Monthly Archives: July 2013

The smile

The baby has officially started smiling. And yes, these are real smiles. We initially attributed the smirks to stomach issues and figured he always had gas. We quickly realized however that the little guy was responding to us. We could … Continue reading

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Look, Ma, one hand!

I’ve never been what you might call “coordinated.” My first clue (other than falling down a lot), was being picked last for kickball. I suppose I wasn’t really shocked. Deep down I knew I wasn’t the best kicker. Or the … Continue reading

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Lisa Ling: “I was terrified of motherhood”

Our America host Lisa Ling has sure been one busy first-time mom! Aside from taking care of her five-month-old daughter, Jett, the TV journalist serves as an Ambassador for The IKEA Life Improvement Project. This initiative donates to Save the Children‘s Early Steps For School program … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Sibling benefits

I’m really pushing for a second baby, but my partner is on the fence. Are there any scientifically proven benefits to having siblings that I can use to support my argument? Siblings have historically served as civilizing and socializing influences … Continue reading

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Major milestones

Filling out Isaac’s 8-month card was eye-opening. Every month I jot down the highlights from that month, and all the little things he has learned or experienced. This month was a big one! He started sitting up on his own, … Continue reading

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Who’s your mama?

You love babywearing, breastfeeding and co-sleeping. That automatically makes you an attachment parent, right? Not necessarily. You can create a unique parenting philosophy that works for your family—and buck the standard (and stress) of having to “choose” a path. The … Continue reading

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Birth rite

When my husband was offered a new job early in my second pregnancy, I had only one question: How much paternity leave did the company offer? I had a grand scheme for after our baby arrived, and I needed his … Continue reading

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Come away with me

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Up in the air

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July 2013 Free Stuff

UPDATE: This contest is closed. We have more than $3,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our July issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all seven contests … Continue reading

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On the map

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Project Nest! Straight and arrow

The Wanderlust nursery featured in our July issue is one of my favorites ever. But after designing it, I felt like it was missing something—it needed a finishing touch of sorts. It wasn’t long before I figured out exactly what … Continue reading

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Baby Trend Deluxe Nursery Center – Chloe

I love products that serve more than one function, so I’m pretty much smitten with the Baby Trend deluxe nursery center—it’s home to three must-have baby products in one pretty package! For starters, it’s a play yard, which is a … Continue reading

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Stars & Stripes

Happy Fourth of July! Here are a few star-spangled finds to help you and baby showcase your patriotism. Let’s hear it for the USA! 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

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Careful care

As an expectant mom, you know your body is going through a lot of changes, and you’re working hard to take care of it. You take vitamins, eat right, get plenty of sleep, and have familiarized yourself with your family’s … Continue reading

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Naming Know-how

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American heart

At the 1996 Olympic games, Shannon Miller wowed the world when she became the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history. Now the gold medalist, cancer survivor, entrepreneur and mom is on a mission to inspire women to live their best … Continue reading

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3 practical ways to get the postpartum help you need

Anyone who has lived with a fresh-from-the-hospital newborn can tell you that it’s as hard as it is amazing. The first few weeks are almost always exhausting and overwhelming, and the key to surviving with your sanity intact is counting … Continue reading

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Prebaby getaways

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Born in the U.S.A.

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Pointers from the pros

Obstetricians, midwives, doulas … these men and women devote their careers to helping mothers welcome healthy babies into the world. And between professional training and ample hands-on experience, it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about labor … Continue reading

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Week 28: Picture Perfect

All mamas-to-be know that the third trimester of pregnancy brings a bevy of unpleasant side-effects: heartburn, cankles, insomnia. The list goes on … and on … and on. But, thank goodness, there is also a fun side of the final … Continue reading

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Beyond organic

Eating healthy is twice as important when you’re feeding two, but it’s easier said than done. Vegetables get boring fast when you need to snack constantly—especially when what you’re really craving is half a dozen chocolate donuts. But nutritional deficiencies … Continue reading

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Hiccups at home: The birth of Rebecca

I’d been having “prodromal” labor for a couple weeks. I hate to call it that, but they were stronger than my normal Braxton hicks that I’d been having for months, and they were consistently 1-1.5 minutes in length and five … Continue reading

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Win it: NuRoo Pocket

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Elise B. of Friendship, NY! NuRoo, maker of the NuRoo Pocket, a babywearing shirt that promotes Skin-To- Skin Contact. Skin-to-Skin Contact, also referred to as Kangaroo Care, is a holding … Continue reading

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InGenuity Washable Playard with Dream Centre

The InGenuity Washable Playard with Dream Centre is a must for newborns and new mommies, like me. The greatest feature about the play yard is the fact that it is washable. Yes, washable. Gone are the days of only having … Continue reading

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S1 by Safety 1st Satellite Premier Play Yard

Not to beat a dead metaphor, but the S1 by Safety 1st Satellite Premier is pretty much the Cadillac of play yards. It’s roomy, it’s equipped with plenty of extras, and it looks sweet with your baby riding shotgun (or, … Continue reading

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Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Crib

If simplicity is your M.O., you will love the Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Crib. It is light enough for my small frame to pack it, unpack it, and move it with ease—and it’s tool-free. It takes 30 seconds to take … Continue reading

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Hello, my name is…

Naming a human being is no paltry task. For some parents it’s a fun and exciting mission, full of possibility and the whittling down of lists of long-held favorites. For others it can seem almost like a chore— especially when … Continue reading

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Book Club: The Design Cookbook

Welcome to Pregnancy & Newborn‘s Book Club! This month’s book is The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home by designer and television personality Kelly Edwards. Whether you’re in need of inspiration for the nursery or help with the living room reno, the … Continue reading

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On solid ground

Navigating a world beyond liquids with a newbie can seem like a daunting task for first-time parents. Questions abound: How do I gauge if the time is right for solids? Which foods do we try first? How much should my … Continue reading

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The great fridge swap

Finding a medical professional or nutritionist who won’t extol the virtues of healthy eating during pregnancy is about as rare as finding a snowflake in the Sahara. And the choices you make for what to stock in your refrigerator can … Continue reading

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