Category: Pregnancy & Baby
Here, some parenting advice, from our friends at Brit & Co.
By Maggie Henderson, Brit & Co
For working moms, daycare is a part of life. Whether you decide to get a babysitter or enroll your baby in a daycare program, finding the right caregiver is a pretty big, and often stressful, deal. It’s important to start your search early — like when you’re still in the early to mid-months of being pregnant, as many daycares have long waitlists. Once you’ve narrowed down your list of places to visit, consider asking these 12 questions to get a better sense of what each daycare has to offer.
Before You Schedule a Tour
It’s worth asking a couple of key questions before getting a tour on the books. After all, your time for window shopping is limited and, depending on how big of a city you live in, the options may need to be narrowed down to save your sanity.
Being a new mom is hard. With the lack of sleep, body issues and lactation problems, it’s hard for your old friends to understand everything you’re dealing with in your new role as a mom. One of the best ways to make that transition easier is by connecting with other ladies going through the same joy (and pain) at the same time.
Back when I found out I was pregnant with twin girls, I read twin parenting books, asked adult twins what life was like for them (did they hate matchy matchy outfits?), went to an Expecting Twins prenatal and spent weeks trying to find the perfect baby names for twins. But nothing really prepared me for the reality of babies times two. While my husband was stoked to someday dress our girls as The Shining twins for Halloween, we were blissfully unaware of how much our lives were going to radically and wonderfully change 180 degrees.
To answer the questions that many people ask me ALWAYS: 1) Twins don’t run in our family; 2) My pregnancy was “all-natural,” as if IVF treatments aren’t also a natural way to conceive a baby; 3) They are fraternal; 4) Yes, it’s hard work, but as first-time parents, my husband and I don’t know anything different.
For any expectant parents who are having multiples, here are seven things I wish I knew beforehand.
When you find out that you’re pregnant, you immediately go into super prep mode — from loading up on maternity wear to researching baby name ideas. For me, I ate an organic diet and even patted myself on the back for waiting until the right time in life to have the smartest baby. And of course, you start figuring how who you’re going to tell first. But what I wasn’t expecting was how hard it would be to tell my boss that a big, life-changing event was coming my way.
By Abby Sandel
Reality star Maci Bookout isn’t due for a few more weeks, but she’s already shared her son’s name with the world. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen dropped hints, but didn’t reveal their pick until the day their daughter arrived. And Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden stuck to tradition, waiting for King Carl to announce the name during an official government cabinet meeting a few days after the little prince’s birth.
There’s no rule about when to announce your baby name, but there are plenty of opinions. Do you announce early, to ensure that your pregnant sister-in-law doesn’t choose the same name? Or do you keep it top secret, to prevent unwanted feedback?
Whether you’re a reality star, a royal, or just a parent after a great name for the next generation, there are nine possible moments to share your child’s name.