Motherhood

15 Moms Reveal The Moment They Knew They Were Ready To TTC After Experiencing A Loss

Loss and life go hand-in-hand. People we love come and go, and in the wake of a loss we hold onto their memories tightly. But what happens when you lose a pregnancy or a baby? Not only is there a loss of life, but there's a loss of memories — of…
By Priscilla Blossom

Here's Why Your Baby Keeps Scrunching Their Face

As a parent, it's kind of amazing how good you get an interpreting your baby's facial expressions. The flickers of joy, the "about to cry" face, the cheeky, mischievous look — you know them all. Sometimes it's pretty obvious what your baby is trying…
By Kate Miller

We Only Get 18 Halloweens

Decorative gourd season is upon us, and I have so much I want to show my kids, and so many costumes I want to put them in (young Harrison Ford; the guy from The Darkness; Carrie Fisher looking unimpressed by her salad at Tavern On The Green). But…
By Janet Manley

Does Heartburn Mean Labor Is *Finally* Starting? Here's What Experts Have To Say

Labor can be a pretty scary prospect, usually made only scarier because of it's utter unpredictability. That's why it's only natural to read into common pregnancy aches and pains and think that they are maybe, possibly a sign that it's "go time."…
By Kate Miller

7 Myths About The Terrible Twos You Can Totally Ignore

"Just wait": two words I hated hearing more than any other words in the English language after my first child was born. For some reason, people love to torment new parents by gleefully warning them of all the awful things their baby will allegedly…
By Kristina Johnson

13 Pieces Of Breastfeeding Advice From Other Moms That Made Me Feel Powerful

No one can give you advice about mothering like a mother can, and there were few subjects I was more grateful for advice on than breastfeeding. Even though I had a relatively easy time of it, I could not begin to measure the stress or tears that…
By Jamie Kenney

I Watched My Baby Crown &, Honestly, I Think Every Mom Should Take A Look

When I was pregnant with my first child I was your quintessential crunchy mom-to-be. I wanted to have the most "natural" pregnancy and birth experience possible. I saw a hippy nurse-midwife who emphasized the importance of getting to know my…
By Steph Montgomery

Khloé's Daughter True Looks So Spooktacularly Cute Dressed Up Like A Pumpkin — PHOTOS

For parents, Halloween provides the perfect opportunity to dress your little ones up in all kinds of costumes and post endless photos of them to social media. Making the most of the spooky season, Khloé Kardashian dressed her daughter True up like a…
By Azure Hall

After Perinatal Depression, Feeling Ungrateful

Romper's Trying project follows five women with very different stories through a year of trying to conceive. Where discussions about fertility often focus on the end goal, they'll document what it's like emotionally, physically, and spiritually…
By Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

15 Moms Reveal The Moment They Knew They Were Ready To TTC After Experiencing A Loss

Loss and life go hand-in-hand. People we love come and go, and in the wake of a loss we hold onto their memories tightly. But what happens when you lose a pregnancy or a baby? Not only is there a loss of life, but there's a loss of memories — of…
By Priscilla Blossom

11 Things Authoritative Moms Do That Every Mom Should Try

In my AP Psychology class, one of the units I remember being particularly interested in was Diana Baumrind's parenting styles. In the 1960s she established three different types of parenting based on two dimensions: parent responsiveness to child's…
By Jamie Kenney

5 Celeb Moms Who Struggled With Postpartum Depression, Because No One Is Immune

While there's still a certain stigma associated with postpartum depression, more awareness about the condition has been spread in recent years. Part of this growing awareness can be attributed to a rising number of celebrity moms who have opened up…
By Michelle Stein

This Heroic Mom Who Shielded Her Baby From Tennis-Ball-Sized Hail Deserves An Award

Few things in life compare to the love a parent holds for their child. Sure, sometimes kids have a way of getting on mom and dad's last nerves. (And we all need a break every once in a while.) But when it comes down to it, most parents would be…
By Michelle Stein

Breastfeeding In Public Is Harder Because I'm Fat, & I'm Calling Bull

When my eldest daughter was eight months old, we took the train into the nearest city for little daytime getaway. I nestled into the only available two-person seat, which was adjacent to a young couple. About 15 minutes into our journey, the baby…
By Marie Southard Ospina

When Pregnancy Is Your Cue To Leave

Having a baby was kind of a bucket-list thing for me, but as a performer, when I actually became pregnant I worried that it would somehow be the end of my career — my big closing routine. The concerns in the back of my mind only fueled the fire in…
By Jessica Delfino

I’m Done Buying Toys For My Five Kids

As I wandered through my house this morning looking for my lost cup of coffee, I couldn't help but notice how many toys were in my home. So, I stopped to pick up my toddler's blocks off the living room floor, which I do several times a day, then I…
By Steph Montgomery

An Open Letter To The Mom With The "Perfect" Kid

Dear Mom With The "Perfect" Kid: If you're worried I might be talking about you, I probably am. If you're not sure, imagine the following situations: a harried parent struggles to deal with an unruly kid, a fellow mom's toddler is going through a…
By Jamie Kenney

New Survey Finds Just How Much "Me Time" Parents Get In A Day, & It's Definitely Not Enough

This morning I did yoga. By myself, in the living room. I used a YouTube video that was pretty serviceable and, more to the point, brief. In the space of my little express yoga video, my dog needed to be let out twice. My teenage son asked me for a…
By Jen McGuire

We're All Forgetting To Brush Our Kids' Teeth In This Vital Place, According To Dentists

I wish I had a dollar for every time my kids swear they've brushed their teeth, but a breath or brush check says otherwise (a toothbrush shouldn't be bone-dry five minutes after you use it, kids). But I suppose I shouldn't complain; after all, I'm…
By Shana Aborn

25 Baby Boy Names That Will Make Other Moms Jealous

Naming a baby is incredibly difficult. As you pour over lists of options, you'll find many that you like but just don't love (and if you're going to commit to a name for life, you've gotta love it). For me, the naming experience got even harder when…
By Kristina Johnson

Colic Will Make You Feel Like A Failure — Head's Up

In the week or two after my second baby was born, I couldn't believe how well everything was going. Unlike my first, Elia latched onto my breast minutes after entering the world. She was an amazing feeder all around: there was no struggling, no…
By Marie Southard Ospina