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Month 1

Cut up your bra

Breastfeeding tip: Cut holes in your bra to let your nipples take a break.

Tip for brand-new breastfeeders: It may sound weird, but I did it and so did my friend Maureen. Take an old tank top or soft cup bra and cut holes where your nipples go. Seriously. Wear this whenever your nipples need to be untouched. Preferably not when your father in law is around. (photo: Circle […]

Write a Did Do list


If you’re getting sick of your “to do” list getting longer and not shorter and wondering where the heck is all your time going, try writing a “did do” list. Share it with your baby-daddy at the end of the day and encourage him to be very impressed. The truth is that your time is […]

Encourage Daddy time & relax already

Encourage Daddy-baby-bonding time, it will pay dividends later

According to Mr. Dad, “kids who grow up with actively involved fathers are happier, healthier, smarter, and better adjusted than those who don’t.” Great, sign me up. The added payoff is that I get a break, right? But figuring out how to do it can be a big challenge: I was a super nervous parent, my […]

Why you need new mom friends

The Importance of having new mom friends

When I was a brand new mommy, I was lucky that my best friend had a baby of her own. Whitney seemed to have all the answers and didn’t mind if I talked about sleep, swaddles, and nursing… A Lot! The day I returned from the hospital, she dropped off some witch hazel and teeny […]

Play white noise for baby

Transitions cd will put you the eff to sleep

… bzzzjhhh Some of the best pre-baby advice I ever got (that I actually took) was along the lines of playing white noise or static to calm a fussy baby. In the olden days of our own infancy, our parents may have run a vacuum or put us on the dryer, but living in energy-conscious […]

Tip: bubble wrap for new moms

New mom tip: pop stress away

The teeny tiny bubble wrap is perfect as a physical outlet for moms trying not to scream at their kids. (Confession: I have done this dozens of times) This is how it works: Get frustrated or annoyed to the point of wanting to scream. Gently, set baby in crib or other safe place. Walk over […]

The frustrating Fourth Trimester


Susan Brink, a journalist and grandmother of six, has authored a new book called The Fourth Trimester: Understanding, Protecting, and Nurturing an Infant Through the First Three Months. After hearing about her research, I asked her, “What is the deal with newborns? Why are they so fussy and floppy? And how is it possible to […]

Book report: Your Fussy Baby


If you have the book Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth then don’t be a sucker and buy Your Fussy Baby like I did. YFB is entirely included in HCHB. And I know this because I read both of them cover to cover when I had a super fussy baby. When my […]