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Are you afraid of the … delivery room?

Your D-day is coming, and no matter how much you’re looking forward to meeting your baby, you can’t help but come a little unhinged thinking about labor. But don’t let stress get the best of you! Here’s the lowdown on … Continue reading

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Ladies’ choice: The city girl

(Clockwise from top left) Navigate the busy streets with ease. Rachel Zoe x Quinny Moodd stroller, $899 Three cheers for toys that stay put. BabyLit stroller cards, $15 No one will guess your handbag is designed to hold diapers. Matt … Continue reading

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In your wildest dreams

When Chicago mom-to-be Laura Merkin found herself dreaming about her breasts producing chocolate milk and later, giving birth to a dragon, she began to wonder if something was the matter—with her or her baby. It’s not unusual for other pregnant … Continue reading

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Emerald city

Rest easy with a GOTS-certified crib that’s topped off with a nontoxic, UV-cured finish. Spot on Square Hiya crib, from $749 Dream of a bright tomorrow under an organic cotton mobile colored with all-natural dyes. giggle mobile, $55 Going halfsies never looked … Continue reading

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Lillebaby COMPLETE All Seasons

Full disclosure: Prior to receiving the Lillebaby COMPLETE All Seasons, I primarily used a wrap carrier with my 4-month-old son, so that was what I was most used to before trying it out. Although both carriers seem to serve their own … Continue reading

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April 2016—Robeez giveaway

If the shoes fit  Ten adorable darlings will win a pair of Jourdan Espadrille Shoes by Robeez. The chambray style is perfect for spring and summer, and the elasticized ankle bands ensure the cute kicks are here to stay.

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Excuse me please

Take it in As infants gulp milk from bottle or breast, they tend to swallow air right along with it, which can lead to discomfort and sometimes spitting up. “This is exacerbated by the fact that babies spend so much … Continue reading

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Ladies’ choice: The Pinterest lover

(Clockwise from top left) Dip-dyed to perfection. Serena & Lily stools, from $58 Long live the mason jar. World Market pendant light kit, $25 The perfect place to letter your quote of the day. 25:40 love chalkboard, $109 Whether weekly or … Continue reading

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It’s the final countdown …

Houston, we have a problem: By the third trimester, your bump is large and in charge, leaving you feeling sluggish, with little desire to stray from the sofa. But before you blast off into the strange new world of parenthood, … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Pumping at work

Q: I’m heading back to work and planning to pump. How can I set myself up for success?  A: You’re a mom who packs up your pump when you head to work so your baby can continue to have the … Continue reading

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Grow up

  Mix pretty with playful to create a room your girl will love for years to come. throw pillow / rocker / clock / art print / peacock bin / lamp / mobile / plush horse / rug / dresser … Continue reading

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Best seat in the house

Between feeding, reading and snuggle sessions, you’re bound to clock some substantial time sitting in the nursery. To pick a seat that’s sure to satisfy long-term, Ralph Montemurro, CEO, founder and head of design of Monte, a modern nursery furniture … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Facilitating better sleep

Q: When will my baby start sleeping through the night? A: We all want to know the answer to this question, but it’s important not to compare your child with your neighbor’s or friend’s. Every child is unique, and there … Continue reading

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April 2016—Backstage Bag giveaway

Star treatment One lucky family will win a Backstage Bag Celebrity Baby Basket—just like the ones given to the rich and famous—featuring goodies from Hasbro, buybuyBABY, Palmers, Little Tikes, Thule, Diono and more. Worth 2,420!

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Stokke grow-with-me giveaway

We’re treating three winners to Pregnancy & Newborn editors’ favorite Stokke® products, so they can foster the parent-child bond with gear designed to bring their families together. Each winner gets to choose one of the following prizes: Stokke® Stroller of … Continue reading

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Ladies’ choice: The free spirit

(Clockwise from top left) Neck candy for you, entertainment for baby. Maya & Max teething necklace, from $18  Feel the love. Baby Tula ring sling, $135 Find a shady spot for your mini music lover to stretch and relax. Little … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Functioning on minimal sleep

Q: Are there any realistic tactics for functioning on minimal sleep? If one more person tells me to “sleep when the baby sleeps,” I’m going to scream. A: Yes! HypnoMothering provides restorative rest in whatever time you have. It teaches … Continue reading

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April 2016—Newton giveaway

Dream on me Two tiny snoozers will win the “revolution-airy” Newton crib mattress. The sweet sleep surface is breathable, washable, recyclable, hypoallergenic, and made without foam, latex or adhesives.

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April 2016—Baby K’tan giveaway

In the bag Five happy mamas will win a Baby K’tan SmartGear Diaper Bag, complete with a built-in wetbag that’s lined with a unique antimicrobial, medical-grade, FDA-approved nylon. Available in black, chevron and dandelion.

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Ask the experts: Making the most of the NICU

Q: I gave birth to my baby prematurely, and it looks like we’ll be spending the next little while in the NICU. This is not what I anticipated my first weeks as a mother to look like. Is there anything … Continue reading

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Week 38: A little click, a little crack

This week has been a busy one! It included a baby party in my classroom, where the majority of my students think I am having a girl. They offered name suggestions and ideas of when the baby will be born, … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Working from home

Q: After my maternity leave ended, I started working from home, which seemed like it would be ideal but now feels like a total disaster! I’m neither accomplishing much work nor spending quality time with my little one. Is there … Continue reading

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Ladies’ choice: The homebody

(Clockwise from top left) Let your sweet sleeper nap nearby. Chicco LullaGo bassinet, $100 Scrub-a-dub-dub, get that baby in the tub. Sophie la Girafe bubble bath, $18 Story time is the best time. Harper Collins storybook, $19 Build ’em up, … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Avoiding common car seat mistakes

Q: I’ve heard that the majority of car seats are used incorrectly, and I don’t want that to be the case in my family. What are the most common mistakes, and how can I avoid them?  A: To ensure your … Continue reading

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Stokke Trailz

The Stokke Trailz is one serious trail blazer! I couldn’t find much that would trip this bad boy up. It’s the Range Rover of strollers—a big stroller with a smooth ride that can off road like a champ. It is the perfect … Continue reading

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Time well spent

After getting her 4-year vaccinations at her most recent check-up, Anaïs came down with a fever as she typically does. It’s a “normal” reaction to getting shots, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less easy to watch your child suffer … Continue reading

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Week 26: Modesty milestones

Pregnancy is full of milestones charting the progress of a growing baby. There is the “fruit of the week” milestone to show the baby’s size, three trimester milestones every couple of months and new symptoms to go with each one … Continue reading

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28 days

Twenty-eight days. No, not the movie where Sandra Bullock plays a newspaper columnist who enters a drug and alcohol clinic, though L and I will finally be able to partake in a celebratory glass of champagne together. We’re four weeks away … Continue reading

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Mama friends

The more the merrier—solid advice when you’re organizing house parties, making cheese plates and, IMHO, building a mama tribe. We’re hosting a birthday bash for Max next month, so I’m sipping coffee, trolling websites for healthy smash cakes, and feeling … Continue reading

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A long wait: The birth of Catherine

Each of my babies has come later than the one before, so I wasn’t surprised when the 40-week mark came and went with no sign of Baby No. 4. At my 40-week appointment I decided to schedule an induction for … Continue reading

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Enter to win a prize basket from Born Free!

One lucky reader will win the following prize basket from Born Free! Tru-Temp™ Bottle Warmer + Cooler (value $59.99) Tru-Clean™ Sterilizer System (value $79.99) Born Free® Breeze™ Deluxe Gift Set (value $69.99)  Enter now for your chance to win!

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Week 37: Online shopping, how I love thee

I had high hopes that by the time I was ready to write this week’s post the issues I was having with my sciatic nerve and/or muscle would be resolved. Yeah—no. Not so much. Although I’m better off than I was … Continue reading

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Boppy rules – 30 days of giveaways April 2016

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING. Eligibility: Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to those who sign up at the online sweepstakes page and who are 18 years of … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung

Sunny, warmer days are upon us. With that comes the lush greenery that covers the entire city every year at this time. Of Atlanta’s many nicknames, my favorite might have to be “the city among the trees.” I moved to … Continue reading

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Week 25: We all go through it

Ugh. I already feel a little weird bringing up this topic because I do not want to put negativity out there regarding pregnancy. Too many women have problems associated with fertility, so let me preface my perceived “complaints” as actual … Continue reading

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What a workout

Mother Goose played on the stereo while little birds balanced on beams, chased bubbles, and perfected the parent-assisted somersault. Welcome to The Little Gym! It was Max’s first day at the local baby gym, and he joined 17 other ‘birds’—the … Continue reading

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Hospital bag packing list

We’re six weeks out, and I guess technically L can go at any time. While unlikely (N was born a day late, G four days early), you just never know. We live close enough to the hospital that I can make … Continue reading

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Doubly blessed: The birth of Ella and Oliver

I knew I would never make it to 40 weeks because I was pregnant with twins. I made 38 weeks my goal, knowing it would probably happen sooner—but hopefully not much. Yet, at my 35-week appointment, when the doctor said let’s … Continue reading

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Chill out

Prepping a batch of freezer meals during pregnancy can make postpartum dinners less of a headache. Just thaw and bake (or add them to your slow cooker), for a minimal-effort meal. You won’t even have to stand and stir the … Continue reading

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Week 36: A pain in the butt

Last week, my school was on Spring Break. It was glorious! I had all kinds of time to check items off my to-do list, such as getting the baby’s sleeping nook ready, organizing baby clothes (by color, of course), and preparing … Continue reading

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Birthdays, kids and date nights, oh my

This past weekend, we celebrated Anaïs’s fourth trip around the sun. Fourth! It was her first birthday party with friends from school, so it felt really special both for her and for our family. What didn’t feel so special, however, … Continue reading

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Week 24: Who runs the world?

In case you missed it, we recently celebrated International Women’s Day, reminding women everywhere how BA they are for being themselves. It was a unique experience celebrating womanhood knowing I’m pregnant with a girl. I was on cloud nine all … Continue reading

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Ask the experts

A: You’re part of an elite group of moms and dads of multiples—the special forces of parenthood. The intensity of the boot camp period with two babies will leave you with a strength and pride that will spill over into … Continue reading

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Twice the love: The birth of Leo and Becky

My contractions began over spring break. I was at 28 weeks and was pregnant for the first time … with twins! I was admitted to the hospital for pre-term labor and released the next day with anti-contraction medication. The medication was able to prevent … Continue reading

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Getting down to it

We’re roughly seven weeks from becoming a family of five. Seven week from no longer fitting at a square table for four at a restaurant (if we find time to go out to eat as a family). Seven weeks from … Continue reading

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Step by step

Oh, little Max. You keep reaching for my hand—patting my leg and looking up-up-up at your mama—and asking me to walk you around the house. No words, of course, but you want to learn and your pleading eyes say it … Continue reading

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Week 35: The big E

Here I am, approximately one month from my due date, and believe it or not, things are slowly but surely getting checked off my massive to-do list. Of course, this week being Spring Break certainly helps! My hospital bag is … Continue reading

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Enter our 30 days of giveaways from Boppy!

Enter everyday throughout April! Good Luck! Terms & Conditions

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Flying solo

This past weekend was one for the books. I decided to surprise my sister-in-law Ebony at her baby sprinkle in Florida. With some careful coordination with both my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, Ebony’s mom and my husband, I sneakily booked a flight … Continue reading

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Week 23: Just the two of us

You know the saying, “that’s a good problem to have?” I have one of those. This week I realized (again) how blessed I am to be bringing a baby into my world with the person I love the most. Although … Continue reading

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