Leo jumped out of the crib last week and we knew it was time: Big Boy Bed. So we piled in the car, bought sheets, picked up the twin bed and boxspring we’d had in storage, took apart the crib and changing table and poof! Big Boy Bed. No sooner did we stack the crib in the hallway than I suggested giving it away and Aaron looked at me funny. “Isn’t that kind of a big decision?” he asked. I stared at him blankly for a minute before it dawned on me. Ah, yes, well that would be.
You've likely heard that breastfeeding can confer some pretty impressive benefits to your baby—reduced ear infections and asthma, maybe even a bump in IQ among them. Turns out there are even more perks for your little one, not to mention for you, society and even Mother Earth.
We all know that a baby's Halloween is more about mom and dad (and don't forget grandma) than it is about your little one. It's likely that he or she won't remember this day at all. But that doesn't mean that you can't make it a memorable day of dress-up for your baby. After all, you'll always have the photos to look back on (and all the candy from trick-or-treating)!
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.
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:
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.
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.”
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:
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 JustAnswer.com. Here’s the first month’s poop scoop: