Help! My baby won't take a bottle!

"MY BREASTFED BABY REFUSES TO TAKE A BOTTLE."

"I'VE TRIED 28 DIFFERENT BOTTLES AND MY BABY HATES ALL OF THEM!"

"I CAN'T LEAVE MY BABY BECAUSE THEY ONLY NURSE."

First off, you are NOT alone! Many babies have a strong preference for either breast or bottle, which is sometimes (wrongly) referred to as 'nipple confusion'. Your baby is not confused; he realizes that the flesh of your breast is not the same as the silicone bottle nipple. But one is more comforting, or easier, or more familiar or faster than the other. 

Have Baby, Will Travel: Road Trip Edition

It's officially summer here in Central Maryland. For most families, this means some long hours in the car are just ahead.  If this is the first time you've taken a long trip with baby, that can be a little daunting.

Here's some DO's (and DON'Ts) from experienced traveling mommas! 

Beach Babies: 5 Tips for a Successful (yet sandy) Vacation

The beach can be a calming place; a safe space away from the burdens of adulthood. A place where a mediocre book, some SPF 30 and a comfy chair are all you need for hours of entertainment. 


…..until you have children…..

Bathtime for Baby

The scent of a newborn baby can be intoxicatingly wonderful. But what happens when that delicious little squish starts smelling more like the pint of yogurt forgotten in the back of your fridge for months?

Guess it's bath time! Bathing a squirmy, slipper newborn can be intimidating, especially the first time! 

Target Carseat Trade-In

With the looming closure of Babies' R Us, lots of families are looking for a new go-to location to purchase their next carseat. Of course, Buy Buy Baby is still available, but our nearest location is in Rockville, followed by Christiana, DE. Online retailers like Amazon and Diapers.com continue to be popular choices, but it can be difficult to commit to a carseat without being able to look at the LATCH clips or test the harness buckle to be sure your toddler-houdini can't open it. 

Have Baby, Will Travel: Flying Edition

This is the time of year when everyone in Central Maryland is looking forward to vacation! We are all longing for sunshine, warmth and some quality family time. All that stands between your family and paradise is the flight. We know that traveling, particularly by plane, with a new little one can be daunting. Here are some tips from seasoned jet-setting parents to get you started! 

Do I Have to Be "That Mom" to Hire a Doula?

"You know the type...the giving birth out in the woods with the owls type. (Not that there's anything wrong with that. #nonjudgmentalsupport)"

What Will a Postpartum Doula Do for Me?

You've heard of a postpartum doula - but what do they do and how do they benefit families? Find out what it would look like if a postpartum doula came to your house today.

Who is the Best OB-GYN in Central Maryland?

"I'm pregnant and I want the absolute best OB-GYN in central Maryland to catch my baby. Now, who are they?"

Looking for a Pediatrician?

Somewhere between choosing the safest and best car seat, the seemingly hundreds of OB/midwife appointments, and making sure your registry is up to date, you ALSO need to find time to interview and select a pediatrician to whom you will entrust the medical care of your baby FOREVER. Or at least through adolescence. 

How Does My Significant Other Benefit From a Doula?

Your spouse/partner is having a baby too! How can they benefit from the support of a doula during labor and delivery?

Sibling Transition Tips

Bringing a new baby into your family is a transition for everyone, but especially for the soon-to-be siblings.  Even the most excited and proud big brothers and sisters may not realize just how significantly their life is about to be altered. 

2016 Carroll Biz Challenge

Having grown up in Carroll County, I have always appreciated the small town feeling- from the local grocer knowing me by name (and subsequently recognizing that my oldest daughter looks just like I did at her age) to our favorite pizza place always asking how my sister is doing in New Mexico.