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Buyer’s Guide 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $3,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our Buyer’s Guide! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes December 31, 2014. Charlie Banana … Continue reading

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Week 26: Ten spectacular things about labor and delivery

There are few things to love about the act of birthing a child. Unless of course you are: -Dilated to 9.5 before having a contraction. -A sadist. -Done with the entire delivery after you cough, or sneeze. -The Virgin Mary, … Continue reading

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Diaper duty

When did diapers get so cute? Seven years ago, we had pretty standard options in the world of disposable diapers—white, maybe with a cartoon character, organic if you wanted to get really crazy. In all honesty, we were that earnest, … Continue reading

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Baby Einstein Rhythm of the Reef Activity Saucer

While I typically stay as far as possible from primary colored, plastic molded, electronic baby gear, the Rhythm of the Reef Activity Saucer caught my eye (perhaps at first that was a negative feeling, ha), and I haven’t looked back. … Continue reading

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One final date

As I was writing last week’s post, I honestly thought I would probably be writing this week to report that we had a new baby. Alas, no such luck, though. Since we didn’t have a baby this week, we decided … Continue reading

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Enjoying the firsts

The four-month mark has been extra exciting for Bea—she’s a whopping 14.2 pounds and 26 inches long; she rolls over like a pro, grabs toys and is fond of sharing her big, gummy smile with anyone who peeks into her … Continue reading

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Star moms participate in ALS ice-bucket challenge

Celebrity Baby Scoop is joining in on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. In the trending campaign, people are asking 2-3 of their friends to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads. If your friends do not accept the … Continue reading

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Week 33: Birthing class

It was a long day. I laughed. I cried. I almost fell off a birthing ball. It was informative, and it was terrifying. Perhaps you are familiar with the experience I’m talking about: childbirth education class. Since the thought of … Continue reading

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Mamas & Papas Urbo2

Shopping for a stroller can be overwhelming. Options are endless, with a myriad of brands and styles flooding the marketplace annually. Travel sets, three wheels, four wheels, all-terrain … it can quickly become a guessing game. So my wife and … Continue reading

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Papa time

Rowan’s still very much a mama’s boy, seeking solace in my arms often. But he’s finally starting to realize there’s another person in our family who’s actually quite fun–Papa! Arthur’s no longer just someone who provides bottles or diaper changes … Continue reading

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What a rush: The birth story of Caroline

I always enjoy reading other women’s birth stories on their blogs, even more so once I knew I was expecting. Here’s the story of Caroline’s birth; it was a wild ride… I was two days shy of 36 weeks when … Continue reading

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Win it: Skip Hop

The contest is closed. Congratulations to Sarah! Mamas, we know you’re busy running from the playground to the doctor’s office for yet another well check, and we’ve found a diaper bag that can finally keep up—and keep you looking great. … Continue reading

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Week 25: Pregnancy brain and mommy amnesia

Pregnancy Brain. Maybe it’s the impending lack of sleep and whole human life you’re about to be responsible for that’s distracting you. Maybe it’s hormones. Whatever it is, it’s your first actual taste of what it might be like to be senile. Watch for … Continue reading

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One-month milestones

Is baby acne a milestone? What about flaky skin? She has both adorable ailments going on, and her siblings are big-eyed with concern. “Mom! Look at that red bump! And what’s wrong with her forehead? Her skin is peeling off! … Continue reading

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Combi Coccoro

The Combi Coccoro convertible car seat is perfect for smaller vehicles and for children weighing 3 to 40 pounds. It offers a five-point harness system and both rear and forward-facing positions. When I received my Combi, I was impressed with the … Continue reading

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Preparing for the visit

We are no longer counting down the weeks to the birth. We are counting down the days. There are many things that could be racing through our minds right now. We could be thinking about last minute supplies we might … Continue reading

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Roll over, baby

Bea has been working on rolling over for weeks now. Every day I grab her hand and help guide her onto her tummy while cheering “ROLLLLLL OVERRR BABYYYYYY” in my shrillest, most I-swore-I’d-never-talk-like-this mommy voice. She tolerates my little training … Continue reading

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Alison Sweeney: It’s important to be a good role model for my kids

“The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney recently spoke with Celebrity Baby Scoop about her newest novel, getting a good night’s sleep, fitness routine and summertime with her two children, Ben and Megan. CBS: Health and fitness is on everyone’s mind these … Continue reading

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Perfect, pink and beautiful: The birth of Lily

Our birth story really should start with mom and dad. We were friends in high school (15 years ago) and found our way to each other through social media. Alex and I have that relationship that people only read about. … Continue reading

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No means no

Rowan’s world was turned on its side after we introduced our little mischief-maker to the word, “No.” He’s not fond of it. The cries and frustration used to be reserved solely for hunger and sleep issues. Now they’re fair game … Continue reading

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Mima Moon High Chair

My initial reaction to most baby essentials (i.e., highchairs, strollers and car seats) is disappointment. Maybe I’m wired differently, but the aesthetics of these everyday items are important to me. As a branding professional, I scrutinize and analyze image and … Continue reading

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Win it: Baby Brezza

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Doris from Texas! With all the measuring, mixing and warming, mealtime can be a hassle for formula-feeding moms. Now you can simplify your bottle-prepping process, thanks to Formula Pro by Baby Brezza, so you … Continue reading

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Week 24: The thickening and the quickening

The thickening I reached the thickening before I was pregnant, but that’s less about pregnancy and more about an insatiable love for junk food. A post for another time. In pregnancy, the term “thickening” is the time when your uterus starts … Continue reading

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This breast pump is freaking me out

Baby girl is knocking on four weeks, and I’m itching to get back to a regular workout schedule. But I’m exclusively breastfeeding, so the few times I’ve managed to squeeze in a workout I can pretty much chalk up to … Continue reading

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Graco Size4Me 65

One of the best things about the Graco Size4Me 65 is the fact that it can grow with your child. There is one rear-facing setup (4-40 lbs) and two forward facing setups (20-40 lbs and 20-65 lbs) that adjust depending … Continue reading

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Know by name

Names are like tattoos. They are with you for the rest of your life, and there is a story behind them. Sometimes the story is very deep and profound. Sometimes the story is as simple as, “Oh, I just sort … Continue reading

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14 Celebrity Moms Breastfeeding In Public

Considering their lack of anonymity with paparazzi lurking at every street corner, we salute celebrity moms who breastfeed their babies while out and about! Although it’s still considered taboo in some circles, there’s no shame in nursing your baby in … Continue reading

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Thumb, meet mouth

As of this weekend, Bea has developed highly coordinated thumb-sucking capabilities. Previously, getting her favorite finger to stay in place took some frustrated effort, and she could be easily deterred with a pacifier. Now, her arm is spring-loaded to shoot … Continue reading

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Week 31: No maternity photos?

I know there’s a chance I’ll regret it. I know they’re really popular right now, and I should do them. I know that you’re only pregnant with your first baby once and that I’ll never get the opportunity to capture … Continue reading

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Molding a little man

My role as Rowan’s mother, up until recently, had been limited to keeping him clean, clothed, fed and content. Now that my dependent little baby is becoming an independent little boy, I also get to help him explore the world … Continue reading

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Win it: Belly Bandit

The contest is closed. Congratulations to Valine (OK)! For mamas-to-be looking for some extra bump support, Belly Bandit is here to lend a helping hand—er, band. Whatever stage you find yourself, there’s a band to make new moms look and … Continue reading

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Exciting and exhilerating: The birth story of Adrian

On Thursday, April 24, I was 38 weeks and four days pregnant. I woke up at 3 a.m. and was having contractions. I did my best to sleep through them and not wake up my hubby. Andre woke up that morning … Continue reading

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Perry Mackin Harper

The Perry Mackin Harper is a good looking utilitarian diaper bag. The Harper is constructed from nylon and features leather trim. The bag fits my husband’s requirement of not looking like a purse and my requirement of not screaming “baby … Continue reading

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Umbilical cord eeek

Newborns and their umbilical cord stumps, ugh. Am I right? And I’m not talking about their appearance, either. They may not be the cutest part of new babies, but that’s not my issue. It’s how those scabby little things never … Continue reading

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Week 23: 15 responses you don’t want to hear from your OB/midwife

There are a lot of things about pregnancy most doctors know—and a lot they don’t know. Isn’t that true of any profession? Except maybe working in an ice cream shop, and even then do we really know how the soft serve … Continue reading

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bloom nano highchair

Our search for a high chair involved two main concerns: a modern design and practicality, withstanding the inevitable spills and messes our little one would create. The bloom nano highchair surpassed our expectations on both fronts. First up, the nano looks … Continue reading

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Mommy the introvert

My wife is an introvert. She needs a certain amount of time to herself in order to “recharge.” Her emotional fuel tank eventually runs dry if she doesn’t have a chance to be alone and think and pray and rest. … Continue reading

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Nursery complete!

I think one of the biggest perks of having a baby is all the crafty stuff that comes along with it, especially getting to decorate a nursery. Maybe my passion for sewing, glue guns and paint runs a little too … Continue reading

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Hollywood Baby Boom: 10 Pregnant Celebrities

In last year’s Hollywood baby boom, we met Fergie and Josh Duhamel’s adorable son Axl, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s darling daughter Everly, and our favorite baby of 2013, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge! Who will be adding to their families … Continue reading

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Week 30: Moving while pregnant

So, we moved this past weekend. Moving in general is awful. Moving while pregnant is not for the faint of heart. Every part of my body aches, and yes, I mean every part. I don’t know anything about CrossFit, but … Continue reading

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TWELVElittle Allure Weekender

I love bags, and like my requirements for most other baby gear, I wanted a diaper bag that seamlessly fits into my life. I love my baby girl ,but I definitely do not love the endless amounts of pink, cartoons … Continue reading

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Win It: Konfidence

The contest is closed. Congratulations to Amber (FL), Chrissy (PA), Casey (SC)! It’s time to hit the beach! Make a splash with your little one this summer with these awesome prizes from Konfidence. The Konfidence Babywarma Neoprene Swimsuit is specially … Continue reading

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Cruisin’ and bruisin’

Rowan was on the verge of crawling for what seemed like forever. I offered him words of encouragement, but I didn’t push for it as vehemently as others might. I knew as soon as he was more mobile, it would … Continue reading

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Our sweet girl: The birth story of Melinda

I planned to go visit my dear friend Dannii in the afternoon before my 37-week check-up appointment at 4 p.m. I got a call from my doctor telling me my appointment needed to be pushed to 5:30 p.m. because she … Continue reading

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Phase facts

When you’re a first-time parent, the little things your baby does seem magical … and sometimes bizarre … and occasionally unbearable. Luckily, the path has been paved; odds are, the things you’re experiencing have been observed and survived by countless … Continue reading

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Class act

Create a room that gives baby an early start on her ABCs and 123s. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

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August 2014 Free Stuff

This contest is closed. The winners are: Jenny (NY), Monica (NJ), Melinda (LA), Rosanna (IL), Daniel (MD), April (UT), Rachel (MS), Michael (IN), Diane (RI), Andrea (KY), Lonaeja (NV), Cathy (WI), Kathleen (FL), Kristy (GA), Renee (MD), Maria (FL), Alicia … Continue reading

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Slippery when wet

Bathing baby can be an intimidating undertaking. But with a bit of preparation and a few handy tips, you’ll be running like a well-oiled lean, mean baby-cleaning machine in no-time. Like a sponge Until baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off, … Continue reading

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I can see (myself) clearly now

I was at a dinner party, cradling my newborn daughter proudly in my arms, when a male friend seated across the table looked at me, then whispered something into my husband’s ear. My curiosity was piqued. What did he say? … Continue reading

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Week 22: Let’s talk about PUPPP

I recently found out that I won the skin rash lottery by being the one in 200 pregnancies that is awarded PUPPP (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy—whew!). Call me lucky, but having a summer pregnancy, a baby already … Continue reading

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