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OCTOBER 08
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TFG EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JILLIAN SWARTZ ANSWERS YOUR PREGNANCY QUESTIONS


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Just curious—any recommendations on strollers and/or car seats? Someone recommended the Graco brand to me. Do you like it? Thoughts? —Samantha, Bethesda, MD
GracoBritaxGraco is good. There’s a reason why they’re a baby gear juggernaut: They make quality products that are cute and affordable. My infant seat, which holds a baby rear-facing up to 20 pounds/1 year old, is made by Graco. I advise getting an infant seat with a stay-in-car base and detachable carrier. The toddler seat (the forward-facing one that my daughter started using when she was a year old) is from Britax. I love it! It’s safe, sturdy and great-looking—very plush. Both are equally easy to install—or so my husband tells me.

Now onto strollers. Strollers are the latest bastion of cool. You are totally and foolishly sized up by what stroller you have. Before kiddies, I had heard of this kind of outrageous behavior—heck, I’d even read about it in New York magazine—but I still couldn’t believe that it was true. Now, please don’t let this nugget factor into your decision. There are many good strollers on the market, and the right one for you is the best one.

BugabooBobI have a Bugaboo—which I am pretty sure is no longer the stroller to have. Whatever will I do? Mine is denim and it rules. It converts from a carriage to a regular stroller and it’s lasted three years now. Even though I use mine mainly for walking into town and such, I have used it for jogging in the park. It’s not a jogging stroller (and I am certainly no jogger), but it will hold up if you want to take a mommy-and-baby stroller exercise class.

A few months ago, I got a BOB double seater (the Duallie 12" AW), so I can roll with both of my homies. It’s very easy to handle, sleek and durable.

Check out these links to stories we’ve done on the best moving and grooving gear. I think you’ll find some helpful tidbits of information.

On our latest favorite strollers: www.thefamilygroove.com/sep08_BestInStroller.htm
On get-around gear: www.thefamilygroove.com/octeasyrider.htm
On car seat safety: www.thefamilygroove.com/febcallingallbritneys.htm
On what to register for, including some fantastic car seats and strollers: www.thefamilygroove.com/dec_TheRightGear.htm


Can you eat sushi when you’re breast-feeding? —Karen, New York, NY
Sushi Good question! Ten months is so long to go without eating sushi, isn’t it? Well, I’ve got good news for you: Yes, you can eat sushi while breast-feeding, according to Bettina Forbes, certified lactation counselor and one of the founders of the progressive and very hip Best for Babes Foundation (www.bestforbabes.com). Forbes says: “The great thing about breast-feeding is that all the foods that were taboo during pregnancy—including sushi, some cheeses and cold cuts, to name a few—are perfectly fine to consume while nursing. In fact, a mom’s varied diet flavors her milk, which may develop baby’s taste buds even before solid food is introduced. So yes, sushi can absolutely be enjoyed while nursing, despite the common myth and misperception that it can’t.”



Is there an essential item that I should register for beyond the usual nursery stuff? —Marissa, Short Hills, NJ
Boppy Well, there are just so many things to get nowadays. I mean, there’s not so much that you really, truly need, but so much that you could want. You should check out our article on what to register for. I mention it in the first answer above. It’s called “The Right Gear” and it’s got everything you need—and more.

If I had to highlight one item that has been a lifesaver, I’d say it’s the Boppy. The Boppy ($24.98, www.babiesrus.com) is nothing more than a curved support pillow (mine has a cute blue and Army-green camouflage cover by Wendy Bellissimo) that helps moms breast-feed and/or bottle-feed. You can also use it just to prop Junior up, for tummy time and for sitting. My son (and my daughter when she was an infant) spends a lot of time hanging in the Boppy. It’s such a simple idea that makes feeding him and playing with him so much easier.


Read all about TFG Editor-in-Chief Jillian Swartz's life and times in her blog, "Interview Mamazine."



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