You’ve left the hospital and traveled home with the baby, who is now dependent on you for everything - food, feeding, and love. Prior to giving birth you likely read tons of articles and books on how to care for a newborn and how to be the perfect new parent, but the reality is far different from the planning process. No new parent is a perfect parent from the start. Take your time and adjust to parenthood just as your newborn is adjusting to you.

Newborn and Baby: Month 2

Those first few weeks of motherhood fly by and you were expecting to be happy about your newly arrived bundle of joy, but instead, you feel sad and down. ... read more »

Serious Symptoms In Baby: When To Call Your Pediatrician

How can you tell the difference between what's serious, and requires an immediate call or visit to the hospital or pediatrician's office, and what can wait until your baby's next checkup? ... read more »

Teething and Your Baby

Teething happens when your baby's first set of teeth grow in, a condition called primary teething. ... read more »

Polio Vaccine (IPV)

Prior to the invention of the Polio vaccine, IPV, thousands of people died from the polio virus each year and tens of thousands more were left paralyzed. Today, the number of people diagnosed with polio each year hovers near zero in the United States. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 5

With all of the emotional changes and fatigue after having a baby, you may have left behind your healthy diet and exercise routine. Now is the time to get your body back in action, but you may be surprised by the lingering effects of pregnancy. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 3

You are getting the hang of this parenting thing, but you can't forget your partner along the way. You have more than enough love for your partner and your baby, but you need to focus on what's best for you sometimes to be the best mom and partner you can be. ... read more »

Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV4)

MCV4 is a new vaccine against meningococcal disease. The disease is caused by bacteria that can cause meningitis and death. More than 1,000 people contract meningococcal disease every year. ... read more »

Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib) Vaccination

Hib is a bacterial disease most prominent in children under the age of five, though an infection can occur in older, unvaccinated people. ... read more »

Planning for Baby: Choosing a Pediatrician

Choosing a pediatrician for your new baby is one of the biggest jobs during pregnancy. Parents often look to friends and family when starting the search, but the final selection involves more than just a helpful suggestion. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 1

Prior to giving birth you likely read tons of articles and books on how to care for a newborn and how to be the perfect new parent, but reality is far different from the planning process. ... read more »

How to Deal With a Newborn Baby's Cold

While it is always hoped that a newborn baby will not ever get sick, this is rarely the reality. Newborn babies are susceptible to colds and other illnesses because their immune system is not yet fully developed. ... read more »

Your Baby's Development

Learn about feeding, sleeping habits, baby care, safety, and many other topics concerning your baby's development. ... read more »

Flu (Influenza) Vaccination

While everyone is susceptible to flu infection, young children, the aging population and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk of infection and death. ... read more »

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination

MMR, or measles, mumps and rubella, is a vaccination against three diseases once common in children. Despite the vaccination programs in place, all three diseases still exist in the United States. ... read more »

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)

The PCV, or pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, protects children against the streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. Pneumococcal infections are known to cause meningitis, blood infections and pneumonia, mostly in children. ... read more »

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DTap) Vaccination

DTap stands for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. ... read more »

How-to Guide for Newborns

Taking care of a newborn baby is not always easy. Let us guide you through the care of your new baby. ... read more »

Jaundice in Newborns

Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin, eyes and mucus membranes, is actually quite common in newborns. ... read more »

Hepatitis A (HAV) Vaccination

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver caused by HAV ' the Hepatitis Avirus. The HAV is found in stool, but the disease can be passed viaconsumption of infected foods and drinks. The disease tends to spreadeasily in households. ... read more »

Caring for Your Large for Gestational Age Infant

A large for gestational age infant is born weighing more than 90% of all other infants born at the same gestational age. For instance, if an infant is born at 37 weeks weighing in excess of 10 pounds, that infant is termed large for gestational age. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 6

Intimacy is an important part of the parent relationship, but your life has been all about baby for the last six months. That needs to change. Intimacy is difficult with work, life, baby and home, but you can make time with a little planning. ... read more »

Baby Room Ideas: Renters Guide to Creating the Perfect Nursery

If you want to change the paint color, put up a wall mural, or hang up curtains or heavy wall art, you may be out of luck. If you have a lenient landlord, count your blessings, but if you don't, it's time to get creative. ... read more »

Feeding Your Low Birth Weight Infant

Low birth weight is defined as an infant weighing less than 2,500 grams or about 5.5 pounds. Low birth weight infants can be born at any time during gestation so not all cases involve premature delivery. ... read more »

Home Care of Small for Gestational Age Infants

When parents give birth to a small for gestational age (SGA)  infant it can be a scary experience. That tiny little bundle of joy may need additional care in the hospital before being released and some of that care may extend months or years into the future, but extra care is not always needed. ... read more »

How To Change A Baby Boy's Diaper

Learning how to correctly change a baby boy's diaper can greatly reduce the chance of a mess as boys have a tendency to pee as soon as you remove their diaper! ... read more »

What is the Timeline for Feeding Baby?

Feeding baby does not have to be a trying experience, just follow this simple timeline and tweak for your baby as needed. ... read more »

Baby Teething Eruption Timetable

Each baby's teething eruption timetable is different, though there is a typical primary teething eruption sequence for each specific type of baby tooth. ... read more »

How to Create a Sleep-Conducive Environment for Your Baby

You have read about all of the things you can do to make your baby sleep better (less night feedings, bedtime routines, noise machine, etc.), but what about your nursery? Is it conducive to the kind of sleep your baby needs? ... read more »

Safety First: Design Ideas for Your Baby Room

It's time to take a step back and evaluate the safety of your plan nursery. Here are some safety tips you need to pay attention to while designing the perfect sanctuary for your little one. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 7

The thrills of being a parent are a daily benefit of caring for baby, but that care takes energy and nearly all of your time. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 8

By the eighth month, baby is mobile and active and all those lost hours of sleep have been replaced with busy days chasing him around trying to keep him safe and out of trouble. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 9

As the honeymoon phase of parenting ends you may notice a drastic change in the relationship you have with your partner. The last eight months have been all about baby and your relationship may have suffered for it. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 10

You're busy, baby's busy ' everyone is busy which means everyone needs a little extra energy. Planning for a trip to the store may seem like anamazing adventure at this point because it feels like baby needs asuitcase full of supplies. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 11

Every time you turn around there is something else you need to do or another late night call from baby. Fatigue is part of the first year of life, but there are some tricks to help you feel better throughout the day. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 12

This month you will spend quite a bit of time planning baby's firstbirthday party. Take some time to look back on the past 12 months. Youbrought a tiny human being home from the hospital ' completely dependent on you for everything. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 4

You've settled into parenthood by now and with the help of a feeding and sleeping schedule, you have mastered motherhood. As baby sleeps longerstretches, you are finally catching up on sleep so fatigue is less of aproblem. ... read more »