The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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The growth that takes place during the first year of an infant's life is astonishing. There's no other period in life where physical, mental, and social development is so dramatic. Meet Baby Nate in the video above, and follow him through the first 12 months of his life, watching his development, with the videos below.:
Every mom has been there, ready to snap a photo or quick video of your baby playing in the bathtub or crawling on the beach when your phone flashes the dreaded “not enough free space.”
You don’t want to lose a single photo, especially for the moments when you’re away from your little one or want to play proud mama when you’re out with friends, so what can you do?
We’ve rounded up some easy options for saving, storing and printing every single shot to last long after you’ve traded your phone in for a new model.
It seems like every day brings another great reason to breastfeed, whether it’s benefitting baby, mama or both!
In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we’ve rounded up three new studies that provide more evidence that breast is best, from boosting your child’s IQ to possibly decreasing your risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease.
According to the latest research, breastfeeding may …
Just the headline of Jody Pelatson’s piece for the Atlantic was enough to give me chills: “Before I Forget: What Nobody Remembers About New Motherhood.” In this essay, Pelatson recounts one those universally frustrating experiences of new motherhood—when, in a frazzled, sleep-deprived moment, some older woman says to you (meaning well, of course) “You must be on cloud 9,” or else, “Enjoy every moment!”
Whether you’re planning to, trying to or nursing your baby as you read this, we can all agree on one thing: Breastfeeding exclusively for six months—as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)—is invaluable for the health of you and your baby.
According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stats, 74 percent of new moms agree and start out breastfeeding their babies. But, by the six-month mark, only 14 percent are still nursing exclusively.
Learning to burp your baby is a big part of the early feeding process. Babies swallow air during feedings (especially with bottles), and too much air in their little tummies can lead to crankiness, gassiness and surprise spit-ups.
Keeping your baby upright for 10 minutes after a feeding can help keep what’s in her stomach from coming back up and, when burping, one to five light pats should do the trick. Here’s what else a new mom (or dad) needs to know:
Nearly every basic mommy move, from diaper changing to car seat wrangling, pulls your shoulders forward. As a result, the muscles in your back react as if you are falling and work extra hard to pull you upright, straining your back even further. Knowing the best way to carry, lift and push your baby can help keep your back in its best shape.
Here’s how to:
After your newborn arrives, you’ll soon realize that seemingly small details in your baby’s room, such as the height of the changing table, can make a massive difference in preventing an aching back.
“Many new mothers are so focused on their little one’s needs, they don’t realize just how frequently they’re lifting or bending in a way that’s not safest for their back,” says industrial designer Carla Jaspers.
Pain-proof your nursery with these ergonomic tips:
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.
Any day now you’ll be reaching for summer’s first tube of sunscreen. You’re not alone if you’re wondering just what’s in it and, most importantly, if it’s safe for you and your kids to spend the season slathering it all over.