ah, autumn. apple picking, pumpkin spice everything, cooler temperatures, and three words that have the power to strike fear and dread into the heart of parents: daylight savings time. while we usually welcome an extra hour of sleep, having your kids wake up extra early in the morning is not so welcome. don’t fret though: this is doable, and you can – and will – get through it! Here are some tips to help smooth the transition and make it easier on parents and kids. take it slow kids are sensitive to the littlest things – as anyone who’s… Read More

I’ve been contemplating writing on this subject for some time now. As I near the end of my pregnancy, I have been gifted many more great examples to include on this topic. No, I won’t necessarily be doling out my own advice. Instead, I’ll discuss the deluge of “advice” (typically unsolicited) that friends, family, and strangers alike start to share with women as soon as they announce their pregnancies. I will preface this by saying that I know most of the comments and suggestions are well-intended. Pregnancy & Body Image There is something about seeing a pregnant woman… Read More

You’re home with the baby – the hard part is over…right? Well, yes and no. Welcome now to the world of feeding schedules, night waking, and finding your way through this jungle called parenthood. But the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. If you have a partner, they are there alongside you, and if you’re lucky, you have friends or family who are part of your parenting team. As with so many other daunting tasks, it helps if, right from the start, you have a plan and work together with your “teammate,” i.e., your partner. Communication… Read More

Watching your baby grow and develop new skills is one of the joys of being a parent. Your baby’s first 6 months are especially jam-packed with milestones and exciting transitions. If you’re a first-time parent, you might not know what to expect during this busy season of babyhood. Seasoned moms tend to compare new babies with older siblings, and we’re all guilty of looking at other babies and wondering, “Why isn’t my baby doing that yet?” We’ve researched a few stats and facts on the average baby for an unbiased look at what to anticipate in those first few months. Size… Read More

According to the American Pregnancy Association, “nesting” is the urge to clean and organize. Nesting during pregnancy is the overwhelming desire to get your home ready for your new baby. To be fair, I’ve been nesting for months but this past week I was hit hard by this urge to prep ALL things for baby. Many friends have lamented that they wished they had done more prep prior to the third trimester when they had more energy, so I’ve heeded this advice and tackled projects along the way. Her clothes have been washed and organized for a few months. Read More

Confession: I have never been a minimalist. Whether it’s packing for a trip, or packing my daily purse/tote bag, I always, ALWAYS have more than I could possibly need. Which means I tend to overpack my son’s diaper bag – but somehow, in the beginning, I’d overlook simple things. Like underestimating the amount of diapers needed, or only packing one spare outfit (ha!), or packing 6 books for an infant. Now, ten months into the game, I’ve learned to pack smarter. I’m a big fan of learning what works for you, but here’s a checklist for packing the diaper bag. Read More

Quick, what’s the #1 cause of injury-related death in the US? You might be surprised to learn that the answer is poisoning. The third week in March is designated as National Poison Prevention Week, and has been, ever since President John F. Kennedy proclaimed it so in 1962. Nine out of 10 poisonings happen at home, which is why it’s super important to child-proof your house, make sure anything that could be poisonous or hazardous (including things like vitamins and makeup) is put safely away and out of reach, and have emergency numbers ready (the… Read More

Thinking about hiring a doula for your big day? If so, get going, girl! The sooner you start interviewing doulas, the more time you’ll have to create a close, trusting bond. In honor of World Doula Week, we’re spreading the word about these incredible individuals and offering you some advice for finding your very own doula soulmate. Your doula is there to provide emotional support, so you’ll want to make sure she has that special something. Don’t just hire the first person you meet; ask lots of questions, and pay attention to both the answers and the… Read More

For the most part, I’ve been surprised by the immediate connections I’ve felt with other mothers. No one would call me a social butterfly, but put me in a room (or at a playground) with fellow moms, and within minutes we’ll be chatting about the best deals at Carter’s or lamenting the difficulty of finding a good sitter. These moms use a wide variety of parenting techniques and philosophies, many of which are quite different from mine. Usually, this opens the door to more discussion, and I often learn new things if I keep an open mind. For example, I… Read More

When your baby is finally born, you likely feel an immediate and overwhelming love for him or her. After all, you’ve nourished this little one for the past nine months, feeling his kicks and hiccups and suffering through some serious discomfort on his behalf. You have been, quite literally, attached to your child! During the first few months, this love grows as your child depends on you for everything. Breastfeeding in particular is a powerful way to bond with your baby, and breastfeeding moms need to be on hand at regular and frequent intervals to nurse the newborn. Late… Read More

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