Preparing for a New Baby

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Guidance on pregnancy, what to buy before the baby comes, care concerns, baby names and how to prepare for an infant.
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It's nothing new to hear about celebrities naming their babies all sorts of crazy names. (How do you think Pilot Inspektor, son of actor Jason Lee and now age 7, or 10-year-old Jermagesty Jackson,...
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To cut or not to cut -- that is the decision that many moms of newborn boys face today. Welcome to the latest "choice" that's stoking the fire of the Mommy Wars. If you thought bottle or...
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When researching our piece on "Taking Care of a Newborn," source Jennifer Walker, an Atlanta area RN BSN and co-founder of Moms on Call, shared these ten tips every parent should know - or prepare...
We can't possibly plan for everything when it comes to having kids, and that's exactly why we have old wives' tales that have been passed down for generations. They help us face the unknown...
So you just found out you're going to be a mom. Congratulations! The excitement of sharing the news about your pregnancy is just part of this wonderful experience -- just think of all the cute gifts...
The prince is here! Kate Middleton (now Duchess of Cambridge) and Prince William had a baby boy. And everyone is waiting breathlessly to learn what the future King of England's name will be. Betting...
When researching our piece on "Taking Care of a Newborn," source Jennifer Walker, an Atlanta area RN BSN and co-founder of Moms on Call, shared these ten tips every parent should know - or prepare...
Pregnancy is without a doubt one of the most magical times a woman can experience. But for many women, particularly those in the work force, this amazing experience can also be one of the most stressful....
There's nothing quite like learning that you're going to become a mother. Of all the titles you've held up to this point in your life -- sister, daughter, friend, co-worker -- you're about...
The prospect of raising twins can seem like a daunting task, two mouths to feed, two bottoms to diaper, twice the crying, and, down the road, two sets of college tuition at the same time. While having...
If you're looking to name your child after something rooted in a strong tradition and faith, reviewing Hebrew baby names might be the right choice. "Choosing a Hebrew name for one's child...
As the nursery rhyme says, snips and snails and puppy dogs' tails are a part of your little boy's DNA. But your baby boy nursery ideas don't have to be nearly as cliched. Your baby's nursery...
It seems like everyone, from friends to in-laws to your community, has a pretty strong opinion about what you should and shouldn't name your child. In addition, tradition and family connections play...
When you were growing up, were there always two or three other kids in your class with the same name as you? You might want to give your child a different experience. Or maybe you had a unique name, and...
Choosing from a list of Greek baby names can be exciting, fun and challenging for parents. "It's considered a tradition to pass down Greek names from generation to generation. While babies are not normally...
Lilting and lyrical, Irish baby names bring forth images of ancient times, merging the mystical and magical with a modern, cool sensibility. Beautiful to the ear and composed largely of Gaelic, Celtic...
Given enough time, almost everything that was once considered old-fashioned makes a comeback. Outdated clothing becomes "retro," old furniture becomes "vintage" -- even old-fashioned...
Congratulations! You're expecting a new addition to the family. As you prepare for the arrival of your little one, you'll have to select a baby name along with all those tiny baby clothes. Unisex...
It's easy to get excited for all the new products and clothes you'll get to buy when your new baby arrives, but we all know that the cost of "brand new" isn't always realistic. When...
Decorating a room for a baby you haven't met yet can be challenging, and many parents fall into the trap of trying to please some expected personality. Instead, why not use your own personality and style...
Having a baby doesn't always look exactly the same as your daydreams. Even if you read all the books, follow the blogs and attend classes, it's not always easy to adjust to life with a newborn. "It is...
Finding a name for your new arrival is a tough job. Narrowing your search is a good way to make this big task more manageable, and if your family has Italian roots -- or you're just passionate about...
There's nothing more intimate and bonding than breastfeeding your new baby.  But whether you want to head back to work or back to bed, you'll need to wean your baby to bottle so that another caregiver...
For parents looking to honor their faith, recognize their family or simply find the perfect name with biblical roots, choosing from the hundreds of Jewish baby names out there can be fun, but also challenging."Your...
"I hate the baby! Why do we have to keep the baby? You love the baby more than you love me! The baby is yucky, take her back!"'Welcome to sibling rivalry. If you envisioned a big happy family...
I always say my first child is my 9-year-old Shih Tzu. She was my first stab at raising another living thing who was completely and utterly helpless without me. She taught me patience, compromise and...
The day you find out you're pregnant may be the best day of your life. Then you get the joy of sharing the exciting news with the people in your life: your partner, your parents, your family, your friends...and...
My goal: Raise siblings who were close. Close in age and close in friendship.My plan: Have two kids as close together as (I felt was) possible.My result: We had two kids under the age of two.Granted, it...
Pets love routines and predictability so it's no surprise that preparations must be made when it's time to bring home baby. The following tips can help smooth the transition
Maternity leave can fly by so quickly, leaving moms feeling like they've only just started getting into a groove when they have to stop -- and start a whole new routine as a working parent. Not to...
Raising a child is no cheap endeavor. You're constantly budgeting for diapers, clothes, baby gear, college savings, food, childcare, enrichment classes. We don't have to tell you how long this...
Though they seem oh-so-delicate, newborn babies are actually quite sturdy. Still, you'll need to handle them properly to ensure their safety -- and your peace of mind.
It's nothing new to hear about celebrities naming their babies all sorts of crazy names. (How do you think Pilot Inspektor, son of actor Jason Lee and now age 7, or 10-year-old Jermagesty Jackson,...
To cut or not to cut -- that is the decision that many moms of newborn boys face today. Welcome to the latest "choice" that's stoking the fire of the Mommy Wars. If you thought bottle or...
This content is provided courtesy of USAA. As every parent knows, kids are definitely not cheap. Raising a child from birth through age 17 will cost a typical middle-income family almost $235,000, according...
Twice the kids may be twice as fun, but does it also mean double the work? Not necessarily! But all twins are separate individuals with different needs and personalities. Fraternal twins (non-identical)...
Baby name options include everything from grandpa's surname to Shakespearean classics to crazy celebrity concoctions like Blue Ivy (Beyonce and Jay-Z). With so many names, there can be a lot of pressure...
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