Category Newborn Care

Fun Ways to Photograph Your Newborn’s First Days

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  • Focus on your newborn’s size

    They’re teeny-tiny peanuts only for a very short time, so it’s best to capture the little details—tiny fingers, tiny toes—within those first few weeks. Most parents are so busy adjusting to lifewith a newborn that they let the little details slip by. Many clients have told me the photos from our session were more meaningful later on because they served as a true time capsule.

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New Mommy Survival Guide

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No matter how many moms you talk to before you give birth, you won’t truly know what the first few weeks of motherhood really are like until you go through them. Sure, you know you will need standard supplies for Baby, like diapers, burp rags and bodysuits, but what about you? What will you need to survive the 24-hour grind of regular feedings, endless diaper changes and lack of sleep? We have compiled a list of what we think are mommy must-dosand must-haves for the first few weeks of motherhood.

Before Baby Arrives

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Make meals ahead of time and freeze them, so you can easily pull them out and heat them when you’re hungry. Lasagna, chili or casseroles freeze really well. You don’t have to cook for hours...

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New Study Shows Premature Babies Need "Adult Talk"

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A new study suggests that premature babies have better language skills by 18 months of age if they’re exposed to more adult talk very early in life.

For decades it’s been known that older children suffer speech and language delays when their exposure to adult speech is limited. Researchers decided to see if the same thing applied to preterm infants, who often have speech delays as toddlers.

In the study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, lead author Dr. Betty Vohr of Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I...

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The Colic Survival Guide

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Her newborn daughter was the perfect baby — for a week and a half. Then the screaming started. “She just cried nonstop, hours upon hours, pretty much all day,” Jenn Borst of Danbury, Connecticut, recalls with a shudder. “There was barely anything that would soothe her.” The wailing became a way of life for Borst, her husband and even her in-laws, who moved in temporarily to help. They took turns holding, rocking and soothing little Sydney around the clock. “The worst time was from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. We used to go in 15-minute shifts because she would just scream,” Borst says.

A pediatrician diagnosed Sydney with colic at 6 weeks...

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Preemie Development

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When I ballooned with pre-eclampsia 31 weeks into my second pregnancy, I thought my ob-gyn might prescribe daily periods of bed rest. Instead, he shocked me by saying: “We have to get that baby out — soon!”I panicked. We hadn’t moved our 2-year-old, Mathilda, out of her crib yet. We hadn’t discussed names or bought baby clothes. Damn it, I was in the middle of several writing assignments — I wasn’t ready to have a baby!

Ready or not, my son AJ was delivered, via C-section, the next afternoon. He weighed in at just 3 pounds 6 ounces and fit neatly into my husband Tony’s hand. Not that we got to hold him at first...

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Safe Baby Swaddling Tips

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Wrapping your wee one like a tiny burrito can soothe cries and help induce sleep, but it may not be the safest solution. Why? Because it’s actually quite common for newborns to have hip instability (thanks to mom’s hormones that relax ligaments). Tight swaddling around the hips can exacerbate the condition or even lead to hip dysplasia, where the hips are no longer centered in the socket.

“Hip dysplasia is actually the most common abnormality in newborns,” says Charles Price M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and director of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute...

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Baby Massage Techniques

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  • We’ve simplified baby massage into six simple strokes. Perform each one slowly, for about a minute, using moderate pressure applied with the pads of your fingers, not the entire palm of your hand. Keep your baby cozy by turning up the heat in the room and using a soft towel to cover her exposed skin.

    Before you get started, make sure you have the following gear nearby:

    • A comfortable flat surface covered by a blanket or a mat
    • A small amount of baby oil (olive oil works well, too)
    • Tissues or paper towels to wipe up excess oil
    • A soft towel or blanket to cover your baby
    • A pacifier, if it’s calming for your little one
    • Low ...
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The Colic Survival Guide

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8 Secrets to soothe your crying baby and save your sanity

Her newborn daughter was the perfect baby — for a week and a half. Then the screaming started. “She just cried nonstop, hours upon hours, pretty much all day,” Jenn Borst of Danbury, Connecticut, recalls with a shudder. “There was barely anything that would soothe her.” The wailing became a way of life for Borst, her husband and even her in-laws, who moved in temporarily to help. They took turns holding, rocking and soothing little Sydney around the clock. “The worst time was from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. We used to go in 15-minute shifts because she would just scream,” Borst says.

A pediatrician diagnosed Sydney with colic at 6 weeks...

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