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Is Your Newborn Really Ready to Go Home?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Newborn and momAs a new mama, you probably can’t wait to bring your newborn home to her Pinterest-perfect nursery (even if, yes, you’re just the tiniest bit freaked out by the fact that that precious little person is actually being allowed to go home with you.)

But is your baby really ready to leave the hospital just a day or two after being born?

Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its guidelines on the release of healthy-term newborns from hospitals. The guidelines, which were published online in the journal of Pediatrics, emphasize the importance of both the baby and mother’s health and stability, as well as ensuring that the baby will be brought home to a suitable environment.

That means, among other things, that parents must have a suitable car seat and be fully aware of how to properly use it, according to the AAP. The policy also mentions assessing potential risk factors at home; including but not limited to untreated substance abuse, history of domestic violence, and mental illness.

Aside from normal-range vital signs, the newborn should also complete a minimum of two successful feedings, whether they are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding.

“A shortened hospital stay (less than 48 hours after delivery) for healthy, term newborns can be accommodated but is not appropriate for every mother and newborn,” the AAP states.

Related: How to Pack Your Hospital Bag

Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie who loves dancing and anything to do with her baby nephew. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn

How to Install a Carseat
How to Install a Carseat
How to Install a Carseat

Image: Newborn baby and mother via Shutterstock

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Every Baby is a Royal Baby, According to Huggies

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Huggies Royal BabyWith only seven days left in April, we’re biting our nails in anticipation of whether the royal family will welcome a princess or another prince to their adorable family. But there are tons of moms in the U.S. who are expecting babies around this very same time—and new initiative by Huggies will give these American families some royal treatment of their own.

The diaper brand plans to celebrate the birth of the royal baby by giving the gift of free diapers to every U.S.-born baby who shares the new prince or princess’ birthday—whatever day that may be! That means an estimated 11,000 American babies will be eligible to receive one free pack of Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers.

In order to redeem this gift, parents will need to email Huggies@AltaResources.com and include proof of birth via a copy of the birth certificate, a published birth announcement, or a hospital birth announcement. They will then receive one 35-count package of size 1 diapers.

In addition, as soon as the royal baby news breaks, Huggies will travel to the Madison Health hospital in London, Ohio, to make over the hospital’s maternity ward—complete with a red carpet, “throne” room, and royal nursery viewing area.

Huggies will also be donating six diapers per every baby born that day to the National Diaper Bank Network, to help the one in three American families who struggle to provide clean, fresh diapers to their children. And to get the rest of the country involved, Huggies will donate an additional six diapers for every use of #RoyalHug on Twitter from now until royal baby #2 arrives. Now that’s a hashtag we can get behind!

Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie who loves dancing and anything to do with her baby nephew. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn

The Royal Baby Is Born!
The Royal Baby Is Born!
The Royal Baby Is Born!

Photos courtesy of Huggies

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Girl Quintuplets Born for the First Time in 46 Years

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

all-girl Busby quintuplets

Update (4/16/15): Yesterday, several news outlets reported the Busby quintuplets was the first all-girl set born since 1969, but it has since been clarified that the Busby quintuplets are believed to be the first surviving quintuplets to be born. Also, thanks to our readers, we have further clarified some additional statistics and data in this post.

It’s hard enough giving birth to twins and triplets, but Danielle Busby has the distinct honor of giving birth to quintuplets.

And what makes this Texan mom’s birth story even more incredible: it’s the first set that all-female quintuplets have been born and survived in America in nearly 50 years. Quintuplets and other high-order births are so rare that only a total of 66 were recorded being born in 2013.

Related: Delivering Multiples: What It’s Really Like

In addition to their newborns, Busby and her husband, Adam, also have another daughter, Blayke, who’s 3 years old.

Both Blayke and her new sisters (named Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate, and Riley Paige) were conceived via intrauterinie insemination (IUI) fertility treatments.

The quintuplets were also born premature at 28 weeks and two days, and delivered via C-section in four minutes at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas last week. The couple praised the hospital on their blog, itsabuzzworld.com, and thanked the staff for bringing their “little miracle babies to this world.”

At the moment, the girls are still in the NICU, and the new parents shared a video with photos and updates about their daughters’ developing personalities. Watch the update below!

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Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.

Photo of the Busby quintuplet birth announcements originally featured on itsabuzzworld.com.

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This Incredible First-Aid Video Has Saved Over 30 Babies!

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

The Pen That Lost His LidRemember this life-changing video from St. John Ambulance? St. John Ambulance put it together after surveying 4,000 parents and realizing that 4 out of 5 didn’t know how to save a choking baby.

Since the UK video’s successful social media campaign (7.7 million views and counting!), the lives of at least 36 babies have been saved, simply because an adult spent 40 seconds watching the video.

“When my baby son Jax started choking it was an especially scary moment … I’d seen the St John Ambulance advert a few days earlier, so I flipped my son over on to my leg and after the third back slap I gave him, he coughed,” shared Becca Hensman, a British mom, with Huffington Post UK. “If I hadn’t seen that advert I’m not quite sure how I’d have reacted but, thankfully, I had so I knew what to do straight away.”

To help save more lives, St. John has released a free digital picture book called “The Pen That Lost His Lid.” The same characters from the video (Pen, Princess, Peanut, and Jelly Baby) are back to teach parents and kids, ages 3-7, the proper techniques for dislodging a foreign object from baby’s throat. Learn more about the illustrated book at sja.org.uk/pen-lid.

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.

Screenshot of the book pages from The Pen That Lost His Lide

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Facebook Wants to See MORE of Your Baby Photos

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Facebook Scrapbook featureIf you love sharing baby pics on Facebook, the social media giant has rolled out a new feature (available on desktop and mobile) that will help you organize photos better.

Scrapbook is the latest innovation by Facebook product manager Dan Barak, who came up with the idea after becoming a dad nine months ago.

In the official Facebook press release, Barak shared, “Over the past few months, I’ve noticed the more pictures I shared of my son on Facebook, the more scattered they became across my different photo albums—I needed a better way to organize them. And, I found myself tagging my wife in photos of my son so her friends could see them, too.”

One of the best things about Scrapbook is its tagging feature, which allows parents to create customized tags for their kids so that all the tagged photos go into one particular album (or scrapbook, if you will). Tagging can only be done by the child’s parents so there’s more control over who’s showing off your kids’ photos.

The feature is particuarly helpful because kids under 13 are not allowed to create a Facebook account, although most parents often get around the rule by creating pages for their babies to share photos/updates. But fear not — if you’re a parent who did this, you can still add the Scrapbook feature to your child’s page.

With 65 percent of parents sharing baby photos and tagging their partners on Facebook, this new feature will certainly help moms and dads compile their photos easily.

Get started by going to the About section on your account and clicking Family and Relationships. And watch the video below for more info!

 

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.

Photo courtesy of Facebook’s official press release

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