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Slipping through my fingers

Mamma Mia! came out in movie format when my first was a baby. I’m a sucker for musicals, and so is mamma mia (my mom), so we watched it together. There’s a scene where Meryl Streep is helping her daughter … Continue reading

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Week 34: Third trimester obsessions

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I started taking a weaving class. Y’all, I love it so much. Here’s how much I love it: This is me after dragging my poor, innocent husband 75 miles away to go buy, … Continue reading

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Toes for toys

I adore the stage when babies find their feet. It signifies the time in between the hard work of the blurry newborn phase and the vigilance of the mobility phase. It’s the sweet spot of babyhood where they are durable … Continue reading

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Not your brother’s mother

What Deacon needs in a mother is not what Charlotte needs, or what Finn and Graham need. Every child is unique, of course, but at a more basic level, different ages call for different parenting approaches. At Deacon’s age (infancy) … Continue reading

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Week 33: Three truths and a wedding

How many times over the course of a week (heck, even a day!) do pregnant women get asked some form of “How are you feeling?” If you’re anywhere in my number range, I would say 4 to 6 times a … Continue reading

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Joolz Geo 2 Duo

If being honest, I have always lacked in the stroller department. My husband and I got into a habit of wearing or carrying our daughter everywhere we went, even after she was much older but still unable to walk. For … Continue reading

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Zoe + Ruth Giveaway

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Our family, 9 years later

My husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary this week. The number seemed pretty remarkable to me until I found out my grandparents had just celebrated their 68th anniversary and realized that we have a ways to go to … Continue reading

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Real talk

If this is your first pregnancy rodeo, you’ve probably already discovered a few of the undisclosed aspects of growing a baby. After all, few people voluntarily strike up a conversation about the stray hairs cropping up on their chins or … Continue reading

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Autism Awareness

Although autism spectrum disorders are rooted in early brain development, the average age most children are diagnosed is 4 1⁄2. Georgina Peacock, MD, a developmental behavioral pediatrician with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urges new parents to start tracking … Continue reading

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Driving range

Ahead of the curve Rear-facing: 4 to 35 pounds There’s a lot more to this futuristic option than good looks. A load leg minimizes forward rotation in the event of a collision, and an extra-large UV 50 canopy shields your … Continue reading

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A healing delivery: The birth of Arthur

Birth is birth, whether it is in an operating room, a birth center, a living room or the middle of a forest. This wasn’t our first rodeo. We were thrilled to find out that we were expecting our fourth child. … Continue reading

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Cybex Aton Q

I’ll be honest; car seats are intimidating. Similar to other infant product categories, there are just SO many to choose from. When I found out I was going to be a first-time mom, I spent a lot of time researching … Continue reading

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Buyer’s Guide 2017 giveaways

We have $2,070 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our Buyer’s Guide issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contests close December 31, 2017. Babyhome Wave bounce … Continue reading

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Chicco Fit2 Rear-Facing Infant & Toddler Car Seat & Base

The Chicco Fit2 Rear-Facing Infant & Toddler Car Seat & Base is a well-designed, good-looking and innovative car seat. The innovative nature of the Fit2 is that it evolves from a traditional infant seat into a rear-facing car seat for … Continue reading

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Spilling the beans

I’ve had four babies now (the last just this June!), so you might think I’d have baby announcing down to a science. Not quite. I actually tend to get awkward about it and end up never making an official announcement, … Continue reading

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Nice view

The Heater family of Grants Pass, Oregon, welcomed baby Hendrix to the clan last summer. His mom, Alex, knew she wanted his room to feel bright and airy, so she did what most of us do—headed to Pinterest for inspiration. … Continue reading

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Nuna RAVA

Can I start by raving about how easy this car seat is? I’m a huge fan of the LATCH system with the auto-release button to keep my fingers from getting pinched while digging around for the lower anchors with a clip-on. … Continue reading

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Buyer’s Guide 2017—MAM giveaway

One adorable bub will win a $75 gift set from MAM, brimming with pacifiers, accessories and pacifier wipes.

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Home school

My dad sent me a great podcast episode the other day: This American Life, episode 364, “Going Big.” The episode investigates “Baby College,” a Harlem humanitarian project aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty by teaching new parents how to … Continue reading

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Raring to grow

Between birth and her first birthday bash, your little sprout will do some serious growing—and not just in size. A baby’s first year is a blur of cognitive and mobile changes that occur at warp speed compared to the rest … Continue reading

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September 2017—Micuna giveaway

One sweet sleeper will win the Smart Luce Bassinet from Micuna.

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First flexes

Even from day one, you can see signs of your tot’s muscle control in her newborn reflexes—which also give moms a peek at the developmental road ahead. But it’s only a brief glimpse because most are seen for only the first … Continue reading

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Cybex MIOS

A lightweight stroller was my go-to mode of transport with my first child. Needless to say, five years later when I was expecting my second child, I was excited to get a new lightweight stroller and even more ecstatic it … Continue reading

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On guard

Ready to unplug? This smart pick has you (and the outlets) covered. Qdos universal self-closing outlet cover, $13 A motion-activated LED light shows you the way. Munchkin Luna gate, from $180 Trick even the cleverest tots with a distracting decoy … Continue reading

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That’s a wrap

As timeless as a lullaby and nearly as soothing as being rocked in mama’s arms, swaddling has been recommended across generations— and cultures—as a trusted way to settle fussy babes. But although swaddling may be time-tested, it isn’t without risk. … Continue reading

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Layer cake

Sugar and spice Fold in feminine pieces with masculine for a well-balanced presentation. Hat Attack hat, $96, hatattack.com, Emily Elizabeth Jewelry bobby pin, $9, emilyejewerly.etsy.com, We Dream in Colour cuffs, $69 each, wedreamincolour.com, JoJo Maman Bébé jacket, $125, jojomamanbebe.com, Noppies dress, $125, kickinmaternity.com Cougar … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Deciding when to return to work

I planned to stay home for a full year after my son was born. But he’s only 3 months old, and I already find myself daydreaming about returning to work. I love my baby, but honestly, I’m bored and suffering … Continue reading

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Give ’em a boost

By two months, your little is already leaps and bounds ahead of where she was at birth. With a few playtime tweaks from here on out, you can give her a leg up on upcoming milestones. 2 months in: -Show … Continue reading

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September 2017—Angelcare giveaway

One watchful parent will win an Angelcare AC510 Baby Video Monitor with 5” touchscreen display and adjustable wall-mount camera.

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How-to research your family tree

Now that you’re adding the newest sprig to your budding brood, you might be curious to find out just where you (and your wee one!) come from. Here are three ways to dig deeper into your family’s roots. 1. Online database … Continue reading

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Petunia Pickle Bottom City Carryall

One thing became clear to me when I became a mom … you end up holding a lot of stuff. All this stuff has to come with you everywhere you go on top of holding a precious baby. Talk about … Continue reading

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September 2017—Ice Cream Castles giveaway

Five fashionable minis will win a $100 gift card to Ice Cream Castles, inspired by vintage designs, music, travel and more.

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Buyer’s Guide 2017—Baby Blanket Music giveaway

Two budding music lovers will win the complete collection of lullaby arrangements from Baby Blanket Music, including the classic lullaby album, so bedtime never misses a beat.

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Buyer’s Guide 2017—Babyhome giveaway

One lucky little one will win a Wave bounce chair from Babyhome for laid-back lounging.

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Baby Jogger City Select LUX

Stop right there! I’m speaking to all the parents out there who are aimlessly wandering around in search of the perfect double stroller for your growing family. The Baby Jogger City Select LUX is the stroller you have been searching for! … Continue reading

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Better together: The birth of Koen James

Those who attended the birth of my first born would tell you it was unforgettable in the worst of ways. Two years ago, I was riding passenger on the way to the hospital to be induced. My husband and I discussed during our drive how delighted we were for our lives to change to a family of three to avoid the anxiety we felt. After … Continue reading

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September 2017—Skip Hop giveaway

Two deserving mothers will win a $250 assortment prize package from Skip Hop, including items such as the Greenwich Simple Chic Backpack Diaper Bag, the Vibrant Village Smart Lights Activity Gym and the Vibrant Village Toy Collection.

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Buyer’s Guide 2017—Micuna giveaway

One fortunate family will win a Micuna FLOR rocker and attachable Nacelle bassinet, so mom and mini can sway the day away.

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Baby Trend Navigator Lite Double Jogger Stroller

With a 4-year-old and an infant, we initially weren’t sure we’d get much use out of a double stroller. Turns out, our 4-year old is much lazier now that the baby is here! If baby rides, he wants to ride, … Continue reading

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September 2017—Babyganics giveaway

One lucky lady will win a year’s supply of diapers from Babyganics—valued at over $700!

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Buyer’s Guide 2017—Konfidence giveaway

One wee swimmer will win a Babywarma wetsuit and changing mat from Konfidence to stay warm and safe while splashing around.

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Buyer’s Guide 2017—Silikids giveaway

Three darling diners will win a $75 gift package from Silikids, featuring its latest and greatest silicone feeding essentials.

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September 2017—Gathre giveaway

Five clean beans will win a bonded leather Micro Mat from Gathre, for on-the-go diaper swipes.

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September 2017—Backstage Bags giveaway

One fortunate family will win a luxury Backstage Bag Celebrity Baby Basket (valued at $1,050!), complete with items from buybuy Baby, Diono, Attipas, My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, Tommee Tippee, Anti Monkey Butt, Stemcyte, Thirty-One Gift, Products on the Go, Silverette, … Continue reading

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Call it destiny: The birth of Julian

It was a Tuesday. I was scheduled to work up until our second son made his appearance. My husband, a firefighter, was also supposed to be at the station that day, yet for some reason, we had both decided last … Continue reading

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7 ways to be a happier, healthier mom

Motherhood can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to let it get the best of you. Follow these seven steps to find some balance, maintain your sanity and keep on smiling in your new role as mom. 1. Take time … Continue reading

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gb Platinum Idan with Base-Fix

As a mother of four and long-time member of the P&N family, I have tried out many infant car seats. The Idan feels more secure than any other I’ve used, and its sleek design makes it one of the best … Continue reading

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September 2017 giveaways

This contest is closed. Congratulations to: Debra (MI), Jaye (MN), Michael (MI), Sarah (CA), Diana (CA), Azeem (NY), Monisha (CA), Rhonda (MI), Melissa (PA), Caroline (GA), Chad (CA), Deborah (UT), Jillian (MI), Dolores (FL), Kathy (IL) and Brenda (TX)! We … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Exercising while nursing

Can I exercise while breastfeeding? A: The short answer is yes! The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends holding off on strenuous exercise until six weeks postpartum, but you’ll want to follow your health care provider’s instructions after … Continue reading

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