Feb. 8. 2023

The New Parents Issue

Feb 2022

Hilary Duff Never Meant To Make It Look Easy

Photographed by Kerry Hallihan

Written by Danielle Pergament

Styled by Tiffany Reid


As the editor of a parenting publication, I hear a variation on the same phrase over and over again: “No one tells you about that before you become a parent.” People seem to feel this way about almost every aspect of new mother- and fatherhood. They say it about the often fraught process of conceiving a baby, the way your joints loosen when you’re pregnant, the agony of mid-labor pelvic exams, the way your body leaks so many different ways after you give birth. They say it about the exhausting rigors of breastfeeding or the complex decision to feed your baby another way. I know I said it myself about the relentlessness of infancy, the way it pushed me to my limits and never, ever gave me a day to catch my breath. I’ve even heard it said about the explosive joy of holding your baby and the vast depth of love you feel for a small person who reaches for you instinctively when they need the most profound kind of reassurance a person can get.

We’re all wrong of course — there are testimonials and advice columns, family stories and Instagram feeds and blog posts and listicles and essays and books that will tell us about every aspect of mothering and fathering. To be sure, there are underreported stories and neglected corners of the parenting experience, but I think what people really mean when they say “no one prepares you for this” is that the shock of it all, the bliss and the guilt, the fierce protectiveness and the terrifying ambivalence, the grief and the love, can’t be adequately described. It seems impossible that a variation on this experience has happened to every single mother and father before us and yet we somehow didn’t grasp it at all.

In our “New Parents Issue,” we won’t try to “tell you about it” in the covering-all-the-bases sense. We’ll share a few parenting stories (because it’s all we really want to talk about) and let you in on a few lessons we’ve learned; mostly we will celebrate with you when things are wonderful and commiserate with you when they are not. Welcome to new parenthood — you have no idea what you got yourself into.

- Elizabeth Angell, Editor-in-Chief

Internet Therapy

The Respectful Parenting Gurus Will See You Now — On Instagram

This parenting philosophy may feel a little silly at first, but I have come to embrace it.

What Moms Liked Better About Themselves After Having Kids

So often, when we talk about becoming a mother, the conversation turns to what women lose: A familiar sense of self. Professional opportunities. Personal space. Our “pre-baby” bodies. But while these are worthwhile, valid, and important discussions to foster, it’s not the whole story. Motherhood has the ability to change not just our lives but our perspectives. What feels lost in that heady, overwhelming business matters — but what we find can be unexpected, freeing, and incredibly rewarding.

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Our Favorite Family Movies Of 2022

by Jamie Kenney

Plus honorable mentions and things we’re still looking forward to as the year comes to an end.

Baby Names

35 Rare Girl Names As Unique As Your Child

by Kinsey Gidick

What’s in a name?


Here's How To Tell If Your Vaginal Stitches Aren't Healing Properly After Childbirth

by Jennifer Parris


Postpartum Sex

Your Guide To Postpartum Masturbation After A C-Section

by Sarah Hosseini and Katie McPherson

Experts explain whether a little solo *sexual healing* is safe.


6 Ways To Fix A Shallow Latch So Your Baby Can Nurse Properly

by Shana Aborn

Treating your boob like a sandwich may actually solve the problem.

Baby Names

27 Baby Names That Mean Blessing

by Tiffany Eve Lawrence

Because why not make sure your kid knows how much of a miracle they are.


13 Cute Nursing Tops You'd Want To Buy Even If You Weren't Breastfeeding

by Grace Gallagher

You'd never even guess they were breastfeeding-friendly.


Parents Are Going To Want To Pay Attention To The Updated Baby Milestone Guidelines

by Ashley Ziegler

This is a huge win for parents of babies and young kids.

Hello From The Other Side

Your Complete Guide To Recovering From A C-Section

by Natalia Hailes

A totally Mom-centric guide to physical and emotional recovery.

Mental Health

How To Reclaim Your C-Section & Own Your Birth Story In All Its Glory

by Kate Rope

It’s OK to feel all sorts of ways about your birth.


Honestly, Crying It Out Is A Gift For Tired Parents & We Should Celebrate It More

by Miranda Rake

Once new parents make it through those first 16 weeks of chaos, you can rejoice! Why? Because it’s time to cry-it-out.

Resting Mom Face

12 Baby Products You Should Be Using On Yourself, According To A Beauty Editor

by Carly Cardellino

A diaper cream that doubles as a moisturizer, a healing balm, and more.


Switching To Formula Saved My Sanity

by Miranda Rake

Letting go of breastfeeding created the breathing room I needed to be a more relaxed, more balanced mom.

Attachment Theory

Parents Are Secretly Obsessed With Jellycat

by Carla Ciccone

The first time we spent the night together, I slept more soundly than I had in months.

Futurists Predict What Our Kids’ Lives Will Look Like

by Molly Langmuir

The future is a range of possibilities, and we can work for the version we want


I Gave Birth For The First Time This Year, But I Was Already A Mother

by Kate Axelrod

Four years earlier, not long after her biological mother died, I started dating Amaia's father.