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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Cutting to the Point on Circumcision

      From the time Debra Sherman and her husband, Mark Wilcox, learned through prenatal genetic tests that they were having a boy, they agonized over whether to circumcise their baby. "I didn't want the first decision we make for him to be a bad one," Sherman says. In the end, the Chicago couple decided

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    6. Breast-Feeding: Nature's Formula for Success

      It used to be a common refrain: Breast-feeding is great to try, but if you decide against it, don't sweat it. Nobody's saying that anymore. "Breast-feeding isn't just a nice thing to do," says Dr. Lawrence Gartner, a pediatrician and chairman for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) task force o

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    7. 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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    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. 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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