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Your body has transformed into a baby-feeding-and-comforting machine. Your romantic partner is suddenly someone’s Daddy. You’ve figured out how to line up all the snaps in those onesie pajamas. But here are some things you might not have realized will change forever once you’re a parent.
Back pain is a common pregnancy symptom, and it doesn’t always disappear when your baby arrives.
Drop in to any physical therapist’s office or massage studio and you’re bound to see some baby bumps in the waiting room. That’s because ligament-loosening hormones, weight gain and a shifting center of gravity all conspire to cause 2 million pregnant women to cry out from back pain every year, especially between the fifth and seventh months.
Have you ever heard—or noticed yourself—that a fetus can respond with a kick to loud noises from outside the womb? It's true—and scientists even suspect it can recognize familiar sounds, particularly its mother’s voice. This is due at least in part to the fact that the auditory system is highly developed early on.
Walk into any baby store and you're likely to be overwhelmed by the number of choices in products. An entire wall of bottles. An entire aisle of strollers. An entire section of baby monitors. It's enough to make any first-timer run out of the store. No need to panic, registering for baby can be a simple task.
With a little planning and help, you can sign up for everything you want and need without breaking a preggo sweat.
Plus, if you do it in person, you get to use a fun scanner.
It’s called the “nesting instinct”—that sudden urge to tidy, purge, organize and decorate. But getting your home ready for your newborn isn’t just about putting together the crib and washing all those teeny tiny clothes. It also means hunting down the hidden hazardous chemicals that have been shown to affect your baby’s growth and development. Think of it as environmental babyproofing.
There is a battle brewing about a staple in parents' baby-care arsenals: swaddling.
This postpartum survival guide culls our favorite experts' tried-and-true tips about how to make the best of this challenging rite of passage.
Here's what you'll need to know:
At the hospital, your baby is examined by the pediatrician, who will explain to you any obvious curiosities (for example, birthmarks or a pointy head shape).
After you get home, however, your baby may produce some unexpected sights and sounds; most are normal.
If you already have a four-legged “baby” at home, some good news from Finnish researchers: Infants who are around dogs in their first year of life have fewer respiratory infections, especially ear infections, than those with no animal contact.
So how best to foster that relationship? Dog behavior expert Christina Shusterich, owner of NY Clever K9 in New York City, offers this advice:
When I was getting ready to leave the hospital with my newborn son, my husband left the room first to bring the car around to the exit doors. He had left with a cart (yes, a cart!) loaded with my birthing ball, my overnight bag and a million other things we thought we needed to have a baby but didn’t, and the only things he had left behind were the car seat and our son.
Q: My baby had a hearing test before she left the hospital, but now that she’s a few months old, I’m concerned she’s not hearing properly. What should I do?
If you have any doubts about your baby or toddler’s hearing, talk to your doctor and get a thorough evaluation by a specialist as soon as possible. Hearing impairment can have a significant impact on your child’s development, and if there is a problem, you want to catch it early.
With the right gear and these expert tips, you can bathe your baby with ease. These tub-time essentials make a splash. You may also find this newborn advice helpful: • How to Calm a Colicky Baby