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?
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You may know them as pacis, binkies, soothies, or a slew of other names we call that thing that we stick in our baby’s mouth to help them stop crying. In my house, pacifiers often work like magic. But are there actual benefits to using them? Today we’re going to dig into the science of pacifiers and address some of the most burning questions new parents have on this topic, as well as tips for addressing some of the more problematic paci woes.
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?
What type of sleep patterns can you expect with your newborns? And what are some practical tips to keep them sleeping longer so you too can get some much needed shuteye?
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
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?
You think you're having contractions, so it's off to the hospital you go! So, what should you expect when you arrive? At what point are you provided with a labor and delivery room? How many people will be caring for you as you await your baby's big debut? And what typically happens after your baby is born?
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?
Your first baby was born via c-section and with this time you're hoping to have a vaginal birth, or VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). You may have heard about some of the risks, but what does it all actually mean? Are VBACs more risky than having a repeat c-section? What factors should you consider before making this big decision for both you and your baby?
We know birth interventions can impact our ability to breastfeed our babies, but what about treatments or procedures that typically happen within in the first few days of birth, such as circumcision? Can circumcision impair your ability to successfully breastfeed your baby? Today we’re talking with moms on both sides of the issue to learn more about their personal experience.