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5 Top Tips for Bathing Baby

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Looking back, one of my favorite times when my sons were babies was bath time. My boys loved it, and I loved that precious time each day when I had their undivided attention. I'd plop myself down right outside the tub and talk with them.

Bath time gives you an excellent opportunity to sit and connect with your baby. You're right there, at eye...Read more

5 Top Tips for Clipping Your Baby's Nails

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In the category of Who Knew This Would Be So Hard, clipping a baby's fingernails and toenails can be a real challenge. Coming at your baby with a pointy object is just not fun -- for you or for him. When my sons were babies, I was really surprised at how much anxiety having to clip their nails caused me. I remember one time nicking one of my ...Read more

5 Top Tips to Hit Your Goal Weight

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A dream might be a wish that your heart makes, but a goal is a wish that your brain makes.

What is your weight loss goal? For most of us, that goal is a number. It might be a number you remember fondly -- such as what you weighed in college, when you got married or before you got pregnant. Or it might be a size, such as the size of your wedding...Read more

Keeping Your Baby Happy in the Car

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"Dashing through the snow/ in a one-horse open sleight. o'er the fields we go ..."

That sweet Christmas song took on a whole new ending once my sons, who hated being in the car seats, were born. Our new ending was "SCREAMING all the way."

Ironically, as teenagers, my sons are probably more likely to fall asleep in the car than when they were ...Read more

Introducing Juice

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Among physicians, juice is a hot-button issue! Some physicians are morally opposed to giving kids juice; other physicians feel there is a place in a child's diet for some juice.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has such strong feelings about juice that it published a paper dedicated just to it: "The Use and Misuse of Fruit Juice in Pediatrics...Read more

Brighter Days: Asking for Help

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It's all too fitting that "mother" and "martyr" both begin with M. Call it pride. Call it stubbornness. But a lot of moms are reluctant to ask for help -- or to even accept help when it's offered. But why?

If someone were to ask you for help, wouldn't you be happy to give it? When people offer to help, let them!

Here's how our mommy M.D.'s -- ...Read more

Preventing and Treating Ear Infections

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An all-too-common reason for hauling one's baby to the pediatrician is an ear infection. Almost two-thirds of babies will get at least one ear infection before their first birthday.

There's good reason why babies are more likely to get ear infections than adults. The eustachian tubes, which connect the inner ear to the back of the throat, are ...Read more

Preserving Memories

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When my oldest son was first born, I told our family I was going to have his photo professionally taken every month of his first year and then every year after that to record his growth and change.

They thought I was nuts.

After a few months of the grandparents receiving photos of their new grandson in the mail, however, they changed their ...Read more

Deciding Where Baby Should Sleep

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I remember when I was expecting my first son, I spent hours and hours setting up his nursery: washing and folding clothes, organizing baby supplies, and choosing just the right crib, changing table and dresser. His dad and I strongly believed babies should sleep in their cribs, thinking that would be the solution to get us all the most amount ...Read more

Brighter Days: Finding Fitness Motivation

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Something that's always perplexed me is why it's so easy to pick up an unhealthy habit -- like eating a fourth meal -- yet so hard to pick up a healthy one.

When I need to make a healthier habit, I turn to my greatest superpower: my obsessive organizing skills. I'll "hook" the habit onto something I do already, such as stretch after I brush my ...Read more

Brighter Days: Treating Fever

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In adults and older children, fever can be a friend. When your child is sick, their body temperature rises to fight the germs that cause infection and make their body a less comfy place for the germs to be. The fever itself isn't an illness but rather a symptom.

If your toddler or child is playing comfortably, is eating and drinking, is alert ...Read more

Nurturing Your Relationships With Your Children

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As a mom, some days are so busy I feel like I'm racing through my life, frantically trying to cross as many things off of my to-do list as I can. "Pillar to post," my best friend calls this crazy life of ours.

In my flurry of busyness, I worry: Am I taking enough time to connect with my sons? Am I really seeing them? Listening to them? Do they ...Read more


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