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Not too long ago, a parent who didn't set firm rules, tell her children to behave themselves or punish them when they acted out was thought to be an irresponsible parent. Now, in contrast, some of the most popular and commonly used words in parenting are considered to be off limits for the up-to-date and discerning parent. When did these words become, well, dirty?
Here are some examples:
Her kids always sleep through the night; she always has dinner on the table; she “gets her body back” two months after labor; she never gets tired (ha!); and never feels like she’s running on empty (which is totally possible, if "never" means "usually.") Does this sound like a standard of motherhood you'd like to acheive?
By the time your child is 5, more than 30 percent of his classmates will have tooth decay, which can be well advanced even by age 3. “Early preventative care is the key to keeping your baby cavity-free,” says Elizabeth a. Shick, D.D.S., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatric dentistry at the University of Colorado, Denver School of Dental Medicine.
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Heidi's Klum's catchphrase, "One day you're in, and the next day you're out," might as well have been spoken about baby names. Over the years, we’ve seen names come, go, and even make a few comebacks. So, to help you find the right name for your baby-to-be, we polled the nation’s leading baby name experts on what we can expect from the coming year. Here are the baby name trends that will rock the name runway in 2014.
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During the years in which an Olympic Games competition takes place we are treated to stories that surprise, move, and inspire us in ways we couldn't even imagine. This year, thanks to the Sochi Winter Games and the Paralympic Games, is no exception. Case in point: Alpine skiers and Paralympians, Rob and Danelle Umstead. Legally blind, Danelle skis to the sound of her husband’s guiding voice. Talk about facing trust issues head on!
Relationships need a whole lot of care and attention and effort—and it’s all worth it. I’ve been married for only three years, and I’ve already learned that while love feels like magic, being sprinkled with long-term pixie dust requires long-term investment and a healthy dose of fun.
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According to a recent HuffPost article, the little challenges in our relationships tear couples apart as often as the big ones. In other words, while some marriages end with a bang, many go out with a whimper, a small oversight, a facial expression or forgetful moment when, something that didn't get done or remained unsaid, turned into the last straw.
People joke that having kids is the best form of birth control, but if you don’t want another baby right away, you need a method that really works. Plus, research shows it’s optimal to wait at least 18 months before conceiving again in order to reduce the risk of having a preterm birth or a baby with low birthweight.
While your newborn’s intermittently crossed eyes may be reminiscent of a Siamese cat, rest assured that this lack of muscle control is completely normal. "Newborns aren't able to see clearly much farther than about arm's length away, and their eyes will often cross as they try to focus on objects," explains heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan.
It’s a mother’s instinct to keep her baby safe and warm. Yet, despite frosty outside temperatures, resist the urge to overbundle your baby or to keep the nursery too warm: Several studies show that overdressing and overheating increases the chances of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). While it's natural to want to keep your baby cozy, being too warm is actually a risk for SIDS because your baby needs to be able to lose heat to regulate her system.
A lot of things can come between you and your breastfeeding plan: an erratic schedule, lips that won’t latch, and chaffed nipples, to name a few. Enlisting the help of a lactation consultant, though, can seriously up your odds of hitting your breast-to-baby goals, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.
North West. Blue Ivy. Apple. Celebrity baby names definitely seem to be getting more and more unique—and it’s not only happening in Hollywood.
More American parents are steering clear of traditional names and trying to be different, says Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, Revised 3rd Edition: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby.