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4 Questions That Can Get You a Free Breast Pump

Friday, July 25th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Amanda Cole, owner of Yummy Mummy 

We’ve all heard the phrase “ask and you shall receive.” When you’re pregnant you’re going to be asking about (and receiving) tips on strollers, car seats, baby monitors and more. While you’re at it, ask the right questions and you could maybe receive a free breast pump.

The Affordable Care Act requires most health insurance plans to cover women’s preventative services, including breast pumps, oftentimes with no cost to the mother. But coverage varies widely, not only from one insurance carrier to the next, but also from one plan to the next. So you have to ask the right questions to find out what you are entitled to.

1. Does your plan cover breast pumps?

Although the Affordable Care Act requires most insurance plans to cover breast pumps, a few plans have been “grandfathered in,” so the first thing to do is make sure your plan covers breast pumps. And despite some rumors out there, the breast pumps you receive through insurance are the same exact breast pumps you would buy at any retail store. They might not have all the fancy extras like tote bags and coolers, but the motor and mechanics are 100% identical. And there is no need to purchase additional accessories to start pumping! Just buy them later if you decide you need them.

2. What types of pumps are covered by your plan?

Some plans offer a double-electric breast pump, others offer only a manual pump, and some plans give members a choice. Some plans also allow you to rent a hospital-grade pump, but most often you or your baby must have a medical condition (such as a cleft palette) as well as a prescription in order to obtain a hospital-grade breast pump. Which leads us to question #3…

3. Do you need a prescription?

Some plans require your doctor to send in a prescription for any type of pump, so ask early to avoid delays later!

4. How and when do I get my pump?

For the most part, your insurance carrier will not let you go to just any store (or web site) to purchase your pump. They will require that you obtain your breast pump from an in-network provider. I am the founder and owner of Yummy Mummy, the largest Durable Medical Equipment supplier in the country specializing in breast pumps, so we may be in your network (we work with more than 25 insurance plans).

Your pump provider should ideally verify benefits on your behalf, offer you different brands of pumps to choose from, and ship the pump straight to your door. Some insurance plans will let you receive your pump at any point during your pregnancy, while others will only allow the pump to ship one month before your delivery or after you’ve delivered.

If you still have more questions, Yummy Mummy is here to help!

Seeking advice on what type of breast pump you should get or how many you should have? Watch this video introduction!

 

Choose a Breast Pump
Choose a Breast Pump
Choose a Breast Pump

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Steal That Kid’s Style! Our Takes on Fave Pitti Bimbo Looks

Friday, July 25th, 2014

High-end clothing and accessories aren’t just for the Carrie Bradshaws of the world. The designers showcased at children’s fashion fair Pitti Bimbo, a bi-yearly event in Florence, Italy, prove that garb for little ones can be just as chic. Unfortunately, some of the pieces can run pretty steep–especially when you consider how much your kiddo grows each year!

Don’t worry, though–even if you’d rather save than splurge, your child doesn’t have to dress like a Plain Jane. Here, we’ve put together looks modeled after some of our favorite Pitti Bimbo fashions shown at past fairs. Your little one will be ready to hit the runway in no time! Click the “Off the Rack” images to shop.

On the Runway: This Miss Bluemarine dress, modeled in January 2013, is perfect for the girl who loves all things pink (and has somewhere super fancy to go!). 

Off the Rack: Florals and bows? Check and check. This Youngland frock from Sears also has the satin look of the designer dress, but it’ll only cost you…wait for it…$13! 

On the Runway: He’ll stand out in the crowd when he sports a neon yellow polo! Classic khakis and a grown-up blazer make for a “brunch at the club” look. This outfit, shown in June 2013, is by Miss Grant.

Off the Rack: These pieces are all great basics, so stock up and replicate this look at a minimal cost. Pair the OshKosh polo ($11-$13.20, Diapers.com) with jeans during cooler months. To make the look more feminine, girls may enjoy wearing this similar-looking blazer, also by OshKosh, over a dress ($18, Target). 

On the Runway: Anchors aweigh! The nautical look goes high-fashion with this Philippe Plein dress, which was shown at the most recent fair this past June. 

Off the Rack: It’s patriotic-looking and summery just like its runway counterpart, but this anchor dress is super affordable. ($32, Zappos)

Images of runway styles 1 and 3 by Giovanni Giannoni; image 2 courtesy of Pitti Immagine. 

Back to school time will be here before you know it! Check it some of our fashion tips:

Back to School: Fashion for Girls
Back to School: Fashion for Girls
Back to School: Fashion for Girls

 

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Shop Wendy Bellissimo’s New Maternity Line!

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Pregnant women, rejoice! Wendy Bellissimo does more than curate amazing nurseries–she’s also bringing her flair for design to Destination Maternity, with a clothing and accessories line that just launched this week.

Wendy’s California-inspired, affordable pieces will be on sale at Destination Maternity and Motherhood Maternity stores, and online. Fall always feels more fun when flannel shirts, loose sweaters, and tribal prints are involved, and Wendy’s collection offers just those options!

Check out these looks:

Flannel doesn’t have to feel masculine. The lace back of this $44 top adds a sweet, unexpected touch. 

Finally, a top that focuses on exposing your arms, not your tummy! The funky print of this $38 V-neck makes it great for day or night. 

Wondering what to wear to your baby shower? This $48 maxi dress is a great pick.

Which pieces are your faves? If you’re just beginning to build your maternity wardrobe, make sure you stock up on these must-haves:

5 Maternity Must-Haves
5 Maternity Must-Haves
5 Maternity Must-Haves

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Hollywood Baby Boom: 10 Pregnant Celebrities

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

In last year’s Hollywood baby boom, we met Fergie and Josh Duhamel’s adorable son Axl, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s darling daughter Everly, and our favorite baby of 2013, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge!

Who will be adding to their families in 2014?

We’re all waiting in anticipation for the birth announcement from Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. And we can’t wait to see pics of Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes’ first child. Not to mention baby No. 3 for Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick!

Read below and take a look at the 10 most anticipated pregnancies of 2014.

Zoe Saldana:

Zoe Saldana is the latest Hollywood starlet to join the motherhood club. The Avatar actress, 36, and husband Marco Perego are reportedly expecting their first child together. Their happy news was announced July 23.

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis and her fiancé, That ’70s Show costar Ashton Kutcher, are expecting their first child together — reportedly a girl. In May, the Jupiter Ascending star, 30, confirmed her pregnancy.

Christina Aguilera

Grammy Award winning singer Christina Aguilera, 33, and fiancé Matt Rutler are expecting their first child together. Christina confirmed her happy news in February, and has since announced that she’s expecting a girl this time around. The singer is already mom to 6-year-old son Max with ex-husband Jordan Bratman.

Eva Mendes

Hey girl, Eva Mendes, 40, and Ryan Gosling, 33, are expecting their first child together. The couple’s happy news was announced in early July. We can’t wait to catch a first glimpse of Eva’s growing baby bump.

Kourtney Kardashian

Reality star couple Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are expecting their third child together. The expectant mama, 35, and her boyfriend, 31, announced their happy news in early June. They are already parents to son Mason, 4 1/2, and 2-year-old daughter Penelope.

Kristen Bell

In June, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard announced that their second child is on-the-way. The House of Lies actress, 34, and Parenthood star, 39, are already parents to 1-year-old daughter Lincoln.

Hayden Panettiere

Congratulations are in order for Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko. The Nashville star, 24, and her fiancé are expecting their first child, it was announced in late May.

Christina Ricci

Congratulations to Christina Ricci and James Heerdegen. The Now and Then actress, 34, and her husband are expecting their first child together. In a surprising baby bump reveal, the mom-to-be debuted her growing belly at LAX in May.

Rachel Bilson

In May, news broke of Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen‘s baby on-the-way. The Hart of Dixie star, 32, and her Star Wars actor boyfriend, 33, are expecting their first child together — reportedly a girl.

Alyssa Milano

In March, Who’s the Boss? alum Alyssa Milano, 41, and husband David Bugliari announced that baby No. 2 is on-the way. The couple – who expect a daughter – are already parents to nearly 3-year-old son Milo.

Use our Baby Name Finder to find the perfect name for your little one, check out which celebrities are pregnant, or find maternity dresses at Shop Parents.

Your Pregnancy: 5 Early Pregnancy Symptoms Most Women Deal With
Your Pregnancy: 5 Early Pregnancy Symptoms Most Women Deal With
Your Pregnancy: 5 Early Pregnancy Symptoms Most Women Deal With

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CelebrityBabyScoop.com is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on CelebrityBabyScoop.com.

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Tiffany Beveridge’s Cutie Quinoa Will Make You Laugh

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

She’s sassy, savvy, and LOL-worthy. If you haven’t heard of Quinoa (no, not the food this time!), you’re missing out. Tiffany Beveridge turned her viral Pinterest board, “My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter”, starring a little girl with the same name as the trendy grain, into a clever book for fans to enjoy.

Quinoa is spirited and a hipster, but it would be a major faux paux to refer to herself as one, according to “The Rules of Being a Hipster” that appear at the beginning of Beveridge’s book. More specifically, as Beveridge writes, Quinoa is “the fearless and fashion-forward little girl who dresses to the ninety-nines, attends elaborately themed playdates with her cohort of posh friends” and “sets more trends in an hour that the number of times you check your email in Twitter feed.” Quinoa lives and breathes fashion, and even knows how to undergo a “textile cleanse” (wearing all white for a week) when necessary. If you’ve never found yourself jealous of a fictional character, you (or your child) will be now.

Of course, the book is also parody of our obsession with the latest must-have foods, styles, and technologies. Case in point: Quinoa’s friends are named Hashtag and Chevron, and a list of Quinoa-approved monikers includes gems such as Chia, Sephora, and Peplum. Likewise: The key to choosing worthwhile extracurricular activities, Quinoa says, is to follow three simple criteria: 1. Can it be posted on Pinterest? 2. Can it be posted in Instagram? 3. Can it be posted on YouTube?

Just as Bevridge’s Pinterest board is full of witty captions next to perfectly styled images, the book contains similar musings. A picture of two children sitting on a staircase is accompanied with the caption, “While playing brownstone, Quinoa and Bodoni got into an argument over who got to be the liberal arts professor and who got to be the work-from-home dad.” An image of an energetic young child dressed in camo, flannel, and some bling reads, “Quinoa’s friend Ellipses has the moves like Jagger, the smarts like Zuckerberg, and the curfew of a 12-year-old.” Laughing yet?

While some of the cultural references may go over children’s heads, the book is a fun read for teens, young adults, and parents who will appreciate Beveridge’s insight and humor.

Are you raising a little fashionista? These looks will inspire her as back-to-school time approaches:

Back to School: Fashion for Girls
Back to School: Fashion for Girls
Back to School: Fashion for Girls

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“Kiddie Arts” Updates Childhood Doodles

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

If you’re anything like me, throwing away early scribbles (your child’s or your own) is heart-breaking and difficult. But what would happen if you recreated some of those crayon-etched masterpieces years later? One Dutch artist, Telmo Pieper, did just that.

Pieper, of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, utilized digital painting and a touch of whimsy to revive drawings he created at the age of four. The proportions of his remastered works are spot-on to his youthful creations—just look at the tail on that whale, or the perilous tilt of that ship! My personal favorite? The slightly off-kilter bear with a sheepish grin.

To see more of Pieper’s stunning designs from “Kiddie Arts,” check out his portfolio. For a slightly different (but still just as cool) project, hop over to Dave DeVries’ website, The Monster Engine, where children’s artwork is turned into fantastical realistic paintings.

How ecstatic would your kid be if his or her artwork got a digital makeover? Let us know!

 

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Savannah Guthrie’s Baby Shower is a Must-See!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

If you wake up every morning and turn your TV to the TODAY show, then you know who Savannah Guthrie is, and you know  she’s expecting her first baby!

On June 30, the women of  TODAY hosted Savannah’s Baby Shower at the Glass Houses in New York city with the theme, ”Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” Keeping it unisex, the party was layered in a yellow and grey color scheme, with an emphasis on books, letters, and newspaper. Guests included co-workers from TODAY, friends and family, and her husband, Mike Feldman.

With styling by Minted and Rock Paper Scissors Events, personal touches at Savannah’s shower included: ‘Savannah’ spelled out with Uncle Goose blocks under a lucite doughnut and pretzel display, customized pencils that read #showersavannah, Minted trophy jars filled with yellow duckies, and Minted drink straws with “Oh Baby!” flags in lemonade cocktails served on trays, which were lined with the covers of well-known children’s books.In addition to décor, furniture was contributed by Taylor Creative, Inc., flowers were donated by Blossom and Branch, and catering by Peter Callahan.

Guests who attended the shower were asked to bring one unwrapped book for Savannah’s baby and one for a deserving child, which were then displayed on a bookshelf. From playing a personalized crossword puzzle, to decorating Burt’s Bees onesies for the baby-on-the-way, Savannah and her guests were well entertained throughout.

Get Savannah’s shower look, including banners, a photo backdrop, unique gift tags, and more! Whether it’s games and  prizes, sweets and treats, and packed goody bags, letting friends and family take a little bit of your shower home with them is an easy way to let everyone share in on the fun (even days after your shower!). Savannah’s guests all took home a Minted notebook, Sprinkles cupcakes individually wrapped with “Extra! Extra! printed on top, Rita Hazan hair gloss and Hanky Panky undies in pink and in blue!

Photographs by Samantha Okazaki/TODAY.

Want to decorate onesies for your baby-to-be? Watch the video to get tips on how to set up an DIY station at your shower!

Baby Shower Ideas: How To Set Up A Onesie-Decorating Station
Baby Shower Ideas: How To Set Up A Onesie-Decorating Station
Baby Shower Ideas: How To Set Up A Onesie-Decorating Station

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The American Express Guide to a “Summer Well Spent”

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Do you find yourself dishing out money left and right all summer? According to the American Express Spending and Savings Tracker, summer looks to be as expensive as the holiday season (if not more!). From pool membership to family vacation and summer camp for the kiddos, your wallet is getting pulled every which way. If fact, Amex estimates parents are spending $958 per child on fun summer activities in 2014–up from $856 last year and $601 in 2012. Overall, American parents will shell out $70 billion or more for summer activities.   

“Throughout the year, we’ve seen higher spending in a number of areas, like travel, shopping and entertainment – so it’s no surprise that parents are planning to spend more to keep their kids active.  This is good news for seasonal retailers, as well as camps, theme parks and other entertainment venues,” according to David Rabkin, Senior Vice President of Consumer Lending Products at American Express.

Eventually your kids will grow old enough to actually earn money in the summer. Nearly a third of teens are currently skipping the beach to start babysitting (24 percent), work in the fast food service (24 percent), working in a grocery store (20 percent), in retail (11 percent), or landscaping (16 percent). However, 54 percent of those teens will decide to spend their earnings rather than save, unless they are saving for a vehicle (27 percent) and/or college tuition (25 percent).

Meanwhile, with the help of Amex, some of our helpful tips to keep track of your pennies include:

  • Planning vacations and summer getaways ahead of time. By doing so, you may find deals along the way. Also, it’s okay to tell the kids up front what your limits are for souvenirs, meals, and more. Never to early to make them realize that money doesn’t grow on trees!
  • Make an effort to teach your kids fun and cheap (or free) ways to enjoy the summer heat in your hometown. Lemonade stand anyone?
  • Although school is out, chores still remain a popular way to let your child earn money. Nearly 98 percent of parents report assigning summer chores to their kids, such as cleaning a room, taking out trash, caring for a pet, or helping with the dishes, and 83 percent of parents reward the kids with an allowance. Then maybe they can reach into their own wallet the next time they want to go see a movie or chase the ice-cream truck!
  • Also, ask your kids early on what they’re interested in doing during the last weeks of summer. Sports clubs, pool memberships and camps are always popular, but limit yourself to what he or she is really excited about. It takes money to participate in a lot of summer activities, but with tips and tricks from American Express, make it a summer well spent!

Want to add some DIY fun this summer? Get your kids together and make unique t-shirts they can wear all summer long.

Surf's Up Shirt
Surf's Up Shirt
Surf's Up Shirt

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