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Ask the Experts: What to look for in a crib mattress

Q: We’re working on our baby registry, and the crib mattresses all seem the same to me. are some better than others? What should I be looking for? A: That’s such a great question, as all crib mattresses are not created … Continue reading

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November 2017 giveaways

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Diane (IL), Ashley (NJ), Jaclyn (CA), Jaye (MN), Giovanna (WY), Dawn (FL), Jessica (CT), Anne (MI), Diana (CA), Katherine (IN), Bethlyn (NH), Kate (NY), Kimberly (WA) and Nicole (NJ)! We have $1,700 worth … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Finding a babysitter

Q: My husband and I are desperate for a date night, but we don’t have any family nearby. How do we begin finding a sitter we can trust? A: Finding someone you can trust to watch your most precious treasures can feel … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: How to relieve infant gas

Q: When my little guy gets fussy, it’s usually because he’s gassy. What are some easy ways to relieve the issue? A: There are a few things you can try to bring your son relief: Avoid overfeeding (too frequently or too much). … Continue reading

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November 2017—Backstage Bag giveaway

One fortunate family will be gifted a Backstage Bag Celebrity Baby Basket (a $725 value!), featuring the Diono Quantum Stroller and essential accessories, including a Buggy Buddy, Dry Seat, Stroller Fan, 2-in-1 Head Support and Buggy Hooks.

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Ask the Experts: Collecting cord blood

Q: We’re planning to bank our baby’s cord blood, but I’m worried it will be painful for him or interrupt our bonding time after delivery. Can you give me a sense of what the collection process looks like? A: Umbilical cord blood … Continue reading

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Evenflo Lyric Musical Bouncer

All of my babies have just absolutely lived in bouncers. That’s why I was so excited that Evenflo has come out with a new sleek, lightweight bouncer that is as functionally cool as it is eye-catching called the Lyric Musical … Continue reading

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Nuna Leaf Curv

When I sat down to write this, I told my husband it would be the shortest review I’d written. Now, my brevity shouldn’t be taken as a lack of enthusiasm for the Nuna LEAF Curv (trust me, we’ll get to … Continue reading

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How to clean your baby gear

Stroller Make use of that handheld vacuum, and remove all visible food pieces from the fabric (especially the cracks where baby’s back and bottom meet). Dampen a cloth with cool water and wipe away any remaining dust or particles. Add … Continue reading

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November 2017—Rainbow Light giveaway

Two expectant women will win a 10-month supply of Rainbow Light Vibrance Prenatal Multivitamin plus Immune Support, so both mom and baby get the key nutritional support they need.

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Good in bed

To prevent pregnancy, which could be draining on both your body and spirit so soon after childbirth, use condoms during sex until you’ve had a chance to discuss with your doctor or midwife what the best birth control option is … Continue reading

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Road Test: Two for the road

Sideshow Perfect for twins or close-in- age siblings, this side-by-side ride is slim enough to make it through narrow spaces and offers independent, one-hand reclining seats. It even accom modates two Maxi-Cosi infant car seats (sold separately). Maxi-Cosi Dana For2, $500 … Continue reading

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November 2017—Amalou giveaway

Four fabulous moms will win the complete Amalou Regimen, including an exfoliating face wash, detoxifying tonic, balancing moisturizer and night treatment.

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You bought a zoo

Say grace Little Marc Jacobs dress, $121 Trunk show Silk Road Bazaar booties, $22 So stinkin’ cute Oeuf jumpsuit, $158 Dam adorable Robeez shoes, $26 Life is ruff Kira Kids romper, $55 On the sly Mini Rodini dress, $80 Something’s … Continue reading

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Beaba Fabric Bath

Bath tubs. How different can they be? All you really need is a small bin to fill for your baby to sit in, right?  I never knew what I was missing from an infant tub until I used the Béaba … Continue reading

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Taking care of you

My OB warned me that the first six weeks after the birth of my son would be the hardest. And she was right. Surprisingly, one of the trickiest parts of the transition was figuring out how to tend to my … Continue reading

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Grand expectations

While you’re eagerly tracking each new development during your pregnancy, you may be missing another transformation taking place. Your parents and in-laws are learning to navigate a new relationship with you. They may even be experiencing grandparenthood for the first … Continue reading

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November 2017—Belly Bandit giveaway

One nursing mama will score a Perfect Nursing Dress and Perfect Nursing Tee from Belly Bandit, so she can breastfeed in style.

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Ask the Experts: Raising a bilingual baby

Q: My partner is French, and we’d like to raise our daughter to be bilingual, but I’m not sure how it would work. I’d love to hear what the process looked like from a family that has had success with it. … Continue reading

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Win big with Chicco!

Contest closes November 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Click here for terms and conditions.

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November 2017—Gathre giveaway

  One lucky winner will receive a wipeable leather Maxi Mat from Gathre, perfect for all indoor and outdoor activities.

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Sour power

Giving yourself a gut check might be one of the best things you can do for a healthy pregnancy and your overall long-term well-being. You see, the community of critters in your intestinal tract (aka the microbiome) is home to … Continue reading

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Kids these days

Bet it all on love Say everything in an outfit built for professing your feelings. Oeuf sweater, $100; hat, $52; Anne-Claire Petit plush music box, $75; ED Ellen DeGeneres socks, $10 for two pairs; 12|12 organic leggings, $32 Own the Room Don’t be afraid … Continue reading

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Feeling blue

Blogger and clothing designer Rachel Parcell joined forces with Oilo Studio last fall to create a stunning room for her sweet son, Jackson. They steered toward a regal, sophisticated design but kept things kid-friendly with a soft rug for playing, … Continue reading

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The best kind of failure

I had a birthday this past week. It was likely the most anticlimactic birthday of my 36 years. It rained all day, and my kids were sick and exceptionally clingy and whiny. Roland has been very congested and no matter … Continue reading

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Syki Bath Support

There’s nothing more terrifying for a parent than giving your new baby their first bath. Newborns curl into little balls of fluff and fall into themselves as you try to hold them up in a vessel of water. Going into … Continue reading

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Full moons & baby booms: The birth of Penelope

Childbirth [chahyld-burth] Noun 1. The act or instance of bringing forth a child AKA … the scariest, craziest, most insane, beautifully wonderful adventure I have ever been on. What’s been about two months now seems like it was yesterday, but five … Continue reading

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Motherhood’s greatest hits

For my last post, I want to share some of the things I love about being a mom. They’re not in any particular order, although number one must be this: seeing and holding a new baby for the first time. … Continue reading

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An expanded perimeter and a new point of view

Roland is now getting around to various rooms of the house. At the same time as he got the hang of crawling, he found his balance sitting up. He’s overwhelmed with the possibilities as he contemplates whether to investigate a … Continue reading

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A matter of time: The birth of Arlo

The logical side of my brain knew that my due date was far from a guaranteed deadline. I tried to mentally prepare myself for going past June 23 and often joked that my baby would probably be tardy to the … Continue reading

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Moving on

Next week will be my last Adventures in Motherhood post, but that’s not the only change happening around here! Shawn and I have decided to move east to be closer to our families. After seven years in Utah, this is … Continue reading

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Win a $300 Travel System from Evenflo!

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In on the action

Roland wants to be in on all the action now. For the most part this is a good thing because his sisters usually want him in on it as well, and I love seeing them all together. Sometimes they will … Continue reading

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A happy haze: The birth of David

It was October in Denver, Colorado. The weather was mild and sunny. I was about five days away from my delivery date, and I came in to work as usual. Around mid-morning, I was sitting at my desk when I … Continue reading

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bloom fresco chrome chair

I’m a big fan of modern baby gear, so as soon as I saw the bloom fresco chrome, I knew it was the highchair for me. (Well, for my baby.) Choosing a color was tough because they have so many … Continue reading

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3 things that saved my bum postpartum

Buy cute pajamas to wear when you have visitors! Go up a cup size when you get nursing bras! These are good and helpful pieces of advice that friends will tell you, but your best friends? Your best friends will … Continue reading

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Being baby happy

Baby happy is the best kind of happy. Here are some basics I’ve learned from my littles over the years. Simplicity Babies have very few expectations. After a full tummy, a clean diaper, and a nap, everything else is icing. … Continue reading

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Taste test

I love food. I love eating it and cooking it, and I wish I were better at growing it. I want food and cooking together to be an important part of our family life, so I’m usually excited to initiate … Continue reading

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Eclectic cool

“We wanted the room to be fun and playful and not take itself too seriously. I have a pretty hard time sticking with a strict theme or color scheme, so the nursery could probably best be described as ‘hodgepodge.’ But I think … Continue reading

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Color splash

“Creating a nursery is a long process. There were some weeks that I worried it was going to be boring. Then there were times I thought I’d surely gone overboard. So my advice is to try to keep things in … Continue reading

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Crib notes

A charming earth- and baby-friendly option at an affordable price. It converts all the way up to a full-size bed. DaVinci Baby Flora (conversion kit sold separately), $259 Create a modern mood by mixing acrylic and solid walnut with this high-quality crib that is sustainably … Continue reading

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Baby talks

When I was expecting Deacon, I thought about what it would mean to start over with another baby. Back to diapers, bottles, interrupted sleep, endless spit-up covered laundry. … But, in my mind, the most frustrating part of starting anew … Continue reading

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How to fight the flu while pregnant

First and foremost The best way to beat the flu is to get a flu shot. Not only is this quick stick safe for bump-bearing moms, but it has been shown to also protect your little one for up to several … Continue reading

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Oh, sugar

I shuffle quietly into the kitchen and open the refrigerator. The rest of the house is sleeping when I twist the cap off and take my first swig. The orange syrupy drink goes down smooth, but the sugary aftertaste lingers … Continue reading

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Parent-approved highchairs

Modern convenience                                                                             … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Snacks for breastfeeding

Q: I’m exclusively breastfeeding my little one, and I’m ravenous all the time. Can you recommend some easy, healthy and filling snacks? I’ve been eating an embarrassing number of PB&J’s. A: I know what you mean! Breastfeeding three children made me crazy hungry. There’s … Continue reading

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Friend zone

I can’t remember where exactly I met Emma, but it was friendship at first sight. Her little boy was born right around the same time as my son, she lived only a couple blocks away, and we got along great. … Continue reading

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C is for courage

  What do you mean I need an emergency C-section? No, no, no. That’s not possible. My pregnancy was normal. My mother had four normal pregnancies and deliveries. What’s happening? I was so excited as I awaited the birth of my … Continue reading

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5 rules of sleep safety

1. Place baby on her back. That goes for naptime and nighttime. Your little one can practice tummy time while she’s awake and supervised. 2. Skip the pillows, extra covers and stuffed animals. They could obstruct breathing or result in … Continue reading

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Sneak preview

In the first moments you spend with your brand-new babe, you’re sure to be completely enamored (and pretty exhausted). Those earliest minutes are precious. You’ll be getting to know each other’s faces, touch and smell. You’re both meeting a person … Continue reading

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