Motherhood

Welcome to motherhood! Here you'll learn how to adapt to your new role as a mom. We teach you the secret to happiness, fun things to do with your baby, and more.

7 Tips for Disciplining Your Toddler

Keep your kids in line with these simple strategies.

20 Things No One Told You About Motherhood

Here are the little new mom secrets that you won't find in the baby books.

ABC's of Playdates

It's never too early for mom-and-tot meet-ups. Learn the secrets to making each one a success.

30 Little Ways to Bond With Baby

Take a page from our healthy-from-the-start handbook: There are loads of easy ways to feel close to the new love of your life, from feeding time to kangaroo care to simple smiles and lots of eye contact.

Embarrassing Mommy Moments

What to do when your baby's behavior makes you blush.

25 Secrets of Happy Moms

We asked new mothers to share how they add more joy to every day -- even the really tough ones. Click through and smile!

Mom Nails How Ridiculous Parenting Double Standards Are in One Post

Moms are judged and dads are celebrated for doing the exact same thing, and one blogger's story proves it.

First Week Home with Baby

A new mom shares the highs and lows, fun and frustration of the first week with baby.

Kelly Clarkson's Reaction to a Surprise Girls' Weekend Is All of Us

The singer and mom of a baby and toddler got emotional when her friends surprised her with a girls' weekend trip, sans kids.

8 New Mom Stresses -- and How to Relieve Them

Joy, excitement, and unfathomable love? Those are the new-mom emotions you're prepared for. Identity crisis? Not so much. Here is some expert advice and it-worked-for-me wisdom for eight common new-mom stresses.

5 New-Mom Guilt Traps (and Cures!)

The sources of guilt in the early days of motherhood can be numerous and all-consuming. Here's why you should give yourself a break, starting right now. Don't let these common guilt trips trip you up!

How to Deal With Unwanted New-Baby Advice

When you have a new baby, suddenly everyone is an expert. Your family and friends may swoop in and tell you how to burp, feed, dress, and carry your baby, but here's how to deal with their sometimes questionable pearls of wisdom.

10 Daily Meditations for New Mothers

As you begin your life-altering journey into motherhood, use these 10 meditations to accompany you.

Mommy Thumb: 5 Ways to Ease the Pain

Motherly duties can be a pain in the wrist, but a few easy tweaks can deliver much-needed relief.

9 Tips for Juggling Work and Motherhood

Going back to work is tough, but feeling guilty won't help. There's a lot you can do to ease the transition.

These Women's Expressions While Pumping Pretty Much Sum Up How We All Feel About It

The photos in this stark series are an ode to modern-day new moms and the often bizarre realities they experience, including pumping and breastfeeding.

Creative Ways to Preserve Memories

Tired of boring baby books? Try one of these fun and unusual ways to make the most of your little one's milestones.

10 Fun Things to Do with Your Baby

New motherhood is incredibly joyful, but face it: It can sometimes be downright boring for both of you. So check out these activities and let the good times begin.

What I Wish Someone Told Me About Sex After Kids

Sex becomes a full-blown job, something that you have to plan and coordinate.

5 Common New-Mom Challenges

Yes, your new baby rocks -- but your life as a new mom might be a little rocky. We talked to experts about some of the big issues we're all guaranteed to face, including dilemmas with breastfeeding, work, and losing the baby weight. Here are their best strategies for coping with each one.

Confession: I'm a Neurotic Mom

I swore I wouldn't be this way, but now that I have a child there's no end to the things that freak me out.

7 Things NOT to Say to a Breastfeeding Mom

Thinking about making a comment -- or asking a question -- about breastfeeding to your sister, your BFF, or the lady across from you at the coffee shop? For the love of all the nursing mamas in the world, read this first.

16 'Don't Sweat It' Tips for New Parents

Take advice from parents who've been there, done that. We asked the experienced moms and dads among Parents readers and editors what "don't sweat it"y tips they would give to first-timers. Benefit from their wisdom!

New-Parent Social Rules: Where You Can Take Baby

Don't worry, your social life is NOT over now that you have kids. Here are some tips on how to tote your precious ones out and about with you.