Welcome to our new baby

It’s a new editor, a new look and a new format


Lorien Menhennett

Yes, that's me as a baby. When I look at that picture, I first think about how cute I was. How much fun my mom must have had when I first smiled, crawled and walked.

Then my mind skips to what you don't see in that image-the crying, nursing, diaper changing and other not-so-glamorous parts of being a new mom. And I wonder: How did she do it?

Maybe you're wondering the same thing. Especially considering all of the new issues facing parents today.

That's where Chicago Baby can help. In this issue, you'll find stories on basic parenting issues-coping with colic, for example. You'll also find stories about what new science means to new moms, such as whether trendy, recreational ultrasounds are safe.

From conception to age 1, these stories will help guide you.

In a way, I feel like I'm giving birth, too- metaphorically, that is. This is my first year as editor of the biannual Chicago Baby. I took over this award-winning magazine from Mary Haley, who ran it for many years. I am grateful for the solid foundation she left.

But just as two parents will raise their children differently, so do editors with their magazines. This issue of Chicago Baby will look a little different. Some of these stories are new, but some of them were born in our monthly sister publication, Chicago Parent. We rereported them, tightened them up and offer them here because the issues are so important.

I've also introduced two new regular features in the Short stuff section-key questions and Web resources. These are designed to help you get the information you need. And I've more than tripled the number of stories, so while there is no resource guide, there is more parenting information.

If Chicago Baby helps you through the early challenges of parenthood-as I hope it will-I've done my job.

If you're looking for more parenting stories, check out Chicago Parent, www.chicagoparent.com, which covers kids from birth to age 14. Also pick up our new quarterly magazine, Chicago Parent Going Places, the comprehensive guide to family fun in the six-county Chicago area. I know the day when your child can appreciate an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago seems far off, but you and I know those years will go by faster than you can imagine right now.

So tell me what you think. Send me a note at [email protected]

And good luck.


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