Update: Introducing Harlow Winter Kate Madden

03/04/2008 at 12:20 PM ET

03_10_2008Update: People has added a gallery which includes some images from the magazine, and 4 photoshoot outtakes.

Update February 28th: All quotations added. Again, we can’t post the inside photos for legal reasons, but the issue is available on newsstands now. Click the extended post for the interview.

Originally posted February 27th: Nicole Richie, 26, and daughter Harlow Winter Kate, 7 weeks on Friday, are featured on the latest issue of People, available nationwide on Friday. Inside the issue, Nicole and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden, 28, talk about parenthood, address questions about her body, why they chose the name they did, who their daughter looks like, and more.

After Joel warms a bottle of breast milk and settles down with Harlow for her evening feeding — stopping to burp every two ounces! — the couple chats with People while Harlow sleeps on Joel’s chest.

Click below for the highlights!

Nicole_richie3_2Looking back a year ago:

J: [Parenthood] was not in the plans. But it’s the best thingthat’s ever happened to us. It was a gift from God. It was a bigsurprise but neither one of us even skipped a beat.

N: Yeah, it was never a bad thing. It’s weird — even though we hadonly been together a few months, we had lightly talked about having afamily. I think we always knew.

J: We just get each other. We’re both laid-back people. It’s never been a job to be in this relationship.

How Nicole told Joel she was pregnant:

N:I picked a really bad time! I couldn’t hold it in. He was flying fromJapan to Europe, so right before he gets on a 16-hour flight I waslike, "I have to tell you something."

On the pregnancy:

N: I didn’thave morning sickness, and I was waiting for it. I was tired a lot butthat was really the only thing. And according to [Joel], my hormoneswere really bad.

J: Nicole is really laid-back. You cantell her anything and she’s like, "Whatever." And that was the firsttime I’d seen her get worked up. I’d be like, "Whoa, this is not thegirl that I know." Like, if I was late — which is usually no big deal –it was like, "Where were you? You know that I’ve been waiting here, youcouldn’t even think to call?" It was cute.

On cravings:

N: Nothing really crazy. I would eat breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast.

J: She never liked chocolate, and now she likes chocolate.

N: Yeah, I’ve always been a cheese/salt person.

Nicole_richie5On the labor and delivery:

J: The whole pregnancy — the whole thing was easy. Well, I’m not saying the birth was easy for you.

N: It actually was! I just didn’t feel well [when I was going into labor].

J: She was like, "I think it’s going to be soon, so let’s go while it’s 2 a.m." So we snuck into the hospital [on Thursday night]…

N: And we just settled until I had the baby [on Friday afternoon]. It was really mellow. I don’t know [how long I was in labor], because I don’t know what time I actually went into labor, butI pushed for 10 minutes. Three pushes and she was out.

J: She cameout and she was crying. The doctor goes, ‘Well, it looks like you got alittle girl!’

N: I cried right away.

J:Right when she came out, you know that cry that’s like an internal crywhere you shake a little bit? [To Harlow] You made me cry!

N:She came out, and I just knew she looked like me, and I was holdingher, and it was something that was so much bigger than me. Now shelooks a little more like Joel, but when she was born, it looked likeJoel had nothing to do with it.

J: Thank God she looks like Nicole!

N: They put her right on my chest and I breastfed her. Ididn’t know anything about breastfeeding, so I fed her for 35 minuteson one side! And the doctor was like, "You should probably switchsides."

I feel like a superhero. I have such a newfound respect for my body.

Post delivery:

N: Well, right after I had her, I remember saying to Joel, "I need food. Get me apples."

J: I ordered her a steak.

N:I don’t know what I was asking for but I felt like I was going to die.[Harlow stirs on Joel’s chest] She woke up for the story. Shelikes this story!

J: [to Harlow]: This is the story of how you were born!

On nursing:

N: There’s just so much I can’t eatbecause she’s sensitive. I eat really bland[food] — chicken noodle soup, vegetables, fish. I had to cut out milk,no tomatoes, no lettuce. You think you have to cut everything out whenyou’re pregnant, but you really have to cut everything out when you’rebreastfeeding.

Nicole_richie2_3On her newfound breasts:

N: He’senjoying it! I don’t really like it. It doesn’t really fit with mywardrobe; it’s not who I am. I never had to think about wearing a bra,so it’s a whole new world. But you know, whatever.

J: I like you both ways.

On choosing their daughter’s name:

N: I wanted a hippie name and he wanted a more biblical name.

J: I really like Jean Harlow the actress, and she likes Shalom Harlow the model. Harlow’s cool because it feels like a classic name.

N: And no one has it.

J: Winter [is] so serene and quiet and that’s how she is.

N: I always liked the name Kate, but I knew I’d never name my kid that [as a first name] because it was just too plain. 

On being parents to a newborn:

N: I was joking with Joel today — I think it’s impossible to be on time with a newborn.

J: It takes an hour just to get out of the house. Like, ‘Oops, now she has to eat. Now she has to [be] changed!’

On milestones:

N: Well, actually [Joel’s identical twin] Benji [got the first smile].

J: Now it happens all the time. We live for her smiles. When she smiles …

N:We feel so good. I don’t know if it was this morning — my days areblended — but I was watching her in her crib and she happened to wakeup and I was like, "Good morning!" And she smiled and it was the cutestthing ever.

Nicole_richie9On the importance of family:

J: We don’t have a nanny. We have our moms. They’ve helped us a lot.

N: And we have to give credit to Be
nji. He lives six houses down. He babysits, like really babysits.

J:There was a day when I’d been at work all day and Nicole hadn’t leftthe house for 48 hours, and I was like, "Let’s go to a restaurant downthe street," and Benj was with the baby. Then someone said they readsomewhere we were out all the time. It’s crazy. You leave the house forone hour and everyone’s like, "She’s out! She’s leaving the baby!"

[Also,] Lionel‘s a great granddad. He’s the best. She loves him. You have to be around Lionel to see how he is. He’s just happy.

N:I just think without even consciously talking about it, the family hasgotten closer. [Harlow] is really the focus, and everyone has the samegoal: to love her and to make her happy.

When Joel and I got together,he was always like, "Let’s go to your dad’s, let’s go to your mom’s,"so we started going over there more. My dad always says Joel reallybrought the family together. [Joel blushes.]

Nicole_richie6On their differences as parents:

N: Joel joked my whole pregnancy that he thought he would be the strict parent because I’m so laid-back and free-spirited.

J: She’s the strict one!

N: And since she was born, I’ve been so protective. Now Joel’s like, "I’m going to be the fun parent!"

J:Nicole can tell the difference between a whine and a cry. I’m like,"Oh, she’s making a noise, I gotta go in there." And Nicole’s like,"Let her self-soothe for a minute and see how she does."

N: I’m with her all the time. And she was a part of me for so long. I know when something’s wrong.

On her body:

N: Gaining weight was never really an issue. I loved the stages of pregnancy. I felt great physically. It wasn’t something I thought about. It was more like, ‘What am I going to wear?’ When I stopped fitting into my jeans, I wore leggings.

[When we went to the museum opening,] people asked me if I work out. I was like, ‘I don’t know what kind of time you think I have!’

J: [She just bounced back quickly,] two, three weeks. I’m like, damn! Nicole’s always been comfortable with her body. It’s always been an issue for everyone else.

Nicole_richie8_2Favorite gear:

N: Orbit infant system. The best! Just take out the seat and put it in the car.

J: Born Free bottles. We’re a Whole Foods family.

They also like Rockabye Baby! CDs, which transform rock songs into instrumental lullabies.

On Harlow meeting Paris Hilton:

N: Yeah. They went to the Ivy. Just kidding. I have to say,all of my friends, their demeanor completely changes when they’rearound the baby. When they come in the house they’re really mellow andcareful and sweet with her. And when you’re with a baby, you don’tthink, like, "Oh, I’m this person." She spits up on you and throws upon you or goes to the bathroom or passes gas.

On their future:

N: We wear matching bands, but we’re not married. We’re committed to Harlow and we’re committed to our family.

Nicole_richie4On motherhood:

N: It’s crazy. It’s almost like I don’t even remember what life was like beforeher. She gives life a whole new meaning and a whole new purpose. I feel like she’s an extension of me.

I didn’t just wake up one morning and say, ‘Okay, today I’m going tochange.’ It was more of a gradual, day-by-day thing.

Now that I look back on it, I was a different person last yearthan I am now. And, listen, sometimes I’ll be here and I’ll think tomyself, ‘I used to be fun! What if I’m not fun anymore?’  I have all those feelings. But you know what? I am who I am. I’m still fun,just not in that way.

J: People have this perception that Nicole was, like, in an opium den.

N: And I wasn’t.

J:She made some mistakes. But look at where we’re from: I’m in a rock androll band. Nicole is who she is. It’s not like we had to give so muchup because of the baby. It’s just time to be parents.We have a very different life from two years ago, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

N: Everything I do, I think about how it will benefit her or hurt her.She’s never out of my mind. I stop doing things for me anymore.Everything is for her.

Source: People

Photos by Andrew MacPherson.

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dora on

Aww, Harlow is soo cute!!!

Jen on

One of the cutest celebrity babies I have seen! She looks just like her Mom in that picture.

Milla on

Oh my gosh, she does look so much like her Mum! Very sweet picture, can’t wait to read the article.

dina on

OMG. This is the pic i have been waiting for. SO adorable, looks just like her mama. Nic looks so happy! Yaaaaay.

Natalie on

awwww!! baby Harlow is so adorable!!

Brittany on

Wow, she’s soo beautiful, I can’t wait to see more pictures!

dora on

Aww, Harlow is soo cute!!!

Stefanie on

Aww, she is really cute. She will grow up to just look like her mom.

Taylor on

wow, she is a perfect mix of both parents, what a beautiful baby!

Robin on

She is absolutely adorable! But where is Joel?? I would have been great to have all 3 of them on the cover.

Sarah’s note: He’s inside! I agree it would have been great to have all three though.

Michelle on

Harlow is adorable!

emily on

She is just too precious! I so look forward to more pictures!

angie on

Harlow is too cute for words!!! She’s one of the cutest celeb babies I’ve ever seen!

nosoupforyou on

I’m glad she now has a “purpose.”

She needed one.

rachel on

Harlow is so precious. Can’t wait to see more pictures.

Billie007 on

Lovely picture of Nicole & Harlow.

lina on

awwwww she`s soooooo cuteeee…. absolutely lovely… she looks like joel

Madde on

Omg she is adorable!!!

Ashley on

Harlow is absolutely gorgeous! Definitely the cutest baby of ’08 so far. Can’t wait for my issue to arrive on Friday now…

Amanda on

She is so beautiful!!

Philippa on

OMG she’s one of the most beautiful babies i’ve ever seen! she looks a lot like nicole

Danica on

She is so adorable. Her eyes are so focused.
I was wondering how come Harlow looks so much older than Max Bratman since they were born a day apart. Then it hit me. Nicole was two weeks overdue with Harlow and Christina had a C-section at 37 weeks. It difference is so obvious! wow!

Harlow looks so much like her mother….can’t wait to see more pictures.

Doreen on

Oh yes finally!! I’ve been waiting for 7 weeks to see what she looks like! lol Harlow’s adorable!! πŸ˜‰

Heather on

Finally! She is sooo cute!!

Jay on

She’s a pretty little girl…looks like her mother.

Kerri on

What a beauty!!

Melissa on

She is absolutely adorable!

Carlie on

Awwww she’s gorgeous!!

I definitely see a lot of Nicole in her. She’s absolutely adorable and Nicole looks good too!

Marie on

Very cute baby πŸ™‚

maggie on

hey all!! love the pic of nicole and harlow! im irish and we dont get people here….christina and max were in hello magazine which is a british mag which we do get here…the exact same pics were in people so im wondering has anybody heard if harlow is gonna feature in hello?

TracyG on

OMG! She’s darling!!!! What a beautiful baby!! Nicole looks happier than we’ve seen her in a LONG time…motherhood agrees with her.

Crystal on

How cute is she?!!!! Looks like Joel to me! Thanks for posting! I have been waiting to see her since she was a baby bump…lol!

kaylee on

Okay FINALLY! Harlow looks sooo much like Joel and Nicole too so weird! She is adorable!

Colleen on

She’s a beautiful baby!

UggaMugga.com on

She’s so cute!!! Totally worth the wait!


Harlow looks like Nicole.

Amanda on

What a beautiful baby girl! πŸ™‚ I believe she looks more like Joel.

Rosy J on

I’m so happy for this adorable little family. I love Nicole and Joel. Their little doll is just sooooooocute. God bless them. A baby can make such a difference in your life. Nicole looks fantastic.

hollywoodupclose.com on

she looks sooooo cuuute… looking forward to reading the people mag’s article. Wonder how life for her is going to change.

Sapphire on

what a beautiful little girl!

tink1217 on

gorgeous baby girl!!!

Kate on

O gosh!!! Cutest of 2008!! She’s precious.

I am so buying this edition.

heather on

What a CUTIE! definitely a keepsake picture. I like this new mommy Nicole, motherhood definitely seems to suit her! Congrats to them, so nice to see a happy new family

brannon on

Wow she’s cute!! I want another one!!!!

Chris on

What an absolute doll! I can’t quite determine who she looks like more honestly. She’s an excellent mix of both Nicole & Joel(obviously). I can’t wait to see more. It seems like we’ve waited ages to see this baby girl.

Isabell on

Cute baby but then again which baby is not! Not sure if I agree (or disagree) about food restrictions when breastfeeding. I breastfed all four of my children and ate everything. Only thing that I didn’t do was drink alcohol. What is wrong with lettuce or tomatoes while breastfeeding, i have never heard that before?

Sarah’s note: There’s nothing wrong with it, per se. She’s just saying she finds Harlow has her own belly reactions through the breastmilk when Nicole eats cow’s milk, tomatoes and lettuce.

Sami on

Wow, Harlow looks just like pictures I’ve seen of Nicole when she was a little girl. What a cutie!

FC on

I do think HWK is already her mother’s little clone, but then I look at her dark eyes and think of Joel. She’s a cute little thing! πŸ™‚ And I’m still trying to make myself believe that Nicole is a mother now. It’s so weird…lmao, but it suits her.

Starlet on

Harlow looks sooooo much like Nicole it’s incredible, I don’t think I’ve seen a newborn look so much like her mom! Adorable.
Yes, depending on the baby sometimes you do have to cut things out, my friend’s baby had such a horrible allergy to dairy, she couldn’t eat any while nursing!

coco on

when the page came up and i saw the pic i scream! she is beautiful! absolutely gorgeous. wow nicole and joel are blessed. she reminds me of my daughter with those eyes. awwwww just a cutie

Erin on

Beautiful little girl!!! Looks so much like her mommy!

Katie on

Harlow is a beautiful baby! It looks like Nicole and Joel (just realized their names rhyme!) are so in love with their daughter! So wonderful..

Michele on

Cute little girl – I’m just so freakin’ excited that a celebrity ACTUALLY pushed her kid out and didn’t have an elective C-section like a lot of them do. I have a new found respect for the new mama!

Dana on

Wow! She’s a cutie! She has such great head control at this young age. (Although Nicole is probably secretly supporting the head.)

My niece was due on January 4, but born on December 21. I agree with Danica about how “old” Harlow looks. I kept thinking that even at 2 months, my niece looks so little, but then I realized that she was 2 weeks early, and my kids were both (pretty much) on time. What a difference a few weeks makes.

Melanie on

What a lovely little baby!

Pam on

She is BEAUTIFUL! Like others have sad, I see a lot of Nicole, but the eyes are all Joel.

I have to say, I give her props for continuing to nurse despite challenges. Honestly, I had the same issue and I almost quit breastfeeding. My son had a BAD reaction to anything spicy, which is what a lot of my diet is (I love Thai, Mexican, Indian food). Also dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese…).

I didn’t want to lose my favorite foods, and I didn’t want him to suffer, so we ended up giving him a bottle of pumped milk before bed if I had had anything spicy that bothered him for dinner. I pretty much avoided dairy. Around 5 months it evened out and he could tolerate more, but I have to say it was really hard for me to limit my diet. So anyway, good for Nicole for being willing to work with the challenges. It’s tough.

Mary-Helen on

What a gorgeous lil girl, spitting image of her mother!

I love these baby photos, now I’m hoping the pics of Jennifer Lopez’s twins will come out soon!

Becky on

So far, the daughter has her father’s essence. As she gets older, she will probably look more like Nicole. But, for now, she joins Matilda Ledger, Valentina Pinnault and Matt Damon’s daughter as being a “daddies female likeness”. Little beauties, all.

Just my opinion. Others may agree or not. But, clearly, no Sophie/Bette Midler thing going on here. LOL.

Marissa on

What a cute picture! I love how it is a normal, natural picture of Mom and daughter, not a ‘sex-kitten’ overdressed/overmadeup picture like a shoot we recently saw with another new mother…

Ari on

I think she looks like them both she is fabulous already.

Amanda on

Harlow is gorgeous! She’s the perfect combination of her Mom & Dad. What a beautiful family the three of them make!

Montoya on

Wow! She is just too adorable. I’m probably the only one who thinks she looks like her father, though.

shannon on

She’s definitely a cutie!

J.J. on

Harlow’s such a little cutie!! She’s just like a mini-Nicole! But I think she has Joel’s eyes..haha.

Jasmine on

b e a u t i f u l

she looks like her daddy and her mommy,

nicole looks stunning

Amanda on

She is so adorable one of the cutest little girls ive see. great job Nicole and Joel..

Sara Watson on

YAYAYA finally i have been waiting for this .. shes a cutie pie!

joely moley on

Wow, she’s gorgeous and looks so much like Joel. I’m so happy for them πŸ™‚

Emma on

She is gorgeous, and she does look a bit older which adds to the cuteness, I think.
I don’t have kids, yet, but I didn’t realise you had to cut food out for the baby to like the breast milk.
I’d like to hear why they chose her name, why ‘Winter” was in it etc.
I’m not sure who she looks more like! But she’s beautiful! Most gorgeous celeb baby since Shiloh Jolie-Pitt for me!

Sarah’s note: Many people don’t need to cut anything. Only some babies are sensitive.

nors on

Such a beautiful picture. Harlow has great head control for such a little baby.

Alana on

Wow, it is really funny.I too am a child from a mixed relationship with my father being the african american parent. I came out very light and I figured because Nicole is so light the baby would be even lighter but it seems she got basically the same complexion Nicole has. And she does look like a perfect mix of the two her head shape and eyes are all Joel’s. BTW Joel is soooooo sexy!!! Two very lucky girls to have a handsome, doting, loving man in their lives.

kiley on

Shes adorable!

I understand the breastfeeding thing, but the “I don’t know [how long I was in labor], because I don’t know what time I actually went into labor.” seems odd to me – i know exactly when my water broke-which was the start of my labor and then the time my son was born-maybe she slept through the beginning?

Anyways, cuuutee baby!

Krista on

Wow, she looks so much like Joel <3

CTBmom on

What a beautiful little girl!!! Nicole looks so happy and content. I am so happy for her and Joel, and they sound like they are such devoted parents.

Rachel on

She looks more like her mother I don’t really see any resemblance to her father. Funny it’s only now standing with Harlow that you can really tell Nicole is of mixed race (black&white) because her daughter looks bi-racial even though her father is white.


OMG SHE IS SO FREAKING CUTE!!!! Joel didn’t lie! she looks like nicoles mini me!! UGH too precious! β™₯

Lisa on

Wow, so many people STILL passing judgments. With breastfeeding, you DO sometimes have to cut out certain foods and that just shows that Nicole is in sync with her body and her daughter’s body and reactions and I think that is awesome. My kids couldn’t tolerate mexican..so, I cut them out completely and to this day will bypass the mexican fare for a more bland choice.

As fas as the vaginal over c-section debate. Seriously! Who cares? Her baby is beautiful and looks very full. Christina’s is equally cute and I think it is pretty nasty for people to say otherwise. And I think she is being HONEST for saying that she has no idea how long she was in labor. When those pains come, you often don’t realize what they are until you are well underway. Also, who cares how long she was in labor? What does that say or prove? Congrats to all of them.

CelebBabyLover on

Aw, she’s so cute! I can definitely see why Joel has said that she looks a lot like her mother. She certainly DOES look like Nicole!

That being said, Emma- It’s funny that you should mention that Harlow is “the cutest celebrity baby since Shiloh Jolie-Pitt for sure!”, considering the fact that Angie and Brad are now expecting another biological baby! I bet anything that Baby J-P will take the “cutest baby of 2008” (which, BTW, I definitely agree that Harlow is right now!) title away from Harlow if his/her big sister is any indication! πŸ™‚

Estelle on

Kiley, I slept through the beginning of my labor. When I went to sleep I was fine. I woke up in the middle of the night with full on contractions so I don’t know how long my actual labor was either.

I see mostly Nicole in her but I’m usually not that good at telling who babies look like.

amanda on

OMG!!! she is so freakin cute!! i cant stop saying “she’s so cute” and i never get this excited over celeb babies! wow wow wow


wow.. kudos to her for being one of the few hollywood celebrities that does a vaginal delivery! And breastfeeding, too.. lovely! i’m so happy for her.

Kim B on

She is so cute. It is true how some babies do react to what you eat. I have breastfed 3 babies and my 1st was colic and I had to cut almost everything out of my diet. It was very hard but worth it. When she was about 3 months old things got better but I still had to watch what I ate with her or else we had a bad night.

Chantal on

FINALLY! I have been on every site waiting for this moment. I love Nicole and Harlow is ADORABLE. Well done Nicole! I think she is going to be a great mom. And the way Joel rants and raves about his little girl, Nicole made a good choice in man.

kelly on

omg!!! i couldn’t figure out why she looked so different from max bratman, but that makes sense now if she was late and max was early. they look sooooooo different. she does seem older but so so so so cute lovely little girl.

kaylee on

Alana, I was thinking the same thing about Harlow’s coloring. I am a dark skinned african american and my husband is european, and my daughters are sooooo fair and people are actually shocked that I am their mother, because they look nothing like me. I thought they would be more tanned because of the mixing of coloring. I too was surprised that she is the same coloring as her mommy. But, genes are tricky. That baby is adorable ( I had to say that again, LOL)!

Marie on

Oh my, Harlow is absolutely one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen! I can’t wait to see more photos!

Jen on

I am so excited these photos are finally here! AND I have my fingers crossed that we get these pics in an Australian mag!

I think Harlow is a beautiful name and she is a beautiful baby – a real mix of both Nicole and Joel. I can’t wait to see more pics – especially of Joel and Harlow too because he seems like such a sweet man and I think he would be a wonderful father.

Congratulations Nicole and Joel!

Becky on

I wouldn’t presume the baby to be anything other than American. I don’t see any SS features here, anymore than I do with a lot of other celebrity babies all all and many ethncities.

In a polite soceity, we should all get to identify ourselves and our children, by the sensibilites embued in us by our families and by the individual himself.

Certain traditions of “racial labeling” are born out of a period in our history, that we should be careful, not to extend. Race neutral lanquage should be always considered as a valid choice over one, that excludes the participation of the person to whom you are speaking about. “People first” lanquage,
is certainly a more empowering approach when describing an infant or an adult person.

Busy Lizzy on

This is truly one beauty of a baby!!!! What a cute little girl!!!

Bella on

Oh my.. She is the cutest baby girl ever! She is a good mix of both their mum and dad:) I’ve been looking forward to seeing her, and she is absolutely adorable. What a blessed family!

Bella Mama on

she’s a beauty.. and i think she looks alot like Joel..

Beckie on

Omg shes so beautiful ! , shes the double of Nicole , congratulations Nicole and Joel ! .

tara stewart on

oh my god…she is so beautiful…i can see alot of her mother in her….congrats nicole joel…on that most precious and beautiful gift that you have been given

Danielle, CBB Publisher on

I wish she didn’t say “you really have to cut everything out when you’re breastfeeding!” because it’s really not true and it might scare off soon-to-be moms from breastfeeding.

Of every breastfeeding mom I know, only a small percentage had to restrict their diets and that was because their kids had severe allergies to multiple foods like casein (which is in milk and many other foods) and eggs. And according to a lactation consultant I know, vegetables don’t cause gas in a breastfed baby but protein can so no need to cut out foods that make you gassy.

Unless your baby has a milk allergy (which they will have regardless of whether you breastfeed or give formula and if you give them formula, it’s not enough to just use a soy formula because babies with severe milk allergies may require a super expensive not to mention, stinky, type of formula) or a specific food allergy, there’s no reason for most moms to abstain from nearly everything, even alcohol (you can consume it in small quantities).

meela on

1ST word that comes to mind, ALERT!!!!! 7 weeks old and yet she’s looking right into that camera!!
What a cutie pie!!!!

bearcakes on

What a cutie. I think shes a mix of both her parents. She has more of nicoles features and skintone.

Rachel, Genes are funny. Look at the twins of Haitian actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon (jaid and jax) and Emma Bunton and Jade jones son Beau lee. Both look more like their white parent IMO. But then again all of them are still babies, so who knows exactly what they will grow-up to look like.

JM on

Move over Shiloh and Suri! This baby has taken my top pick as the most adorable celeb baby! Just gorgeous and looks a lot like Nicole!

magenta on

I don’t believe her one sentence in People is going to scare off a perspective breast-feeding mom. I’m sure also women are smart enough to know that she was referring to her baby and her particular situation.

The fact that she gives a heads-up that something the mom eats might affect her baby’s tummy is a good piece of information. Why be critical of a new young mom for her choice of words? Here she is breast-feeding and she can’t catch a break.

Note from Danielle: I wasn’t criticizing her – I was merely pointing out that it wasn’t accurate. Besides, she may think that it’s true! Every time a young woman hears that something about breastfeeding might be difficult may make them less likely to be inclined to do it and being told that you have to eat bland food might be one of those things.

While I don’t think People or CBB Readers would be scared off by one story of having a rough spot, I don’t think it was clear that her comment pertained to her situation only and might be something that might make someone think breastfeeding is not for them.

Jennifer on

Having trouble with my email but Usmagazine has a picture up of Britney Spears boys, they got hair cuts, they don’t even look like the same kids anymore!!

A mommy too on

I am surprised she had a vaginal birth – considering how popular c-sections are among the hollywood set. Harlow is beautiful, and I love her name.



Danica on

Oh my goodness!
I cannot believe she is being criticized for speaking about the breast feeding part.

My Aunt breastfeed her daughter for 2 months and she always had a really bad reaction. They couldn’t pin point what it was for a really long time because we all thought breast milk is kosher. its infallible. turns out it was her diet, the last place anyone will know to check. It good that Nicole is talking about that because a lot of people don’t know this and at least in my experience, its the last place you check. Any mother that chooses not to breast feed because of Nicole experience with Harlow, was not really going to breast feed in my opinion. I feel its rude to criticize her for bringing to light a pretty relevant condition.

Anne on

The baby is a cutie. People keep mentioning Harlow’s skin color. Your genes can go back 13 generations (learned that is medical school) I’m bi-racial but I look more black (Tiger Woods color) my husband is white and we both have brown eyes. However, all 3 of our children have sandy blond hair and blue eyes. My dad is white and he has blond hair and blue eyes. My mother-in-law has blond hair and blue eyes and bing-o-bang-o, our children have have blue eyes, blond hair, and pale white skin. People don’t think that they are my children.

Brooke on

Lots of babies have sensitivity to foods while breastfeeding and women need to be aware of the possibility. Some are just fine. I’m afraid that breastfeeding proponents are sometimes so zealous that they try and cover up this fact so that women can’t find another excuse to not breastfeed. I think most people are intelligent enough to realize that this is on a case by case basis.

Kristen on

Ok~ so I am currently BF’ng my nearly 8 month daughter and I had to cut out all milk products (many more items than you can imagine) due to GE Reflux.

While I agree that her comment was not characteristic of BF’ng moms, I think it’s good that she mentions it. BFng is HARD and far too many people who had no issues act like it is the most natural thing in the world. It’s not~ it’s actually a SKILL that you need to LEARN more often than not.

While some babies may pick it up instinctually, most will not and new moms in particular are generally NOT prepared for this and can really feel like they are failures if they have difficulty.

I think it is SO IMPORTANT that all women have all kinds of information available to them, the good, the bad and the ugly so they are more prepared for the REALITY of BF’ng not the “fantasy”.

Harlow is VERY cute and Nicole looks really happy.

Tracey on

So adorable!

Maybe they chose Winter because she’s born in the middle of winter? I think she looks like Nicole but can see she has Joel’s dark dark eyes.

I could not tell you with either of my kids what time I started labor or how long I was in it because honestly my mind was just focused on my child and not the time, so I don’t find her quote that odd…

Erin (Graco) on

Harlow is a beautiful name. Joel and Nicole are going to be awesome parents. It is so funny how there names rhyme. Is this the new fad?? Jodie Sweetin is doing that with her husband- Jodie, Cody and Zoe. Too cute. Too bad nothing with Erin!

Erin (Graco) on

Harlow is a beautiful name. Joel and Nicole are going to be awesome parents. It is so funny how there names rhyme. Is this the new fad?? Jodie Sweetin is doing that with her husband- Jodie, Cody and Zoe. Too cute. Too bad nothing with Erin!

Erin (Graco) on

Harlow is a beautiful name. Joel and Nicole are going to be awesome parents. It is so funny how there names rhyme. Is this the new fad?? Jodie Sweetin is doing that with her husband- Jodie, Cody and Zoe. Too cute. Too bad nothing with Erin!

Melissa on

I am currently bf’ing my 4 month old daughter and have to cut out some foods as well. Mostly dairy products. But then other things like sauerkraut have no effect on her at all like you would expect.

Also with my first I had no idea I was in labor until my ob appt and he said your water broke and they wheeled me to labor and delivery. But I had been there once early in the morning and they sent me home saying it could be another week or two before anything happened. So in the end I have no idea when it started or when my water broke. Only that she was born 12 hours after the early morning L&D morning visit and 4 hours after my ob sent me there.

Kari on

Harlow looks like her dad!i see more Joel in her then nicole (she even does the madden lip thing!)i cant wait to see more pictures, especially more of Harlow and Joel and family pictures

Debbi on

“There was a day when I’d been at work all day and Nicole hadn’t left the house for 48 hours, and I was like, “Let’s go to a restaurant down the street,” and Benj was with the baby. Then someone said they read somewhere we were out all the time. It’s crazy. You leave the house for one hour and everyone’s like, “She’s out! She’s leaving the baby!””

I’m so glad they addressed that!! Now maybe people will stop with the comments (not necessarily at CBB, but other places).

I love that it’s their family that babysits. Very normal!

So funny about her not knowing to switch sides. I was the same way. Well, I knew to switch sides, but I didn’t know at what point I should do it!

I love Joel’s opium den quote, and then Nicole’s last one about motherhood and it being all about Harlow now.

Great interview – they obviously have a close connection and their personalities really mesh well. I’m so happy for them and I think they’ll do well.

Emily on

I agree with Danielle. The wording of the breastfeeding comment was misleading, and I have seen a lot of people on other websites that read that comment and thought that it applied to all babies.

And pointing that out is not the same as criticizing. It’s getting kind of ridiculous that any time anyone says something that isn’t gushing with praise over this couple tons of people go on the attack and say it’s uncalled for. Not everyone has to worship celebrities. Some of us can be more objective than that. Danielle was merely pointing out a concern of hers, one that I think was valid.

emily on

Gorgeous girl : )
I find it strange that someone said your diet would be the last thing you’d check if your (breastfed) baby was having intestinal issues. Wouldn’t that be the first logical thing to check? Don’t we all learn in elementary school that cows eat grass and turn it into milk? All mammals eat something and turn it into milk for their young. People today are so disconnected from their food and as a result seem to not know how the natural world (which includes humans) works.
I highly recommend the book “Real Food” by Nina Planck. It’s a revelation. And she blogs about her (breastfed) baby on her website http://www.ninaplanck.com

katiesnow on

I thought Nicole was adopted by Lionel Richie & his wife, so she and the baby are not mixed race, correct?

Sarah’s note: She is adopted, yes, but she is also of mixed race, specifically black, white, and Mexican. But she self-identifies as black.

cathy on

awww nicole your baby is sooooo adorable and well she is mixes i think she was born an americian not black or white, we are all american, black and white is just a color!

Soph on

How wonderful to see the change in Nicole since her pregnancy, and to see a young couple really enjoying parenting! A nice change!

Tucker's momma on

This was one of the best articles I’ve read lately from celebrity parents. I think this really has changed Nicole. As a new first time mom myself, your life does do a 180, but in the best way possible. I love that they don’t have a nanny, that they call upon family to be there instead. I agree also that it brings a family closer, I really enjoyed reading this!

Lisa on

I hope that when and if you have another child one day that you aren’t eating your own words. Breastfeeding is not always cut and dry and a simple thing to master. I breastfed 2 of my children without any problems and when I had my third, I had so much difficulty and he had so much gas issues that we had to go to formula and before you say one negative word to me, YES it was a REAL problem and not a made up problem in my head. Having one child that you breastfed does not make you a wonderful parent and children thrive just as well on formula believe it or not. It is comments like yours that cause problems and issues and you might want to watch your mouth because you will find yourself in a situation one day where people are judging you and causing you stress. Shame on you and your blog of groupies.

Carol on

I saw all the pics in line at the grocery store today. She is so cute…and seems so strong and awake. They sure seem crazy about her…as they should be.

Pam on

“I feel like a superhero. I have such a newfound respect for my body.”

That’s a great quote. That’s how I felt after I had my son too. It really does hit you – wow, I gave birth to him, I am nursing him. It’s crazy.

They sound very compatible. I like how they finish each other’s sentences.

Some Mama on

Harlow is adorable, but I gotta ask – why do they keep calling her “the baby”? It seems odd and disjointed to me.

Erin on

I am so happy to see such a wonderful article about this new family. And what a beautiful little girl!!
God bless them!

PSB on

I agree with Danielle. I was always led to believe (by nurses and doctors I’ve asked) that most food sensitivity through breastmilk was an old wives tale.

The medical professionals I spoke to said that with the exception of dairy products, eggs, and nuts – which all contain allergens that can go directly into your blood/milk, things like vegetables have to be broken down in your stomach and digested before they go into your blood stream, and all of the gassiness would be processed out. The only part of the food that enters your blood stream (and your milk ducts, since they function in a similar way) directly is the energy/calories and the fat.

They said that most people assign the blame of a gassy baby to certain foods they’ve eaten, but there’s no way to prove that those food are causing problems, since lots of other factors are in play. Obviously, dairy/eggs/nuts are a MUCH different story, since milk proteins can definitely carry through and irritate a baby with an allergy or intolerance.

Anyway, I could be right/wrong, but from my own experience of nursing a baby for a year, I can say that a cup of coffee or a small glass of wine never affected the baby, nor did any of my spicy foods or dairy. I had a VERY VERY colicky baby and experimented with eliminating all sorts of things, but nothing made a difference. As most of you who have had colicky babies know—nothing makes it better but time.

As for Nicole’s baby….boy she is so cute. I’ll bet she’s going to have some big personality. I can’t wait to watch her grow up and see how she develops :>

Carlie on

What a lovely interview!!

I especially love the bit where Harlow wakes and Joel tells her that they’re telling the story on how she was born – so sweet!

joy on

I am so glad she is breastfeeding and had a natural birth. So much better for the baby and you can tell. She is alert and wide eyed. Sounds like she is a awesome mom and that is very good.

I have to say for the labor part. Not all moms have a water break. I don’t know how long mine where either. My water did not break I woke up and was dilated to 5 before I realized I was in labor. Then I slept through most of the rest of it until I woke up to push. Not all moms have their water break.

Amanda on

I picked up the issue this evening, beautiful family! I love how down to Earth Nicole is, I can relate to her on a lot of things.
As for calling Harlow ‘the baby’, I don’t see anything odd and disjointed. My youngest is 22 months old and we still occasionally call her ‘the baby’ LOL , especially if you don’t find out the sex prior to birth you still bond to the baby it’s just you know the baby as ‘the baby’ it’s hard to break that habit, I speak from experience LOL

magenta on

You say it’s pointing out. I say it’s criticism and leave it at that.

I don’t care whether someone gushes or doesn’t gush over a celebrity. Do you?

Nicole knows what her baby is and is not allergic to and what changes she needs to make in her diet to my her baby happy. A breast-feeding mom who admits to having some challenges but continues to breast feed is something to be commended, not picked apart.

Emily2 on

“You say it’s pointing out. I say it’s criticism and leave it at that.”

I think Danielle ought to know whether she was criticizing or not. You go on in your post and talk about how “Nicole knows whether her baby is allergic or not” and yet you try to decide for someone else whether they are criticizing or not. A bit of a double standard there.

I feel it’s the responsibility of the people who run websites to provide accurate information, and to correct any misinformation that celebrities may be perpetuating. I’ve seen the editors on this site do this before with other celebrities, and I’m glad to see they are continuing that with this post.

I have no idea why there are so many people in the Nicole threads who are so sensitive over every little thing posters say. Good grief, Nicole is not perfect and there’s nothing wrong with someone pointing out that she misspoke.

Grayson's Girl on

I’m way late but just as excited as everyone else to see this little angel! She certainly didn’t disappoint! Harlow is adorable personified! She has her daddy’s eyes but the rest of her is all Nicole. She truly got the best of them. I don’t have words for how impressed I continue to be with Nicole and Joel. I knew they would be good parents from the way they behaved while she was pregnant but wow, that baby has awesome parents who are obviously madly in love with her and each other. They’re so down to earth and family centered it’s ridiculous!

I do have a question though, am I the only one who sees that Nicole and Joel are wearing wedding bands? Could those two have pulled a fast one and gotten married without us knowing?

Sarah’s note: No, they’re not married. She talks about it in the interview but maybe you missed it?

Jazmin on

Nicole and Harlow look absolutely beautiful. I’ve never been a real fan of Nicole, but I want to commend her on the way she has developed. It really wasn’t that long ago that she was really reckless and now you can just see the change in her, it’s in her eyes and everything. I agree, Harlow (love that name!) looks so much like Nicole it’s not even funny. Oh, she looks so sweet. I think it’s going to be really interesting and exciting to see her grow up and everything (I hope the paparazzi allow Nicole to raise her without constant surveillance, though, that has to be really creepy for a kid.). Anyway I think we are in for a new Nicole and I for one am looking forward to that.

Rebecca on

I understand why celebrities release a photo of their baby, in order to keep the paparazzi from going into a frenzy trying to get a picture, but I think doing a whole interview about the baby is over the top. I have a lot more respect for the people who only release one photo and then keep their private life with their baby private. And Nicole and Joel seem really focused in the interview on trying to prove people wrong, especially with the mention of how people have criticized them for going out a lot. Why do they care so much what people think? If you know the truth about your own life that should be all that matters.

ZaraB on

Harlow’s so beautiful!!! Does anyone else think she looks like Coco Arquette?

Kallie on

Congrats to the new parents! I am so happy that we finally get to see what little Harlow looks like, and she is a doll!

Note to Nicole Richie, Patricia Arquette and Thomas Jane have a girl named Harlow too, so there is another celeb baby with that name (cause she said “no one” has that name. That being said, I LOVE the name Harlow Winter Kate, very hippie cool yet classic =)

Bex on

I think she looks like her Dad. She’s really adorable.

Becky on

I agree with you Jazmin. She does look a bit like Coco.

Lyss on

Harlow is soooo cute!! But Nicole says she chose the name because no one else had it. Patricia Arquette has a Harlow, doesnt she? Oh well just a random thought. Im actually starting to come around to the name! What a cute family!! it’s so great seeing Nicole looking healthier and in her new role as a mom! I love the picture with Harlow sleeping on Nicole. thanks CBB for the quotes/pics!

Harley on

Well all I can say is thank God for this child putting some perspective in their lives πŸ™‚ I always disliked Nicole but now that she’s a mother, a real mother, I can’t help but have a soft spot for her. Kudos to them both!

Grayson's Girl on

I certainly did miss the marriage portion! Thanks Sarah!

Jenn on

Absolutely beautiful. She didn’t make her daughter look like a doll and add bows. Kept her beautiful. Love the family look. Dad with all his tats looks so sweet with his baby girl. Great shots.

Luci on

What a beautiful little girl. To me she is the perfect blend of her mom and dad. Dad’s eyes and lips though….

Debbi on

LOL! I just noticed the pic of all of them where she’s looking up at Joel open-mouthed like, ‘What’s up dad?!’ So funny.

Becky on

The hair ribbons and hair-bows will likely come, in the fullness of time. And, I suspect that it will all be in good taste as she will be tastefully attired and “tressed”.

I’ve always found “bows” to be beauty enhancing. And judging from the number of moms whose children wear the bows, I don’t think that my opinion is way beyond the norm.

And the good news is that although there seems to be resistance to hair bows and ribbons by the time some girls are in their tweens, smaller hair-bows have made a resurgence in the high school years. Limited resurgence, yes, but nonetheless, you do see them, at least in the south.

Reagan on

Isn’t Patricia Arquette’s daughter’s name Harlow as well?

Sarah’s note: Yes, a couple of people mentioned that in comments before you too. We know more than Nicole about the name! πŸ™‚

Carolyn Leber on

Wow, she’s really turning into a great mom!

Annie on

Rebecca, maybe you shouldn’t pay attention to the interview. In fact, maybe you shouldn’t come to a celebrity baby website to begin with. The mommy brigade always seems to microanalyze everything that celebrity mothers does or says, in the name of “correcting” misinformation or suggesting how they should live their lives. Why wouldn’t they want to say what is really going on? Her interview was not so personal and revealing that it seemed inappropriate. She also states what countless other have already speculated about in this blog and others.

Carrie on

Someone above was upset that they call Harlow “the baby”. At least they don’t call her, “that thing”, “you there”, or “whatsherface. She IS a baby after all, they’ll stop after a while I’m sure.

Don’t knock it, while in public places sometimes, I’ve heard some parents call their kids worse names than that.

Rebecca on

“Rebecca, maybe you shouldn’t pay attention to the interview. In fact, maybe you shouldn’t come to a celebrity baby website to begin with. The mommy brigade always seems to microanalyze everything that celebrity mothers does or says, in the name of “correcting” misinformation or suggesting how they should live their lives. Why wouldn’t they want to say what is really going on? Her interview was not so personal and revealing that it seemed inappropriate. She also states what countless other have already speculated about in this blog and others.”

Chill out Annie. Your reaction is way over the top for someone who doesn’t even know Nicole. It’s beyond me why there are so many people who get so sensitive about others who respond to Nicole posts. I don’t have to agree with what she says, particularly when she’s perpetuating misinformation. If you have a problem with my post, too bad, I don’t need your permission to be on this website or to read Nicole posts. Maybe you should take your own advice when it comes to reading stuff on this website, if my post bothers you so much don’t read them.

kiley on

Just to clarify, I did not in anyway mean to imply that I thought every woman’s labor should progress as mine did (with the water breaking, I jus thought a more common answer about how long labor lasted is something like “about 12 hours,” or “almost 6” more like an estimate. Her answer just gave me pause. I guess I assume someone else would keep track or something, anyways not a big deal. That is one cuuute baby! πŸ™‚

cathy on

what a adorable baby, good luck nicole and joel, she such a precious baby

Christine on

I think its so sweet the way Nicole has grown up while becoming a mother. My daughter did the same, from cheerleader to Mommy in 9 short months. The sweet baby looks so happy and healthy, and so does Mom!! Btw, we still say “the baby” as in, “I need to pick up the baby after work”…and she is 2 now. Its just a sweet way of affirming that she is always our baby, no matter how old she is!!

CelebBabyLover on

Annie- ITA! And Rebecca, of course you don’t have to agree with what Nicole said. However, Annie and I also don’t have to agree with what you said.

Chava on

Wow Nicole is an AWESOME mother! And Joel did great in supporting his new daughter into this world! Its refreshing to hear a story like this. Harlow is a lucky girl! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

meghan on

sigh – i remember the good ole days when readers here gave their opinions and no one felt the need to attack one another. it’s one thing to have an opinion on whichever celebrity is being reported on – but to go so far as to write a paragraph criticizing someone else’s comment – come on now!

Christine on

I don’t usually like celebrity baby photoshoots, they always seem so overdone. This one is my favorite ever. Very simple. I like the picture of Joel holding Harlow. It’s like, “Oh my gosh, that guy who sings in Good Charlotte is my dad!”

They look beautiful, and Joel’s so attractive.

gabriella on

Harlow is so beautiful, great mix of both parents. They both seem sweet joel and nicole, and they’re a cute family all 3 of them.

Katie on

I think a lot of the outtakes are way better than the pics that were chosen for the print magazine! I think Nicole looks tired in the magazine, she looks more relaxed in the outtakes and more angelic! I’m so glad you shared these!

CTBmom on

I agree, the outtakes are way better than the ones they chose to print. Either way, Nicole looks great, and Harlow is beautiful.

Doreen on

Love the outakes–wow those are beautiful!! THEY should’ve been in the magazine!!

Elyse on

ITA, the outakes are much better than what was in the magazine. I’m glad we got to see them! πŸ™‚

Luciana on

OMG,she is the cutest little thing, one of the most beautiful babies ever…and I really don’t see how she could be whiter,she is really white to me!!!!!

Erica on

I think Harlow is the cutest celeb baby so far.
Shes so pretty…and i love her name. We share the same last name :]