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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Preemie Development

Preemie Development

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Safe Baby Swaddling Tips

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A too-tight swaddle can be harmful to your baby’s hip development. Here are tips for swaddling your baby safely

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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baby-massasge-lay-downWe’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 lights
  • Soft music

1. Lay your baby comfortably on his stomach, with his head turned to one side.

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What Parents Should Know About NICU Care Even if your baby isn’t premature, parents should know what level of care their hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides

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Two days past her due date, Jennifer Pileggi finally went into labor. After several hours, the baby monitor showed that each time the 32-year-old from Orlando, Florida, had a strong contraction, her baby’s heart rate dropped. Worried, the doctor recommended a Cesarean section. Pileggi was relieved when Anson was born the next day and seemed perfectly healthy, weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces. But soon a nurse noticed the baby seemed to be breathing too rapidly and took him for further evaluation. Within two hours, Anson had landed in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU, pronounced “nick-you”). “I was shocked,” says Pileggi. “Nothing seemed wrong with him.” Anson had retained fluid in his lungs, a condition called transient tachypnea of the newborn, or TTN...

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How to pick a great name?

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Top Baby Name Lists

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Got baby names on the brain? Let us help to inspire you! Whether you are trying to narrow down your list of baby boy names or baby girl names, you’ve come to the right place. It’s time to stop referring to your bump as “the baby” and pick the perfect name.

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The 10 Most Powerful Things You Can Say to Your Kids

Effective conversation helps parents create lasting, meaningful relationships with their kids. These 10 powerful statements can get you started on your way.

 The Pew Research Center recently showed parents across America alist of 10 skills, asking the question: “Which of these skills is most important for a child to get ahead in the world today?” The winner, by far, was communication. In fact, not only was it chosen as the most important; it beat out traditional favorites, such as reading, writing, teamwork and logic.

Perhaps this is not surprising given our over-connected, always-on world. Yet parents often don’t realize how large of a role they actually play in developing and nurturing this skill. In my book, “Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids: Creating the Relat...

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