Baby names inspired by springtime

If you're stuck on choosing a name for your little one, why not take inspiration from the seasons? With the beginning of spring comes a whole host of fresh and beautiful names to help you and your partner find the right match for your son or daughter. From floral and greenery to bubbling brooks and songbirds, springtime may open your eyes to a new baby name you'll love. Girls Iris: This girl's name has a double meaning, both of which have their roots in nature. An iris is a slender, purple …

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Does swaddling increase your baby’s risk for SIDS?

Open any major news site this week and you’re bound to come face-to-face with a startling headline linking the age-old practice of swaddling to an increased risk for sudden infant death. A new study published this month in the journal Pediatrics had researchers poring over data collected from 4 observational studies about SIDS and sleep safety.While some are crafting wildly sensational headlines around this research (e.g. Swaddling leads to SIDS!), the published study is really much more …

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Are you ready for baby’s first tantrum?

Just about the time when your baby’s personality blooms, so will the potential for tantrums. But Nanny Stella has the secrets for saving everyone from tears and frustration.Your baby’s ways have just escalated from cute to unbearably annoying. Last week the bowl of cereal ended up on the floor three times in a row, and the cat has just been covered in milk—again. Or you tried to take away the TV remote and you can’t believe your eyes or ears having just witnessed …

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5 tips on crib safety for new moms

As a first-time mother, one of the major considerations you'll need to make - especially in the final trimester - is selecting a crib for your little one. While at first glance, this may seem like a purely aesthetic choice, picking out a bed for your baby is about more than finding a design that complements his or her nursery.For help finding a crib that will keep your baby safe as he or she grows, consider these five tips. 1. Make sure it meets safety standards Beginning in June 2011, …

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Doona:The All in One Car Seat-Stroller

The Doona Infant Car Seat Stroller—an all in one product for parents looking for convenient traveling. This rear facing infant car seat/stroller combo is perfect for either the parent on the go or the parent with multiple children (and let’s face it—most parents fall into either one or both of these categories). The conversion of car seat to stroller is quick and efficient; with 2 presses of a button, you can be out of your car with baby and off to your next destination.At first …

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The baby mattress: Why it’s your most important purchase

When you’re getting ready for your baby, you’re sure to start thinking of all the nursery gear you’ll need, like a crib, changing table, diaper pail and a rocking chair. The last item you’re going to remember is probably a crib mattress. It’s certainly not the most exciting purchase you’ll make, but it’s one of the most important. Instead of treating it like an afterthought, take your time choosing a quality mattress that’s good for you and your baby. What’s so important …

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How to trim your newborn’s nails

Those itsy bitsy nails grow faster than you realize, especially since newborns tend to scratch their faces a lot. Here’s how to get trim them safely without either of you shedding tears.In the very beginning, you might only need an emery board. Yes, they make baby-sized emery boards! Some newborn’s nails are so soft that a clipper or scissors just aren’t necessary. But some babes have nails that are too thin for filing. Either way, once you’re ready to move on to the heavy …

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How your newborn baby develops in the first week

During your newborn baby’s first week of life, he or she will undergo some incredible changes. Some you may notice as you gaze lovingly into your little one’s eyes. But others may be happening behind the scenes entirely as your baby sleeps, eats, and coos through his or her days. Here are just some of the things you can expect from your new baby during that first week at home: Sleep During the first week of life, your little one is bound to be exhausted. Expect your new son or daughter …

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The do’s and don’ts of caring for baby’s umbilical cord

For brand new parents, newborn life can come with a steep learning curve. All of a sudden, you’re studying the contents of a diaper, warming bottles on your wrist, and trying every aerobic move possible to soothe your screaming baby. It’s likely a far cry from your life before your little one arrived. And we get it, new babies are tough. Let us help demystify those first few days at home. Let’s start with caring for the umbilical cord. What is it? Throughout your pregnancy, baby …

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Diaper 101: What’s normal for a newborn and when to worry

New parents spend an awful lot of time discussing dirty diapers - and for good reason. Your baby’s output is indicative of his or her overall health. While every baby is different, there are some general guidelines to adhere to, giving you peace of mind that your newborn baby is as healthy as can be. In the first weeks of motherhood, here’s what you can expect - and what you’ll want to keep a watchful eye out for: Wet diapers What’s normal: After 4 days of life, your baby should wet 4 …

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