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You know you need a prenatal vitamin, but which one should you choose? And what if it makes you nauseous (or constipated)? Here’s how to make the most of your daily dose.
If you’re pregnant, you should be taking a prenatal vitamin. In fact, even if you’re just thinking about becoming pregnant you should be taking one. But what is it about these specialized pills that makes them so pertinent? The F … Continue reading →
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 →
There’s no need to cancel travel plans just because a petite passenger has joined your crew. Here’s what you need to know before jetting off with baby.
Let’s be honest: Taking care of a baby is hard work—even when you’re at home surrounded by an arsenal of infant gear, a fully stocked toy box and a three-week supply of diapers. So, it’s understandable if “Let’s take this … 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 →
As its name suggests, the Graco Swivi Seat 3-in-1 Booster sets itself apart from similar attachable boosters with its ability to swivel atop its base. We’ve found it to be a very handy feature for spoon-feeding our little guy—we simply rotate … 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 →
We have been so thankful for the Dream Suite Bassinet. It has done double-duty at our house—first as a sleep space in our room, and it has now found its place on our lower level for convenience as a nap … Continue reading →
The Medela Pump In Style Advanced is an outstanding breast pump. It is effective and easy to use, and for a busy mom who has little free time, easy and effective are key! The instructions are clear and easy to … Continue reading →
I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy—just your run-of-the-mill horrible hip pain at night, occasional leg cramps, nonstop eating and general misery. My first baby is 8 months old now. She is precious, but that last trimester of pregnancy is rough! The weeks … Continue reading →
We received a DockATot Deluxe when our son was about 2 weeks old. We had never used anything like it with our older son, so we were excited to give it a look! The DockATot came promptly in a black … Continue reading →
The Aeris BabySuite by Evenflo is exactly what you’d expect in a mid-range sleeper. It is reliable and sturdy, and it gets the job done—all at a reasonable price. Upon the arrival of the Aeris BabySuite to my doorstep, I … Continue reading →
We found out we were pregnant with baby No. 2 a couple of weeks after our first child’s first birthday, which was also four days before we departed for our family vacation to Hawaii. From the very beginning of this pregnancy, I … Continue reading →
Our family loves to travel, but while packing before departure, we always find ourselves contemplating sleep arrangements—the most difficult of that being our newborn. Do we haul our oversized, heavy pack ‘n play? Will it fit in the car or … Continue reading →
Saturday morning, June 1, I woke up with this crazy urge to pee. I got up, or rather rolled out of bed and headed to the bathroom. (I was in my 38th week of pregnancy.) Everything went normally, so I headed back … Continue reading →
My husband and I first bonded while hiking together. We now have a little one, but we still love to get outside to hit the trails as often as we can. We were delighted to put the new Osprey Poco … Continue reading →
While waiting to pick up my prescription glasses, I felt a hint of a backache—my first during the entire pregnancy. At that point I was at 38 weeks. Early the next morning, at 4 a.m., I felt a trickle of … Continue reading →
As two very active people, my wife and I planned to continue our activities and outdoor adventures when our boy came along. We loved biking—whether as an activity in and of itself or as a means to get to the … 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
The wonderful (and wearisome) milestones that every new mom can look forward to.
Things I was annoyed by while pregnant: throwing up everything I ate, waiting 45 minutes to see my time-challenged gyno, my newly acquired cankles, and my husband saying that we were having a baby. (Um, did you gain 45 pounds … Continue reading →
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 →
Cure what ails you in those first weeks of pregnancy with these hopeful fixes.
Early pregnancy isn’t all plus signs and happy secrets. Although the first trimester is filled with excitement and anticipation, it’s also infused with its share of aches and pains. But common mom-to-be woes can be survived with a few proactive measures. … Continue reading →
Five simple diet changes that can make a big difference while baby-growing.
There is a whole lot of advice on what pregnant women should eat and not eat—most of which sounds pretty straightforward on paper. But when it comes to real life, all the suggestions can be tough to remember—let alone stick … 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 →
In the intense, early days of parenthood, conflicting information, a lack of discussion on infant feeding options, and misconceptions about formula can make mixing a bottle seem like a graduate-level chemistry course. But even if there’s more to it than … Continue reading →
Island time An ensemble that speaks to her away message. Kate Mack bathing suit, $48; UV Skinz hat, $20; Carter’s sunglasses, $10; Jack Rogers sandals, $49 Rendezvous on the riviera A tiny vacationer’s sophisticated getup. Rad Revolution Kids swim trunks, $25; Appaman hat, $31; Babiators sunglasses, $45; Salt … 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 →
The contents of a mom’s labor bag can tell a lot about her delivery experience.
The physical process of giving birth might be universal, but it’s no secret that the customs and care surrounding it can be vastly different worldwide. To shed light on the disparities and help improve the dire circumstances in undeveloped countries, … Continue reading →
Whether it happens at the park or in the living room, there's something charming about enjoying a cozy afternoon of snacking and relaxing.
Pack a basket with light bites and tasty drinks, then sprawl out on a luxurious leather mat that’s as sumptuous as it is sensible (think waterproof, easy to clean and compact). Picnic Time picnic basket, $85; Gathre bonded leather mat, $120; Gift Republic … Continue reading →
Everyone can join in the fun with mommy- and-me playdates. The babes can swap toys and share puffs, and the mamas can enjoy some overdue adult conversation.
This wooden puzzle comes with a felted case. (No more lost pieces!) Tinyme puzzle, $32 A cozy place to play peekaboo, blocks to stack and a cute cat to snuggle…sounds like a recipe for success. Giggle play tent, $175; Modern Burlap reversible blanket, … Continue reading →
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If you’re short on space, root for these little guys.
Aim for multipurpose gear to cut down on clutter. Native Wilds nursing, car seat and shopping cart cover, $49 Put it up when you need it; take it down when you don’t. Oribel PortaPlay convertible activity center, $149 Forget sacrificing … Continue reading →
You’ve been planning and prepping for your babe’s arrival for months, but what about the days after? The labor and delivery finish line is really just the beginning.
When you’re expecting, it’s common to focus on labor as the “end result.” Giving birth is the goal you’ve been looking forward to for 40-odd weeks. First-time mothers wonder what it will feel like, how long it will take, what … Continue reading →
There are benefits for both mom and baby when labor happens all on its own.
Although “natural” can mean different things to different people, for the sake of this article, we’re using it to define a birth that doesn’t involve medical intervention of any kind. It’s a fact that medical interventions are sometimes necessary for … Continue reading →
What to expect when your laid-back babe starts taking a more erect stance.
Strong suit Most babies begin to sit up around 4-7 months as their neck, shoulder, back and stomach muscles grow stronger and their head control develops. Tummy time can help prepare your tot for the feat, as can sitting him … Continue reading →
A bump in the bed is no reason to limit your libido.
In the mood Unless your doctor advises otherwise, there’s no reason a healthy mom-to-be should avoid sex during pregnancy. For some, the flood of hormones can pique interest in intimacy. For others, discomforts like morning sickness might make sex the … Continue reading →
This was my third baby—and our first girl! My due date was January 29, but at the beginning of my pregnancy I hoped she would wait until the beginning of February because my family has a lot of January birthdays already. … Continue reading →
This was my first pregnancy, and I was blessed to be having twin girls. I was at 30 weeks and was getting all the last details done. On February 11 I hadn’t been feeling well at all that day, and as … Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, if you had asked me, “What makes the perfect stroller?” I’d probably have told you: a comfortable ride for baby, lightweight and easy to transport and flexible enough to be used from babyhood through the toddler stage. … Continue reading →