Monthly Archives: September 2012

Don’t sweat it

Fall is here at last, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Cool temperatures and crisp air are much more my speed than heat and humidity. You too? If you have a baby on board, you’re probably particularly glad to … Continue reading

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Motor mouth

Written by: Josh Conley September 27 2012 I told my wife when we started this whole babymaking thing that I probably wouldn’t be too interested in any child of ours until he/she started talking. I mean, what do babies do, … Continue reading

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Play it safe

Let’s be honest: Parenthood is terrifying. Being responsible for another human being’s safety and well-being is a big job, and it scares the heck out of all new parents at one time or another. Luckily, the statistics are on our … Continue reading

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Methods of movement

Not every baby crawls in the traditional manner. Classic hands-and-knees crawl or cross-crawl. Baby bears weight on her hands and knees and moves one arm and the opposite knee forward at the same time. Bear crawl. This is similar to … Continue reading

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To the limit

Written by: Lesley Graham September 26 2012 Well here we are at 33 weeks. I’ve hit almost all of my pregnancy milestone markers: family beach trip and Matilda’s 4th birthday were two big ones. The only one waiting in the … Continue reading

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Win It: PoshTots' exclusive Mosaic Roll Boxy Backpack by Petunia Pickle Bottom

Written by: P&N September 25 2012 Not all baby gear is created equal, and the folks with an eye for fancy over at Posh Tots have a keen sense for the gear, furniture and goods that stand out from the … Continue reading

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Fear the diaper

Written by: Christopher Spicer September 25 2012 If there was any part of parenting before Everett was born that caused me to wake up in a cold sweat at night, it was the idea of changing diapers. I’d heard stories … Continue reading

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Share and share alike

Written by: Suzanna Palmer September 25 2012 Around the Palmer house lately, we have started learning some good old-fashioned life lessons. You know–the ones that aren’t so much fun to learn but are necessary for living a normal, well-adjusted life. … Continue reading

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Evenflo Modern 200

Call me crazy, but I decided to attempt the assembly of the Evenflo Modern 200 while my husband was out of town for the week and my four-month old daughter was napping. I figured that would be the true test … Continue reading

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Sleep training basics

During pregnancy, you might have fantasized about cozy nighttime feedings and quiet snuggle sessions. But a few weeks postpartum, you likely confronted a difficult truth: Waking up every two hours all night long is exhausting. Moms agree that uninterrupted sleep … Continue reading

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Monstrous goods for wee ones

Worried about monsters under the bed? Not with these guys! Check out these not-quite-scary finds from our September issue (plus a few bonus picks for good measure) that are way too cute to be hidden beneath the mattress! Monstrous goods … Continue reading

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Understanding the acronym: PCOS Awareness Month

In today’s world, women of all ages are bombarded with abbreviations from every angle that seem to take over our lives—FB, JK, GPA. But your doctor may throw one at you that is nothing to LOL about. If you visit … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Bonding with baby in utero

Dr. Scott Saunders is the Health and Nutrition Advisor of Barton Publishing, a company that promotes natural health through teaching people how to cure themselves using alternative home remedies instead of expensive and harmful prescription drugs. Saunders is the director … Continue reading

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Bye-bye, baby weight

You did it! You brought a beautiful soul into this world and that is a feat to be commended. But after the celebration winds down and you start to settle into a routine with baby, it’s only natural that you’ll … Continue reading

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Babymel Ruby Rucksack

Dear Ruby, I’m not quite sure how to say this, but I think I’ve fallen for you. Shhh, it’s okay. I know you can’t love me back, but I’ll settle for your simple charm and functionality. It all started innocently … Continue reading

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Diaper creams for problem bottoms

Diaper rash got you down? These ointments will help clear things right up. 1. Vitamins B and E hydrate. Noodle & Boo $15 2. Plant-based ingredients perform gently.BabyGanics $8 3. White petrolatum protects. Flanders $9 4. Medicated formula treats.Triple Paste … Continue reading

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A little bit duckie

Written by: Hillary Grigonis September 23 2012 My husband has started calling me Duckie. No, it's not because of the stuffed duck he bought me for Easter one year when we were dating. It's not because I have a newfound … Continue reading

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Beautiful home delivery: The birth of Caleb

Written by: Lindsay September 23 2012 I thought about having a home birth when I was pregnant with my first son Noah, but ended up choosing a hospital birth. Mostly because I was new to this whole birth thing and … Continue reading

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A brother (or sister) for baby?

Written by: Suzanna Palmer September 23 2012 Whoa, whoa. Before you jump to any conclusions, I’m not—for good measure, let me reiterate that—I’m N-O-T expecting another baby. But, as of late, the topic has crossed my mind more than once. … Continue reading

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Cover look

Love the nursery featured on the cover of our 2012 Buyer’s Guide? Me too! I’m a bit biased though, you see, because I’m the lucky one who got to pick out the furniture and decor. (My job is pretty great, … Continue reading

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Fit Squad: Expecting More-Sara Haley’s Daily Sweat Pregnancy Program

Break a sweat with P&N! New mamas and moms-to-be review the latest fitness gear and programs. Program:Expecting More-Sara Haley’s Daily Sweat Pregnancy Program Cost:$39.95 Fitness level:Intermediate to advanced Reviewed by:Soon-to-be mom of two, marathon runner and P&N reader, Margot Keany. … Continue reading

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What's the plan?

Written by: Josh Conley September 20 2012 Nobody in this household works right now. I mean, not really. My wife’s on maternity leave and you would think that would make things easier around here. But it’s been kind of a … Continue reading

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Fish food

While some types of seafood provide wonderful nutrients for expectant moms and their tiny tadpoles, others range from slightly harmful to downright dangerous. It’s vital to know the difference, so take some notes and keep your little guppy healthy before … Continue reading

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Au naturel

When I was 4 years old, I distinctly remember my great granny whipping up a black concoction that was thick like maple syrup with a taste that resembled a rubber tire. “You’ll be better in no time,” she assured. And … Continue reading

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Baby bathing tips and tricks

Sometimes baby baths can be awkward, challenging, or flat-out intimidating. But every Mom has been there! Sarah Granger shares some easy tips and tricks of the baby bathing trade that will add confidence to any new parent. Mr. Squirts-a-lot If … Continue reading

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Bake time!

Written by: Lesley Graham September 19 2012 Lately I’ve been acutely aware that our family dynamics are fixing to change. As excited as we all are for these changes and welcoming in a sweet, little life, we are also prioritizing … Continue reading

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Ness Mamie

I would not by any means call myself a fancy girl. But when it comes to the bags I carry, I like to have a little oomph to help out my unfanciness, if you know what I mean. So as … Continue reading

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Win It: Breastfeeding and toddler feeding essentials from mOmma and Lansinoh

Written by: P&N September 18 2012 Whether you've got a babe on the way, an infant in arms or a toddling tot—this week's Win It prize is for you! Lansinoh's line of breastfeeding and toddler feeding products cover all the … Continue reading

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Splash! Everett's adventures at the lake

Written by: Christopher Spicer September 18 2012 For the long weekend, we escaped up to cottage country. I was ordered by Emily to stay away from the computer, and actually spend several days relaxing. For the guy who once had … Continue reading

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More than a mother

Written by: Suzanna Palmer September 18 2012 This isn’t something that I mention often, but today I would feelremiss not to share. For the past six years, my mom has been battlingcancer. Her condition recently worsened, and she was hospitalized … Continue reading

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It’s a polka party!

Everyone seems to be going dotty for polka dots these days, and I’ve eagerly boarded the circle-covered bandwagon. From shoes and sunglasses to bags and even baby carriers, polka dots never fail to be spot on (ha!) when it comes … Continue reading

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Expect the Unexpected: National Emergency Preparedness Month

You thought you accounted for everything in your birth plan. But when Mother Nature decides it’s time for her delivery, you need to make sure you’re prepared. You can’t control the weather, but you can control your stress—and the March … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Baby leaps

Today, we have with us the experts from The Wonder Weeks, the best-selling book that helps parents decode the important facts you need to know about interacting with baby during crucial phases of development, based on the scientific work of … Continue reading

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Deconstructing the labor bag

Imagine for a moment that one twitch of your nose is all it would take to land you with a gentle thud on the other side of baby’s delivery so you could do a little information gathering—you know, see exactly … Continue reading

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Britax Parkway SG

I give the Britax Parkway SG booster seat a rave review for style, comfort, versatility and price. This booster has several well-thought-out perks that make it special. For starters, the manual stores nicely under the seat for easy reference and … Continue reading

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Home spa for the busy mom: DIY beauty products

Beauty blogger and esthetician Erika Katz shares a few of her DIY beauty recipes. Green Tea Grapefruit Toner 1/4 cup green tea at room temperature 1/4 cup witch hazel 1/4 cup grapefruit juice To make: Combine all ingredients and pour into … Continue reading

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A shower of advice

Written by: Hillary Grigonis September 16 2012 Well, it wasn't raining cats and dogs at my baby shower, but it was definitely raining baby gear and advice (actually, it was nice and sunny outside, but that is why they call … Continue reading

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Born in the bathroom: The birth of Ella

Written by: Lisa September 16 2012 My oldest son (Little Man) told me I was pregnant even before the stick turned pink, said the baby was a girl, and picked Sunday for the birth of “his baby.” He was right … Continue reading

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Mama swag

Written by: Suzanna Palmer September 16 2012 It’s eleven months into your new life as a mama, and things are going well. You’re past the point of just surviving and now have a little swag to your mama step. “I’ve … Continue reading

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Project Nest! Nursing necklace

Project Nest is P&N’s sweet, little handmade haven. So lock and load those glue guns and pull out your popsicle sticks, mamas, it’s about to get crafty in here! Fidgety babies everywhere agree: nursing necklaces keep those wandering hands occupied … Continue reading

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Hitting the lottery

Written by: Josh Conley September 13 2012 So we’re out with our shiny new baby the other day, and a new grandmother behind me struck up a conversation. Oh, she’s cute, I love the name, is she your first? Pretty … Continue reading

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The empty crib

Written by: Lesley Graham September 12 2012 I can’t believe that I’ve finally crossed out of the 20’s and into the 30’s. I am officially 30 weeks and it is an amazing feeling! It seems like we just might get … Continue reading

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Win it: Britax Advocate 70 G3

Written by: P&N September 11 2012 Next week (September 16-22) is Child Passenger Safety Week, and Britax wants to get the word out about careful cruising in the car with your children by sharing a recipe for safe, fun and … Continue reading

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I can't stop doing something I'll eventually regret

Written by: Christopher Spicer September 11 2012 “You want it to take as long as possible before Everett starts crawling.” I hear a version of this statement about every other day. It usually comes after I answer “no” to a … Continue reading

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Blonde ambition

Written by: Suzanna Palmer September 11 2012 It seems that with every week that passes there is a new skill that Jacob has mastered. A few weeks ago, it was sliding down the stairs (under a watchful eye, of course). … Continue reading

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Baby Trend Deluxe Feeding Center

When I started looking for highchairs for my son, I had three things in mind: I wanted a highchair that was easy to clean, easy to store without taking up much space, and one in which I could adjust the … Continue reading

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Craving conspiracy

When it comes to eating healthily during pregnancy, a woman’s cravings can sometimes get the best of her. Even the most disciplined moms-to-be find themselves struggling to eat enough folic acid-rich foods, among other prenatal diet recommendations, when all they … Continue reading

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Whale of a time

Whales in real life: not so cute. Amazing, absolutely, but cute—not so much. Whales in the decor world, though: downright adorable. These under-the-sea friends bring a touch of fun to baby’s every day,whether it’s through nursery design, spiffy duds (that … Continue reading

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National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

We’re confident that all of you mamas and moms-to-be already understand the importance of reproductive health, but since September is National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, there’s no better time to remind everyone (including ourselves!) how important it is to be … Continue reading

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Liquid assets

We all know that drinking water is a good idea, but most of us don’t follow the “8×8 rule” religiously. When you find yourself expecting though, it’s time to start slurping —staying hydrated is a matter of utmost importance. Invest … Continue reading

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