What's the one baby gadget you would want if you were stranded on a desert island? For a lot of moms, it would be a baby sling. A baby sling is a soft cloth carrier that is designed to be "worn" on the mother's body in order to keep the baby close.
C'mon, admit it. You sometimes use the television set as a cheap babysitter. That's ok...we ALL do it sometimes! Ah, but it's a double-edged sword, because kids who watch a lot of TV have trouble keeping themselves entertained, which in the long run makes your job harder!
Adoption can give a couple the opportunity to experience the joys of parenthood; it can give a child a stable, loving home. What can it do for the birth mom? Enjoy this adoption story from the perspective of a birth mom.
"Just eat a few saltines and you'll be ok." I don't know about you, but as someone who suffered with prolonged, severe morning sickness (which I affectionately call morning noon and night sickness), when I hear someone say this, I just want to slug them!
The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends that "breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mutually desired." If you and your baby are still enjoying the nursing experience, why not take a look at some of the advantages of nursing beyond that first year?
A baby's first birthday is a memorable event filled with fun and joy for family and friends. The growth and development of a young child happens so fast, so take special thought and planning for such a major event to make it memorable for years to come.
It's thought that there are critical windows of opportunity for the various stages of development. Some of the windows open earlier and likewise, some relatively later. If you understand the time frame for optimal development, you'll be able to give your child the stimulation he or she needs.
Recognizing developmental delay early on is extremely important. Can you depend on health care providers to recognize delays or other indications of abnormal development? Actually, they depend on you!
Your baby's brain is primed to intake a great deal of information. Author Linda Acredo of Baby Minds presents several creative suggestions for stimulating your baby's development at age appropriate levels.
You can wear out your mouse-pad surfing all the top ranked baby websites, fill your shopping cart to overflowing with the must-read baby magazines, manuals, and momoirs, but, in the end, it's your mom-friends who tell you what you really need to know.