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Review: BabyList Registry (Site and App)

There are hundreds of opinions on what you should put on your registry. But WHERE should you register? Do you try and find a one-stop-shop that has everything you want? Do you register at multiple places, and hope that no one gets confused?

How about you do it all – from your phone?

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Review: Should I Bother With A Maternity Belt?

I started to get a lot of sciatic (lower back) pain in the second trimester of my first pregnancy.  After talking with my chiropractor and obstetrician, I decided to try a maternity belt.   Continue reading

The Ultimate Hospital Packing List!

As you get closer to your due date, your mind is probably going 100mph with the list of things to take to the hospital.  Ideally, you want this bag ready to go in your car or by the door in case you have an “omg my water broke!” moment, and find yourself and your significant other rushing to Labor and Delivery.

Compiled from friends, websites, apps and hospital lists, here’s what I plan to take with me.  And now I’ll share my ultimate hospital packing list with you! Scroll to the end of the article for the free downloadable PDF! Continue reading

Music In the Womb

You may have heard about some parents-to-be playing music for their unborn baby, and might even have thought about trying it yourself.  Sarah and I have done some research and talked to some parents who’ve tried this. There seem to be mixed feelings on this topic…

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The Big Decision: Baby Names

One of the most exciting – and unexpectedly stressful – components about parenthood is picking out the name for your child.  It can be extremely exciting and fun to talk with your significant other about all the options, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you make that list.  Here are our suggestions for baby-naming… Continue reading

Lifestyle Changes for Expectant Moms

Whether you’ve been trying to conceive for years, or your pregnancy is a bit of a surprise, there are certainly lifestyle changes which need to take place as soon as you find out that you’re expecting.  Some are fairly obvious – I’m sure most of us know that alcohol is very dangerous, for example – but some were less obvious for me.

Please read over these checklists carefully and start making the necessary adjustments, and remember that all of this is for the good of your baby, even if it’s inconvenient or different for you. Continue reading

Quick Reference Calendar for Pregnancy

On the forums I frequent, there are always new moms asking “If I’m x weeks pregnant, how many months am I?” or “What trimester is x weeks?”  Here is the tried-and-true reference calendar I use.  🙂

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