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2015 April and Registry Guide Free Stuff

Click below to view the giveaways for our April issue and Registry Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. April 2015   2015 Registry Guide

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Dress for success

Get back to black “You may have loved black before, but now it’s time to take your relationship to the next level. As the months pass and your bump grows, it becomes increasingly trickier to get dressed, especially when you’re … Continue reading

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Kicking the bottle to the curb

At Bea’s 9-month appointment, her pediatrician asked us to start weaning Bea off of her bottle and pacifier before she saw her again. Fast-forward to last weekend—just three weeks before her 1-year checkup—and that definitely has not happened yet. To … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Caring for baby and me postpartum

What can I do in advance to make caring for my newborn—and myself—easier postpartum? A: As the big day approaches it’s a common concern for expectant moms to wonder how they will cope with recovering from birth along with caring for … Continue reading

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Week 20: Boy, oh, boy!

“It’s a BOY!” I could hardly believe it. But I did believe it. Of course I did. The very obvious proof was right in front of me, and there was absolutely no denying that the little one kicking and doing … Continue reading

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Belly Armor SmartNova Baby Monitor

When I opened the Belly Armor SmartNova Baby Monitor, I was immediately impressed with the sleek design of the product. I don’t know that the “look” of the baby monitor matters to many, but I certainly appreciated the high tech … Continue reading

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Win it: Petunia Pickle Bottom

Modern mamas, we’ve found the diaper bag of your dreams. Every mother needs a carryall that can quite literally carry it all—who knew babies required so much stuff? But you also want one you genuinely love because, let’s face it, you’ll … Continue reading

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Second time around: The birth of Andrew

Well, naturally, having done this whole birthing thing before, I can’t help but compare the two. So I apologize if jumping back and forth gets annoying. Both my birthing experiences were very similar—yet also very different. With my first child, … Continue reading

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The (non) social butterfly

Four months on, and my part-time mama’s girl hasn’t really made any big strides in that department. She’s in love with her dad now—and I’m so freaking grateful because it makes life that much easier—but I’m still her go-to the … Continue reading

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Week 33: Downtime

About two weeks ago I remember telling my husband. “If it weren’t for my belly I would forget I was pregnant!” and then we would laugh and change the subject. Fast forward two weeks, and I have completely changed my … Continue reading

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Sick

I came up the stairs a few nights ago to find my wife pacing in our room clutching the little guy to her chest. Her eyes were red and misty, and there were tear streaks on her checks. “What’s wrong?” … Continue reading

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Our top 5 barely used baby items

I’ve never cleaned out more closets than I have in the past year. I feel like the subject of binging and purging on baby gear has seen more than its fair share of my attention in the blogosphere, but I … Continue reading

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Week 19: When it rains, it pours

A few days ago, our 3-year-old, Anaïs, got a mean case of tummy troubles that had her out for two full days. It had been going around school, and it was only a matter of time before she caught it. … Continue reading

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LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons

I’ve tried a few different baby carriers, so I was interested to see how the LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons would be different. I found there were loads of benefits, but the thing that really makes it stand out is the … Continue reading

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Finally a family: The birth of Ivy

I wish this was one of those birth stories where it’s a beautiful delivery, and you’re on your way out of the hospital in two days with. But, sadly, it did not go that way for us. We struggled through … Continue reading

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Baby stages

A friend of mine had her third baby this week, her second little boy. It was a quick and easy delivery, and as I looked at all the pictures of my proud and tired friend with her tiny new baby … Continue reading

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Just me and the little man

Ben is now more than 3 months old! Three months! Where has the time gone? and this week I have had the first full day without my other half around. It was just me and the little man. Since he arrived … Continue reading

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Win it: Parker Time Potions

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Sumeet (NY) and Kimberli (WA)! With the hustle and bustle of diaper changes, naptimes and playdates (not to mention all the laundry and dishes that need washing), it’s easy for mamas to stay … Continue reading

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Week 32: Switching gender gears

It’s official! May 4 we will finally get to meet our sweet baby boy who we have been thinking about for the past 32 weeks. We went to the doctor last week, and he set the date for our scheduled … Continue reading

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Thumbs are overrated

When someone says the word “baby,” the first image that comes to mind for me is an infant sucking his or her thumb. Our little guy doesn’t exactly fit the mold, though. Some might say he marches to the beat … Continue reading

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A case of the remember whens

This weekend it was finally warm enough in Colorado to dig into my spring wardrobe. To honor the welcome pause in boot weather, I dusted off my favorite pair of gold flats—only to notice the toes were scuffed and blackened. … Continue reading

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Week 18: All the feels

Over the weekend we met a 6-day-old baby girl who we all fell in love with. She’s the first child of friends of ours and is perfect. Holding her for the first time made me melt. Then, I saw my … Continue reading

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Only daddy in day group

In last week’s post, I said I would talk about the activity group for babies I went to during my week off of work. As promised, here it is … I feel like I should start with “once upon a … Continue reading

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And then there were four: The birth of Grace Elizabeth

We have a fourth family member! It is always such a crazy thing to have a baby in your belly one day, and then cuddling her in your arms the next. The week before our little girl arrived, our town … Continue reading

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And one day, she had a tooth

Some weeks, it seems like so much happens in my little girl’s life. In a matter of days, and sometimes just hours, she’s sitting up like she’s been doing it forever. She suddenly discovers the joy that is playing peekaboo. … Continue reading

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Win it: BooginHead

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Chrissy (PA)! Attention mamas: The days of frantically scrambling to find your wee one’s pacifier are over, so you don’t have to constantly pick up pacis off the floor or worry about losing your … Continue reading

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Beco Gemini

Babywearing certainly makes life easier, so I was hopeful that my infant son would enjoy the Beco Gemini baby carrier (especially because we had already tried a few others without success—i.e., there were fits of intense crying and lots of unhappy … Continue reading

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Week 31: The choice between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding

Week 31 of this pregnancy has probably been like week 31 of most pregnancies. I’m just ready to get this baby out! At this point in the third trimester everything just becomes uncomfortable. I can’t seem to find a comfortable … Continue reading

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Sickies

We’re back from our travels. We had a great time connecting with family and enjoying the beauty of the Northwest. As good as the time was, though, we couldn’t wait to get back to mama and our littles. Sadly, when … Continue reading

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Newest seat in the house

Few things have rocked our parenting universe like Bea’s transition to her big-girl car seat. Although she has many, many pounds to go before she maxes out the infant seat, her height reached the upper limit rather quickly—at least more … Continue reading

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Week 17: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

My pre-pregnancy jeans can no longer be buttoned, let alone zipped up. And wearing the belly band attempting to hold them in place feels like an exercise in futility. Nearly four years ago and pregnant for the first time, I … Continue reading

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Combi Giveaway!

The Combi Go and Grow Walker, Play Table and Chairs is a 3-in-1 modular play set that can be used from around 6 months until well into toddlerhood. Stage 1: Stationary Entertainer. Stage 2: Walker. Stage 3: Play table with … Continue reading

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Wildbird Ring Sling

My daughter is now 5 months old, and I have been wearing her since she was a few weeks. I love wearing my baby, both for the closeness and the convenience it provides. I have used multiple carriers and wraps but … Continue reading

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Win it: nini & pumpkin

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Max (CA)! Little ones need to stay warm and cozy in bed, but don’t let worrying about twisted blankets keep you up all night. Sleep as soundly as baby knowing your little one is … Continue reading

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Date night

I’ve had a week off of work, and what a fantastic week it was. I’ve spent some wonderful time with my little man, and his infectious little giggle is such a gift when he shares it with me. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Give and take: The birth of Maximilian

I’d never given much thought to becoming a mom. I’d never dreamt of becoming one, nor did I ever think I’d be nurturing enough for the job. In my mind, motherhood took someone like my mom—selfless, with saint-like patience, an … Continue reading

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Ditching the bucket seat

I’ve been fighting the idea for a few weeks now, but I can’t pretend for much longer. The truth is, our 7-month-old is almost out of her bucket seat. And that’s so great! It’s also not so great. First, the … Continue reading

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Week 30: Newborn days

Every time I think about adding a new baby to our family, all I can think about are the newborn days. With my first I was clueless of those days. During that pregnancy I would think about bringing her home, … Continue reading

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Traveling

All of our extended family lives a few thousand miles away from where we live, so visits are rather infrequent. We long for time to be together with those members of our extended family. We deeply desire that our kids … Continue reading

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Cruising out of babyhood

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but Bea is 10 months old. And time isn’t the only thing that’s cruising by—Bea has also started making lots of forward progress on her own two tiny feet. Walking is one milestone I’m … Continue reading

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Week 16: Here we grow again!

Hello, sweet readers! I’m Tanya, P&N’s latest Knocked Up blogger, and I’m thrilled to have you along for the ride. My husband Jesse, daughter Anaïs and I live in Atlanta where we can be found discovering new haunts or dancing … Continue reading

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A week of firsts

Wow! What a week! What a wonderful week. Last week we had a party, the first for Baby Ben, and it’s started a trend firsts for the O’Sullivan family—and two of them are massive ones. I want to start with … Continue reading

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Win it: DRIA Cover

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Kasey (MD)! Just because you’re a nursing mama doesn’t mean your breastfeeding cover has to shout it to the world. Thanks to DRIA Cover, moms everywhere can feed their babes while feeling beautiful … Continue reading

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The rules (of introducing new foods)

Is your baby ready for solid foods? Here’s how you know … Baby hold up his own little head. Baby can sit upright without too much wobbling. Baby can pass toys/keys/spoons back and forth between his own hands. Baby shoves everything into … Continue reading

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And baby makes three: The birth of Isaac Henry

Saturday, October 15 was the big due date, and I had been having contractions for two hours every two minutes. I wouldn’t call them painful, but they were uncomfortable. All the professionals live by the 5-1-1 rule. Contractions every five minutes, … Continue reading

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Trimester specific fitness

As your pregnancy progresses, you’ll want to adjust your workout accordingly to accommodate your changing and growing body. Personal trainer, prenatal and postnatal fitness specialist, and mom of one, Melissa Paris, shares the following tips for making the most of … Continue reading

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Bringing sexy back: Working out postpartum

P&N: What workouts would you recommend for a new mom who has just been cleared to exercise? Brooke Taylor: Start by simply taking the baby for a walk 30 minutes a day to get your body moving and your heart … Continue reading

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Prenatal workouts to try

Prenatal yoga There’s a reason prenatal yoga is one of the most popular workouts for expectant mamas: It not only helps you to gain strength and flexibility, but it can also help you find calm during moments of stress, says … Continue reading

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The young man and the sea

A modern nautical nursery for your first mate. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15

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Days away

The only debate that riles up parents more than breast vs. bottle is the good old stay-at-home vs. working mom dispute. Although opinions run rampant, the fact is this: The most recent numbers from Pew Research Center show that only … Continue reading

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