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  1. Parenting by Your Toddler's Personality Type

    Rambunctious, mobile, and caught in a riptide of emotion, toddlers are the uncivilized, pedal-to-the-metal humans, matched only by the older edition called teenagers, experts (and parents) say. Pediatrician Harvey Karp, author and creator of The Happiest Toddler on the Block, says if babies are ange

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  2. Tackling Toddler Sleep Problems

    Your 1-year-old cries so hard when you put him to bed that he actually throws up. Your 2-year-old still doesn't sleep through the night. Your 2-and-a-half-year-old shares your bed, or perhaps your 3-year-old wakes in the middle of the night screaming bloody murder. Sound familiar? If these toddler s

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  3. When to Call the Pediatrician

    Whether you’re a new or veteran parent, a sick baby can leave you confused and afraid. Is the baby's fever dangerous? Should you call the doctor for a cough? Vomiting? Diarrhea? It helps knowing that most common issues aren't an emergency. A touch of stomach flu, a little fussiness, and a minor diar

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  4. 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 a

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  5. Modern Moms Ask for Help

    Women have been trained to do everything ourselves. We think we're not supposed to ask for help -- and let’s face it, we often don’t like to. When my husband suggested that my mother-in-law come by for the day to watch my son so I could get work done, I immediately said, “Oh, no, I don’t want her to

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  6. How to Handle Parents Who Brag About Their Kids

    "My kid must be some sort of math genius!" a mother of a preschooler said to Hilarie Atkisson as she watched her 4-year-old twin daughters and 2-year-old son on the playground after school. Another mom queried Atkisson about her twins' progress in reading: "Are your girls reading yet? Mine are alrea

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  7. Is My Newborn Normal?

    The moment your newborn is delivered, you're bound to heave a heavy sigh of relief. But if you're like most first-time parents, that relief doesn't last long. Unexpected birthmarks, a pulsating soft spot, jaundice, skin rashes, eyes that cross, head lumps and bumps: It can all be downright scary and

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  8. Let Dad Be Dad: 6 Ways to Encourage New Fathers

    When your newborn finally arrives, it’s easy to feel like there are two stars of the show: mom and baby. But what about dad? While he didn’t just push a live being out of his body, he’s probably as scared and excited as you are, and his role isn’t as clearly defined. Read on for our top six tips on

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  9. A Solid Start: Introducing 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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  10. Expert Q&A: Choosing Baby Gear

    All parents want the best for their baby, but that doesn't mean you need to blow your budget on the most expensive baby gear. Consumer advocate Alan Fields and wife Denise Fields,  co-authors of Baby Bargains, Baby 411, and Toddler Bargains, have been helping new parents find deals and steals on bab

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