Jacqueline Burt Cote

Jacqueline is a writer and mother of three whose work has appeared in Salon, The New York Post, Bon Appetit, The Stir, Parents and a bunch of other places. If you think your house is messy, don't worry, because hers is definitely worse.
Recent Articles

The Thing Lurking Inside These Bath Toys Will Make You Want To Burn Your House Down

The whole point of giving our kids baths is to make them less dirty than they were before, so it seems cosmically unfair that bath toys are often guilty of harboring some pretty nasty stuff (and by "pretty nasty stuff," we mean mold, naturally). Of c…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Umm, Toys "R" Us Has A BOGO 50 Percent Off Deal So You Better Stock Up

After the holidays, you were probably hoping that your kid's massive toy collection would keep him entertained for a little while, at least. But that was wishful thinking, wasn't it? Because now that a couple of months have passed, all those must-hav…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Babies Born In The Year Of The Dog Have These Things Going For Them

Even if you don't know much about Chinese astrology, you probably know the Chinese zodiac year of your birth. (And if you were born under the sign of a particularly cool-sounding animal, like a dragon or tiger, you might even bring it up in conversat…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

How Miserable Your Pregnancy Will Be, Based On Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

There are so many things about pregnancy that are completely unpredictable, sometimes you just can't help looking for clues and assurances anywhere and everywhere. For centuries, women have turned to sometimes less-than-scientific sources for any hin…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

7 Romantic Poems To Make Your Wife Melt On Valentine's Day

If the TV sitcoms we grew up with were any indication, then all wives really want on Valentine's Day is for their spouse to show up with a giant, satin-covered box of chocolates and an armful of long-stemmed red roses — or even a poetic declaration o…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Your Partner's Texting Style Can Reveal A Lot About Your Relationship

Relationships are tricky business, and pretty much every couple has to deal with a communication breakdown at some point (or several points). While it's probably been that way ever since human beings started pairing off, there's no question that text…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Here's The First Look At The Cutest New My Little Pony Toys Launching This Fall

In case you somehow didn't know, My Little Pony is like, a really big deal right now. Yeah, it was a big deal when we were kids, too, but now it's like a really, really big deal. The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic show, which debuted in 2010, is…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

The Reason Why Your Vagina Might Smell Differently During Ovulation Is * Wild *

If you're trying to get pregnant (or, for that matter, if you're trying not to get pregnant), you've probably taken it upon yourself to become as familiar with your body's fertility signs as possible. You might have figured out that when you're ovula…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Here's Your Valentine's Day Horoscope, To Prepare Yourself Accordingly

There's always so much hype and pressure about Valentine's Day. Plenty of us can't help but wonder what's in the cards for us on this (supposedly) most romantic day of the year. Of course, there's no way to predict that — or is there? What does your …
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

This Is Why Your Epidural Needle Won't Hurt — For Real

The question of whether or not to get an epidural during childbirth is one many moms-to-be agonize over. Some women have their hearts set on a natural childbirth, preferring to explore such medication-free labor pain management options as hypnobirthi…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

9 Super Fun Facts About February Babies That Are Too Good Not To Share

Every baby is different, but depending on when your little one was born, you might be surprised to discover that she shares some very distinct and fascinating traits with other kids born during the same month. Everything from her eventual career to h…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Your Breast Milk Can Actually Be A Red Flag That Your Baby Has The Flu

If you're a nursing mom, you've probably been told by your pediatrician that the best thing you can do when your baby is sick is to keep on breastfeeding. But did you know that in addition to providing your ailing little one with the antibodies and c…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

18 Weather-Related Baby Names, Because Kylie Did It Right

Since Kylie Jenner announced the name of her newborn daughter — Stormi Webster, as if you didn't already know — internet searches for weather-related baby names have spiked by approximately 8,000 percent. Okay, I made that statistic up, but it's prob…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Talk About Badass: These Olympic Athletes Competed While *Pregnant*

Pregnancy means different things for different people. For some of us, it means spending as much time on the couch binge watching bad reality TV and scarfing down burritos as possible (ahem). For others, it means performing record-breaking feats of s…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Here's What Pregnant Women *Must* Be Aware Of Before They Ski

With the Olympics just around the corner, winter sports are on everybody's minds. There's nothing like watching top athletes scoring big on the slopes to make even amateur enthusiasts consider packing up their poles and hitting the powder. But what i…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Try These 6 Yoga Poses For Better Sleep *Tonight*

If you're into yoga, you know that there are practically as many reasons to hit the mat as there are yoga poses (and that's quite a lot!). Maybe you're looking for a way to keep your stress levels in check, or maybe you're trying to improve your flex…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

15 Instant Pot Super Bowl Recipes The Kids Will Devour

If you're one of the many Instant Pot owners out there who's completely obsessed with finding excuses to use your new favorite kitchen gadget ever, look no further: It's Super Bowl time! So if you've got sports enthusiasts in your house (or heck, eve…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Are You In Danger Of The Flu In Dallas? Here's What's Happening In Texas

As you're probably more aware than you'd like to be at this point, this year is turning out to be a particularly bad one for the flu. And while no state has been spared from the deadly outbreak (except possibly Hawaii), some parts of the country have…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

15 Mouth-Watering Slow Cooker Recipes For Your Super Bowl Party

If you're gearing up to entertain on Super Bowl Sunday (like so many, many people), you're probably trying to figure out a way to serve up awesome food for your guests while spending as little time in the kitchen as possible. (Because, let's be hones…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

15 Valentine's Day Gifts Every Pregnant Woman Will Fall In Love With

As with basically everything else that happens during pregnancy, your last Valentine's Day before becoming a mom (or adding another little one to the family!) can be a particularly emotional affair. So emotional, in fact, that the usual flowers and c…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote