Babies

Baby Naps Too Long: Is That Even Possible?

It doesn’t take long before new parents understand that naps are the key to a lot of issues. They help your baby sleep better at night and they give you breaks during the day (or allow you to nap too).  But what if a baby naps too long? Or, is it even possible that a baby naps too long?  It …

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29 Parents Reveal the Secret to Improving Your Baby’s Sleeping Habits

Image credit: http://www.babysleepsite.com Before you become a parent, you take sleep for granted.  After all, you can completely control how much sleep you get simply by adjusting your bedtime or wake-up time. After having a baby, however, sleep becomes this unknown variable in your life; it becomes this elusive concept that changes from night to night.  As a parent of an …

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Pros and Cons of Cloth Diapers (As Gross as it Sounds?)

Several years ago, long before I ever thought about becoming a parent, I heard about a family member who had begun using cloth diapers for her baby.  And to be honest, my initial gut reaction was: that’s disgusting. It’s true that today’s society is often criticized for embracing a “throw away” culture, and I agree it’s a valid complaint.  We’re …

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How to Split Nighttime Duties with a Newborn (Even When Dad is Working)

Undoubtedly the single greatest challenge of raising a newborn child is something you’ve likely taken for granted your entire life: how to manage sleep. And no, not managing sleep for the baby: the baby will sleep whenever it feels like sleeping. Before becoming a new parent, you commonly hear two seemingly contradictory things: Newborn babies sleep all the time (somewhere …

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Can You Influence a Baby’s First Words? (and Should You?)

A baby speaking its first word(s) is often viewed as one of the key milestones in its first 9-14 months of existence. Which means, as a parent, you’ve spent nearly a year being babbled at. It’s cute and all, but you’re dying for some real conversation with your infant child. The babbling has taken a toll on your vocabulary as …

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5 Critical Things to Consider When Designing a New Baby Room

Designing a new baby room is definitely one of those fun things that couples get to work on together prior to a baby’s birth.  From colors, to furniture, to overall style – there’s definitely a lot of room for creativity. My wife and I had a pretty unique situation, in that our future baby room was, at the time… …occupied …

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Should I Get a Puppy or Have a Baby? (The Answer is Here.)

It’s a silly question, but I think it’s one that many couples debate. Even if the question itself is never explicitly asked out loud, it’s a real consideration for a lot of couples. And it isn’t always “puppy or baby,” but more often: “Which one should come first?” If you want a dog and want a baby, chances are you will …

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How to Get Your Dog Ready for a Baby (5 Key Tips)

If you’re anything like us, you decided it would be a good idea to get a puppy before you started trying to conceive your first child. After all, raising your first baby isn’t difficult enough. You like a good challenge and you were excited about the prospect of not only changing diapers, but walking a dog and cleaning up dog …

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