Cry baby

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If a baby fails to offer a strong cry immediately following birth, we worry. If that same baby—once home—cries a whole lot, we worry! Though everyone knows that infants cry, new parents in particular often feel uncertain about what baby’s

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Breastfeeding on the fly

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If you’re a mom who travels often (whether for business trips or family vacations), you likely have at least one memorable tale of nursing or pumping in an airport. From cramming into a tiny bathroom stall to futilely trying not

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Hitting the snooze

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Do you ever wish you could get a parenting do-over? I would apply my free pass (all right, one of my free passes—I would need a small stack) to go back and attend to my second baby’s sleep habits. Because

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A world of difference

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Travel the globe and you’ll soon see that everywhere has its own way of helping families ease into life with a newbie. We’ve rounded up postbirth customs from France to China (and a few destinations in between) to give you

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The homeschool of life

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Now that you’re responsible for raising a tiny human, you not only want to keep her safe and healthy, but you also want to see her thrive and reach her fullest potential. Thankfully, children are biologically built to learn (and

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Why didn’t anyone tell me?

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After months of pregnancy and hours of labor and delivery, many moms are left with a body they barely recognize. In your early weeks with baby, strange new happenings can leave you feeling confused and more than a little concerned

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The baby formerly known as …

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While expecting her second baby, Courtney Owens of Los Angeles thought long and hard about what her daughter-to-be’s name should be. She wanted a moniker that honored her late grandfather and his adventurous spirit, and she wanted it to fit

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Big decisions

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While expecting, moms- and dads-to-be will need to ask themselves a lot of questions about how they want to bring baby into the world and how to care for her once she’s finally here. Some decisions (like a color for

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Breathing easy

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Of all the routinely recommended inoculations for children, the flu vaccine is the one they’re least likely to be current on, according to a 2015 report by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Although the reason why isn’t clear, it

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Inside the NICU

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Many moms-to-be dream of the moment they’ll finally hold their newborns in their arms, but for some that joy is short-lived when complications necessitate a detour to the neonatal intensive care unit (more commonly known as the NICU). When Vicki

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Let it go

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Parenting is a worrisome sport. Caring for a tiny human is stressful. Is he warm enough? Will he starve if I don’t set my alarm to wake him for that 2 a.m. feeding? (Please say no.) But in case those

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Getting my groove back

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We never planned on having babies 22 months apart, but it happened—and we were thrilled. My mum, however, was concerned. At the time I thought she was being a party pooper. Little did I know, her worry- ing wasn’t unfounded.

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Surviving the first six weeks

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Remember when you were 38 weeks pregnant and so ready to be done that you were actually anxious to push a 7-pound person out of your lady parts? Because then the pregnancy would be over, and you could relax and

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Track star

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It’s remarkable how much an infant changes and grows in the first year of life. On day one, you’ll have in your arms a fairly unexpressive, stationary lump of wonder; by day 365, that little one will be smiling, laughing

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Common newborn ailments

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Little ones cry for oh-so-many reasons, but we’ve picked out half a dozen issues that are likely to crop up in the early months of your child’s life. While there’s no substitute for a doctor’s care, we’ve got a few

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Focus on hypnosis

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During pregnancy women spend nine months envisioning what childbirth will look like, but they often spend far less time preparing for the days and years after. Once you’ve taken the plunge into parenthood, though, many new moms soon realize it

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Baby care 101

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Many first-time parents experience a surge of fear when they’re discharged from the hospital and sent into the world with a brand-new baby. No matter how much you prepare, nothing can get you ready for the realization that you’re suddenly

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Control issues

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I recently shared a laugh with a close friend as we discussed a new fitness class that’s hot in our area. It’s a fast-paced cardio dance class with upbeat music and instructors who look like they leapt off the pages

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Breastfeeding secrets every new mom should know

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Before my baby was born, I read stacks of articles about breastfeeding. I figured I was prepared for sore nipples, swollen breasts and anything else nursing threw my way—but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Some of the surprises in store were

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Is baby bored?

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Whether you position Mozart-blasting headphones on your pregnant belly to build baby’s brain or opt for the “later is greater” philosophy, all parents want to raise intelligent, creative children. So when we see infants staring into space looking bored as

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Is this how it’s supposed to feel?

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I remember when I was pregnant I would imagine holding my baby and how it would be. The happiness, the calm, the contentment that seemed to radiate from new moms—I knew that was going to be me soon. It made

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Foodie from the start

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Chicken nuggets or noodles and the occasional pizza: Anything else elicits a skeptical eye and a wrinkled nose from 6-year-old Sean W. “A lot of times he’ll say he doesn’t like something before he even tries it,” says his mother,

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Up in the air

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Let’s be honest: Taking care of a baby is hard work—even when you’re at home surrounded by an arsenal of infant gear, a fully stocked toy box and a three-week supply of diapers. So, it’s understandable if “Let’s take this

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Baby’s first-year bucket list

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Things I was annoyed by while pregnant: throwing up everything I ate, waiting 45 minutes to see my time-challenged gyno, my newly acquired cankles, and my husband saying that we were having a baby. (Um, did you gain 45 pounds

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Formula 1(01)

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In the intense, early days of parenthood, conflicting information, a lack of discussion on infant feeding options, and misconceptions about formula can make mixing a bottle seem like a graduate-level chemistry course. But even if there’s more to it than

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The first 72 hours

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When you’re expecting, it’s common to focus on labor as the “end result.” Giving birth is the goal you’ve been looking forward to for 40-odd weeks. First-time mothers wonder what it will feel like, how long it will take, what

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Mom’s the word: Alison Faulkner

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This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories refreshing,

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Mom’s the word: LaTonya Staubs

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This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories

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The science of lullabies

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Rocking baby to sleep to the sound of mom’s voice softly crooning a simple tune is a nightly ritual that’s stuck around for thousands of years—why? Because there’s a biological reason tipping off a mother’s urge to break into song.

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Mind the gap

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A high school teacher in Clarksburg, Maryland, and contributor to the parenting blog Diary of a First Time Mom, Kerrin Torres-Meriwether understands the long and short of sibling age gaps more fully than most. She and her twin sister were

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Mom’s the word: Emma Straub

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This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories

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Mom’s the word: Anna Bond

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This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories refreshing,

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Mom’s the word: Courtney Adamo

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This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories

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Out of office

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Before becoming one myself, my experience with stay-at-home moms was limited to watching TV matriarchs like Marge Simpson and Lucy Ricardo. My own mother worked, and I’d always assumed that I would as well. But when I got pregnant with

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The do’s and don’ts of motherhood

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If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that we have a common goal: to be the best mothers we can be to our little ones. It’s an overwhelming task, particularly when everyone seems to have an opinion about

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Drinking buddies

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Breast or bottle, milk or formula … after all giving birth to baby boys within six months of each other, four New Jersey moms quickly found that there’s plenty of room at the table for everyone to belly up. “Having

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Good sleep habits from the start

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If there’s one thing that is universally true about parenting a newborn, it’s that mama and papa will be enduring some serious sleep deprivation. Although babies sleep a lot (we’re talking 16 to 17 hours a day early on), they

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Made to order

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Foods that should be fortifying become frightening when allergies or intolerances are thrown into the mix. The body misidentifies certain foods as malicious invaders, responding suddenly and violently with an allergic reaction. Fortunately, these reactions aren’t typically an issue for

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Tame the tension

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You’ve spent months waiting for your little one to arrive, and although her birth day will be one for the books, the weeks after can be a rough ride for new parents. You’re at the constant beck and call of

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7 ways to soothe a fussy baby

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When baby starts a-wailing, it’s easy to lose your grip on coherent thought. But before you plunge headlong into a panic, scroll down the list of obvious fixes: Does babe have a dirty diaper? Is she hot or cold? Is

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Make a move

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Your mantra through any postbaby exercises should be this: slow and steady. The last thing you want is to push yourself too hard, too fast. Remember, it took months (10 if you’re counting) for your body to grow and change

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Safe deposit

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How often do you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? If you’re currently expecting, you have one right on the horizon. When your baby is born, the umbilical cord attaching him to you will also make its arrival in the world—and you’ll

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Healthy start, healthy life

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Moms were made to worry. You spend 40 weeks (give or take) stressing about your pregnancy and hoping baby is developing properly; then with delivery, pregnancy worries dissipate and are immediately replaced with anxiety for baby’s health and continued well-being.

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Early arrival

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Some parents discover while pregnant that their baby will more than likely make an early appearance. Others face preterm birth spontaneously and with-out warning. In both cases, life instantly becomes chaotic and scary. Pleasant daydreams of what those first few

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The working mom’s handbook

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It’s estimated that around 65 percent of mothers work outside the home. Parenting in and of itself is a full-time job, so when you add a “real” full-time job to the mix, things can get sticky. From readjusting after maternity

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You’ve had the baby … now what?

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After nine months of uncontrollable emotions, massive body changes and strange pregnancy symptoms, you might be looking forward to things returning to normal when baby arrives. However, the postpartum period can be as draining as the gestation period. Prepare for

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Learning the ropes

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For months—and then weeks, and then days—on end, I looked eagerly at my due date, circled in bold ink on the kitchen calendar. Especially as that date drew nearer, it began to seem like the X on a treasure map,

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Worried sick

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I do not consider myself the anxious type. My sister has commented, “You just don’t do stress.” Co-workers have remarked, “You’re unflappable,” and described me as “completely calm.” Naturally, I am a relaxed person. I’m good in a crisis, and

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Social from the start

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When your recent addition is around 6 or 8 weeks old, near the peak of fussiness, she will smile at you for the first time—a rainbow breaking through the clouds of your exhaustion. “That first social smile is the most

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The name game

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Some parents have an inkling of what their newbie’s name will be long before they ever stare down at those two pink lines. Others wait until baby is in arms to see what name suits her best. Wherever you fall on

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