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Eating

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

Win the Ultimate Rookie Moms starter kit

March 17, 2014

Holy Cats guys, we have an epic giveaway for you today. Who wants to win more than $700 worth of new mama breastfeeding supplies? [Click the image to see the giant-ness of the prize package, pin to remember!] We had the good fortune of meeting Kerry from MilkCharms a few weeks ago, and he wrangled […]

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Activity #5: Go to the market for just one thing

March 10, 2014

The day my husband went back to work and left me and our bundle of joy alone for a full day, Whitney generously took the day off of work to show me the ropes of maternity leave.  I accomplished three things under her tutelage: taking a walk, taking  a nap, and buying one thing at […]

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

Prunes are my secret weapon

March 4, 2014

This post was sponsored by Walmart.com, where you can order just about anything. Obviously, the views and experiences are my own and not Walmart’s. If you’ve ever introduced a breastfed baby to rice cereal, you already know what I’m about to tell you: solid food is constipating for babies. Oh boy! Perhaps if you’ve taken detours […]

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

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

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

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

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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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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