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Ho, Ho, Holidays

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the catalogs that come in the mail full of holiday scenes and gifts galore. I love how no matter where you go you hear holiday music. And I love having a tree decorated with lights in my living room. When I found out I was expecting in the month of March, I was excited that we would get to celebrate Christmas with my son the same year he was born. What better way to be welcomed into the world than with a whole month’s worth of holiday lights and music?

What Parents Should Do About Valentine’s Day

Just because you’re a parent (or will be soon) doesn’t mean you should toss out the lingerie, slinky dress and plans for a romantic dinner. In fact, even though you’ll soon be shopping for boxes of 28 mini-Valentines with cartoon characters, princesses and puppies on them, sticking to the original sentiment of Valentine’s Day is even more important than ever. Valentine’s Day is for lovers. 

The Santa Question

I’ve been doing an informal survey of how parents deal with the Santa Question:  Is he real?  I was surprised at how sensitive a subject this is.  Some people were adamant that telling kids Santa is real is the same as outright lying. These folks also expressed concern about perpetrating a myth about a strangely dressed man breaking into the house and eating the cookies. They thought that could be potentially disturbing for children, even though he’s bringing in gifts instead of stealing them.  

Flying The Not-So-Friendly Skies

Any person will tell you with great confidence that traveling with small children is no one's No.1 favorite thing to do. But it's a fact of life for many parents—especially when you factor in vacations or grandparents and other family members living out of state. Mix in cramped airline accommodations, delays or cancellations, and we're looking at Disaster City, The New York Times reports.

Holiday Magic

Sitting at a café table with a large steaming cup of coffee in front of her and a baby in her lap, a tired looking young woman was reading The No-Cry Nap Solution.  A stranger standing in line waiting for her own cup of coffee leaned in to coo and catch the baby’s eye.  The young mother stopped her before she spoke to the baby and said in a voice just this side of begging, “Please don’t.  My baby will cry if you talk to her.  She’s just not into strangers.”  The woman in line pulled bac

Home for the Holidays

Holiday time, snow, family, croup… It’s a time to balance between great, festive expectations and the desire to go into hibernation, a time when at least two parents in Brooklyn would really love to just do nothing. But, as I discovered immediately post-partum, doing nothing no longer exists. Ah well, maybe it wasn’t as fun as I’m remembering it.

Holiday Recipe Guide

From traditional meals with family to laid-back gatherings with friends, this time of year is a minefield of social activities centered around food and drink. To help you stay healthy we've gathered some our favorite recipes perfect for you and your growing baby, and also ideal for taking to any holiday bash. Fill your plate and raise a glass to cheer the holidays—and healthy pregnancy! Need more inspiration?

Avoid the Travelin’ Blues

Keeping your little one healthy at home is hard enough, so what about once you hit the road? “It’s not as tough as a lot of people fear,” says Laura Jana, M.D., an Omaha, Neb.-based pediatrician and author of Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality. Healthy babies as young as a few weeks should be fine, but keep these tips in mind for safe travel:

Fend off germs. Frequently wash everyone’s hands, especially after touching airplane armrests or trays. If your baby is due for immunizations, get them before you go.

Holiday Action Plan

There I was, innocently sitting on my couch watching a House rerun, enjoying my nightly snack stack, when the phone rang. It was a girlfriend in need of a pep talk. She's got a power job as a communications project manager for a big corporation in my town, and handles contracts with every photographer and ad agency in the region. This makes her a very highly desired party guest this time of year, and since about December 1, her life has turned into a social whirlwind. (I find it taxing to even think about her festivity schedule.)

Ho Ho Home for the Holidays

It wasn't exactly a holly jolly Christmas at the Rousmaniere household this year. There were no chestnuts roasting over an open fire. It was not a silent night. It was less Deck the Halls, more pace the halls with a screaming baby, an overstimulated toddler, and two very tired parents. And, of course it just wouldn't be a holiday without some sort of family drama. Bah, Humbug.