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.
The NICU can be a nerve-racking place for mom, dad and baby, with bright lights, beeping monitors and a busy staff. The staff works hard to provide a comfortable and healthy surrounding for your baby, The lights are often times dimmed and babies' isolates are sometimes covered to decrease the light and noise to help promote that surrounding.
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.
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.
Most parents find a baby carrier to be invaluable during the first year of their baby's life. There are many types and styles to choose from. The different types of baby carriers fall into three main categories: slings, front packs and backpacks. Elizabeth helps you decide which is best for you and your baby.
Too often mothers have preventable problems with breastfeeding. Many hospital routines make it difficult for mothers and babies to breastfeed successfully. When the baby is born prematurely, mothers may have even more difficulty with breastfeeding, and this is unfortunate because premature babies need breastmilk and breastfeeding even more than healthy full term babies.
Congratulations you have your baby home! You will now be amazed as you watch your baby grow and develop. Your doctor will use the idea of "corrected age". What you have to remember is to also use the baby's "corrected age."
Many moms wonder if they can still breastfeed their premature baby. Yes, you can, but it isn't always a easy road. Your milk is perfect for your baby because colostrum and your breast milk have antibodies, white blood cells, and immune properties that will help in your baby resisting infection.