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...
Though there are plenty of fun and interesting ways to announce your pregnancy, when it comes to introducing your baby to the world, many parents draw a bit of a blank. Sure, your baby is cute, but putting...
After nine months of pregnancy and hours of labor, moms deserve a gift. That's where the idea of a push present comes from, but this token may not be what you think. "Contrary to a largely held...
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...
Popularity is not all it's cut out to be. When it comes to naming their child, most parents want to avoid using trendy baby names. "In a survey given to over 140,000 people on our site, a great...
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...
When family and lifestyle expert and blogger Donna Bozzo (a.k.a. The Lady with the Alligator Purse) was sorting through baby girl names, she knew she wanted something unique and beautiful. She and her...
Taking a trip before your baby is born is a great time to "escape from the daily routines and celebrate your pregnancy," says Ilonka Molijn, founder of BabyMoon Travel. There are so many great places to...
Are you expecting a baby boy? One of the first -- and most important -- decisions you will make is what to name him. With so many great baby boy names to choose from, that decision can seem daunting. There...
Your little one's on the way and it's decision-making time. Your baby's name is the very first gift you'll give, and you want it to be perfect. But with thousands of names out there, where...
When it comes to the process of giving birth, your doctor or midwife has likely seen it all. So they won't be too surprised when something unexpected happens. You, on the other hand, will be surprised...
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....
Whether it's a week in the faraway tropics or a local trip reached by car, planning a babymoon is one of the latest trends in pregnancy. But what is a babymoon exactly? It's a chance for parents...
Your belly is growing and so is your anticipation. You've had months of swollen piggy toes, unending pink and blue daydreams and of course, an overactive imagination about the labor and delivery process....
"What's your name?" It's almost always the first thing someone asks upon meeting you. Names have power. Parents give them because of phonetics or family heritage or culture, but sometimes...
One of the most exciting parts of having a baby girl is designing her nursery. But that can be an overwhelming task -- especially if pink walls aren't your thing. Luckily, a baby girl's room doesn't...
Though it's not the toughest thing you'll do as a new parent, naming a baby can still be stressful. It seems like everyone is opting for creative spellings or off-the-wall baby names, but you've...
What better way to prepare your baby for the modern world than by giving her a modern space? But there are many different opinions on what a "modern nursery" should look like. Luckily, some of...
Many mothers know that when you're overdue with your baby, the waiting game can be exhausting and frustrating. Thankfully, there are many natural ways to induce labor that you can safely try at home...
Did you recently find out that you're having a baby boy? Congratulations! You are about to embark on an amazing journey. "Frankly, boys are fun," says Maggie Stevens, the author of "The...
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...
You've decided that classic baby names don't fit with your hip lifestyle. You want your baby's name to reflect today's world and know that a modern baby name is the way to go. So, what...
Whether your spouse hails from France or you're a Francophile interested in all things European, giving your baby a French name is a great introduction to cultural exploration and conversation. Whether...
The same popular monikers are still hanging on as the top baby names: Liam, Noah, Jacob, Emma, Olivia and Sophia, just to name a few. But what makes a name popular? "There is a fine line between enduring...
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...
Are you considering German baby names as you thumb through those baby name books? Are you enamored with beer, sausages, castles and Oktoberfest? Giving your child a German name will pay homage to the land...
Gender-neutral nursery themes generally utilize the color yellow, but that is far from your only option. "Choose a theme that can grow with your child for a few years," suggests Amy Bahr, an...
You want to name your baby something uncommon and striking, but can't find the perfect name in any baby book. After all, those names are tried and true -- you're looking for something that leaps...
When you find out you're pregnant, there are many questions and significant decisions in your future. If you're expecting a baby boy, you're probably thinking of all the cute baby boy names...
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...
Part of the fun of getting ready for a new baby is coming up with creative nursery room ideas, but the challenge can be daunting. "Remember that the nursery is still part of your home," says Julia Wang,...
Celebrities are known for giving their children odd names. Have you heard of Dweezil, Pilot Inspektor and Kal-El? But how do unique baby boy names play into the real world? Do they really affect your child's...
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 a name for your baby is perhaps one of the most challenging things you'll do as a new parent. Many moms and dads turn to biblical baby names because they hold special meaning based on their...
If you're expecting a baby and just can't get enough of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, you may be considering Celtic baby names. These names are increasing in popularity each year for many reasons -- pop...
Giving your children African baby names could signify a decision to honor your heritage or simply a phonetic preference. No matter the reason, African-influenced names can be a good reminder of your child's...
The selection of Russian baby names is often steeped in tradition. Many new parents bestow a new baby with his father's name as a middle name to honor his heritage and family. "Family is very...
Hawaiian baby names can bring a bit of the islands home to you, with names as exotic as they are beautiful. "Naming your child is one of the most important things you will do for them," says...
Japanese baby names give parents the flexibility of short or long words. Meanings can be pragmatic or profound. For an aesthetic element, they can also be written in various forms of Japanese writing,...
For many parents, it's important to include a little family history when naming their child. Make sure your child always remembers where she came from by considering Scottish baby names. Not only does...
Your baby's name will be the first gift you'll give. Spanish baby names are gaining in popularity, and many Spanish-speaking families want to their child to have a name that sounds good in their...
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...
When choosing Muslim baby names, there are many factors to consider. You most likely want a name that aligns not only with your belief system, but with your family history, as well. You also need to know...
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...
Choosing a name for your baby is one of the first big decisions you'll make as a parent. With so many names out there, narrowing down the decision to just one of the many cute baby girl names can be...
With new celebrity babies comes new celebrity baby names, many of which make pop culture fanatics stop and scratch their heads. Ranging from Apple to Zolten, this list of monikers grows and grows ... as...
When you first got pregnant, you probably worried about giving birth. As you near your due date, though, the idea of being pregnant much longer may be more scary. If you feel this way, you're not alone....
Brainstorming names. Buying a crib. Picking birth announcements. There are many exciting aspects to family planning that make you coo, well, like a baby. But before taking the plunge into pregnancy, research...
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...
Are babymoon ideas on your brain? You've weathered morning sickness, are bearing a bountiful belly and your due date is just around the corner. Before your family of two becomes a family of three,...
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...
Some moms get push presents, but what about gifts for new dads? He deserves something too. Tens of thousands of babies are born every single day in the U.S., which means that there are a lot of excited...
You're finally going to meet your baby -- but you have to get through a C-section to do it. Not sure what to expect? From your arrival at the hospital to your entrance into the operating room, here's...
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...
Opting for a home birth is becoming more mainstream in our culture. Generally, a midwife comes to your home to assist and ensure the health and safety of you and your baby. "The aim is for a smooth,...
Having an unassisted birth means you're likely giving birth in the comfort of your own home, without the assistance of a registered midwife or obstetrician. An unassisted home birth may be your only...
When you think of Lamaze classes, you might picture a bunch of pregnant women making the sound "hee-hee." That is Lamaze, but it's only one part of it. "Lamaze focuses on evidence-based...
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...
Your friend had a water birth, and she's raving about it. Your partner thinks it sounds ridiculous and risky. Who's right? Myths abound about water births. Here are some of the most common ones: There...
Choosing Indian baby names can be a simple decision or a complex process. Lots of new parents are changing with the times, says Chetan Rajdev of Bachpan, an Indian name website with more than 30,000 name...
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...
Do you have a bundle of joy headed your way? If so, you'll need a method to transport him from the hospital to his new home -- a rear-facing car seat! But how do you choose the right rear-facing car seat...
One of the best parts about pregnancy is thinking about the gear, toys and clothes for your new baby, but putting together your baby registry checklist can be a little stressful. It doesn't have to...
"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...
It's hard to believe that your tiny baby needs so much stuff. You've probably been planning and adding to your newborn baby checklist nonstop for months, but it's easy to forget must-have items,...
Funny baby names are a hot trend these days. Some parents are taking this fad to the extreme, giving their kids names that sound too "out there" to be real -- and too bad for the kids!"People...
One is fun, but two is twice as nice -- right? Learning that you're having twins is the surprise of a lifetime. No one knows that better than Natalie Diaz, the author of "What To Do When You're...
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...
A hospital bag checklist will get you organized as you nest and fret your way across the finish line of pregnancy. Blame it on hormones or the zillion things on your mind, but expecting moms can be forgetful....
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...
Whether you know it as a birthing ball, birth ball or exercise ball, you've probably seen these rubber balls at the gym, yoga studio, physical therapy room or while touring the maternity ward at the hospital....
How's your birth plan shaping up? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, the "birthing plan" is a way to communicate how you see...
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...
Start spreading the news! Your baby's arrival is definitely worth broadcasting. Putting together a special mailing is the next step, complete with detailed birth announcement wording. Whether you choose...
Due dates are approximate, but as the designated day arrives it's only natural to feel a little disappointed -- not to mention uncomfortable -- if you're still pregnant when the sun sets. If your...
With Mother Nature in charge, childbirth can be an intense and scary experience if you don;t feel in control. But there are things you can learn to make your birth experience what you envision. Could using...
You've just had a baby and spent a few days in the hospital under the care of doctors and nurses -- now it's time to take your bundle of joy home. That first night home for many moms, both new...
A birth plan is a great way for you to visualize what you want your baby's birth to look like and to verbalize that with your provider. As Dr. Robin Elise Weiss, a pregnancy expert and president of...
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
You've taken the childbirth classes. You've heard the labor stories -- both good and bad -- from numerous friends, co-workers and even random strangers. You feel both prepared and completely unprepared...
You know your pregnancy is supposed to last nine months, but you're a few months shy of your due date and have been recently told that you're at risk for delivering prematurely. What does this...
Nine months will be over before you know it! Here are 20 things to check off your list while preparing for baby: Take a Breastfeeding Class With Your Family"Breastfeeding education shouldn't...
No one is ever really prepared for having a preemie baby, but sometimes the unavoidable happens. A premature baby may have more health problems and require longer hospital stays than a baby born full-term....
It's probably not what you imagined when you first discovered you were pregnant, but your doctor has recommended a scheduled C-section procedure for you. Though this is a very common and routine surgery...
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.
If you live in the South or simply love everything south of the Mason-Dixon Line, don't just give your little one a great regional name -- your baby will need a name that's distinctly Southern,...
Whether it's your first or fourth, many moms find themselves nervous about labor. Childbirth classes are a great way to get prepared for your little one's impending arrival! "Good childbirth...
If you have a baby on the way, you may be wondering what items are essential to your pregnancy to-do list. Do you start with the hospital bag or should you focus on health and nutrition? How do you stay...
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,...
You have lots of choices when you're pregnant: Should you go "natural" or opt for an epidural? Agree to be induced or wait for Mother Nature to kick in? Plan for a hospital or home birth?...
You're not crazy about the sterile, scary setting of a hospital for your baby's birth, but the lack of medical help at a home birth makes you just as nervous. Birth centers provide an in-between...
You've got baby names on the mind and are wondering if there are any English baby names that are going to fit with what you've been thinking. You've followed the royal baby news and think George...
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...
Natural childbirth means delivering without the aid of medication, such as pain relievers, and other types of intervention, such as induced labor (although some would argue that induced labor without the...
The experience of your water breaking during pregnancy is one that you will never forget. The trickle or stream often sends women into active labor, but it isn't always obvious when it happens. "Don't...
Midwifery is an ancient practice -- one that women have been involved in for thousands of years. In fact, the term means "with woman." The International Confederation of Midwives defines a midwife...
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...
You've officially decided that a vaginal birth is what's best for you and your baby. You may have known this would be your plan from the moment you saw those two pink lines on your pregnancy test,...
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)...
Naming sons can prompt great parental debate, and choosing middle names for boys is an important aspect of the decision. Whether to give him his father's name as a middle or bestow an entirely new...
What's in a name? If you love Shakespeare, the Bard's work may be just the place to seek out middle names for girls. Other new parents turn to favorite songs, flowers or even the town where their...
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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