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.

New Parent Tools That Will Finally Get You Back on Track

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The first year of your baby’s life, all bets are off. If you master a daily routine that includes a shower or preparing a balanced meal, you’re ahead of most folks. If you’re also holding down a full-time job, and you feel like a crazypants, you’re not alone. But at the end of the first year, it’s time to take control of the reins and find your new normal. After all, this parenting thing is not going away anytime soon.

Here are a few apps and online tools I recommend to help with the quest for sanity:
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Tales from the Potty Chair…

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My little guy is in the early stages of potty training now, and this phase has already lasted six months. But believe me, I’ve been through it all before. Here are the stages as I define them: Consideration, Ticking Time Bomb, and (finally) Success! More »

How to Do All Your Holiday Shopping in Your PJs

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Baby, it’s cold outside. And while a little frost won’t hurt you, when it comes to the holiday shopping crowds… why bother? Skip the hassle and do it from home!

Here are a few fresh ideas for crossing off your holiday list–right from your couch. More »

Planning a Trip? 5 Things You May Want to Leave Home

5 Things to Pack for Family Holiday Trips

Traveling with a baby can take any rookie mom out of her comfort zone. At home, we get used to having our cars packed with must-have supplies; and the fact that a laundry machine is just a stone’s throw from the site of our latest LDS (Leaky Diaper Situation). But on the road, it’s a whole different story. And while it’s tempting to bring everything but the kitchen sink on a trip,  there are a few things you can probably leave behind to lighten the load. More »

Discovering Your Own Family Traditions

Creating Your Own Holiday Traditions

It continues to surprise me how much of a free-for-all this parenting thing is. It probably starts right when the hospital lets you take the newborn home. (“What?! I get to keep him,” I remember thinking with bemused dread.) And it just keeps building from there…

Between nature and nurture, you can be pretty certain that how you do things in your home is totally different from your neighbor’s take on issues ranging from bedtime and discipline to screen time and breastfeeding.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Winter-Ready Essentials for Little Ones

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The weather outside may be frightful—and I may be speaking in Christmas music and other cliches—but bundled up babies are so freaking cute! Seriously, is anything more adorable than a toddler in a full-on snowsuit who can’t put his arms down? Hmmm… maybe an infant with rosy cheeks snuggled warm under a fleecy blanket. (Awww.)

With that in mind, here are some toasty layers and buntings to keep your little one warm through the winter. More »

Fun Fall Foods for Toddlers

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I love autumn—the way it looks, the way it tastes… and I am so excited to share the season with my toddler. That said, he is the pickiest darn eater you ever did meet. But I’ve managed to find a few fall foods he can enjoy with me.

Here are a few of my go-tos (along with a few more aspirational ones I can’t wait to try). More »

Heading Back to Work after Maternity Leave? You Can DO It!

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If the prospect of returning to work after a few months of baby bonding has you freaking out a bit, I’m here to tell you: You’re doing it right. If you weren’t losing your mind a little, I’d be worried about you. It’s a big deal!

Okay, so now that we’ve got the empathy out of the way, let’s talk about tips and coping strategies. More »

3 DIY Costumes You Can Make from a giggle Better Basics Layette

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This week, I accepted a challenge from giggle to come up with three DIY (and comfy) Halloween costumes for babies. The catch? They all had to be fashioned out of giggle Better Basics Baby Clothes. Let’s just say it was one pretty fun challenge…

No need to buy plastic or polyester outfits this Halloween—the giggle Better Basics line offers so many organic solid-colored garments to use as your starting point.

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3 Simple Secrets to Babyproofing

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Bringing a baby into your home soon? Better read up on some Babyproofing 101 first. There are outlet covers to buy, sharp coffee table corners to pad, cords to untangle… If your head’s spinning right about now, let me calm you with this: it doesn’t all need to happen right away. For now, there are three things to keep in mind that’ll make it all a little less overwhelming…

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