Dockatot Review

The Dockatot is such a simple product. When I first received it, I had no idea what an everyday essential it would become. It came in very handy when my mother-in-law came to help out with my newborn, allowing the baby to sleep next to her in the guest bedroom. It moved around the house to different locations as we pleased. The design of the Dockatot Deluxe is sleek and very high quality. The cotton cover is thick and soft to touch. The surrounding cushion is just snug enough so the baby …

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Medical emergency? Keep these items in the nursery

Build a baby safety kit With a newborn on the way, you likely have all the essentials at the ready. The crib is assembled, the car seat installed, and diapers are stacked all neat in a row. But what about the little items that no one talks about?To ensure baby has his or her safest start--and you have the greatest peace of mind possible--keep this health and safety gear on hand. Everything listed below can help you and baby weather many a minor illness.Nasal syringe: This small rubber …

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How infant massage works wonders

Here's the rub: Make massage part of bedtime  Before my first son was born, I’d always considered myself a baby person. I racked up babysitting gigs as a teenager and even volunteered in the infant room at the local daycare in college. Once Ben arrived, though, I was surprised to find that staying at home with a newborn wasn’t as rewarding as I thought it would be.Then I discovered baby massage. It helped fill that difficult time in the late afternoon before my husband got …

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Why you should *never* shake a baby

Picture this: It’s the middle of the night and you’re six weeks into motherhood. Your hormones are going haywire. You’re exhausted. Breastfeeding is painful and your newborn just won’t stop screaming. Out of sheer frustration, you grab your little one who’s red-faced and open-mouthed, and, without thinking, you shake her.Nearly 50 percent of American adults don’t understand the serious danger of shaken baby syndrome. Shaking a newborn can cause brain damage and even result in …

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New poll: Are you ready for baby?

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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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