From the editor
There’s been a bit of a baby boom recently with my friends and family—two babies have been born over the past two months, with a third on the way in a matter of weeks. As a result, I’ve become an expert at baby shower games and my refrigerator is covered in pictures taken in various maternity wards. I definitely welcome the new additions—I get to shop for cute baby clothes and toys, hold tiny sleeping infants in my arms and then hand them back to their parents when they start to cry.
All the procreating has led to a lot of baby talk—debates over the best baby monitor, how to deal with colic and what to do for childcare after maternity leave. Being the young newlywed in the crowd, the new moms and grandparents often feel the need to offer their advice on all things kid-related for whenever the time is right for my husband and me. Usually, though, it’s all old news. Between being editor of Chicago Baby, associate editor of Chicago Parent and spending a lot of time baby-sitting my baby brother while he was growing up, I know a lot about babies and pregnancy for someone who’s not a parent. I even find myself recommending family-friendly places and events as the result of working on Going Places.
I certainly don't claim to be an expert when it comes to babies, though, and I don’t know many parents who do either. That’s why I thought it was important to make this edition of Chicago Baby a resource new parents and parents-to-be can turn to. For the first time, you’ll find all brand-new features in Chicago Baby, covering everything from scrapbooking to over-the-counter drug safety during pregnancy. Our Web site, www.chicagoparent.com, is also brand new. Besides online versions of articles in all three of our magazines, you’ll find an online community where you can communicate and commiserate with other local parents through our discussion boards and blogs. There’s even a discussion board, Baby Talk, just for you.
All too soon, it will be time to start planning the next Chicago Baby. Let me know what you’d like to see in the next edition and what topics you think are most important. In the meantime, take comfort in knowing that no one knows it all, and advice (or just a sympathetic ear) is only a click away.