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Expert reviewed by Barb Davis, Certified Potty Training Consultant I was terrified to start potty training. We waited until Caden turned 3 to even attempt potty training, mostly because he was showing zero, I mean absolutely no signs that he was ready. Luckily, I had a consultation with an incredible potty training expert to help […]

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Balancing work, family, and personal time (if that even exists) can be super tough, and finding the time to cook healthy meals is often one of the first things to get cut. As a working mom with three little ones under five, I totally get what it’s like to forget about dinner or open the […]

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When it comes to planning a fun family day at the pool or beach, making sure your kids have the right swim diapers is key. Disposable swim diapers are convenient, easy to use, and designed to withstand water without swelling up like regular diapers. But not all swim diapers are created equal, and some are […]

Let’s face it, being a working mom is tough. Between work deadlines, shuttling carpool, and tackling the never-ending bedtime routine (seriously, stay in bed!), finding time to cook a wholesome meal can feel impossible. Getting any meal on the table on those busy weeknights is a huge accomplishment, let alone a miracle. That’s why I […]

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Feeling like you’re drowning in never-ending to-do lists? Trust me, I’ve been there too. Countless times, I’ve felt immobilized by the sheer weight of everything on my plate, feeling like I’m dropping balls left and right, like I’m failing in so many areas of my life. Eight piles of laundry that need to be folded […]

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If you’re expecting or already navigating the adventurous world of parenting, adding a soft-structured baby carrier to your registry is a must-have. Not only do baby carriers strengthen the bond between you and your baby, but they also miraculously free up your hands, so you can perfect the art of mom-multitasking. From grocery shopping to […]

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The best thing to come from COVID was the general acceptance of working from home. Now, you can easily find roles at companies that are completely remote, or offer a hybrid setup that allows for some days in the office and others at home. Working from home has completely revolutionized the work-life balance for mothers. […]

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In the journey of motherhood, there’s a rarely discussed season: loneliness. It sounds dramatic, I know, but hear me out. Throughout life, I’ve always had a built-in community of women to surround myself with. High school meant cheerleading, college was filled with sorority sisters, and post-college brought a crew who bonded over Bachelor Mondays, Galentine’s […]

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So you’ve decided to find an au pair for your childcare needs. Amazing! As a family that’s hosted four au pairs, we can’t rave enough about the program. We love the flexibility, the cultural exchange, and of course how much this caretaker can help with work-life balance. But finding the perfect au pair for your […]

Welcome to the exciting (and a bit nerve-wracking) journey of finding the perfect nanny for your family! Whether you’re doing this for the first time or you’ve been here before, picking the right person to be a part of your kiddo’s daily adventures is no small feat. Interviews are your chance to spot someone who’s […]

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Like most parents who scour the internet for the best baby finds, I was looking for the best baby carrier to register for with my first baby. Baby carriers are a must-have for new parents, providing a comfortable and secure way to carry your baby while keeping your hands free. I decided NOT to splurge […]

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Being a mom is a huge part of who I am. It’s actually been the key to unlocking my true self. My kiddos, Caden and Willow, are two of my proudest accomplishments. But let’s be real, as amazing as motherhood is, it throws some serious challenges our way. I’ve discovered that tapping into the wisdom of […]

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Choosing the best non-toxic baby wipes is not just about keeping those cute bums clean – it’s also about ensuring the products touching baby’s sensitive skin are safe and gentle. Ever since Caden was born, I’ve been pretty specific about selecting non-toxic diapers and natural baby wipes made with organic ingredients to help prevent rashes […]

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After Caden was born, I made my mission to find a quick and easy makeup routine that worked for my schedule. I’ve always been into makeup, and always feel more confident when I wear it. Back in college, I was known as the go-to makeup artist, with friends queuing up outside my sorority-house bedroom for […]

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Expert reviewed by Megan Craig PT, DPT, a Certified Physical Therapist  Many expectant mothers associate the term ‘postpartum girdle’ with the idea of swiftly regaining their pre-pregnancy shape. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The best postpartum girdle offers physical support as you navigate your post-pregnancy body recovery. While beneficial for any woman […]

So, you’re about to embark on the incredible journey of motherhood for the first time, and with all the advice, checklists and baby gear options out there, you’re likely feeling a bit overwhelmed. This list goes beyond the strollers, baby bouncers, and diaper bags, but focuses on those crucial items you need when you bring […]

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This review is in partnership with Beekeeper’s Naturals. I only endorse products I believe in and personally use with my family. Starting preschool triggers a whirlwind of ‘firsts’—watching your little one learn new skills, make new friends, and grow more independent. However, it also brings the unfortunate reality of dealing with frequent bouts of illness. […]

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Expert reviewed by Megan Craig PT, DPT, a Doctor of Physical Therapy Navigating the aches, pains, and acceptance of your postpartum body can be tough and unexpected. As a two-time C-section mom, I found so much support in postpartum belly wraps for my recovery. I initially misunderstood their purpose, thinking they were intended to help […]

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Expert reviewed by Dahlia Rimmon, MS, RDN. Introducing real food to your baby is an exciting journey filled with laughable messes, cute puree pictures, and precious firsts. One of these major firsts when starting solids is teaching your baby how to drink from a straw. To provide you with valuable and expert insights, we consulted […]

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If you’re a breastfeeding mom, you’re likely familiar with occasional discomfort during nursing. From the initial pain in the early days of breastfeeding a newborn or the sensation of overly full breasts, you’re experiencing many new feelings in your boobs. One of the most painful experiences I had was when I noticed signs of a […]

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Let’s talk about a game-changer for our little ones’ boo-boos: Magic Molecule. I stumbled upon this spray after seeing it on Instagram (I’m a true appreciator for good marketing and visual design), and it’s been a staple in my three-year-old Caden’s first aid kit ever since. Whether we’re at home, traveling, or just out and […]

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Addressing a Common Potty Training Challenge Ah, the joys of parenting, right? When it’s not the late-night lullabies, it’s the potty training escapades, complete with the not-so-glamorous sidekick: toddler constipation. It’s surprisingly common, causing about 1 in every 20 pediatric visits. Trust me, I’ve been there – spending a month navigating this tricky phase with […]

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Which diapers have the best absorbency? Coterie vs. Millie Moon vs. Dyper vs. Kirkland vs. Pampers High diaper absorbency means no leakage, no blowouts, no diaper rash, and a full night’s sleep. As a busy exec, mom of two littles in diapers, and notorious over-scheduler of our social calendar, I’m looking for baby products that […]

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As a new mom, your days are filled with endless diaper changes, midnight feedings, and adjusting to your new role as a mom. Taking care of yourself often takes a backseat and carving out time to eat can feel impossible, so you grab whatever is easy (and likely unhealthy) for a quick hunger fix. Whether you […]

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Your Postpartum Nutrient Needs Congratulations on bringing a new life into the world! After this incredible yet exhausting journey, your body needs time to recover and replenish essential nutrients. During this postpartum period, also known as the fourth trimester, nutrition plays a crucial role, especially in the healing process. It’s important to provide your body […]

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Expert reviewed by Dr. Madeleine Katz, PsyD. You’ve just had a baby. You’re tired, you’re overwhelmed, and amidst all the joy and cuddles, there’s a feeling you didn’t expect – resentment towards your partner. Sometimes, after your new baby arrives, instead of that romantic glow you see in movies or your friends’ Instagram, you might […]

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What Are the Top 5 Foods To Eat While Nursing? As a nursing mom, taking care of yourself sometimes takes the backseat. It’s important to nourish your body with the right foods to ensure you and your baby are getting adequate nutrition and extra calories for postpartum recovery and lactation. If you’re on the lookout […]

Juggling the responsibilities of a nursing mother can often feel like a constant balancing act, with your baby on one side and a never-ending list of chores on the other. In the midst of this chaos, taking time for self-care can easily be overlooked. It’s essential to understand that taking care of yourself is just […]

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A couple of years ago, I found myself on a girls’ trip to Veil, Colorado, nestled cozily in condos linked to The Ritz. Picture this: snow gently falling outside, a massive fireplace roaring, and a circle of best friends catching up, laughter echoing off the grand room walls. As night fell, we decided to order […]

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In the quest to find the ideal breast pump, I know your choice often comes down to the Spectra S1 vs Spectra S2. Both are top-of-the-line models known for their performance, comfort, and efficiency in supporting nursing mothers. Understanding the key differences and unique features of each model can help in making an informed decision […]