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Packing made easy

If you’re traveling by air with a tot in tow, make sure the following items find their way into your carry-on: Birth certificate and/or passport Airlines have the right to ask for identification and can deny boarding without it. Extra … Continue reading

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Oral fixation

Why they matter “When a baby repeatedly sucks on a pacifier or finger over a long period of time, the upper front teeth may begin to tip outward or not come in properly,” explains Edward Moody, DDS, president of the … Continue reading

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Clamp down

You’ve been dreaming about this moment for the past nine months or longer—your little one is finally here! But after the hard work of delivery is done and before you bask in newborn bliss, there’s one more piece of the … Continue reading

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Quell the queasiness

Sick of feeling sick? Here are four tried-and-true fixes expectant moms have relied on time and again to put their all-day sickness to rest. Ginger This spicy herb has long been relied on to alleviate nausea. Add fresh ginger to a smoothie, … Continue reading

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Special order

With the exception of occasionally indulging in cravings for foods like ice cream and pizza, most moms-to-be try to eat nutritiously throughout pregnancy. But a healthy diet means different things to different people. For Angela Liddon, mom-to-be in Ontario, Canada, … Continue reading

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Expert travel advice from moms

Sometimes (almost always, actually) it’s the moms who have been there and done that who are the real experts. To make sure you’re equipped with the best travel advice out there, we tapped our social media friends to spill their tips … Continue reading

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I think I’ll have another!

When I became pregnant with my second child, I felt confident I’d be an old pro at baby-baking. I knew what I was in for when it came to morning sickness (ahem, all day sickness). I was familiar with the … Continue reading

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July 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $2,600 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our July issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes July 31, 2014. PregPrep conception … Continue reading

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Baby Trend Nursery Center Play Yard

When you’re a mama of two in a tiny house, less is always more—less “stuff,” that is. That’s why the Baby Trend Nursery Center Play Yard has earned my mom stamp of approval. It’s smart design allows it to function … Continue reading

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What’s next?

Nearly nine months into being a stay-at-home parent, I feel like I’ve got the hang of things. Rowan has a pretty good schedule going. Some people would be bored with the monotony of a baby’s schedule, but I thrive on … Continue reading

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Our little peach: The birth story of Bella

After suffering hyperemesis throughout my whole pregnancy, which meant I was violently sick every day, and being hospitalized twice, I was desperate to give birth on my due date. However, after a sweep a couple of days before my due … Continue reading

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Win It: Painted Baby Names

Hand-painted, original works of art will set baby’s nursery apart! The artist behind Painted Baby Names creates each sketch in pen & ink, then finishes the art in watercolor. It’s preserved on matte board and packed into a sleeve. Looking for something … Continue reading

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The waiting game

I’m three weeks out from this little lady’s due date and oof. Part of me can’t help but think, given our track record, that there’s no chance I’ll go that long. My oldest, bless him, had the good sense to … Continue reading

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Week 17: What. is. THAT?

A self guided Q and A by myself, with myself. Asking and answering my own questions about things already plaguing me this pregnancy. Is my skin is making me sweaty? I work up more of a sweat watching TV than my … Continue reading

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So, what are you having?

“So, what are you having?” I forced a smile because I knew their question was motivated by genuine enthusiasm for our pregnancy, and I love that, so it deserves a smile. But it was forced because I honestly don’t like … Continue reading

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Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35

Car seats should be two things: safe and comfortable. Everything else is just icing on the cake. That’s why I love the new Primo Viaggio 4-35 from Peg Perego—in addition to being extra safe and cozy for our baby, it … Continue reading

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Bye-bye, bassinet

After a whole bunch of feet dragging on my part, Bea has officially moved into her nursery. Before she came along, I bought a bassinet for practical purposes. I planned on keeping her in our room until she was down … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Happy 1st birthday, North West!

Name: North West Date of Birth: June 15, 2013 Parents: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Siblings: none Facts: ♥  North was born in Los Angeles, Calif. at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ♥ She was born five weeks prior to her due date and reportedly weighed just 4 … Continue reading

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Week 24: Pros and cons

Pregnancy is simultaneously miserable and wonderful. Today I took a moment to reflect upon some of the things I miss terribly from my pre-pregnancy days. Then, since I’m not a total cynic, I added some aspects about pregnancy that I … Continue reading

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Graco Relay Click Connect Stroller

My husband and I lead pretty active lives, so the decision to get a jogging stroller was an easy one to make. Which one to choose, however, took a little more research. We didn’t want to spend too much money … Continue reading

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Win It: Mello & Co.

If your baby is gnashing his or her gums over cutting teeth, here’s a little something to soothe the ache. The Award-winning Nawgum is the all-in-one teether for babies aged zero to 24 months. Unlike other products, this universal teether … Continue reading

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Full of surprises: The birth story of James

It all started Monday, April 30, 2012, on my due date. I woke at 5 a.m. to go to the bathroom for the tenth time, and when I sat up, I thought I had peed a little! I remember my … Continue reading

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Family planning

When Arthur and I got married, we picked out a home and transportation to accommodate our future firstborn and us: a 2-bed, 2-bath condo and a Volvo S80. Four years and one baby later, we’re reevaluating our living spaces in … Continue reading

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Experience Level: Expert

Haha, no, don’t let that title fool you—I’m no expert in the parenting game. But having three kiddos under my belt does give me an edge when it comes to the baby gear game. And here’s the big secret—all that … Continue reading

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Week 16: My multifunctional belly

For me, the fourth month isn’t a real significant turning point because I’m not scheduled to give birth in 45 seconds. I’m somewhere in between: “Almost halfway there” and “no where near close to being done.” The fourth month of pregnancy … Continue reading

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Joovy HiLo Highchair

Many highchairs on the market are big, clunky and offensive to the senses. We were looking for one with a simple, sleek look that would stand up to years of abuse. We also did not want to spend hours every … Continue reading

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Actually, “WE” are pregnant

One of the best ways to encourage a man to be active, involved and supportive during pregnancy is to affirm that he has a significant role in it and a valuable contribution to make. Conversely, one of the ways to … Continue reading

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The dad gene

Now that I’ve been a mom a whopping eight weeks (wahoo!), I can confirm that all the clichés about parenthood are true. You’ll love your baby unconditionally the moment you meet her. Check. Time goes by too quickly. Yep. Your … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Debbie Matenopoulos is so excited for her baby

The View alum Debbie Matenopoulos is “excited about every aspect” of impending motherhood. Expecting her first child later this year, the mom-to-be, 39, says she hopes for a natural birth and is reading What to Expect When Expecting to help her prepare for the baby. … Continue reading

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Week 23: Keeping it real

I need to share this. I threw up out of my nose the other night. My husband made a lovely dinner: slow-cooked chicken in a homemade BBQ sauce on a fresh ciabatta bun, served alongside fresh grilled vegetables. It was … Continue reading

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Safety 1st Genesis Digital Color Video Monitor Review

Upon receiving the Safety 1st Genesis Handheld Digital Color Video Monitor, I thought, “Wow, this is sleek-looking!” I opened the package and insisted to my ever-willing-to-help hubby that I had to assemble it (not my forte) on my own, learn to … Continue reading

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Ro on the go

With the exception of one car ride from you-know-where, Rowan is a traveling trooper. We don’t travel extensively, but when we do, it’s nice to know that Rowan can enjoy the ride (or pass out during it). Recently, he proved … Continue reading

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Our rainbow: The birth of Gracen

Gracen’s birth was healing to say the very least. There could not have been more of a contrast between the light of the day he was born versus the darkness on the day Xander silently entered the world. We went … Continue reading

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Win it: Cleava

Loving the layered look under your low-cuts, but hate tanks and camisoles? We have the perfect solution. The Snappy Cami is an adjustable, snap-on mock camisole that can quickly and easily give you the coverage you need for any low-cut top or dress. … Continue reading

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My new best friend

News flash—chiropractors are like bone cracking miracle workers during pregnancy. I only wish I knew it sooner. I muscled through three and a half pregnancies with crazy lower back pain, figuring it was just part of the deal. And then, … Continue reading

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Week 15: Progesterone shots

Let’s talk about progesterone. This isn’t the kind of thing I want you learning on the street. This will be my second pregnancy taking one for the team (in the backside), because progesterone is crucial to pregnancy. One of the most important … Continue reading

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Nuna SENA

As a mom that is generally oblivious to differences between baby products, I can honestly say that Nuna SENA play yard/travel bed is a high quality, worthwhile piece of equipment. It is such a luxury compared to our old clunky … Continue reading

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Father’s Day reflections

Father’s Day is a few days away. Frankly, I don’t really like Father’s Day as it’s currently celebrated. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of honoring fathers. I just don’t like the idea that we can relegate that … Continue reading

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A fear of gear

Forget about nipple confusion … in my inaugural weeks as a first-time mom, Bea and I are having a serious battle with gear confusion. Now don’t get me wrong, I love baby stuff. I. Love. It. It’s been a part … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Kourtney Kardashian expecting baby No. 3

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Kourtney Kardashian expecting baby No. 3 Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian are expecting their third child together reports Us Weekly. A source tells the magazine, “She is only a few months along,” and “It was planned.” The baby … Continue reading

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Week 22: Why I hired a doula

In early pregnancy, I didn’t have any idea as to what type of birth I envisioned for myself. When people asked me if I would get an epidural, I said I didn’t really care either way, thinking I would just … Continue reading

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Best papa ever

My husband knows that I love any reason to celebrate. I countdown to holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries, and milestones are always acknowledged. Although Arthur doesn’t have the same enthusiasm for these events, he fully supports me making a big to-do … Continue reading

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Win It: MISS KIKI of Cherry Blossom Lane

Dolls play an important role in the lives of young children and collectors alike; and a doll that is special will be treasured all the more. For the doll enthusiast in your life, MISS KIKI of Cherry Blossom Lane offers unique, … Continue reading

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Lucky baby: The birth of Lukas

It was an early spring morning, March 25, 2014, to be exact. My husband and I were running late, as usual, to my 8 month and two week checkup at the OB/GYN. To our surprise, the doctor was late, too. The … Continue reading

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Tiny diapers

Today I had the pleasure of visiting a dear friend and her 2-week-old son. He’s her third, and the only boy, and it’s the first time I’ve seen her since his birth. She looked wonderful—surprisingly well rested and content in … Continue reading

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Week 14: The pregnancy masque

Recently two small patches of darker colored skin have appeared at the corners of my mouth. Sadly they look less like dark patches of skin and more like the Kool-Aid stains my kids sport when drinking out of a cup … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, hero

My wife is 28 weeks pregnant. Today is my wife’s birthday. On this momentous occasion, I’d like to tell you why my wife is my hero. First of all, she conceived and carried all four of our children. She went … Continue reading

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Oh, poo

We had all of three baby-washes under our belts and my husband and I were just starting to gain a little bit of bathtime confidence when our newborn threw us a curveball. Thanks to the headline of this post, I’m … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Hayden Panettiere expecting first child

Congratulations are in order for Hayden Panettiere and fiance Wladimir Klitschko. The Nashville star, 24, and her fiance are expecting their first child Us Weekly reports. “Hayden is totally pregnant!” a source tells the magazine. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November 2013 – Panettiere predicated … Continue reading

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Week 21: Pregnancy nutrition

While reading my weekly email about baby’s growth and new milestones last week, I read an interesting fact I haven’t been able to get out of my mind. It said that the baby can now taste the foods I eat … Continue reading

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