The Social and Developmental Benefits of Mommy-and-Me Classes

The Social and Developmental Benefits of Mommy-and-Me Classes

Attending a mommy-and-me class with your baby does more than get you out of the house to socialize with other parents of infants. These baby-parent classes, whether they're parent-child music, art, yoga, or baby sign language classes, have numerous...

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16 Things to Do to Baby Proof Your Home

16 Things to Do to Baby Proof Your Home

If you’re a first-time parent, bringing baby home from the hospital can feel scary, so baby proofing your home in the month before your due date will give you peace of mind. Courtney Ilarraza, co-founder of Baby Bodyguards, a full-service baby and ...

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Tips for Checking a Potential Nanny's References

Tips for Checking a Potential Nanny's References

Finding a nanny in NYC can be a stressful, long process. You want to find someone you trust, who you feel comfortable leaving your child with, and who will ideally be with your family for years to come. When it comes to hiring a nanny, checking her...

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The Best Ways to Talk to Your Baby to Facilitate Speech Development

The Best Ways to Talk to Your Baby to Facilitate Speech Development

Talking to your baby can be fun, but it’s not all fun and games. Everything you say to an infant (and even a toddler) influences the way and the speed at which he learns to speak. Narrating what you do every day, singing, reading, speaking in “baby...

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Everything You Need to Know When Purchasing and Installing a Car Seat

Everything You Need to Know When Purchasing and Installing a Car Seat

Car seat regulations are hard to keep up with and manage, especially because they are constantly changing and are different state to state. Keep this checklist, compiled with the help of Shane Bland, certified car seat safety technician through Saf...

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Tips to Help Fathers Bond with Their Babies

Tips to Help Fathers Bond with Their Babies

Let’s face it: Parenthood is scary for both new mothers and fathers. One of the scariest moments of all, in fact, comes when they’re handed their infant in the hospital. What happens next, though, can be very different for women versus men. Mothers...

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How to Understand Your Baby's Wants and Needs Based on Mood States and Cues

How to Understand Your Baby's Wants and Needs Based on Mood States and Cues

One of the most astonishing revelations about newborns is their ability to communicate almost from birth. Without words, he can inform when he wants to eat, when he wants to play, and even when he wants to rest. Healthy babies are constantly changi...

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What Kind of Rash Does My Baby Have?

What Kind of Rash Does My Baby Have?

Finding a skin rash on your infant is fairly common given that her skin is so sensitive. But how do you know if it's a normal occurrence or it it's a more serious rash that needs medical attention? Doctors share the most common skin rashes on babie...

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Why Does My Toddler Do Weird Things?

Why Does My Toddler Do Weird Things?

Running around naked, being super particular, watching the same movie over, and over, and over again. These weird toddler behaviors can get old fast, but they're totally normal in early childhood development. Experts share why.

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The Basics of Sleep Training and Sleep Regression

The Basics of Sleep Training and Sleep Regression

If getting your infant to sleep through the night sounds like a dream-come-true, sleep training might be in your future. Here are the basics of sleep training, the different methods of sleep training, and why babies go through sleep regression—and ...

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How Babies Learn to Love

How Babies Learn to Love

As it turns out, babies are hardwired to love you! And there's plenty you can do to help that parent-child bond grow in the beginning stages of early childhood development. Experts share what you can do to help your baby learn to love earlier—and d...

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The Lifelong Benefits of Reading to Babies

The Lifelong Benefits of Reading to Babies

Though many parents may not realize it, they should be reading to babies as early as possible. There are numerous early childhood education and lifelong benefits to reading to babies. Early childhood education and reading experts share the numerous...

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The Benefits of Creating a 'Yes' Space for Your Young Child

The Benefits of Creating a 'Yes' Space for Your Young Child

Stemming from the RIE® Educaring® approach to parenting from Magda Gerber, which is responding to your child respectfully, some parents are creating safe-play environments in their homes for children. Creating a “yes” space for your infant, crawler...

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New York Car Seat Laws Are Changing: Here's What You Need to Know

New York Car Seat Laws Are Changing: Here's What You Need to Know

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a law that requires children younger than 2 to ride in a rear-facing car seat as a safety measure. The law will take effect on Nov. 1, 2019.

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15 Questions to Ask a Prospective Pediatrician

15 Questions to Ask a Prospective Pediatrician

A good pediatrician is an invaluable resource—here’s how to find the best fit for your family’s needs.

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Healthgrades Awards Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern 5 Stars

Healthgrades Awards Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern 5 Stars

Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern has been named a five-star recipient for Vaginal Delivery by Healthgrades.

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A Look at New York Area Infant Mortality Rates

A Look at New York Area Infant Mortality Rates

Though local infant mortality rates are lower than the national average, more babies die in their first year than most of us expect. Here’s a look at this tragedy and what parents can do to reduce the risk.

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Preparing for Pregnancy with Preconception Counseling

Preparing for Pregnancy with Preconception Counseling

The importance of preconception counseling for women who are planning on getting pregnant.

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Nursing Mothers Can Comfortably Breast-Feed in Lactation Pods in New York City

Nursing Mothers Can Comfortably Breast-Feed in Lactation Pods in New York City

Women can now breast-feed at one of five lactation pods set up by the Department of Health around New York City.

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4 Foods Breast-Feeding Moms Should Include in Their Diets

4 Foods Breast-Feeding Moms Should Include in Their Diets

Key nutrients moms should eat when breast-feeding

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New Doctor to Join Mesbah OB-GYN Women's Health Care & Wellness

New Doctor to Join Mesbah OB-GYN Women's Health Care & Wellness

Obstetrician and gynecologist Karyn Wat, M.D., will join Mesbah OB-GYN Women's Health Care & Wellness in July.

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The Wholeness Center in Valley Cottage Expands Offerings

The Wholeness Center in Valley Cottage Expands Offerings

The Wholeness Center now offers kids' birthday parties and MommaArts, which provides maternity care and support for parents.

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Pediatricians Group Urges Parents to Stop Giving Juice to Babies

Pediatricians Group Urges Parents to Stop Giving Juice to Babies

Babies younger than 1 should not be given fruit juice at all, while older kids should drink it only in moderation and focus instead on eating whole fruit, according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Pregnancy Could Cost 425% More Under GOP Health Plan

Pregnancy Could Cost 425% More Under GOP Health Plan

Insurance premiums for pregnant women could go up considerably per the new GOP health bill, intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Introducing Dog to Baby

Introducing Dog to Baby

Tips to successfully and safely introduce a newborn baby in a home with pets

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Nyack Hospital Offers Childbirth and Infant Education Classes

Nyack Hospital Offers Childbirth and Infant Education Classes

The Maternity Center at Nyack Hospital offers classes on Lamaze, breastfeeding, infant care, and more for expectant parents and caregivers.

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Baby’s First 1,000 Days: The Impact of Nutrition

Baby’s First 1,000 Days: The Impact of Nutrition

A growing body of research has shown the impact proper nutrition can have on long-term health, starting early on. But can the first 1,000 days really decide a child’s future, or is it a bit more complicated than that?

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Diaper Bank Opens on Long Island

Diaper Bank Opens on Long Island

Allied Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Allied Physicians Group, has opened a diaper bank in Plainview to help families in need living in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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Rockland Health Department Receives Grant for Breast-Feeding

Rockland Health Department Receives Grant for Breast-Feeding

The Rockland Health Department was awarded a $1.2 million grant to fund the Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities project.

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Why I Hated All Nine Months of Pregnancy

Why I Hated All Nine Months of Pregnancy

A mom’s experience with antepartum depression during pregnancy.

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Breast Milk Depot Opens in South Nyack

Breast Milk Depot Opens in South Nyack

Rockland County’s first breast milk depot opened at Kenneth H. Zatz, M.D., Pediatrics.

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Creating a Safe Sleep Environment for Baby

Creating a Safe Sleep Environment for Baby

Tips to create a safe sleep environment for your baby.

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Congress Passes Postpartum Depression Legislation

Congress Passes Postpartum Depression Legislation

Congress recently passed groundbreaking maternal mental health legislation, the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act.

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What Does a Midwife Do? Interview with Risa Klein.

What Does a Midwife Do? Interview with Risa Klein.

Risa Klein is a certified nurse midwife with an office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She was the “birth consultant” for the feature films Baby Mama and Laze.

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Why Breastfeeding Support is Important for New and Expectant Mothers

Why Breastfeeding Support is Important for New and Expectant Mothers

Support groups like Allied Breastfeeding Support offer new and expectant moms all the help they need when it comes to questions or concerns about breastfeeding.

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Pregnancy, Birth, and Early Childhood Support Center Opens in DUMBO

Pregnancy, Birth, and Early Childhood Support Center Opens in DUMBO

The Nurtured Child now has a permanent location in DUMBO/ Vinegar Hill, in which classes for new and expecting families will be taught.

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Expose Your Babies to Global Spices in Purees

Expose Your Babies to Global Spices in Purees

Tips to expose your babies to spices and global food, plus three puree recipes.

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Connecticut Fertility Center Offers New Support Group and Webimar

Connecticut Fertility Center Offers New Support Group and Webimar

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut is launching a new support group at its Stamford location and a secondary infertility webinar.

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Exercise During Pregnancy: Can It Instill a Lifelong Love of Exercise in Baby?

Exercise During Pregnancy: Can It Instill a Lifelong Love of Exercise in Baby?

A study suggests that moms who run during pregnancy produce kids who are more apt to be like them and become runners themselves.

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New York to Require Paid Maternity & Paternity Leave

New York to Require Paid Maternity & Paternity Leave

New York State's new budget includes a paid family and medical leave requirement.

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Women Who Smoke During Pregnancy Alter Baby’s DNA

Women Who Smoke During Pregnancy Alter Baby’s DNA

Smoking during pregnancy may cause alterations to the baby’s DNA, according to a new study.

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Could CMV Be the Cause of My Baby's Failed Hearing Test?

Could CMV Be the Cause of My Baby's Failed Hearing Test?

CMV, or cytomegalovirus, is an under-the-radar virus that effects babies' hearing and development. Here's how to treat and prevent it.

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The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

We all know we need sleep, but why is it so important for children and adults to get enough sleep each night?

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Get Your Baby to Fall Asleep Faster, Stay Asleep Longer

Get Your Baby to Fall Asleep Faster, Stay Asleep Longer

Johnson's three-step bedtime routine is proven to help babies fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

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Why You Should Never Comment on a Pregnant Woman’s Diet

Why You Should Never Comment on a Pregnant Woman’s Diet

This local mom of six kids riffs on pregnancy cravings and nine months’ worth of unfiltered comments from friends and strangers alike.

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Zika Virus - What You Need to Know

Zika Virus - What You Need to Know

The Zika Virus has reached the United States. Here's what you need to know.

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Breast Feeding Can Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer and Diabetes

Breast Feeding Can Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer and Diabetes

Two new studies find that women who breastfeed reduce their risk of breast cancer and Type 2 diabetes in the long run.

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Pregnant Women Can Still Drink Coffee, Study Says

Pregnant Women Can Still Drink Coffee, Study Says

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital conducted a study and concluded that pregnant women who drank coffee did not affect their children’s IQ levels.

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What is Secondary Infertility?

What is Secondary Infertility?

Some women have difficulty conceiving after their first child. This is called secondary infertility. Paul Gindoff, M.D., shares the causes and treatments of secondary infertility.

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New York First State to Give All Pregnant Women Access to Health Care

New York First State to Give All Pregnant Women Access to Health Care

New York State has designated pregnancy as a "qualifying life event," creating a special health insurance enrollment period for pregnant women to ensure that all women have access to comprehensive prenatal care throughout pregnancy.

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