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SIDS breakthrough

Researchers at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney, Australia, recently discovered the first evidence of a biological explanation for newborns dying unexpectedly in their sleep. Their findings reveal that newborns who die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) … Continue reading

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True of false

How can you tell if those aches are Braxton hicks contractions or the real deal? Labor feels different for every mom-to-be, but there’s a good chance you’re experiencing true labor contractions if … They cause pain and pressure—and are too … Continue reading

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In the clear

Diaper rash is practically a rite of passage—nearly every baby will experience it at some point—but that doesn’t mean you can’t try your darnedest to minimize it. Follow these steps to beat it before you have to treat it. Change … Continue reading

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Melasma attack

Also known as the “mask of pregnancy,” this form of hyperpigmentation on the nose, cheeks and jawline is common among expectant women. New York-based dermatologist Romeo Morales, MD, sheds light on ways to prevent these dark spots. Apply sunscreen daily Sun … Continue reading

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Point taken

In honor of National Infant Immunization Week (April 22-29), we’ve rounded up the answers to your vaccination FAQs. When should vaccinations be given? Aside from a hep B shot that might be given at birth, your little one’s first round … Continue reading

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Parenting survival guide for introverts

All an introvert needs to survive as a new parent is rest, relaxation and solitude. But since that ain’t happening, try these tips instead: Naptime is real and must be honored above all else. Your sister’s wedding is smack dab … Continue reading

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Labor pain relievers

Whether your birth plan involves staying drug-free or getting an epidural asap, you’ll need some med-free ways to manage the early labor pains while you’re still at home. Ease the ouch with these mom-approved techniques. Breathing exercises: Focus on inhaling … Continue reading

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How-to: Ask for help postpartum

You are amazing—you carried and brought a babe into the world!—but don’t think you have to be supermom. It’s normal to need a helping hand (or three) as you adjust to life with a wee one. Here’s how to find support … Continue reading

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Ease the quease

 1. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. A mix of protein and complex carbs—think nut butter on whole-wheat toast—is best, but do what you can. Keeping something in your stomach usually helps. Because it’ll likely be empty when you wake up in … Continue reading

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Ta-tas for now

The twins will be the prime locale for some of pregnancy’s very first side effects. Yep, even in the earliest weeks of baby-growing your body is already preparing itself to feed your little one after she arrives. Here’s what you … Continue reading

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The time it is a changin’

Slow and steady Ease into the change by modifying baby’s schedule gradually. “Adjust the morning and afternoon naps by 30 minutes to begin with, and add another 30 minutes by the third day,” suggests Alysa Dobson, a certified child sleep … Continue reading

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Stretch marks the spot

When it comes to being pregnant, stretch marks practically come with the territory. “Stretch marks (striae distensae) are bands of scar tissue that form at sites where the skin’s ability to stretch is not sufficient to keep up with the … Continue reading

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Pass on gas

When your gastrointestinal tract slows down, air tends to get caught in the digestive tract, leading to unpleasant flatulence, bloating and burping. Follow these tips to keep from, er, blowing up. Eat smart. Avoid beans, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and … Continue reading

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Grin and tonic

Go nuts Swish coconut oil for 5 to 20 minutes a day, allowing the natural lauric acid to remove the bacteria that results in discoloration. Go red Paint a crimson pout to give the illusion of whiter teeth. the blue … Continue reading

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Drink responsibly

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 800,000 illnesses affect children under the age of 10 in the U.S. each year, and infants and young children are particularly susceptible to foodborne varieties, thanks to immature immune systems. To minimize … Continue reading

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Tips for negotiating parental leave

While the United States does not mandate paid parental leave, you may be able to work with your employer to come up with a situation that suits you both. Talk to your boss. It’s often much easier to work with … Continue reading

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When tensions arise

In the postpartum period when emotions are running high and sleep is practically nonexistent, it’s easy for feelings to be hurt and tempers to flare. Research by relationship expert John Gottman, PhD, has shown that the first three minutes of … Continue reading

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When life gives you lemons

Lemons are an excellent addition to any mom-to-be’s grocery list—and here’s why: Citrus is a common home remedy for quelling the all-day quease that many pregnant women experience. Add a few slices to your water glass to keep nausea in … Continue reading

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Pregnant or PMSing?

With similar symptoms, it can be tricky to tell whether it’s a bundle of joy or Aunt Flo on the way. But subtle differences can point to gestation or menstruation. Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and … Continue reading

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How-to: Introduce your tot to new foods

At around 4 to 6 months old (and with your pediatrician’s OK), your little one will be ready to begin exploring the world of solids, per the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines. But the milestone doesn’t have to mean detailed … Continue reading

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Open sesame

After feeding, bathing or carrying baby, open up your chest with these poses from Karly Treacy, certified SmartFLOW yoga instructor and mom of three in Venice, California. Lazy boy chest opener Make a “recliner” by propping up a bolster with … Continue reading

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Prenatal playlist

(Scroll to the bottom of this post to stream the entire playlist or click here.) Mood: Frustrated that even the rubber band trick won’t save your old jeans at this point but still waiting for your bump to pop Song: … Continue reading

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Board meeting

From varieties produced on family-owned farms in Vermont to international picks from as far as Israel, Brent Delman, founder of The Cheese Guy, knows his fromage. So, who better to give you the inside scoop on what pregnancy-safe options are … Continue reading

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Gear that’s worth the splurge

Every family has a budget, but sometimes scrimping can cost more in the long run. Save your sanity and skip the hassle by investing in quality products where it counts. 1. Carrier Babywearing can be a serious godsend when it … Continue reading

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4 things to consider when choosing a baby name

1. What does the name mean? While some people don’t put much stock in meanings, others wouldn’t dream of saddling a kid with a name that means unfortunate (Mallory) or bitter (Molly). 2. What will baby’s initials be? Abbott Sailor … Continue reading

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Prep your pooch for baby

When a newborn moves in, it’s a big adjustment for everyone in the family—there are startling sounds, new gadgets and unusual sleeping patterns. It’s a lot for any pup to get used to, which is why Sarah Hodgson, dog trainer … Continue reading

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Understanding RSV

Like the flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) often begins with symptoms such as cough, fever, and runny or stuffy nose. And, like the flu, it’s highly contagious.  In fact, nearly all children will have been infected by RSV by the … Continue reading

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The top products of 2016

Bumbleride Speed, $549 Speed3 steering allows the front wheel to swivel 360 degrees for everyday errands, be locked into place for long distance runs or swivel just 30 degrees for jogs around the neighborhood that require more twists and turns. … Continue reading

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Ready, set, register

1. Start small. The little things add up quickly, so registering for odds and ends like pacifiers and nursing pads will save you in the long run. Plus, these affordable options are ideal for your buds on a budget. 2. … Continue reading

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Formula for success

2.5 ounces The amount of formula per pound of body weight that baby will consume daily. So, if your nugget weighs in at 8 pounds, you’re looking at 20 ounces. 4 hours The typical time between meals for a formula-fed … Continue reading

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On a roll

A pregnant woman walks into a sushi bar … and if you’re thinking she can’t eat there, then the joke’s on you. If the craving strikes, it’s safe for moms-to-be to indulge as long as they abide by these rules. … Continue reading

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The best gifts for new moms … that aren’t things

On your first foray into parenthood you usually get a lot of stuff. And while all of those bodysuits and carriers and diapers—and even those tiny newborn washcloths—are useful, sometimes what a new mama needs most can’t be gift-wrapped. So, … Continue reading

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Party fowl

1. Turkey potpie Why should chicken get all the attention? 2. Turkey gumbo A Cajun kick promises to spice up your surplus. 3. Turkey spring rolls Asian flavors give the old bird new life. 4. Turkey pasties An all-in-one wonder that’ll use up potatoes … Continue reading

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Leave us be

Meet other mamas Join a mommy-and-me class, or chat up some fellow moms at the park. These connections could lead to lifelong friendships for both you and your little ones. Plus, having someone who gets what you’re going through is … Continue reading

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How to swaddle baby

When using a swaddle, always do so safely. Should a blanket come unwrapped, it becomes a suffocation hazard, so baby shouldn’t be left unattended. Put him down to sleep on his back—and wean him off the wrap before he learns … Continue reading

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Film festival

40 Weeks Real-life couples share an intimate peek into their journeys from conception to delivery. They’re brave, they’re candid, and they’re open about everything from awkward leaks to awe-inducing ultrasounds. The Business of Being Born This provocative documentary offers a … 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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Prepare for an emergency

It’s wise to be ready for anything should a natural or man-made disaster strike, and it’s especially important when a baby is involved. Check these items off your list as you create your family’s emergency supply kit, and learn more about … Continue reading

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Wired up

There’s still a lot experts don’t know about the effects of caffeine during pregnancy, which is why the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls for more research before it can draw any conclusions about a link between caffeine and … Continue reading

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How your partner can help with breastfeeding

It can be hard for a co-parent to know how to help when mom’s exclusively breastfeeding, but there are plenty of ways to get involved. Amy O’Malley, RN, MSN, director of education and clinical services at Medela, Inc., and David … Continue reading

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Sore nipples—what’s normal and what’s not

Worries about poor latches and nipple pain top the list of expectant moms’ breastfeeding concerns, according to a Lansinoh survey of over 13,000 women. The good news is that pain is not an inevitable part of breastfeeding.“Pain is not normal,” … Continue reading

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The importance of vitamin D

Upping your intake of foods high in vitamin D during pregnancy could reduce your budding babe’s risk of developing seasonal allergies (aka hay fever) later in life, according to a recent study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. … Continue reading

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Busting out

Band together To find your band size, measure your chest under your arms above your breasts. (Measure yourself in front of a mirror while wearing a nonpadded bra, and keep the tape measure level as you pull it snugly around your … Continue reading

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6 ways to save money on baby gear

1. Create a registry. Not only will registering allow others to help make some headway in your baby gear acquisition, but it might also come with some extra perks— like a complimentary goodie bag or registry completion discount. 2. Stagger … Continue reading

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5 ways to jump-start labor

When you’re eagerly awaiting baby’s debut, you might be inclined to do what you can to kick start her departure from the home you’ve graciously provided for the past nine months. If the old standbys (long walks, spicy foods and … Continue reading

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Know your rights

When it comes to breastfeeding, know that the law is on your side. Throughout the U.S., there is legislation to protect nursing moms—whether it’s guaranteeing them time to pump or making sure they’re able to feed baby wherever they need. Here’s … Continue reading

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Get in touch with your abs again

It’s no secret that pregnancy can do a number on your midsection. Although it might be the tautest it’s ever been as you waddle your way into the hospital to give birth, it’ll likely be quite the opposite by the … Continue reading

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Sharing is daring

It’s not unusual to see a mom “clean off” a pacifier in her own mouth before giving it to baby or take a bite from the same spoon her little one is using. But these commonplace behaviors involve an exchange … Continue reading

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Think outside the box

Reach + grab Your wee one practices hand-eye coordination as he reaches for playthings with tabs or textures. Toys that make sounds, like a rattle or a soft book that crinkles, can also entice your tot to make a move. … Continue reading

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Big gulp

Hydration station Good ol’ H2O might not taste like much, but it does a lot for your hardworking body and goes a long way toward having a healthy pregnancy. For starters, it … Helps your body absorb nutrients (yes, even … Continue reading

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