Tag Archives: Lauren Brockman

Bump on board

Whether your job requires regular travel or your budget allows for recreational trips (hello, babymoon!), jet-setting while pregnant is often a part of the modern mom-to-be’s life. And happily, that’s A-OK. “There’s really no medical reason why you can’t travel … Continue reading

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If walls could talk

Start small Once you’ve perused the color-blocked strips at the hardware store, pick up samples of your top contenders. Then, head home and paint swatches on the wall to get a sense of how the colors will look on a … Continue reading

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Welcome home

You don’t have to be a granola-loving, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing mom-to-be to consider a home birth. (Although with the sole-comforting sandals back in style, many of us might be a step closer to supporting the stereotype.) The truth is, you just … Continue reading

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Discovery zone

1. Develop social and language skills through hands-on puppet play. Cate and Levi, $20 2. Promote self-recognition with a pint-size mirror that makes tummy time more tolerable. Bright Starts, $8 3. Go fishing with grip-and-grab sea creatures in a see-through bowl. Lamaze, … Continue reading

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Real talk

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

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Pajama party

1. A unique shape lets baby snooze with her arms up. Love to Dream Love to Swaddle UP Lite, $30 2. A generously sized leg pouch provides ample room for healthy hip development. HALO SwaddleSure, $15 3. A vented front … Continue reading

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The scoop on poop

The first No. 2 “The initial stool should appear within the first 24 hours of birth,” explains Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, board-certified pediatrician and co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn. “It is thick, black and tarry and is called … Continue reading

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Bound to please

Reference: Resources for early learners. 1. Paris: A Book of Shapes by Ashley Evanson, $7 Embark on a sightseeing and shape-spotting adventure as you locate the circles, squares, ovals and more hidden within the City of Lights’ iconic attractions. 2. How Tiger Says … Continue reading

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Room service: Sam’s nursery

Meet Sam Baby Sam enjoys avocados, books and dancing to funky music. His designer mom, Maria Sabbah, crafts clever art and room accessories for her online shop, Tellkiddo, and she managed to sneak a few of her signature items into … Continue reading

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Choose your own adventure

If you’re pining for a quiet town with charm for days… Try: El Colibri in Cambria, California This artisan-built accommodation echoes the peaceful demeanor of its coastal community. Dig your feet into the cool sand as you watch the elephant seals … Continue reading

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Room service: Delia’s nursery

Meet Delia Baby Delia is a big fan of two things: milk and her big brother, Silas. Her mom, Lindsay Wilkins, is a blogger at HelloHue and the handywoman and creative brains behind her daughter’s not-too-pink nursery. On straying from the … Continue reading

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Room service: Willa’s nursery

Meet Willa Baby Willa likes to grin while arching her eyebrows as if to say, “Wow, that’s so incredible.” Fortunately, her photographer mom, Sarah Hebenstreit, has just the skill set to capture the sweet expression on camera, as well as … Continue reading

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Sex ed

“Do you know what you’re having?” It’s a question the expectant crowd grows accustomed to hearing again and again throughout pregnancy. While query-weary moms-to-be might be tempted to retort, “a human,” they could know the desired answer to the boy-or-girl … Continue reading

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Room service: Leo’s nursery

Meet Leo Baby Leo’s favorite toys are his hands, and he’s very good at rolling over—as long as no one is watching, that is. His mum, Belinda Nihill, is an interior designer with a knack for balancing whimsy and sophistication, … 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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The sisterhood of motherhood: Amanda Booth

Every year in May, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting down the … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Sarina Prabasi

Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Joy Cho

Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Katie Daisy

Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting … Continue reading

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Flavor profile

Puffed whole-grain brown rice cakes fit comfortably between pudgy fingers while notes of apple and raspberry tickle tiny taste buds. Love Child Organics rice cakes, $3 For a meal that’s ready in less than a minute, serve this microwavable pouch … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Tara Harvey

Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting … Continue reading

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Books beyond bedtime

Bedtime stories have long been a nightly ritual looked forward to by children and parents alike. But the tender time just before sleep sets in serves as more than an excuse for extra cuddles and calming kisses. As it turns … Continue reading

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Homemade meals

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

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Bonded by motherhood: Cinda Boomershine

This month, we’re celebrating our third annual Five Fascinating Moms feature in Pregnancy & Newborn. The common thread of motherhood connects them—and us—on our journeys through pregnancy and parenthood. As you read the stories of these remarkable moms, it is … Continue reading

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Bonded by motherhood: Liz Stanley

This month, we’re celebrating our third annual Five Fascinating Moms feature in Pregnancy & Newborn. The common thread of motherhood connects them—and us—on our journeys through pregnancy and parenthood. As you read the stories of these remarkable moms, it is … Continue reading

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Bonded by motherhood: Elle Rowley

This month, we’re celebrating our third annual Five Fascinating Moms feature in Pregnancy & Newborn. The common thread of motherhood connects them—and us—on our journeys through pregnancy and parenthood. As you read the stories of these remarkable moms, it is … Continue reading

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Bonded by motherhood: Joy Prouty

This month, we’re celebrating our third annual Five Fascinating Moms feature in Pregnancy & Newborn. The common thread of motherhood connects them—and us—on our journeys through pregnancy and parenthood. As you read the stories of these remarkable moms, it is … Continue reading

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Spill it: 10 diaper bag essentials

Are you ready? Here’s the dish on the essential contents for every mom’s diaper bag. (By the way, we love this cherry red number, which boasts extra large grommets that slide easily over umbrella-style stroller handles.) 1. Pacifier pouch. A … Continue reading

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Hello, yellow.

It’s no secret that yellow (mustard, specifically) is one of my favorite colors, and I’d argue that it looks especially good in handbag form, particularly in the spring. So in case you’re having trouble coming up with an answer when … Continue reading

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Five fascinating moms: Naomi Davis

Name: Naomi Davis Age: 26 Lives in: New York City, New York Occupation: Blogger Partner in crime: Josh Davis Website: lovetaza.com Favorite item in her closet: A vintage pink dress that makes her feel girly and pretty Strangest pregnancy craving: She … Continue reading

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Five fascinating moms: Jessica Boulanger

Name: Jessica Boulanger Age: 35 Lives in: Washington, DC Occupation: Founder and designer of More of Me Maternity, vice president of communications at the Business Roundtable Partner in crime: Todd Boulanger Website: moreofmematernity.com Favorite holiday: All of them, even Flag … Continue reading

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Five fascinating moms: Emma Bing

Name: Emma Bing Age: 29 Lives in: Los Angeles Occupation: Writer Partner in crime: Russell Ali Website: whattoexpect.com Favorite movie: What to Expect When You’re Expecting Strangest pregnancy craving: Black olives First thing she does in the morning: Pees (for … Continue reading

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Five fascinating moms: Kerri Walsh Jennings

Name: Kerri Walsh Jennings Age: 34 Lives in: Los Angeles Occupation: Professional beach volleyball player Partner in crime: Casey Jennings Website: kerriwalsh.com Favorite television show: Anything on Bravo Strangest pregnancy craving: Lemonade First thing she does in the morning: Procrastinates … Continue reading

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From bombshell to momshell: Spring edition

Putting together my first “From bombshell to momshell” post was so much fun, I decided to try it again, this time with pretty pastels that are perfect for spring. The inspiration? This photo I pinned of Kendi, the super-cute style maven … Continue reading

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What to buy your pregnant boss

I had lunch with a dear friend the other day, and she told me she’d just found out her boss is expecting for the first time (with twins!). So exciting. She wasn’t sure how best to acknowledge the good news … Continue reading

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What to wear on a babymoon

Going on a babymoon? You lucky duck! Not sure what to pack? We’re here to help. Here’s some outfit inspiration for your days of travel, relaxation and romance (ooh la la). First up: Getting to your destination! Now, in the … Continue reading

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Pinspiration: Striped strollers

Ready for the latest installment of Pinspiration? This one started when I realized I couldn’t stop pinning striped strollers. They’re so cheerful and pulled-together with just the right amount of preppy. Don’t you feel like you’d have a little extra … Continue reading

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Squeaky green

Whether your nesting instincts have you scrubbing like crazy or a tiny crawler has you particularly aware of the state of your floorboards, keep it clean with earth- and baby-friendly products that promise to leave both your household and conscience … Continue reading

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Dress[er]ed to impress

This morning, my sister-in-law Jamie shared one of her pins on Pinterest with me (that girl is more obsessed than I am) along with a message that read, “I’m on the search for a look-alike piece for Will’s room with a … Continue reading

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From bombshell to momshell

Let’s be honest: Becoming a mom affects the way you dress. Whether it’s that you no longer fit into your regular garb (thanks to either bump or postpartum bulge) or that you simply can’t afford to dry clean your silk … Continue reading

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Wear your heart on your …

I’m not particularly lovey-dovey (ask anyone who knows me), but I’m digging the hearts that are cropping up on every sort of apparel and accessory. Although they’re certainly not limited to Valentine’s Day (I have a heart sweater I sport … Continue reading

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All the single mommies

Just as pop stars take their own unique paths to stardom, moms-to-be often travel varied roads on their journey toward solo parenthood. For some, loudly ticking biological clocks lead to sperm donor catalogs and fertility clinics. For others, spur-of-the-moment one-night … Continue reading

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A common thread

Name: Erin McKenna Occupation: Founder and owner of BabyCakes NYC Age: 35 Residence: New York City, New York Favorite holiday: Fourth of July Strangest pregnancy craving: Beer (Don’t worry: She doesn’t drink it, just craves it.) Best way to spend … Continue reading

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Pinspiration: Baby photos

Written by: Lauren May 07 2012 I could look at cute baby photos all day, couldn’t you? It’s the next best thing to looking at the real thing, isn’t it? To start your day off with a smile and maybe … Continue reading

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Pinspiration: Colorful nurseries

Written by: Lauren March 15 2012 Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? There are so many good ideas to be found! Here are five happy nurseries we repinned recently to brighten our moods on rainy days and … Continue reading

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Habitat-healthy habits

Delicious produce, extended daylight hours and warm weather make summer one of the easiest seasons during which to make and keep eco-resolutions. Adopt one planet-conscious routine at a time until your baby steps add up to a great, green leap … Continue reading

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Documenting your pregnancy

You’re about to grow in amazing ways, both physically and emotionally. And although every detail of your evolution may be extraordinarily vivid as you experience it, the changes you undergo and the feelings that overwhelm you will become less lucid … Continue reading

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Prebaby paperwork

Pick out crib bedding, enroll in childbirth classes, choose a name … preparing for baby’s arrival includes a lengthy to-do list of all sorts of exciting hustle and bustle. But laying the groundwork for successful parenthood isn’t all fun and … Continue reading

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Good to go: Traveling while pregnant

When it comes to making travel plans, being knocked up doesn’t have to keep you down. Let your doctor know your itinerary and be patient with your preggo self (your trips might need to be a tad less action-packed than … Continue reading

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Thank you note 101

We’re here to help you turn your note-writing skills from rusty and reluctant to expert and earnest. New babies often elicit kind gestures from friends, family and co-workers, whether in the form of a be-ribboned teddy bear, a home-cooked meal … Continue reading

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