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In the clear

Diaper rash is practically a rite of passage—nearly every baby will experience it at some point—but that doesn’t mean you can’t try your darnedest to minimize it. Follow these steps to beat it before you have to treat it. Change … Continue reading

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True of false

How can you tell if those aches are Braxton hicks contractions or the real deal? Labor feels different for every mom-to-be, but there’s a good chance you’re experiencing true labor contractions if … They cause pain and pressure—and are too … Continue reading

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Cybex Yema

Any product that makes day-to-day activities with your child easier is something I’m excited about. Baby wearing is one of those things that not only keeps your hands free but also helps calm a fussy baby. The Cybex Yema is a … Continue reading

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A day’s eats

The old myth of “eating for two” was busted long ago, but it can still be challenging to know exactly how much—and what—you’re supposed to eat while expecting. Gaining weight is a hard concept for some women to embrace, but … Continue reading

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Make a move

Your mantra through any postbaby exercises should be this: slow and steady. The last thing you want is to push yourself too hard, too fast. Remember, it took months (10 if you’re counting) for your body to grow and change … Continue reading

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Melasma attack

Also known as the “mask of pregnancy,” this form of hyperpigmentation on the nose, cheeks and jawline is common among expectant women. New York-based dermatologist Romeo Morales, MD, sheds light on ways to prevent these dark spots. Apply sunscreen daily Sun … Continue reading

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April 2017—MAM giveaway

Four fortunate families will win a MAM Infant Basics Gift Set, complete with anti-colic bottles, a pacifier and clip, soft brush and more.

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Up in the air

Let’s be honest: Taking care of a baby is hard work—even when you’re at home surrounded by an arsenal of infant gear, a fully stocked toy box and a three-week supply of diapers. So, it’s understandable if “Let’s take this … Continue reading

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Point taken

In honor of National Infant Immunization Week (April 22-29), we’ve rounded up the answers to your vaccination FAQs. When should vaccinations be given? Aside from a hep B shot that might be given at birth, your little one’s first round … Continue reading

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Social lite

I can pinpoint the exact moment when I first felt like a horrible mother. It was early on—like upon being discharged from the hospital with my newborn baby early on. The nurse handed me a stack of papers that rivaled … Continue reading

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gb Qbit+

Finding a lightweight, travel-friendly stroller that doesn’t scrimp on features (sorry, but a reclining seat is a necessity when you’re exploring a new city and naptime is now) has proven to be more challenging than I expected, but I’m happy … Continue reading

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gb X1 Urban Runner

I couldn’t wait to take the gb X1 Urban Runner out for a stroll in the city! Previously, I only had a standard stroller for my 6-month-old, which makes long city walks a bit challenging. With the Urban Runner, I was … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Baby allergies

I think my little one may be experiencing seasonal allergies—she’s so congested! I wish I could blow her nose for her, but because I can’t, are there other ways I can offer relief? A: Nasal congestion is a common problem for little … Continue reading

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April 2017—Jewels and Pinstripes giveaway

One lucky household will win a celebrity gift basket from Jewels and Pinstripes, featuring goods and gear from Posh Mommy Jewelry, Angel Dear, Booginhead, Playskool, Mabel’s Labels, WubbaNub and more.

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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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Parenting survival guide for introverts

All an introvert needs to survive as a new parent is rest, relaxation and solitude. But since that ain’t happening, try these tips instead: Naptime is real and must be honored above all else. Your sister’s wedding is smack dab … Continue reading

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Registry Guide 2017—IsabelleGraceJewelry.com giveaway

Three deserving mothers will win an IsabelleGrace Jewelry.com Script Name Charm with Heart.

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Registry Guide 2017—DockATot giveaway

Two laid-back babes will win a DockATot Deluxe Mighetto and Travel Bag Set.

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Bundle Linen Sling

From the time I took I positive pregnancy test, I knew I wanted to wear my baby. It seemed like such a good way to keep my baby close, to bond and to stay mobile with a little one in … Continue reading

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Registry Guide 2017—Sassy giveaway

One playful tot will win an assortment of colorful toys from Sassy.

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Evenflo Pivot

As a first time mom, baby gear can be incredibly intimidating to say the least. However, if all baby gear is as easy and convenient as the Evenflo Pivot travel system, we may just survive this new adventure. Our system … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Starting solids

What signs should I look for to indicate my baby is ready for solids? Should we start with spoon-feeding? Pouches? Finger foods? A: Solid food initiation, based on current recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, should start at 4 … Continue reading

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Labor pain relievers

Whether your birth plan involves staying drug-free or getting an epidural asap, you’ll need some med-free ways to manage the early labor pains while you’re still at home. Ease the ouch with these mom-approved techniques. Breathing exercises: Focus on inhaling … Continue reading

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Feeding frenzy

There’s something ridiculously sweet about your partner racing around at midnight to find the exact Vienna sausages and frozen cola you’ve been craving. And there’s something ridiculously convenient about being able to blame your unhealthy hankerings on your bump. But … Continue reading

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How-to: Ask for help postpartum

You are amazing—you carried and brought a babe into the world!—but don’t think you have to be supermom. It’s normal to need a helping hand (or three) as you adjust to life with a wee one. Here’s how to find support … Continue reading

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Silver Cross Wave

When we finished setting up the Silver Cross Wave, my husband smiled, looked at me and said, “Our baby better not get used to this level of comfort and style because we don’t drive a Rolls.” The Wave is the … Continue reading

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Week 28: Baby what’s-his-name

Last night I dreamt that baby had arrived and I was taking care of him. In the morning, I asked myself, “Did he have a name? What was his name??” But if he did have a name in the dream, … Continue reading

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Skip Hop Tuo Convertible Highchair

As a first-time dad-to-be, I honestly wasn’t that excited about picking out a highchair. Most of them seemed pretty straightforward and looked kind of similar … at least that’s what I thought until we found the Skip Hop Tuo Convertible … Continue reading

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A long-distance affair

When my husband and I were a young couple striking out on our own, the distance from our hometowns seemed temporary—an adventure, an experiment, a story about our wayfaring youth we would tell someday when we had made it back … Continue reading

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Week 27: Cause for pause, er, paws

Exactly one year and one day after we got married, Lee and I met a tiny furball with big ears and fell in love. Our dog, Fig, is definitely the baby of our family right now. She loves cuddles and … Continue reading

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Babies raising babies: A birth story

As Hannah continues to prepare for round two of childbirth, I thought it would be fitting to share a condensed version of Lydia’s birth story from almost a year and a half ago. Experiencing Lydia’s birth will forever be one … Continue reading

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Week 37: Sick and tired

It started with my 4-year-old. For a couple weeks, she had been coughing. No one else had gotten it until my younger daughter and my husband both caught it the same night. Thanks to my eight years as a public school … Continue reading

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Stress is a thief

I really don’t like to pull the hormonal card, but for once, I am hoping I can place some blame on the emotional whirlwind that is pregnancy. I’m not sure this is even related to pregnancy hormones, but I am … Continue reading

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A last-minute detour: The birth of Isaac

After my daughter, Addy, was born, I had my heart set on a VBAC. I labored very quickly with Addy and pushed hard for two hours to have her head still stuck at -1 station. When she was delivered via … Continue reading

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Week 27: You are my son-shine

I have a wonderful 9-year-old daughter and two delightful sons, ages 3 and 6. It would be easy to get excited about adding another girl to the mix, but you know, having a herd of boys has its perks, too. … Continue reading

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Getting all emotional

As I promised I would in my last post, I bought Lydia a balloon this week after getting back from traveling to New York. Well, I would have bought it, but the kind grocery store employee thought Lydia was so … Continue reading

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Week 26: Tick, tick, tick

Just this week I realized, courtesy of my baby registry’s countdown, that there are fewer than 100 days until my due date. I am closing in on the end of the second trimester at a rapid pace, and I can’t … Continue reading

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Week 36: Preparing for birth at home

As I enter the last month of this pregnancy, I am starting to realize how very behind I am in my preparedness for both the baby and the birth. For some reason, it’s still so surreal that it’s happening at … Continue reading

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How many weeks?

You know what I think I just realized? I still haven’t shared the gender of our second baby, even though we have known for weeks! Is that correct? I think it is! Sadly, this is not surprising to me, and … Continue reading

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In the blink of an eye: The birth of Penelope Jane

Penelope is my third child, and this pregnancy was my first time going past my due date. Those last days of pregnancy are a mental chess game, and I now understand just how much harder it is each day you go … Continue reading

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Nuna TAVO

When the Nuna TAVO arrived on our doorstep, my husband was eager to put it together and take baby’s first set of wheels for a test drive. If I’m being honest, he did the majority of the assembly. (It’s more his wheelhouse, pun … Continue reading

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Week 26: June is not soon

It’s crazy how pregnant I look—there’s such a difference even over the last two weeks! I’m struggling to wrap my mind around doing this for another three months. My belly will be out of control. I’m at the point now … Continue reading

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Petunia Pickle Bottom for MOBY Wrap

I was super excited to receive my Moby wrap, as I have been told this is an absolute must-have item for any new mom. It has been on a number of my girlfriends’ registries and I have even purchased my … Continue reading

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It’s just good to be home

This last week at work has been rough. I usually manage to get most of my work done in time to leave the office by 6 every evening, but due to some changes at work, this week has required much … Continue reading

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Week 25: Waiting and wondering

At this point in my pregnancy, I’m still popping by my OB’s office every four weeks to make sure Birdie and I are A-OK. Most of the time I try to avoid doctor visits, but from the moment my appointment ends, … Continue reading

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Ella’s Kitchen Giveaway Official Rules

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 http://www.pnmag.com/baby-buzz/giveaways/ellas-kitchen-giveaway-2017/ (“Sweepstakes Page”) and who are 18 as … Continue reading

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Week 35: How we nest

Every pregnancy of mine has been paired with some major home renovation project. This is partly due to the fact that we have been working on the house pretty much nonstop since we bought it eight years ago. However, there is … Continue reading

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Ella’s Kitchen Giveaway

Three hungry munchkins will win $500 of Ella’s Kitchen yummy infant foods! To be considered eligible to win you are opting in to receive Ella’s Kitchen monthly newsletter. For Official Rules please see here.  

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Bumbleride Speed

Let’s start by acknowledging what everyone is thinking: Running is hard. And running with a baby—exponentially harder. But, if you are inclined to do it, you could do far worse than the Bumbleride Speed. Introduced in 2016, the Speed keeps … Continue reading

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At long last: The birth of Junia

I was 10 days past my due date. Never in my life had 10 days felt so long—not even when I was a kid waiting for Christmas! Pregnant with my first child in the middle of July, 10 days overdue, fearing the unknown … Continue reading

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