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What you need to know about the coronavirus and COVID-19


If you've been hearing about the coronavirus and COVID-19 and are worried about what it might mean for you and your family's health, you're not alone. Read on and we'll tell you what we know about the virus right now and answer any questions you might have.

Social distancing: Why it's so important in helping prevent the spread of coronavirus


Social distancing is an incredibly powerful tool that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here's what you need to know.

How to stay healthy and take care of yourself and your family during this time


These are challenging times, so we have some tips that we hope will help keep you and your family as safe and healthy as possible.

How to manage stress and anxiety during the coronavirus


This is a stressful time for all of us. Here's some advice on how to care for yourself.

Nourishing foods to support breastfeeding


There's a lot of information out there about how to eat while you're breastfeeding, but what are the important things to keep in mind?

How to manage staying home with kids while practicing social distancing


These is a tough time for everyone, but it can be especially tough if you're practicing social distancing at home with children. Here are some ideas that we hope will help you and your family get through this challenging time.

Breast pump cleaning guidelines


Having a clean breast pump protects your baby from bacteria and ensures that she is getting the safest nutritional experience possible.

Bonding with your baby as a non-genetic parent


Getting to know someone new is always an adventure, and getting to know someone who's your pre-verbal baby can feel even more challenging than most introductions, but your baby wants to get to know you just as much as you want to get to know her.

Combination vaccines


Immunizations are incredibly important because they help children gain immunity to—in other words, to become protected from—serious disease. Thankfully, combination vaccines mean fewer shots and fewer tears

Using the Lactational Amenorrhea Method for birth control as your baby grows


Most birth control methods work in pretty much the same way as your baby grows, but when it comes to LAM, it's important to adjust as your little one grows.

A breastfeeding journey


Sometimes, it's just as important to hear, "You're doing so great," as it is to get advice.

How to choose a healthy formula


For the number of labels there are on the formula aisle of the grocery store, it can be surprisingly tricky to tell what's different about different types of formula.

Can a single parent ever really have a moment alone?


Close supervision is one of the big parts of the parent of a newborn's job, but for single parents it's a part of the job that can start to get in the way of the other parts.

The two-month baby checkup: A play-by-play guide


It's hard to believe 2 months will come so soon. Or is that the sleep deprivation talking? Either way, it'll soon be time to take your baby in for her checkup, so here's what to expect.

Food allergies in the first two months


Food allergies are very rare in children too young to eat solid foods, but in some cases, they are possible, and it's important to identify them early on.

What is post-adoption depression?


Life as a new parent is full of challenges, and this is just as true for parenting an adopted child.

4 weeks old


Not that your baby won't continue to learn throughout life, but right now, when she doesn't know much, there's a lot of room to pick up some new tricks.

Talking to your doctor about birth control at your postpartum visit


There are a lot of health considerations around recovery after giving birth, and figuring out birth control to ensure that your family grows at a rate you're ready for is an important one.

Dinner for two: 6 eating tips for a healthy breastfed baby


Feeding is as much a part of being a new parent as waking up at 1 a.m. when the baby monitor suddenly crackles to life. And just as important as checking your baby's latch or protecting the nipple region from irritation is maintaining a healthy breastfeeding diet.

Talking to older children about a younger sibling's adoption


Older siblings have a huge impact on the way children grow up, and this is just as true for families that are formed, or partially formed, through adoption.

What every parent should know about lead


You probably know that lead is dangerous, but do you know why, or what to look for in your home?

Recommended immunization schedule for baby's first year


Immunizations are one of the most important tools of preventative medicine that we have. A few brief shots given during childhood can provide a lifetime's worth of protection against serious disease.

How much should I let my baby cry?


Among the dozens of topics that are sure to set off a debate, how much to let a baby cry is right at the top of the list. Different things work for different babies, and different parents, but there are definitely some things to consider when coming up with your strategy for letting your baby cry.

5 weeks old


As your baby gets more vocal and attentive, you can expect big changes on the horizon. Just make sure you have the wipes handy.

What is thrush?


When it comes to infants, even the smallest sneeze or rash can get parents and guardians concerned, but most infants will encounter some sort of minor illness or infection during their babyhood. Thrush is one of the more common of these infections.

How can I get more milk when I'm pumping?


By now, most breastfeeding moms have probably picked up on the fact that breastfeeding doesn't always feel quite as "natural" and "instinctive" as it's so often described.

Tips for playing safely with baby


Your little one has grown a bit and no longer looks quite so tiny and new as she did before. Follow these tips to ensure that playtime with your baby is both safe and fun.

Daycare: how soon is too soon?


How soon is too soon for daycare? It's the million dollar question, sometimes almost literally, as you weigh not just the costs and benefits to your baby's development and happiness in her child care situation, but also the cost of child care versus the cost of not going back to work.

What you should know about crib safety


your baby spends quite a bit of time in her cozy palace we know as the crib, so what can you do to make it as safe a place as possible?

Is it safe to drink coffee while breastfeeding?


We know now that a moderate amount of caffeine each day is generally safe during pregnancy, but what about while you're breastfeeding? After all, a cup of coffee can seem like the least of your needs when you're dealing with a baby who just doesn't quite get the hang of this whole "people need sleep" situation.

Welcoming a new baby, and the emotions that come with it


Welcoming a new baby into the family is an emotional event - and those emotions can be complicated.

Chapped lips in babies


It can sometimes be difficult to remember that babies aren't just adorable little balls of cuddly rainbows; they're full-fledged people like the rest of us. And they can, unfortunately, struggle with the ailments and annoyances that affect everybody else, like chapped lips. However, there are some things that adults use to help chapped lips that aren't so healthy for babies, so it's best to have a plan for safe management.

Pros and cons of mobiles


your baby doesn't know numbers yet, so there's little hope that she will count sheep to fall asleep. Would a mobile help your baby drift off into dreamland or at least keep her entertained while she is lying in the crib? You might be surprised to find that there are two opposing theories on mobiles.

6 weeks old


Quick: think of your favorite activity. If you immediately thought 'tummy time,' then you're probably an infant.

How do I find a babysitter?


Obviously, you're your own first choice for a babysitter. But until cloning yourself is an option, you're going to need to find another way to enjoy a night out. Fortunately there are a couple ways you can go about finding someone to watch your baby on your nights off.

Do children of same-sex parents need role models of another sex?


"Role model" is the kind of phrase that can feel intimidating, but the question of what role models your baby is going to need in her life doesn't need to be a hard one.

6 ways to keep baby still at changing time


Monsters under the bed, ghosts in the attic - they're a breeze compared to the havoc that your baby can wreak on the changing table. We've got two words for you: flying poo. If you've been stressing lately about taking your baby to the table, there are a few ways you can improve your changing game.

5 tips for introducing baby to strangers


When it comes to life skills, the more you practice, the better you get. And your baby's got the potential to go from a shy caterpillar to a brilliant social butterfly. Try using some of these techniques to help your baby with the transition.

Embracing your post-pregnancy body


Motherhood changes many things: you've probably developed a better sense of patience and maybe lowered your standards for your definition of "clean." But how does delivering a baby affect the body?

When can I start introducing toys?


Just about everything is interesting to your baby right now - and why shouldn't it be? It's all brand new! But just like you wouldn't put a calculator in front of her and expect her to know what to do with it, there are a couple of things to consider when picking out what toys to present to your baby.

Nutrition after gestational diabetes


The way new moms eat after giving birth can have an impact on whether gestational diabetes will end with pregnancy, or have an impact on their future health.

Does my baby sleep too much?


When your baby dozes off for ten straight hours, you might feel a mixture of jealousy and confusion. How on earth could someone who has no responsibilities sleep for almost an entire day? Long periods of slumber aren't necessarily bad for your baby, but there are a couple things you should do to optimize the time that your little Sleeping Beauty spends snoozing.

Should you ever wake a sleeping baby?


Some rules are meant to be broken, but is this one of them?

The two-month baby checkup: A play-by-play guide


It's hard to believe 2 months have already flown by. Or is that the sleep deprivation talking? Either way, it's time to take your baby in for her checkup, so here's what to expect.

7 weeks old


your baby may not be fully independent yet, or really in any meaningful way whatsoever, but that won't stop her from trying.

8 keys to bath time safety


your baby already spent 9 months at sea, so just think of her first couple of baths as a return to familiar waters. Of course, there's no comfy womb protecting your baby now, so now it's up to you to make bath time safe for the two of you.

Our 4 favorite baby games


The science is in: playing games does wonders for the human brain. Sure, your baby might not be ready to take up residence behind a chessboard just yet, but that shouldn't stop you from drawing out her natural curiosity and playfulness.

Navigating the workplace as a single parent


A working single parent wears a lot of hats, and it can help to be prepared for how work might be different after your baby's birth.

My baby is gassy...what do I do?


It's not a bad manners thing - babies just tend to be really gassy! But what makes them so gassy? And what should you do about it?

9 baby breathing problems to look out for


Breathing problems aren't great for any person, but when it comes to infants, you want to be even more vigilant about identifying breathing problems and getting help.

Common immunization myths


As parents, all we ever want is to keep our children as safe and healthy as can be. Preventative healthcare is one important tool that can go a long way toward helping with this goal.

5 breastfeeding positions every breastfeeding mom should try


The media and other such reliable sources often depict breastfeeding as the most natural skill in the world. In reality, it's a skill just like any other, and like riding a bike or making the perfect guacamole, it takes practice and a little bit of improvisation. Thankfully, these 5 positions should help make breastfeeding a breeze.

Why do babies need to stay active?


When your baby is waking you up at 2 a.m., it can be tough to remember that normally, babies do love to sleep. They sleep a lot, in fact, if you think about it. And though they need all of it, active time is just as important.

8 weeks old


your baby's social skills just keep on developing, as well as her love for you!

Trimming baby's nails


We often think of babies as snuggly bundles of love (and don't get us wrong, they are), but when those babies enter the world, they often arrive sporting full sets of nails. Since babies are prone to swinging and sweeping their limbs in all directions, you'll want to learn how to trim your baby's nails before they can do any damage to either of you.

What's a good bedtime for a baby?


Depending on what kind of parent you are, bedtime for your baby either gives you feelings of loneliness or relief - or both! Either is fine, but no matter how you're feeling, you're going to need to figure out when exactly to put your baby to sleep. There are a couple things to consider when you're deciding on the right time for your baby to go night-night.

Fun tummy time games


Every so often, your baby needs to spend a little time on her tummy. Variety is the spice of life, and anyway, staring at the ceiling gets pretty boring after several hours. There are a couple of fun things you can do to make sure your baby gets the most out of her time on "the other side".

How long does pumped and stored breast milk stay fresh?


Unlike store-bought milk, breast milk doesn't exactly come with an expiration date. It takes a little bit more knowledge and work to keep your breast milk as fresh as it was the day it was pumped.

5 ways to manage diaper rash


Diaper rash is a common skin rash that babies get due to continuous wetness or infrequent diaper changes. If you see a patchwork of bright red skin on your baby's butt, don't panic. Diaper rash can be caused by a wide range of issues, including changes to your or your baby's diet, antibiotics, and diarrhea. Luckily, diaper rash is easily treatable at home, and with these five tips you'll have your baby's bottom as good as new in no time.

Birth spacing and your growing family


No matter what size you see your family growing to eventually, there are a few things it's important to keep in mind for healthy birth-spacing between children.

Things to share, and not share, between multiples


With multiples, they're not hand-me-downs so much as hand-me-arounds. Sharing is caring, right?

Pros and cons of room-sharing


When it comes to room-sharing, what works for someone else just might not work for you. So before you open your bedroom door to your baby, make sure you consider both sides of the issue.

7 tips for washing baby's hair


So you've been doing this for a while by now, and maybe you and your baby have your bathtime routine all set, but just in case bathtime isn't always a delight, here are a few ideas that might help it run a bit more smoothly.

9 weeks old


If it doesn't seem like your baby is in complete control of each of her actions, you're probably right. But that doesn't mean that every jerky move she makes isn't getting her ready for the future.

Baby's first cold


When your baby's first cold rolls around, you're going to have to get friendly with mucus reeeaaal quick. Learn the symptoms and treatments for colds in babies so that you're prepared from your baby's first sneeze to her last booger.

What is a baby massage?


It's pretty universally agreed upon that massages are relaxing and fantastic, and believe it or not, your baby is actually probably firmly in that camp. So what IS a baby massage?

Baby's first sunburn


Sunburns aren't fun for anybody, but they're even worse for babies. Here's how you can treat them.

Helping your partner feel closer to baby


Let's face it: by the time you've checked into the maternity ward, you and your baby have already logged some considerable hours together. Your partner may have been right by your side through every step of pregnancy, but when your baby finally arrives, kicking and squealing, it's common for the parent who didn't carry her to feel slightly adrift and unsure of how to connect more closely with their new children.

Continuing to breastfeed when going back to work


The end of parental leave can present a host of hang-ups, not the least of which is how to feed your baby while you're off at the workplace. So what's one to do?

7 car seat rules for a smooth ride


Between the lulling hum of a motor and the colorful landscapes gliding by, a car ride can be a surprisingly soothing place for babies. But in order for this to work, you'll need a car seat that your baby can stand being in!

Should I be concerned about thumb-sucking?


Thumb-sucking gets very high approval ratings among the baby community, but parents' opinions tend to be more mixed. So, should you be concerned about thumb-sucking?

10 weeks old


Is your baby getting mouthy around this time? No, not talking back...just putting objects in her mouth to learn about the world!

Clever ways to catch up on your sleep


Friends who are parents, that shelf full of baby books, and your own mother are telling you that your baby will sleep through the night eventually. You want to believe it, but at this point, that time can feel like a lifetime away. In the meantime, it's important to take your sleep where you can get it.

When can I carry baby in a back carrier?


Back-carriers seem like a common sense way to carry your baby around - after all, you've probably had some experience lugging around a backpack before. But when are they safe to use?

Introducing the bottle to the breastfed baby


Many breastfeeding moms hope to introduce a bottle to their babies at some point. Bottle feeding grants you a little more freedom so that you can run errands, visit friends, or return to work without having to worry that your baby is hungry while you are away. So, how do you make it work?

When will baby's teeth start coming in?


The sudden arrival of your baby's teeth is an exciting milestone, but rarely a quiet one. So when does the whole process start?

Should I give my baby a pacifier?


It varies from baby to baby, but the pacifier could very well be your baby's first true love. Unfortunately, like Romeo and Juliet, the two will eventually have to part. In the meantime, learn why their attraction is so strong.

Babies and personality


Right now you could recognize your baby by her cry, shape, or bare bum. But when will your baby's personality start to show?

11 weeks old


Life with a baby is all about routine, but when growth spurts happen - and they do happen - sometimes you've got to change things up.

Your babysitter checklist


Getting your baby a sitter for the first time can be stressful, so it's important to make a list of everything he or she needs to take care of your baby as well as you do. Okay, okay - almost as well.

Taking care of your baby's skin


If we're gonna stick with the "bun in the oven" comparison, then right now your baby's exterior is as fresh as it's ever gonna get. Learning how to take care of your baby's skin will allow you to keep it healthy as your baby is slowly exposed to more and more of the world.

How long should I breastfeed my baby?


We can't tell you the right or wrong answer to this question, but we can certainly offer a couple things to consider before you pick a time to wean your baby off breastfeeding.

12 baby-proofing must-dos


Nothing like some good old fashioned baby-proofing to remind you of all the dangerous things in your cozy home! Frankly, there are some things that your baby just shouldn't have access to right now, so knowing what to baby-proof will let you and your baby to enjoy your home that much more.

Childcare with multiples


If you look very, very closely into the eyes of your little ones, you can sometimes see hundreds of adorable little dollar signs reflected back at you. Childcare for multiples isn't cheap, but there are ways to make it work for your family.

Napping dos and dont's


You probably have a pretty good feel for your baby and know how to get the best nap possible out of her, but it never hurts to brush up on the basics.

Is it okay to pierce my baby's ears?


When it comes to parenting choices, there's always going to be disagreement. Nursing or formula? Cloth or disposable? To use a pacifier or not? For most of these questions, there's an argument to be made for either side, so how about ear piercing?

12 weeks old


your baby still does most of her communicating through the killer combo of cries and poops, but she is working on other methods, too.

7 things to say to public breastfeeding shamers


It's a sad reflection on society that we even have to write about this, but stories about breastfeeding in public have been all over the news recently. With so many people lacking courtesy for breastfeeding moms, we've put together seven comebacks for people who give you trouble for breastfeeding in public.

Converting unexpected places into nursery space


Parents have to get pretty creative sometimes, and finding space for all of the extra things you now have is no different.

Why do babies drool?


Drooling is as closely associated with babies as diapers are. But why are they so prone to drooling?

Baby bath time checklist


Giving your baby a bath is a serious job: once those little toes enter the water, the two of you are committed. So before turning on the faucet, comb through your bathroom to ensure that these 7 important bathtime supplies are within arm's reach at all times.

When do babies grow hair?


Different babies grow at different paces, and this is no different for their hair. So when does this growth normally happen?

Combining formula and breastfeeding


When it comes to breastfeeding, there are plenty of obstacles that families face, but it isn't all-or-nothing.

When can babies drink water?


Water is the elixir of life: companies sell it by the bottle, people rent vacation homes near it - people love water. But by now, you might have asked, when can your baby have her first drink of cool, refreshing H20?

3 months old


If the theme of your baby's first three months was "adorable silence," the theme of the next three might be "silly sputtering." Get ready for some of the babiest baby talk you've ever heard!

Low-maintenance birth control methods and your growing family


Long-lasting birth control methods like IUDs and implants can be great choices for new moms for their convenience and reliability - two things new parents may be finding in short supply in other parts of their lives.

Common immunization myths


As parents, all we ever want is to keep our children as safe and healthy as can be. Preventative healthcare is one important tool that can go a long way toward helping with this goal.

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