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Baby’s first camping trip

Our little guy had his first camping experience this past weekend. We had a fantastic time. We took our whole family out to a friend’s property that is located about 20 miles out of town in the country. They own … Continue reading

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Summer Infant By Your Side Sleeper

Like most newborns, my 6-week-old daughter wanted to be with me … all the time. When I tried putting her down in her crib or play yard, she always woke up immediately and started crying. Once I finally got her … Continue reading

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Baby’s first trip

This past weekend was baby Graham’s first big trip to the family lake house for a long Memorial Day weekend. In the past, these trips to the lake with my husband’s family have been filled with relaxation, bikinis and swimming—day … Continue reading

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Week 28: Shop ’til I drop

This past month was one for the books. Between my birthday, Mother’s Day and Jesse’s birthday, Jesse and I managed to carve out some time for ourselves, too. A couple of weekends ago, we got a babysitter for Anaïs, so … Continue reading

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She’s getting feisty

My, my … 10 months old and developing some serious attitude. That’s the update this week. Our baby girl has a fun new habit when things aren’t going her way. It’s a classic toddler move, so I’m wondering if we’re in for some pretty … Continue reading

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The start of something new

It has begun! It is the beginning of the end of the era of boobie milk for Ben because he has reached the grand old age of (nearly) 6 months, and it’s time to wean. It’s something we could have … Continue reading

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Win it: Rumple Buddies

Playtime can be just as enjoyable for mom as it is for baby. (Plus, it’s a good distraction from that pile of laundry.) But play isn’t all about fun and games—it’s important for your growing sprout’s development, too! Thank to Rumple Buddies, you can … Continue reading

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Out the window: The birth of Neva

My labor began on September 4 around 2 p.m. I remember feeling excited that it was actually happening. I had prepared for this. I was ready. My plan was to labor at home as long as possible, as I was … Continue reading

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Week 23: Little decisions

Darrin and I are on our way to one of my favorite cities: Austin! We have been driving since yesterday from Atlanta, passing through Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, before stopping for the night in a little town called Marshall, Texas. … Continue reading

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HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

What I like best about the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is our baby is in the bed with us, but he’s protected in his own sleep area. The base of the Bassinest is very stable and adjusts to fit our bed. … Continue reading

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It’s OK to just maintain

The past week of our life was profoundly uneventful, and that’s not such a bad thing. In fact, I consider it a pretty good thing. There are plenty of days and weeks in our lives where it seems like nothing … Continue reading

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BabyPlus Prenatal Education System

BabyPlus is “a series of audio lessons that are specifically tailored to every stage of infant growth in the womb,” according to the company’s website. The lessons consist of natural sounds, not unlike the mother’s heartbeat, that adapt slightly as … Continue reading

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Pumping mama

Well, I survived my first day back at work. I shed lots of tears before I left that morning, but I was determined that I would leave the crying at the front door of our house—and I did. My mom … Continue reading

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Week 27: Home delivery

You guys, we blinked, and before we knew it, the third trimester had arrived! I can still hardly believe it. Yesterday, I had a prenatal appointment with our midwife Brenda, and everything looks great. It’s always such a joy seeing … Continue reading

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Win it: Premama

Every mom-to-be wants to give the bun in her oven the healthiest possible start at life. One of the best ways to do that is by adding a prenatal vitamin to your daily routine. But swallowing a humongous pill isn’t the … Continue reading

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Baby’s first haircut

Once upon a time, some eight years ago, our first baby’s first haircut was an incredible milestone for my husband and me. My grandmother gave us a sweet little silver keepsake box with “Baby’s First Curl” elaborately engraved on it, … Continue reading

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Bathtime fun

Since the day Ben first had a bath, it was pretty clear that he loves them. His first bath was the first time I saw him straighten his little legs, the first time I saw a hint of what would become … Continue reading

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Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30

I am thrilled to be reviewing the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, a super-safe infant seat that happily works well and looks good. The car seat arrived in excellent condition with no damage to the packaging during shipping. After unpacking the seat, … Continue reading

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The perfect present: The birth of Evelyn

Evelyn Brock was born on December 26. My original due date was December 20, and after a week of seeing no signs of our baby girl arriving, I was going to be induced on the 27th. We had Christmas with my … Continue reading

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Week 22: An ode to the working mama

Working mommies-to-be, I feel your pain—in every foot and backache, every sleep deprived workday, hunger-attack (this is a true situation) and stint of heartburn: Let’s admit it—it’s rough. To quote the title of one of my favorite Indie songs from … Continue reading

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Let the training begin

Our little guy has gone mobile. I don’t mean that he has a data plan or that we’ve downloaded his app. I mean that he can move himself around now. It’s not exactly crawling yet, but if you can imagine … Continue reading

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Evenflo Portable BabySuite Deluxe Playard

The Evenflo Portable BabySuite Deluxe was waiting on our porch the night we brought our little dude home from the NICU. I was amazed at how small it packed up—it was about the size of two shoeboxes end-to-end. I took … Continue reading

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Going back to work

I’m going back to work this Friday. I’m so glad I had the foresight to pick a Friday to try to ease myself back into this. After 12 weeks of being able to stay home with my newborn, I’ll be … Continue reading

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Week 26: The best nest

Something strange and wonderful happens during pregnancy: I get the urge to nest—big time. I’m not just talking about picking up a few accoutrements to decorate the house to make it a little more cozy, either. No, no. What I’m … Continue reading

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A handful of hours

Here in England, we love the royals—much like you all do over in the U.S., and last week we had the wonderful birth of Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. And the world press exploded. A mere 12 hours after … Continue reading

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A head start: The birth of George

After getting used to waking up multiple times in the middle of the night, waking up this night was no surprise. I was beginning the last week of my pregnancy and was peeing at least every 30 minutes. However, this … Continue reading

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Win it: NüRoo

Skin-to-skin contact with your newborn is a highly recommended practice that pays off in major ways. But for new mamas, it’s hard to get things done when your hands are constantly busy caring for your bundle of joy. Thanks to NüRoo, you … Continue reading

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The little things

I work from home as a writer and editor, and I have little pockets during the day to get stuff done. Otherwise, I’m burning the midnight oil. That means I count on naptime for our almost 10-month-old (!), so I … Continue reading

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GB Evoq Travel System

The GB Evoq Travel System was sitting on our porch when I came home from work. My first thought was “Man, that’s a huge box.” Although it took some effort, I was able to get it up the stairs to … Continue reading

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Week 21: Our girl

Hi there. It’s nice to meet you, and thank you for sharing this journey with me! I know you may not know me, and if you don’t, you should know one thing about me before you begin to follow along: … Continue reading

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Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard

As a first time mom I have learned a lot. Something I learned pretty early on is that most baby “things” (toys, swings, sleepers, etc.) are huge and take up lots of space throughout my home. Now, approximately seven months … Continue reading

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Tooth and nail

Vicious monsters have big scary teeth. Vampires have sharp menacing teeth. Rabid animals have teeth. Werewolves have crazy teeth, too. You know what else has teeth? Yep, that’s right, our little guy does. Well, he has one tooth, but it’s … Continue reading

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Leaving baby for the first time

When is it “OK” to leave your breastfed baby with someone overnight for the first time? After consulting Google and scouring the mommy blogs, I got many different answers—ranging from, “as soon as your baby will take a bottle, it’ll … Continue reading

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Week 25: Celebrate good times, come on!

I just looked at the calendar and cannot believe that I’m already at 25 weeks! This pregnancy is going by so much faster than my first, and I’m really taken aback by it. I thought that because we already kind … Continue reading

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Scootchin’

Just last week, I wrote about how, at 9 months and change, our girl was showing no signs of mobility yet. Well, guess what? In a completely predictable turn of events, she figured out her very own method of locomotion, literally, … Continue reading

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Inglesina Net

As new parents, we went out and purchased all the latest and greatest gear for our daughter. But now that she is getting bigger, we realized we needed a lightweight and more portable stroller than our full-size travel system. With … Continue reading

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A precious gift: The birth of Bryson

My pregnancy started like any other, morning sickness galore on top of cravings. Everything was going great until I went in for the quad screening to test for Down Syndrome. Later that day I received a call from my doctor … Continue reading

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Win it: Newton Baby

Mamas spend a lot of time picking the just-right crib for baby’s nursery, but how much thought do you give the mattress that your lay your bundle of joy on? Newborns clock a lot of hours snoozing every single day—that’s … Continue reading

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Let it go

My daughter never got the memo about rolling over. There she was at 6 months, seemingly unaware that it was possible to flip from her back to her stomach. While she was lying there too content to move, I was … Continue reading

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2015 May and Registry Guide Free Stuff

We have more than $4,400 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our May issue and Registry Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. May 2015 2015 Registry Guide

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May 2015 Free Stuff

We have more than $1,900 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our May issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes May 31, 2015. Diono + … Continue reading

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Rock it as a single mom

Regardless of the path that led you to single motherhood, deciding to go it alone makes you a brave and loving mama from the start. Solo parenting is no easy task, but Sunny Fungcap, MPA, CHHP, life coach and author … Continue reading

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Garden state

Cultivate a nursery that’s always in bloom. clock / art print / pillow / teepee / lamp / ottoman / table / pram / bookends / rug

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Checking in

There are plenty of lists (even lists of lists—yes, we’re looking at you, Pinterest) that aim to run down every possible item you might want to have with you in the delivery room. But what’s really worth hauling to the … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Amanda Booth

Every year in May, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting down the … Continue reading

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Guessing game

The countdown Because most women don’t know the exact date of conception, due date calculators typically use the first day of the last menstrual cycle and tack on 40 weeks. This estimate leaves a two-week grace period (be it early … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Sarina Prabasi

Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Joy Cho

Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Katie Daisy

Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting … Continue reading

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Flavor profile

Puffed whole-grain brown rice cakes fit comfortably between pudgy fingers while notes of apple and raspberry tickle tiny taste buds. Love Child Organics rice cakes, $3 For a meal that’s ready in less than a minute, serve this microwavable pouch … Continue reading

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