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What kind of parent will you be?

Pondering Parenthood What kind of mom will you be?  It’s never too early to look ahead While most of us prepare for the births of our children by purchasing a layette and considering baby names, the question of how we will parent often doesn’t actually arise until our little ones are toddlers …

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Dads’ guide to swaddling babies

How To Swaddle A BabyA little practice will go a long wayYou know that newborn swaddling can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and by now your wife may have told you of swaddling’s magical powers in reducing colic and calming even the fussiest screamer. But has …

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14 New Year’s mocktails that won’t make you feel left out

Feel like partying hard this New Year's Eve despite your pregnancy? While a glass of champagne won't do you or your unborn baby any harm, you can't indulge in as much alcohol as you may wish, which might put a damper on the festivities if everyone around you is joyfully imbibing. Instead of sulking …

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Mocktail recipes to sip while getting ready for baby

There are a lot of things you should give up when getting ready to become a first time mother, but a great cocktail shouldn't have to be one of them. You can have your mojito, just without the rum! Here are some awesome mocktail recipes for your next party or special occasion.Sangria sans …

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Wills and insurance before the baby

The business of being a parent Wills, guardianship, and life insurance— important details you should take care of when baby’s born When you’re expecting a baby, there’s so much to do!  Shopping, choosing a name, preparing a will, and taking childbirth preparation classes are just a few of …

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Encouraging healthy sleep in baby’s first year

Hush Little Baby In the first 12 months, your infant’s development changes almost daily. So when it comes to getting baby to sleep, what works at 4 months might have been discouraging if you’d tried it just weeks earlier. Here’s a look at what to expect during your little one’s first …

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Tools for tucking in baby

Tools For Tuck-InNeed your shut-eye? A sleep expert shares gear every new parent needs when trying to get a handle on bedtime Baby in a bag “A sleep sack is the best alternative to loose blankets in the crib, which can increase the risk of SIDS.And it keeps baby warm all night …

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Strategies for calming your baby

Turn Cries Into Coos As the eldest of five, Amanda Joyner from Michigan City, IN, expected her baby would cry but felt confident that she could handle it, given that she’d taken care of her siblings.Yet the frequent cries of her newborn son, Arthur, made calming him a challenge. “I tried …

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Why you need the Tdap vaccine

As you approach your 27th week of pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will offer you the option of a Tdap vaccine. This shot, administered during every pregnancy, safeguards your baby against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis. While you have the option to decline this vaccine, this is one …

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Pregnant and vegetarian: How to stay meat-free the healthy way

If you've been enjoying a meat-free diet, there's no reason to put your vegetarianism aside just because you have a baby on the way. Find out how to get the vitamins and minerals you need to support your health - and your growing baby.ProteinIf getting an adequate amount of protein was …

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