Leaps in the Developmental Stages of a Baby

As a mother lifts her baby up to play, she wonders if her little one is reaching the typical developmental stages of a baby.

“Is my baby normal?” This is a common question that parents (especially new parents) ask regarding the general developmental stages of a baby. We are always eager to check if our babies’ changes are age-appropriate and it’s difficult to resist comparing our kids to each other. Try to remember that all babies are different and the development stages of a baby can be just as unique as your little one. Below are the developmental milestones, from physical to motor, that generally occur during the baby’s first year.

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Urinary Incontinence After Childbirth

A mother cradling her baby while battling the effects of urinary incontinence after childbirth.

Urinary incontinence is an involuntary loss of urine due to several factors including childbirth. It is a fairly common urinary system disorder in women whether having given birth once, multiple times, or not been pregnant at all. It is also known to occur not just after giving birth, but also during pregnancy and while delivering. More importantly, the rate of urinary incontinence significantly increases as a result of having a baby. Here are the facts of the urinary incontinence after childbirth so moms can remedy the effects of this disorder and ultimately regain control.

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Why You Shouldn’t Heap Intellectual Praise On Your Children

Intellectual Praise

I bet you have one mom, at the very least, in your circle who loves to heap intellectual praise on her children. Let’s be clear on something first, we’re not here to judge them. We respect individuality. It’s a natural thing to want to make our children feel loved and appreciated. Plus, we don’t have a universal rule (or a homologized action) as to how moms should treat their kids. If we do, that would have been a global law a long time ago.

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Teaching Kids Responsibility: Chores and Money Management

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Entitlement is a terrible thing. It’s is not the kind of belief we want our children to possess and teaching kids responsibility is a great way to combat it.

Wait, what does entitlement have to do with teaching kids responsibility regarding chores and money management?

A lot. It is one of the dreaded outcomes of not having enough discipline for the said things.

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Sometimes Germs Are OK

sometimes germs are ok

Before you scoff as to why sometimes germs are OK for your child’s body, please hear me out. Germs have been given a bad rep for decades, maybe even centuries! But the truth is, not all of them are harmful to our bodies.

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13 Natural Relaxation Techniques

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Hans Selye, the Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist who studied and coined the word ‘stress’, once gave this sage advice: “It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” Very good advice indeed, but how do you really force yourself into a relaxation mode when the stressor is hitting your patience repeatedly? Here are some natural relaxation techniques that really work:

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ADD Symptoms in Toddlers You Didn’t Know About

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Some ADD symptoms in toddlers are well-known. Depression, learning difficulties, social impairment, low IQ, and even substance abuse are just a few of the consequences of undiagnosed ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder (also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – almost synonymous with Hyperkinetic Disorder by the World Health Organization).

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Does Amniocentesis Hurt? And Other Facts You Need to Know

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Needles – they make even a lionhearted grown man shrill. In amniocentesis, pain is one of the main things moms brood over because of how long the needle is. I mean, come on. The fret is reasonable. As a mom who went through the procedure, I feel your anxiety. Trust me. But does amniocentesis hurt?

I’m not here to ease your worries and give you false hope. I’m here to tell you what you should expect during the procedure.

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What Baby Movements in Pregnancy Mean

What Baby Movements in Pregnancy Mean

For first-time parents, that first baby movement is one of the most significant events during pregnancy. To feel your baby kick is the culmination of all the confirmations your doctor has given you. It is a Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram-worthy moment. Did I miss anything? Ah, Vine. Go ahead and document it. You’ll be thankful you did in a few years. But there are a lot of different movements in pregnancy, and many new moms wonder what each one means. Here are a few helpful explanations.

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How is Chickenpox Treated?

How is Chickenpox Treated?

Chickenpox, a common childhood illness caused by a type of herpes virus known as the Varicella-zoster, is one of those illnesses that we all saw everywhere as kids. Characters from our favorite TV shows or some of our friends would suddenly have some of those itchy red lesions on their skin, and you knew that playtime was over. Since many children get the vaccine these days, moms whose children do come down with a case of the pox are wondering, how is chickenpox treated?

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