The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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British researchers say allowing babies to feed themselves fruits, vegetables, meat and bread—known as baby-led weaning—may teach them to better regulate their own appetites. The study showed that 6-month-old babies introduced to finger foods they could pick up and eat on their own rather than being primarily spoon-fed were less likely to be overweight or obese through age 6 ½.
Has your baby left you at wits’ end, what with the shoes, toys and sweaters—and everything in between—making their way into her mouth? Rest assured that every baby does this, and it’s totally normal. In fact, it’s a prerequisite to being a healthy infant.
I believe each family should choose the best time for themselves and their baby. That said, bottles do begin to cause “bucking” of the permanent teeth at age 3 years or so, and using a bottle beyond age 1 can lead to cavities in some babies.
Whenever you do it, consider transitioning to a spill-proof sippy cup, as they’re far less messy than a traditional cup.
If you don’t have bucks to burn on a professional photographer for that perfect baby announcement photo, don’t stress. Follow these tips from photographer Ted Catanzaro of Los Angeles-based Ted & Debbie to best capture your cutie:
Avoid using flash: Create soft, filtered light by hanging a sheer curtain in front of a window or lamp.
Get up close and personal:
Capture close-ups of your baby’s toes, hands and face.
Remain neutral: Choose a simple background, such as a light-colored solid blanket, so your baby “pops” in focus.
For some women, new motherhood is a snap. For others, it can be tough getting into the swing of things and it takes time to become a natural. A 2012 study has actually put a number on it: four months and 23 days to be exact, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
On her morning routine with daughter Arabella:
“I got her a subscription to National Geographic kids' magazine … and as I’m reading the newspaper each morning, she’ll flip through that or sit on my lap and ask me questions about what I am reading. She’s pretty verbal for a 2 year old, so she’s able to engage in these types of dialogues. It is very cute. Before it was just looking at pictures and pointing; now she’s able to tell me about the giant whale that she thinks is very cool.”
I make kale chips. I toss kale leaves with salt and pepper and olive oil. Then I roast them at 400° F for about 20 minutes.
Beauty is another area I go organic during pregnancy. I use a lot of Tammy Fender products. They’re all organic and her creams have rich texture.
So many organic diapers are brown; they look like recycled paper, not what you want to put on your cute baby! Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company makes the cutest organic diapers that really work.
The first days and weeks of breastfeeding often boil down to sheer survival: getting your baby to latch onto (and stay on!) your breast; functioning on what often feels like mere minutes of sleep; and willing yourself to keep going if you’re having problems.
Swaddling your newborn may help her wake less at night, sleep longer and calm her crying, but improper technique could have an unintended side effect: hip dysplasia, or problems with the hip joint, according to some pediatric orthopedists. Seventeen percent of newborns have some degree of “immaturity” of their hips, studies show, which usually resolves on its own in the first few months of life. While this happens to coincide with prime swaddling time, it’s safe to wrap your baby as long as the hips can move and bend, experts agree.
1. From the very moment she announces her pregnancy, she’ll be the center of attention — not you. Get used to it.
2. When the baby comes, they’ll both be the center of attention — not you. Aren’t you glad you had nine months to practice going unnoticed?
3. Your house is too small, it was always too small, and to suggest otherwise simply proves that your brain is too small.
Having a dog or cat in the house during pregnancy may help protect your baby against allergies. Researchers in a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology examined babies from birth to age 2 and found that those whose moms had lived with indoor pets during pregnancy had lower levels of an antibody linked to asthma and allergies.