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Whitney Moss

Baby items you should borrow, not buy

February 26, 2014

When we asked you guys, “What’s one baby item you’d advise a new mom to borrow instead of buy?” there was one clear winner: The Swing. I had a swing baby as I like to call her, and she slept overnight, swaddled, in the swing many times. Oh yes she did. But I can imagine […]

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Activity #3: Join a Mom’s Group

February 24, 2014

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of hanging out with other women who are doing what you’re doing. Swaddling, nursing, trying out bottles, using front carriers, swings – these are some of the things you’ll discuss. But there are also the sensitive issues of body image, careers, and relationships. It’s quite likely that you and […]

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Sick day resource: free printables online

February 18, 2014

Thanks to Pediacare for sponsoring this post. My kids have an odd quality: they don’t like to watch movies. It must be because their family life is so incredibly fulfilling that an onscreen fantasy world is simply boring by comparison. (That’s sarcasm.) Or they’re just weird. Either way, it makes sick days really challenging. Keeping […]

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100 fun things to do with your baby

February 14, 2014

A valuable list of very simple things every rookie mom needs to know are included in the new book Homemade Play by early childhood educator Kim Lyons. These are not life-saving skills like how to treat a high fever, but rather revelatory concepts, such as things you can do with a kitchen sponge to entertain […]

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Activity #94: Send a message via diapers

February 12, 2014

I love; the site offers tons of clever suggestions from readers with kids of all ages. This is one of my favorite parent hacks, and I think it’s a sweet, simple Valentine’s Day gesture: Pass secret messages on diapers. The parent/hacker who submitted it wrote: The other day after “school” I was surprised at […]

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Activity #1: Pretend you’re in Paris

February 10, 2014

This is an outing for beginners: go to your favorite coffee/tea venue. You have about five more months to enjoy cafe culture. For your sake, I hope that some of this includes the warmer months. Once your baby crawls, she will not tolerate your fondness for people watching or spacing out, so live it up […]

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Let her be (AKA Leave your baby alone)

February 6, 2014

Someone told me not to try to make a happy baby happier. Deep thought, eh? I interpret this to mean that a person blissfully staring into space does not need her mother to shake a rattle in her face. Don’t be afraid to give baby some alone time in the crib. Do you need to […]

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Activities for new moms: 52 weekly challenges

February 2, 2014

Why these challenges? Our own experience with unstructured time and a small baby tells us that having an activity planned or a project for the day is tremendously helpful in passing the time. When your partner gets home from work or you hop on the phone with your sister, instead of talking about length of […]

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Love or shove: Squeeze pouch-making station

January 31, 2014

Baby food makers who sometimes feed their little ones on-the-go may be as intrigued as I am by this Squeeze Station by Infantino. Designed to take all the cursing out of getting pureed food into reusable pouches, the contraption enables parents to plunge batches of homemade baby food into resealable food pouches. This item costs […]

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Why the Super Bowl is good for rookie moms

January 29, 2014

Stuck on the couch nursing for most of the day? Then The Super Bowl is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. Standards for food are so low for this special day, it’s an ideal opportunity to invite friends over without hostess stress. Just don’t look at Pinterest for ideas. Instead order pizza and artfully […]

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Introducing six new rookie moms!

January 27, 2014

As Heather and I have given away all of our maternity clothes, donated our front carriers to friends and neighbors, and deemed our families “complete”, we thought it was time to bring in some voices from the frontlines of baby-having. We were thrilled by pretty much every submission we got, and asked some folks to […]

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Activity #131: Decorate baby clothes with fabric paint

January 23, 2014

This picture might look more glamorous than our lives really are, but these are actual bodysuits made for Holden at Heather’s baby shower, which I hosted. My college friend Meg, an advanced mom and author of The Rug Merchant (link provided for those who are looking to read quality fiction that is not about babies), […]

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