11 Real Mom Rules for Introducing Solids

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With my first child, I was really excited to start solids. So excited in fact that I even read a book about how I was going to do it. The big 6-month mark came. I threw some avocado on her tray --- and nothing happened. She wasn't coordinated enough to really do much with it. Spooning it to her …
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8 Things to Know About Running While Breastfeeding

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Most runners look forward to the end of pregnancy as a marker for returning to previous activity (and that whole cute baby thing). Because being a mammal is awesome, that usually means you get to experience the joys of running while lactating. A few things to know when you're going down that path …
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Things I’ve Done While Breastfeeding My Second Child (That I Never Would Have Attempted with my First)

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When I nursed the first time, I was adamant about being in Evan’s rocking chair. I was set up with my water on the nightstand, Boppy on my lap, burp cloth on the chair of the arm, all in a comfortable, quiet room. Poor Sadie; her sessions are not quite as charming as Evan’s. Sure, I’ve nursed in …
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So About Those Cloth Diapers I Swore I’d Use …

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As a new mom, you learn to never say never. Or never say always. And mostly, never ever think you know it all. Because all that stuff you swore you'd do or never do before you had the baby? Well, not to be blunt, but that shit just hits the fan. Sometimes, quite literally! Which is a great …
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Introducing Baby to Dog … How It Went (and Still Goes!)

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Before I had my daughter, we spent a decent amount of time trying to prepare our dog Siena for her arrival. Siena is one heck of a pet, but, like any dog or person, she has her idiosyncrasies. For Siena, that includes being a bit skittish and afraid of new things. In the past, she hasn't been a …
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Would You Pass a Car Seat Safety Test?

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Go check the last picture you took of your child in his or her car seat. Is he strapped in correctly? Would your car seat skills pass if there was a pop quiz? I have three young kids. I'm in my child-bearing years. A lot of people I know are also at that stage of life. My Facebook feed blows up …
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