Thanks to generous friends and family, you’ll likely end up with a dresser full of pint-sized apparel for your babe. But beyond frilly pink dresses and itty-bitty bow ties, there are a few practical pieces you’ll want to have on … Continue reading →
Quick scripts to help a big sibling feel included after a new family member arrives.
Ask for help When your baby needs something, invite your firstborn to help, suggests Laura Markham, PhD, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life. “She needs to know that she has … Continue reading →
Not sure your mom and dad are cut out to be Grandma and Grandpa? Try these alternative titles on for size.
For Grandma Grams, Gran, Gigi, Nana, Nanny, Mimi, Mimzy, Mami, Maymay, Masey, Mia, Babs For Grandpa Papa, Pops, Gramps, Grampy, Pappy, Paddy, Pop pop, Popo, Peppy, Bubba/Bub, Buster, Buddy/Bud Go global Look to your family heritage, and use the word for “grandmother” or “grandfather” (or a variation of it) in another … Continue reading →
Go pro “Newborn photography is unlike any other kind of photography,” explains Jennifer Blakeley, co-founder of NewbornPhotography.com, an online resource that connects parents with more than 4,000 professional newborn photographers. “Your photographer is not only skilled in camera artistry, she is … Continue reading →
Feeling the swell? Find out what's going on below the surface.
Flow chart During pregnancy, a mom-to-be’s circulatory system goes through rapid and dramatic changes, says Oliver W. Jones, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in Denver. Blood volume starts ramping up as early as five weeks’ gestation, and by the end of the … Continue reading →
Find out how to take a load off your aching spine.
Weight around As your sprout grows, your burgeoning bump pulls your center of gravity forward. This usually results in an arched back and a tilted pelvis when you stand, which puts extreme pressure on your back. Joint effort Pregnancy hormones … Continue reading →
During pregnancy, women are particularly susceptible to developing varicose veins for a variety of reasons, including increased blood volume, pressure in the leg veins and hormone levels, says Luis Navarro, MD, director of The Vein Treatment Center in New York … Continue reading →
Babies aren’t the only ones with an immunization schedule to follow—mamas need to stay up-to-date on their inoculations, too. (Mom’s immunity is passed on to baby during pregnancy, so the vaccines you receive will protect your wee one, too!) Follow … Continue reading →
Throughout the month of August, we’ll be writing a lot about the benefits of breastfeeding—both in print and online. There are two reasons for this: (1) It’s so, so good for you and your baby, and (2) August is National Breastfeeding … Continue reading →
Get the down and dirty on what you're likely to find inside your newborn's diaper.
The first No. 2 “The initial stool should appear within the first 24 hours of birth,” explains Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, board-certified pediatrician and co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn. “It is thick, black and tarry and is called … Continue reading →