Monthly Archives: July 2012

Capture the moment

With tips from Heather Hurt, Los Angeles-based pregnancy photographer and owner of the site alamodephoto.com, you too can take baby bump pictures like a pro. Pick a natural, tranquil scene as your background. Hurt’s favorite spot? The beach. Try to … Continue reading

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Oh, baby! It's National Orgasm Day

Written by: P&N July 30 2012 July 31st is National Orgasm Day! Don't be shy—you're already pregnant! If you feel like celebrating, you'll reap the rewards. Orgasms during a normal pregnancy are perfecly safe—even beneficial. They relieve stress, which we … Continue reading

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Phone a friend

Written by: Lauren July 30 2012 Phone protection is a must, especially if your kiddos are as interested in expensive electronics as every other child I've ever met is. (It's a crazy phenomenon, isn't it? At what point did the … Continue reading

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Crawl, baby, crawl

You’ve been as busy as a bee since your infant’s birth, and as soon as your little one learns to crawl, you’ll have to pick up the pace even more. Once your baby starts moving, she’ll have loads of fun … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding for rookies

After months of pregnancy and hours of labor, you finally did it. You gave birth to a baby—and a hungry one at that. Luckily, you’re equipped with everything you need to feed your new little bundle of joy, with the … Continue reading

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Record Keeper

Nine months can seem like an eternity when you have a bun in the oven. You might think you have plenty of time to record every one of baby’s tender moments in the womb but in actuality, the time will … Continue reading

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Joovy Zoom ATS

Written by: Morgan July 29 2012 I love to run. But I also have children—and while the two oldest are able to keep up with me or pass me on their bikes, my youngest needs a ride. I recently was … Continue reading

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If parenting came with a paycheck

Written by: P&N July 29 2012 Consider how you’d be compensated for your daily childrearing duties if each one were a salaried job. (Looks like a hefty raise and some heartfelt recognition are in order!) You make three square meals … Continue reading

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Salt and water

Written by: Hillary Grigonis July 29 2012 I didn't notice how much my feet had swollen until my tennis shoes were too tight (although my husband tried to point it out long before that). Or that my hands too were … Continue reading

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Continuing to beat the odds: The birth of Jacsen

Written by: Heather July 29 2012 I went into my scheduled doctor's appointment on 6/4 and had been having contractions since about 4 pm the night before. After fixing breakfast and getting my two older kids to their school, I … Continue reading

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Funny face

Written by: Suzanna Palmer July 29 2012 Anyone who has a kid knows that amassing ridiculous amounts of cloyingly cute photos comes with the mama and papa territory. But, after a while—in our case nine months—all of those adorable faces … Continue reading

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Name that baby

Written by: Josh Conley July 27 2012 My last name is Conley. My first great name for our child was Donley. Donley Conley. Unisex, rolls off the tongue, right? Wife said it was too “dog-like.” Fine. Actually, Donley was my … Continue reading

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Pregnancy & Newborn Fitness Squad!

Written by: P&N July 26 2012 Calling all mamas and moms-to-be! It’s hard to make fitness a priority when your spare moments are filled with details about your upcoming birth or your new baby’s tiny, little toes. But we’re pretty sure … Continue reading

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Go for the gold

Written by: Lauren July 26 2012 The Olympics are coming! The Olympics are coming! Are you guys as excited as I am? Who's planning to watch the opening ceremonies tonight? We already covered a few spirited finds to sport as … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Homemade baby food

Today’s expert is Christine Albury, creator of the popular site, homemade-baby-food-recipes.com. The site serves as a guide to solid feeding throughout baby’s first year and beyond. It includes hundreds of recipes calling for healthy ingredients and offers advice and tips … Continue reading

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One-stop shop: Sites for sore eyes

Written by: P&N July 25 2012 New mamas and moms-to-be, we know you're short on sleep so we'll be quick. We found a few sites that may make your days a little easier…because we can't really help you with your … Continue reading

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Nice to meet you!

Written by: Lesley Graham July 25 2012 Hi, I’m Lesley Graham. I’m really excited to be blogging for my friends over at Pregnancy & Newborn magazine. This is my second time working with these lovely people (I wrote a “Haute … Continue reading

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One Step Ahead Child’s Reclining Bike Seat

Written by: Ashley July 24 2012 When I was a child, my parents used to take my brother and me on bike rides in our neighborhood. It was an experience I wanted to have with my own daughter once she … Continue reading

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Win it! Prelegant Gift Certificate

Written by: P&N July 24 2012 You've given up on wearing a belt and now you refuse to tuck in your shirts (mainly because your pants are unbuttoned). Give it up, mama. You're starting to show. Maternity wear is nothing … Continue reading

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When baby helps make daddy look good

Written by: Christopher Spicer July 24 2012 This is one you file under the “things I’d never thought I’d celebrate before I became a dad” category: I bathed Everett all by myself. Now, I’m sure this sort of sounds like … Continue reading

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Separation anxiety

Written by: Suzanna Palmer July 24 2012 It’s hard to believe, but as of today, our little boy is nine months, two weeks, and two days old. While most of me thinks this is great—it means that Tom and I … Continue reading

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Quick getaway: Summer family travel tips

Written by: P&N July 23 2012 Summertime is in full swing! No doubt you’ve cooled off with an ice cream cone or a dip in the pool, but have you and the family hit the road yet? If travel plans … Continue reading

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Affordable art

Written by: Lauren July 23 2012 Have you guys heard of 20×200? If not, please allow me the pleasure of introducing you. The brilliant, inspiring company was founded on the following notion: “We want everyone to collect art, and we … Continue reading

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Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro

It’s fair to say that with two children, two cars and an unhealthy obsession with being safe, car seats have become one of my most obsessed about items on the journey through parenthood. I’ve lifted them, kicked them, and, yes, … Continue reading

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Perfect timing: Bonding with your baby in the first year

Written by: P&N July 22 2012 Interacting with your baby is essential for supporting her emotional—and even physical—health. But that doesn’t mean you need to keep her constantly engaged and entertained. Both of you need a break occasionally. And for … Continue reading

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Itty, bitty living space

Written by: Hillary Grigonis July 22 2012 Yesterday, I was reminded of a scene in Disney's Aladdin, the one where the big blue Genie exclaims retreating to his lamp, “Phenomenal cosmic powers—Itty bitty living space!” Okay, so Trouble's powers may … Continue reading

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In a hurry and with gusto: The birth of Ella Joy

Written by: Angie July 22 2012 When my little addition, Ella Joy, joined the world, she did so in a hurry and with gusto. The morning of June 7th started early. My 3-year old woke up at 5:40 a.m. and … Continue reading

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Baby book battle

Written by: Suzanna Palmer July 22 2012 As a mom, there are plenty of things to feel guilty about–letting your baby wear a wet diaper for a smiiidge too long, taking him outside without umpteen layers of sun protection (the … Continue reading

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Black + pink = love

Written by: Lauren July 19 2012 I'm posting early next week about affordable art. The inspiration for today's nursery is part of that wallet-friendly collection! The pretty palette was too good to pass up, so I pulled together a bit … Continue reading

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This boy is made for walking

Written by: Christopher Spicer July 19 2012 Sometimes I wonder if Everett will ever crawl. This isn’t me being an overly worried parent or someone who is afraid I’ll be holding my 19-year-old son. I know Everett will end up … Continue reading

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Lamaze International: Push for your baby

Written by: Tracy Brown July 18 2012 Pregnancy comes with a vast array of questions about everything from what color to paint the nursery to the really important stuff like where and how to deliver. As a first time mom … Continue reading

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A gentle cycle

Written by: P&N July 18 2012 Babies create an impressive amount of dirty laundry. Manage the load(s) with extra attention to baby’s delicate requirements. Choose carefully Detergents laden with harsh chemicals or bleach can easily irritate sensitive skin. Opt for … Continue reading

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Waiting games

Written by: Hillary Grigonis July 18 2012 There's just something about the people in the waiting room at an obstetrician’s office—there's not really another place where you can find the same unusual mix of people. There are the menopausal women, … Continue reading

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Apple & Bee Baby Daily Bag

Written by: Steph July 17 2012 I’m really excited about my first organic diaper bag courtesy of Apple & Bee, a carbon neutral, climate-friendly design company from down under. These creative Aussies are committed to producing high-quality, durable and sustainable … Continue reading

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Win it! Disney Baby Splish Splash Bath Bundle

Written by: P&N July 17 2012 After a long, hard day of being cute, the sticky hands, drooly face and sock-fuzzy feet of your little one need to be cleaned. Enter bathtime. You know, the part of your day that … Continue reading

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My son is such a roll over

Written by: Christopher Spicer July 17 2012 We’ve hit our latest baby landmark moment in the life of Everett. For weeks and weeks, my parents have been asking me if Everett had rolled over yet. They’ve been expecting it ever … Continue reading

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Putting things in perspective

Written by: Suzanna Palmer July 17 2012 Babies are good for all sorts of things. But, after this week, I have decided that the thing they do very best is to put life into perspective for the rest of us. … Continue reading

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Team USA

Written by: Lauren July 16 2012 Is anyone else counting down to the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics? I can hardly wait. What sport are you most looking forward to watching? Gymnastics? Soccer? Water polo? I want to see … Continue reading

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Think outside the bank: Cord blood awareness month

If you’re expecting, then you’ve probably seen cord blood banking information during prenatal care visits or even in your mailbox. The emphasis is on enlisting their services to store cord blood from your soon-to-arrive newborn. However, some moms-to-be might feel … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Eating disorders

Today, we have Edward Szmuc, MD, OB/GYN and president of the Medical Staff at Banner Desert Medical Center with us to discuss eating disorders during pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, approximately seven million women in America suffer from … Continue reading

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Britax B-Agile Double Stroller

Written by: Amy July 15 2012 In the sometimes overwhelming world of baby gear options, the Britax name has, for me, often represented high quality products that emphasize safety as well as practicality. The new B-Agile Double stroller meets the … Continue reading

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Come Together: Making music with your baby

Written by: Tracy Brown July 15 2012 Come Together: Making music with your baby can instill a lifelong love of learning “Good morning, you look lovely today,” says Ms. Jennifer, as the children trickle in. There are smiles, there are … Continue reading

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Pregnancy, paint and power outages

Written by: Hillary Grigonis July 15 2012 Me: We just bought a new house. Is it safe for me to paint? Doctor: Well, do you like to paint? Because I could say that it's not okay if you don't like … Continue reading

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Not the usual: The birth of Amelia Grace

Written by: Alison July 15 2012 I am a labor and delivery nurse but I did not deliver at the hospital where I worked. I woke up on my due date with contractions every 15 minutes or so; nothing too … Continue reading

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Game time

Written by: Suzanna Palmer July 15 2012 Last week, Jacob and I spent some time in California at the home of my parents, his Grammie and Pops. (Or Gramsie and Popsie. Or Gram and Pop. Jacob hasn’t let us know … Continue reading

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Wonderful world of toys

Written by: Christopher Spicer July 13 2012 We’ve bought Everett a fair bit of toys. Many of these toys he has had for several months. I need to admit that for the first few months, it doesn’t seem like toys … Continue reading

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Get graphic

Written by: P&N July 12 2012 Here's the formula: animals + t-shirt= happy kid For parents who love comfy fashion and know their kid will too, these baby tees are fun without being over-the-top-cutesy (gag). Get graphic by pnmag cows/shark/dog/frog/dino/owl

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Set sail

Written by: Lacey July 12 2012 A fresh take on the nautical-inspired nursery, as featured in our July issue. Set sail by pnmag on polyvore.com clock / dresser / lighting / window panel / crib / art / treasure box … Continue reading

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Bladder matters

Written by: P&N July 11 2012 Since pregnant women are more at risk for developing urinary tract infections (UTI) than their nonpregnant peers, you’ll want to take care to keep your excretory system in tip-top shape. Healthy habits Go when … Continue reading

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Belly dancing

Written by: Hillary Grigonis July 11 2012 There is something rather strange about catching a glimpse of your belly moving up and down out of the corner or your eye. The first time I watched my belly move with the … Continue reading

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