Preemie Basics

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 12 percent of babies are born premature. If you’re a new parent to a preemie, take heart. Below are preemie-specific tips for caring for your extra-little one once you’ve left the confines of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). They will help you enjoy what every mom looks forward to—bringing your new baby home.Have a Safe Ride Home The appropriate car seat is crucial, says Phyllis Dennery, M.D., professor of …

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The Moniker Manual

By Linda ChildersAfter I saw the first ultrasound of my son taken when he was the size of a small dot at 10 weeks, my husband and I began affectionately referring to him as “Peanut.” Although we never actually planned to name him after a groundnut, we didn’t realize we were actually trendsetters. It wasn’t until this past July—when General Hospital actor Ingo Rademacher christened his firstborn son Peanut Rademacher—that we realized we’d inadvertently chosen a hip moniker. …

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Checklist!

The right items are lifesavers when you’re outdoors in winter with baby in tow. Here’s advice from Ali Wing, founder of baby boutique Giggle, New York City resident, and author of the new Giggle Guide to Baby Gear. Wing’s top cold weather must-have might surprise you: “One of the most forgotten items is sunscreen,” she says. “People come in to the store in winter— ‘I can’t believe it, my baby got sunburned.’ ” What else should you have on hand for the cold …

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The Diaper Dilemma

By Laura LiangIf green is the new black, baby diapers are anything but stylish. It turns out that all diapering choices—cloth, disposable, and hybrid—come with potential problems for Mother Earth. Because no method is absolutely environmentally friendly, the quandary persists: Wash or toss?Unfortunately, science hasn’t yet settled the debate. Until recently, studies on the environmental impact of diapers were funded by either the disposable or cloth diaper industries. The …

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Let’s Go, Baby!

By Linda ChildersShelly Rivoli of El Cerrito, CA, initially thought her days of taking long, exotic vacations would be put on hold after the birth of her daughter, Angelina, now 4. “One day, when Angelina was an infant, I was bouncing her on my lap and I realized I could be doing that anywhere in the world,” Rivoli says. “By the time she turned 2, she’d crawled, cruised, or walked on 4 continents and a handful of islands, and had a brand new sister.” Many new parents might …

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Drive Time

By Jeri TulleyKnow Your Needs Before purchasing a car seat, think about your driving habits, priorities, and budget. Do you run a lot of errands where the convenience of an infant carrier is needed? An extra base is handy if you’ll frequently switch vehicles. For long-distance drivers, extra padding and additional safety features such as side--impact protection are worth the additional expense. When pricing seats, be aware of the height and weight limits of your options. When …

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The Art of the Transfer

By Vanessa Geneva AhernDuring my daughter’s infancy, I would make mental to-do lists of tasks I’d get done during her afternoon power nap…only to get stuck in a “nap trap” if my transfer to her crib was the slightest bit clumsy.Co-founders of Dream Team Baby, a company that counsels tired parents with baby sleep issues, Kira Ryan and Conner Herman say that most of their clients struggle with nap time issues. Follow these tips for mastering the transfer, and maybe …

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Double Trouble

By Lisa FieldsTwice as many diapers to change; two babies wailing at once; double the laundry. As soon as you’re handed two—or more!—bundles of joy at the hospital, you’ll realize you’re about to have a very different experience from the other moms you know. To create some order in your new life, parents of multiples say it’s best to follow a plan from day one.“A good routine helps twins start sleeping through the night, helps mom have some much-needed down time, and …

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Checklist!

With all the gear options available, even diapering can seem confusing. Simplifying baby prep is the inspiration behind The Baby File, a book of lists and worksheets by Amanda R. Dobbins. She hopes to save other moms-to-be from her own inefficient system—sticky notes with shopping lists, which she never had when she needed them. Here’s what she recommends buying to comfortably diaper baby:Changing table and pad with covers—at least 2—or a bureau and a changing pad to place on …

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Last Call

By Nancy RiptonI was confident I would stop breastfeeding my son by the time he was 6 months old, but Bode had other ideas. When it came time to introduce a bottle, he pushed, screamed, and absolutely refused to take it. I tried different nipple flows. I gave him a sippy cup. My husband attempted to give him formula. Nothing worked.On the rare occasion when I had to go to out for the day, leaving him for eight-plus hours, he would refuse to drink until I got home. This went on …

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