Bringing home a new baby is exciting, but it can also be intimidating. HowStuffWorks is here to help with tips on caring for your baby and acclimating to life with an infant.


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This App Can Explain What Your Baby's Cries Mean

An app developed by a UCLA scientist and mother was originally designed for deaf parents, but hearing parents can benefit too.

Baby Bust? U.S. Birth Rate Is Lowest Since 1976

The U.S. birth rate has plummeted since 1976. Is this a trend we should be worried about?

What's Wrong with Gender Reveal Parties?

Gender reveal parties are fun, but they may also reinforce stereotypes.

Can Your Name Predict the Kind of Life You'll Lead?

This BrainStuff video explains nominative determinism, the phenomenon that the name a person is given may have a significant impact on the path of their life.

10 Most Popular Baby Names of All Time

One year it's Brittney and Justin, next year it's Ashley and Ethan. Then all of a sudden we're back to Dick and Jane. Can you guess the 10 most popular baby names of all time? Is yours on the list?

Top 10 Most Popular Boy Names

Choosing a name is one of the first major decisions a parent can make for a baby. Certain names are so beloved that they repeatedly land near the top of baby name lists. Check out this list of 10 of the most popular and timeless baby boy names.

10 Most Unique Celebrity Baby Names

Today's celebs are steering clear of names like Sally, Dick and Jane, and are instead choosing more bizarre names for their offspring. What are some of the, shall we say, most unique? Put it this way -- we had a hard time pairing down the list.

10 Most Popular Girl's Names

Choosing a name for your daughter will be one of the most important things you can do. If you want to take some pressure off, go with one of the most popular.

What causes hiccups in babies?

Babies seem to get the hiccups often. Learn what causes hiccups in babies in this article.

How to Convert a Crib to a Toddler Bed

It's possible to convert a crib to a toddler bed for when your toddler has outgrown his crib but isn't yet ready for a full-size bed. Learn how to convert a crib to a toddler bed in this article.

How to Pick the Perfect Baby Name

Congratulations, you're having a baby! Just as important as taking care of your health while you're pregnant is choosing the right name for your child. It's the first gift you'll give him or her, so make sure it's not one he or she will want to regift.

10 Things Your Daycare Doesn't Want You to Know

You did your homework before you picked your particular daycare center and so far, everything seems good. But what goes on behind the scenes after you drop your child off? What does your daycare provider not want you to know?

10 Things No One Tells You About Breast-feeding

Few images pull the heartstrings like that of a nursing baby in a mother's arms. They are relaxed and full of the joy and magic of new life. For many people, though, that's not the whole story. What don't you know about breast-feeding?

10 Things to Expect in the NICU

For someone so tiny, a preemie can be surprisingly resilient. Here is a list of 10 things you can expect during your baby's stay in the NICU.

5 Most Common Preemie Health Issues

When a woman gets pregnant, she expects to spend about nine months renting out her womb. But some babies don't stay quite that long. Here is a list of 5 common preemie health issues.

5 Things to Expect After Leaving the NICU

In order to help you adjust to this monumental new responsibility, we've organized a list of five things to expect after leaving the NICU.

Top 10 Movies About Newborns

The cinematic adventures of adorable newborns can provide hours of entertainment, even though none of the babies on screen are as cute as your own. These are 10 of our favorite movies about newborns.

5 Facts About Breastfeeding Twins or Multiples

These five facts about breastfeeding twins or multiples can help keep you and your babies healthy. Learn facts about breastfeeding twins or multiples.

10 Medicines Not to Give Your Baby

The wide availability of over-the-counter drugs can make them seem deceptively safe. If they're marketed as drugs for children, then they must be pretty harmless, right? Wrong. There are a number of drugs you need to be on the lookout for.

Baby Care Pictures

Have you read every baby book and magazine? Caring for a newborn is an around-the-clock job. Discover ways to bond with your baby and aid in the development of your baby's self-esteem.

10 Gadgets for Parents and Their Newborn

This isn't "Little House on the Prairie," so why did you only register for receiving blankets? Today's kids will never know what life was like before iPods and Twitter, so get them acclimated to our high-tech society while they're still in the womb.

10 Tips for Traveling with Infants

Some babies travel well and sleep through the whole trip; others can get fussy at inconvenient times. What can you do to be sure your baby's trip is smooth sailing?

Ultimate Guide to Teething

Teething is a normal, though often painful, stage all babies go through. How can you be sure that your baby's symptoms are a sign of teething, and what can you to do soothe his pain?

Top 5 Healthy Activities for Toddlers

Most likely your toddler is plenty active. It's in his or her nature. But you can still plan activities that will challenge the brain and the body and aid in development.

5 Ways to Keep Your Child Healthy at Daycare

Keeping kids healthy at daycare is a nearly impossible goal but these suggestions may help.