Posts tagged: Ages + Stages

  • To All the Mamas with Colicky Babies…

    To All the Mamas with Colicky Babies…
    Read about what our blog editor—and other mamas who've struggled with colicky babies—wish they would have known at the time. It was our second week home from the hospital when it started—the incessant, purple-faced, sweaty wails coming from our newborn. He’d switch off between sleeping and fussing (like all new babies) during the day, but once 5 p.m. hit, he let it rip at the top of his lungs straight through midnight before finally passing out from exhaustion. This happened every. single. night.Colic nearly broke me—and if you’ve had a...

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  • Art Project: Paint With Tennis Balls!

    Art Project: Paint With Tennis Balls!
    Whether you're gearing up for another chilly winter weekend spent indoors (March, where are you?) or you're just looking for a fresh activity to do with your little, we've got a quick and easy craft that comes with guaranteed smiles. Inspired by one of our latest prints—Game, Set, Match—Katie Baumgartner of Make to Celebrate is sharing a fun way to make abstract art with your little using tennis balls. You'll need: A box (or ridged baking sheet) Kid-friendly paint 1 or 2 tennis balls (marbles work, too) Instructions: Place a...

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  • Q+A: How Can I Tell if My Baby Is Too Hot or Cold?

    Q+A: How Can I Tell if My Baby Is Too Hot or Cold?
    Most babies make it easy on you—they’ll fuss when they’re uncomfortable, says Payal Adhikari, MD, a pediatrician with Child & Adolescent Health Associates in Chicago. It’s normal for your baby's hands and feet to feel a little cold (or even look slightly purple those first few weeks of life as their circulation adjusts to working on its own) but the core of baby’s body (her stomach and back) should feel warm like yours does—not super hot or frigid cold. So what does that mean when it comes to getting dressed?...

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  • 10 Things to Know About Feeding Your Baby Solids

    10 Things to Know About Feeding Your Baby Solids
    Gearing up to give your little their first bite of real (pureed) food—or running into questions as you transition into bigger bites? Consider this your ultimate cheat sheet. Our go-to pediatrician Payal Adhikari, MD, with Child and Adolescent Health Associates in Chicago, is sharing her ten best tips for teaching your baby the art of a good chow. 4-6 months is a good time to start solids “I like to start closer to six months, or when your baby shows an interest in food and has good head and trunk...

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  • How Do Babies Learn to Talk? (And What Can You Do to Help?)

    How Do Babies Learn to Talk? (And What Can You Do to Help?)
    It’s reason number 999 babies are as fascinating as they are cute: your little starts to absorb language while he’s still swimming around in the womb. And then every interaction from day one is a chance for baby to build their speech (not that you need to start flashcard drills with your newborn– your warm and happy coos work wonders in the early days.) “Your baby might not understand the semantic meaning of what you’re saying, but he or she can feel the loving meanings of your voice tones,” says...

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  • What Every Expecting Parent Should Know About Sleep Training

    What Every Expecting Parent Should Know About Sleep Training
    You’ve probably heard about those naturally great sleepers—the baby who snoozes through the night at six weeks, or the six-month-old who exclusively takes two-hour naps. But for a good majority of parents, getting baby to sleep well takes work. (Sometimes, hours of it—at 3 a.m.) And that’s where sleep training comes into play: it’s the process of teaching baby to self-soothe, so he or she can fall asleep on their own, minus the song and dance (ie: 45 minutes of rocking and sneaking quietly out the door) from Mom or...

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  • The Best Ways to Play With Your Baby, According to a Childhood Development Expert

    The Best Ways to Play With Your Baby, According to a Childhood Development Expert
    Playing with a newborn is pretty simple—funny faces, high-contrast colors and music is enough to keep your little stimulated during those short breaks between naps and feeding. But once your baby reaches three months, she’s ready for a little more action—toys to swipe and grab, textures to feel, and even more silliness and conversing from mom. (If you're dealing with new mom information overload, here's some good news: play is easy.) “A lot of times moms think they have to be the initiator or educator, but babies are built to...

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  • The Delivery Room Dish: 'We were shocked the baby came a month early'

    The Delivery Room Dish:  'We were shocked the baby came a month early'
    Welcome to The Delivery Room Dish—a place for new moms to spill on the highs, lows, and nitty gritty of giving birth. What you'll learn: there's no one 'right' way to have a baby, the delivery room is full of choices (even when labor doesn't go as planned), and every mom's got a birth story worth sharing. Up next: Monica + Andy's Director of Brand Strategy and Digital Content Jessie Mash, who gave birth to her daughter Maxine in November.The first sign of labor was: contractions I thought were Braxton...

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  • Q+A: How Much Should My Newborn Sleep?

    Q+A: How Much Should My Newborn Sleep?
    If you're enjoying a super sleepy newborn baby at home, the question's probably crossed your mind—how many hours of sleep is normal? And is it possible for that swaddled, snoozy baby to sleep too much? According to Payal Adhikari, MD, a pediatrician with Child & Adolescent Health Associates in Chicago, your newborn might clock a whopping 18 to 20 hours of zzz's a day. So if you feel like baby is only awake to eat or fuss in those first few weeks, don't fret—it's totally normal. That said, most newborns...

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  • How Does Baby Sizing Work?

    How Does Baby Sizing Work?
    Whether you’re gifting a baby or buying for your own bump, understanding clothing sizes can feel a little confusing. Ready for a quick primer? Here are four key things to remember: 1. Even though baby clothes are sold by ‘age’, they’re really broken into groups based on the baby’s height and weight. Babies grow at all different speeds! So it’s totally possible that your sister’s cherubic six-month-old fits into clothes sized 12-18 months. You can check a sizing chart (ours is below!) to ensure a perfect fit. 2. When gifting,...

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