New Parents

VIDEO: Top Baby Names of 2011

Posted December 31, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

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BabyCenter.com has the top ten list of most popular baby names for 2012, and the site's Editor-in-Chief Linda Murray talked with Parenting Squad about it. Check out this short video to find out about what influenced parents this year when picking a name for their child.

REVIEW: Momma Baby Mama: Story of a Knocked Up Lesbian

Posted December 21, 2011 by Maggie Wells

Ever wonder what life is like for lesbian parents trying to conceive and plan for their families? It's not that different from what straight moms have done for centuries. And it's very different too.

5 Tips for Creative Gift Giving

Posted December 9, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

For the most well-received gifts, it's truly the thought that counts. Think outside the box to give a gift that is loved and appreciated.

Kids of Opposite Gender Can Share a Room

Posted November 25, 2011 by Maggie Wells

The other day on CafeMom, a mom asked whether or not it was illegal for siblings to share a bedroom. Huh? What surprised me even more was the number of moms chiming in about whether it was 'okay' or not for both same-sex siblings and opposite-sex siblings to share a bedroom! Sounds like a non-issue to me (and most of Asia and Latin America too).

AAP Officially Opposes Use of Bumper Pads in Cribs

Posted November 5, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

The AAP now officially opposes the use of bumper pads in infant cribs. But are crib bumpers really deadly?

First Foods: Why White Rice Cereal Is Bad for Your Baby

Posted November 4, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

White rice cereal is a common first food for infants. But did you know that it is also bad for your baby?

Why It's Okay to Not Breastfeed

Posted October 21, 2011 by Kelli Robinson

You won't hear this from many people, but it's okay if you choose not to breastfeed. Here's why.

16 Questions to Ask a Pediatrician Before Choosing One for Your Child

Posted October 15, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Choosing your child's doctor is a big decision. Make sure you have questions to ask that will help determine what pediatrician is right for your child and your family.

5 Myths and 5 Facts About Potty Training

Posted October 12, 2011 by Kelli Robinson

Potty training: What's fact and what's fiction? Check out this Myths and Facts list to help you decide.

Book Review: Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids by David Walsh, Ph.D

Posted October 5, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

In his new book, Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids, Dr. David Walsh brings parents on board with brain research, and how the findings can help them in the challenging task of raising children.

13 Ways to Squeeze in Fitness With Young Children

Posted September 26, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Moms and dads: You don't have to hit the gym for a great workout. Use your creativity and sneak in fitness with young children during the normal course of the day.

Shedding Baby Fat With Swedish Diet

Posted September 19, 2011 by Maggie Wells

Interested in losing a few pounds of baby fat painlessly while trying to get in that new mindset of fitness? Swedish Diet might help you.

Baby Is Ready to Eat: 7 Tips for Getting Past the First Few Bites

Posted September 14, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Transitioning your baby from the breast or bottle to the table is a big step for you both. Don't sweat it. Consult with your child's doctor, and and take a look at these tips and resources for help.

Moms Into Fitness 60 Day SlimDown: A Review + Fitness Tips For Moms

Posted September 6, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Check out a review for the highly effective 60 Day SlimDown exercise and nutrition program by Lindsay Brin of Moms Into Fitness. Read through for some quick tips from Lindsay about getting weight off post-baby, and getting fit!

Celebrate Birth on Labor Day With BOLD

Posted September 2, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

Celebrate Labor Day by learning about BOLD, the Birth On Labor Day movement that empowers women to share their birth experiences and learn more about their childbirth options.

Breast Milk Baby: A Nursing Doll to Teach Our Daughters About Breastfeeding

Posted August 12, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

The Breast Milk Baby, a nursing doll for girls, has hit the U.S. market. But I don't believe that we need this nursing doll to teach our daughters about breastfeeding.

Taking Care of You: 6 Outside-the-Box Date Ideas for Parents

Posted July 26, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Can't do a regular date night? Can't make it work in the evening? No problem. Check out these ideas for creative ways to connect with your spouse, and get that much needed quality time.

Working Mom Alternatives to Daycare

Posted July 19, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Having it all doesn't mean having to send your baby to daycare full-time. If you don't want to return to work after your maternity leave has ended, but still need to make an income, there are options available.

Baby Sleep Basics: All About Cribs

Posted July 10, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

10,000 children are injured in cribs, playpens and bassinets each year. Recent crib recalls have lead to new safety regulations in crib manufacturing. In addition to these new rules for manufacturers, there are steps you can take to make your child's bed a safer place.

Red Cross Babysitting Course Teaches Important Skills

Posted June 30, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Use the flexible summer scheduling to sign up your daughter or son for the Red Cross Babysitting Course. They'll learn lots of basic information about caring for children, as well as important life-saving skills.

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