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Yahoo Offers Competitive Maternity Perks

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Parents and parents-to-be who work at Yahoo will be thrilled to hear news of its new, more generous maternity and paternity leave policy.

The company, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., will give mothers up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, which also applies to adoption, foster child placement and surrogacy. Fathers will receive eight paid weeks. New parents will also get a $500 cash bonus for things like child care and groceries, according to a spokeswoman for the company.

Previously, Yahoo did not provide paid paternity leave and its maternity leave varied from state to state.

In July, when CEO Marissa Mayer first began leading Yahoo, she was lauded for bringing back company perks like free meals. But she soon made headlines as a controversial leader.

Just two months ago, Mayer sparked debate when she instructed remote employees to return to company offices, just as she reportedly had a private nursery built next to her office.

Perhaps Yahoo's new maternity leave decision was influenced by her own pregnancy. After Mayer, 37, gave birth to her first child in September, she took only two weeks off of work, igniting criticism that she set unrealistic expectations for working mothers.

"Marissa Mayer probably found that intentionally or not, her policies had created terrible morale. She has learned from it. And wow, she's like the parent who says, 'No you can't have ice cream, but I'm buying you a pony'," said Lesley Jane Seymour, editor-in-chief of More Magazine.

Although Yahoo was one of the first tech companies to offer parking spots reserved for pregnant women, the firm is catching up to some of its Silicon Valley competitors and their generous family leave policies.

Mayer's previous employer, Google, offers 18 to 22 weeks of paid maternity leave, and up to seven weeks of paid paternity leave. Google, in Mountain View, Calif., also offers $500 of "Baby Bonding Bucks" for new parents.

Facebook, in Menlo Park, Calif., offers 16 weeks of paid leave to moms and dads plus $4,000 of "baby cash," Reuters reports.

Many parenting bloggers applauded Mayer for leading Yahoo in a more family-friendly direction.

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Moms Sell, Trade, Swap Baby Clothes for Extra Cash

Tom Grill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new addition to the family is a joy, but there is no joy in the bills that come with outfitting an infant that can outgrow clothes before you take the tags off.

The average American home spends $700 to $1,000 on baby clothes in a baby's first year, and hundreds more on all of the baby gear, like toys and carriers, according to the Consumer Expenditure Survey. Most agree that's a big investment for items that are only used for a few months before they are outgrown.

We all know parents would love to get back a little of that cash they're shelling out, so ABC’s Lara Spencer showed parents ways they can save a little cash and help others in the process.

The most valuable items are usually clothes that are still new with tags, and name-brand baby clothes, said Gayle Raskin, co-owner of Jane's Exchange, a New York City consignment shop that specializes in children's items. Some brands that will re-sell easily are Ralph Lauren, Gap, Gymboree, and Tea. Even non-brand essentials can make money, especially if grouped together. A group of hats will sell better on eBay compared to packing them individually. Lastly, baby gear that still has its original packaging or directions can get top dollar.

How to Swap, Donate Your Gently Used Baby Clothes:  Parents who have old baby clothes can trade gently used clothes with fellow parents for other clothes. There are several websites available, including Thred Up, where moms can trade clothes that are too small for the next size up of gently used clothes. Also, there are a number of places moms can donate old baby gear, including Goodwill, Baby Buggy, Baby2Baby and Room to Grown.

How to Sell Your Gently Used Baby Clothes:  For those looking to sell, a reminder that there are some items that should never be sold, and that you should never buy stained and soiled items and recalled items.

If you are unsure about an item's safety or selling condition, it is always a good idea to do an online search before you sell any gear, especially cribs, car seats or carriers, to make sure the item you're selling is not recalled. In addition, most lactation experts advise against re-selling breast pumps. Additional great places where mom can sell their baby items are on eBay, Craigslist, or a consignment store.

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