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Week 33: Back to school

I’m no genius by any means, but I’ve always considered myself a fairly intelligent person— that is until I got pregnant. As a first time mama, this pregnancy has me feeling like a first grader in a fifth grade class. … Continue reading

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Common newborn ailments

Little ones cry for oh-so-many reasons, but we’ve picked out half a dozen issues that are likely to crop up in the early months of your child’s life. While there’s no substitute for a doctor’s care, we’ve got a few … Continue reading

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See to it

“Although only 1 in 9 infants have vision problems, parents who take their child for an eye exam will have a new peace of mind that their infant’s vision is developing properly,” says Andrea Thau, OD, president of the American … Continue reading

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Baby care 101

Many first-time parents experience a surge of fear when they’re discharged from the hospital and sent into the world with a brand-new baby. No matter how much you prepare, nothing can get you ready for the realization that you’re suddenly … 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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Is baby bored?

Whether you position Mozart-blasting headphones on your pregnant belly to build baby’s brain or opt for the “later is greater” philosophy, all parents want to raise intelligent, creative children. So when we see infants staring into space looking bored as … Continue reading

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Formula 1(01)

In the intense, early days of parenthood, conflicting information, a lack of discussion on infant feeding options, and misconceptions about formula can make mixing a bottle seem like a graduate-level chemistry course. But even if there’s more to it than … Continue reading

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The science of lullabies

Rocking baby to sleep to the sound of mom’s voice softly crooning a simple tune is a nightly ritual that’s stuck around for thousands of years—why? Because there’s a biological reason tipping off a mother’s urge to break into song. … 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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Easy does it

Ready to introduce your baby to more than milk? Set yourself up for success with these recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Talk him through it Your munchkin might not know what to do at first, but do your … Continue reading

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Drinking buddies

Breast or bottle, milk or formula … after all giving birth to baby boys within six months of each other, four New Jersey moms quickly found that there’s plenty of room at the table for everyone to belly up. “Having … Continue reading

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Good sleep habits from the start

If there’s one thing that is universally true about parenting a newborn, it’s that mama and papa will be enduring some serious sleep deprivation. Although babies sleep a lot (we’re talking 16 to 17 hours a day early on), they … 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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On the mend

1. All of the benefits at only half the size. Crane Droplet cool mist humidifier, $40 2. Ginger and fennel soothe upset stomachs. Wellements Baby gripe water, $12 3. Kiss congestion goodbye with an all-natural rub. Maty’s Healthy Products baby chest rub, … Continue reading

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Healthy start, healthy life

Moms were made to worry. You spend 40 weeks (give or take) stressing about your pregnancy and hoping baby is developing properly; then with delivery, pregnancy worries dissipate and are immediately replaced with anxiety for baby’s health and continued well-being. … Continue reading

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Early arrival

Some parents discover while pregnant that their baby will more than likely make an early appearance. Others face preterm birth spontaneously and with-out warning. In both cases, life instantly becomes chaotic and scary. Pleasant daydreams of what those first few … Continue reading

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Social from the start

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

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Baby bunk

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

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Five things worth worrying about

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

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Making sense

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

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That’s a wrap

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

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Books beyond bedtime

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

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Tear-filled farewells

In the early days, you can hand your baby over to someone else, and she’ll hardly even notice. Sometime after your tot’s half-birthday, however, she might begin to wail at the mere thought of leaving your arms. While it can … Continue reading

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Good night, and good luck

Round-the-clock feedings, middle-of-the-night diaper changes and constantly waking to wailing are all par for the course for new parents. But after several months of fatigued days and nights spent in a total haze, you might be wondering, Will I ever … Continue reading

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Worth a shot

When it comes to vaccines, there’s a lot to consider—from easing the ouch to keeping up with that complicated schedule. It’s never easy for a mama to see her babe in pain, but the short-lived sting of inoculations is well … Continue reading

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On solid ground

Navigating a world beyond liquids with a newbie can seem like a daunting task for first-time parents. Questions abound: How do I gauge if the time is right for solids? Which foods do we try first? How much should my … Continue reading

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Where’s my baby manual?

I must have left it at the hospital, because I can’t find it anywhere. It’s not in my stack of discharge papers. It’s not in my suitcase. It’s not mixed in with our heap of stolen hospital baby blankets. It’s … Continue reading

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Small chops

I can remember the day my son got his first tooth. I woke up that morning and elbowed my husband to get out of bed and check on our little guy. For the first time ever, he had slept the … Continue reading

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P&N’s Discover Natural Pack

Good news, mamas! We’ve collaborated with AbesMarket.com, purveyor of natural products for baby, home and more, to create a specially curated box of earth-conscious goods just for you and your babes. The package features sample-sized products so you can make … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Fever facts

How will I know if my baby has a fever? The very thought terrifies me! In general, a person (child or adult) is said to have a fever when her temperature is 100.4°F or higher. Fever in itself is not … Continue reading

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The bottom line

I would consider myself to be someone with a fair amount of kid-rearing experience, but until recently, there was one arena in which I remained completely unschooled. Before my third child was born in May of last year, I had … Continue reading

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Put a fork in it

As soon as baby tastes that first scrumptious bite of solids, he’ll begin building a palate that will form the stepping stones to healthy eating habits later in life. If you want to give your baby the best start possible … Continue reading

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The rookie manual

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

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Swaddling your baby

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

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