Toting around a growing babe-to-be for nine long months is a lot of work, which is exactly why Anna Naturals thinks you deserve some pampering! This week we’re giving away The Stork Set to five expectant ladies, so you can get … Continue reading →
What does it mean? When a mom-to-be is diagnosed with gestational diabetes, it means she has high blood glucose levels but has never had diabetes prior to pregnancy. Typically, this complication will rear its head late in your 40-week trek, … Continue reading →
We have more than $4,400 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our October issue and Buyer’s Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. October 2015 2015 Buyer’s Guide
A dozen items moms should have on hand during errands.
a. Let’s Playground changing mat, $20 Waterproof and wipeable, this micro mat is ideal for diaper changes. b. The Honest Co. hand sanitizer spray, $6 Because messes don’t always occur within soap-and-water access. c. OXO tot wipes case, $8 Grab just … Continue reading →
Celebrate good times One lucky mom will win a $500 credit to Partyology, a new iPhone app that makes party planning a breeze. Download it for free at partyology.com/app, then start shopping for decorations, favors, desserts, invitations and more.
Laundry expert Mary Leverette comes clean about the most effective ways to treat stains.
Keeping your babe clean is important, but a newborn’s skin is sensitive, so you want to cleanse with care. We talked to laundry expert Mary Leverette of About Laundry to learn how to safely tackle the most common stains new mamas face. … Continue reading →
Simple, stylish and affordable artwork is just the thing to make your nursery walls pop.
1. Animal instincts. The Animal Print Shop, “Baby Zebra Little Darling,” $25* 2. To the point. Children Inspire Design, “Be Brave,” $28 3. Tall tale. Creative Thursday, “Princess and the Pea,” $35* 4. Color me pretty. Chris Loves Julia, “Moody,” $29* 5. Light ’em up. DENY … Continue reading →
We have more than $2,100 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our October issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes October 31, 2015. HALO safe sleep package Baby … Continue reading →
Worried about leaving your little one in someone else’s care? Here’s how to calm your nerves.
Quality assurance Hire a sitter with solid babysitting experience and excellent references. (Be sure to check them!) Look for someone who is a good listener and communicator. “Her personality and values should be aligned with those of you and your … Continue reading →
Ready to wear Five little darlings will win a $50 gift card to Feltman Brothers to shop the Pima Cotton collection, featuring the perfect blend of traditional, heirloom quality styles made from the softest cotton grown exclusively in Peru. … Continue reading →
I had planned to breastfeed my little one, but it ended up not working out. I can’t help but feel a tinge of guilt, shame and embarrassment when I pull out a bottle to feed my baby. How can I … Continue reading →
If dry scales have appeared on your baby’s noggin, it’s most likely seborrheic dermatitis, commonly known by its less frightening name, cradle cap. Here’s what you need to know should you find yourself facing the condition head on. Show and … Continue reading →
Just for mom One deserving mama will win a Natural New Mom Kit, featuring an Air Angel small mobile Air Sanifier, a selection of TriDerma skincare products, two BeliBea maternity bras for convenient nursing and hands-free pumping, and $40 … Continue reading →
While it’s often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), there are certain precautions parents can take to lower their child’s risk, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Place baby … Continue reading →
1. Wherever I go, I bring my life organizer with me —it fits perfectly inside a tote or diaper bag. – Chantel, Associate Editor This is Ground Mod organizer, $200 2. Never again will a cord slip into the black … Continue reading →
1. With a hooded towel this cute, it’s hard to be crabby. Zoocchini hooded towel, $26 2. Postbath, rub down your babe’s skin with a moisturizing butter. Baby Pibu skin cream, $15 3. Tend to every nook and cranny with made-for-baby … Continue reading →
Being a mom often means being a pro juggler, so we asked some of our favorite bloggers to share how they keep all their plates spinning.
“I finally invested in a good planner and set aside times of the day for work and the rest for my family. Instead of a constant nagging to-do list, I know there will be time to address it later. It … Continue reading →
Q. I’m interested in trying swaddling to soothe my baby, but I’ve heard it can cause hip dysplasia. Is this true? A: Swaddling has many benefits for your baby, but it is true that incorrect swaddling may cause hip dysplasia, … Continue reading →
Forget orange—this month, stick with a classically cool color combo that just so happens to suit your newbie’s visual strengths.
1. Introduce babes to their four-legged friends. Wee Gallery art cards, $13 2. A set of simple instructions. Kid + Kind one-piece, $32 3. A cuddly cushion that literally has your back. Noodoll rabbit cushion, $38 4. Help little ones get a … Continue reading →
An excerpt from "Martinis and Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF?! "
So, here are a few of the most important things I learned on my own during my first few weeks as a new mom: Disorientation and confusion are common. So is short-term memory loss. It includes: forgetting to move the … Continue reading →
A year of sweet dreams In honor of SIDS Awareness Month, one snug bug will win a HALO safe sleep package, featuring one Bassinest swivel sleeper and four safe sleep garments, like the SleepSack Swaddle, to last through the … Continue reading →
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 →
The bath is a place for good, clean fun (pun fully intended)—watching your wee one splash (or just soak it all in), the softness of new baby skin, the bonding time sans phones or tablets. Just you and your babe and maybe … Continue reading →
This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Lauren (CA), Mary (MN) and Carolann (TN)! When your wee one arrived on the pregnancy scene, she probably brought some unwanted guests with her. Discomforts like heartburn, constipation and nausea are common, but that … Continue reading →
This contest is closed. Congratulations to Sophia (MD)! Ditch the backache of bending over to pick up your tot’s dropped pacifier with a handy helper that’s built to keep it in reach at all times. PullyPalz is here to put an end … Continue reading →
This contest is closed. Congratulations to Keri (TX)! Attention breastfeeding mamas: Whether you’re trying to build up your milk stash or struggling to meet your babe’s daily demand for the good stuff, insufficient milk supply is a common concern among … Continue reading →
Quick scripts to help a big sibling feel included after a new family member arrives.
Ask for help When your baby needs something, invite your firstborn to help, suggests Laura Markham, PhD, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life. “She needs to know that she has … Continue reading →
It’s easy being green One earth-loving family will win 10 eco-conscious baby registry picks, personally selected by Lynn Jurich, a new mom and the co-founder and CEO of Sunrun, a leading residential solar power company. Her favorites include items from … Continue reading →
Trade up baby’s gear for something with a little more fashion and a lot more function.
A. Doona, $499 Designed for babes between 4 and 35 pounds, this cutting-edge car seat has a built-in mobility system, meaning it can go from car seat to stroller in a matter of seconds. All we can say is: game changer. … Continue reading →
This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Nathalie (WA), Colleen (NC), Desiree (AK), Larissa (OR), Kimberly (SC), Tina (MN), Marlene (OR) and Natasha (NC)! We have more than $1,700 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our September issue! Click … Continue reading →
Star treatment One lucky little one will win a Jewels and Pinstripes Celebrity “BUMP” Bag, featuring goods and gear from Ana Brandt Photography, Playskool, WubbaNub, Stride Rite and Novena Maternal Skincare.
We have more than $4,400 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our September issue and Buyer’s Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. September 2015 2015 Buyer’s Guide
We have more than $1,700 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our September issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes September 30, 2015. Aveeno Baby Essential … Continue reading →
Transform your eyebrows into groomed perfection with expert advice from Umbreen Sheikh, founder of Wink Brow Bar in New York City. Follow the rules Have a brow specialist or your favorite gal at the cosmetics counter measure your natural brow, which will act … Continue reading →
On-the-go essentials One mommy-and-me pair will win a PacaPod Samui bag, a collection of Kushies bibs, burp pads and snack bags, and a selection of MAM bottles, drinking cups and other feeding essentials.
Q: Is it safe to drink an occasional glass of wine during pregnancy? A: No, says Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD, past president of MotherToBaby, a service of the international nonprofit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), and the world’s leading researcher on … Continue reading →
Not sure your mom and dad are cut out to be Grandma and Grandpa? Try these alternative titles on for size.
For Grandma Grams, Gran, Gigi, Nana, Nanny, Mimi, Mimzy, Mami, Maymay, Masey, Mia, Babs For Grandpa Papa, Pops, Gramps, Grampy, Pappy, Paddy, Pop pop, Popo, Peppy, Bubba/Bub, Buster, Buddy/Bud Go global Look to your family heritage, and use the word for “grandmother” or “grandfather” (or a variation of it) in another … Continue reading →
Celebrity hair colorist Barbara Farnworth sheds light on the dye dilemma during pregnancy.
Q: Can I dye my hair while expecting? A: I advise my clients to ask their doctor. Usually the reply is not in the first trimester, but other medical professionals suggest using off-scalp color—which translates to highlights. Q: I’m itching to cover … Continue reading →
When it comes to narrowing down your choices and picking a winning moniker for your babe-to-be, here’s what you should consider.
Some parents have an inkling of what their newbie’s name will be long before they ever stare down at those two pink lines. Others wait until baby is in arms to see what name suits her best. Wherever you fall on … Continue reading →
Q: I’m expecting for the first time and really hoping to breastfeed my baby. What can I do now to set myself up for success? A: There are important things that you can do ahead of time to help ensure success … Continue reading →
Q: Can using a sound machine really help my baby sleep better? A: The white noise generated by a sound machine is similar to the sounds of the womb, such as a mother’s heartbeat, the amniotic fluid sloshing around the baby, blood flowing, and even the voices … Continue reading →
Go pro “Newborn photography is unlike any other kind of photography,” explains Jennifer Blakeley, co-founder of NewbornPhotography.com, an online resource that connects parents with more than 4,000 professional newborn photographers. “Your photographer is not only skilled in camera artistry, she is … Continue reading →
Feeling the swell? Find out what's going on below the surface.
Flow chart During pregnancy, a mom-to-be’s circulatory system goes through rapid and dramatic changes, says Oliver W. Jones, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in Denver. Blood volume starts ramping up as early as five weeks’ gestation, and by the end of the … Continue reading →
Photogenic picks to satisfy the shutterbug in all of us.
1. I’m a tech-savvy girl, but I still love having my favorite photos printed. —Alexis, Editorial Intern Kate Spade album, $25 2. This scarf camera strap is as pretty as a picture. —Ginny, Contributing Editor Bluebird Chic camera strap, $75 3. For … Continue reading →
Ten safe, stress-free ways to dress yours dreamer for bed.
1. A unique shape lets baby snooze with her arms up. Love to Dream Love to Swaddle UP Lite, $30 2. A generously sized leg pouch provides ample room for healthy hip development. HALO SwaddleSure, $15 3. A vented front … Continue reading →