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Newborn 101

Caring for your newborn, especially if he’s your first, can be an intimidating experience. Sure, you’ve read the books, gotten advice from family and friends and asked your physician dozens of questions, but nothing quite prepares you for those first few weeks home from the hospital.

Pink or Blue…If You Only Knew!

While my husband and I have not found out the gender of our babies prior to birth, many expectant parents do. The Internet and Pinterest are full of fun and creative ways to announce not only a pregnancy, but more recently, Baby’s gender. In fact, gender reveal parties are on the up and up. Here are a few fun stories from local KC moms…

Caring for Baby’s Teeth

Looking at your new baby, you may find it hard to believe you already need to think about caring for what’s inside his tiny little mouth. The truth is, you do. Proper oral hygiene starts in infancy, so here are a few tips to ensure your baby’s gums and incoming pearly whites are in good shape.

Baby-Led Weaning

Baby-led weaning has nothing to do with weaning from breastfeeding or from bottle feeding. Instead, it has everything to do with introducing food and, instead of starting with pureed baby food, letting your child feed himself solid foods (BabyLedWeaning.com). Talk with your pediatrician to see whether your child is ready to start solid foods, but most babies are ready for food by 6 months. Signs your baby is ready to be introduced to food are being able to sit up by himself, having lost the tongue thrust reflex and being able to grasp food with his hands and hold onto it.

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Screen Scene: Do Apps Boost Preschoolers’ Brainpower?

Sarah Stetner is proudly raising two young techies. Her sons, Gabriel, 3, and Isaiah, 6, are media mavens who know their way around an iPad—and almost every other device on the market. “Leapster, iPad, Wii, Xbox, computer, they do it all,” she says. The Stetners set media limits for ”noneduational” media and TV shows but not for learning-oriented video games and devices. “Those, they can play all they like,” Stetner says.

Homemade Baby Food

Once parents decide to begin baby food, their next step is choosing which baby food to use. What brand? Fruits, vegetables or a combination? What about organic? While pre-made options are good, homemade baby food is becoming more popular and for good reason. Making your own baby food is easier than you think.

A New Mom’s Guide to Finding Mom Friends

How could it be that one of the happiest times of my life was also one of the loneliest? As I spent day after day with my brand new baby, it became evident that the biggest part of my life was something I didn’t share in common with my pre-mommyhood friends.

Finding a Quality Care:

All parents must, at some point, come to terms with leaving their child in the care of others. For some it may be a matter of finding care for a couple of hours on occasion, while others require several hours a day. Regardless of the amount of time the care is needed, the task can be daunting,

Nursing Know-How

So many questions fill the minds of mothers of newborns. Whether it is your first baby or your fourth, you always have things want to know more about. For breastfeeding moms, a whole world of questions about the ability, the frequency and the techniques for feeding your infant surrounds. “I felt like I had no idea what I was doing when my son was born. And then, to feel like I had no idea what I was doing when I was nursing, it just added to it,” Meredith Thomas, Overland Park mom, says. “I wanted to feel confident about something—anything.”
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