Play to baby’s strengths —and age—with toys that will encourage his mind and motor skills to blossom.
0-3 MONTHS With newbies, a little goes a long way. Although he won’t be reaching for toys until around month four, your babe’s reflexes will allow him to grasp rattles and other small toys in his tiny hands. Use tummy … Continue reading →
If the eyes are the window to the soul, your little one’s tiny pink mouth may be the doorway to well-being.
Even if baby’s smile is just a gummy grin, it’s not too soon to start taking care of the mouthful of teeth she’ll eventually depend on to chew, speak and socialize. By the time she’s born, a baby’s 20 primary … Continue reading →
Your bitty babe might not be able to speak up and tell you he’s ready for solid fare, but his growing body is saying more than you might think. Watch for these four signs to know when it’s time to … Continue reading →
Even if those first solids are far off in the future, your tot’s palate has already begun to take shape. Research suggests that rousing her taste buds early on could be the key to avoiding a picky eater.
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, … Continue reading →
As much as it pains you to see your wee one distraught, crying is an infant’s primary way of communicating—so a bit of wailing isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
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 … Continue reading →
Baby’s first-year sleep habits aren’t as mysterious as they might initially appear.
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 … Continue reading →
You’ll be the one to teach your baby all kinds of skills, but before you dash off to make lesson plans, learn why being your kiddo’s first teacher might be simpler than you think.
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 … Continue reading →
Protect your newbie from winter’s worst respiratory infections.
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 … Continue reading →
Should you find yourself with a newbie in the neonatal intensive care unit, heed these valuable tips from parents who’ve been in your shoes.
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 … Continue reading →
What you need to know about baby's developmental milestones.
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 … Continue reading →