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Copy Met Gala Looks…for Maternity!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Sure, celebs including Selena Gomez, Giselle Bundchen, and Emma Stone looked stunning at last night’s Met Gala, but most of us can’t afford to copy their style–let alone squeeze a bump into a designer gown (unless we’re Lake Bell!). However, with a little creative license, pregnant fashionistas can work to replicate these gorgeous looks. If you have a cocktail party on the calendar, read on, and click on any of the maternity pictures to buy a dress!

Just because you have a bump doesn’t mean you can’t sparkle like Chrissy Teigen! Don this metallic number and you’re sure to turn heads.

To blend in with the black and white crew (aka Cara Delevingne and Stella McCartney), try out this piece.

Rock black lace like Giselle Bundchen with this sexy number.

Go floral like Karolina Kurkova. It’s easy to copy her color scheme with this blue, flowy dress.

 Do something a little bit different and get funky like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

In this knee-length number, you can still look red-hot like Selena Gomez.

 Maybe Amber Heard’s lacy gown will inspire you to don this dress.

 Save the crop top for another day–but you can still rock pink like Emma Stone.

Click on any of the maternity dresses above to go to our shop, or just check out all our maternity dresses.

Not ready to let the world know you’re pregnant? Here are some outfit tips for those looking to hide a bump!

Hide a First-Trimester Bump
Hide a First-Trimester Bump
Hide a First-Trimester Bump

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Wanted: Moms for Makeovers

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Are you craving a new look? Parents magazine is seeking moms in their 20s and 30s in the NYC area who are game for a makeover. You must be willing to cut/color your hair and be available for a full-day photo shoot in June. Send a few lines about what you’re hoping to accomplish with your makeover, along with your age, city, and one or two recent photos (one should clearly show the issues you have with your hair) to parentsbeauty@gmail.com by May 8th, 2014. Put MOM MAKEOVER in the subject line. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Give Back to Moms in Need with Boppy, and Enter for a Chance to Win a Trip

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Mother’s Day—it’s the one day a year that’s truly all about you and your little ones. Maybe you’re looking forward to a leisurely breakfast in bed or a cute card “signed” by Baby. But before you unwind and enjoy a well-deserved day of relaxation come May 11, consider giving back to mothers in less fortunate circumstances, too. 

Boppy will celebrate the mama-centric holiday as well as its own 25th anniversary by donating 5 percent of all May profits from their feeding pillow to moms in need. Boppy is working alongside Nurse Family Partnership, who matches financially needy new moms—often teenagers—with public health nurses who assist them before Baby arrives and for the two years following the birth. This service has been intact for over three decades and has helped foster healthier pregnancies and safer home environments, and it has also positively impacted children’s education and their mothers’ employment status.

Taking part in this initiative means you’ll have a new Boppy for yourself or to gift to an expectant friend or relative. The Boppy pillow comes in lots of colors and patterns and helps keep Baby comfy while you nurse or bottlefeed. As your wee one grows, the pillow can help support her as she learns to sit. 

Prefer to donate a concrete dollar amount? Give online here through Boppy’s partnership with Captivate.org (http://captivate.org/contests/nfp-explore-keystone) or use the link on Boppy’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheBoppyCompany/app_1393201434248014) from now through May 11. Upon donating $10 or more, you’ll be entered to win a vacation to Keystone, Colorado for two. Pledge larger sums and you’ll be rewarded with a variety of Boppy products, detailed here: http://captivate.org/contests/nfp-explore-keystone/ Even if your own little one has outgrown such items, this is an excellent opportunity to stock up on baby shower gifts for pals who will soon be engaging in their own Mother’s Day celebrations!

Are you a pumping mom? Here are some tips on storing your breastmilk safely.

Store Breast Milk Safely
Store Breast Milk Safely
Store Breast Milk Safely

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Could You Give Up Sugar for a Day? Join Us As We Try

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A couple years ago writer Eve Schaub, her husband, and their two small kids stopped eating sugar — for a whole year. Not only did this mean no cookies, candy, or ice cream, they also discovered that many of their favorite everyday foods contained hidden sugars including some brands of bacon, crackers, yogurt, salad dressing, pasta sauce, chicken broth, tortillas, and even ketchup.

Schaub learned that the sweet stuff is everywhere, often lurking on food labels under names like high-fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, maple syrup, honey, brown rice syrup, cane sugar, fructose, dextrose, glucose, evaporated cane juice, or molasses.

She chronicled her family’s journey in the upcoming book Year of No Sugar. And, now she’s organizing an event for the rest of us to test our sugar-free mettle, for one day only (phew!). Schaub has declared Wednesday, April 9, the Day of No Sugar Challenge. Several of us here at Parents are going to participate, and we’d love to have as many of our readers as possible join us.

But, first of all — why give up sugar at all?

To be clear, not all sugar is “bad.” Natural sugars in fruit and vegetables are fine. Because your apple contains fiber that counteracts its sugar content, your body remains balanced. But, dig in to packaged applesauce with its heaping teaspoons of sugar, and your body must produce insulin to battle it. All too often, this can lead to a number of problems ranging from sluggishness and irritability to diabetes and heart disease.

The World Health Organization recommends limiting daily sugar intake to 9 teaspoons for men, 6 teaspoons for women, and 4 teaspoons for children. A typical breakfast of cereal and juice can rack up 11 teaspoons—that’s nearly four times the amount your kid should have in an entire day! Clearly, we need to cut back.

On top of this, sugar does not satisfy hunger. Instead, it can make you hungrier (or “HANGRY”) and more moody once your blood sugar drops.

So how did sugar get in virtually everything we eat in the first place?

Sugar used to be a condiment, sprinkled lightly onto food. Now, sugar has become our food. According to Robert Lustig, M.D., about 80 percent of items in grocery stores contain added sugar. This is because a majority of the food we eat is processed, which requires refined sugar to be palatable.

One of the best examples of this is flavored yogurt. Often considered a health food, yogurt can actually be pit of hidden sugar. Traditional yogurt is strained, sour milk—it’s supposed to be tangy. “Who gave us the notion to add fruit-flavored syrups to make it sweet? The food industry, which wants to sell more,” says Dr. Lustig. “No doctor would suggest that.”

Learn more about identifying added sugar and cutting processed food from your diet.

I’m already thinking about what my 8 year-old daughter and I will eat on Wednesday. Surprisingly, I think breakfast will be the toughest challenge. With no honey or maple syrup, oatmeal just won’t be the same. The vast majority of packaged cereals are out. Virtually any bread I buy at the grocery store has sugar in it, so no toast. I will probably make us a smoothie with milk, banana, unsweetened yogurt, frozen fruit, and unsweetened peanut butter. Eggs are another possibility.

Does this one-day experiment seem like more trouble than it’s worth? For a minute. But, then I remember that sugar doesn’t really belong in every single food we eat. I’ve come to crave the taste so much that any meal without something sweet seems like it’s missing something. I want to prove that I have power over my cravings. Because, really, we should be able to make it through just one measly day without sugar. Right?

Would you ever give up sugar, even just for a day? If you’re game, join us on Wednesday: Tweet to @parentsmagazine using the hashtag #NoSugarChallenge.

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Nutrition Labels: 3 Things To Avoid
Nutrition Labels: 3 Things To Avoid
Nutrition Labels: 3 Things To Avoid

Image: Year of No Sugar book cover courtesy of Sourcebooks, Inc.; close up on fruit salad via Shutterstock

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How to Raise Healthy Eaters

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Kids and VegetablesWe all want to raise nutrition-smart kids, but where do you begin? Does a kindergartner need to know the difference between organic and processed foods? Aren’t babies just supposed to have breastmilk? And what about toddlers? Can we get them to do anything?

The good news is parents don’t need to go it alone in the quest for a healthier lifestyle. Local programs like The New York Foundling in New York City can help provide nutritional guidance.

“At The New York Foundling we empower our families by educating them on easy ways to incorporate healthy eating and the importance of nutrition,” said Bethany Lampland, COO, The New York Foundling. “We believe this is the most important step in enabling smart choices for years to come.”

To celebrate Nutritional Awareness Month, The New York Foundling’s Carlye Waxman, RD, CDN offers her tips on how and when to introduce healthy nutrition at different stages of a child’s life. And if you’re making feeding mistakes, don’t worry. There are easy fixes.

Prenatal: During pregnancy babies need vitamins, minerals and nutrients to develop properly. Get enough calcium by having 4 servings of dairy per day. Easy ways to do this – start your day with a yogurt (non-Greek has more calcium), have skim or low-fat milk as a snack, add cheese in your sandwich and have low-fat ice cream for dessert.

Babies: When your baby is around 6 months old, he or she can have more variety than just formula or breast milk. Introduce yogurt and cheese for necessary fat and calcium. Vegetables are important at this stage as well, not just for the nutrients they provide, but to encourage children eat their vegetables in the future. Be sure to introduce only one new food every few days to check for allergic reactions or intolerances.

Toddlers: Trying new foods may be a challenge if your toddler is choosy. Don’t force a new food if your child won’t accept it, but do try several times and don’t give up. Your child is also following your example, so eating healthy foods yourself will help him learn without even knowing it.

Kindergarten: This is the time to start involving your child in meal planning. Take her to the grocery store and ask her which vegetable she wants with dinner (present her with two or three options so she don’t get too confused). Serve foods that the rest of the family is eating as much as possible so they can learn by example. Don’t use desserts as a tool for children to eat their vegetables at this stage, or they may start to think of vegetables as bad or boring and simply a means to get to the real “delicious” foods after.

Tweens: The old adage is true: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It can influence test scores and help increase learning throughout the day. If you’re on-the-go a simple breakfast can include a slice of whole grain toast, low-fat milk with cereal and a banana. For mornings that you can prepare foods, try making oatmeal with low-fat milk. Buy plain uncooked oats and sweeten them yourself with natural sweeteners such as fruit and honey.

Kids of All Ages:  Routinely have dinners at home as a family. Dinners together provide a balance of home-cooked nutrients, and serve as a time to talk about the day, the food or the meal prepared. Aim to include three things in your meal: a lean protein, a whole grain starch and a plethora of vegetables. Children will learn what constitutes a balanced, filling meal and take that knowledge with them as they grow up.

Take a look at our Food & Recipe Guide for healthy (and delicious!) recipe ideas.

How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids
How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids
How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids

Image: Happy Kid with vegetables and fruits sitting at the table via ShutterStock

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the third 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 DESTINATIONDolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach, California

On the rugged coast midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this all-suite property offers full kitchens in every room and a pool that overlooks the Pacific and its heavenly sunsets. Take a day trip to sightsee in Big Sur or take a tour of the famous Hearst Castle from your homebase at Dolphin Bay.

BOOK IT! Daily rates start at about $395; you can check your travel dates online at TheDolphinBay.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! The resort created a Babymoon Special for us that includes a one-bedroom oceanfront suite, a 75-minute prenatal massage, and $100 restaurant credit at Lido at Dolphin Bay.  The package price is $600 a night or $1,000 for two nights. This offer is good through December 2014, excluding holiday periods and weekends in June, July and August. Other restrictions may apply. Call 800-516-0112 for full detail or go here to book this deal

Keep fit and have fun all 40 weeks of your pregnancy; watch this video for a bit of motivation!

Pregnancy Workouts: How to Stay Motivated
Pregnancy Workouts: How to Stay Motivated
Pregnancy Workouts: How to Stay Motivated

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Rosie to the Rescue!: Special Ask-the-Psychics Edition

Friday, March 7th, 2014

While putting together our April issue (on newsstands March 11), the editors at Parents couldn’t wait to get the scoop on the newest addition to Rosie Pope’s family. Rosie’s official due date was not until March 12, so we asked two clairvoyants to predict baby number 4′s birth details for us. Here’s what they predicted:

 

Update! Our beloved Parents contributor gave birth March 6, just before 5 a.m., to Bridget Monroe Pope. After a long labor, the little one weighed in at 7 lbs., 12 oz.

So how did our psychics do?

Both correctly predicted that Rosie would have a girl. Cheri chose the right range for little Bridget’s weight and Sunfairy Chrissy’s “feeling” that March 6 would be her birthday was dead-on. Cheri also correctly called the time window, although the baby was not born at home. As Rosie recovers in the hospital, she is beaming over her family’s new arrival: “She is a mini J.R.!,” Rosie says, marveling at the resemblance between little Bridget and her eldest big brother.

Congratulations to Rosie, her husband, Daron, and the entire Pope clan!

Are you expecting? Check out Rosie’s Style Tips for Mom-to-Be in the video player below or find Parents’ picks for top maternity gear here.

Rosie Pope's Style Tips for Mom-to-Be
Rosie Pope's Style Tips for Mom-to-Be
Rosie Pope's Style Tips for Mom-to-Be

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American Baby Babymoon Deal: W Hotels of New York City

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the first 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: Any of the four W Hotel properties (Union Square, Times Square, Lexington Avenue, and Downtown) that serve New York City and specifically Manhattan.

Any of these hip hotels can serve as your springboard to the excitement of the Big Apple, whether you want to see a Broadway show, shop SoHo, dine in Tribeca, check out the view from the top of a skyscraper, or just people-watch in this amazing city.

BOOK IT! From about $380 to $500 per night; check your dates for any location at starwoodhotels.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL:  NYC Best of the Bump presented by Forty Weeks and W Hotels, New York Pregnancy-marketing experts at Forty Weeks have put together a package that gets you a room, late check-out so you can enjoy every moment of precious sleep while you still can, mocktails, a gift from Bliss Spa, a chemise and gift card from Belabumbum, and a Skip-Hop diaper bag. For your cravings, you’ll get a snack from Keep It Sweet and a gift card to Empire Biscuits. Plus, you’ll be fitted at NYC’s Yummy Mummy for a bra and tank by Bravado Designs and a Medela Accessory Pack. You’ll event get a $100 shopping credit from the Belly Dance maternity boutique, all for about the same cost as a regular night (which starts between about $350 and $500, depending on the property). Restrictions apply and this offer won’t be good forever, it’s just for March 21, 2014 through October 31, 2014. Call 877-946-8357 for full details and to book a Best of the Bump stay; if booking at whotelsnewyork.com, the code you want to use is BESTBUMP. Have fun!

 

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