Find out how your parenting style stacks up with those around the world.
When my son was 4 months old, I wrote myself off as a parental failure. Why? I couldn’t get that kid to sleep for anything. The only time he’d drift off was in my arms, and as soon as his … Continue reading →
First-time parenting jitters? We've covered the basics to give you a leg up and help put the fun back into newborn fundamentals.
It’s inevitable—even if you’re the oldest of eight kids, started babysitting when you were 12, and have been teaching preschool for the past decade, there will be a moment after your brand-new baby is placed in your arms when it … Continue reading →
Let’s be honest: Parenthood is terrifying. Being responsible for another human being’s safety and well-being is a big job, and it scares the heck out of all new parents at one time or another. Luckily, the statistics are on our … Continue reading →
Methods for achieving better slumber for baby (and mom).
During pregnancy, you might have fantasized about cozy nighttime feedings and quiet snuggle sessions. But a few weeks postpartum, you likely confronted a difficult truth: Waking up every two hours all night long is exhausting. Moms agree that uninterrupted sleep … Continue reading →
Hello, hot mama. Your postpartum slim down starts right now.
You did it! You brought a beautiful soul into this world and that is a feat to be commended. But after the celebration winds down and you start to settle into a routine with baby, it’s only natural that you’ll … Continue reading →
The new buzz on using old remedies to treat common ailments.
When I was 4 years old, I distinctly remember my great granny whipping up a black concoction that was thick like maple syrup with a taste that resembled a rubber tire. “You’ll be better in no time,” she assured. And … Continue reading →
Vaccines come with risks, but they’re the best way to protect our kids from some of the world’s most lethal diseases.
Vaccines are not perfect. “Perfect” would be a world without disease, where there would be nothing to prevent and nothing to cure. That’s not our world. Planet Earth is populated by mobile, microbe-toting individuals, who are constantly sharing what they’ve … Continue reading →
No new mom can get by without a little help from her friends.
Don’t be surprised if your friends list—and we’re not talking about the one on Facebook—gets a little shaken up once baby begins a-brewin’. Having a baby is a life-changing event (to put it mildly), and it’s normal to sometimes drift … Continue reading →
Know what to expect when your tiny tot hits all fours.
You’ve been as busy as a bee since your infant’s birth, and as soon as your little one learns to crawl, you’ll have to pick up the pace even more. Once your baby starts moving, she’ll have loads of fun … Continue reading →
Nursing your baby is a beautiful, amazing experience—but it doesn’t always start that way. Stack the deck in your favor with a rundown on the ins and outs of breastfeeding.
After months of pregnancy and hours of labor, you finally did it. You gave birth to a baby—and a hungry one at that. Luckily, you’re equipped with everything you need to feed your new little bundle of joy, with the … Continue reading →
Fro spit-up to dirty diapers, knowing how to bathe a baby is a necessary skill for new parents. Fortunately, it’s not as intimidating (or challenging) as you might think.
Some babies love their baths from day one—others, not so much. If you have a suds session screamer, you’ll want to make washing up a quick affair on an as-needed basis. If your tiny guy loves to linger in the … Continue reading →
Take advantage of precious opportunities for nurturing strong bonds and healthy development during those first weeks and months with baby.
No one was around to see it, but that didn’t keep me from feeling a little self-conscious the first time my daughter and I curled up with a book together. She was just a newborn, far too young to understand … Continue reading →
After nine long months of waiting to meet your bundle of joy, your fantasy bubble might burst as you are handed a bowlegged, acne-faced, pointy-headed infant. In fact, Hollywood’s portrayal of the porcelain-skinned, cooing baby right after delivery is so … Continue reading →
Enjoy traveling with your infant by air, land or sea.
Your days of packing light and taking off without a second thought are over now that you have a baby in tow. Traveling with your little one definitely takes more preparation, but the payoffs are great adventures and wonderful memories … Continue reading →
A headfirst dive into the world of swaddling, sleep deprivation and belly laughs.
Becoming a parent thrusts you into an unfamiliar, joyous and terrifying role. Here’s the story of my wife’s pregnancy, my son’s birthday, and everything I’ve learned along the way. Getting the word out “These people have no idea,” my wife … Continue reading →
Confession: I’m not a modest person. I’ve been known to sunbathe topless in my (privacy fenced) backyard, and in college I spent many a weekend night dancing at a local club clad in only a leopard-print bra because I thought … Continue reading →
When to go, what the doctor looks for, and why these regular visits are so important to your baby's health.
Get ready to spend a lot of time getting to know a new VIP in your life: your family’s pediatrician. Most doctors recommend a schedule of seven well-child visits during your baby’s first year of life to properly monitor growth … Continue reading →
Seven bothersome breastfeeding ailments and how to deal with them.
Welcome to the world of nursing! If this is your first baby, you probably feel like you’re in uncharted territory, and for good reason. Breastfeeding may be “the most natural thing in the world” according to many a well-intentioned veteran … Continue reading →
The sweet newborn nestled in your arms is on her way to becoming a toddling, jabbering tot over the next 12 months.
Congratulations! You’re the proud parent of an adorable new human. Here’s what you can expect during the first exciting year. 0-1 month By the 30-day marker, your little one will likely be gazing into your eyes and responding to sounds. … Continue reading →
Find out how to fight a fever or clear up congestion—and when to call the pediatrician’s office for backup.
It’s inevitable. Just like the many other “firsts” of your child’s life, the first time your little one gets sick will likely be a moment he’ll never remember and you’ll never forget. The best way to get through the initial … Continue reading →
These eco-leaders in the juvenile industry are taking big steps (while leaving small carbon footprints) to make a great green difference one baby product at a time.
California Baby California Baby founder and developer Jessica Iclisoy talks about the inspiration behind her business. P&N: How did California Baby come to be? JI: California Baby was born out of necessity almost 20 years ago when I set out … Continue reading →
Alternative practices may offer whole-body health for your infant. Take a look at baby acupuncture, chiropractic and massage.
On pins and needles As she watches her husband bike up the drive with their three 22-month-old girls in tow, Hester Vermaak of Ithaca, New York, recalls a time when the ride was not so smooth. Vermaak’s premature triplets suffered … Continue reading →
When it comes to parenting styles, your method doesn’t have to be all or nothing—welcome to the world of “light” attachment parenting.
I gave birth in a hospital, but I used a midwife. I vaccinated my child, but I considered each immunization carefully and postponed several. I use disposable diapers, but I buy an eco-friendly brand that decomposes. I wear my baby … Continue reading →
Although they may sound like the recipe for a summer beach read, these words might also describe the challenges you face when naming your baby.
If your boyfriend wanted to name your son Floyd, would you break up with him? Some people might think calling it quits because of a moniker is extreme, but others might argue that calling a baby Floyd is unforgivable. Reasonable … Continue reading →
While it’s true that age is only a number, that number can determine much of your experience as a first-time mom. Each decade of a woman’s life brings distinct benefits and challenges into the arena of parenthood.
20s: The raring-to-go mom The mom in her 20s is the woman most likely to be found giving horsey rides and turning cartwheels to “show them how it’s done.” Her energy, flexibility and youthful outlook make her a fun hands-on … Continue reading →
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in her third trimester must be in want of a pediatrician. This is how I found mine.
I set out to find a doctor for my baby-in-waiting three weeks before my induction date. I was duly equipped with a list of compulsory questions designed to pinpoint the doctor who would be “just right” for my baby and … Continue reading →
Can’t swing the traditional prebaby getaway? Consider taking a different kind of retreat later down the road.
Parents are often so caught up in the flurry of sharing their new baby with family and friends that they neglect to have a “babymoon.” Now, we’re not talking about a last hurrah for parents-to-be prior to baby’s arrival. Rather, … Continue reading →
The sensitive epidermis of a newborn requires special care.
As you ponder the ways in which you can make your new baby comfortable (and put your finicky mommy mind at ease), the answers may only be skin deep. Just as every baby is different, so too is every baby’s … Continue reading →
You’ve had the baby … now what? Here’s what to expect during the six weeks following delivery.
After nine months of wild emotions, massive body changes and strange pregnancy symptoms, you might be looking forward to things returning to normal once baby finally decides to make his entrance into the world. However, the first six weeks postpartum … Continue reading →
How to know what you’re really buying so you can get the most bang for your green.
Between cultivating your compost pile, changing cloth diapers, and perfecting your recycling schedule, you may not have had time to research the basics of going organic. But there are some things you should know before you buy. Allow us to … Continue reading →
Don’t let late night feedings, aching bosoms and trouble latching turn you to the bottle. Here’s how to keep going even when the going gets tough.
My sister-in-law, who nursed all six of her children, never told anyone to give up on breastfeeding … until I came along. Even with all her coaching and encouragement, I was so emotional and stressed that she said, “You know, … Continue reading →
Get out and have a little fun with your new addition.
A lesson all new moms quickly learn: Sometimes a girl just has to get out of the house. And let’s be honest—no matter how much you enjoy shopping, you can hit the mall only so many times in a month. … Continue reading →
Recent studies have given us reason to reconsider childhood food sensitivities. Can their causes be traced prebirth?
I have two babies: one born in the spring of 2007, and the other delivered late last summer. And somewhere in that three-year span, pediatric recommendations for avoiding food allergies and other allergic diseases, such as asthma and allergic eczema, … Continue reading →
Taste, touch, sight, sound and smell are the tools that your baby uses to explore the new world around him, and you are your baby’s tour guide on this sensory journey.
Studies show that a baby’s experiences in the first months of life significantly impact the development of his brain and that a child needs to feel safe, loved and confident about the world around him to reach maximum brain development … Continue reading →
The grass shouldn’t be the only thing turning green this summer.
Delicious produce, extended daylight hours and warm weather make summer one of the easiest seasons during which to make and keep eco-resolutions. Adopt one planet-conscious routine at a time until your baby steps add up to a great, green leap … Continue reading →
After a winter wrought with unexpected snowstorms, breaking out the bathing suits and sunscreen has never been more exciting.
Moms of winter babies are most likely eager to emerge from their flu season-induced hibernation and enjoy the phenomenon of sunshine once again. Having a baby in tow requires some extra preparation and a much bigger beach bag, but it’s … Continue reading →
A mother’s support system isn’t complete without a collection of parenting pals.
Motherhood transforms us in so many ways that we don’t always notice the changes occurring in our relationships until they’re firmly in place. This “friend revolution” is key to sanity—not just for new moms, but for all moms. But gaining … Continue reading →
After nine long months of waiting to meet your bundle of joy, your fantasy bubble might burst as you are handed a bowlegged, acne-faced, pointy-headed infant. In fact, Hollywood’s portrayal of the perfect, cooing baby right after delivery is so … Continue reading →
You count down the days until you can cradle your long-awaited bundle of joy, and once he arrives you’d like to do nothing more than hold him around the clock. But as nice as it would be to ignore daily … Continue reading →
What you need: rubbing alcohol (optional), cotton balls (optional)
Baby’s cord will fall off on its own when it’s ready—usually somewhere between 10 and 14 days after birth—so all you really have to do is keep the area dry and clean. Fold the front of baby’s diaper inward so … Continue reading →
What you need: a thermometer designed for rectal use, a blanket or wet pad, petroleum jelly
Lay your baby on a blanket or wet pad (accidents happen!) and hold his legs in the air, as if you’re changing his diaper. (Of course, the diaper will need to be off at this point.) Clean the thermometer with … Continue reading →
Step 1: Spread a receiving blanket (regular blankets are usually too big and bulky) on the bed or floor and fold down one corner. Lay your baby on the blanket so that his head and neck are above the fold … Continue reading →
What you need: a bottle, formula or breast milk, hot water
Heat water in a pot on the stove, removing the pot from the burner once the water is hot (but before it’s boiling). Rest the bottle in the water until the milk is lukewarm or room temperature. You can also … Continue reading →
There are many benefits of breastfeeding, but one of my favorite perks was the lack of supplies it required. All I needed was my boobs and my baby, and we could make a meal happen. To get baby latched on, … Continue reading →
What you need: a flat surface, a towel, a basin of warm water, a washcloth
Until baby’s cord falls off, all his baths will be of the sponge variety. Bathe baby on a flat surface (such as the changing table) covered with a towel, and make sure you have all your supplies together ahead of … Continue reading →
You should burp your baby every 2 ounces or so if you’re bottle-feeding, or when you swap breasts if you’re nursing. Prop baby on your shoulder, lay him across your legs, or hold him in a well-supported seated position in … Continue reading →
Postpartum hormones are a force to be reckoned with. Here’s how to deal.
When I was expecting my first child, I was so gripped by the excitement of delivering my little guy and bringing him home that I gave little thought to what would come next. My body had already been through so … Continue reading →
What you need: made-for-baby nail trimmers or an emery board
It’s often easiest to tend to your baby’s nails while he’s sleeping so he’s less likely to make any sudden movements. Using a pair of baby nail trimmers (some come with a light or magnifying glass to give you a … Continue reading →
What you need: a car seat with infant head support.
Your baby should always ride in a rear-facing car seat (infant bucket seats are the most popular choice for newborns) in the backseat of your vehicle. Make sure your baby is within the recommended weight range for the seat you’ll … Continue reading →
Flummoxed by your little fella’s future father parts? We’re here to help.
Inspect the territory As you recall how your journey to motherhood began, your baby boy’s bits and pieces should look familiar. But even so, this is likely the first time you’ve been responsible for around-the-clock twig-n-berries care. Let’s start by … Continue reading →