Monthly Archives: February 2010

lemlem: Naturally stunning

Written by: Kera February 03 2010 Okay. One day I will have a girl. And I'm growing my hair out so on another day, I can have pictures taken with her and they will be as beautiful as these. Check … Continue reading

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Announce your little one in style

Written by: Kera February 03 2010 Trying to come up with the perfect baby announcement? Feeling OVERWHELMED? Well, you're not alone. You don't have to live on Park Avenue to announce the arrival of your precious little one in style: … Continue reading

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Rules to design by

Written by: Kera February 03 2010 What drives us to design? Why is design so sought after, so worthwhile? I most certainly believe that the space around you is a reflection of how you feel inside. Everyone wants a clean, … Continue reading

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One trend that's sure to stick

Written by: Kera February 03 2010 If you're like me, you want fabulous wall art for your child's room or nursery, but you don't exactly have the artist's touch with a paintbrush. Maybe you want something that can be taken … Continue reading

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Nursery storage that weathers the storm

Written by: Kera February 03 2010 If you know anything about babies, you know they eventually turn into toddlers. That’s where I am in life—chasing after my toddler with my newborn in tow. He’s 2 and has had the occasional … Continue reading

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Tips for working while expecting

Pregnancy can leave you exhausted, uninspired and Swiss cheese-brained like you wouldn’t believe. We stop napping in the office long enough to help you pregnancy-proof your career. I love my job—but you’d never know it these days. Four months into … Continue reading

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Taking time off for baby

And baby is not a footnote on the resume. She is a living miracle devoted to capturing your time, attention, effort and love. When you find yourself surprisingly tempted to abandon the rat race and give into your new bundle … Continue reading

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College savings options

When you’re staring down into those twinkling little eyes it’s hard to imagine your baby graduating from diapers—much less high school. However sad it may be to think of your baby careening into adulthood, it’s important to take a little … Continue reading

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Office politics and pregnancy

Breaking the big (and getting bigger!) news to the boss can be a frightening prospect. Believe me, I’ve been there! While there is no perfect time to announce your pregnancy, your body might just make the decision for you. Like … Continue reading

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Adjusting to daycare

Q: I have to return to work six weeks after my baby is born, and I’m a little worried about leaving her in daycare even though I love the center I’ve chosen. Is there any way I can make the … Continue reading

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What you need to know about paternity leave

Looking for the hot scoop on paternity leave? We encourage dads to put down their pens and Blackberrys in exchange for diapers and bottles—at least for a little while. More and more families are opting to take part in the … Continue reading

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Baby’s first bed

UPDATE:Since the publication of this post, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled all drop-side cribs. We no longer recommend this style for safety concerns. Whether you’re decorating an entire nursery or sliding a few essentials into the corner of … Continue reading

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Crib alternatives

Looking for something other than a crib in which to lay your babe to rest? Whether you’re interested in co-sleepers, motion beds, moses baskets, hammocks, bassinets or cradles, there are several great options for parents who are seeking alternative sleep … Continue reading

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Furry family

Pet planning Plan on having a baby in the near future but want to add a canine companion or a feline friend to the family first? Consider a breed that has a reputation for being naturally good with children. [tip:] … Continue reading

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Tips for surviving the first weeks

[tip:] Your baby is your best accessory. Unless you have genes worthy of supermodel status, you’re going to have a belly pooch those first days (or even weeks) after your baby is born. You can’t expect something that was stretched … Continue reading

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Rock your body

We bring you the honest girl’s guide to the post-pregnancy body—because real women know that an awesome postpartum body is not exactly the norm. Worship yourself like the goddess you are, imperfections and all! Sore, engorged breasts Right after pregnancy, … Continue reading

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How to love or lose those last 10 pounds

After the birth of my son, a few pounds of my pregnancy weight found a permanent home in my hips. I only gained 27 pounds, and according to the scale, I lost almost all of it within a few weeks. … Continue reading

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5 steps to lose the baby weight

I was in shock—shock, I tell you—when I walked out of the hospital still looking pregnant. I figured once my 8-pound, 6-ounce baby had left my body, I would no longer look like I was smuggling a basketball in my … Continue reading

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The truth about resentment

Life as a mom Every mother has a moment where she wishes she could go back to a time that didn’t involve crying babies, two hours of sleep or having all of her clothes smell like breast milk. Admitting a … Continue reading

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The top 7 things every mom should know

1. How to swaddle a baby. You know how your little guy is all snuggled up in your belly with no room to wiggle or move? He actually really likes that. So once he’s entered the planet, all free to … Continue reading

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The big 1: Tips for baby’s first birthday

$-savers Love the party but not the cost? Keep your spending low with these simple tips:   A piece of cake. Making your own cake is much cheaper, and you might be surprised at how easy it is to make … Continue reading

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The big 1: Throwing a first birthday party

Planning your baby’s first birthday party is often a bittersweet activity for moms. Can you believe it’s been a whole year since that sweet, tiny little creature of yours made his grand entrance on our planet? The first year of … Continue reading

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Your baby’s experience in the womb

The answer is probably more than you would expect. It can be easy to forget that your baby’s awareness begins long before you give birth to him. Taking a more in-depth look at what your baby sees, hears and feels … Continue reading

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Revelations from becoming a parent

1. Murphy’s Law exists. A freshly cleaned floor, just-washed sheets or a new shirt are immediate targets that must and will be destroyed. The moment the burp cloth is off is the moment your baby will spit up. The moment … Continue reading

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What will I see in my ultrasound?

At this point, baby is too small for us to see recognizable parts. By the end of the first trimester, baby is large enough for the ultrasound image to show the head, body, arms and legs as distinct structures, but … Continue reading

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What is kick counting?

Kick counting can document changes in the fetal movement pattern and can help moms-to-be notify their healthcare provider of potential problems. How do I do it? If your healthcare provider has labeled your pregnancy high risk, start kick counting at … Continue reading

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Week by week in the womb

Use our prenatal timeline to mark major turning points in your baby’s development on your calendar, helping you know how and when to stimulate your baby as he grows. Week 9 Begins movement. Can curve fingers around an object. Week … Continue reading

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How to choose a comfy rocker for the nursery

Written by: P&N February 01 2010 Looking for the perfect chair for all that late night rockin’? Here’s how to buy the chair that’s right for you, along with the ones we’d be willing to splurge for ourselves. What type … Continue reading

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Online shopping guide

Written by: P&N February 01 2010 In our March 2009 issue, we shared some of our favorite online shopping sites. We couldn’t squeeze all of our top picks into the issue, but still think the following sites are worth a … Continue reading

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Picture perfect nursery

Written by: P&N February 01 2010 Feel like you and your partner could moonlight as paparazzi ever since the baby arrived? It’s no wonder you can’t stop snapping pictures as your new addition grows bigger each day, but now you … Continue reading

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New year, new mom: Common new mom resolutions

How to: Maintain a healthier diet In theory, eating well sounds like a great plan. Fresh fruits and veggies are delicious—why wouldn’t they be your go-to snack of choice? Well, their short shelf life definitely puts them at a disadvantage … Continue reading

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Preserving your pregnancy memories

Written by: P&N February 01 2010 While it may feel as though you’ll be pregnant for an eternity, nine months will pass by before you know it. P&N gives you a few ideas to make your pregnancy more memorable. Start … Continue reading

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The many hats of motherhood

The daily demands are, well, demanding, and there’s no backing out. So hit the hat shop and get ready for all the roles you’ll play from day to day as a mom. Weather Technician A new mom has to be … Continue reading

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Sitting pretty: A guide to the high chair

A high chair might be a seat for the baby, but it’s really all about the mama. After all, it will be sitting in your kitchen or dining room for the next few years! Here’s what to look for when … Continue reading

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Sweet dreams

1. Save Space If you don’t have a huge room—or any room at all—for your baby’s nursery, use these ideas to make the most of your space: Shop small Look for space-saving gear, such as a dresser that is tall … Continue reading

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Thank you note 101

We’re here to help you turn your note-writing skills from rusty and reluctant to expert and earnest. New babies often elicit kind gestures from friends, family and co-workers, whether in the form of a be-ribboned teddy bear, a home-cooked meal … Continue reading

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The go-to guide for living green

We’ve got a few simple ways to live greener without breaking the bank—or interrupting your schedule. Some people are a little blue about going green—after all, it takes so much time and dedication, right? Wrong! Even the busiest (or laziest) … Continue reading

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Which car seat style is best for you?

Read on for some buying tips and a few of our favorite seats. Car Seat Safety All car seats on the market meet stringent U.S. safety ratings, so any seat you buy is considered a safe bet. (To see specific … Continue reading

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Aphrodisiacs

These days, your libido is probably like a light switch, as you’re constantly turned on and off again at a moment’s notice. Between the raging hormones and sensitive stomach, it can be difficult to obtain the right mix of sexiness … Continue reading

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Dating with baby

We offer up advice on making time for that person who still gives you butterflies. It’s easy to forget to take time for you and your partner when all you can think about are feeding schedules and diaper changes. The … Continue reading

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Getting your sex life back

Six tricks for kicking your sex drive back into gear—plus a few reasons not to feel guilty for not feeling the love. It’s just plain true: Pregnancy rarely leaves your sex life unaffected. So if you feel like your sex … Continue reading

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Rekindle your love life postpartum

We’re here to help you and your man overcome the Mom Complex. Many couples have problems making the jump from a sultry, carefree twosome to a parental duo trying to squeeze in a kiss between feedings, appointments and playgroups. Becoming … Continue reading

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Incorporate your partner into your pregnancy

Check out these tips on how to share your pregnancy with your special someone. Creating a role for your guy in your pregnancy (outside of conception, of course!) may seem like a no-brainer, but many couples have a difficult time … Continue reading

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Keeping the spark alive in your relationship

What can you and your partner can do to maintain intimacy when you just don’t feel like doing the deed?  “Maintaining intimacy during pregnancy is incredibly important, because after that baby is born you won’t have time to breathe, let … Continue reading

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Little ways to show you still care

If a baby has come between you and your guy (quite literally) and you find yourself consumed with morning sickness, name books and pediatrician interviews, these eight quick and easy tips will let him know that you still care—even if … Continue reading

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The benefits of sex for mom, dad and baby

Being pregnant brings about lots of changes, and one of the most unexpected alterations happens in the bedroom. As your morning sickness and woozy tummy subside, you’ll probably find your hormones raging and your libido rising. Don’t be shy about … Continue reading

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Spice up your post-baby sex life

We tell you how to spice things up in the bedroom. Build anticipation. Spontaneous sex is a lot of fun, but when you’re already pressed for time, it’s easy to fall into the trap of “waiting for the right moment”—and … Continue reading

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Hair care: How to deal with scalp issues

Written by: P&N February 01 2010 Pregnancy myth exposed: Expecting a baby doesn't guarantee you shining, luscious locks. With hormones surging through your body, your hair will likely change—sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Try these tips … Continue reading

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Hair care: How to deal with lifeless locks

Written by: P&N February 01 2010 Pregnancy myth exposed: Expecting a baby doesn't guarantee you shining, luscious locks. With hormones surging through your body, your hair will likely change—sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Try these tips … Continue reading

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Reducing parenting stress

Count more sheep: Sleep when the baby sleeps It’s kind of ironic that sleep is the one thing you need more than anything else during early parenthood, but it’s also the one thing you just cannot get enough of. Exhaustion … Continue reading

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