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I once met a woman at the children’s museum who said, “A girl, and a boy, two years apart! Good job, mama!” as if I’d won some contest I didn’t know I’d entered. It’s true that with an uncharacteristic precision, I even had the same due date for each of them. It is a tidy little age difference, and it’s wonderful…except when it’s not.
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.
We've all heard the buzz about healthy gut bacteria (probiotics, anyone?). Well a recent study has found that Cesarean sections and baby formula may disrupt the "good" bacteria in newborns' intestines, according to a New York Times report on a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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:
If you feel like you're going to the doctor a lot as a mom-to-be, get ready: A new study finds that first-timers make an average of 16 visits to the pediatrician in the first year of a baby's life, according to a report in Britain's Daily Mail. "Panicking" was cited as the main reason for rushing to the pediatrician, with 1 in 3 taking their little one in for a common cold.
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.
If you don’t have bucks to burn on a professional photographer for that perfect baby announcement photo, don’t stress. Follow these tips from photographer Ted Catanzaro of Los Angeles-based Ted & Debbie to best capture your cutie:
Avoid using flash: Create soft, filtered light by hanging a sheer curtain in front of a window or lamp.
Get up close and personal:
Capture close-ups of your baby’s toes, hands and face.
Remain neutral: Choose a simple background, such as a light-colored solid blanket, so your baby “pops” in focus.