Pregnancy: Arms Reach

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Need Help with Playards...

My first question is: does anyone know up to what age before an infant/baby can start sleeping in a bed and you can use a playard for them to sleep in up until then? The reason why I'm asking is: I want to get my Mom either a Playard (Ex. Graco pack n' play) or an Arms Reach Co-Sleeper for her to use when I go to visit her or when she babysits for my baby to sleep in until at least he/she can sleep in a bed, which I believe is around 1 1/2 to 2 years old depending on the child obviously. My Mom only has a small apartment and can't...

Labor & Delivery

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Signs of Premature Labor and Now Bedrest- Help!

I am 33 weeks pregnant and started to show signs of premature labor earlier this week. My doctor ran me through several tests and things came back that the baby is healthy and everything is okay for the time being. I am dilating and partially effaced already so my doctor suggested partial bed rest for now. I am still a little uneasy about going into premature labor (I realize that is out of my control) and how to manage bed rest with a very active 16 mo. Any advice and/or encouragement is welcome!


Sleeping in Crib

We are expecting our first child due in the next few months or even sooner. ...

Pregnancy Complications

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For Those Who Had Both Vaginal Birth and C-section, Which One Was Better?

I am a first time mom and I was discussing birth options with my OB. I have the option to have a scheduled c-section and I am highly considering this. I've had a laparotomy which is very comporable to a c-section in post-op pain and recovery, so I am prepared for that. When I had my lap it was about an 8 week recovery. I asked my OB if he felt like the c-section recovery would be the same or similar and he said if I've had a lap that I would be well prepared for the pain of a c-section. I'd like to hear some reasonable fact based opinions,...