Baby Food 911

Tyler Florence in his home kitchen with Dorothy, 2, and Hayden, 3.Interview by Abigail Tuller Photography by Mark MadeoAs the co-founder of Sprout Organic Baby Food—among many other ventures celebrity chef Tyler Florence has a mission for new moms: Tackle the nation’s food crisis in your own kitchen by starting your little one on fresh, healthy purées. Baby will eat well for life.A bit about Sprout: "Sprout Organic Baby Food came along because there wasn’t anything like …

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Baby’s Coming – Get Ready

Word of Mom | You: having a babyBaby’s coming, get ready Our short list of what’s crucial to have in place before your infant comes home – and whyRemoving the disco ball from the spare bedroom isn’t the only thing you need to do before bringing baby home. Long before you deliver, it’s a good idea to prepare for baby’s arrival by readying his room (or area) and making sure that you have the key items you’ll need.If baby will have his own room, ask your …

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Baby Talk

Word of Mom | RelationshipsBaby Talk Your little one can’t speak yet – but he does have something to tell youOur baby cries, so you try to feed him. He’s not hungry, so you change his diaper. He’s still unhappy, but now you have no idea what’s wrong. You desperately want to help, but how can you when you don’t know what he wants? Luckily, you don’t have to wait until your baby can talk to understand him, because he does communicate—with body language and other …

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What Color is your Nursery?

By Bonnie Siegler If you’re planning nursery décor, your color choice may be more than just a preference. Inspired by a few celebs’ favorite hues, expert color theorist Dewey Sadka and Serena Dugan, co-founder of premier linens and décor company Serena & Lily, combined color personality theory with decorating advice to help you create your ideal baby retreat. Plus: nursery feng shui and a baby registry for the real world. Blue JULIA ORMOND (mom of Sophie, 5) “I’ve always …

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Basic Baby Care

A simple guide for complicated parents.Most new parents confess to feeling two equally strong emotions at the birth of their baby: awesome, heart-wrenching love and total terror. It’s no wonder why: You suddenly have in your possession a tiny creature whose around-the-clock care is entirely up to you.Because you’ve probably never done any of this before, you’re bound to make mistakes—but your baby looks so fragile that the idea of error seems disastrous. Even the most calm, …

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Real-World Babyproofing

By Leslie AyersWhen I think of babyproofing, I recall a scene in Baby Mama in which Tina Fey walks into her bathroom to find Amy Pohler squatting atop the sink to pee. Why? Pohler’s character—Fey’s birth surrogate—can’t figure out how to undo the babyproof toilet-seat lock.The purpose of babyproofing your home is, of course, to protect your baby from certain hazards so she can grow, develop, and explore without getting hurt.I polled a couple dozen moms of small children …

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Had Enough Baby Advice?

How I found the bright side of all the parental boundary-crossing—but please don’t tell my wife’s grandma.By Ryan MarshallWithin minutes of finding out that my wife was pregnant—and after experiencing the pure joy of that moment with her—we were faced with the decision of when to share this great news with others. Little did I know that soon after we mentioned the pregnancy to people, we would be subjected to an avalanche of unsolicited advice.Once the congratulatory …

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Finding Baby’s First Sitter

You’re finally ready for a night off, but how do you find a sitter you can trust? By Nanny Stella of Nanny 911Hiring the right babysitter is a serious task. You don’t want anyone to be cavalier caring for your children, so don’t you be cavalier when hiring them.The Search Use all of your resources to put out the word. Check with family and friends first; if they are using a reliable sitter, ask if she might know someone. Even though word of mouth is always a good way to go, …

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Banking on Baby’s Health

By Ziba Kashef, Editor at LargeThere’s yet another decision that isn’t so cut and dried: saving your child’s cord blood. This update should clear things upWhen Jenny Levine was pregnant with her first child, her ob/gyn gave her an info packet with a brochure on umbilical cord–blood banking. Apparently, the blood in her baby’s cord could be collected, saved, and possibly used for treatment if the baby or a family member got seriously sick. But due to the cost of …

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Baby’s First Classroom

Can you make your child smarter before she’s born? Here’s what the experts are saying about the latest trends in prenatal educationBy Brooke Lea FosterWhen Elizabeth Lam was three months pregnant, she visited her local Babies“R”Us. The kindergarten teacher and first-time mom wasn’t shopping for high chairs—she was looking for ways to stimulate the mind of her unborn child. “I was trying to find anything I could to play on my stomach for my son to hear,” she says. “I …

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