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- From luxury to practical, for babies and toddlers, even a little something for mom and dad who work so hard to make their little ones happy, these are 12 gifts over $100. -By Vanessa Bell Read More »from 12 Baby and Toddler Gifts Over $100
- Throwing a gender reveal party is an exciting way to share the big news of your baby's sex with friends and family. So, the big question is: Boy or girl? Here are some party ideas that will keep your guests guessing until you're ready to reveal all! -By Jacqueline Tourville Read More »from 8 Fun Ideas for Throwing a Gender Reveal Party
- It has come to my attention that women in Chile are lining up to be seen by the hottest gynecologist ever. 24-year-old Manuel Rico, originally from Spain, also happens to reside in Concepción, Chile. Seriously. I can't even make this stuff up! Is he easy on the eyes? OF COURSE! But would I want him to be my gynecologist? Nope. Nada. No interest.
As I sit here, 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant, I can't help but think about my pregnancy, my annual visits to my gynecologist and why I'm steadfast with my answer. Under no circumstances could I fathom having an underwear model become my real life McDreamy. Could you? - By Tracy BrennanRead More »from Could You Handle Having a Hot Gynecologist?
- Oftentimes referred to as liquid gold, breast milk has lots of amazing qualities and benefits as well as unconventional uses.The more breast milk studies I read the more I am fascinated by it. When I began my breastfeeding journey three years ago, I marveled at the body's ability to produce milk tailored to an individual baby on demand. The way it changes as baby grows or gets sick--it's truly remarkable in my opinion. With its antibacterial (and other) properties, it's also kind of like an "all purpose" liquid that is useful beyond simply feeding baby.
Here are some interesting things I've learned about the magic of breast milk:1. Helps protect baby from illnesses. Drinking breast milk provides a boost to the immune system which can help prevent baby from getting sick (or help alleviate symptoms) because of the antibodies it contains.
2. Reduces baby's risk of future health and medical problems such as obesity, diabetes and childhood leukemia. A recent breastfeeding study showed a decreased risk in overweight school-aged children in Japan. Researchers concluded that "the protective association isRead More »from The Magic of Breast Milk
- The holidays are upon us once again, which means, let the gift buying begin! But, as most of us know, gift buying is not as easy as it sounds. Need some ideas about what to buy for the little ones on your list? Here are 12 gifts for under $50 that any baby or toddler will love. - By Andrea Wada Davies Read More »from 12 Baby and Toddler Gifts Under $50
- Manny with child. According to a recent segment on Good Morning America, "mannies" (as in male nannies) are quickly gaining popularity among parents. And while you may have also seen the new "manny" storyline on "Modern Family," the idea isn't just growing on television. NYC Mannies, a manny placement service, asserts they are "revolutionizing the way we think about childcare," with male babysitters who prefer the title of mentor, friend and big brother. And according to the mothers interviewed in the GMA segment, their children were happy to have someone with as much energy as they did to keep them engaged and active during their care. What do you think? Would you hire a manny?
Annabelle Corke, co-founder of Hey Day Nannies, states, "Men have steadily been 10 percent of our placements for the past few years."Related: The Dos and Don'ts of Hiring a Nanny
A similar trend has been found at Nannies4Hire.com, another popular nanny referral database. "We have seen a 10 percent increase in male nanniesRead More »from Are "Mannies" the New Trend in Childcare?
- When reality star Kim Zolciak gave birth to twins Kaia and Kane, it brought the number of children she and husband Kroy Bierman are raising together to a grand total of six. "We are officially the 'Biermann Bunch' now!" Zolciak shared via Instagram. Other celebrities who believe that bigger is better? Check out these famous--and famously large--families. - By Jacqueline Tourville Read More »from Celebrity Couples with Large Families
- A new study says moms who display high levels of conflict with friends can negatively affect their children. But dads count, too.Recently, the University of Missouri came out with a study linking moms' bad relationships to their children's own problems in adolescence.The relationships in question aren't romantic--they're lousy friendships. Over time, even toddlers who are exposed to the drama of mom's bad behavior among friends will suffer at some point.
"Mothers who display high levels of conflict with friends may signal to their children that such behavior is acceptable, or even normative in friendships," according to Gary C. Glick, a doctoral candidate at MU.
This makes perfect sense--and it made me think about my parents, their friendships, my relationships, and my still very young kids.
At first, what struck me about the study is how little it seemed to apply to my own life. As a kid, my mom was always pretty quiet, very pleasant and generally kept to herself. It was the '70s and then the '80s; she had several good friends, but in all my life I've still never, ever, not even once heard her so muchRead More »from How Your Friendships Can Affect Your Children
- BabyZone | Parenting – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 11:56 AM ESTVisiting BabyI've had three babies in the last four years and there have been plenty of visitors, but honestly, I don't think I ever had a germ policy. And I certainly have never considered shots. In fact, this whole question initially seemed a little silly. A little overkill. A little too "Hello, here's the hand gel." Then I started asking around and just like that, I may have a new germ policy.
When I posed the question, moms from all over the country, and some abroad, immediately sent their two cents about germs, new babies and keeping the two as far apart as possible. The responses ranged from totally reasonable requests that visitors wash hands to indeed asking about immunizations. One mom of two in Tennessee told me, "I asked the grandmothers to get the flu vaccine in preparation for my fall-born newborns." And many moms said they requested TdaP vaccines for visitors, especially before babies are old enough to be immunized themselves.
Now toRead More »from Would You Ask People to Get Vaccinated Before Visiting Your Baby?
- BabyZone | Parenting – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 11:55 AM EST10 useful tips for dealing with the infamous toddler tantrum.My baby has just turned 1, and I can't believe how much she is growing now. It's almost as if when babies turn 1, they just know that they are supposed to be toddlers now and do toddler things like walking, saying words and developing an independence and personality all of their own. In the last few weeks, my daughter has introduced me to another fine, toddler trait--the tantrum.
Oh yes, the toddler tantrum, that spontaneous fit of fury and flailing that can really catch a mama off-guard, as well as test her nerves. Thankfully, most of my daughter's tantrums thus far have been short-lived, but she really makes them count. Quality over quantity is her approach. Turns out, there are a lot of things you can do to curb the fits and frustration. Here are some tips that I find particularly useful when dealing with a toddler tantrum.
1. DON'T let them smell your fear.
You may be in the middle of a quiet, public place: a library, a nice restaurant, a fancy store, a Japanese Zen garden.Read More »from Some Dos and Don'ts when Dealing with a Toddler Temper Tantrum