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Support Baby2Baby with Seraphine’s Fun Photo Campaign

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Odds are, the majority of your photos these days consist of you flaunting your baby bump, snuggling with your little one, or kissing your partner, so why not post these pics online for a good cause? Maternity fashion brand Séraphine’s #JustforLove campaign began this weekend, and the company will donate $1 to Baby2Baby for every photo uploaded here. Baby2Baby “supplies families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children up to age 12,” according to its website, and it also has a huge celeb following.

Pictures should capture a “personal moment of love” and include the #JustforLove hashtag. Need some inspiration? When you click on the link to upload, you can also view photos others have submitted. Feel like submitting a belly photo? Check out our tips!

The campaign will run for one month, so keep snapping away! Also, those who donate $20 to the campaign will have the opportunity to receive a special #JustforLove t-shirt, and all funds will benefit Baby2Baby.

Now that you’ve gotten some cute pics, it’s time to hang them up! Here’s some advice on how to deck out your walls:

Family Photos
Family Photos
Family Photos

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Celebrate May with Florals for Mom and Baby

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

April showers have brought May flowers (at least to our closets!). Here are some of our favorite floral picks for Mom and Baby. Click on the images to shop!

This dress is a go for date night–love how it’s styled here! (ASOS, $47)

Prefer to stick to neutrals? You can still go floral with this black and white print. (Motherhood Maternity, $20)

This top is perfect for casual backyard parties. (Destination Maternity, $115)

Pregnant in peplum? Go for it with this springy piece. (Destination Maternity, $70)

 Sneaks can have flowers, too! This toddler pair from Target is certainly seasonally appropriate! (Target, $20)

Shield Baby from the sun with this cheerful hat. (The Children’s Place, $6)

Say “Goodnight Moon” in this floral gown. (Diapers.com, $24)

Take her out on the town in this festive number. (The Children’s Place, $10) 

Just because your little one has cute clothes doesn’t mean she’ll keep ‘em clean! We have tips on how to remove stains from her duds.

How to Remove Stains From Baby Clothes
How to Remove Stains From Baby Clothes
How to Remove Stains From Baby Clothes

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What to Take for Pregnancy Pains

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

* By Sarah Lyon and Jessica Hartshorn

We hear from pregnant moms that when they walk into a drugstore, they’re not sure what’s safe and what’s not.

Obviously the number-one rule is to call your obstetrician’s office and get their okay before taking anything, even your regular pain medication. They’re going to know the latest recommendations, and be more reliable than any website. (Even ours!)

Another tip is to look for brands that cater specifically to pregnant women. Healthy Mama, for instance, is a line of seven FDA-approved products that address ailments including heartburn, aches and pains, and constipation, all deemed A-OK for pregnant and nursing women. “We put all the safest remedies under one brand umbrella, and they’re the safest solutions with the right formulations and dosages,” Healthy Mama founder Rachel Katz-Gallat said. Their most popular product is the “Boost-It-Up” caffeine-free energy drink (Olivia Wilde is a fan!), which also works to reduce morning sickness.

Earth Mama Angel Baby is mainly a line of pregnancy and postpartum skincare, but they also have teas for nausea and heartburn, and lots of advice on herbal remedies for problems such as swollen feet or a painful bottom (carrying a baby puts a lot of extra pressure there!).

In order to find some of these pregnancy-specific brands, you may want to look at a Whole Foods store or a Vitamin Shoppe, someplace where there are trained salespeople who can guide you. A salesperson can’t take the place of your doctor, but can give you suggestions that you can go back to your doctor and ask about. Their lines tend to be more natural, and also more focused; we found an entire “Mother & Children’s Health” section at a Vitamin Shoppe, which is not something you’re likely to find in your typical broad drugstore.

That said, if your local drugstore is all you have the time and energy for, the pharmacist on duty can be a good source of information as well. Feel better soon!

Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Visit the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, NM

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the tenth in a weekly series of special travel deals. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATIONInn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, New Mexico

This inn and award-winning spa has adobe-style architecture, kiva fireplaces, and Pueblo, Native American, and Spanish artwork throughout.

BOOK IT! From $179; you can check your travel dates online at InnAtLoretto.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Readers can request the two-night Babymag special featuring the spa’s signature 365 Minutes of Bliss: Native Reflections Ritual (a sage herb blessing with a ritual bath soak, followed by a Sacred Stone Massage), a Zen Flower Organic Facial, a manicure and pedicure, a milk-and-honey wrap, and chakra balancing. You’ll also get a $100 hotel credit, a bottle of custom-blended massage and bath oil, and one robe-and- slippers set, from $1,365 (about a $2,400 value). Other restrictions may apply; call 866-582-1646 for full details.

While you wait for Baby to arrive, catch this mom’s birth story on how to push!

Birth Stories:
Birth Stories:
Birth Stories: "My Water Broke ¿"

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: visit the La Quinta Inn & Suites Wellness Hotel in Trinidad, CO

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the ninth in a weekly series of special travel deals. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATIONLa Quinta Inn & Suites Wellness Hotel, Trinidad, Colorado

Located midway between Denver and Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this pet-friendly hotel makes a perfect home base for picturesque drives, scenic walks, and visits to local museums.

BOOK IT! From $99; you can check your travel dates online at LaQuintaTrinidad.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Ask for the Yes Baby! package created for AB readers. From $265, it includes a bottle of sparkling cider, a platter of chocolates and fresh fruit, breakfast for two in your two-room suite, an organic facial, and a classic teddy bear basket of newborn goodies for your baby-to-be (about a $400 value). Other restrictions may apply; call 719-845-0102 for full details.

To celebrate your soon-to-be mommy status, have fun making this Mother’s Day bangle bracelet!

Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Bangle Bracelets
Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Bangle Bracelets
Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Bangle Bracelets

 

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: The Buccaneer in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the eighth in a weekly series of special travel deals. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATIONThe Buccaneer, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

This legendary romantic island getaway, featured on ABC’s The Bachelor, is one of the longest-running resorts in the Caribbean. Couples can stroll the grounds set against three beaches or relax at one of the hotel’s two pools. The family-owned resort encourages guests to be active with a golf course, tennis courts, and guided walks.

BOOK IT! From $271; you can check your travel dates online at TheBuccaneer.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Our new five-night American Baby package includes your deluxe oceanview room, daily breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 55-minute spa service for each of you, a sunset sail, beach picnic basket, romantic dock dinner and more for $2,381 (about a $3,381 value). Other restrictions may apply; call 800-255-3881.

Want to wind down before your trip? Throw a spa-themed baby shower with these tips.

Baby Shower Ideas: Spa-Themed Party for Mom Expecting Baby #2
Baby Shower Ideas: Spa-Themed Party for Mom Expecting Baby #2
Baby Shower Ideas: Spa-Themed Party for Mom Expecting Baby #2

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach in Clearwater Beach, FL

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the seventh in a weekly series of special travel deals. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATIONHyatt Regency Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Between the Intercoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico, this pink-hued resort with spa, rooftop pool, and three restaurants stands tall on a spacious beach — an idyllic locale for spectacular sunsets. Looking for a fun day trip? St. Pete’s Beach is a little over 30 minutes south and features a sweet zoo where you can feed rhinos and giraffes. Plus the entire area is famous for fresh seafood, cool museums and miles of sandy shoreline.

BOOK IT! From $259; you can check your travel dates online at ClearwaterBeach.Hyatt.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! With the BABY14 package, enjoy a welcome amenity of sparkling cider and chocolates; full daily breakfast for two; guaranteed late checkout at 1 p.m.; and valet parking (resort fee included). Other restrictions, as well as specific book-by-and-stay-by dates, may apply; call 800-233-1234 for full details.

Before you leave, check out these tips on traveling while preggers!

Traveling Pregnant
Traveling Pregnant
Traveling Pregnant

 

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Congress Hall in Cape May, NJ

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the sixth in a weekly series of travel deals we’re offering our Parents.com fans. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATION: Congress Hall, Cape May, New Jersey

This grand landmark hotel, open since 1816, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean in a town famous for its stunning Victorian homes.

BOOK IT! From $158; you can check your travel dates online at CapeResorts.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Book the Over the Moon, Baby! package (use Babymoon2014 as the code) by May 21 for a stay before June 30, from $255 a night on weekdays to $350 a night on weekends. You’ll get a 50-minute prenatal massage, a T-shirt for you and a bodysuit for Baby-to-be, an in-room movie, extra pillows, stash of gossip magazines, mocktails for two, free valet parking, plus a $25 “craving credit” (about a $500 value). Other restrictions may apply; call 888-944-1816 for full details. Pay special attention to these blackout dates you can’t book: April 18, 19, 25, 26 as well as May 23, 24, and 25. Have fun!

And once he’s born, use these tips to give Baby his own special massage!

How to Massage Your Baby
How to Massage Your Baby
How to Massage Your Baby

 

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