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Advice for New Parents

Parents Share What They Wish They'd Known Before Having A Baby In Tear-Jerking Video

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents

It's no secret that becoming a parent is a life-changing event, and with it come new challenges and a whole lot of questions. To provide some guidance...

'Welcome To Motherhood' Rap Is Just What Parents-To-Be Need To Hear

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents

Countless moms and dads have lamented the sleepless nights, messy stains, piles of laundry, and general confusion that come with welcoming a new baby ...

An Open Letter To All Parents-To-Be

The Next Family | Posted 04.12.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

Despite being madly in love with motherhood, I can't help waxing poetic on occasion about my pre-child days. If anyone tries to tell you that your life will be the same after children as it was before, they are lying to you, plain and simple.

5 Tips For New Parents From A Third-Time Mom

Cara McDonough | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Cara McDonough

Get comfortable with nighttime feedings. It's easy to classify middle of the night bottle or nursing sessions as "pure, unadulterated misery" and revel in the exhaustion, but making the experience more pleasant is worth it.

The One Question To Ask Yourself Before Having A Baby

Camia Gavin | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Camia Gavin

Over time, you find that the love isn't split into three, it's multiplied by three, and that sharing isn't sharing anymore; it's a way of life that is so natural, beautiful and fulfilling that you can't imagine any other way.

6 Things New Parents Need To Stop Doing Before They Lose Their Minds

JJ Keith | Posted 02.26.2015 | Parents
JJ Keith

We are all a messy conglomeration of strengths and weaknesses, with none of us having it totally down and none of us being completely inept. No, we're all just partly inept. Welcome to parenthood.

Surprisingly Valuable Advice on Giving Unsolicited Advice

Lauren Cahn | Posted 12.28.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

Your opinion is valuable, your advice even more precious. So, save it. Keep it for yourself. Odds are, you need it more than I do. So, please don't give that sh*t away, certainly not without even being asked, lest you be perceived as promiscuous.

The Top 5 Scariest Things About Becoming A Parent

Darcy R. Shapiro | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Darcy R. Shapiro

As the parent of two terrifying little boys, I am afraid that I cannot fully ease the fears of prospective parents. Thus, in honor of Halloween, I have decided to put together a list of the most terrifying things you have to look forward to on your journey to parenthood.

Break From Baby

Shari Medini | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Shari Medini

As soon as you have a baby, people start telling you that you need a break from it. They tell you to put the baby in the crib and shower, leave the ba...

Is Parenthood 'Worth It'?

Daniel Wong | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Daniel Wong

It was already 1:30 in the morning, and I had to wake up at 6. Tomorrow was going to be a long day -- as if the night wasn't already long enough. I felt frustrated and defeated. Who knew that a tiny, 11-pound baby could make a grown man feel so pitiful?

Catherine Pearson

The One Mistake Most New Parents Make Before Even Leaving The Hospital

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents

Parents leaving the hospital with newborns are a jumble of nerves and adrenaline, wondering what comes next and whether they're going to do it right. ...

F*ck Milestones

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

No, it isn't the Olympics. But if you can stop yourself from getting caught up in "milestone" fever, and enjoy each moment without stressing about it, give yourself a gold medal.

The Phrase I Used to Hate

Christine Burke | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Christine Burke

Before my son's birth, I envisioned long afternoons of cuddling and bonding, making gourmet meals for my husband and catching up on the books on my nightstand that had gone ignored while I worked full-time. It was going to be fabulous... and then our son got here.

5 Ways to Bond With Baby

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

There are many possible reasons you feel an inability to bond with your new baby, and just because you feel this way today does not mean it will be this way forever.

The Perils of Naming Your Kid

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

You're in charge of what this person will be called for the rest of his/her life. And you have literally thousands of choices in hundreds of baby-naming books. It's a lot of pressure.

Your First Father's Day

Dr. Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D.

Be advised dads-to-be -- you will be encouraged, even cajoled, to be more active in the pregnancy. You will be told, "please be involved, you are needed, your pregnant, vulnerable partner needs your support." But you will likely also get another, mostly unspoken message -- your concerns are less welcome than your participation.

7 Habits Parents Should Not Start

Marva Soogrim | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Marva Soogrim

New parents usually start out not knowing what to do. They find it easier to go back to their old ways of living life before their baby arrived.

'The Reluctant Father': A Photographic Journey Through the First Few Years of Parenthood

Feature Shoot | Posted 05.05.2014 | Arts
Feature Shoot

"I was never particularly interested in having kids. When friends came over with their kids, I treated them like radioactive material. Tolerable for short periods of time. Prolonged exposure would have unpleasant effects, like hair loss, or inexplicable stains on the sofa."

Tales from the Dog Park

Gary Karton | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Gary Karton

I couldn't tell you her name, or the name of the baby she was pushing in the stroller, but I knew her dog. His name was Arthur and he was one of my favorites. So I was a little bummed when the woman approached me and said, "We're moving to Pittsburgh."

The Little Things No One Tells You About New Parenthood

Rachael Clarke | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

No one tells you that you'll shower with the curtain open, do silly dances, sing songs about diapers and their contents. That you'll eat while sitting on the kitchen floor, clear out indescribables between fingers and folds, clip nails in haste while she's sleeping.

5 Things You Should Never Say To A New Mom

Natalie Thomas | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

Parenthood is hard. It's overwhelming, fear-inducing, irrational thought-provoking and emotional. New parenthood is all of that on hormones and no sleep.

5 Signs That You're a New Mom

Caroline Niziol | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Caroline Niziol

I have to laugh at myself when I realize that I'm not immune to classic new mom behaviors. I found myself at Eddie Bauer and bought a pair of jeans, so my Mom Card has been signed and laminated in the most official way possible.

10 True Things About The First Year Of Parenthood

Karyn Thurston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Karyn Thurston

These are the words I wish I'd read before jumping headlong into the mommyhood with my books and my charts and my ideals and my high horses. They're flawed, and they aren't all pretty, but they're hard-won and honest and as true as I can get 'em.

Royal Baby Blues

Janelle Capra | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Janelle Capra

At times, you will hate your husband. I know he's Prince William, but he's still a man, a new daddy and human. You will hate him for not being able to nurse the baby. You will hate him for not reading your mind. But you will also love him like you never thought possible.

42 Pieces Of Advice For Kate And Will

Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents

The Royal Baby is here! Kate Middleton delivered a boy on July 22 at 4:24 PM, who weighed in at 8 lbs, 6 oz. Kate and Will have officially boarded the...