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Why We Shouldn’t Lie About New Motherhood

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!”

It's OK If You Can't Breastfeed

Suzanne Barston, the author of Bottled Up: How The Way We Feed Babies Had Come To Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t , tried everything she could to give her newborn breastmilk.

How to Burp Your Baby

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:

Ready, Set, Baby! A Baby E-Book for Tech-Savvy Parents

If you’re like most expectant parents (especially first-timers!), you’ve already devoured all the usual books about what to expect when your little one makes her debut. You know the 5 S’s by heart, you’ve completed your infant CPR class and you use Ferberize as a verb.

The Best Ways to Carry, Lift and Push Your Baby

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:

Design a Back-Friendly Nursery

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:

Newborn Milestone: Reacting to Sounds

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.

Screening the Sunscreens: What's Safe for Baby

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. Sunscreens shield us from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

To provide this defense, they contain chemical and mineral ingredients that scatter, reflect or absorb UV radiation, including oxybenzone, octyl methoxycinnamate, avobenzone, zinc, and titanium.

The Importance of Tummy Time

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.”

New Trend: More Babies Going Diaper-Free

We all know that potty training can be tough, but there's a new trend that's kicking it up a notch, The New York Times reports. A diaper-free method of child-rearing called "elimination communication" is growing in popularity but also raising some eyebrows.