Tales from the Crib A Journey Through Baby’s 1st Year

The early days of new parenthood are hard. Really hard. Whether you’re a first-time parent or a fifth-time parent, the combination of exhaustion, worry, and your baby’s constant need for care is enough to run most people ragged. Combine that with the fact that you’re also recovering from childbirth and you're likely in survival mode. So, as ...

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When my youngest son was 20 months old he was a little climber. I couldn't take my eyes off him for a minute without finding him on top of some surface. One day, I found him trying to climb up onto our kitchen counter with the assistance of a chair and a stack of books. My other two boys didn't go through the climbing stage, so this was all new ...

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It often seems like every parenting topic is controversial with firm and vocal supporters on either side and when and how to introduce solids is no exception. The traditional advice was to start an iron-fortified rice cereal around four months old and then continue on with pureed foods, starting with vegetables and moving on to fruits one at a ...

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Reading to your child is such a great bonding activity and a wonderful way to connect after a busy day. In our house, we start reading to our children as newborns. Newborn babies love to feel the warmth of your body and hear the cadence of your voice as you read to them. At 3 months old, an infant begins to notice colors and shapes and starts to ...

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During February, we think a lot about hearts. Our little ones make heart-shaped crafts, heart-shaped balloons and cookies are in all the stores, and there are hearts on all Valentine’s Day cards. With everyone seeing and thinking about hearts this month, it makes sense that February is also Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Month. (CHD ...

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You may have heard that you shouldn't give peanuts to a baby until later in life to help prevent a peanut allergy. However, now there are new guidelines for when to introduce peanuts to your little one. ...

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Valentine’s Day is a special occasion for many couples. While you may have celebrated in years past by heading out to a fancy dinner, booking a romantic getaway, or planning an adventurous date, this year is different. Now that a baby has joined your family, you may be looking to change up your Valentine’s Day traditions just a bit. If ...

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When I became a mother for the first time, wanting to have my son close to me was a natural instinct. I was nursing him on demand, he slept in our bed from the first night on, and I couldn't have imagined it any other way, although we had a beautiful crib for him.

During the day I liked wearing him in a baby carrier. He was content in ...

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If there's one thing that's always hard for me to keep up with, it's all of the rules about car seats and kids. Having kids spread out over eight years has meant that I feel like I'm constantly keeping up with changing car seat rules. Rear-facing, then extended rear facing, then new types of seats to keep track of, then convertible car seats and ...

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While not all moms experience engorgement, it’s a very common, and often uncomfortable, aspect of early breastfeeding. Engorgement, or your breasts being swollen and over-full of milk, happens because your body is working hard to produce milk for your baby and needs time to regulate to how much your baby actually drinks. Engorgement usually only ...

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