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Homegrown traditions

This year, make sure your tree isn’t the only green thing in your household. Follow these five easy tips and you’ll be well on your way to three new family traditions: reducing, reusing and recycling. Give up store-bought gifts Sure, … 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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Back to class: Why parenting is like high school

It has been said that you never really leave high school, and we’ve unfortunately found that to be true. The same cliques and insecurities that plagued us in our teenage years are found all too often in playgroups and parks … Continue reading

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Around the world in 280 days

Babies are conceived and born each day all over the world. While most of us are familiar with childbirth norms and traditions in ourown country, we often know very little about customs and practices in other countries. Within every culture, … Continue reading

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Au naturel

When I was 4 years old, I distinctly remember my great granny whipping up a black concoction that was thick like maple syrup with a taste that resembled a rubber tire. “You’ll be better in no time,” she assured. And … Continue reading

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Between us

No one was around to see it, but that didn’t keep me from feeling a little self-conscious the first time my daughter and I curled up with a book together. She was just a newborn, far too young to understand … Continue reading

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Under wraps

Confession: I’m not a modest person. I’ve been known to sunbathe topless in my (privacy fenced) backyard, and in college I spent many a weekend night dancing at a local club clad in only a leopard-print bra because I thought … Continue reading

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Companies that care

California Baby California Baby founder and developer Jessica Iclisoy talks about the inspiration behind her business. P&N: How did California Baby come to be? JI: California Baby was born out of necessity almost 20 years ago when I set out … Continue reading

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Go lightly

I gave birth in a hospital, but I used a midwife. I vaccinated my child, but I considered each immunization carefully and postponed several. I use disposable diapers, but I buy an eco-friendly brand that decomposes. I wear my baby … Continue reading

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Motherhood at any age

20s: The raring-to-go mom The mom in her 20s is the woman most likely to be found giving horsey rides and turning cartwheels to “show them how it’s done.” Her energy, flexibility and youthful outlook make her a fun hands-on … Continue reading

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The postpartum timeline

After nine months of wild emotions, massive body changes and strange pregnancy symptoms, you might be looking forward to things returning to normal once baby finally decides to make his entrance into the world. However, the first six weeks postpartum … Continue reading

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Day tripper

A lesson all new moms quickly learn: Sometimes a girl just has to get out of the house. And let’s be honest—no matter how much you enjoy shopping, you can hit the mall only so many times in a month. … Continue reading

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Tricks of the trade

It seems as soon as your belly pops, words of so-called wisdom start flying at you from every direction, and even your childless great-aunt Sue suddenly becomes an expert in baby-rearing. Before you become overwhelmed by the avalanche of advice … 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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The friend revolution

Motherhood transforms us in so many ways that we don’t always notice the changes occurring in our relationships until they’re firmly in place. This “friend revolution” is key to sanity—not just for new moms, but for all moms. But gaining … Continue reading

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Emotional overload

When I was expecting my first child, I was so gripped by the excitement of delivering my little guy and bringing him home that I gave little thought to what would come next. My body had already been through so … Continue reading

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Simple ways to clean up your act

Saving the planet doesn’t have to be an all or nothing venture. There are dozens of small changes you can integrate into your daily routine that will leave you feeling like being good to Mother Nature has finally become second … Continue reading

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What to expect when you’re no longer expecting

You did it! You waited nine long months to see your baby, and she’s finally here in your arms. Not only do you have an exciting future to look forward to, you also have a great war story to share … Continue reading

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And baby makes four

For many parents expecting their second child, there’s a concern bigger than the pregnancy itself: the baby they already have at home. Whether a 1-year-old or a 7-year-old, the firstborn is likely the center of mom’s focus as she figures … Continue reading

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Fear not!

You know the feeling: It’s 3 a.m. and your partner is snoring beside you, but you’re wide awake, playing out 100 different scenarios of what motherhood is going to be like … Will my baby be healthy? What if I … Continue reading

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Facebook frenzy

Family and friends may as well give up on that anxiously anticipated phone call from the hospital—baby’s arrival is likely to be announced via status update long before the new parents start dialing. And don’t expect today’s mom to keep … Continue reading

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Tips for photographing your baby

Your baby has arrived, and it’s time to let the world know! Professional photographer and mom of two Angela Morris walks us through the process of capturing a perfect picture for your baby’s birth announcement, so you can share your … Continue reading

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15 ways to make your life as a mom easier

Create a routine (and stick to it). Moms who are natural planners might find this one to be a no-brainer, but if you’ve always lived life flying by the seat of your pants, take note. Babies—and parents—who have a loosely … Continue reading

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Making lemonade

I’ve been a mom for almost 12 years, and when my expecting mom friends ask me if I have any advice for them, I can only offer this: Keep your sense of humor at the ready. With parenting, it’s all … Continue reading

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How to love or lose those last 10 pounds

After the birth of my son, a few pounds of my pregnancy weight found a permanent home in my hips. I only gained 27 pounds, and according to the scale, I lost almost all of it within a few weeks. … Continue reading

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5 steps to lose the baby weight

I was in shock—shock, I tell you—when I walked out of the hospital still looking pregnant. I figured once my 8-pound, 6-ounce baby had left my body, I would no longer look like I was smuggling a basketball in my … Continue reading

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The top 7 things every mom should know

1. How to swaddle a baby. You know how your little guy is all snuggled up in your belly with no room to wiggle or move? He actually really likes that. So once he’s entered the planet, all free to … Continue reading

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The big 1: Tips for baby’s first birthday

$-savers Love the party but not the cost? Keep your spending low with these simple tips:   A piece of cake. Making your own cake is much cheaper, and you might be surprised at how easy it is to make … Continue reading

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The many hats of motherhood

The daily demands are, well, demanding, and there’s no backing out. So hit the hat shop and get ready for all the roles you’ll play from day to day as a mom. Weather Technician A new mom has to be … Continue reading

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Sweet dreams

1. Save Space If you don’t have a huge room—or any room at all—for your baby’s nursery, use these ideas to make the most of your space: Shop small Look for space-saving gear, such as a dresser that is tall … Continue reading

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Spice up your post-baby sex life

We tell you how to spice things up in the bedroom. Build anticipation. Spontaneous sex is a lot of fun, but when you’re already pressed for time, it’s easy to fall into the trap of “waiting for the right moment”—and … Continue reading

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Reducing parenting stress

Count more sheep: Sleep when the baby sleeps It’s kind of ironic that sleep is the one thing you need more than anything else during early parenthood, but it’s also the one thing you just cannot get enough of. Exhaustion … Continue reading

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Making time for mom

Babies are completely time-consuming. After the birth of my first child, I couldn’t even remember what I had done with all the free time I had before she was born. Wasn’t I bored without diapers to change and breasts to … Continue reading

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Childcare options

As a new mom with powerful protective instincts, it’s hard to leave your precious little baby with someone else. Some degree of guilt, jealousy and worry is only natural, but finding childcare you feel good about can ease the transition … Continue reading

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Tips for working from home

Working from home sounds perfect. You will be able to work on your own schedule, uninterrupted by a long commute, longer meetings and water cooler gossip, and be home with your precious little one to witness all her firsts—sitting, crawling, … Continue reading

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Virtual friends

Without a doubt, it’s crucial to the sanity of mothers everywhere to have other mommy friends they can vent to, ask advice of and compare notes with. But when you find yourself the only mama among your baby-free gal pals, … Continue reading

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Tips for single moms

Whether they choose to procreate and put the right steps in motion or simply find themselves expecting and decide to make a go of it, the single gal is embracing parenthood and relying on her friends and families to make … Continue reading

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Solutions for sticky situations

Surprised when strangers in the supermarket have no inhibitions about feeling your bump—without even asking if you mind first? Believe it or not, feeling up your bump is just the first of many liberties that folks will take when there’s … Continue reading

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Making mom friends

It happens. Rest assured, it’s completely normal. We break it down, girlfriend-style. Becoming a mother changes every ounce of your being, from your day-to-day life to your friendships—both old and new. “No life change is greater than that of becoming … Continue reading

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Finding time for friends

You love your friends, but between the feedings, the lack of sleep, and trying to find time to take a shower, you don’t seem to have time for them anymore. But making time for your gal pals is important. Studies … Continue reading

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Dealing with pushy people

It happens all too often. We tell you how to get everyone to back off and let you raise your child your own way. One of the most common problems that new parents face is learning how to deal with … Continue reading

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Advice from real moms, Part 1

It might come from her mom, her best friend or even the strange lady at Target—but when you find something that works, it’s in the unwritten Mother’s Code that you have to share. Real moms honored the code to tell … Continue reading

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Appreciating your mom now that you’re a mom

Looking into my daughter Matilda’s eyes for the first time was the most poignant experience of my life. I felt like I could do anything after giving birth, but that superwoman feeling only lasted so long. As soon as the … Continue reading

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Your body made for babies

Why, yes! Believe it or not, you were made to make babies. Surprise! You don’t just want to have a baby—you were made to have a baby. The physical difference between boys and girls runs much deeper than the usual … Continue reading

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How to replenish your spirit

Many new mothers find it difficult to maintain their own identities once the baby arrives. We explore ways to fulfill your spiritual needs, both as a mother and a person. As most new mamas know all too well, taking care … Continue reading

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