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  1. How to Talk to Your Baby

    Babies and toddlers need lots of sleep, playtime, and love. They also need a parent who can carry on a conversation, and that doesn't mean baby talk. Vocabulary and communication skills should start early in life, with a steady stream of meaningful dialogue. Moms and dads need to make talking and bu

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  2. Does Parent Stress Affect Baby?

    Ever heard this saying? “When mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” That saying can ring true because your baby’s feelings are likely to mirror yours. People say babies are like sponges. They soak up information from the world around them and learn things at a fast pace. They’re also watching you.

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  3. Expert Q&A: Crying and Colic

    Why is my baby crying? Could it be colic? What can I do? These are questions just about every new parent has. To get the answers, WebMD spoke with Renee A. Alli, MD, a mother and pediatrician in Dunwoody, GA. Here, Alli explains the ups and downs of fussy babies, including what may rev up your infan

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  4. Pacifiers: In or Out?

    Parents have relied on pacifiers for ages to calm crying infants. But are they really right for your baby? Here’s a look at the plusses and pitfalls. Some of the good things pacifiers can do for your baby -- and you -- include: Lower risk of SIDS. Pacifier use during naps or nighttime can prevent su

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  5. 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 gassy? Infants have plenty of opportunities to swallow air, like when they: Feed from a breast or bottle Suck a pacifier Cry So how can you tell if it's gas or something else? "If your baby is generally happy a

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  6. 8 Tummy Time Tips for Your Baby

    As a new parent, you’ve no doubt been told by your doctor to always put your baby on his back every time he sleeps or naps. So you might not realize that it's also important for your little one to spend some time on his belly while wide awake. "Tummy time is when your infant lays on his (or) her sto

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  7. 9 Breast-Milk Pumping Tips for New Moms

    When you’re a mom who breastfeeds, there may be times you need to be away from your baby. That’s when a breast pump comes in handy! It lets you store milk your little one can drink later, and it signals your body to keep making milk. Never pumped before? These tips will make it easier.   If you’re n

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  8. How to Switch Your Baby From Bottle to Cup

    Whether you breastfeed, bottle feed, or do a combo of the two, at some point you'll wonder: Is it time to move on to a cup? If you just breastfeed, the easiest switch is to skip bottles entirely and go straight to cups around the 1-year mark, or whenever you decide to stop nursing. If your child hap

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  9. Changing From Breast to Bottle Feeding

    Maybe your baby finally learned how to fall asleep on her own, so she doesn't need to nurse at bedtime anymore. Maybe she's less excited about breast milk since you've offered finger foods. Or maybe your plan to pump milk at work every day is tougher than you thought. There are many reasons why you

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  10. Bottle Feeding and Formula: Expert Q&A

    From how to hold the bottle to how much to feed, new parents have many questions about feeding. Here are some answers from board-certified pediatrician Renee A. Alli, MD, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics in practice in metro Atlanta. What's the best way to choose a formula? Your pediat

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