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Are you plugged in? Baby apps every new parent should have

The kid is here! Freak out! The first months of having a baby are rough, regardless of whether you are a repeat parent, like me, or a rookie just entering the exhilarating and exhausting fray. In those newborn months, and even through the first year, most bleary-eyed parents go into survival mode, yet miraculously adapt to all of the challenges that come with the transition. While there isn’t any technology to get your baby to start sleeping through the night at eight weeks (yet!), plenty of great apps can help you in one way or another during that foggy and fantastic first year.- Jeana Lee Tahnk, Mashable Ready, Set, Baby! Leave that tattered baby book on your nightstand and instead turn to this all-encompassing app/e-book, which is a great resource for every parent to have during t...

Mama Drama: Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

Dear Mama Drama: I am pregnant with my first child and due in a few weeks. I am very anxious about being a good mother and especially how to help my baby when she is crying. I will only be able to take six weeks off of work, so I am also worried about finding a caregiver I can trust. I have heard of situations where a frustrated babysitter has shaken a baby and caused a lot of harm. ~Scared of Shaking (photo credit) Dear Scared: Most new moms are anxious about how they will handle being a parent as well as the care their baby will receive when they are not with them. Planning ahead for providing the best care possible for your baby is a great start to alleviating some of those worries. Crying is the way babies communicate. They cry to tell us they are tired, hungry, wet, agitated, and more...

Mama Drama: The New Baby

Dear Mama Drama: I have a two-year-old daughter and am due with my second child very soon. My daughter and I are very close and spend lots of time together. I am concerned about how she will adjust to having a new sibling and having to share my attention. What tips do you have that can help us through this transition? ~About to be a mom of two (photo credit) Dear About: A new baby is both exciting and stressful for all family members. Planning ahead for meeting your daughter’s changing needs is a great idea. A meaningful step in the transition from only child to big sister can be the choosing of a gift for her new sibling. A book or stuffed animal is a good choice. This will help her to feel that she is a part of what is happening.  A lovely idea to compliment that is to have a gift for he...