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The Best Postpartum Birth Control

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.

Child Development: When Will Baby Have Hand-Eye Coordination?

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.

Cold-Weather Sleep Tips for Baby's Safety

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.

5 Things You Need to Know About Lactation Consultants

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.

The Trend: Unique Baby Names

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.

Tighten Your Postpartum Body: 5 Genius Strength-Training Exercises

Ease Baby's Cold and Sneezes

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.

Fun Ways to Nurture Baby's Language Development

Zoo-themed Toys Your Baby Will Love

6 Steps to Stress-Free Travel

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