Monthly Archives: December 2012

Infantino Pop & Swap Gym

Written by: Lily December 31 2012 I am not even kidding when I say that the moment I opened the Infantino Pop & Swap Gym, I was instantly transported back to my own childhood. It’s really every toy a baby … Continue reading

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Get it right

Every expectant mom tries to do what’s best for the growing baby inside her, but with all the different guidelines and opinions floating around the webosphere, knowing what’s right can be confusing. The best rule of thumb: Talk to your … Continue reading

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Year in review: Lessons from 2012

We’ve rounded up some of the most salient lessons worth remembering from the past 12 issues of P&N. Heed the knead For the do-it-yourselfers out there, infant massage is worth a go. In addition to nurturing the parent-child bond, it … Continue reading

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New Year's Eve countdown

Written by: Lane Cotton Winn December 30 2012 Looking back on 2012, I’ve done a lot of growing—and I’m not just talking about in my midsection. This time last year, husBen and I were taking the scenic route down a … Continue reading

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Beauty and bliss: The birth of Lorelei

Written by: Meesha December 30 2012 As a seasoned parent, motherhood was familiar territory and my husband and I were ecstatic to find out we were having a baby girl. I already had a four year old son and felt … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding is hard, Part 2

Written by: Jennifer Davis December 30 2012 A couple weeks ago, I shared my struggles with breastfeeding. I want to start off by saying thanks to all the readers, friends, and family who reached out with supportive words, and ideas … Continue reading

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Ergobaby Stowaway

I have been using the Ergobaby Stowaway carrier for over a month and really enjoy carrying my four-month-old around in it. It is very easy to use. The manual has concise directions along with clear illustrations to get the user started. … Continue reading

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Heir to the throne

Written by: Lauren December 27 2012 Bestow the newest member of your family with a regal nursery, as featured in our December issue. Heir to the throne by pnmag 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 … Continue reading

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A teething solution

Written by: Tracy Brown December 27 2012 As one of the youngest members in my family, I didn’t grow up with a lot of little babes around. So I never really paid too much attention to the issue of teething. … Continue reading

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Get schooled

Whether you’re a novice mom or seasoned pro, there’s a good chance you’ll be scared out of your wits at some point during pregnancy. What has to come out of where? Luckily, women have been birthing babes since the beginning … Continue reading

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Full disclosure

A lot of unpleasant things can happen on the day baby decides to make her entrance, and many of them are events people don’t discuss in civilized conversation. But in an effort to give you the full uncensored scoop, we’re … Continue reading

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Our sneak peek from the 2012 ABC show

Written by: P&N December 26 2012 This past October, P&N traveled to Louisville, KYto attend the 2012 ABCKids Expo—a trade show where all the latest and greatest in baby and kid gear is showcased. We got an eye (and ear!) … Continue reading

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Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40

As first-time parents, we were overwhelmed by the number of options there are for various baby gear items. We were more than excited when given the opportunity to review one of the latest infant car seats on the market: the … Continue reading

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P&N's Top Products of 2012 Giveaway Extravaganza, Part 4

Written by: P&N December 25 2012 It's time for the final round of our Top Products Giveaway Extravaganza! This week we have a grand package including over $1,500 worth of fabulous gear for one lucky winner. This week's giveaway includes: … Continue reading

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Choosing your baby’s sex

When my husband and I were trying to get pregnant, he really wanted a boy. Girls frightened him. A girl meant short skirts and makeup and eager teenage boys picking her up for dates while he looked on in horror. … Continue reading

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Mother lover

Transitioning from eager couple to tired parents can be tough on even the strongest partnerships, so don’t be surprised if your relationship takes a turn for the tumultuous when baby makes three. Not only are you trying to figure out … Continue reading

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Karibu Folding Bath

Written by: Alyson December 23 2012 Our little one was quickly outgrowing her newborn tub and we were looking for a larger option. The Karibu Folding Bath arrived right on time. First impression: loved the color (we have orange), ease … Continue reading

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You are genuine love: The birth of Adele

Written by: Anita December 23 2012 Warning. This post is FILLED with curse words and graphic detail of my birth. If you want to remember me as a sweet girl with pig tails (Daddy), I suggest you don't read this. … Continue reading

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Project Nest! Holiday happiness

Written by: Lacey December 20 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! Happy handmade holidays! Here are … Continue reading

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The final frontier

Written by: Josh Conley December 20 2012 “Can you please put this in HP’s room?” my wife said. “Excuse me? Did you add on a wing while I was sleeping?” “Whatever. You know what I mean. The front room.” Oh, … Continue reading

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Babyproof your holiday

The holidays are here! It’s finally time for some much-needed (and well-deserved) relaxation and quality time spent with friends and family. At last you can feel at ease and enjoy stress-free fun during this special time, right? Well, not so … Continue reading

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Mom-to-be inquiries

Dialogue with your healthcare provider forges a valuable relationship. But after vital signs and basic measurements, you may have little time to talk. Under pressure, you’re likely to freeze and forget about many of the things you’ve been meaning to … Continue reading

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The face of family

Gone are the days that limit the typical image of family to a husband, wife, two kids and a dog. These days, American families reflect the diversity that makes this country such a great place to raise our children. And … Continue reading

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Nothing to sneeze at: The importance of a flu shot

Welcome to winter, mamas! Yes, we’re all busy wrapping gifts and making hot chocolate, but ’tis also the season for influenza. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that this flu season was off to the … Continue reading

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Performing pregnant: A peek behind the puppet stage

Written by: Z. Briggs December 19 2012 We arrive at the venue and I’m already out of breath. We took the subway into Manhattan for the show—Chad is carrying almost all of the weight—the stage and the audio equipment, I … Continue reading

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Nuna LEAF

Written by: Ginny December 19 2012 If Apple were to design a baby seat, it might look a lot like the Nuna LEAF. It’s undeniably modern, technologically fresh and yet so simple to operate. Minimalistic. Intuitive. Effective. The LEAF is … Continue reading

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Shifting gears: Back to work after baby

When it came to making child care arrangements for our soon-to-arrive firstborn, my husband and I spent the third trimester dutifully following the advice of every tip sheet we could put our fingers on. We interviewed, we inspected, and we … Continue reading

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P&N's Top Products of 2012 Giveaway Extravaganza, Part 3

Written by: P&N December 18 2012 It's time for round three of our Top Products Giveaway Extravaganza! This week we have a grand package including over $1,500 worth of fabulous gear for one lucky winner. This week's giveaway includes: Maxi … Continue reading

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First letter to Santa

Written by: Christopher Spicer December 18 2012 Dear Santa, This is Everett, and we haven’t ever met. But I hear you are a really nice guy, and you have a beard several times longer than my grandpa. Apparently, you are … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Breastfeeding while pregnant

My firstborn is 11 months, and I just found out I’m expecting again. Can I still breastfeed while pregnant? Of course! If you’d rather not wean your child just because of your pregnancy, don’t fret. Many mothers who nurse while … Continue reading

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Old school organization

Written by: Lacey December 17 2012 Can you believe it's almost 2013? I am seriously in shock over this fact. Although I've been wrapped up in holiday excitement for the past few weeks, I've started tentatively planning for the year … Continue reading

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Ho ho home décor

Written by: Sarah Gilbreath December 17 2012 This year’s holiday decor breaks from tradition in bright colors and fun designs. Here’s what to snap up in the post-holiday sales to decorate a fabulous nursery that will stay beautiful all year … Continue reading

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Bonding from the inside out

According to Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, of The Center for Postpartum Health in Sherman Oaks, California, “What the child in utero feels and perceives even before birth begins to shape later expectations and attitudes about himself.” No pressure, right?! While … Continue reading

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Chicco Dance Walker

Written by: Alyson December 16 2012 Our nine-month-old daughter likes to know what’s going on—all the time. She and the dog (a herding breed) compare notes and keep tabs on everyone in the house. You know it’s time for a … Continue reading

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The power of positive thinking

Written by: Lane Cotton Winn December 16 2012 At our very first appointment with our midwives, way back at week 7, we were given a packet of handouts that included information about their practice, dietary and health suggestions, possible tests … Continue reading

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A love I've never known: The birth of Bryson

Written by: Andrea December 16 2012 I've known love for a long time. I have loved God since I can remember and am blessed to have an incredible family and friends that I love so much. I experienced a new … Continue reading

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I know what I'm doing

Written by: Jennifer Davis December 16 2012 I had a friend ask me this morning if I’m at the point where I feel like I know what I’m doing yet. I really had to think about that one. I mean, … Continue reading

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Happy hour: Top shelf attire for moms-to-be

Written by: Lauren December 13 2012 You may be sticking to mocktails at your company's holiday party this year, but a baby on the way is no reason to forgo a show-stopping dress. Get dolled up in a getup that … Continue reading

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Get to know: The mom who created Charlie Banana

Written by: P&N December 13 2012 Charlie Banana is becoming a household name for cloth diapering parents all over the world. Gaëlle Wizenberg, founder of the company, has proven to the retail industry that cloth diapering should have a permanent place … Continue reading

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A happy place

Written by: Josh Conley December 13 2012 Growing up, my dad was renowned for taking long showers. Like forty-five minutes long. This never really made sense to me. I mean, there’s no live sporting event or Renaissance paintings or even … Continue reading

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Blame it on the hormones

Every craving, “mommy brain” moment, unsteady wobble, mountaintop high and abysmal low can be traced back to a gang of microscopic culprits—your hormones. With the exception of producing a few hormones unique to pregnancy, your body shifts into mama-mode by … Continue reading

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Homegrown traditions

This year, make sure your tree isn’t the only green thing in your household. Follow these five easy tips and you’ll be well on your way to three new family traditions: reducing, reusing and recycling. Give up store-bought gifts Sure, … Continue reading

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Turn, baby, turn! Solutions for breech babies

Written by: P&N December 12 2012 These methods turn heads (literally and figuratively) with their reported success rates. EVC In this medical procedure, a doctor uses his hands outside the womb to manipulate the baby’s position. EVCs typically have a … Continue reading

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The search for a baby doctor

Written by: Z. Briggs December 12 2012 About a month ago our midwife started reminding us that we need to begin looking for a pediatrician. She said that we had to give her their name and information by 36 weeks … Continue reading

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Angelcare Bath Support

You know what they say about twins: double the pleasure, double the fun! And also double the diapers and double the baths. Luckily on the bath front, I had the privilege of trying out the Angelcare Bath Support with my … Continue reading

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A common thread

Name: Erin McKenna Occupation: Founder and owner of BabyCakes NYC Age: 35 Residence: New York City, New York Favorite holiday: Fourth of July Strangest pregnancy craving: Beer (Don’t worry: She doesn’t drink it, just craves it.) Best way to spend … Continue reading

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P&N's Top Products of 2012 Giveaway Extravaganza, Part 2

Written by: P&N December 11 2012 Your eyes do not deceive you—we're still giving away all the products listed in our Top Products of 2012 feature! Each week we'll have a grand package including over $1,500 worth of fabulous gear … Continue reading

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Conquering the mountain of stairs

Written by: Christopher Spicer December 11 2012 At the end of November, if someone asked us if Everett was crawling yet, Emily would answer, “Sort of. He does an army crawl where he pulls himself across the floor.” I quickly … Continue reading

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Perfect in every way: The birth of Cameron

Written by: Angela December 11 2012 Friday morning, September 7, I went to the hospital for a routine prenatal checkup at 8:15am. My plan was to go to the appointment, stop for breakfast on the way home, work on the … Continue reading

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Wrap stars

Written by: Lacey December 10 2012 I love wrapping gifts. To me, it's almost as much fun decorating the box (or bag) as it is picking out the present to go inside. I've challenged myself not to adorn a single … Continue reading

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