The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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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).
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!
How to get motherhood off to a great start while you’re still in the hospital.
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.
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.
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.
Babies sleep when they’re tired and are hard to put down when they’re not. They also love to be involved in everything going on around them. This, needless to say, can make for some difficult napping—and a very cranky baby.
Something has got to give. I’ve been up with Jack approximately 27,000 times in the past few nights. I’ve seen every single hour flashing on the clock for too many nights straight. It’s been like having a newborn all over again: Jack wakes up every hour or so… I nurse him…he falls back asleep…we do it all over again…and again…for the rest of the night. He finally settles down a bit around 6 or 7 a.m., just in time for Charlie to wake up.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston annouced today that they may have found the reason why babies are so vunerable to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.
Infants who died of SIDS had 26 percent lower levels of serotonin, which helps regulate automatic functions according to the study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
This is it. 12 weeks. The end of the "fourth trimester." I just looked back at my blog about Charlie at 12 weeks and confirmed that this is when we were starting to emerge from the baby cave and blink into the light. Things were definitely starting to get easier. Julia was almost potty trained…I was fitting back into my pre-pregnancy pants…Charlie was starting to sleep through the night…
“Your baby's sleep troubles are quite possibly your fault, but no one can tell you what you're doing wrong. Sweet dreams!” writes Paul Tough, tongue-in-cheek, in last weekend’s New York Times Magazine.
Ah, that’s cute. Let’s reduce this offensive, angst-ridden topic to the basics as I have observed them:
Getting enough sleep makes parents and children positive, open-minded and better able to cope with the challenges of daily existence.
At first, your newborn will likely fall asleep whenever and wherever he wants. “His governing factors are sleep and hunger, and they override everything else,” says Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., author of Sleeping Through the Night (2005). You won’t get him on a nap schedule yet, but you should make sure he wakes for feedings every few hours during the day. When he’s 3 months old, you can start to get serious about snoozing.