My wife and I were excited to review the Thule Cadence 2 Bike Trailer. As soon as the trailer arrived, I pulled it out of the box and was surprised with how light it was. This trailer only took about … 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 →
Just typing the word “jogging” makes me smile. I remember jogging … and wine and sleeping … I digress! I remember spending so much time at the gym before my sweet boy came along. With working full time and being … 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 →
I never realized how valuable time was until I had my daughter in August. I was blessed with a baby who was sleeping through the night at 18 days old, which was amazing. The downfall: She would not sleep during … Continue reading →
We recently received the Evenflo ExerSaucer Soft N Snuggle Door Jumper (Duck). We love this product! Our daughter is 5 months old and is no longer content just lounging around. She is ready to see the world (or our house … 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 →
As a first-time mom, every part of parenthood is new to me. I have always been an active person, but being a working mom took away everything—including my workout time. I have been looking for jogging strollers for quite sometime … 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 →
Postbaby sex can be scary. (The last ordeal down there might have brought you a beautiful babe, but it hurt like heck, too!) Alison Schultz, DO, an OB/GYN at Boulder Medical Center in Boulder, Colorado, shares some helpful tips on … Continue reading →
Labor doesn’t always play out the way you think it will. Sometimes, it turns out much better.
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the delivery room. Approaching my first delivery, I tried to maintain as much control as possible. I scheduled an elective induction two weeks before my due … Continue reading →
Looking to power up your pregnancy with extra energy and enhanced support for your growing babe? Protein is your new best friend.
If you’ve ever wondered how what you’re eating each day affects your babe-to-be, consider this: The protein in your diet is providing the building blocks for all of baby’s developing tissues. His organs, skin, hair and almost every cell need … Continue reading →
Ten tools to ensure baby’s dinner is worthy of five stars.
Mash fresh fruits and steamed veggies with a low-tech, high-satisfaction contraption. NUK mash and serve bowl, $9 Let your tot gnaw on produce (and even meat) sans choking risk, thanks to a smart mesh design. Munchkin fresh food feeder, $5 … Continue reading →
I recently decided to get a bike after I saw how much my children enjoyed riding in the trailer to and from the beach on a recent family trip. So, I was really excited to try out the Croozer Kid … Continue reading →
As my 14-week-old boy grew bigger and more active, my husband and I started looking for a bouncer that could continue to keep him inclined, as well as be easily stowed to take anywhere. Due to his severe reflux, our … Continue reading →
Nothing shines brighter than baby’s smile, and there’s no better time to start protecting those pearly whites than during National Children’s Dental Health Month. Pediatric dentist Lyndsay Bates, DDS, MS, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is our tooth sleuth, and below she gives all the … Continue reading →
Special deliveries worth sending after the stork stops by.
Something for everyone: Pinhole Press Oh, Baby! Personalized Gift Box, $75 What’s inside: • Custom photo card • $25 Pinhole Press gift certificate • Little Hip Squeaks beanie and romper • ink! ground coffee Just for mom: Hello Flo New Mom … Continue reading →
With less sleep, more chores and no sex (at least at first), having a baby challenges even the happiest couples. Here’s how to keep your relationship on track as you make the jump into parenthood.
When you have a wee one on the way, it’s easy (and fun!) to get caught up in all things baby. You’ve got tiny socks to launder, a mobile to hang in that half-finished nursery and a million other to-dos … Continue reading →
Every couple argues, but just because it’s normal (and even expected) doesn’t make every spat A-OK. Heed these expert-approved tips on how to fight the right way. Choose your battles. Not every dirty diaper or dishwasher load is worth the … Continue reading →
My husband and I wanted to have a natural birth from the very start, although I was unsure of how I would handle that, having never given birth before. I am a very sensitive person, a bit neurotic and very … Continue reading →
I probably should’ve known something was up when I found myself scrubbing the bathroom floor with my go-to “Grace means business” bathroom cleaner (baby wipes) at 4:30 in the morning on Sunday, December 30. I was 37 weeks and one … Continue reading →
The birth story of my son was a wonderful, crazy, unexpected 24 hours! It was a Tuesday, and I was 38 weeks along and helping out at my dad’s retail store. I had been having random Braxton Hicks contractions all … Continue reading →
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When I first received the Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Infant Car Seat I was drawn to its style and comfy look. The seat is black and grey with white outlines and stitching. My eyes immediately found the four lime green … Continue reading →
Hi my name is Marjorie Iglesia. I’m 25 years old and from Fort Smith, AR. I gave birth to my son on July 8, 2014—right on his due date! Like all new expectant moms, I was very anxious on that early morning … Continue reading →
Whether you’re trying to conceive or quite the opposite, knowing when you ovulate can help. “Ovulation is best determined by counting backward after a period begins,” explains Mary Jo Podgurski, RNC, EdD, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and past president of … Continue reading →
From the labor starting line to the race to the hospital, here’s everything you need to know about when to go.
With your due date just days away, it can be tempting to make a mad dash for the delivery room the moment you feel contractions kick in, but—as ready as you are to meet your babe —knowing when to head … Continue reading →
I’m a first-time mom of a one-year-old, and while I’m not back to running half marathons, I do take my two large dogs and my little one for walks and light jogs around my neighborhood (couch-to-5k anyone?). Over the past … Continue reading →
Ask any new parents what their goal is for the first months of their precious little one’s life, and they would be lying if the answer is anything but figuring out a way for the entire family to get as … Continue reading →
If you’ll soon be introducing your four-legged pal to a new two-legged sibling, follow these tips from Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow, to ensure a smooth and safe transition. Get schooled Sign your dog up for … Continue reading →
Get to know your little cowpoke’s distinct temperament, and consider the influence you’ll have on his future.
Much of your baby’s demeanor is decided genetically before he’s even left the gate. Still, the impact of his home environment and family dynamics can’t be overstated. Nature and nurture combine forces to uniquely influence the individual your baby will … Continue reading →
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1. The unwritten thank you notes Buying stationery, hand-writing a note, finding a stamp and remembering to stop by the mailbox—if only! When you can’t find the time to snail mail a card, send a grateful text instead. (Include a … Continue reading →
When the BOB Revolution Flex All-Terrain Stroller arrived, I was expecting the set up to be equivalent to an IKEA purchase, but luckily it was as simple as popping the wheels on with the help of the instruction manual. The … Continue reading →
Whether you’re eager to learn more about saving baby’s cord blood or you’re wondering what the heck it is, our comprehensive guide clears up your questions—from how much it costs to how it can benefit your family.
As an expectant mom, you are constantly making decisions that will affect your babe-to-be’s future. One question that could potentially have the greatest impact on the health of your newborn—and family members—is whether to bank baby’s cord blood. This choice … Continue reading →
How to get the most play out of entertaining baby.
From helping your growing sprout master her fine motor skills to facilitating her mental development, playtime is more than just fun and games. In fact, according to Stuart Brown, PhD, a pioneer in play research, it can improve mood and … Continue reading →
Calendars that have us looking forward to the new year.
Each night I write a short one-liner about what happened during the day, and next year, I’ll cycle through the cards again doing the same thing. I can’t wait to see what changes—and what doesn’t—over time. —Lauren, Executive Editor One … Continue reading →
The day our Graco DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker arrived, it could not have been more welcomed. Our son was going through his 3-month-old growth spurt and had not been napping more than 15-30 minutes at a time. I opened the … Continue reading →
When we got the Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat out of the box, my husband and I were a little overwhelmed. There were lots of parts to look at, and it seemed like it might be a bit daunting to put this thing … Continue reading →
Feeling drained and especially moody? It might be more than a postholiday funk.
Seasonal slump A type of depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) typically crops up during wintertime. The exact cause is unknown, but researchers believe it’s closely tied to the lack of sunlight that colder months bring, which disrupts your circadian rhythm … Continue reading →
Forget the coffee, these fatigue-zapping foods will put some pep in your step.
Most moms-to-be are all too familiar with all-out energy drains—that exhausted feeling that breaks you down mentally to the point where the only activity you can fathom is watching TV with a carton of Ben & Jerry’s. While many people … Continue reading →
As a busy first-time mom, I was very excited to give the Ingenuity InVenture Pro Multi-Functional Stroller a try. I was initially drawn to its advertised versatility. This stroller is compatible with the Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Infant Car Seat, which … Continue reading →
Get clued in to bumphood blunders that could keep you from having your healthiest pregnancy.
As any woman sporting a bump knows, there’s no end to the onslaught of pregnancy advice. But much of it doesn’t have a leg to stand on, and some can even be harmful to you and your baby. We’re here … Continue reading →
It was a Monday morning, and my boyfriend and I were on FaceTime keeping track of my every contraction when my mother came in to say goodbye and kiss my tummy. I told her I was getting contractions that … Continue reading →
I am so excited to share Emerson’s birth story, not only because it was one of the most amazing moments of my life, but also because I am truly proud of it. I feel blessed because, although things did not … Continue reading →
Smartphones, meet the smart baby monitor. iBaby M6 is the industry’s first 360-degree monitor camera, letting parents keep a watchful eye on their little ones, even from far away, with just the swipe of a finger. That’s the gist of … Continue reading →
On a Tuesday evening I went to bed and suddenly had this huge “wee.” I thought, “How can it be because I just came from the toilet?” And yes it was clear water, smelling like bleach coming down. Luckily I … Continue reading →