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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The baby mattress: Why it’s your most important purchase

When you’re getting ready for your baby, you’re sure to start thinking of all the nursery gear you’ll need, like a crib, changing table, diaper pail and a rocking chair. The last item you’re going to remember is probably a crib mattress. It’s certainly not the most exciting purchase you’ll make, but it’s one of the most important. Instead of treating it like an afterthought, take your time choosing a quality mattress that’s good for you and your baby. What’s so important …

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How to trim your newborn’s nails

Those itsy bitsy nails grow faster than you realize, especially since newborns tend to scratch their faces a lot. Here’s how to get trim them safely without either of you shedding tears.In the very beginning, you might only need an emery board. Yes, they make baby-sized emery boards! Some newborn’s nails are so soft that a clipper or scissors just aren’t necessary. But some babes have nails that are too thin for filing. Either way, once you’re ready to move on to the heavy …

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How your newborn baby develops in the first week

During your newborn baby’s first week of life, he or she will undergo some incredible changes. Some you may notice as you gaze lovingly into your little one’s eyes. But others may be happening behind the scenes entirely as your baby sleeps, eats, and coos through his or her days. Here are just some of the things you can expect from your new baby during that first week at home: Sleep During the first week of life, your little one is bound to be exhausted. Expect your new son or daughter …

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The do’s and don’ts of caring for baby’s umbilical cord

For brand new parents, newborn life can come with a steep learning curve. All of a sudden, you’re studying the contents of a diaper, warming bottles on your wrist, and trying every aerobic move possible to soothe your screaming baby. It’s likely a far cry from your life before your little one arrived. And we get it, new babies are tough. Let us help demystify those first few days at home. Let’s start with caring for the umbilical cord. What is it? Throughout your pregnancy, baby …

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Diaper 101: What’s normal for a newborn and when to worry

New parents spend an awful lot of time discussing dirty diapers - and for good reason. Your baby’s output is indicative of his or her overall health. While every baby is different, there are some general guidelines to adhere to, giving you peace of mind that your newborn baby is as healthy as can be. In the first weeks of motherhood, here’s what you can expect - and what you’ll want to keep a watchful eye out for: Wet diapers What’s normal: After 4 days of life, your baby should wet 4 …

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5 little ways to bond with your newborn baby

After nine months of anticipating the start of motherhood, your newborn baby has finally arrived. Yes, there will be plenty of sleepless nights ahead of you, but in between all the diaper changes and feedings, you’ll also find quiet moments to enjoy with your little one. Here’s how to really make them count: Cuddle Plenty of hospitals and health care providers are touting skin-to-skin contact as the best way for both mom and dad to bond with their newborn. In fact, many hospitals have …

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How your newborn baby will really look

By the time your baby is born, you’ll have spent nearly 10 months dreaming of him or her. Now that your little one is finally earth-side, you may be surprised to find he or she is far from what you imagined. When you stop and think about it, being born sounds a bit traumatic, what with being pushed down a birth canal and out into a bright and noisy world. Your baby’s been through a lot. Here’s how that journey might affect your new bundle of joy: Pointed head If you’re planning a …

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Preemie basics: Everything you need to know

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 12 percent of babies are born prematurely. 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. They will help you enjoy what every mom looks forward to—bringing your new baby home. Have a Safe Ride Home The appropriate carseat is crucial, says Phyllis Dennery, M.D., professor of pediatrics at …

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