Monthly Archives: February 2012

Website we love: keekoo.com

Written by: P&N February 29 2012 Flash sale sites are all the rage these days, but if you're expecting, you may wish you had a place to get the deals on exactly what you need for your growing bump or … Continue reading

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Stroll-Air My Duo

Written by: Erin February 29 2012 The Stroll-Air My Duo is nothing short of a mother’s dream come true! This product is the most user-friendly item I’ve ever used. Stroll-Air thought of everything—and then threw in things you didn’t even … Continue reading

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Win It: bosombuddy breast pillow

Written by: P&N February 29 2012 Perfect for easing some of the discomfort pregnant and large-breasted women encounter, bosombuddy is a contoured pillow designed to help you get a good night’s sleep. Fitting snugly between the “girls” to lift and … Continue reading

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The magical first smile

Written by: Christopher February 29 2012 It has only been two months, and I’ve already experienced a magical moment more powerful than the time I first held Everett in my arms. Everett smiled at me. The amazing thing about Everett … Continue reading

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Communication central

Written by: Suzanna February 29 2012 Imagine for a moment that you can’t talk, feed yourself, dress or undress yourself. You’re roasting and want to change into something cooler, but you can’t. Instead, someone comes along and tries to shove … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

Written by: Lauren February 28 2012 “You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” —Dr. Seuss Hip, hip, hooray! The famed and beloved children's author Dr. Seuss would have been … Continue reading

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Choosing a family cord blood bank

Cord blood banking is a topic being discussed more and more often by physicians and expectant parents. The dizzying array of information on the Web can be difficult to sift through. That’s why Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, co-author of The … Continue reading

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Aqua Scale

Written by: Matt February 27 2012 We were super excited to get try out the Aqua Scale, the first-ever 3-in-1 digital baby scale, tub and water thermometer. In particular, we were looking forward to the ability to accurately measure our … Continue reading

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Crazy cravings

Written by: P&N February 27 2012 We asked our fans on Facebook what their weirdest hankerings were when baby was on board. Here's what they 'fessed up to: Chocolate ice cream and cheese. —Chanelle Wetmore-Baker, Katy, TX Warhead hard candies … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Five nursing pitfalls

This week to continue our series of helpful information on breastfeeding, Diana West, BA, IBCLC and co-author of the La Leche League International book The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding discusses the most common problems women can face when attempting to … Continue reading

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Phenomenal cosmic powers, itty bitty living space

Written by: Rachel February 27 2012 Idon't mean to brag, but Ipretty much know the location of every restroom in every store within a 10 mile radius of my house. Between a potty-training kid last summer and my ever-shrinking bladder … Continue reading

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Two perfect identical girls: The birth of Lucy and Maggie

Written by: Amanda February 27 2012 We found out we were having twins at our first ultrasound appointment when I was 9 weeks pregnant. I couldn’t see the monitor and the small one turned towards me on the exam table … Continue reading

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My motherhood mantra

Written by: Suzanna February 27 2012 As a mom, you have those days when you feel on top of the world, invincible even. You clean the baseboards, do three loads of laundry, pay the bills and cook your husband a … Continue reading

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Dress code: Shades of grey

Written by: Lauren February 24 2012 For our third Dress Code post (click here to see one and two), we're going with a “Shades of grey” scheme. The palette may not seem particularly suited for the small set, but I'd … Continue reading

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In praise of the bassinet

Written by: Christopher February 24 2012 I’ve never shopped so much in my life. The months before the birth of Everett, it seemed like we went out every weekend to buy yet another “necessity.” One of the major items we … Continue reading

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Beating bed rest boredom

Written by: P&N February 23 2012 One week into your doctor-ordered bed rest and you've already cleaned out the DVR and read What to ExpectWhen You're Expecting three times intro-to-index? Here are a few titles to help pass the time. … Continue reading

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Aye, there's the rub

Written by: Rachel February 23 2012 I don't often invoke my Southern roots while writing, with twang and vernacular and whatnot, but after my experience at the massage therapist earlier this week, I feel like the best way to convey … Continue reading

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Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Digital Video Sensor Pad Monitor

Written by: Matt February 22 2012 As our baby's due date approached, my wife and I agreed a movement-sensing monitor was something we wanted to spring for—we both knew we'd sleep better feeling absolutely certain our little guy was safe. … Continue reading

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Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Digital Video Sensor Pad Monitor

Written by: Matt February 22 2012 As our baby’s due date approached, my wife and I agreed a movement-sensing monitor was something we wanted to spring for—we both knew we’d sleep better feeling absolutely certain our little guy was safe. … Continue reading

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Win It: Motherhood Rocks! Box

Written by: P&N February 22 2012 Created by a scientist and mother to provide comfort to new moms and aid in recovery from childbirth, the Motherhood Rocks! Box from MLT Consultants is an essential gift for new moms and includes … Continue reading

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Jaundice: Because there aren't enough worries as a first-time parent

Written by: Christopher February 22 2012 My introduction into the world of parenting has been a happy and relatively comfortable one. I give all that credit to my adorable son Everett, who is healthy and easygoing. The healthy part is … Continue reading

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All grown up

Written by: Suzanna February 22 2012 Spend any length of time around our house, and you’re bound to hear either Tom or I reminiscing about the days when Jacob was younger. (For all of you who aren’t linear thinkers—that would … Continue reading

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Mirror, mirror on the wall

Written by: Lauren February 21 2012 I don't know about you, but I'm a big fan of making silly faces in front of a mirror with babies. Little ones seem to love seeing their reflections, and I can say for … Continue reading

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Tips and recipes for delicious homemade baby food

Starting solids soon? Maggie Meade, editor of the top-rated baby food site wholesomebabyfood.com, mom to three boys and author of THE WHOLESOME BABY FOOD GUIDE: Over 150 Easy, Delicious, and Healthy Recipes from Purees to Solids shares her tips and … Continue reading

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Come on in, the family's fine

Written by: Rachel February 20 2012 This was a lazy weekend, one of pillow forts and picnics in front of the TV and sprawling puzzles on the dining room table, visited and abandoned and revisited later when the mood struck. … Continue reading

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Maclaren Techno XT

Written by: Jennifer February 20 2012 When my husband and I found out we were expecting I began to research the many things we would need when our little one came into the world. When it came to strollers, there … Continue reading

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Protecting your baby's smile

Written by: P&N February 20 2012 Your baby's teeth may not be first on your mind in his first year, since for the majority of that time his smile consists of gums-only, but it's never too early to be thinking … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Nursing after returning to work

This month’s topic for our Ask the Experts column is breastfeeding, and here today to talk about continuing to nurse after returning to work is Helen Anderson, registered nurse, lactation educator and co-founder of Milkies. Back to work and breastfeeding—You … Continue reading

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Better things to focus on: The birth of Charles

Written by: Jessica February 20 2012 My September 6th due date came and went, so at my doctor apppointment that week my doctor informed me that she would let it go another week and then I would be induced. I … Continue reading

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Losing it

Written by: Suzanna February 20 2012 Most of God’s creatures molt during the warmer months, but we’re smack-dab in the middle of winter, and I’m shedding like there’s no tomorrow. (Or, there IS a tomorrow, and it’s National Balding Day.) … Continue reading

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Life's a beach

Written by: Lauren February 17 2012 Mid-February is about the time I start daydreaming about summer. (OK, sometimes mid-December, if the weather's cole enough.) As winter begins to wind down and the promise of spring is on the horizon, I … Continue reading

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Taking care of business: Suits for the pregnant professional

Written by: P&N February 17 2012 It's an unfortunate truth for the women whose jobs require business formal attire: The rules don't tend to stop when your belly pops. Here are a few options out there for the mamas-to-be who … Continue reading

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An ode to family and friends

Written by: Christopher February 17 2012 I’ve always known we’ve had great family and friends. I cherish all the amazing people I have in my life. Our experience as new parents has been a wonderful reminder how awesome friends and … Continue reading

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5 foods every pregnant woman should be eating

During pregnancy, your body requires more nutrients such as folic acid, calcium, and iron. As a mom of three and author of Real Moms Love to Eat, nutrition expert Beth Aldrich knows what it feels like to be pregnant and … Continue reading

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State of the uterus

Written by: Rachel February 16 2012 Here's a surefire way to feel fantastic about the amount of weight you've gained since your last prenatal check up:Forget you've moved from monthly to every-two-week appointments!I was flying high on Monday, mentally fist-pumping … Continue reading

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4moms Origami

Written by: Tracy February 15 2012 Every once in a while, a product comes along that transports you to another world. That's the only way to describe the new, and uber-hip stroller that is the 4moms Origami. After years in … Continue reading

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Win It: Infant acetaminophen products from PediaCare and Little Remedies plus a $100 American Express card

Written by: P&N February 15 2012 PediaCare and Little Remedies are among the first brands of infant and children’s over-the-counter medication to adopt new, safer dosing systems. These improved regulations ensure more accurate dosage measurements and easier delivery of acetaminophen … Continue reading

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Surviving the first few days as a new parent

Written by: Christopher February 15 2012 I sit here with Everett sleeping in an infant carrier that is tied to my chest, and I realize that looking down at the peaceful sleeping baby still feels like being skyrocketed straight to … Continue reading

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The perks of mamahood

Written by: Suzanna February 15 2012 Being the mother of an infant is a taxing job, but there are all kinds of perks. You don’t get vacation days, sick days, or 401K matching, but you get all sorts of sappy … Continue reading

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Baby go lightly

Written by: P&N February 14 2012 There's no need to be afraid of the dark when such luminous choices abound. Light your night with one of these finds featured in our February issue. Oh the places he'll go while he … Continue reading

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Kid quips

Written by: P&N February 14 2012 Big siblings say the darndest things. Have a laugh at these funnies from our Facebook friends. A few months before I got pregnant with our eighth child, my daughter asked me, “Can you make … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Breastfeeding and breathing benefits for your baby

This month we’re asking professionals in the know to share their knowledge about breastfeeding. This week, Nina Shapiro, MD, Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and author of Take A Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health … Continue reading

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Everywhere a sign

Written by: Rachel February 13 2012 It's the weirdest thing—there's a car seat in our living room. And a stroller in the dining room. (It's an excellent conversation piece.) Plus all these tiny clothes keep cropping up everywhere. Ikeep asking … Continue reading

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Feisty as she was in the womb: The birth of Rylee

Written by: Erica February 13 2012 Zac and I found out we were expecting right after we returned from our honeymoon. Oops! Our first little baby, Rylee Quinn was due January 1st, 2011. We knew from the beginning that this … Continue reading

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Denying doctor's orders

Written by: Suzanna February 13 2012 Last weekend, our little J-cub had his first brush with baby sickness. And, you know that scene at the end of Old Yeller where Tommy Kirk has to shoot his rabid best friend? Yeah, … Continue reading

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Pilates during pregnancy: A how-to from Brooke Siler

Written by: P&N February 12 2012 If you were a Pilates fan before pregnancy, you might be curious about the potential benefits it can bring to you during pregnancy, and how to safely engage in a few exercises while sporting … Continue reading

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Step by step

Congratulations! You’re the proud parent of an adorable new human. Here’s what you can expect during the first exciting year. 0-1 month By the 30-day marker, your little one will likely be gazing into your eyes and responding to sounds. … Continue reading

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Stage mom

Labor is a good lesson in rolling with the punches. Unless you have a scheduled induction, there’s no way to know when it’s going to happen or how long it’s going to last. A full-term baby might arrive anytime between … Continue reading

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The funds stuff

Financial planning isn’t exactly a barrel of laughs, but alas, it must be done. And you’ll sleep easier at night (when baby doesn’t have other plans) knowing certain tedious to-dos have been crossed off your list. Insure thing Health insurance … Continue reading

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We heart you: A V-day roundup

Written by: P&N February 10 2012 Whether you're looking to show your little love, your partner in parenting or yourself a little affection this Valentine's Day, these amore-inspired gifts should do the trick. A constant hug around the neck. Olive … Continue reading

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