Sep 8, 2015 1:42:13 PM
Sep 4, 2015 9:02:52 AM
Five Things to Look For When Hiring a Nanny or Babysitter
By Lynn Perkins, CEO and co-founder of UrbanSitter.com
Finding and hiring the right babysitter can be unnerving for parents. While we’d all like to leave our kids in the kind and capable hands of Mary Poppins, the reality is that you’re not going to find a babysitter or nanny who “has it all.”
Take time to think about the skills, characteristics and “extras” that are most important to you, your spouse and your kids. Set up a formal interview with the caregiver, or try a “working interview,” where you can get tasks done at home while the babysitter or nanny watches your kids for the first time.
Here are a few things to look for when you decide on a new nanny or babysitter:Read More
Sep 1, 2015 4:50:21 PM
Aug 28, 2015 9:46:50 AM
Best Start for Breastfeeding Success
Contributed by Elina S. Arulraj, MSPT, IBCLC
Elina leads a weekly breastfeeding support group at the Yummy Mummy Store in NYC every Tuesday at 11:30.
Breastfeeding your baby is a different experience for every new or seasoned mom. What works for one mom and baby duo may not for another. For many moms, breastfeeding starts off without a hitch or very little difficulty so it is best not to psych yourself up beforehand!
The best advice I can give to all new mothers is to nest in with your new little one as soon as possible after birth. Do a lot of skin to skin with your baby on your chest which helps both of you to get back in sync with each other after a delivery or c-section.
Feed your baby frequently the first few days in the hospital and if it hurts get help as soon as you can to get the baby latched on deeply and avoid complications down the road.
Try to catch the baby when they demonstrate early hunger signs such as rooting, placing their fingers/hands in their mouth or making cooing sounds. Crying is a late feeding cue and it is always harder to latch a baby properly when they are too hungry or upset.
Take note of the time the baby starts feeding but try to pay attention to baby’s active sucking more than the clock!
Aug 25, 2015 11:06:15 AM
Aug 21, 2015 8:39:14 AM
Protect Your Baby's Sensitive Skin from the Hot Summer Sun
Contributed by Tara Hilton, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who specializes in the care of infants.
You love your little one and want to him/her safe, so it only makes sense that you want to protect your baby from the summer sun.
Did you know that children who experience just one bad sunburn have a twofold risk of developing melanoma later in life? Protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation should begin early and continue throughout one’s lifetime.
Children under age two years have more sensitive skin that offers minimal protection against harmful ultraviolet radiation, allowing skin damage to occur within minutes of exposure to direct sunlight. Such damage can occur as early as a baby’s very first summer.
But don’t have to worry, you can take some simple steps to keep your baby safe.Read More
Aug 20, 2015 11:34:55 AM
Check out Care.com's article on How to Breastfeed Your Baby featuring comments from our very own Amanda Cole.Read More
Aug 20, 2015 11:13:58 AM
Check out Stoller Traffic's article on how the right breast pump makes all the difference. Amanda Cole shares some guidance on choosing the best pump for your needs, and the scoop on how to get yours covered by insurance.Read More
Aug 18, 2015 12:23:16 PM
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What should I pack in my hospital bag?
Contributed by Fern Drillings, RN, MSN, certified childbirth educator and infant/child CPR instructor
To learn more about Fern and the classes she offers, visit: http://www.ferndrillings.com
The following are some suggestions for things that you might want with you in the hospital. Be sure to separate labor supplies from those things used after the baby is born. Try to be packed and ready to go at least 4 weeks before you are due, so there is no last-minute rush.