bag on the market. Its convenient 16 pockets hold everything you could possibly need including an insulated compartment for bottles and sippy cups. I love the fact that you can wear it as a backpack to keep your hands free. | $45 Oxo Tot Formula Dispenser Feeding your formula-fed baby away from home is a breeze with this compartmentalized formula dispenser. Each section holds enough powdered formula for a 9-ounce bottle. It’s also great for rice cereal or snacks for munching on the go. | $9 Claire Newell is a travel expert, author, travel consultant on Global BC and president of Travel Best Bets by Jubilee Tours and Travel. baby guide


Focus on Families Without Filters Stifled By The “Super Moms” On Social Media? by Erin Ellis


hether it’s a Facebook post about a baby who gurgled and napped through a 15-hour flight to Australia, or Instagram photos of blissful breastfeeding, it can be tough to measure up to the gloss of social media.

“I definitely feel like social media can have a severe negative impact on new parents,” says Andrea Paterson, a Metro Vancouver stay-at-home mum, blogger and photographer. “When you’re struggling with breastfeeding or postpartum depression or whatever it is, you’re looking at this idealized version of everyone else’s life,” she says. “It can really send you into a tailspin.” Parenting brings on pangs of inadequacy at the best of times and new mothers routinely feel overwhelmed. Focusing on social media — whether it’s the happy families on Facebook or staged celebrity mum photos on Instagram — can fuel worries about not doing enough. Nichole Fairbrother, a psychologist and researcher at the University of Victoria who specializes in postpartum anxiety, says women have to remember that perfection does not reflect reality. “Celebrities create an image of themselves and their families that is curated, polished and airbrushed,” says Fairbrother. “A better way to know what life looks like for an average new mum is to go for a walk to a local park on a rainy day in November. You’ll see an ocean of women with unwashed hair, wearing something similar to pyjamas, clinging desperately to a caffeinated beverage and doing their best to put on a brave face as their toddler rolls in the mud.” Sheila Duffy, director of Burnaby-based Pacific Post Partum Support Society, says parents need to make careful choices about what they follow online.


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“There are ways of using it that can be supportive and not perpetuate the myth that everything’s great and everything’s fine,” says Duffy. “It’s really important for people to check in with themselves. When I go on these sites, do I feel worse or do I feel supported?” Academic research into parental attitudes has found new, young, middleclass mothers in particular are likely to seek information on how to improve their mothering skills. While 1950s housewives turned to a well-thumbed copy of Dr. Benjamin Spock’s Baby and Child Care, today’s parents find endless advice on the Web. Some of it is just plain wrong — the anti-vaccine movement, for example — or, in the case of social media, a stream of parental accomplishments. Since part of self-improvement typically involves comparing yourself to others, if you think you’re doing better than your neighbour, it may give you a boost. But if you don’t measure up to your friend who made jam from organic strawberries hand-picked that morning, self-criticism follows.   “Everybody’s new at it, everybody has a certain amount of insecurity,” says Duffy. “It comes out in comparing and trying to decide that you’re good enough. It’s quite sad because we should be getting support from other mums and women and instead it ends up being this strange competitive, judgemental thing.” Both Duffy and Fairbrother recommend finding blogs, Facebook groups or websites that provide encouragement instead. Pacific Post Partum’s site hosts videos and stories from women who learned how to improve their mental health after a setback. Paterson says the best use she’s found for social media is to get together with other women in her community. “I feel that the only positive social media experience is to use it in a way that allows you to make real-world connections,” says Paterson. “People will say, “Me and my kids are going to the park for a picnic. Will you join us?” It’s not about making a masquerade of our lives. It’s an opportunity to make real social connections.” Fairbrother says it’s important to recognize the difference between the normal self-doubt of most new parents and more severe symptoms of anxiety which her research has found is more common than postpartum depression. An estimated one in six women experience postpartum anxiety or depression in a way that affects their ability to cope with daily life. Both can be treated with cognitive behavioural therapy or medication. She also says the unattainable ideal of   the ‘perfect mother’— that slim, impeccably groomed, professional with a perfectly behaved cherub in tow — is taking a few hits in popular culture. “I’ve seen a lot of push-back, a lot of humour directed at those images.” Articles and videos on the New York-based website Scary Mommy, for instance, shoot down questionable health tips and blatant sales pitches on actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s “lifestyle site” Goop and offer common sense advice from an actual medical doctor on how a vagina should look and smell. And The Good Mother Project is a Metro Vancouver creation dedicated to portraying families without filters — or the help of a personal stylist and trainer.

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Feeding Baby Tips for Making Baby Feeding Go Safely and Smoothly by Leah Garrad-Cole, Founder of Love Child Organics


tarting solids with your baby is such an exciting time! It can also be one that for many new parents is fraught with uncertainty and worry. It doesn’t help that there is a vast array of advice out there on this topic and much of it is conflicting.

Now let me just say that if there was one right way of doing things, everyone would be doing it! Don’t stress yourself out too much by thinking that if you don’t get this stage exactly “right” you are going to do some harm to your baby. After all, it’s just food, and babies all over the world have been starting their food journeys in different ways for generations. Trust that as long as you use common sense by slowly offering your baby a variety of healthy foods starting near the 6 month mark, and consider safety as you are doing so, all will be well. In my book, It All Begins with Food, I go into great detail about starting solids with your baby and give you all the information you could need, so if you’d like to learn more, I encourage you to pick up a copy. In the meantime, here are some of my best tips: Ensure your little one is well rested when beginning solids. Offering a new eater a meal when she is ready for a nap probably won’t work out as well as you’d hope! Make sure your baby is in the right position for feeding. Ensure your baby is sitting supported and upright while eating to reduce the chance of choking, and supervise your baby at all times. Test the temperature. If serving warm food always double check the temperature, being extra careful to feel for hot spots. Take it one at a time. Remember to introduce new foods one at a time, and watch for any reactions. Equip your baby with feeding tools. If you are feeding your baby purees, and she’s distracted by the spoon, give her one of her own to hold and let her feed herself with it while you sneak in some bites with your spoon too. Yes, it will be messy, but that’s OK. Be patient and try not to lose your sense of humour! Serve finger foods in small portions. If serving your baby finger food, don’t overwhelm him by giving too much at once. Just give a couple pieces at a time allowing him to finish what is on his tray before you offer more. Opt for sticky bowls and plates. If you’re using bowls and plates, invest in ones that stick to your baby’s tray. It will be so worth it when it comes to reducing waste and mess. Eat as a family. Pull up your baby’s highchair right to the table so that she gets used to the social side of mealtime, and has regular opportunity to enjoy some baby-friendly foods that are being served at the family table. Add a little flavour to their food. It is a myth that babies enjoy bland food. Don’t be afraid to feed them bold and interesting flavours. Just make sure the ingredients are as clean as possible. No processed food for babies is always the best plan. Keep the mess off the floor. If you’re worried about mess on the floor, put a washable mat under your baby’s chair - that way you can simply pick it up after, brush it off, and give it a rinse.

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Sometimes convenience is key. It’s ok to use store-bought baby food when you need to. Don’t feel guilty! Every parent needs some convenience so feel good about that organic pouch you threw in your diaper bag for that trip to the park. Make it in bulk. When making homemade baby food, do so in good sized batches, and freeze it in small containers or ice cube trays so that you always have a supply of food ready to go. Here’s a quick and easy baby food recipe to get you started:

Minty Apple, Greens, and Quinoa makes approx. 2 cups • prep time: 15 min • cook time 15 min This is one of my favourite puree recipes of all time and it has been a really popular post on the Love Child Blog. It pretty much ticks all the nutrient boxes you could hope for, and the lone mint leaf really pumps up the flavor. Plus, it’s green, and I think it’s a good strategy to expose little ones to delicious green food early on so they come to associate green vegetables with pleasant food experiences. Ingredients • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa • 3 large apples, peeled and diced (Galas work well because they are a nice balance of tart and sweet) • 1/2 cup baby spinach, leaves only • 1/2 cup kale, stems discarded • 1/2 ripe avocado • 1/2 banana • 1 mint leaf Directions 1. Place the quinoa in a pot with 3/4 cup water and put the diced apples on top. Bring to a boil over high heat, then turn down to low, cover, and simmer for 14 minutes. Add the spinach and kale to the pot, cover, and simmer for an additional 1 minute. 2. Pour the quinoa, apple, and any leftover water into a blender. Add the avocado, banana, and mint leaf. Blend to the desired consistency, adding water, breast milk, or formula to thin if needed. This puree can be frozen in ice cube trays or special containers for freezing baby foods. (See page 66.) Freeze leftovers straight away so the avocado doesn’t brown. Excerpted from It All Begins with Food by Leah Garrad-Cole. Copyright © 2017 Leah Garrad-Cole. Photography copyright © 2017 Janis Nicolay. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Annual Resource Listings

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Krause Berry Farms

Childcare Choices Online Resource

Vancouver Baby & Family Fair One-stop community event to showcase the best resources and products for parents and kids

Living Magic

Spare Time Child Care Society

Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch Opens end of September for great family fun and pumpkin picking.

Maplewood Farm

UBC Child Care Services


Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres

Richmond Country Farms

Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Rocky Mountain Flatbread

YMCA of Greater Vancouver

Royal BC Museum


Imagine Children’s Museum Interactive exhibits and activities to encourage kids and families to role play, experiment, splash, think, wander, and create together. Kid Approved Featuring family-friendly businesses in Surrey, Delta, and White Rock that are fun, educational, and promote a healthy lifestyle. BC Ferries Bard on the Beach Bill Reid Art Gallery Burnaby Village Museum Britannia Mine Museum Castle Fun Park Disney on Ice Greater Vancouver Zoo Grouse Mountain Gulf of Georgia Cannery Healthy Family Expo Heart-Mind Conference Kidtropolos

Science World Taves Family Farms Vancouver Aquarium Vancouver Symphony Orchestra West Coast Railway

• BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT BC Lactation Consultant Association BC Women’s Hospital Breastfeeding Clinic Breastfeeding Online Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre Ltd La Leche League Canada Vancouver Breastfeeding Centre

• CHILD CARE Appleseed Children’s Playhouse Child Care Resource and Referral

Burnaby Neighbourhood House Where families and individuals can come to get support and services, linking cultures and generations to create a stronger community. Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House Empowering local residents in Hastings-Sunrise area to improve our community together, providing ongoing programs, services and support. posAbilities Providing a broad range of services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Adoptive Families Association of BC Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC Baby Go Round BC Association of Family Resource Programs BC Council for Families BC Housing Canadian Paediatric Society Canucks Autism Network Collingwood Neighbourhood House

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Communitas Supportive Care Society

Baby Footprint

Saucy Bottoms

Community Centres Check your local municipality website

Bumbini Cloth Diaper Company

Sunbaby Diapers Canada

Communitas Supportive Care Society



Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Cozy Bums Diapers

Mother Me Vancouver’s premiere postpartum doula agency.

Fussy Baby

Gorgeous Baby Modern & Organic Cloth Diapers

All About Birth Boutique

Langley Children

Green Bum Company

Maxxine Wright Early Care and Learning Centre

Happy Baby Cheeks

BC Women’s Hospital Pregnancy Birth & Newborns Clinic

The Minerva Foundation

Happy Nappy

Play 2 Learn 4 Life

KaWaii Baby Diapers

Provincial Government education and family programs

Lagoon Baby

Surrey Early Childhood


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Little Monkey Store New & Green Baby Co Real Diaper Circle

Bloom Community Midwives Childbearing Society Midwives in Vancouver DONA International Doula Association Doula Services Association of BC Midwifery Care North Shore

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Midwives Association of BC

Europa Language School

Yoga Buttons

The Midwifery Group

Evergreen Cultural Centre


Pacific Midwifery Practice

Fraser Academy

Oyaco Products Innovative solutions for today’s parents

Pomegranate Midwives


Vancouver Doula Collective

Jewish Community Centre Preschool

Westside Midwives

Kumon Math & Reading

Vancouver Midwives at UBC

Millennium Learning Advantage


North Star Montessori

Elite Montessori Academy Developing children’s full academic potential and building their character through Montessori curriculum and enrichment programs. Montessori Mes Petits A safe nurturing environment that promotes physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative development for the very young ones. Reach for the Stars Montessori Inspiring, educating, and forming active leaders who will positively transform the world of tomorrow. CEFA Core Education & Fine Arts After3 Tutoring at Fraser Academy Brightpath Kids Brockton School Burnaby French Language Preschool Collingwood School Daedalos Enrichment Programs Developmental Disabilities Association

Our Kids Private School Expo Peregrine House Southpointe Academy Vancouver Learners Network Westside Montessori Academy Westside Montessori School Wonder of Learning

• FITNESS Bare Fit and Pregnant Fit 4 Two Inhabit Training Academy (Ugi) Mommies In Motion Mommy Moves Studio 202

Runners Bike – You In Focus Products Good quality balance bikes for toddlers with an awesome design for a reasonable price Mia’s Moccs Quality moccasins and boots at affordable prices for baby. Active Baby Beansprouts Buttercups Children’s Boutique Crocodile Baby Dandelion Kids Frog Hollow Children’s Boutique Hip Baby Kids Market, Granville Island Little and Lively Loveys Lusso Baby Mabel’s Labels Nest Designs Once Upon a Child: Kids’ Resale Parade Organics

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Room for 2

Healthy Canadians online resource

Vancouver Coastal Health resource

Snuggle Bugz

HealthLinkBC – Health information by phone or web

Vancouver Pediatric and Allergy Centre

Sweet Charlie

Kids Physio

Vancouver Pediatric and Family Wellness


Kids Teeth Pediatric Dentistry

Vancouver Pediatric Dental

West Coast Kids

Leap Clinic

Vitalia Healthcare Naturopath

West Coast Baby

Little Smiles Dental Centre


Yaya Baby

Logan Creek Counselling and Consulting


Michele Kambolis


North Van Pediatric Dentistry

Olive Fertility Clinic Complete fertility care, to help you create your family. AARM Dental Infant Circumcision and Vasectomy The BC Pediatric Society Bonn Chiropractic Coquitlam Children’s Dentistry Continuum Medical Care Dial-A-Dietician Fairmont Pediatrics Fraser Health resource Harbourside Family Counselling Centre

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Nourished with Alyssa Bauman, Health Consulting Pacific West Dental Peace Arch Maternity Clinic Pediatric Dental Group PDG

Hazel & Jools Bellies in Bloom Ella Bella Happily Ever After Maternity Haute Mama Luna Maternity Motherhood Maternity

Playtime Pediatric Dentistry

Noppies Maternity

Pollock Clinics

Room for 2 Maternity & Baby

Smiletown Dentistry

Thyme Maternity

South Community Birth Program

With Child

Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic Tam Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Tot 2 Teen Dental UC Baby Ultrasound

• PRENATAL EDUCATION Adar Birth Services Belly to Baby Birthing from Within

Annual Resource Listings

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Dancing Star Birth

Phoenix Gymnastics

Helen Sands

Healthiest Babies Possible

Place des Arts


Lamaze International

Richmond Aquatics

Little Dreamers Consulting

Lower Mainland Childbearing Society

Royal Soccer

Sleep Dreams

The Birth Place

Spotlight Dance Centre

Sleep Stars Consulting


The Stage

Sleepy Miracles

Jump Gymnastics A unique child-focused facility teaching fundamental skills for an active life

Tom Lee Music


Tumbletown A unique, custom built facility offering a variety of specialized movement programs for children aged 6 months to 8 years. VSO School of Music Offering one-of-a-kind experiences, learning and making music for all ages and abilities. Arts Umbrella A&T Equestrian Ava Music and Art Centre BC Girl Guides Canlan Ice Sports Circus West The Cutting Room Gabriela’s Movement Studio Imagination Project Music for Young Children

West Point Grey Community Centre

Brandi Mollica Photography Specializing in photographing newborn and babies up to 12 months, in black and white and colour.


Allyson Matos Newborn photography, creating imagery and video for social media business clients.

• SAFETY Babysafe – St. John Ambulance

Eclipse Photography Award winning, accredited photographer with over 26 years experience, specializing in maternity and newborn.

Baby Proofit Baby Secure BCAA: Infant/Child Care Seat Information Line 1-877-247-5551 Safety Station at BC Children’s Hospital Safety Superstore

Jenn DiSpirito Creating meaningful portraits and gallery walls for home. Nadine Inkster Photography

Vancouver Baby Proofers

• SLEEP CONSULTING Sleeping Child A Kiss Goodnight Cheeky Chops

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Baby Guide 2017  

The 18th Annual Baby Guide, included with the September|October issue of WestCoast Families magazine, and as a stand-alone into 2018.

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