Help narrow my results
Filter
Close Filter
Content type
Baby's age

Pregnancy

From the moment your test says yes, until baby makes their world debut, we have tips, articles and advice to help you.

img

We’re sorry, no results were found.

  • Use fewer filters
  • Reset your criteria and try different filters

Or try browsing all categories.

How to Find Good Child Care

Think about what you really want.

Make a list of priorities to focus your search, suggests Wendy Sachs, a mom of two and editor in chief of Care.com. For example, are flexible hours very important to you? “I didn’t care if a sitter did the dishes or picked up clutter,” says Jennifer Barsalou, a mom of two in Eagle River, Alaska. “I mainly wanted someone who would engage the baby, singing songs and telling stories. When one prospect showed up with a bag full of books and toys, I knew she was the right one.”

Gather a list of resources.

Find out which daycare centers people in your area prefer and call caregiver agencies to check their rates. Although you can’t start interviewing sitters until about a month before you’re ready to hire one—most are eager to start right away—you can scan online message boards and sitter sites to see which have the best candidates.

Scope out daycare centers.

Schedule tours and make sure you’re on the wait list, if necessary. Ask the standard questions—the child-to-staff ratio, how the center handles sick children, the staff training—and use your most critical eye. “The directors who gave me tours were polished and charming,” says Deborah Horwitz, a mom of two in Bethesda, Maryland. “But I’d linger in the classrooms and ask caregivers casual questions, like what they did if two or three

Ask everyone for referrals.

Be shameless! “Weeks before I went back to work, I posted on Facebook that I would be looking for a nanny,” says Ruby Gelman, a mom of one from Reading, Massachusetts. “Turns out a friend of a friend was giving up her sitter because her son was starting school. She was perfect! Finding her early on took a lot of pressure off going back to work.”

Print

Ready, set, register!

Step one: Make a list

You’re itching to wield the registry wand. But before you hit the shelves you should start with a checklist. There are lots of reputable baby gear book or web sites that can help you list out what and how many of everything you’ll need. Always be a little skeptical of any registry list supplied by a store itself.

Step two: Do your research

An alarming number of baby products, including cribs, crib bumpers, quilts, infant slings and bath seats have been associated with serious baby accidents but are still sold anyway. You want to make sure your list is only safe stuff that you really need. The Web site for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) is a good place to become familiar with baby product risks.

Step three: Field test

Don’t be shy about doing some hands-on field-testing for big-ticket items like your baby’s crib, stroller, high chair and car seat. Go to a store that lets you get hands-on and “test drive” models, buckling the buckles, taking high chair trays off or folding and unfolding the strollers. Remember, if a buckle is annoying or difficult in the store, you’re going to face that same problem a thousand times when you’re using it with your baby.

Step three: Edit down to your essentials

Here’s another money and space-saving tip: don’t register for too much of the fun stuff. Sure, the dress-up outfits, toys and novelty pacifiers are adorable, and if there’s something you’re absolutely dying for, put it on the list. But it’s also fun to let your friends and family surprise you with that cute-and-yet-totally-impractical stuff. Keeping a short and simple list will help your friends and family focused on what you truly need to keep your bases covered when the baby is born.

Step four: Exchange

If you do get a dozen baby monitors, save those gift slips and don’t hesitate to exchange extras for what you’re lacking. You can also get gift cards to use later — they will come in handy as your baby grows older to buy bigger sized baby clothes or even diapers and wipes.

Sandy and Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Best Baby Gear. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble

Print

Pregnant Women and Nesting

You know the feeling—the nesting instinct that strikes mid-pregnancy when you suddenly feel compelled to alphabetize the pantry or dust every closet crevice before baby’s grand entrance. It’s totally normal, and you’ll feel even more so when you see how overboard some women go.

Deck (and deck and deck) the halls: "During my second trimester, I went over the top doing up the house for Christmas…before Thanksgiving even happened. I seriously had the house fully decorated and all of the Christmas gifts bought and wrapped. I then made it my mission to host every single Christmas party possible—mainly so I could use all of my newly-purchased Christmas dishes. My friends still laugh when they recall that Christmas season!"
—Sarah Beakes, mom of one, Wilmington, North Carolina

Too much TP: "When I was pregnant, I purchased toilet paper every trip to the grocery store—lots and lots of toilet paper. In my head I was preparing for the snowstorms, until April rolled around…and I was still purchasing toilet paper! One day, a woman looked at my grocery cart loaded down with paper products and said, ‘You’re nesting!’
—Jody Stacoffe, mom of one, Elkridge, Maryland

Special delivery: "A few weeks before my first baby was due, I developed a desperate need to bake as many cookies as possible. I’d bake dozen after dozen each day, then I’d walk outdoors and give them to neighbors. After I had the baby, I cut back but still baked. I needed the calories—at least that’s what I told myself."
Melissa Diskin, mom of three, Decatur, Georgia

A door for two: "When I was pregnant with our first, I convinced my husband that the door on baby’s bedroom needed to be a Dutch door—the kind where the top part opens, so I could hear her breathing, and the bottom part closes, so our dogs couldn’t get in (mind you, we had the gentlest pets on the planet). My husband quietly obliged my crazy request. He cut the door in half and re-engineered it. I think I actually used it as a Dutch door at most three times."
—Joyce Krom, mom of two,Huntington Woods, Michigan

Home makeover, extreme edition: "When I was pregnant with twins, I transformed from a frugal, sensible woman into a shopaholic. I wanted new flooring and new furniture in the entire house, not just the nursery. In the end, my non-hormonal husband convinced me to save our money and keep the flooring. But I got him to paint the house…and I still have my eyes open for new furniture!"
—Brandi Wallace, mom of two,San Diego, California

Print

Pregnancy Worries To Relax About

Concerned about the new things happening to your body? Read these reassurances so you can better enjoy pregnancy, from point A to point Baby.

That first-trimester fatigue? It's followed by a second-trimester glow.
The increased blood flow that happens during the second trimester gives you a flattering just-got-off-the-elliptical flush—even if you’ve just been vegging on the couch.

That morning sickness? Not everyone gets it.
Estimates vary widely on the percentage of women who have to deal with a sour stomach, but doctors say they have plenty of pregnant patients who never have nausea.

That bowling ball formerly known as your belly? You'll embrace it.
"At the start of my pregnancy, I was a little worried about how big I'd look—I wasn't slim to start with," says Ilene Epstein, a mom of one in New York City. "But as the months passed, my size didn't matter. I was fascinated by this baby growing inside me, thrilled by her kicks and darn proud of my bump!"

Those whirlwind hormones? They can work to your benefit.
OK, so you might get a little moody at times, but pregnancy hormones often make hair fuller and even shinier.

That weight you gained? You’ll shed it.
"Neither me nor my joints were prepared for the sudden weight gain during pregnancy," says Ellie Agah, a mom of one in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. "I dealt by going swimming. Not only was the feeling of weightlessness wonderful, but it also gave me plenty of energy and kept me in shape. I stuck with it after I had the baby, and the weight came off!"

That nesting instinct? It won't drive you crazy.
"I never really believed in that nesting instinct until it happened to me," says Sara Norris, a mom of three in Scituate, Massachusetts. "Out of nowhere in my third trimester, I had this sudden urge to clean closets and line everything up in the kitchen cabinets. This has not been a bad thing; it’s really helpful to keep stuff in order once you have kids. Otherwise, you’ll spend your life looking for things you’ve lost, including your mind!"

Print

Pregnancy Stuff that Drives You Nuts

Your belly’s growing—and maybe your list of pregnancy gripes is, too. Shrink those annoyances down to size with these proven fixes.

Ack! Nausea!

"I had an incredibly keen sense of smell and it made me constantly nauseous," says mom of one Annie Jenkins of San Antonio, Texas. "Sucking on lollipops kept the queasiness at bay. I had a stash in my purse and they helped tremendously, even if I did feel like I was 5 years old."

Ack! Back issues!

About 70 percent of women have lower back pain during pregnancy. Try soaking in a warm bath, doing gentle stretches, taking a yoga class (check with your doctor first), or treating yourself to a prenatal massage.

Ack! The comments!

"I was amazed that people commented on my appearance," says Lynn Whitlock, a mom of three from Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Someone actually said she could tell I was having a boy because my backside looked so big! I just had to remind them—and myself from time to time—that being pregnant is not being ‘fat.’"

Ack! Swollen feet!

Bloated feet and stilettos don’t mix, but that doesn’t mean you can’t kick up your heels. Pick up a pair of low wedges; they provide more support (and comfort) than a spike.

Ack! Getting babied!

"People at work made such a fuss over me, even holding meetings in my office so I wouldn’t have to walk three feet to the conference room," recalls Doreen Murphy, a mom of one in Chapman, Kansas. "I know they meant well, but I hated feeling so helpless. Finally, I just said my doctor wanted me to get up and walk around. No one could argue with that!"

Print

5 Key Ways to Prepare for Breastfeeding

  1. Hold off on buying the breast pump. They can be pricey, which is why many women choose to register for them. You could also rent a pump from the hospital or a medical supply store and see how things, er, flow before you commit to owning.

  2. Get only one nursing bra. Eventually you’ll need a few, but wait to stock up until about 10 days after the baby’s arrived, when your breast size has stabilized, says Freda Rosenfeld, a certified lactation consultant in Brooklyn, New York, and mom of three. Start off with a nursing bra that’s a cup-size larger than your current one; give it a test run before the baby’s born to get used to the hooks.

  3. Moisturize. Rosenfeld tells moms to rub a little olive oil—which is super-moisturizing—onto their nipples starting a week before they give birth. OK, so you might smell like a salad, but it’ll prevent soreness from the baby sucking on too-dry skin.

  4. Get yourself good support (and not just the bra kind). Consider taking a breastfeeding class, which will cover the basics; many hospitals offer one-time classes. You could also attend a breastfeeding group once or twice. “Even before you give birth, you’ll be tapped into a network of committed breastfeeders,” says Sharon Panzica, a mother of one in Willamette, Illinois, who started going to La Leche League meetings and liked them so much, she became a leader.

  5. Try not to worry. “Before my first child was born, I was stressed out about how breastfeeding would work," says Jessica Schwerd, a mother of three from Gansevoort, New York. “Worrying did me no good. Does it ever? Once I started, it took a little time to get into a good rhythm—but it took!”

Print

5 Key Ways to Be a Happier Breastfeeder

  1. Be a breast woman. "In the first few weeks of your baby's life, try to focus on feeding your baby—everything else can wait," says Freda Rosenfeld, a certified lactation consultant in Brooklyn, New York, and a mom of three. "Women are so used to multi-tasking, but when you've got a newborn, getting yourself dressed and getting him fed are accomplishment enough!"

  2. Sit up straight. Yep, just like mom told you. Good posture can make the difference between a relaxing nursing session and one that ends with an achy back, neck, and shoulders. A nursing pillow can help, but bedroom pillows work, too: one behind you and the other on your lap so that you're not slouched over.

  3. Save your nipples! "It took me until kid number three to figure out that if you use the lanolin cream before a nursing session, you can actually prevent blisters," says Kim Beekman, of Saratoga Springs, New York, "With my first two, I had always used it as a post-treatment."

  4. Try nursing horizontally. "My milk comes out faster and my baby nurses longer if I do it lying down," says Jennifer Lane, of Lebanon, Oregon, a mother of three. "It also forces me to stop what I'm doing, lay down and snuggle my baby. It's a great way to feel refreshed throughout the day.”

  5. Go public (or don’t). Totally up to you. If you’re nervous about nursing in public, find an out-of-the-way bench or chair, like that corner booth in the food court. Or try that trés-chic mom look: A lightweight scarf or receiving blanket draped over your shoulder and your baby’s head. Not into breastfeeding at the mall? No worries. "Some women don’t feel comfortable nursing in public,” notes Rosenfeld, “and there's nothing wrong with that. Do what works for you.”

Print

3 Things Pregnant Women Should Do, But Most Don't

By: Michelle Horton

Now that my sister is pregnant (see below), it’s given me a chance to reflect on what I discovered during pregnancy that no one told me. Things that my sister never would have thought of without a little well-meaning advice.

Here are three things that pregnant women should consider doing, but many don’t:

1. Take a prenatal breastfeeding class. You already know about Lamaze or The Bradley Method or any other kind of labor prep class, but I’d suggest taking a specific prenatal breastfeeding class — preferably taught by a certified lactation consultant. The amount of information you need to breastfeed — the physiological facts, baby positioning, feeding frequencies, complication troubleshooting — is much more involved than labor. And it’s also nice to have a lactation consultant on hand that you’re already comfortable with. Your body instinctually takes care of the labor (although a labor prep class can help ease anxiety of the unknown, and also help you to know your options and rights), but the breastfeeding? That doesn’t quite feel instinctual.

2. Prenatal yoga. I found yoga to be one of the most important preparations for my non-medicated labor, but I imagine it to be beneficial for any kind of labor: learning how to center yourself, to meditate, to get in tune with your body. And, let’s not forget, the breathing. See more about how prenatal yoga translates to labor.

3. Get properly fitted for a bra. Of course all women should probably get fitted for a bra by an actual expert — because apparently most of us wear the wrong bra size — but it’s especially important during pregnancy. Your heavier ever-growing breasts need proper support (pregnancy is a danger-zone for future sagging) and some relief from the incessant soreness. I swear: getting properly fitted will change your life. In fact, I’m taking my sister to get fitted for a new bra this weekend.

Print

12 Treats Every Pregnant Woman Deserves

...besides back rubs on request and the right to pick the restaurant, of course!

  1. A great big shot of chocolate syrup in that decaf.
  2. A present on Mother’s Day, absolutely.
  3. A couple of really nice bras, even if they only fit you for a few months (hey, you’ll wear them on the way back down, too).
  4. The fanciest darn "mocktail" that bartender’s ever created. Umbrella? Yes. Cherry? Yes! Multitiered layers of carefully poured rainbow goodness? Oh, yes.
  5. A seat on the bus. Note: This is actually not a treat, it’s a right.
  6. Popcorn and candy at the movies.
  7. One get-out-of-a-forgetful-deed free card. Per day. No need to be above blaming hormones!
  8. One really nice pair of maternity jeans. Spend a little bit more and rationalize it by knowing how much use you’ll get out of them. Only $1 per wear. Bargain!
  9. A really great dream in which your belly’s back to size.
  10. That tacky but comfy lambskin seatbelt wrapper thing. Whatever gets you through the day!
  11. Two breakfasts.
  12. Quality tummy pictures you can look back on with a sense of wonderment that never really goes away.

Print

10 Power Foods To Fuel Busy Moms

By: Lauren Hartmann

Let’s face it, being a mom and being busy are synonymous with one another. There are babies to feed, diapers to change, laundry to fold … the list sometimes seems never ending. When this happens, it is likely that feeding yourself tends to fall by the wayside or at least that’s what happened to me.

For the first three months of Fern’s life I pretty much subsisted on string cheese and granola bars. I was a bit overwhelmed and feeding myself always seemed to fall to the end of my to-do list. There are many reasons why this was a problem: 1) Inadequate nutrition while nursing can decrease milk supply in addition to not providing babies with all the nutrients that their growing bodies need, 2) Inadequate nutrition leaves you tired, cranky and unable to take on the challenges that new parenthood (or really any stage of parenthood) requires, 3) Inadequate nutrition is not going to help you lose that baby weight. Our bodies need a balanced diet and if we’re not eating enough food they go into starvation mode and desperately cling to fat.

So what’s a busy mom to eat?

10 Power Foods For Busy Moms

Trying to eat healthy foods as a mom bustling about taking care of a baby’s needs all day can be a challenge. Here are 10 foods that are easy for to prepare and eat quickly in between the plethora of tasks on that seemingly never-ending to-do list – foods that will keep you fueled for the day ahead!

Eggs

Eggs are my absolute go-to food. It takes literally two minutes to scramble some up for breakfast and I can throw in some extras for flavor and fuel like spinach, ground flax, cheese, tomatoes, etc… I can also hard boil a bunch at the beginning of the week after my baby goes to bed and I’ve got instant grab-and-go snacks available for the week.

Fruit

Fruit is not only delicious, but can also be very filling. I choose more dense fruits for when I’m hungry enough for a meal, but won’t be able to make a full meal happen any time soon (think: crying baby). Oranges and bananas are my good options for this scenario. Any fruit is a good option though and pre-slicing fruit earlier in the week is a good way to ensure that it actually gets eaten.

Vegetables

Pre-cut veggies are one "convenience food" that I don’t mind buying if I’m not buying a bunch of other pre-packaged, processed foods. Baby carrots, big bags of spinach and pre-cut broccoli are all great easy options. You’re much more likely to eat a salad when there isn’t any prep involved.

Hummus

This is a great option to get a bit more protein in your day and makes eating your vegetables a bit more palatable if you’re not a fan of veggies like myself.

Oatmeal

I am particularly fond of steel cut oats for their great texture and the nutritional punch that they pack and you can even find quick-cooking varieties that cook in 5-7 minutes. If you don’t think you can find 5-7 minutes to cook oatmeal in the morning you can always prepare a big pot of it ahead of time to portion out and heat up throughout the week.

Greek Yogurt

I love all yogurt, but the Greek variety has the most protein as well as a nice creamy texture that leaves me feeling full and satisfied. I like to throw in some berries or banana and a bit of flaxseed meal as well.

Flaxseed Meal

A quick and easy way to sneak in some extra Omega-3s into your day. Just sprinkle it on some of the foods you’re already eating.

Nuts

Nuts, particularly raw almonds, are a favorite snacking option for me. A small handful offers a dose of protein, good fatty acids and keeps me full for just a bit longer.

Black Beans

You can eat these from the can or make them yourself ahead of time and then add them to salads or wrap them up in a tortilla for a protein packed lunch when you want it.

Smoothies

All you have to do is dump your fruits, veggies and maybe a dash of flaxseed meal or protein powder into a blender with a bit of milk or ice and pulse to the desired consistency. It’s a great way to get in a bunch of fruit and veggie servings in one sitting.


Print
Browse content
Close

Welcome, !

Join Huggies Rewards

By clicking SIGN UP you are agreeing to the Huggies® Rewards Terms & Conditions.

Join today and receive 50 free points! You'll also start earning Reward Points for all of your purchases. Points earned can be used towards gift cards, free diapers and wipes, and so much more!

Welcome, !

Rewards History
Get 50 points for just signing up!
Join Today

What are Rewards Codes?

15-character codes on participating Huggies® Products that you can use to earn Huggies® Rewards points!

Where can I find them?

BAG OF DIAPERS

BOX OF DIAPERS/WIPES

REFILL BAG OF WIPES

Close ×

What are Rewards Offer Codes?

Offer Codes are limited-time offers to earn bonus points. They're 8 digits long and must be submitted at the same time as a participating product Rewards Code.

Close ×
Redeem Now Earn points