Monthly Archives: June 2011

Chicco D@nce Walker

Although initially hesitant to try out a walker, my safety concerns have since been alleviated. Hearing horror stories of babies falling down steps, etc., in walkers had scared me away from walkers. Of course, walkers are one of those things … Continue reading

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Tricks of the trade

It seems as soon as your belly pops, words of so-called wisdom start flying at you from every direction, and even your childless great-aunt Sue suddenly becomes an expert in baby-rearing. Before you become overwhelmed by the avalanche of advice … Continue reading

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Sleep training for dummies

Written by: Josh June 29 2011 Step One: Put Junior to bed. Step Two: Leave him there. Step Three: Insert earplugs (optional). Oh, if only it were that simple. Well, the good news is that it almost is that simple. … Continue reading

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Olympus SZ-10 Digital Camera

Of all the things I had planned on doing in my life, reading an 84-page camera manual from cover-to-cover wasn’t one of them. But, when I opened up my new Olympus SZ-10 digital camera from the friendly folks at Staples … Continue reading

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Win It: BabiLayers protective coverup

Written by: P&N June 28 2011 Are you worried about the germs your baby is exposed to when held? EnterBabiLayers, a unique coverup that protects baby's sensitive skin and keeps your clothes clean. And for this week's Win It, three … Continue reading

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A long labor of love: The birth of Paul

Written by: Emily June 28 2011 On the Wednesday of my 37th week, I had a regular doctor's appointment and a final ultrasound. During the ultrasound they checked the amount of amniotic fluid and found that the amount was on … Continue reading

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Nursing rules to curb regret

Written by: Mindy June 28 2011 Once you have a baby, everybody gives you the same advice: “Remember these days, they’ll fly by.” “Take lots of pictures—they’ll grow up in the blink of an eye.” And so on and so … Continue reading

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Like a bull in a china shop

Written by: Suzanna June 27 2011 For the past week, every day has been a study in clumsiness at my house. Truth be told, I’ve never been particularly coordinated or graceful–something my high school basketball coach or anyone who has … Continue reading

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Boy meets world … and shoves it in his mouth

Written by: Josh June 27 2011 Two things happened recently that led me to the somewhat rash, economically sound solution: No more toys for Bub. This is not guerrilla parenting, nor is it a social experiment or petty retribution or … Continue reading

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Something I never thought I'd do: Eat my placenta

Written by: Mindy June 27 2011 OK, before you get too weirded out by the title of this post, I have two things to say: (1) I am not a hippie, and (2) placenta is like crack to the new … Continue reading

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A memory, held: The birth of Eilis

Written by: Tamara June 26 2011 When a friend told me about this blog for birth stories it seemed like a calling. Of course I have birth stories, I’ve had two children. It is more than that though. The request … Continue reading

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Deuter Kid Comfort II Child Carrier

If I had to sum up the Deuter 2001 Kid Comfort II Child Carrier in two words, those words would be “super easy.” From the moment you pull the carrier from the box, there is zero assembly required. With only … Continue reading

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July freebies

Written by: P&N June 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 July, we'll be doing just that. In addition to our weekly giveaways posted … Continue reading

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Facing my fears

Written by: Suzanna June 23 2011 Some people have a fear of spiders, some of heights, and some of germs. I’m sure these conditions make their lives a little more complex at times, but they have at least one thing … Continue reading

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The First Years Home and Away Portable Digital Video Monitor

We have had video monitor envy for a while now. When our 2 year old son was born, we got your standard audio-only monitor. We could hear him when he cried or woke up, but that was all it did. … Continue reading

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Welcome to Zombieland. Population: You

Written by: Josh June 22 2011 I know it’s a false sense of security, but it’s the only kind I’ve got right now, so I’ll take it. People tell us it’ll get much worse, people say it will get much … Continue reading

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Brief and beautiful: The birth of Lily-Anne

Written by: Rachel June 22 2011 I was due on August 24th but the due date came and went. I started to worry that labor would have to be induced and Pitocin was the thing I most wanted to avoid. … Continue reading

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Win It: Heather Lehmann Audrey nursing shirt

Written by: P&N June 21 2011 If you're a nursing mom who is frustrated by the lack of attractive clothes with easy access for baby, then this week's Win It is perfect for you. We're giving away theAudreylong sleeve nursing … Continue reading

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The battle of the cutesy clothes

Written by: Mindy June 21 2011 There’s something you have to understand about my husband. Sure, he’s a “guy’s guy” and likes pizza and beer and sports games. But, he’s not one of those guys who scratches himself in public … Continue reading

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Learning a new language

Written by: Suzanna June 20 2011 According to my pregnancy books, Baby Palmer has been able to hear for a few weeks now. As of 24 weeks (two weeks ago), his ears were “structurally complete.” It’s neat that he can … Continue reading

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Daddy, Curly and Moe

Written by: Josh June 20 2011 My go-to solution in the case of a Bub incident isn’t very scientific. It isn’t based on baby books or politics or even ergonomics. It’s based on movement. Lots of movement, with a side … Continue reading

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Safety 1st S1 Rümi Air Harnessed Booster

If you’ve ever tried to strong arm a squirmy toddler into a car seat with too-tight straps (that you keep forgetting to adjust when she’s out of the seat) while late to an appointment at the dentist, let me tell … Continue reading

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From real estate to real love: The birth of Brock

Written by: Shanna June 19 2011 As a rising top real estate producer, having a baby during the boom of a hot real estate market was never the plan. My work consumed my life, and helping my husband on our … Continue reading

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What? You can move your eyebrows?!

Written by: Mindy June 19 2011 I’ll admit it. Before having babies of my own, I was never very impressed with other peoples’ babies. Sure, I liked holding them (for short periods of times) and gloated over them as honestly … Continue reading

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Stretched thin

Written by: Suzanna June 16 2011 As we all know, baby hormones do a lot of weird things to your body. They make you spend more hours than you ever thought possible mulling over various poop-catchers. (Cloth? Disposable? Baseball mitt?) … Continue reading

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Moby Wrap Original

I’ll admit that with the birth of our second child, I immediately felt more confident and comfortable in my role as a parent than I did the first time around. I was excited to have another baby in the house … Continue reading

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Baby on board

Written by: Josh June 15 2011 Part of the joy of parenting is that you gain a de facto second childhood yourself that you get to live out vicariously through your sprout. For example, a treehouse can (and will) be … Continue reading

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Win It: FuzziBunz Cloth Diaper Starter Kit

Written by: P&N June 14 2011 Are you a cloth-diapering mama? Or would you like to be? Then this week's Win It prize is for you! FuzziBunz is offering two lucky moms the chance to start their natural-nappying careers for … Continue reading

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Looking at the future: The birth of Elliot (as told by his dad)

Written by: Josh June 14 2011 The familial cluster huddles near The Door on well-worn sofas. One mother works feverishly to finish another baby blanket, while the other mother sits with a magazine on her lap, trying desperately to look … Continue reading

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The in-between clothing conundrum

Written by: Mindy June 14 2011 My advice to all mothers who love both fashion and food: Have your baby in the fall. That way, you can pile on the baggy sweatshirts and concealing pants while you wait for your … Continue reading

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Getting a kick out of pregnancy

Written by: Suzanna June 13 2011 Some women hope their children will grow up to become doctors or lawyers. Me? I’m counting on Baby Palmer being a star kicker in the NFL—at least that’s what I’m sure he has been … Continue reading

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Role reversal

Written by: Josh June 13 2011 Today at naptime, I sat Bub down in the rocker with Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. About halfway through, at about the point the boy starts needing the tree less and less, something unexpected … Continue reading

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Quinny Zapp Xtra and Maxi Cosi Mico Travel System

When it comes to travel systems, I am not a fan of the big, bulky ones that seem to hit the registry lists of so many first-time moms. I much prefer the simple joys of a smaller, lightweight stroller that … Continue reading

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Third child, first son: The birth of William (as told by his dad)

Written by: Tim June 12 2011 May 4, 2011. That date had seemed light years away for so long, but it was finally here. My wife had been on bed rest and in and out of the hospital for the … Continue reading

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Yes, these breasts are mine

Written by: Mindy June 12 2011 A funny thing happens when you have a baby. Your breasts take on a life of their own and become tools with a cut-and-dry separation from any form of sex appeal. Not that they … Continue reading

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The pregnant lady and the pee

Written by: Suzanna June 09 2011 Last week, I hit an all-time low. I did something I never thought I would do: I sat bare butt on a public toilet seat … in a gas station … and I enjoyed … Continue reading

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Fighting pregorexia

Maggie Baumann now willingly admits to the harrowing inner conflict she endured as an anorexic mom-to-be. But back when she was carrying her second child, she was a much different woman, a woman wracked with shame about her private hell … Continue reading

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On solid ground

Written by: Josh June 08 2011 In the annals of food-dom, the epicurean plight of the neophyte eater has authored its own sad little chapter. Long gone are the days of mashed potatoes and gravy, bananas and chocolate syrup. Even … Continue reading

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Munchkin Numi

It’s about time. Those are the exact words that came out of my mouth when I first laid eyes on Munchkin’s Numi safety gate. It’s so modern, so sleek, so sophisticated—so not what I am accustomed to in a baby … Continue reading

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Win It: DaddyScrubs Swag Gift Set

Written by: P&N June 07 2011 Father’s Day is just around the corner and daddyscrubs.com has the perfect gift for the expectant father in your life. “I’m the Daddy” comfortable medical scrubs will have the anxious dad-to-be ready for his … Continue reading

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A miraculous surprise: The birth of Omololu

Written by: Omileye June 07 2011 It was August 28th, 2010 when my husband and I got what we call our miraculous surprise. Our daughter, Omololu, wasn’t born in a hospital, although we had every intention of going to one … Continue reading

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The diaper dilemma: cloth or disposable?

Written by: Mindy June 07 2011 I like to think of myself as generally considerate toward the earth, but when I walked into a natural-products baby store the first time I got pregnant, I was blown away by the concept … Continue reading

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Shower time

Written by: Suzanna June 06 2011 As I’ve mentioned before, up until a few months ago, I was more or less na

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The joy of amnesia

Written by: Josh June 06 2011 I know this is going to come out all wrong, but there’s no real sugar-coating it, so let’s just get right down to it. I forgot all about my son the other day. And … Continue reading

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An early Easter baby: The birth of London

Written by: Romanise June 05 2011 When I found out I was pregnant it was a pretty big surprise. Once the reality of it finally hit me I became extremely excited—I couldn’t wait to find out whether this baby was … Continue reading

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All about poop

Written by: Mindy June 05 2011 It’s a given that life with a new baby is going to involve a lot of poop, but that hasn’t really been the case with Chloe. Or at least, that’s been our luck so … Continue reading

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A work in progress

Written by: Suzanna June 02 2011 There isn’t too much new happening in Babyland this week. We’re nearing the end of week 23, and I can’t believe that in roughly 16 weeks I’ll be a mother to something other than … Continue reading

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The light at the end of the belly

The cravings have long since made the shift from entertaining to annoying, the aches are unwelcome, and your cute baby bump has given way to a bulging belly. You are so over this pregnancy thing already! We hear you, mama, … Continue reading

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Mamas & Papas Sola

There are cool strollers and then there are really cool strollers. The Mamas & Papas Sola definitely falls into the latter category. While looking for the perfect ride for my growing bambino, I came across this fantastic stroller and couldn’t be … Continue reading

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Eviction notice

Written by: Josh June 01 2011 People have all different reasons for moving—financial surplus, neighborhood degradation, empty nesting. And some people literally cannot roll over without hitting their ginormous heads on either side of their bassinet. Like a beautiful albeit … Continue reading

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