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31 Ways to Get Your Baby to Go to Sleep and Stay Asleep

Includes a discussion of night time parenting decisions, conditioning baby to fall asleep, transitioning techniques, and stay asleep techniques.

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A Guide for First Time Parents

A description of the basics in taking care of a newborn.

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American Academy of Pediatrics

This site has a parenting corner with featured topics and parenting resources, hundreds of symptoms, treatment and prevention articles for everything from abuse to working parents, and safety tips to prevent injury and illness.

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American Academy of Pediatrics --Sleep Issues

Parenting help with information on bedtime activities, foods for sleep, sleep patterns, problems, schedules, and important information on SIDS.

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

“In some unfortunate cases, infants and toddlers have experienced severe tooth decay that has resulted in dental restorations or extractions. The good news is that decay is preventable.”

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Baby Diaper Rash

How to treat your baby's diaper rash and when you should see the doctor.

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Baby Product Safety Alert

Includes vital information to prevent infant injury or death from strangulations and suffocations, scalds, falls, chokings, drownings, and poisonings related to common household products and furnishings.

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Baby Proofing

How to eliminate potential hazards, prepare your home to be safe for baby, and practice safety.  Includes crib safety checklist.

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Baby's First Ear Infection

Symptoms, causes, treatment, and background info about baby and infant ear aches and ear infections.

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Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

From FamilyDoctor.org, learn how you can still breastfeed your baby after returning to work.

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Breastfeeding Versus Formula Feeding

Includes the advantages and challenges of breastfeeding and formula feeding, recommendations from leading health organizations, and more.  Also available in Spanish.

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Car Safety Seats--A Guide for Families 2008

From the American Academy of Pediatricians, this comprehensive car seat guide includes tips for choosing the best seat for your child, safety rules, details on each of the car seat types and their use, how to properly install a car seat, a Q&A section, and brand and model information listings.

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Cloth Versus Disposable Diapers

This discussion of which is best takes into consideration skin and health concerns, cost, the environment, and convenience. 

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Colds

Cold symptoms in babies, when to call the doctor, and common treatments.

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Coping With Sleepless Nights

Advice for parents on coping with sleep deprivation and dealing with sleepless nights with your new baby.

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Depression During and After Pregnancy

What perinatal depression is, its causes, symptoms, treatment, and other recommendations and links. Also includes a link to information in Spanish.

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Diaper Rash

Includes the causes and types of diaper rash, treatment, prevention, and when to call a doctor.

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Diapering Your Baby

What you need to have on hand and ready, how to wipe the baby, separate instructions for diapering with cloth or disposable diapers, and preventing diaper rash.  Also available in Spanish.

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Diarrhea

Find out how to tell whether your baby has diarrhea, why it may be happening, and what you can do about it.

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Fever

How to tell if your baby has a fever, when to call the doctor, fever reducing medicines, and more.

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For Kids' Sake Think Toy Safety

A guide to choosing, buying and maintaining toys for children and infants. Includes information on toy labeling and the Child Safety Protection Act.

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Formula Feeding Basics

From Family Education.  Why use formula, the differences in formulas, what’s healthy and not healthy, and how to choose the best formula for your baby.

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Getting Back In Shape After Baby is Born

This article, from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, provides information about how to safely begin an exercise program after baby is born.

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Healthy Start, Grow Smart Series

Developed by the US Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Health and Human Services, these twelve booklets walk you through baby’s first year of life.  They include feeding tips, checkup information, stages of development, ways you can keep baby safe, and much more.  Also available in Spanish.

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Intelihealth

A one stop resource for health information.  The site is divided into four main areas:  Diseases and Conditions, Healthy Lifestyle, Your Health, and Look it Up. With information for men, women, children, and the aged; also features dental information, an “Ask the Expert" area, and interactive tools such as the exciting “A Look at Your Colon,” a “Ball Park Chow” game, and a depression self-assessment.  Featuring Harvard Medical School's consumer health information.

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Interactive Childhood Immunization Scheduler

CDC’s National Immunization Project—“Interactive Childhood Immunization Scheduler.”  Includes useful links for more information. 

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Introducing Solid Food

Learn when to introduce solid foods, why feeding baby solids too early can be harmful, and how to prepare food for baby as they grow.

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Is Baby Sick or Teething?

Find out if baby is actually sick or just teething, learn when and how babies teeth, and the common symptoms of teething.

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Kids' Health from the Nemours Foundation

With three separate sites.  The parent site offers “Practical parenting, information, and news,” the kids’ site features “Homework help and how the body works,” and the teen site details “Answers, advice, and straight talk” about teen health issues.  Also available in Spanish.

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La Leche League

The most comprehensive information about breastfeeding anywhere.  Also available in Spanish. 

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Leaving Children Unattended in Vehicles

The dangers of leaving a child unattended in a car, even for a quick errand, and how kids playing in cars often become trapped, trap others, or set the car in motion.

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline runs a helpful website and phone hotline for people in crisis and those that care about them. Tollfree number: 800-799-7233.

 

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National Safety Council

Featuring “Safety and Health Magazine,” online safety courses, a comprehensive resource center with safety issues, fact sheets, a library, and research and statistics.

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New Mom Survival Strategies

This page offers a list of articles to help mothers survive the early years of parenting.  Articles include "What Moms Really Feel on the Inside," "Balancing Motherhood and Self," "Breast Feeding, Night Feeding and other Perils," "Tips for New Moms: Please Tell Me it Gets Easier!" and "Can You Afford to Stay Home?  A Calculator" among many others.

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Newborn Sleep Patterns

This article includes a description of newborn sleep patterns and sleep states, a description of alert phases, how to help your baby fall asleep and sleep well, and recommendations for sleep positions and bedding to avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  Also available in Spanish.

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Pacifiers: Are they good for your baby?

"Most babies have a strong sucking reflex. Some babies even suck their thumbs or fingers before they're born. Beyond nutrition, sucking often has a soothing, calming effect. That's why many parents rank pacifiers as must haves, right up there with diaper wipes and baby swings. But are pacifiers really OK for your baby? Although the answer to that question is often debated, the American Academy of Pediatrics gives pacifiers the green light."

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Pregnancy Nutrition Myths and Facts

Find out which pregnancy nutrition myths are fact and which are fiction.

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Quitting Thumb-Sucking and Pacifiers

Tips for helping your child break the thumb-sucking or pacifier habit.

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Safe Kids

The goal of the Safe Kids website is to prevent accidental injury.  Get information on programs such as “Safety in the Home,” and find safety tips sheets for bike helmets, poisoning, water safety, and much more.  Kids will enjoy the activities page with coloring sheets, mazes, quizzes and more fun.

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Safe Sleep for Your Baby--10 Ways to Decrease Risk of SIDS

From the National Back to Sleep campaign.  Baby deaths from SIDS have decreased more than 40% since this campaign began in 1992. 

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Safely Storing and Preparing Formula

Including instructions on cleaning bottles and equipment, preparing and storing formula, and other information.  Also available in French and Chinese.

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Should I Have My Son Circumcised?

Routine circumcision is no longer recommended by most pediatricians.  However, there are reasons some parents opt to have their sons circumcised.  Learn more about circumcision, the reasons for and against it, and get a worksheet that will help you weigh your decision.

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Sick Baby? When to Call the Doctor

The signs and symptoms that indicate it’s time to call your child's doctor.

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The Mayo Clinic

“Mayo Clinic's three main Web sites provide information and services from the world's first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group medical practice. Manage your health with information and tools that reflect the expertise of Mayo's 2,500 physicians and scientists, learn how to access medical services, and discover Mayo's medical research and education offerings.”

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The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken Baby Syndrome often occurs when a parent or caregiver becomes frustrated or angry with an infant’s crying and shakes it hard.  The shaking can cause severe brain damage and even death.  Get tips for coping with a baby's crying.

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The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Publications, resources, advocacy, facts and more about children's disabilities.  Also available in Spanish.

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Tips for Parents: ADHD Linked to Pesticides

A new study published in Pediatrics links high levels of pesticides in children's urine with higher incidences of ADHD.  In the Tips for Parents, learn how children are exposed to pesticides and how you can lower their exposure.

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Tips for Parents: Summer Safety

Get parenting tips on keeping your family safe this summer while out and about doing all of your favorite summer activities.  Including help on bicycle safety, water safety, heat safety, sunburn safety, and stranger danger safety.

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Understanding and Dealing With Colic

What Colic is, how long it can last, possible causes, how it is diagnosed, and how to cope.

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Vomiting

What to do when baby is vomiting, the dehyrdation risk, and when to call the doctor.

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Zero to Three

“The Nation’s Leading Resource on the First Years of Life.”  Follow the “Parents” link to a “Parent’s A-Z” with articles on hundreds of topics, a tip of the week, FAQs, Brain Wonders (a section of the site devoted to brain development), and the national education campaign “The Magic of Everyday Moments.” It “is designed to help you and other caregivers understand and gain ideas for how to use simple, everyday moments to promote your child's social, emotional, and intellectual development.”

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