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2017 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show

We have some exciting news to share with our readers! We—the team here at P&N—are so excited for the 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show, happening August 26-27 at Navy Pier in the Windy City. No other event provides a better experience … Continue reading

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Week 23: Keep in touch

Whoa, y’all. It is getting mighty warm down here in The Lonestar State. We had our first 100 degree day already. This usually happens in mid-July and then stays that way until close to September. I’m a little nervous as … Continue reading

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Pick a seat

Before you select a dining spot for your early eater, determine your top priorities. 1. Size of footprint A freestanding highchair may require a little more real estate, whereas a design that pulls up to the table (or even sits … Continue reading

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2017 New York Baby Show

It’s that time of year again! We—your friends at P&N—are so excited for the annual 2017 New York Baby Show, happening May 20-21 at Pier 94 in the big apple. The New York Baby Show—now in its seventh year—is the largest … Continue reading

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Angelcare AC417 Baby Video, Sound and Movement Monitor

I consider myself to be a pretty relaxed parent. But I’m not going to lie, there have been days that my child is taking a long nap, and for a moment I think, I sure hope they are still breathing. I’m … Continue reading

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Fisher-Price On-the-Go Baby Dome

The Fisher-Price On-the-Go Baby Dome is essentially a compact playpen with a few extra functions. We did not have a play yard before receiving the dome, and it fits our lifestyle and home space so well! First things first, the … Continue reading

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Skip Hop Tuo Convertible Highchair

As a first-time dad-to-be, I honestly wasn’t that excited about picking out a highchair. Most of them seemed pretty straightforward and looked kind of similar … at least that’s what I thought until we found the Skip Hop Tuo Convertible … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Secondhand baby gear safety

Q: We’re on a tight budget and are trying to buy baby gear secondhand when we can. What precautions should we take to ensure the products are safe? A: When having a baby, receiving hand-me-downs from family and friends and … Continue reading

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BOB B-Safe 35 by Britax

The BOB B-Safe 35’s manual is thorough and readable, and the illustrations are clear and intuitive. In case you misplace the manual, there are also instructions etched onto the car seat base itself. (To prevent this, though, there is a compartment … Continue reading

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Maxi-Cosi Pria 70

This car seat has been such a pleasure to use! We’re on our fourth baby now, so we’ve owned more than our fair share of car seats in the last six years. Between our two cars we’ve owned one infant seat, four … Continue reading

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RECARO Performance Rally

The RECARO Performance Rally convertible car seat is touted as safe, comfortable and convenient. And I can’t think of three words to better describe it! Safety is obviously top priority when it comes to a car seat. The Performance Rally has … Continue reading

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Evenflo Platinum SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat

My prayers were answered when I received the Evenflo Platinum SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat. It is the FIRST roll-over tested car seat, and it can be rear-facing, forward-facing and used as a booster! The recommended weight range is 5-120 pounds. … Continue reading

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Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat

Mamas, do yourselves a favor and take a gander at the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat. Your search for the perfect transitional car seat is over! The standout feature of this seat: Your child can now stay safely and comfortably … Continue reading

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6 ways to save money on baby gear

1. Create a registry. Not only will registering allow others to help make some headway in your baby gear acquisition, but it might also come with some extra perks— like a complimentary goodie bag or registry completion discount. 2. Stagger … Continue reading

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Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Surround XL

I originally wasn’t going to get a co-sleeper, but now I’m so glad that I have this one! Baby loves napping in it and its portability makes it convenient for moving her from room to room around the house. The … Continue reading

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Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper

My very first impression of the Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper was, who wouldn’t want to sleep in this all day? Not only is the fabric incredibly soft, but this hammock-like sleeper also comes with really great features to encourage relaxation … Continue reading

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Week 24: The registry

This past weekend Blake and I decided to tackle the daunting task of registering for Baby Dobson. The pressure was on as my mother reminded me that the shower invitations are going out this week, and all of our aunts, … Continue reading

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HALO Bassinest Luxe Plus

We’re on our fourth kid, and the HALO Bassinest Luxe Plus is the first bassinet we’ve tried. It was quite easy to put together. I did it myself. (Usually I don’t even try to assemble things and instead pass those duties … Continue reading

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On-the-go gear

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

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Graco Dream Suite Bassinet

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

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Medela Pump in Style Advanced Backpack

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

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DockATot

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

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Evenflo Aeris BabySuite

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

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Diono Dreamliner Travel Bassinet

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

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On the registry

As you know, we’re getting closer to welcoming boy No. 3, and the idea of us creating a registry is so far-fetched it’s beyond words. For us, anyway. First child: The registry is all-encompassing. Everything and anything you think you need (plus … Continue reading

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Week 25: The one with the recommendations

Is anyone else completely overwhelmed by the amount of baby stuff that is available for purchase on the free market? This is my fourth pregnancy, and I still feel an outstanding level of stress when I even contemplate going to Babies R … Continue reading

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Chicco 100 Day Giveaway

We’re giving away 100 Chicco products and prizes every day for 100 days—hooray! From strollers to car seats to feeding essentials and even shopping sprees, there’s something for everyone. Enter on Mondays to win a stroller, Tuesdays to win a … Continue reading

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Parenting predictions

Before becoming a parent, I knew exactly what kind of mom I was going to be. I knew I would have it all under control. How hard could it be? No little 10-20 pound person was going to get the … Continue reading

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A few of our favorite things

It’s amazing how many different items are sold for babies. Infants are so tiny but need so many things! Before I had Graham it was overwhelming trying to prepare and buy all of the things that I thought we would … Continue reading

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Born in the USA

1. June & January blanket, $22 This bright and bold blanket is just the ticket when it comes to wrapping up your tiny tot. 2. Gräf & Lantz weekender, $425 Roomy yet refined, this high-quality weekender makes for a perfect a hospital … Continue reading

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Research project

Phone a friend Do ask your parenting peers for advice. They can offer valuable input on what works and what doesn’t. Don’t put too much stock in your city-dwelling pal’s stroller recommendation if your family resides in the suburbs. If … Continue reading

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Win it: Newton Baby

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Chloe (MD)! Mamas spend a lot of time picking the just-right crib for baby’s nursery, but how much thought do you give the mattress that your lay your bundle of joy on? Newborns … Continue reading

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Wait list

While it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you must have everything bought, built and sterilized before you even go into labor, that’s actually not the case. There are certain items your little one won’t be ready for … Continue reading

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My top gear for the first year

I already mentioned the baby things that I could’ve probably done without during Bea’s first year, so it only seems fitting to highlight the other end of the spectrum: all of my most favorite gear. As everyone’s comments revealed on … Continue reading

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Personal shopper

Feel like you’re drowning in a sea of strollers and car seats? Consider this guide the lifeguard on duty. We’ve packed it with practical information and expert input, so you can make smart choices and select gear that suits your … Continue reading

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Our top 5 barely used baby items

I’ve never cleaned out more closets than I have in the past year. I feel like the subject of binging and purging on baby gear has seen more than its fair share of my attention in the blogosphere, but I … Continue reading

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To save or not to save …

Bea is getting so big. Really, you can even ask her. If you ask, “How big is Bea?”—then add, “She’s SO BIG,” she’ll throw her hands up over her head to show you just how ginormous (and brilliant) she has become … Continue reading

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The very best highchair

It took us four kids to finally end up with a hanging highchair—the kind that anchors onto the side of the counter or table—and I can’t believe we didn’t get one eight years ago. Well, that’s not true. I know … Continue reading

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Snowy days

Every year around January, Andy and I start to question why we live in Colorado. Nine months out of the year, we’re in love with our picturesque town that’s nestled in the foothills of the mountains. Spring, summer and fall … Continue reading

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Breaking my prebaby rules

You know how some people fervently swear that whenever they have kids, they’ll never do certain quintessentially parent-ish things? They’ll never go in public with a screaming baby, they’ll never drive a minivan, or they’ll never, ever leave the house … Continue reading

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Thoughts from the road

Whatcha gonna do with all that junk, All that junk inside your trunk? Will.i.am: musician, entrepreneur, philanthropist … and the man who best describes my life as a parent. Don’t worry, I’m not here to talk about my post-baby backside … Continue reading

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Experience Level: Expert

Haha, no, don’t let that title fool you—I’m no expert in the parenting game. But having three kiddos under my belt does give me an edge when it comes to the baby gear game. And here’s the big secret—all that … Continue reading

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A fear of gear

Forget about nipple confusion … in my inaugural weeks as a first-time mom, Bea and I are having a serious battle with gear confusion. Now don’t get me wrong, I love baby stuff. I. Love. It. It’s been a part … Continue reading

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Adelina Madelina Shadow Me Satchel

Welcome to the great baby gear debate. Luckily in my household, my husband pretty much let me do most of the decision-making when it came to researching and buying the many things we brought into our home. However, when it … Continue reading

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Timi and Leslie 2-in-1 Backpack

I love bags. Purses, tote bags, luggage, you name it—but oh, diaper bags. As a new mom, I dreaded this purchase, as it truly was one I thought made me go from trendy professional gal to MOM. The Timi and … Continue reading

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Foxy Vida Chevron Diaper Bag

When I received the Foxy Vida diaper bag in the mail it was love at first sight.  Having a gender neutral (for daddy) diaper bag already, I wanted something fun and girly. The Foxy Vida was right up my alley! … Continue reading

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Pink Lining Wanderlust Rucksack

I’m a fan of bags of all kinds, so I consider my diaper bags a fashion accessory. Right now, I have a major crush on my Pink Lining Wanderlust Rucksack changing bag. The exterior has a lovely cream bow print … Continue reading

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Feather your nest

Admit it: Ever since you learned you were expecting, you’ve been stockpiling bodysuits, loading up on diapers, and stashing away more baby wipes than a daycare uses in a year. Sure that little bundle of joy may be small, but … Continue reading

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Perry Mackin Rachel

My love for handbags has evolved into a sizable collection ever since high school. In particular, I’m keen for a specific type: classic, double-handled, medium-sized purses with plenty of secret compartments and a top-zipper closure. I figured these types of … Continue reading

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Win it: Rachel Florio-Urso Prize Pack

Celebrity Baby Trend Expert Rachel Florio-Urso is giving one lucky reader a BIG prize pack of her favorite pregnancy and newborn goodies! Here’s what’s included: 1. Wubbanub Baby Dino — a cuddly pal to keep pacifiers close. 2. For Two … Continue reading

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