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New Mom's Survival Guide

You’ve no doubt been dreaming about your baby for months: what he’ll look like, whether he’ll be laid-back like his dad or a Type A like you. But chances are, if it’s your first child, you don’t know much about taking care of a newborn.

Well, we’ve been there, and we’re here for you, with everything you need to know to care for yourself as well as your baby in those exciting but often frustrating first weeks. Let’s get started!

First Things First

How to get motherhood off to a great start while you’re still in the hospital.

To Rant or Not to Rant: Fine Thanks, and How Was Your Weekend?

So I’m wondering whether ‘tis nobler in the mom blog to focus on that one redeeming something that somehow happened in the midst of everything else, or to unleash the pent-up misery of a weekend from hell upon you, gentle, undeserving reader…

What’s that you say? Oh, okay, maybe just a few highlights:

20 Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby

Reduced ear infections? Check. Lower risk for asthma? Yup. Bump in IQ? Sure. Breastfeeding your baby brings all these benefits—plus a whole lot more.

1. A healthier baby

Month-by-Month Exercise Plan to Lose the Baby Weight

After being completely focused on your pregnancy for nine months, it can be sort of shocking to see just yourself when you look in the mirror after your baby is born. As you heal and get into the swing of new motherhood, you might start eyeing your postpartum body with suspicion and wonder if you’ll ever fit into your prepregnancy jeans again.

Daddy's Home!

For the first two years that new father Greg Barbera stayed home to care for his son while his wife returned to her job, he didn’t refer to himself as a stay-at-home dad (SAHD). He wasn’t ashamed—Barbera knew that his was an important, challenging and rewarding opportunity. But the arrangement didn’t sit as well with a lot of people the Durham, N.C.-based journalist encountered, so it simply became easier for Barbera to say, “I’m staying home right now and freelancing while I look for another job.”

Your Post-Baby Checkup

You’re existing on a few hours of sleep, trying to figure out how to soothe your incessantly fussy baby and adjusting to the fact that this tiny being rules the roost. Chances are, the last thing on your mind is your post-delivery doctor visit. But if you’re thinking of ditching it, don’t.

Babyproof Your Backyard

Before you know it, your stationary infant will be crawling so fast you’ll barely be able to keep up with her. If you have a yard, you’ll want her to enjoy the sights, sounds, textures and fresh air that the great outdoors has to offer. Here’s how to protect her from potential dangers there:

A Poop Primer

New parents obsess over the contents of their babies’ diapers, but most of it is normal. In newborns, it can range from one thick, pale-yellow bowel movement per day to more liquid but grainy bright yellow squirts after each feeding, says Andy Clark, M.D., a pediatrics expert on Here’s the first month’s poop scoop:

How To Survive Separation Anxiety

Your baby screams and clings to you, wild-eyed, as if your leaving means instant peril. And in his mind, it does. “A baby doesn’t have the conceptual ability to trust that we’ll always return, so he protects our disappearance as if it’s a life-threatening event,” explains child psychologist Laura Markham, Ph.D. “His DNA programs him as if he’s living in the Stone Age; he doesn’t know he’s perfectly safe at day care. To him, when you walk out the door, he could be eaten by tigers.”

What Dads Should Do About Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is this weekend and for many of you, it’s your first.  Sweet. You’re in for oodles of homemade cards and crafts, sticky breakfasts in bed, brunches, pedicures and presents, presents, presents.  That is, if your husband/partner does his job right.