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August 2015—Naturalmat giveaway

Slumber wonder One tiny dreamer will win a Naturalmat Spring Mat, a dual support mattress for both newborns and older babies. Use the supportive coir side for your new arrival and the springier latex side as your little one grows. … Continue reading

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Prevent varicose veins

During pregnancy, women are particularly susceptible to developing varicose veins for a variety of reasons, including increased blood volume, pressure in the leg veins and hormone levels, says Luis Navarro, MD, director of The Vein Treatment Center in New York … Continue reading

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Nursing necessities

1.  Itzy Ritzy breastfeeding scarf, $25 You’ll be in fine feather with a chic scarf that doubles as a nursing cover. 2. Birds & Bees Teas lactation tea, $18 Natural herbs keep mama’s milk supply flowing strong. 3. Benbini watch, … Continue reading

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August 2015 Free Stuff

We have more than $1,000 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, 2015. Kiinde Twist Gift Set … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Nursing and nutrition

Q: Between caring for a newborn and being completely sleep-deprived (see: caring for a newborn), I don’t exactly have the time or energy to whip up fresh and healthy homemade meals for myself. I am breastfeeding, though, so I want … Continue reading

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Taste the rainbow

We’re learning more and more that optimal nutrition is not a black-and-white issue. In fact, it’s in your best interest to dine on a rainbow of foods in order to reap all the beneficial nutrients and antioxidants Mother Nature has … Continue reading

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Prepping for conception

More often than not, the quest toward motherhood includes a few unplanned bumps, but for some women, the difficulties start with the first step: getting pregnant. If you’re having trouble conceiving, there can still be a happy ending in your … Continue reading

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Worth a shot

Babies aren’t the only ones with an immunization schedule to follow—mamas need to stay up-to-date on their inoculations, too. (Mom’s immunity is passed on to baby during pregnancy, so the vaccines you receive will protect your wee one, too!) Follow … Continue reading

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A roadmap to breastfeeding

It’s seldom easy, sometimes challenging and almost always worth it in the end. If you’re trying to breastfeed your babe and struggling to find your footing on this new path, know you’re not alone. We’ve all been there, and we’ve … Continue reading

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August 2015—Anita Maternity giveaway

Sleep chic One haute mama will win an Anita Maternity nursing bra and panty set, so she can feel sexy and supported throughout her breastfeeding journey.

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A pep talk from our editor

Throughout the month of August, we’ll be writing a lot about the benefits of breastfeeding—both in print and online. There are two reasons for this: (1) It’s so, so good for you and your baby, and (2) August is National Breastfeeding … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act

Q: I’m expecting my first baby next month and am planning to breastfeed. Is it true that I can get a free breast pump through my insurance? How does it work? A: The implementation of the 2012 Patient Protection and … Continue reading

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Freemie Freedom Deluxe Set

If you’re returning to work and want to continue feeding your baby breast milk, a pump is a necessity. Even if you’re not working, you may need to leave your little one for more than a few hours, or want to … Continue reading

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August 2015—Just Hatched giveaway

Clean routine One lucky family will win a Just Hatched gift basket. The adorable, sweet-smelling baby-care line contains no sulfates, parabens or phthalates—in other words, there’s “no yucky stuff” inside.

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One-woman show

I had a serious case of new-mom jitters when I brought my firstborn home from the hospital, but I quickly found my groove. In fact, I was so confident in my ability to care for my newborn that I basically … Continue reading

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The scoop on poop

The first No. 2 “The initial stool should appear within the first 24 hours of birth,” explains Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, board-certified pediatrician and co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn. “It is thick, black and tarry and is called … Continue reading

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Baby bunk

When you’re pregnant, nearly everyone who crosses your path will gladly tell you the best way to raise a baby. But following so-and-so’s suggestions isn’t necessarily what’s best for your wee one. We’ve waded through the most common baby-rearing beliefs … Continue reading

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7 things never to say to a pregnant lady

“Someone was hungry.” Your bulging bump is not an open invitation for others to comment on your eating habits, but some people will regardless. Try not to take it personally, and advise the opinionated spectators that what baby would really … Continue reading

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Spectra S1 Double Electric Breast Pump

Let me get this out of the way up front: The Spectra S1 is fantastic! When the NICU nurses told me my preemie needed fortifier, I knew direct breastfeeding was a no-go. Then, when they told me I should use a … Continue reading

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In the market

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Bound to please

Reference: Resources for early learners. 1. Paris: A Book of Shapes by Ashley Evanson, $7 Embark on a sightseeing and shape-spotting adventure as you locate the circles, squares, ovals and more hidden within the City of Lights’ iconic attractions. 2. How Tiger Says … Continue reading

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Back to class

1. My favorite part of beginning the school year? New shoes! —Chantel, Associate Editor Bucketfeet slip-ons, $68 2. Before there were first-day-of-school pictures, there were year-of-firsts baby books. —Lauren, Executive Editor Lucy Darling memory book, $35 3. The difference between … Continue reading

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August 2015—Serola giveaway

Support system Five bump-toting gals will win a Serola sacroiliac belt, providing stability at the base of the spine and offering compression and posture support.

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August 2015—Kiinde giveaway

Milky way One lactating lady will win a Kiinde Twist Gift Set, so she can pump, store, organize, warm and serve her breast milk using a single pouch. The system completely eliminates the need to transfer precious milk from bottles … Continue reading

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Restrictive behaviors

If you’ll be delivering baby in a hospital, there will likely be some rules and regulations by which you’ll have to abide. There might be a limit to the number of guests you can have in your room, a cap … Continue reading

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31 Days of Giveaways from Ingenuity

Ingenuity is giving away a prize a day during the month of August! Each winner will get to choose between a SmartBounce Automatic Bouncer, ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat, or Smart & Simple Playard, all in the Brighton fashion. SmartBounce Automatic Bouncer ConvertMe … Continue reading

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Week 34: Sharing is caring

Sharing is caring—perhaps one of the simplest, yet truest mottos in the English language. From the playground to adult life, I feel that sharing is one of the purest, least complicated ways we can show we genuinely care about another … Continue reading

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MÜV KUSSEN

Choosing the right car seat is one of the most important purchases a new parent can make. With so many car seats on the market, the decision-making process can be a bit overwhelming to say the least. So, I am … Continue reading

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Take the log out of your eye

“What is that?” my wife asked in a slightly freaked out tone. She was pointing at the baby’s left eye. I squinted and leaned in close. Mustering all of my vast medical knowledge, I said, “I don’t know. It looks … Continue reading

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Baby Graham weaning the way

A major and exciting milestone has been reached here in the Morrison household. Little Graham has ventured into the world of real food! It happened a few days ago when my parents and sister were over for a big family … Continue reading

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Medela Freestyle Double Electric Breast Pump

For working moms, a good breast pump can make all the difference in successful breastfeeding. When it comes to breast pumps, Medela has a reputation for being the best. The Freestyle pump is a double electric pump designed to be … Continue reading

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Week 11: A slight change in delivery

Three of the four positive pregnancy tests I’ve taken in my life have been in the bathroom at work. Always in the same stall. This has nothing to do with anything except that I feel as though it helps to illustrate the … Continue reading

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VTech VM343 Baby Monitor Giveaway

Intuitive and resourceful, just like you, VTech’s VM343 Safe&Sound Pan & Tilt Full Color Video and Audio Monitor helps you keep an eye (and ear!) on your little one from up to 1,000 feet away. We love the remote pan … Continue reading

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Week 37: True or false

This week has been pretty eventful and pretty exciting. My nesting instinct is stronger than it’s ever been, and it feels like I’m really checking stuff off our to-do list. Jesse even put together Anaïs’s loft bed in her room … Continue reading

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Win it: Belly Armor

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Zemmi (AZ), Avril (OH) and Heather (OR)! The expectant crowd takes a whole lot of precautions to ensure their babes-to-be are healthy and safe. You carefully consider what foods to put on your plate … Continue reading

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Homeward bound: The birth of Cheyton Texas

It’s surreal to think this day even happened; it feels like a dream that happened in my heart. How do I even begin to write the majesty of the day our son came earth side, the day I became a … Continue reading

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A thought about the concept of time

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted and for that I’m sorry. When life gets busy a month can fly by, and although in that time I’m not any different, as a month in adult terms is such a short … Continue reading

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TwinGo Carrier

The TwinGo Carrier is—in a word—amazing! Few products are so intuitive and thoughtfully crafted; the creator of this carrier thought of everything. As the name suggests, it can be used to carry two children at once, or it can be … Continue reading

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Week 33: Blank canvas baby

Here’s the thing: I really, really don’t like pink. I’m not into princesses, dance or diamonds. I wouldn’t say I’m a tomboy, but I do love my neutrals. Speaking of muted colors—I have probably used the word “neutral” one too many … Continue reading

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Stair training

When most people speak of training on the stairs, they are referring to a form of exercise in which they run up and down stairs to increase strength and endurance, but we have been talking about a different kind of … Continue reading

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Kelly Moore Ponder Bag

Sometimes the perfect diaper bag ends up not being a “real” diaper bag at all. Such is the case of the Kelly Moore Ponder bag, which is designed to be a camera bag but functions perfectly as a baby bag. … Continue reading

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The perks of being a breastfeeder

We’ve officially been parents for five whole months now! No other five-month span in my life has been filled with so many changes, so many new joys and so much love. I can’t believe my sweet little baby boy is growing up … Continue reading

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Week 36: Window of opportunity

You guys. I’m officially in my “window,” and I’m beyond excited. What is this window I speak of? It’s basically the time in my pregnancy when it is pretty safe to birth a baby. It’s essentially the moment I am … Continue reading

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Hurry down: The birth of Brooklin

In April I had found out I was expecting a little baby! I got so excited, but I did not know what I was in for. During my (long) pregnancy, I was in and out of the hospital and so scared every … Continue reading

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Twelve Months of Emmelia

Twelve months ago—and every day since—a 7-pound baby girl stole my heart. Believe me when I say I’m intimately acquainted with how quickly newborns turn into babies, and babies into toddlers, and toddlers into kiddos. But somehow, here I am, … Continue reading

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Win it: CookieCutterKingdom

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Brittney(OR)! Stumped about what to make for your little one’s first birthday bash or your co-worker’s baby shower? Even the simplest cookie recipe can wow a crowd with a pretty presentation! This summer, you can be … Continue reading

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Ameda Purely Yours CarryAll Double Electric Breast Pump

By kid No. 3, one might like to think they’re a bit of a parenting pro, but I’m finding out that—at least when it comes to breastfeeding—I am anything but. I have experienced babies who were great eaters from the … Continue reading

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Week 32: Matters of the heart

I was having dinner with my best friend Stefanie on Tuesday night at LaFonda—one of our favorite restaurants to sit outside. I was telling her about some of my money concerns. You know, I’m in debt; I pay out more … Continue reading

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Our little bookworm

Our sweet little Graham is 20 weeks old. It amazes me how much he’s grown and developed in less than five months’ time. Lately he’s been really interested in grabbing and gnawing on his tiny feet. He can sit on his own … Continue reading

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Week 35: What a year

In one trip around the sun, Jesse and I moved houses twice, got married, went on a honeymoon, got pregnant, went on a babymoon and are now about to have this little boy join our family! We just celebrated our … Continue reading

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