giggle GAB

Get the inside scoop on all things giggle, read guest posts from friends and expert bloggers, and more.

Live In Santa Monica? Join Us & Take The Bugaboo Runner For A Test-Drive!

BugabooRunner

We’ve been drooling over the 2015 Bugaboo Runner ever since it strolled onto the scene this spring. And can you blame us? The chic stroller takes morning jogs and afternoon runs to the next level, with its sleek look, smooth ride, and one-base-fits-all design that allows you to easily snap any Bugaboo seat into its frame. (Pretty genius, huh?)

That’s why we’re super psyched to be teaming up with our friends at Bugaboo this weekend, for a family-friendly event in honor of the Bugaboo Runner  — and we want you to come join us! Live near Santa Monica, California? Swing by Santa Monica Place Courtyard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and take the Bugaboo Runner for a test drive! Stroller experts will be on-hand to give in-person demos and answer any questions you may have about the Runner’s many perks. More »

9 Months

Expecting? We've got some great advice to prepare you for your pregnancy and the birth of your child.

13 Summer-Inspired Baby Names That Are Full Of Sunshine

GAB_summerbabynames

Summer solstice, long sunny days… the perfect inspiration for a cheerful, sun-drenched name for your summertime babe. These monickers range from baby names that literally mean sun (like the French Soleilto ancient sun gods from various cultures. More »

Nursing Know-How

Start your breastfeeding off right with helpful information from non-profit Best for Babes.

6 Tips for Heading Back to Work as a Nursing Mom

breastmilk cooler

Heading back to work after having a baby is difficult for many new parents, and especially if you’re nursing. There are many ways to ease the transition, while maintaining your feeding schedule. We spoke with working & breastfeeding expert, Jessica Shortall, who shares tips from her new book, Work. Pump. Repeat., to help you bridge the gap of being a new nursing mom at work.

Pumping breastmilk at work is hard, awkward, and weird. Luckily, working moms are amazing, and the millions of women who have gone before you have developed some awesome (and sometimes hilarious) hacks to make this crazy journey a little easier.

1. Forgot a pump bottle (or both)? You can use clean coffee cups to catch milk. Wash with soap and hot water, or put a couple of ounces of water into each mug (ceramic, not plastic!), cover with a saucer, and microwave for a minute to steam-clean. You can also Scotch-tape Ziploc bags or breastmilk storage bags to your pump parts.

2. Forgot breast pads? If you’re newly back at work, you’re probably leaking, and you do not need Tim from Accounts Payable asking you why your shirt is wet. Cut a pantyliner in half – it even has adhesive! Just make sure it is fragrance-free so you don’t get a rash.

3. Need ice to keep milk cool on a flight or long car ride? Fill empty breastmilk storage bags with ice, or throw a water bottle in the freezer.

4. Tired of spilling that liquid gold milk when you pour it from your pump bottles to storage bags? Those funnel-shaped horns on your pump are well funnels! Take one off and use it for a clean pour.

5. Pumping in a bathroom stall? This is going to happen to you if you travel for work, and for some working women it’s a daily reality, like it or not. Keep a pack of Post-It Notes in your pump bag, and put one over the toilet’s auto-flush sensor so it doesn’t flush on your butt while you’re pumping. Or hang your pump bag on the door hook and stand to pump.

6. Pressed for time? (Hint: You will be.) Don’t bother washing your pump parts in between pumping sessions. You can throw them, milk droplets and all, into a large Ziploc bag, and into the fridge. It’s sanitary, and lactation-consultant-approved! Put the Ziploc in an opaque bag if you’re using a shared office fridge and don’t feel like hearing about it from co-workers. The pump horns will be refreshing (that means cold) next time around, but sometimes that can be nice when you have sore boobs!

Most importantly, whatever you do, and however this journey ends up for you, you are an awesome mom. Working AND mothering AND breastfeeding is crazy hard work, and, like most things in parenting, it doesn’t work out perfectly for everyone who attempts it. But please be kind to yourself, and remember this: your worth as a mother is not measured in ounces.

WorkPumpRepeatcover

Image via Jessica Shortall

City Mom

Learn strategies for navigating public transportation, crowded streets and small living spaces from Manhattan mom Monica Storch.

Meet The Space-Saving Stroller That Takes Traveling With Baby To The Next Level

GAB_BabyZen

Any newbie mom or dad will tell you that traveling with a baby in tow can be all sorts of stressful. For one, there’s all that stuff you have to remember to bring along now. Did you pack enough diapers? Got an extra change of clothes, just in case? And whatever you do, don’t forget the lovey. But then there’s the little matter of having the right gear — specifically, your stroller. Especially in those early days, wherever baby goes, your stroller will likely go, and having one that makes getting there easier is of primo importance. The innovative and travel-friendly BabyZen Yoyo Stroller is here to help with all of that. It’s specially designed to make traveling with baby a whole lot simpler — whether you’re running some quick errands or hopping on a plane. Allow us to introduce you… More »

Healthy Home

Build a healthy environment for your baby with practical and easy tips from national nonprofit Healthy Child Healthy World.

7 Baby Food Recipes So Good You’ll Want to Save Some for Yourself

GAB_Babyfood4

That first year of parenthood sure turns you into a pro with lots of unlikely new skill sets. Just give yourself a couple of months, and you’ll be pulling off one-handed diaper changes, swaddling with the best of ‘em, and whipping up your own delicious baby food in 5 minutes flat.

If that last part sounds totally daunting right now, don’t worry – we’ll get you there soon enough.

First thing’s first: get thee to a baby food processor. Preferably, one that pulls double (and even triple) duty. Our pick: the Beaba Babycook Pro, which lets you to steam, cook, and puree all in one unit, with the push of a button.
More »

Parent Talk

Get tips from the trenches with this information-packed blog from the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know, Heather Flett and Whitney Moss.

Here’s How to Put More Miles on Your Stroller — And Get More Bang For Your Buck

GAB_Bugaboo

When it comes to getting a decent ROI out of your pricey, high-end stroller, I’m guessing urban mamas probably tend to get theirs more quickly. Some of that I’m basing on personal experience: When my son was an infant, I had a daily ritual of walking from my apartment door to a city cafe and produce market nearly every day, and would often store all of my purchases in the stroller’s undercarriage.

But if you’re finding that your stroller is spending more time in your trunk or garage than out on the pavement, consider these ideas for putting your wheels to work:
More »

Hip Baby

Get fun fashion advice from blogger Nadia Carriere for the 40 weeks before and after your baby is born.

This New 2-in-1 Baby Bed from Oeuf is an Absolute Dream…

Oeuf Fawn Crib & Bassinet System

It’s not every day we fall in love with with a new baby product. (In fact, we’re pretty picky when it comes to what we sell – just check out our criteria.) But when we first laid eyes on the brand-new Fawn Crib & Bassinet System from Oeuf, we new it was something special.
More »

Grab Bag

What's happening at giggle? Get the latest, learn about promotions, and read posts by some giggle friends and special guests.

Your Top Baby Sleep Questions, Answered

Newborn baby sleeping on his back

Can’t get your little one to sleep through the night? Not sure what this “sleep training” thing is all about? This week, pediatric sleep expert Dr. Rebecca Kempton (also known as the Baby Sleep Pro) answers your most commonly asked questions about baby’s sleep problems. Here’s what moms and dads want to know most:

More »