It was October in Denver, Colorado. The weather was mild and sunny. I was about five days away from my delivery date, and I came in to work as usual. Around mid-morning, I was sitting at my desk when I … Continue reading →
I’m a big fan of modern baby gear, so as soon as I saw the bloom fresco chrome, I knew it was the highchair for me. (Well, for my baby.) Choosing a color was tough because they have so many … Continue reading →
Our executive editor gives us a peek into her daughter Isla's nursery, which has just as much personality as she does.
“We wanted the room to be fun and playful and not take itself too seriously. I have a pretty hard time sticking with a strict theme or color scheme, so the nursery could probably best be described as ‘hodgepodge.’ But I think … Continue reading →
A darling DIY wall is the focal point of our senior editor's son Arlo's picture-perfect place.
“Creating a nursery is a long process. There were some weeks that I worried it was going to be boring. Then there were times I thought I’d surely gone overboard. So my advice is to try to keep things in … Continue reading →
Increase your odds of a good night's sleep with a bed that will help your wee one drift off to dreamland. (Fingers crossed.)
A charming earth- and baby-friendly option at an affordable price. It converts all the way up to a full-size bed. DaVinci Baby Flora (conversion kit sold separately), $259 Create a modern mood by mixing acrylic and solid walnut with this high-quality crib that is sustainably … Continue reading →
Thanks to overworked immune systems, influenza is more likely to cause severe illness among the expectant set. Learn how to protect yourself and your wombmate ...
First and foremost The best way to beat the flu is to get a flu shot. Not only is this quick stick safe for bump-bearing moms, but it has been shown to also protect your little one for up to several … Continue reading →
Grappling with gestational diabetes is no picnic, but take it from a mom who's been there: It's totally manageable.
I shuffle quietly into the kitchen and open the refrigerator. The rest of the house is sleeping when I twist the cap off and take my first swig. The orange syrupy drink goes down smooth, but the sugary aftertaste lingers … Continue reading →
Building brand-new friendships with fellow mamas can be intimidating, but take it easy—you'll meet your bestie with a baby in no time.
I can’t remember where exactly I met Emma, but it was friendship at first sight. Her little boy was born right around the same time as my son, she lived only a couple blocks away, and we got along great. … Continue reading →
Q: I’m exclusively breastfeeding my little one, and I’m ravenous all the time. Can you recommend some easy, healthy and filling snacks? I’ve been eating an embarrassing number of PB&J’s. A: I know what you mean! Breastfeeding three children made me crazy hungry. There’s … Continue reading →
What do you mean I need an emergency C-section? No, no, no. That’s not possible. My pregnancy was normal. My mother had four normal pregnancies and deliveries. What’s happening? I was so excited as I awaited the birth of my … Continue reading →
1. Place baby on her back. That goes for naptime and nighttime. Your little one can practice tummy time while she’s awake and supervised. 2. Skip the pillows, extra covers and stuffed animals. They could obstruct breathing or result in … Continue reading →
The magical, miraculous first hour of a newborn's life gives mom a brief glimpse of all that's to come.
In the first moments you spend with your brand-new babe, you’re sure to be completely enamored (and pretty exhausted). Those earliest minutes are precious. You’ll be getting to know each other’s faces, touch and smell. You’re both meeting a person … Continue reading →
1 | Because your kiddo is too cool for drool. aden + anais bandana bib, $10 2 | Somewhere to stash dirty duds when accidents happen. Bambino Mio wet bag, $15 3 | Smartly designed to switch from breast … Continue reading →
Three things to consider when selecting a baby carrier.
1. Who Will you be wearing a snuggly newborn? A sturdier tot? A wrap is a good option for the former, whereas the support a soft-structured carrier offers is a plus when it comes to toting weightier babes. 2. What … Continue reading →
Q: After sharing a room with our newborn for six months, we’re ready to move him to the nursery. How can we make the transition as smooth, safe and comfortable as possible? A: Great question! Here are a few tips to get … Continue reading →
With baby on board, you're almost ready to jet off into motherhood. But you're bound to have a much smoother flight through labor and delivery with a bit of preparation before you hit the skies.
As a first-timer on this life-changing voyage, there’s likely to be a lot you don’t know. But the good news is most of the folks around you—from your prenatal care provider to the labor and delivery nurses—have done this time … Continue reading →
I often see diaper bags that make my heart skip a beat, but it’s rare that I can actually afford one. Let’s be honest, diaper bags (and bags in general) are pretty pricey! And since I’m a SAHM, we’re on … Continue reading →
We have more than $2,500 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our October issue and Buyer’s Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. Good luck! October 2017 Buyer’s Guide 2017
We have $1,500 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our October issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contests close October 31, 2017. Moby and Petunia Pickle … Continue reading →
Saturday at 2 a.m., I was awakened by a sudden feeling that something was not right. Baby No. 7, and it felt so different. I swung my feet over until they slid off the bed and pulled myself into a … Continue reading →
While modern ultrasounds provide some amazing insight, baby’s watery world is still a mystery in many ways. Luckily, nature provides some clues to help us know that the pregnancy is a healthy one and that your tiny bean’s development is … Continue reading →
On August 15, 2016, I went in for a normal check up. I was 30 weeks pregnant at the time. I had a sonogram done first, and then, we went into the room to check my blood pressure. The nurse … Continue reading →
One month ago our lives changed forever when Mike and I welcomed our sweet baby boy, Magnus Michael, into the world. These last few weeks have seen lots of ups and downs (and we haven’t seen a whole lot of sleep), but whenever I … Continue reading →
If being honest, I have always lacked in the stroller department. My husband and I got into a habit of wearing or carrying our daughter everywhere we went, even after she was much older but still unable to walk. For … Continue reading →
Everything your friends haven’t told you about birthing a baby.
If this is your first pregnancy rodeo, you’ve probably already discovered a few of the undisclosed aspects of growing a baby. After all, few people voluntarily strike up a conversation about the stray hairs cropping up on their chins or … Continue reading →
Although autism spectrum disorders are rooted in early brain development, the average age most children are diagnosed is 4 1⁄2. Georgina Peacock, MD, a developmental behavioral pediatrician with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urges new parents to start tracking … Continue reading →
Birth is birth, whether it is in an operating room, a birth center, a living room or the middle of a forest. This wasn’t our first rodeo. We were thrilled to find out that we were expecting our fourth child. … Continue reading →
I’ll be honest; car seats are intimidating. Similar to other infant product categories, there are just SO many to choose from. When I found out I was going to be a first-time mom, I spent a lot of time researching … Continue reading →
The Chicco Fit2 Rear-Facing Infant & Toddler Car Seat & Base is a well-designed, good-looking and innovative car seat. The innovative nature of the Fit2 is that it evolves from a traditional infant seat into a rear-facing car seat for … Continue reading →
You’re excited about your pregnancy and pumped to share it with the people in your life. Now, how to go about breaking the big news?
I’ve had four babies now (the last just this June!), so you might think I’d have baby announcing down to a science. Not quite. I actually tend to get awkward about it and end up never making an official announcement, … Continue reading →
Nursery style you’ll want to steal— and, lucky for you, you totally can.
The Heater family of Grants Pass, Oregon, welcomed baby Hendrix to the clan last summer. His mom, Alex, knew she wanted his room to feel bright and airy, so she did what most of us do—headed to Pinterest for inspiration. … Continue reading →
Can I start by raving about how easy this car seat is? I’m a huge fan of the LATCH system with the auto-release button to keep my fingers from getting pinched while digging around for the lower anchors with a clip-on. … Continue reading →
From beginner grins to starter steps, take a tour through the developmental milestones of your baby’s amazing first year.
Between birth and her first birthday bash, your little sprout will do some serious growing—and not just in size. A baby’s first year is a blur of cognitive and mobile changes that occur at warp speed compared to the rest … Continue reading →
Even from day one, you can see signs of your tot’s muscle control in her newborn reflexes—which also give moms a peek at the developmental road ahead. But it’s only a brief glimpse because most are seen for only the first … Continue reading →
A lightweight stroller was my go-to mode of transport with my first child. Needless to say, five years later when I was expecting my second child, I was excited to get a new lightweight stroller and even more ecstatic it … Continue reading →
Dare to be decadent in a maternity wardrobe stacked from top to bottom.
Sugar and spice Fold in feminine pieces with masculine for a well-balanced presentation. Hat Attack hat, $96, hatattack.com, Emily Elizabeth Jewelry bobby pin, $9, emilyejewerly.etsy.com, We Dream in Colour cuffs, $69 each, wedreamincolour.com, JoJo Maman Bébé jacket, $125, jojomamanbebe.com, Noppies dress, $125, kickinmaternity.com Cougar … Continue reading →
Done safely, swaddling can be an effective way to calm your restless newbie and help him clock some shuteye. Learn how to wrap your very own baby burrito—and how to tell when it’s time to stop.
As timeless as a lullaby and nearly as soothing as being rocked in mama’s arms, swaddling has been recommended across generations— and cultures—as a trusted way to settle fussy babes. But although swaddling may be time-tested, it isn’t without risk. … Continue reading →
Install a security system to protect your tiny treasure.
Ready to unplug? This smart pick has you (and the outlets) covered. Qdos universal self-closing outlet cover, $13 A motion-activated LED light shows you the way. Munchkin Luna gate, from $180 Trick even the cleverest tots with a distracting decoy … Continue reading →
By two months, your little is already leaps and bounds ahead of where she was at birth. With a few playtime tweaks from here on out, you can give her a leg up on upcoming milestones. 2 months in: -Show … Continue reading →
I planned to stay home for a full year after my son was born. But he’s only 3 months old, and I already find myself daydreaming about returning to work. I love my baby, but honestly, I’m bored and suffering … Continue reading →
Now that you’re adding the newest sprig to your budding brood, you might be curious to find out just where you (and your wee one!) come from. Here are three ways to dig deeper into your family’s roots. 1. Online database … Continue reading →
One thing became clear to me when I became a mom … you end up holding a lot of stuff. All this stuff has to come with you everywhere you go on top of holding a precious baby. Talk about … Continue reading →
Stop right there! I’m speaking to all the parents out there who are aimlessly wandering around in search of the perfect double stroller for your growing family. The Baby Jogger City Select LUX is the stroller you have been searching for! … Continue reading →
Those who attended the birth of my first born would tell you it was unforgettable in the worst of ways. Two years ago, I was riding passenger on the way to the hospital to be induced. My husband and I discussed during our drive how delighted we were for our lives to change to a family of three to avoid the anxiety we felt. After … Continue reading →
With a 4-year-old and an infant, we initially weren’t sure we’d get much use out of a double stroller. Turns out, our 4-year old is much lazier now that the baby is here! If baby rides, he wants to ride, … Continue reading →
It was a Tuesday. I was scheduled to work up until our second son made his appearance. My husband, a firefighter, was also supposed to be at the station that day, yet for some reason, we had both decided last … Continue reading →
As a mother of four and long-time member of the P&N family, I have tried out many infant car seats. The Idan feels more secure than any other I’ve used, and its sleek design makes it one of the best … Continue reading →
Take care of yourself, so you can take care of everyone else.
Motherhood can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to let it get the best of you. Follow these seven steps to find some balance, maintain your sanity and keep on smiling in your new role as mom. 1. Take time … Continue reading →
This contest is closed. Congratulations to: Debra (MI), Jaye (MN), Michael (MI), Sarah (CA), Diana (CA), Azeem (NY), Monisha (CA), Rhonda (MI), Melissa (PA), Caroline (GA), Chad (CA), Deborah (UT), Jillian (MI), Dolores (FL), Kathy (IL) and Brenda (TX)! We … Continue reading →