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Baby's First Book: Some Top Choices for Parents


Choosing books for a baby is a fun job, but it can yield too many choices. You want something that appeals to baby's senses, with bright clear illustrations or photos, while texture adds extra sensory appeal. The text should be si...

Opinion: Today's Families are Beyond Traditional...And That's OK


Gone are the days of Leave it To Beaver, where Mom stayed home, adorned perfectly down to her pearls, while Dad brought home the bacon. Today the word family is inclusive, and children seldom feel different for having two sets of...

How to Go Camping With Baby in Tow


When you have a baby, your life is changed. You may have to skip or drastically change some of your recreational pursuits for a time. However, you don't have to give up camping just because you have a baby in tow. Like everything...

6 Traits of Moms With Happy Children


We all want to be good moms. But, what defines success as a mother? Happy children? What makes for a happy child? Happy children are secure, engaged in life, not nail biting in a corner, and not afraid to venture out. Happy child...

8 Mistakes Every New Parent Makes


We read all the books, take childbirth and parenting classes, and prepare in every way imaginable for the most important job we'll ever have—Parent. But dreams of perfectionism are simply that — dreams! It's a non-stop job tha...

How to Teach Your Baby Sign Language


If you can't wait for your baby's first words, you might want to consider starting the process of teaching your baby sign language. By doing so, you will speed up communication by perhaps several months. Even better, your baby wil...

When Your Parenting Styles Don't Match


When you talked about becoming parents, chances are you didn't envision arguments in the hallways while a one-year old screamed from a crib. He says, "Don't go in there! He needs to learn to go to sleep without us." Wher...

How Do You Know Your Baby Adores You?


When you were still carrying your baby and had yet to lay eyes on him or her, you already knew you loved this child. No question. But if you are like most women, you wondered at times if you would be a good mom and if your baby wo...

How to Be the Best Parent to Your Special Needs Baby


"I don't care if it's a girl or a boy; I just want a healthy child!" You've been dreaming of the day you finally see your baby, hold the precious gift in your arms and look forward to your new family life at home. Then it seems e...

First Birthday Party Guests, Food, Fun & Games!


Your baby's first birthday is a momentous occasion. And while baby won't remember it, you will and of course, you will be recording every moment, right? Planning baby's first birthday party requires one central idea. Remember, th...

9 Ways to Prepare for Traveling With Your Baby


Parents are made of hearty stuff and few things prove that as much as traveling with your baby. However, expertise is usually gained by horrid mistakes made over a series of misadventures. To help you avoid the same mistakes, here...

How to Save Big on Diapers and Formula


Babies and money seem to be mutually exclusive; you just can't have both. There are some non-negotiable baby care items as well. Babies are well known for eating and pooping, so formula (for those not breastfeeding) and diapers to...

Can Babies Learn From Phone Apps?


In today's world that is full of electronics, fancy phones and social media, it's not surprising that companies are trying to keep up with the trends in the baby arena. Now, moms and dads can download hundreds of apps to help thei...

How to Help Your Husband Bond With Baby


Bonding with your baby comes so easily to you! You soak in all the giggles, smiles and cuddles. But, sometimes you wonder if your spouse is enjoying your munchkin as much as you. He always seems busy and caught up with other thi...

Should You Fire The Nanny?


Sometimes juggling a job outside the home, housework, kids and cooking can become overwhelming. If a family is enjoying a comfortable income, many times a nanny will be sought out. However, situations may change, preferences may c...

Is Baby Stressed? How to Tell & What to Do


Even though an infant's days are less than vigorous or emotionally draining, he can become overwhelmed and stressed quickly. While others may mistake your baby for being hungry or cold, many times your baby is actually over stimul...

How to Deal With Unwanted Parenting Advice


"Don't you let that baby cry! He's crying for a reason!" "You need to give your baby formula and cereal to help him sleep through the night early." "Don't put hair bands on your baby! She's going to get headaches!" Have you ever...

Fun Day Trips Ideas for Babies & Toddlers


Summers were created for fun, leisure and lots of sun. Can a parent with small children or a baby still get out and have loads of adventure during the months of sunshine? Absolutely! Here are some exciting day trip ideas for you...

15 Tips for Recording Your Baby's Firsts on Camera


Even those who shy from cameras or cringe at the sight of photo albums will become a shutterbug when baby arrives. It's a constant discovery of another "first" that must be photographed. But many of us can be all thumbs when it co...

Age By Age Guide to The Costs of Raising a Baby


Raising kids can be wreck havoc on your bank account if you're not careful. But, exactly how much does it cost to raise an infant in comparison with a preschooler? Here are some ideas of the expenses involved at every age from bir...

Don't Be a Helicopter Mom: What You DON'T Need to Worry About!


All new moms are natural worriers but some women get stuck in that mode and become the dreaded helicopter mom, the mother who constantly hovers over her kids. You don't want to be that mom. First off you'll be miserable and second...

Child Spacing & Family Planning


"So, when are you going to have another one?" an inquisitive onlooker asks you. "Hmm, I don't know," you answer, "I haven't really had time to think about it. I have been so busy enjoying this baby."...

The Truth About Pacifiers


Baby registries are filled with all the needed and desired items to welcome the new bambino. Cribs, strollers, layettes, bumbo seats, changing tables and of course -- the pacifier! These little accessories come in all colors, shap...

7 Ways to Deal With Your Baby's Separation Anxiety


The first time you leave your baby with another person is a big step for a mother. It is hard to imagine that another person can actually take care of your precious bundle for a few hours without needing any assistance from the mo...

Is Your Baby Spoiled?


He cries in the morning. He cries in the day. He cries at night. In fact, it is hard for you to recall the times he isn't crying, except for the times he is getting his ZZZs. Babies that have passed the "colic" zone of...

Choosing Your Baby Girl's Clothing Style


Most girls grow up playing with baby dolls. Each doll has its own special name, and all kinds of accessories. The dolls accompany their owner to the park, the mall and other outings. One day, the girls grow up and put away their...

The Worst Parenting Advice Ever


What's the worst parenting advice you've ever received? How many ill-advised or ill-informed suggestions have you received from well-meaning friends, family members -- even from total strangers -- about how to raise your kids? I a...

How to Get Your Baby to Give Up the Pacifier


Pacifiers. Chances are you debated even offering one to your baby, weighing the pros and cons. The big pro: pacifiers are linked to lower SIDS rates in young infants. The cons: the big one, when and how to stop. When to Stop E...

Mommy Picks: Best Books for Babies and Toddlers


Toys and trendy playthings come and go, but one childhood favorite never goes out of style: books. True, today's parents and their offspring have the option of reading traditional print books or ebooks with a Kindle, Nook, or othe...

The Waiting Game: How to Quietly Occupy Your Toddler


We've all been there. Your little one is sick and needs to see the pediatrician, but perhaps not sick enough to lie quietly in your lap in the waiting room. Or your older child is healthy and full of energy, but you can't entertai...

New Baby With A Small Home? Strategies to Make it Work


While you may have imagined the picket fence around that perfect family house complete with an oversized nursery, reality may be a bit off. Or perhaps far off. Many families live in tight quarters, especially young ones that are s...

10 Signs Your Baby Loves You


Most moms fall in love with their newborns immediately. But brand new babies aren't able to show affection back--at least not in ways we immediately recognize. Within just a few weeks, however, your baby will begin to show just ho...

How to Make 3 a.m. Feedings Easier


Ask any bleary-eyed new parent what is the hardest adjustment of parenthood and among the top three answers will be a variation of "sleep deprivation." However, there is little any one can do. Babies cannot sleep for l...

Vacations: Best Destinations for Babies and Toddlers


It's almost that time of year--vacation season! And at the forefront of many parents' minds is where to take a trip that will help develop memories of a lifetime, for both them and their young children. Sure it would be great if...

What's In Your Diaper Bag?


It's the purse you never knew you could have. Whether you take home the freebie from the hospital, buy a standard issue one of vinyl and decorated with ducks, or splurge on a designer variety that must be dry cleaned, the diape...

Solutions and Options for Quality Daycare


Every decision you make concerning your baby, from the moment you find out you're expecting until your child reaches adulthood, is an important one. Sometimes making a lot of decisions at once when your child is little can seem...

Common (and Not-So-Common) New Parent Jitters


New moms and dads are understandably jittery those first day and weeks after having a baby. Newborns are so tiny and look so fragile! An informal poll of some new and not-so-new moms (and one mom-to-be!) revealed that although som...

The Importance of Co-Play


Play is child's work. It's how they learn about the world around them and how to socialize. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children learn life skills when they play that will help them understand how to mak...

Moms Talk: What's Your Baby's Personality?


Experts and medical professionals generally agree that some personality traits may begin to emerge in a newborn within the first several weeks or months after birth. But the real experts (new moms) will almost always tell you they...

Creating Your Baby's Routine


The first few weeks after a new baby comes home are filled with wonder, excitement, and joy (along with more than a few sleepless nights!). But eventually, most new parents begin to think about establishing a routine for the baby-...

How to Interview and Hire a Babysitter for Your Child


Hiring the right babysitter for your child takes patience and preparation. Not only does your child need to feel comfortable with the caregiver, but you and your spouse do, too. Whether you are hiring a sitter for occasional use...

You're baby won't stop crying. Everybody's staring. Now what?


Your baby crying in a public place can be downright frustrating and embarrassing, especially when you can't calm your little one, and everyone is staring. Now what? If you've found yourself in a department store, the bank, or--w...

10 Things They Never Told You About Being a Mom


All the baby books and prenatal classes in the world can't prepare you for what it means to be a mom. You just have to experience it for yourself. But sometimes it helps to talk with other mothers about the daily stresses and deli...

What To Expect for Your First Thanksgiving as a Mom


What a year! You've welcomed your new little one into the world and into your heart. Each occasion and anniversary and milestone in recent weeks or months has been monumental, simply by virtue of being the very first one you've en...

10 Ways to Have Fun With Baby at Bath Time


Babies and toddlers go through phases with water. Sometimes they love it and you have to pull a shrieking pruned up baby out of the water while other times they abhor it and will sound as if you've submerged them in lava. However,...

Ten Ways to Save For Baby's College Starting Now


College tuition can run from around ten thousand a year to tens of thousands depending on the educational institution. If you only have one child, that's enough zero to set your pulse skyrocketing. However, ignoring the coming rea...

Planning Baby's First Birthday Party


How quickly those first months pass and before you realize it, it's nearly baby's first birthday. Planning a birthday party for your little one is always a big deal but the very first one is truly a momentous occasion. Many parent...

Best Dog Breeds for Baby?


Choosing a family dog is a big responsibility. A dog will become part of the family and knowing how the pet will fit in with other family members is key. While many breeds can be properly trained to live with babies and young chil...

15 Ways to Combat New Mom Stress


After nine months of preparation and waiting, your little bundle of joy has arrived. You are surrounded with lovely baby gifts, flowers and congratulatory cards. Well wishers have graced your home with regularity. But the moment c...

Pacifiers: Blessing or Curse?


Call it whatever you will - pacifier, binky, fier, nukie, num-num or sucky, pacifiers have a reputation of either being evil or gifts from heaven. The defining moments depend on the family and the child's issues with or without th...

Separation Anxiety in Babies


When a wave goodbye goes from being a giggly activity to a tearful drama, you know you've hit that common developmental stage of separation anxiety. Typically, you can expect it to kick in when your baby is about six months of age...

Putting Baby on a Schedule


Once upon a time mothers had their newborns on strict schedules. Baby had to learn to adapt to the schedule imposed by mother. When we talk about babies being on schedule nowadays, we are talking about an entirely different proces...

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Daycare for Your Baby


Returning to work and placing your infant in a daycare is a scary process. You are placing tremendous trust in a facility and the people who work there. To ease your mind a bit, prepare a thorough list of questions and visit each...

Parenting after Divorce and Remarriage


Parents can help their children emerge as stronger and more resilient after a divorce. Admittedly, it can be a stressful and difficult time, and many children may feel anxious, frustrated, angry or sad. Fortunately, children have...

Bringing Baby Home: Socializing Siblings and Pets


Bringing baby home is a momentous occasion — you are introducing him or her to their new home for the very first time. What's more, you are most likely introducing baby to any siblings or pets for the first time as well. Whi...

Saving Money in Baby's First Year


According to the USDA, in 1999 the cost to raise a child to age 18 was estimated at $ 160,140. Today that estimate is more like $ 250,000 and continues to rise. It is enough to keep expectant parents awake at night with worri...

Your Baby & Seperation Anxiety


By the time your baby is aged eight months and up, you may notice that she is like a character straight out of the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. One moment she is the affectionate, outgoing and full of smiles Miss Wonderfu...

Mommy Whisperer


Using simple techniques Moms can learn how easily they can whisper relaxing phrases to their babies during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. Dr. Linda Miles, inspires and instructs Moms, using a practical, proven effective...

Q&A: Can a Baby Be Spoiled?


Q Can a baby be spoiled? A In general, I do not feel that you can spoil a newborn up to about 4 months of age. However, around 4 months, babies are starting to develop more awareness, and can cry from boredom. Most parents come...

Q&A: Stranger Anxiety


Q My daughter is 8 months old, and does not like strangers. My husband and I have to leave her with a babysitter in a month, and I am worried that she will scream the whole time I am gone. Is there anything I can do to make this t...

Q&A: Should I let my Baby Cry?


Q I am having difficulties with my 4 month old boy. He is very demanding. It all started when my parents came for a 3 week visit. They could not have him cry even for a minute and got him used to sleeping in his pram at daytime, r...

Q&A: Am I Spoiling My Baby?


Q I have a 11 week-old who I am nursing. It seems like every time I put him down he cries. The only thing I can do to sooth him is nurse him. Have I spoiled him already? I do pick him up when he cries, I can't stand to let him cr...

Weaning Baby From His Pacifier


Dear Dr. Goldenthal, I am taking my son's pacifier away from him because he will be starting daycare soon, and I don't want him to have them there where other kids can get them. I don't want to give it to him only at bed, because...

Q&A: Nine Month Old Cries When Put Down To Sleep


Q I have a nine-month-old who just recently started crying when I put him in his crib. He still doesn't sleep all night, even though he eats 10 oz. of formula in the middle of the night. He is allergic to cows milk protein and soy...

Time Out for Moms


"Let's count to three, and if you aren't listening to me, we need to put you in a Time-Out!" Those words may ring all too familiar to many moms and dads, but they usually are directed towards our misbehaving young offspring. We...

The Well Visit Routine


Baby's first year can seem full of apprehensions, questions and concerns for new parents. Is baby eating enough? Growing and developing on schedule? Getting enough sleep? Many, many other questions are constantly popping up as wel...

Television: How Much is Too Much?


We all know that television can be a parents best friend when you need time to fix dinner, pay a few bills, or have just a few minutes to ourselves. But television should not be used as a permanent baby sitter. Offer alternatives...

The New Parent's Guide to Saving Memorabilia


A few years ago, I met some ladies at a friend's baby shower and at one point they discussed the items that they had saved from the little ones early years. It was an interesting conversation, but the more I listened, I found my...

A Pain So Great: A Story of Stillbirth


The memory is still there, haunting me. Every night there are the dreams, refreshing everything in my mind that I had tried to bury. Every detail is so vivid. Her tiny little hands lying so still on the pink blanket covering her...

The Gift of Parenthood


Could I have been given anything more precious? Worth more than any diamond, or fine jewel. Far more meaningful than anything paper money could buy. The most exquisite thing I could have ever dreamed of had been granted to me from...

Keep Your Child's First Birthday Simple


It's important to think about your one-year-old's needs, first and foremost. He may not remember his first birthday party years from now, but he will definitely react in the moment, amidst all the excitement. He'll know whether...

Co-Sleeping: Should You or Shouldn't You?


Many parents often wonder whether it is healthy to have their children sleep with them. I have my own opinion on this matter, but I would like to present both sides of this ever-growing debate. After reading through the provided...

Nurturing Your Baby's Unique Personality


Many people may wonder if babies really do have a personality of their own, and if so, when it can be identified. To those who don't spend regular time with your baby, his or her personality my not be evident at first. But, as m...

The Diaper Dilema One Mother Decides


As I eagerly anticipated the arrival of my first-born son, I debated the merits of whether or not to use cloth diapers or disposable diapers. I recalled a conversation I once had with an attorney for whom I previously worked, a...

What Babies Need


What could a tiny, helpless newborn need in terms of material things? Food, clothes and love, right? Well, I was really amazed at all the stuff my tiny newborns needed; More stuff than anyone else in the household it seemed....

Baby Bliss


When you're expecting, people go on and on about how exhausted and bleary-eyed you're bound to be after many a sleepless newborn night, torment you with mental images of pacing the halls with a wailing little tyrant of a baby, bom...

Keeping in Touch with Long Distance Friends and Relatives


While I was sitting up by our neighborhood pool today, watching two of my boys take swimming lessons, I noticed the woman next to me taking photos of her young son swimming in the pool. I took careful notice of the camera she was...

Bringing Your New Baby into a Blended Family


My husband and I had never planned to have more children. It seemed we already had our fill while parenting three children under the age of seven at the time. Of course the fourth child was quite a surprise to us and we worked har...

Two Hours in Wal Mart


My list was long... "diapers, make-up, detergent, shampoo, baby wipes, swim suit, bathroom cleaner, etc." Being the efficiently minded person that I am, I had my list and corresponding coupons all made out in the order the aisles...

How Did Our Parents Manage it All?


Every so often, I ask my mother how they did it all back in the 50's, 60's, and 70's when we were small. My parents raised six children on a respectable, yet modest income. They sent us all to Catholic schools, from elementary gra...

Thanks for the Advice, But... When Strangers Interfere


I have always thought of myself as a nice, polite individual, possessing as much tolerance as possible when dealing with other people in public. However, since I have had children, some of that tolerance, along with a portion of...

Parenting in Your Thirties


I used to think that being 30 was old. Now, I think being in my 30's means quite a bit moreespecially since I'm halfway through them. It means maturity. It means stability. It means knowing who you are and what you want. It mean...

Driving in the Burbs


I now have three little boys. One would think that would be reason enough to invest in a vehicle fully-equipped to accommodate a growing family and their equally growing needs. Instead, my husband and I opt to hang on to our thr...

Benefits of the Family Bed


After the birth of our first baby, her cries of protest at being laid down in her bassinet taught us very fast that she didn't like to sleep alone. My husband and I became zombies from lack of sleep -- one of us would stay up with...

You Can Stay at Home With Your Baby


Last month, a dream became a reality for me when I quit my job to stay at home full time with my baby girl. Until recently, being a stay-at-home mom for me was just one of those things I thought I'd be sitting at my desk fantasi...

Tap Into Your Mothers Intuition


Almost every mom will tell you that she has a special sense about knowing what is right for her child and family. Some believe that moms have a bond so strong with their children that they have an intuitive way of knowing when the...

How to make the SAHM Dream a Reality in Your Family


Last month, a dream became a reality for me when I quit my job to stay at home full-time with my baby girl. Until recently, being a stay-at-home mom for me was just one of those things I thought I'd be sitting at my desk fantasiz...

The Village vs. Personal Resposibility


Let's get this right out in the open. I believe it takes a Village to raise children. As a society, the level of importance given children's welfare rivals that of our very survival. It is a moral and biological obligation that al...

Selecting Quality Daycare


Choosing a good child care setting for your child can be one of the most important decisions you can make in your child's early years. Over the last several years, professional childcare centers have gotten some very bad publicit...

Tips to Soothe Your Crying Baby


Listening to your baby cry can be one of the most difficult sounds to listen to in your lifetime. Especially when you have tried everything you can think of and still cannot quiet baby. Below you will find a few methods which ofte...

Considering the Family Bed


Most families in the world share a family bed. It is only the U.S. and a few other countries that push for children to be in their own cribs. The argument is that the child needs to be independent, and our society believes you ne...

Responding to Your Baby's Clues


You need to respond to your child's every need, whether it is a diaper change, hunger, or just the desire to be picked up and loved. A child cries to fulfill a need, not to "control" or "manipulate" a parent. Our society seems to...

Babywearing


How many times have you heard someone tell you not to hold your baby too much because he/she will be spoiled? Babywearing is an important part of bonding and getting to know your baby. It is disturbing to think that some people (...

Four Styles of Parenting


In my book "Love & Limits: Achieving a Balance in Parenting" I wrote about the four styles of parenting. Each style corresponds to a balance of love and limits. These four styles and their balance include: * Rejecting/Neglec...

Five Tips for Reading to Your Baby


Reading is critical to a child's success and development and we know experts advise us to start reading to babies as early as six months. But no one said it would be easy! In this article, find some tips to help offset the frustr...

Discipline is Not a Dirty Word


We have all heard people referring to undisciplined children, and it's usually not said in a complimentary or flattering tone. Others, however, seem to call to mind visions of anger, spanking, and yelling when discussing disciplin...

12 Habits of a Highly Effective Mom


Over the few years that I have spent as a mother, I've tried hard to listen carefully to this new group of peers, in addition to reading books on the topic of good mothering. In that time, I've been able to identify what I feel is...

Time out for "Time-out"


National Association for the Education of Young Children The purpose of discipline for young children is to teach coping skills and discourage inappropriate behavior. "Time-out" is not a first choice, but a last resort technique f...

Feminism and the Stay at Home Mom


Well, a new year has begun, providing the impetus to look back over the previous twelve months and reflect. For me, the last year brought many changes. I turned thirty. I gave birth to our third child only a few weeks ago. And Ja...

What to do when your baby is crying


Crying babies are a source of concern for many parents. When your baby cries and you don't know why, it can bring up feelings in you of anxiety, helplessness, frustration, incompetence, and even anger and hostility. There is much...

Daddy/Baby Bonding


It is not unusual for a father to be concerned about being left out of the picture when Mom and Baby are bonded so well through breastfeeding. Actually, it's a very good sign that you care enough about your new child that you want...

What is Attachment Parenting?


Many new parents today struggle with conflicting messages about how to care for and respond to their babies. Gone are the days when everything we knew about infant care was learned from extended family throughout our childhoods. M...

Q&A: 15 1/2 Month Old Screamer


Q Help! My 15 1/2 month old son has suddenly turned into a "screamer." We are at our wits end trying to figure out the best way to handle this behavior, which started out of the blue a few weeks ago. He is a very verbal child wit...