Monthly Archives: April 2012

A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway!

Written by: P&N April 29 2012 UPDATE: The contest is closed. Thanks so much for celebrating Mother's Month with us. Congratulations to all of the winners! See the entire list of winners below. Mother’s Day is just not enough—we celebrate … Continue reading

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I have a dream

Written by: Hillary Grigonis April 29 2012 I've had an unusual number of memorable dreams since early in my pregnancy. I had a dream the other night that my baby is going to be a boy. Of course, in my … Continue reading

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I was in awe: The birth of Brooklyn

Written by: Shannon April 29 2012 It was 3:22. I remember looking at the clock on the wall from our bed. This was my third contraction—strong enough to wake me up. I figured I’d get up and walk around the … Continue reading

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Baby on the brain

Written by: Suzanna Palmer April 29 2012 This week, I finally came to grips with a fact: My brain is in baby jail. I realized this the other night while chatting with a couple of friends, one with a baby … Continue reading

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Sex scheduling: Make time to make love

Despite your new found supermom powers, when it comes to making time for sex, sometimes you just can’t swing it. Between babies and work (or working with babies), time for romance is seemingly not on your side. But finding time … Continue reading

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Swede deals

Written by: Lauren April 26 2012 It's no secret Swedish home store IKEA is budget-friendly, but you may be surprised to know their style-conscious designs extend beyond sofas and dressers. (Or you may not. But surely you're glad to be … Continue reading

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At it again

Despite the long nights and busy days, you’re feeling like it’s time for another bundle of joy … We understand and we’ve got you covered! Before you get to count those little fingers and toes, you’ve got to start at … Continue reading

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When the chill becomes shrill

Written by: Christopher Spicer April 26 2012 I’ve boasted in this column about how Everett is one chill little dude. As long as you remember to keep his bum clean and his belly full, then he’ll keep his temper tantrums … Continue reading

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Mayim Bialik on her new book, Beyond the Sling

We caught up with mom of two, actor and Ph.D.-holding neuroscientist Mayim Bialik to talk about her new bookon attachment parenting, Beyond the Sling, and find out just what gentle discipline is all about, whether or not it’s possible to … Continue reading

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Drawing the line

Written by: Hillary Grigonis April 25 2012 I read an editorial in a local paper last week about “infant safety hats.” And they weren't talking about bike helmets—but extra noggin padding for youngsters learning how to walk. My first thought? … Continue reading

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QuickSmart Back Pack Stroller

Written by: Erin April 25 2012 After reading about the QuickSmart Back Pack Stroller online, I was so excited for it to arrive so I could put it to use. But when the box appeared on our front porch, I … Continue reading

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Win It: Citrus Lane Pampered Pregnancy Box

Written by: P&N April 24 2012 Pre-baby pampering is a pregnancy must and Citrus Lane makes taking care of mamas-to-be easy with the Pampered Pregnancy Box. Bursting full of pampering goodies, this box includes: • Bump It Up! by Amy … Continue reading

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Best way to avoid parental panic

Written by: Christopher Spicer April 24 2012 If you’re a parent who really likes an unnecessary dose of panic, then I highly recommend you religiously follow growth charts and compare your baby to others. It may be the quickest way … Continue reading

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Traveling with baby

Written by: Suzanna Palmer April 24 2012 Today, Tom and I are leaving for our first vacation since our honeymoon. Wait, that’s not quite right. Let me try that again. Today—wonderful, marvelous, glorious, splendid day that it is—is the day … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Organic baby food

To conclude our green parenting month, we asked Caroline Freedman, the CEO and co-founder of NurturMe, the first and only certified-organic, all natural and gluten-free baby food company, to answer some questions about the importance of organic eats. Why should … Continue reading

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Just around the bend

Hello, and welcome to week 38 of my pregnancy! If I were currently gestating my first kid, I would have three days left until delivery day. And if this were my second kid, I’d have 19. But it’s not my … Continue reading

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Park it

Written by: Lauren April 23 2012 It's National Park Week! Which means you can visit any of the country's 397 national parks for free all week long. Sweet! Spending time outdoors is one of my favorite ways to get some … Continue reading

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Autism awareness

Written by: P&N April 23 2012 Though only brought to the forefront of the public eye in more recent years, the Autism Society has recognized April as National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. Here are some facts and statistics … Continue reading

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Grab and go (to the hospital!)

Written by: P&N April 22 2012 Expecting moms, have you packed your bag? No, not that hospital bag, the other one—the one with the snacks. Many moms rushed to the delivery room only to spend the next several hours watching … Continue reading

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Untold, annoying little side effects

Written by: Hillary Grigonis April 22 2012 I have the hiccups. But I don't just have the hiccups, I have the hiccups at least once every hour. Like clockwork. Luckily, they tend to go away in a few minutes, but … Continue reading

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Melted my heart: The birth of Paisley

Written by: Amanda April 22 2012 My daughter, Paisley, was born in the winter. We had a warm winter here in GA except for the weekend Paisley was born. We were in the hospital through it all and missed it. … Continue reading

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Music to the ears

Written by: Suzanna Palmer April 22 2012 Before Jacob was born, I read a lot about the potential benefits of exposing your baby to music in the womb. Though I never really chose music for his sake, I did turn … Continue reading

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Caboo carrier

  I have been eyeing different baby carriers and slings for a while. I’ll admit, I’ve been super intimidated at the thought of having to know how to securely tie and hold the baby. I was really pleased when I … Continue reading

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Caddies for hire

Written by: Lauren April 19 2012 That new baby of yours may be cutting into your time on the golf course, but there's likely a different game you're working on perfecting in the mean time: the baby changing game. As … Continue reading

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Celebrating the first mother: Earth

Written by: P&N April 19 2012 Eco-moms unite! Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day, and it's a great reminder to rededicate yourself to earth-conscious practices for all 365 days of the year. Check out this round up of resources for … Continue reading

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Daddy Brain

Written by: Christopher Spicer April 19 2012 I was in a public washroom the other day, and I ended up noticing things that I’d never paid attention to just 4 months ago. I quickly realized this washroom did not have … Continue reading

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Eat American! (and Swiss and cheddar…)

Written by: P&N April 18 2012 Calcium! Prenatal, postpartum or anytime, what better way to reap the benefits of this bone-building mineral than cheese? April is National Grilled Cheese Month and we’ve scoped out a few delicious twists on an … Continue reading

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An Ode to…Bed Rest?

Written by: Hillary Grigonis April 18 2012 When my doctor first said to take one week of bed rest because of an infection, I thought I would get bored pretty quickly. When I went in for a check up one … Continue reading

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Babymel Striped Satchel

Written by: Lyndsay April 17 2012 There were a couple of features that were on my must-have list when I was searching for the all-important diaper bag with my second son. First, I wanted something that was affordable. Second, I … Continue reading

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Win It: Baby K'tan Baby Carrier

Written by: P&N April 17 2012 By now we know the benefits of babywearing. Celebrities are even doing it—Julia Roberts, Patrick Dempsy and Jennifer Lopez all wear their babies in the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier. The Baby K’tan Baby Carrier … Continue reading

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What works for you

Written by: Christopher Spicer April 17 2012 A few weeks before Everett’s birth, a friend told me how she read a sea of parenting books, got advice from several parents, and attended numerous parenting classes—but once her son arrived, the … Continue reading

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Monday Monday

Written by: Suzanna Palmer April 17 2012 While most people aren’t big fans of Mondays, they’ve been my favorite day of the week ever since Tom and I got married. And, since Jacob arrived, I love them all the more. … Continue reading

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Eco-family finds

Written by: P&N April 16 2012 Stock up on planet-friendly goodies for both you and your main squeeze. A safe-for-baby, pretty-for-mama teething necklace that's BPA, pthalate-, lead- and PVC. Chewbeads necklace $37 An orthodontic pacifier constructed from 100 percent natural … Continue reading

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April showers

Written by: Lauren April 16 2012 Each month, members of Pregnancy & Newborn's editorial team pick out some of their favorite products to feature in print. This month, April showers gave us good reason to bring out our favorite wet … Continue reading

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Resistance is futile

Written by: Rachel Reiff Ellis April 16 2012 Iam ridiculously pregnant. Imean, really, stupidly, obnoxiously pregnant. When I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that my midsection and impending birth were all people would talk about when Iwas around, Ididn't … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Green diapering

Joining us today to discuss how cloth diapering can be an easy way to make a big, green difference is Kimberly Webb, the CEO and founder of Rockin’ Green, an award-winning manufacturer of eco-friendly cleaning products designed to make cleaning … Continue reading

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Team effort: The birth of Matthew

Written by: Michelle April 16 2012 One of my favorite quotes that changed me, that I came to really truly understand before my labor and birth this time around, is from Sheila Kitzinger: “Birth isn’t something we SUFFER; but something … Continue reading

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Mamas & Papas Stargaze Play Mat

Written by: Tracy April 15 2012 I’ve always been a little giddy about outer space. When I found out I was going to have a bouncing little babe, my mind immediately danced with visions of light sabers and telescopes. When … Continue reading

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Scrapbook central

Written by: P&N April 15 2012 Get ready to record the fleeting moments you’ll want to remember for a lifetime. Although your final weeks of pregnancy may seem to take an eternity, the days and months following baby’s birth will … Continue reading

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Techie momma

Written by: Hillary Grigonis April 15 2012 I have to admit, I was rather late getting into the smartphone craze. But a few months ago, I caved, picking up an iPhone and the extra monthly data fees that go with … Continue reading

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Let's talk about…the “S” word

Written by: Suzanna Palmer April 15 2012 I have a confession: I haven’t been entirely honest with you. Two times each week for the last six months, I’ve claimed to share with you all the various and sundry details that … Continue reading

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Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling

As a new mom, I was overwhelmed by the choices out there for wearing my baby. Did I want a pouch, or a sling or a soft structured carrier? I didn’t even know what my baby would prefer, so choosing … Continue reading

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ERGObaby Options Carrier

Before I even had kids, the name I heard the most in mom circles when it came to carriers was ERGObaby. Parents raved about ERGObaby’s ergonomical superiority and comfort, versatility and ability to be used for a long time—up until … Continue reading

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Pony up: Accessories for postpartum dos on days that feel like don’ts

Written by: Alyson West April 12 2012 Looking cute every morning with a newborn in tow is a tall order. We know. We’ve been there—some of us are still there and a few of us are going back for more! If … Continue reading

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Step right up

Written by: Lauren April 12 2012 The circus is coming to town! (In other words, a baby is entering your life!) Prepare for the three-ring (eat, sleep, poop) affair by creating a cheery under-the-big-top-themed room for your tiny ringmaster. Step … Continue reading

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Evolution of bath time

Written by: Christopher Spicer April 12 2012 Babies don’t sweat or compile the foul body odor of their parents, but they still need to get a bath eventually. But when they’re only a few weeks old, it isn’t really wise … Continue reading

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Taskmaster: Keeping track and phoning it in

Written by: P&N April 11 2012 I felt him kick! How far apart are they? When was his last diaper change? Pregnancy and new motherhood require attention to detail. When you’re low on focus because of morning sickness or sleepless … Continue reading

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Unexpected challenges

Written by: Hillary Grigonis April 11 2012 I've never been one to shy away from a challenge—or perhaps it would be more accurate to describe myself as one of those people who have a hard time saying no. Regardless, I've … Continue reading

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Bloom Zen and Yoga

Written by: Alyson April 10 2012 Sleek, modern, space rocket silver AND designed in Paris—how could I not be excited to receive the Bloom Zen and Yoga?! They just became available in the US so I couldn’t wait to try … Continue reading

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Win It: ERGObaby Original Collection Purple Mystic Carrier

Written by: P&N April 10 2012 Moms everywhere have hailed ERGObaby as their favorite carrier for years, and it's easy to see why. With a name that's a nod to its ergonomical focus, the comfort of ERGObaby carriers can't be … Continue reading

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