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Phase facts

When you’re a first-time parent, the little things your baby does seem magical … and sometimes bizarre … and occasionally unbearable. Luckily, the path has been paved; odds are, the things you’re experiencing have been observed and survived by countless … Continue reading

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Class act

Create a room that gives baby an early start on her ABCs and 123s. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

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August 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $2,700 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our August issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes August 31, 2014. … Continue reading

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Slippery when wet

Bathing baby can be an intimidating undertaking. But with a bit of preparation and a few handy tips, you’ll be running like a well-oiled lean, mean baby-cleaning machine in no-time. Like a sponge Until baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off, … Continue reading

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I can see (myself) clearly now

I was at a dinner party, cradling my newborn daughter proudly in my arms, when a male friend seated across the table looked at me, then whispered something into my husband’s ear. My curiosity was piqued. What did he say? … Continue reading

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Week 22: Let’s talk about PUPPP

I recently found out that I won the skin rash lottery by being the one in 200 pregnancies that is awarded PUPPP (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy—whew!). Call me lucky, but having a summer pregnancy, a baby already … Continue reading

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Back-to-school cool

The end of summer may not signal a return to the classroom for P&N staffers, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a few academic-inspired finds. I’m an avid backpack user (they’re so practical!) and think this one is especially … Continue reading

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Break the swell

It starts with your feet. All of a sudden, they don’t fit into the shoes you wore comfortably last week. But then your hands and face start to feel puffy, too. Off comes the wedding ring that’s growing tighter by … Continue reading

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The place to be

Have you heard about the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)? It’s a global initiative lead by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage practices that promote breastfeeding in hospitals and birthing facilities. (In the … Continue reading

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Let’s grow girls

For many women, the tell-tale sign of pregnancy is found within their bras. Here’s a look at some of the changes your chest will undergo during your nine months of baby-baking. Tenderness For some women, larger breasts can be exciting. … Continue reading

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Boost your fertility

As a fertility and women’s health expert who has helped hundreds of women conceive, Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc, author of Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: Natural Ways to Improve Your Fertility Now and Into Your 40s, is constantly answering the … Continue reading

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Space cadet

1. Chicco stroller, $180 Skip the bulky full- size stroller, and opt for a lightweight model that’s car seat compatible. 2. Babyletto dresser, $399 Instead of a changing table, try a dresser with a changer attachment that can be used— … Continue reading

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Ready to pop

The warmer it gets, the more we crave to cool off with a delicious pop. Take a look at some of our favorite homemade popsicles from around the web! If you’re feeling fruity, try La Cuisine d’Hélène’s Mango Fruity Crush Pops. … Continue reading

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Mealtime must-haves

The Twist allows mom to collect, store and feed expressed breast milk with a single bag. Brilliant! Kiinde system, $100 Made with organic cotton, bamboo and flaxseeds, these soothing pillows offer warm or cool relief. Bamboobies therapy pillows, $29 Ditch … Continue reading

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New baby? Buy this Stuff!

Two weeks in with our newborn girl, and it’s been good. She’s awesome—figured out nursing right away, doesn’t do the gagging/choking thing that two of our others routinely freaked us out with and she’s a good sleeper. For my part, … Continue reading

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Yes, you can breastfeed your baby

“Are you going to breastfeed?” This was consistently the second or third question friends, family and strangers would ask in our conversations about my impending bundle of joy. My response was equally common: “I’m going to try! We’ll see how … Continue reading

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Childbirth 101

Ideally, all pregnancy roads lead to the same destination: an uncomplicated birth and a healthy baby. But there are many paths through labor and delivery, each offering its own tools for overcoming the pain, anxiety and other hurdles you might … Continue reading

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The Nuk Expressive Double Electric Breast Pump

Breastfeeding is one of the most important things that I can do for my baby, yet there are so many situations during which breastfeeding is not an option for me. I am a working mom, and so I am away … Continue reading

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Celebrating children

Last week, we celebrated my daughter on the occasion of her sixth birthday. This week, we will be celebrating our twins on the occasion of their second birthday. You’ll notice that I did not use the phrase “celebrated their birthday.” … Continue reading

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New mom surprises

Bea grows and changes every day. Last week, she found her tongue. This week, she’s using it to blow raspberries. It’s adorable and amazing. When I stop to think about it, I can’t believe everything she has learned (and the … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Happy 1st Birthday, Prince George

Name: George Alexander Louis (Prince George of Cambridge) Date of Birth: July 22, 2013 Parents: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Siblings: none Facts: ♥ Prince George was born in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England … Continue reading

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Week 29: Pregnancy Rage

Apparently morning sickness, acid reflux and plantar fasciitis felt alone in Rachel’s Pregnancy Symptom Land and decided they would invite a friend to the party, so they decided to invite the emotion rage and ask him (notice it’s a him) … Continue reading

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Birthday bonanza

In two months, I will have a 1-year-old. Where has the time gone? Toward feedings, diapers, naps, tears, laundry, doctor’s appointments, snuggles, kisses, walks, and parks. Not to mention the growth spurts and the milestones: teething, crawling, and standing. I … Continue reading

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What we’ve been waiting for: The birth of Ellie

I desperately wanted a natural birth. I watched The Business of Being Born (twice), and I read Ina May’s ‘Guide to childbirth.’ My husband and I had tried very hard to get pregnant. In fact, there was doubt I was … Continue reading

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Win It: Pink Lining

For moms looking for something chic, help is at hand with the Not So Plain Jane bag from Pink Lining. This bag features the Wise Owl print and is refined but certainly not plain! On the exterior of the bag … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Pop ‘n Play Portable Playard

Playards are funny things. Like most baby gear, you don’t need one until you really need one… and I had reached the point when I really needed to corral my baby. Picking a playard isn’t easy, though. It seems like … Continue reading

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Finally!

She’s here, and this is what we already know about our new little girl: she’s a champion sleeper, heavy drinker and she does everything in her own sweet time. Actually, we knew that before we even met her—despite rounds and … Continue reading

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Week 21: Gestational diabetes

Instead of waiting until the 24th-28th week, when I have to be tested for gestational diabetes, my body volunteered to have it at 20 weeks. Thankfully, since I have a history of this, I’ve been preparing. I knew with this … Continue reading

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Cybex Aton Q

My first impressions of the Q were that it looks very sleek, very minimalist, very European. And that’s just the box it came in. With its German engineering, the Cybex Aton Q screams safety and style—it’s like the BMW of … Continue reading

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Are You Ready?

I was at a friend’s birthday party last weekend. I struck up a conversation with a young couple as they took turns bouncing their first baby (3 months old) on their knees. Seeing my wife walk by with her obvious … Continue reading

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Babysitter jitters

Well, I did it. I decided I was ready to expand my exercise regimen beyond our evening walks, and I left Bea in the gym nursery for the first time. And a second time, and a third. Letting someone else … Continue reading

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Celebrity baby scoop: Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes expecting first child

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are expecting their first child reports Us Weekly.  A source confirmed the news to the magazine that the actress is seven months pregnant. Mendes, 40, and Gosling, 33, have been dating since the fall of 2011.  The actors played … Continue reading

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Week 28: Baby shower vs. bridal shower

Last weekend my mom threw me an amazing baby shower. It was a wonderful day filled with delicious food, cute favors, adorable decorations and a room full of loving family and friends. That night, I was reflecting on the day, … Continue reading

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Welcoming our twin daughters: Lyla and Nixon

The days leading up to our scheduled C-Section on February 27, 2014 were full of emotions for our little family. We spent our time finishing last minute details around the house and giving our dogs a little extra love. Despite … Continue reading

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Harvey’s Diaper Bag Treecycle

Sleek and stylish probably aren’t the first words that come to mind when thinking about a diaper bag; however they might when you see the Harvey’s Diaper Bag Treecycle. This diaper bag is made for fashion conscious, eco-friendly moms. It … Continue reading

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When to wean

Ever since I was pregnant, and even more so since Rowan arrived, a lot of people are eager to provide unsolicited input on how to raise a child. I try to politely handle such situations; most people mean well, and … Continue reading

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Win It: BabyMel

Phone, keys, wallet, bottles, diapers, toys, an extra change of clothes … Having a tough time taking everything you need when it’s time to go? BabyMel offers a stylish solution for mommies who have their arms full. The Satchel is … Continue reading

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Week 20: Halfway

This week marks my halfway point: 20 weeks down, 20 weeks until a zipper on my pants has meaning again. It should be noted that in pregnancy, half-time isn’t getting a break. You don’t get to take off your belly … Continue reading

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One day shy

So here I am, one day short of full term. It’s my fourth pregnancy, and still being pregnant this close to my due date is new to me—and kind of miserable, to be honest. Is that why I feel like … Continue reading

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Baby boom

It occurred to me today that several of our friends are having babies within a couple months of us. The first friends that came to mind just had their twins this past week. Another couple has the exact same due … Continue reading

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Joovy TooQool

Say Hello to the Cadillac of double strollers. The assembly, features and design of the Joovy TooQool Double Stroller are first rate. In the words of my husband: sweet. He took care of the assembly and remarked how nice it … Continue reading

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Celebrity baby scoop: Kourtney Kardashian’s barely there bump

Reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian was spotted on Monday going to the movies with sisters Khloe and Kim—along with their mom Kris Jenner. The expecting mom opted for comfort over style, wearing a loose fitted long sleeve shirt with black leggings and … Continue reading

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Holy growth spurt

It’s official: Bea is sleeping through the night! I know at some point babies sleep through the night. But, like so many other milestones, this one sort-of seemed like a faraway oasis: something you hear about or see glimmers of, … Continue reading

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Week 27: Meet the pediatricians

Selecting a pediatrician for my unborn child is one of the things in life that has made me feel like an official grown up. It’s right up there with buying my first non-IKEA piece of furniture and spending a Friday … Continue reading

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Boy’s best friend

Our days start with the same phrase every morning, “Get out of your brother’s mouth!” They’re words I never thought I would utter in my lifetime, and now I use them every day. As soon as I place Rowan on … Continue reading

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My literal labor of love: The birth story of Piper Parrish

It’s faint, but I can still see the dot on my wrist where the IV was inserted. It reminds me of how recently I gave birth even though it already seems like a memory in my distant past. When I … Continue reading

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Win It: BadaBoum

Looking for something to help your little one sleep through the night? Try out this comfortable alternative! BadaBoum’s sleep sacks are rigorously tested to meet high quality and safety standards. Lined with 100% cotton for natural comfort and filled with soft, … Continue reading

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Update: Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Thirty-nine weeks, everyone. So many signs of impending labor—and still no labor! No baby! I wrote recently about how I figured my chances were good for having this baby girl before the July 18 due date, and while I know … Continue reading

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Week 19: Let me eat cake

This baby is already working in sync with my other two children—one from the inside and the other two from the outside—to give me a serious run for my money. So much so, that with 20 weeks of incubation time … Continue reading

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Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

Being a first time breastfeeding and pumping mama, the language of flange insert, diaphragm cap, and tubing seem more like birth control options I learned about in sex-education class than ways to get food for feeding my baby! Since I’m … Continue reading

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