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Heads Up: How to Minimize Potential Hazards During Your Baby’s First Year
By: Pamela Brill

Before your child turns one year of age, you'll be amazed by all the milestones that have taken place, from holding up their head, to possibly taking that first step. While these moments are tremendously exciting, some are also fraught with dangers that can turn everyday new parent experiences into worrisome situations.

In recognition of the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association's (JPMA) Baby Safety Month, experts share their tips about safeguarding little ones from common household mishaps. Here's how to take the proper precautions as your baby grows into toddlerhood—and play it safe.

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Gearing up for Grandma’s: Setting up a Home-Away-From-Home for Baby
By: Pamela Brill

If you're a new parent heading back to work, and your parents or in-laws have agreed to take care of your baby while you're at the office, consider yourself lucky. But, if you're a bit hesitant about getting their home outfitted with all the baby gear essentials—not to mention laying down your caretaking expectations—follow these expert tips for ensuring a good experience for everyone.

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Let’s Take a Trip: The Best Baby-Friendly Hotels
By: Pamela Brill

Ah, summer vacation! It's a time meant for relaxing, rejuvenating and breaking away from your regular routine. But if you're a new parent traveling with an infant or toddler, you may have to readjust that mental picture slightly. Trying to sightsee around naptime or dine with a nursing infant can throw a bit of a curveball into your itinerary.

When booking a getaway with little ones this summer, consider these more family-friendly lodging destinations where babies are more than welcome.

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Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide
By: Pamela Brill

This Sunday is Father's Day, and that means it's time to pay tribute to Dear Old Dad for the many hours he's logged changing diapers, calming a fussy newborn and rubbing your tired tootsies. Rather than buying him yet another golf shirt or necktie, consider these more playful alternatives that remind him what a great—and cool—dad he really is.

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Chief Executive Mother: The Makings of Mompreneurs
By: Pamela Brill

You've changed your share of diapers, nursed your baby through countless feedings and played more games of peek-a-boo than you thought humanly possible. Mastering new motherhood is nothing to scoff at, and yet you find that the skills you've acquired could be put to use in a different sense. For those mothers with an entrepreneurial spirit, creating a business or developing a new product seems like a natural fit, enabling them to put their newfound parenting knowledge into something tangible.

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Money Matters 101: Saving for Baby
By: Pamela Brill
Your newborn may seem small now, but when it comes to having a baby, the cost associated with raising a child can really add up. According to a recent survey from NerdWallet.com, sixty percent of respondents believe the cost of raising a baby in the first year is less than $10,000. The actual estimation ranges from $21,248 for a family earning $40,000, to $51,985 for a family whose income is $200,000. If that jaw-dropping discrepancy is enough to make you rethink your spending habits, you're not alone.

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Babies at Play: How They Develop During Their First Year
By: Pamela Brill

As the famous educator Maria Montessori once said, "Play is the work of a child." And this is one job that can begin as early as infancy. Not only does play benefit a child's cognitive and physical abilities, but it also contributes to their social and emotional well-being. "Play has even been shown to be important for healthy brain development," says Melissa McInnis Brown, assistant professor of early childhood development and education at Texas Woman's University. "Through play, babies and toddlers are able to garner new skills and learn about relationships with other people."

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Love Yourself: Mindfulness in Motherhood
By: Pamela Brill

After the arrival of a baby, trying to find calm amidst chaos is easier said than done. There are diapers to be changed, bottles to be prepared, laundry to be done…the list is endless. If you find yourself wondering how to steal a few moments for yourself and rejuvenate your sense of self, you're not alone.

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New Baby Etiquette: How to Make Those First Visits Enjoyable for All
By: Pamela Brill

It's the moment you've been waiting for: showing your new baby to your family, friends and the world. While it's generally an exciting time, it can also be fraught with some anxiety. Will your husband's great-aunt Charlotte insist on coming to the hospital? Will your sister decide to bring your little nephew along, even though you know he just got over a cold? And will everyone think you're nuts if you insist on them washing their hands before holding the baby?

To help you navigate the sometimes complicated, always interesting world of social interactions with your little one, our experts weigh in on these issues and more as they share their P.C. take on new baby etiquette.

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Making New Family Traditions for the Holidays
By: Pamela Brill

Once you have your first child, the holiday season seems to take on even greater significance. You can hardly wait to take your little one to visit Santa, play the dreidel game and bake holiday treats together. "The spirit of the holidays is really heightened when you have children," says Jill Seiman, lifestyle blogger at Glamamom.com. "They are experiencing everything for the first time and it's the perfect opportunity to establish your own traditions based on your family's values."

But before you go out and buy matching mommy and me aprons, remember that your baby can't quite grasp the concept of holiday celebrations just yet. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't share the spirit of the season with your child from the get-go. For families looking to create their own first holiday memories, either for their first child or the latest addition, consider these suggestions from lifestyle experts and parents themselves.

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Veteran Moms Share Their Insights About New Motherhood
By: Pamela Brill

As soon as you become a mom, you are suddenly bombarded with unsolicited advice from strangers and relations alike. From how you should let your baby cry it out, to when you should ditch her pacifier, all aspects of parenting appear to be fair game. While many of these remarks may be well-intended, you already know that the best parenting advice comes from personal experience.

Of course, the next best thing to firsthand knowledge is from trusted voices of reason who've been there, done that, so to speak. In honor of Veterans Day, mom-style, we rounded up a handful of seasoned mothers who share their best parenting tips for the first year of new motherhood.

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Breast Wellness 101
By: Pamela Brill

Good health is something we tend to take for granted—that is, until something goes wrong. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we take a closer look at how to maintain best breast health during pregnancy and as we age. Medical experts share their advice regarding the current thinking behind self breast exams, when to get a mammogram and what steps women can take to ensure their overall breast health.

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Off to School: Studying up on The Benefits of Early Childhood Education for Your 2-Year-Old
By: Pamela Brill

September marks the end of summer vacation and for many, the return to school. As older kids head off to the classroom, you might be tempted to enroll your toddler in an early education program at your local nursery school or YMCA. But before you pack up your two-year-old's little backpack, consider what child development experts have to say about the benefits of pre-preschool programming and how to create an engaging environment outside of the classroom.

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Surviving a Summertime Pregnancy
By: Pamela Brill

It feels like 1,000 degrees outside, your feet are swollen and your belly is sweating in places you didn’t think were possible. If you’re pregnant during the summer months, you know firsthand how uncomfortable that feeling can be. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

With some helpful suggestions from medical experts, a dietician and a stylist, you’ll know how to dress, how to protect your sensitive skin, what to eat and drink and how to keep your cool until Labor Day.

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Mom-To-Be on Board: Traveling During Pregnancy
By: Pamela Brill

It’s time for the annual summer vacation and for expectant women, it may mark the last occasion to enjoy some down time before motherhood. But with so much trepidation over travel these days, heading out for a getaway during your pregnancy may not exactly feel like a day at the beach.

With some helpful tips and suggestions from medical experts, pregnant women on the go can enjoy their time away and relax before their baby’s arrival.

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It’s Raining Men: The Birth of Male Showers and Dadchelor Parties
By: Pamela Brill

Move over, mama: Expectant moms aren't the only ones ready to celebrate new parenthood. According to Pinterest, the advent of celebrations for fathers-to-be (a.k.a. dadchelor parties) is gaining traction. Since 2015, the ideas for male showers are up 149 percent, as guys and girls alike scour the web for memorable ways to countdown to their baby's arrival. (Evite too has noted an uptick in man showers, giving further credence to the belief that this trend may be more than just a passing fancy.)

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Mother’s Day 2016 Getaways
By: Pamela Brill

With Mother's Day fast approaching, gift givers are eager to please Mom and show her how much they love her. But if flowers and candy just won't do—or you are secretly looking to treat yourself—here are a sampling of 2016 hotel packages across the country that cater to these special women.

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How to Manage Your Baby’s Transitional Milestones (Part II)
By: Pamela Brill

In the first installment of this series, we covered the topics of independent sleeping and safety for new crawlers and walkers. Two other areas of child development, feeding and bathing, pose their own sets of challenges for new parents. Once again, we turn to the experts to find out how to manage these experiences with ease.

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How to Manage Your Baby’s Transitional Milestones (Part I)
By: Pamela Brill

As a new parent, you are the first to celebrate your baby’s ability to sit up, crawl and walk. Nothing brings a mom or dad such joy as seeing their little one embark on these stages of development.

But before babies can mature into full-grown toddlers, they also undergo some milestone moments that may cause some anxiety for their parents and caregivers. In this two-part series, experts will offer their suggestions on how parents can help their baby move through different phases of development effortlessly, so they can enjoy those in-between stages …no matter how nerve-wracking they may seem.

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Love Yourself: Heart Health for Expectant Moms
By: Pamela Brill

Maintaining a healthy heart isn't something to take lightly. With heart disease now considered the No. 1 cause of death for women, pregnant women need to take extra precautions in order to keep themselves and their unborn babies healthy and safe.

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How to Care for Your Baby’s Skin
By: Pamela Brill

Who can resist reaching out to touch a baby's face? Of course, during the cold winter months, those rosy red cheeks can become dry, itchy and irritated, causing tremendous discomfort. But before you start slathering your little one's skin with moisturizer, you should know how to identify and treat the most common baby skin conditions.

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Go Glam: Dressing Up Expectant Moms and Babies for the Holidays
By: Pamela Brill

Tis the season to look your Christmas best. But if you're pregnant and feeling as though you'd be more comfortable staying in your jammies, don't despair. This season, fashion experts reveal what's hot in holiday attire for moms-to-be and little ones, from top to bottom.

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Baby Talk: Developing Your Child’s Language Skills
By: Pamela Brill

If your baby loves to babble, consider it a blessing; it's their way of communicating with you in their very own language. But if you're concerned just how much chatter is appropriate for your child's age or wondering how you can help develop their love of language, listen to what the experts have to say about cultivating healthy speech patterns for babies and toddlers.

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A Bountiful Feast: Healthy Eating During Your Pregnancy
By: By Pamela Brill

You just found out that you're expecting—congratulations! But before you decide to raise a glass or indulge in that second helping of pumpkin pie, consider what the experts have to say about how to eat sensibly for the next nine months, what to consume in moderation and how to make smart choices at the holiday dinner table.

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Ready to Ride: Car Seat Safety 101
By: Pamela Brill

As a new parent, you quickly learn most of the ins and outs of caretaking via on-the-job training, so to speak. But if there's one area that can boggle the minds of even the most prepared parents, it's the entire car seat experience. From how to install an infant car, to when upgrade to a booster seat, the process can be a bit overwhelming.

In honor of National Baby Safety Month, safety experts discuss how to handle the entire car seat experience like a professional, so you can keep your baby safe while on the go.

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Water Babies: Swimming 101 for Little Ones
By: Pamela Brill

The dog days of summer have officially begun, and if you haven't had an opportunity to take your little one to the beach or pool yet, it's time to take advantage of the warm weather before the season is over.

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The Biting Truth: How to Manage Your Baby’s Teething Experience
By: Pamela Brill

A baby's toothy grin may look adorable in photographs, but the experience of teething itself may not be as cheery. In fact, as the experts reveal, one baby's teething may be completely different from another's. 

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Make Room for Daddy: A Closer Look at Stay-at-Home Dads
By: Pamela Brill

If you've been noticing a few more dads pushing strollers these days, you're witnessing a rising trend in today's families. According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, which analyzes U.S. Census Bureau data, nearly 21 percent of the 2 million stay-at-home dads (SAHDs) note the main reason they are home is to care for their home or family—nearly quadruple the 5 percent of dads who cited the same reason back in 1989.

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Table for Three: Eating Out With Your Baby
By: Pamela Brill

Who's hungry? If you're looking forward to taking your baby out to a restaurant, you're in good company. (And now that spring has sprung, those outdoor cafés look particularly inviting.)

But before you decide to head out and break bread together, it helps to know how to handle yourself (and your child) when dining away from home.

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Surviving Your First Night Away from Your Baby
By: Pamela Brill

It's one of those rites of new parenthood that is easier said than done: a night away from your baby for the first time. While the idea might initially sound appealing to the sleep-deprived parent looking for a brief respite from round-the-clock childcare, putting that plan into action can be a bit unsettling.

Armed with some tips from childcare experts and the right attitude, you'll be ready to head out with a smile on your face and the assurance that your baby is well-cared for.

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Motherhood After 40
By: Pamela Brill
At long last, it's finally time. After much contemplation and plenty of heartfelt conversations, you've decided to take the plunge into new motherhood. The main difference between you and most of the other women you know is one thing: your age.

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Cutting Teeth: Your Baby’s First Visit to the Dentist
By: Pamela Brill
How sweet is it when your smiling baby reveals his very first tooth! Much like taking his first step and babbling his first word, the sight of new baby teeth is a major milestone in his development—and that means a visit to the dentist is in order.

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A New Mom’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions
By: Pamela Brill
Happy New Year! If this is your first year as a new mom or if you're expecting, you have a lot to celebrate. Not only should you take pride in bringing a new life into the world, but you should pat yourself on the back every day for a job well done of caring for your newborn.

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Happy, Healthy Holidays: How to Keep Your Family Safe and Well This Season
By: Pamela Brill
Who doesn't love the holidays, especially with a baby or young toddler? Experiencing the wonders of the season through a child's eyes for the first time is pure magic. But when it comes to merry-making, in all the hustle and bustle of the season, parents sometimes overlook potential hazards during family celebrations, parties at friends' and neighbors' homes or even when playing outdoors. To keep young families safe and healthy this season, experts divulge a myriad of tips for a happy, healthy holiday season and into the New Year.

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Bon Appétit: How to Feed Your Baby Right
By: Pamela Brill

As Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season draws near, it’s only natural to want your baby to enjoy eating his first real meal. Of course, cultivating a future foodie may be easier said than done, especially as the temperamental toddler years approach. With a little expert advice from pediatricians and dieticians, you’ll be able to get your child started on solids and expose him to the wonderful world of healthy eating.

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What to Wear: Shopping for Maternity Clothes
By: Pamela Brill

Ever since you found out you were expecting, you've become a regular shopaholic: baby clothes, a crib, bouncer, stroller…you name it. And as your baby bump begins to expand, it won't be long before you'll need to add maternity clothes to your shopping list.

But before you get too caught up in a shopping frenzy—what should I buy and when?—it helps to figure out which maternity items are essential and how to enhance your existing wardrobe without breaking the bank.

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Getting Ready for Baby’s Arrival: What You Need to Know
By: Pamela Brill

It's been almost nine months, and the day you've been anticipating is practically here. You bought all the baby gear, taken a few child-birthing classes and even washed all your baby's clothes. Now all you have to do is wait for him (or her) to make their grand entrance…right?

While you may think you have all the baby bases covered, it doesn't hurt to double-check that you've taken the necessary steps to ensure a smooth arrival. Here's some things you may have inadvertently overlooked—and what you still have a chance to take care of before the big day.

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Happy Birthday, Baby!: Planning a Memorable First Party
By: Pamela Brill

It's finally here. After twelve months of diaper changes, round-the-clock feedings and playing peek-a-boo, it's finally time to celebrate your baby's first birthday. It's not just a day reserved for your little one, but a special occasion for you, too. So if you're ready to pull out all the stops when it comes to planning your baby's first birthday, you're in good company.

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Happy Trails to You: Baby-Friendly Travel
By: Pamela Brill

It's a rite of passage in parenting: You've decided to take the plunge and book your first vacation with your baby. But, as anyone with young children knows, there's an awful lot of planning and preparing that goes into traveling with little ones. So, before you pack your bags and book your trip, find out what the experts have to say about family-friendly destinations, amenities for young families—and what not to do during the course of your stay.

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Daddy and Me: Activities for Together Time
By: Pamela Brill

Fathers who change diapers, build block towers and spend time with their kids…no, it's not every mom's fantasy come true, but a real-life sign of the times. According to a recent Pew Research study, the number of dads who are at home with their children has nearly doubled since 1989 to 2.2 million.

But even for those fathers who work outside the home, many dads are still actively involved in their children's day-to-day routines, from changing diapers to grocery shopping and preparing meals. In a recent NBC News poll, nearly two-thirds of the dads say they are more involved with their kids than their fathers were with them.

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Moms’ Night Out: Just Add Friends
By: Pamela Brill

As much as mothers enjoy being showered with gifts and attention on Mother's Day, they also can appreciate some time away from the responsibilities of everyday life, like a moms' night out. "Our chapters often do monthly moms' night out with their members," says Mary James, founder of MOMS Clubs. "They can range from something simple like meeting up at a member's home for dessert and games or going to a restaurant, to something more elaborate, like a photo scavenger hunt or spa night."

Whether you're a new mom or a seasoned veteran, here are some suggestions for getting together with your gal pals—sans kids—and making the most of your evening.

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Godparents and Guardians: Your Baby’s Significant Others
By: Pamela Brill

Right up there with Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, are some very important people in a baby's life. If your child will be baptized, you will be asked to select a pair of godparents. And regardless of your religious beliefs, you might also consider naming a legal guardian for your child.

While each role has distinct responsibilities, they share a common purpose: carrying out your wish for these chosen individuals to love, honor and care for your little one. With a little preparation and advance planning, you can call upon the right people for these priceless positions.

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Showers of Happiness: What’s Trending When Welcoming Baby
By: Pamela Brill

Gone are the days of bow-laden hats and wishing wells.

When it comes to throwing a baby shower, today's festivities are out with the old, and in with lots of new traditions. To get the inside scoop on what's big in welcoming little ones, we talked with party planning experts who revealed the latest games, party themes and more ways to celebrate little ones in style.

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Choosing to Stay Home with Your Kids
By: Pamela Brill

It's been a hot-button topic for a long time: whether or not to go back to work after having a baby. For many women, it's a decision they begin to mull over as soon as they become pregnant. Deciding between putting their career on hold while caring for their family, and finding suitable childcare so they can return to the office can be challenging.

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Returning to Work Post-Baby
By: Pamela Brill

If you're like most new mothers living in the U.S., you are already back at work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly three quarters of all mothers are in the labor force, and mothers with young children account for 60 percent of the working world.

Deciding whether or not to return to work after having a baby isn't just a personal choice, but one often made out of necessity.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Baby Toys
By: Pamela Brill

If this Christmas marks the first holiday season for your new baby, chances are you'll be shopping for a ton of toys to keep her entertained and engaged. But how do you know which playthings are developmentally appropriate for your little one?

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Beauty Basics of Pregnancy
By: Pamela Brill

As soon as you tell the world you’re expecting, practically everyone you know starts commenting on how wonderful you look. But maintaining that healthy glow during pregnancy doesn’t always come naturally.

For moms-to-be who see their dentist or frequent the salon or spa over the next nine months, it pays to know which treatments are safe during each trimester—and which are worth holding off until your baby is born. To find out how to care properly for your skin, hair and teeth while you’re expecting, read on to learn what the experts have to say.

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Baby’s First Halloween
By: Pamela Brill

It's not just a night reserved for ghosts and goblins anymore. Now that you're a parent, Halloween has taken on new meaning: a chance to dress up your little one, take tons of darling photos and nibble on some sweet treats with your little pumpkin.

But before you get carried away by the spirit of the season, take a few minutes to consider what you can—and can't—do with a young baby or toddler to ensure a safe, happy Halloween for you and your family.

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Gray Matters: Why Grandparents Are So Important
By: Pamela Brill

If you're lucky enough to have grown up with one or more of your grandparents,  then you know how special that relationship can be. An undeniably significant presence in modern families, today's grandparents aren't just a source of homemade cookies and copious hugs, but have taken on the roles of caregiver and  chauffeur and are involved in many other aspects of their grandbaby's day-to-day life.

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Nursing Know-How: Breastfeeding 101
By: Pamela Brill

Co-sleeping or a crib. Disposable diapers or cloth. Bottle or breast. Once you become a new mom, you are suddenly confronted with a tremendous number of decisions on how to raise your baby, some of which will have more of an impact on your lifestyle than others. For those women who decide to nurse their newborns, it's a choice that's not only personal but one that involves commitment and determination.

If you're pregnant and trying to determine if breastfeeding is right for you, read on to learn more about the advantages, the challenges and how to get started—and stay focused.

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Breathe In, Breathe Out: A Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga Primer
By: Pamela Brill

Close your eyes and take a deep breath. If you happen to be pregnant or if you recently had a baby, these simple acts can have some powerful, restorative effects on your body and overall well-being. And if you practice yoga, you know all too well how crucial it is to maintain your health—both for yourself and your new baby. For new mothers looking to incorporate yoga into their new lifestyle, here’s how to get started.

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Father’s Day Wish List
By: Pamela Brill

In the day-to-day rat race that is parenting, sometimes it is Dear Old Dad who is the last to be remembered. To make up for all those times when he handled those late-night feedings like a champ, and surprised your daughter at her ballet recital, here are some ways to say "thanks" on his special day.

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Mother’s Day Wish List
By: Pamela Brill

Breakfast in bed, a homemade card and a day that's all about you. That's what Mother's Day means for most moms, right? But if you ask any mother what she's really pining for this May, her answer might surprise you (hint: a few hours of alone time doesn't hurt).

If your family is stumped over what to buy you this year, here are a few favorites for both first-time mothers and seasoned veterans. Now start dropping those hints…

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Hello, My Name is…: Choosing a Name for Your Baby
By: Pamela Brill

Shakespeare once asked "What's in a name?" For today's new parents, that can be a loaded question, and one that doesn't necessarily have a simple answer. While you may agonize over what color to paint their child's nursery or which stroller to buy, the choices of baby names are practically endless—and your final decision will be with your child for their entire life.

If you find yourself mulling over possible monikers for your baby-to-be, or are torn between traditional or trendy, read on to find what experts are saying about the latest happenings in the baby name game.

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The ABCs of Reading to Your Baby
By: Pamela Brill

One of the most underrated experiences of new motherhood can occur during the quietest of moments. Picture a freshly bathed, pajama-clad baby snuggled up in her mom or dad’s lap with a book in hand. Visualizing this scene is enough to calm even the most frenzied new parent.

“In the chaotic time of a newborn, this kind of closeness gives some quiet time for parents and their baby, not to mention some closeness,” says Carolyn Brodie, president for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and a professor of library science at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Experts agree that reading with your baby is not only a great way to bond with them, but that it helps boost language development and can even go so far as to cultivate a lifelong love of books.

If the idea of reading aloud to your newborn seems a bit daunting or even overambitious, here’s how to get started.

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And Baby Makes Three: Making Time for Your Marriage
By: Pamela Brill

No one can deny the excitement of welcoming a new baby into your household. But when a family suddenly grows from two to three members, it's your relationship with your partner that inevitably takes a backseat—and that's never a good thing.

Before you completely lose yourself amidst all that diaper changing and late-night feedings, experts share their advice on how couples can still enjoy each other's company as they juggle new parenthood.

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Overcoming Postpartum Depression
By: Pamela Brill

We read about it in celebrity magazines and online, but never think it can happen to us. But when postpartum depression affects us or someone we love, it suddenly becomes personal—and real. For any woman who has been afflicted with this crippling, but curable illness, it can feel like the end of the world. But with the proper diagnosis and treatment, those who were once suffering from postpartum depression can move forward and resume their healthy, happy lifestyle.

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Welcoming a New Sibling
By: Pamela Brill

When Anna Korshin of Eaton's Neck, N.Y., was expecting her second child, she made a point of sitting down her 4-year-old daughter and talking about what she had been like as a newborn. "I told her stories of how she would scream for hours at night, how she hated her car seat and how her dad and I gave her the nickname 'the screaming tomato,'" she recalls. "My hope was that she wouldn't expect to have a chubby, happy baby right away and that instead, she was prepared…for the reality of a newborn."

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Signing With Your Baby
By: Pamela Brill

You've heard about it on TV, and you've seen some parents doing it with their baby in the park, at the playground or in the grocery store. Even your local library is offering a class about it next month. But is signing with your baby something worth checking out?

We talked to some baby sign language experts about the advantages and the challenges associated with learning this new language, as well as how and when to get started. Read on to find out if it's for you.

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Managing Multiples
By: Pamela Brill

Congratulations—times two! You’ve just learned that you’re expecting twins. That means double the smiles, double the cooing…and double the diapering, feeding and sleep deprivation.

Before you begin worrying that you won’t be able to handle a new baby’s demands—let alone two or more (!) newborns—take a deep breath and listen to the experts. We asked them about how to prepare for the arrival of multiples, the challenges they faced, the greatest misconception about mothering multiples and—bonus—the unexpected advantages. So, take a break from figuring out how to open and close that double stroller, and read on.

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Back to School, With Mom and Baby
By: Pamela Brill

Freshly sharpened pencils, yellow school buses and shiny red apples…the signs of kids heading back to school are everywhere. And while kindergarten may seem like a long way off for your little one, it's never too early to expose her to a world filled with learning and discovery.  To help you can make the most of your time together with your child, we explore a variety of classes for parents and babies, from storytime to stroller rides.

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Room for Two: Indulging in a Babymoon
By: Pamela Brill

You couldn’t be more thrilled at the prospect of your baby’s arrival. But, looking forward to the sleep deprivation and the sudden lack of time with your hubby? Not so much.

If you’re considering a getaway for just the two of you before those nine months are up, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how you can enjoy your couples-only time without breaking the bank.

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Baby on Board: Traveling with Your Newborn
By: Pamela Brill

Planning on vacationing with your baby this summer? Whether you’ll be taking to the friendly skies or hitting the road, the experts say it pays to be prepared. Below we reveal what to pack (and what’s not worth lugging around), how to dress your little one and how to handle feeding on the go. Buckle up, ‘cause here we go…

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Sweet Dreams: Getting Your Baby to Sleep
By: Pamela Brill

Sleep. It's one of those basic life necessities that we tend to take for granted…until we're suddenly missing it. As a new mom, chances are it's something you're probably not getting enough of these days—and something you envy in your ever-slumbering newborn.

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Fluffy, Meet Baby: Introducing Your Pet to Your Newborn (Part II)
By: Pamela Brill

Move over, Rover. There's a new family member in the house, and she's vying to be your pet's new best friend. But before you leave the two of them alone to get better acquainted, it's important to make the necessary preparations for your pet, while creating a safe, harmonious environment for the entire family.

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Baby’s Best Friend: Adding a New Pet to Your Family (Part I)
By: Pamela Brill

Your baby is at a playful age: clapping hands, playing peek-a-boo and becoming more mobile. And now that the warmer weather is here and families are spending more time outdoors, it seems like the perfect time to present her with her first friend: one of the furry persuasion.

But before you head out to the animal shelter or pet store, it's important to consider which pets are ideal companions for young children and what precautions to take when adding an animal to your growing family.

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Make Room for Baby
By: Pamela Brill

Spring is in the air. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and all around you, new life is taking shape. If you happen to be blessed with your own new arrival this coming season, it's the perfect excuse to get your home in order.

But if you're overwhelmed by the mere thought of figuring out what to buy—not to mention how you'll ever make enough room for all that new stuff—take a deep breath and find out what the experts have to say.

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Combating Cabin Fever
By: Pamela Brill

It's the dead of winter and you're home alone with your baby. She seems crankier than usual, but then again, so do you. It's a long way off until spring, and you wonder how you'll make it through this seemingly endless string of days spent indoors with your little one.

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Your Baby’s First Year: A Milestones Review
By: Pamela Brill

With the holiday season upon us and the New Year right around the corner, it's that time when we take stock of all that's happened in the past twelve months—and that includes your baby. From her first smile to her first step, there are plenty of moments at which to marvel and to record in her baby book. Here's what you can expect will happen to your new baby, developmentally speaking, in her first year—and what you can do if those milestones aren't being met.

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Smile for the Birdie: Your Baby’s First Photos
By: Pamela Brill

With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about sending out cards to family and friends. What better way to say "Season's Greetings" than with a photo of the new addition to your family?

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House Call: Choosing Your Baby’s First Doctor
By: Pamela Brill

Not long after your child’s arrival into the world, he’ll be going on his first appointment: a check-up with his pediatrician. Determining which doctor will best fit yours—and your child’s—needs is extremely important, considering he’ll be paying annual visits to this person for next eighteen years.

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Babyproofing 101
By: Pamela Brill

Looks can be deceiving. As adorable and helpless as that precious bundle of joy may appear to be, she'll  soon be crawling, walking and exploring the world around her—and it's up to you to make it a safe place. Babyproofing your home will prevent any potential hazards from endangering your baby, and ultimately provide a secure environment well into the toddler years.

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It’s a Wrap: The Ins and Outs of Swaddling
By: Pamela Brill

You may have heard about it before, but until you become a parent, the term "swaddling" doesn't hold much meaning. But once you've endured your first round of sleepless nights and have an inconsolable baby on your hands, you're suddenly ready to learn more about the technique that sleep experts laud for its tremendous health benefits—and that will buy you some much-needed shuteye, too.

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Beating the Heat with Summer Sun Safety
By: Pamela Brill

It's a beautiful summer morning. The sun is shining, there's not a cloud in the sky and a warm breeze is beckoning you to the beach with your baby. But before you head outdoors, be sure you know how best to protect your little one from the elements so you can enjoy the sun safely.

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Taking the Plunge: Fatherhood 101
By: Pamela Brill
You and your partner couldn't be more excited for the arrival of your new baby. You've created a dream nursery, read every baby book and parenting magazine under the sun, and even taken Lamaze classes together. What's more, feeling that first kick has made you realize you'll soon be gazing into the face of this precious little person who you've been dying to meet.

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Prenatal Pampering
By: Pamela Brill
Ahhhh, spa... There isn't a pregnant woman alive who doesn't appreciate a little R&R. Be it in the form of a facial, massage or manicure, expectant moms deserve to nurture their changing bodies, especially at a time when their self image may not be at its best.

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Greening Your Baby's Nursery
By: Pamela Brill
You did everything to ensure a healthy pregnancy: you ate right, exercised and got more sleep than you have had in years. It's only natural that you'd want to create an equally healthy environment for your baby's first home.

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Working Out after Baby's Arrival
By: Pamela Brill
Just because you're a new mom doesn't mean every aspect of your life has to change irrevocably. On the contrary, one of the healthiest ways to maintain your sense of self is to establish a daily exercise routine, which helps release mood-boosting endorphins and keeps your body physically fit. Experts agree that with the proper know-how and a little motivation, moms can set the tone for a lifelong healthy habit.

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In Search of a Sitter
By: Pamela Brill
Your little bundle of joy has finally arrived. And while it may be difficult to fathom wanting to spend even a moment away from her, chances are you'll be in need of a babysitter at some point. Whether you are returning to work and looking for full-time help, or are simply in need of an occasional night out with your spouse or partner, you'll want to line up someone you can trust implicitly with the care of your child.

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Managing a Wintertime Pregnancy
By: Pamela Brill
Cold temperatures, slushy roads, frosted windowpanes…ah, the joys of winter! To some, it's a picture postcard-perfect season that quiets the world with a fresh blanket of fallen snow. But for those women who are pregnant, it's a time fraught with slippery surfaces, bone-chilling winds and other potentially dangerous elements for themselves and their baby-to-be. With a little guidance from medical professionals, expectant moms can outsmart Old Man Winter and look forward to the arrival of spring—and the birth of their new family member.

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Navigating the Holidays with Baby
By: Pamela Brill
'Tis the season for making merry, and if this is your baby's first holiday, it makes the festivities all the more enjoyable. But as excited as you may be to dress your little one up in that Santa sleeper, this time of year may not be so fun for a new person who's not used to the blinking lights, crowded stores and—to borrow a phrase from The Grinch--"all the noise, noise, noise."

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How to Build a Baby Gift Registry
By: Pamela Brill
Ever since you found out you were expecting, you can't stop thinking about all those cute little outfits, that rubber ducky bath tub and oh…all that baby gear. Before you get too overwhelmed, think about how you can make your gift registry work for you.

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