Help narrow my results
Filter
Close Filter
Content type
Baby's age

Pregnancy

From the moment your test says yes, until baby makes their world debut, we have tips, articles and advice to help you.

img

We’re sorry, no results were found.

  • Use fewer filters
  • Reset your criteria and try different filters

Or try browsing all categories.

Staying Stylish During Your Pregnancy

By Jeana Lee Tahnk

It's amazing how much maternity styles have changed over the past few years. When I was pregnant with my first, there weren't nearly as many fashionable choices as there are now. Luckily, I worked from home at the time, so my standard "uniform" of jeans, some type of maternity shirt and a sweatshirt (I'm cold all the time) were completely acceptable for sitting in front of a computer all day. I purchased a lot of basics including black pants, jeans, a few nice tops and a few solid-color long-sleeve shirts that could be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

The end of my first pregnancy was also during the fall/winter time frame, so it was easy to wear bigger, non-maternity sweaters I had and get bundled under vests and coats each day.

When I was pregnant with my third baby, things were a little more difficult. I was working in an office and, being the frugal person that I am, I really didn't want to go out and spend a lot of money on maternity clothes that I would only wear for a few months. I was lucky because I didn't have to go into the office every day and could recycle clothes, but I sympathize with women who have to wear different clothes every day.

Luckily, I held onto a lot of those basics, such as the black pants and solid-color shirts, and used jewelry to change the look. You'd be surprised at how much the right accessories can completely transform an outfit. Besides, all pregnant women should get a free pass to wear the same outfits more frequently than normal.

I found a nice pair of black pants or a black skirt can go a really long way in maternity wear and are definitely worth the purchase. Add a few basics and nice tops to the mix and, voila! instant maternity wardrobe. I also was able to find stretchy, non-maternity clothes that could fit snugly around my belly (in a cute, not inappropriate way), so that I could wear them again post-baby and increase the shelf life of the items.

There are so many options now for maternity wear, but with a few basics and a flair for accessorizing, you don't have to go out and get an entire new wardrobe. Save the money for a nice new outfit you'll get for yourself after the baby comes and will be able to wear for longer than two months.



Read More by Jeana Lee Tahnk

It's Never Too Early to Start Saving for College

Step Away from the Donut: The Do's and Don'ts of Prenatal Eating



Print
Two children dressed in winter garb playing with teddy bears

Preparing Your Toddler for Baby’s Arrival

When many moms find out that they’re pregnant the second time around, their thoughts often turn to their toddler. Will their bond with their first child be interrupted? Will their children get along? Will their toddler feel left out when baby makes their appearance? As exciting as it can feel to give your little one a sibling, it can also be a little bit nerve-wracking. Check out the tips below to help prepare your toddler for the transition of getting a new sibling.

1. Read, read, read

Most toddlers and young children love to listen to stories. Pick up a few books about kids getting siblings and integrate them into your regular reading list. As you read, relate the story back to their life. Over time, they’ll begin to understand that just like their favorite new character they’re going to be getting a brother or sister soon.

2. Give your tot a doll

To prepare your child to be gentle with the new baby (and to feel excited and included in caring for the baby) get them a doll and help them practice now. Many toddlers love to “change diapers,” give their baby a bottle, and tuck it into bed. As a bonus, once the baby arrives they can take care of their baby while you take care of yours.

3. Take a hospital tour

To prepare your little one to visit you in the hospital after delivery, take them on a tour now. Many hospitals even offer special sibling tours that are geared towards young children and include fun activities to help your child get excited about their sibling.

4. Plan how you’ll maintain consistency

Think about the things that are important to your toddler’s routine and work to create a plan that keeps those things at the center of their life. If they do best with a morning cuddle and story right when they wake up, perhaps plan for your partner to head into work half an hour late for the first few weeks to make sure this happens. If they like certain foods for lunch, go ahead and prepare them now so they won’t have to miss them in those tough few weeks after your baby arrives.

5. Let your tot shop for baby

Taking your toddler to the baby store and letting them pick out an outfit or two and help them feel connected to their sibling before they even arrive. Once your baby arrives, make sure you point out just how much they LOVE what your older child picked out for them.

6. Plan for the transition

No matter what you do, helping your toddler adjust to their new sibling is going to take time. Just as life will have changed for you, it will have changed in major ways for your toddler as well. Ease the burden by making a plan to keep them engaged and entertained (and feeling special) in those first few transition weeks. Whether that means spending a few afternoons per week with a grandparent or carving out special one-on-one time with one parent each day, make a plan and once your little one arrives, make sure you stick to it! 

How do you help your toddler get ready for a new sibling?



This article was written by EverydayFamily from Everyday Family and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Image : Getty

Print
Two little girls looking down at the leaves on an outdoor path.

5 Ways to Save Big on Your Little One’s Fall Wardrobe

With the changing of the season from summer to fall comes the inevitable packing away of tank tops and shorts and the realizations that your ever-growing little one likely needs a whole new wardrobe. If cash is tight (or if you’d prefer to spend it on something other than brand-new kids clothes) check out the tips below to help you build a functional wardrobe for less.

Plan to layer

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you have to pack away the sundresses or t-shirts. If your little ones still fit into their summer clothes, consider leaving them in their drawers to be worn with leggings underneath or with a sweater or cardigan over top.

Welcome hand-me-downs

If you’re lucky enough to have friends, siblings or co-workers who pass down clothes from their own kids to yours, take advantage of all they pass along. Even if a particular shirt or outfit isn’t really your style, find ways to personalize it and use it. Perhaps your little one doesn’t usually wear dresses but you’ve received a few – consider trimming the skirt portion off and letting your little one rock it as a tunic style shirt. 

Sell your little one’s outgrown clothes

While it won’t necessarily save you money on clothes, having a little extra pocket money to spend can go a long way. Check out selling at local children’s consignment stores, post in your local mom’s group or list serve, or host a yard sale. You won’t likely make as much as you spent on the clothes originally but if you’re thrifty, it can make a big difference in your shopping budget.

Check out local consignment sales

While kid’s consignment stores often offer good deals, seasonal consignment sales (often hosted by churches or community organizations) usually have children’s clothes and equipment at even steeper discounts. As a bonus, many consignment sales offer additional discounts if you’re able to volunteer either as set-up help or during the event itself.

Shop off-season

If you plan ahead, you can score great deals at traditional stores for off-season clothes. As the season turns, most stores work hard to get rid of last season’s inventory to make room for what’s coming next. If you plan ahead you’ll likely be able to score winter clothes in the next size up at the beginning of spring. 

How do you save on your little one’s wardrobe?



This article was written by EverydayFamily from Everyday Family and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Print
Mini Mouse and Mickey Mouse Potty Training Seats

In Case You're Wondering About Potty Training…

Several of my friends have young toddlers, and they’ve all recently picked my brain about potty training.

How old was Noah? How did you do it? When is normal?

And I’ll tell you what I told them.

Calm down and it take it easy.

I started the potty training at 18 months because I convinced myself that he was showing signs of “readiness” (meaning I read one too many magazine articles), and the battle raged until he was almost 3-and-a-half.

A battle that included potty seats, potty times, potty charts, potty rewards — I even put blue food coloring into the water so that his urine might turn it green, just to entice him. We tried little potties, potty rings, and even standing up with Daddy.

A battle continuously lost each time he’d put on a diaper, immediately soiling it even after sitting on the little potty for what felt like forever.

A battle that left me frustrated, feeling like a failure, muttering things like “I can’t physically MAKE him go to the bathroom,” and “WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?”

I was done with the diapers — so very, very done — but 2-year-old Noah insisted, “But I yike my diapers, mama.”

Sigh.

And then one day, a few months after his 3rd birthday, I put the potty ring back onto the big-person toilet. It scared him the first time around, but that was over a year ago. Maybe….

Noah sat down and peed.

HALLELUJAH!

A couple of hours later, he pooped.

WHHAAAAAA’?!

And from that night forth, he stayed dry at night — even waking up to go to the bathroom.

MARCHING BAND! SOMEONE GET ME A MARCHING BAND!

Image: DisneyBaby Blog

Print

Let's Start Potty Training

Congratulations! Your little one knows when she has to go potty, her diapers are staying dry and she's showing other classic signs of potty training readiness. Chances are, you're good to go.

So now what? Well, before you officially begin potty training, make sure that you are ready to take on the challenge, too. It does require a commitment, because you'll probably need about six weeks just to complete basic toilet training.

Here are some tips that will help when you decide to get started.

Pick a potty

This may sound like an obvious first step, but a little planning ahead before buying goes a long way. Getting your little one involved in the purchase of her potty can help build excitement and encourage her interest in toilet training. Make time to go shopping together and let her help you select the perfect one.

Play potty

That's right, play with the potty. It will help your child feel comfortable and proud that she has a potty that's all her own. Let her put it wherever she wants to (really, it doesn't have to be in the bathroom) and encourage her to sit on it with her clothes on to start. You can add more fun to the experience by having her potty train her favorite doll or stuffed animal.

Praise her

Learning to go potty like the big kids isn't easy. Your little one needs your support and encouragement to keep her going. Praise her interest in sitting on the potty even if she doesn't poop, pee or take off her diaper. When she has an accident (it happens), remain positive by letting her know that it's okay and she can try again next time.

Try an incentive

What's best? That depends on the child. Maybe a potty training sticker chart featuring her favorite cartoon character will work. If that doesn't do it, offer playtime at the park or an extra treat. It might take a little experimenting to figure out what appeals most to your little one, but in the end she'll feel happy knowing that she's making progress and her efforts are being recognized.

Skip the punishment

Is that another puddle of pee in the family room? Take a deep breath and avoid punishing your toddler for inevitable accidents. Being negative won't help her learn any quicker and will likely have the opposite effect. Some research even suggests that using punishment techniques when potty training could mean a greater risk of incontinence and urinary tract infections for your little one-not good!

Reward her success

Has your child been using the potty properly for one week or more? If so, she's probably ready to try training pants or cotton underwear. You can let her pick out her favorite styles at the store as a reward for all her efforts. Remember, bowel control and nighttime dryness will definitely take several more months or even years for her to master. But that doesn't diminish her accomplishment. Learning how to use the potty successfully is a milestone that is worthy of celebration.

Print

Potty Time

Potty Training infographic

Print
little boy playing in bathroom

Help! My Son Won't Poop in the Potty

From The Washington Post

Your little boy might not pull down his Pull-Ups until you figure out what kind of guy he is.

What works for one child doesn't always work for another, according to authors Sara Au and Peter L. Stavinoha, whose book, "Stress-Free Potty Training" (Amazon; $13), tells parents that toilet training should suit the child's temperament. You can train your son in a flash, they say, if he's a persistent person who focuses on a goal relentlessly or if he's a perfectionist by nature. But that child still might need extra time to learn his skills because he wants to do them right.

It is harder to train an impulsive child, because he is usually so busy bouncing from one activity to the next that he forgets to go to the bathroom, and it's also hard to train the sensitive child who is bothered by scratchy labels, seams in his socks and new experiences - like using the potty.

The strong-willed child usually gives the greatest grief. If you think your son refuses to use the toilet (or pick up his toys or eat his peas) simply because you've told him to use the toilet (or pick up his toys or eat his peas), you may have to get someone else to train him or learn to give your son his rules in a low-key, nonconfrontational way.

Tell him that he can still stand up to pee in the toilet, but you won't ask him to climb on a stool to reach the little seat that you've put in the big seat that sits on top of the toilet so he can poop there. Instead, put a little potty chair in his room so he and his teddy bear can poop whenever they want. And be prepared to congratulate Bear when he uses it one day and to wipe your boy's bottom to show Bear how it's done.

You also have to show respect when you give rules to a strong-willed child - or indeed any child - if you want to get your own way. Tell your son that he doesn't have to poop in the potty, but he does have to sit on it while he poops in his Pull-Ups so he'll get used to the idea. And if this makes him hold in his poop? Quietly take dairy, chocolate and bananas out of his diet, because they are binders, and give him some bran in his cereal at breakfast and some stewed prunes at dinner, so his stools will be easier to pass. If constipation becomes chronic, it can last for years.

You also should tell your son that his body grabs nutrition from the foods that he eats and drinks, but it throws the rest away. This explanation will help him realize that his pee and his poop are trash. Just don't flush the toilet while your son is still in the bathroom. It takes some children a while to realize that their poop isn't part of themselves.

To learn more, read "Toilet Training" by Vicki Lansky (Book Peddlers; $13). The science is diluted, but it's still the best and simplest book about a subject that matters so much at the time and is hardly remembered a few years later. For more consolation, please remember: your son will be trained by the time he gets married. And that's a promise.


Chat Thursday at noon Join Kelly for a live Q&A about parenting and other family relationships at washingtonpost.com/advice , where you can also read past columns.

Print
Girl Reading a book potty training

Who's Ready for a Potty?

It's hard not to want to toilet train your little one as soon as she can walk. Your friend tells you her 18-month-old boy potty trained in a week. The daycare refuses to take kids who aren't toilet-trained. And it seems there is a bright and shiny new potty in every home you visit. That's a lot of pressure!

Welcome to potty training anxiety. A very common parenting phenomenon that can be put to an abrupt end by asking yourself one simple question: Is my little one even ready to potty train yet?

"Every child is unique and will be ready to potty train at a different age, so there's no need to stress yourself out or compare your child to other toddlers," says Kathrym Espana, M.D., a pediatrician at Texas Children's Pediatrics Fannin in Houston.

Although research indicates that the best time to start potty training is when a toddler is between 24 to 32 months old, Espana says the most ideal time is when your little one is developmentally ready.

Here are some signs that indicate your kiddo is ready to give it a go.

She knows when it's time.

Maybe she squats, grunts or tugs on her diaper. Perhaps she uses a word to let you know. When your child shares that she's about to poop or pee, it means that she is becoming aware of what it feels like when she has to go potty. That's key.

The potty interests her.

Bring up the potty as a topic of conversation. Does your little one like talking about it? Will she sit on it? If so, you're heading in the right direction. Tears or resistance at the mere mention of a potty means-oops, the timing isn't right.

She understands directions.

Ask your little one to "sit down" or "stand up." Does she get what you're asking her to do? More importantly, does she do it? She needs to be able to comprehend and follow through on instructions before she's ready to be toilet trained.

Her diapers stay dry longer.

Surprise! Your toddler wakes up from her nap and her diaper is completely dry. Then you go on a playdate and don't even have to change her. Once she's staying dry for periods of two hours or more, it's a sure sign that she is developmentally on her way.

She has more motor skills.

You know walking is a must before you can train, but other gross and fine motor skills are required, too. Your little one needs to be able to have proper finger and hand coordination so that she can pull her pants up and down. The ability to sit down on the potty -and get back up again-is also a must.

Remember, only 40 to 60 percent of toddlers complete potty training by the time they are three years old, so no worries if your little one isn't on the same timeline as her peers or siblings. It will happen when she is ready. Until then, it wouldn't hurt to just browse the potty aisle the next time you're alone at the store.

Print
little girl with toilet paper

Potty Talk: Words To Use When You Toilet Train

Your kid’s showing all the signs of potty readiness—dry diapers after naps, long gaps between changes, and an ability to follow directions. But how do you get the potty started? With these tips!

Q: How do I approach the subject of potty training?

A: Keep it easy, breezy—and super positive, says Teri Crane, author of Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day. "Rather than ask a question like, ‘Do you want to stop wearing your diapers?’ try something like, ‘I think you are ready to stop wearing your diapers and start using the potty today.’" 

Q: What words do I use for "number one" and "number two"?

A: Number one and number two, if that’s what you like. The best words to use are the ones with which you and your partner are most comfortable and familiar. If you prefer formal ones (urinate and defecate), fine! If you’re into more casual ones (pee and poop or wee-wee and ca-ca), fine! Just be consistent. And remember, you’ll be using the words a lot when you’re out and about, so you want to make sure you’ll be okay speaking them in public, too.

Q: What can I say to encourage my child to go potty?

Again, be consistent. "It will confuse your child if you ask her in the morning if she has to ‘go tinkle’ and then call it ‘go pee-pee’ in the afternoon," says Crane. "Children have very concrete thinking. A euphemism like, ‘Do you have to go to the bathroom?’ will probably be literally translated to ‘Do you need to walk into the bathroom?’ Which means unless there’s something in the bathroom that your child needs, she will probably say, ‘No.’"

Q: What should I say when my child has an accident?

A: No kid gets through potty training without at least one accident, so don't make a big deal about it—just continue to be encouraging. "Keep assuring your child that you believe in his ability to master this new skill," says Crane. "Tell him, 'Everybody makes mistakes when we learn something new. But we just keep practicing and pretty soon, we're really good at it. The more you practice, the better you'll get at it.'" 

Check out the Pull-Ups potty training resource center for more tips, tools, and advice.

Image: Getty

Print
teaching how to potty train

Potty Training: How to Get the Job Done

Potty training is a big step for kids and parents alike. The secret to success? Patience - perhaps more patience than you ever imagined.

Is it time?

Potty-training success hinges on physical and emotional readiness, not a specific age. Many kids show interest in potty training by age 2, but others might not be ready until age 2 1/2 or even older - and there's no rush. If you start potty training too early, it might take longer to train your child.

Is your child ready? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does your child seem interested in the potty chair or toilet, or in wearing underwear?
  • Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
  • Does your child tell you through words, facial expressions or posture when he or she needs to go?
  • Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day?
  • Does your child complain about wet or dirty diapers?
  • Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?
  • Can your child sit on and rise from a potty chair?

If you answered mostly yes, your child might be ready for potty training. If you answered mostly no, you might want to wait awhile - especially if your child has recently faced or is about to face a major change, such as a move or the arrival of a new sibling. A toddler who opposes potty training today might be open to the idea in a few months.

There's no need to postpone potty training if your child has a chronic medical condition but is able to use the toilet normally. Be aware that the process might take longer, however.

Ready, set, go!

When you decide it's time to begin potty training, set your child up for success. Start by maintaining a sense of humor and a positive attitude - and recruiting all of your child's caregivers to do the same. Then follow these practical steps.

Pull out the equipment

Place a potty chair in the bathroom. You might want to try a model with a removable top that can be placed directly on the toilet when your child is ready. Encourage your child to sit on the potty chair - with or without a diaper. Make sure your child's feet rest firmly on the floor or a stool. Help your child understand how to talk about the bathroom using simple, correct terms. You might dump the contents of a dirty diaper into the potty chair to show its purpose, or let your child see family members using the toilet.

Schedule potty breaks

If your child is interested, have him or her sit on the potty chair or toilet without a diaper for a few minutes several times a day. For boys, it's often best to master urination sitting down, and then move to standing up after bowel training is complete. Read a potty-training book or give your child a special toy to use while sitting on the potty chair or toilet. Stay with your child when he or she is in the bathroom. Even if your child simply sits there, offer praise for trying - and remind your child that he or she can try again later.

Get there - fast!

When you notice signs that your child might need to use the toilet - such as squirming, squatting or holding the genital area - respond quickly. Help your child become familiar with these signals, stop what he or she is doing and head to the toilet. Praise your child for telling you when he or she has to go. Teach girls to wipe carefully from front to back to prevent bringing germs from the rectum to the vagina or bladder. When it's time to flush, let your child do the honors. Make sure your child washes his or her hands after using the toilet.

Consider incentives

Some kids respond to stickers or stars on a chart. For others, trips to the park or extra bedtime stories are effective. Experiment to find what works best for your child. Reinforce your child's effort with verbal praise, such as, "How exciting! You're learning to use the toilet just like big kids do!" Be positive even if a trip to the toilet isn't successful.

Ditch the diapers

After several weeks of successful potty breaks, your child might be ready to trade diapers for training pants or regular underwear. Celebrate this transition. Go on a special outing. Let your child select "big kid" underwear. Call close friends or loved ones and let your child spread the news. Once your child is wearing training pants or regular underwear, avoid overalls, belts, leotards or other items that could hinder quick undressing.

Sleep soundly

Most children master daytime bladder control first, often within about two to three months of consistent toilet training. Nap and nighttime training might take months - or years - longer. In the meantime, use disposable training pants or plastic mattress covers when your child sleeps.

Know when to call it quits

If your child resists using the potty chair or toilet or isn't getting the hang of it within a few weeks, take a break. Chances are he or she isn't ready yet. Try again in a few months.

Accidents will happen

You might breathe easier once your child figures out how to use the toilet, but expect occasional accidents and near misses. Here's help preventing - and handling - wet pants:

  • Offer reminders.
    Accidents often happen when kids are absorbed in activities that - for the moment - are more interesting than using the toilet. To fight this phenomenon, suggest regular bathroom trips, such as first thing in the morning, after each meal and snack, and before getting in the car or going to bed. Point out telltale signs of holding it, such as holding the genital area.
  • Stay calm.
    Kids don't have accidents to irritate their parents. If your child has an accident, don't add to the embarrassment by scolding or disciplining your child. You might say, "You forgot this time. Next time you'll get to the bathroom sooner."
  • Be prepared.
    If your child has frequent accidents, absorbent underwear might be best. Keep a change of underwear and clothing handy, especially at school or in child care.

When to seek help

Occasional accidents are harmless, but they can lead to teasing, embarrassment and alienation from peers. If your potty-trained child reverts or loses ground - especially at age 4 or older - or you're concerned about your child's accidents, contact his or her doctor. Sometimes wetting problems indicate an underlying physical condition, such as a urinary tract infection or an overactive bladder. Prompt treatment can help your child become accident-free.

1998-2014 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved. Terms of Use.

Image: Getty

Print
Browse content
Close
close

Our Points Structure Has Changed

We are changing our Rewards Points structure so that we can improve our Huggies® Rewards program to offer you more ways to earn points. So, we are multiplying the cost of Rewards items by 10. But don't worry, your points balance is also multiplied by 10!

Our Points structure has changed

See How Rewards Has Changed

Watch this helpful video to learn more about all of the great improvements made to the Huggies® Rewards program.

Say Goodbye to Rewards Codes

You asked, we listened! Introducing two new ways to get your Huggies® Rewards Points when you buy: submitting a receipt and loyalty card linking — exclusively for Huggies® Rewards. 

Huggies Rewards Submit Receipts instead of Rewards Codes

Submit Your Receipts

There's a faster way to get your Huggies® Rewards Points! Earn points by uploading and submitting a photo of your receipt for all Huggies® Diapers and Wipes. You'll even get 2x the points for your first receipt submission! 

SUBMIT MY FIRST RECEIPT
Huggies Rewards Submit a receipt for points

Get More Points!

Now there are more ways to earn points! From reading articles, to taking surveys, to sharing on Facebook & Twitter. More ways to earn = more ways to love Huggies®!

MY EXTRA POINTS PAGE
Huggies Rewards Contact Us

New Huggies® Rewards App

Get the most out of your Huggies® Rewards experience. The new Rewards app has all the same great features as the website, right at your fingertips. Available in the App Store® and get it on Google Play™.

 

Apple, the Apple logo, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Android, Google Play, and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.
 

 

 

LEARN MORE
Huggies Rewards App

Welcome, !

We're Sorry. The Huggies Rewards service is under maintenance and is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

Join Huggies Rewards

By clicking SIGN UP you are agreeing to the Huggies® Rewards Terms & Conditions.

Join today and receive 500 free points! You'll also start earning Reward Points for all of your purchases. Points earned can be used towards gift cards, free diapers and wipes, and so much more!

By leaving this page, you will be signed out of your Huggies account. Please complete your profile to remain signed in.

Back to Top

©2016 KCWW.ALL RIGHT RESERVED

AdChoices