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4 Baby Tricks the NICU Taught Me

Saturday, February 28th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

Most people strive to excel at their job, and when your job is making sure that 10 to 12 babies are all fed, calm, and happy, you learn a few tricks along the way. That's why NICU nurses are also known as Baby Whisperers.

These newborn hacks will you make you think, "Oh! Why didn't I think of that?"

Put the clean diaper underneath the soiled one before you take it off baby.

This sounds like one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" tricks, but it makes so much sense! ...

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Music Matters in the Mind of a Child

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 by from Baby Steps

My 6-year-old son identifies as a musician. It seems strange to say that about a child so young and so full of big ideas, but he is drawn to music in a way that I never was as a child. It should be noted that he is also drawn to Legos, soccer, cars, creating complicated marble runs, card games, and football, but he is particularly drawn to music.

He began group piano lessons at age five, and his weekly lesson quickly became his favorite part of the week. By age six, we realized that ...

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A baby's first birthday is a very special time, and many parents want to remember it with a very special gift -- something that has a lot of meaning and will stand the test of time, like these five ideas.

Quilt of your favorite clothes from their first year of life.

All those wonderful outfits that you dressed them in as you played peek-a-boo and watched them learn to roll, sit, crawl, and toddle in? You can keep them a part of their life forever with a quilt made out of the ...

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Occupational therapy helps kids with a range of developmental difficulties and can help improve self-esteem and self-confidence along the way.

It seems as if the minute kids enter preschool, things like pencil grip and the use of scissors seem super important. When kids lag in some areas of development, parents naturally begin to wonder if a child needs extra help to catch up. I remember having those thoughts. Fortunately, the teacher gave me a few exercises to practice at home, and my ...

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As it turns out, my son is a bit of a hot commodity in kindergarten. I wouldn't have called it. He's aloof and introverted on a good day, and he doesn't crave tons of attention from peers, girls or boys. But he's very sweet and caring, and he always stops to help others. He's also a bit of a floater -- he doesn't need a super best friend to keep him company. He just likes to play.

While I hear from the moms that his name comes up often in conversation, I'm not sure that he knows ...

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When it comes to baby food, we may think that homemade is always best, but there could be a very important instance when that is very, very wrong:

Homemade baby formula.

In an effort perhaps to make formula a healthier choice, some parents are turning to do-it-yourself homemade baby formula kits or are looking up formula recipes online, some of which include buying ingredients like raw cow's milk, bacteria, liver oil, and yeast. There has even been some talk of the bioengineering ...

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Last week, my husband asked me what I wanted to do for Valentine's Day, and I looked at him, my eyes full of need, and whispered, "Take a nap." He laughed, I laughed, and together, we decided the only thing to do was cancel Valentine's Day.


Not forever, but possibly, at least until the youngest is potty trained and can sleep through the night. That's where people lose me when they tell me I have to keep the romance alive in my marriage after kids. Are you kidding? I'm ...

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boy coloring
Starting at around 18 months, toddlers begin to identify colors. Between 2 and 3 years, children begin to learn the names of the colors. Since children learn best through play, you can help your child learn colors with these fun games. ...

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Parents spend a lot time talking and giving directions, especially when it comes to preschoolers. I remember trying to get out the door to preschool on time with my daughter. Most days, it felt like a miracle if we made it out the door with everything we needed and if we were close to on time.

It wasn't a lack of listening skills that slowed us down during those days -- it was increased curiosity and the abundance of interesting things lurking around every corner that triggered delays. ...

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Maintaining a lasting marriage takes a lot of work and commitment. Throw in a kid, and it's even harder. There never seems to be enough time for each other, unless you make a point to schedule time for each other. The thought of scheduled couple time seems a bit unromantic, but it's necessary when you have children.

Here are some great ideas for maintaining a healthy marriage while parenting small children.

"Make sure you give your spouse breaks to do our their thing, as well as ...

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