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Consider joining a breastfeeding support group before you deliver your baby.

Keep baby far from the hot water faucet during bath time.

To avoid heartburn while pregnant, eat small meals and wait two hours after eating before you exercise.

A drooling baby is probably cutting a new tooth.

Invest in new smoke alarms and a fire extinguisher.

Never leave your child in the bathtub alone.

If you have morning sickness go outside--fresh air may help.

Pediatrician Virginia Apgar invented the APGAR test that allows an ob/gyn or pediatrician in the delivery room to assess how well a newborn is adjusting to life outside the uterus.

Sun protection means more than sunscreen. For optimal protection, put a wide-brimmed hat and UV-protective sunglasses your baby.

Drinking lots of water during pregnancy -- at least 64 ounces a day -- helps prevent urinary tract, bladder, and kidney infections.

Spicy foods like garlic and onion can alter the taste of breast-milk. Rather than pass on a tasty meal, up your fluid intake during and after the meal to help dilute their strong flavor.

If your little one's nose is red and irritated from a runny nose, dab some Aquaphor cream on the outer nostrils to soothe the skin.

Don't feed your baby honey -- it can cause health problems.

To protect their sensitive eyes, infants should wear sunglasses, especially in high altitudes and very sunny climates.

Chamomile tea is a great heartburn reliever for pregnant women.

To make diaper changes go more smoothly, hang a mobile or eye-catching toy above the changing table (but keep it out of baby's reach).

Getting regular doses of sunshine while pregnant will give you more Vitamin D for baby's bones.

Even if you breastfeed, your baby may require vitamin drops after six months of age to ensure he's getting all the nutrition he needs.

To trim a baby's nails, first soften them with a bath. Then use a nail file or safe baby clippers.

To encourage a lifelong habit, read to your baby often.

Make sure slats on your baby's crib are no wider than 2 3/8 inches apart.

Invest in some flexible teething rings that can be cooled in the refrigerator to soothe your baby's gums.

A baby who pulls on his ear may have an ear infection.

Rattles make good baby toys because they strengthen arm muscles and increase hand-eye coordination.

Before you come home from the hospital, let your cat or dog sniff a blanket that smells like your new baby, to ease the transition.

To prevent your cat from jumping into the baby's crib, line the mattress with double-sided tape or foil.

Babies can choke on objects that are smaller than 1 1/2 inches in diameter, so keep them out of reach.

If you develop hemorrhoids during pregnancy, try using witch hazel.

On a plane, pregnant women should stretch often to prevent blood clots in their legs.

Avoid using pillows and blankets in a newborn's crib, they could suffocate the baby.

The content on these pages is provided as general information only and should not be substituted for the advice of your physician.


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