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NICU Nuggets: Be in the Know

NICU Nuggets: Be in the Know

Parents have an active job on the NICU team that no one else has. It can still be a beautiful experience.

Tis the Season

Tis the Season

‘Tis the season for traditions! Autumn makes for many scrapbook-worthy memories, like hayrides, pumpkins and fresh apples. On autumn’s heels can come a gentle Midwest snowfall, Christmas lights and melodies. Celebrate uniquely Kansas City moments with your little one with these local traditions.

Milestones That Make You Go “UGH!”

Milestones That Make You Go “UGH!”

As I reached for the bathroom door only to find it locked (with my 2-and-a-half-year-old IN IT), I had visions of calling 911, sheepishly having to explain the situation. I tried coaxing my son to unlock the door because, by golly, if he locked it, surely he could unlock it, right?! WRONG. Instead of continuing to coax my son, I figured my energy was better placed in coaxing myself to remain calm. Our son’s not only being able to reach, but actually WORK, the locks in our house is definitely a milestone that makes me go “Ugh!”

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Fall Editor's Letter

Fall Editor's Letter

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Child Health & Wellness

Surviving Newborn Isolation

Surviving Newborn Isolation

The newborn experience was a learning process for me for many reasons. I learned how to take care of my baby, but I also learned how to take care of me. You’ve heard the saying “a happy wife is a happy life.” I agree with that, but I think having a happy mommy and a happy baby are equally important.

Help for Reluctant Nursing

Help for Reluctant Nursing

75 percent of American newborns are now breastfed. That’s good news; breastfeeding has amazing benefits for both Mom and Baby. But when a happily breastfed baby starts putting up a fight at every feeding, it brings anxiety and drama into an otherwise peaceful relationship.

Baby Talk

Baby Talk

Are you guilty of this? Most people who have interacted with a baby at some point have fallen into the trap of using a sing-song voice and cutesy “wittle” words. There is something hypnotic about snuggling a sweet baby that just opens wide the floodgates of made-up words in a high-pitched tone from the adult.

Belly Laughs

Belly Laughs

What are some of your toddler’s funniest sayings or mispronunciations?

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Birthdays

Simple Tips for a First Birthday Fit for Royalty

Simple Tips for a First Birthday Fit for Royalty

Celebrating your little one’s first birthday is a special opportunity to create cherished memories. For a fresh theme idea appropriate for boys and girls alike, take a note from contemporary pop culture and plan a “royal” first birthday party for your little prince or princess.

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Pregnancy

NICU Nuggets: Be in the Know

NICU Nuggets: Be in the Know

Parents have an active job on the NICU team that no one else has. It can still be a beautiful experience.

The Home Stretch

The Home Stretch

Congratulations, you’re having a baby! You might find that once it’s officially announced, time flies by. Before you know it, you’re counting down to the last few weeks until your due date. In the midst of excitement and apprehension, it’s easy to forget that there are a few things to take care of before the baby arrives.

7 Pregnancy Perks

7 Pregnancy Perks

When you feel (and sometimes are) as big as a house while pregnant, it may be hard to think positively about your current experience. But pregnancy has some really great perks!

Can a Postpartum Doula Help?

Can a Postpartum Doula Help?

What is a postpartum doula? The first six weeks after a newborn arrives can be a mixture of happiness and anxiety as moms settle into a new routine. Many of today’s new mothers lack the support network that generations of mothers have relied on. Close family and friends are far-flung, and partners return to work within days. A postpartum doula can provide experience and valuable support that a new mother may be missing.

Dad’s To-Do List: How to Survive Pregnancy and Beyond

Dad’s To-Do List: How to Survive Pregnancy and Beyond

During the nine months the two of you are waiting on your bundle of joy to arrive, a lot of things are changing for the mommy-to-be. Dad may feel a bit left out during this time and wonder how he can participate.

And to All a Good Night!

And to All a Good Night!

Looking for bedtime story inspiration? These books are guaranteed to usher in sweet dreams!

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Real Mom Review

Real Mom Reviews

Real Mom Reviews

There are lots of baby products out there, but these are a few we just think are great!

Baby in NICU?

Baby in NICU?

These apps can’t replace the knowledge of doctors and nurses, so please be sure to consult with them with questions and concerns.

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