Posts tagged: Ages + Stages

  • How to Survive the Party Circuit With Your Little

    How to Survive the Party Circuit With Your Little
    Between disrupted nap schedules, back-to-back family parties, long car rides, and too-close hugs from relatives, the holidays can leave your little out of sorts—and you over it. Want to maintain your sanity and the health of your babe? Take note of these party hopping tips for new moms.Fight Germs By Keeping Baby in a Carrier Introducing your newborn to a bunch of relatives? Odds are all 40 of them will want a cuddle before the night’s over. If you’re worried about germs, wear your little in a carrier against your...

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  • How to Take Better Photos of Your Baby This Christmas

    How to Take Better Photos of Your Baby This Christmas
    Hoping to snap that perfect “first Christmas” shot on your phone this year? Capturing a wow photo—even in the middle of holiday chaos—is easier than you think. We’ve rounded up the best tips our photographer pals have passed along for shooting newborns and babies. With five minutes and a little forethought, we promise you can get that sweet and festive shot to mark year one. Set Up Near the Window While it’s tempting to plunk your baby in front of the fireplace or the tree, you’ll get the best photos...

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  • Holiday Activities That Will Light Up Your Little

    Holiday Activities That Will Light Up Your Little
    It’s a bit early for gingerbread houses and Santa movies if you’re celebrating Christmas with an infant, but there are plenty of other age-appropriate ways to show your little what it means to be merry and bright. In between the smooches, cuddles, travel, and long naps (a mom can wish) this holiday break, try a few of these easy, festive ideas. Create a holiday sensory bottle Fill an empty water bottle with sequins, jingle bells, ribbon (or any other frilly extras you have around the house) and hot glue or...

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  • Flying With a Baby? These Smart Tips Might Save the Day

    Flying With a Baby? These Smart Tips Might Save the Day
    Traveling for the first time with an infant—especially during the holidays—is an experience you won’t soon forget. (Talk about the mother of all packing lists.) And while there’s plenty about flying you can’t predict—like departure delays and mid-flight blowouts—there are insider tricks of the trade that’ll boost your chances of a smooth trip. Take a peek at these pro tips before you board.Babywear through the airportThe baby carrier is an airport hero: TSA allows you to pass through security with baby strapped to your body (less germs! free hands!) and...

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  • 7 Last-Minute Gift Ideas For Your Baby's First Christmas

    7 Last-Minute Gift Ideas For Your Baby's First Christmas
    It’s true—your baby won’t remember their first Christmas. (And even if you wrap some amazing gifts, you can bet on that tissue paper being the big hit. All the crinkle and color—it's infant sensory heaven.) That said, there are a number of ways to make the holiday special (they'll see your effort in photos eventually!) and bring on extra smiles. Here are seven ideas that can be assembled (or ordered for a fast delivery) before the big day's here.DIY OrnamentA sweet and simple idea: buy a clear ornament at a...

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  • Monica’s Holiday Picks Are Here!

    Monica’s Holiday Picks Are Here!
    Looking to check a few littles off your list? We asked our founder, CEO, and main mom behind-the-scenes, Monica Royer, to share her favorite holiday gifts. All of these essentials are wrapped by hand and finished with a bow, so all you have to do is oooh and aaah over the cute, oh-so-soft styles.Basics Collection Bundles“Can’t get enough of our new Basics Collection Bundles. Your kiddo will feel the same.” Always Blankets“I have a serious soft spot for the first blanket we created. Goes from tummy time to big kid...

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  • 9 Truths About Your First Day Home From the Hospital

    9 Truths About Your First Day Home From the Hospital
    The biggest truth: you'll never forget those first 24 hours. Here's what really happens.1. You’ll bypass that pristine nursery and explode into the living roomEven with the expensive rocker waiting, odds are you’ll set up camp on the couch where babygeddon can unfold. It’ll be a sea of boppys, laundry, bouncers, pacifiers, and half-eaten snacks for the next few weeks—and all that chaos is just cozier on the couch.2. You’ll require a steady supply of ice water with a strawPerhaps it’s because you just labored for 20 hours without a...

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  • 8 Rules to Follow When Visiting a Newborn Baby

    8 Rules to Follow When Visiting a Newborn Baby
    You already know to wash your hands, but there's plenty more to keep in mind when visiting a friend of family member's sweet new addition. (And it's not just about the baby: new parents, particularly if they're first-timers, are exhausted, overwhelmed, and super appreciative of any extra thought you put into the visit.) Here's how to ace your quality time with a new family. Offer to make a supply run Diapers, wipes, gauze for that belly button—supplies fly off the shelf when you've got a newborn, and running errands with...

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  • How to Handle Your Baby's NICU Stay, From Moms Who Have Been There

    How to Handle Your Baby's NICU Stay, From Moms Who Have Been There
    If you're pregnant, you've probably pictured yourself heading home from the hospital, sweet new babe and balloon in tow. So a curveball—like an unexpected (or even expected) stay in the NICU—is enough to shake even the toughest of mamas. Whether it's a preterm birth or health issue that's keeping your little in the hospital longer, know that there's a community of NICU moms who've been in your shoes (and want to give you a hug). We enlisted some of their best advice for new moms going through this tough time....

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  • What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Doula

    What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Doula
    You've probably heard friends or fellow pregnant women talking about hiring a doula to help them through labor, delivery and early motherhood. But if you're new to all this, you may be asking yourself: What exactly does a doula do? Doulas offer physical, emotional and informational support to couples as they prepare to enter parenthood, says Lindsey Tjernlund of Minnesota-based Hummingbird Doula. Doulas — who are trained and certified through organizations like DONA — are most commonly known for helping out during labor and delivery, but a doula's services aren't...

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