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Why Tech and Baby Monitoring Shouldn't Mix

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

You'd think that as a mom and pediatrician I'd be happy about the idea of continuous monitoring and continuous reassurance. But I'm not.

I Don't Care What You Think Of Me Breastfeeding In Public

Kate Fridkis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

Breastfeeding is not political for me. It's not a statement. It's not a battle that I'm fighting in the mythic mommy wars. I don't even have to tell myself it will cure cancer and make my baby brilliant. I just do it because Eden needs to eat and I need to feed her.

10 Mistakes Rookie Moms Make

April McCormick | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
April McCormick

Now, I am well aware that in a way I will always be a rookie with my firstborn, since every day, stage and milestone is new for both of us; however, I feel it is my duty to share the top 10 mistakes I, and fellow rookie moms, made during our first year in the mama big league.

Stop Feeling Guilty For Taking Time To Be A New Mom

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

Our bodies haven't finished healing, and we're supposed to look and act as though nothing even happened here, it's all good. It's all just the same as it was.

Before You Can Pick Your Own Nose

Annie Vovan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Annie Vovan

At some point in time, the things that can drive a new mom crazy will fade. So, for now, I will stop and find the beauty in joy in the smallest things you do.

Here Comes the Son, Deedle Dee Dee

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

I'm simply trying to eat all these little things up that I understand this time are fleeting and short lived. I am creating a baby book in my memory and heart that's just for me. And I'm trying my darndest to actually fill this one out.

The 2 Phrases That Helped Me Through Postpartum Depression

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

I knew I was at a high risk. I had a plan: I could go up on the anti-depressants I took. I could attend postpartum support groups and get a therapist. I was prepared. Except, you can't really be prepared.

Things Every New Mom Should Know (But No One Tells You)

Lynn Perkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

No matter how many parenting books you've read, how many nieces or nephews you've watched grow up or how many years you've clocked babysitting, becoming a mom for the first time catapults you into an entirely foreign world that you could never be fully prepared for or expect.

31 Things They REALLY Don't Tell You About Having A Baby

Cara Paiuk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

As an expectant mom or new mom, you have seen this list in some form before. The "things that no one tells you." Well, most of those lists are missing something. These are some of those missing gems.

5 Challenges Breastfeeding Moms Face When Returning to Work

Joy Kosak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Joy Kosak

Breastfeeding can be challenging enough as it is for many moms, so when you introduce the return to work and the need to pump milk, it can be daunting.

An Open Letter to Mothers of Preschoolers

Kristen Welch | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Kristen Welch

There are some moments we don't ever want to relive, there are some phases we won't miss and there are some burdens of guilt we don't need to carry. What you do in your boring, everyday tantrum-filled life is important. You are molding, you are shaping.

6 Big Questions About Babies Answered

GalTime | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
GalTime

Sometimes, parenting feels like one big worry. You ask yourself, "Am I doing this right?" or you look at your baby and think, Is that normal? You ride a roller coaster of anxiety as your baby approaches and achieves each new milestone.

6 Things Every New Mother Should Know

April McCormick | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
April McCormick

I have no doubt that every mother will agree with me when I say that during pregnancy, the only thing worse than the stretch marks and bad gas are the hours of bad parenting advice you get from every source imaginable.

What My Baby's Scars Have Taught Me

Dr. Karin L. Smithson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Parents
Dr. Karin L. Smithson

There was a host of natural light in the playroom, which brought the ripples of scar tissue into clearer view, making the white lines more prominent. Seeing how imperfectly straight they were, I could envision the surgeon's hand making meticulous cuts on his tiny, 4 lb. body,

The Good Mother

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 10.23.2013 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

"I have this 'good mother' voice in my head sometimes. The other day, Julia was napping and I realized I'd forgotten to turn the baby monitor on. I checked on her and she was still sleeping, but I thought, a good mother wouldn't forget to turn the baby monitor on."

Baby Injuries From Tight Clothing

Robin Wilson | Posted 10.04.2013 | Parents
Robin Wilson

It is my hope that continuing to raise awareness of this issue will force baby clothing manufacturers to make true infant sizes and to limit the use of such tight rubber and elastic.

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.

5 Baby Gifts That Every Parent Actually Needs

Christine Organ | Posted 09.21.2013 | Parents
Christine Organ

The baby industry and their keen marketing folks have made it their job to convince parents (and those shopping for baby gifts) that good baby products equals good babies equals good parents.

9 Little Things Every New Parent Should Remember

Heather Spohr | Posted 09.15.2013 | Parents
Heather Spohr

The other day, my dad said that even though he knew the last few weeks had been exhausting, he hoped that Mike and I were taking a few moments here and there to enjoy our final baby. At the time I was like, "I am just trying to survive," but what he said stuck with me.

An Open Letter to First-Time Mamas

Nicole Dash | Posted 09.11.2013 | Parents
Nicole Dash

We can be good moms and not know what the hell we are doing. We can make mistakes or lose our temper and still be good moms. We can choose to stay home or work outside the home or (gasp) even travel for our jobs and still be good moms.

7 New Mom Tips for Kim Kardashian

GalTime | Posted 08.31.2013 | Parents
GalTime

Motherhood is the great way to level the playing field. Status doesn't matter. Money doesn't matter. Kids need attention, time and love.

What if I Don't Love My Baby?

Maia James | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Maia James

I spent pretty much my entire pregnancy convinced I wasn't going to love my child. While other moms-to-be claimed they fell head over heels the minute they saw the plus sign on the EPT, my reaction was far different.

A One-Step Recipe for Baby-Name Contentment

Laura Wattenberg | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
Laura Wattenberg

If you can choose anything -- anything -- how can you be sure you made the best possible choice? How do you even know when to stop looking?

The Possible Side Effects Of Parenthood

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.27.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

A friend of mine is pregnant, and she's having a rough go of it so far. "You people who have had babies don't say anything about this stuff," she's been saying. My friend has a point: We should alert people to the possible side effects of parenthood.

The Magic of a Napkin Dispenser

Melissa Sher | Posted 05.19.2013 | Parents
Melissa Sher

As babies like to do when their mothers are seconds away from taking the first bite of a meal, my infant son started to cry. He was crying because he was hungry. I tried to decide if I should feed him or just eat a few bites of bagel myself. Feed him or eat? Feed him or eat?