popular topics in preparing for baby

  • pregnant mama nesting in house
    Pregnancy
    5 Nesting Projects to Do Before Baby Arrives
    Planning for a baby can feel overwhelming. Between creating a registry, designing the nursery, ordering the newest baby gear, baby-proofing the house, and all the prenatal appointments, where do you find time to pause and think about what life wi...
    HeHe Stewart
  • pregnant woman taking minimalist approach to baby shopping
    Babies and Toddlers
    A Minimalist Approach to All of the Baby "Stuff You Need" On Your Registry
    Editor’s Note: We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your life easier with the latest and greatest parenting advice and products. We wanted to let you know that if you chose to purchase one of the items feat...
    Jacqueline Weiss
  • Family Life
    Stepfamilies
    Bringing a New Baby into a Stepfamily
    Bringing a New Baby into a Stepfamily Hoorah! You've decided, or you're pregnant, or the adoption papers have been filed. What now? Who tells the ex(es)? How are you going to tell the kids? And how are your kids and stepkids going to react? Who ...
  • Modern interior of child
    Preparing for Baby
    How to Design a Nursery on a Budget
    There are so many beautiful baby items out there you can use to decorate your little one’s first bedroom. From gorgeous, sheer-like curtains, to shag rugs, to plush rockers with slipcovers—decorating a baby’s room is an activity parents can...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Having twins has its sweet moments and its challenges
    Twins
    Having Twins: A Day in the Life of Mom
    I will never forget the day my husband went back to work after I had twins. Our boys were preemies and were in the NICU for a while. When they were released, life went back to normal. Wait, no, not normal. Normal went out the window, especially ...
    Laura Richards
  • Gender-Predicting Old Wives
    Preparing for Baby
    7 Gender-Predicting Old Wives' Tales
    Have your family members been playing guessing games trying to figure out if your new addition will be a boy or girl? Every soon-to-be parent is eager to find out the sex of their baby, and many choose to find out before he or she is born. The wa...
  • Indoor Games Printables
    Baby Shower Guessing Game
    For this easy baby shower guessing game, cut out these slips and ask shower guests to fill in their guesses about the baby's birthday, weight, and more! After the baby arrives, send a small prize to the best guesser, or just collect all the ...
  • Animal-Themed Gender-Neutral Nursery
    Preparing for Baby
    5 Sweet Gender-Neutral Nursery Themes
    1. Sweet Animals Long gone are the days of bordered walls with Disney characters. Enter adorable and sweet animals that are sure to soothe both baby and parents. Neutral colored animals work well with most colors Think: elephants, llamas, giraffe...
    Courtney Key
  • second trimester pregnant woman
    Second Trimester
    Second Trimester To-Do List
    Welcome to your second trimester! As you continue to adjust to pregnant life (and your growing belly), use this list for tips on what to check off during this phase, from buying a crib to planning your maternity leave. ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Countdown to Baby To-Do List
    As your due date approaches, it's time to get all your ducks in a row! Use this checklist to organize the must-do tasks in the exciting final weeks of your third trimester of pregnancy. (This hospital packing list is also helpful.) ...
  • Indoor Games Printables
    Name That (Baby) Tune! Shower Game
    For this baby shower game, create a playlist of songs that have the word "baby" in the title (hint: use a mix of older and newer songs so that all players have a fair chance). Print this sheet for each guest to guess the song title and artist whi...
  • pregnancy decisions, pregnant woman in hospital bed
    Birth Plan
    11 Important Decisions to Make During Pregnancy
    Decisions, decisions! Once the exciting news of your pregnancy sets in, it's time to sit down and consider some important questions about everything from your birth plan to your baby's name. Take a step-by-step look at some of the decisions facin...
    Erin Dower
  • Working mom on laptop with baby on lap
    Family Planning
    Can You Afford to Have Another Child? 8 Financial Questions to Consider
    Are you considering having another child, but are worried about the financial aspect of adding to your family? Raising a child is no doubt expensive, and while ultimately your decision might not be based on dollars and cents, it's still impo...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Pregnancy movie, What to Expect When Youre Expecting
    Preparing for Baby
    11 Best Movies about Pregnancy and Babies
    Cravings, contractions, spit-up, and diaper changes – what better fodder for a cinematic comedy than pregnancy and new parenthood? Whether you're expecting a baby or just love a good comedy, sit back and enjoy others clumsily navigating pregnan...
    Erin Dower
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Baby Shower Registry Checklist
    Do you have all the gear you'll need for your new bundle of joy? Print this baby registry checklist to be sure you cover all your bases! Also, check out these fun baby shower game printables. ...
  • Questions About Your Birth Plan
    Birth Plan
    Questions to Ask About Your Birth Plan
    When planning where and how you ideally want to give birth, you need to consider both what you would prefer and what the hospital or birthing centers can offer. The following questions may act as helpful prompts.Questions to ask yourselfWho would...
  • Natural Childbirth Philosophies
    Childbirth Classes
    Who's Who in Birth Ideologies
    In the mid-20th century, labor and childbirth in the West became highly medicalized. In reaction, several childbirth philosophies emerged that focused on empowering women and viewed childbirth as a natural rather than a medical experience. Many o...
  • Preparing for Your Due Date
    Birth Plan
    Planning for Your Birth
    When planning the type of birth experience you would like to have, you'll need to consider a number of factors. One of the most important decisions is where you would like to give birth. You may also want to think about the details of your birth,...