Janet Manley

Senior Features Editor at Romper. Australian. Mom to two adorable muffins.
Recent Articles

Prince George's Outfit At The Royal Wedding Was Peak Fairytale

The many visits royals made to dressmakers and tailors ahead of the royal wedding did not exclude Prince George, whose outfit at the royal wedding proved he was already on the job. Third in line to the British throne, he looked as dapper as can be at…
By Janet Manley

Sharon Horgan On ‘Motherland’ & Making Mom Friends When You Have “Layers & Layers Of Hangups” — EXCLUSIVE

"When your kid's starting at a new school, you're kind of starting at a new school, with just kind of layers and layers of hangups." Sharon Horgan is talking about Motherland, her latest show, now on Sundance TV, which focuses on the clique-y world o…
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This Book Makes A Case For Motherhood In The Outdoors

"I knew my muscles would reappear — I'd reappear — if I could just get back to work." For Jan Redford, the Canadian climber and author of End Of The Rope: Mountains, Marriage, And Motherhood, getting back on the wall, back out into the bush, after ha…
By Janet Manley

My Postpartum Seamless Order, Annotated

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For This Mom, Motherhood Is A Long Hike. Literally.

Think you have to tote a lot of stuff with you on a morning outing with your baby? Trying heading out for six months in the woods. That's what Bekah and Derrick Quirin, both 26, did shortly after their daughter Ellie turned 1. The idea to through-hik…
By Janet Manley

Meal Trains Are A Radical Act Of Care By Moms, For Moms

It’s been a year and a half since I cooked my first meal for a new mom — a lentil casserole with a pastry lid. I was eight months pregnant with my second child, and instead of rising, the puff pastry had sunk down over the lentils like a damp pool co…
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The Children's Book Author Parents Are Obsessed With

"Significantly less murder than I was expecting," wrote GoodReads user Anna Smithberger in a review of the children's picture book We Found A Hat. The third book in a trilogy by author and illustrator Jon Klassen, it was the first not to end with one…
By Janet Manley

’The Letdown’ Star Alison Bell On Why A Sense Of Humor Is Crucial To Surviving Motherhood

Watching Audrey deal with new motherhood in Netflix's surprise hit The Letdown, starring Alison Bell, who also co-wrote the series, you get a bit of a thrill. In a mum's group full of stock parenting types — the crunchy Moon Juice-type mom, the type-…
By Janet Manley

Protecting Our Kids From The Sun Goes Beyond Their Skin To Our Behaviors

Mine are the kids in the dinosaur UPF hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved sun-protective tops rubbing a sunscreen stick on their chin until it turns white. I want to protect my kids from the sun, as a mom who has already dabbled in skin cancer, but as…
By Janet Manley

Diablo Cody Says You Should Just Go Ahead & Have Another Kid Already — EXCLUSIVE

"I honestly wish everybody had a Tully. I wish all new mothers had that kind of support in their lives." Screenwriter Diablo Cody is speaking by phone about Tully, her latest film, in which a night nurse rescues a mom of three (Charlize Theron's char…
By Janet Manley

Charlize Theron On Having No Clue If You’re Doing The Right Thing As A Mom

The first thing you see is a pregnant belly. I am watching Tully, the new movie by screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman, and a film for which Charlize Theron gained 35 pounds — a detail so fixated on that it has proven how superficiall…
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Jenny Mollen Is Still Peeing Her Pants After Her C-Section & She Knows She's Not Alone

Peeing yourself isn't something you typically bring up in an interview, but I'm talking to best-selling author and actress Jenny Mollen, who peed herself on a trampoline and then posted about it, and who generally floats at level 100 "realness," so i…
By Janet Manley

Kate Middleton's Hair & Makeup Postpartum Was Fitting For A Champion Of Maternal Health

Having delivered three children, reportedly without pain relief, and with pretty smick-smack timing, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, once again submitted to the tools of her styling team, while also recovering from the bi…
By Janet Manley

Kate Middleton's Dress After Giving Birth Is The Color Of A Mom's Love

Royal babies are born just like any other babies — in a hospital; perhaps with nitrous oxide on-hand for pain relief; with dad ready to install the carseat and drive carefully home — except for a few details. The birth of Prince George in July 2013 o…
By Janet Manley

This Is How Much It Actually Costs Kate Middleton To Give Birth

If you didn't have a royal obstetrician and a royal gynecologist on hand during your labor, with a team of 20 medical experts to support the effort, you probably didn't deliver the fifth heir in line to the British throne (but don't feel bad). But yo…
By Janet Manley

Queen Elizabeth’s Reaction To Kate Middleton Giving Birth Was So Incredibly Sweet

Just weeks out from the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed their third child, who is fifth in line to the throne — a baby boy. Commoners and press have been camped outside the Lindo Wing o…
By Janet Manley

I Think About Having A Spare, & I Know I'm Not Alone

I have a 2-year-old who is the worst hide-and-seeker you ever saw — one of her favorite hiding spots is just putting her head into the laundry basket — and a 1-year-old who likes to climb onto the couch and shake our standing lamp like a coconut tree…
By Janet Manley

Does Khloe's Daughter Baby Thompson Have A Middle Name? It Might Be Crowd-Sourced

Well, she is here! After much speculation and CIA-level analysis of her movements, Khloé Kardashian has reportedly delivered a baby girl safely in Cleveland, Ohio. The biggest question on fans' minds was naturally what she would name her firstborn (a…
By Janet Manley

This Doula Is Using Instagram To Totally Change The Way We Do Birth

I transferred OB-GYN offices at 33 weeks with my second child, mostly because I had lost my trust in the doctors at my old practice, but also, at least a tiny bit, because the new one had a plant wall. The practice was somehow brighter, everything fe…
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You’re Keeping Your Kid’s Skin Safe, But What About Your Own?

There's a line in a song by LCD Soundsystem that about sums up my twenties, "I wouldn't trade one stupid decision / for another five years of life" — except I certainly wish I could take back some of that sun exposure. I ~may~ have been careless abou…
By Janet Manley