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How to fight the flu while pregnant

First and foremost The best way to beat the flu is to get a flu shot. Not only is this quick stick safe for bump-bearing moms, but it has been shown to also protect your little one for up to several … Continue reading

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5 rules of sleep safety

1. Place baby on her back. That goes for naptime and nighttime. Your little one can practice tummy time while she’s awake and supervised. 2. Skip the pillows, extra covers and stuffed animals. They could obstruct breathing or result in … Continue reading

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Who, what, wear

1. Who Will you be wearing a snuggly newborn? A sturdier tot? A wrap is a good option for the former, whereas the support a soft-structured carrier offers is a plus when it comes to toting weightier babes. 2. What … Continue reading

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Autism Awareness

Although autism spectrum disorders are rooted in early brain development, the average age most children are diagnosed is 4 1⁄2. Georgina Peacock, MD, a developmental behavioral pediatrician with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urges new parents to start tracking … Continue reading

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First flexes

Even from day one, you can see signs of your tot’s muscle control in her newborn reflexes—which also give moms a peek at the developmental road ahead. But it’s only a brief glimpse because most are seen for only the first … Continue reading

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Layer cake

Sugar and spice Fold in feminine pieces with masculine for a well-balanced presentation. Hat Attack hat, $96, hatattack.com, Emily Elizabeth Jewelry bobby pin, $9, emilyejewerly.etsy.com, We Dream in Colour cuffs, $69 each, wedreamincolour.com, JoJo Maman Bébé jacket, $125, jojomamanbebe.com, Noppies dress, $125, kickinmaternity.com Cougar … Continue reading

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Give ’em a boost

By two months, your little is already leaps and bounds ahead of where she was at birth. With a few playtime tweaks from here on out, you can give her a leg up on upcoming milestones. 2 months in: -Show … Continue reading

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How-to research your family tree

Now that you’re adding the newest sprig to your budding brood, you might be curious to find out just where you (and your wee one!) come from. Here are three ways to dig deeper into your family’s roots. 1. Online database … Continue reading

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Excuse me, please

Take it in As infants gulp milk from bottle or breast, they tend to swallow air right along with it, which can lead to discomfort and sometimes spitting up. Spending time on their backs can exacerbate the problem because it … Continue reading

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Jungle books: Setting up camp

When it’s time to turn out the light, set the tone with a sweet, slumber-inducing sendoff. Wide awake When he just can’t fall asleep, one little boy goes on a hunt for a cozy place to hit the hay, but … Continue reading

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What’s your number?

Your blood pressure can vary a lot during pregnancy, so don’t be alarmed if you notice your digits climb upward a bit. Chances are you’ll be back in the normal range at your next appointment. According to the National Institutes … Continue reading

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Jungle books: On the trail

Take kiddos on an excursion into worlds unknown without ever leaving the rocking chair. Check it out Literary enthusiasts will adore this homage to the community library and the magic that awaits in every book. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, … Continue reading

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Best foot forward

We all want what’s best for our babies, so sometimes even simple tasks—like buying shoes—require a bit of thought and research. There’s more to the job than just picking a cute pair off the rack! Here’s what you need to … Continue reading

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Jungle books: Close encounters

Make storytime a hands-on affair with books that encourage wee ones to get in on the action. Sight seeing Beyond colors and shapes, this board book teaches kiddos to use their imagination to transform a simple red triangle into a … Continue reading

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On the plus side

When you’ve got a new family member joining your crew, time is precious—so you can clock some quality time with your partner, tackle that home improvement project that’s been on your to-do list for months or just sit back and relax. … Continue reading

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How-to: Create a safe crib space

You and your little one will both rest easy when you’re confident she’s snoozing in a baby-friendly environment. Follow these simple steps to minimize potential pitfalls. 1. Choose a crib that’s in tip-top shape. Current standards require crib rails to … Continue reading

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Research project

Phone a friend DO ask your parenting peers for advice. They can offer valuable input on what works and what doesn’t. DON’T put too much stock in your city-dwelling pal’s stroller recommendation if your family resides in the suburbs. If … Continue reading

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Jungle books: Flora and fauna

Immerse your tiny explorer in the natural landscape with furry and flowery friends alike. You do you One bear loves hopping through the forest and nibbling at berries, but that’s not what bears do— then again, maybe being himself is … Continue reading

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Jungle books: Guidebooks

Trust insightful tomes to lead the way on an expedition of first words, colors and more. Name game This pretty picture book is brimming with everyday objects your bub will love pointing out. Chronicle Books, $18 Go hue Every turn … Continue reading

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Hats off

Skipping that ubiquitous pink-and-blue striped cap could be a boon for both you and your brand-new bundle. Saved by the smell Moms and babes are biologically programmed to recognize each other by their scents, but if you’re nuzzling your nose … Continue reading

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Dressed for success

Thanks to generous friends and family, you’ll likely end up with a dresser full of pint-sized apparel for your babe. But beyond frilly pink dresses and itty-bitty bow ties, there are a few practical pieces you’ll want to have on … Continue reading

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A healthy browmance

All relationships take work, and our eyebrows are no exception. Umbreen Sheikh, founder of Wink Brow Bar in New York shares her tips for keeping very angry caterpillars at bay. A fine line Have a brow specialist at your favorite … Continue reading

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Baby steps

Ready to introduce your bitty babe to Mother Nature? Here are a few tips on how to get started. Go for a walk. Buckle baby into the stroller or slip him into a carrier, and take a few laps around … Continue reading

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First things first

If your doctor recommends that you go on bed rest, don’t hit the sack before you … Study up. While there isn’t a ton of research on bed rest during pregnancy, the studies that have been done suggest that bed … Continue reading

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How-to: Budget for maternity leave

Although some employers offer paid leave, it’s not mandatory in the U.S., which means the time you spend at home after your baby arrives could come with a significant pay cut. Whether you’re planning to take eight weeks or 18, follow … Continue reading

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Over the moon: Just relax in the Hudson River Valley

Whether you want to explore a sprawling city or a glacier lake, lie back and relax or rekindle the romance, there’s a babymoon for every mom-to-be. We’ve planned out everything from where to stay to what to do—even places to eat … Continue reading

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5 morning sickness survival tips

1. Carbs equal comfort. this is true for most pregnant women in the first trimester, says Mashru. When you’re feeling nauseated, complex carbohydrates such as whole-grain toast, pretzels or crackers might satisfy your need for sustenance without making you feel … Continue reading

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Pick a seat

Before you select a dining spot for your early eater, determine your top priorities. 1. Size of footprint A freestanding highchair may require a little more real estate, whereas a design that pulls up to the table (or even sits … Continue reading

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Over the moon: Explore more in Banff, Canada

Whether you want to explore a sprawling city or a glacier lake, lie back and relax or rekindle the romance, there’s a babymoon for every mom-to-be. We’ve planned out everything from where to stay to what to do—even places to eat … Continue reading

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Poised and ready

Over the past few months you’ve felt your acrobatic bundle twist, flip and tumble around inside you, but when delivery draws near, she’ll settle into a stance to get ready for her grand entrance. Usually, your babe will be head down—but … Continue reading

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Over the moon: Kid around in Philadelphia

Whether you want to explore a sprawling city or a glacier lake, lie back and relax or rekindle the romance, there’s a babymoon for every mom-to-be. We’ve planned out everything from where to stay to what to do—even places to eat … Continue reading

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Over the moon: See sparks in Santa Monica

Whether you want to explore a sprawling city or a glacier lake, lie back and relax or rekindle the romance, there’s a babymoon for every mom-to-be. We’ve planned out everything from where to stay to what to do—even places to eat … Continue reading

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How-to: Breastfeed like a pro after a C-section

Snuggle up “Skin-to-skin is when baby is placed directly on the mother’s abdomen and chest after delivery and has benefits to helping infants transition to life outside the womb,” explains Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC, founder of Lactation Link. Even moms … Continue reading

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5 signs you’re in labor

For many first-time moms it’s hard to know when it’s time to grab the hospital bag and go. If it’s the real deal, one or more of these will be happening: Contractions are consistent. When you have experienced six to … Continue reading

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Suck it up

Sucking is a natural reflex and, for many babies, a source of comfort. So there’s usually no need to worry if your newbie is a thumb-sucker or pacifier aficionado. In fact, researchers have found that using a pacifier can reduce … Continue reading

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How-to: Spring clean the nursery

The flowers blooming and birds chirping are a sure sign it’s time to dust off, well, everything and welcome in some sunshine. Here’s how to get baby’s room spick-and-span in just a handful of easy steps. Sort out The first … Continue reading

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Fare game

Food allergies aren’t fun, but they are something parents should look out for. Learn the top offenders and the symptoms that signal a negative reaction. The big 8 According to the Food and Drug Administration, these foods tend to cause … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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