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Month 1-3

Getting used to having a new baby in the house takes time. Take some baby steps and build your confidence. Here are 25 great activities to try during maternity leave (not all at once, ok?)

Activity #306: Photograph a day in the life

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Create a photo series to capture your baby’s hobbies and routines (eating and sleeping!) at three months, six months, and nine months. They may seem like mundane moments to whip out the camera now, but that’s exactly why it’s a good idea. I wish I had had this idea when Holden was “little”… at the […]

Guest post: Choosy moms choose wipe warmers

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In response to a pregnant friend asking for baby product tips and must-haves, my friend Anna sent along this advice about the considerable merits of her wipe warmer: When my daughter Emma was born, she cried constantly for days…she would not eat. We were so stressed…and we noticed that she was particularly upset when we […]

The Mystery of the Rookie Mom

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Yesterday my husband woke up at the crack of dawn and headed out for a run. Scratch that. Dawn was not cracking; it was simply dark out. Having committed myself to 30 consecutive days of the 30-Day Shred, I decided that I too would get out of bed before the kids awoke. I went downstairs […]

Ariana’s Fearless Friday

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Woohoo! It’s our first Fearless Friday post. (Send in your own; instructions are here.) Without further ado, Ariana shares her Adventures of One Very Small Boy and One Rookie Mom: I gave birth to our first child, Lars Magnus, on May 11, 2010. Since then upstate NY has been unbearably hot. I like to think […]

Breastfeeding resources for rookies

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Annie (@phdinparenting) compiled an extremely helpful list of go-to references for nursing moms and moms-to-be. She has been blogging about the art and science of parenting at the PhD in Parenting Blog since May 2008. Nursing mom picture via flickr christyscherrer Here are Annie’s top six resources: Kellymom: Kellymom is the one of the most […]

Put your own oxygen mask on first

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Hopefully, this is only a metaphor for survival, but also a friendly reminder… you’re not doing your baby any favors by overlooking your own needs. Seize the opportunities to drink water, eat food, lubricate contact lenses, and pee when you need to. In the middle of the night, when Holden cries for food or comfort, […]