Preparing for Baby Articles

  • Is your baby monitor a safety threat by hackers?

    As parents, we do whatever we can to keep our children safe. We baby-proof the home, investigate caregivers, research everything from cribs to car seats for the highest safety ratings and more. Did you know, however, that one of the very products designed to keep watch on your little one(s) may instead be making your family vulnerable to predators?

  • Single and pregnant? Don't panic

    By Missy Jaramillo

  • Welcome to the world little Prince!

    The royal baby has arrived and it's a – BOY!! Congratulations to Kate and William! We're all celebrating your 'happily ever after.

  • Three keys to pregnancy and birth

    Sarah Blight recalls the top three lessons she's learned about being pregnant and giving birth. See what she's sharing with you!

  • The "organizer junkie's" guide to getting ready for baby

    There isn't a "one-size fits all" organizational method that works for everyone. But we can help you get the whole "getting ready for baby" experience to be a pleasantly organized one. Find out how!

  • Thanksgiving-inspired names for your baby

    Whether you're expecting a baby born around Thanksgiving or just love this festive time of the year, one of these unique Thanksgiving-inspired names may be perfect for your baby.

  • Newborn nursery checklist -- essential gear and furniture

    It's almost become a rite of passage -- scrambling to finish the baby's room before the first contraction kicks in. Our newborn nursery list can help you win that race!

  • Create a safe environment for your baby

    During your pregnancy you make sure your baby has all the building blocks to grow and develop and avoided things that might be harmful. Your next goal is providing a quality environment for your baby-to-be.

  • Top ten things not to include on your baby registry

    Not all baby products are created equal. Some are absolute lifesavers; others are nothing more than expensive frills. We've asked parents to let us know which products their baby could definitely live without.

  • Get Your Finances Ready for Baby

    Whether you have a baby on board or are just thinking about getting pregnant, this checklist can help you plan your finances so you're covered when your baby arrives.

  • Circumcision: Not Just a Little Snip

    Circumcision is as American as apple pie. For the most part, it is not questioned but rather accepted as the standard of care given to newborn babies. Why is this the case?

  • Help Your Baby Breastfeed Before It's Even Born

    A growing body of research reveals profound connections between a woman's birth experience and her ability to get breastfeeding off to a good start. But if you think of putting your baby to your breast as the fourth stage of labor it can help you visualize this connection.

  • How to Select a Safe Baby Crib / Baby Bed

    A baby crib is most likely at the top of your list of things you will need for your new baby. With all of the different styles and features, it can be a daunting task to pick the safest and best crib for your new family member.

  • Cord Blood Facts

    Cord blood is a non-controversial source of "stem cells," which has the ability to differentiate into any type of blood cell and stimulate new growth throughout the body. It is being used in the treatment of over 40 life-threatening diseases.

  • Choosing a Hospital and Doctor

    There are major differences in the way doctors and hospitals approach pregnancy and delivery. I'd like to spend the next few minutes making you a savvy consumer. The hospital is the most important choice you will make with regards your pregnancy. Is it baby friendly? Can it care for preterm babies? Take these and more into consideration when making your decision.

  • Rules of Thumb - Choosing Baby's Name

    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.

  • Preparing Clothing, Furniture, and Accessories for Your Baby

    Weeks 33-36 of your pregnancy is a good time to plan for some special needs and concerns that will be important after your baby is born. The following items will be necessary and/or convenient for the everyday care of your baby:

  • Before Hiring a Midwife

    Before you hire a midwife, be sure to interview several carefully. Take your time reviewing their history, call up their references, have a list of questions handy, research the legal issues in your state and ask the midwife for proof of her certification.

  • Baby Stuff: What Do You Need?

    Just what exactly do babies really need? And here's the mercenary question we all asked when we saw the price tags -- how much can we expect other people to buy for us?

  • C.C.: A Story of Courage

    by C.C. Howell