The first week: bringing baby home
Congratulations on the new arrival! Big changes come in small packages - here's what to expect that first week.
8 things to expect after a C-section
Whether planned or not, there are several differences in recovery for women who had C-sections relative to those who did not. Which differences? Glad you asked.
7 things to expect after a vaginal delivery
There are a ton of changes that happen to the body during pregnancy, but that's just the beginning. Once a baby is born, the body goes into recovery mode, and you could notice some strange symptoms as a result. So what should you expect AFTER giving birth?
Using the restroom after a vaginal delivery
Do you want the good news or bad news? Let's start with the bad: peeing and pooping after birth is not fun. Even in the best-case scenario, it's likely to cause a bit of discomfort. The good news? Like all else, this too shall pass.
How often should I feed a newborn?
When your baby was in your womb, the only feeding schedule you had to worry about was your own, but things are different now. So how often does a newborn really need to feed?
Getting your newborn to latch on
No matter how many parenting books, websites, and apps you read, there are just some things that are best learned through experience. Getting a baby to latch for feedings falls into that category, but there are a few things it can be helpful to keep in mind.
Taking care of your newborn's umbilical stump
The umbilical cord kept mom and your baby connected since the 7th week of pregnancy, but after she is born, there is little use for the cord, and pretty soon the stump will fall right off. But how do you take care of it until then?
Feeding twins, triplets, or more can be a challenge when they're elementary-school aged, but the first year can be the biggest adventure of all, especially if you're planning on breastfeeding.
Helping friends and family hold baby correctly
If somebody hasn't spent much time around newborns, it isn't always easy to figure out the best way to hold them, and you're bound to have friends and family for whom this is the case. That's where you come in.
What should I put in a newborn's crib?
Picture a baby's crib: you might be seeing fluffy pillows, fluffier stuffed animals, and maybe a luscious comforter or sheets of Egyptian cotton. But in these early days, your baby won't only not appreciate your stylistic choices, but she might actually be put in harm's way by having so much in the crib.
Multiples and crib-sharing
The most important thing to do when you're putting your little ones to sleep is make sure they're as safe as possible. There are certain safety guidelines to remember around bedtime to keep your multiples safe, secure, and snug as bugs, so where does crib-sharing fit in?
Newborn poo: a quick and dirty guide
Let's face it: wiping up poop isn't anybody's favorite activity, but when it's for somebody like your baby whom you love so much, it's pretty easy to look past the...poopyness of it all. So what should you expect from a newborn's poop?
Your newborn's reflexes
You may have noticed that your baby holds tight to any finger she can grab. This is a natural reflex that your baby's body has developed to help her through the early months of life. your baby has a couple more reflexes up her tiny sleeve, and you can check on them to keep up with your baby's development.
Why do some newborns lose weight?
Right now probably seems like a strange time for your baby to be trying a crash diet. Doesn't she need all the nutrients she can get? Fortunately, this is common among newborns, and there are a couple of reasons why it could be happening.
1 week old
A week is a long time for some things. A week-long speech? Brutal. A week-long movie? Unfathomable. A week-long existence so far? Different story.
How to give your newborn a sponge bath
You've been washing your laundry for years and your dishes for even longer. But washing a baby is something entirely different! Find out what supplies you'll need and what techniques are best when cleaning your baby the newborn way.
Is drinking alcohol while breastfeeding safe?
your baby is no longer growing inside you, and maybe your neck could use a break after nine months of shaking your head whenever someone offers you a drink. The guidelines for alcohol consumption are different when you're breastfeeding, but they're just as important as they were during pregnancy.
How can I get my newborn to sleep through the night?
We hate to be the ones to say it, but right now your baby has no concept of bedtime whatsoever. And you'll use a lot of precious energy trying to get her to adjust to a normal clock. In a couple of months, you'll both be able to sleep through the night, but for now, it can be more helpful to learn about feeding patterns and reasons why babies wake up throughout the night.
Your newborn's vision in the first month
Things would look pretty different if you were seeing them through your baby's eyes. In fact, vision-wise, you two are gazing at two separate worlds right now. These differences won't last forever, but for the time being, it can be helpful to know just what your baby sees - and doesn't see - when she gazes off into the distance.
The new parent's cheat sheet
Right now, you've got a lot running through your head, so don't worry about remembering everything that comes your way. Just keep some basic baby facts in mind to make the upcoming weeks, months, and years run a little more smoothly.
When does menstruation start again after pregnancy?
After going through a pregnancy, your period may be the least of your worries right now. But that doesn't mean you don't have questions about it - like, when will you need to buy pads or tampons again? And what is a period even like after you've had a baby? Knowing what to expect will make the return of your period that much easier.
2 weeks old
your baby isn't walking quite yet, but she has already done a lot of learning in these first two weeks.
8 must-packs for an outing with your newborn
You bring sneakers to the gym and sunscreen for a day at the beach. But there are at least 8 staples you'll need when you bring your baby on an outing.
How to burp your newborn
Burping on a first date is a no-no, but burping in the first few months of life is a big yes-yes. Every baby needs burping - but not every baby can be burped the same way. You'll want to use trial and error to see which of these 4 positions works best for your baby's gassier moments.
What to look for in a child care center
One day, your baby will be able to decide for herself what college or workplace she wants to go to. But until then, it's up to you to decide where she spends the majority of her day. In the long run, daycare isn't the most important of these locations, but it's good to keep a few factors in mind when deciding on which daycare is best for your baby.
4 tips for dealing with breast engorgement
Breast engorgement can result from your baby not drinking as much milk as your body produces. It can be downright uncomfortable, and after those last months of pregnancy, you may be wondering when everything will settle down. Make sure you know how to avoid breast engorgement and, if it happens, what you can do to lessen any pain.
Why do newborns have more bones than adults?
As demonstrated in kindergarten concerts across the world, adults have 206 bones in their bodies. But believe it or not, newborns have more. Let's go ahead and give you a fun fact to drop at playgroup.
Why babies should sleep on their backs
Believe it or not, it wasn't always recommended that babies be put on their backs to sleep. Fortunately, we now have more knowledge about how babies should be put to bed. your baby still needs her beauty rest, but you'll want to make sure the conditions are perfect before she drifts off into dreamland.
What are nipple shields?
Nipple shields are like armor that protects moms against very cute - but painful - baby gums. There are a couple other reasons why a nipple shield could be helpful for you. If you're thinking about using one, you might want to know the signs that a nipple shield is or isn't a good fit for you and your baby and how the weaning process goes.
3 weeks old
your baby's appetite is growing, as is her vision, but her hours slept per night might be a statistic that's not quite on the rise yet.
Your newborn's hearing in the first month
Despite being on the other side of the womb, your baby still has a lot of developing left to do. After all, she isn't going to be this tiny forever, and eventually, she will able to drink water. So how well is your baby's hearing developed at this point?
Keeping baby sunburn-free
The sun is beautiful, the sun is warm, the sun is...dangerous? If you've ever had a sunburn, you know the sun's friendliness has its limits, so it's important to know how, why, and when to keep infants protected.
7 tips for bottle feeding
Much like breastfeeding, bottle-feeding is an art, and everybody probably has some tips to help you out. We've got some too.
Why does my newborn have a soft spot?
You probably have a soft spot for your baby, and she definitely has a soft spot for you! A couple, even.
How can I recognize postpartum depression?
Feeling a bit down in the postpartum period is very common, but there are some differences between the "baby blues" and postpartum depression that every new mom should know.
Lactation graham crackers with cinnamon almond butter
A delicious, nutritious treat designed to boost your energy and your supply.
Is it possible to spoil a newborn?
Nobody wants a spoiled child, so many parents take care to make sure that this doesn't happen. But is it really possible for somebody born less than four weeks ago to be spoiled?
When can I have sex if I had a vaginal delivery?
The weeks after a baby's birth are inevitably filled with questions about...well...the baby. But the aftermath of giving birth also leaves questions about your body. Some of those questions may be about intercourse.
When can I have sex if I had a C-section?
Many C-section moms assume they can pick their sex lives up right where they left off, but this really isn't the case. So, how soon is too soon?
Keeping your newborn safe from germs
Some recent studies suggest that germ exposure for children might help boost their immune systems throughout life, but this isn't the case for those so young. So what are the best ways to protect your little duckling from germs?
Washing your baby's clothes
No matter how much practice you have doing grown-up laundry, doing an infant's laundry is different. After all, how often do you have to get spit-up out of YOUR onesies?
When do newborns start smiling?
You'd think that after months and months (and months) curled up in a ball in a cozy little cave, newborns would have more to smile about, but it's actually very unlikely to notice real smiles that early. So, when does smiling start?
Comparing baby transport methods
During pregnancy, your baby's transportation needs are pretty easily met. Well, maybe not easily, but at least it's relatively convenient. It's a different story once she is born, as there's simply no shortage of options. So which one works best for you?
Ways to stay sane with a colicky newborn
Deep breaths. Deeeeeep breaths. Staying sane with a colicky baby isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world, but like billions of parents before, you'll get through it. Deep breaths.
What's the deal with co-sleeping?
Are you familiar with co-sleeping? It's basically like having a sleepover with your baby every night. Sounds fun, right? But wait, there's more!
Telling your twins apart
It can be tough to tell identical twins apart before they're able to say their names. So what's a parent to do?