You might not have needed to deal much with health insurance before. That’s all about to change, because pregnancy brings with it a multitude of office visits, tests, and procedures, not to mention the delivery — and all of those bring bills. Here’s a primer to explain the terms you will encounter. Deductible This is the amount of money you spend out-of-pocket on health care before your insurance kicks in. Your deductible is going to be the biggest driver (or one of the biggest) of how much your pregnancy and birth will cost you out-of-pocket. The way most plans… Read More

As my due date is fast approaching, we’ve put the finishing touches on our nursery and it’s finally complete! Early on, many people asked us what the “theme” of the nursery would be. I’m not big into specific themes per se and wanted to keep the room, itself, neutral with pops of color and some feminine touches. I had a photo saved of this beautiful handmade floral mobile from Etsy on my Pinterest board and decided to recreate my own version early on in my pregnancy. That was my first DIY project for her nursery and the “shabby chic”/floral touches… Read More

In my Week 30 post “The Nesting Urge” I mentioned my list of “to do’s” I wanted to accomplish over the next several weeks. I’m happy to report that all the items on that list have been completed! We completed our classes, our birth center bags are waiting by the door, the car seat has been installed, the nursery is complete, and we have a freezer full of meals for the next couple of months. When we took our newborn care class several weeks ago, Lorraine had mentioned a wonderful idea. She suggested getting together with a friend… Read More

According to the American Pregnancy Association, “nesting” is the urge to clean and organize. Nesting during pregnancy is the overwhelming desire to get your home ready for your new baby. To be fair, I’ve been nesting for months but this past week I was hit hard by this urge to prep ALL things for baby. Many friends have lamented that they wished they had done more prep prior to the third trimester when they had more energy, so I’ve heeded this advice and tackled projects along the way. Her clothes have been washed and organized for a few months. Read More

Confession: I have never been a minimalist. Whether it’s packing for a trip, or packing my daily purse/tote bag, I always, ALWAYS have more than I could possibly need. Which means I tend to overpack my son’s diaper bag – but somehow, in the beginning, I’d overlook simple things. Like underestimating the amount of diapers needed, or only packing one spare outfit (ha!), or packing 6 books for an infant. Now, ten months into the game, I’ve learned to pack smarter. I’m a big fan of learning what works for you, but here’s a checklist for packing the diaper bag. Read More

Many couples choose to wait to find out the sex of their baby. A 2007 Gallup poll found that if respondents just found out they were pregnant, 51% would go ‘Team Green’ and wait until the baby was born to learn the gender. This choice comes with some challenges, though, since you’ve got to be prepared for either. So when you’re not sure if you’re expecting a boy or a girl – or you just want some great gender neutral nursery ideas– check out some of these adorable themes that will work perfectly for either sex! Peter Rabbit… Read More

Having worked for a baby/family magazine in the past, I was no stranger to the world of baby and nursery items. I was probably more well-versed than the average person, when it came to stroller, crib, clothing, and toy brands. That being said, when I became pregnant last fall, I still found myself wandering Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby in a state of overwhelmed anxiety, confused as to why there was so much stuff for such a little person.  Read More

As a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) and childbirth and early parenting educator at Baby+Company, I chat with parents daily about baby gear, infant car seat recommendations, safety concerns, and what’s “best.” Read More

September is Baby Safety Month, so we’re going to focus on keeping your baby safe during one of the most thrilling milestones – when Baby learns to crawl! For parents, this moment is both exciting and scary. Suddenly, you see danger lurking everywhere. But don’t worry. It isn't hard to babyproof your house, although you will have to get used to some of the changes. These guidelines will ensure that your new little explorer can crawl around safely. Read More

I am 39 weeks pregnant. To be honest, even though I know the average first-time mom is a week “overdue,” I never thought I’d make it to 39 weeks, mostly because I was born at 37. I just felt like my child would be super anxious to get out into the world, earthside, like I was – but nope, he’s quite content to stay in there, it seems. Possibly until he’s 18. Read More

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