If your mind reeled when actress and singer Lisa Bonet named her baby Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, you are not alone. Expectant mothers and fathers have a wide range of choices in baby names these days, including opting for more traditional baby names. Traditional baby names may carry a special meaning for you, or you may choose them for the way they sound or what they mean.
Losing a child is the worst experience any parent can face. When your baby dies, the sadness can be overwhelming. Nothing or no one can change what happened and make everything better again. Regardless of the type of loss, whether you are grieving a miscarriage, a stillbirth or an infant, you must allow yourself to grieve.
With every wonder week, or leap, that babies make, they are able to perceive things they couldn't perceive before. And, once they have made one of these leaps, they want nothing more than to explore their new capabilities. That is why, with every new stage in mental development, new games, toys and situations are so attractive. And, it is why I describe the best games and things to do with your baby with every leap in my book, The Wonder Weeks.
Sleep is an important part of your newborn's life. In fact, most newborns spend more time sleeping than awake during a typical day, though their average 16 hours of daily sleep is usually broken up into three- or four-hour increments. While your baby's sleep time is a great time to sneak a shower, run the dishwasher or a grab a nap for yourself, it's important to be sure that you're putting your baby to sleep in the right position.
When babies roll over while asleep, it can cause them to fall or lead to dangerous situations, such as sudden infant death syndrome if they roll onto their tummies and cannot breathe. Take measures to prevent your sleeping baby from rolling over that don't introduce other hazards. If your baby is old enough to roll onto his tummy, then back onto his back, he should be okay if he rolls while asleep because he'll be strong enough to roll back over if he has a difficult time breathing.
Families welcoming their second or third child into the family may already have a handle on what things the newborn will need, but rookie parents may feel a sense of relief at seeing a list of things so they can prepare. Friends and other family members may also want to know what to buy in order to present the new parents with gifts the newborn will need. The new parents could also be asked about their specific needs.
Breastfeeding can be one of the most effective times to lose lingering baby weight, says Judith Roepke, a nutritionist at Ball State University in Indiana, on the La Leche League International website. In fact, some women may find that it's actually easier to lose weight when they're breastfeeding because your body mines its existing fat stores to make breast milk for your baby. So if you're ready to get your pre-baby body back, you don't have to wean your baby or wait till he's ready for a cup to get it.
Infant CPR isn't something we want to think about. It's terrifying to imagine that helpless thing who is not breathing or whose heart has stopped. But the more prepared you can be, the more calm you can be in a terrifying situation. If you can be ready, you can save a child's life in that scary time.
The tiny newborn you hold in your arms will grow an impressive amount her first year of life. According to Nemours Foundation, most babies triple their birth weight and grow in length by around 50 percent. Healthy babies enter the world in a variety of weights and sizes. Medical experts offer guidelines on how much weight your baby should gain.
Navigating your day on only a few hours of sleep makes you wonder if the sleepless nights will ever end. Newborns sleep a lot, but they often wake frequently at night for feedings. Infant sleep strategies help your little bundle of joy ease into a sleep pattern so everyone can get a little shuteye.