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Giveaway: A PacaPod Baby Bag (a $150 Value!)

09/01/2014 at 12:01 AM ET

PacaPod Giveaway Courtesy PacaPod

It’s a diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag: The new PacaPod Jura is a classic baby changing bag inspired by timeless British style. The Jura is packed with PacaPod’s famously functional features that make it easy to venture out with babies and tots in tow.

Plus, tucked inside the bag is the brand’s revolutionary three-in-one baby organization system with two detachable feeder and changer “pods” that make it simple to pack and retrieve essential items. Now, PacaPod is giving away a Jura bag ($150) to one lucky Moms & Babies reader.
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6 Stores We’re Shopping for Back to School

08/29/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

What’s one of the best parts of back to school season?

Other than meeting up with friends and finding out teacher assignments, it’s shopping the sales and scoring a brand new (and super stylish!) wardrobe.

But navigating the stores and finding fun fashions that both you and your kids can agree on isn’t always easy. Luckily, we’ve put together a few of our favorite looks that we’re loving for the new school year.

From preppy and pint-size punk to eco-friendly ensembles, see the stores that we’re browsing for our back to school shopping sprees!

Burts Bees Back to School
Courtesy Burt’s Bees

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Get Healthy with Alison Sweeney’s Back-to-School Snack Tips

08/28/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Alison Sweeney
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When Alison Sweeney’s kids open their lunch boxes, they never find greasy bags of chips or sugary cookies.

Instead, they’ve got good-for-you snacks like homemade trail mix and breakfast bars that The Biggest Loser host whips up in her Hollywood Hills kitchen. After years of struggling with her weight before finally getting healthy and fit, Sweeney has made following good nutrition principles a priority, not just for herself but for her husband Dave and their children, Ben, 9, and Megan, 5.

“My kids have known from the get-go that we all need to make healthy choices,” Sweeney tells PEOPLE. “They never expect to eat from the kids’ menu at a restaurant.” They don’t expect typical kid snacks at lunchtime either.
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All the Details on Blue Ivy’s Adorable VMAs Dress

08/25/2014 at 01:45 PM ET

Blue Ivy Carter was a ray of sunlight that lit up her mother’s face at the VMAs on Sunday — and her gleaming gold dress didn’t hurt the effect, either.

The hue of the 2½-year-old’s frock picked up the glimmering mosaic pieces on Beyoncé‘s bodysuit as the singer accepted the Video Vanguard Award from her daughter and her husband, Jay Z.

The good news: We tracked down Blue’s dress. The metallic mini shift dress — complete with too-cute flutter sleeves — is from Bonpoint and retailed for around $350.

Blue Ivy Bonpoint Dress VMAs
Kevin Winter/Getty

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Oh, Baby! Kelly Rowland Embraces Her Belly on the Red Carpet

08/25/2014 at 11:45 AM ET

Before Beyoncé had a moment with her loved ones on stage, Kelly Rowland (and her bump!) ruled the red carpet.

The mom-to-be embraced her belly as she arrived to Sunday’s VMAs in a blush-colored Kaufmanfranco halter dress, which she accessorized with stunning interlocking earrings from Lorraine Schwartz and brown diamond bangles.

Rowland, 33, complemented her sparkly sequined ensemble with a braided updo and soft makeup, including a pretty pink lip.

Kelly Rowland Pregnant MTV VMAs
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Giveaway: A Naturalmat Baby Mattress (a $499 Value!)

08/25/2014 at 12:01 AM ET

Naturalmat Giveaway Courtesy Naturalmat

The first step in a healthy nursery: the right mattress! Naturalmat‘s newest organic crib mattress, Spring Mat, is an innovative dual support mattress ideal for use from newborn to older babies. Celeb parents from Selma Blair to Tia Mowry are fans of this line of 100-percent natural fiber and organic mattresses for babies, children and adults.

Naturalmat products — the range includes organic coir, natural latex and mohair mattresses from cribs to children’s beds — are handcrafted in Devon, England. Each mattress provides parents with the peace of mind that babies will have a safe and restful sleep on the highest quality natural fibers. Now, Naturalmat is giving away a Spring Mat ($499, including a removable and washable quilted cotton cover and an organic waterproof mattress protector) to one lucky Moms & Babies reader.
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We Tried It: Radio Flyer’s Build-a-Trike

08/24/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Radio Flyer Build-a-Trike
Courtesy Radio Flyer

We Tried It: Radio Flyer’s Build-a-Trike

Who tried it: Rennie Dyball, Senior Editor

Why she did it: Now that my daughter is 1, I thought it would be fun to let her branch out beyond her stroller and take a tricycle for a spin.

Pros: Our trike arrived during a particularly fussy period, so my husband and I both agreed that the grumpy one would probably be indifferent to her new wheels. Boy, were we wrong. She loved tooling around the apartment in her trike, pointing out the sights and ringing the little bell. We had fun customizing it for her, too. We included add-ons like a parent handle to push and steer, and a wraparound tray, seat pad and seat belt to make it safe and secure for such a little rider. The best part: The add-ons can all be removed as she gets older, making the Radio Flyer Build-a-Trike a good investment, suitable for ages 9 months to 5 years. You can even trick out your trike with multiple color and pattern options, and fancy upgrades like speakers, air tires, personalized license plate and a UV-blocking canopy.
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