From the category archives:

Eating

Ideas for feeding your baby and yourself… these should be obvious, natural, easy… but they’re not always

Activity #2: Go on a reconnaissance mission

February 17, 2014

Our second in this 52-week series of weekly rookie mom challenges gets you out of the house once again. When your baby is in a good mood (or better, sleeping!), scope out the “safe places” at your local shopping destinations where you can feed and change your baby. This will allow you to get out […]

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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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Ideas for feeding your baby and yourself… these should be obvious, natural, easy… but they’re not always

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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Sports bras for nursing moms

January 22, 2014

Having had a few bouts of trying to exercise while nursing, I can tell you from firsthand experience that the selection of bras SUCKS. Nursing breasts are hardworking and need support not to mention easy- and frequent-access. Unfortunately, it seems like these two criteria are often at odds. Support. I’ve doubled up on sports bras […]

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Ideas for feeding your baby and yourself… these should be obvious, natural, easy… but they’re not always

Try this with me: Smoothies in squeeze pouches for big kids

November 6, 2013

When I’m an old lady, the way 80-year olds will be able to tell that I’m 90 is because I’ll mention that when I purchased baby food, it came in jars. “Jars?” they’ll say, “No. When we were young mothers, baby food came in pouches!” “Not until 2009,” I’ll remind them. Back then, baby food […]

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9 do-able Thanksgiving contributions for rookie moms

November 5, 2013

Repeat after me: Rookie moms should not be in charge of the entire Thanksgiving meal! Get yourself some real help either with food prep, childcare, or (better!) both. Hacks for new parents hosting the big meal: I found myself in this position the first year I had a baby because it seemed easier than traveling […]

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Ideas for feeding your baby and yourself… these should be obvious, natural, easy… but they’re not always

7 products for breastfeeding moms that might make your boobs leak

November 1, 2013

When I took a picture of this crystal-studded breast pump, I didn’t realize one could actually order the product. I thought the company had produced it just for fun, to attract attention at a baby products trade show. It worked — I posted it on Instagram and Twitter — so if it was social media […]

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You can and should feed pumpkin to your baby

October 11, 2013

One of Heather’s clever “homemade” baby food cheats is to open a can of organic pumpkin and feed it to a baby. Adding pumpkin to rice cereal or oatmeal makes a fancy fall breakfast, like something you could order at Starbucks, but without whipped cream. Experiment with cinnamon, nutmeg, and or ginger to help your […]

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Ideas for feeding your baby and yourself… these should be obvious, natural, easy… but they’re not always

Reader tip: Minestrone soup for toddlers

August 20, 2013

Sarah reports that her son Theo has never met a food he doesn’t like. Lucky mama! She shared a tip that sounded brilliant to me: Take a can of low-sodium minestrone soup and dump it in a strainer. Serve your self-feeding baby or toddler the remaining bits and let him explore what he likes. “Pasta, […]

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Cut up your bra

August 19, 2013

Tip for brand-new breastfeeders: It may sound weird, but I did it and so did my friend Maureen. Take an old tank top or soft cup bra and cut holes where your nipples go. Seriously. Wear this whenever your nipples need to be untouched. Preferably not when your father in law is around. (photo: Circle […]

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Ideas for feeding your baby and yourself… these should be obvious, natural, easy… but they’re not always

Activity #21: Cook dinner after dinner

August 15, 2013

Since becoming a mom, I have been experimenting with many different ways to get dinner on the table with minimal fuss. I was a freakin’ industrial engineer in college and I’ve been a management consultant for over ten years. Why is this still so hard for me?! Apparently during those working-sans-baby years, I was just […]

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7 surprising truths about breastfeeding

August 7, 2013

Thanks to Philips AVENT for sponsoring this post as part of an ongoing series about breastfeeding and pumping. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself these little nuggets of wisdom. Here are seven truths about breastfeeding that took me completely by surprise. Some will reveal my ignorance — sorry! — but maybe […]

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