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guzzie+Guss Perch Hanging Highchair

I am excited to be reviewing guzzie+Guss’s Perch Hanging Highchair and have enjoyed using it with our 1-year-old son. He likes sitting right at the dinner table with us, and I appreciate how the open space underneath allows us to … Continue reading

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Win it: Luca and Company

Mamas, your playroom is set with this week’s Win-it! Even if your little one is in the teeny stage, it might be time to start collecting some toys of the (rare) electronic-free persuasion—especially when those toys are durable and fun! (And their … Continue reading

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What bravery really means: The birth of Aidan

The night it happened, I awoke in sudden pain. I instinctively grasped for the opposite side of the bed, but my husband, Chris, was gone. I remembered in a diminishing fog that he was working nights—not his favorite part of … Continue reading

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The baby goes with everything

Babywearing is the bomb. People still say that, right? Honestly, I don’t know how else to get anything done. Our girl is three months old already and as opinionated as ever. She declares her preference to be held loud and clear. … Continue reading

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Moving on up

When our girl was two weeks old, I made a list of all the important items that made life with a brand new baby easy peasy. (Spoiler alert: It’s a short list.) Twelve weeks later, here’s what we’re still using, what she’s … Continue reading

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Week 33: 12 things I never said until I was pregnant

Pregnancy is a whole different ballgame where nothing is really taboo. The closer you get to childbirth, the more comfortable you are sharing your stories of mucus plugs and bloody shows with your mailman. You want to express your opinions … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Prodigy

I can say with confidence that our preemie baby seems very happy in the Summer Infant Prodigy car seat. We feel good, too, knowing it has such a high safety rating from a top-rated brand. We love that the shoulder … Continue reading

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I like breasts

I’ve been thinking about breasts a lot lately, even more than usual. Being around my breastfeeding wife has made me more thoughtful and aware of breasts. I like breasts. In fact, I like them a lot. That may not be … Continue reading

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A pumpkin for my punkin’

It doesn’t quite feel like October in the McKinley household until we’ve been to the pumpkin patch. Although we normally hike to the farthest edges of the patch to find the untouched vines and the grandest gourds, this year we … Continue reading

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Week 18: CAUTION: Traveling while pregnant

Pregnancy changes a lot of things that normally you don’t give a second thought about: getting dressed every morning, a normal amount of trips to the bathroom and a solid night of sleep, just to name a few. Last weekend … Continue reading

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40 Weeks: 40 Reasons I’m glad I’m 40 weeks pregnant

One thing everyone loves to say when you’re at the end of pregnancy is “You’re almost at the finish line!” While I appreciate the sentiment, I don’t know very many women who are nine months pregnant and still running races. … Continue reading

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Worth waiting for: The birth of Olwethu

Well … I don’t know where to start. But then I was 40 weeks when I decided to go to the hospital. When I arrived there, there was some nurse who was helping around, so I took some time waiting … Continue reading

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New adventures

It happened. My sweet little boy turned 1! We’ve survived the first year, and I’ve lived to tell the tale week after week with you, dear readers. Pregnancy & Newborn’s “Knocked Up” and “Adventures in Motherhood” blogs allowed me to … Continue reading

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Win it: Bravado

Just because you’re breastfeeding your bundle of joy doesn’t mean your undergarments have to be drab. There is nothing more beautiful than motherhood, and Bravado is here to help give you that extra confidence boost by giving away a complete nursing wardrobe … Continue reading

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This week’s Win its!

Get excited, mamas! It’s your lucky week—we’ve upped your odds of claiming a fabulous freebie with two Win its, for a total value of more than $500 in prizes. Click below to toss your name into the hat for a chance to win … … a … Continue reading

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Maxi-Cosi Mico AP

The Maxi-Cosi Mico Air Protect (AP) arrived at my door a few days after the arrival of my gorgeous—if I do say so myself—son. (He arrived early, for the record; the car seat did not arrive late.) I was given strict … Continue reading

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Week 32: Pregnancy myths debunked

We’ve all heard the old wives tales of pregnancy. For example, if you spin a wedding ring on a strand of your hair (or a string) over your belly, the direction it moves will tell you the gender of your baby. … Continue reading

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Doing (some of) it all

I had coffee with a friend last week. She’s pregnant with her fourth boy—let’s have a moment of silence for her because you know she never gets those—and she asked me earnestly, “How do you ever get anything done? Isn’t … Continue reading

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PacaPod Firenze

Let’s start with the obvious: PacaPod’s Firenze diaper bag is absolutely stunning. It’s made of sumptuous pebble leather available in either chocolate or putty and rivals that of any designer handbag, with the gold hardware to match. This bag is … Continue reading

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There are no formulas

Generally speaking, men like to solve problems. I am no exception to this rule. To me, a crying baby, a dirty diaper, a sleep-deprived wife are all problems that need solutions. Most of the time I look to the established rule … Continue reading

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Win it: HALO Bassinest

Now your little one can sleep as close to you as you want—even right next to your bed—and still snooze safely in his own separate space, thanks to the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper. And the more it moves, the less you … Continue reading

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Emily Robertson

Emily is currently in the process of moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky from Denver with her husband, toddler son and a baby girl on the way. Her family moves around quite a bit and has called three states and a Canadian province … Continue reading

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Starting solids

We did it! We did the thing! We started Bea on solids! Making that first bowl of cereal was a big deal in the McKinley household: washing the new baby dishes, precisely measuring the cereal, obsessively Googling “baby’s first feeding,” … Continue reading

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Week 39: Hospital bag

I have no clue how we’ll pay for my daughter’s college or wedding, and although we passed the “Infant Care” classes, I’m still not entirely positive what to do with regard to the umbilical cord stump. As far as feeling … Continue reading

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Week 17: The gender question

If you are a parent or an expectant parent, you know there are definitely some topics that divide all of us passionately when it comes to pregnancy and babies. Just a few of these issues include natural birth or epidural, to … Continue reading

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Win it: Lansinoh

While breastfeeding your babe comes with plenty of benefits (for moms and minis!), getting milk from breast to bottle can be a hassle—and a painful one at that! Mamas, you’ve got to get up close and personal with your pump—for hours … Continue reading

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RECARO Performance Coupe infant car seat

Once I had the RECARO Performance Denali stroller ready to hit the road, I opened the box with the RECARO Performance Coupe Infant Car Seat. (The Performance Coupe is the only seat compatible with the Performance Denali stroller). The car seat came in … Continue reading

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Migrating naps

Making plans when dealing with a baby’s nap schedule is already a challenge. Scheduling appointments weeks in advance when your wee-one’s nap schedule is continually evolving, that’s a problem. Accomplishing this task combines two themes that have popped up repeatedly in the … Continue reading

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All for the best: The birth story of Lucas

My pregnancy was pretty uneventful. Mild cramping in the beginning, an irritating case of PUPPs in the third trimester (and for three weeks after birth) and a lot of pelvic/hip discomfort for the last month were the worst things I experienced. … Continue reading

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Win it: Cake Lingerie

For all you lactating mamas, forget buying a constant supply of disposable pads and trying to match them to your ever-changing levels of flow. Cake Lingerie has found an eco-friendly answer to your leakage problems, thanks to its brand-new line … Continue reading

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This week’s Win its!

Get excited, mamas! It’s your lucky week—we’ve upped your odds of claiming a fabulous freebie with two Win its, for a total value of $312 in prizes. Click below to toss your name into the hat for a chance to win … … a Signature Pro … Continue reading

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Week 31: The anatomy of my third trimester

1. Messy hair. Also known as the rat’s nest on my head that smells like Nexus. It’s a sign that I stopped caring about how my hair looks three weeks ago. It also means I don’t care what you think … Continue reading

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Multitasking

Having four kids is the definition of multitasking. You know what else is multitasking in its truest sense? Breastfeeding a 2-month-old while wiping a 3-year-old’s poopy little bottom. Yep, at the same time. I’m becoming an old pro at doing things … Continue reading

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Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Cuddle Cove Elite Rocking Seat

Parents, take note: The Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Cuddle Cove Elite Rocking Seat is the ultimate Pack ‘n Play! Its design looks more modern than other play yards (the four corners are curved and cool, not boasting the regular boxy look), … Continue reading

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Why my newborn has an email address

My newborn has an email account. He can’t even read or type, so what’s the point, you might ask. Maybe I’m just a geek that has to get his kids using tech gadgets as early as possible. Maybe it’s all … Continue reading

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Bug before baby

With morning sickness, fatigue and swollen ankles, pregnancy can really throw a body off. But when nausea turns into a full-blown stomach bug or exhaustion leads to the flu, it’s not just your health that you need to worry about—the … Continue reading

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Surviving the first six weeks

Remember when you were 38 weeks pregnant and so ready to be done that you were actually anxious to push a 7-pound person out of your lady parts? Because then the pregnancy would be over, and you could relax and … Continue reading

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October 2014 and Buyer’s Guide Free Stuff

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

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Sightseeing

1. Lay your newbie on a mat that’s engaging enough to make tummy time tolerable. Prince Lionheart play mat, $25 2. Hang wallpaper baby will find interesting for years to come (especially when she’s old enough to display her own artwork … Continue reading

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Sleep like a baby

Eighty to ninety percent of SIDS-related deaths result from unsafe sleeping conditions. Follow these steps to allow both you and your little one to breathe a little easier. When putting baby down, lay him on his back on a firm … Continue reading

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Worth a shot

When it comes to vaccines, there’s a lot to consider—from easing the ouch to keeping up with that complicated schedule. It’s never easy for a mama to see her babe in pain, but the short-lived sting of inoculations is well … Continue reading

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Brushing up on oral health care

Nothing to be afraid of “It’s perfectly safe to have treatment during your pregnancy,” says Sally Cram, DDS, PC, spokesperson and consumer advisor for the American Dental Association (ADA) and periodontist in Washington, D.C. In fact, keeping up with your … Continue reading

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October 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $2,500 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our October issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes October 31, 2014. Similac Lansinoh Wink … Continue reading

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Five-month fog

Whew. I’m tired. Like, that glossy-eyed, droopy-mouthed, stumble-around-the-house-in-a-daze kind of tired. The kind of tired I expected to be when Bea was a newborn. Except that phase wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I held my … Continue reading

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Make due

Planning for a birth can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Think of your birth plan as more of a wish list than anything else: a layout of how you’d like things to go, with plenty of room … Continue reading

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How-to: Use herbal remedies postpartum

Why choose herbs over traditional medicine to soothe your postpartum aches and pains? “A lot of women, especially when breastfeeding, aren’t comfortable with introducing different drugs into their bodies,” says Demetria Clark, global director of Birth Arts International and founder … Continue reading

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The place for play

Stock your little one’s playroom with kid-friendly furniture and toys aplenty.   1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 … Continue reading

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But I can’t keep calm…

Genevieve Ryczek, a mother of two in Minneapolis, experienced what she describes as a “birth high.” After a short, but physically intense labor, she was elated with new motherhood and full of energy. While recovering in the hospital, she didn’t … Continue reading

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Color me happy

Orange you glad this hue isn’t just for Halloween? These pumpkin-colored picks keep us feeling peachy year-round. Bundle your bundle in the coziest of winter wear. -Katherine, Editorial Intern 7 A.M. Enfant bundler, $95 Food pouches are the easiest way … Continue reading

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Falling for smoothies

When the right ingredients are whizzed together, a smoothie can flood the body with a cornucopia of must-have nutrients, many of which are vital for the healthiest nine months possible. And when that baby bump is disrupting your appetite for … Continue reading

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