Avoiding DIY Nightmares

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Whether you're braving crafts at a 4-year-old's birthday party or painting baby's nursery, parenting will likely lead you down a road of do-it-yourself endeavors. We've got the scoop on how to save yourself from the most common DIY nightmares, starting with the star of baby showers and birthday parties alike: glitter. How can you avoid... Read more

What’s the best age to have kids?

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I had my kids in my early thirties, which I considered a perfect age at the time. I had traveled the world, sewn my wild oats and established myself in my career before "settling down" and making a family. Little did I know that life was about to spin out of control for a few... Read more

This Baby Meeting His Teddy Bear Will Make Your Monday (WATCH!)

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If you're into adorable babies/stop-motion videos, you need to watch this clip to make your Monday infinitely cuter. Minneapolis couple Chris and Aimee Knutson, who met while working in theater, ordered a teddy bear before their first child was born and didn't plan for it to just sit on a shelf -- it was going... Read more

This Double Stroller Could Be Unsafe: Here’s Why

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What's that? You don't anticipate leaving your stroller locked in place on a 20-degree incline? Good. But Consumer Reports is still encouraging you to ask Graco for a refund. After testing the Graco Ready2Grow Classic Connect LX -- a stroller capable of holding two children of different ages  -- Consumer Reports slapped it with... Read more

This US Track Star Ran 800 Meters How Many Months Pregnant?

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If you're in need of some pregnancy inspiration, look no further than Alysia Montano. She's a US Track and Field Championship runner who ran 800 meters in 2 minutes and 32 seconds on Thursday in Sacramento, California -- and she's almost nine months pregnant. Once you pick your jaw up off the floor, get this: The five-time... Read more

Long Labor Or More Painful Labor? Which Most Women Would Choose

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You don't really get to decide if labor is a marathon or a sprint. But what if you could? Researchers asked 40 pregnant woman if they would prefer a longer labor with relatively less pain, or a shorter labor with terrible pain. The general consensus: less pain, longer labor. The survey was distributed to women... Read more

A Pretty Zoo-Themed Baby Shower

We love a well-planned and well-executed baby shower. This one, thrown by NYC-based foodie and entertainer Svitlana Flom, captures the whimsical nature of a day at the zoo, but with sophisticated flair. She threw the party for a friend (who recently gave birth to a baby boy — congratulations!), and filled the party space with lots of yummy food, pretty decorations and adorable DIY touches. Here are some of Svitlana’s tips and tricks for throwing the perfect baby shower.

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Choose a theme that inspires you

Anything can be your source of inspiration. For Svitlana, it was old-fashioned wooden toys that she stumbled across in Washington, D.C. They became the centerpiece of the event, even holding court on the main table. The colors of the shower, pale yellow and gray, stemmed from the colors of the toys, and everything fell into place from there.


This pretty pastel shower is one of our favorites so far!

What’s your most creative baby shower idea? 

Plus, more from The Bump: 

Creative Baby Shower Ideas From Around the Country 

10 Tips for Budget Baby Showers

The Best Baby Shower Games

Bumpie Tip of the Week: Fun Outdoor Activities for the Family

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With summer in full swing, we bet you're looking for fun outdoor activities to do with the family. Deciding on an outing that everyone will enjoy is a task in itself, and we think reading these suggestions from Bumpies may just be the key to keeping all family members happy. Read on, and then ditch... Read more

Want to Raise an Athlete? Give Birth In the Fall

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Are you convinced that your growing baby is destined to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo or Maria Sharapova? Then you'd better hope that your due date is during the autumn months, according to a new study conducted by the Centre for Sports and Exercise Science at Essex University. Kids between the ages of 10 and... Read more

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

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New research suggests that many women -- pregnant or not -- aren't really aware of the toxins that they need to avoid if they wish to have children (healthy ones, at least). Sure, we know to avoid drinking and cigarettes, but those things are pretty much common sense. Obstetricians across the country, however, are realizing... Read more