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Graco Swivi Seat 3-in-1 Booster

As its name suggests, the Graco Swivi Seat 3-in-1 Booster sets itself apart from similar attachable boosters with its ability to swivel atop its base. We’ve found it to be a very handy feature for spoon-feeding our little guy—we simply rotate … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Pool safety

We’ve just moved into a new house with a swimming pool in the backyard. I’m delighted—but terrified. What kind of precautions do we need to take to ensure our 9-month-old stays safe? A: Securing the pool physically, so your baby … Continue reading

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Round and round you grow

Have a conscience: Kimberly Parry Organics, $22; Green Goo by Sierra Sage, $13; Earth Mama Angel Baby, $18 Like buttah: Palmer’s, $7; Mederma, $40; The Boppy Company, $15 The oil treatment: Mustela, $30; Bio-Oil, $20; Belli, $34; Noodle & Boo, $18

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July 2016—Arm’s Reach giveaway

Together is better One co-sleeping crew will win an Arm’s Reach Ideal Ezee 3-in-1 bassinet, featuring bedside sleeper, freestanding bassinet and play yard modes.

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Quick and dirty parent hacks

Make your days as a mom a little easier with these pro tips from Asha Dornfest, author of Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids. Diaper lowdown Babies can outgrow one disposable diaper size before fitting into the … Continue reading

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July 2016—Konfidence giveaway

Swim lessons One cutie patootie will win a Konfidence gift set, featuring The Original Konfidence Jacket, Roll & Go Babychanger Changing Pad, two Babywarma Neoprene Swimsuits and Two Aquanappys.

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Mother hover

Little ones genuinely require a lot of attention and assistance—they need your help eating, bathing, changing clothes and even getting to sleep. But there are times that you can be a bit more hands-off—and if you start letting your baby … Continue reading

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Lily Jade giveaway from NeilMed!

  Enter here now to win a Lily Jade diaper bag from NeilMed!  

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One month

Well, after a long month, we are finally welcoming Anaïs back home—our new home—in a couple of days! In fact, by the time you read this post, we will most likely be in the car heading home, and she will, … Continue reading

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Graco Dream Suite Bassinet

We have been so thankful for the Dream Suite Bassinet. It has done double-duty at our house—first as a sleep space in our room, and it has now found its place on our lower level for convenience as a nap … Continue reading

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Week 39: Keeping myself entertained

Thirty-nine weeks, wow! Guys, honestly, what can I say at this point? Every day is filled with the highest anticipation and tons of texts and phone calls saying, “I am so ready for you to have your baby. Why is it … Continue reading

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Constant state of panic

Recently I came across an old blog post that I wrote a couple years ago. I usually enjoy reading old posts about the thoughts that were swimming around in my head in the past.  This particular blog post, however, was … Continue reading

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Medela Pump in Style Advanced Backpack

The Medela Pump In Style Advanced is an outstanding breast pump. It is effective and easy to use, and for a busy mom who has little free time, easy and effective are key! The instructions are clear and easy to … Continue reading

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Traveling with three

I’m talking three kids. Three total people? Please, that’s child’s play. Traveling with three kids (and a dog), however, is no easy feat. Every summer, we head to my MIL’s place on Martha’s Vineyard, and despite recently adding Austin to … Continue reading

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Growing pains: The birth of Annelise

I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy—just your run-of-the-mill horrible hip pain at night, occasional leg cramps, nonstop eating and general misery. My first baby is 8 months old now. She is precious, but that last trimester of pregnancy is rough! The weeks … Continue reading

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Week 22: What a might good man

This past Sunday I made sure to include my husband in the Father’s Day festivities. Even though his daughter hasn’t been born yet, he’s been an amazing father since the day we got a positive pregnancy test. The morning after … Continue reading

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DockATot

We received a DockATot Deluxe when our son was about 2 weeks old. We had never used anything like it with our older son, so we were excited to give it a look! The DockATot came promptly in a black … Continue reading

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Father’s Day weekend

We did it! We’ve finally moved into our new house! Granted, there are still boxes everywhere, we still don’t have any appliances, and our bathrooms are just barely functional—but we are in!! We are still sleeping with our mattress on … Continue reading

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Week 38: My contribution

In the wake of last week’s mass shooting tragedy, I had a personal revelation. As details of the event slowly unfolded and we learned the names, the faces and the families of each victim, I was truly broken by the … Continue reading

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Finding a way to be kind to myself

I hate my fat disgusting body. I don’t think I’m supposed to say that. I’m supposed to love my body no matter what it looks like. But the truth is that I don’t. I’ve tried; believe me.  But I can’t. It’s … Continue reading

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Evenflo Aeris BabySuite

The Aeris BabySuite by Evenflo is exactly what you’d expect in a mid-range sleeper. It is reliable and sturdy, and it gets the job done—all at a reasonable price. Upon the arrival of the Aeris BabySuite to my doorstep, I … Continue reading

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Double the love: The birth of Deacon

We found out we were pregnant with baby No. 2 a couple of weeks after our first child’s first birthday, which was also four days before we departed for our family vacation to Hawaii. From the very beginning of this pregnancy, I … Continue reading

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Six-week milestones: Big and small

Every child reaches benchmarks at different ages. Some speak really early, while some take so much time you think they might be part caveman because of their minimal vocabulary and constant pointing and grunting. In the first month of life, however, … Continue reading

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Week 21: Hello, pregnancy brain

I get asked how I am feeling a lot these days. I can honestly answer that as far as my health goes, I feel pretty good. I’ve got a good amount of energy, an overzealous appetite, and aside from some … Continue reading

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Big boy

We were hoping to move into our house last week, but as it turns out, there was still some work to be done. That’s the way it goes with a home renovation, right? We’ve since changed locales and are really … Continue reading

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Diono Dreamliner Travel Bassinet

Our family loves to travel, but while packing before departure, we always find ourselves contemplating sleep arrangements—the most difficult of that being our newborn. Do we haul our oversized, heavy pack ‘n play? Will it fit in the car or … Continue reading

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Week 37: I can feel her head!

At my most recent appointment, my doctor decided to check me for the first time after I told her I was experiencing contractions (woo!). It was the same appointment as the, ahem, lovely swab test, so I was already feeling … Continue reading

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Not so little anymore

Time moves too quickly. I remember in elementary school when the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas seemed like an eternity.  Now I feel like entire years pass before I even know what’s happened. This week the 6-year-old learned to ride … Continue reading

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How I’ll stay/get fit … again

I’m guessing you’ve all heard of the trend that was sweeping the nation a few months ago called “dad bod,” which basically implied that dads have a specific body type best defined as “softly round,” according to Urban Dictionary. I … Continue reading

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Laughing matter: The birth of Anani Pearl

Saturday morning, June 1, I woke up with this crazy urge to pee. I got up, or rather rolled out of bed and headed to the bathroom. (I was in my 38th week of pregnancy.) Everything went normally, so I headed back … Continue reading

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Week 20: Little milestones

Pregnancy is all about the milestones … getting past that first trimester, hearing your baby’s heart beat for the first time, discovering the sex of your baby, feeling that first kick. These little milestones are what keep us sane. These are … Continue reading

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Osprey Poco AG

My husband and I first bonded while hiking together. We now have a little one, but we still love to get outside to hit the trails as often as we can. We were delighted to put the new Osprey Poco … Continue reading

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Week 36: Am I leaking?

I cannot believe June 2016 has finally arrived. It feels like yesterday I had a full-blown meltdown over realizing I was having a baby come summertime. The hot heat of Atlanta makes me happy to know this process will come … Continue reading

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New mom support group

I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’m back again to talk about nursing and how very, very hard it is for me. With all four kids I’ve given it my best effort, and all four times I’ve spent … Continue reading

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Peace and quiet: The birth of Sophia Shehabi

While waiting to pick up my prescription glasses, I felt a hint of a backache—my first during the entire pregnancy. At that point I was at 38 weeks. Early the next morning, at 4 a.m., I felt a trickle of … Continue reading

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Thule RideAlong Mini

As two very active people, my wife and I planned to continue our activities and outdoor adventures when our boy came along. We loved biking—whether as an activity in and of itself or as a means to get to the … Continue reading

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The energizer, the hellion and the sleeper

Nolan, Graham and Austin. There’s my empire; there’s the three title characters for this post. And with summer all but here, they’ll be on display all day, every day. Nolan is done with school this week, which means it’s the … Continue reading

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Week 19: Can you hear me in there?

I’ve been talking to my belly since around eight weeks, when I first saw the little embryo during an ultrasound. At first, it wasn’t more than a random thought here or there or occasionally some words of encouragement. After that … Continue reading

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Summer is here

With Memorial Day behind us, the unofficial start of summer is here. And with that, are the long, hot days and balmy nights. Over the weekend, our neighborhood pool opened up to accommodate everyone with a cool place of respite, … Continue reading

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Into the woods

Treat your baby to a few creature comforts in the nursery.  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 … Continue reading

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Celebrate good times

I use baker’s twine for everything from wrapping sweet treats to attaching gift tags. —Lacey, Editor in Chief The Twinery gold shimmer twine, $15 This letterpressed banner comes in a boy version, too. —Ciera, Editorial Intern Thimblepress banner kit, $24 … Continue reading

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Say cheese

Store your monthly memories in a petite brag book. Pinhole Press brag book, $25 Keep the focus on baby by setting up a simple background—removable wallpaper makes it easy! A basic bodysuit paired with a ready-made sticker pays tribute to the … Continue reading

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Shorts notice

Garden variety. Billie Blooms, $34 Flock this way. Rocky Racoon, from $22 High and dry. Blush Baby Boutique, $16 Too hot to trot. Sweet Pea Closet, $18 Spot on. Little Maggie Moo, $22 Oh, the suspense. Thief & Bandit, $48

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Baby’s first-year bucket list

Things I was annoyed by while pregnant: throwing up everything I ate, waiting 45 minutes to see my time-challenged gyno, my newly acquired cankles, and my husband saying that we were having a baby. (Um, did you gain 45 pounds … Continue reading

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Swim team

Dive into summer gracefully with a sophisticated swan inflatable sized just right for your little duckling. Sunny Life baby inflatable swan, $30; Beach Ball 4 Fun beach balls, $30 for 12; Boon bath toy set, $13 Keep that adorably bald noggin covered. San Diego … Continue reading

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The first trimester blues

Early pregnancy isn’t all plus signs and happy secrets. Although the first trimester is filled with excitement and anticipation, it’s also infused with its share of aches and pains. But common mom-to-be woes can be survived with a few proactive measures. … Continue reading

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Rules to eat by

There is a whole lot of advice on what pregnant women should eat and not eat—most of which sounds pretty straightforward on paper. But when it comes to real life, all the suggestions can be tough to remember—let alone stick … Continue reading

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Choose a child care provider

Whether you’re searching for a full-time nanny or an occasional babysitter, choosing someone to watch your little one is an important decision. “A caretaker is an extension of the parents’ eyes, ears and heart,” says Florence Ann Romano, nanny expert. … Continue reading

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The more the merrier

Although there’s appeal in purchasing a do-it-all stroller—a less jam-packed garage and fuller wallet notwithstanding—it’s not the best choice for every family. Depending on your lifestyle, you might want up to three strollers. Newborn-friendly In the early days when your … Continue reading

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