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In the clear
In the clear

Diaper rash is practically a rite of passage—nearly every baby will experience it at some point—but that doesn’t mean you can’t try your darnedest to minimize it. Follow these steps to beat it before you have to treat it. Change it up Warm, wet environments make ideal breeding grounds for yeast, so freshen baby’s diaper […]

Melasma attack
Melasma attack

Also known as the “mask of pregnancy,” this form of hyperpigmentation on the nose, cheeks and jawline is common among expectant women. New York-based dermatologist Romeo Morales, MD, sheds light on ways to prevent these dark spots. Apply sunscreen daily Sun exposure is the main risk factor for developing melasma, so wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with […]

Point taken
Point taken

In honor of National Infant Immunization Week (April 22-29), we’ve rounded up the answers to your vaccination FAQs. When should vaccinations be given? Aside from a hep B shot that might be given at birth, your little one’s first round of immunizations will take place at his 8-week well-check. For a full list of recommended […]

Parenting survival guide for introverts
Parenting survival guide for introverts

All an introvert needs to survive as a new parent is rest, relaxation and solitude. But since that ain’t happening, try these tips instead: Naptime is real and must be honored above all else. Your sister’s wedding is smack dab in the middle of the baby’s morning nap? Skip it. You’ve been invited to the […]

Labor pain relievers
Labor pain relievers

Whether your birth plan involves staying drug-free or getting an epidural asap, you’ll need some med-free ways to manage the early labor pains while you’re still at home. Ease the ouch with these mom-approved techniques. Breathing exercises: Focus on inhaling and exhaling to help you feel more in control. alleviate tension with slow, deep breaths. […]

How-to: Ask for help postpartum
How-to: Ask for help postpartum

You are amazing—you carried and brought a babe into the world!—but don’t think you have to be supermom. It’s normal to need a helping hand (or three) as you adjust to life with a wee one. Here’s how to find support … With postpartum depression If you have a good relationship with your care provider and […]

Dealing with sciatica
Dealing with sciatica

If you’re experiencing “numbness, burning or tingling down the leg, you might be facing sciatica, an all-too- common pregnancy condition,” warns Evelyn Haworth, DC, a chiropractor in Chicago. “The sciatic nerve is formed by five nerve roots that come together after exiting the spine,” she explains. “If any of the nerve roots or sciatic nerve […]

Ease the quease
Ease the quease

 1. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. A mix of protein and complex carbs—think nut butter on whole-wheat toast—is best, but do what you can. Keeping something in your stomach usually helps. Because it’ll likely be empty when you wake up in the morning, store some crackers by the bed and nibble a few before attempting to […]

How-to make the most of diaper changes
How-to make the most of diaper changes

By the time your newborn is a week old, you could easily perform diaper duty in your sleep (heck, you practically do), but that doesn’t mean the task should be carried out on autopilot. Research shows that baby-parent bonding may influence brain development, says Felicia Fitzgerald, BSN, RNC-OB, perinatal outreach educator at the University of Chicago […]

Ta-tas for now
Ta-tas for now

The twins will be the prime locale for some of pregnancy’s very first side effects. Yep, even in the earliest weeks of baby-growing your body is already preparing itself to feed your little one after she arrives. Here’s what you and your leading ladies have to look forward to… Tenderness and swelling caused by a […]

The time it is a changin’
The time it is a changin’

Slow and steady Ease into the change by modifying baby’s schedule gradually. “Adjust the morning and afternoon naps by 30 minutes to begin with, and add another 30 minutes by the third day,” suggests Alysa Dobson, a certified child sleep consultant with SleepWell Baby. “By the end of the week, your little one should easily […]

Stretch marks the spot
Stretch marks the spot

When it comes to being pregnant, stretch marks practically come with the territory. “Stretch marks (striae distensae) are bands of scar tissue that form at sites where the skin’s ability to stretch is not sufficient to keep up with the rate of growth or expansion of an area,” explains Whitney Bowe, MD, a board-certified dermatologist […]

Pass on gas
Pass on gas

When your gastrointestinal tract slows down, air tends to get caught in the digestive tract, leading to unpleasant flatulence, bloating and burping. Follow these tips to keep from, er, blowing up. Eat smart. Avoid beans, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and other gas-causing foods. Sugar (even naturally occurring fructose) and carbonation are also bad news, as […]

Grin and tonic
Grin and tonic

Go nuts Swish coconut oil for 5 to 20 minutes a day, allowing the natural lauric acid to remove the bacteria that results in discoloration. Go red Paint a crimson pout to give the illusion of whiter teeth. the blue undertones will contrast against that pesky yellow tint. Go fruity Crush a couple strawberries, mix […]

Drink responsibly
Drink responsibly

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 800,000 illnesses affect children under the age of 10 in the U.S. each year, and infants and young children are particularly susceptible to foodborne varieties, thanks to immature immune systems. To minimize the risk for formula-fed infants, the FDA recommends abiding by these do’s and don’ts. DO follow […]