What signs should I look for to indicate my baby is sleepy and ready to be put down for a nap or bed? A: Watching your baby for drowsiness cues will help you learn to recognize when she is ready … Continue reading →
Moms and dads prove 140 characters is more than enough to evoke side-splitting laughter across the Twitterverse. Here are just a few of our favorite quick quips from the recently released The Big Book of Parenting Tweets.
Find these and hundreds more parenting-related tweets in The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, edited by Kate Hall and Science of Parenthood. One minute your kids are babies, and the next you’re sleeping in till 9:30 a.m. because they have … Continue reading →
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Follow these steps to choose the healthiest footwear for your toddling tot.
Happy feet A baby doesn’t necessarily need to wear shoes when learning to walk. “If the environment is safe, barefoot really is best,” says Louis J. DeCaro, DPM, president of the American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics. “[It allows] … Continue reading →
Eco-friendly accents make for a sunny place to stay.
This month’s nursery is a compilation of bright whites, warm colors and earth-conscious design. chair / pillow / rug / donkey plush / car art / crib / love art / dog lamp / rocker / dresser / toy box / … Continue reading →
Surprise! If you’ve got two (or more!) buns baking in the oven, the news can be overwhelming, but there’s no need to stress. Here’s the lowdown on what to expect when you’re carrying multiples.
Are you still in “twin shock” after receiving the news? Or did you have an inkling that you might have two peas in your pod? Either way, you’re definitely not alone. The number of women giving birth to twins, triplets … Continue reading →
A comprehensive guide to finding the right gear for your family.
Feel like you’re drowning in a sea of strollers and car seats? Consider this guide the lifeguard on duty. We’ve packed it with practical information and expert input, so you can make smart choices and select gear that suits your … Continue reading →
Creating a baby registry is the easiest way to let friends and family know exactly what you need (and want). Follow these tips for success.
Dream big Go ahead and put that fancy stroller or modern highchair on your wish list. Your gal pals may just pool their pennies and go in on it together. Remember the little things Choose some budget-friendly items, like burp … Continue reading →
Pregnancy can affect your eyes, too—here’s what to watch out for.
All a blur With fluctuating hormones and the rising swell of fluid retention, expectant women commonly experience vision changes. Reasons and symptoms vary, but it’s not unusual for all that extra water inside you to cause the thickness and curve … Continue reading →
Keep your sweet dreamer nearby—but in a safe sleep space of her own—by sharing a room, not a bed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises against sleeping with your babe in the same bed as you and your partner, but room sharing can be healthy and harmless. Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to … Continue reading →
With a stuffy nose and cloudy mind (and we’re not just talking pregnancy brain), many mamas-to-be suffer from allergies. Here’s how to sniff out the source of your sneezes.
While moms expect an expanding belly, most don’t consider that housing a munchkin also packs a punch to the respiratory system. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, MD, founder of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains, “You can’t think of pregnancy … Continue reading →
Style aficionada Corri McFadden is a first-time mom with an eye for outfitting a bump. Listen closely—she’s sharing her mama fashion secrets.
Get back to black “You may have loved black before, but now it’s time to take your relationship to the next level. As the months pass and your bump grows, it becomes increasingly trickier to get dressed, especially when you’re … Continue reading →
What can I do in advance to make caring for my newborn—and myself—easier postpartum? A: As the big day approaches it’s a common concern for expectant moms to wonder how they will cope with recovering from birth along with caring for … Continue reading →
When I opened the Belly Armor SmartNova Baby Monitor, I was immediately impressed with the sleek design of the product. I don’t know that the “look” of the baby monitor matters to many, but I certainly appreciated the high tech … Continue reading →
Well, naturally, having done this whole birthing thing before, I can’t help but compare the two. So I apologize if jumping back and forth gets annoying. Both my birthing experiences were very similar—yet also very different. With my first child, … Continue reading →
I’ve tried a few different baby carriers, so I was interested to see how the LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons would be different. I found there were loads of benefits, but the thing that really makes it stand out is the … Continue reading →
I wish this was one of those birth stories where it’s a beautiful delivery, and you’re on your way out of the hospital in two days with. But, sadly, it did not go that way for us. We struggled through … Continue reading →
We have a fourth family member! It is always such a crazy thing to have a baby in your belly one day, and then cuddling her in your arms the next. The week before our little girl arrived, our town … Continue reading →
Babywearing certainly makes life easier, so I was hopeful that my infant son would enjoy the Beco Gemini baby carrier (especially because we had already tried a few others without success—i.e., there were fits of intense crying and lots of unhappy … Continue reading →
My daughter is now 5 months old, and I have been wearing her since she was a few weeks. I love wearing my baby, both for the closeness and the convenience it provides. I have used multiple carriers and wraps but … Continue reading →
I’d never given much thought to becoming a mom. I’d never dreamt of becoming one, nor did I ever think I’d be nurturing enough for the job. In my mind, motherhood took someone like my mom—selfless, with saint-like patience, an … Continue reading →
Saturday, October 15 was the big due date, and I had been having contractions for two hours every two minutes. I wouldn’t call them painful, but they were uncomfortable. All the professionals live by the 5-1-1 rule. Contractions every five minutes, … Continue reading →
Tailor your exercise routine to fit your prenatal needs and abilities.
As your pregnancy progresses, you’ll want to adjust your workout accordingly to accommodate your changing and growing body. Personal trainer, prenatal and postnatal fitness specialist, and mom of one, Melissa Paris, shares the following tips for making the most of … Continue reading →
P&N: What workouts would you recommend for a new mom who has just been cleared to exercise? Brooke Taylor: Start by simply taking the baby for a walk 30 minutes a day to get your body moving and your heart … Continue reading →
Exercising for two doesn’t have to be a drag. There are a variety of options for getting your rear in gear.
Prenatal yoga There’s a reason prenatal yoga is one of the most popular workouts for expectant mamas: It not only helps you to gain strength and flexibility, but it can also help you find calm during moments of stress, says … Continue reading →
Daycare is a reality for many families—and that’s not such a bad thing.
The only debate that riles up parents more than breast vs. bottle is the good old stay-at-home vs. working mom dispute. Although opinions run rampant, the fact is this: The most recent numbers from Pew Research Center show that only … Continue reading →
It might be tempting to skip the gym, but staying active throughout pregnancy boasts strong benefits for both you and baby.
“You’ll never regret a workout.” That’s the mantra Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard, 2016 Rio contender and mom of two, used to get herself into the pool during her most recent pregnancy. But even the winner of seven Olympic medals admits that … Continue reading →
The nesting instinct isn’t just an old wives’ tale. Here is what’s happening as you ready your roost for your hatchling.
More than mere madness There are bona fide scientific reasons to explain your out-of-character cleaning behavior, and the experience is actually beneficial. Jena Pincott, science writer and author of Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?, says, “Nesting helps us psychologically brace ourselves … Continue reading →
Don’t cast off seafood for fear of mercury exposure! We’re here to tackle the most common questions about eating fish during pregnancy.
If you’re like most pregnant women, your sense of smell (and taste) has developed exponentially since you conceived. Foods you might have liked pre-bump now turn your stomach, and smells hit you like a brick wall. And for many women, … Continue reading →
We’re expecting baby No. 2! We’re thrilled, but I’m worried my firstborn will feel neglected when all my time is suddenly spent nursing and changing diapers. How can I make the transition easier on him? A: It’s easy to feel … Continue reading →
Reading needn’t be reserved for the rocking chair. Expose baby to literature throughout the day to reap lifelong learning advantages.
Bedtime stories have long been a nightly ritual looked forward to by children and parents alike. But the tender time just before sleep sets in serves as more than an excuse for extra cuddles and calming kisses. As it turns … Continue reading →
From APGAR to vernix and everything in between, find the words you’ll need to know come birth day in our handy delivery dictionary.
Fontanelle, episiotomy, meconium—oh my! With all that jargon spinning around in your head, you may feel like you’re back in grade school staring down a vocabulary quiz. And that’s not a distraction you need when you’re trying get a tiny … Continue reading →
We have more than $1,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our March issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes March 31, 2015. Babyhome Emotion … Continue reading →
When a friend generously offers to let you borrow some of her baby gear, you’ll no doubt be tempted to do so. But while it’s OK to take her up on hand-me-down bodysuits and baby carriers, there are certain things that … Continue reading →
If you’ve got a tot with a persnickety palate, happy hour at the highchair may involve more grimaces than grins. But that doesn’t mean you have to ditch the finer fare in favor of flavorless mush. Encourage adventurous eating with … Continue reading →
My husband’s three-week paternity leave came and went before I knew it; my mom finally went home, too. Left with a sleepy 6-week old baby and no extra helping hands, I needed support. The Ergobaby Original Carrier gave me just … Continue reading →
I’m a big fan of Peg Perego products, so I was excited to try out their smallest stroller, the Pliko Mini. After several weeks of hitting the pavement, I’m happy to say that what this compact cutie lacks in size … Continue reading →
My baby and I are struggling to perfect her latch. What can I do to guide her in the right direction? A: Latching your baby onto the breast correctly is a key component in successful breastfeeding, and proper positioning is … Continue reading →
The first thing I learned when shopping for a new baby is that there are an overwhelming amount of choices! Seriously—a lot. Each and every product boasts its own unique feature,s so it can be hard to tell what you … Continue reading →
Don’t let the switch to daylight saving time throw off your family’s routine. Follow these tips from Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, sleep experts and authors of The Dream Sleeper, to ensure your spring forward is seamless. Be proactive Begin … Continue reading →
Choosing a doctor or midwife is a major commitment! Consider all angles, and ask the right questions before diving into this long-term relationship.
You’re about to spend a lot of time (and money!) with your maternity care provider. Not only should you feel comfortable meeting with her once a month, then biweekly, then weekly as you approach your due date, but you will … Continue reading →
It has taken me awhile to get to a place where I can write down Liam’s birth story with affection. His birth was such a special event, but it took me some time to realize this! Of course I wanted to have … Continue reading →
Being hands-free is a huge luxury when you have a new baby, but it’s great to take advantage of when you can swing it. Strollers aren’t always a practical solution (in the case of shorter trips, cramped areas, etc.), so having a … Continue reading →
My little Joey bug is 3 months old now, and I’ve sufficiently recovered from the emotional trauma that is childbirth to be able to share his birth day tale. Now I’m not into sharing super personal or gruesome details on the … Continue reading →
When Baby A hadn’t made her way into the world when her due date approached, my husband and I were beyond impatient to meet our little girl. If she didn’t make her way into the world on her own, I … Continue reading →
Most couples experience the postbaby libido lag (it’s completely normal!), but it’s important to get back in the sack at some point. Here’s how one mom reclaimed her sex life.
One of my mom friends gave her son milkshakes before he could walk. Another has sworn off sugar until elementary school. I tend to follow a “figure-it-out” approach with my 15-month-old son and 2 1⁄2-year-old daughter, but a close friend … Continue reading →
We went on our tour of the hospital at 7 p.m. on 3/17, and I kept saying that I wanted to just stay and be in labor. Before going to bed that night I had one contraction that was most … Continue reading →
Nestling your newborn against bare skin, also known as kangaroo care, provides rewards for parent and child that extend deep below the surface. Touchy feely Quiet time with mom allows baby to breathe in her scent, relax at the sound … Continue reading →