Q: It breaks my heart to hear my baby cry, but sometimes I’m not sure what it is she wants. Is there a protocol I should run through to make sure her needs are met? A: There are few things that inspire a … Continue reading →
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises reading aloud to baby from birth to bolster language development, build language skills, boost brain development and strengthen your parent-child bond. But according to a 2016 national survey by Read Aloud 15 MINUTES, … Continue reading →
Find support for your growing girls with fit tips from the intimate apparel experts at Leading Lady.
Band together To find your band size, measure your chest under your arms above your breasts. (Measure yourself in front of a mirror while wearing a nonpadded bra, and keep the tape measure level as you pull it snugly around your … Continue reading →
When you’re eagerly awaiting baby’s debut, you might be inclined to do what you can to kick start her departure from the home you’ve graciously provided for the past nine months. If the old standbys (long walks, spicy foods and … Continue reading →
Adding to your brood doesn’t have to cost a bundle. Employ one or more of these thrifty tips to ensure your piggy bank stays porky.
1. Create a registry. Not only will registering allow others to help make some headway in your baby gear acquisition, but it might also come with some extra perks— like a complimentary goodie bag or registry completion discount. 2. Stagger … Continue reading →
We might not be heading back to school, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stock up on a few fall favorites.
Check out this pouch: It’s perfect for corralling odds and ends in my bag. —Shea, Fashion & Style Editor Out of Print library card pouch, $12 No matter how old she gets, a girl never outgrows her love of crayons. … Continue reading →
Throughout most of the United States, a mother has the right to breastfeed anywhere she and her child are allowed to be.
When it comes to breastfeeding, know that the law is on your side. Throughout the U.S., there is legislation to protect nursing moms—whether it’s guaranteeing them time to pump or making sure they’re able to feed baby wherever they need. Here’s … Continue reading →
Nursing might seem like a one-woman show at times, but a few handy aids can make it more of a collaborative effort.
1. Lactating will leave you thirsty, so have a high-capacity water bottle on hand. bkr 1-liter bottle, $45 2. Earphones for mom, a sensor for baby and a smartphone are all you need to get real-time reports on your munchkin’s milk … Continue reading →
Our friends at little bee books are treating five budding bookworms to hardcover copies of both Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands and Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet! These brand-new hardcover picture books feature babies exploring all the things … Continue reading →
Little Loyal joined the Rhodes family last August, and his mom, Sarah, knew she wanted a fun, modern, fresh design for his nursery in their Phoenix home. “My goal in putting together his nursery was to create a space … … Continue reading →
I just gave birth to a healthy, happy baby boy—my third!—and of course, I’m delighted. My best friend and her partner, however, just shared news of their miscarriage. How can I support them without rubbing in my own picture-perfect pregnancy … Continue reading →
From sea to shining sea, the U.S. is dotted with talented makers and their noteworthy creations.
THE WEST Table scraps Tucked away in southern Oregon is the home base of Alexandra Rose Handmade, a line of adorable burp cloths, tiny dresses, crib sheets and more. With playful patterns and impeccable quality, these comfortable pieces are easy … Continue reading →
This darling tale is like the epilogue to the nursery rhyme—you find out what happens after the bough breaks (and thankfully, it’s a happy ending). —Ciera, Editorial Intern Nancy Paulsen Books storybook, $17 Babies in pajamas are quite possibly my … Continue reading →
It’s no secret that pregnancy can do a number on your midsection. Although it might be the tautest it’s ever been as you waddle your way into the hospital to give birth, it’ll likely be quite the opposite by the … Continue reading →
Seemingly innocuous acts may be doing more harm than good when it comes to baby’s oral health.
It’s not unusual to see a mom “clean off” a pacifier in her own mouth before giving it to baby or take a bite from the same spoon her little one is using. But these commonplace behaviors involve an exchange … Continue reading →
Snuff out foul odors with an airtight pail. Playtex diaper pail, $37 Just fold, roll and clip to ditch dirty duds. Bambino Mio wet bag, $15 Hang a playful distraction over the changing table. Lavender Kay Design geometric mobile, $45 … Continue reading →
This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Kati (CA), Ayan (CA), Donna (IN), Melissa (NY) and Amber (CA)! We have $2,850 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our July issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to … Continue reading →
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Roll with an entourage of portable essentials to set yourself up for a successful excursion.
Umbrella strollers First-class: Reclines for naptime and includes a convenient carry strap. UPPAbaby G-Luxe, $260 Economy: Boasts a lightweight aluminum frame (12 pounds!) and a fast fold. Summer Infant 3D lite, $80 Diaper clutches First-class: Sport this changing pad as a clutch, wristlet … Continue reading →
Playing with toys may seem like fun and games, but it can also help rev up baby’s fine motor skills.
Reach + grab Your wee one practices hand-eye coordination as he reaches for playthings with tabs or textures. Toys that make sounds, like a rattle or a soft book that crinkles, can also entice your tot to make a move. … Continue reading →
Hydration station Good ol’ H2O might not taste like much, but it does a lot for your hardworking body and goes a long way toward having a healthy pregnancy. For starters, it … Helps your body absorb nutrients (yes, even … Continue reading →
My Instagram feed is full of the dreamiest photos portraying life with a baby, but my pictures never turn out quite so stunning (even though my daughter is adorable). How can I take better pictures? A: Creating bright, beautiful pictures … Continue reading →
I’m coming up on six weeks postpartum, which I know is when it’s typically OK to reintroduce sex. The truth is, though, I’m still a little traumatized from giving birth and am not sure the idea of anything that involves … Continue reading →
We’ve just moved into a new house with a swimming pool in the backyard. I’m delighted—but terrified. What kind of precautions do we need to take to ensure our 9-month-old stays safe? A: Securing the pool physically, so your baby … Continue reading →
Have a conscience: Kimberly Parry Organics, $22; Green Goo by Sierra Sage, $13; Earth Mama Angel Baby, $18 Like buttah: Palmer’s, $7; Mederma, $40; The Boppy Company, $15 The oil treatment: Mustela, $30; Bio-Oil, $20; Belli, $34; Noodle & Boo, $18
Make your days as a mom a little easier with these pro tips from Asha Dornfest, author of Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids. Diaper lowdown Babies can outgrow one disposable diaper size before fitting into the … Continue reading →
Five signs you’re at risk of becoming a helicopter parent.
Little ones genuinely require a lot of attention and assistance—they need your help eating, bathing, changing clothes and even getting to sleep. But there are times that you can be a bit more hands-off—and if you start letting your baby … Continue reading →
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 →