At 2-1/2 years old and 35 pounds, my son is quite heavy for me to carry. Even though he can walk on his own, my husband or I usually need to scoop him up and carry him at some point whenever we’re out & about. I’m so glad I discovered this toddler hip seat carrier — it puts an end to muscle fatigue and backaches from carrying a heavy toddler!
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If a new mom would love it, then you'll find it here! Clever pregnancy and parenting tips that have a special meaning for first-time moms. Everything from personal health & wellness tips to fun treats and splurges -- lots of helpful tips and clever ideas that only a new mom can appreciate.
Is this your first pregnancy? Wondering what different types of contractions feel like and when they should start? Here’s how to tell true labor contractions apart from other types of contractions — including false labor and Braxton Hicks contractions.
I am 20 months into being a full time, stay-at-home mom with no immediate family nearby. And I’ll be the first to say… I sometimes need a break! So I’ve made a point to find ways to give my toddler and myself a break from “just us” once in awhile. Here are 10 ways I’ve found to take a well-deserved mom day, meet other moms, and help your child make new friends. My best tips for socializing your stay-at-home toddler…
Whether you have issues with regular (traditional) pregnancy products or not, there’s just something special about wanting to protect your baby’s health and pureness from conception to birth. I’ve got some great suggestions for you… that helped me when I was pregnant and looking for organic pregnancy products on a budget. See which ingredients in foods & beauty products are safe to use during pregnancy.
I’m in the process of preparing for my baby’s first plane ride. See everything that we’re packing, how I plan to handle the layovers and connecting flights with a baby, some handy gadgets and travel necessities that I’ve discovered and will be using on this trip, and tips for other moms who are planning their very first flight with a baby.
Wondering if you can take a shower with your baby to save time? The answer is yes! Here’s how I shower with my baby, plus my best tips to make the process of bathing your baby even easier.
Babywearing wraps are the best! I would rather wear my baby than carry him. Here’s my review of the Moby Wrap Classic — what I love about it (…and a few things I don’t), plus how to wrap the Moby Classic for 4 different babywearing carry positions.
A friend asked me for a list of the best baby shower gifts under $50 for her expecting friend. Here are 20 or so baby gifts that I actually received as a new mom, and I use each one of them! I feel these are not only useful, but thoughtful — because every time I use the item, I think of the person who gifted it to us.
Thanks to the Ergobaby 4 position 360 carrier that I received as a baby shower gift, I am able to be somewhat productive with a needy and heavy baby by my side. There are 4 different ways to carry baby, and the Ergo 360 carrier has lots of unique features!
Here’s how and why I consumed my placenta (in the form of capsules, like supplements) after the birth of my son. Most of the benefits of eating placenta have to do with bonding with the infant and shrinking the uterus back to normal size. But I was mostly interested in the direct benefits in the recovery after birth.
When you have a summer pregnancy like I did, you have to find some creative ways to beat the heat. When you’re pregnant, you feel hotter than other people — and your baby feels even hotter than you do! Here are more than 30 fun ways to stay cool during the hot summer months when you’re expecting.
A huge list of free baby stuff that new parents can receive (at no charge) just for asking! I do my best to keep this list of free stuff for moms updated.
Tired of taking the same ordinary gifts to baby showers? You’ll LOVE these clever baby shower gift ideas! A helpful list of unique baby gifts. These are the best gifts for new parents and first-time moms.
If the idea of having lots of free baby stuff when your newborn arrives gets you as excited as it does me, then you’re in the right place! Check out this list of websites where you can get completely free baby stuff.
Post partum is called the 4th stage of labor. Here are 4 postpartum recovery issues (which can last from 6 weeks to 6 months) that they don’t tell you about
We usually hear about the sweet & rosy things associated with pregnancy. Here are some of the lesser known facts about pregnancy & what happens to your body
You’re a busy mom. Caring for a baby leaves little time for yourself – and exercise. Struggling with losing weight after pregnancy? Here are 5 things to try.
My best advice for finding cheap maternity clothes in stores… and online. Here’s how to make each dollar count by shopping frugally for pregnancy clothes.
Pregnancy clothes are expensive! Here are 2 simple ideas for hacking your current wardrobe during pregnancy so you won’t have to buy as many maternity items
Super advice from a mom to help you when you’re preparing for labor. The top 4 things she recommends doing early + tips to help you do them quickly & easily
They’re called pew babies, church dolls, angel babies, prayer dolls, handkerchief dolls, and hanky dolls. Here’s a simple handkerchief doll tutorial for you
Exercising while pregnant with twins is highly recommended. Here are all of the safe ways you can exercise, as well as the risky moves that you should avoid
Baby sign language is good for you AND your baby! It’s a simple and easy to learn. Here’s how and why baby sign language works…
Wondering about buying baby registry gifts vs unique & creative gifts? Here are 3 things I learned that have changed the way I buy baby shower gifts: 1) Registry gifts are better than unique gifts, 2) Don’t give baby clothes as gifts, and 3) Think beyond the newborn. See why…
Have you tried compression hosiery, tights, and power panties made just for the pregnant woman yet? They work wonders at helping to control the sudden jiggling and lumpiness that pregnant women often experience.You may be wondering if it’s safe to wear compression body shapers during your pregnancy.The answer is yes, it is completely safe. Here’s what you need to know.
Most of us have heard about the thousands of cell phone apps available these days, but do you know about all of the baby cell phone apps that exist for new moms and dads? Here are all the best iPhone apps for parents — to make both your pregnancy and life with your new baby a little easier… and fun!
A woman’s very first Mother’s Day is like no other Mother’s Day that she will ever enjoy. It symbolizes her entry into motherhood and the start of her new family. So what do you get a first-time mom on Mother’s Day? Here are the best first Mothers Day gift ideas…
If you’re plus size and pregnant, you’re probably wondering where to find plus size maternity clothes and how to wear them so you’ll look your best. These plus size maternity stores, tips and tricks will help you!
Are you overwhelmed with all the decisions you have to make now that you’re pregnant? If so, then a baby planner may be for you!
Sponsor a military mom-to-be by helping her share highlights of her pregnancy with her partner, a military dad-to-be overseas. The Digi Time Capsule a fun way that we can all help new military parents-to-be.
Here are a couple of lists that highlight several ways that you, as a dad-to-be, can help your pregnant wife get through all 9 months of pregnancy.
In this video, see how to put together a maternity clothes survival kit with just a few basic items
Here are the essential baby items that every new mom REALLY needs to buy and have on hand for the day your baby is born.
Following are some tips for making your own diaper cakes, plus some places to order diaper cakes online. That way, you can have it delivered to the new parents — at the hospital or at home. Or have the diaper cake delivered to you, and you can take it to the baby shower!
Following are 7 fun things you can do to help your pregnant wife. As long as your heart is in it, these are guaranteed to be just as fun for you as they are for her!
Are you pregnant, and don’t want everyone in the world touching your belly? I know it bothered me to no end when my pregnant belly became public domain. I found some creative ways to get the message across. And you’re not alone… LOTS of expectant mothers don’t want their belly rubs!
Here are some great gift ideas for the mom-to-be… From the practical gifts every mom needs to the creative and unusual gifts for the mother to be — and everything in between.
I do a lot of walking now. For the upcoming newborn days, I’m hoping that a fitted pouch sling from Hotslings or New Native slings will give me the stability of a Baby Bjorn with the closeness of a Maya Wrap.
Here are 4 effortless ways to make your pregnancy easy. Simplify life during pregnancy by outsourcing grocery delivery, meal preparation, house cleaning, and shopping for baby.
Here are some tips for feeling cool and comfortable during a summer pregnancy.
Pregnant, but scared to use the chemicals in nail polish? Which nail polishes are safe to use while pregnant? I researched the best formaldehyde free and toluene free nail polish brands. Here’s my review of pregnancy-safe Nicole nail polish by OPI.
Pregnancy books will give you too many ideas. What does a pregnant women REALLY need to buy for herself? Here’s my personal list of the top 5 things every pregnant woman needs to buy… and 7 things pregnant women DON’T need!
What’s the best way to preserve pregnancy memories? Have you thought about starting a baby blog? Here’s my best advice for starting a baby blog or online journal… for the world, or just friends and family.
Shopping for plus size maternity clothes is hard, especially when you start pregnancy in an XL! Here is a helpful guide to the best places to buy plus size maternity clothes, at online sites and brick-and-mortar shops.
Here’s a funny piece that appeared in Baby Talk magazine. It’s good for a laugh or two. Plus, see how to get a FREE subscription to Baby Talk magazine!
If you’re chubby, wear your clothes untucked a lot, or have some mood swings in the presence of friends, co-workers, relatives, or even strangers… then you may be asked the question at some point: ‘Are you pregnant?’ If you are not, then here are some fun and unique things you can say in reply.
A pregnancy journal in the form of a Blog …from a guy’s perspective. Mike — about to become a father for the first time — created this Blog as a place to document his personal thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams…