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Week 34: I’m tired

How do I miss thee, caffeine? Let me count the ways. I miss the energized, alert buzz that follows the second strong cup of coffee. That peppy, fueled-for-the-day feeling that makes me feel like I can conquer my inbox and … Continue reading

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Bump into action

If you are new to the pregnancy game, your mind is likely being pulled in a million directions at once. You’re blissfully imagining a beautiful babe in your arms while at the same time panicking about everything from weight gain … Continue reading

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First flexes

Even from day one, you can see signs of your tot’s muscle control in her newborn reflexes—which also give moms a peek at the developmental road ahead. But it’s only a brief glimpse because most are seen for only the … Continue reading

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Lily Jade Anna

Having a good diaper bag is a must with a new little one. Before having my daughter, I never realized just how much I would have to carry with me every time I left the house or how much I … Continue reading

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Glam jam

Sophisticated elegance is right at home in the nursery.   1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11  

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Worklust

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for about 11 months now. I love spending time with my little boy: overseeing his naps and meals, watching him explore his environment, and bringing him out into the world. Lately, though, the thought of … Continue reading

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Natural inductions

Midwife Vicki Nolan Marnin reminds us that women are not machines and that a due date does not necessarily mean a baby is ready to be born. However, she adds that after 39 weeks of pregnancy, there are some methods … Continue reading

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Food + your mood

When you’re pregnant, your body undergoes immense changes—and so does your mood. You may be over the moon about impending mamahood one day and a bump-bearing basket case the next. Keeping your emotions under control at all times is next … Continue reading

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Bottle prep

To ensure baby’s meal is prepared properly and safely, follow these simple steps from Pam Price, PhD, RD, CNSC, a child nutrition expert at Abbott Nutrition and prior neonatal nutritionist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. Get the … Continue reading

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Give ‘em a boost

By two months, your little is already leaps and bounds ahead of where she was at birth. With a few playtime tweaks from here on out, you can give her a leg up on those upcoming milestones. 2 months in … Continue reading

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Sweet sixteen

Want to lighten the mood on labor day? Add these not-too-serious, actually kind-of-hilarious songs to your playlist for the big day. 1. “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eye Peas 2. “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones 3. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” … Continue reading

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7 ways to be a happier, healthier mom

Motherhood can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to let it get the best of you. Follow these seven steps to find some balance, maintain your sanity and keep on smiling in your new role as mom. Take time to … Continue reading

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Safety first

Your baby’s well-being is more important than anything. In fact, you’re biologically built to feel anxious about your child’s safety and respond strongly when he’s threatened. (Hello, mama bear!) While it’s impossible to foresee and defuse every potential danger, it … Continue reading

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These are a few of our favorite things

We’re not making it up! Each of these beauty products can really, truly be found in our staffers’ cosmetic bags. Pink cheeks! Don’t leave the house without ‘em. -Lauren, Executive Editor Trish McEvoy blush, $22 Made with volcanic clay, this face … Continue reading

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Animal farm

1. Donna Wilson plate, $35 Dinner is the cat’s meow. 2. Skip Hop backpack, $20 Your tot will look so fly when she carries this pack into daycare. 3. Sugarbooger by Ore’ mini bib set, $13 Everybody knows farmhands wear bibs. 4. Clavis … Continue reading

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Win it: ooYoo

When you’re carrying the Brooke Dots Black diaper bag, no one will guess you’re toting wet wipes and pacifiers—until they see your mini, that is!   This eye-catching carry-all flies under the diaper bag radar, so you can load up the … Continue reading

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Meet your makers

Who should you be thanking for that chic maternity dress and comfy-yet-flattering pants you’re sporting? Allow us to introduce the brains behind the brands… Meet Ariane Goldman of HATCH in New York City What HATCH is known for: A cool … Continue reading

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An inconvenient truth

When Roslyn Jin was pregnant with her second child, she thought long and hard about the best way to give birth. The mother of two in Ontario, Canada, had a less-than-ideal first birthing experience, which began spontaneously but ended in … Continue reading

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Worth waiting for: The birth of Leo

Leo Robert Coghill entered this world Tuesday, February 25 at 10:09 p.m. He was 8 pounds, 21 inches long and the sweetest baby from the instant they laid him on my chest. But let’s start at the beginning … I … Continue reading

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Give me a boost

Easy on the stomach If you find pills hard to swallow, try an alternative that goes down easily. Vitafusion gummy prenatal vitamins, $12 Chew on these good-for-you gummies. VitaPearl prenatal vitamins with DHA, by prescription only Size up these tiny … Continue reading

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September 2014 and Buyer’s Guide Free Stuff

Click below to view the giveaways for our September issue and Buyer’s Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. September 2014 Free Stuff Buyer’s Guide 2014 Free Stuff

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Movin’ on up

Between birth and her first birthday bash, your little sprout will do some serious growing—and not just in size. A baby’s first year is a blur of cognitive and mobile changes that occur at warp speed compared to the rest … Continue reading

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September 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $3,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our September issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes September 30, 2014. Preggers by … Continue reading

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Perfect timing

The real deal Each contraction will cause you to feel a tightening in your uterus. It may feel like a dull ache similar to menstrual cramps or a low backache. But when you start to have contractions at regular intervals … Continue reading

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Buyer’s Guide 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $3,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our Buyer’s Guide! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes December 31, 2014. Charlie Banana … Continue reading

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Week 26: Ten spectacular things about labor and delivery

There are few things to love about the act of birthing a child. Unless of course you are: -Dilated to 9.5 before having a contraction. -A sadist. -Done with the entire delivery after you cough, or sneeze. -The Virgin Mary, … Continue reading

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Diaper duty

When did diapers get so cute? Seven years ago, we had pretty standard options in the world of disposable diapers—white, maybe with a cartoon character, organic if you wanted to get really crazy. In all honesty, we were that earnest, … Continue reading

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Baby Einstein Rhythm of the Reef Activity Saucer

While I typically stay as far as possible from primary colored, plastic molded, electronic baby gear, the Rhythm of the Reef Activity Saucer caught my eye (perhaps at first that was a negative feeling, ha), and I haven’t looked back. … Continue reading

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One final date

As I was writing last week’s post, I honestly thought I would probably be writing this week to report that we had a new baby. Alas, no such luck, though. Since we didn’t have a baby this week, we decided … Continue reading

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Enjoying the firsts

The four-month mark has been extra exciting for Bea—she’s a whopping 14.2 pounds and 26 inches long; she rolls over like a pro, grabs toys and is fond of sharing her big, gummy smile with anyone who peeks into her … Continue reading

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Star moms participate in ALS ice-bucket challenge

Celebrity Baby Scoop is joining in on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. In the trending campaign, people are asking 2-3 of their friends to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads. If your friends do not accept the … Continue reading

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Week 33: Birthing class

It was a long day. I laughed. I cried. I almost fell off a birthing ball. It was informative, and it was terrifying. Perhaps you are familiar with the experience I’m talking about: childbirth education class. Since the thought of … Continue reading

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Mamas & Papas Urbo2

Shopping for a stroller can be overwhelming. Options are endless, with a myriad of brands and styles flooding the marketplace annually. Travel sets, three wheels, four wheels, all-terrain … it can quickly become a guessing game. So my wife and … Continue reading

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Papa time

Rowan’s still very much a mama’s boy, seeking solace in my arms often. But he’s finally starting to realize there’s another person in our family who’s actually quite fun–Papa! Arthur’s no longer just someone who provides bottles or diaper changes … Continue reading

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What a rush: The birth story of Caroline

I always enjoy reading other women’s birth stories on their blogs, even more so once I knew I was expecting. Here’s the story of Caroline’s birth; it was a wild ride… I was two days shy of 36 weeks when … Continue reading

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Win it: Skip Hop

Mamas, we know you’re busy running from the playground to the doctor’s office for yet another well check, and we’ve found a diaper bag that can finally keep up—and keep you looking great. The Chelsea Downtown Chic diaper bag pairs … Continue reading

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Week 25: Pregnancy brain and mommy amnesia

Pregnancy Brain. Maybe it’s the impending lack of sleep and whole human life you’re about to be responsible for that’s distracting you. Maybe it’s hormones. Whatever it is, it’s your first actual taste of what it might be like to be senile. Watch for … Continue reading

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One-month milestones

Is baby acne a milestone? What about flaky skin? She has both adorable ailments going on, and her siblings are big-eyed with concern. “Mom! Look at that red bump! And what’s wrong with her forehead? Her skin is peeling off! … Continue reading

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Combi Coccoro

The Combi Coccoro convertible car seat is perfect for smaller vehicles and for children weighing 3 to 40 pounds. It offers a five-point harness system and both rear and forward-facing positions. When I received my Combi, I was impressed with the … Continue reading

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Preparing for the visit

We are no longer counting down the weeks to the birth. We are counting down the days. There are many things that could be racing through our minds right now. We could be thinking about last minute supplies we might … Continue reading

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Roll over, baby

Bea has been working on rolling over for weeks now. Every day I grab her hand and help guide her onto her tummy while cheering “ROLLLLLL OVERRR BABYYYYYY” in my shrillest, most I-swore-I’d-never-talk-like-this mommy voice. She tolerates my little training … Continue reading

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Alison Sweeney: It’s important to be a good role model for my kids

“The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney recently spoke with Celebrity Baby Scoop about her newest novel, getting a good night’s sleep, fitness routine and summertime with her two children, Ben and Megan. CBS: Health and fitness is on everyone’s mind these … Continue reading

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Perfect, pink and beautiful: The birth of Lily

Our birth story really should start with mom and dad. We were friends in high school (15 years ago) and found our way to each other through social media. Alex and I have that relationship that people only read about. … Continue reading

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No means no

Rowan’s world was turned on its side after we introduced our little mischief-maker to the word, “No.” He’s not fond of it. The cries and frustration used to be reserved solely for hunger and sleep issues. Now they’re fair game … Continue reading

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Mima Moon High Chair

My initial reaction to most baby essentials (i.e., highchairs, strollers and car seats) is disappointment. Maybe I’m wired differently, but the aesthetics of these everyday items are important to me. As a branding professional, I scrutinize and analyze image and … Continue reading

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Win it: Baby Brezza

With all the measuring, mixing and warming, mealtime can be a hassle for formula-feeding moms. Now you can simplify your bottle-prepping process, thanks to Formula Pro by Baby Brezza, so you can enjoy mealtime as much as your itty bitty eater. … Continue reading

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Week 24: The thickening and the quickening

The thickening I reached the thickening before I was pregnant, but that’s less about pregnancy and more about an insatiable love for junk food. A post for another time. In pregnancy, the term “thickening” is the time when your uterus starts … Continue reading

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This breast pump is freaking me out

Baby girl is knocking on four weeks, and I’m itching to get back to a regular workout schedule. But I’m exclusively breastfeeding, so the few times I’ve managed to squeeze in a workout I can pretty much chalk up to … Continue reading

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Graco Size4Me 65

One of the best things about the Graco Size4Me 65 is the fact that it can grow with your child. There is one rear-facing setup (4-40 lbs) and two forward facing setups (20-40 lbs and 20-65 lbs) that adjust depending … Continue reading

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Know by name

Names are like tattoos. They are with you for the rest of your life, and there is a story behind them. Sometimes the story is very deep and profound. Sometimes the story is as simple as, “Oh, I just sort … Continue reading

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