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August 2017 giveaways

We have $3,300 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our August issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contests close August 31, 2017. Lansinoh complete breastfeeding package … Continue reading

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Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair

I ended up purchasing three different highchairs and two booster seats by the time my first son turned 4 years old. With the arrival of our second son, I had already started scouting around trying to find a highchair that … Continue reading

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Jungle books: Flora and fauna

Immerse your tiny explorer in the natural landscape with furry and flowery friends alike. You do you One bear loves hopping through the forest and nibbling at berries, but that’s not what bears do— then again, maybe being himself is … Continue reading

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August 2017—The Little Gym giveaway

Three tiny movers will win a three-month membership to The Little Gym Bugs class (for ages 4 to 10 months), promoting early social and physical development.

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Jungle books: Guidebooks

Trust insightful tomes to lead the way on an expedition of first words, colors and more. Name game This pretty picture book is brimming with everyday objects your bub will love pointing out. Chronicle Books, $18 Go hue Every turn … Continue reading

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August 2017—Lansinoh giveaway

In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, one lucky mama will win a complete breastfeeding package (valued at over $300!), complete with a Lansinoh® Smartpump™, Lansinoh® mOmma Bottle with NaturalWave® Nipple, Lansinoh® Breastmilk Storage Bags, Lansinoh® Ultimate Protection Nursing Pads, Lansinoh® TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy … Continue reading

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Better Life Bags Harper Backpack

I’m a sucker for a do-good company, so it’s no surprise that I’m pretty obsessed with Better Life Bags. They sell handmade-to-order bags that are sewn by women in a low income area of Detroit, Michigan. Better Life Bags gives … Continue reading

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Nanit

Ask my wife and she’ll tell you that I love playing with the latest and greatest gadgets, so when it came time to equip the nursery my mind went immediately to all the new tech toys we could cram in … Continue reading

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Choose the mess

At one point in my life—probably when I didn’t know myself well—I would have said I was “type A.” My mom, being truly type A, set a pretty rigid standard of a well-kept home. She sort of wrote the book … Continue reading

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No close-ups, please

When I delivered my baby girl in 2007, my mom took a look at her and proclaimed, “She looks just like Ken.” Awesome. Every new mother wants to hear that her precious daughter looks like her 60-something father-in-law. When a … Continue reading

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2017 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show

We have some exciting news to share with our readers! We—the team here at P&N—are so excited for the 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show, happening August 26-27 at Navy Pier in the Windy City. No other event provides a better experience … Continue reading

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Week 27: Happy 3rd! (Almost?)

I pointed this out at the end of last week’s post, but here’s a refresher. Depending on what measurement calendar you look at, either week 27 or week 28 marks the beginning of your third trimester. I choose to think … Continue reading

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Week 36: Butt swabs and maternity photos

I must say, week 36 has been quite the whirlwind of exciting things! From adding the finishing touches to Penelope’s room to having our maternity photo session, it’s becoming more and more real that we’ll be meeting her so soon! … Continue reading

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Positive deposit

Being in my late 20s, I have lots and lots of conversations about resources, specifically, finances. My husband and I have learned—through trial and error(s)—to be good stewards of what we are given. Our definition of “good steward” continues to … Continue reading

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My kids suck … thumbs, pacifiers and fingers

The need to suck is great with my kids. It has meant that they are efficient nursers, but it has also meant that unless I want them attached to me all day every day, they would need something to suck … Continue reading

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The feed

I am a true believer in the benefits of breastfeeding—I’ve interviewed experts and written articles on this topic—so it is with some shame that I confess … I am a formula feeder. With each baby, I have tried breastfeeding only … Continue reading

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Week 26: Pregnancy brain

Remember that time, one measly week ago, where I wrote all about the heat during my 26th week? You guys—the heat fried my brain! Last week was week 25, and this week is week 26!Lesson learned. Do not travel to … Continue reading

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Week 35: Nursery hustle

We’ve had 35 weeks now to work on Miss Penelope’s room—do you think we’ve taken advantage of that time? Nope! Of course, we have pretty much waited until the last minute. Cue the anxiety attacks, and stock up on the … Continue reading

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Not a bad way to get my attention

We’ve had a lot going on this summer, and Roland is such an easy baby that it is too easy to let him blend into the background of daily life. He is now 3 months old, and all I can … Continue reading

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bloom nano highchair

The nano highchair from bloom has been a breath of fresh air when it comes to cleaning up after mealtime! My daughter just turned two years old, and while we work hard to keep meals from ending up everywhere except for … Continue reading

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In a vacuum

It is my belief that a mother is made not during pregnancy, labor or even delivery, but in the first weeks home with her newborn. These weeks rewrite her identity and redefine her priorities. This phase of intense bonding—call it … Continue reading

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Week 25: Holy hot!

You guys. It’s hot outside. Have you noticed?  I don’t think I’ve mentioned the temperature yet. It’s hot outside. No really … it’s scorching.We had a busy week visiting my in-laws out in the Permian Basin in Texas. (Friday Night … Continue reading

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Week 34 : Why it doesn’t suck to be pregnant during summer

On a frosty morning in early December, I found out I was pregnant. With snow flurries starting to fall and Christmas music full blast on my car radio, the last thing on my mind was how I would be 7, … Continue reading

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Grandma to the rescue

My husband has been sick now for over two weeks, and he’s been hospitalized for eight-going-on who knows how many days. Staph infection is not something to take lightly though, and I trust that the doctors are doing their best … Continue reading

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Get out of town

Tomorrow marks the first day of our first family vacation! We will be packing the car and heading to the beach for some much needed rest and relaxation. A long time ago before my bambina was involved, I didn’t believe … Continue reading

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Seeing it all: The birth of Carlos

I am the mother of a beautiful 6-month-old baby boy! I would say that my baby is the most handsome and perfect, but in reality, all babies are. All babies are wonderful and all mothers play a very difficult role … Continue reading

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HOLD by Nest Designs Ayla Tote

One word popped to mind when I pulled the HOLD Changing Bags by Nest Designs Ayla Tote from its box: gorgeous. I’ve never had any bag this nice, much less a baby bag! I couldn’t wait to load it up … Continue reading

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Week 24: Happy terrified-dogs day!

It’s Independence Day celebration time! I don’t know about your neighborhood, but these fireworks have been going since Saturday and have no signs of stopping. We may have a firework ordinance, but the city doesn’t seem to be too strict … Continue reading

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Week 33: To Lamaze or not to Lamaze

I’ve been at this third trimester party for a little over five weeks now, and it’s the most exhausting party I’ve ever been to. It’s uncomfortable, draining … and did I mention uncomfortable? With this bump growing at a steady … Continue reading

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It could always be worse

It’s been pretty rough around here, but it didn’t start out that way. Recently, we were at the lake with family, considering ourselves lucky that a forecast of showers had turned into sunshine. My husband was having fun tubing, and … Continue reading

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Just 30 feet away

Every night, my husband and I do a bedtime routine with our daughter, Bellamy. We were never routine people, and we just started the process of her sleeping in her own room. Although she’s been a pretty good sleeper from … Continue reading

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STATE Bags Wellington tote

I’m pretty critical of diaper bags. I’ve had dozens in my 10 years as a parent, and they’ve all fallen short in some way or another. Either I bought a trendy pattern that I grew tired of in 6 months, … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Deciphering diaper rash

How can I tell the difference between a yeast diaper rash and a regular diaper rash? A: Diaper rash affects most babies at one time or another. The most common cause is known as contact dermatitis. This rash develops when … Continue reading

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July 2017—PRIMO giveaway

One outdoor enthusiast will win a PRIMO Play Yard Cabana, complete with a waterproof padded bottom and removable sunproof cover.

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Prime capsule

If you’re pregnant, you should be taking a prenatal vitamin. In fact, even if you’re just thinking about becoming pregnant you should be taking one. But what is it about these specialized pills that makes them so pertinent? The F … Continue reading

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Hats off

Skipping that ubiquitous pink-and-blue striped cap could be a boon for both you and your brand-new bundle. Saved by the smell Moms and babes are biologically programmed to recognize each other by their scents, but if you’re nuzzling your nose … Continue reading

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Dressed for success

Thanks to generous friends and family, you’ll likely end up with a dresser full of pint-sized apparel for your babe. But beyond frilly pink dresses and itty-bitty bow ties, there are a few practical pieces you’ll want to have on … Continue reading

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15 products every new mom needs

It’s no surprise that you’ll need a surplus of diapers and wipes (and that all-important infant car seat) prior to baby’s debut, but that’s not all that’s essential. We’ve rounded up our favorite can’t-live-without-’em products for moms who will soon … Continue reading

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Beat the heat

Pregnancy isn’t without its fair share of discomforts any time of year, but toting a baby bump during the summer months can be especially problematic. Your higher-than-normal body temperature makes the steamy weather seem even hotter, and, let’s be honest—those extra … Continue reading

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A wonderful surprise: The birth of Nora

We weren’t sure if we wanted children. My husband, Chaz, and I met when we were freshmen in college. Our relationship began as friends which quickly grew into a lot more! We were married young and very in love. This … Continue reading

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Taking to bed

Jessica Hanley was 19 weeks pregnant and feeling great when she went in for a routine ultrasound. “I had no reason to think I would be in the hospital that afternoon and not leave for a week,” recalls the San Diego … Continue reading

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July 2017—Bambo Nature giveaway

One fortunate family will win a six- month supply of Bambo Nature diapers—an eco-friendly, chemical- free option that’s designed with baby’s sensitive skin in mind.

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July 2017 giveaways

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Val (CO), Lori (OR), Margaret (IL), Tatyana (FL), Noelle (VA), Linda (NY), Lynn (CA), Lori (VA), Gloria (CA), Jessica (VA), Suzanne (IA), Julie (SC), Brian (TX) and Gayle (IL)! We have $1,620 worth … Continue reading

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Eye on the prize: The birth of Katalina

I have decided to share my birth story because the day before I was induced, I was desperately searching for a similar story to help me prepare. While no story could have truly prepared me, I hope mine will help … Continue reading

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Chicco Polly Progress Relax Highchair

When we were looking to register for our baby shower, we didn’t even consider adding a highchair. My thought process was we wouldn’t need or even use one until the baby was older. However, my more experienced mom friends recommended … Continue reading

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Bottles up

1 | It’s easy as one, two … that’s it! With only two parts to assemble and clean, this BPA-free feeding vessel is a dream. Born Free Breeze bottle, $7 2 | Sterilize up to six bottles in full-size mode, … Continue reading

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July 2017—Gathre giveaway

 Three mini munchkins will win a Gathre bonded leather highchair mat, so cleaning up after mealtime is hassle-free.

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Ask the Experts: Back to work

I’m two weeks away from returning to work, and I am already starting to get anxious about how I’ll juggle day care drop-off, my responsibilities at the office, pumping and actually spending quality time with my baby. How can I … Continue reading

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Natural healing: The birth of John

One year ago today, I experienced a natural, unmedicated birth for the first time, as I brought our son—and fourth child—into the world. The memories of his birth are still so vivid; I literally cannot grasp how this year has … Continue reading

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A healthy browmance

All relationships take work, and our eyebrows are no exception. Umbreen Sheikh, founder of Wink Brow Bar in New York shares her tips for keeping very angry caterpillars at bay. A fine line Have a brow specialist at your favorite … Continue reading

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