Monthly Archives: June 2011

Chicco D@nce Walker

Written by: Amy June 30 2011 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, … 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

Written by: Suzanna June 29 2011 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 … Continue reading

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Olympus SZ-10 Digital Camera

Written by: Suzanna June 29 2011 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 … 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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Trend Alert: Owls

Written by: Candace June 27 2011 Owls have been on the “it”list for a while now. These adorable little characters pop up everywhere from diapers to toys and I just can’t get enough of them. Here’s a collection of some … 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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Famous non-traditional families

Written by: P&N June 26 2011 If you've read our article on the new face of family in America, you'll know that the word “traditional” isn't what it used to be. One place you can see the changing wave of … 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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Cardboard fun with Kidsonroof

Written by: Candace June 23 2011 Nothing can excite and amuse a child like the simple joys of a cardboard box. Kidsonroof took this concept and ran with it. Their amazing cardboard creations range from unique home decor, to funky … Continue reading

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Sandal up for summer

Written by: P&N June 23 2011 High temperatures + pregnant feet = hot, swollen tootsies that need room to breathe. Enter the summer staple:sandals! Sandals are the perfect solution to keeping your puffy, barking dogs cool during a heat wave. … 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

Written by: Morgan June 22 2011 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, … Continue reading

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The First Years Home and Away Portable Digital Video Monitor

Written by: Morgan June 22 2011 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, … Continue reading

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How clean do you really need to be?

Written by: P&N June 22 2011 Don’t stress the mess! Keeping tidy with baby is easier than you might think. For baby There’s no need to bathe your little one every day, as tub sessions more than a few times … 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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Magic Cabin

Written by: Candace June 20 2011 I’m a big fan of the trendy kids site Magic Cabin—they are one of my favorite online specialty toy shops and always stock the most unique, high-quality items. The item that first led me … Continue reading

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Skin cancer awareness

Written by: P&N June 20 2011 In addition to today being the official first day of summer, the whole month of June is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Due to hormone levels and changes happening in the body during pregnancy, expectant … 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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Common aches of the third trimester

Written by: P&N June 19 2011 Knowing about your baby’s growth may settle your mind, but it probably won’t cure any serious aches. Here are a few quick remedies for common third trimester ills. Restless Leg Syndrome Cut back on … 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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Trend alert: My little babushka

Written by: Candace June 16 2011 Lately I’ve been noticing lots of Babushkas—also known as Matryoshkas or Russian Nesting Dolls. Whatever you call them, they're hot right now—and so adorable! These beautiful Nesting Doll prints by Children Inspire Design are … Continue reading

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Don't keep dad out on the sidelines

Written by: P&N June 16 2011 In the excitement and chaos of prepping for baby, it’s easy to make dad an observer instead of an active part of the pregnancy process. This Father’s Day, appreciate the man in your life … 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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Life's a beach

Written by: P&N June 15 2011 Long gone are the days when moms plopped their sunscreen-free kids out for hours in the sand, only to have them come back browned with white creases like butter biscuits fresh from the oven. … 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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Updating the bathroom with Jahgoo

Written by: Candace June 13 2011 Are you tired of your bathroom being filled with space-hogging babygear that is more function than form? Well, you aren’t the only one. Enter Jahgoo, a cool line of modern, baby bath gear that … 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

Written by: Candace June 12 2011 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 … Continue reading

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Fly girl

Written by: P&N June 12 2011 Wondering whether it’s OK to sail the skies while expecting? Though some airlines restrict travel after 36 weeks (and your doctor may even suggest you stick close to home for your entire third trimester), … 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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