The case for public breastfeeding

Do you think breastfeeding moms should hide inside their nurseries when it's time for their babies to eat? We say, "No way!" Here's why we think nursing in public should be the new norm:Boobs are for babiesThere's nothing remotely sexual about nursing our young. Anyone who says otherwise is, quite frankly, a creep. The fact that we can nourish and grow beautiful, healthy babies from milk our own bodies produce naturally is pretty much the coolest thing ever. …

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11 Crazy Ways To (NOT) Get Rid of A Pacifier

When my son was born I was all about breastfeeding him. On my birth plan, it specifically stated NO sugar water, and NO pacifiers. I didn’t want my son to end up with nipple confusion. I was going to make sure that I waited the two weeks for his latch to be fully established. Well, about 4 days of him crying made me reconsider. Call me weak if you will.That tiny little baby will be two in April, and it is a rare occasion to see a picture of him without his paci. Every single person he …

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The new mom advice I wish I’d received

Last month, my 10-month-old daughter started crawling. One moment she was next to me on the floor, and the next, she was clear across the room with her finger scratching at the electrical socket. Since then, she's been zipping around our home, unpacking my purse, toppling stacks of clean laundry and chasing after the cat, much to his chagrin. She's animated and funny, joyful, curious and just a little bit wild - a far cry from her colicky and inconsolable newborn days. But I hate to …

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10 Things You NEVER Say to a Mom with a Colicy Baby

Having a child with colic is tough and tired business no matter what, but it’s unnecessary, cruel and unusual hell for first time mothers. We’re neurotic, worried, tired, possibly hurting because there are stitches in our VAGINAS (or perhaps a gaping hole in our stomachs), and we feel like we don’t know what in the fresh hell we are doing. Your comments and well-meaning advice are only adding to the shit pile of tired and stinky misery.This goes double if you’re doling out advice …

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New study: Feeding Infants Peanut Products Could Prevent Allergies

Turning what was once conventional wisdom on its head, a new study suggests that many, if not most peanut allergies can be prevented by feeding young children food containing peanuts beginning in infancy, rather than avoiding such foods. About 2 percent of American children are allergic to peanuts, a figure that has more than quadrupled since 1997 for reasons that are not entirely clear. There have also been big increases in other Western countries. For some people, even traces of peanuts can …

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6 ways your newborn baby is about to rock your world

With each day of your pregnancy, you're one step closer to bringing your baby into the world. Life is about to change, you know that of course. But how much of your day-to-day routine will you send to the chopping block when your little one arrives? Read on for a peek at your future.You become a morning person: Who knew that sweet bundle in your arms could have the internal clock of a barnyard rooster? Babies are up at the crack of dawn, so unfortunately you will be too. The other side to …

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5 facts about safety you need to protect your new baby

As a new parent, you may be a little paranoid about keeping baby safe. You probably have a million questions running through your mind such as, "Is my baby safe in his or her bedroom?" It can be worrisome when baby sleeps in his or her own room for the first time, or really, when baby does anything for the first time. It's because of this that many parents choose to co-sleep with their little one for the first several months of his or her life, and that's OK. Tips …

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Immunizations: Why they are important for your baby

In what seems like a celebrity-driven mission to discourage you from having your child vaccinated, myths and rumors start flying. It's easy for the truth to get mixed in with fiction and for parents to truly be uncertain as to whether or not shots are dangerous for their children. The most common misconception about childhood vaccinations is that they cause autism. This is due to Andrew Wakefield, a former physician who published a study stating that the measles, mumps and …

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7 amazing facts about newborn babies

Anxious about bringing home your baby? Take a moment away from your to-do lists and worries to refocus on what really matters - the sweet bundle of joy waiting for you at the end of your pregnancy journey. He or she is even more incredible than you can imagine. We have seven ways your newborn baby is sure to amaze you:Newborns know what to do: A 1987 Swedish study coined the term the "Breast Crawl" after determining that a brand new baby can find his or her way to the …

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Stock up for less: 4 items every pregnant woman can cut from her shopping list

When it comes to preparing for a new baby, there are some non-negotiable items you really need. You're going to need diapers, for one, and a safe, new car seat. But there are plenty of things you can either do without or buy later as your budget allows. Save money now by holding off on purchasing these items:CribA baby crib can be a big ticket item, but it's also not something you need right away. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that new parents room-share with their …

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