Monthly Archives: May 2012

Celebrating a milestone

Written by: Hillary Grigonis May 30 2012 Three years ago from yesterday, I married my high school sweetheart. I remember thinking at the time how I couldn't have been happier, but I didn't anticipate how cool it would be to … Continue reading

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Let it soak in: The benefits of cloth diapering

Written by: Tarrah Glass-Vanderlan & Emelie Carver May 30 2012 Go green(er), save money and make new friends! Cloth diapering has its advantages. These benefits might convince you converting to fluff (that's an “insider” term) is a smart move. Benefits … Continue reading

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Now Boarding: Board books that go beyond the ABCs

Written by: Jessica Schein May 29 2012 Who doesn't love curling up with a good book? Babies are no different. The next time you cuddle with your little cuties, open a book that makes them laugh, learn, wonder and dream. … Continue reading

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Safety 1st Hi Def Digital Monitor

Written by: Margaret May 29 2012 As a new mother, I am plagued with the ever-important question, “Is my baby OK?” So, as far as I am concerned, if a baby monitor can answer this question, then it is already … Continue reading

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Safety 1st Hi Def Digital Monitor

Written by: Margaret May 29 2012 As a new mother, I am plagued with the ever-important question, “Is my baby OK?” So, as far as I am concerned, if a baby monitor can answer this question, then it is already … Continue reading

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My five days as a single parent

Written by: Christopher Spicer May 29 2012 I’ve not been designed for the single life. I fail at many of the key elements for a successful single person, such as resorting to microwave popcorn over an actual cooked meal, whimpering … Continue reading

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Flying solo

Written by: Suzanna Palmer May 29 2012 When I was a brand-new mom, I didn’t feel the slightest bit nervous about bringing Jacob home from the hospital. I had heard a lot of new moms talk about being apprehensive about … Continue reading

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Gimme that contraction action

Written by: P&N May 29 2012 Here are a few nonmedical methods for getting labor going. [Note: Always consult your health care provider before attempting any labor-inducing practice.] Sex. Orgasm makes the body release prostaglandin and oxytocin, both hormones that … Continue reading

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Ask the moms: What surprised you most about becoming a mom?

Meet our mom panel: Lacey Major is the mom of two awesome kids, Riley (age 13) and Brice (age 7). She is the editor-in-chief of Pregnancy & Newborn. Checkout the Editor’s Letter in our magazine each month for more good-to-know … Continue reading

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The cutest prints ever

Written by: Lauren May 28 2012 Let me tell you a little secret: I don't like animals. I know! It's terrible isn't it? I mean, they're so fluffy and furry and cute and … just not my thing. (My lack … Continue reading

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Child care checklist

Written by: P&N May 28 2012 Knowing what to look for in an infant care setting can help you find an arrangement that suits your baby and is a good first step toward putting your anxieties to rest. Start early … Continue reading

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First flutters

Written by: Hillary Grigonis May 28 2012 Well, I finally had that moment I've been waiting for ever since I saw those two lines on the pregnancy test. That moment when you move from knowing the baby is okay because … Continue reading

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Sleep easy

Written by: Suzanna Palmer May 28 2012 When you’re about to be the mama of a new baby bundle, you hear a lot about how long, sleepless nights are just around the corner. “Better rest up now while you can” … Continue reading

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Beyond worth it: The birth of Amelie

Written by: Josie May 27 2012 I really wanted to have a natural home birth. I just thought it would be the nicest way to give birth and my midwives were really supportive. To say I didn't get my home … Continue reading

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Babyhome Eat

My daughter is very particular when it comes to mealtime. She likes to have a toy on her highchair tray, a bib that isn’t too big and bulky, and she definitely prefers the taste of apples or bananas to peas. … Continue reading

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Blue skies

Written by: Lauren May 25 2012 “Blue skies shining on me. Nothing but blue skies do I see.” A big shout-out to Ms. Ella Fitzgerald for the inspiration behind this soft and simple nursery. Wouldn't “Blue Skies” make a perfect … Continue reading

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AwesomeMobiles

Written by: Lauren May 24 2012 Looking for a cool something to hang over baby's crib (or changing table)? We bet you'll get a lot of mileage out of these awesome mobiles. AwesomeMobiles by pnmag on polyvore.com a / b … Continue reading

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Fishtail braids: A how-to

Written by: P&N May 24 2012 If you've always wanted the intricate-looking style of a fishtail braid, but weren't sure you could pull it off, rest assured: It's easier to execute than you think. Check out our how-to video below! … Continue reading

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Like father, like son

Written by: Christopher Spicer May 24 2012 Everett is a cute, smart and energetic baby, but despite those things, we still have a lot in common. Here are a few things that make my son a lot like me. Looks: … Continue reading

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Ready for a duet?

Written by: P&N May 23 2012 Just because you’re going to be a single mom doesn’t mean you’ve had your last orgasm with another live human participant, assures Rachel Sarah, author of Single Mom Seeking: Playdates, Blind Dates, and Other … Continue reading

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Dandelions

Written by: Hillary Grigonis May 23 2012 Will someone please come get the dandelions out of my bathroom? During dinner with my family, I was trying to describe the spiders that had been invading my bathroom shower: “They look sort … Continue reading

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Don't feel the burn

Written by: Erin Shea Long May 23 2012 Board-certified dermatologist Naila Malik, MD, offers professional tips to reduce the severity of sunburns and facilitate healing post-sun worship. Keep it cool Rinse the affected skin with water, apply compresses, and use … Continue reading

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Dyson Ball DC39

Written by: Betty May 22 2012 I had read about the Dyson Ball technology, with better suction and its turn on a dime canister. It was with great excitement that I opened the large box that was delivered to my … Continue reading

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Dyson Ball DC39

Written by: Betty May 22 2012 I had read about the Dyson Ball technology, with better suction and its turn on a dime canister. It was with great excitement that I opened the large box that was delivered to my … Continue reading

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POPE up the volume

Written by: Erin Shea Long May 22 2012 Tune into the world of Rosie Pope Maternity. Rosie Pope is pregnant and she drinks martinis. This is the humorous juxtaposition that makes the maternity aficionada throw back her blonde tresses and … Continue reading

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Are vaccinations safe?

Written by: P&N May 22 2012 The CDC, AAP and most pediatricians agree that vaccinations are a safe and important part of childhood wellness. A link between autism and vaccinations has never been proven, and while research is always ongoing, … Continue reading

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Some things must remain the same

Written by: Christopher Spicer May 22 2012 A lot changes when you become a parent. I look back now, and wonder how I ever thought life was busy before Everett. Everett does a great job of eating up the time, … Continue reading

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Must love dogs

Written by: Suzanna Palmer May 22 2012 Ever since I was a little girl, I have had a “thing” for all things four-legged and furry. When I was in first grade, we were assigned the task of memorizing a poem. … Continue reading

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The new milk & cookies

Written by: P&N May 22 2012 For new moms who have struggled with the ups and downs of breastfeeding, lactation cookies can be an easy remedy to empty tank syndrome. These cookies are an all-natural cure for a low milk … Continue reading

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Ask the moms: Keeping your relationship strong

Meet our mom panel: Lacey Major is the mom of two awesome kids, Riley (age 13) and Brice (age 7). She is the editor-in-chief of Pregnancy & Newborn. Checkout the Editor’s Letter in our magazine each month for more good-to-know … Continue reading

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Sweet dreams

Written by: P&N May 21 2012 Each month, members of Pregnancy & Newborn's editorial team pick out some of their favorite products to feature in print. Here are some of our favorite sleepytime selections. Sweet dreams by pnmag on polyvore.com … Continue reading

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Lupus Awareness Month

Written by: P&N May 21 2012 Did you know that pregnancy is no longer considered an impossibility for women with lupus? May is Lupus Awareness Month. A recent study confirmed that pregnancy is safe for most women with stable lupus. … Continue reading

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Britax Child Bike Seat

Written by: Theresa May 20 2012 Anyone else intimidated by the idea of adding a 6-foot trailer to your bike to transport your child? I certainly was. And still am. The idea of keeping my tot within arms’ reach and … Continue reading

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Hello hydration

Written by: P&N May 20 2012 Trickle-down distribution With all the demands your body is issuing, it’s no wonder you need to down water like it’s going out of style! As it turns out … Blood volume doubles by seven … Continue reading

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Sneak preview

Written by: Hillary Grigonis May 20 2012 The only thing that could have made last Thursday's ultrasound better would have been a big tub of popcorn and tall glass of (de-caf) Pepsi (and maybe a little less sticky belly jelly … Continue reading

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Oh what joy: The birth of Jackson

Written by: Rachel May 20 2012 When we decided it was time to add a munchkin to our family, after over 3 years of marriage, we were unsure of the length of time it would take us to get pregnant—heard … Continue reading

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Laugh it up

Written by: Suzanna Palmer May 20 2012 Before Jacob was born and I became wise in the ways of infants, I thought that all babies had only three basic functions: to eat, sleep and poop. But, it turns out, that … Continue reading

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Go, baby, go!

Your days of packing light and taking off without a second thought are over now that you have a baby in tow. Traveling with your little one definitely takes more preparation, but the payoffs are great adventures and wonderful memories … Continue reading

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Poster child

Written by: Lauren May 17 2012 Affordable wall art is widely available—which means there's no excuse for bare nursery walls, mamas! I'm particularly fond of wordy posters. They're the perfect source of wisdom, encouragement and often humor. What do you … Continue reading

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Shower power

Written by: P&N May 17 2012 You're starting to count down the days. The nursery is almost ready. Excitement is in the air. It's time for your baby shower! Whether you're playing games or guessing names, you'll want to be … Continue reading

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Everett and his furry friends

Written by: Christopher Spicer May 17 2012 A few months ago, I talked about the importance of finding time to still love my pets even though Everett is now taking up a huge amount of my day (and I still … Continue reading

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Foray into Fatherhood

Becoming a parent thrusts you into an unfamiliar, joyous and terrifying role. Here’s the story of my wife’s pregnancy, my son’s birthday, and everything I’ve learned along the way. Getting the word out “These people have no idea,” my wife … Continue reading

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Make a splash

Written by: P&N May 16 2012 Take advantage of swimming’s low-impact exercise benefits by practicing these water workout moves for moms-to-be. Breast stroke kicks. Grab a kickboard or a noodle and propel yourself across the pool by kicking outward like … Continue reading

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Butterflies, gas or baby?

Written by: Hillary Grigonis May 16 2012 Even since I found out I was expecting, I've been impatient for that first time when I can actually feel the baby move. Initially, I was imagining this big moment with a huge … Continue reading

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Amy Michelle Zebra bag

Written by: Rachel May 15 2012 Iknow many a mom who is a fan of the “bags for baby should look like they're for baby” camp. They opt for bags with animal prints or appliques, and while that's the right … Continue reading

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Belly flop

Written by: P&N May 15 2012 Get ready to get down, mamas—it's tummy time! Although doctors maintain back-sleeping is safest for baby, experts recommend infants spend time on their stomachs daily to strengthen back and neck muscles needed for early … Continue reading

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Things that thrill me now that I'm a parent

Written by: Christopher Spicer May 15 2012 The other day I remarked to a friend now that I am a dad I celebrate over things that I would have considered pretty unspectacular a year ago. Now, I’m ready to declare … Continue reading

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Bed buddy

Written by: Suzanna Palmer May 15 2012 If you had been within a block of my house this morning, you probably would have heard me shouting out the Hallelujah Chorus. It’s been seven months, six days, 12 hours and 15 … Continue reading

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Constructive play

Written by: Lauren May 14 2012 In our May issue, we rounded up a few construction-related finds to help you develop an entertaining environment that's founded on fun. Have a look! Constructive play by pnmag on polyvore.com 1 / 2 … Continue reading

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Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Written by: P&N May 14 2012 Listen up, moms-to-be. Mother's Day just passed but there's something else going on in May—Preeclampsia Awareness Month! In 36 cities, all over the U.S., women are participating in The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia to … Continue reading

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