popular topics in preparing for baby

  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • baby sleeping in crib next to parents bed
    Setting Up the Nursery
    Where Should Newborns Sleep?
    Have you decided where your new bundle of joy will sleep when she comes home? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends keeping your infant in the same room where you sleep (but not in the same bed) to greatly reduce the risk of Sudden ...
    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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Pregnancy
    Week 5 of Pregnancy
    You are 4 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayAs the embryo transforms from two cell layers into three, a groove develops along the back of the embryo. This groove will develop in the embryo's neural tube-the forerunner of the brain and spinal cord. ...
  • 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.) ...
  • Pregnant woman reading tablet on couch
    Bed Rest
    12 Ways to Stay Sane While On Bed Rest
    Bed rest during pregnancy is no walk in the park. While it's a necessity for many women in order to have a healthy pregnancy and baby, it can be frustrating to be confined to bed and relying on others. Use these tips to help make your bed rest pr...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • 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
  • hand of human fetus 37 weeks and 2 days
    Week 38 of Pregnancy
    You are 37 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayA 3D close-up of the hand shows the skin folds. Just as fingerprints are unique, so are the deeper skin folds seen on the hands and feet. The grasp reflex is strong and your baby will start to grasp anything that touches the palm o...
  • 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
  • mom reading with a soon-to-be big sister
    Preparing for Baby
    Top 10 Books for the New Big Sibling
    A new baby in the family is a big adjustment for an older sibling and often brings a mix of emotions. During your pregnancy, pick up some of these picture books about becoming a big brother or big sister to ease the transition and help generate e...
    Erin Dower
  • Preparing for Baby
    10 Gender-Predicting Old Wives' Tales
    Wondering if your little bundle of joy will be a boy or a girl? While the only accurate way to find out your baby's gender during pregnancy is from your doctor, playing the guessing game can be a lot of fun. Read on for some of the wackiest old w...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 20 weeks and 5 days
    Week 21 of Pregnancy
    You are 20 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe skin is less translucent now as your baby is starting to lay down fat reserves, which after the birth will help with temperature control and provide an energy reservoir for your baby to call upon when necessary. ...
  • 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
  • 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...