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Bringing Home Baby

Whether you’re expanding the brood from one to two or three to five, the family dynamic will change. While you may not be able to quash completely the sibling rivalry that may occur, you can alleviate possible tensions along the way.

Giving Up Naps

From birth, a child progresses at an individual pace on a continuum of sleep, moving from many hours of sleep to naps and then to only nighttime sleeping. A child’s sleep patterns change and develop just as fast as he does, and deciphering what is best for a child regarding sleep and naps can be difficult.

Colic Relief for Baby (and You!)

All babies cry to let their caregivers know they are hungry, tired or need a diaper change. But what if a baby cries uncontrollably, for no apparent reason, on a regular basis? Those babies are often said to have colic.

The Last Firsts

My third baby is what I call my “bonus baby.” I had my heart set on this baby. I am thrilled with my bonus baby, the one I held out for, and am trying to soak up as much as I can of his babyhood and the last months of being a mommy to a baby. Thinking that these baby milestones will be our last is a sentimental idea to ponder. As silly as it may sound, I can get emotional about purchasing that next size of diaper, putting away the 6-month wardrobe, weaning, watching him become mobile and more.

Delivery 101

New moms have lots of questions as they prepare to deliver their first baby. While you cannot exactly predict how your experience will go, there are a few things you can probably anticipate.

Sleep SOS: Your Top Five Struggles Solved

For better health and a sharper mind, few things are more beneficial than a good night’s sleep. That goes double for little ones. The benefits of sleep on learning and memory may be even more profound for children than for adults, because children store memories during sleep more effectively, according to new research published in Nature Neuroscience.

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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