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Homemade Baby Food

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

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.
Waterproof Map Placemat

Waterproof Map Placemat

It’s so exciting to see our babies grow and start trying different foods, but what a huge mess those tiny people can make! Keeping a placemat at the table that can easily be wiped down is a must. Learn how to make one yourself using maps. You also could use pages from a book or wrapping paper!
Because They Are Counting on You

Because They Are Counting on You

Children are a blessing. Gone are the relaxing days of leisure, replaced by diapers, binkies, visiting grandparents, disappearing sleep and anything resembling your prior life. Yet there is no way you would give it up. Your child needs you. There is only one you; however, life is unpredictable. Things happen. If something happens to you, how do you want your children raised? What types of values are important to you?
Seven Priceless Tips for NICU Parents

Seven Priceless Tips for NICU Parents

Parents do many things to prepare for the arrival of a new baby: decorate the nursery, buy a car seat and stroller, select a name and so much more. No matter how much preparation you do, the unexpected can happen. For a variety of reasons, you could find yourself in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) sitting by your newborn baby.
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Fall Editor's Letter

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Nursing Know-How

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.”
When Will My Baby…

When Will My Baby…

As a new parent, I remember “mourning” the loss of various stages and milestones as we passed through them. I was lamenting to a friend one day about this, and she reassured me that just as we miss one stage, there is another equally fun and exciting one just around the corner. Three kids later, I can say how right she was. What are some milestones you’ll have the pleasure of mourning the loss of but anticipating as well?

Archive »Computers & Technology

Screen Scene: Do Apps Boost Preschoolers’ Brainpower?

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.

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Daycare or nanny, finding the right caregiver for your family

Daycare or nanny, finding the right caregiver for your family

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,

Archive »Pregnancy

Pregnancy Fear Factors

Pregnancy Fear Factors

Most moms-to-be find themselves afraid of some element of pregnancy or childbirth, whether it be the unknown or a repeat of undesirable past outcomes. However, when fear takes the driver’s seat in a pregnancy, it can actually cause harm instead of preventing it.
Some Unsolicited Advice for New Parents

Some Unsolicited Advice for New Parents

Listen to your instincts, not the Greek chorus of friends and relatives insisting that they know the “right way” to do everything. Most importantly, don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it. In my experience, friends and family may be more likely to help if you ask them for a specific task, like bringing over a meal or sitting with the baby for two hours.
Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

We’ve all seen the stylized version of the pregnant mom-to-be in movies or advertising. She’s floating along in perfectly fitted designer duds, full of energy and positively radiating with that special pregnant glow. The underlying message? Pregnancy is simple, effortless and problem-free. In real life, this isn’t always the case.

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Real Mom Reviews

Real Mom Reviews

Product reviews by a local mom.
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