Taking the next step


Jennifer Gilbert


Although my husband and I are still newlyweds, the baby talk has already started. We've been given family heirlooms to pass down to the next generation, my parents have asked when we might buy a house (we currently live in an apartment) and my mother-in-law has mentioned her stockpile of baby blankets. My husband has even gotten in on the discussion, joking with relatives that I might already be pregnant (I'm not) and debating baby names. Although we've decided to just be married for a while, with kids to come sometime in the future, all this talk (and working on this magazine) has definitely made me think. When I really start thinking about having a baby, all that comes to mind are the questions I have and decisions that will have to be made. Should my husband and I have a child in our current apartment or move to a house? Can we even afford a house? What about a townhouse? Should I give birth in a hospital or at home? When should I go back to work? How will we figure out childcare? All these questions, and we're not even trying to have a baby yet. Editing Chicago Baby, however, has definitely helped answer some of my questions. I now know that coloring my hair while pregnant is probably safe (although no one is entirely sure). I have some tips for preparing our beagle when a baby is on the way. And I know the difference between the many different options for childcare. Ultimately, though, only my husband and I can make these decisions. We will have to decide how to train our dog and which childcare option is best. I'm sure that many parents and parents-to-be reading this magazine have the same questions I do. For those questions still left unanswered, I hope Chicago Baby can help you find the information you need. The questions don't stop when your baby is no longer a baby, though. As your child moves through toddler age and up, you can turn to our sister publications, Chicago Parent and Going Places, for information, advice and activities to do with your family. No matter how many articles we publish, though, there are bound to be topics we don't cover. If you have a question and can't find the information here, let us know. We'll try to find an answer. After all, whether we're parents yet or not, we're all in this together.


Short Stuff

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Childcare: Weighing your options by Paige Hobey

Prepare dog for baby By Lorien Menhennett

Reader Essay: Secondary infertility By Anne Ward

Low birth weight: What causes it? By Hannah Schroder

10 tips: Preparing for a new sibling By Kiran Ansari

Correcting a baby in breach By Michelle Sussman

Hair dyeing during pregnancy? By Michelle Sussman

Reader essay: Accepting help from the "generous tribe" By Leslie Klipsch

Pregnancy and preeclampsia: Calcium may help By Maayan S. Heller

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