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    All new moms want to do everything "right." They want to be the perfect mothers to their little bundles of joy. But none of us succeed. We all make mistakes.

    I am no exception. I think things have gone fairly smoothly in the first 16 months of my daughter's life, but believe me, I've had my share of new mom blunders -- some classic, some all my own.

    Lucky for you, I'm about to confess to many of them, right here and now. If I had to do things over, I could have avoided at least some of these. But then I would have made others. So best to just learn from them and move on. Here are 8 new mom mistakes I'm a little ashamed to admit I've made.

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    There are some weeks and months in which it feels like every single person I know has a birthday. I spend countless dollars and time on cards, gifts, and trying to come up with a witty Facebook post that says something besides "Happy Birthday." Then all of a sudden, nada.

    I thought it was just random luck, but it turns out there's a science to it all, as some days are just more popular for births. Weird but true, and this cool interactive chart put together by Andy Kriebel of VizWiz shows which days are the most and least popular birthdays. It's pretty fascinating to play with. You just find your date, then hover over it and it tells you what rank out of 366 (leap day is included) you and your kids' days falls upon.

    The most popular day to be born on is September 16, which isn't all that surprising given that's about nine months after the festive holiday season and New Year's Eve, but the least popular day is a bit of a shock. Any guesses as to what it is?

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  • Spanx for Babies: Fix Your Fat Baby

    posted by Sasha Brown-Worsham October 27, 2010 at 10:15 AM in Baby
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    Spanx for Women has paved the way for so many other great products, including Spanx for Men and now a new one designed to hide those unsightly baby bulges.

    No this is not for postpartum women. It's for fat babies.

    Are you screaming yet?

    OK, breathe now. It's a joke. A Saturday Night Live skit that has turned viral. In it a family sighs over their "roly poly" and "pudgy" baby. Using the baby Spanx, they are able to get the svelte baby they always wanted. And while it was hilarious, there actually are people who worry quite a bit that their baby is getting too heavy.

    Here is the video:

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  • Sleep Is for the Weak

    posted by Kristen Chase September 22, 2010 at 11:40 AM in Baby
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    Sleep issues are a strain on any household, not just that of a sometimes single mom. Whether it's teething, a development-related sleep regression, or something completely unexplainable by anything but just a bad sleeper, dealing with kids that aren't sleeping can be one whopping pain the butt.

    But when you're dealing with them mostly alone, it really adds in a whole set of complicating factors.

    For the last few weeks, my youngest daughter Margot, by far my best sleeper out of all my kids, hit the dreaded 18- to 22-month sleep regression, along with a big whopping bout of separation anxiety. On one hand, it's exciting to hear so many words flowing out of her, especially since she's been pretty silent for a very long time. And I know that I will, at some point, miss her crying for me and only me almost every second of the day when I'm home.

    But I haven't seen my own bed or a full night's sleep in over a month now.

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  • Baby Boot Camp: Cutting Baby's Nails

    posted by Sona Charaipotra June 16, 2010 at 4:15 PM in Baby
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    As a new first-time mom -- yes, I'm typing this with one hand -- I'll be exploring the often stressful, always magical first six weeks of little one's life with the scoop on things like car seats, cradle cap, cuddle time, and other newborn issues in CafeMom's Baby Boot Camp.

    One of the first big challenges I had to take on as a new mom was cutting little Kavya's fingernails. Her hands and feet were beautiful, long, and lean like her father's. And yet they were so tiny and completely delicate -- lovely in a way adult hands could never be.

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    As a new first-time mom -- yes, I'm typing this with one hand -- I'll be exploring the often stressful, always magical first six weeks of little one's life with the scoop on things like car seats, cradle cap, cuddle time, and other newborn issues in CafeMom's Baby Boot Camp.

    Cloud B Sleep Sheep; Amazon.comBefore Kavi was born, I read all about baby sleep solutions, thinking I was going to sleep train my little one early.

    I know now that I was dreaming, but one of the things that I investigated that did help in those early weeks was a noise machine.

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    Photo by IamPatSajakAs a new first-time mom -- yes, I'm typing this with one hand -- I'll be exploring the often stressful, always magical first six weeks of little one's life with the scoop on things like car seats, cradle cap, cuddle time, and other newborn issues in CafeMom's Baby Boot Camp.

    When little Kavya was just about a month old, my husband and I fell prey to the idea that it was time to establish a bedtime routine. Boy do we feel silly now.

    Strong-willed Kavi -- like many a newborn -- had her own ideas about when, where, and how she wanted to sleep. And her sleep pattern (or should I say lack thereof) changed from night to night.

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