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That’s about the size of it

Keeping tabs on your girth growth does more than clue you in to how much your wee one is changing inside you. The size of a mom-to-be’s bump can also predict troubles beneath the surface, such as slow fetal growth … Continue reading

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A world of difference

DOING IT RIGHT 4 things that make us want to give America a high-five. Doctored up The more prenatal checkups you have, the better your odds of having a healthy baby—because doc can make sure things are on track and … Continue reading

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Playdate: Making tummy time fun

Know it’s important “Floor play can be one of the most developmentally stimulating activities for babies,” remarks Bill Sears, MD, renowned pediatrician and Huggies Little Movers consultant. When your infant is awake and alert, try placing him tummy down on a … Continue reading

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The Namaste way

Inhale, exhale By learning to focus on your breathing (try slow, deep breaths in and out of the nose), you’ll be better equipped to manage shortness of breath during pregnancy. These simple exercises will also come in handy during labor … Continue reading

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Get the most out of your prenatal vitamin

Start early Most experts recommend that you begin taking pre-natal vitamins at least one month prior to conception. You should keep taking it throughout pregnancy and even after delivery for as long as you continue breastfeeding. Talk to your provider … Continue reading

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Big foot

Size matters Even if you can’t see your feet way down there, you’ve probably noticed your shoes fitting a little more snugly than usual. It’s not uncommon for women, particularly first-time mamas, to go up an entire shoe size during … Continue reading

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Year in review: 2015

Go for seconds When timing contractions, use a clock with a secondhand to track duration (how long each contraction lasts from beginning to end), as well as frequency (how far apart they are from the start—not end—of one contraction to … Continue reading

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Turn a breech baby

Ideally you want your wee one head down and facing your back for his debut, but don’t worry if your babe is breech (bottom down) beforehand. He’s going to keep moving and grooving up until delivery, so he may not … Continue reading

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Buckled up

Right height Adjust the shoulder straps so they start at or below baby’s shoulder height. (This is the preferred position for rear-facing car seats.) Pit stop Position the chest clip at armpit level. It should be high enough to keep … Continue reading

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Foray into food

Is she old enough? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommend introducing solid food at around 6 months of age, informs Lisa Barrangou, PhD, author of The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book. Starting earlier … Continue reading

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Stick with breastfeeding

You’ve chosen to nurture your wee one the old-fashioned way—yet sometimes nursing feels anything but natural. When the going gets tough, try to remember these wise words of encouragement from Cindy-Lee Dennis, PhD, professor at University of Toronto and Canada … Continue reading

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Bladder matters

Feel the squeeze The bladder, much like the uterus, is a sac that expands as needed, explains Laura Riley, MD, OB/GYN and author of You & Your Baby: Pregnancy: Your Ultimate Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide. During baby-growing months, the uterus commandeers … Continue reading

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Sugar, sugar

What does it mean? When a mom-to-be is diagnosed with gestational diabetes, it means she has high blood glucose levels but has never had diabetes prior to pregnancy. Typically, this complication will rear its head late in your 40-week trek, … Continue reading

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Sitter jitters

Quality assurance Hire a sitter with solid babysitting experience and excellent references. (Be sure to check them!) Look for someone who is a good listener and communicator. “Her personality and values should be aligned with those of you and your … Continue reading

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Conquer cradle cap

If dry scales have appeared on your baby’s noggin, it’s most likely seborrheic dermatitis, commonly known by its less frightening name, cradle cap. Here’s what you need to know should you find yourself facing the condition head on. Show and … Continue reading

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Reduce the risk of SIDS

While it’s often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), there are certain precautions parents can take to lower their child’s risk, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Place baby … Continue reading

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Balancing act

“I finally invested in a good planner and set aside times of the day for work and the rest for my family. Instead of a constant nagging to-do list, I know there will be time to address it later. It … Continue reading

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Capsule wardrobe

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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Words to live by

Ask for help When your baby needs something, invite your firstborn to help, suggests Laura Markham, PhD, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life. “She needs to know that she has … Continue reading

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Fluid check

Flow chart During pregnancy, a mom-to-be’s circulatory system goes through rapid and dramatic changes, says Oliver W. Jones, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in Denver. Blood volume starts ramping up as early as five weeks’ gestation, and by the end of the … Continue reading

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A pep talk from our editor

Throughout the month of August, we’ll be writing a lot about the benefits of breastfeeding—both in print and online. There are two reasons for this: (1) It’s so, so good for you and your baby, and (2) August is National Breastfeeding … Continue reading

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7 things never to say to a pregnant lady

“Someone was hungry.” Your bulging bump is not an open invitation for others to comment on your eating habits, but some people will regardless. Try not to take it personally, and advise the opinionated spectators that what baby would really … Continue reading

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Watered down

Watermelon As its name implies, this fruity favorite contains plenty of H2O. It’s the perfect summertime treat, so go ahead and savor a wedge (or three). Iceberg lettuce This leafy pick is often overlooked for darker, more nutrient-dense greens, but … Continue reading

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Choose your own adventure

If you’re pining for a quiet town with charm for days… Try: El Colibri in Cambria, California This artisan-built accommodation echoes the peaceful demeanor of its coastal community. Dig your feet into the cool sand as you watch the elephant seals … Continue reading

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Born in the USA

1. June & January blanket, $22 This bright and bold blanket is just the ticket when it comes to wrapping up your tiny tot. 2. Gräf & Lantz weekender, $425 Roomy yet refined, this high-quality weekender makes for a perfect a hospital … Continue reading

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Water baby

Soak it in Studies show early exposure to water and swim lessons offers many advantages, including physical, cognitive, social and linguistic, says Kathy Hubbard, infant and toddler committee chairman of the U.S. Swim School Association. “The soothing benefits and sensory … Continue reading

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Rear view

Did you know up to 50 percent of pregnant women will experience constipation and/or hemorrhoids at some point, most often during the third trimester and postpartum period? Here’s how to cope: Below the surface This devilish duo doesn’t always stick … Continue reading

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Hands-on dad

Pack man Babywearing promotes bonding, soothes baby and is ideal for multitasking. Make sure your partner feels comfortable with the carrier, so you can literally share the load. Man the ship Leave your two loves home alone while you run … Continue reading

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In the red

Even if you read every baby care book in the library, odds are high that your babe’s bum will be the site of at least a few diaper rashes. The good news is, these pesky irritations—though uncomfortable—are rarely cause for … Continue reading

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Breathe easy

Attention expectant mamas: If you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, here’s the scoop—straight from the experts—on how carrying a growing babe could affect your symptoms. Risky business Past studies suggest women with asthma (especially those whose asthma isn’t well controlled) are … Continue reading

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Ducks in a row

More than mere madness There are bona fide scientific reasons to explain your out-of-character cleaning behavior, and the experience is actually beneficial. Jena Pincott, science writer and author of Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?, says, “Nesting helps us psychologically brace ourselves … Continue reading

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Second isn’t always best

When a friend generously offers to let you borrow some of her baby gear, you’ll no doubt be tempted to do so. But while it’s OK to take her up on hand-me-down bodysuits and baby carriers, there are certain things that … Continue reading

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Handy how-to: Deal with a picky eater

If you’ve got a tot with  a persnickety palate, happy hour at the  highchair may involve more grimaces than grins. But that doesn’t mean you have to ditch the finer fare in favor of flavorless mush. Encourage adventurous eating with … Continue reading

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Time for a change

Don’t let the switch to daylight saving time throw off your family’s routine. Follow these tips from Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, sleep experts and authors of The Dream Sleeper, to ensure your spring forward is seamless. Be proactive Begin … Continue reading

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Roo and you

Nestling your newborn against bare skin, also known as kangaroo care, provides rewards for parent and child that extend deep below the surface. Touchy feely Quiet time with mom allows baby to breathe in her scent, relax at the sound … Continue reading

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Mama drama

You can’t stay up past 9 p.m. You always have something questionable on your shirt. Poop doesn’t gross you out anymore. All conversations circle back to your baby. You’ve succumbed to the yoga pants and T-shirt “trend.” You’ve shared intimate … Continue reading

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Tooth tips

Nothing shines brighter than baby’s smile, and there’s no better time to start protecting those pearly whites than during National Children’s Dental Health Month. Pediatric dentist Lyndsay Bates, DDS, MS, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is our tooth sleuth, and below she gives all the … Continue reading

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The big O

Whether you’re trying to conceive or quite the opposite, knowing when you ovulate can help. “Ovulation is best determined by counting backward after a period begins,” explains Mary Jo Podgurski, RNC, EdD, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and past president of … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, be happy

1. The unwritten thank you notes Buying stationery, hand-writing a note, finding a stamp and remembering to stop by the mailbox—if only! When you can’t find the time to snail mail a card, send a grateful text instead. (Include a … Continue reading

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Puppy love

Dogs and babies have the potential to go together like peas and carrots. (We’ve all seen the toddler napping with his puppy.) But in between adorable photo-ops, it’s not uncommon for your four-legged firstborn to feel left out while much … Continue reading

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Flu fighters

Expectant women who catch influenza are more likely to experience premature labor or harm to baby. Here’s how to beat the bug before it bites. Hot shot The influenza vaccine is the most reliable form of protection against the virus. … Continue reading

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Breastfeed during the holidays

Whether, when and how you nurse your babe are all personal choices, but they can become very public around the holidays when you’re surrounded by family. Find out how to handle the skeptics with these quick and easy tips from … Continue reading

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Heads up: Infant reflux

What it is “Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is when the contents of the stomach go up into the esophagus,” explains Suzanne P. Nelson, MD, MPH, pediatric gastroenterologist at Children’s Gastroenterology Specialists, S.C. in Glenview, Illinois, and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics … Continue reading

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Year in review

A worthwhile investment Break open those piggy banks, parents! By the time a child turns 18, the United States Department of Agriculture estimates that middle-income parents will have spent an average of $241,000 to raise her. (That number doesn’t account … Continue reading

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Incubation consideration

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Sleep busters

Sleep is essential for both you and your growing babe, so avoid these potential snooze-wreckers, which can cause you to toss and turn all night long. Processed foods A recent study in the journal Nutrition found that individuals who tended … Continue reading

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Find your circadian rhythm

Our internal body clocks control the production of the hormone melatonin and help regulate how much and how often we sleep. But pregnancy can—as you probably know firsthand—throw this cycle off. “Just about all pregnant women experience waking in the … Continue reading

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Bug before baby

With morning sickness, fatigue and swollen ankles, pregnancy can really throw a body off. But when nausea turns into a full-blown stomach bug or exhaustion leads to the flu, it’s not just your health that you need to worry about—the … Continue reading

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Sleep like a baby

Eighty to ninety percent of SIDS-related deaths result from unsafe sleeping conditions. Follow these steps to allow both you and your little one to breathe a little easier. When putting baby down, lay him on his back on a firm … Continue reading

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Brushing up on oral health care

Nothing to be afraid of “It’s perfectly safe to have treatment during your pregnancy,” says Sally Cram, DDS, PC, spokesperson and consumer advisor for the American Dental Association (ADA) and periodontist in Washington, D.C. In fact, keeping up with your … Continue reading

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