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4 Tips to Make the NICU Feel More Homey

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 by from Baby Steps


Before my son was medically flown to a children's hospital on his twelfth day of life, I had never set foot inside of a neonatal ICU.


We've never had any relatives with premature babies, or friends, or knew anyone with children who had major medical concerns at birth.

So, being there for the first time because of something wrong with our child made the place seem incredibly scary, despite the doctors' attempts to mask the fear the acronym ICU conjures up. The walls ...

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breast pump and prepared bottles

After the birth of a child, most, if not all mothers struggle with certain aspects of caring for a new baby.  Some moms find it difficult to recover from birth, while others battle breastfeeding woes, including cracked nipples, mastitis and engorgement.  I had a very tramuatic birth experience with my first child.  Recovery was difficult but I was in such bliss over having a new baby so I just got through it without complaining.  As the weeks passed by after his birth, I physically ...

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By now, we are all pretty familiar with the fact that drinking during pregnancy is a no-no. 

Not only can it cause serious birth defects, but it can harm a developing fetus, cause premature labor, and lead to life-long learning disabilities. And while many women hear the advice that an occasional glass of wine or beer during pregnancy is perfectly safe (look at the French!), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stands by its stance of a zero-alcohol policy during ...

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Let's face it - ALL mothers are busy. Whether you're a working mom, stay-at-home mom, or work-at-home mom - just being Mom means you have a million things to do and remember day in, day out.

I have two kids: a preschooler and a toddler. In a few short weeks, we are adding two newborns to the mix. What are the chances that in my sleep-deprived mode I'll forget which twin I fed at what time, and how long their naps lasted? How ...

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milestones that won't make the baby book

When I became pregnant with my first child six years ago, one of the first things I purchased was a baby book. I couldn't wait to fill each and every page of that book in hopes to never forget all the big and even small milestones of my child's life. That baby book sits on a shelf in our office, 75% complete, which is pretty good. Sadly, my second son's baby book is 30% complete. The baby of our family doesn't even have a baby book yet, and he is now 15 months. I just hope they will all ...

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car seat safety mistakes

From that first nail-biting ride home from the hospital, it's easy to see why keeping your little one safe in the car should be a priority. Auto accidents are a leading cause of death in children and as a parent it's easy to say you'll do anything in your power to protect them. But there are so many details to consider that it can seem overwhelming.

This week marks Child Passenger Safety Week, so we're looking at some of the mistakes parents make regarding car seat usage, so we can ...

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5 easy meals for new moms

The first few weeks after your baby is born are a blur of midnight feedings, continuous rocking, and monotonous diaper changing, all while wearing the same pair of yoga pants and quite possibly with at least one breast hanging out of your nursing top (because you forgot to put it back -- yes, that's a real thing.)

In taking care of a brand new life, a new mom will often neglect to take care of the person who brought that life into the world: herself. I remember going hours without ...

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coffee and computer

For a long time, I have struggled with trying to decide if my "mommy blog" is harmful or helpful in my role as a mother. 

On one hand, my blog has been an incredible gift; it has led me to make connections that have allowed me to work from home, it has helped me find inspiring women that I aspire to be like when I "grow up," and it has helped me have some amazing opportunities for my family. (Free diapers, anyone?)

But on the other hand, there are a lot of unanswered questions ...

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Crawling is one of those milestones in a baby's life that opens up a completely new world for them. First time parents may hope their baby starts moving - like it's a sign of super smarts in their child - but I felt a little differently.

Parents who have older children know that once that baby starts moving on his own, it also opens a whole new world of troubles. Your baby is all about exploring and gets into everything! You have to watch what is on the floor, any hazards that may be ...

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One of the most important things I’ve learned in my decade or so of mothering is that the best advice comes from the mom next door. She’s the one who’s been there, who gets it, and who isn’t afraid to tell you how it is. I asked ten veteran moms to share their best, hard-earned advice. You’re going to love what they have to say and I bet you so weren’t expecting #8! ...

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