Monthly Archives: December 2011

4moms Cleanwater Infant Tub

I have always been a bit perplexed by bath time. After a day of messy feedings, diaper changes and exploration, my baby constantly ends up a little dirty. And when I place him in most regular bathtubs, I am simply … Continue reading

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Fisher-Price Whale of a Tub

The Fisher-Price Whale of a Tub is one of the easiest and safest tubs I’ve encountered. I’m amazed at how easy this product is to use—especially since my 5-month-old baby boy is not one to get excited about bath time. … Continue reading

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A Bub in retrospect

Written by: Josh December 30 2011 Hard to believe how much can change in just over a year. Becoming a father boldly defies comparisons to anything else on Earth. Almost every day, my wife and I look at Bub and … Continue reading

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Winter white

White after Labor Day?I say go for it—especially when you’re considering it for your kiddo’s quarters. The fresh and airy scheme can be both soothing and uplifting, and will provide a welcome reprieve from the loudly colored playthings that may … Continue reading

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Photo of the month superlatives

While we wish each Photo of the Month contest could have 20 winners, alas, we can only choose one. So for a little extra fun, we decided to delve back into the archives to crown our 2011 Photo of the … Continue reading

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Win It: Evenflo Safety Gates

Written by: P&N December 28 2011 If in the time it took you to read a sentence, baby wiggled his way over to the ficus half a room away, it’s (past) time to babyproof. For some electrical outlet covers, drawer … Continue reading

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Complete

Written by: Rachel December 28 2011 Sunday morning, Noah woke up at 5:27 a.m., bouncing into our bedroom with a valiant attempt at a whisper:”It's Christmas!It's Christmas!” Luke and I, up late with our last minute “You wrap these and … Continue reading

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Picture perfect

Written by: Suzanna December 28 2011 Ever since Jacob was born, I have become obsessed with photos. I keep a camera hand for those rare moments when he breathes, sleeps, smiles, etc. Before his birth, I would go months in … Continue reading

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Mommy-to-be mocktails

Alcohol may be off-limits for you this holiday season, but you can join in the toast with a festive mom-to-be mocktail. Bottoms up! Raspberry champagne 4 to 6 fresh or frozen raspberries 6 ounces pasteurized sparkling apple cider To make: … Continue reading

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Bub's Christmas list

Written by: Josh December 27 2011 Dear Santa, Your existence has recently come to my attention, and you seem to be quite a nice gentleman. I am basing this mostly (okay, entirely) on the film Elf, which I found to … Continue reading

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Sparkle and shine

Each month, members of Pregnancy & Newborn’s editorial team pick out some of their favorite products to feature in print. Here’s what we chose to glitz up the holiday season in our December issue. “Treat the tot in your life … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Infant motor skills

This week’s Ask the Experts topic covers the oft-pondered question on many a parent’s mind: Is something wrong if my infant does not develop motor skills at the same pace as other children? Here to address the issue is Daniel … Continue reading

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Skip Hop Bento

The Skip Hop Bento bag is, in a word, awesome. Its black and gray color scheme (my combo of choice) give it the look of a large handbag—no sign of diaper bag here! My husband even likes carrying it. The … Continue reading

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Richer than we could have imagined: The birth of Scout

Written by: Molly December 26 2011 The delivery of my fourth baby was supposed to be a piece of cake. I mean, come on, fourth baby, right? Aren’t they supposed to just pop right out with two pushes? My fourth … Continue reading

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The merriest Christmas of all

Written by: Suzanna December 26 2011 I had always heard that seeing Christmas through the eyes of your child makes an already perfect day all the more magical. Though my little munchkin isn’t quite old enough to fully understand the … Continue reading

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Nursery fun

Written by: Tracy December 23 2011 Nesting is such a crazy phenomenon. I went from barely dusting my house in the first and second trimesters, to literally scrubbing my baseboards with a toothbrush this week. It’s the strangest thing. It … Continue reading

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A shared hobby

Written by: Josh December 23 2011 My wife likes to tell anybody with whom she’s passably friendly the story of when she knew I was the one for her. We had a place together, but that was still a novel … Continue reading

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Red, gold and blue

Red isn’t a color too often seen in nurseries—it’s a bit stimulating for the place in which baby is supposed to slumber—but, when paired with the right hues and doled out in humble doses, I think it can be just … Continue reading

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Pajama party

The holiday season is the perfect excuse to purchase some new pajamas. Not only do they provide for cozy slumber, they also make for fantastic photo ops during present-opening. (Heaven forbid all your shots feature too-small, faded or stained jammies. … Continue reading

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Website we love: Chiccheapnursery.com

We’re hooked on chiccheapnursery.com, a site that offers inspiration on everything from nursery decor to party planning to pregnancy pictures. Best of all, the posts focus on good design at a reasonable price, so you might actually be able to … Continue reading

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Win It: Ty Lucas diaper bag

Written by: P&N December 21 2011 Some baby accessories should enjoy a relatively short lifespan—remember those crazy character print diaper bags of the 90s? However, some items, like the classic designs of Ty Lucas, will remain sleek and tasteful no … Continue reading

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The great co-name-drum

Written by: Rachel December 21 2011 Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry, they are untranslatable. —W. H. Auden Good grief, naming people. It definitely ranks right up there on the Things I Can't Believe I'm Allowed … Continue reading

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Jacob's birth story

Written by: Suzanna December 21 2011 Suzanna's shared Jacob's birth story this week on our Birth Day blog. Click on the link below the photo for the story of how our former Knocked Up turned Adventures in Motherhood blogger became … Continue reading

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Our favorite birth stories from around the web

As you might have guessed, we’re a huge fan of reading birth stories around here. If you’ve been toying with the idea of sending us your birth story for our Birth Day blog, but can’t just find the time or … Continue reading

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Gold digger

Written by: Josh December 20 2011 Remember that 80s anti-drug commercial? Not the egg in the frying pan, the other one, the one where the haggard, strung-out-looking dad comes into his son’s room and yells at him about the drugs … Continue reading

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Spout shout out

When there’s a baby living in your house, babyproofing becomes inevitable. You may be able to get away without socket covers and cabinet locks for a while, but once baby hits the crawling stage, you’ll need to reassess. One of … Continue reading

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Isabella Oliver maternity wear

With two expecting editors on staff, we thought it was a perfect time to test out some maternity clothes on the market and report back to the P&N readership just how we thought they stacked up. Isabella Oliver was our … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Healthy eating habits

  This month for our Ask the Experts series, we’re gathering info on infant development. This week, Kristen Strong MS, RD, CD, registered dietitian at Primary Children’s Medical Center with a passion for childhood obesity treatment and prevention, shares how … Continue reading

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Time out

Written by: Tracy December 19 2011 Guess what Sunday was? My birthday. That’s right—the day of my birth. The big 2-7. The crazy part? I almost forgot about it. It wasn’t until my sweet mom told me to be on … Continue reading

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The best of times: The birth of Jacob

Written by: Suzanna December 19 2011 It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. I can think of no better way to sum up my birth story. (Thank you, Charles Dickens.) My little munchkin was “due” … Continue reading

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Furry friends

Written by: Suzanna December 19 2011 Last week, I shared with you about how Jacob had found a new best friend in Mr. Penguin. I am happy to report his stuffed-animal-love is growing, and he now has a whole menagerie … Continue reading

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What goes in must come out

Written by: Tracy December 16 2011 I am freaking out just a bit. I guess the best way to handle such a sticky situation is simply to write about it. So here goes: I woke up yesterday in a sheer … Continue reading

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Do as I say, not as I do

Written by: Josh December 16 2011 So it’s come to my attention recently that I am a massive, undeniable hypocrite. Not to point fingers here, but I think it’s all Bub’s fault. In the Pre-Bub days, I did what I … Continue reading

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Dress code: Rugged

Have you ever taken an outfit and translated it into a room? Today, I’m taking a rugged getup (for a baby, at least!) and morphing it into an equally rugged nursery. Want to see? 1. First, we have a golden … Continue reading

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Dyson Hot

We live in a drafty old house with hardwood floors and gaps in the baseboards, so having a heating unit to help knock the chill off in the cold months is always a plus. I knew the name Dyson as … Continue reading

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Win It: Shoes from Orthaheel

Written by: P&N December 14 2011 Leg pain? A wee bit. Knee pain? Sometimes. Back pain? Oh yeah! A mom-to-be just can’t catch a break! And though kicking it on the couch and enjoying Cosby Show reruns sounds appealing, you … Continue reading

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Hey swole sister

I remember when I was a newly knocked up, wee babe of a first-time pregnant gal, diligent with my prenatal yoga and daily brisk walks, careful to prepare meals that sampled all the food groups (I may or may not … Continue reading

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Jacob's in love

Written by: Suzanna December 14 2011 When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with stuffed animals. I had a million of them (no exaggeration) and each one had a name and had to have a place in my … Continue reading

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Making your pregnancy Facebook official

You see the two pink lines on the test, and after the initial “OMG!” shock, your thoughts might turn to when to tell friends and family. But what about making it social media public? Some women use Facebook, Twitter or … Continue reading

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An Ode to kiwi (by Bub)

Written by: Josh December 13 2011 Oh my sweet green tropical goodness, let me count the ways I love thee. Okay, I can’t count, so let’s just call it a gajillion, give or take. I love your juiciness—not too dribbly, … Continue reading

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Fun and games

Today, I’d like to introduce you to what I think is one of the funniest makers of baby things out there: Wry Baby. Kelly and David, the sweet (and, you guessed it, funny) couple behind the brand claim their philosophy … Continue reading

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Recaro ProRIDE

The Recaro Proride is a convertible child safety seat with a host of safety features to set even the most neurotic parental mind at ease. It is a convertible seat that works in the rear-facing position from 5-35 pounds and, at … Continue reading

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Maternal serum screening—what you need to know

Here’s a rundown on Maternal Serum Screening (MSS). Get the facts: What is it? The maternal blood screen, typically performed between the 15th and 17th week of pregnancy, is an optional test that measures four substances—alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), human chorionic gonadotropin … Continue reading

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Feeling beautiful

Written by: Tracy December 12 2011 Amid all the nausea, stretch marks and lack of mobility, I’ve come to one shining conclusion about pregnancy. I love it! And I just so happen to feel the most beautiful I’ve ever felt … Continue reading

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And then she was mine: The birth of Lydia

Written by: Ashley December 12 2011 I was 39 weeks pregnant and absolutely miserable. My ankles were swollen, my back ached constantly, and every night I was plagued by horrible Braxton Hicks contractions. Needless to say, I was ready to … Continue reading

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Blow out

Written by: Suzanna December 12 2011 Disclaimer: If you have eaten recently, plan to eat soon, or plant to eat ever again, I suggest you stop reading this post now. Consider yourself warned. Last night and this morning, I racked … Continue reading

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Decking the halls with a bump in tow

Written by: Tracy December 09 2011 It’s my favorite time of year! I love the holiday season and each year I am so excited to start decorating my house. The best part? I pride myself on being a speed decorator. … Continue reading

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The Bub behind the curtain

Written by: Josh December 09 2011 Bub had his first shower yesterday. Too soon, you say? Ehhhh, what can I tell you? The kid really wanted a shower. I based this on the following scenario: I myself was taking a … Continue reading

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Deck the halls

There’s no doubt about it: The holiday season is in full swing. If you waited till December to get started on your decorating, you’re in the minority not to worry—there’s still plenty of time to deck your halls! (And even … Continue reading

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Win It: mountain buggy swift, storm cover and sleeping bag

Written by: P&N December 07 2011 Lace up your hiking boots or slip into your favorite pumps! You’ll be ready to tackle the trails or strut along the sidewalks with the mountain buggy swift stroller. Designed to conquer New Zealand’s … Continue reading

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