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I am constantly around new babies – I swear I sneeze and there are 2 new babies in my life from my best friends to cousins to family members. Sometimes it is overhwhelming hearing about all of their “new-mom” or “to-be-mom fears.” It makes me think, what kind of new mom will I be? I did a little research and here are some new mom baby fears and how you can conquer them. J

LEAVING THE HOUSE WITH YOUR NEWBORN

  • Fear: You don’t want to expose him to all sorts of germs. 
  • Re-Think It: Sneezing kids and groping strangers are legitimate concerns, but cabin fever is an even bigger one. You need fresh air and a change of scenery to boost your spirits. Plus, even very young babies benefit from the stimulation of a different environment. 
  • Move Forward: Run errands together, go for strolls, and boldly live your life. But be smart about bugs: Avoid crowds until your child is 3 months old (especially during the winter, when colds and flu are rampant).

MAKING NOISE DURING NAPTIME

  • Fear: Everyone says, “Don’t wake a sleeping baby.” 
  • Re-Think It: Tiptoeing around the house impedes your ability to get things done in those precious free moments, like tidying up or phoning a friend. Ordinary household noise won’t wake most babies, who are used to sounds from the womb. 
  • Move Forward: While it’s certainly not advisable to blast your stereo, break out of your Cone of Silence. If your child is particularly noise-sensitive or tends to awaken prematurely, try turning on a fan. And if you live in a bustling city environment, a white-noise machine can effectively mute street sounds.

PUTTING YOUR INFANT DOWN TO BED WHEN HE/SHE IS CRYING

  • Fear: The last thing you want is to leave her emotionally scarred from your “abandonment” or feel like you are being a “mean Mom.” 
  • Re-Think It: Endlessly rocking and patting your still-wailing baby can heighten up your anxiety, frustration, and exhaustion levels — three things a new mother definitely doesn’t need any more of. What’s even worse: A child who spends almost all of her time in Mommy’s arms may become even fussier when you put her down. Nip it in the bud!! It will become a vicious cycle. 
  • Move Forward: Accept that crying is part of being a healthy baby, not something you always need to stop. Often, it’s your child’s way of soothing his or herself. While it’s fine to soothe your infant for a while, placing her in the crib and leaving the room to take a breather is totally permissible. Just make sure he or she is not in distress.

 SLEEP-TRAINING

  • Fear: No one wants to listen to her child shriek for hours nonstop. 
  • Re-Think It: If a few months of nighttime wakings have left you feeling super tired – now imagine doing it for a year or more! While stumbling into the nursery multiple times a night to help your baby settle down feels like the right thing to do, it’s not: Sleeping through the night and self-soothing are learned skills — and it’s your job to teach them! 
  • Move Forward: By 3 months, your baby is developmentally ready for sleep-training. While you can certainly wait until, say, 7 or 8 months to let her cry it out, keep in mind that the older she gets, the more ingrained her nighttime habits will become. Start by putting your child in her crib, drowsy but still awake.

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On Tuesday June 19th, model and actress Molly Sims (39) delivered a bouncing baby boy. Though she’s not sharing his name yet she couldn’t help but put a post on her website titled “The Happiest Day of My Life”.

“It is with such absolute pride and pure joy that we welcome baby Stuber into our lives. He weighs in at just over 7 lbs., and I could just eat him up he’s so sweet!”

We think baby Stuber would look adorable in the Le Top Baby “Animal Crackers” Collection” Striped Coverall.

This is the first child for Sims and husband Scott Stuber. Congrats!



Go wild over this adorable light blue and white striped long sleeve coverall crafted with gentle cotton for exceptional comfort. Navy ribbed trims and cross-stitch embroidered giraffe, bear and elephant and mini backside pocket add classic style. Asymmetrical front shoulder buttons and underneath snaps assist dressing.

 

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The 24-year-old actress, singer and author, best known for starring on Disney’s “Lizzie McGuire,” and her husband, retired Canadian hockey player Mike Comrie (31), welcomed a son Tuesday, March 20.

Duff tweeted, “Welcome to the World Luca Cruz Comrie! Tuesday evening, we became proud parents of a healthy 7 pound 6 ounce beautiful boy.”

“We are overjoyed and feel like the luckiest parents in the world. He is surrounded by so much love!! Mom and baby are both doing extremely well.”

The couple married in August 2010 and she announced her pregnancy in August 2011.

According to US Weekly Duff’s plan is to enjoy motherhood for a while and then get back to work making a record and going on tour.

Le Top Baby "Animal Crackers" Striped Coverall

Congratulations on the new member of your family!

Don’t you think little Luca would look adorable in the Le Top “Animal Crackers” Collection striped coverall? We do.

Go wild over this adorable light blue and white striped long sleeve coverall crafted with gentle cotton for exceptional comfort. Navy ribbed trims and cross-stitch embroidered giraffe, bear and elephant and mini backside pocket add classic style. Asymmetrical front shoulder buttons and underneath snaps assist dressing.

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My best friend just had her baby on Saturday and I am over the MOON! I wondered for the first time what is proper etiquette in visiting a new mom (especially a first time new mom) in the hospital with a baby. As close as her and I are, I wanted to be conscious of how long I stayed, made sure I put hand sanitizer on my hands and made her feel comfortable without asking her the usual questions people were asking all day.

I thought I would give some of the tips I went by since my visit went pretty well today and I was asked to come back the next day! Woo! Hoo!

It’s always best to call first and ask if visitors are welcome. Some new moms prefer to use the time to rest and learn all they can about caring for the new baby. Others welcome numerous and frequent visitors toting food, flowers, or balloons. Call your friend; see how she’s feeling. Ask her if she’s up for a visit or if she’d rather have you come by at home in a few weeks, then respect her wishes.

Also, if you are bringing a gift, remember she is going to have a lot to bring home with her already, so try to buy something that is easy to take home. Other than that, just remember to congratulate her!

Another idea is to wait until Mom and baby come home from the hospital. Then stop by with a meal that the family can enjoy (who wants to cook after giving birth!?) and get your baby fix then!

Here are some basic Do’s and Don’t’s while the new mama is in the hospital:

  • Don’t snap mad photos without permission.
  • Don’t stare or ask to touch her brand-new boobs.
  • Don’t ask if there’s any way the baby’s conehead can be molded.
  • No matter how big the baby’s head is, don’t speculate about the size of her pelvis or hips.
  • Don’t refer to the child as having “elf ears.”
  • Don’t attribute every baby smile to gas.
  • Don’t ask when they are going to try for another one!
  • Don’t try to persuade the parents to change the baby’s name by coming up with all the awful nicknames you think the child faces.
  • Don’t talk about everything that is wrong with the world.
  • Unless she offers, don’t ask the degree of her tear.
  • Don’t “drop by” the hospital. It doesn’t matter who you are. This is not a “drop in” event.
  • Don’t put anything on the new parent’s facebook wall. Give the parents a chance to announce the arrival of their baby.
  • Do send a private message congratulating the new parents and sending well wishes.
  • Don’t come into the hospital room smelling like you just took a bath in perfume.
  • Do not complain about anything or start drama. Do be positive. Tell the mother she did a great job and that the new baby is adorable, wonderful, a miracle and all that fun stuff. That is all you need to say.
  • Do not say “ew what is wrong with the baby’s face/ears/eyes/legs.” In real life babies do not come out looking like they are ready for a “cute baby contest” Their skin may have an odd tinge to it due to jaundice or other complications. Do say that the baby is beautiful. And that is all. Anything else WILL offend the new parents.

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The singer delivered her first child, baby girl Blue Ivy Carter, on Saturday, January 7th in New York.

We think the classic back-zip hooded sweaters by Le Top Baby would be perfect to keep the chill away from baby Blue in the New York City cold. This pink style would be adorable on her!

Beyoncé, 30, checked into Lenox Hill Hospital on New York’s Upper East Side on Friday, a month before her previously stated due date in February.

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An observer told Us that Jay-Z, 42, was spotted walking the hospital halls Saturday morning looking “happy.” Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, and her parents were also spotted at the facility with “flowers with pink balloons and silver and black ribbons,” the witness added. Solange tweeted Sunday her excitement about “the most beautiful girl in the world.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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My husband is the primary care giver for our 6-month-old son. He is an out-of-work construction worker and with recession, there is not much work in sight for him. This meant that after two months on maternity leave, I packed my lunch bag and headed back to work as the sole provider for our family. I have been noticing that our “a-typical situation” is rapidly becoming more a typical situation for many families across the country, where a mom works and a dad stays home with the kiddos. It is a mental adjustment for everybody and definitely has its pros and cons – at least as far as I am concerned.

  • Pros: I don’t have to pay for day care, I get to be with “grown-ups” all day, and I get a sense of self-worth out of working.
  • Cons: I don’t get to spend every waking moment with my little guy and the biggest one of all – I am starting to miss some of the milestones that he is hitting.

The single idea of missing Elijah’s milestones has been a heavy subject on my heart even before he was born. I always thought I would get to be there to watch him roll over for the first time, crawl for the first time, and take his first steps. As much as I wish I could be there for all of these great accomplishments, I know that I can’t. And so it is with that, I am coming to terms with this fact of life and trying to figure out how to cope with it.

I read some mommy blogs about this topic, as I know I am nowhere near the only person in this boat. It really helped to ease my mind that almost every working mom was on the same page as me: sorry they are missing the milestones, glad they can provide for their family, and finding ways to make each milestone a celebration, even if it is not really the first time for the child. One of the resounding comments throughout the blogs was: tell your caregiver to not inform you of the milestones so that you can still be surprised when you see your baby rollover/crawl/walk etc. I love that idea for the most part, though part of me wants to know as soon as it happens! My husband called me today to tell me that not only did I miss Elijah’s first “roll over,” but he did too! He looked away and then all of a sudden he looked up and there he was on his belly! It was reassuring to me that I may have missed this moment myself had our roles been reversed.

I am still trying to figure out what it is that I really want to know and not know (and when!), but I am confident that my husband and I can work out a plan. Maybe it will be different with each milestone. Who knows?!

If you have any suggestions on how you or your partner coped with missing milestones, please share it with us in the comment field below. We’d love to hear from you!

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It’s official! The Office star, Fischer, and husband Lee Kirk welcomed son Weston Lee on Saturday, Sept. 24.  “Mom and baby are doing great,” the rep says.

Fischer’s character, Pam has a daughter and coincidently is expecting a son with TV husband Jim Halpert on the show.  “Pam and Jim snuck away last season on Valentine’s Day, and they had sex,” Fischer told New York Magazine prior to the show’s current season premiere. “The story is that they conceived this baby at that time and were keeping it a secret until we came back from the summer.”

“When we started shooting that episode, I thought to myself, ‘If everything goes well, this is going to be a very, very convenient coincidence,’ and I think I found out I was pregnant when we were shooting that episode,” she added.

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All of us at Le Top are thrilled for you both. We think the Le Top “Ready for Takeoff” Stripe Coverall would look super cute on your baby boy!

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