Breathe easy

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Attention expectant mamas: If you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, here’s the scoop—straight from the experts—on how carrying a growing babe could affect your symptoms. Risky business Past studies suggest women with asthma (especially those whose asthma isn’t well controlled) are

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Win it: Luv Chicken

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Watching your babe grow is one of the many joys of parenthood. But it can get a little more complicated when she outgrows her highchair but can’t quite reach the grown-up table. With this week’s giveaway from Luv Chicken your kiddo will

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Win it: UrSoSpecial Lunch Notes

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Adjusting to a new sibling (or one on the way) isn’t easy for older tots, but there are little things you can do to show you’re thinking of your kiddos even when they’re away. Slip a personalized note into her lunchbox,

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Win it: Burp Necessity

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Moms know that mealtime can be messy—and not just for baby. After feeding and burping your wee one, it’s not unusual to find yourself spattered with leftover pea puree and some drool for good measure. Although burping is good for babe, it’s

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Bum chums

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There’s no need to stock up on different sizes with an all-in-one that keeps behinds covered from birth to 30 months old. Charlie Banana one-size cloth diaper with two inserts, $22, charliebanana.com  Save some green (the kind in your wallet) by

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Ask the Experts: Drowsiness cues

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What signs should I look for to indicate my baby is sleepy and ready to be put down for a nap or bed? A: Watching your baby for drowsiness cues will help you learn to recognize when she is ready

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Tweets from the trenches

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Find these and hundreds more parenting-related tweets in The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, edited by Kate Hall and Science of Parenthood. One minute your kids are babies, and the next you’re sleeping in till 9:30 a.m. because they have

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April 2015 Free Stuff

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We have more than $1,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our April issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes April 30, 2015.  Rachel Florio-Urso’s

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Mama knows best

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There’s no time like the present Now is the time to start thinking about what goes on your skin because what goes on you goes in your baby. Pay attention, and find products that you feel comfortable using for your

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Best foot forward

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Happy feet A baby doesn’t necessarily need to wear shoes when learning to walk. “If the environment is safe, barefoot really is best,” says Louis J. DeCaro, DPM, president of the American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics. “[It allows]

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Warm it up

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This month’s nursery is a compilation of bright whites, warm colors and earth-conscious design.   chair / pillow / rug / donkey plush / car art / crib / love art / dog lamp / rocker / dresser / toy box /

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Sightseeing

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All a blur With fluctuating hormones and the rising swell of fluid retention, expectant women commonly experience vision changes. Reasons and symptoms vary, but it’s not unusual for all that extra water inside you to cause the thickness and curve

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Ready, set, register

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Dream big Go ahead and put that fancy stroller or modern highchair on your wish list. Your gal pals may just pool their pennies and go in on it together. Remember the little things Choose some budget-friendly items, like burp

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2015 Registry Guide Free Stuff

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We have more than $2,500 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our Registry Guide! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes July 31, 2015. Bright

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Handy how-to: Co-sleep safely

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises against sleeping with your babe in the same bed as you and your partner, but room sharing can be healthy and harmless. Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to

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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

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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

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Ask the Experts: Caring for baby and me postpartum

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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

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Win it: Petunia Pickle Bottom

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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

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Win it: Parker Time Potions

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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

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Win it: BooginHead

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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

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Win it: nini & pumpkin

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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

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Win it: DRIA Cover

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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

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The young man and the sea

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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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Ducks in a row

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More than mere madness There are bona fide scientific reasons to explain your out-of-character cleaning behavior, and the experience is actually beneficial. Jena Pincott, science writer and author of Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?, says, “Nesting helps us psychologically brace ourselves

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Ask the experts: Including big siblings

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We’re expecting baby No. 2! We’re thrilled, but I’m worried my firstborn will feel neglected when all my time is suddenly spent nursing and changing diapers. How can I make the transition easier on him? A: It’s easy to feel

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March 2015 Free Stuff

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We have more than $1,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our March issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes March 31, 2015. Babyhome Emotion

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Second isn’t always best

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When a friend generously offers to let you borrow some of her baby gear, you’ll no doubt be tempted to do so. But while it’s OK to take her up on hand-me-down bodysuits and baby carriers, there are certain things that

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Handy how-to: Deal with a picky eater

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If you’ve got a tot with  a persnickety palate, happy hour at the  highchair may involve more grimaces than grins. But that doesn’t mean you have to ditch the finer fare in favor of flavorless mush. Encourage adventurous eating with

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Ask the experts: Perfecting the latch

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My baby and I are struggling to perfect her latch. What can I do to guide her in the right direction? A: Latching your baby onto the breast correctly is a key component in successful breastfeeding, and proper positioning is

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Time for a change

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Don’t let the switch to daylight saving time throw off your family’s routine. Follow these tips from Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, sleep experts and authors of The Dream Sleeper, to ensure your spring forward is seamless. Be proactive Begin

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Win it: Squooshi

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The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Lindsay (WA) and Rama (MI)! When your tiny tot is exploring the wonderful world of solids, a simple afternoon snack usually ends up as a mushy peas disaster—with green goo on baby, the highchair, the

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Win it: Evoli

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The contest is closed. Congratulations to Alona (OR)! As all mommies know, newborns need lots of attention and their skin is no exception. Keeping your little one’s delicate face, lips, body and hair moisturized and soft without skin irritation can be

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Win it: PishPoshBaby

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The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Brianna (CT)! In the thick of winter (not to mention cold season!), the harsh wind combined with chilly air can cause your baby’s skin to become even more delicate than it already is. Put your mind

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Win it: Charlie Banana

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The contest is closed. Congratulations to Elaine (WI)! Whether you’re aiming to reduce waste, save some cash or just protect and pamper your babe’s sensitive skin, cloth-diapering benefits abound! This week, Charlie Banana is making it easy for moms to

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Roo and you

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Nestling your newborn against bare skin, also known as kangaroo care, provides rewards for parent and child that extend deep below the surface. Touchy feely Quiet time with mom allows baby to breathe in her scent, relax at the sound

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Enter Now To Win a Noodle & Boo Baby Shower Favorites Gift Set!

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Our “5 Hearts”-rated Noodle & Boo Baby Shower Favorites Gift Set features Ultimate Cleansing Cloths, Ultimate Ointment, Newborn 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash and Super Soft Lotion all in a beautifully appointed gift box! Enter for your chance to win

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February 2015 Free Stuff

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The contest is closed. Congratulations to: Debbie (OH), Juliet (MO), Alison (TN), Candace (IN), Beth (OH), Paige (TX), Jessica (PA), Rama (MI), Michael (IN), Gilda (PA), Jennifer (WA), Joni (PA). We have more than $1,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for

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Mama drama

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You can’t stay up past 9 p.m. You always have something questionable on your shirt. Poop doesn’t gross you out anymore. All conversations circle back to your baby. You’ve succumbed to the yoga pants and T-shirt “trend.” You’ve shared intimate

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Peace of mind

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Head off mom-to-be migraines with bump-safe relief. Usual suspects Between fluctuating hormone levels, caffeine withdrawal and disrupted sleep, a number of factors can trigger prenatal brain pain. Luckily, though, most headaches recede by the second trimester. Natural fit Before raiding

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Handy how-to: Teach your baby sign language

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Tots are able to make gestures and use their motor skills long before they’re able to initiate coherent verbal language. Until your little one can articulate his needs, sign language can help him communicate his feelings. Ready, set, sign Teaching

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Free spirit

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Throw the theme out the window, and assemble an eclectic collection of nursery decor. abstract art / mobile / ‘you’re a gem’ print / pendant / arrow flag / crib / floral crib sheet / dresser / bunny alarm clock / nesting

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Stretch marks the spot

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When it comes to being pregnant, stretch marks pretty much come with the territory. “Stretch marks (striae distensae) are bands of scar tissue that form at sites where the skin’s ability to stretch is not sufficient to keep up with

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Slow and steady

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Postbaby sex can be scary. (The last ordeal down there might have brought you a beautiful babe, but it hurt like heck, too!) Alison Schultz, DO, an OB/GYN at Boulder Medical Center in Boulder, Colorado, shares some helpful tips on

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Homemade meals

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Mash fresh fruits and steamed veggies with a low-tech, high-satisfaction contraption. NUK mash and serve bowl, $9 Let your tot gnaw on produce (and even meat) sans choking risk, thanks to a smart mesh design. Munchkin fresh food feeder, $5

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Tooth tips

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Nothing shines brighter than baby’s smile, and there’s no better time to start protecting those pearly whites than during National Children’s Dental Health Month. Pediatric dentist Lyndsay Bates, DDS, MS, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is our tooth sleuth, and below she gives all the

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Bundles of joy

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Something for everyone: Pinhole Press Oh, Baby! Personalized Gift Box, $75 What’s inside: • Custom photo card • $25 Pinhole Press gift certificate • Little Hip Squeaks beanie and romper • ink! ground coffee Just for mom: Hello Flo New Mom

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Fight right

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Every couple argues, but just because it’s normal (and even expected) doesn’t make every spat A-OK. Heed these expert-approved tips on how to fight the right way. Choose your battles. Not every dirty diaper or dishwasher load is worth the

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Win it: Difrax

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This contest is now closed. Congratulations, Jyotpal (WI)! Every mama and baby is different, but no matter your preference’s (or your tot’s) there’s specially designed gear to fit your family. This week Difrax is offering one lucky winner a Baby Essentials set,

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Win it: Cathryn A. Fisfis

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The contest is now closed. Congratulations Erin (PA)! With bottles and burp cloths and diapers and wipes (and let’s not forget those extra changes of clothes for blow-out emergencies), it’s easy for the diaper bag to turn into a deep,

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