The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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In the weeks before your due date, you’ll want to gather the necessities, such as bodysuits and diapers. Pack an organic cotton bodysuit or sleep sack in your hospital bag for baby’s going-home outfit; they’re cozy and allow you easy access for diaper changes. Stock up on newborn-sized diapers; your baby will use eight to 12 of them a day.
I am pretty annoyed about this article on CNN about babies and children on airplanes. They cry, misbehave, kick seats, poop their pants and generally act like babies. Some people are upset enough by this, they’ re suggesting babies and small children be banned from air travel. Why? Because they bother them.
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.
Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding—once you get the hang of it—is the easiest way to nourish your baby.
It’s also the healthiest, proven to reduce many childhood illnesses (including ear infections) and health threats in later life (obesity, to name just one).
You also save time and money because you don’t have to buy and prepare formula, which can cost up to $1,200 a year.
But how can you breastfeed and still have a life? What if you want to go out to dinner or have to travel? What if you go back to work? We’ll show you.
The other day the girls and I went to our local farm to pick blueberries. It was a hot and humid day. Elise kept insisting that I hold her while we picked because an unfamiliar farm cat kept creeping around through the bushes. After we picked, the girls ran around looking at the chickens, rabbits, and sheep. By the time we got home, and finished baking up a blueberry tart, all I wanted to do was lie on the couch and drink iced tea. So when Julia asked me if we could eat the tart for dinner—with organic vanilla ice cream to top it off—I decided to say yes.
Here's what you must know about car seat requirements for your child: Rear-facing Your baby must be kept in a rear-facing seat until he turns 1 and weighs at least 20 pounds. But if he reaches the car seat's weight limit before he's 1, he must ride in a rear-facing convertible seat. Many parents prefer the convenience of an infant carrier because the seat can be removed from the car without having to unstrap the baby. The car seat base remains strapped into the vehicle; the carrier simply snaps in and out of the base.
Even under the best of circumstances, the holidays can be notoriously nerve-wracking. Add pregnancy or new motherhood to the mix, and the activities that are supposed to make the season warm and fun can simply turn into sources of more pressure.
Include the following items in your travel kit and you'll be prepared for many minor wounds and mild ailments. A word of caution, however: All medicines have potential side effects, so call your pediatrician before using any of them. Also call your doc if your child's symptoms are worrisome in any way. Acetaminophen (Tylenol)This pain reliever soothes teething discomfort and reduces the fever that accompanies mild viral illnesses.
As a paranoid new mom, I spent the first days after Quinn's birth under self-imposed house arrest. Actually taking my girl out into the world seemed unbelievably stressful. But after a couple of weeks cooped up with the "colic queen," I had to get out. Our maiden voyage would be a trip to the grocery store.
Although my husband was willing to help, I was determined to handle the excursion alone. I planned to pop Quinn into her baby carrier/car seat, then head out, hoping for the best. But I soon realized that a simple trip to the store was even harder than I'd imagined.
I get asked this type of question a lot and always want to know how important the trip is before weighing in. Here's why: During the winter months, babies--and everyone else, for that matter--catch the flu and colds on planes. Even in summer, there are a few sneezing, coughing passengers on any given flight. Needless to say, you don't want your baby to catch what they have.
Baby gear, in general, makes caring for children easier and safer, but "no product is a substitute for adequate caregiver attention," says Rick Locker, spokesman for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. Follow these tips to keep your baby safe: