A handy guide to the most common types of baby rashes you might see in an infant under a year old including infections, allergies, and lifestyle.

Types of Baby Rashes

I remember the first time my baby had a rash—angry red splotches appeared across her perfect porcelain cheeks and I FREAKED OUT. When I...

Sleep Training 101

Sleep training is one of those things that set people off. Everything from “How can you do that to a poor baby?!” to “If…

15 Morning Sickness Remedies

Nobody knows what causes morning sickness (or in some cases, all-frickin’-day sickness) and, therefore, nobody really knows a cure. Typically, this is when my…

Best Gifts for a New Mom

It’s really hard to find a nice gift for a new mother sometimes. Do you get something practical? Sentimental? Is it someone you want…

Best Maternity Swimwear

Let me start this post by saying you don’t have to buy a bathing suit that is specifically maternity. If you aren’t that far…

Test Your Baby Name

On the surface, it doesn’t seem that difficult to name a baby – you just find a name that you like and run with…

Best Advice for New Parents

My great-grandmother always said “babies need air” – meaning that they should go outside every day. I’m not sure if there is any science…

“Just One”

  I disliked being pregnant. I originally wrote “hated” but there were some pluses to consider, so “disliked” seems more appropriate. I mean, I…

Stages of Pregnancy

  Stage 1: You just found out you’re pregnant. You’re excited (or horrified) and you can’t believe you’re going to be a mother. You…

Easiest Births Ever

Some of you may be a little scared, okay terrified of giving birth. Everyone loves to tell you about horrible births, so I thought…

The 5 Types of New Mom Fatigue

Growing a human person from scratch and then raising them is wonderfully rewarding, but it’s also unrelenting and exhausting work. Once, long before I had…

Third Pregnancy Be Like…

Let me start by saying this: the differences between a first and third pregnancy are like the differences between a Duggar and a Kardashian. Besides…

Baby’s First Easter

Easter is coming right up, so it’s time to get cracking (egg pun intended) if you’re thinking about doing Baby’s First Easter Basket. The…

I Have No Idea

When I became a new mother, I was baffled by the amount of questions I received; I expected to be the one with the…

Living on Baby Time

Why, might I ask, is it so overwhelming to complete simple, two minute tasks when you have a baby? That’s really a bit rhetorical,…

Scary Shit Series – HELLP

We’ve previously covered preeclampsia on the blog and HELLP syndrome is a variant of that. HELLP is basically preeclampsia’s asshole, homicidal cousin. It’s pretty…

Blowing Raspberries

After our first “bad ultrasound” with our son, Patrick, who was born still in April 2014, my husband and I walked to another building…

Formula Feeding Gear Basics

  Formula feeding may feel complicated and a little overwhelming with all the gear available, so when the folks that represent Parent’s Choice Formula…

20 One-Handed Snack Ideas

When my daughter was born, I thought I would read all sorts of books and magazines while blissfully cradling a sleeping newborn, sniffing her…

Baby Sleep Cheat Sheet

When I was cruising around sleepwellbaby.ca, I noticed their FAQs were really handy. I thought, “Shit, I totally needed this when I had a…

Black Friday Sales 2017

  For the fastest updates, be sure to join my Facebook group. Affiliate Disclosure: Many of these are affiliates which means I get an email…

The Other F Word

I don’t know how it is where you are, but around here “breast is best” is tattooed on our bosoms. And it’s true that…

Missing Breastfeeding Words

The first few weeks postpartum were, shall we say… leaky. My eyes, my boobs, everything. To complicate matters I found myself struggling to describe to…

Finding My Way Back from PPD

I’m sharing my story after learning about the heartbreaking tragedy of Florence Leung and realizing the truth is, we have to talk about these things. I…

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It’s a What???

  When I found out I was pregnant with my first baby, I ran straight to the mall. I ended up buying a 0-3…

The End of Pregnancy is the Worst

It seems like pregnant women are constantly complaining about the last few weeks of their pregnancies. Unless she delivers early, nearly every mommy will undoubtedly reach a…

First Time Pregnancy Advice

AAAAH! You’re pregnant! This is amazing and wonderful and also OMG brace yourself because you’re about to get absolutely flooded with advice. Some will…

Hatch Baby Rest Review

I love Hatch Baby products. They are one of those companies that are able to take a complicated question and turn into a user-friendly…

My One-Off Baby

Getting pregnant was a surprise for me. Not to say that the method was a surprise – but the time frame certainly was. I…

Mom-In-Training

  “My name is Melissa and I just had a baby.” The first step in any recovery is admission, right? They say that becoming…

Week 5 of Pregnancy

This is around the time that you usually know something is up. Where the hell is my period? Why do my boobs hurt? Why…

My Postpartum Body

My sweet little second-born is 4 months old, and you guys sometimes I just feel like a whale. This baby weight is wearing out…

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How to Give a Newborn a Bath

I used to get really anxious about bathing my baby because infants are squirmy greased water balloons when they are wet. I mean here you’re trying…

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Life with Three Kids

I have three boys under the age of 5. I’m outnumbered and usually overwhelmed. Life with three kids means… …I’m tired I haven’t had…

When You Skip The Third Trimester

I was not a cheerfully glowing pregnant lady.  Don’t get me wrong, by the second trimester I looked fanfuckingtastic, like I was sneaking a well-inflated basketball…

Third Trimester Bingo

When Leilah Mooney Joseph (a FTM who was 33 weeks pregnant in Washington DC in August) tweeted me this Third Trimester Bingo I just howled. I’m…

Best Convertible Cribs

Outfitting a nursery can seem like a daunting task. Should you take out a second mortgage to buy expensive matching furniture from the hippest…

This is Parenting

  She cries out in the night, the long mournful wail of the weary. Her tears stain my pajamas as I comfort her in…

Week 4 of Pregnancy

So your blastocyst has parked itself on your uterine wall and it has split in two – one side will become the embryo, and…

Good For You

Let’s face it. Being a mom is quite possibly one of the hardest jobs on the planet. To the women whose gigs consist of…

Week 6 of Pregnancy

How ya feeling, Bud? I love how movies and television always make morning sickness cute. We’ve all seen shows where the woman that realizes…

Why I Freed My Nipple

  I loved breastfeeding my children. I know that a lot of women love it but what I don’t understand is the arguments for…

The Perfect Pre-Kid Mother

I was on the phone with my best friend the other day and she said something that really resonated with me: “I was the best mom ever before I actually had kids.”…

Clean Nest, New Chick

As soon as I told my 86-year-old grandmother I was pregnant, she said: “If you suddenly find yourself cleaning the house like a mad…

Week 7 of Pregnancy

Hooray, your baby has paddles and a tail! No, that’s a good thing because the paddles become arms and legs and the tail becomes…

Week 8 of Pregnancy

Shark baby has webbed fingers and toes now making it more bad-ass than ever even though its tail is pretty much gone. It’s starting to…

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5 Little Words

My pregnancy was far from picture perfect. I’ve written before about the struggle to conceive and touched briefly on the laundry list of pregnancy-related…

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Cool Birth Announcements

I’m very impressed when people get it together and send out baby announcements. I didn’t do it. Although, after seeing these great birth announcements…

Week 14 of Pregnancy

Second trimester! Can I get a woot woot? Have these been the longest weeks of your life, or what? By the time you have…

Week 10 of Pregnancy

Your baby is somewhere between the size of a cherry or prune, depending on what book you’re reading or how freaky big your fruit…

Week 1 of Pregnancy

Let’s be honest here, there really is no week one. This is the first day of your last period and this is what you’ll…

Week 9 of Pregnancy

Let’s see. What have we got now? Eyes in the right place? Check. Movement? Check (even though you still can’t feel it). An audible…

Week 12 of Pregnancy

If you can believe it, your baby has fingernails now. In no time these will be used to scratch your face with razor sharp…

Week 33 of Pregnancy

Your baby is pretty close to being finished growing lengthwise, but it will do some serious beefing up over the next seven weeks. Many…

Week 13 of Pregnancy

Your kid has fingerprints now so it better give up on that bank heist it was planning. It’s probably for the best seeing as…

Monkey Baby

I was watching a documentary about monkeys a while ago. It followed a troop of monkeys where the dominant female would try to steal the…

Breastfeeding Bingo

Trying to deliver sustenance to your newly hatched offspring can feel like a damn spectacle, complete with plenty of nervous sweat, a couple of…

A Gentle Cesarean

When I first heard the term “gentle cesarean” I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Does it mean they take the baby out slowly?…

Week 15 of Pregnancy

Your baby’s ears have migrated to the side of their head for many, many years of ignoring you down the road. The little weeble…

You Might Feel Fine

Ask any random person to list the first few things that come to mind when they think of pregnancy, and you’re likely to get…

ADAPT ergobaby review

The good people over at ergobaby have done the thing we wish all companies would do, and created a product you can use from…

Top Birth Fears

I’m all about giving you guys plenty of information in an effort to keep your pregnancy sunny side up. But I know many of…

Week 3 of Pregnancy

Now you’ve gone and done it and fertilized an egg, you dirty birds. Nice work. The fertilized egg is now a zygote. Which I…

Week 16 of Pregnancy

“Hi kiddo, that’s the world you hear because your ears work!” Cue the cool tunes because your baby can hear them now. It’s also…

Week 17 of Pregnancy

Way to pork up, kid! No, not you, your baby, well, if you’re like me, then you too (high five). Your baby is about…

Week 24 of Pregnancy

Guess what? We’ve made it to the point where your baby is as long as a footlong sub –I’ve been dying to use that…

Week 22 of Pregnancy

Guess who’s about the size of a Barbie doll? Hint: it isn’t you. Yep, your baby is about the length of a Barbie but…

Week 18 of Pregnancy

“Arrrgh, son-of-a-bitch leg cramp!” is something you may have uttered recently. Most likely it was when you were in bed after finally getting to…

Week 25 of Pregnancy

I know! Let’s talk about pre-term labour. Fun or what? Now don’t pretend you haven’t googled the shit out of how far along you…

Welcome Home, Daddy Picture

Someone sent me this picture and I thought it was pretty funny. Here’s a woman who’s around five-months pregnant waiting for her husband who…

Week 20 of Pregnancy

Woohoo! Halfway point! Do a victory lap around the block! Ha, no, fuck that noise, you do what you want, you’ve earned it, honey….

Week 35 of Pregnancy

Okay, throughout this whole pregnancy you’ve probably been thinking about how you’re going to raise your child (at least I hope you have). Well,…

Leesa Mattress Review

When the folks from Leesa® contacted me asking if I’d like to review one of their mattresses I said, “Oh hell, yes.” (I may…

Week 23 of Pregnancy

How ya doin’, Sugar? Speaking of sugar, you’re going to be coming up for your glucose screening test to make sure you’re not rockin’…

Birth – Round One

I thought it may be helpful to share my birthin’ experiences. I’ve only had two (that I know of) and I’ll try to keep…

Week 19 of Pregnancy

You may have already had your mid-pregnancy ultrasound (often called a Level II Ultrasound, Fetal Anatomy Survey or a Fetal Anomaly Screen) because you…

Week 26 of Pregnancy

Hang in there, kid, you’re doing great! Pregnancy may be taking its toll by now. Some of you are saying, “What are you talking…

Week 36 of Pregnancy

“Have you set up the nursery?” That is all anyone asked me for the last few weeks of my pregnancy along with “Haven’t you…

Week 28 of Pregnancy

Woohoo! Third trimester, baby! Your baby is around 16 inches long and 2.5 pounds so pick up a random Chihuahua on the street to…

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Mom vs. Swimsuit

  Swimsuit season. Two words that definitely make me cringe when paired together. I remember as a kid and even a teenager, just throwing…

Week 2 of Pregnancy

You’re still not pregnant, but your body is building up your uterine lining to prep for ovulation. If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice an…

Week 30 of Pregnancy

Week 30! Hell yeah! Look at you go and look at that baby grow. Thanks to your little wonder, which is about a three-pound…

Week 32 of Pregnancy

Hey, how are your legs? Restless leg syndrome is not dangerous or a sign that anything is wrong but it can be uncomfortable and…

Week 31 of Pregnancy

If it hasn’t happened already, this is about the time people start saying things like, “Haven’t you had that baby yet?” To this, you…

Week 21 of Pregnancy

Your baby is a whopping three-quarters of a pound (or 360 grams) and is about 101/2  inches long which is about the size of…

Week 37 of Pregnancy

Can I get a woot woot for full term? Aw, hell yeah! You’re good to go anytime now, sugar bum. Well, that’s sort of…

Week 38 of Pregnancy

I love how some sites are still comparing your baby to fruits and vegetables at this point. If they want to show you what…

How to Cut Baby Nails

Today’s topic is something I absolutely dreaded doing for all my babies, especially with my first; clipping their nails! It was totally intimidating and…

Week 27 of Pregnancy

How ya doin’? Are you scared about the whole birth thing? I don’t think there are many women that aren’t nervous about giving birth…

Week 29 of Pregnancy

Hey stretch marks, guess what? You’re an asshole. Stretch marks are caused when your skin stretches or grows rapidly and the protein that makes…

WTF is a Kegel?

Many pregnant women go through 40 weeks of people telling them “Get plenty of rest! Drink plenty of water! And do your Kegels!”  in that…

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How to Handle Bed Rest

There’s nothing more terrifying than being told by your doctor that something has gone so horribly wrong with your pregnancy, and you have to…

Week 39 of Pregnancy

Are you at the point where people are picking up the phone saying “Is the baby coming?!” when you call? It’s right around this…

Eugene – Eugene

We named it Eugene-Eugene.  Both of our father’s carry this middle name, which they begged us not to continue, and what we thought would…

Week 42 of Pregnancy

  Hey Bud, 42 weeks. Here we are. If you’re still pregnant you’ve probably had the induction chat. Generally speaking, 42 weeks is the…

Pumpkin Birth

I had no idea this was a thing. Well, it is. So here are the many pumpkins that people have sent to me that…

Motherhood is a Verb

  If I’ve learned anything about motherhood so far, it’s this: Motherhood is like a clay sculpture. The big moments and milestones may define…

Help Better Understand Depression

Determining whether you are suffering from run-of-the-mill, motherhood-induced lowness, or a major depressive episode can be surprisingly difficult to differentiate. Once again, I’m working…

Round Up – Issue 14

I love this article called, “The moment I Fell in Love with My Son” By Jenny Mollen. It’s a great piece for all of…

Week 40 of Pregnancy

Run to the top of the steps and do your victory dance, Rocky! You made it! No? Too winded and feeling like you’re pinned…

What Love Looks Like

  Just over two and a half years ago, I went from being the well-rested female half of a fun, independent partnership (marriage) to…

What Motherhood Looks Like

On Mother’s Day, my Instagram feed was flooded with gorgeous pictures of smiling faces, brunches and shout outs to everyone’s awesome mom. It was…

Pregnant Pause

I have never given having children much consideration. Maybe it’s because I was an only child of a single mom and I watched her…

A New NICU Journal

I can only imagine how gut-wrenching and scary it is to have a baby in the NICU. Thankfully there are people out there like…

A Tale of Two Boobs

  Once upon a time, there lived a woman who had quite a blasé relationship with her breasts. She never fretted about their size,…

Pregnancy, WTF?

Seeing as how I am now a third-time veteran of the miracle known as pregnancy, I would like to hand down some of my…

Kick Ass Nursery Room Ideas

I would consider having another baby for these nurseries: Liam’s nursery from designsponge. Baby Daley’s Room-to-be from ohdeedoh. Baby girl nursery from spearmint baby….

Mother’s Day Coupons

Okay, you fellas out there, I wanted to come up with some inexpensive, yet effective Mother’s Day Coupons to give your ladies. I tried…

CeraVe Moisturizer Review

The folks at CeraVe are really excited about their new AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 and PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion so they…

The New Baby Food Guide

While I was perusing Pinterest for palette crafts and coconut oil uses, I came across this fantastic graphic so I instantly pinned it. Then…

Week 41 of Pregnancy

All these updates are getting tricky for me because I have no way of knowing if you’re still pregnant or holding a baby. If…

That Kind of Girl

“Oh, you want to have kids?” My friend asked me, a hint of surprise in her voice. This question stung me, but I realized…

Totally Pregnant App

  By now you guys know that I wrote my own bitchin’ weekly pregnancy calendar, right? One of my goals when I wrote that…

Loss and Miscarriage

  Sometimes loss is sadly a part of pregnancy and it’s often a dark topic that nobody wants to talk about and you become…

I Am So Over the Babymoon

Of course, a baby moon isn’t logistically or financially possible of everyone. But for those of you who are considering it, please heed Ali’s…

MyMedela App Review

Disclosure: I was compensated for my time to organize this review and the testers were given a Medela Accessory set as a thank you…

Pregnancy and insect repellent.

Most effective bug sprays contain a chemical called diethyl-3-methyl benzamide (DEET). A certain amount is absorbed through the skin into your bloodstream, and it…

So, Do You Have Kids?

To the working moms, You’re not less valuable to a company because you’re a mom. You’re more valuable. When I went on maternity leave,…

Being a Good Father

Being a good dad is no small task. Whether you’re going to be a father or if you’re one already, you’re