Strategies for calming your baby

Turn Cries Into Coos As the eldest of five, Amanda Joyner from Michigan City, IN, expected her baby would cry but felt confident that she could handle it, given that she’d taken care of her siblings.Yet the frequent cries of her newborn son, Arthur, made calming him a challenge. “I tried everything I knew, from swaddling to holding him,” she says. “I had to take breaks from him just to stay composed.” After a few weeks, Joyner began to understand Arthur’s cries. “I thought he was …

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Why you need the Tdap vaccine

As you approach your 27th week of pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will offer you the option of a Tdap vaccine. This shot, administered during every pregnancy, safeguards your baby against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis. While you have the option to decline this vaccine, this is one shot you won't want to skip. What is Pertussis?Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a very contagious respiratory disease that leads to violent, uncontrollable coughing and breathing …

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The shot that could save your baby’s life

You've dreamed about it all, from the first contraction to baby's first cry. But have you given thought yet to what happens next? In all the chaos that accompanies delivery day, it's an understatement to say you won't be in your right frame of mind once your baby arrives. So, let us help you make one of the biggest decisions of your postpartum life: Should you submit your newborn to a vitamin K shot? The answer is easy - say yes.Just after your son or daughter enters the …

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Tips for dressing a fashionable baby

One of the most exciting things about having a baby is getting to dress him or her in adorable clothing. Depending on your taste, it can be difficult to find the things that you're looking for. We all tend to have this image in our heads of what our child will look, dress and act like, so when we can't find clothing that matches that picture it can be a little frustrating. When you find the style you're looking for, budgeting is usually the next big hurdle. You start asking …

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To buy or borrow: The do’s and don’ts of used baby goods

A universal truth about babies is that they come with a lot of baggage. From clothing and bedding to toys and strollers, the amount of stuff your little one requires is enough to send your wallet into a tailspin. As you count down the days of your pregnancy and begin to build your registry, give some thought to what items you can buy used. Shopping the secondary market can save you money as you stock up on baby supplies. But a word of caution, it's not always the right move. Here's …

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5 surprises about newborns and sleep

You'll quickly learn that one of the most difficult things about bringing your newborn home is an uncertain sleep schedule. When you see family and friends, they're probably going to ask you right off the bat whether or not your little one sleeps through the night. At this point, the answer is more than likely going to be no. Unlike older babies, newborns don't know the difference between night and day. They also need to eat every two hours, so the …

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5 vaccine myths busted

The thing about vaccinations is that no one really likes them. As a parent it can be difficult to watch your child cry in pain - even if it does only last for a few minutes. When you talk with your pediatrician about your baby's health, he or she will likely mention an immunization schedule. At different points throughout your child's first year of life he or she will go to the doctor for well visits. This typically occurs at one month, two months, four months, six months, nine …

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JJ Cole Essentials Outdoor Blanket

After attending a number of outdoor picnics this Summer, I decided we needed to be better equipped for these gatherings with something better than a regular blanket. I am so glad we now have the JJ Cole Essentials Outdoor blanket. The 5 foot by 7 foot size is perfect for our three person family. It fits my tall husband (6’ 3”), me (5’ 7”) and our 3 month old son very comfortable. The material is water proof and after a couple of visits to the park where it has laid on wet grass, it has …

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10 Things to Pack for Baby in an Emergency Preparedness Kit

It’s no secret that babies have a lot of stuff. To prepare for a crisis situation, the emergency preparedness experts at Boltwell recommend paring it all down and making these essentials part of your prepping plan (and leave the diaper warmer at home!). 1. Diaper changing gear Baby is going to go no matter what’s going on. And though disposable diapers are convenient, reusable last longer. Also, soft cloths you can wet and to use as wipes are great since they can also be repurposed …

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Baby name tool shows baby name candidate over time

Baby Name Fun Facts at Your FingertipsChoosing a baby name is a big, exciting decision. Will it be James or Jaroslav? Elizabeth or Electra? Or any of the thousands of options in between? Here to help you make your decision is Vintagereprints.net, a cool — and oddly addictive — website. It shows you the popularity of any baby name, at any given moment in history. The site gives you need-to-know info in just a few seconds. Just type in the name you’re considering and it will …

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