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  1. Communicate Effectively With Your Teen

    "Teens can seem so unreasonable and so rude," Laura Kussick, executive director of the Seattle-based Program for Early Parent Support, says. She's also the mother of a 12-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son. For Kussick and her kids, conflicts sometimes arise around the hot-button issue of how muc

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  2. 8 Mistakes Parents Make With Preschoolers

    Sometimes, it may seem like your preschooler has the innate ability to push you to the outer edge of your patience. And that's on a good day. Fear not, moms and dads. You're not alone. Preschoolers want to own their newfound independence. But they also want the close attention and love of their care

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  3. Breastfeeding: 11 Things That May Help

    Have you decided to try breastfeeding, at least part of the time? Some items can make the process easier, more convenient, and more comfortable. Here are 11 supplies that may help: Many hospitals give new moms lanolin samples to help soothe sore, cracked nipples. It's safe for babies to ingest, too,

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  4. Expert Answers for Diaper Rash Questions

    Do your toughest questions about diaper rash come up after hours? Help is on the way.  Here, pediatricians offer their best advice on large and small topics to help ease your little one’s discomfort. Some foods, such as fruit juices, can give babies diarrhea or make their poop goopy, leading to diap

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  5. Diapering Your Growing Baby

    At around 24 months, your child may be gaining the language and physical skills needed to start toilet training. But diapers are still a fact of life for most young children at 2 and beyond. Here’s what you need to know to master this new stage of diaper duty. Diaper size can change quickly. Before

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  6. How to Protect Your Baby From Whooping Cough

    As a parent, the thought of your baby getting whooping cough, or pertussis, may concern you. But you can take steps to protect your little one, even before he is born. In order to keep your baby safe, you’ll need to protect yourself and your whole family. Pertussis vaccines don’t completely wipe out

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  7. What to Do When Baby Refuses a Bottle

    Not all babies take to a bottle right away. Try these tips to turn your feeding problems around. If you're calm and relaxed, your baby may be more receptive to the bottle. "Babies are sensitive creatures and pick up on stress in mom and dad," says Megan L. Shope, a certified doula supervisor. Create

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  8. Measuring and Mixing Formula

    No matter which type of formula you choose, it's important to measure and mix it properly so your baby safely gets the nutrition he needs. "Measuring and reconstituting infant formula is particularly important when it concerns low-birth-weight and premature babies," says David Saltzman, MD, a Chicag

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  9. Five Tips for Baby Skin Care

    Nothing is sweeter than the soft, smooth skin of a newborn. Your baby’s skin is a protective barrier, too. It will continue to change through her first year of life. Here’s how to keep it pampered and feeling good. Even if you enjoy baby’s bath time as a nightly ritual, know that you don’t have to f

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  10. Newborn Baths 101

    For new parents, bath time can be daunting, with all that water and a slippery, wiggly baby. Eileen Costello, MD, a pediatrician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, helps new moms and dads understand how to keep their baby well-washed and safe. "For newborns, until the umbilical cord comes of

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