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.
Just like us humans, cold viruses are indoors this time of year instead of chilling outside, so they get lots of opportunities to infect us. Infants are especially susceptible to the common cold because they haven’t developed resistance to most of the viruses that cause them. That’s why the most recommended cold-prevention strategy—washing hands frequently—is especially important for anyone handling your baby, says Kenneth E. Katz, M.D., a pediatrician in Littleton, Colo.
Once you’re a mother, you have a bond with women in other parts of the country and in fact with mothers all over the world. This bond encourages all of us to raise the next generation of Americans and world citizens to reach their highest potential because our children will change the world for better or worse. We mothers are in this together and I, for one, am grateful that we have each others’ backs.
It's hard to believe that milk can stay out of the refrigerator and not go bad, but when it comes to breast milk, it's true. That's because mother's milk is an antibiotic of sorts, capable of killing many bacteria and viruses. That said, even though some experts say breast milk can be kept at normal room temperature for up to eight hours without the danger of bacterial growth, I'm not comfortable with leaving it unrefrigerated for more than four to six hours.
Congratulations on losing your pregnancy weight! This shows you have what it takes to do whatever is needed to succeed. For starters, don’t set goals for yourself that are too tough to reach. Be sure you have a fitness plan that you can actually follow, and build in small goals that are easy to achieve.
Also, it’s always helpful to have a workout buddy or a trainer who will help keep you accountable. If you do miss a workout or fall off your meal plan, don’t let a setback stand in your way. Instead, stay positive and get right back on track the following day.
If you’re a new mom and nursing for the first time, pumping can seem downright daunting. But with a little planning and know-how, it’s easy to master the art of pumping—and to find the time to do it. Here, expert answers to the most common questions about expressing breast milk.
With cheerful fabrics, major moisture-wicking abilities and ouch-free fasteners, modern cloth diapers are nothing like the nappies your grandma used. They make changes a snap and don’t clog landfills. Plus, choosing cloth saves money, too. “It’s possible to get set up with cloth diapers and accessories for around $350 to $500 for 2½ years of use,” says Paula DeVore, cloth diapering expert and owner of Babyworks, who notes that disposable diapers over the same time frame may cost upward of $1,800.