Congratulations! You’re having a baby  – or two or more!


    In between the baby showers and nursery room prep, take some time to go through our birth articles to make sure you have all your “baby bases” covered!


    WHN TIP – Be safe, be smart and be prepared!


  • 9 Things to Expect at the ER

    We’ve all seen emergency rooms on TV, but what do you need to know when it’s real life? We interviewed doctors, nurses, EMTs, volunteers, and other staff members in the emergency room of Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, Minnesota to find their top tips about what to expect on your next visit to the ER. Know […]

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  • 4 Areas To Cover in Your Medical History Data Sheet

    Bring a copy of this to all medical appointments, especially if you are meeting with a new physician or specialist. Update your history as needed and store extra copies in a safe place, either away from home or online. Download the free My Personal Medication Record pdf from the AARP  in English or Spanish. Complete one form for each family member, […]

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  • Choosing a Hospital? Ask These 12 Questions First!

    If you (or a family member) need to find a good hospital “just in case,” use our “Hospital Homework” checklist to determine which hospital best suits your needs. What to Research What hospitals in your area are covered by your insurance? (If you choose one that is outside of the network, you may be responsible for a higher […]

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  • 12 Questions for Choosing a Pharmacy

    When choosing a pharmacy, you want one that will be able to meet your needs: prescription and non-prescription meds, competitive pricing and convenient location. You also want a pharmacist who will take the time to counsel you at every visit, answer your questions and hold the same beliefs that you do regarding your medications. WHN TIP – Keep […]

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  • 3 FAQs About Creating a Family Medical History

    Remember charting your “family tree” – creating a giant map of all your ancestors? Creating a family medical history tree is similar, except instead of birthplaces, your tree will track family diseases, medical conditions and allergies. Here’s what to know about compiling your medical history: Why is my family’s medical history important? “When illnesses and diseases occur, […]

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  • 4 Recommended Adult-to-Child Child-Care Ratios

    Infants (up to 12 months): No more than eight babies per group; one adult for every four babies. Young Toddlers (12–24 months): No more than 12 children per group; one adult for every four children. Older Toddlers (24–30 months): No more than 12 children per group; one adult for every six children. Preschoolers (30 months to 5 […]

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  • 7 Sources for Affordable Child Care

    According to the Children’s Defense Fund, the average cost of childcare for a four-year-old is $4,000-6,000+ a year. Some urban area centers can charge over $10,000 a year. Finding affordable childcare isn’t easy. Here is a “starter” list of resources and tips to help you in your search. Programs and Resources – Local and State Contact the […]

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  • 16 Ways to Evaluate Your Child-Care Provider

    As part of the final choice in child care, have your child spend part of a day in the center or home for a “trial.” Be sure you can be easily contacted during this time. Discuss the experience with your child and the caregiver or center personnel. Once you’ve chosen a center, keep visiting whenever you […]

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  • 7 Steps to Choosing a Nanny

    We researched, spoke with nannies, nanny placement agencies and parents who use nannies to find the best advice to start you off on your search for your own Mary Poppins. WHN TIP – Know What Matters to You: Our Tips for Conducting Child Care Research provides a wealth of areas to consider. Finding Nanny Recommendations/Resources Expect […]

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  • 6 Steps to Choosing a Babysitter

    We researched the subject, interviewed babysitters, babysitting agencies, the American Red Cross and moms and dads about finding a good babysitter. Here are the top pieces of advice. Finding a Sitter Ask friends, family, coworkers and neighbors for recommendations or how they found their sitter. Place ads online (like craigslist) or at local places of […]

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