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  1. Don't Panic, Use a Pacifier

    Nursing went smoothly right from the start for Rexann Brew, but she soon noticed that even when her baby wasn't hungry, little Anna still had a strong desire to suckle. Rexann resorted to giving the infant a pacifier. "We sort of hoped she would be a thumbsucker and comfort herself," says Brew, of P

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  2. Keeping Baby Hale and Hearty

    Lydia Hurlbut admits she was a bit nuts the first six weeks after bringing home her new baby, Kyra. She wouldn't allow children -- healthy or sniffling -- within eyesight of the newborn. She admitted adults to her home only after she carefully screened them for colds and other illnesses and even the

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  3. Little Evidence of Circumcision's Benefit, Says Pediatric Group

    The United States' largest group of pediatricians is calling for an end to the routine circumcision of newborn boys, saying the procedure offers minimal medical benefits. The American Academy of Pediatricians' announcement reverses a nearly century-old practice. For decades, American physicians have

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  4. Baby's Got Colic and You Can't Cope

    As new parents will attest, there's almost nothing more unnerving than a crying baby. Worse still? An infant who won't stop crying, regardless of what you do. If your baby fits this bill, it could signify that dreaded C-word: colic. As many as one in five infants are colicky, a condition characteriz

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  5. Move Over, Mom and Dad

    Mention "family bed" or "shared sleeping" at any playgroup or cocktail party, and you're likely to spark a flurry of responses, whether it's whispered confessions, raised eyebrows or plain dig-in-your-heels soapbox routines. You won't get any less of a hodgepodge of opinion from the experts on the p

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  6. Postpartum Problems

    You can't help but marvel at all your body has endured in the past nine months. Now that the pregnancy is (finally) over, you've been rewarded with a living, breathing wonder -- and a new title: Mom. Coming to terms with your new role, while learning how to care for your baby, can be overwhelming fo

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  7. Know When to Hold 'Em

    Ask my 15-year-old if she knows any spoiled kids, and she'll rattle off a slew of examples (with a hint of envy): one friend whose parents gave her a $2,000 shopping spree, another who got a new car at 16 ... you get the picture. But if you're the parent of a newborn, don't sweat it, at least not ye

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  8. Do Fathers Bond as Strongly with Their Babies as Do Their Mothers?

    Q: Do fathers bond as strongly with babies as do their mothers? A: Since fathers don't carry the baby for nine months, give birth or breast-feed, the process of bonding is often slower and different. But the feelings can be just as strong, experts say. The term "engrossment" has been used to describ

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  9. How to Outfox Your Baby

    Take it from Sarah O'Meara, a mother of three: accidents take only seconds. When her first child was around 3 months old, she was changing his diaper, and because he wasn't moving around much at that age, she didn't strap him onto the changing table. She let go for just a moment to grab something, a

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  10. Growing Pains: What Baby Growth Charts Really Mean

    Parents are a competitive bunch. So when the pediatrician whips out a growth chart and ranks baby's height and weight in percentiles, it's easy to wonder if something's wrong. Tenth percentile? Something must be stunting his growth. The 95th percentile? Omigod, she's huge, so much bigger than the ne

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