How to Relieve Baby’s Teething Pain

You’ve survived sleep deprivation and the “new parent jitters,” and finally your baby is sleeping through the night, sort of. Now, a new issue has reared its ugly head: teething. When Baby’s first teeth begin to “come in,” most feel a certain amount of discomfort as the teeth push their way through the gums. What…

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Baby Checkups: What to Expect at the Doctor’s Office

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that babies begin following a regular schedule of checkups (or well-baby visits) within 24 hours of birth. The check-ups should continue every couple of months as recommended by your doctor. But the first few weeks with a newborn can be filled with uncertainty. Is Baby eating enough? Sleeping…

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Basic Newborn Care from Holding to Diapering

Carma Shoemaker sat on the floor with her infant son, holding his new sleeper first one way and then the other. “There were so many snaps in the crotch area that it must have taken me a half an hour to figure it out,” says Shoemaker of Chester, Va. “It’s funny now, but wasn’t then….

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Baby’s First Bath: A Trendy or Traditional Approach?

You’ve just arrived home from the hospital with your new baby. The nurses and doctors are all gone, as are most of the relatives. Time for Mom and Baby to relax with a nice bath, right? The day after we brought our newborn daughter home we decided to treat her to her first bath. While…

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Winter Skin Care for Mom and Baby

By Belinda Clarke For many of us, winter brings gray skies, white snow and pink cheeks and hands. Add to that forced, dry heat, bundling and unbundling and most moms agree that everyone’s skin is at its driest. And during the winter months, regardless of your climate, it’s important to take extra care of Baby’s…

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Baby Burping Basics: Getting the Gas Out of Baby

By Alexandria Powell It’s been a few years since Karen Ray’s children needed burping, but she remembers those days well. “I got the best burping results by setting the baby on my knee, with the infant leaning into my left arm and my thumb and forefinger holding along the jaw line to help brace the…

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Swimming Safely for Kids

Not many kids would turn down an invitation for a mid-afternoon swim on a hot, sunny day. But, a fun day in the pool could turn tragic if safety is not a factor in their afternoon plans. According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death in the United…

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Stimulating Activities Fun for Baby and You

The following exercises were designed to help your baby work on many of these skills. Keep in mind they will stimulate your baby’s entire body. Each time you perform the exercise, your baby is actually responding; her brain will be registering the action, and her muscles will be getting stronger. Peas Porridge Hot Peas porridge…

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Momentous Milestones Your 5-month-old

In the fifth month of your baby’s life you’ll observe some of the following milestones: She is now capable of drawing one leg underneath her while she lays on her stomach. This allows for her to be able to pull both legs under her so that she can crawl. While she may be able to…

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