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    Breastfeeding
    Birth Control After Baby: 5 Options for Breastfeeding Moms
    Life with a newborn is wonderfully chaotic, so becoming pregnant again is probably the last thing on your mind. While safe for your baby, birth control that contains estrogen, including combination pills, Nuvaring, and the patch, can lower milk s...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Sleeping Through the Night
    8 Essential Products to Help Babies & Toddlers Sleep
    Are you struggling to get your baby to sleep through the night or to get your toddler to fall asleep (and stay asleep!) at bedtime? Check out these helpful and soothing sleepy-time products that some other parents swear by. ...
    Erin Dower
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    Choking
    Top 9 Choking Foods
    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), one child dies every five days from choking on food, making it the leading cause of death in children ages 14 and under. The AAP is calling for the food industry to change the design and labe...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    SIDs
    10 Tips to Reduce the Risk of SIDS
    According to the National Institutes of Health, over 2,000 babies die in the U.S. each year from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Ninety percent of SIDS deaths occur before a baby reaches 6 months of age, but can occur anytime during a baby's...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Breastfeeding While Working
    9 Tips to Simplify Pumping Breast Milk at Work
    Having a newborn at home is work enough — pumping breast milk at work shouldn't add to your stress. If pumping is on your agenda after you return from maternity leave, follow these steps for a successful experience. ...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Brain Development
    Baby Bookworms! 7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers
    Did you know that reading to your baby can boost his brain power? The American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new policy in June 2014 advising that parents regularly read aloud to kids from infancy through at least age 5 because it stimulates ...
    Erin Dower
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    Genetics and Pregnancy
    What Color Will My Baby's Eyes Be? A Genetic Explanation (Video)
    Genes come in pairs, and each gene in a pair may differ slightly. One gene may be dominant, and override the other gene, which is recessive. A recessive gene only has an effect if both genes in a pair are recessive. An example is eye color. Altho...
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    Baby Names
    Baby Name Finder
    Search names and meanings in our Baby Name center.
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    Breastfeeding Challenges
    New Guidelines on Medication Safety for Breastfeeding Mothers
    New Guidelines on Medication Safety for Breastfeeding Mothers Do you have concerns about breastfeeding while on certain medications? Good news: In the September 2013 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares its revised...
    Erin Dower
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    Caring for a Newborn
    A Guide to the New Rules of Parenting: Why Babies Can't Sleep on Their Stomach and More
    Parenting practices, trends, and tools are always evolving. If you're an expectant mom or grandparent who's more familiar with parenting trends from the disco era, use this list to catch up on today's written and unwritten rules of raising a baby...
    Erin Dower
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    Activities for Babies
    It's Playtime, Baby! 12 Simple Developmental Activities to Try with Your Tot
    Stumped on ideas for how to play with your baby? These fun and easy activities help stimulate your infant's development — and bring on some adorable smiles and giggles. And remember, much of your baby's learning in her first year will happen na...
    Erin Dower
  • Constipation
    I Need Help! Does Karo Syrup for Constipation Really Work?
    Karo syrup has often been used by parents to manage constipation in infants, but does it really work? Find out what else you can do to ease constipation in infants. ...
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    Sleeping Through the Night
    How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night: 7 Books Explain the Most Common Sleep Training Methods
    How well does your baby sleep? Whether he screams at bedtime, frequently wakes up, or doesn't like to nap, it may seem like a good night's sleep (for everyone!) is something only dreams are made of. If you think sleep training might be the answer...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Returning to Work
    From Burp Cloth to Briefcase: 12 Tips for New Moms Returning to Work
    Returning to work after maternity leave can be difficult for new moms. The stress of leaving your baby, coupled with feelings of guilt and personal expectations, can all add up, leaving you feeling sad, anxious, and stressed. Use these tips to he...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Sleep Schedules
    Recommended Sleep Needs By Age
    Use this printable guide to help determine if your child is getting enough sleep as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Printable Month-by-Month Developmental Milestone Chart
    Print this developmental milestone chart, and check off each milestone as your child grows into her first year of life. It's important to remember that babies develop at different rates, and this printable represents general guidelines. ...
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    Activities and Crafts
    Activity Center
    Find endless activities for little hands.
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    Bottle Feeding
    Bottle Feeding 101: Everything You Need to Know
    Bottle Feeding 101: Everything You Need to Know Need some tips and guidelines on bottle feeding your baby? Whether you plan on breastfeeding or formula-feeding, your baby will probably need a bottle at some point, even if it's just so Mom can hav...
    Erin Dower