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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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14 Celebrity Moms Breastfeeding In Public

Considering their lack of anonymity with paparazzi lurking at every street corner, we salute celebrity moms who breastfeed their babies while out and about! Although it’s still considered taboo in some circles, there’s no shame in nursing your baby in … Continue reading

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Thumb, meet mouth

As of this weekend, Bea has developed highly coordinated thumb-sucking capabilities. Previously, getting her favorite finger to stay in place took some frustrated effort, and she could be easily deterred with a pacifier. Now, her arm is spring-loaded to shoot … Continue reading

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Week 31: No maternity photos?

I know there’s a chance I’ll regret it. I know they’re really popular right now, and I should do them. I know that you’re only pregnant with your first baby once and that I’ll never get the opportunity to capture … Continue reading

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Molding a little man

My role as Rowan’s mother, up until recently, had been limited to keeping him clean, clothed, fed and content. Now that my dependent little baby is becoming an independent little boy, I also get to help him explore the world … Continue reading

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Win it: Belly Bandit

For mamas-to-be looking for some extra bump support, Belly Bandit is here to lend a helping hand—er, band. Whatever stage you find yourself, there’s a band to make new moms look and feel fabulous. Still carrying a growing babe (and … Continue reading

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Exciting and exhilerating: The birth story of Adrian

On Thursday, April 24, I was 38 weeks and four days pregnant. I woke up at 3 a.m. and was having contractions. I did my best to sleep through them and not wake up my hubby. Andre woke up that morning … Continue reading

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Perry Mackin Harper

The Perry Mackin Harper is a good looking utilitarian diaper bag. The Harper is constructed from nylon and features leather trim. The bag fits my husband’s requirement of not looking like a purse and my requirement of not screaming “baby … Continue reading

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Umbilical cord eeek

Newborns and their umbilical cord stumps, ugh. Am I right? And I’m not talking about their appearance, either. They may not be the cutest part of new babies, but that’s not my issue. It’s how those scabby little things never … Continue reading

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Week 23: 15 responses you don’t want to hear from your OB/midwife

There are a lot of things about pregnancy most doctors know—and a lot they don’t know. Isn’t that true of any profession? Except maybe working in an ice cream shop, and even then do we really know how the soft serve … Continue reading

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bloom nano highchair

Our search for a high chair involved two main concerns: a modern design and practicality, withstanding the inevitable spills and messes our little one would create. The bloom nano highchair surpassed our expectations on both fronts. First up, the nano looks … Continue reading

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Mommy the introvert

My wife is an introvert. She needs a certain amount of time to herself in order to “recharge.” Her emotional fuel tank eventually runs dry if she doesn’t have a chance to be alone and think and pray and rest. … Continue reading

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Nursery complete!

I think one of the biggest perks of having a baby is all the crafty stuff that comes along with it, especially getting to decorate a nursery. Maybe my passion for sewing, glue guns and paint runs a little too … Continue reading

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Hollywood Baby Boom: 10 Pregnant Celebrities

In last year’s Hollywood baby boom, we met Fergie and Josh Duhamel’s adorable son Axl, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s darling daughter Everly, and our favorite baby of 2013, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge! Who will be adding to their families … Continue reading

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Week 30: Moving while pregnant

So, we moved this past weekend. Moving in general is awful. Moving while pregnant is not for the faint of heart. Every part of my body aches, and yes, I mean every part. I don’t know anything about CrossFit, but … Continue reading

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TWELVElittle Allure Weekender

I love bags, and like my requirements for most other baby gear, I wanted a diaper bag that seamlessly fits into my life. I love my baby girl ,but I definitely do not love the endless amounts of pink, cartoons … Continue reading

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Win It: Konfidence

It’s time to hit the beach! Make a splash with your little one this summer with these awesome prizes from Konfidence. The Konfidence Babywarma Neoprene Swimsuit is specially designed to keep your baby warm and secure while in the water. … Continue reading

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Cruisin’ and bruisin’

Rowan was on the verge of crawling for what seemed like forever. I offered him words of encouragement, but I didn’t push for it as vehemently as others might. I knew as soon as he was more mobile, it would … Continue reading

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Our sweet girl: The birth story of Melinda

I planned to go visit my dear friend Dannii in the afternoon before my 37-week check-up appointment at 4 p.m. I got a call from my doctor telling me my appointment needed to be pushed to 5:30 p.m. because she … Continue reading

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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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