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How phone messages turned this Mumbai mom from a shut-in to a graduate

 

by Mission Motherhood posted in Parenting American hospitals do everything they can to encourage breastfeeding: lactation consultants advise new mothers, doctors discuss the health benefits, nurses hand just-born babies to their mothers as quickly as possible after birth to feed. Still, new moms have problems breastfeeding. They’re scared, they’re...

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Teacher pleaser: Easy last-day-of-school pretzel "apple" bites

 

by Lindsay Weiss posted in Life Searching for a last minute gift for some special teachers in your life? These are PERFECT. They're simple and quick to put together and so darn addicting to eat! The salty/sweet chocolate pretzel combo is a winner and the little M&M apples might just earn you some extra credit.... Read more »

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5 myths all parents perpetuate (that aren't quite true)

 

by Charlie Brooks posted in Parenting Before I step out the door in the morning, I grab a yogurt or a banana -- anything that allows me to claim I ate breakfast. My mom’s voice practically echoes in my head: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” And that, my friends, is the... Read more »

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Baby gets name and a year of free diapers from unlikely birthplace

 

by Whitney Barthel posted in Pregnancy An hour after being sent home from the hospital for stalled labor, Carmyn and Matt Schrank found themselves speeding back. As the couple neared the hospital, Carmyn told her husband that something was not right. She urged him to pull over. Matt immediately called 911 and pulled off the... Read more »

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Photos: These pregnancy silhouettes are simply stunning

 

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Pregnancy This gorgeous series of pregnancy silhouettes just goes to show that when it comes to maternity photography, sometimes the simplest shots are the most powerful ones. With her third baby on the way, Australian mom Kirsty McKenzie, who blogs at The Mummysomniac, wanted to be sure to document each... Read...

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Everything I said about the first month of newborn care was a lie

 

by Brandi Riley posted in Pregnancy In the nine months before our son was born, my husband and I did everything we could to get prepared. We toured the hospital where he was delivered. We took an eight-hour baby class on a Saturday. We read dozens of books and articles, and asked our doctor every... Read more »

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A bedtime routine proven to help my baby sleep? Yes, please!

 

by Becky Vieira posted in Products I used to describe a great night of sleep as “sleeping like a baby.” Then I had one. And I’ve never used that phrase again -- except on nights I slept terribly. People who favor that old saying don’t realize that babies are not great sleepers. At least not... Read more »

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Opening opportunities for girls in Guatemala

 

by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Parenting Every time you ‘like’ and share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per social action), up to $500,000, via the Global Moms Relay to help improve the health and well-being of families worldwide in support of Shot@Life, UNFPA, Girl Up, UNICEF USA and Nothing But Nets. By: Elvira Margarita...

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Alert: Graco recalls more than 25,000 convertible car seats

 

by Michelle Stein posted in Products Graco has announced a recall affecting 25,494 of its My Ride 65 convertible child car seats because of an increased risk of injury. The car seat webbing in the harness may not adequately restrain a child in the event of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... Read...

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6 classic kids' books that seem more than a little insane as a parent

 

by Laura Falin posted in Life Remember the books you read and loved as a child? I bet even now, if I started you off with the first line you could recite your entire favorite kids' book to me. They stick with us forever. They give us such happy nostalgic memories. They're...kinda warped? Here are... Read more »

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The scary reality of tick paralysis, what parents can do to prevent it

 

by Michelle Stein posted in Parenting As the school year comes to an end and families start spending more time outdoors, parents should take care to diligently check their children for ticks. The parents of a 4-year-old girl in Oregon found this out the hard way. And now they're sharing their story to raise awareness for a rare but... Read...

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Jessica Simpson is so relieved to be done with pregnancy it's hilarious

 

by Sara McGinnis posted in Parenting As big of a deal as it is to start a family, deciding not to have more kids can be equally tricky. Jessica Simpson and husband Eric Johnson have made that leap, though, and they're loving being parents to just two. The 36-year-old recently opened up about her family's... Read more »

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7 hilarious cartoons that only moms will understand

 

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Parenting There's really no way to prepare yourself for the wonderful, challenging and sometimes downright disgusting realities of motherhood, but these funny parenting cartoons provide an excellent crash course in what life with a baby is really like. In those first months of parenthood you'll find yourself doing...

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Mom begs Facebook friends to "nag" her son for not wearing a helmet

 

by Tara Shafer posted in Parenting Last week the weather in my tiny Northeast village mercifully turned sunny and hot. Spirits lifted. Spring fever immediately set in. I was procrastinating and scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed. There, I came upon a post by my friend Meridith calling on local moms to help her enforce her... Read...

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When waiting for your husband to get home from work is killing you, slowly

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Parenting Each night around 6:00, here is the text exchange that happens between my husband and me, as he commutes home from work on the bus: Me: Where r u? Him: 30 mins out Me: WTF? No!!!! Him: Almost there to rescue u. Me: But u left 12 hrs ago! Dying.... Read more »

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You're not alone if no one bought anything off your baby registry

 

by Joyce Slaton posted in Products Practically the minute you announce you're pregnant, as soon as everyone says a few too-personal things about your body and tells you every pregnancy/birth horror story they know, they immediately start bugging you to start a registry. Even when you say you're busy, oh, anything they'd want to get... Read...

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5 things no one tells you about feeding your baby

 

by BabyCenter Featured Expert posted in Parenting By: Dr. Smita Malhotra One of the biggest challenges new mothers face is with feeding their babies. As the baby's digestive system evolves and changes in the initial few months, feeding can often become unpredictable and sometimes stressful. Even as a pediatrician, there were some things I never......

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5 smart uses for Aquaphor Healing Ointment beyond diaper rash

 

by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Parenting By: Amiyrah Martin Do you have a skin care product you've used since you were itty bitty? For me, it's Aquaphor. That blue-and-white container was in all the bathrooms of my young life, and it's pretty cool that it's now a staple in my own children's bathroom cabinet.... Read more »

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A family is all about love

 

by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Parenting Every time you ‘like’ and share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per social action), up to $500,000, via the Global Moms Relay to help improve the health and well-being of families worldwide in support of Shot@Life, UNFPA, Girl Up, UNICEF USA and Nothing But Nets.  By: Katherine...

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The one injury that sent all three of my kids to the ER

 

by Lindsay Weiss posted in Life Can I paint a few pictures for you? It's 2006. My hubby is in our kitchen playing with our oldest (and only at the time). Like a scene from a movie, he is swinging her around, ring-around-the-rosy style, her infectious giggles filling the room. In a split second the... Read more »

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My first birth was a breeze, so why am I so afraid this time?

 

by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Pregnancy By Helen Farmer Over two years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child, I coerced my husband into attending a two-hour workshop on yoga breathing and hypnobirthing. Twelve couples sat in a circle, trying different pain relief techniques, from visualization (“Imagine your uterus rising up like......

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Ready to ditch the diaper bag? Key essentials for your purse

 

by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Parenting By McKenzie Stemper It took me some time to realize that when it comes to baby-care, less can be more. When I was pregnant with my first child, I started making lists of things I needed in my baby bag at all times. It was lengthy, and now... Read more »

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I took my toddler camping, and it wasn't an epic disaster

 

by Maggie Downs posted in Life Ever since I gave birth to this kid, I’ve been trying to get my travel mojo back. The rational part of my brain knows that it’s possible to go on excursions and have adventures with a child in tow. But the other part of my brain is reluctant and... Read more »

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