Swings are known to lull babies to sleep, but the fact is, they aren’t safe for overnight sleep or even napping. Helen MacLeod struggled to get her first baby to fall and stay asleep, for months on end. “She was up every 45 to 90 minutes almost every night for her entire first year,” she
I didn’t mind the way my scar looked, but I hated the way it felt: overstretched, too tight and uncomfortable beneath my skin, like a callous. My daughter’s birth story evokes complicated emotions. It was so far from my birth plan, it wasn’t even funny. After 32 hours of labour and a frankly-terrifying three hours
Even during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the benefits of allergy prevention outweigh the very small risk of a severe reaction. Here’s why. The best way to prevent food allergies is to introduce the most common allergenic foods to babies early in life, as research evidence for peanut and egg has shown. Even during the current COVID-19
Can you imagine? We asked parents of twins to confess the most challenging things about raising two babies at once—and what they love about it, too. The hardest thing about having twins is… “Managing the movement of two babies. Carrying them both up and down the stairs, getting them into the car, etc.” —Simeon R.
Of all the alarming and deeply inexplicable aspects of becoming a new mother, the one I found most unnerving was the way strangers began suddenly asking about my sex life. For 35 blissful years, no one but me (and, to varying degrees, my partners) seemed remotely interested in the state of my libido. And then
Ready to start nesting for that new babe, but don’t know where to start? Figuring out the perfect nursery decor doesn’t need to be complicated. We talked to the brains behind these four kids’ rooms to get some simple strategies for pulling together your own baby’s cozy escape. 1. Pretty in pink Lifestyle influencer Jillian Harris’s
Photo: iStockPhoto In ordinary times, a baby’s first year is full of checkups, adorable weigh-ins on the scale at the doctor’s office, and a pretty packed vaccine schedule, with shots administered every few months. During the coronavirus pandemic, however, venturing into any healthcare setting with your little one can feel very risky—we’ve been told to
It feels wrong to complain or dwell on the negative right now, but a lot of moms are mourning the “typical” mat leaves we’d looked forward to, pre-pandemic. As I try to stop a pants-less threenager from jumping on the couch, my five-month-old whines after being abandoned in her Exersaucer for a little too long.
A baby sleeping in your arms is the best…but it makes it rather difficult for you to get things done. When you’re ready to transition your baby to nap in her crib, here’s how to get her to sleep with as little fuss as possible. In the first hazy days of parenting, your baby sleeps
“Give your child an allergy-free future.” “Stop peanut allergies before they start.” “The only baby food designed to introduce eight common allergens.” These are just a few examples of claims being made by companies that are marketing products to anxious parents as a way of reducing the risk of future food allergy in babies. With
My due date was April 1. As the day we’d anticipated for nine long months loomed closer, so did the coronavirus. Outside the door of our Brooklyn apartment, more and more people wore masks, and our local stores ran low on disinfectants and fever meds. Posted reminders to wash our hands became bright red “DO
Postpartum depression can already make you feel isolated, so how can you reach out when we’re practicing social distancing? Up to one in five women will develop postpartum depression, a condition that can adversely affect the thoughts, emotions and functioning of mothers, as well as the mental health of their partners and children. Adjusting to
What role do genetics play in baby eye colour? Is there a way to predict what colour they’ll be? Is it true they can change? We’ve got the scoop. New parents can spend a lot of time gazing into their baby’s beautiful eyes—and wondering about their colour. Will it stay the shade they’re born with,
Your baby has a lot to tell you with baby talk. He lets you know when he’s hungry and when he’s had enough to eat. He tells you how he prefers to be held and how much he likes (or doesn’t like) to be rocked as he drifts off to sleep. You get to know the ups
Whether you’re struggling with a sudden case of hormonal acne, or dark patches appearing across your cheeks (also called the “mask of pregnancy”), you may be shopping for some new beauty products and wondering what’s safe to use with baby on board. “We all want pregnancies to go well, so it’s natural to be cautious