We chose not to find out the gender of our first born, and honestly I loved the surprise factor. I did not feel the burning desire to know the sex so I could go out and buy a bunch of pink or blue items, and the same thing went for my nursery planning. I decided on a yellow and green color scheme and a friend of mine painted a gorgeous mural (a tree with birds surrounding it) on the wall. A simple and perfect nest for our little gal. If you’re leaving your little one’s gender a surprise, click through for some gorgeous nursery inspiration that would be perfect for either sex!
Ellen Schmidt has been hauling a stroller on the subway since 2009, when she first began her blog, Baby Meets City. Mama to two sweet and precocious little gals, Ellen writes about the highs and lows of parenting in New York City. Always an adventure! A lover of children’s literature, Ellen is (slowly) reviewing every children’s book set in the Big Apple. Ellen lives in Upper Manhattan with her family, though if you ask her older daughter, she’d prefer if they lived at the Museum of Natural History.
A recent study focused on the diet patterns of babies throughout the first year of life had one big question in mind: Is there an association between types of foods an infant eats and the development of food allergies later in life? The findings are not surprising. Results show that a more nutritious diet—one containing more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants—may protect against the development of food allergies.
Pregnant ladies out there: Have you played classical music or read children’s books to your belly yet? If so, you may find a recent study about what babies can actually hear while in the womb quite interesting.
I don’t know how many times I’ve said to my 3 year old during a thunderstorm, “It’s just a noise…thunder is just a noise!” But the sound of clapping thunder still scares her (and me too a little bit!)
A fascinating new study shows that babies as young as 9 months old can recognize sounds that are historically associated with danger and feel that they are, in fact, dangerous. Nicole Erlich, a psychologist at the University of Queensland, Australia led the study— during which 61 infants were introduced to “ancient” danger sounds, like those of adults arguing, thunder booming, snakes hissing and fire crackling.
I predict we’ve all been in this situation at least once. A well-meaning stranger (maybe a friend of a friend or even someone you know casually; but for all intents and purposes, a stranger to your baby) picks your child up without your permission. It happened to me last week, and let me tell you, my toddler let everyone within a five block radius know she wasn’t happy about it.
Truth be told, I was already picking out birth announcements at about six months pregnant. I’m kind of a paper nut, so I suppose it was to be expected. These days, however, there are many creative and unique ways to share your baby with the world beyond the traditional announcement. Click through for some of my favorites, which include everything from a DIY crafting project and video to magnets and mugshots (hilarious!). Welcome to the world, kid.
No, no, this is not a pre-Halloween post or even a review of the forthcoming American Horror Story: Coven series (which I’m simultaneously excited by and totally scared of watching). No, this is just a post—OK, maybe a rant—of an occurrence that happens at my house every day. Let me break it down for you.
With precise timing, when the clock strikes exactly 5:30 PM, my precious little girls turn into, um, complete nightmares. I may say something like this in my head: WHO ARE THESE CREATURES AND DO WE HAVE WINE IN THE APARTMENT?! (I often think in all caps).
Okay, so I’ve mentioned once or twice how much I love Etsy. You get it. But, I must admit the site can be challenging to navigate in that there are just SO many talented shops to choose from. I’ve attempted to narrow it down somewhat by showcasing some of my very favorites (which all happen to be owned by even more fabulous mamas… may or may not be a coincidence). Enjoy!
Aside from cooling temperatures and the turning of leaves, there’s one obvious sign to the advent of Fall: it’s FOOTBALL SEASON! If game day is a family affair and you’re looking to spread team love to your little ones, here are some of the cutest (and sportiest) products out there. Touchdown!
Fashion designers are signing up left and right to translate their own lines into stylish looks for children. While the prices are ridiculously expensive, they’re certainly fun to look at!
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