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This is life Across this page from me, we have my friend and Hey Baby partner, Lindsay Pinchuk offering up the lament of young parents everywhere: Where did my babies go? Lindsay’s elder daughter and her DAN HALEY other remarkable creation, Bump Club and Beyond, came into this world together six years ago. And now, she tells us, her second kiddo is already 3 and leaning more toward the terrible teens and less toward babyhood. While my two are considerably older than that at 32 and 20, I still long for babies and I would offer you this simple advice (and I do mean simple). Relax into it. Relax into the long middleof-the-night. Relax into the worry about that cough. Relax into the comparing and contrasting of your kid with that other one at the doc’s office or at Wiggleworms. Your child is perfect in the way they were meant to be. You are the best mom or dad you can be, even when you’re not. Enjoy this moment. Welcome the next. This is life.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since the inaugural issue of Hey Baby! Things are definitely different in my house. My own babies are not babies anymore. I have a kindergartner and a 3-(going on 13) year-old. LINDSAY Still, the one thing PINCHUK that remains the same is my desire to connect you, the moms and moms-to-be of Chicago, with the best products, information, experts, resources and each other through Bump Club and Beyond. One of the greatest things about my job is knowing that what we do is helping moms on so many levels. Our signature event series, Gearapalooza: The Ultimate Baby Gear and Registry Event, comes back to Chicago next month. After taking this event to 14 cities this year, it will be an incredible homecoming to bring this ultimate resource back to where it all began. You can check out some of the most anticipated baby gear in my story on page 18. I hope you enjoy this issue. It always brings me great pleasure to provide you with the best information out there for Chicago moms and moms-to-be.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Our best gear guide
Chicago movers-and-shakers share their unconventional paths to parenthood
Some of the newest and most anticipated items
Best tips for a beautiful and functional nursery from Chicago interior designers
I wish I knew ...
What mamas wish someone told them before having a baby
On the Cover: River Holden Wexler, 1, of Chicago, Karim Keita, 9 months, of Arlington Heights, and Sohana Lila Aravindhan, 8 months, of Chicago
Photographer: Thomas Kubik of TK Photography
Art Director: Claire Innes
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Taylor Wood CHICAGO 11 WEEKS
What I’m feeling this month: Relieved to be past the first trimester and feeling better.
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What I’m feeling this month: Amazed and excited.
What I’m feeling this month: Ready and exhausted.
BEAUTIFUL BUMPS Sara Krauss CHICAGO 40 WEEKS
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LABOR TALES The adventures, surprises and mishaps of delivery
BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER
o labor is ever the same. Even with the best-laid plans, things don’t always work out as expected—as these two moms can attest.
He just couldn’t wait Brittany Hayes, Midlothian I was one day past my due date when I woke up with contractions every four to five minutes. We got in the car, put on a video for our 4-yearold and headed to Naperville in rush hour. When my water broke, we pulled over. With 911 dispatchers on the phone, I reached down and felt the
baby’s head. With the next contraction, he was out. I remember grabbing him underneath his armpits and holding him right in front of me as we both looked stunned. My husband used my shoelace around the cord and
a few moments later, the fire department and paramedics arrived. My sister-in-law had the van detailed and it only took a year for the heated seat to start to work again. And, yes, we are still driving it.
Nightmare Chicago traffic Bekah Kalita, Oak Park Not many people can say their labor story involves a stalled car on Lower Wacker and a tow w truck. I was 37 weeks and had gone for a doctor’s ’s appointment because I was having contractions,, but they sent me home. On Lower Wacker Drive, my car died, blocking an entire lane of traffic in the middle of an intersection at rush hour. I couldn’t even get the windows down and it was 90 degrees outside. Car after car crawled past me, either honking, giving me dirty looks or both. It was 45 long minnutes before the city sent a tow truck, then another er hour-long tow truck ride in bumper-to-bumper traffic back to Oak Park. All the while with contractions.. When my water broke at 9:45 p.m, we rushed back downtown. Miles was born at 11:26 p.m. For more labor stories, visit chicagoparent.com/cplabor. 10 Fall 2016 • Hey Baby
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The Chi-baby name book Lincoln Boy or girl, this name is perfect for your little monkey.
e all know Chicago babies are the best babies. So it only makes sense that your little would sport a name in that Second City spirit. Luckily, we have plenty of inspiration, from adorable neighborhoods and famous eats to legendary landmarks ... and all the streets that connect them.
Garrett Is this one too cheesy? Better add some caramel.
Wells The sweetest street for your sweetie.
Just as darling as the ‘hood.
We know, we know. It’s Sears. But Willis is a cuter baby name.
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We see a leader in your future.
River Whether you’re talking North or the actual water, it’s super pretty.
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Aurora This ’burb makes the perfect name for your princess.
Grant The party doesn’t start without this guy.
Lou It’s never too early for deepdish education.
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Chicago movers-and-shakers share about their unconventional paths to parenthood BY ELIZABETH DIFFIN PHOTOS BY THOMAS KUBIK
Stephanie Izard, 39 ✻ Chef and owner of Girl & The Goat, Little Goat Diner and Duck Duck Goat ✻ Spouse: Gary Valentine, craft beer consultant ✻ Child: Ernie, 4 months ✻ Baby must-haves: Muslin blankets, Keekaroo Peanut Changer, WubbaNub pacifier What was it like the first time you saw your son? It was very surreal. I had a C-section, so I couldn’t feel the bottom half of my body. And suddenly there’s this baby. ... And it’s scary! I didn’t read all the books; I didn’t know what I was doing. ... When I was in the hospital, I was so scared, just holding 12 Fall 2016 • Hey Baby
him. And we were so nervous because we could not get the swaddle right. We were like, “Oh my gosh, we’re the worst parents!” We kept having to ask the nurse to swaddle him for us. Turns out, after we left the hospital, he was never swaddled again and he was totally fine. ... You kind of get past your jitters and just start to feel more natural. ... I just look at him and think, not to be cheesy, but of the miracle of life. It is a miracle. This little person grew inside my stomach. It’s unbelievable. Has being a mom changed your approach to work? It’s made me trust everybody more because I had to. I couldn’t be [at the restaurants] all the time. ... I’ve learned I have all these amazing people on my team, and before, I would do more than I had to instead of letting
them do what they’re here for. It’s kind of made all the team stronger, and it’s made me a little more trusting and dependent on the people around me, which I think is great. ... There’s [no career accomplishment] that can compare to having Ernie. ... There’s so many things about my work life that I love and am proud of, but it’s just a very different thing. What’s been the most difficult thing about being a mom? Just trying to figure out the whole sleeping and eating thing. ... I’m sure every mom finds those to be pretty difficult. You kind of have to find what works for you. ...In the beginning I was planning on breastfeeding, but my milk never came in naturally. And I had to get up in the middle of the night and tape this little thing to my boob so that he would think he was drinking off of me, but it was really formula. It was very stressful and upsetting, and I just felt ChicagoParent.com
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like I was doing something wrong. ... And as soon as I just accepted the fact that he was going to be raised on formula ... that just felt so much better. ... Do what’s right for you, because everybody’s going to have their opinions on what you should do with your baby. As a chef, what food are you most looking forward to Ernie trying? Everything! My husband is a super-picky eater, so I’m just excited to get Ernie to like everything from the start. [laughs] ... I’m excited that it’s going to be fall when he starts eating, and I can get stuff from the farmers market and feed him. We had looked at making our own baby food to sell, but to use locally farmed ingredients, it just doesn’t make sense for prices and stuff. But I’m excited to feed him the locally farmed vegetables and such. Any advice for taking babies to restaurants? I was really nervous [the first time]. My friend came and we walked down the street to an Italian restaurant, and they were so nice. ... A lot of people take the car seat out; I left him on the stroller so that if he did start crying, I could just book it out of there. I didn’t want to interrupt. When it’s nice outside, we always sit outside so that if he does get fussy, we can just kind of walk down the street a little bit. ... I definitely would choose wisely on the restaurants, you know? Just stick to the casual, fun places. CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 1 4
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... It really wasn’t until she was on that operating table to do that emergency C-section that I realized all that she had really gone through and what she was giving up for us. And at that point, it’s like, what do you say? ... Without her, we wouldn’t have these babies. Demetrius: We had a great surrogate. She was really awesome, and we lucked out with the right person.
What was it like to use a surrogate? Erin: I knew I could get pregnant, but I couldn’t carry again. The only way we could do this was through a surrogate, but I didn’t really know what that entailed. ... At times, we felt like stalkers because we were constantly calling our surrogate, like, “How are you feeling? What are you eating? How many times have they kicked?” ... It is a gift for the surrogate to do that, because even though they’re compensated, being pregnant is a lot, especially when you don’t get the reward at the end of having that baby in your arms.
How did you respond when you found out you were having twins? Erin: We were really praying and hoping for one [baby]. The doctor’s like, “There’s a heartbeat.” So, right then, we were like, “Oh my gosh, it worked! Finally, it worked.” And then she goes, “Annnnnd, there’s another heartbeat.” We were shocked that both took! Demetrius: Everyone was crying, just seeing two little hearts beating like that. Erin: I thought, oh my gosh, twins are going to be a lot, especially with our schedules and everything. But it’s really not that different, it just takes lon-
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ger to do everything. ... They’ve been really great and really fun. And I tell Demetrius all the time that my face literally hurts by the end of the day sometimes, just because I find myself just smiling so hard at them. They just bring a lot of joy. Why did you decide to “go public” with your story? Erin: After we went through the few cycles of IVF, we realized, first of all, insurance very rarely covers it, it was incredibly expensive, and a lot of times you just feel like you flushed $20,000 down the toilet and have nothing to show for it. And then you have to start all over again. Not to mention the emotional toll of being pumped up on hormones and all this stuff. ... And it’s just a huge financial and emotional struggle and a lot of times there aren’t resources for these people. ... I started thinking, why not just be open about all of this? I think it was the right call for us. ... It’s been really awesome having support from people we don’t even know. ChicagoParent.com
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HEY BABY What is it like to co-parent with your husband? Erin: It’s been fun to parent with Demetrius … You have to have a sense of humor when you’re doing this. When you’re overly tired and working these hours and there’s a lot of kids and a lot of dog hair in this house, you have to have someone who’s going to make you laugh. ... It’s nice to have someone that really keeps things light and fun when otherwise, it could be kind of stressful and feel overwhelming at times. For me, half the pleasure has been watching him enjoy being a dad. He lights up with these babies. And with the older kids, he’s just fun. I tend to be a little more Type A, I have a
her personality, her enthusiasm and her laugh-at-anything. They’re just really, really happy babies.
list of eight things we need to do before dinner. Demetrius keeps it fun and treats them every bit as much as his kids as the younger babies. Demetrius: Erin is a great mom. If you looked at it from the child’s point of view, that’s what you want your mom to be. She’s willing to do anything for the children; she creates a loving environment for them. ... And the babies, I think, have kind of taken on
What advice would you give to fellow parents of twins? Erin: The thing that has made the biggest difference is just not taking anything too seriously, to be able to find some humor in the moments where there’s meltdowns and messes and everyone’s exhausted. Just try to remember to be in that moment because they go so fast. I think that’s probably been the best advice that I received and it really rang true for me. Demetrius: And keep them on a schedule. CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 1 6
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Lindsay Avner, 34 ✻ Founder and CEO of Bright Pink, and one of the youngest people to undergo a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy ✻ Spouse: Gregg Kaplan, Redbox founder ✻ Children: Zach, 18; Lexie, 15; Abby, 13; and Lucy born Sept. 30 ✻ Pregnancy must-haves: Pea in the Pod maternity clothes, Urban Oasis prenatal massages How have you been feeling? The first 16 weeks, I wasn’t prepared for how slow time would go. I was just really nauseous. ... And then you expect at 12 weeks, you’re going to miraculously feel better! ... I’ve laughed that if I were to get pregnant again, I would love to take my maternity leave in the first trimester. Because it is so much work to go about your day, not telling anyone, and playing it off when you just feel so blah. ... Even early on, I always felt very useful. Like, if I don’t accomplish anything else today, as long as I get up and I eat well and move around a little bit, I’m growing a little person in there. How does being a mom change your perspective on work? One of the things that I’ve realized is so much of being a good parent is just being present. This isn’t something that can fit nicely into your Google Calendar between 11:30 and 1. It’s about just being around and being there. ... In the beginning, [Bright Pink] was about my story. And then I met [my stepchildren], who had seen cancer up-close-and-personal, watched their mom battle cancer for seven years and then passed away, and the work of the organization took on a very new meaning. It was the first time I felt like I had a deadline. Knowing your genetic history, do you worry about having a daughter? When my mom was diagnosed with both breast and ovarian cancer, they hadn’t even completed the Human Genome Project. Twenty-plus years later, we have access to genetic testing and the ability for people to make decisions, and I’m so blessed to sit on the front lines of watching the progress. She’s going to grow up in an environment where we’re going to be talking about this in a really positive, empowering way. She’s going to have a lot of good role models who can show this isn’t the end of the world. And ultimately, the most important thing for me is that early on she has a sense of responsibility when it comes to her health. ... I look at my children, the three older ones and this new one coming in, 16 Fall 2016 • Hey Baby
and they need me. They are relying on me doing everything in my power to make sure I can be healthy. ... I never met my grandmother or my greatgrandmother. This is pretty beautiful that science and technology and information have allowed my mom to battle both breast and ovarian cancer, for me to be proactive with my own health, and for both of us to be around for a moment like this. What are you most looking forward to about the baby’s arrival? Love at a whole different level. I’m bringing this little person into the world, and there is so much love that she is going to be walking into. Not only from my parents, who are over the moon, and Gregg’s family, but our older kids and his late wife’s family, who we’re very, very close to. There’s just a lot of people who are going to be set up to give a lot of love and support, which I think is such a beautiful thing. ... It’s definitely a modern family, but to us, it’s all we know. And I feel so blessed on every significant [level]. What are your hopes for the baby’s future? I want to equip her to be self-sufficient and happy. To me, those are the two number-one qualities. I will never see myself get worked up over “Is she top of her class?” or “Is she an amazing athlete?” You want to have somebody who has a great relationship with themselves, first and foremost, is capable of having strong relationships with others, and ultimately can lean into their best skills and strengths and be happy. ChicagoParent.com
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Our best gear
BY LINDSAY PINCHUK
nyone who has had a baby will tell you that the landscape of baby gear and options changes all the time! By the time you have another baby, there is a whole new crop of strollers and car seats to choose from. As Bump Club and Beyond prepares for Chicago’s sixth annual Gearapalooza: The Ultimate Baby Gear and Registry Event, here are some of the newest and most anticipated items hitting stores (and registries!) in 2016!
Crane SmartAir Purifier
Skip Hop Uplift One of the top safety mistakes parents can make is putting a bouncer (or a car seat or other containment device) on a table, chair or raised surface. This incredible bouncer is the first of its kind, offering the ability to raise a traditional floor bouncer to sofa height— or any level in between. Now baby can stay out of the way of our furry friends (and their tongues!). skiphop.com; $149.99
This Wi-Fi-connected device captures 99.97% of airborne odors and allergens, making for a pollutant-free airspace surrounding your family. crane-usa.com; $249.99
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Cybex Cloud Q Infant Car Seat
Car seat misuse is at an all-time high, but with this new seat from the makers of the mamaRoo, you never have to worry about that again. The seat installs itself correctly with auto-levels and auto-installs. Before each ride it verifies installation and monitors its use on the 4moms app. How about that for some peace of mind? 4moms.com; $499 18 Fall 2016 • Hey Baby
Ask any new mom and she will never want to wake her sleeping baby—especially to take them out of their car seat. This infant seat easily solves this problem. Offering Cybex technology and safety while driving, this seat helps create an amazing travel system outside of the car as the seat fully reclines, offering baby the ability to lay flat. cybexonline.com; $449.99
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r guide Smart Nursery 7 baby monitor This one-of-a-kind system will help keep your baby safe and sound from anywhere in the world. Connected through the Hubble app, you can control the humidifier, sound machine and the wireless monitor from your smartphone. The plus? There are NO WIRES, making it a safe bet for everyone.
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UPPABaby G-Link The VISTA is one of the most popular modular strollers in Chicago, and UPPA had fans rejoicing in 2016 when its long-awaited double umbrella stroller came out. This lightweight double is the perfect travel companion, since it has independent reclining seats for napping on the go and adjustable footrests so different aged babies and kids can remain comfortable. uppababy.com; $499
This smart travel system allows you to pack and hang everything up without ever unpacking. With the help of the packing blocks, your belongings (and baby’s!) will stay organized on the go. storksak.us; $230, $39 blocks
Austlen Entourage Stroller This stroller has the highest cargo capacity of any on the market. With more than 30 configurations, it adapts to any life stage and more places to carry your “stuff.” austlen.com; $849.99
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he arrival of a baby brings plenty of anticipation, but one of the more exciting things is creating the nursery. Whether you’re starting from scratch or converting another room into a nursery, these expert tips will help you put together a beautiful and functional room.
Best tips for a beautiful and functional nursery from Chicago interior designers
Create a nursery that will grow with your child
“My number one tip for space saving in a nursery is using a gliding recliner instead of a traditional glider and ottoman combination,” says Rachel Glasson, owner of Twinkle Twinkle Little One (twinkletwinklelittleone.com). “Not only is it incredibly functional, but it can be repurposed in another room down the road.” Interior designer Alexandra Kaehler (alexandrakaehler. com) loves buying vintage dressers that can be used as changing tables. “We source a ton of changing tables from MegMade.” (megmade.com)
Design for you, too
The nursery should be just as relaxing a space for the parents as it is for the baby. Sadie Road interior designer
(Above) Design by Steffanie Danby (Left) Design by Twinkle Twinkle Little One
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Danielle Reidy (sadieroad. com) suggests setting up a nook that has all the essentials within arm’s reach. Create a spot that allows you to sit with the baby with minimal disruptions, particularly during the bedtime routine. You’ll want a comfy glider or rocker paired with a pouf or ottoman, a small side table, a small lamp on a dimmer, and a bookshelf or shelving to store books, and a sound machine. Says interior designer Alexis Bednyak (alexisbednyak.com): “I had a client who loved flamingos, so we were sure to scatter her favorite animal in a few elements of the space to make her smile during those late-night feedings.”
Add a rug
Interior designer Jessica Turf (jessicaturf.com) always tries to layer a reversible flat weave rug over a wall-to-wall carpeted nursery. Not only does this allow for an added pop of color or bold statement, but it’s also a practical design element. It can be flipped over to look new even after a spill.
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Think outside the box
Nurseries don’t have to be muted colors and simple designs. Interior designer Steffanie Danby (steffaniedanby. com) says she likes to give the nursery a “wow” factor by using bold patterns and colors. Bednyak advises parents not to shy away from color. “Girls’ rooms in shades of blue (gasp!), painted ceilings and accent walls in bright tones, funky decals or wall coverings with patterns are all fun ways to push the envelope.” 22 Fall 2016 • Hey Baby
Make the room feel larger
Lighting is an oftenoverlooked component that can add height and an open feeling to a smaller space, Glasson says. Replacing the ceiling fixture can change the vibe of the room.
Don’t forget art
Don’t be afraid to get creative. “Wall décor is where you can really put your stamp on the space,” says Elizabeth Smolcich of White Tulip Interiors (whitetulipinteriors. com). “If you have older kids, you can even mat and frame their works of art for a fun art display on a budget.” ChicagoParent.com
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Make it gender neutral
Not finding out the gender ’til the birth? No problem! Suzanne Falk of Interior Designs 2Go (interiordesigns2go.com) suggests starting with a color palette and then choosing your furniture. Once your baby is born, you can make the room more personal by adding crib bedding, artwork, lighting and accessories.
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I wish I knew… What these mamas wish someone told them before having a baby
BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER
he phrase, “hindsight is 20/20,” must have been invented by a pregnant woman. No matter how many baby books you read or how well you think you are prepared, there are going to be surprises, shocks and serious body changes.
Here is some mamas’ advice, looking back on what they wish they had known before being pregnant and delivering their babies:
Pregnancy ✱ Wear
giant mesh undies during your third trimester! So much better than any other form of underpants in late pregnancy. – Kate Jannusch ✱ Do your kegels! – Amanda Hasseltine ✱ You may pee your pants in the middle of the grocery store in your third trimester. – Renee Gabbett 24 Fall 2016 • Hey Baby
✱ Stay home and binge-watch Netflix during early labor because it will be the last chance to do something truly self-indulgent for 18 years! – JoAnne Mulder Nagjee ✱ The sooner you can let go of what you expect to happen, the less stressful and more enjoyable things can be. Sometimes you just have to roll with it, rather than dwell on it. – Jennifer Abella ✱ Go for a prenatal massage before the birth. – Jen Suszek
Delivery ✱ Don’t
let your husband look behind the drape during a C-section. –
you’re in labor and it feels like you need to poop, that means it’s time to push; you’re delivering a baby.
– Jen Vogel Staples toilet paper feels like sandpaper. I brought my own toilet paper for the second baby. – Adrienne Guldin ✱ Someone told me to pack clothes to go home that fit at six months. They didn’t. It was super depressing. So pack a couple of sizes for going home. – Rachel Maddox ✱ Hospital
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Post-delivery ✱ Freeze
maxi pads for ultimate sore crotch relief. And if there’s a nursery, let them take the baby there for a little while so you can sleep! – Jen Lewis ✱ Stool softeners. Use them. – Jennifer
swells after baby. My feet and legs ballooned from all the fluid and my eyes watered for two days. – Hillary Pilotto ✱ If you are struggling with breastfeeding, lactation consultants can be super-helpful. Get support early on. And most insurance covers it, too. – Tanya Robin Fisher ✱ Use frozen cabbage leaves for sore breasts. – Leah Anne ✱ Nobody told me how long I would have to wear pads Mary Desai afterwards and how much pooping would become the bane of my existence. – Alison McCarthyWeglewski
be surprised that you will still look pregnant for a while. – Kaydee Kendall ✱ Take all the mesh underwear from the hospital home and buy the numbing spray for ‘down there.’ – Rachel Maddox ✱ Giving birth is not the scary part, going to the bathroom after is. – Sarah DiDavide ✱ Five words: Dr. Newman’s amazing Nipple Cream. – Agnes Dyna CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 2 6
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First postpartum months ✱ Your hair may fall out. – Silvia Aaron ✱ Never go anywhere without breast pads!
All it takes is a crying baby and you will have two wet spots on your shirt. – Mindy
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make all kinds of crazy sounds that make you think they are dying, but they just sound like drunk piglets when they breathe. – Sarah
tell you all of the hard stuff. Why don’t they tell you that it’s also so much fun?! I wish someone had told me, “You are in for so much fun!” – Courtney
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hen I had my first baby, one of the nicest gifts we received was a twodisc mix of fantastic songs compiled by our music maven pal. While all the tracks were great—and safe for tiny ears—not a one was marketed as a “baby” song.
It was inspiring, to say the least. And no offense to the powerhouses of kid-friendly compilations, but you’ve probably got everything your musically advanced offspring needs in terms of a “primer.” (You know, in those gigantic CD wallets you keep moving from house to house?) To start you off, here are 17 picks, ranging from classic favorites to surprisingly ideal new jams; pitch-perfect for quiet time, nap time and every gentle time in between. (Listen at your own risk, exhausted parents.) 28 Fall 2016 • Hey Baby
All My Days, Alexi Murdoch Stick With Me Baby, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Only You, Joshua Radin If I Needed You, Lyle Lovett Corinna, Taj Mahal The Long Way Home, Norah Jones Lullabye, Ben Folds Five Pretty Ballerina, The Left Banke Just You and Me, Zee Avi Caledonia, Dougie MacLean Wading in the Velvet Sea, Phish Alright For Now, Tom Petty Dream a Little Dream of Me, The Mamas & The Papas Half Acre, Hem In My Room, The Beach Boys Trust In Me, Etta James Pink Moon, Nick Drake New parents need all the extra help they can get, right? We’ve done you a solid and already compiled this mix onto Spotify! Once in the Spotify browser, seek out user “kikiflynn” and click on the playlist “Hey Baby.” They’ve got a nifty “repeat” button, too, so go ahead and stretch out on that play mat for a bit.
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BY CHARLOTTE BETTS
ere you are, getting ready to bring your bundle of joy into the world. This may be your first child, or maybe it’s your third. Whatever the case, you need to be prepared. You’ve, of course, received endless (often unsolicited) amounts of suggestions about what you will need during and post pregnancy—and to be honest, you’re quite overwhelmed. Thankfully, there are tried-and-true essentials every mom-to-be needs. Here are four of them.
A pretty hat As you get into your third trimester and your body is consumed with fatigue, brushing your hair will be the least of your worries. Once you have baby and you are also consumed by fatigue, brushing your hair still will be the least of your worries. A good hat always comes in handy!
Comfy Padded Leggings Yes, you read that right. There will come a time (if it hasn’t already) when your clothes will no longer fit. This is where comfy leggings come in. Part of the Danielle Forte Collection, these pants will take you from pre- to post pregnancy effortlessly. The leggings are baby bump friendly and easily can be taken from day to night! http://bit.ly/2czCW9P
Clogs A great pair of shoes will prevent sore feet. Along with everything else, your feet will also suffer, so invest in a great pair of cute shoes. You will need a pair of ergonomically correct shoes like Dansko clogs. They provide all-day, maximum comfort, and they’re great for your joints. http://bit.ly/2cmCKsm
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If leggings aren’t your jam, may we interest you in a belly belt? Belly belts are great for a number of reasons, including that they allow you to wear your non-maternity slacks while your belly grows. They’re also great for post pregnancy! Charlotte Betts is a Chicago mom and a fashion connoisseur who curates milknhonee, an inspirational mommy and me style blog
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fter thosee sleepless nights, thee thought of getting g both you and your newborn out the door to buy groceries might sound like torture. ure. Lucky for you, there are now w door-todoor services for almost ost everything a new mom could uld want. From laundry to food to muchearned pampering, keep eep this list handy.
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Stay dressed Stitch Fix Post-baby body is not something that’s always easy or fun to dress, and the thought of trying on clothes in a dressing room can bring on some serious panic. Stitch Fix brings a personal stylist to you. After a quick personal style quiz online, a stylist selects five
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Stay fed Blue Apron Ever forget that one item on your grocery list essential to dinner and dread the return trip to the store, especially with an unpredictable baby on board? Skip the store altogether and have everything needed for a delicious dinner, delivered in a refrigerated box to your doorstep. Blue Apron offers family plan options where all the fresh, pre-measured ingredients and cooking instructions are delivered to you. With a few easy, clear steps, you can have a home-cooked dinner on the table. Plus with free shipping, the option to skip weeks and cancel anytime, Blue Apron doesn’t give you many reasons not to give it a shot.
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ews reports about the huge rise in food allergies have us concerned and confused, especially with some research suggesting exposing babies to peanut butter as early as 4 months may lessen allergies. Can you help? A: I don’t recommend ANY food prior to 6 months old. Most research suggests that exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months reduces risk for food allergies.
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Additionally, babies should be developmentally ready before starting food—able to sit up unassisted, for instance—and typically this is Babies laugh in response to their not before 6 months. parents’ raspberries and then they do With that said, breastfeeding will help it back, making the early foundation for sensitize infants to foods (through breast the back-and-forth rhythm of a conversation. milk). Thus, moms should NOT avoid any potentially allergic foods unless their child Another way to have a conversation with baby a true reaction to a particular food. is by singing familiar songs using different voice exhibits When babies start food, parents sounds: a low growly voice, a high squeaky should NOT WAIT on potentially allergic (or foods that are higher in allergy voice, a soft whisper. Babies also love combinrisk such as eggs, wheat, peanut butter, ing action and words so try a variety of finstrawberries, citrus, fish). I suggest introger songs. Some tried-and-true favorites ducing foods every two to three days, and include “Itsy-Bitsy Spider”, “Wheels on if there is no reaction, go forward.
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