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Making immunization visits less stressful


A regular immunization schedule for children means quite a few shots in the first year, and this can make even the chillest child lose their cool. But immunizations are hugely important in helping to keep your little one healthy and protected against serious disease.

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.

3 keys to napping


Right now you're pretty much in charge of how much sleep your baby gets - and vice versa! But with great power comes great responsibility. Is there a limit to how many naps your baby should be taking every day?

What is elimination communication?


Imagine a world in where even the newest newborns could let you know exactly when they need to poop or pee - it seems like something out of a movie, right? But believe it or not, some people believe we already live in that world and coach their babies to live diaper-less lives using a method known as "elimination communication."

When do babies start to recognize people?


Before your baby really learns how to express herself and you really learn to read her cues, getting to know her can feel like a bit of a one-sided relationship sometimes. It isn't, though, and your baby recognizes the important people in her life from an earlier age than you'd think.

Walkers, bouncers, and more


What happens when you need to pull something out of the oven or answer the phone, but your baby is wrapped up tight in your arms? You'll need a place to put her that can provide proper support and a comforting range of motion. Luckily, the baby market offers several time-tested solutions for this dilemma.

What can I do about baby eczema?


Skin woes already? Isn't your baby too young for this kind of stress? Actually, no. Infant eczema is common and hard to avoid - but luckily, there are lots of ways to manage the condition.

What is a comfort object?


A warm cup of coffee in your hand, a book in your lap, or a favorite blanket you can roll up in at the end of the day - even adults have comfort objects! If you still can't figure out why your baby won't let go of her teddy, then trust us: there are more complicated factors at play.

Navigating expectations about parenting roles as LGBTQ parents


To a certain degree, this is something every family deals with - "What sort of ideas about family that I grew up with will I keep as I build this new family? What will I do differently?"

How to prevent baby bottle mouth


Of all the things that can threaten your baby's well-being, it's the little things, like her bottle, that can be the most unexpected.

9 things every baby loves


All babies are different, and even when they're this young, their quirks and preferences are already starting to make themselves known. There are a few things, though, that pretty much every baby loves, whether they're outgoing, shy, quiet, chatty, adventurous, or more of a thinker.

6 things your baby's cry might mean


Sometimes babies cry for the sake of crying, but there's usually a pretty good reason. But how are you supposed to figure out what that is?

When to brush baby's teeth


As a parent or guardian, there are lots of fun things to look forward to in the future: birthdays, graduations, brushing teeth. Brushing teeth?

Grocery shopping with your baby


Grocery shopping is definitely not everyone's favorite activity, and with a baby in the picture, it can actually get pretty intimidating. Luckily, there are tricks that can help new parents take some of the stress out of grocery trips.

Why does baby need to wait for solid foods?


You probably figured your baby wouldn't be able to eat solids for a bit, but you might be surprised to find just how long it will actually be until she can.

Finding friends for yourself


If making new friends when you first get out of school feels hard, making new friends with a baby in tow can feel that much harder, but it doesn't have to be - how can your new friends-to-be resist a face like your baby's, after all? Or a face like yours?

Should I put baby on a schedule?


This depends on many things, but putting your baby on a schedule is definitely something to consider depending on your situation.

Building your support system as a single parent


No parent is an island - but when you're single-parenting, it can be easy to start to feel like one.

Best books for babies


Right now your baby's not about that novella life, but she will appreciate books with big pictures, big animals, and big themes. Here are some of the best reading options for your baby bookworm.

Smart ways to save money as a parent


Before parenthood, you may have prided yourself on your frugality. But once your baby's arrival closed in, things probably got real expensive, real quick. Fortunately, the more parenting hours you have under your belt, the easier it will be for you to determine what's necessary to buy and what isn't. Here are some of the easiest ways to cut financial corners.

5 pumping tips for working moms


Planning on returning to work soon and pumping when you do? Make sure you have a smart plan ready.

4 ways to keep your baby distracted


As adults, when we're stressed, it takes a lot to get our mind off things. So consider yourself lucky - at this age, your baby doesn't really have that problem. she is pretty easily distracted, so take the opportunity to use her short attention span in your favor.

When can I move baby to the big tub?


your baby's world just keeps getting bigger, and bathtime is no exception. she probably can't fathom that there's a larger tub out there just waiting to be filled with warm water, soap bubbles, and floating toys. When and how can the two of you transition to wider seas?

5 ways to ensure that your home has fresh air


Nooooo, we're not insinuating anything; we're sure your house is fresh even on its worst days! But taking a couple extra minutes to make it even fresher will help everyone in your household breathe a little easier.

Baby's first full night of sleep


It's 3 a.m. and you're wide awake for the fifth time, abruptly yanked from dreamland by your baby's nearby cries. You're not alone. During the first few months of parenthood, the vast majority of parents suffer together when it comes to getting less sleep than a globetrotting techno DJ. One urgent question looms: when will my baby make it from dusk till dawn without a peep?

When should I start disciplining my child?


Right now, all you can do is hold your breath and count to ten when your baby makes a mess that feels more on-purpose than most messes. You can use this timeline to determine when and how you teach your baby what is and isn't acceptable when she gets a little older.

Babies and shoes


Have you got shoes for your baby yet? Don't worry if you haven't - it's probably not that important yet.

What you need to know about earaches


You probably haven't had an earache since you were your baby's age. And trust us when we say that's a good thing because they're not pleasant! But with all this time having passed since you had your last experience with ear pain, it might help to brush up on the facts surrounding them.

When should I change bottle nipples?


Let's face it: nothing's as resilient as the human body. Unlike real nipples, you'll have to replace store-bought ones after they've made it through several months of use. Here are some things to know about the lifespan of these nipples and how to tell if you should upgrade to ones that provide a different flow.

Baby sign language: the other imitation game


You don't have to teach your baby the entire alphabet, but baby sign language can be a really helpful way to make it easier for your baby to get her basic needs across.

How early is too early to start baby's education?


It's easy to brag to other parents about how smart your baby is. Every parent does it, and truthfully, babies are pretty darn smart! But how soon is too soon to start training that little noodle?

Surviving public transit with a baby on board


Maybe you're a part of one-car household, a no-car household, or you're just headed to a destination where you just know parking is going to be a nightmare, but for many city- and suburb-dwelling parents, bringing your baby on public transportation isn't a question of 'if' but of 'when.'

5 problems parents of multiples face, and their solutions


Every new parent faces a certain set of challenges, but parents of twins and higher order multiples might be all-too-familiar with the same set of issues.

11 signs to call the pediatrician


If you're like 99.7% of Americans, you aren't a doctor. But that's okay! Just because you aren't a doctor yourself doesn't mean you won't have the full support of one as you raise your baby. So what are some reasons to make that call?

4 secrets of parenthood the books don't tell you


Parenting books are helpful, but much like a first coat of paint, they may not cover everything. So what else do you need to know?

When can I put my baby in a high chair?


Family dinners feature into any picture-perfect family fantasy, and now that your baby is here, that image is closer than ever to coming true. There's a good chance your baby is the curious type, too, and you may be getting tired of leaving her at the kids' non-table. So when can your baby join the rest of the family in her own seat at dinner?

What is separation anxiety?


This is one of those terms that's easy to write about but very hard for a parent to experience. Understanding the basics of separation anxiety can help you and your baby deal when - not if - it happens.

Things you know now that you wish you did four months ago


At this point you could probably write a book about all the things you've learned since your baby was born. And honestly, even if we told you these things beforehand, you wouldn't have believed them until you'd experienced them firsthand. We're sure you can add to this list, but here are some of the biggest realizations you might have in hindsight.

4 months old


Can you believe that your baby is about twice the weight she was at birth? There are other big developments happening now too as she gets more and more in control of her body everyday.

Why do babies like lullabies so much?


Does your baby have a favorite song? What about a favorite lullaby? You may know which song sends your little one off to dreamland, but do you know why she likes it as much as she does?

Fun games to play with a 5 month-old


your baby isn't quite ready for Scrabble or Twister, but she will definitely want to get in on some of the more basic, baby-approved games that you two can play.

Unexpected household dangers: the five Bs


So you've put up the baby gates, blunted the edges of the furniture, and covered up the electrical outlets. All of the cleaning products are locked safely away, appliances are far from water sources, and your drawers and cabinets have been baby-proofed closed. So what's left? Probably a lot.

Helping your child learn about object permanence


It's a sticky summer morning and you open up the cupboard, only to find yourself staring eye to antenna with a huge carpenter ant! You slam the pantry door shut but you know the little beast is still inside. How do you know this? Two words: object permanence.

Parenting while sick


Everybody gets sick - even parents. But parenting isn't like your job - you can't just call out sick. So how are you supposed to handle your parenting duties when you're feeling under the weather?

Can my baby wear jewelry?


your baby may be the new reigning monarch in your home, but decking her out in some of the crown jewels may have to wait until she is a little older.

Let's talk about prepared baby food


A lot of adults think of baby food as little more than colorful goop, an entire blender's-worth away from "real food." But inside those little jars, there's more thought and diversity than meets the eye. In fact, commercial baby food is produced and distinguished by three stages that correspond to the average baby's age and physical development. Here's how it all works.

Can a baby taste food through breast milk?


It can seem silly that your baby might taste what you eat through breast milk: after all, she doesn't really get much exposure to adult foods quite yet. But how much can she taste through breast milk as a sneak peak to our culinary world?

Is my baby teething?


The process of teething starts before those teeth actually poke through, so your baby might have started without your knowing. Here's what to look for.

Top 3 diapering dilemmas and their solutions


Diapering isn't any parent's favorite part of the job, but it's also one that parents tend to get used to a lot faster than they're expecting. Still, babies tend to change their minds about even the most routine parts of their days, and change them fast enough to confuse even the most seasoned diapering vet.

9 tips for bringing baby on a plane


Bringing your baby on a plane is a big milestone, but if you've ever been on a plane with a baby, you know that there's the potential for some troubles. Luckily, there are some good methods for ensuring, or at least encouraging, a pleasant flight.

When do you stop describing baby in weeks or months?


It can be difficult to figure out how to refer to your baby's age, especially because there are no hard and fast rules. So how do you handle it?

When do most babies start talking?


There's always going to be that one overachiever at your baby's playgroup who starts talking at 6 months and leaves all the other parents vaguely concerned that their kid isn't talking yet (and who knows? Maybe your baby is that overachiever), but what is the normal timeline for babies to start talking?

Why do some breastfed babies reject the bottle?


Whether your happily half-breastfed, half-bottle-fed baby suddenly won't let that bottle nipple pass her lips, or you're trying to get a breastfed baby to make the switch to the partially-bottle-fed lifestyle in time for daycare, it can be unnerving when your child won't accept a bottle. What's a parent to do?

Staying close with your non-parent friends


Staying close to your friends who aren't parents after your baby is born doesn't seem like it should be that hard, but once that pooping, screaming bundle of utter joy comes into your life, it's easy to find that either you haven't got the time to keep in touch with them, or they start to seem like they're slipping away from you.

Is your pediatrician right for you?


You want to make sure your baby's pediatrician is perfect, so make sure you know exactly what to look for, and what to ask.

Baby's eyesight development timeline


your baby sure has come a long way, but there's still more to go! So, what's happened in the last four and a half months with her eyesight, and what's left to come?

5 organizational tips for life with a baby


Whether or not you're the organizing type, following these tips will smooth out your schedule and add a little more structure to your day with your baby.

How much time can my baby spend outside?


Picture this: you're lounging in your backyard, watching fluffy clouds float by, when you feel something small land on your leg. Suddenly, you're sprinting into the kitchen to grab a bag of ice for the reddening bee sting that's swelling by the minute. Sound familiar?

Benefits of reading to your baby


Just because your baby isn't talking yet, or even necessarily comprehending the words you're reading, that doesn't mean she isn't listening! Even this early, there are plenty of reasons to read to your baby.

5 scrapbook-worthy new-parenting milestones


You probably know all about your baby's past and upcoming milestones, but did you ever think about your own?

13 fun uses for your baby monitor


We're living in the technology age, people! Instead of throwing away that baby monitor, why not get innovative and squeeze a little extra fun out of the device?

Helping your baby stay comfortable while teething


Very few parents look back fondly on the days of teething, but just because it's not exactly one of life's highlights, doesn't mean there aren't some ways to help get through it.

Is genital play normal?


It can be an uncomfortable moment, the first time a parent notices their child becoming interested in her own genitalia, but 'uncomfortable' doesn't have to be a cause for concern.

What is BPA? Should I be concerned?


Parents of young children have plenty to worry about just trying to keep up with their offspring, without adding anything else to the list. Unfortunately, there are a few common chemicals that it's better if your child doesn't come into contact with, including BPA.

High chair safety tips


High chairs are one of those places that are assumed to be safe because they're so frequently used, and although they very, very mostly are, there are still some things to consider to ensure the safest sitting experience possible.

Communicating your rules to other caretakers


Everybody has their own set of beliefs and rules that dictate how they raise their children, so how do you communicate these rules to other caretakers who might be watching your little one?

Motor skills at 5 months


My how your baby has grown in the last 5 months! And more than just her body, it's remarkable how much her physical skills have grown, too!

The skinny on food allergies


Now that your baby is starting to eat solid food, she is right on track to figure out her first favorite food, first least-favorite food, and - on the less fun side - if she is going to turn out to be one of the estimated one in thirteen children with food allergies.

How to make healthy and cost-effective baby food


Thanks to the rise of food blogs and gourmet Instagram feeds, it can be tempting to think of every day as a new opportunity for dining out. Unfortunately, eating out all the time can hit your bank account harder than a weekend in Vegas. And believe it or not, the same rule applies to store-bought baby food. So why not make your own?

5 months old


A lot has happened in 5 months, but some of the bigger milestones are right on the horizon. From teething, to solids, to crawling and more, the next month is an exciting time in the life of any baby.

6 tips for taking baby to a restaurant


What happens when you're desperate to try that new Costa Rican cafe that's racking up rave reviews on Yelp, but you don't have time to track down a babysitter? Nine times out of ten, you'll just have to bring your baby with you. Understandably, the thought of taking a baby into a restaurant environment can make many parents nervous just thinking about it, but this shared experience can be surprisingly fun - if you plan ahead.

6 tips for taking baby to a restaurant


What happens when you're desperate to try that new Costa Rican cafe that's racking up rave reviews on Yelp, but you don't have time to track down a babysitter? Nine times out of ten, you'll just have to bring your baby with you. Understandably, the thought of taking a baby into a restaurant environment can make many parents nervous just thinking about it, but this shared experience can be surprisingly fun - if you plan ahead.

Why do babies have flat feet?


Take a close look at your baby's feet. Closer. Closer. NOT THAT CLOSE! Ok perfect. Notice anything strange? If you just thought to yourself, "hey, why are your baby's feet flat?", sit tight, because you're about to find out.

How does baby memory develop?


When your baby's a teenager, she will be crazy grateful to have no memories of parents wiping her bottom. But there are probably some memories that you hope last past the 'terrible twos.' Here's how much your baby is retaining in that precious head of hers, and some little things you can do to encourage her brain to remember more.

How do solids affect a baby's poop?


If you truly want to understand that old saying, "You are what you eat," look no further than one of your baby's dirty diapers. Poop is a reflection of what we put into our bodies, and as she branches out and samples her very first solid foods, you're going to notice some changes in the composition of your baby's next output. Here's what you can expect.

Getting your baby to fall back asleep on their own


In the dead of night, with a screaming, SCREAMING baby, it can seem like you'll never be able to get her to fall back asleep. Sometimes the only solution really is patience, but there are still some other things you can do to help your baby reach baby dreamland once again.

How to help baby say your name


There are definitely more than four ways to help your baby say your name, but these might be a good place to start.

5 tips for brushing baby's teeth


your baby may not get her permanent, grown-up teeth for a few years, but her baby teeth are just around the corner, and it's never too soon to start protecting those pearly whites - even if they're not visible yet.

Babies, solid foods, and when they should meet


Parenting is full of development milestones, and fun milestones, and ones that are a bit of both - like those first "bites" of solid foods!

Parenting trends: "sharenting"


Ever heard the phrase TMI (too much information)? It's used when you "overshare" by saying something too personal, too intimate, or maybe too gross in public. "Sharenting" is a lot like that, but for parents on social media.

6 milestones that might not make the scrapbook


Scrapbooks (and all of their electronic counterparts) record a lot of important things, but there are some moments that, for one reason or another, won't be recorded. That doesn't mean those moments aren't worthy of celebration, though - or at least celebration of the fact that they're over.

10-minute abs for the busy parent


Looking for abs of steel? You might have come to the wrong place. Still, there are plenty of core and abdominal exercises you can do to help keep yourself strong for the long haul, and maybe - just maybe - get those abs of steel.

Taking time to take care of yourself as a single parent


It's even harder than it is for most parents to take time for yourself when you're the only person there to take time for your baby, but finding the time is just as important for you as it is for any other parent.

What is night weaning?


Let's paint a familiar picture for you: it's 2 a.m., and you're roused from sleep by a cry you've heard a thousand times before. "Whose turn is it?" you ask. It's your turn.

Infant fevers 101


Fevers are a part of many illnesses, and your baby isn't too young to be affected. Here's what you need to know.

5 bad parenting habits to avoid


Bad habits can start early, and be tough to break, so it's important to have some ideas of parenting techniques and behaviors that might be considered "bad habits", and decide which you want to make an effort to avoid.

When is it okay for baby to not sleep on their back?


Adults are allowed to sleep on their stomachs, so surely at some point a baby must be able to as well. So when is the point at which they don't have to sleep on their backs?

Setting the scales for work and life


Returning to work after pregnancy can feel a little like you're an alien landing on a lunar surface. And it will take a little time to get re-adjusted to the foreign landscape of your office. But with a little preparation, things don't have to be so difficult.

Helping baby reach milestones


your baby is bound to go through life at her own pace. That's the beauty of the human experience! This said, there are ways you can be a supportive caregiver while empowering your baby to meet developmental milestones.

Why do babies love repetition so much?


For all their breakthrough discoveries and trips to the moon, humans are creatures of habit. And by now you've probably noticed that your baby is no exception to this rule - but why?

What are some common first words?


We all know what words we don't want to come out of your baby's perfect little mouth. But is there a way to influence - or at least predict - what the first few will be?

Introducing new foods to your child


your baby doesn't know it yet, but there's life beyond breast milk - and so much delicious food out there for her to discover as she grows. Learn the official recommendations for introducing potential allergens to your baby, as well as the signs of an allergic reaction, so that you're totally prepared when serving your baby a culinary smorgasbord fit for a baby.

5 pieces of bad advice about parenting your 6-month old


Parenting advice is like a love ballad from the 80s. Some you want to remember, but others you try your hardest to forget. For all the great advice you get, there are bound to be some stinkers in the bunch.

6 strategies for getting baby hooked on solids


The solid food "window" for most babies opens any time between 4 and 6 months; by this point, your baby's digestive system will be ready to tackle more complex cuisine than breast milk and formula. But not all babies take to solids with an open heart and mouth.

Baby's sleep at 6 months


your baby doesn't have to worry about college papers, bills, deadlines, or early meetings, so why not help her get used to a healthy sleeping schedule early in life, when there are fewer distractions? There are some simple ways you can make your baby's sleep schedule a little bit more predictable.

Baby's first haircut


One day your baby's going to walk into the house with a mohawk or a head of bright blue hair. Until then, you're in charge of what's happening on top of her head. If you're one of the many parents who consider their baby's first haircut a big deal, you'll want to take these things into consideration before the trimmers come out.

6 big changes in the first 6 months


A lot can change in 6 months. Here's a rundown of the six most noticeable changes that your baby has gone through this past half-year.

6 months old


My, what fine motor skills you've got there! The sixth month has been one of lightning fast development across a number of different areas.

Field trips you can take with your 6-month old


Anything can seem like an adventure when you're 6 months old, but that's no reason not to bring your 6-month-old along on a real adventure or four!

What's the cry-it-out method?


Does the term "cry it out method" remind you of your cranky grandpa who believed scrapes and bruises helped build character? Well, it's not that! It's a technique for teaching your baby to fall asleep on her own. Learn more about the method so you can decide if it's right for your family.

Building a baby food stash without buying special equipment


If you want to save money and space, here are some tips for making baby food at home with equipment you probably already have.

Making immunization visits less stressful


A regular immunization schedule for children means quite a few shots in the first year, and this can make even the chillest child lose their cool. But immunizations are hugely important in helping to keep your little one healthy and protected against serious disease.

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