Monthly Archives: June 2012

Transportation station

Each month, members of Pregnancy & Newborn’s editorial team pick out some of their favorite products to feature in print. In our June issue, we rounded up a smashing assortment of wheels and wings. Transportation station by pnmag on polyvore.com … Continue reading

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Geek chic: Robot inspired nursery

This adorable robot nursery has gadgets and gizmos worthy of your nerdling. With decor like a quirky rolling robot alarm clock or this cute circuit board fabric, it’s definitely hip to be square! Geek chic by pnmag on polyvore.com Robot … Continue reading

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Terrible teething troubles

Written by: Christopher Spicer June 28 2012 I know you’ve read several columns where I brag and brag and brag about how much of a dream baby Everett has been. I really do feel he has given us the easiest … Continue reading

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Sleep better than baby

Kim West, LCSW-C, a sleep expert near Annapolis, Maryland, and author of Good Night, Sleep Tight, offers tips for achieving restful slumber, which may in turn naturally boost your memory. Go to bed and wake up at around the same … Continue reading

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And the tears just keep on coming

Written by: Hillary Grigonis June 27 2012 In the past month, I've cried in the middle of two card games. I thought that “emotional, hormonal mess” was one of those guaranteed items on the list of pregnancy symptoms, right along … Continue reading

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SugarJack The Isabelle Bag

I tend to think of myself as a simple kind of girl—a planner really. I like to budget, keep our lifestyle low-key, save for our children’s college education, our retirement, etc. But when I got pregnant, there was only one … Continue reading

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Tub time: Learn the tools of the trade

Some babies love their baths from day one—others, not so much. If you have a suds session screamer, you’ll want to make washing up a quick affair on an as-needed basis. If your tiny guy loves to linger in the … Continue reading

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Win It: Lansinoh New Mom Nursing Essentials Care Package

Written by: P&N June 26 2012 After carrying and delivering your cutie, it's time to nourish and nurse. It takes dedication and perseverance as you and baby learn the ropes together—from latching to burping. Breastfeeding is one of the best … Continue reading

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Daddy's boy

Written by: Christopher Spicer June 26 2012 A few months back, I wrote about how my son was showing signs that he preferred being with his parents over other people. I also admitted that even though I realize the importance … Continue reading

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And the hits keep on coming

Written by: Suzanna Palmer June 26 2012 You know the old saying, “when it rains, it pours?” Well, around our house for the past week it's been non-stop storms. One thing after another after another seemed to go wrong. Then, … Continue reading

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Between us

No one was around to see it, but that didn’t keep me from feeling a little self-conscious the first time my daughter and I curled up with a book together. She was just a newborn, far too young to understand … Continue reading

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Perfect … just not picture-perfect

After nine long months of waiting to meet your bundle of joy, your fantasy bubble might burst as you are handed a bowlegged, acne-faced, pointy-headed infant. In fact, Hollywood’s portrayal of the porcelain-skinned, cooing baby right after delivery is so … Continue reading

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Give me a boost

I know, I know, booster seats aren’t exactly age-appropriate for babies, but I have a feeling there are more than a few of you out there with tots who’ve outgrown their highchairs—or who’ve been kicked out, thanks to a new … Continue reading

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Safety Awareness Month: Home checklist

Our second installment for Safety Awareness Month is a yearly checklist for sprucing the safety of your home (for you and your baby). Think spring cleaning sans the dusting. 1. Change the batteries in your smoke detector. Also, check your … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Returning to work

To wrap-up our maternity leave week, we’ve asked Pat Katepoo to offer her expert advice on returning to work after maternity leave. Pat is the founder of WorkOptions and Maternity Leave Mentor, where new mothers and others learn to negotiate … Continue reading

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Tommee Tippee: Closer to Nature Manual Breast Pump

Written by: Tracy June 24 2012 My adorable little son was born six weeks ahead of schedule, so that meant the first introduction I had to breastfeeding relied solely on pumping. It’s pretty safe to say that I know pumps … Continue reading

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To fathers

Written by: Hillary Grigonis June 24 2012 Every year for Father's Day, my family packs up the camper and heads to the lake for a long weekend. It's been a tradition for as long as I can remember and this … Continue reading

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Boredom Blues

Written by: Suzanna Palmer June 24 2012 Twice each week for the past eight months, I have been sharing whatever silly or sweet thing has happened most recently happened in the life of my little guy. But, today, instead of … Continue reading

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Our little miracle: The birth of Zoe

Written by: Elizabeth June 24 2012 We found out we were pregnant on my mother's birthday, August 12th. After two years of going to an infertility doctor and trying to conceive on our own, we were finally pregnant for the … Continue reading

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Medela Pump In Style Double Electric Breast Pump

Written by: Rachel June 24 2012 I am not a first-time pumper, but with the arrival of my third baby this year, Ibegan my first stint as a full-time working, full-time breastfeeding mom. Iknew that this go-around, I would need … Continue reading

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Hot mama! Summer fashion for stylish moms

Summer is here, and it’s time for us mommies to kick up our heels, let down our hair, and wear our most comfy and stylish summer time looks! Don’t think you have the time? Well I’m here to help you … Continue reading

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Take me out to the ball game

Whether you have tickets to a ball game this weekend or simply have plans to watch the athletics from the air-conditioned comfort of your sofa, help baby sport his (or her!) support of the home team with baseball-inspired goods and … Continue reading

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Missing out on first times

Written by: Christopher Spicer June 21 2012 Being self-employed is awesome. I’m not just making that statement so that I can rub it in for all those who have bosses. I’m mentioning it because it relates to being a dad … Continue reading

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Serious support

While your healthcare provider can arm you with knowledge about your health and that of your burgeoning bump, there are plenty of other things that may require outside support. From hotlines to online communities to nationwide organizations, there is a … Continue reading

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Heads up: How to cure cradle cap

What it is Infantile seborrheic dermatitis, commonly known as cradle cap, is a harmless and temporary condition that causes dry, brown or yellow scaly patches to form on baby’s scalp. The condition isn’t contagious and it’s not caused by poor … Continue reading

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Getting through security

I’m a mom, not a terrorist! Airport security checkpoints are especially tricky when you’re traveling with a baby. Here are some points to consider: Passengers under 18 do not need photo ID. However, if you’re traveling internationally, your baby will … Continue reading

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Goodbye, little luxuries

Written by: Hillary Grigonis June 20 2012 I painted my toenails yesterday. And started to realize how quickly the little luxuries are going to be disappearing. Not because of avoiding anything chemically controversial—I already had a bottle of dibutyl-phthalate-free Red … Continue reading

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Rosebud London Family Tree Hobo

The sweet and whimsical Rosebud London Family Tree Hobo diaper bag comes to us from across the Atlantic, created by the same British designers behind the fabulous Pink Lining bags. What I love most about the RL Hobo is how … Continue reading

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Win It: Summer Infant Baby Gear Bundle

Written by: P&N June 19 2012 Babies don't come with instructions or equipment. You just have to figure it all out. Summer Infant can help—at least with the equipment. You're on your own for diaper changes! These three products are … Continue reading

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The real value in daddy and baby classes

Written by: Christopher Spicer June 19 2012 Everett and I have started to attend an “Infant Massage with Daddy Class.” I had three main reasons for signing up for the course. First, I thought it would be good to learn … Continue reading

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Finger foods

Written by: Suzanna Palmer June 19 2012 Until recently, Jacob has received nutrition in one of two ways: liquid (breast milk) and pretty-much-liquid (vegetable and fruit purees.) But, with four teeth proudly in place and his eight-month birthday a few … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: How to spend maternity leave

Maternity leave can be hard to navigate, especially if you’re a first time mom. Try out these sure-to-work tips to help you make the most of your maternity leave with three easy-to-follow steps. Step 1: Get organized BEFORE baby When … Continue reading

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Rocking profiles

A rocking chair is a nursery staple and, in fact, can even be the piEce de resistance of the room. Bid farewell to frumpy, overstuffed gliders and say hello to these leggy seats. (If posted to an online dating site, … Continue reading

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Pop & princess: Matching dad and daughter duds

There are few relationships as precious as a dad and his daughter. Celebrate your Daddy’s girl by matching her up with the apple of her eye. We think these fresh summer looks showcase what rock stars your guy and his … Continue reading

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Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 5/70 Convertible Car Seat

Convertible car seats … What an amazing concept! Two car seats for the price of one(ish). It makes me so happy I could kiss someone. Or maybe I should just kiss my Peg Perego Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible Car Seat. … Continue reading

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Expect the unexpected when you are expecting

Written by: Hillary Grigonis June 17 2012 I made it through an entire movie Saturday without crying or having to leave the theatre to find the nearest ladies’ room. I know, not something even remotely amazing for the average person, … Continue reading

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Worth it all: The birth of Beckett

Written by: Ashley June 17 2012 Last July, my husband Jake and I decided to start trying for another baby because our first son was going to be turning two and we knew we wanted our children to be close … Continue reading

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Toys vs. tidiness

Written by: Suzanna Palmer June 17 2012 Long before I was in a place to have kids, I decided I didn’t want to have a house that announced “I HAVE A BABY … WITH A LOT OF TOYS” to anyone … Continue reading

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Dashing dudes: Matching father and son outfits

Your family may joke that your newest addition looks like your guy’s “mini me.” Play to the cliche with this adorable father-son ensemble that shows off the best of the men in your life. Dad’s hat | Baby’s hat Dad’s … Continue reading

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For the man who has our hearts

Dads. They’re the steady hand for wobbly first bike rides, the year-round grill master and sometimes even Mr. Mom. This weekend is for giving the often under-appreciated guy a little recognition. We hope these gifts will inspire you to celebrate … Continue reading

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Primary concern

Some people may balk at the thought of using primary colors as the inspiration behind a nursery. (They can be a little elementary and even reminiscent of ugly plastic toys, after all!) But I’m here to argue that they can … Continue reading

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The first signs my son is a real mover

Written by: Christopher Spicer June 14 2012 The first few months of parenting are full of several challenges, but at least, it is incredibly easy to keep track of your baby. They will be in the last spot you put … Continue reading

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Registry bliss (and stress)

Written by: Hillary Grigonis June 13 2012 When we first walked into the store to start our baby registry, there was an infant sitting inside of one of those shopping cart covers designed to keep kids away from all the … Continue reading

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Mobi Pure Sounds Digital Audio Monitor

We recently moved to a new house, and with our transition to a new space, we made the decision for our little guy to move to his own big boy room. The change was terrifying for me. I very much … Continue reading

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Win It: Born Free Bottle Package

Written by: P&N June 12 2012 Proper nourishment is a top priority for new parents. Even ever-hungry newborns can be choosy when it's time for the bottle. All babies, however, have a nursing instinct and Born Free Classic Bottles are … Continue reading

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The greatest compliment

Written by: Christopher Spicer June 12 2012 I know I’m a good dad. I don’t need anyone to declare me “Dad of the Century” or reward me with a gold medal. Sure, I’ll take a medal if you’re handing one … Continue reading

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Trapped!

Written by: Suzanna Palmer June 12 2012 As a mom, there are all sorts of wonderful benefits to having your baby grow up. You spend less time feeding your little one and more time sleeping, for example. But, there are … Continue reading

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It’s all good

Don’t you love when the benefits of a shopping extend beyond your own (or your baby’s) wardrobe? Me too. Which is why I was particularly excited to hear about Ecomom.com‘s nationwide giving initiative called “It’s All Good.” Co-founders Jody Sherman … Continue reading

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June safety awareness: Food safety for moms and babes

In recognition of June Safety Awareness Month, we asked nutrition expert Dr. Kathleen Reidy, head of nutrition science, baby food at Nestle Nutrition for the best food safety information for mothers and their little ones. Food safety during pregnancy Since … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Legal rights

Today’s expert is Lauren Wallenstein, owner of Milk Your Benefits. She’s a Human Resources consultant and mother who does private consultations by phone with expectant parents in California and works with companies that need guidance in leave of absence administration. … Continue reading

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