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    1. Introducing Your Baby to Solid Foods

      There’s nothing more adorable than a picture of a happy baby contentedly smearing food on his face -- and everywhere else. (Until it’s time to clean up, of course.) Starting your baby on solid food can be fun, playful, and messy! For some parents, introducing solid foods can also be confusing. When

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    2. Baby-Led Weaning: Is It Right for Your Child?

      When Jennifer Fliss gave her 7-month-old daughter solid foods for the first time, she did it without using a single spoon. “We roasted sweet potatoes and cut them into about 1-inch square pieces,” she says. “We sat her in her chair and put them in front of her.” After that, Fliss says, she sat back

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    3. Infant Gas: How to Prevent and Treat It

      Babies can be pretty gassy. It’s common for them to pass gas 13-21 times each day! Why so much? Infants have plenty of chances to swallow air, like when they: Eat, whether food comes from a breast or bottle Suck a pacifier Cry When air gets trapped in your baby’s belly, you may notice that she: Burp

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    4. Baby's First Year: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

      New parents tend to fret about lots of things: every fever, every early morning awakening when their baby still isn't sleeping through the night. Elaine Donoghue, MD, FAAP, understands. She's the co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Early Childhood. Her insights might help

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    5. How to Care for Your Baby's Teeth

      When your baby flashes his gummy smile, caring for teeth that have yet to sprout is probably the last thing on your mind. "The surprising thing to a lot of parents is how early you need to start," says Amr Moursi, DDS, PhD, associate professor and chair of New York University's Department of Pediatr

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    6. Are Toys and Gadgets Good for Your Baby?

      The toy aisle of the average American retailer is a carnival of lights, color, and sound. Every shelf overflows with gadgets that flash, twirl, beep, spin, and play a symphony of kid-friendly tunes. But before you plunk down $29.99 for a baby light-up cell phone or electric guitar, consider this: Do

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    7. Does Cooing to Babies Help Them Learn?

      By Jenn Sturiale The Rumor: People coo to babies because they're tiny and cute, but it doesn't really serve a purpose It's an irrefutable law of nature, as powerful as gravity, to which no one seems immune: Put an infant into the arms of even the most grown-up grownup, and soft cooing and baby talk

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    8. The Truth About Baby Poop

      New babies don't come with an instruction manual, but they do leave clues about the state of their health. Hiding in a baby's diaper is a wealth of information, and many new parents understandably find themselves spending a lot of time and energy trying to decode the messages left for them -- the am

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    9. Solving Your Diaper Dilemma

      What else besides lack of sleep and feeding after feeding does a parent have to look forward to during baby's first year? Diapers. Mounds and mounds of them. Some moms and dads know from the get-go that they'll love the convenience of disposable diapers. And some know there's something just right ab

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    10. 10 Mistakes New Parents Make

      All parents make mistakes. Don't believe it? Just think about your own parents. You will no doubt come up with a laundry list of things they did wrong. The truth is no one is infallible -- especially new parents. But if you know the 10 most common parenting mistakes, maybe you can keep from making t

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