Cat Bowen

Cat Bowen is a writer, actor, and mom who spent the majority of her twenties studying. After going through everything from politics to biology to nursing school, she finally found her one true love in the English Department. She can be found with her nose between the pages of a book, in the kitchen baking, running along the bay in Brooklyn, or coloring with her kids while trying to understand why she should be interested in youtube videos of people playing with modeling clay. She hates hot weather and talking about herself in the third person.
Recent Articles

How The Summer Solstice Affects Your Baby's Sleep, Because The Day Feels Forever Long

We are rapidly approaching the longest day of the year. On June 21 at 6:07 a.m., the Northern Hemisphere will be hitting its summer solstice. It's a time that echoes the distant history of folklore and mythology, of standing stones and rituals I'm ch…
By Cat Bowen

This Grocery Store Risk Is Something You *Need* To Know When Shopping With Your Kids

When I had my son more than 10 years ago, the rules of safety were far different than they are now. Car seats went front-facing at a year, kids ditched them altogether pretty early, and sleep positioners were still very much a thing. But when we know…
By Cat Bowen

6 Differences Between Braxton Hicks Contractions & Real Contractions You Need To Know

I was one of those unlucky moms who started getting Braxton Hicks contractions in the second trimester of my pregnancy that lasted for the duration. It was incredibly annoying. The tightening, firm mass my belly became was not only uncomfortable, it …
By Cat Bowen

Here's How A Sunburn During Pregnancy Can Impact Your Unborn Baby

I am the fairest of them all. Not because of Snow White, but I'm so fair and so pale that I'm nearly translucent. I was a gothic nightmare in high school, and I didn't even need to wear white makeup. Needless to say, I burn easily. When I was pregnan…
By Cat Bowen

Here's How A Dentist Will Treat Your Kid's Baby Teeth Cavities

"My tooth hurts." These were the words spoken to me just last week by my 7-year-old daughter. She came up to me, cuddled on my lap, and held her cheek. Looking in her mouth, I saw that her back molar had a black hole in the center of it. My gut dropp…
By Cat Bowen

Here Are 10 Meaningful Things To Write In A Father's Day Card For Your Stepdad

Father's Day is in just a few days, guys. I know at my house we're planning a big beach day full of good food, long walks on the boardwalk, and the inevitable sharing of whatever pasta art my kids have made in school. For many of us, what we write in…
By Cat Bowen

10 Funny Pride Parade Sign Ideas That Will Totally Set The Mood

There is something magical about Pride. It's a protest, it's a family gathering, it's the best parade you've ever been to and the most loving safe space you could ever enter. It's a protest and a declaration. Pride is the steadfast reminder that love…
By Cat Bowen

9 Father's Day Quotes From Sons To Tug At Your Heartstrings

When I found out I was having a boy, I couldn't help but picture my husband doing all the typical father-son activities together. For us in New York City, that meant playing handball, learning to ride bikes by the bay, and sharing a bagel with lox on…
By Cat Bowen

If You Need Inspiration, Here's What To Write In A Father's Day Card From A Daughter

Expressing sentiment has not always been my forte. To be honest, for a long time I was crippled with the idea of letting my loved ones know how I felt. It wasn't until I became a mother myself that I realized how much holding back was not only hurtin…
By Cat Bowen

The Early Signs Of Stimming May Not Be As Obvious To Catch As You Think

When my son was first diagnosed with autism, a lot became clear. Much of what we thought were his personal quirks and habits were actually what is referred to as a self-stimulatory behavior. They were developed out of his need to cope with his surrou…
By Cat Bowen

Here's What Experts Know About Your Pup Being Able To Hear Your Baby In The Womb

It seemed like from the moment I got pregnant, my dogs were all about my belly. My Akita, Brownie, would rest her head on my tummy while her paws were across my knees as I laid on the living room floor. My Rottweiler was equally as obsessed, nosing m…
By Cat Bowen

No Seriously, Your Dogs Can Pretty Much Figure Out If Your Baby Is On The Way

Do you ever wonder if your dog has preternatural abilities that you just don't understand? I know I do. My dog always knows when I need a friend, or if I'm in a hurry and need her to do her business quickly on our walks. I have heard that dogs can te…
By Cat Bowen

10 Father's Day Quotes From Daughters That Will Give Your Dad All The Feels

Father's Day is just around the corner, and while it's mostly a day of backyard barbecues, rounds of golf, and trips to the amusement park, there's also a lot of emotion for some of us. Whether you're the ultimate daddy's girl or you've struggled in …
By Cat Bowen

6 Things You *Need* To Avoid If You Have High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a strange, stressful time in a woman's life that can lead to some tricky health issues during the nine month period. Sometimes, even with all proper precautions taken and every effort made to reduce your risk, you might end up with a hea…
By Cat Bowen

Here's What It Means If Your Cervix Is "Thinning" (Hint: Hope That Nursery's Ready)

Dilation. Effacement. Thinning. There is a lot going on with your vagina and cervix as the time nears to have your baby. Most of it sounds like some cross between a medical condition and architectural terms. When they start talking numbers, you may t…
By Cat Bowen

Here's How To Tell If Your Baby's Behavior Is A Sign Of Stimming

My son is a perpetual motion machine and always has been. Since the moment he had free reign over his body, he's used it to feel out his environment and soothe himself. We joke that he has to "get his wiggles out," when he's having a particularly jum…
By Cat Bowen

If The Skin On Your Baby's Feet Start Peeling, Don't Panic — It's Pretty Common

Babies are amazing little creatures who grow and change more in a few months than they'll do for the rest of their life. They grow exponentially, they go from looking like squished little old men to the cherubic sweetness of impending toddlerhood. So…
By Cat Bowen

5 Old Wives' Tales About Dogs & Babies Because Both Are Pretty Weird

I am a dog person. I can't think of a time in my life where dogs didn't play a huge role. I always had a dog growing up, and I was grateful for their companionship and their antics. As an adult, I got a dog the minute I moved out of the house, and I'…
By Cat Bowen

There Are A Few Reasons Why It Hurts To Poop During Pregnancy & All Of Them Stink

There seems to be no end of embarrassing miseries that befall upon a pregnant woman. During my last pregnancy, it felt like they were all compounded together. Have you ever passed gas at an art gala? Let me tell you, it's even more horrifying than it…
By Cat Bowen

Here's How Letting Your Kid Keep The Bottle Can Affect Their Jaw & Teeth

I had horrible teeth growing up. So much so that my parents spent thousands of dollars on orthodontics for me starting at the age of 11. I had a palate expander, braces, night gear, a retainer, the whole nine yards. Recently, when I went back in to t…
By Cat Bowen