Tag Archives: Ginny Butler

Delivery room mythbuster

When you’re wearing a baby belly, you tend to attract delivery room horror stories and cryptic warnings from oh-so-helpful strangers. What is reliable, and what’s really bull? We’ve stared down some of society’s most stringent delivery room myths. The myth: … Continue reading

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Off your rocker

Like any hopeful mom, I wanted to provide a natural and safe environment for my baby’s development. I had heard that some medications could cross the placenta and affect the baby, so I figured a complete detox would be a … Continue reading

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Postbaby plastic surgery: Is it for you?

When the stork delivers your bundle of joy, he often includes a few unwanted bonus gifts: saggy skin, extra padding and a generally unpleasant southward slant. But never fear: You can outwit that tricky bird with a little nip and … Continue reading

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We’ve come a long way, baby!

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Not your grandmama’s pregnancy

The [arguably] good old days If you found yourself expecting a baby in the 19th century, you might view your condition with limited enthusiasm. Of course, you would hope for a healthy child and a happy future, but precedent would … Continue reading

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Basic instincts

What’s happening to me? I want to lash out irrationally whenever I sense a threat to my child’s well-being, and when I tell my baby, “I could just eat you up!” I almost mean it. Have I completely lost my … Continue reading

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Keeping the love alive

Becoming parents is a wonderful, life-changing experience, but it can put strain on a previously well-balanced relationship. As many moms and pops will attest, the new responsibilities and sleepless nights that come with a baby can lead to rocky times … Continue reading

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The check-up rundown

For roughly nine months, you will plan your life around prenatal visits. Fifteen-plus trips to the OB’s office might sound kind of overwhelming, but you can exhale: You will not have your feet in stirrups every time. Here’s what to … Continue reading

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Bringing up a bilingual baby

It’s no secret that a bilingual education is a valuable asset in today’s global community, and because infants’ brains are particularly absorbent, they can soak up new languages with amazing speed and retention. In fact, a child who picks up … Continue reading

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Join the vacci-nation

Vaccines are not perfect. “Perfect” would be a world without disease, where there would be nothing to prevent and nothing to cure. That’s not our world. Planet Earth is populated by mobile, microbe-toting individuals, who are constantly sharing what they’ve … Continue reading

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A powerful touch

On pins and needles As she watches her husband bike up the drive with their three 22-month-old girls in tow, Hester Vermaak of Ithaca, New York, recalls a time when the ride was not so smooth. Vermaak’s premature triplets suffered … Continue reading

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Motherhood at any age

20s: The raring-to-go mom The mom in her 20s is the woman most likely to be found giving horsey rides and turning cartwheels to “show them how it’s done.” Her energy, flexibility and youthful outlook make her a fun hands-on … Continue reading

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In search of the perfect pediatrician

I set out to find a doctor for my baby-in-waiting three weeks before my induction date. I was duly equipped with a list of compulsory questions designed to pinpoint the doctor who would be “just right” for my baby and … Continue reading

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Food allergies: A closer look

I have two babies: one born in the spring of 2007, and the other delivered late last summer. And somewhere in that three-year span, pediatric recommendations for avoiding food allergies and other allergic diseases, such as asthma and allergic eczema, … Continue reading

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Boy parts: A guided tour

Inspect the territory As you recall how your journey to motherhood began, your baby boy’s bits and pieces should look familiar. But even so, this is likely the first time you’ve been responsible for around-the-clock twig-n-berries care. Let’s start by … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding: The first 72 hours

Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it comes naturally. Many breastfeeding moms will tell you that the first days are the hardest: You and your baby are both learning, and your body is adapting to its new demands. Establishing … Continue reading

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Maternity makeover: Six lifestyle changes that should top your list

Pop those prenatals If you’re not already, start taking prenatal vitamins immediately. Ask your doctor which type is best for you, or—if the clock is ticking and your doc is unavailable—pick up an over-the-counter variety at any grocery or drugstore. … Continue reading

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Weight time: Understanding how much baby needs to eat

Reading cues  While underfeeding your newborn is an obvious concern, overfeeding can put her at risk for being overweight later in life, so it’s important to establish healthy eating patterns right away. Joseph Kahn, MD, Chairman of the Department of … Continue reading

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Good to go: Traveling while pregnant

When it comes to making travel plans, being knocked up doesn’t have to keep you down. Let your doctor know your itinerary and be patient with your preggo self (your trips might need to be a tad less action-packed than … Continue reading

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Oral exam: Caring for baby’s teeth

Study up Did you know that your baby’s teeth have been forming since her fifth month in the womb? In fact, it’s rare but not unheard of for a baby to be born with a tooth already showing! Typically, though, … Continue reading

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Office politics and pregnancy

Breaking the big (and getting bigger!) news to the boss can be a frightening prospect. Believe me, I’ve been there! While there is no perfect time to announce your pregnancy, your body might just make the decision for you. Like … Continue reading

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The many hats of motherhood

The daily demands are, well, demanding, and there’s no backing out. So hit the hat shop and get ready for all the roles you’ll play from day to day as a mom. Weather Technician A new mom has to be … Continue reading

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Daddy makes a difference

We all know how important and influential a mother’s love can be in her baby’s life. However, a father’s involvement is also hugely beneficial. Let daddy take an active role in the child-rearing and your kiddo will enjoy far-reaching benefits … Continue reading

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10 things a preggo gal doesn’t want to hear

10. You must be due any day now! (Actually, no, I have six weeks left.) 9. It’s OK, I know you’re just moody because you’re pregnant. 8. The restroom is closed. Why don’t you try the one upstairs? 7. Just … Continue reading

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Have baby, will travel

As the mother of a 9-month-old who has flown domestically and internationally, cruised the Atlantic and driven through most of the American Southeast, I can testify that traveling with a baby does take some nerve but is entirely possible and … Continue reading

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6 tips for surviving your first year

1. Accept a helping hand Enjoy the TLC of friends and family, because the favors won’t last forever. There is no glory in doing it all yourself, so share the load when someone volunteers to sit with your baby while … Continue reading

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Your baby’s weight

Reading cues  While underfeeding your newborn is an obvious concern, overfeeding can put your child at risk for being overweight later in life. It’s important to establish healthy eating patterns right away. Dr. Joseph Kahn, Chairman of the Department of … Continue reading

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Teething time

The timeline Tooth development begins in the fifth month of pregnancy, but your baby’s pearly whites probably won’t make their first appearance until he’s at least 6 months old. Teeth often appear in symmetrical pairs, allowing your baby to maintain … Continue reading

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Learning through play: 12 months and up

Playing games isn’t all for fun—it’s also the best way for your baby to learn and develop social, cognitive and motor skills. Read on for playtime tips for babies of all ages, as well as ways to expand your baby’s … Continue reading

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Learning through play: 3-6 months

Playing games isn’t all for fun—it’s also the best way for your baby to learn and develop social, cognitive and motor skills. Read on for playtime tips for babies of all ages as well as ways to expand your baby’s … Continue reading

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Learning through play: 0-3 months

Playing games isn’t all for fun—it’s also the best way for your baby to learn and develop social, cognitive and motor skills. Read on for playtime tips for babies of all ages, as well as ways to expand your baby’s … Continue reading

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