Talking, singing and playing with your newborn aren’t just fun things to do—they’re essential for nurturing her growing brain.
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 … Continue reading →
Don’t believe everything you’re told about caring for a newborn. There’s a lot of confusing, contradictory and just plain outdated advice floating around.
When you’re pregnant, nearly everyone who crosses your path will gladly tell you the best way to raise a baby. But following so-and-so’s suggestions isn’t necessarily what’s best for your wee one. We’ve waded through the most common baby-rearing beliefs … Continue reading →
Breast is best, except when it’s not. Here’s how one mom came to embrace the bottle.
I was the picture of preparation. I had attended the breastfeeding class at my local hospital, stocked my cupboards with breast pads and lanolin, and met with the on-staff lactation specialist within hours of delivery. Breastfeeding was the obvious way … Continue reading →
There are plenty of things new moms fret over—Why isn’t my baby rolling over yet? Shouldn’t she be sleeping through the night? Is it normal to cry whenever strangers try to hold her?—but most aren’t worth a second thought. (She’ll roll … Continue reading →
Does baby’s world look, sound, feel, smell and taste like yours? Find out!
Your little one is a natural learner. From day one, his five glorious senses are sending a steady stream of messages about his new postwomb environment. Bit by bit, these incoming messages form your newborn’s understanding of the world around … Continue reading →
Babywearing can give your babe a leg up on milestones, strengthen your bond and boost that new-mom confidence.
As much as you’d love to spend all day, every day snuggling with your little love, the unfortunate reality is that there are meals to cook, bills to pay, a hamper in desperate need of some relief—and maybe even a … 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 →
There are a lot of baby firsts that mamas look forward to, but coughs and sniffles aren’t one of them. Here’s what to do—and when to worry—if your wee one gets sick.
If we could examine the inner workings of the infant parent’s brain, we would first see that incomparable oxytocin rush and the euphoric love that comes with it. There would be a scattering, of course, of incomplete sentences and forgotten … Continue reading →
Get to know your little cowpoke’s distinct temperament, and consider the influence you’ll have on his future.
Much of your baby’s demeanor is decided genetically before he’s even left the gate. Still, the impact of his home environment and family dynamics can’t be overstated. Nature and nurture combine forces to uniquely influence the individual your baby will … Continue reading →
Whether you’re eager to learn more about saving baby’s cord blood or you’re wondering what the heck it is, our comprehensive guide clears up your questions—from how much it costs to how it can benefit your family.
As an expectant mom, you are constantly making decisions that will affect your babe-to-be’s future. One question that could potentially have the greatest impact on the health of your newborn—and family members—is whether to bank baby’s cord blood. This choice … Continue reading →