Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
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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.:
It’s been Jonas-mania ever since Danielle and Kevin announced they had a baby on board back in July.
Just like us humans, cold viruses are indoors this time of year instead of chilling outside, so they get lots of opportunities to infect us. Infants are especially susceptible to the common cold because they haven’t developed resistance to most of the viruses that cause them. That’s why the most recommended cold-prevention strategy—washing hands frequently—is especially important for anyone handling your baby, says Kenneth E. Katz, M.D., a pediatrician in Littleton, Colo.
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!”
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.
When your newborn lies on his stomach and practices lifting his head, it prepares him to explore the world on his own. “Tummy time helps your infant build strength in his back, legs, arms and neck,” says Joanne Cox, M.D., a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston. “This helps with further development, such as rolling over and sitting.”