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.

4 Ways to Bundle Up Your Bundle of Joy

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At the playground today, I teased my friend Karen that I was looking to her infant daughter Holly’s stroller to inspire me for this story about cold-weather baby gear. But she disappointed me, since the cozy layer spread over Baby Holly’s lap was her 4-year old brother’s fleece hoodie. Not exactly a noteworthy fashion statement.

Here are some more aesthetically pleasing ideas for keeping baby warm when you’re out and about. (That don’t involve just sticking them in their big brother’s over-sized hoodie.) More »

3 Tips for Creating a Nursery That Grows With Your Baby

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Having been through the baby phase three times now, I have a vastly different perspective on creating a lovely (and practical!) baby bedroom these days. Now, I don’t want to rob you of any of the magic of choosing the ideal nursery; but I would like to steer you toward making three key choices so that your nursery can grow with your baby.

My first (rookie) nursery was exactly what I wanted at the time… and I was ready to trade it all in within two years. My mom and husband painted John Lennon sketches into a wall mural and I purchased matching everything. In hindsight, I carried my theme way too far. Rather than go overboard, I could have kept the mural and selected solid color bedding and accents. Better still – sorry, guys! – we could have replaced the mural with a few beloved wall prints.

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7 Ways to Sneak In Some Alone Time During the Holidays

Sneaking in Alone time During the Holidays

The stress surrounding the holidays is the stuff of legend. Factor in some new mommy hormones and it’s enough to make me cry and clutch my chest just remembering. I wish I were kidding.

If you’re traveling with baby to visit grandparents in the snow or hosting all the cousins at your place, you deserve to carve out a few moments of solo time every single day. (Every. Day.) In fact, I suggest you aim for an hour each day. Even extroverts need to recharge.
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3 Mantras to Follow for Happier Grandparent Visits

Mantras for Happier Grandparent Visits

The holidays can be stressful, especially when visits are long, houses are crowded, and cold weather keeps us huddled near our loved ones for hours on end. The interaction I find most challenging is maneuvering a larger-than-we’re-used-to group through any decision making process: how to spend our time and what to eat come to mind.

Here’s how I handle our togetherness-fest:
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Easy Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving with Baby

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Let’s start with the acknowledgement that Thanksgiving is about being grateful for what we have: food, family, and hopefully, our health. Second, if you have finagled a way to be the guest and not the host of Turkey Day, you have something extra for which to be grateful.

Next, we must confess that there are aspects of holidays that can make us feel less-than – whether it’s not knowing how to cook (or not wanting to cook), or feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of having to do so when you have a new baby at home.
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Thanksgiving Foods Babies Can Eat

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I’ve had Thanksgiving babies in a broad range of ages. And trust me, they can join in on the fun, too.
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3 Tips for Making New Mom Friends & Setting Up the Perfect Play Date

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Arranging a play date between your baby and another baby is simply a less vulnerable way of inviting another parent to spend time with you. And as long as you’ll be feeding and wiping and changing and feeding and wiping and changing, why not have a little adult company while you’re at it? Maybe someone who wants to talk through the latest episode of Parenthood or discuss the logistics of taking a car seat on an airplane. Not all my friends are interested in that, you know.
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5 Ways to Have Fun with Your Baby on a Rainy Day

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It just so happens that my baby and I didn’t have a lot of common interests for the first several months, unless you count snuggling.

Yes, staring at each other passes the time and reading books happens every day, but those aren’t very novel. Searching for a few indoor activities that are just as fun for me and a wee one, I wanted to dig a little deeper and think of the activities that brought big smiles, if not fits of giggles, to both our faces.
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Prepping Your Little One for a Trip to the Pediatrician

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Heading to the pediatrician? Whether it’s baby’s first check-up, or your toddler’s first “big kid” visit, allow me to impart some of my wisdom…

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Personally, I’ve always felt that bringing a newborn to the pediatrician for the first time is both comforting and anxiety-provoking. And here’s why: it feels like I’m returning, for a few brief moments, to the experts who know way more than I do about everything when it comes to this baby stuff. I better not mess it up, I always think to myself. But now that I’ve been down this path three times before, I can assure you that the doctor is only a phone call away.

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5 Photos Every Mom Should Take During Baby’s First Year

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Baby’s first smile. Baby’s first crawl. Baby’s first birthday – complete with smash cakes. There are so many “first” moments we want to capture with our cameras, and since we all now carry them in our purses – or diaper bags – it’s never been easier.

Though you may be with your baby ’round the clock, the odds are that you (yes you, Mom) are always behind the camera, pointing it at your little sidekick; and never in front of it. But years from now, when you flip through that baby book, where will you be?

My one piece of advice: Do yourself a favor now, and turn the camera on yourself every now and again – so you can look back on early motherhood and know that you were actually there, too.

Here’s a list of photo ideas that celebrate Mama’s milestones as well as baby’s. (And don’t require a professional photography session.) More »