Your Child's First Test: The APGAR

Put away the flash cards and don't expect too much too early; rarely does any baby get a perfect score on this test. Although it is your child's first assessment, it is not a predictor of your their future behavior or intellect. The APGAR was developed in 1952 by obstetric anesthesiologist, Virginia Apgar. This has become a standard tool in assessing newborn babies.

Babies and Sleep

Sleep. It's the stuff of which dreams are made -- particularly when you have a newborn baby. If you're feeling a bit frazzled and exhausted by your baby's erratic sleep patterns, you're not alone. Ann Douglas, author of The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby, has some information about your new baby's needs.

The Motherhood Club

by Ann Douglas

My mom gave me this 'Mother's Journal' when I was pregnant. She wrote something in it for me, but her words just sounded corny to me before Ryan was born. But when I read it after he was born, her message made me cry. She had written 'Welcome to the Club!' It brings tears to my eyes even now.
- Tracy Moroney, mother of two, Burlington, Ontario

Mom-Friendly Fitness Workouts: Getting Back in Shape

We all know at least one Cindy Crawford-type: a new mom who was able to slip into her skin-tight workout leotard within days of giving birth. What we sometimes forget, however, is that the Cindy Crawford's of the world are the exception rather than the rule: it takes most of us a lot longer than a couple of days to get back in shape after giving birth!