There’s nothing a mama wants more than to spend time with her babes (no matter how old they might be), but why not go above and beyond for the woman who always does the same for you? Here are five … Continue reading →
Overwhelmed by the amount of gear baby requires? Don’t worry: You don’t need to buy it all at once.
While it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you must have everything bought, built and sterilized before you even go into labor, that’s actually not the case. There are certain items your little one won’t be ready for … Continue reading →
The Tilt-a-Whirl might be off-limits this year, but you can still join us in embracing the spirit of the state fair.
My crew would love spinning this handmade Ferris wheel ’round and ’round. —Ginny, Contributing Editor A Summer Afternoon toy, $65 A bright, colorful garland leads the way. —Mayuko, Photographer hip hooray garland, $10 I think we can all agree: The best part … Continue reading →
My 8-month-old loves to play the drop-a-toy-and-watch-mom-pick-it- up game on repeat while sitting in her highchair. I tell her “no,” but she giggles and drops it again. Is she too young to understand that I want her to stop? I’m … Continue reading →
Flowers for Mother’s Day? Yes, please. Follow these tips from Christina Stembel, founder of California-based Farmgirl Flowers, to extend the life of your bouquet. Fresh start Once you’ve rustled up a vase, wipe off the dust, and then wash it … Continue reading →
This contest is closed. Congratulations to Natalia (NM)! When you’re buying gifts for baby (your own little one or someone else’s), it can be daunting to find something that’s affordable, adorable and unique—not to mention safe for baby and the … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
This contest is closed. Congratulations to Ana (IL)! 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. … Continue reading →
This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Ketti (KY), April (IL) and Cathy (WI)! 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 … Continue reading →
This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Marisol (CA) and Michael (PA)! 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 … Continue reading →
Reduce rubbish with these cheeky cloth-diapering essentials.
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
Moms and dads prove 140 characters is more than enough to evoke side-splitting laughter across the Twitterverse. Here are just a few of our favorite quick quips from the recently released The Big Book of Parenting Tweets.
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 … Continue reading →
The contest is closed. Congratulations to: Nikki (NY), Bruce (IL), Lacey (TX), Lisa (AL), DL (TX), Amber (WI), Heather (CA), Lindsey (AZ), Deepti (NY), Alyssabeth (OR), Kayla (NE), Karen (CA), and Chris (IL)! We have more than $1,000 worth of fabulous … Continue reading →
Follow these steps to choose the healthiest footwear for your toddling tot.
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] … Continue reading →
Melinda Olson, plant medicine expert and founder of Earth Mama Angel Baby, shares her passion for safe and organic products for moms and moms-to-be.
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 … Continue reading →
Eco-friendly accents make for a sunny place to stay.
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 / … Continue reading →
Pregnancy can affect your eyes, too—here’s what to watch out for.
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 … Continue reading →
Creating a baby registry is the easiest way to let friends and family know exactly what you need (and want). Follow these tips for success.
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
Keep your sweet dreamer nearby—but in a safe sleep space of her own—by sharing a room, not a bed.
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 … Continue reading →
Style aficionada Corri McFadden is a first-time mom with an eye for outfitting a bump. Listen closely—she’s sharing her mama fashion secrets.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
The nesting instinct isn’t just an old wives’ tale. Here is what’s happening as you ready your roost for your hatchling.
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
They’re unfortunate and inevitable, but the dreaded streaks can be diminished.
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 … Continue reading →