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Are you Ready for a Second Child?

Young family four persons, smiling father mother and two childreDeciding whether or not you are ready for a second child is a big decision.  A REALLY big decision.  Regardless of how you’ve pictured and planned your life, when it comes time to make it happen, there are some major factors to consider before you know you are ready for a second child.  Among them are how it will affect your health, time, finances and existing family dynamic.  We’re exploring each of these aspects of being ready for a second child today.


Even if you have children close together, by the time you consider having a second child, you are a little older and your body has been through at least one pregnancy already.  Each pregnancy is different so even if your first was easy, your second could be laden with negative symptoms or even bed rest.  Think about your personal health and whether or not you can handle carrying another baby.  When you are mulling over the possibility of another child, consult your physician for a medical opinion.

Also, consider the research regarding the age gap between your children and how it may impact your health and that of your baby.  A second baby born within 18 months of a first or beyond five years of the first is more likely to be premature than those who wait longer.  The healthiest period between babies is two to three years, which gives your body time to readjust and your baby will probably have the best outcome too.

Time and Lifestyle

Once you figure out how to juggle your life with one child, you’ll have to think about how a second child will impact your time and lifestyle.  If you have returned to work, you may feel even more torn between work and family with a new baby at home.  You may be enjoying hobbies again or spending more time with your partner, which will probably have to take a back seat when you are managing the constant care of an infant.  And don’t forget the sleep deprivation too.  Weigh these lifestyle factors with the joy and fulfillment you would get from having a second child.  If you choose not to take the plunge, don’t feel selfish.  It’s better to have truly thought through your desires than to jump in blindly.


As you already know, having children can be expensive.  You and your partner must consider how a second will affect your bank account.  Hopefully you can reuse many of your baby items and you know more about which ones are important or not.  But some items will need to be purchased or replaced and there is the cost of childcare too.  Also, think through the space you have in your home and the cars you drive.  If having a second child will cause you to need to move or get new vehicles, those are major extra expenses.

Family Dynamics

The intricacies of every family are different and only you and your partner know whether a new baby can fit into yours.  Besides thinking about everyone’s personalities and emotional needs, also consider your values.  If you are a traveling family or always on-the-go, a new baby may slow you down a bit or could just make your adventures more interesting.  It all depends on how you look at it.

Studies show the ideal times for having a second child based on family dynamics are either before your first is 1 and can really understand what’s happening, or around 4 years after the first when your older child can fully grasp the concept of a sibling but also has his own life established.  Remember, just like pregnancies, every baby and child is unique.  Your first may have been an easy baby and a calm, obedient child but the opposite might be true of your second.  Don’t count on anything working out the same when you are considering how a new baby will change your family dynamics.

We hope these factors help you as you decide whether you are ready for a second child.  There are also many fun quizzes you can take online that may bring up some questions and topics you had not considered.  Take one with your partner as a basis for the second child discussion.  Good luck!

Thanksgiving Crafts: Last Minute Table Décor and More

Colorful accessories for Thanksgiving holiday craftThanksgiving crafts are a wonderful way to spread the Thanksgiving spirit to kids.  While they may not be interested in the food and house preparations for having guests, you can bring the holiday to their level by engaging your kids in Thanksgiving crafts.  Using art, you can discuss the story and themes involved in Thanksgiving, and even help your kids think about ways they are thankful.

Today we have fun ideas for Thanksgiving crafts – including last minute table décor and other household decorations – that you can create with items you already have around your house.

Thankful Tree or Wreath:  Using a construction paper base to create a tree trunk with branches or a round wreath, help your kids cut out construction paper leaves of different shapes, colors and sizes.  Then ask your children what they are thankful for and write each comment on a leaf.  Paste the leaves on the tree or wreath and hang it in your house to display for all of your guests to read.

Thanksgiving Placemats:  Get crafty with your Thanksgiving placemats by allowing your kids to decorate them.  There are endless possibilities, from straight drawings or stickering, to weaving or collaging.  Encourage your kids to personalize each placemat for each of your guests.

Thanks Garland:  Create Thanks garland or banners for your mantle, staircase or doorways using letter cut-outs, leaves, tinsel and other art supplies that represent the season.  This simple Thanksgiving craft can be made using string, ribbon or yarn and a lot of imagination.

Turkey with “Tradable” Feathers:  This interactive craft gives your kids something to do during long Thanksgiving meals.  First cut out a small and large brown circle for each turkey you’re going to make.  Add a face and legs as you desire.  Then let your kids decorate feathers – either from craft feathers or paper – that you can place on each turkey using a small slit.  During the Thanksgiving meal, let your kids and guests trade feathers.  Or, place a special sticker on the back of several feathers and whoever ends up with the stickered feathers wins a prize at the end.

Turkey Puppet:  Small puppets are a fun way to keep your kids occupied on Thanksgiving as well.  Using gloves or socks, let your kids create a turkey puppet out of whatever arts supplies you have on hand.  Show them pictures of turkeys and then let them get as wacky and creative as their hearts desire.

Thankful Name Card Necklaces:  Ask your children to help you make name card necklaces for each of your guests.  Make name cards out of card stock and punch holes in them to string on a necklace along with beads, leaf cut-outs, cereal and whatever else your kids want to add.  Lay the jewelry creations on each persons place setting and encourage everyone to wear them during the festive meal.

Leaf Collages:  This Thanksgiving craft incorporates nature and some fresh air to collect supplies.  Let your kids gather leaves, acorns, sticks, pinecones and anything else they can find in your yard.  Then use these natural materials to create a magnificent fall collage to display in your home.

Popsicle Stick or Spoon Figures:  Help your kids create their own Thanksgiving themed action figures out of popsicle sticks or spoons.  Decorate them like pilgrims and Native American characters and encourage your children to act out the first Thanksgiving or other interactions between these groups of friends.

Have a blast with these Thanksgiving crafts and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Trivia

Playing games during the holidays is a great way to bond as a family. It’s also something to set up so they kids have something to keep them busy while you finish up the turkey. Trivia is an awesome game to get your child’s brain muscles working! Literally! Besides trivia questions being educational and promoting mental cognition, it’s fun and the kids will have a blast playing it with the rest of the family!


Depending on your child’s age, some trivia question may be easier for some compared to others. If there is an age difference between a few of the kids attending your Thanksgiving dinner make sure to create two separate trivia games. Below are trivia questions you can ask children who are a little younger and may not know specific Thanksgiving facts:


  1. What animal do we eat during Thanksgiving?
  2. What pie does grandma make every year?
  3. What sound does a turkey make?
  4. Who was part of the first Thanksgiving?
  5. How many feathers does a turkey have?
  6. What is mommy’s favorite food at Thanksgiving?
  7. What football team does daddy always want to lose?
  8. How much does the turkey weigh?

Hint: You can be as creative as you want with these questions, but always remember to make the questions something that won’t be difficult for a five or seven year old to answer.


If the kids are a little older they might find the above questions to be simple and boring. This is where you can come up with more difficult questions:


  1. When was the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held and where?
  2. What is the bone we break every year in the hopes of good luck?
  3. What does the President do for a turkey?
  4. How many feathers does a turkey have?
  5. Which day is Black Friday?
  6. What four places in the U.S. use the name Turkey?
  7. Do all turkeys gobble?
  8. Is the United States the only place to celebrate Thanksgiving?
  9. What was the name of the ship the Pilgrims sailed over to America?
  10. What is the name of the rock where the Pilgrims first landed?
  11. What was the name of the Indian tribe who was invited to the first Thanksgiving?

Hint: It’s still okay to be creative and throw in a funny question of two. If the kids are between the ages of eight and twelve they may need a little more excitement to keep them from asking you when dinner will be ready.


After the kids have finished their Thanksgiving Trivia game you can wait until after dinner to rally up the points and pick the winners. Make sure not to leave anyone out and reward each child for participating.


How Kids can Help Make Thanksgiving Dinner

cookingwithkidsThanksgiving is a time for family togetherness, and that should extend to preparations for the family meal.  There are many ways to incorporate kids of all ages in your Thanksgiving meal traditions ranging from setting the table, to helping you cook most of the classic dishes you will serve.  On this festive holiday of showing gratitude and spending time together, involve the entire family because your kids can help make Thanksgiving dinner!

Here are some helpful tips on how your kids can help make Thanksgiving dinner:

Tip #1:  Start Early

Start your dinner preparations several days before the big day.  Items like pies, breads and even some casseroles and side dishes can be prepared early.  Set aside one project for your kids to help with each day leading up to Thanksgiving.  Overloading on cooking everything in one day is too much for kids.  But one 10-20 minute session a day is just the right stimulation they can swallow.

Tip #2:  Make it Fun

Cooking can be as fun as you make it.  Try not to worry too much about spills and messes and focus more on the process.  Let your kids wear a special apron and/or hat for the occasion and put on some festive music while you’re working in the kitchen.  When sanitation and food safety allows, let your kids taste batter or small parts of their creations along the way, and definitely let them be taste testers when your dishes are complete.

Tip #3:  Prep the Kitchen

If you have a recipe that calls for multiple ingredients, have them all laid out with the appropriate measuring cups, bowls, pans and utensils.  You may lose your kids’ attention if they have to wait for 10 minutes for you to get everything together.

Tip #4:  Make it Educational

Cooking can be a terrific math lesson.  Explain fractions as you measure various ingredients and add them to your recipes.  Also, if you are using the oven or microwave, allow your tot to press the correct numbers to get your heat source started.  All of these lessons are fun, practical learning experiences for your children.

Tip #5:  Allow Your Kids Make Choices

Every Thanksgiving meal could use a twist.  Let your little ones pick a “secret ingredient” to add to certain recipes.  It could be apples in the stuffing, cinnamon in the sweet potatoes, or cranberries in the green bean casserole.  When it comes time to eat Thanksgiving dinner, your little ones will take pride in tasting their personal contribution to each recipe.

Tip #6:  Let Kids Add the Finishing Touch

Preparing some dishes may not be kid-friendly, but you can usually find an aspect of the item that is.  For example, if you top your casseroles with fried onions and your pies with spiced nuts, let your kids participate in that part.  It may be a simple task but it’s super exciting to children.

Tip #7:  Set the Table Together

Setting the table is not only necessary, it’s a good lesson too.  Work with your kids to set the table and explain where each item goes.  Hopefully you’ve made some fabulous Thanksgiving crafts to use as table décor so placing their creations on the table will be even more exciting when they do it themselves.

Tip #8:  Snack on Thanksgiving-Style Foods

Throughout the week as you are building anticipation for Thanksgiving, snack on festive foods.  These include dried fruits, deli turkey, pumpkin flavored foods, seeds and nuts.  All of these flavors of the season will help you and your family get into the Thanksgiving spirit.

Tip #9:  Create Fun Shapes with Thanksgiving Themes

Playing with your food has never been more fun than when making silly turkeys, pilgrim hats and cornucopia you can eat.  There are many ways to turn traditional food items into cool shapes.  To make an edible turkey figure, start with a pumpkin bread or cornbread muffin base and add apples slices or carrot sticks to the back for feathers and a grape to the front as a head.  For a pilgrim hat, place one large marshmallow over a round cookie and cover with chocolate.  Cornucopia can be made by shaping homemade bread dough and then hollowing it out to make room for fruits and vegetables.

Happy Thanksgiving!

12 Reasons to be Thankful for your Kids

children-playingWith Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s a great time to reflect on how and why you are thankful for your kids.  Despite all the tough parenting moments, having kids is a fulfilling and enriching experience, and certainly one that all parents grow to appreciate with every new stage.  During this Thanksgiving holiday season, take time to reflect on all the ways you are thankful for your kids.  We’re getting you started with our 12 reasons to be thankful for your kids.

1 – Kids have amazing perspective.  Watching the world through your kids’ eyes is fascinating and eye opening for you as well.  As adults we become jaded, but experiencing things for the first time with your child helps us re-envision them with wonderful new light.

2 – Kids help you live by your morals.  Identifying your morals is one thing, but living by your own code of ethics in order to be a good role model for you kids takes being a better person to another level.  But surely if we expect our kids to have a moral conscience, we must lead by example.

3 – Kids keep you active.  Keeping up with kids can be quite a workout.  From crawling infants and teetering toddlers, to playground daredevils and sports-loving tikes, kids force us to live more active lives.

4 – Kids teach you to prioritize.  Life with kids means making some tough decisions about life’s priorities.  Kids help keep the most important part of our lives – our family – on the forefront most of the time, even if it means sacrifices in other areas.

5 – Kids make life more interesting.  As kids grow and develop, their interests are constantly evolving, which helps keep our lives as adults more interesting too.  It’s easy for us adults to become stale, but kids are consistently reinventing themselves in spectacular, resilient ways.

6 – Kids challenge you to find solutions.  Having kids is all about being a problem solver, and your kids are constantly looking at you to have all the magic answers.  It can be a big challenge but we all dig deep to find solutions when life requires it.

7 – Kids teach the true meaning of unconditional love.  No matter how frustrating and difficult parenting gets, we always love our kids.  For most of us, the parent/child relationship is the only one of true unconditional love we will ever experience.

8 – Kids inspire spontaneity.  Not fully understanding schedules and all social norms, kids can be quite spontaneous.  Sometimes this is difficult for parents to handle, but it also inspires us to live in the moment and forget the rules, within moderation.

9 – Kids make you more creative.  In addition to being a problem solver, you have to be very creative to be a parent.  Whether through the art of distraction or helping with school projects, your creative parental juices are always flowing.

10 – Kids give you cause to be prepared.  With kids, preparation and organization are essential to avoid complete chaos all the time.  Simply by keeping a regular schedule, always having snacks and toys on hand, and thinking through your day with your kids in mind can make your day go much smoother and help keep everyone in your family happy.

11 – Kids remind you to dream big.  In the heart and mind of a child, there are endless possibilities in life.  Their dreams reach as far as the sky because they are not limited by normal conventions.  Dreaming big is a virtue we can all admire and inspires us to think beyond the limits of our boxes and seek new possibilities.

12 – Kids keep you young at heart.  Playing with your kids keeps the body, mind and spirit young like nothing else in the world can.  As adults, we rarely get to play, but playing with a child will keep you young to the core.

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!


The Positive Effects of Smiling at Your Baby

Whoever came up with the observation, “Smiling is contagious,” hit the nail on the head. No one can resist giving at least a small smirk when they receive a smile from someone, let alone when they see a smiling, happy baby. If that doesn’t warm your heart, than I’m not sure what will! Smiling is a worldwide sign of communication. In fact, for each of us, smiling was our first form of language. One of the happiest moments in parenthood is when you baby first smiles at you. To many parents it’s a sign of love and recognition.

However, all babies are different, and some may take a little time before they fully develop their smiling capabilities. Many parents worry there might be something wrong when their baby doesn’t smile or show signs of affection, but this can be completely normal for a baby. In fact, most babies spend much of their time smiling when they are asleep.  As they grow they will become more in control of their emotions and more aware of their environment.

Smiling has a wonderful and positive impact on babies and young children. It boosts moods and encourages positivity and reduces stress, which in return keeps the immune system strong and healthy. When a child sees their parents smiling and laughing they will mimic this optimistic attitude. This is the same for babies. When a baby is showered with love and lots of smiling they are more likely to repeat this act.

Smiling also does a lot for the body. Because smiling reduces stress due to the boost of positivity in our moods, it releases endorphins from the pituitary gland, which makes you feel happy and more relaxed. It also reduces your cortisol levels which are stress hormones. Furthermore, when you smile or laugh you’re expanding your lungs and muscles and stimulating homeostasis, which is your body’s ability to function and maintain stability.

To promote smiling, experts recommend interacting with your baby from infancy. They suggest smiling at them, making funny faces, and encouraging laughter. It’s important for parents to remember every baby is different and they shouldn’t worry if their baby is taking their time before giving a smile. Instead of worrying, encourage your baby’s development and inspire their progression with love, joy, laughter, and lots of smiles.


Vaccines during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is usually a period of less pharmaceuticals and more natural remedies for most women.  However, there are some exceptions when medical experts do recommend taking vaccines during pregnancy for the immediate and future health of babies and mothers.  There are two recommended vaccines during pregnancy: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, commonly known as Tdap, and the influenza (flu) vaccine.

It is recommended that women ensure they are up-to-date on all immunizations prior to becoming pregnant.  If you are unsure where you stand on your vaccinations, talk to your physician.  Most of the time doctors can order blood tests to check for immunizations at the same time you are doing any pre-pregnancy testing, such as genetic or ethnic tests.  For those who are missing vaccines and are already pregnant, your OBGYN will probably recommend waiting until after childbirth and possibly after breastfeeding before getting these additional shots as they may affect your baby.

The two recommended vaccines during pregnancy, Tdap and influenza, are not harmful to your growing baby.  In fact, they are advised because they are helpful to both you and your baby.  Babies are born with very little immunities and rely heavily on support they’ve received from their mothers throughout pregnancy to initiate their immune system.  Late in pregnancy, mothers pass on antibodies that help protect babies in the early months of their lives.  Also, antibodies continue to transfer to babies through wholesome breast milk.  Still, your baby will eventually need vaccines to help him defend himself against potential life-threatening diseases.

In the first few months of life, whooping cough and the flu are very dangerous for babies.  Here’s a breakdown of why you should ensure protection with these two vaccines:

Tdap:  The tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine should be administered during each pregnancy, regardless of when the mother last received a Tdap or Td shot.  The vaccine is really to provide immunization to the baby, mainly to prevent whooping cough, which can severely affect newborns and infants.  Tdap is usually given to moms-to-be between 27 and 36 weeks during pregnancy.  New dads, grandparents and other caregivers should also have Tdap or a Tdap booster at least once in a lifetime when spending time around young children.

Influenza:  The flu shot is recommended for most people once per year, even pregnant women.  Getting the flu while pregnant can be particularly miserable, especially if you choose not to take any medications.  Plus, your baby will reap the benefits as well, especially if he is born during flu season.  The flu shot is made of an inactivated influenza virus.  Pregnant women should not take the flu mist, which is a small dose of the live influenza virus.

Most OBGYN offices offer these vaccines during pregnancy to make it simple for patients to ensure they are properly immunized prior to their babies’ arrival.   If you are traveling abroad or feel in you may require other vaccines during pregnancy, talk to your physician.  It may be OK to take other inactivated vaccines during pregnancy, depending on the circumstances.

It is definitely the season for the flu shot, and don’t forget to ask your OB about Tdap as well.  Vaccines during pregnancy can greatly protect you and your baby for a healthy start to life!

How to Clean your Baby’s Ears

One of the concerns many new parents have is how to clean baby ears from wax buildup. You may already know this can be risky business due to the sensitivity of an infant’s ear drum. So, how do you safely remove earwax from your baby’s ears? There are in fact, many safe ways to do this without rupturing or hurting your baby’s ears, but there are important things to know before.

Before you clean your baby’s ears you should know earwax is actually part of keeping your ears clean and healthy. Earwax, which is also called cerumen, traps the dirt, dust, and other particles that enter the ear canal and can potentially cause harm. The waxy buildup is made from a mixture of discharge from your sebaceous and sweat glands found in your skin near your hair and ears. Babies shouldn’t experience much buildup because they don’t have an abundance of discharge from these glands. If you notice your baby has more than the usual amount of earwax buildup in his ear, contact your pediatrician right away because it could be an ear infection.

The best way to handle earwax is to leave it alone. Never go mining for wax in your child’s ear because you could rupture their ear drum or they can get the idea of sticking a Q-tip into their ear from watching you and seriously hurt themselves. If you must clean your baby’s ear you can try the most commonly used technique of using a damp, warm wash cloth. Using the wash cloth gently clean around the outer-ear and just a short way into the canal. Never go any further or stick or pour any liquid down the canals without speaking to your pediatrician first. Using a damp cloth is the safest way to clean your baby’s ears, but there are a few other home remedies you can try with the permission of your doctor. One of these is only if your baby has an ear infection. You can use hydrogen peroxide mixed with water and carefully use a dropper to drop the solution into your baby’s ear to remove the built-up wax below. However, this procedure is mostly used on toddlers and older children. Your doctor may have other methods to use on your baby.

Normally, bath time should keep your baby’s ears clean. You should only clean your baby’s ears if you notice unusual buildup, otherwise leave the normal wax alone. If your baby is showing signs of discomfort in his ears it should never be overlooked. Earwax buildup can seriously affect your baby’s health and cause painful infections which can trigger the ear to drain a yellowish liquid. Furthermore, if the infection continues without acknowledgment your baby’s hearing can become muffled or even lost.

Make sure to keep a close eye on your baby’s ears, especially during bath time. It’s important to practice safe hygiene to prevent earwax buildup and infections.



Happy and Healthy Family Habits

Happy-family1If you ask most parents what they want for their families, it is happiness and health.  For some this comes more naturally than others, but every family can foster happy and healthy family habits through their outlook, values and lifestyle choices.  Happiness and health don’t always cost a lot of money but they do take effort.

Check out these happy and healthy family habits to implement in your home:

Bonding:  Human beings crave feeling connected; it is a natural, basic need.  Babies long for this sense of connection from the moment they are born through touch, love and support.  As children grow, a strong familial relationship continues to be a part of their health and happiness.  More than wealth and possessions, spending time together as a family and making memories breeds happy families.

Read, Sing, Play and Learn Together:  Part of bonding is stimulating your children in the best ways.  Without the need for elaborate toys and exotic destinations, you can create an engaging environment of learning, laughing and imaginary play in your home.  Let loose in the moment, embrace your child’s interests and involve them in your own to foster a love of fun family time.

Make Healthy Habits Fun:  Eating nutritiously and exercising seem like tedious chores to adults, but you can reframe them into fun, healthy family habits for the sake of your kids.  Come up with fun ways to prepare and serve healthy meals, including growing your own garden, visiting farms and farmer’s markets, and allowing your kids to participate in baking and cooking projects.  Have a blast with your physical activities by offering lots of outdoor play time, engaging in sports and having impulsive moments of movement.

Seek Balance:  There is a lot to accomplish in life every day but finding balance as you juggle everything is essential.  Make it a practice not to over-schedule your kids and yourself so you have time to embrace the spontaneous joys of life.  Kids and adults alike need “down time” to relax and rejuvenate.  You may find you have more fun and experience more by doing less.

Give Thanks:  Thankfulness is a value we all want to instill in our children, but did you know it also makes all of us more grateful and ultimately happier?  Yes, giving thanks for whatever joys you have in your life is actually a reward to yourself.  People who are thankful have less depression and more life fulfillment.  Similarly, finding satisfaction in the results of your own choices and circumstances is also crucial for happy, healthy families.

Spread out Happiness:  Always having everything you want does not actually make you happier.  Studies show that spreading out happiness – whether it is receiving a gift or having a fun experience – is more productive for families.  As you can imagine, a child can easily be spoiled and feel entitled when he gets everything he wants all the time.  That’s not a life lesson most parents want to instill.  Rather, help your children earn and appreciate joys by spacing them out and savoring them whenever they occur.

We hope these happy and healthy family habits enrich your family’s life every day!

New Report Reaffirms that No Amount of Alcohol is Safe during Pregnancy

pediatricsA new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy.  While this has been the recommendation for many years, recent independent research challenged the standing advice and purports that small amounts of alcohol may be acceptable.  However, the AAP denies that any level of alcohol consumption is advisable during this period of growth and development for fetuses.

The report published in Pediatrics in mid-October indicates that 30 years of research proves that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy due to the direct linkage to many birth defects.  All types of alcohol – beer, liquor and wine – are considered dangerous to a fetus because they may cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  Both of these pose serious immediate and long-term risks for babies.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is the most publicized result of prenatal alcohol consumption.  It is often marked by physical side-effects on a baby’s face, especially his eyes and mouth.  In addition to abnormal facial features, babies with fetal alcohol syndrome may have behavioral, developmental and growth problems.  Fetal alcohol syndrome is more easily detected by doctors following childbirth.

On the other hand, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are less noticeable immediately after birth but may pose problems throughout a child’s life.  Some pediatricians never recognize a child’s symptoms as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder as this is a broad term that covers a variety of problems that stem from prenatal exposure to toxic alcohol.  Some typical side-effects encompassed in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are physical disabilities, learning and developmental delays, and birth defects of the heart, kidneys, bones, ears and brain.  As a result, children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders may display challenges in school and with language development, hearing, memory and judgment.

The AAP recommends the elimination of alcohol in the diet of women who are trying to become pregnant or may suspect they are pregnant.  Some women do not realize they are pregnant until several weeks (or months) into their pregnancies.  As soon as a woman knows she is pregnant she should stop all alcohol use and visit her OBGYN for a consultation.

Despite years of recommendations, some women still continue to drink alcohol during pregnancy in small or large quantities.  The results can be devastating.  Women with alcohol addictions prior to pregnancy who are struggling to resist prenatal alcohol consumption are advised to seek help immediately for the health and safety of their babies.

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Car Seats for Every Age
Celebrate Mother's Day
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does my baby need therapy
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Eating Fish During Pregnancy and While Breastfeeding
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Fun family activities on Christmas Eve
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Fussy Baby
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Hospital Bag Checklist
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How Baby Traits Influence Personality
how different animals breastfeed
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how to avoid poisoning
How to Avoid Raising Entitled Children
how to avoid reflux
how to baby proof
how to be a good patient
how to be sexy while breastfeeding
how to breastfeed
how to clean baby ears
how to clean up play room
how to clean your baby’s ears
how to discipline a baby
how to discipline a child
How to Donate Breast Milk
how to ease baby into swimming
how to engage your baby with toys
how to establish a bedtime routine
how to fall asleep
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how to get help while breastfeeding
how to get kids to drink water
how to get kids to eat healthy
how to get rid of stretch marks
how to go to sleep
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how to keep car clean
How to Keep Your Babysitter Happy
how to manage pain during labor
how to potty train
how to prevent baby from getting sick
how to raise happy kids
How to Select a Pediatrician
how to sleep better
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how to stop breastfeeding
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how to support a friend with breast cancer
how to take great family pictures
how to tell if baby is overweight
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how to tell older kids mom is pregnant
humor in parenting
I am Totally Pregnant App
immune system
In the Media
indoor activities for babies
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juggling a newborn and a toddler
Just for Fun
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keep my car clean
keeping baby well
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kid-friendly Thanksgiving
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kids drink water
Kids New Year
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Labor Day
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Latching On
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LPGA tour
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Mother's Day
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Motivational Breastfeeding Thoughts
music and babies
nameberry baby names
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National Breastfeeding Month
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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
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New Year's superstitions
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New Years
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New Years with Kids
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Old Wives Tale Gender Prediction
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Organizations that Support Mothers
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peanut allergies
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Plan Your Own Mother’s Day
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PMS during pregnancy
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positive discipline
positive effect of smiling
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Prenatal Dental Care
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Raising Confident Kids
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Rules for Cleaning out Toys
Rules of Babysitters
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select a pediatrician
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Spring Fashion
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Tdap during pregnancy
Teach babies about heart health
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Thanksgiving Activities
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that 70s show
The Benefits of Music for Babies
The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
The Cost of Breastfeeding
the dangers of hair tourniquet
The First Response Tracker
the golden rule
The History of Breastfeeding
the Milky Way documentary
the Milky Way movie
the Milky Way: every mother has a story
the positive effects of smiling at your baby
The Pregnancy Companion App
therapy in early childhood
Things to do on Christmas Eve
thrush in adults
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thumb suckers
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traits that influence personality
transitioning to solids
treat your babysitter like family
trends in family size
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Valentine’s Day Fun Facts
varicose veins
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Ways to Burn Calories with a Baby
ways to find other new moms
Ways to Get Kids to Drink Water
ways to praise your child
ways to relieve congestion in babies
ways to sweeten Valentine's Day
weaning breastfeeding
weaning from breastfeeding
what is colostrum
what is the umbilical cord
what is thrush
what medicines can I take while breastfeeding
what not to buy used
what not to do during pregnancy
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what to do before potty training
what to do on Christmas Eve
what to do on Mother's Day
what to do to relieve pain during labor
what to do with a toddler while breastfeeding a baby
What to do with kids on New Years
what to eat during pregnancy
what to get for Father's Day
what to look for in pediatrician
what type of car seat do I need
what your baby does in womb
where to donate breast milk
where to find a pediatrician
which foods to serve a baby
which vaccines are ok during pregnancy
white noise machine
why children need praise
why do moms judge each other
why kids suck thumbs
why men with babies are sexy
winter vacation activities
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World Breastfeeding Week
yeast diaper rash
yoga with baby