You’ve prepped baby’s bed, the car seat’s in the car and your hospital bag is packed (or birthing pool is set up at home). Everything is ready for when baby is born . . . but are you? One of the most important things that parents-to-be don’t learn in birth education classes is to expect the unexpected. Even if you have all the items you’re told you’ll need when baby arrives you could not be ready. Becoming a parent adds a whole new dimension to a person emotionally, physically and psychologically — you won’t be the same. So before you give birth, there are just a few more tips you need to read. Seven, actually, and I hope that these help you with one of the most magical events to take place — your child’s birth. Read more
I learned a lot about what I do and don’t want to bring to the hospital after having my first kiddo, including what the husband needs to pack. So this time around I packed comfort measures— Everything I’d need and want, plus some added items for creating my ideal birthing photos since this might be my last pregnancy. My goal? Make my hospital birth feel like a peaceful home birth. Keep reading to see what I packed for me, my husband and the baby to prepare for my second birth.
Finding the perfect photographer for your family photos can be daunting — these once in a lifetime moments with the kids pass quickly so it’s important that it’s photographed the way you would like to remember this time. Even as a photographer I find this hard – I am so persnickety! There are so many different aspects to a great family photo that’s different for each family, but there are some simple steps to help you choose a photographer that works for everyone. Keep reading for my top 5 tips for choosing a family photographer. Read more
When my daughter was a baby I wished I had bought some clothing dividers to make it easier to grab a new outfit when I was low on sleep, so this time around I made some to fit the star, moon & cloud theme in kiddo’s nursery. Whether it fits your theme or you just like stars, this free printable will make organizing all your baby clothes a bit easier, and sorting sizes a breeze! Read more
Maternity photos aren’t for everyone, but if you decide to get some taken (nude, funny, or with the whole family), why not have them be the best they can be? Your body will never look this way again since no pregnancy (or pregnancy body) is quite the same. Maternity photos are a beautiful way to capture how your pregnancies were different, and how your body has changed. Parents are crazy about baby photos once baby is born, but with maternity photos you can start the photo book at the beginning! Keep reading for 6 tips that will help you get the affordable maternity photos you want. Read more
After two years trying to conceive and an IVF journey, Cleveland mama Kristin Moore and her husband brought home their little miracle, Alice, in July. They never planned on naming her Alice or being inspired by Alice in Wonderland for this super sweet un-themed nursery, but they did, and the result is beautiful.
Nursery rooms and baby showers have a theme, so why not your baby registry? Focusing on a theme can help make putting the shower together a bit easier, and also help ensure that the mom-to-be gets items that she actually needs and wants for the new baby. Since my nursery room is star, moon and cloud themed with gray, white and mint as the main colors, I created an ultimate star, moon and cloud baby registry to share! From something for the big sis or big bro-to-be to items needed for diapering (minus the given wipes & diapers) and bedtime, you’ll find this is a super complete list of musts for families expecting for the first time or again. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end! Read more
February isn’t all about Valentine’s Day, it’s Black History Month and a great month to show loved ones you care! For me, February means oodles of birthday celebrations, too, because both S and the hubby were born in February and this new little one is due on the 18th! Because it’s the final month of my pregnancy and such an important month for many other reasons, I wanted to make these February baby bump photo cards extra special. Click through to download this month’s special week-by-week baby bump cards and use them in your own bump updates! Read more
Wondering when and where the next birthing and baby/kiddo fair in your area will happen? The Complete List of 2016 U.S. Pregnancy & Kiddo Fairs was such a hit that we’ve compiled a huge list of events again this year! From babywearing and crunchy mom focused to product-driven smaller meetups, there’s an event perfect for the needs of both first-time parents and parents getting ready for baby number two, three or four. Most of these events are great for siblings under 3, too, just be sure to check the info on their website. Happy planning, mamas! Read more
Not everything can wait for the baby shower. Now that you’re preggo your body is going through a lot of changes, and aside from staying hydrated, upping your protein and getting a few new maternity outfits once you hit that second or third trimester there’s still a lot more you might need! Here are some items that have been my absolute must-haves with this pregnancy (baby #2!). These items fulfill six very important preggo mama needs: Safety, Support, Comfort, Pampering, Development/Milestones, and Keepsake. You’re only going to have this particular pregnancy once, make it happy & healthy! Keep reading for my list! Read more