Monthly Archives: March 2011

Winds of change

Written by: Josh March 31 2011 Everybody knows babies have no control over their bodily functions. It’s science. There’s no sugar-coating it—babies fart, burp, poop, pee and puke at will. Having toiled in the diaper mines now for nearly five … Continue reading

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mountain buggy urban jungle

I am impressed how far strollers have come in the nearly five years since my first daughter was born. While unfortunately they do all still seem to be cumbersome, new features make today’s strollers more mom (and dad) friendly than … Continue reading

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40 things to do in 40 weeks

Week 1: Kick bad habits to the curb. Although this is considered the first week of pregnancy, there’s no bambino brewing just yet, so it’s the perfect time to get your life and body baby-ready. Enjoy plenty of exercise and … Continue reading

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Drumroll please … time for our March Madness grand prize giveaway!

Written by: P&N March 30 2011 Thanks for indulging us in our giveaway-mania!It's time to reveal the grand prize! The final prize in the March Madness month-long giveaway is an ultimate baby gear package from Bright Starts! It includes: The … Continue reading

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Foursome

Written by: Sheri March 29 2011 It’s been an exciting week around our house! It is amazing how your entire life can change in an instant. Hannah May took her time getting ready to come into this world. She was … Continue reading

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Win It: Swimsuit and Cover up from SwimsuitsForAll.com

Written by: P&N March 29 2011 Got a barely-there bump or post-baby bod that plans to spend some time poolside this summer? We've got a giveaway for you! This week's Win It prize is a bathing suit and cover up … Continue reading

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Summer Infant BabyTouch Digital Color Video Monitor

When I was pregnant with our first child, my husband and I registered for what we considered a high-tech baby monitor. Going against the advice of friends who told us it was worth the extra money to get a video … Continue reading

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Summer Infant BabyTouch Digital Color Video Monitor

Written by: Beth March 27 2011 When I was pregnant with our first child, my husband and I registered for what we considered a high-tech baby monitor. Going against the advice of friends who told us it was worth the … Continue reading

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BOB Revolution SE

My BOB Revolution SE stroller is the perfect solution to my morning jogs—well, jog-walks—around our Savannah neighborhood with my pretty princess. Sturdy and compact, it folds flat enough in two simple steps to supersede the pavement and go with me … Continue reading

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Meet Hannah May!

Written by: Sheri March 22 2011 Hannah May Freemantle was born to Sheri Hall and her husband Paul on Saturday March 19 at 3:38pm! Mom and baby are doing great. Join us in congratulating Sheri and her family on their … Continue reading

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Win It: Delivery gown from Baby Be Mine Maternity

Written by: P&N March 22 2011 This week's Win It prize is a great pick-me-up for one of the most amazing days of your life:labor day. Five lucky laboring moms will get to pant, push or otherwise prep for meeting … Continue reading

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phil&teds vibe 2 buggy with doubles kit

One of the most important life lessons I am trying to impart to my own children is that you generally can’t have everything you want, at least not all at the same time. And when it comes to my search … Continue reading

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Meet the authors of Let’s Panic About Babies! (And win a copy of the book!)

What happens when two smart, funny writers decide to pen a guide to pregnancy and babies? You get a book with a laser-eyed infant on the cover, that’s what. You also get a gut-busting, side-splitting read about the perils (and … Continue reading

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Snugli Soft Carrier

When I became a mother a few months ago, I didn’t know much about baby gear. But even though I wasn’t hip to many brand names when it came to strollers or high chairs or cribs, I had definitely heard … Continue reading

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D-day

Written by: Sheri March 16 2011 Today is my due date! Even though I’ve been telling myself all along that this little munchkin will probably be late, I secretly hoped she'd be interested in making an appearance by now. Since … Continue reading

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Win It: Shoes from pediped

Written by: P&N March 15 2011 There's just nothing cuter than tiny shoes. This week's Win It is a chance to outfit your babe's feet with the super-cute, high-quality products from pediped. Always have a hard time making up your … Continue reading

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The Sidekick Bliss

Lugging around a diaper bag while trying to hold your baby at the same time can be difficult. The Sidekick Bliss makes this job simple by being both a diaper bag and baby carrier in one! I was excited to … Continue reading

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Bright Starts InGenuity SleepEasy Playard

Written by: Ashley March 10 2011 My husband and I are having baby number one, so we are new to the world of putting baby gear together and testing it out, but we feel like we got off on the … Continue reading

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The running commentary

Written by: Sheri March 09 2011 Has anyone else noticed that when your belly reaches a certain size, complete strangers feel compelled to comment about your body, your pregnancy, and how you plan to raise your unborn child? It’s uncanny … Continue reading

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Win It: Baby food gift basket from NurturMe

Written by: P&N March 08 2011 This week's Win It prize is a gift basket fromNurturMe, the healthy and wholesome baby food. NurturMe's mission is to provide good food for babies that is good for the earth as well. Their … Continue reading

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Expert advice on nixing nausea

Tori Kropp, RN, shares the professional tips she often offers patients. Lemon can soothe your tummy—sniff a slice or add a wedge to your water. Try keeping a few crackers by your bed to eat as soon as you wake … Continue reading

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Beco Gemini

When searching for a carrier for my little man, high prices and inconvenient weight restrictions crossed many a carrier off of the list. Why couldn’t someone create a carrier that would fit my tot when he was a newborn and … Continue reading

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February Photo of the Month: The winner!

Written by: P&N March 02 2011 Thanks to everyone who participated in our February Photo of the Month contest! It was really hard to pick our favorite (and it's getting harder every month!) but we had to narrow it down … Continue reading

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Graco Smart Seat All-in-One Car Seat

As with most purchases, when searching for a car seat, I look for a product that would give me the most bang for my buck. So when I found out about Graco’s Smart Seat All-in-One Car Seat, I thought: Now … Continue reading

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Nursery tour

Written by: Sheri March 02 2011 The nursery is done enough – meaning it feels like a cozy space for me to spend time and it has everything we need to care for the baby girl on the way. There … Continue reading

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Win It: phil&teds smart bundle and verso adapter

Written by: P&N March 01 2011 Another week, another chance to win an awesome stroller package! This week, phil&teds is offering the smart bundle: It includes the aptly named smart stroller, with the verso adapter and peanut bassinet to boot! … Continue reading

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Crazy cures for morning sickness

Morning sickness (or for some women, all-day sickness) is just one of those unwanted rites of passage during pregnancy, falling somewhere between losing sight of your toes and saying sayonara to sleeping through the night. Luckily, it won’t last forever. … Continue reading

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Mommy & me

As a mom, making multiple meals can feel like a foregone conclusion. (Blame baby’s lack of teeth!) But the good news is you don’t have to manage dual grocery lists—baby can eat your favorite foods, and you can benefit from … Continue reading

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Birth plan 101

Prebaby to-do lists can be mighty long. There are doctor visits to remember, prenatal vitamins to take, names to consider, gear to purchase, maternity leave to negotiate—oh, and one more tiny thing: There’s a birth plan to write. When I … Continue reading

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The prebaby bucket list

In five short belly-expanding months, my life will be forever turned upside down (and inside out). Yes, a baby brings joy, but it also brings change. A fairly big change, according to my been-there-done-that friends. Beyond getting the nursery ready … Continue reading

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Buckling your infant in his car seat

Your baby should always ride in a rear-facing car seat (infant bucket seats are the most popular choice for newborns) in the backseat of your vehicle. Make sure your baby is within the recommended weight range for the seat you’ll … Continue reading

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Trimming tiny nails

It’s often easiest to tend to your baby’s nails while he’s sleeping so he’s less likely to make any sudden movements. Using a pair of baby nail trimmers (some come with a light or magnifying glass to give you a … Continue reading

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Burping your baby

You should burp your baby every 2 ounces or so if you’re bottle-feeding, or when you swap breasts if you’re nursing. Prop baby on your shoulder, lay him across your legs, or hold him in a well-supported seated position in … Continue reading

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Giving your baby a sponge bath

Until baby’s cord falls off, all his baths will be of the sponge variety. Bathe baby on a flat surface (such as the changing table) covered with a towel, and make sure you have all your supplies together ahead of … Continue reading

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Mastering the latch

There are many benefits of breastfeeding, but one of my favorite perks was the lack of supplies it required. All I needed was my boobs and my baby, and we could make a meal happen. To get baby latched on, … Continue reading

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Warming baby’s bottle

Heat water in a pot on the stove, removing the pot from the burner once the water is hot (but before it’s boiling). Rest the bottle in the water until the milk is lukewarm or room temperature. You can also … Continue reading

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Swaddling your baby

Step 1: Spread a receiving blanket (regular blankets are usually too big and bulky) on the bed or floor and fold down one corner. Lay your baby on the blanket so that his head and neck are above the fold … Continue reading

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Using a rectal thermometer

Lay your baby on a blanket or wet pad (accidents happen!) and hold his legs in the air, as if you’re changing his diaper. (Of course, the diaper will need to be off at this point.) Clean the thermometer with … Continue reading

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Umbilical cord stumps

Baby’s cord will fall off on its own when it’s ready—usually somewhere between 10 and 14 days after birth—so all you really have to do is keep the area dry and clean. Fold the front of baby’s diaper inward so … Continue reading

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March Madness giveaway extravaganza!

Written by: P&N February 28 2011 We've gone a little giveaway crazy here at P&N—in fact, it looks like we contracted March Madness! Every weekday in March, we'll be giving away a different prize. That's right—we said every single weekday! … Continue reading

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Maxi-Cosi Mila

Mustard yellow just so happens to be my favorite color, so it’s no surprise I was initially attracted to the Maxi Cosi Mila in the stylish Olive Oil fashion. But, as I’ve learned from experience, even the best looking shoes … Continue reading

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Boy parts: A guided tour

Inspect the territory As you recall how your journey to motherhood began, your baby boy’s bits and pieces should look familiar. But even so, this is likely the first time you’ve been responsible for around-the-clock twig-n-berries care. Let’s start by … Continue reading

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Joovy Cocoon

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when asked by the P&N staff to review the Joovy Cocoon stroller. As new parents, my husband and I have been on a search for the perfect multi-functional stroller … Continue reading

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Chicco Cortina Travel System

This is my first venture into stroller world in awhile since my last baby is now turning 6, and I was thrilled to see how many new gadgets and accessories are on Chicco Cortina Travel System! I love the idea … Continue reading

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Britax B-Ready

As a father of two, I have assembled and abused more strollers than I can count on one hand. In my experience, pricier strollers look sleek and steer well initially, but lose their cool after a little use. The Britax … Continue reading

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Baby Jogger Summit XC Double

My Baby Jogger Summit XC Stroller/Jogger Hybrid is fast-becoming my most used stroller. We live in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, where much of the terrain is flat and the weather is perfect for walking or running with my little ones. This … Continue reading

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