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Ask the Experts: Baby’s bathtime

How often should I bathe my 6-week-old? A: This is a great question with a somewhat surprising answer. Contrary to popular belief, bathing your infant every night is not only unnecessary, but it can actually be a bad thing. The skin … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Travel transportation

We’re planning to take a family vacation this summer and are already debating whether to bring a stroller or a carrier. Does one tend to be a better option than the other? A: Babies require a lot of gear, and … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Baby allergies

I think my little one may be experiencing seasonal allergies—she’s so congested! I wish I could blow her nose for her, but because I can’t, are there other ways I can offer relief? A: Nasal congestion is a common problem for little … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Starting solids

What signs should I look for to indicate my baby is ready for solids? Should we start with spoon-feeding? Pouches? Finger foods? A: Solid food initiation, based on current recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, should start at 4 … Continue reading

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Dealing with sciatica

If you’re experiencing “numbness, burning or tingling down the leg, you might be facing sciatica, an all-too- common pregnancy condition,” warns Evelyn Haworth, DC, a chiropractor in Chicago. “The sciatic nerve is formed by five nerve roots that come together … Continue reading

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If the shoe fits …

1. Choose wisely. “First shoes should be lightweight and flexible to best allow your baby to learn coordination skills,” says Ben Spitalnick, MD, FAAP, president of the Georgia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Think cloth or soft leather … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Pouched baby foods

Is there any harm in feeding my baby pouched food? A: There is a time and place for every- thing. Children need to learn how to eat fresh food at a table, during family meals, using utensils. But with busy … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Day care and baby’s immune system

My partner and I are well aware that when we send our baby to day care this spring she’ll undoubtedly bring runny noses, coughs and stomach bugs home with her, but we’d like to try to prevent whatever illnesses we … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Free mobility and baby’s development

Q: Between lounging in his swing, commuting to daycare in his car seat and being swaddled for naps and bedtime, my little guy spends a lot of time on his back and relatively stationary. Is there a chance this could … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Getting more fruits and vegetables into baby’s diet

Q: What are some easy ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies into our 12-month-old’s diet? I’m afraid she’s been filling up too much on Cheerios and crackers. A: I always recommend children have a variety of color on their … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Swaddling safety

Q: I’ve heard swaddling can increase my baby’s chance of SIDS—is it true? my little one sleeps so well when she’s swaddled, I’d hate to give it up if we don’t have to. A: Initially parents were told swaddling could help prevent … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Secondhand baby gear safety

Q: We’re on a tight budget and are trying to buy baby gear secondhand when we can. What precautions should we take to ensure the products are safe? A: When having a baby, receiving hand-me-downs from family and friends and … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Weaning

Q: Our son is approaching his first birthday, and I am struggling with the breastfeeding/ weaning issue. I am starting to feel myself getting annoyed with his demands, but because it is something he enjoys and a way we bond, … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Product recalls

Q: Since becoming pregnant, I’ve noticed that baby products are constantly being recalled (at least it seems that way). If a product my family uses is recalled, how can I be sure I don’t miss it? A: Staying on top … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Peanut allergy

Q: It seems like half of the “big kids” at my son’s daycare have a peanut allergy, and I’m really hoping my little one doesn’t end up among them. Is there anything I can do to reduce his chance of … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Setting boundaries with grandparents

Q: My partner’s parents live close by and are keen on stopping by often to see their new granddaughter. I appreciate their enthusiasm (and willingness to babysit!) but also feel the need to set boundaries, so we can have some … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Coats and car seats

Q: Do I really have to take my baby’s coat off when she’s riding in her car seat? A: The short answer is: yes! Why is it necessary to take baby’s coat off? If you don’t, the harness might not … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Preventing diaper rash

Q: My infant seems particularly prone to diaper rash—what could be triggering it, and how should I treat it? A: Most babies will experience a case of diaper rash by age 3. If your baby is particularly prone, it’s important … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Pumping

We tapped Helen Anderson, MSN, BSN, RN, CLE, founder of Milkies and chief lactation officer at Fairhaven Health, to answer your top questions on pumping breast milk. How soon after baby is born should I start pumping? It depends. Pumping during … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: First steps for treating diaper rash

Q: What should I do at the first sign of diaper rash on my infant’s bottom? A: Diaper rashes are common, but they can be one of the most frustrating problems to treat in a pediatrician’s office. That’s because they … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Chiropractic care

My sister-in-law is taking her baby to a chiropractor, and I’m intrigued. Is it safe for infants? What are the benefits? A: Chiropractic treatment is absolutely safe for little ones. Because a child’s skeletal system is still developing, there is … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Reading sleep cues

How do I know when my baby is ready for a nap or bed? A: There is an internal rhythm—a sort of biological clock—in babies that parents can learn to recognize and follow to take the guesswork out of knowing … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Donating breast milk

I have an abundant milk supply—so much so that our freezer is nearly at capacity. I’ve considered donating the milk, but it seems daunting. Where do I even begin? A: What happens when you have an amazing supply and a … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Budgeting to become a single-income household

Q: My partner and I have agreed that we’d like one of us to stay home with our baby rather than return to work. How can we ensure we’re financially ready to become a single-income household? A: Having a baby brings … Continue reading

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Q&A with First Candle CEO Alison Jacobson

Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is the leading cause of death to infants from 1 to 12 months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s determined when the death of an infant under the age … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Tips for traveling with baby

Q: We’re hoping to take advantage of my lengthy maternity leave and go on a family vacation when our little one hits the 4-month mark. We’re open to both domestic and international travel but would love some tips on picking … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Caring for baby’s teeth

Q: How do I care for those first baby teeth? A: Caring for a baby’s teeth is a very important step to promoting good health and limiting cavity-causing bacteria. When that first tooth appears, you can introduce baby-safe tooth- paste. … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Protecting against Zika

Q: I recently found out I’m pregnant and am nervous about contracting Zika virus.What can I do to protect my baby on the way? A: Zika is a virus spread by the bite of an Aedes species mosquito that has the … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: What to do when baby cries

Q: It breaks my heart to hear my baby cry, but sometimes I’m not sure what it is she wants. Is there a protocol I should run through to make sure her needs are met? A: There are few things that inspire a … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Supporting a friend through a miscarriage

I just gave birth to a healthy, happy baby boy—my third!—and of course, I’m delighted. My best friend and her partner, however, just shared news of their miscarriage. How can I support them without rubbing in my own picture-perfect pregnancy … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Take better photos of baby

My Instagram feed is full of the dreamiest photos portraying life with a baby, but my pictures never turn out quite so stunning (even though my daughter is adorable). How can I take better pictures? A: Creating bright, beautiful pictures … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Sex after baby

I’m coming up on six weeks postpartum, which I know is when it’s typically OK to reintroduce sex. The truth is, though, I’m still a little traumatized from giving birth and am not sure the idea of anything that involves … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Pool safety

We’ve just moved into a new house with a swimming pool in the backyard. I’m delighted—but terrified. What kind of precautions do we need to take to ensure our 9-month-old stays safe? A: Securing the pool physically, so your baby … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Boosting milk supply

Q: I’m worried I’m not producing enough milk. What can I do to boost my supply? A: Concern about your milk supply is normal. In fact, research shows most moms doubt their milk-making capabilities at some point. There is even … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Budgeting for baby

Adding a baby to our family has turned our budget upside down. Any tips to share as we restructure our spending to include formula, child care, insurance, etc.? A: Few events are as disorienting as a new baby arriving. It’s … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Providing comfort during shots

Q: My baby is due for her first round of shots soon, and I’m a nervous wreck. How can I make my little one as comfortable as possible both during and after the appointment? A: Before heading to the appointment, calm … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Interviewing babysitters

Q: I’ve interviewed several sitters, and think I may have found a good fit! She’s coming over for a meet-and-greet with my baby—what should I look out for while she’s here? A: Whether hiring someone part-time or full-time, you’ll want to … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Pumping at work

Q: I’m heading back to work and planning to pump. How can I set myself up for success?  A: You’re a mom who packs up your pump when you head to work so your baby can continue to have the … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Facilitating better sleep

Q: When will my baby start sleeping through the night? A: We all want to know the answer to this question, but it’s important not to compare your child with your neighbor’s or friend’s. Every child is unique, and there … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Functioning on minimal sleep

Q: Are there any realistic tactics for functioning on minimal sleep? If one more person tells me to “sleep when the baby sleeps,” I’m going to scream. A: Yes! HypnoMothering provides restorative rest in whatever time you have. It teaches … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Making the most of the NICU

Q: I gave birth to my baby prematurely, and it looks like we’ll be spending the next little while in the NICU. This is not what I anticipated my first weeks as a mother to look like. Is there anything … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Working from home

Q: After my maternity leave ended, I started working from home, which seemed like it would be ideal but now feels like a total disaster! I’m neither accomplishing much work nor spending quality time with my little one. Is there … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Avoiding common car seat mistakes

Q: I’ve heard that the majority of car seats are used incorrectly, and I don’t want that to be the case in my family. What are the most common mistakes, and how can I avoid them?  A: To ensure your … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Organizing paperwork

Q: Our new baby just arrived, and it seems she brought tons of paperwork with her. What records do I need to keep, and what can I pitch? A: High-five to you for considering this question before you end up … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Raising twins

Q: I’m a new mom to twins and have no idea what I’m doing. Have any practical tips? A: You’re part of an elite group of moms and dads of multiples—the special forces of parenthood. The intensity of the boot … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: C-section disappointment

Q: I had the perfect low-intervention birth plan, but nothing happened as expected at the hospital, and I delivered through an emergency C-section. Why do I feel like such a failure? A: Don’t beat yourself up over the way your … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Toy safety

Q: What safety considerations do I need to keep in mind when stocking baby’s toy box? A: When shopping for playthings for babies under the age of 1, keep these five tips in mind. 1| Follow age recommendations. Most toy … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Sound sleep tips

What are some things my partner and I can do at home to help our baby sleep soundly sooner? A: In my work with countless parents, I have seen that when baby doesn’t sleep, it is more challenging for them … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Teething timeline

Q: I think my 4-month-old daughter is in the beginning stages of teething. How can I be sure? A: Teething is the natural process of tooth eruption in babies. Symptoms usually begin about two to five days before a tooth … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Deciphering breastfeeding advice

Everyone from my grandma to my hairstylist has something to say about breastfeeding. What’s worth listening to, and what should I tune out? A: As a labor and delivery nurse and international board-certified lactation consultant, I’ve overheard all sorts of … Continue reading

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