When I gave birth to my twins a few years ago, I thought I knew a thing or two about breastfeeding. My older son had nursed for 14 months with nary a problem, and I’d been researching, writing and editing breastfeeding articles for more than 10 years.
An average of 26 children suffer a crib-related injury every day in the U.S. Follow these tips to keep your baby safe and sound:
Get a Crib with Fixed Sides.
If you’re considering buying a secondhand crib be aware that safety standards issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2011 prohibit the sale of drop-side cribs. Their use has been blamed for 32 deaths in the past decade, mostly because they’ve led to suffocation and strangulation.
Every mom has been there, ready to snap a photo or quick video of your baby playing in the bathtub or crawling on the beach when your phone flashes the dreaded “not enough free space.”
You don’t want to lose a single photo, especially for the moments when you’re away from your little one or want to be a proud mama when you’re out with friends, so what can you do?
We’ve rounded up some easy options for saving, storing and printing every single shot to last long after you’ve traded your phone in for a new model.
When it comes to babyproofing, you’ve thought of everything, right? (Outlet covers? Check. Safety gates? Of course.) But according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, accidental death rates dropped among all age groups in 2009, the latest year for which data is available—except among babies younger than 1 year. Below are the leading causes of accidental death for babies, listed in order, along with advice to keep your child out of harm’s way.
Remember back in 2011, when Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother both infuriated and inspired American moms with its tough-love techniques for raising a successful child? Consider Dolphin Parenting the softer, fuzzier approach.
Planning a visit to the Greatest City in the World? While hailing a taxi on 5th Avenue with your newborn and strapping him into a car seat might seem daunting to a new mom, it only takes about 45 seconds to do it safely, according to The Car Seat Lady, aka NYC pediatrician Dr. Alisa Baer. Here’s how:
When Jo Anderson became pregnant, she knew she wanted to breastfeed her baby for as long as possible, even after she went back to work. But when she returned to her job as a public relations executive, she found that continuing to breastfeed was more difficult than she had anticipated.
Your first big trip with baby. Whether you’re packing up the car to visit the in-laws or flying off to a tropical island (lucky you!), the notion of traveling with your newest family member probably fills with you with an equal measure of excitement and dread. But you can do it! Speaking from personal experience — I just returned from a week-long Caribbean vacation with my 8-month-old — here are some tips to make your trip as easy and fun as possible. Hint: It’s all about preparation!
Your body has transformed into a baby-feeding-and-comforting machine. Your romantic partner is suddenly someone’s Daddy. You’ve figured out how to line up all the snaps in those onesie pajamas. But here are some things you might not have realized will change forever once you’re a parent.
The average newborn weighs approximately 7.5 pounds. But how many pounds will YOU weigh when you walk out of the delivery room? And how long will it take for you to get your pre-baby body back? While the timeline is different for every woman and is based on a number of factors—how much weight you gained while pregnant, whether or not you’re breastfeeding, your diet and exercise habits—there are certain weight-loss milestones you can mark on your calendar.
When your newborn lies on his stomach and practices lifting his head, it prepares him to explore the world on his own. “Tummy time helps your infant build strength in his back, legs, arms and neck,” says Joanne Cox, M.D., a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston. “This helps with further development, such as rolling over and sitting.”