Monthly Archives: May 2011

Off the beaten path

Written by: Candace May 30 2011 For the past several months I’ve been on the prowl for nursery art that is of the more unique variety. I’ve rounded up a variety of art options that are perfect for mommies looking … Continue reading

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The name game

Written by: Suzanna May 30 2011 These days the question that I am asked most often is whether we’ve decided yet on a name for our little guy. (As if “Baby Palmer” wasn’t creative enough?) Tom and I have come … Continue reading

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Welcome to Baby Jail

Written by: Josh May 30 2011 I don’t think my friend coined the term (though I certainly credit him), but having served several months in Baby Jail, I’m finally ready to talk about my experience. The similarities are overtly evident—like … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: Kushies Boho

Written by: P&N May 30 2011 Today we have a Kushies Boho diaper bag up for grabs! We love that this bag comes with multiple pockets and a padded changing mat, and don't doubt that you will too. This fabulous … Continue reading

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Mamami by Chet Shivali

Written by: Steph May 29 2011 From across the pond comes one of the most innovative changing bags on the market: the Shivali, designed by UK company Mamami by Chet. I don’t know why it took this long for someone … Continue reading

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Pregnancy tests of the past

Written by: P&N May 29 2011 Think peeing on a stick is a pain? Pregnancy tests used to be a whole lot worse. • During the 17th century, a suspected mom-to-be was advised to dip a ribbon in her urine … Continue reading

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Short and sweet: The birth of Jackson

Written by: Kate May 29 2011 Jackson Thomas Noonan learned to be nice to his mommy even before we welcomed him to the world. I was truly blessed with an amazing first time birth experience, all thanks to our little … Continue reading

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Will the color pink determine my baby's personality?

Written by: Mindy May 29 2011 Have you heard about Baby Storm? The 4-month old from Toronto is being called the “genderless” baby, which I don’t think paints a very nice picture. Basically, a couple from Toronto gave birth to … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: Mamami by Chet Shivali

Written by: P&N May 29 2011 Today we have aMamami by Chet Shivali baby bag up for grabs! We love that this bag is elegant and functional at the same time, and don't doubt that you will too. Want to … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: DadGear Gold Koi Messenger Bag

Written by: P&N May 28 2011 Today we have a DadGear Gold Koi Messenger Bag bag up for grabs! We love that this bag will make any dad feel cool sporting baby gear, and don't doubt that you (and your … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: Amy Michelle Cosmo

Written by: P&N May 27 2011 Today we have a Amy Michelle Cosmo bag up for grabs! We love that this bag looks too chic to be holding diapers and pacifiers, and don't doubt that you will too. This fabulous … Continue reading

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Gift giving with pkboo kids

Written by: Candace May 26 2011 It seems like everyone I know is having a baby right now. Which of course means lots of baby showers and baby gifts. I’m one of those people that rarely buys off the registry—picking … Continue reading

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Gorgeous to the maxi

Written by: P&N May 26 2011 When you're sporting a bump in the summertime, just the thought of a waistband anywhere near your midsection can make you break out in a sweat. Luckily, you can stay cooled off and on … Continue reading

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Gas wars

Written by: Suzanna May 26 2011 Before I was expecting, I knew that being pregnant resulted in one thing: a baby. I have since discovered that it also results in all sorts of other neat things like acne, chronic nasal … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: JP Lizzy Mocha Mint Tote

Written by: P&N May 26 2011 Today we have a JP Lizzy Mocha Mint Tote up for grabs! We love that this bag comes with matching accessories, and don't doubt that you will too. This fabulous bag is worth $98. … Continue reading

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OiOi Baby Bags Jungle Leather Slouch Tote

Written by: Angela May 25 2011 As a mother of three, I’ve gone through quite a few diaper bags in my day—but never one as fashionable as the OiOi Jungle Leather Slouch Tote. Thankfully, it’s not just easy on the … Continue reading

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Tips for eating healthier this summer

Written by: P&N May 25 2011 Beth Aldrich is a Certified Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle Counselor, spokesperson and author of the book, Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food and Still Look Fabulous! (due out … Continue reading

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Time capsule

Written by: Josh May 25 2011 I know it’s a terrible cliche, but these moments will surely not last forever, and will likely go by much faster than I want them to. Bub is already over seven months, so I’ve … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: OiOi Jungle Leather Slouch Tote

Written by: P&N May 25 2011 Today we have a OiOi Jungle Leather Slouch Tote up for grabs! We love that this bag is weathered and roomy with a water-resistant nylong lining and protective metal feet on its base, and … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: Allen Ave. Cevan City Bag in Metropolis

Written by: P&N May 24 2011 Today we have an Allen Ave. Cevan City bag in Metropolis up for grabs! We love that this bag is styled after flight bags (with a nod to its history in the hip graphic … Continue reading

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National Maternal Depression Awareness Month

Written by: P&N May 24 2011 Postpartum Support International has declared May National Maternal Depression Awareness Month. Perinatal mood disorders are more common than you might think: 1 in 10 women suffer from depression during pregnancy, while nearly 1 in … Continue reading

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Patricia was there: The birth of Elle

Written by: Melissa May 24 2011 My mother and father passed away tragically at the age of 50, two months before I would find out that I was pregnant with my first baby. The loss was overwhelming. A few months … Continue reading

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The bobbles and wobbles of a newborn

Written by: Mindy May 24 2011 Newborns are a trip. Though I absolutely believe they’re conscious little beings who already have thoughts and personalities and opinions on things, I also think they live in tiny little bodies that still need … Continue reading

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June freebies

Written by: P&N May 24 2011 Here at P&N, it's no secret that we love to shower our readers with fabulous freebies. And during the month of June, we'll be doing just that. In addition to our weekly giveaways posted … Continue reading

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Furniture by Relics

Written by: Candace May 23 2011 Just before my son was born my father handed down to him a beautiful red rocking chair that had belonged to him as a child. It was a thoughtful and lasting gift that we … Continue reading

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Alternative lullabies for mom and baby

Written by: P&N May 23 2011 Everyone knows that slow, soft tunes can be used to soothe the frayed nerves of a fussy baby. Music, whether sung while rocking little ones before bedtime or played during an afternoon nap, can … Continue reading

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Rooming with baby

Written by: Suzanna May 23 2011 When I got married back in October, I had all sorts of romantic visions about newlywed life. My husband would never leave the seat up (and he doesn’t). I would cook dinner for him … Continue reading

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Like son, like father

Written by: Josh May 23 2011 Pretty much immediately after her body started producing copious amounts of the stuff, my wife started bugging me about her breast milk. The exchange went something like this: W: Are you going to try … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: Kalencom Kelly Messenger Bag

Written by: P&N May 23 2011 Today we have a Kalencom Kelly Messenger Bag in yellow up for grabs! We love that this bag comes in a vibrant hue (and provides all of the normal diaper bag essentials!), and don't … Continue reading

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Acting up: Strange newborn behaviors

Written by: P&N May 22 2011 Pediatrician Catherine Marshall explains the reasons behind some confusing infant actions. Startle response Your infant has a startle response called the Moro reflex, which is a primitive neurologic reflex that’s absolutely normal. It causes … Continue reading

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Beyond the beyond: The birth of Asher

Written by: Liz May 22 2011 There is an old joke when it comes to pregnancy, that your due date is the one date you can be sure your baby won’t come. But I actually started early labor on my … Continue reading

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Yes, please scrub my toilet

Written by: Mindy May 22 2011 Maybe it’s independence, or stubbornness, or the nutty need to control things, but whatever you want to call it, a lot of us have a heck of a time asking for—and receiving—help. I’m no … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: Pottery Barn Kids Harper Madras Diaper Tote

Written by: P&N May 22 2011 Today we have a Pottery Barn Kids Harper Madras Diaper Tote in navy up for grabs! We love that this bag comes in a simple, stylish design (and includes a magnetic closure!), and don't … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: Diaper Dude Diaper Diva

Written by: P&N May 21 2011 Today we have a Diaper Dude Diaper Diva in Rachel Green up for grabs! We love that this bag comes in a hip design (and includes large compartments!), and don't doubt that you will … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: Ju-Ju-Be Be Hip

Written by: P&N May 20 2011 Today we have a Ju-Ju-Be Be Hip in Onyx Blossoms up for grabs! We love that this bag comes in a standout pattern (and is lean enough to fit the tallest of baby goods!), … Continue reading

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Baby bows

Written by: Candace May 19 2011 There is nothing sweeter than a tiny baby girl with a sweet little bow in her hair. This week I’ve rounded up some of the cutest, easiest to use hair accessories around. Check out … Continue reading

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Summer shoe styles for baby

Written by: P&N May 19 2011 The temperature is rising as the hot months of summer grow closer, and your baby's feet need some breathing room! When you're not just letting those chubby toes hang out au naturel, choose a … Continue reading

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Shopping spree

Written by: Suzanna May 19 2011 A few weeks back, I mentioned that I was down to a single pair of capris and a couple shirts that I could still squeeze into. On the plus side, it made deciding what … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: Mrs. Smith's Elite Bag

Written by: P&N May 19 2011 Today we have a Mrs. Smith's Elite Bag up for grabs! We love that this bag is sleek yet durable (and is made of wipeable material!), and don't doubt that you will too. This … Continue reading

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Five resources for making mom friends

Written by: P&N May 18 2011 If you're a new mom navigating the waters of friendships after baby, check out these great groups aimed at making communities for parents with little ones: MOPS This organization has been around for over … Continue reading

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Public transit

Written by: Josh May 18 2011 While out for a walk a couple weeks ago, a middle-aged woman approached the stroller with a smile. “Is there a baby in there?” she asked. Three responses came to mind, in this order: … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: Storksak Kate

Written by: P&N May 18 2011 Today we have a Storksak Kate in chalk up for grabs! We love that this bag is stylish yet functional (perfect for a mom-on-the-go!), and don't doubt that you will too. Want to know … Continue reading

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Expert tips on safe summer travel with baby

Written by: P&N May 17 2011 Deb Geigis Berry, one of the country's leading experts on family planning and activities and mind behind Family Adventure Mom, in collaboration with Totsy—the private sale site for moms, has created a handy list … Continue reading

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Scattered, covered and smothered: The birth of Jay

Written by: Lisa May 17 2011 I should have known better than to expect my second baby to arrive on time. After all, the first one came a week early and made several attempts to arrive even earlier (to no … Continue reading

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Do you have mother's guilt?

Written by: Mindy May 17 2011 Nobody dreams of having a sick baby — or an ugly one, for that matter. Indeed, when we picture ourselves bringing home a new daughter or son, most of us envision a roly-poly little … Continue reading

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A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway: Babymel Slouchy Twisted

Written by: P&N May 17 2011 Today we have a Babymel Slouchy Twisted in red up for grabs! We love that this bag comes in a fun pattern (and includes a water resistant lining!), and don't doubt that you will … Continue reading

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The friend revolution

Motherhood transforms us in so many ways that we don’t always notice the changes occurring in our relationships until they’re firmly in place. This “friend revolution” is key to sanity—not just for new moms, but for all moms. But gaining … Continue reading

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Perfect … just not picture perfect

After nine long months of waiting to meet your bundle of joy, your fantasy bubble might burst as you are handed a bowlegged, acne-faced, pointy-headed infant. In fact, Hollywood’s portrayal of the perfect, cooing baby right after delivery is so … Continue reading

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Feather your nest

1. Crochet a blankie for your bebe. Or take up knitting, cross-stitch or another hands-on hobby that allows you to create something for your newbie-to-be. Few things are as meaningful as a blanket or hat fashioned especially for baby out … Continue reading

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The life within: Your baby’s amazing journey

Suddenly pregnancy doesn’t seem so very long at all! As the months go by, your baby will grow, develop and continue on his way to becoming your new best friend. A baby’s formation is nothing short of a miracle. Boy … Continue reading

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