Monthly Archives: November 2012

Not too matchy-matchy: Mommy and me

Written by: Lauren November 29 2012 As one of six children, I can safely say I endured my share of matching sibling outfitsgrowing up. (We were adorable, I assure you, in our stripes … and argyles … and florals.) But … Continue reading

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Fluff 'n' stuff: Our cloth diaper picks

Written by: P&N November 29 2012 If you're curious about cloth diapering, give it a try—it's an easy, eco-friendly option.A few moms at P&N are cloth diaperers and we love the variety of choices we have for outfitting little tushies. … Continue reading

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Gender rolled

Written by: Josh Conley November 29 2012 I’m not a pink and blue kind of guy. At least I didn’t think I was. Bub’s first fikey happened to be pink, with whales on it and stuff. Never gave it a … Continue reading

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Mamaste

Most moms-to-be are aware that continuing a moderate exercise routine during pregnancy can be beneficial to both mom and baby, so it should be no surprise that prenatal yoga in particular is steadily increasing in popularity among the baby bump … Continue reading

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In your dreams

Before I even knew I was pregnant, I began having vivid, full color dreams. When my pregnancy was confirmed, I realized that intense dreams were one of my very first symptoms. I immediately became interested in finding out why our … Continue reading

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Fighting the formula-feeding stigma

Written by: P&N November 28 2012 Though the mantra is “breast is best” there are a myriad of reasons a mom might choose not breastfeed. In this compelling and frank Q&A, Suzanne Barston, author ofBOTTLED UP: How The Way We … Continue reading

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Giving thanks

Written by: Z. Briggs November 28 2012 I mentioned in my last post that I am definitely getting bigger. Earlier this week I was going through my closet trying to find shirts that are long enough that I might still … Continue reading

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Mommy mojo

When couples decide they want to have a baby, the months of “trying” can result in a record number of hours logged between the sheets. But when the high of learning you’re pregnant transitions into physical symptoms (like bloating, nausea … Continue reading

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Snuza Trio Mobile Baby Monitor

Written by: Julie November 27 2012 What scares me most of all as a new mother is whether or not my son will continue breathing when I close my eyes at night. That first night with him at home was … Continue reading

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Daddy: The tough rules enforcer

Written by: Christopher Spicer November 27 2012 Emily claims that I am a “push over” as a dad. She has predicted that not only will I spoil Everett as he gets older, but I’ll allow him to get away with … Continue reading

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Adam Rust

Adam Rust loves being a dad to his 5 young children (7yr, 5yr, 2yr twins, and 1 bun in the oven) and husband to his wife, Jodie. Born in the Northwest, he now lives in the Midwest, where he works … Continue reading

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A long-distance affair

When my husband and I were a young couple striking out on our own, the distance from our hometowns seemed temporary—an adventure, an experiment, a story about our wayfaring youth we would tell someday when we had made it back … Continue reading

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The top products of 2012

Written by: P&N November 26 2012 The top products of 2012, Part 1 by pnmag on Polyvore 1. Angelcare Bath Support, $35 A slip-proof addition to tub time, this ergonomic, soft touch bath support provides a carefree means to clean. … Continue reading

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The chosen ones: National Adoption Month

Tons of starfish were dying on a beach and a boy was picking up one at a time and throwing it back into the ocean. A man came up to the boy and told the boy that what he was doing … Continue reading

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Tree hugger

Written by: Lacey November 26 2012 A cozy forest-inspired roost for your little seedling, as seen in our November issue. Tree hugger by pnmag on Polyvore wood panel / crib / light / rocker / clock / pillow / changer … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Motor skills

Is something wrong if my infant doesn’t develop motor skills at the same pace as other children? Motor development delay is a common concern for both parents and pediatricians. Naturally, parents tend to compare their child to their other children … Continue reading

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Fed up: The bonuses of bottle feeding

Written by: P&N November 25 2012 Breast may be best, but bottle-feeding is a closer second than you may think. Esther Krych, MD, pediatrician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and mom of three, assures formula-using moms they can feel … Continue reading

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Birthing boot camp

Written by: Lane Cotton Winn November 25 2012 Dr. Robert Bradley, creator of the Bradley Method of natural childbirth teaches that, “A trained husband can do more for comfort and relaxation for his wife, than any amount of medication,” and … Continue reading

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Beautiful, magical, surreal: The birth of Wyatt

Written by: Tracee November 25 2012 I have to take some time to write out exactly what went down during the labor and birth of Wyatt so that I will never forget a single detail, even though it seems like … Continue reading

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Time out

Written by: Suzanna Palmer November 25 2012 As mom, we all know that it’s important to take time away from our kids (and our husbands!) and do something for ourselves every now and again. But, we also know that is … Continue reading

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Buttoned up

Written by: Lauren November 23 2012 After months in maternity clothes, you're ready to return to your regular wardrobe. But in addition to a few lingering pregnancy pounds, you may also be contending with the need for easy nursing access. … Continue reading

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Fit Squad: Empower Boxing Boot Camp

Written by: P&N November 22 2012 Break a sweat with P&N! New mamas and moms-to-be review the latest fitness gear and programs. Program: Empower Boxing Boot Camp Cost:$39.99 Fitness level: All levels Reviewed by: New mom and P&N reader, Andrea … Continue reading

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Dear food diary

Written by: Josh Conley November 22 2012 “What are you doing?” my wife said, me hastily wiping bread crumbs off my lips. “Nothing,” I lied. “You know he spit that out, right?” Hmm, that would explain the texture discrepancy. I … Continue reading

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Maximize your maternity leave

If you’re a working mama-to-be, you’re probably used to multi-tasking. But throw a new baby into the mix and you’re suddenly faced with a whole new type of balancing act. With a few strategic preparations before you leave the office … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! May it be filled with good food, good friends and family, and maternity pants with extra give in the waist. Have a terrific Turkey Day!

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Me and my belly

Written by: Z. Briggs November 21 2012 My belly keeps getting bigger. I know, this sounds so silly from someone who is 24 weeks pregnant. I get it—I don’t even know what big is—wait till I’m 30 weeks or 40! … Continue reading

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Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Safety Duck Tub

Written by: Tracy November 20 2012 It’s hard to believe that I’m almost a mom to a one-year-old. It feels like just yesterday (Really, yesterday!) that I was giving my little dude his very first bath—and now, I’ve given him … Continue reading

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Win it: Warmze starter kit

Written by: P&N November 20 2012 'Tis the season to be out and about and on the road to visit family for the holidays, and if you've got a baby on board, you're likely toting around all the paraphernalia associated … Continue reading

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Going past your due date

Written by: Lesley Graham November 20 2012 Ok, so I do think there is some psychological warfare that goes into play when you go past your due date. Even if it’s called your “due month,” that date tends to reign … Continue reading

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Things I'm thankful for as a dad

Written by: Christopher Spicer November 20 2012 I try hard to be a very thankful person. I realize there are many wonderful things in my life. Now that I’m a dad, I suddenly discovered a whole new batch of reasons … Continue reading

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Fever 411

Written by: P&N November 19 2012 A fever is a common indication of an infection. If your baby’s temperature hits one of the numbers below, it’s time to call a doctor. • Your child is younger than 3 months and … Continue reading

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First Thanksgiving

Your little turkey may be too young for the adult table, but that doesn’t mean he can’t join in on the feast. Treat your tot to a meal he’ll be thankful for. For younger babies still eating purees: Sweet potatoes … Continue reading

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At the table

Written by: Lacey November 19 2012 Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, but I'm admittedly not the best cook in the world. While I usually manage to toss together a couple of decent dishes, it's safe to say that … Continue reading

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Put a fork in it

As soon as baby tastes that first scrumptious bite of solids, he’ll begin building a palate that will form the stepping stones to healthy eating habits later in life. If you want to give your baby the best start possible … Continue reading

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QuickSmart 3in1 Play Yard

Written by: Sarah November 18 2012 As a two-time mom, four-time aunt, frequent keeper of friends’ kids, and long-time product reviewer, I know my way around a play yard. The past few years I’ve been devoted to my Baby Bjorn … Continue reading

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Designation deliberation: Advice from the pros

Whether you’re just starting down the list of names choices for your babe-to-be or days away from D-day with no clear choice in sight (or even if you just love dreaming up possible names for might-be-born-someday babies), it’s always good … Continue reading

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Getting to know you

Written by: Lane Cotton Winn November 18 2012 There’s nothing like hearing our baby’s heartbeat when we’re at the midwives’ office. I long for them to keep the Doppler be-bopping just a little longer at our visits. But there’s been … Continue reading

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My heart grew bigger: The birth of Micah

Written by: Allison November 18 2012 Around 3 a.m. on Saturday, August 18th (11 days before my due date) I woke up suddenly to wet pants. I was pretty sure my water had broken, having had a similar experience with … Continue reading

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Praying for patience

Written by: Suzanna Palmer November 18 2012 “No, mama! I can do it mysewf!” Jacob isn’t talking yet—at least not in a language intelligible toanyone over the age of 2—but I am convinced that if he were, that iswhat would … Continue reading

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Goods we're grateful for

Written by: Lauren November 15 2012 In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we P&N editors offered an appreciative shout-out to some of the key players in our daily lives in our November issue. Goods we're grateful for by pnmag planner / … Continue reading

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Project Nest! Party Time

Written by: Lacey November 15 2012 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! Celebrate and decorate any time … Continue reading

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The casualties of four

Written by: Josh Conley November 15 2012 When I told a neighbor of ours (with two kids) we were about to have our second, instead of the perfunctory ‘Congrats!’ his response instead was, “Well, take it from me, life is … Continue reading

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Win it: Diapers and new mom goodies from Huggies

Written by: P&N November 15 2012 Got diapers? If so, you've probably also got a baby on board. There are a lot of ups and downs associated with new motherhood, and a whole lot of questions to go along with … Continue reading

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InGenuity Cozy Coo Sway Seat

Written by: Beth November 15 2012 Having successfully managed to raise one child to the ripe old age of 2, I had a fair understanding of how integral a swing is to newborn-new mom happiness. When we relocated to a … Continue reading

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Rule breaker

Babies bring a great deal of joy to your life, but also a great deal of unsolicited advice. Well-meaning friends and family members will no doubt make gentle (and not-so-gentle) suggestions as to how you should do things—and a great … Continue reading

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Tummy troubles

As a first-time mom, I find myself utterly perplexed by the happenings in my little one’s stomach. At our hospital discharge meeting, I clearly remember the nurse instructing us that when it was vomit, we would know. And sure enough, … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Pumping for work

When should I begin pumping if I’m heading back to work? If you plan to return to work, begin pumping once a day or every other day when your baby is 3 to 4 weeks old. This way, you can … Continue reading

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Heads up

The ups and downs of pregnancy can at times correspond quite literally to the position of your baby. During development, a fetus will naturally rotate multiple times while there is an abundance of room in the uterus. As the baby … Continue reading

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Ew, gross

To put it simply, pregnancy is packed with opportunities for embarrassment. Here’s how to deal when the blush-inducing moments strike. Scenario 1—You’re in a staff meeting when the urge to purge strikes … and you only make it as far … Continue reading

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Bonding with baby in utero

Did you know you can begin the bonding process with your little bundle of joy as early as the second trimester? Here are a few ways to kick-start your connection with the baby in your belly. While you’re decorating the … Continue reading

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