Pacifiers May Not Affect Breastfeeding After All

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Pacifiers can get a bad rap, right? Some warn against using them while you’re trying to establish a breastfeeding relationship. But new research suggests they could actually help with breastfeeding. In the study, researchers looked at the feeding habits of 2,249 infants born between June 2010 and August 2011. Before a certain date, pacifiers... read more

Will You Tune into Obese & Expecting?

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I don’t know how TLC comes up with this stuff – they already have TV gems like Say Yes to the Dress, Toddlers and Tiaras and my newly discovered favorite, Long Island Medium. But now they’re really going to the extremes with a new docu-drama called Obese & Expecting. That’s right, it’s a show about... read more

Inside Look: Giuliana Rancic’s Surprise Baby Party

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We all heard Giuliana Rancic’s big baby news earlier this week, but the celebrating didn’t stop there. According to PEOPLE, her E! colleagues threw her a surprise baby party yesterday. The decorations were kept gender-neutral (only Giuliana and her husband Bill know the sex of the baby) and there were tons of delicious... read more

Nursery Spotlight: Modern Graphics

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As far as nursery designs go, they’re all pretty similar – crib, changing table, rocker, fun mobile, etc.  But, it’s the colors and carefully curated objects that each mom picks out that really make it inspirational.  This is one of those designs – I love the bold wallpaper and vibrant color combo that mom, Summer... read more

Look Pregnant Ladies! Comfy Shoes That Are Actually Cute

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Let's face it. When you're pregnant, you want everything to be comfortable, and while you still probably occasionally teeter in heels, my guess is you're slipping on flat walking shoes more often. Here are some of the cutest walking shoes we've seen this season. (Thanks to The Blush!) Happy shopping! Have your footwear choices... read more

Top 5 Design Tips for an Awesome Birthday Party

Baby’s first year flies by and before you know it, it’s time to plan a birthday party! Have fun and don’t stress (yeah, right). Here are my favorite design tips to help you throw a fabulous fete!

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Set the scene with a stylish table

Choose one area to be your design showpiece and do it up! Many people like to make the dessert or sweets table the center of attention. Label food and snacks with cute signs that match your party's theme and hang a pennant banner with your child's name or a festive message. Add fun props and accents to the table and color coordinate everything for a picture-perfect setup.

Make a Date with Zac Efron (and Your Baby!)

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Well actually, Zac will be onscreen, but a girl can dream right? He’s looking pretty swoon-worthy in The Lucky One, which is this month’s Bring Your Baby Matinee (presented by The Bump and AMC Theatres) featured movie. Get out of the house or give your babysitter a break and come drool over Zac with us... read more

iPads for Babies: A Do or A Don’t?

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Will iPads replace good old fashioned toys? Baby and toddler apps are big in the Apple store, but there’s a growing debate on whether they’re good for kids or not. A while back, we reported about American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that children should stay screen-free until they’re two years old. Passive television viewing... read more

Tasty Thursday: Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

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If you’re pregnant and feeling clueless about what healthy (and non-forbidden) foods to eat that actually taste good, you’ve found a match with this dish. Heck, it can be a go-to dish even if you’re not expecting! It’s packed with protein, fiber and iron. Plus, replacing quinoa (a pretty trendy grain right now!) for rice... read more

3 DIY Nursery Ideas

We stumbled across Amy B.’s blog, PositivelySplendid.com recently and had to share some of her clever DIY nursery crafts. For mamas-to-be who are currently in nesting mode, here are three easy projects you can incorporate into your nursery.

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“Bee Happy” Pillow

How sweet is this “Bee Happy” pillow? We love the fun pattern and bright colors. Amy used custom piping to match the bedding in her son’s crib. “It’s the little touches that take a sewing project from ho-hum to fabulous,” she says.

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