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With a brand new baby at home, you’re learning how to keep your tiny human clean, diapered, fed, and well-rested. One challenge you might face is figuring out how to wrap your baby in a swaddle.

At Newton Baby, we care about safe sleep for babies! That’s why we’re here to help you understand swaddling so your tiniest one can rest well and you can have some peace of mind.

We’ll discuss the benefits of swaddling, how to do it, and how to help your baby transition out of a swaddle when it’s time.
With the morning sickness and exhaustion of your first trimester on their way out, you might be doing a little happy dance as you enter your second trimester!

In general, most women feel better during their second trimester. But, of course, there are still changes that will happen in your body as your baby belly continues to grow.

In this article, the experts at Newton Baby tell you when this trimester is, how your baby is growing, what you can expect, and how to care for yourself during these three months.
Regardless of how easy or difficult your pregnancy has been, by the third trimester you’re itching to meet your little one! But don’t wish them into this world too soon — they (and you!) still have some growing to do.

In this article, the Newton Baby experts tell you about some of the changes to expect during your third trimester and what you can do about them.

But before we get to that, let’s talk about when the third trimester is and how your baby is growing.
Whether you’re adopting or pregnant, you’re probably already counting down the days until your little one is in your arms! Preparing to welcome a new baby into your family is exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming — there’s a lot to do before baby comes.

Between stocking up on diapers, choosing a doctor, and making financial preparations, you have many things to think about! If you’re wondering how to prepare for a baby, the Newton Baby experts are here to help with six essential tips.
The first few weeks with your brand-new baby are incredibly exciting but also tiring — especially when you realize that your little newborn sleeps all the time but somehow leaves no time for you to rest.

Newton Baby is here to help you understand newborn sleep patterns (or lack thereof!) and navigate the first few weeks. We’ll discuss newborn sleep safety, sleep patterns (and how to help them create a schedule!), and how to care for yourself during those happy but exhausting first few weeks.

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Fri, Sep 13, 2019

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You have a lot on your mind as you prepare for your baby’s arrival — not the least of which is how you’re going to acquire everything you need to care for them. Luckily, your friends and family are ready to shower your little one with love and gifts and will soon be looking for your baby registry. 


To create a registry complete with all the items you’ll need for your baby, you’ll first want to come up with a baby registry checklist. We’ve done the work and created one for you so you can be sure to register for the baby essentials!


But since every family’s needs are different, we’ve also included some tips to help you personalize your registry. Before we get to the checklist, let’s start with when and where to create your registry.

As a parent, your baby’s safety, comfort, and happiness are always on your mind. During the day, you feed them, burp them, cuddle them, and change their diaper — just to name a few of your parenting responsibilities. But what does it mean to look out for your little one’s safety while they’re sleeping?

In this article, the experts at Newton Baby tell you how to create a safe sleep environment for your baby so both of you can rest easy and sleep well.

We’ve got seven safe sleep tips that you can put into practice right away, whether you’re a brand-new parent or still awaiting the arrival of your little one.

If you’re wondering what the differences are between a bassinet and a crib and which one is best for your baby, you’re not alone! As a parent, safety is always on your mind, with safe sleep at the top of that list.

And a big part of the question of sleep safety is whether to go with a bassinet or a crib. Fortunately, Newton Baby’s experts are here to guide you through your baby’s journey to safe sleep.

In this article, we’ll provide you with the answers to commonly asked questions so that you can make the best decision for your family.

Getting ready to welcome a baby into your home can be exciting, overwhelming, and everything in-between. One of your biggest tasks is to fill your house with the things you’ll need to take care of your little one. But it can be hard to know which items are baby essentials and which ones you can live without. 

To help you figure out what to buy, the experts at Newton Baby have organized the baby essentials into seven categories: nursery, clothing, diapering, bath time, feeding, health and safety, and playtime and carrying. We’ll tell you the must-haves for each category and you can let your family’s preferences dictate the rest.

When it’s your turn to celebrate a friend’s baby on the way, you want to bring the perfect gift for the baby shower! But it can be difficult to think of something that’s unique and meaningful, and that expresses your love for the new baby and his or her parents.

If you’re running short on baby shower gift ideas, look no further. With these 47 ideas from Newton Baby, you’re sure to find something that’s just right.

Expecting a child is an exciting and busy time. Whether you’re pregnant or adopting, you’ll spend the months leading up to your little one’s arrival dreaming about what they’ll be like and preparing to have them in your home. 


Getting your home ready for a baby means that you’ll need to make a baby checklist and do some shopping. But with so many baby products on the market, deciding what to buy can be overwhelming. To help, Newton Baby has created a list for you!
The nursery is your baby’s very first personal living space. With all the decisions you face for your little one — from which pediatrician you’ll see to how you’ll feed your newborn and everything in-between — choosing between different nursery ideas is one decision that you can enjoy making! 

While your little one won’t remember the wall decor or color scheme in their nursery, they will remember the “feel” of the room — specifically, the feeling of love and security. 

As a new parent, one of your main priorities is sleep — for your sake and your baby’s. But because the saying “sleep like a baby” isn’t always accurate, babies often need some help in this area. If this is the case for your little one, you may want to consider sleep training. 

In this article, the experts at Newton Baby provide a complete guide for sleep training your baby so that you and your little one can get the restful sleep you need.

Watching your precious baby grow and reach developmental milestones is one of the greatest joys of parenthood. And seeing your little one flip from tummy-to-back or back-to-tummy is no exception! 

But if you’re wondering exactly when babies roll over and when your little one will reach this milestone, the Newton Baby experts are here to answer your questions. In this article, we’ll tell you when most babies roll over, how to help yours make the big flip, and how to keep them safe when they do. 

With a baby on the way, you are likely going to spend a significant amount of time designing a nursery, which requires making decisions about everything from paint colors to diaper storage. In addition to these design choices, you’ll also have some decisions to make about the place where your little one will spend most of their time — the crib. 

Choosing a crib and the correct crib mattress size are major decisions not only for the design of your nursery but also for your baby’s safety. In this article, the experts at Newton Baby discuss the types of cribs and their corresponding crib mattress sizes so that you can make an informed decision for your new little one.

When you have a baby, everyone talks about sleeping through the night as the holy grail of sleep. But as any parent holding a fussy, overtired infant in her arms quickly learns: daytime sleep is essential, too. How do you get a baby to nap?  Plus, improving the quality of your baby’s naps will actually translate to better sleep at night. So, whether you have a squirmy newborn or rambunctious toddler, here’s everything you need to know for setting your little one up for nap-time success.   0-4 months What you should know: Your newborn is growing and developing at...

  Just as you’re emerging from the newborn haze and your baby is sleeping for longer stretches during the night it hits—the 4-month sleep regression. Suddenly, it feels like you’ve taken 10 steps back: your baby is taking short naps, screaming through bedtime, waking multiple times per night, and rising at the crack of dawn. I feel you, mama.   First, rest assured that the sudden changes in your baby’s sleep habits are developmentally normal. Although it’s known as the 4-month sleep regression, these changes typically occur anywhere between 3 to 5 months of age. The fact is there’s a...

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Mon, May 13, 2019

   

  With all the new research on food allergy prevention, it’s easy for parents to feel overwhelmed. Parents have a lot of questions about how to help reduce their child’s risk of developing a food allergy, based on the new guidelines from the AAP and NIH. That’s why we put together this up-to-date guide on the latest research, to help families follow the new guidelines safely and effectively.   Food Allergy Prevention Is Important For All Babies Food allergies are on the rise, with 1 in 13 children in the United States affected. These allergies can often be inconvenient for...

Top 7 sleep tips for newborns every new parent should know.

    One of the best things you can do for yourself when you’re pregnant is to get adequate sleep. It’s recharging and restorative for a body – yours! – that’s working harder than it ever has before on the complex and important task of creating a life. But ironically, pregnancy can also make it tough to get the sleep you need. Here are some sleep changes you can expect in each trimester of pregnancy: First Trimester The first trimester can be a time of heightened nerves and trepidation. So much is going on in your body, and you’re looking...

Sleep 101 from Dr. Deena

Fri, Mar 15, 2019

by Dr. Deena Blanchard   Sleep, it may be the one thing that new parents crave most. With three boys, I have definitely seen my fair share of sleepless nights. As a pediatrician and mom of three, you can bet I get asked A LOT of questions about sleep. Below are some of the more common questions. How can I create a safe sleep environment for my baby? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends creating a safe sleep environment for your baby. A safe sleep environment is one where a baby is placed on her back to sleep on a...

  You know you’re a parent when you start thinking (or worrying) about how daylight-saving time (DST) on Sunday, March 10th is going to interfere with your baby or toddler’s sleep. Fear not! With a solid plan, you can sail through DST with minimal disruption to your child’s sleep.   Daylight Savings Time Starts on Sunday, March 10th at 2am.  We will move our clocks forward one hour. This means 6am is now 7am – and 7pm is really 8pm.   Plan ahead. About 7 to 9 days before the time change, start shifting your baby’s nap and bedtime by 15 minutes...

    Setting up a nursery for your little one is a fun and exciting task. You get to choose colors and decor and make this space a unique space for your little one and your family to enjoy. Aside from colors and theme choices, it is important to choose safe products. Here are some tips on how to set up an adorable and safe nursery for your family. 1.) Create a safe sleep space: Choose a crib that meets current safety standards and a mattress that is firm yet breathable. Make sure there are no gaps between the mattress...

  The Fourth Trimester: Dealing with Postpartum Feelings Some people—accurately—call the first several months of motherhood the “fourth trimester.” The reason that’s such an apt description of this tumultuous time is that you’re still stewing in a hormonal brew; you’re exhausted and possibly overwhelmed; and your body is still not even close to yours again. Here are common postpartum feelings, so you know you aren’t alone:   Exhaustion: Okay, being more tired than you ever thought possible before isn’t exactly an emotion, but the kind of bone-weariness common to new motherhood triggers other feelings. It’s hard to cope with the...

  Dr. Deena Blachard and Dr. Sara Connolly answer all of your questions on how to get your baby to sleep better. You find all you need to know about how much sleep is enough, crib safety and much more. Note: This video was a live video, so the giveaway mentioned has now ended. Please join our mailing list to get alerts of the latest great giveaways.

By Dr. Deena Blanchard   "Could it be?" Parents will ask in hush whispers? The “C-word”? That's right, colic. Colic is a word that can draw fear in the hearts of even the most experienced parent. As a mom of a child who had colic, I can say first hand that those weeks are really challenging as a parent.   What exactly is colic? All babies cry some and some cry more than others. For most babies, crying will start to increase around the second week of life and peaks at six weeks of life. Colic is defined by the...

Our Founder and Leader

Mon, Jul 02, 2018

  Newton Baby’s founder, Michael Rothbard, is a sleep industry veteran who is proud to share the best the company has to offer from their families to yours. Michael Rothbard is a third-generation sleep entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience in the industry. As a founder and entrepreneur, he has devoted his career to the pursuit of all things beneficial to a good night’s sleep for the whole family. Newton Baby was born out of concern as a parent of three young children that existing baby sleep surfaces weren’t breathable enough to ensure adequate airflow. Upon learning about Wovenaire...

  Miss Megan is the founder of Conscious Proactive Parenting and Mantra Sleep Solutions, and is Newton Baby’s in-house expert on babies’ sleep. As a sleep coach with over a decade of experience under her belt, she focuses on proactive and positive discipline to encourage steady, restful sleep. Her mission is to make bedtime more like a dream than a nightmare for the sake of the entire family’s wellbeing. The “Miss Megan Effect” has proven effective for countless babies and children aged 12 weeks through 12 years. Newton Baby is proud to have her on board to share wisdom on...

  Dr. Deena Blanchard is a board-certified pediatrician and partner at Premier Pediatrics in New York City. Dr. Deena regularly contributes to leading parenting blogs including Big City Moms and Momtastic, and has also been featured on AOL, The Huffington Post, The Bump, CBS, CUNY-TV, and more for her skillful health and parenting tips. Dr. Deena’s impressive resume includes a master’s of public health from Temple University, where she specialized in health education. Dr. Deena then attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was awarded both Alpha Omega Alpha and the American Medical Women’s Association...

  Newton Baby was created out of the founders’ mission to offer the safest, healthiest, and best sleep products for babies. As veterans of the sleep industry (and concerned parents themselves), they had a keen understanding of the market and where current offerings came up short. Thus, the “revolution-airy” Newton Crib Mattress was born. The main component of the Newton Crib Mattress is Wovenaire, a material comprised of food-grade polymer and 90% air by volume. Its unique, first-of-its-kind composition allows for the highest level of airflow for babies to breathe easily and sleep soundly, thus giving parents the peace of...

Why Is Breathable Better?

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

Learn why a breathable sleep surface is the smartest option for your little one.
Newton Baby is proud to be a Charitable Sponsor of Keeping Babies Safe, a nonprofit organization that advocates for safer children's products, educates parents on crib safety and product recall information, and donates compliant cribs to families in need.
Carolynne Harvey, Certified Sleep Consultant & Founder of Dream Baby Sleep, explains how and why getting your baby to bed earlier will help—rather than hinder—her overall nighttime rest. Plus: a chart with tips on ideal bedtime, nap schedule, and more.
No need to fret, first-time fathers: Follow our list of eight ways to prep for impending fatherhood, and you'll rest easy in no time.
Dig in to these five foods and beverages to maintain a healthy bump and promote deeper, more satisfying sleep.

6 Self-Care Tips for New Moms

Wed, May 09, 2018

Motherhood is not a valid excuse to allow yourself to come last on your list of priorities. Follow these tips for self-care to be the best woman, mother, and/or wife you can possibly be.
We didn't get it then, but we sure do get it now. Reflecting on our mothers once we ourselves become them, we now see how much they truly did and sacrificed to be there for us in every way possible.
Discover the dietary culprits that stand in the way of your baby's and your own restful sleep.
There's always so much to learn from other cultures, which certainly doesn't stop at parenting. Discover unique ways in which parents raise their children in lands far and wide.

Overtired vs. Undertired

Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Learning the difference between overtiredness or undertiredness will help you establish a smoother, less fussy sleep routine for your young one.

7 Sleep Tips for New Parents

Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Sleep deprivation doesn't necessarily have to be a given once your newborn arrives. Follow these tips and make your own sleep a priority so you can be the best parent you can possibly be.
Though newborns typically need 16 hours of shut-eye per day, not all hours should be minded equally. Work on adjusting your baby's internal clock so their schedule begins to align with your own.
It's recommended that babies sleep on their backs for optimal safety. When rollovers inevitably happen, breathe easy knowing that your little one is sleeping on a completely breathable mattress with the highest possible amount of airflow.
Don't let Daylight Savings Time throw off your rhythm and internal clock entirely. Prepare yourself for the shift accordingly so your energy and sleep schedules remain in check.
Pregnancy is a joyous time, but it also brings with it a myriad of strange sensations and experiences that may be foreign to you. Before you start to worry, read these common Q&As to discover reasons behind and solutions for your newfound troubles.
If you find yourself in your third trimester and suddenly feel the urge to become supermom-to-be at home, don't worry, as it's a natural sensation. Not feeling this wave of nesting fever? Don't worry either, as that's okay too.

Best Gifts for New Parents

Mon, Jan 08, 2018

A new baby inevitably brings with them the need for a host of new items for their care and protection. If you need some ideas for parents-to-be or your very own registry, then look no further than this practical list of gift ideas for babies and parents alike.
Save time, money, and energy—all of which are in short supply as a new parent—with our in-house expert Miss Megan's tried and tested best practices for caring for your newborn.

Our End-of-Pregnancy Countdown

Sun, Dec 31, 2017

Baby's almost on board! Here's a quick list of last-minute things to do to prepare for when your precious little one arrives.
Traveling is stress-inducing enough, let alone traveling with a crying baby. Take these precautions before, during, and after your road trip or flight to ensure that your route is as smooth as possible.
It's the most wonderful time of the year—but it can also be stressful what with long nights, commotion with visitors, heaps of sweets and treats, and the like. Keep your toddler on his normal sleeping schedule as best you can, but prepare to be flexible.
Insomnia is one of the several pesky factors that can arise during your pregnancy. Learn why you're (perhaps newly) tossing and turning, and how you can remedy your sleepless situation.
No two families are the same, and neither are their holiday traditions. Celebrate this holiday season by honoring your family's traditions, no matter how old-school or off-kilter they may be, and be sure to get your kids involved with the fun to be had.
Whereas you may have rejoiced to "spring forward" in your pre-baby days, Daylight Savings Time will naturally shift your baby's sleep patterns, and thus throw you a curveball. Prepare for the adjustment with the following tips so your baby's sleep schedule gets back to normal ASAP.
We may have evolved past the village-centered base of raising families, but that doesn't mean that we don't still rely on each other for parenting wisdom. Here's a look at the evolution of sources of parenting advice over the past several decades.
A restful night's sleep is essential for any mom-to-be. Here's how and why sleep matters particularly during pregnancy, plus tips on how to establish a foolproof sleep routine.
The death of a baby is an unspeakable tragedy from which it takes a lifetime to heal. Read on to learn about SIDS, suffocation risks, and best practices for keeping your newborn safe while asleep.
Read about the culprits that get in the way of your sleep while pregnant, as well as tips on how you can help yourself rest easier at night.

Help Your Baby Sleep Better

Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Enjoy the accompanying infographic to see how much sleep your baby needs, plus how to set up the best possible sleeping conditions for your little one.

#NurseryInspo

Wed, Jun 28, 2017

Rounding up some of our favorite bloggers' nurseries for some much-needed inspiration for your own baby's new digs.
Newton Baby's customer care manager, Krystal, shares what items she's stocking up on in the final weeks before her newborn arrives.
Krystal, Newton Baby's customer care manager, shares her list of safe, hygienic products she's purchasing to ensure her newborn's surroundings are as clean as can be.
Pregnancy brings with it a whole new market in which to shop. Here, Newton Baby's customer care manager shares her top purchases as a newbie to the soon-to-be-mama market.
Krystal shares her favorite online resources that provide her with advice for her first pregnancy and a community of like-minded soon-to-be parents.
Reading with your baby does double duty: It helps develop your child's vocabulary while also serving as a perfect point of bonding time. Cuddle up with your little one with our round-up of our favorite nighttime kiddie books.
Consider the following 12 tips (from parents just like you) as your guiding light for your baby to get his absolute best night's sleep.

When you've breastfed two kids and you're a pediatrician, you might think there isn't much more to learn about breastfeeding—but you would be wrong. I had my third son a few months ago. I was nervous. It has been four years since I last breastfed and, even then, I struggled a bit in the beginning.

This time, the baby latched right away; after 24 hours, though, my nipples were killing me. I found myself with the same worries I advise mothers about. How do I know my baby is getting enough? Will this pain stop? Am I doing this right?

We've rounded up our top five nursing covers on the market in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, each of which offers a uniquely specific take on the product at hand.

Sleep disturbances, pregnancy-related insomnia, and weird or vivid dreams are common during pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimesters. In a National Sleep Foundation poll, 78% of women reported experiencing more disturbed sleep during pregnancy than when not pregnant. Hormonal changes, pain and discomfort, and anxiety are three key factors that contribute to sleep challenges.

Progesterone levels rise during pregnancy, which can cause sleepiness during the day and wakefulness at night. Fluctuating estrogen levels also create physiological changes. Nausea, heartburn, lower back pain, needing to pee a lot, and general discomfort can leave the body feeling out of sorts. Feeling anxious about baby coming can make falling asleep and staying asleep trickier.

Read on to ensure that your baby's crib is as safe as can be, allowing for sound sleep for your little one and a sound mind for yourself.

When you're pregnant and a new mom, sleep can seem like an ever-elusive thing you're always trying to get. As a pediatrician and OB/GYN with five kids between us, we get it. Here are some of our favorite tips for getting as much rest as you can while pregnant and when your little one arrives.

1. A bed should be for sleeping only

I think we're all guilty of crawling into bed at night, and then watching TV or reading a book or even chatting on the phone. These activities are confusing to our body and mind. Try to restrict the activities you do in bed. When you lie your head down on your pillow at night, it should be for sleep only. 

Outlining the key takeaways from The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer by Los Angeles-based pediatrician Harvey Karp.
All babies will have that one special object they will fall in love with and hold onto for dear life. Here's our picks to help you find "the one."
Follow these safe sleep best practices for your baby, and you both can rest easy, and safely, in no time.
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