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Prepare Big Brothers and Sisters for a New Sibling

Credit: Getty Images Preparing a child for the arrival of a sibling requires more than buying a "Big Brother" or "Big Sister" T-shirt. It's necessary to explain the new baby's role in the family, says Laurie Kramer, a professor of...Preparing a child for the arrival of a sibling requires more than buying a "Big Brother" or "Big Sister" T-shirt.

Guess Who Shouldn't Be Coming for Dinner: Etiquette Tips for New Baby Visits

Make sure a new mom wants visitors before you head to the hospital. Credit: Getty An offer from friends to deliver dinner following the birth of her now 4-year-old daughter sounded fabulous, Jaimie Franchi recalls. But the enticing p...Think you'll just pop in on a new mom and her baby? Know the rules of newborn visitations before you do.

Tips on Preparing Pets for Baby's Arrival

Kitty, meet baby. Credit: Getty Images
Everyone knows that the arrival of a new baby requires major adjustments by everyone in a household. But what about the family pet? It turns out your furry friends also need to be prepped for the blessed arr...

Bristol and Levi - Splitting Up?

It's the news we were hoping not to hear: Rumor has it that Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are splitting up. The teen parents are reportedly going through a tough time, according to Johnston's sister, Mercede. She claims that Palin is refusing to le...

And Baby Makes 20! Duggars Welcome New Daughter

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar -- and Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, and Jennifer -- have welcomed a new addition to the family. Jordyn-Grace Makiy...

Don't put Baby in Corner (or a dirty onesie)

A pregnant friend recently asked whether the layette suggestions from stores and baby books were actually necessary or just another way for companies to squeeze every last dollar from inexperienced and anxious parents. I was happy to do a little res...

Surviving the day on too little sleep

When you have a brand new baby, everyone tells you to sleep when the baby sleeps. It's important advice, and if you aren't following it, I have just one question: Why not? But once you go back to work, or become a parent of two or more, napping du...

Siblings: Trying to make life normal after the second baby arrives

One of the hardest parts of transitioning from a one-child family to two children is realizing that you have utterly and completely rocked your first child's world. Though you understand everyone is going to be just fine in the end, it doesn't make t...

Designer mom loves baby, despises baby gear

The arrival of a new baby usually means an arrival of another kind -- loads and loads of brightly-colored, plastic, and usually bulky baby items. Before you know it, your sensibly decorated home has become a circus of primary or pastel colors with ti...

Helping your first get used to your second

When we found out that our second child was going to be a girl late in our third trimester, the only person we told was our then two-year-old daughter. She was so excited to find out that she was going to have a sister, and I think that letting her i...

Orbiting around mom

Last spring when I was laid up with pneumonia, I watched the entire first season's search for the "Ultimate Coyote" on CMT. (I know! Blame the fever.) Competing for a cash prize and a job at one of the Coyote Ugly saloons, a dozen or so young women e...

Linda's baby boy

For those of you that don't obsessive-compulsively check in with the Momosphere twenty six times a day, I'm here to tell you: Linda Lee had her squidgy baby boy today. His name is Dylan Emmett and he weighed 7 pounds, 8.5 ounces according to the flic...

New baby? New year's? No problem.

Last New Year's Eve I went out to an early dinner with my husband, ate something I am pretty sure was friend, then fended off a friend who asked us into the city to go home and plop my pregnant self in front of the television to let Dick Clark rin...

Weird Things About Newborns

CNN recently ran an interesting article on common physical characteristics of newborns that can be alarming to new parents. Most people expect the baby to be tiny and red but they don't expect: Giant bellybuttons (due to umbilical hernia, generall...

Do you hate the holidays?

Well, perhaps HATE is too strong a word. How about "severely dislike?" How about "diametrically opposed to?" How about...just sick of them...already??? About three weeks ago I was walking back to work after running an errand at lunch and I hear...

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