After three babies and at least as many baby monitors, I decided it was time to join the 21st century and try out a video monitor! I know many mamas who swear by them, and I can definitely see why. … Continue reading →
A fresh outlook can take the bore out of the chore.
By the time your newborn is a week old, you could easily perform diaper duty in your sleep (heck, you practically do), but that doesn’t mean the task should be carried out on autopilot. Research shows that baby-parent bonding may influence … Continue reading →
Uncovering the science behind your urge to clean and purge.
Before I had my first baby, I thought nesting was one of those pregnancy phenomena that were exaggerated just to make for a good story. Surely women weren’t really possessed to scrub down the tops of their refrigerators and alphabetize all the … Continue reading →
With three kids under the age of 4, babywearing is not only a personal preference but an absolute necessity in my life. Being able to have two free hands to assist the toddlers with snacks, the monkey bars or an outfit … Continue reading →
Follow these simple steps to pregnancy-proof your skin care routine.
There’s so much advice out there for expectant women that it’s difficult to know what to adopt and what to ignore. Are you doomed to forgo your routine hair color touch-ups for the next nine months? Do you really need … Continue reading →
This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Whitney (WI), Jennifer (PA), Sanjay (PA), Dolores (FL), Ashley (MS), Jerry (IL), Pamela CT) and Jay (MN)! We have $3,250 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our March issue! Click on each image … Continue reading →
My husband was the first to open the package and put the BOB Stroller Strides together. When I came over and asked him about the instruction manual, he said it didn’t come with one. That didn’t sound right, so I … Continue reading →
Something bugging you? We’ve rounded up solutions to the most frequent prenatal annoyances.
Although growing a baby is an awesome feat, the side effects are plentiful—and, unfortunately for the mamas carrying those wee ones, they’re mostly pretty unpleasant. (Heavier-than-normal vaginal discharge, we’re looking at you.) Read on for a bevy of ways to … Continue reading →
Three expert tips for selecting your toddling tot’s first pair of kicks.
1. Choose wisely. “First shoes should be lightweight and flexible to best allow your baby to learn coordination skills,” says Ben Spitalnick, MD, FAAP, president of the Georgia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Think cloth or soft leather … Continue reading →
As much as it pains you to see your wee one distraught, crying is an infant’s primary way of communicating—so a bit of wailing isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
If a baby fails to offer a strong cry immediately following birth, we worry. If that same baby—once home—cries a whole lot, we worry! Though everyone knows that infants cry, new parents in particular often feel uncertain about what baby’s … Continue reading →
Want to have a great labor and delivery experience? Get to know your nurse—and fast!
When I arrived at the hospital to deliver my first baby, I had no idea what I was walking into. I had not attended any birth-related classes, and I’d never watched an episode of TLC’s “A Baby Story” because I … Continue reading →
I would wholeheartedly recommend the Oribel PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center to anyone looking for an aesthetically pleasing, developmentally appropriate and reasonably priced activity center for their child. We began using the PortaPlay just shy of my daughter’s 6-month birthday. The … Continue reading →
Get ready for some notable breast changes over the course of bumphood.
The twins will be the prime locale for some of pregnancy’s very first side effects. Yep, even in the earliest weeks of baby-growing your body is already preparing itself to feed your little one after she arrives. Here’s what you … Continue reading →
My baby boy and I are enjoying our new Baby K’tan Carrier. I’ve had fun seeing how it works, and he’s obviously loving it because he’s contently cooing or sound asleep within moments of being inside. I love that it’s simple to use … Continue reading →
A few easy tweaks can help your kitchen work harder for you and support your healthy pregnancy goals.
Yes, you need to consume more calories when there is a bun in the oven. (About 300 daily in the second and third trimesters, in fact.) But eating can quickly spiral out of control if what you’re shoveling into your … Continue reading →
Bounce back from the havoc springing forward wreaks on your schedule with these smart sleep strategies.
Slow and steady Ease into the change by modifying baby’s schedule gradually. “Adjust the morning and afternoon naps by 30 minutes to begin with, and add another 30 minutes by the third day,” suggests Alysa Dobson, a certified child sleep … Continue reading →
When making a stroller wish list as I prepared to welcome my firstborn, ease of use, safety and overall comfort were the top priorities. I am happy to report the Chicco Bravo LE Trio Travel System hits the bullseye on … Continue reading →
They’re unfortunate and often inevitable, but the dreaded streaks can be diminished.
When it comes to being pregnant, stretch marks practically 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 the … Continue reading →
Is there any harm in feeding my baby pouched food? A: There is a time and place for every- thing. Children need to learn how to eat fresh food at a table, during family meals, using utensils. But with busy … Continue reading →
THINK STRAIGHT Thule Glide, $375 This sporty selection features a fixed front wheel for the more avid runner, and its aerodynamic design ensures the ride lives up to its name. TAKE A TURN Bumbleride Speed, $549 The front wheel locks … Continue reading →
1 | Get a grip on playtime with a toy that revs baby’s motor skills. Oball classic ball, $7 2 | Even the messiest eaters are covered, thanks to a generously sized bib. Bumkins bib, $7 3 | Keep bottle … Continue reading →
Between the airline check-in desk and baggage claim, there aren’t many options for moms in need of a place to pump or nurse. Find out how to navigate common airport obstacles, so you can confidently provide for your babe.
If you’re a mom who travels often (whether for business trips or family vacations), you likely have at least one memorable tale of nursing or pumping in an airport. From cramming into a tiny bathroom stall to futilely trying not … Continue reading →
My partner and I are well aware that when we send our baby to day care this spring she’ll undoubtedly bring runny noses, coughs and stomach bugs home with her, but we’d like to try to prevent whatever illnesses we … Continue reading →
When your gastrointestinal tract slows down, air tends to get caught in the digestive tract, leading to unpleasant flatulence, bloating and burping. Follow these tips to keep from, er, blowing up. Eat smart. Avoid beans, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and … Continue reading →
Alexandria Joyce Gonzales. My pregnancy with her went smoothly; she was a lot like her brother. The one key difference between their two pregnancies: I didn’t have gestational diabetes this time around, so my last trimester didn’t require all the monitoring I … Continue reading →
It was a hot September day in Kentucky when I unexpectedly went into labor with my second precious little man at my mother’s house. I had been anticipating the arrival of my sweet Carter Blake for nine long months. My … Continue reading →
It was a beautiful day spent visiting my sister and her family three hours from home. My husband had a boys weekend near my sister’s house, but he was worried about being away from me because I was 37 weeks pregnant. … Continue reading →
At the last OB appointment my wife, Terry, was dilated 1 centimeter and was having no regular contractions. Frustrated at the lack of progress, we resigned to another week before meeting Rose. (This was my first baby, but it would be her … Continue reading →
Tiffany Johnson, a wedding photographer in Laguna Nigel, California, went pretty in pink when crafting a room for her fourth baby, Delilah. She opted for a theme but kept it from becoming overpowering by sticking to subtle touches and a … Continue reading →
When I was pregnant with my third child, a dear friend and mother of 3 gave me a piece of advice, “Buy her a good car seat because she will practically live in it!” I had no idea how true … Continue reading →
From kicks to contractions and everything in between, veteran moms explain what growing a baby is like.
Google “What does being pregnant feel like?” and you’ll get upward of 12 million results. No surprise there. After all, pregnancy is an intensely physical experience, one that is utterly unlike any other. It’s a time of excitement and wonder—and … Continue reading →
When my daughter turned 5 months old, I knew it was time to start researching different activity centers (or “jumpy-things,” as her dad calls them). Thankfully, it didn’t take long for me to stumble upon the Summer Infant Pop ’N Jump. … Continue reading →
Go nuts Swish coconut oil for 5 to 20 minutes a day, allowing the natural lauric acid to remove the bacteria that results in discoloration. Go red Paint a crimson pout to give the illusion of whiter teeth. the blue … Continue reading →
Baby’s first-year sleep habits aren’t as mysterious as they might initially appear.
Do you ever wish you could get a parenting do-over? I would apply my free pass (all right, one of my free passes—I would need a small stack) to go back and attend to my second baby’s sleep habits. Because … Continue reading →
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 800,000 illnesses affect children under the age of 10 in the U.S. each year, and infants and young children are particularly susceptible to foodborne varieties, thanks to immature immune systems. To minimize … Continue reading →
The Chicco Walky Talky Walker is easy to assemble and store away between uses or to throw in the trunk of your car to take with you on a quick trip. For a person who is often impatient and struggles … Continue reading →
New mom and blogger at M Loves M Mara Ferreira worked with online design service Havenly to fashion a sweet spot in which her son Augustine can grow. Ferreira stuck with neutral colors for all her “big” items, then wove in pops … Continue reading →
Everyone always claims to have a big baby, but let me tell you, I have a BIG baby. Our loveable squish is currently rocking 18 to 24 month clothing at just 8 months old. When it comes to hauling her … Continue reading →
We’re really glad to review Chicco’s BravoFor2 Stroller. My 3-year-old son is the stroller’s biggest fan! He requests to use it for our adventures and loves having the option to ride when his legs are tired. After a few months, … Continue reading →
While the United States does not mandate paid parental leave, you may be able to work with your employer to come up with a situation that suits you both. Talk to your boss. It’s often much easier to work with … Continue reading →
It’s high time you took a closer look at what you’re munching on, mamas, and with these easy recipes, you’ll know exactly what your go-to snacks are made of.
Grazing between meals will not only keep hanger and nausea at bay, but it’s a brilliant way to sneak in more nutrients, too. Before you hit the kitchen and start building these tasty eats, let’s break down why they’re so … Continue reading →
Q: Between lounging in his swing, commuting to daycare in his car seat and being swaddled for naps and bedtime, my little guy spends a lot of time on his back and relatively stationary. Is there a chance this could … Continue reading →
I was so excited to get the Mountain Buggy Terrain stroller and try it out. We have four kids and have owned several different strollers. My husband likes to joke (although I guess it’s not really a joke if it’s … Continue reading →
I have to admit I was not well versed in jogging strollers before reviewing the Thule Urban Glide. Baby equipment adds up, so I initially only acquired a regular, everyday stroller. My husband and I try to make health a … Continue reading →
Play to baby’s strengths with entertainers for every age.
Fun on the run Summer Infant Pop ’N Jump, $70 “Moms and minis will jump for joy, thanks to this portable playmate. It comes fully assembled (and setup takes mere seconds), so you can let the good times roll at … Continue reading →
Classic baby finds you can count on to never go out of style.
1 | The sweetest way to keep that tiny noggin covered. Little Pine Outfitters knit bonnet, $48 2 |No childhood is complete without a beloved teddy. Bears for Humanity organic bear, $45 3 | Linen and stripes make the tradition of … Continue reading →
In the postpartum period when emotions are running high and sleep is practically nonexistent, it’s easy for feelings to be hurt and tempers to flare. Research by relationship expert John Gottman, PhD, has shown that the first three minutes of … Continue reading →
Q: What are some easy ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies into our 12-month-old’s diet? I’m afraid she’s been filling up too much on Cheerios and crackers. A: I always recommend children have a variety of color on their … Continue reading →
When a task feels like too much to take on, sometimes your best bet is to outsource. So mom of two Alexandra Evjen, blogger at AVE Styles, reached out to Annalisa Thomas, founder and head designer of nursery brand Oilo, … Continue reading →