Tag Archives: Chantel Newton

Back to nursery school

TO THE LETTER Grab your lasso! This wild-West-inspired primer teaches tots their ABCs with a bit of American history and a lot of fun. Yeehaw! V is for Vittles: A Wild West Primer, by Greg Paprocki, $10 YOU NAME IT Inside … Continue reading

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Think inside the box

Planning, prepping and packing a good-for-you lunch that you’ll actually look forward to eating is a tall order for anyone to tackle. But it’s especially difficult for working moms-to-be, who are fighting fatigue and carefully considering every ingredient to ensure that they’re … Continue reading

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Minty fresh

Snuff out foul odors with an airtight pail. Playtex diaper pail, $37 Just fold, roll and clip to ditch dirty duds. Bambino Mio wet bag, $15 Hang a playful distraction over the changing table. Lavender Kay Design geometric mobile, $45 … 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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Up in the air

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

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Shorts notice

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

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Rules to eat by

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

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Small but mighty

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

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The science of lullabies

Rocking baby to sleep to the sound of mom’s voice softly crooning a simple tune is a nightly ritual that’s stuck around for thousands of years—why? Because there’s a biological reason tipping off a mother’s urge to break into song. … Continue reading

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Time capsule

Tongue in cheek Take your humor with a side of snark? Forget traditional milestones, and commemorate baby’s first apocalyptic poop instead. Knock Knock, $15 Keep it simple Let’s face it: Mamas are busy. Turn to fill-in-the-blank entries to make collecting … Continue reading

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It’s the final countdown …

Houston, we have a problem: By the third trimester, your bump is large and in charge, leaving you feeling sluggish, with little desire to stray from the sofa. But before you blast off into the strange new world of parenthood, … Continue reading

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Drinking buddies

Breast or bottle, milk or formula … after all giving birth to baby boys within six months of each other, four New Jersey moms quickly found that there’s plenty of room at the table for everyone to belly up. “Having … Continue reading

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Goodnight gear

1. A playful mobile to keep sleepyheads content. Yume twig mobile, $68, acorntoyshop.com 2. Hitting the hay is a hoot with starry skies and gentle melodies. Skip Hop light and sound machine, $40 3. A bedtime story you won’t tire … Continue reading

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Camera-ready

1. All in the bed Pile onto mom’s bed for a laid-back first family portrait. 2. Sweet dreams  There’s something classically cute about those blue and pink blankets. Swaddle your newbie up, and grab the camera. 3. The look You’ve … Continue reading

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Tame the tension

You’ve spent months waiting for your little one to arrive, and although her birth day will be one for the books, the weeks after can be a rough ride for new parents. You’re at the constant beck and call of … Continue reading

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Make a move

Your mantra through any postbaby exercises should be this: slow and steady. The last thing you want is to push yourself too hard, too fast. Remember, it took months (10 if you’re counting) for your body to grow and change … Continue reading

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Bill of health

Bringing a baby into the world tends to put the squeeze on your bank account. But just because you’re tightening the purse strings to buy a stroller or crib (or even start saving for college) doesn’t mean your diet has … Continue reading

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On the mend

1. All of the benefits at only half the size. Crane Droplet cool mist humidifier, $40 2. Ginger and fennel soothe upset stomachs. Wellements Baby gripe water, $12 3. Kiss congestion goodbye with an all-natural rub. Maty’s Healthy Products baby chest rub, … Continue reading

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What lies ahead

We’ve laid it all out—every step of your 40-week trek, so you can know what’s going on inside your barely there (or hard-to-miss) bump. Wherever you are in your pregnancy, get excited for the many changes to come. Note: Don’t fret … Continue reading

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Power up

There’s a lot of pressure when you’re eating for two to make sure you’re chomping only on what’s best for baby, and sometimes the advice you hear can be contradictory. Eat more fish, but beware of mercury. Fruits are loaded … Continue reading

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The name game

Some parents have an inkling of what their newbie’s name will be long before they ever stare down at those two pink lines. Others wait until baby is in arms to see what name suits her best. Wherever you fall on … Continue reading

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Prepping for conception

More often than not, the quest toward motherhood includes a few unplanned bumps, but for some women, the difficulties start with the first step: getting pregnant. If you’re having trouble conceiving, there can still be a happy ending in your … Continue reading

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State of mind

From fast-paced cities to laid-back small towns and everywhere in between, the places parents choose to call home while bringing up baby are chock-full of differences. But whether you carry a metro card or drive a minivan, when it comes … Continue reading

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Spread the word

For your partner … Clue your honey in to what’s going on in your belly by feeding his. (After all, his stomach is the way to his heart.) Cook up a meal of itty-bitty eats, including baby carrots, baby red … Continue reading

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Nutrients in a nutshell

Now that you’re eating for two, every bite counts, but simply piling your plate with a few more fruits and veggies isn’t going to cut it. “Expectant moms need only an extra 300 calories per day to provide for a … Continue reading

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Checking in

There are plenty of lists (even lists of lists—yes, we’re looking at you, Pinterest) that aim to run down every possible item you might want to have with you in the delivery room. But what’s really worth hauling to the … Continue reading

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That’s a wrap

As much as you’d love to spend all day, every day snuggling with your little love, the unfortunate reality is that there are meals to cook, bills to pay, a hamper in desperate need of some relief—and maybe even a … Continue reading

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Bum chums

There’s no need to stock up on different sizes with an all-in-one that keeps behinds covered from birth to 30 months old. Charlie Banana one-size cloth diaper with two inserts, $22, charliebanana.com  Save some green (the kind in your wallet) by … Continue reading

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Labor room lingo

Fontanelle, episiotomy, meconium—oh my! With all that jargon spinning around in your head, you may feel like you’re back in grade school staring down a vocabulary quiz. And that’s not a distraction you need when you’re trying get a tiny … Continue reading

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Love on the rocks

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

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Fight right

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

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Take leave

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

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Bank on it

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

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Book Club: BirthCONTROL: A Husband’s Honest Account of Pregnancy

This month, Pregnancy & Newborn’s Book Club is reading up on one husband’s hilarious recount of becoming dad. BirthCONTROL, by James Vavasour, is a man’s guide to the joys, anxieties and downright absurdities of pregnancy, but you don’t have to … Continue reading

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