What products, supplies, and gear do you need to get your child safely and happily from his first to his second birthday? We know, of course, that you want to give him the world – and your love and patience can get him partway there. But there are a few other basics you'll want to provide as well.
Your child is both easier and harder to dress at this stage. Easier because he may raise his arms for you when you pull off his shirt; harder because he's often squirming when you do it. So look for comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that are easy to get on and off. Avoid clothes you have to button – buttons require time and patience – and look for speedy snaps and zippers instead.
Our short list of what’s crucial to have in place before your infant comes home – and why
Removing the disco ball from the spare bedroom isn’t the only thing you need to do before bringing baby home. Long before you deliver, it’s a good idea to prepare for baby’s arrival by readying his room (or area) and making sure that you have the key items you’ll need.
If baby will have his own room, ask your significant other to paint (using no-VOC paint) in advance so the room will be aired out fully by the time baby comes home. Expectant moms shouldn’t
You’ll spend less time doing it
Good news if you feel like all you did during the newborn period was feed your baby: Once baby gets the hang of nursing, he’ll probably get better at it, which usually translates to faster. “A newborn feeding can take 20 to 40 minutes, but by the time they get to be three months old, they often cut way back on feeding duration,” says Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA and author of Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple: A Guide for Helping Mothers. “It could become 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the baby.” Chances are your baby will still be nursing
NEW YORK (AP) — The rising cost of child care is among likely reasons for a rise in the number of women staying home full-time with their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.Other factors cited by Pew to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to stay home with children in greater numbers than you.S.-born moms; more women unable to find work; and ambivalence about the impact of working mothers on young children.
The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29 percent in 2012, the
You already know that alcohol, drugs and cigarettes are officially off-limits, but did you know that during pregnancy your immune system is suppressed, leaving you more susceptible to food-borne bacteria and viruses? It’s important to avoid certain foods that carry a higher risk of harming your developing baby (some bacteria and parasites have potentially life-threatening consequences for the fetus).
Charlene Pineda-Fischer, a mom of two in Burlington, Ont., had one of those rare water-breaking experiences worthy of the movies. “It was my last day of work and my colleagues had taken me to lunch,” she says. “I was just standing up to go to the bathroom — again — when I felt this whoosh.” She immediately soaked her pants and her chair. “I waddled as quickly as I could to the bathroom, where I made an even bigger mess.” Pineda-Fischer had to borrow a friend’s shawl and wrap it around her waist to
Motherhood is a marathon that begins putting a woman’s body through its paces long before a baby arrives and continues well beyond birth. With that in mind, we've put together five exercises to help you shoulder the physical challenges of pregnancy and the first few years thereafter.
Exercise Caution Before you lace up your athletic shoes, let’s go over a few key points about prenatal exercise. Many experts agree that not only is physical activity safe for women with low-risk pregnancies, it may actually lower the odds of certain complications, control or even prevent conditions like gestational diabetes, ward off muscle aches and pains, and reduce interventions during labour. (Contraindications to exercise include persistent bleeding in the second or third trimester, incompetent cervix, and pregnancy-induced
If you’re enjoying breastfeeding, you can continue for as long as you and your baby want to. That could mean until she's a year, or even two years, old. There's no need to stop before you’re both ready.
Q: I'm a stomach sleeper. How can I make myself more comfortable sleeping on my side?
When you’re pregnant, it’s impossible to sleep on your belly, and you should avoid sleeping on your back after the first trimester. When youlie on your back, the weight of your uterus presses on the vein that returns blood from your lower body to your heart. This slows the blood supply to the placenta, which could inhibit oxygen and nutrients on their way to your baby.There is no one way to make