New Parents

Routines Build Trust

Posted January 21, 2010 by Lela Davidson

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I never realized the routines I relied on to to survive my children's earliest years would become the foundation for so much more than survival.

Scratch And Sniffle: Keeping Winter Air Symptoms At Bay

Posted January 7, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

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It’s one thing to know what to do for the body’s response in winter; but it can be exhausting to get young children to go along. Here are a few tips to help improve the dry conditions in your home, and ideas for encouraging children to stay healthy and well.

Strong Early Attachments Key To Lifetime Of Happiness

Posted December 29, 2009 by Lela Davidson

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What is happiness? And how as parents can we give our kids the best chance at achieving it later in life? It all starts with the earliest interactions.

Getting The (Right) Word Out: Important Information About Early Intervention Services

Posted December 23, 2009 by Rhonda Franz

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In spite of efforts by states to inform families of infant and toddler services, many people are still unaware of the resources. It's important for parents to have the correct information about their rights to access Early Intervention evaluation and services.

Prenatal Care And Doctor Wars: Standing Up For Yourself And Your Child

Posted December 17, 2009 by Rhonda Franz

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Sometimes the doctor just isn't a good fit. Before deciding on a physician to provide you and your unborn child with prenatal care, take some steps to help you find the right provider for you and your family.

The Benefits of Wearing Your Baby

Posted December 14, 2009 by Xin Lu

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When I first brought my baby home, it felt as if I had to hold him constantly because he would cry instantly when he was put down into the crib. This became quite exhausting and I remembered that some other moms I know had worn their babies in slings and wraps. I purchased one of these wraps and I have to admit that there are certainly many benefits to wearing a baby.

Tips for Avoiding Baby Boys' Pee During Diaper Changes

Posted December 11, 2009 by Xin Lu

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Before I had my little boy, I heard stories about horrible diaper changes where poop and pee attacked parents. It seems that the worst offenders are the little boys because they tend to spray their pee everywhere. Now that I have been peed on multiple times by my little guy, here are some tips for new parents of boys for avoiding these mishaps.

Start Your Own Holiday Family Traditions

Posted December 6, 2009 by Debbie Dragon

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During the countless shopping and wrapping sprees are good times to think about family holiday traditions. Your family may have traditions that have been carried on for decades or maybe, if you’re a newlywed or first-time parents, it’s time to start your own family traditions.

Top 7 Baby Items You Don't Need To Buy

Posted November 11, 2009 by Sierra Black

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The baby industry brings in billions of dollars every year. They'd like you to think that having a child means spending thousands of your own dollars on expensive furniture, clothing and gear that will make your precious charge safe, beautiful and smart. It's just not true. You don't need that stuff.

One More Reason to Circumcise

Posted November 4, 2009 by Lela Davidson

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Whether or not to circumcise your baby boy is a personal, cultural, and even an ethical decision for some people. Whatever your stance, new evidence suggests that the smaller the foreskin the lower the chances of contracting HIV. And what's smaller than no foreskin at all?

Making Tummy Time Fun

Posted August 3, 2009 by Lori Kerrigan

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Is tummy time a dreaded occurrence in your home? Does spending time on your little ones tummy send he or she into fits of screams? Here are a few ideas that have turned our tummy time from a traumatic time, to the developmental time it is intended to be!

What You Need and What You Don't: Registry Tips From a Veteran Mom

Posted July 14, 2009 by Carrie Kirby

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There are so many products out there marketed at new parents, and you get one chance to register for the stuff you will depend upon for your baby's first year or so. Take this mom's advice to select what you really need.

May is Foster Care Awareness Month

Posted May 11, 2009 by Fred Lee

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May is Foster Care Awareness Month and a chance to make a difference in a child's life.

The Family Bed: The Secure Sleep

Posted February 14, 2009 by Maggie Wells

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Why do we keep our young children in a room all the way down the hall from us? Why do we spend too much money fixing up Ikea showroom like rooms for them when they really want to be with us? Why do we think it's weird to sleep with our children when most of the world does it? Wake up, America, and go to sleep with your children.

Adoption: Inducing Lactation So That Breastfeeding Is an Option

Posted January 31, 2009 by Lori Kerrigan

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Are you preparing to welcome a sweet baby into your home through adoption? Is, "can I breastfeed" one of the many questions that has come up? I was joyfully surprised to learn that there are many ways to answer this question that I once thought was never an option.

FREE Pampers potty training kit

Posted January 22, 2009 by Paul Michael

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A sweet deal for anyone whos is currently going through the ups & downs of potty training. Pampers is giving away a free potty training kit, and it comes with Dora and Diego's approval.

Preparing your (4 legged) baby……for baby!

Posted September 7, 2008 by Lori Kerrigan

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It's time! A new addition is being added to your family tree, but what about the current baby in your life...the four legged canine kind? To make the transition easier on all members of the family, take a look at this list of getting your "baby" ready for baby!

Adoption: What To Do After The Home Study Approval

Posted August 6, 2008 by Lori Kerrigan

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Are you adopting? Have you finally completed the home study approval? Are you unsure of what to do in this time of waiting? It's time to celebrate and prepare!

How to Deal With Mommy Guilt

Posted August 3, 2008 by Karen Putz

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Guilt and motherhood go hand-in-hand. Learn how to recognize guilt when it creeps up and how to deal with it.

10 Things No One Ever Told Me About Being a Mom

Posted July 30, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

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OK, there are millions of things people never told me about this particular topic. What if I had known all this beforehand -- would I still have had kids? Yeah, but I would have definitely gotten more therapy, worn more bikinis and stayed later at more parties first.

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