From baby showers to first birthdays, there are plenty of excuses to plan a festive party.
I use baker’s twine for everything from wrapping sweet treats to attaching gift tags. —Lacey, Editor in Chief The Twinery gold shimmer twine, $15 This letterpressed banner comes in a boy version, too. —Ciera, Editorial Intern Thimblepress banner kit, $24 … Continue reading →
A monthly photo shoot is the perfect way to document baby's first-year growth, and the outtakes will continue cracking you up until the end of time.
Store your monthly memories in a petite brag book. Pinhole Press brag book, $25 Keep the focus on baby by setting up a simple background—removable wallpaper makes it easy! A basic bodysuit paired with a ready-made sticker pays tribute to the … Continue reading →
Get baby's rear in gear with beautiful bloomers that keep diapers covered.
Garden variety. Billie Blooms, $34 Flock this way. Rocky Racoon, from $22 High and dry. Blush Baby Boutique, $16 Too hot to trot. Sweet Pea Closet, $18 Spot on. Little Maggie Moo, $22 Oh, the suspense. Thief & Bandit, $48
From kiddie pool to country club, whiling away warm summer days splashing and laughing is the stuff fond childhood (and motherhood) memories are made of.
Dive into summer gracefully with a sophisticated swan inflatable sized just right for your little duckling. Sunny Life baby inflatable swan, $30; Beach Ball 4 Fun beach balls, $30 for 12; Boon bath toy set, $13 Keep that adorably bald noggin covered. San Diego … Continue reading →
Whether you’re searching for a full-time nanny or an occasional babysitter, choosing someone to watch your little one is an important decision. “A caretaker is an extension of the parents’ eyes, ears and heart,” says Florence Ann Romano, nanny expert. … Continue reading →
Think buying a stroller is a one-and-done affair? The truth is, that’s not always how it goes.
Although there’s appeal in purchasing a do-it-all stroller—a less jam-packed garage and fuller wallet notwithstanding—it’s not the best choice for every family. Depending on your lifestyle, you might want up to three strollers. Newborn-friendly In the early days when your … Continue reading →
Can't make it to the gym? No problem. It's just as easy to shed those lingering pregnancy pounds at home. Skip the sitter, and let your little one get in on the action.
Keep everything in pace during your cardio circuit, but maintain quick nursing access for when your wee workout buddy needs to quench her thirst. Belabumbum mesh nursing bra, $51 Get your sweat on with two hours’ worth of mix-and-match workouts for … Continue reading →
After a positive pregnancy test isn’t the time to start eating more healthfully. You should take a closer look at what you’re piling on your plate long before there’s a baby in your belly. “Certain foods can help to balance … Continue reading →
Island time An ensemble that speaks to her away message. Kate Mack bathing suit, $48; UV Skinz hat, $20; Carter’s sunglasses, $10; Jack Rogers sandals, $49 Rendezvous on the riviera A tiny vacationer’s sophisticated getup. Rad Revolution Kids swim trunks, $25; Appaman hat, $31; Babiators sunglasses, $45; Salt … Continue reading →
The contents of a mom’s labor bag can tell a lot about her delivery experience.
The physical process of giving birth might be universal, but it’s no secret that the customs and care surrounding it can be vastly different worldwide. To shed light on the disparities and help improve the dire circumstances in undeveloped countries, … Continue reading →
Whether it happens at the park or in the living room, there's something charming about enjoying a cozy afternoon of snacking and relaxing.
Pack a basket with light bites and tasty drinks, then sprawl out on a luxurious leather mat that’s as sumptuous as it is sensible (think waterproof, easy to clean and compact). Picnic Time picnic basket, $85; Gathre bonded leather mat, $120; Gift Republic … Continue reading →
Everyone can join in the fun with mommy- and-me playdates. The babes can swap toys and share puffs, and the mamas can enjoy some overdue adult conversation.
This wooden puzzle comes with a felted case. (No more lost pieces!) Tinyme puzzle, $32 A cozy place to play peekaboo, blocks to stack and a cute cat to snuggle…sounds like a recipe for success. Giggle play tent, $175; Modern Burlap reversible blanket, … Continue reading →
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If you’re short on space, root for these little guys.
Aim for multipurpose gear to cut down on clutter. Native Wilds nursing, car seat and shopping cart cover, $49 Put it up when you need it; take it down when you don’t. Oribel PortaPlay convertible activity center, $149 Forget sacrificing … Continue reading →
Star treatment One fortunate family will win a celebrity gift basket from Everly grey PR featuring goods and gear from Mumberry, iiix kids, Jewels for Juliet, kate&JAMES, From Zion, Aventyr Kidswear, Sheady Baby and Co., Bellifly, Sugar’d Noggins, The Ark Threads, Mushy Books, Hope Carried, Swell & Cloth, Julia’s Bowtique, Born … Continue reading →
We have more than $3,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our June issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contests close June 30, 2016. Ella’s Kitchen package Healthy … Continue reading →
What to expect when your laid-back babe starts taking a more erect stance.
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 →
A bump in the bed is no reason to limit your libido.
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 →
Step forward into babymoon season with your own set of style rules.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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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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 →
Q: My baby is due for her first round of shots soon, and I’m a nervous wreck. How can I make my little one as comfortable as possible both during and after the appointment? A: Before heading to the appointment, calm … Continue reading →
Corral clothespins, so they’re always in reach. The Container Store caddy, $4 Splurge on hangers that double as decoration. Red Hand Gang hanger, $21 Launder everyone’s garments at the same time. (Score!) Buckaroo Organics detergent, from $10 Lift your spirits … Continue reading →
Ready to introduce your baby to more than milk? Set yourself up for success with these recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Talk him through it Your munchkin might not know what to do at first, but do your … Continue reading →
Remember your newbie’s first year with a baby book that fits your family.
Tongue in cheek Take your humor with a side of snark? Forget traditional milestones, and commemorate baby’s first apocalyptic poop instead. Knock Knock, $15 Keep it simple Let’s face it: Mamas are busy. Turn to fill-in-the-blank entries to make collecting … Continue reading →
She may be a grandmother, but my mom can still give me a run for my money in a 5K. —Shea, Fashion & Style Editor Outdoor Voices warmup leggings, $95 Children may grow up, but it’s still nice to hear … Continue reading →
Six essential nutrients that are worth paying attention to.
What women eat while pregnant—and even beforehand, as early as age 10—has a significant impact on the health of the next generation, confirms a study published in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. In addition to consuming a varied … Continue reading →
Q: I’ve interviewed several sitters, and think I may have found a good fit! She’s coming over for a meet-and-greet with my baby—what should I look out for while she’s here? A: Whether hiring someone part-time or full-time, you’ll want to … Continue reading →
Bag o’ swag One lucky mom will win a fun and fabulous Backstage Bag Celebrity Kids Basket—just like the ones gifted to celebrity parents—with products from Hasbro, Dolphin Organics, Pacific Play Tents, Peeps & Company, pediped and OPERATION ResCUTE.
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Motherhood does a number on the brain—but it’s not all bad. Here are a few dips and spikes you can expect to see on your mama intelligence meter.
LOW: Partly cloudy Pregnancy brain (commonly retitled “new-mom fog” after giving birth) is pretty legit. Sleep deprivation coupled with surges in hormone levels leads to lapses in memory and awareness. (What day is it again? And why are my shoes … Continue reading →
We have more than $1,000 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. Contests close July 15, 2016. Stokke grow-with-me giveaway … Continue reading →
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