Newbies Episode Guide

Here’s your guide to all our Newbies episodes – all the parenting tips you need during baby’s first year! All of our episodes are free to listen to on our website, iTunes and through our RSS feed. You can also find Newbies and other great podcasts geared toward families on the Parents On Demand Network.

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star star star star i Postpartum Mental Health: Postpartum Anxiety

New moms experience many new emotions after the birth of their baby, and some of those feelings may surprise you, such as anxiety. Postpartum anxiety is a common condition that is often overlooked because of the belief that new mothers are just naturally anxious. So, what are the symptoms and how does it differ from other postpartum mood disorders? And how can this condition impact a mother’s ability to care for her child if gone untreated?

star star star star i Takotsubo Syndrome: The Physical Impact of Losing a Child

The emotional stress of losing a child can quickly overcome any parent. But, did you know there’s scientific proof that it can have a profound physical impact on parents as well? Moms not only can experience a broken heart, but their arms can literally ache if they’re not able to hold and comfort their child, regardless of their age when their child passes away. Today, you’ll hear from a mom who experienced this firsthand, and now she’s helping parents all over the country.

star star star star i Diaper Rashes: Causes and Remedies

You remove your baby’s diaper and see redness everywhere- perhaps even bumps and open sores! What’s causing your baby’s diaper rash? Could it be the diaper, or some other form allergy or irritation? How can you treat the rash and (hopefully) prevent it from happening again?

star star star star i Nap Transitions: How Do You Drop a Nap?

As your baby grows, so does his ability to sleep for longer periods of time. So, how does this impact the naps you have scheduled throughout the day? How much sleep does your baby really need, and how does this change along with their overall development? How do you drop naps throughout the day?

star star star star i Delayed Postpartum Depression: Relationships

Bringing home a baby is a major life-changing event. As parents, we are all adjusting to new baby and a new identity. This inevitably impacts our relationship with one another as well as with family and friends. What are the common stressors that trigger how we interact with other people? How can we communicate our feelings in a healthy and constructive way without creating distance? And what are some ways we can create reasonable expectations so our relationships can thrive?

star star star star i Know Your Infant Reflexes

If you have a newborn, then you’re no stranger to your little one’s weird, jerky movements. Thankfully, those crazy moves are completely normal. In fact, these infant reflexes are designed to protect your baby and keep him safe. So, what can you expect as a new parent? What happens during the moro reflex, sucking reflex and the root reflex? Will your child always have them or will they eventually go away?

star star star star i Fontanels: The Soft Spots on Your Baby’s Head

Your baby’s head in uniquely made to mold for birth and move to accommodate a growing and developing brain. So, what are those softs spots that most new parents are afraid to touch? Where can you find them? And what changes can you expect within your baby’s first year?

star star star star i Postpartum Mental Health: Baby Blues

After you have your baby, you may be experiencing a wide range of emotions. If you’re not feeling completely elated shortly after the birth of your baby- don’t worry, that can be completely normal. So, what are the common symptoms and how do you know if your condition is more severe?

star star star star i Sex After Baby: When Can We Do It Again?

After you give birth your baby, your body needs some time to recover. After all, you just created another human being. Eventually, you (and your partner) may be wondering when you can have sex again. Is six weeks really enough time? How do you know if you’re ready? Will it feel different? How can you do it as safely as possible, and what should you expect?

star star star star i Top 10 Cloth Diaper Mistakes for New Moms

How you diaper your baby will impact both you and baby every day. Cloth diapers has many benefits, but the whole process can often seem more complicated than it actually needs to be. So, what are the most common mistakes new moms make when cloth diapering their babies? Will “one size fits all” actually fit your baby? How often should you change your baby’s diaper? And what’s the best way to get rid of all that poop?

star star star star i Preparing Your Car for a Newborn

Preparing your car for your new baby involves more than just selecting a car seat. How do you ensure your car seat is properly installed and how to get it checked by a professional? What about other products designed for the car seats, are they safe? What additional items do you really need in your car and how do you safely secure those items? We have some great tips to help you prepare for your new baby.

star star star star i Delayed Postpartum Depression: Toddler Transition

Caring for a toddler is both an exciting and challenging adventure, for any parent. If you’re struggling with postpartum depression or another postnatal mood disorder, this transition may seem completely overwhelming. So, how can you better prepare yourself? How do you manage your child’s temper tantrums when you might be on the verge of doing the same thing yourself? We’ll explore some tips to help give you more structure to help both you and child feel more secure.

star star star star i Breastfeeding Your Baby: Losing 10% of Birth Weight

Your baby’s birth weight is important. And for those first couple weeks of life, your primary goal as a new mom is to keep that birth weight from falling more than 10%. Why is it important to maintain that birth weight right after birth? Why is 10% the magic number? And what does it mean if your baby loses more than 10% of her initial weight? What are your options?

star star star star i Swaddling Your Baby

If your baby seems irritable or she’s having a hard time sleeping, you may want to consider swaddling. It just makes sense that your child would feel most comfortable in an environment that’s more similar to your baby felt while being cradled in your womb. How do you successfully swaddle your baby, what type of swaddles typically work best and do all babies really need to be swaddled? Plus, what safety precautions should you take to make sure your baby is safe?

star star star star i The Truth About Baby Poop

Dealing with your baby’s poop is just one of the many joys of new parenting. But besides being a bit gross, you can also learn a lot about your baby’s overall health. So, what should you expect within the first few weeks of birth? What do the different colors mean? What should you do if your baby is constipated? Plus, our panelists share their most memorable poop surprises!

star star star star i Baby’s Bath: Home, Hospital and Beyond

Giving birth to your baby is usually pretty messy, right? So, it’s only natural we would want to bathe our babies immediately. But could there be benefits to delaying that first bath? And when you do decide to bathe your new baby, how should you do it? Should you buy a special baby tub, or perhaps bathe with your baby? And what about those strange baths in the kitchen sink?

star star star star i Delayed Postpartum Depression: Self Care

Being a parent inevitably involves sacrifice. There less money, less sleep, and less time for yourself. As a mother, finding time to care for yourself is essential but can seem like an impossible task. Not only may it seem impractical, but it may even feel selfish. How can you find the time and energy to help yourself so you can care for your children? How do you overcome guilty feelings of putting yourself before the needs of others?

star star star star i Postpartum Nutrition for New Moms

Your baby is here! But you’re so busy taking care of your little one that you forget to take care of yourself. Sound familiar? But did you know that good nutrition is super important for new moms- whether your breastfeeding your baby or your simply helping your body heal from childbirth. Today we’ll explore some great ways to get nutritious foods into your diet, without overwhelming your schedule.

star star star star i Healing from Birth Trauma

Sometimes unexpected events during childbirth can wound a new mother. The physical scars fade, but the emotional trauma can produce feelings of helplessness, shame and defeat. How can a mother process these emotions and even embrace them as moments of courage and strength, rather than weakness? And how can loved ones support mom during this important transition?

star star star star i Colic: Why Is My Baby Crying Constantly?

Babies are supposed to cry, it’s how they communicate with us. But what do you do when your baby is crying constantly? Could your baby have colic? What exactly is colic and why does it happen? And what natural remedies can you use to help soothe your baby so you both can get some much needed rest?

star star star star i Delayed Postpartum Depression: Expectations

Sometimes parenting doesn’t turn out the way we planned. We may envision our birth plan unfolding perfectly, followed by days, weeks, months or years of complete happiness as we watch our children grow. But reality can look much different. What happens when our expectations aren’t fulfilled? How can that lead to depression and fears of failure as a new mother?

star star star star i Breastfeeding Your Baby: Establishing Your Breast Milk

As a new breastfeeding mom, one of your top objectives is to establish a good milk supply for your growing baby. How often should you nurse to bring in your supply? How important is skin to skin contact with your baby? What can you to do help regulate an oversupply so you don’t feel engorged? Moms with new babies speak out about what worked best for them!

star star star star i Understanding Infant Growth Charts

When you go to the pediatrician, they take all sorts of measurements and track your baby’s progress through infant growth charts. So, who created these charts and how are averages determined? Do breastfed babies grow any differently than formula fed babies? And what does the term “failure to thrive” actually mean?

star star star star i Your First Period After Having a Baby

For most women, being pregnant means having a nice, long break from your monthly period. But what happens after your baby is born? What should you expect with those first few periods after pregnancy? Is it different depending on if you had a vaginal or c-section delivery? How will you know what’s normal for your body? Today we’re exploring what to expect when “Aunt Flo” strolls back into town!

star star star star i Delayed Postpartum Depression: The Symptoms

Many people think mood disorders, such as postpartum depression, must begin immediately after having your baby. But that’s simply not true. Delayed postpartum depression can occur 18 months after birth or later depending on hormonal changes within the mother’s body. So, would you know if you’re experiencing delayed PPD or if something else is wrong? Today we’re looking at the main symptoms that when left untreated, can even impact future pregnancies.

star star star star i Container Babies: The Danger of Infant Restraints

It’s hard to walk through baby stores without feeling like you need absolutely everything on the shelves. But, when it comes to devices that restrain your baby, less is probably best. Today we’re learning all about the concept of “container babies” and the potential harmful effects it could have on your child’s development.

star star star star i Birthmarks, Stork Bites and Belly Buttons

When your baby is born, you examine every inch of her tiny, little body. And you may find some thing you didn’t expect such as a birth mark or a stork bite. What do these marks actually mean and what causes them to appear on your baby? Plus, learn how to properly care for your baby’s umbilical cord and belly button after birth.

star star star star i Surviving Postpartum: Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

A new study suggests the birth of your first child could be more stressful and lead to more unhappiness than unemployment, divorce or death. What are the most common stressors new parents experience? And how can you overcome those issues and experience more happiness and stability?

star star star star i Should I Eat My Placenta?

You birthed your baby, and then your birthed your placenta. So, now what do you do with it? The hospital could whisk it away and discard it as hazardous material, or you could take it home with you… and perhaps eat it. What?!? It’s true and moms all over the world (including some in our studio) are convinced it helped them after childbirth.

star star star star i Tear or Episiotomy After Childbirth

When giving birth, many women may either tear or have an episiotomy. What are the various degrees of a perineum tear or episiotomy? What household items increase your comfort while recovering? And is there anything you can do to make sex more enjoyable?

star star star star i Adopting a Newborn

Adoption can happen through many avenues and under a variety of circumstances. Each baby’s adoption story is uniquely beautiful and uniquely challenging. How do you know if adoption is right for your family? What are some of the challenges you may face when adopting a newborn? How do you overcome obstacles that may come your way? In this episode, moms of adopted newborns share their personal experience.

star star star star i Delayed Postpartum Depression: Having More Babies

Having another child after experiencing postpartum depression, or another perinatal mental health disorder, may seem daunting as a new mother. What if it happens again? What if it is worse? Who would sign themselves up for this experience again? How can you reconcile this fear with the longing for more babies?

star star star star i Decoding Your Baby’s Body Language

Your baby seems to cry, a lot. She also spends a lot of her time moving, grunting, and cooing. Maybe she is trying to communicate what is going on in her tiny little body, but you don’t understand what. Is there a way to decode what your baby’s body language is saying? Does this baby come with a user manual? Help!

star star star star i Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards for Your Newborn

Birth certificates and social security cards, most of us use this information on a daily basis. And all the paperwork to create those documents start the moment you are born. As a parent, what do you need to know about filling-out these documents for your child? How does the processing of these documents differ if delivering in a hospital versus a birthing center?

star star star star i Surviving Postpartum: What’s My New Identity?

You recently had a baby and your transition into motherhood may leave you a little puzzled. Who are you, now that you’re a mom? How do you shift between caring for yourself, your partner and this new little being that just came into the world? How do you discover your new identity?

star star star star i Babies and Vaccines: The History of Vaccines

By the time they are six years old, most kids in the United States have received 49 doses of 14 different vaccines. This is the standard immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, as well as many pediatricians. But, how did we get to this point? When were the first vaccines developed? Who oversees the research, development, efficacy and safety of vaccinations in the United States? And why have vaccinations become such a controversial topic?

star star star star i Postpartum Mental Health: OCD and Psychosis

Sometimes after birth we don’t feel like ourselves, but eventually those feelings resolve. For some women, their postpartum time is filled with anxiety and compulsions, racing thoughts and sometimes voices in their heads, hallucinations and even violent behaviors. How are these conditions diagnosed? And what kind of impact can it have on the entire family?

star star star star i The Benefits of Kangaroo Care

You’ve heard the phrase skin-to-skin, but what about kangaroo care? How can this intimate way of holding your baby increase bonding after birth? What are some of the other benefits? How can it help with breastfeeding? And how does it ease the struggles many premature and NICU babies face while in the hospital?

star star star star i Your Baby’s Boogers, Snot and Colds

Having a sick baby can be a terrifying experience for new parents. So, how can you help your baby feel better (since you can’t use medication)? How do you clear all the snot and boogers from your baby’s nose? And what’s the general rule when it comes to babies and fevers?

star star star star i The Best Sleep Environment For Your Baby

New babies spend half their day sleeping. Nice, right? Knowing the best sleep environment for your baby will not only keep them safe, but it will result in better sleep so both you and baby can be well rested. Where should (and shouldn’t) your baby be sleeping? What should you look for in a crib and crib mattress? And what should our babies be wearing when they go to sleep?