Blog Posts by BabyZone
- Regardless of what holiday you celebrate, most moms would gladly exchange presents for some less tangible gifts. Check out what these 6 moms, including me, truly wish for this holiday season. I bet you can totally relate! -By Tracy Brennan Read More »from 6 Moms Share What They Really Want for Christmas
- BabyZone | Parenting – 8 hours agoIt's one of the toughest decisions for a working mom--do I stay (at home) or do I go (back to work)? Here, six moms explain why they decided to stop or continue pursuing careers after they had children.
-By Alice Gomstyn Read More »from Kids Vs. Careers: 6 Real Moms Say Why They Chose to Keep Working or Quit
- A recent survey suggests parents prefer classic, meaningful names for babies. I think it's possible to blend unique names with family-inspired ones.Baby names are fascinating to me: first and middle name combinations, sibling sets, nicknames and other trends. Growing up I kept a list of names I liked for future children. (You did that too, right?) It's interesting to see how my preferences have changed over the years. At one time I liked names such as MacKenzie, Ianna and Delilah for girls and Trenton and Cayleb for boys.
I've always preferred more unique baby names. Names that aren't overly popular or common yet not completely "out there." I'm not a fan of drastically changing spellings, but I appreciate new twists on the classics.
Maybe I prefer less common names because my own name, Darcy, is not very common. Throughout my life I've met only a handful of other Darcys. My husband, on the other hand, has a very common name. When it comes to name preferences, apparently I'm in the minority according to a new survey conducted by BabyCenter.
As reported by USA Today, there has been a shiftRead More »from Unique Baby Names Can Be Meaningful, Too
- Russian photographer Jana Romanova has created an exceptional series called "Waiting " which first began by capturing friends during their pregnancies. There is a special twist, however: she photographs them in the early morning in their bedrooms... while they are still sleeping. The idea was born as a result of friends around her becoming pregnant and conversations quickly turning to children. Romanova wanted to capture their pregnancy journeys in a unique way. She describes the timing on her website, "when people don't really care about their appearance, and one can see their attitude to each other and to this life that is growing inside their family." - By Ellen Schmidt Read More »from Inside the Lives of Sleeping Parents-to-Be
- BabyZone | Parenting – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 2:12 PM ESTKeeping family traditions. Assuming your toddler could even make it, would you allow them to stay up until midnight to celebrate Noche Buena? In many Latino cultures, Christmas festivities center around the values and traditions of Noche Buena. The literal translation is Good Night, but the term refers to Christmas Eve--a night when family gathers and feasts the night away. At the center of the holiday is the practice of staying up until the stroke of midnight. Some families even attend misa de los gallos, which refers to midnight Mass. But would you want your little one up that late?
As a young child, I remember struggling on Noche Buena. With the excitement and promise of new toys only a few hours away, I tried my best to stay awake for the experience. Now, at 3-years-old and after countless stories of how I celebrated Christmas as a little Cuban-American girl, I anticipate my daughter wanting to do the same. And whatever she can do, her 20-month old little brother can do better (at least in his mind!).Read More »from Noche Buena Traditions: Would You Let Your Toddler Stay Up Past Midnight?
- BabyZone | Parenting – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 12:15 PM ESTA recent study indicates that toddlers are better able to learn certain words when they are sitting in their high chair, playing with their food.Does mealtime seem more like playtime for your toddler? Five minutes into his meal, does his high chair, his face and everything within a 5-foot radius look like a Jackson Pollock painting? Well, as it turns out, your toddler wasn't just testing your patience when he threw that handful of applesauce at your face. He was getting smarter.
According to a recent study by researchers at the University of Iowa, the more your child pokes, smears and plays with his food, the more he is learning. I know what you are all thinking--"Well, then my toddler's a genius!" Yep, your little mealtime menace just became a tiny Einstein working out his theory of gravity with peas up his nose or a mini Van Gogh who is living out his art, expressing himself with his bowl of sweet potato mashed across his lap and some yogurt in his ears.
Well, perhaps we're all getting ahead of ourselves with the "genius" part, but according to the study, kids who get down and dirty with their food in their high chairsRead More »from Toddlers Who Play with Their Food May Be Faster Learners
- There are some toys that I find myself picking up over and over again--but not because anyone has been having any fun with them. They're just in the way. And by the way, they weren't free. We have three kids and our oldest is 4 (yep), and if I had to do it over again, these are the only things I'd buy (which would joyously mean skipping the train, activity table, giant foam puzzles, the water table and many, oh-so-many more things). -By Charity Curley Mathews Read More »from 5 Gifts Kids Will Play with for Years
- Back-to-back pregnancies got you worried about corralling the family when you're out and about? Our favorite strollers for a toddler and a baby will help you manage the kids and all the gear that comes along with parenting two little ones.-By Chelsea Day Read More »from 4 Strollers that Are Perfect for Toddler and Baby
- A study by Yale University psychologists finds that babies avoid plants for good reason. There's a dead, leafless plant in the corner of my living room. I haven't discarded it yet because its pot is heavy and hard to move. Besides, I have better things to do, like pose my baby next to said pot and snap photos, like the one you see here.
I never really gave much thought to the fact that my son is smiling in this photo. He's generally a happy guy and, being a baby, I figured he probably didn't realize that a dead house plant shouldn't necessarily warrant a grin.
But the results of a recent study gave me pause--maybe, just maybe, he was smiling out of relief. Maybe he was actually happy that the plant has met its maker... because he KNOWS that plants can't be trusted!
Yale University psychologists Annie Wertz and Karen Wynn have found that infants take an average of five seconds longer to touch plants than other objects put before them, according to a study published in the January 2014 issue of the journal Cognition.
Wertz and Wynn believe that this tendency hasRead More »from Why Do Dead Plants Make Babies Smile?
- Buying for baby isn't always easy. Not only can they not tell you what they want, but they mostly just drool on everything anyway. Here are 12 gifts for baby that range from practical to pure fun. And they are all under $10.- By Lyz Lenz Read More »from 12 Baby and Toddler Gifts Under $10