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  1. 6 Serious Symptoms in Babies Never to Ignore

    Becoming a parent for the first time is amazing, but it can also be scary -- especially the first time your baby gets sick.  It can be tempting to hit the panic button for every little cough or rash. How can you tell what's serious, what's just new parent jitters, and what can wait until your baby’s

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. A Simple Guide to Baby Supplies

    When you're pregnant, it's a delight to browse the baby stores for those adorable outfits, colorful playthings, and stylish strollers. You might be tempted to scoop up lots of baby gear all at once, but so much shopping can be overwhelming, not to mention expensive. Relax. Realistically, you'll have

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  6. 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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  7. Newborn Care: What You Need for Baby

    Baby’s on the way and it seems there are dozens of newborn care "must-haves" on your long list. At the top are modern necessities like infant seats, baby strollers, and cribs of course, but what else do you need to take care of your newborn? To find out, WebMD went to the pros -- pediatricians as we

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  8. 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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  9. Disciplining Toddlers: Time In or Time Out?

    What do you do when your adorable toddler engages in not-so-adorable behavior, like hitting the friend who snatches her toy, biting Mommy, or throwing her unwanted plate of peas across the room? Is it time for…timeout? Timeout -- removing a child from the environment where misbehavior has occurred t

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  10. Baby Furniture: What's Essential?

    You're probably looking forward to buying furniture for your baby's nursery, but you may also find the prospect overwhelming. You'll quickly find out that whether you shop at the mall or in cyberspace, there is a dizzying -- and often high-priced -- array of choices in baby nursery decor. Which furn

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