Do I Have to Stimulate My Baby for Every Waking Moment?

New parents quickly learn that “eat, play, sleep” is the broad structure that should guide a newborn’s days.   I have already discussed eating and sleeping, which are two sides of the same coin, because playing with a baby is not really possible in the first eight-ish weeks.  Not only are babies that young hardly interactive, […]

The Diaper Genie Complete Versus the Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail

We have used two trash cans for diapers, the Playtex Diaper Genie Complete and the Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail.  The former was chosen by my in-laws for when we stayed with them for three weeks after the baby’s birth, and the latter is what we chose for our home based on Wirecutter’s recommendation.  Overall, they […]

How to Clean Bottles and Breast Pump Equipment

If you have had to use a breast pump, you have also had to clean its parts.  If you cleaned the parts, you probably did so after each pumping session, which is what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and many evidence-based websites recommend.  Cleaning requires, at a minimum, rinsing with soap and water, though […]