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Rethinking Crib Bumpers

Bumper pads around the inside of a crib make the baby bed look cozy and safe, but health and consumer experts say they're dangerous, the Chicago Tribune reports. For years now, federal regulators have known that bumper pads could pose a suffocation hazard in babies but have failed to warn parents.

Sleep Training, Part One: The Dread

This was an up-and-down week, with some great moments—lots of laughing and smiling, even more interest in playtime, starting to move towards flipping over (uh-oh)—but also a lot of disrupted sleep and a tough weekend with lots more crying than normal.

Public Nursing, Private Napping

At my mother’s group this week there were a lot of newborns--three weeks old, a couple even younger--and I was hard pressed to remember when Tucker was that small. In fact, I asked one mother of an impossibly tiny baby how much her son weighed at the moment, and she said 8.5 pounds. That’s what Tucker weighed when he was two weeks old. But that baby was SO SMALL. And so sleepy and curled up! I suddenly understood why my mom friends with older kids got all nostalgic when they first held Tucker...

Cracking The Secrets Of Sleep

Wow, all that extra awareness and interest in play that I wrote about last week? Multiply by 100 and you’ve got this week. He’s officially in love with the parrot art card, and he’s also obsessed with a polka dot pillow on the couch (distraction when he’s nursing on the right side) and the shadow of a lamp on the wall (distraction on the left).

Surprising Results in Baby Sleep Study

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics says that most infants can be taught to start sleeping through the night between 2 months and 4 months old, offering some hope for exhausted parents, The Los Angeles Times reports.

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.

Sleepless in Brooklyn: Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

What does it look like when the walls coming crashing in on you? For me, it looks like hours—hours—of online research about bedbugs.

I’m not the most high-strung, anxiety-prone person I know, and this doesn’t happen often enough that I can recall the last time it did, but everyone once in a while I lose it. I consider the experience a panic attack, since it’s characterized by obsessive and paralyzing thoughts and I Just.Can’t.Relax.

Sleep Coaches = Sweet Dreams

Anxious parents with sleepless newborns, this one is for you: Help is just a phone call away. Figuring out how long to let your newborn cry before you rush to their side can be a pain, but it doesn't have to be with the services of a sleep consultant, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Boosting Air Quality for Baby

When you become a parent, the simple act of breathing takes on a whole new meaning. Watching your baby’s tiny chest rhythmically rise and fall and listening for a comforting exhalation on the baby monitor are two habits you’re likely to pick up before you’ve even realized it. But what about the quality of the air he’s breathing?

Things Change

I knew it. Just when I was starting to get the hang of things…things changed.   Helloooooo Daylight Savings Time. Seriously?! Just when things were starting to run like clockwork. Whoever came up with the idea of turning our clocks ahead an hour was obviously (on crack and) not taking care of small children at the time. Because now, when I try to put the kids to bed, they can’t fall asleep because it’s still light outside.