Feeling frenzied all the time can take a toll on your fertility. Here’s how you can chillax and boost your odds of baby-making success.
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If you've seen the video of the cute baby crying in response to his mother's singing (see clips above), you've probably thought two things. (1.) OMG that's the most adorable thing I've ever seen. And (2.) Can a baby really have that kind of emotional reaction to music? Here, a response to the latter. Related: Child Development: When Will Baby Have Hand-Eye Coordination?
If you’re fluent in two or more languages, you might be considering passing that knowledge down to your little one. Experts like François Grosjean, Ph.D., author of four books on bilingualism, point out that teaching your tot multiple languages will mean that he can speak with family members who don’t know English (more bonding time!). Bilingualism will also help with open-mindedness and, once Baby’s all grown up, even job opportunities. Most importantly, bilingual education won’t confuse your tyke.
While your newborn’s intermittently crossed eyes may be reminiscent of a Siamese cat, rest assured that this lack of muscle control is completely normal. "Newborns aren't able to see clearly much farther than about arm's length away, and their eyes will often cross as they try to focus on objects," explains heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan.
Has your baby left you at wits’ end, what with the shoes, toys and sweaters—and everything in between—making their way into her mouth? Rest assured that every baby does this, and it’s totally normal. In fact, it’s a prerequisite to being a healthy infant.
A friend offers you the car seat her son has outgrown. Should you accept it?
Probably not, unless the seat is almost new and you are certain it has never been in an accident or subject to a recall.
“Do you like the espresso diaper bag with the tangerine piping or the black bag with the copper trim? And what do you think of the inflatable breastfeeding pillow compared with the foam one?” During my pregnancy, I got emails like this every day—from my husband, Paul. In charge of our baby registry, he spent hours online researching the merits of audio versus video baby monitors. I found the world of baby paraphernalia daunting, but Paul transferred his passion for sports gear to an obsession with baby stuff.