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June 2016—Earth’s Best giveaway

Mother Earth Two happy households will win a $550 prize package from Earth’s Best, featuring the brand’s planet-conscious chlorine-free diapers and wipes.

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June 2016—PregPrep giveaway

Make that baby Five fertile females will win PregPrep Complete Conception, the first doctor-developed over-the-counter solution to help enhance conception health.

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June 2016—Healthy Mama giveaway

Be well Five lucky ladies will win a healthy mama gift basket, featuring the complete line of health and wellness products for expectant mothers.

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Upright citizens brigade

Strong suit Most babies begin to sit up around 4-7 months as their neck, shoulder, back and stomach muscles grow stronger and their head control develops. Tummy time can help prepare your tot for the feat, as can sitting him … Continue reading

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Sex ed

In the mood Unless your doctor advises otherwise, there’s no reason a healthy mom-to-be should avoid sex during pregnancy. For some, the flood of hormones can pique interest in intimacy. For others, discomforts like morning sickness might make sex the … Continue reading

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Traveling success

Well, we survived our cross-country trek. It’s like a miracle! Not really, but saying so seemed appropriate. Sometimes our kids really rise to a challenge and surprise us with their adaptability, flexibility, good behavior and general pleasant attitude toward life. … Continue reading

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To-do list

Going from two to three is exponentially easier than going from one to two. There. I said it. We have two kids in diapers including a 2-year-old who doesn’t really display any interest in learning to use the toilet. That … Continue reading

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Fashionably late: The birth of Felicity Lenore

This was my third baby—and our first girl! My due date was January 29, but at the beginning of my pregnancy I hoped she would wait until the beginning of February because my family has a lot of January birthdays already. … Continue reading

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Week 18: The prenatal waiting game

This morning I had another one of my monthly OB/GYN visits. Never a fan of doctor visits, dental check-ups or any other sort of medical appointment, I find it funny how much I look forward to each and every prenatal … Continue reading

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Confession

I’ve been debating whether or not to write about what you’re about to read for quite some time. But I decided to be honest and authentic to myself and to motherhood and mothers everywhere. This is “Adventures in Motherhood,” isn’t … Continue reading

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Week 34: Team BWD

You know what pregnancy is? Humbling. It’s the ultimate checks and balances system for checking who you once were at the door and swallowing all the misguided things once said before going through this process. I can only imagine how … Continue reading

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On the fly

This week we will embark on our first cross-country trip with all four kids. We haven’t traveled anywhere overnight with all six of us since Baby No. 4 was born. Because we’re always up for an adventure (or because we are mind-numbingly stupid), … Continue reading

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Three weeks and three-plus hours

That’s how long we’ve been a family of five and roughly how many consecutive hours of sleep my wife and I get a night. And to be honest, it’s not bad. I’ve always been one to live by the mantra “sleep … Continue reading

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Double the fun: The birth of Aubree and Riley

This was my first pregnancy, and I was blessed to be having twin girls. I was at 30 weeks and was getting all the last details done. On February 11 I hadn’t been feeling well at all that day, and as … Continue reading

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Week 17: The big reveal

When you’re pregnant everyone wants to know if the bun in your oven is a boy or a girl. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question since the news of my pregnancy first began to spread. … Continue reading

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Nine months

This past week, Akira turned 9 months old. It’s unbelievable how fast his first year is going and even more insane to realize that he’s been around on the outside for as long as he was on the inside. With … Continue reading

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Inglesina Zippy Light

A few weeks ago, if you had asked me, “What makes the perfect stroller?” I’d probably have told you: a comfortable ride for baby, lightweight and easy to transport and flexible enough to be used from babyhood through the toddler stage. … Continue reading

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Week 33: A Bellamy belly

My one and only sister got me a Mother’s Day gift this past weekend. Out of everyone I encountered that day, she really made an effort to celebrate me, and I was so touched by her gesture. What struck me … Continue reading

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babybrezza Formula Pro Giveaway!

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Newborn no more

Baby No. 4 will be 12 weeks old on Saturday. This means that I’m down to my last few days of life with a newborn. Sure, after Saturday I’ll have an infant. And a toddler. And a preschooler. And a kindergartner. … Continue reading

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My baby mine: The birth of Joy

It was our first wedding anniversary, and we had planned to stay at the Westin in Seattle. It was about a 90-minute drive from home. I was eight-and-a-half months pregnant, but I had heard that first-time moms often go past … Continue reading

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The shape of life to come

It’s been less than two weeks since we were able to head home with our newest member in tow, and a lot has changed. To take a quote from Jim Gaffigan (one of the funniest men on the planet), “You … Continue reading

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Ergobaby ADAPT

I can’t say enough good things about the Ergobaby ADAPT carrier. With my first baby (so over 6 years ago now) I had a BabyBjorn. I never loved it because whenever I wore it for any length of time, I would … Continue reading

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Week 16: Did I just feel something?

Lying in bed the other night, I’m pretty sure I felt my baby move for the first time. At only 16 weeks, I was skeptical, but according to my pregnancy apps it’s possible to feel some “fluttering” around this time. … Continue reading

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Babyzen YOYO+

Searching for the perfect stroller was key for my husband and I. We live in a third floor walkup in Chicago and are always on the go. We researched many different brands and models, but are very happy to have settled … Continue reading

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A life less ordinary

What an incredibly eventful last week it’s been! We finally closed on our house and things are getting even more real than ever. Last Thursday, after our closing, Jesse and I snuck away for celebratory margaritas (it was Cinco de … Continue reading

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Week 32: Support system

I know Mother’s Day just passed, and I could be consumed with the reality I am included in the people group being celebrated! After all, I am now a mom, but instead of thinking about “my day,” I am weeks ahead of … Continue reading

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Diaper rash woes

I’ve always used Pampers diapers and wipes. Well, that’s not entirely true. There was a brief time when Baby No. 2 was a newborn that I tried Huggies for a while because he was having so. many. blowouts. But it turns out … Continue reading

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He’s here

Dramatic Comedy of the Year nominee … So we finally welcomed the new unit into the world. As you know, he was late. Not a day or two. Six days. SIX! The due date isn’t an exact science, I get … Continue reading

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Any day now: The birth of Aarya

On Diwali, November 11, 2015, an auspicious day for all Indians, I was so excited for my childhood friend on the birth of her little girl and looking forward to celebrating with my family for the holiday. Little did I … Continue reading

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Week 15: Hunger pains

I am the first to admit that I was perhaps a bit too vocal about the unpleasantness of the first trimester. All day nausea is enough to make anyone complain. And while I couldn’t be more relieved to have the … Continue reading

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Ju-Ju-Be giveaway from NeilMed

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I’m absolutely smitten with the Graco Modes 3 Lite Click Connect Travel System, which includes the SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat. It is  versatile and user-friendly, and I love that I can use it for my growing child. It transitions … Continue reading

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The up and up

I can’t believe we are already in the month of May. May is a particularly big month in our household. There are so many things going on! Not only do my birthday, Jesse’s birthday and Mother’s Day happen this month, … Continue reading

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Week 31: Just me and the bump

Ironically, pregnancy can feel lonely sometimes. Even though I am literally with another human at all times, I have experienced some really trying moments of feeling alone. I don’t think this is a bad thing, but something some of us … Continue reading

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Vegas (with a) baby!

In parenting wins this week … 1. Our daughter was kicked out of a bar in Las Vegas for being underage. She’s 9 weeks old. 2. We figured out how to get a 9-week-old to sleep for 14 hours straight. … Continue reading

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Waiting game

Cue the Final Jeopardy music, you know, the kind you play in your head when you’re impatiently waiting for something. Yeah, that’s us. L wants this baby out here already, and honestly, the sleepless nights ahead are appealing to me. … Continue reading

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Angelcare AC1300 Video, Movement and Sound Monitor

We received the Angelcare AC1300 Video, Movement and Sound Monitor to review right about the time our second baby came into our lives. We had used a different video monitor for our first kid, so we were excited to try … Continue reading

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Fluid motion: The birth of Knox

My plans: With my first birth being at a hospital and my second taking place at a birth center, this surely wasn’t my first rodeo. I decided this little surprise baby would be born at home. Our home is a … Continue reading

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Mother, may I?

Exercise the right to accessorize Catch some shade in statement pieces. TNEMNRODA sunglasses, $90; Lilac Clothing shirt, $96; Maternal America tankini, $125; Sianna Sherman bracelets, $78 each Go for the gold Highlight sun-kissed skin in a white-hot ensemble topped off with … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Boosting milk supply

Q: I’m worried I’m not producing enough milk. What can I do to boost my supply? A: Concern about your milk supply is normal. In fact, research shows most moms doubt their milk-making capabilities at some point. There is even … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Budgeting for baby

Adding a baby to our family has turned our budget upside down. Any tips to share as we restructure our spending to include formula, child care, insurance, etc.? A: Few events are as disorienting as a new baby arriving. It’s … Continue reading

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Mom’s the word: Alison Faulkner

This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories refreshing, … Continue reading

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Handy how-to: Manage pelvic pain

If you’re in your final weeks of pregnancy, you’re probably feeling the annoying ouch your doc calls “round ligament pain.” Take heart that it’s a normal part of bump-hood and a common complaint among expectant mamas. (So you’re not the … Continue reading

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May 2016 Free Stuff

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Kristine (IA), Caitlin (UT), Stacey (NJ), Lynda (FL) and Chris (TX)! We have more than $1,100 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our May issue! Click on each image to enter for … Continue reading

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2016 May and Registry Guide Free Stuff

We have more than $2,100 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our May issue and Registry Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. May 2016 Registry Guide 2016

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Call the midwife

By and large, moms-to-be rely on the expertise of an OB for prenatal care, but in recent years, a growing number of expectant women are asking midwives to take the lead. As a doula, I intrinsically respect a woman’s choice … Continue reading

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Mom’s the word: LaTonya Staubs

This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories … Continue reading

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The science of lullabies

Rocking baby to sleep to the sound of mom’s voice softly crooning a simple tune is a nightly ritual that’s stuck around for thousands of years—why? Because there’s a biological reason tipping off a mother’s urge to break into song. … Continue reading

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Snack attack

It’s not uncommon to feel peckish throughout the day, especially when you’ve got a bun in the oven. Whether it’s post-lunch hunger pangs or late-night sugary urges, every mom-to-be gets hit with sudden food cravings from time to time (or, … Continue reading

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