Mom-to-be? Top 10 baby gear picks

baby gear top picks

Looking for baby gear to get you started? Here is a list of useful can’t-live-without products for new parents: 1. Munchkin Warm Glow Wipe Warmer - Take the chill out of diaper changes with these pre warmed wipes for your baby’s bottom. Turn on the convenient soft light for nighttime changes. 2. Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator by FridaBaby ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: My kid has the flu

my kid has the flu

Q. My kids may have the flu.  What should I do? A. Yes, it’s that time of year again- the achy, sniffly, congested, fever time that makes our lives miserable is here. The thing is, it’s not just a question of feeling miserable when it comes to a child suffering from the flu. Not only are children easily vulnerable to the quickly ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Should I bank my cord blood?

should i bank my cord blood

Q:  I'm pregnant. My husband and I are both healthy. Is it worth it to save our cord blood? How could we use it? A. Sure, money is tight and with all the changes to your family associated with this new baby and financial demands, it’s understandable that you would question the value to each purchase. Technology now allows us to obtain ... Read More...

Embryo Adoption: When Couples Can’t Conceive

embryo adoption

When couples undergo in vitro fertilization, they often freeze several embryos in hopes that one takes. If they’re lucky and have a child, they could end up with extra embryos. The question for couples is what to do with them. They can save them to extend their family in the future – while at the same time racking up hefty storage ... Read More...

4 Indoor Cold Weather Activities for Kids

cold weather activities

During the winter months, with cabin fever factored into the equation, there is a definite escalation in sibling rivalry amongst my two daughters. The equation is simple: Too much energy + not enough outlets = bickering and picking on one another. I’ve found that the best solution is what kids need anyways: activity – lots of it. Here ... Read More...

Natural Remedies for Colic

natural remedies for colic

It’s tough to see a baby cry. And that’s why colic is so painful for parents. It can be frustrating – not to mention emotional – to have an inconsolable baby who cries excessively. Doctors tend to diagnose colic if a baby cries for over 3 hours at a time a few times per week. The condition is quite common. One out of every 4-5 babies ... Read More...

Is a Birth Plan Really Necessary?

birth plan

I dutifully read all about getting prepared for childbirth during my first pregnancy, thanks to online resources and books for moms-to-be. I wanted to be as ready as possible. But I ended up drawing the line when it came to writing out a birth plan. This plan is meant to help expectant mothers ensure that their childbirth experience goes ... Read More...

False sense of security? Federal food allergy guidelines

food allergy guidelines

The federal government recently issued its first official guidelines to schools on how to protect our children with food allergies. Personally, I don’t have a child with food allergies, but I know many children who are allergic to foods and how hard it is for these children to maneuver in a world that is not food-allergy friendly. It makes the ... Read More...

Conventional vs. Organic Milk: Why My Choice Is Organic

conventional vs. organic milk

I have always taught my girls that they should never judge a person by what’s on the outside, because its what’s on the inside that counts. And now, apparently, that applies to milk, too. Who knew? Years ago, I began giving my daughters organic milk because of concerns over bovine growth hormone used to stimulate milk production on ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Blocked Tear Ducts

blocked tear duct

Q. I noticed that tears well up in the corner of my baby’s eyes when she cries or when I take her out into the cold weather. Now the skin under the eyes is getting red from rubbing. Is this something serious? What can be causing this? A. You are certainly not alone with this problem. In 6 out of every 100 newborns, the tear ducts are blocked ... Read More...