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Chickpeas with Garam Masala Purée

Garam Masala has one of those fabulous, exotic names that scare most people off when they see it in the spice aisle. It’s actually a mix of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, black pepper and coriander. This dish has a mix of protein, vegetables a starch and is vegetarian.

Tuscan White Bean Purée

Cannelini beans, also known as white beans have a smooth texture and a nutty flavor. Combined with the brown rice, you have a 
complete protein. I’ve been making the adult version of this dish for years. When you 
make this for babies it becomes a creamy purée that—I’ve found—they can’t stop eating.

50 Things Every Guy Should Know About Pregnancy And Parenthood

1. From the very moment she announces her pregnancy, she’ll be the center of attention — not you. Get used to it.

2. When the baby comes, they’ll both be the center of attention — not you. Aren’t you glad you had nine months to practice going unnoticed?

3. Your house is too small, it was always too small, and to suggest otherwise simply proves that your brain is too small.

Zumba for Postpartum Fitness: One Mom's Success Story

Looking at Gina Grant’s tight, toned body, it’s hard to believe that she’s ever had a baby. In fact, the 36-year-old has given birth to four (now ages 8, 9, 13 and 15), with the youngest two born just a year and a day apart. Good genes? Perhaps, but she still had to work hard to get back in shape and lose the pooch after each pregnancy. And it wasn’t until after the arrival of her third child that Grant discovered her secret weapon: Zumba classes.

Pets, Pregnancy and Your Baby's Allergy Risk

Having a dog or cat in the house during pregnancy may help protect your baby against allergies. Researchers in a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology examined babies from birth to age 2 and found that those whose moms had lived with indoor pets during pregnancy had lower levels of an antibody linked to asthma and allergies.

What Parents Should Do About Valentine’s Day

Just because you’re a parent (or will be soon) doesn’t mean you should toss out the lingerie, slinky dress and plans for a romantic dinner. In fact, even though you’ll soon be shopping for boxes of 28 mini-Valentines with cartoon characters, princesses and puppies on them, sticking to the original sentiment of Valentine’s Day is even more important than ever. Valentine’s Day is for lovers. 

Superpower Honey Waffles

You can make these ahead for eating on the run, or savor them at the table with all the toppings of your choice.  Either way, they make a great morning fuel choice, thanks to whole grains, yogurt, and nut butter.  This recipe was originally inspired by a whole wheat peanut butter waffle recipe from the waffle iron of the excellent Melissa Clark.

8 New-Mom Workout Moves to Do with Baby

How can I get some privacy?

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You have a free pass to be a terrible hostess for the first few months after your baby is born. Have your husband firmly explain to his parents that you are exhausted from staying up all night; they’re welcome to visit from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., or whenever your patience is at its peak, but after that, you’re going to crash. At 5:01, yawn, mumble something about leaky breasts (that usually gets the men to skedaddle) and head off to your bedroom with the baby. If they insist on staying, your hubby can say, “Great! We haven’t had a chance to do a thing around the house.

Early to Rise

For the first time in 3 ½ years, we have started setting an alarm every morning. No, we don’t have a 6 am plane to catch. And no, Leo hasn’t started sleeping until 9 when left undisturbed. If he sleeps till 7:15 it’s a luxuriously late morning. And while I wish I could say we’ve turned over a new leaf at the 24-hour gym, it’s definitely not that. We are allowing a clock to blast us out of bed at 6:45 every morning in hopes of kick-starting better mornings. It seems you have to get up early to get the upper hand with a 3 ½ year old.

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