Hunter Ray was born on April 14 at 6:27 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches. My husband, Josh, and I are super proud parents, and we think he looks like me. I got Braxton Hicks a … Continue reading →
I never thought I would be “that” mom. The mom who got so excited to see a new stroller waiting on her front porch that she almost (I stress almost) forgot to bring her child in with the rest of … Continue reading →
When my husband and I were a young couple striking out on our own, the distance from our hometowns seemed temporary—an adventure, an experiment, a story about our wayfaring youth we would tell someday when we had made it back … Continue reading →
Last year, Sophia and Noah swept the top spots as the most popular US baby names of 2013. While we wait with bated breath for the final tally on the 2014 list—Nameberry places Imogen and Asher in the lead—take a … Continue reading →
Our precious son was born at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, February 20. He had already taught me my first lesson of mommyhood: Be flexible. I had my birth plan written by my second appointment with my midwife: birthing tub, all … Continue reading →
I was afforded the incredible opportunity to review the Inglesina Twin Swift double stroller, and, boy, was I excited! You see, I am the mom of two little ones: Aubrey, a rambunctious two and a half year old, and Asher, a … Continue reading →
It was a cool morning in October, and I was expecting to do another home birth with my sixth baby. I hadn’t found out the sex, and I was waiting in anticipation to see if my only daughter would finally get … Continue reading →
The delivery of PacaPod’s Hastings knapsack was a pleasant surprise considering that I was only expecting to review the company’s Firenze diaper bag. As excited as I was about the Firenze, I fell more in love with the Hastings. The … Continue reading →
I was so excited when the mountain buggy +one arrived at our door. The instruction manual was very clear and easy to follow. There were no additional tools required, and I was pleasantly surprised at how little was needed for … Continue reading →
Newsflash, ladies: You’re not alone. The feeling is normal—it’s just that (almost) no one ever says it out loud.
Facebook, TV shows and the media all portray how tough it is for moms to go back to work after maternity leave with proclamations of worry, guilt and accompanying tears. And the message is clear: Good parents want to be … Continue reading →
The composition of your milk changes to meet your baby’s needs at every age and stage. (For example, the milk a mother produces when her baby is two days old is different from the milk she produces when baby is … Continue reading →
DON’T: Start too early. Baby should be able to hold her head up, open her mouth when food is near and move food from a spoon to her throat. She should weigh twice as much as her birth weight (or about … Continue reading →
Clouds, rainbows, and even a touch of the sun: Bring the outdoors in with this weather-themed nursery. cloud shelf / letter U / rain wall decal / rainbow pencil wall art / bin / rocker / striped cloud pillow / … Continue reading →
The Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub comes ready to use out of the box. The tub is a four-stage convertible bath. It has a soft mesh sling for newborns and a snap-in support to be used two ways: to … Continue reading →
After four-plus months, your little one is ready to learn how to snooze through the witching hours, and a consistent sleep training plan can get him there.
Round-the-clock feedings, middle-of-the-night diaper changes and constantly waking to wailing are all par for the course for new parents. But after several months of fatigued days and nights spent in a total haze, you might be wondering, Will I ever … Continue reading →
Study up before the aches of labor take over, and you’ll be well prepared to handle the hurt come D-day.
They don’t call it “labor” for nothing! The moments leading up to delivery require hard, painful work. Labor is tricky to predict or even describe because every woman’s birth experience is unique. And while it’s impossible to truly understand how … Continue reading →
Sleep is essential for both you and your growing babe, so avoid these potential snooze-wreckers, which can cause you to toss and turn all night long. Processed foods A recent study in the journal Nutrition found that individuals who tended … Continue reading →
When it comes to the three-wheeled stroller, BOB is synonymous with awesome. So does that make BOB’s Revolution Flex Duallie doubly awesome? By their nature, double strollers are big, and they can be a complete pain when you’re navigating tight … Continue reading →
All moms know how important it is to eat well during pregnancy, but once baby arrives, the focus on food often fades away. However, if you’re a nursing mama, what you eat now is just as important as what you ate … Continue reading →
No matter how hard I tried to come up with other ideas for what to say here, I kept coming back to my family. They’re my fave, hands down. Lacey, Editor in Chief Dotty Ellipsis custom print, from $15 I … Continue reading →
Proper positioning throughout pregnancy can make for an optimal night’s rest. Follow these tips to get the best beauty sleep possible. Sleep for two Sleeping on your left side can benefit both you and baby. Doing so improves blood flow, … Continue reading →
Our internal body clocks control the production of the hormone melatonin and help regulate how much and how often we sleep. But pregnancy can—as you probably know firsthand—throw this cycle off. “Just about all pregnant women experience waking in the … Continue reading →
We have so much to be thankful for this time of year, and it’s easy to show our gratitude by giving back—even while stocking up for baby. As you begin thinking about gifts for the upcoming holidays, pay it forward with these charitable choices. … Continue reading →
The key to getting a good night’s sleep might be found not on your pillow but in your grocery cart.
Going through your day in a zombie-like state? Well, misery loves company. Roughly 8 out of 10 women report periods of sleep disturbance during pregnancy, citing everything from being uncomfortable at night to feelings of anxiety to restless legs as … Continue reading →
The Brica ComforTemp Infant Bather is a safe and durable bather for infants that’s easy to use from day one! This two-piece bather is incredibly simple to assemble and in just seconds is ready to use on your countertop or … Continue reading →
Fatigue and depleted energy are common during the first trimester. Use these strategies to stay awake.
Your pregnancy test comes back positive, and you feel on top of the world. But then fatigue strikes. Although you’ve likely read about it (along with cravings, morning sickness and all the other early pregnancy symptoms), you probably weren’t prepared … Continue reading →
Before relentless laundry causes you to crash and burn, recruit a few handy tools to help keep everything under control.
Corral dirty duds in a cleanly designed hamper. ferm LIVING hamper, $115 Drape those impossibly tiny baby clothes over sweet and solid wood hangers. The Container Store wooden hangers set, $8 Skip messy measuring, and drop a good-for-you, good-for- the-environment … Continue reading →
When it comes to the diaper bag, there are two big options: function or style. For the no bells and whistles camp, a diaper bag is a straightforward concept. It’s a place to stash the mountain of gear you need … Continue reading →
When our son outgrew his Chicco KeyFit Infant Car Seat, we moved him up to Chicco’s NextFit Zip. I loved the idea of a zip-off washable seat cover and figured it would probably be handy in our future. After testing … Continue reading →
Peanut Watch 2013 was a very watched event! No one knew when Peanut would be coming or just what kind of peanut we would be having. Micah and I had decided not to know the sex of the baby, so everyone … Continue reading →
I thought a stylish, designer, affordable diaper bag would be next to impossible to find; especially one that met the needs of a new mom on the go. Enter the Petunia Pickle Bottom Hideaway Hobo diaper bag. Boy, does this … Continue reading →
I am excited to be reviewing guzzie+Guss’s Perch Hanging Highchair and have enjoyed using it with our 1-year-old son. He likes sitting right at the dinner table with us, and I appreciate how the open space underneath allows us to … Continue reading →
The night it happened, I awoke in sudden pain. I instinctively grasped for the opposite side of the bed, but my husband, Chris, was gone. I remembered in a diminishing fog that he was working nights—not his favorite part of … Continue reading →
I can say with confidence that our preemie baby seems very happy in the Summer Infant Prodigy car seat. We feel good, too, knowing it has such a high safety rating from a top-rated brand. We love that the shoulder … Continue reading →
Well … I don’t know where to start. But then I was 40 weeks when I decided to go to the hospital. When I arrived there, there was some nurse who was helping around, so I took some time waiting … Continue reading →
The Maxi-Cosi Mico Air Protect (AP) arrived at my door a few days after the arrival of my gorgeous—if I do say so myself—son. (He arrived early, for the record; the car seat did not arrive late.) I was given strict … Continue reading →
Let’s start with the obvious: PacaPod’s Firenze diaper bag is absolutely stunning. It’s made of sumptuous pebble leather available in either chocolate or putty and rivals that of any designer handbag, with the gold hardware to match. This bag is … Continue reading →
Once I had the RECARO Performance Denali stroller ready to hit the road, I opened the box with the RECARO Performance Coupe Infant Car Seat. (The Performance Coupe is the only seat compatible with the Performance Denali stroller). The car seat came in … Continue reading →
My pregnancy was pretty uneventful. Mild cramping in the beginning, an irritating case of PUPPs in the third trimester (and for three weeks after birth) and a lot of pelvic/hip discomfort for the last month were the worst things I experienced. … Continue reading →
Parents, take note: The Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Cuddle Cove Elite Rocking Seat is the ultimate Pack ‘n Play! Its design looks more modern than other play yards (the four corners are curved and cool, not boasting the regular boxy look), … Continue reading →
Falling under the weather during pregnancy can be a real pill. Swallow this expert advice to help get you back on your feet.
With morning sickness, fatigue and swollen ankles, pregnancy can really throw a body off. But when nausea turns into a full-blown stomach bug or exhaustion leads to the flu, it’s not just your health that you need to worry about—the … Continue reading →
Whether you call it magical or hail it horrific, the postpartum period presents unique challenges and chances for growth.
Remember when you were 38 weeks pregnant and so ready to be done that you were actually anxious to push a 7-pound person out of your lady parts? Because then the pregnancy would be over, and you could relax and … Continue reading →
1. Lay your newbie on a mat that’s engaging enough to make tummy time tolerable. Prince Lionheart play mat, $25 2. Hang wallpaper baby will find interesting for years to come (especially when she’s old enough to display her own artwork … Continue reading →
Learn what you can do to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Eighty to ninety percent of SIDS-related deaths result from unsafe sleeping conditions. Follow these steps to allow both you and your little one to breathe a little easier. When putting baby down, lay him on his back on a firm … Continue reading →
When it comes to vaccines, there’s a lot to consider—from easing the ouch to keeping up with that complicated schedule. It’s never easy for a mama to see her babe in pain, but the short-lived sting of inoculations is well … Continue reading →
Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you can skip out on seeing the dentist.
Nothing to be afraid of “It’s perfectly safe to have treatment during your pregnancy,” says Sally Cram, DDS, PC, spokesperson and consumer advisor for the American Dental Association (ADA) and periodontist in Washington, D.C. In fact, keeping up with your … Continue reading →
Planning for a birth can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Think of your birth plan as more of a wish list than anything else: a layout of how you’d like things to go, with plenty of room … Continue reading →