Monthly Archives: June 2017

Top 10 Things that are Normal in Newborns #6

Most babies have dry patches of skin that peel shortly after birth. Peeling is the result of spending nine months in water, and no cream or lotion will speed up the process. Newborns also have a common rash with an … Continue reading

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Top 10 Things that are Normal in Newborns #5

When your baby yawns or cries, you may notice small, white nodules on his gums or the roof of his mouth. These harmless collections of keratin are called Epstein’s pearls, and they will wear away. Your baby can also have … Continue reading

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Top 10 Things that are Normal in Newborns #4

Hiccuping, like sneezing, is a reflex. Your baby may have hiccuped quite a lot before she was even born. Hiccuping spells diminish over time, and it’s often helpful to let the baby nurse when hiccups strike.

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Top 10 Things that are Normal in Newborns #3

Newborn noses are sneezy and stuffy by design. Sneezing is a reflex that clears the nose; it’s not a sign of a cold. Your baby’s tiny nostrils are easily blocked by mucous, and it will take a few months before … Continue reading

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Top 10 Things that are Normal in Newborns #2

It’s okay if your baby’s eyes cross. Over time, your newborn will develop the fine-tuning he needs to move his eyes together and focus on things. But make no mistake: your baby sees quite well immediately after birth and focuses … Continue reading

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Top 10 Things that are Normal in Newborns #1

Babies are cute; there’s no denying it. But our mental picture of what a baby “should” look like comes from glossy magazine photos of babies between six and nine months old. When your baby is born, he or she will … Continue reading

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Drink from the Sink?

Tired of buying bottled water, lugging it home and feeling guilty about the plastic bottle waste? Local tap water can be a great option provided your plumbing does not include older, lead soldering. Tap water resource from Environmental Working Group … Continue reading

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Screen and Media Plan

The American Academy of Pediatrics Media Plan can help families tackle screen and media use. Link to the page here. Babies and toddlers under 18 months old don’t need a media plan: screen time isn’t recommended (except for video chatting). … Continue reading

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Contraception Resource Page

Sex, Etc. offers media created young adults by young adults here. Information on selecting hormonal birth control is here. Information on starting and continuing birth control pills is here. Information on emergency contraception is here.  

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Baby Soda

Juice, with its sugar content is no better than soda when it comes to babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no fruit juice for children under 1 year of age. Fresh fruit is best for everyone because it provides … Continue reading

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