This is Charlie, my little New England "lobstah," dressed up for his first Halloween last year. My mom found the costume second-hand, and I loved the way that it was made specifically for crawling babies, so that Charlie looked like a hilarious little cartoon lobster scuttling along the ocean floor as he crawled across our kitchen floor. (Sorry, Charlie.) This year, he's going to be a tiger, and is already practicing his super-scary (wink wink) "Raaaaaarr" every day. Charlie's friend Henry, who loves to moooo, is naturally dressing up as a cow. My sister is dressing her three little girls as the three little pigs. And our diva, Julia, is going on year three as a princess. (For her first two Halloweens, before she had any say in the matter, I dressed her as a chili pepper and a flower, with pink petals framing her chubby pink cheeks.)
I'm not sure if this holiday is more fun for the kids, or for me, since I get to dress up my little cuties and then go door to door to show them
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This is Charlie, my little New England "lobstah," dressed up for his first Halloween last year. My mom found the costume second-hand, and I loved the way that it was made specifically for crawling babies, so that Charlie looked like a hilarious little cartoon lobster scuttling along the ocean floor as he crawled across our kitchen floor. (Sorry, Charlie.) This year, he's going to be a tiger, and is already practicing his super-scary (wink wink) "Raaaaaarr" every day. Charlie's friend Henry, who loves to moooo, is naturally dressing up as a cow. My sister is dressing her three little girls as the three little pigs. And our diva, Julia, is going on year three as a princess. (For her first two Halloweens, before she had any say in the matter, I dressed her as a chili pepper and a flower, with pink petals framing her chubby pink cheeks.)Read More »from Baby's First Halloween
Fifteen years ago, if you told your friends and family that you hoped to deliver your baby in a birthing tub with a midwife and doula in attendance, they might've looked at you as if you were speaking Vulcan. And if you told them you wanted an elective Cesarean section, they might have gasped, "Is that legal?"Read More »from There's More Than One Way to Give Birth
Today, these choices may still raise an eyebrow or two, but thanks to increasing awareness about childbirth options, more and more women are realizing there isn't one "right" way to have a baby. And when expecting moms figure out what will make them feel most safe and most empowered during labor, chances are their friends will say, "Oh, I read about that on the Web" or "Cool, my cousin did the same thing."
Here's what's important to remember:
1. There's something for everyone
2. Do your homework
3. Prepare like you're running a marathon
4. Let it go
How did you give birth? Did your labor go as planned? Be sure to chime in below - we want to
- FitPregnancy | Parenting – Tue, Oct 21, 2008 8:20 PM EDT
It's a face-off. Join the debate.Read More »from Do breastfeeding campaigns stigmatize bottle-feeding moms?
Many of you, here on Shine and throughout the blogosphere, have voiced your opinions about breastfeeding, formula feeding, and being stigmatized for your choice. We get two experts to join the debate, and face off on where they stand:
Do breastfeeding campaigns stigmatize bottle-feeding moms?
Yes, says Ellie Lee, Ph.D. "As new mothers, women receive the message that bottle-feeding is a second-rate, risky practice...Breastfeeding advocates in the U.S. have been forthright about their condemnation of formula-feeding. They see bottle-feeding women's guilt as acceptable."
No, says Ruth Lawrence, M.D. "Spreading information about the benefits of breastfeeding does not stigmatize bottle-feeding mothers."
Read their full responses here, and be sure to chime in with your own views. We want to hear what you really think.
Angelina Jolie has created controversy once again. But this time, we think it's in a good way.Read More »from Angeline Jolie Sparks Breastfeeding Buzz
Actor and humanitarian Jolie smiles sweetly for the camera (helmed by her partner Brad Pitt) on the November cover of W magazine as her son Knox breastfeeds. The personal portrait has the web buzzing with opinions good and bad, but we say thumbs up. Positive breastfeeding promotion is always a great thing, and being linked with one of the most famous people in the world spreads the message louder than ever.
For more on empowering new moms to breastfeed, see our Best for Babes review of a new non-profit organization called Babes for Breastfeeding™, which is appealing to corporations, celebrities, health foundations, and medical experts to unite and help spread the message that breastfeeding (or pumped or donated milk from a milk bank) is the hip, savvy and best way for moms to feed their children.
And for everything you need to know about breastfeeding, including step-by-step how-to photos,
- FitPregnancy | Parenting – Thu, Oct 16, 2008 9:28 PM EDT
Three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly.
You need to become an expert at this, so read your car seat and vehicle manuals thoroughly, take a class if possible, and have your installation inspected by a professional. "Knowing how to install your baby's car seat is of paramount importance," Shu says. Read our expert tips on Which Car Seat, When? in the 2008 Buyer's Guide.
This is how to properly install a rear-facing car seat:
1. Install the Base
Place the base in the center of the backseat and thread the seat belt through the guides. Kneel on the base as you tighten the belt; make sure the base cannot move more than 1 inch in any direction.
2. Put the Baby in the Seat
Place your child in the car seat and secure the harness; make sure the harness is snug against your baby's hips and shoulders. Adjust the chest clip so it's level with your baby's armpits.
3. Put the Seat in the Car
Place the car seat in the base, making sure it snaps in securely. Flip the handleRead More »from Three out of Four Car Seats are Installed Incorrectly.
Keep It Simple. This list shows that taking care of a baby can be less stressful than you fear.Read More »from 10 Baby Care Tips You Must Know
1. Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. But it's not necessarily easy. Lactation has come out of the shadows, and it's no longer taboo to admit that nursing is difficult for many women. If you find you're having any problems whatsoever, call a lactation consultant--pronto.
And if you still can't breastfeed, or if you can't breastfeed exclusively, know that you're not raising the next Hannibal Lecter by giving your little one formula. "Still, any bit helps, so if you are able to nurse your baby once or twice a day, do," says Atlanta pediatrician Jennifer Shu, M.D.
2. You don't need to bathe your baby every day. In fact, you shouldn't, as too much water and soap can irritate a newborn's delicate skin. "Babies are not yet rolling in the mud, so bathing twice a week is usually what I recommend," Shu says. In the meantime, a sponge bath should do the job if your baby
Whether you're just considering starting a family or you've been trying for a while, our complete guide to conception can help.Read More »from How To Get Pregnant
If you're reading this article, chances are you're not pregnant yet but would like to be soon. For approximately 85 percent of American couples, conception happens fairly easily, and we hope you're among them. During the times in your life when you're trying not to have a baby, you know that having unprotected sex just once can result in pregnancy. But the truth is, conception doesn't happen quite as quickly as you may think, particularly when you're 35 or older. Even if you're younger and you time intercourse perfectly, "you have only a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant each month," says Bryan D. Cowan, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. In the following pages, you'll learn how to improve your chances of getting pregnant "naturally,"
Audrey's engaged to a guy who wants her to have a baby. She's already got three and he's already got one. Count 'em--that's four kids they'll be bringing to their new marriage. She's 37 and he's 45. That's going to be a challenge.Read More »from Planning a Pregnancy: Should You Have Another?
At first, Audrey seemed keen on "giving" her fiancé another baby but now she's having second thoughts because he's putting the pressure on hard. Apparently, having this baby is really, really important to him. I'll bet she feels a bit like a celebrity. Does this guy want to marry her because she's such a darn good breeder or does he want to marry her no matter what? Audrey's wondering if she should get pregnant or not. Here's my answer: Not!
OK, I'm going to revise that: Not now. First of all, you're one lucky woman, Audrey. You already have three children with the possibility of one more (your fiance's son). You're also in the extremely fortunate position of being able to make a clear-eyed decision about whether you want to have another. You're not facing
Not for kids under 4. That's the new advice coming from drug companies this week in announcing a change to their guidelines on children's over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines. Instead, doctors say that your little one needs plenty of fluids and lots of TLC to fight the sniffles, The New York Times reports.
Parents should never:
- Give adult medicines to a child.
- Give two or more medicines with the same ingredients at the same time.
- Give antihistamines to make a child sleepy.
Parents should:Read More »from No cold medicine for kids
- Give the exact recommended dose, using the measuring device that comes with the medicine.
- Keep OTC medicines out of sight and out of reach.
- Consult their doctor if they have any questions.
For more on safe, non-drug alternatives for treating a cold, see our tips in Treating your baby's cold.
Watch videos of exercises for each stage of your pregnancy.Read More »from Training by Trimester: Prenatal Exercise Videos
We show you how even as your belly gets bigger, your body aches, and your energy lags, you can still work out. These moves will help keep you fit, no matter what stage you're in.
Trimester 1: Arm and Leg Reach
Work your core, emphasizing the deepest abdominal muscle, the transverse.
Trimester 1: Modified Teaser Reach
Strengthening your core helps stabilize your torso, which can prevent back discomfort as your pregnancy progresses.
Trimester 2: Squat to Knee Lift
Strengthening your legs and hips will prepare your body to cary the added weight of pregnancy and help you maintain good posture.
Trimester 2: Plie to V-Arms
Strengthens your legs and hips.
Trimester 3: Around the Clock
Stretch the sides of your torso, chest and lower back.