Monthly Archives: January 2010

Tips for single moms

Whether they choose to procreate and put the right steps in motion or simply find themselves expecting and decide to make a go of it, the single gal is embracing parenthood and relying on her friends and families to make … Continue reading

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Solutions for sticky situations

Surprised when strangers in the supermarket have no inhibitions about feeling your bump—without even asking if you mind first? Believe it or not, feeling up your bump is just the first of many liberties that folks will take when there’s … Continue reading

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Making mom friends

It happens. Rest assured, it’s completely normal. We break it down, girlfriend-style. Becoming a mother changes every ounce of your being, from your day-to-day life to your friendships—both old and new. “No life change is greater than that of becoming … Continue reading

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Top breastfeeding FAQs: Answered

Does breastfeeding hurt? While it can be uncomfortable at first (mainly due to sore nipples and engorgement), nursing should not be painful. If you have been breastfeeding for several weeks and are still experiencing pain, your baby is probably not … Continue reading

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Is there a limit to how many times you can reheat a bottle of breast milk?

First, you should always make sure to put any unused breast milk in the fridge within a half hour after your baby has stopped feeding. If you let the milk sit around longer than that, bacteria can start forming due … Continue reading

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Is it OK to use over-the-counter retinol creams or at-home peels while you are breastfeeding?

To err on the side of caution, we recommend staying away from any products that contain retinol. If you find yourself unsure of whether or not a certain product is safe, it is always a good idea to check the … Continue reading

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reisenthel carrybag

Sometimes it’s the most basic pieces that can be the most functional, versatile and useful. Take, for example, the reisenthal carrybag. Sure, it’s most known as a take-to-the-farmer’s-market tote, but I’m here to argue that it’s a real workhorse in … Continue reading

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California Calming Baby Shampoo & Bodywash and Hair Conditioner

OK, here’s one of moms’ biggest issues in the bathtub: too many bottles. There’s shampoo, conditioner, face wash, shaving cream, body wash, baby shampoo, baby soap … and the list goes on. In an effort to eliminate some of the … Continue reading

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Guilt trip

Q: I love breastfeeding my son and am so grateful for our time together. However, sometimes I find myself feeling resentful. Am I a bad mom? What should I do? A: The first thing you should do is realize that … Continue reading

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The Container Store Drawer Organizers

It’s day two of Making Your Life Easier in the Bathroom and, boy oh boy, do I have a smart and simple solution for you: Drawer organizers. They are your best friends, I assure you. From your cosmetics and hair … Continue reading

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Kidco Bath Organizer and Umbra Aquala Bathtub Caddy

Bathtime treats for the tall and small crowds that both are sure to love. The KidCo Bath Organizer Basket is a practical, functional place to store all those rubber duckies and multi-colored foam shapes. It sits nicely on most standard … Continue reading

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Soothies Gel Pads

Written by: Candace January 29 2010 Everyone warned me that nursing would be painful, but I wasn’t prepared for just how much it was going to hurt. After a couple of days, my nipples were so sore that it took … Continue reading

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The top 10 benefits of breastfeeding

Build immunities. Breast milk decreases the incidence and/or severity of many infectious diseases. Lose weight. Breastfeeding burns an average of 500 calories a day, so the pounds melt away faster than that pint of Ben & Jerry’s you’re enjoying. Bond … Continue reading

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The ins and outs of sharing breast milk

There’s a growing movement of women who share breast milk, whether by nursing a friend’s baby, buying pumped milk from other moms online, or through licensed facilities that provide regulated, donated milk to babies with relevant health needs. To some … Continue reading

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Finding time for friends

You love your friends, but between the feedings, the lack of sleep, and trying to find time to take a shower, you don’t seem to have time for them anymore. But making time for your gal pals is important. Studies … Continue reading

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My Brest Friend Deluxe Pillow

Written by: Candace January 29 2010 Before I was even pregnant with my son Charlie I knew that I wanted to breastfeed. I had heard and read about all of the wonderful benefits and knew that it was something that … Continue reading

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Shower power

Whether you plan your theme around the sex of your baby, the nursery, the food you serve or your favorite color, it makes no difference to us. What we do care about, however, is that you have a theme that … Continue reading

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The skinny on dressing slim

Sure, growing a baby is a beautiful thing—but there comes a point in the process when most women get a little tired of, well, growing. If you feel the need to look a little more slender, exercise these easy tricks … Continue reading

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Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Breast Pump

Written by: Heather January 29 2010 Medela has been making quality breast pumps for what feels like forever, so purchasing a Medela Freestyle was a no-brainer for me. I used a manual Medela pump while nursing my daughters since I … Continue reading

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Baby shower Q&A

Here’s everything you need to know regarding proper protocol, so you can focus on simply celebrating. Who receives a baby shower? How many does one get? Baby showers are traditionally held for first-time moms. However, it is perfectly acceptable to … Continue reading

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L'ovedbaby Nursing Shawl

Written by: Shannon January 29 2010 I’ve been nursing my little one for about four months now, and I’ve realized that even though I don’t have a problem with people nursing uncovered in public, I myself can’t do it. I … Continue reading

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LilyPadz Silicone Nursing Pads

Written by: Candace January 29 2010 For the first several months that I was breastfeeding, I couldn’t leave the house without nursing pads. I just never knew when I would spring a leak. I tried a few of the disposable … Continue reading

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DadGear Cargo Jacket

Written by: Andy January 29 2010 I’m a guy’s guy. I grow a beard each winter just because I can. I enjoy bird hunting and standing in a river catching trout. One day, I hope my son will join me … Continue reading

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Leading Lady Nursing Bra

Written by: P&N January 29 2010 It goes without saying that breastfeeding requires a good nursing bra. While I’ve tried several different kinds and have found very few that I truly did not like, I am partial to Leading Lady … Continue reading

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Babytime Bags

Written by: P&N January 29 2010 When my water broke six weeks before my due date, I had absolutely nothing packed for the hospital, and depending on my mom to gather and deliver the many things I needed for my … Continue reading

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Glamourmom Nursing Bra Tank

Written by: Candace January 29 2010 After giving birth to my son and becoming a stay-at-home mom, I didn’t have a lot of money to blow on nursing tops. So I decided to buy a few basic tanks to wear … Continue reading

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Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump

Written by: Heather January 29 2010 I have always heard great things about Ameda pumps, so I was excited to try out the latest: the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breast Pump. And it didn’t disappoint! Initial setup: Although … Continue reading

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Summer Infant's Stylish & Secure Gate

Written by: Amanda January 29 2010 I've read countless reviews on parenting products, but I don't think I've ever come across a detailed description of one of the most important goods on the market: the baby gate. This seriously under-praised … Continue reading

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P'kolino Kube

Written by: Lauren January 29 2010 I would like to kiss the person who invented cubic storage. (Or at least shake his hand.) And if I can’t meet the mastermind behind the ingenious system, well then the smarties at P’kolino … Continue reading

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Offi Ply-Grid Shelves

Written by: Sarah January 29 2010 I am madly in love with my new Offi Ply-Grid Shelves from Modern Nursery. Since I’ve expressed in a lot of my previous reviews my love for simplicity, it’s no surprise that my favorite … Continue reading

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Oeuf Toy Store

Written by: April January 29 2010 As a new mom, creating a truly modern, streamlined nursery has been difficult. My picture-perfect steel and birch world was turned upside down with the addition of a precious baby boy. My tidy wood … Continue reading

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Ecotots Bonsai Book Caddy

Written by: Lacey January 29 2010 Reading is definitely my number one favorite pastime—very few things make me happier than curling up on the couch with a good book. Every room in my house has an overloaded bookshelf (with the … Continue reading

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DreamGenii Maternity Body Support and Feeding Pillow

We all know sleep isn’t easy to come by during pregnancy (or after for that matter), so any help we can get is usually appreciated. Instead of heading to Costco to buy a super-sized pack of pillows to stick in … Continue reading

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DreamGenii Maternity Body Support and Feeding Pillow

Written by: Heather January 29 2010 We all know sleep isn’t easy to come by during pregnancy (or after for that matter), so any help we can get is usually appreciated. Instead of heading to Costco to buy a super-sized … Continue reading

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Dwell fabric bins

Written by: Lynne January 29 2010 Are you looking for a toy storage option that will stand the test of time and toddler? Look no further, because Dwell Studio's fabric storage bin holds all the answers, and then some. To … Continue reading

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Best Chairs BodyRest

Written by: Amanda January 29 2010 Until very recently, I thought all nursery rockers were the same. Then I discovered the BodyRest by Best Chairs: the rocker that has the ability to recline completely flat. This might sound like a … Continue reading

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Uppa Baby G-LUXE

Although the security of a travel system with all the bells and whistles is fabulous and all, sometimes you don’t want to take thirty minutes to get in and out of the car. Never one to compromise on style, I … Continue reading

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Appreciating your mom now that you’re a mom

Looking into my daughter Matilda’s eyes for the first time was the most poignant experience of my life. I felt like I could do anything after giving birth, but that superwoman feeling only lasted so long. As soon as the … Continue reading

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By Anew Gene

I’ve met someone and fallen in love. His name is Gene—Anew Gene that is. Hold on Mom, I didn’t forget to tell you about him! Anew Gene isn’t a he, so much as my new favorite pair of jeans! We … Continue reading

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By Anew Gene

Written by: Shea January 29 2010 I’ve met someone and fallen in love. His name is Gene—Anew Gene that is. Hold on Mom, I didn’t forget to tell you about him! Anew Gene isn’t a he, so much as my … Continue reading

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Teutonia t-200

Check out this pretty little gem! I had the pleasure of road-testing my teutonia stroller this past weekend, and folks, it was indeed just that: a pleasure (for both my tiny passenger and me). But before we talk about performance, … Continue reading

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Boppy Cuddle Prenatal Pillow

After weeks of sleepless nights, I was given the Boppy Cuddle Pillow to help me get some sleep. I have been a stomach sleeper my whole life, and when I found out I was pregnant I was over the moon—but … Continue reading

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Boppy Cuddle Prenatal Pillow

Written by: Alyson January 29 2010 After weeks of sleepless nights, I was given the Boppy Cuddle Pillow to help me get some sleep. I have been a stomach sleeper my whole life, and when I found out I was … Continue reading

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Quinny Zapp 4

I have a bit of a stroller addiction, and I’ve been lusting for a Quinny Zapp since I first saw one in person several months ago. So needless to say, I was psyched at the opportunity to try one out. … Continue reading

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Protect-A-Bub Sun Shade

When my baby inherited my Irish skin, I knew we were going to be investing in some serious sun protection. While sunscreen is great, I still wanted extra protection—as well as shade—when using our stroller. Protect-A-Bub has a fabulous sunshade … Continue reading

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Chariot Carriers Cougar 2 Stroller/Trailer Chassis

I’ve seen a lot of baby equipment come through the P&N office, but I can honestly say that Chariot Carriers’ Cougar 2 is one piece of gear that can change your life. Well, at least your lifestyle. The versatile chassis … Continue reading

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Mutsy Easy Grow

Since I’m a fan of Mutsy’s line of strollers, I decided to give their Easy Grow chair a try for Highchair Week. It’s a very cool, modern chair that can be used for several years, so it seemed like a … Continue reading

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Bugaboo Frog

The Frog started the international Bugaboo movement with its introduction in 1999. Since then, it’s been beloved by parents and imitated by manufacturers near and far. It’s a favorite pick for the serious stroller (the urban-dwelling, I-walk-more-than-I-drive type) as well … Continue reading

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Keekaroo Height Right

With a nephew on the way, I decided that it was time to stock my home with a highchair again, in hopes that I can sway his parents into letting him spend extended periods of time at my house. (I … Continue reading

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Inglesina Zuma

The M’Home Collection from Inglesina features a range of mod-looking baby gear in bright, cheerful colors. For P&N‘s first hands-on experience with the line, we tested out the Zuma highchair. While it looks high-tech, the Zuma is amazingly uncomplicated, beginning … Continue reading

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