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Beat the heat

Pregnancy isn’t without its fair share of discomforts any time of year, but toting a baby bump during the summer months can be especially problematic. Your higher-than-normal body temperature makes the steamy weather seem even hotter, and let’s be honest, … Continue reading

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Eco-cleaning

If cleanliness is truly next to godliness, parents everywhere are in big trouble. Whether it’s a lack of time and energy or an active tot that has you longing fora visit from the housekeeping fairy, most moms find themselves overwhelmed … Continue reading

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The road ahead

Your entire body is changing during the days between conception and delivery, and it certainly won’t go unnoticed. You’ll undoubtedly see your midsection expanding, but you’ll also experience a wide variety of other symptoms that let you know you’re successfully creating … Continue reading

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Going the distance

When you’re stumbling along the path of early parenthood, life can become pretty foggy. Simple decisions—the blue shirt or the green? (for the baby, of course—you haven’t had a clean anything on your body in days)—become overwhelming. The normal tasks of adulthood like … Continue reading

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Smart snacks

You’ve heard it before: Eating small amounts of healthy foods throughout the day rather than indulging in three whopping meals is the way to go. It keeps your belly full, which provides your wee one with a steady flow of nutrients—and … Continue reading

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Playing around

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Tear-filled farewells

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

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Give me a boost

Although your baby is tiny, her brain is anything but: “Researchers have found that [the baby brain] is more complex than any machine ever made,” shares Holly Engel-Smothers, coauthor of Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power. Baby’s thinker comes equipped with … Continue reading

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Calm down

As a mom, your first instinct when your baby cries is to pick her up and cover her with kisses. However, there comes a time when it’s important for your little one to learn to self-soothe, so you’re not constantly … Continue reading

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The blame game

I’ll start this off with a confession: As I write this, I am suffering from a severe case of mom guilt. It involves an adorable little boy, a case of (according to him) incapacitating hiccups, and a running-late mommy without … Continue reading

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Get it right

Every expectant mom tries to do what’s best for the growing baby inside her, but with all the different guidelines and opinions floating around the webosphere, knowing what’s right can be confusing. The best rule of thumb: Talk to your … Continue reading

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Mother lover

Transitioning from eager couple to tired parents can be tough on even the strongest partnerships, so don’t be surprised if your relationship takes a turn for the tumultuous when baby makes three. Not only are you trying to figure out … Continue reading

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Back to class: Why parenting is like high school

It has been said that you never really leave high school, and we’ve unfortunately found that to be true. The same cliques and insecurities that plagued us in our teenage years are found all too often in playgroups and parks … Continue reading

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Rule breaker

Babies bring a great deal of joy to your life, but also a great deal of unsolicited advice. Well-meaning friends and family members will no doubt make gentle (and not-so-gentle) suggestions as to how you should do things—and a great … Continue reading

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Ew, gross

To put it simply, pregnancy is packed with opportunities for embarrassment. Here’s how to deal when the blush-inducing moments strike. Scenario 1: You’re in a staff meeting when the urge to purge strikes … and you only make it as far … Continue reading

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A cultured approach to child rearing

When my son was 4 months old, I wrote myself off as a parental failure. Why? I couldn’t get that kid to sleep for anything. The only time he’d drift off was in my arms, and as soon as his … Continue reading

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Play it safe

Let’s be honest: Parenthood is terrifying. Being responsible for another human being’s safety and well-being is a big job, and it scares the heck out of all new parents at one time or another. Luckily, the statistics are on our … Continue reading

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Roll call

Don’t be surprised if your friends list—and we’re not talking about the one on Facebook—gets a little shaken up once baby begins a-brewin’. Having a baby is a life-changing event (to put it mildly), and it’s normal to sometimes drift … Continue reading

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The new mom’s guide to well-baby visits

Get ready to spend a lot of time getting to know a new VIP in your life: your family’s pediatrician. Most doctors recommend a schedule of seven well-child visits during your baby’s first year of life to properly monitor growth … Continue reading

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Step by step

Congratulations! You’re the proud parent of an adorable new human. Here’s what you can expect during the first exciting year. 0-1 month By the 30-day marker, your little one will likely be gazing into your eyes and responding to sounds. … Continue reading

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The postpartum timeline

After nine months of wild emotions, massive body changes and strange pregnancy symptoms, you might be looking forward to things returning to normal once baby finally decides to make his entrance into the world. However, the first six weeks postpartum … Continue reading

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Day tripper

A lesson all new moms quickly learn: Sometimes a girl just has to get out of the house. And let’s be honest—no matter how much you enjoy shopping, you can hit the mall only so many times in a month. … Continue reading

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Tricks of the trade

It seems as soon as your belly pops, words of so-called wisdom start flying at you from every direction, and even your childless great-aunt Sue suddenly becomes an expert in baby-rearing. Before you become overwhelmed by the avalanche of advice … Continue reading

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Baby care: Warming baby’s bottle

Heat water in a pot on the stove, removing the pot from the burner once the water is hot (but before it’s boiling). Rest the bottle in the water until the milk is lukewarm or room temperature. You can also … Continue reading

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Baby care: Giving your baby a sponge bath

Until baby’s cord falls off, all his baths will be of the sponge variety. Bathe baby on a flat surface (such as the changing table) covered with a towel, and make sure you have all your supplies together ahead of … Continue reading

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Baby care: Trimming tiny nails

It’s often easiest to tend to your baby’s nails while he’s sleeping so he’s less likely to make any sudden movements. Using a pair of baby nail trimmers (some come with a light or magnifying glass to give you a … Continue reading

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Baby care: 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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Baby care: Burping your baby

You should burp your baby every 2 ounces or so if you’re bottle-feeding, or when you swap breasts if you’re nursing. Prop baby on your shoulder, lay him across your legs, or hold him in a well-supported seated position in … Continue reading

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Baby care: Buckling your infant in his car seat

Your baby should always ride in a rear-facing car seat (infant bucket seats are the most popular choice for newborns) in the backseat of your vehicle. Make sure your baby is within the recommended weight range for the seat you’ll … Continue reading

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Rash decision

Brush up on the causes and treatments of irritated baby rumps. Red, irritated skin on baby’s bottom is an unfortunate side effect of wearing diapers. No matter how diligent you are about whisking baby’s diaper away at the first sign … Continue reading

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And baby makes four

For many parents expecting their second child, there’s a concern bigger than the pregnancy itself: the baby they already have at home. Whether a 1-year-old or a 7-year-old, the firstborn is likely the center of mom’s focus as she figures … Continue reading

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Sun safety

Few things are cuter than a baby decked out in a hat and shades. Sun-protective gear is for more than just looks, though—it’s essential in keeping your baby safe during summer months. Here’s what you need to know about protecting … Continue reading

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Order up! The oldest child

While every child is born with her own distinct personality, and many factors affect the person she will eventually become, birth order can often play a role in defining a person’s characteristics. Read on to find out what you might … Continue reading

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Order up! The middle child

While every child is born with her own distinct personality, and many factors affect the person she will eventually become, birth order can often play a role in defining a person’s characteristics. Read on to find out what you might … Continue reading

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How to love or lose those last 10 pounds

After the birth of my son, a few pounds of my pregnancy weight found a permanent home in my hips. I only gained 27 pounds, and according to the scale, I lost almost all of it within a few weeks. … Continue reading

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Getting your sex life back

Six tricks for kicking your sex drive back into gear—plus a few reasons not to feel guilty for not feeling the love. It’s just plain true: Pregnancy rarely leaves your sex life unaffected. So if you feel like your sex … Continue reading

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Making time for mom

Babies are completely time-consuming. After the birth of my first child, I couldn’t even remember what I had done with all the free time I had before she was born. Wasn’t I bored without diapers to change and breasts to … Continue reading

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Keeping baby gear organized

For most families, the majority of the play happens right in the middle of their living room floor. We’ve got a few tips for keeping your house from looking like a Fisher-Price factory explosion. It’s time to make your living … Continue reading

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Baby trips

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or simply foresee a long weekend with nothing to do stretching before you, sometimes a mom has just got to get out of the house. And let’s be honest—no matter how much you enjoy shopping, … Continue reading

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Making mom friends

It happens. Rest assured, it’s completely normal. We break it down, girlfriend-style. Becoming a mother changes every ounce of your being, from your day-to-day life to your friendships—both old and new. “No life change is greater than that of becoming … Continue reading

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Advice from real moms, Part 1

It might come from her mom, her best friend or even the strange lady at Target—but when you find something that works, it’s in the unwritten Mother’s Code that you have to share. Real moms honored the code to tell … Continue reading

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Advice from real moms, Part 2

Every person you know (and some you don’t) has an opinion to share. Real moms dish to our editors on the best advice. Plan everything ahead. I’m one of those people who puts everything off until the last minute, but … Continue reading

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Infant ear infections

What causes ear infections? An ear infection is caused by a buildup of fluid in the middle ear. As the pressure in the ear builds, so does the hurt factor, ranging from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing pain. … Continue reading

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How to burp a baby

You wouldn’t think that something as simple as a burp would be a big deal. You feed baby, pat-pat-burp, and you’re done, right? Well, not always. Burping a baby can be a lot tougher than you might think, and the … Continue reading

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Diaper changing 101

The basics An easy to follow, step-by-step breakdown of how to change a diaper. Because sometimes, you just need the facts: Step 1 Grab your changing gear and find a clean, flat surface to change baby on. The floor works … Continue reading

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Finding the right faith for your kids

After giving birth, many parents feel a sudden respect toward a higher power and realize that they’d like their children to be exposed to organized religion. Whether it’s the faith of their youth or a new adventure altogether, there are … Continue reading

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