Soothe baby with your hands and heart through the power of infant massage.
Years ago, I met a woman who taught infant massage. I was intrigued, but I was admittedly also skeptical. Did this mean she laid babies down on their bellies and rubbed their backs the same way adults received massages at … Continue reading →
It starts around two weeks after birth, crescendos (loudly) at six weeks and continues for about three months. Here’s how to help your little one through her time of tears.
Although only about 20 percent of babies cry enough to fit the guideline pediatricians currently use to diagnose colic—inconsolable crying for three hours or more a day—most babies have increased fussiness during the first 12 weeks that can make coping … Continue reading →
When baby grows to need more than milk, it’s time to move beyond the liquid diet.
After subsisting on fluids alone for her first few months of life, there will come a point when baby is ready to expand her intake and broaden her palate. The mealtime milestone can offer endless entertainment as baby reacts to … Continue reading →
Before you take him home, your newborn will undergo a series of evaluations to make sure he’s healthy and strong.
You counted 10 tiny fingers and 10 sweet toes. In your eyes, your newborn is as flawless as he is precious. Rest assured, you’re probably right. But doctors still will want to look a bit closer to be sure all … Continue reading →
Should baby make a detour to the NICU, parents and hospital staff can work together to ensure the new arrival gets premium treatment.
Until my 28th week of pregnancy, I had been the ideal prenatal patient: appropriate weight gain, moderate exercise, healthy eating habits, and normal test results. But during my routine checkup that first week of my last trimester, my doctor discovered … Continue reading →
There’s no need to freak out when baby breaks out. Get the scoop on common infant skin conditions.
Odds are high that your little one’s skin won’t remain blemish-free forever. But even expecting the inevitable doesn’t offset the panic of seeing unusual splotches when you don’t know what they are or how to treat them. Before you fret, … Continue reading →
Sleep train your little one and the whole family will thank you. Here’s how.
Sleep training is all about guiding your baby toward a fulfilling night’s sleep. Lay the groundwork by setting your baby’s internal clock and encouraging her to soothe herself. Then, when she’s ready for training, pick the approach that best fits … Continue reading →
What to expect on this wild, wonderful ride—and how to make the most out of every minute.
The first six weeks with a newborn are a blur of sleepless nights, uncertainty and tears (yours, because he can’t produce them yet). It’s also a time of intense bonding with an amazing little person. In a nutshell, it’s like … Continue reading →
Ready or not While many babes begin walking by their first birthdays, it’s not uncommon for some tots to reach 14 or 15 months before giving it a go. Walking is all about confidence, and every child learns at her … Continue reading →