How to Choose Between a Bassinet and a Crib

As first-time moms, we tend to get overwhelmed with choosing what to buy for our babies, so we usually end up buying almost everything! Sometimes we're just a bit naive, while other times it's precautionary - we’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. As we mature on our journey through motherhood, we learn the subtle difference between must-haves, nice-to-haves, and simply cute. There are still, however, a few grey areas with some baby items. The choice between a bassinet and crib is one such area for some moms.

How to Create a Safe Play Space for Baby

Creating a safe play space for a baby is more important than you may think. It’s almost as essential for the baby as it is for the mother. In order to create a safe play space for your baby, there are a few fundamentals that need to be established first.

Potty-Training at Naps and Night

Even once your little one starts using the potty on a regular basis, it may not be time to abandon those diapers and pull-ups just yet. Naptime and nighttime are often called the final frontiers in potty training because they typically take longer for kids to master. Fortunately, there are some things parents can do to make the transition a little bit easier.

Are You Raising a Spoiled Brat?

You love your child and strive to give them everything they want, but does that mean you’re spoiling them? Child Development and Behavior Specialist, Nancy Cohen, offers advice on how to know when you’re overindulging your little one, how it might affect them later on, and how to stop the cycle.

Common Cloth Diaper Mistakes

There are many benefits to using cloth diapers over disposables, but if you’re confused about the process, you’re not alone. Cloth diapering educator Amy Kessler gives us the run down on why cloth is best and how to avoid common mistakes.

Baby Carriers for Your Twins

If you’re the parent of twins, you may be wondering about babywearing. Is it possible to wear two babies at once? What are the options? Fortunately, there are a number of twin baby carriers on the market and today we’ll talk about key features to look for in those carriers. All new parents interested in babywearing their twins should consult with their doctor; above all you want to make sure you listen to your body.

Life After Birth Trauma

Anyone who has given or witnessed a birth can experience emotional trauma. Some may try to sort it out on their own or just brush it off, while others may swap stories or vent to similarly traumatized moms. However, these approaches often only provide temporary relief and healing can be more elusive. Doula and Childbirth Educator, Shelley Rahim, offers some insight into emotional birth trauma and ways to move forward.

Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

Now that your little one has joined you on the outside, you’re probably eager say goodbye to the pregnancy weight. But losing weight while breastfeeding brings its own set of challenges. Today’s expert, Leigh-Ann Webster, a certified personal trainer, licensed wellness coach, and nutritional counselor, offers advice on navigating the tricky balance between losing weight while maintaining an adequate milk supply.

Does Your Child Have a Food Allergy?

As a parent, one of your main jobs is feeding and nourishing your little one. But if your child suffers from a food allergy or sensitivity, it can make that job a bit more complicated. In today’s post, we’ll define what a food allergy is, how to spot the symptoms, what foods are most likely to cause problems, and how to deal with potential food allergy pitfalls.

Delayed Clamping of Umbilical Cord

If you’re curious about delayed cord clamping and want to know the pros and cons, you’ve come to the right place. Clamping the cord separates the baby from the placenta and it is usually done immediately after birth, but recently there’s been a move to delay the clamping process.

Breastfeeding and Drinking Alcohol

After nine long months of pregnancy, you may be itching for an ice-cold beer or a glass of wine, but is it safe to drink if you’re breastfeeding? Are there any special precautions you should take? In this post, pediatrician Dr. James Murphy advises on the ins and outs of drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.

Treating Tongue Ties and Lip Ties

If you’re experiencing nipple pain or if your baby seems to be having trouble latching on or getting enough milk, he or she may be suffering from a tongue or lip tie. A tongue tie is when the little membrane, called the frenulum, under the tongue is tighter or located more forward than usual. A lip tie is similar and can occur on the upper, lower, or even the sides of the lip.

Raising Twins As Individuals

Although twins are the cutest package deal, ultimately it’s important for them to grow up to be healthy adults with their own identity, self-esteem, self-confidence, likes and interests, strengths and weaknesses. While their relationship with each other is special, it’s vital for them to develop their own sense of self and understand how they are unique from one another.

Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Research shows that approximately 90% of women will get stretch marks during or after pregnancy, but luckily there are some techniques to prevent them and minimize their appearance. If you’re a new mom (or a not so new mom!) you may have questions about these little battle wounds. Wonder no more; today’s post will tell you everything you need to know about stretch marks.