Was your baby born early? Preemie parents might feel anxious and overwhelmed when their child doesn't develop at the same physical age as their peers. You may be home and the critical weeks passed, but your baby’s early birth can affect the months or even years to come.
Most parents worry about matching the bedding with the wallpaper and having enough clothes in the drawers as they get ready for a newborn. When your baby decides to be born early, it's a whole different story. Here's how you can meet your preemies special needs.
You don't have to be a smoker for your child to be exposed to the risks of third-hand smoke. Researchers have discovered that the residue from tobacco clings to furniture, clothes, walls, rugs and floors.
Apnea, a pause in breathing, is fairly common in premature babies. Once it stops though it does not come back. While it's happening it is very frightening. Bradycardia, a slowing of the heart rate, often follows apnea or periods of shallow breathing. If your little one has these conditions, how will he be treated? Read on to find out.
From Aaliyah to Zvi, the range of name choices is dazzling. If you're a sleepless parent-to-be, it can look like a vast landscape with no road map. To make sure you keep your bearings, here are some basic principles for understanding names -- and finding that one perfect name that speaks to your heart.
If your preemie could talk, he might say, "I am so excited to be going home. I am also a little scared. It is okay if you are feeling a little scared too. Even if I have had a big brother or sister, I may be different because I was born so early and so small. I decided to write this list of activities that can help preemies like me learn how to use our bodies and minds as we grow..."
You've no doubt seen all the scary statistics on the costs of raising children -- numbers that may very well have you second-guessing your decision to toss your birth control pills in the trash! Starting a family doesn't have to lead to financial ruin. There are plenty of practical steps you can take to minimize the impact on your family's budget. Here are a few ideas.
Today has been a trying day. My baby turned 3 months old yesterday, but is 5 weeks gestationally. He was born at 32 weeks. Parenting a preemie (and first baby) has been a lot more challenging than I anticipated. A little bit after his due date, he started showing signs of colic. The screaming and near constant crying really gets to me. I decided to take the year off from work, which means I am home full-time with this little bundle of "joy". We spend a lot of time walking- every day for about an hour. This helps keep my sanity, get some exercise, and relaxes my baby for a nap.