Maybe. The New York Times can definitely be myopic and even cloying in their coverage (remember the stressed out Upper East Side mom and her 13-page preschool application?), but Grose's response to the Slate writer's little brag about her baby "shoving fistfuls of steamed kale" into her doughy little mouth could hardly beRead More »from Why a Kale-Eating Baby Irks Us so Much
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- baby eatingI know Slate is an edgy site but what does the world gain with headlines like this one: "Your Kale-Eating Baby Does Not Impress Me"? In this saucy article, Jessica Grose describes the "smug" attitude conveyed by another blog post, this one in The New York Times' Motherlode. When the Times writer adopted "baby led weaning" (giving babies soft finger foods as first foods instead of purees) and wrote enthusiastically about how easily her baby took to it, that was it. An e-fight practically broke out. She's "adding more fuel to the fire of what she refers to as breast versus bottle 2.0," laments Grose.
- Grandma and babyTo All The Grandmas:
One of the biggest lessons I've learned as a parent, especially as my brood has grown, is how the old adage, "It takes a village," is one of the truest statements ever uttered. The learning curve as a new parent is so very steep, and the more children that are added, the more of a roller coaster this parenting gig is. Grandmas, you especially play such an important role when it comes to helping to raise and support your grandchildren, which in turn helps to shape us as parents.
Thank you for coming over to hold the newborn so us moms can take a shower.
Thank you for your willingness to field phone calls, no matter what time of day or night, to help pass on your experienced parenting wisdom.
Thank you for taking out the overflowing trash when you see our parenting hands are full.
Thank you for coming over at the drop of a hat to watch the kids so us moms don't have to pack up the clutch toRead More »from An Open Letter to All Grandmas
- Ah, the Middle Ages--a thousand-year period of great innovation and change. This historical era also gave birth to truly unique baby names that still sound fresh today. Find one in our collection of medieval names for boys and girls.
-By Taylor Hengen Newman Read More »from 5 Modern-Day Medieval Names
- Sure there are things I miss about being pregnant--the sweet baby kicks, the lustrous hair, the excitement about the little one you are soon to meet, the not having a period. But, let's be real--there are things that also really suck about being pregnant. Here are the things I don't miss.
-By Andrea Wada Davies Read More »from 6 Things I Don't Miss About Being Pregnant
- BabyZone | Parenting – Mon, Mar 3, 2014 12:59 PM ESTThere's no such thing as going I'm always lured in by magazines in the check-out aisle that declare the latest celebrity mom is "back" and "sexier than ever" after just having a baby. I want to be back. I want to be sexier than ever I think while in the grocery store checkout line buying whiskey, children's Tylenol and teething tablets at nine at night.
If I could ban one word from the mom lexicon it would be the word "back" as in, "I'm back to my pre-baby body!" Or, "When will I fit back into my pre-pregnancy jeans?" The word itself contains a lie that things can be the same as before. That once you grow a fully-formed human being and then squeeze all eight pounds of him out of your birth canal, that you can just go "back" to the way things used to be.
I've done this twice. And I want to tell you that going "back" is a lie. Having a baby is like swallowing the red pill. Once you do that, there is no going back to your blissfulRead More »from The Truth About Getting Back to Your Pre-Baby Body
- BabyZone | Parenting – Mon, Mar 3, 2014 12:37 PM ESTnewbornIn recent years approximately one in three women in the United States give birth by Cesarean delivery, a 60 percent increase since 1996. Cesarean birth can be a life-saver for both babies and moms, but the rapid increase in Cesarean birth rates, especially among first-time moms, has raised significant concern that Cesarean delivery is being overused without clear evidence that it's really needed in most low-risk situations.
What can be done to avoid unnecessary C-sections? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), with help from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), has just issued Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery, a new set of recommendations designed to decrease the nation's overall Cesarean rate.
Among the recommendations offered to doctors and others in the obstetrics community:
Allow moms more time in labor. Many women who spend a lengthy number of hours in the firstRead More »from New Guidelines Aim to Lower Cesarean Section Rates
- ShowerLong gone are the days where I could spend hours doing my hair and makeup before a hot date. Though parts of it may seem the same, the process of getting ready has changed after becoming a mom.
Step 1: Schedule date night at least a week in advance. Spontaneity may sound romantic, but you're too tired for surprises right now. Besides, you need enough time to clean the house before the babysitter comes over unless the kids are being dropped off at Grandma's house.
Step 2: Get the kids ready. Feed them, change them, and gather all important supplies. This step is especially tricky when needing to drop them off on the way because you must wait to get yourself ready until the very last possible moment. Every minute you linger has the potential to result in a kid emergency. Missing shoe, poopsplosion, etc.
Step 3: Take a shower. Alone. And use hot water. Enjoy it until you hear little fists pounding on the door followed by, "What you doin' in there,Read More »from How a Real Mom Gets Ready for Date Night
- No longer relegated to the hippie set, nature-inspired names are now considered universally cute and cool. Find one among our favorites for your wildly beautiful baby-to-be.
-By Taylor Hengen Newman Read More »from 5 Adorable Nature-Inspired Baby Names
- BabyZone | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 12:43 PM ESTWe all love The Very Hungry Caterpillar. And it's not just fun for reading; a fun theme for birthdays, showers and more, here are 15 inspirational bits for you to chew on.
-By Vanessa Bell Read More »from 7 Bits of Inspiration for a Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
- BabyZone | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 12:42 PM ESTKristen BellKristen Bell and Dax Shepard, new parents of a baby girl, are leading a fight to protect the children of celebrities against photographers who ambush them in quiet family moments the rest of us take for granted. They're calling this group "pedorazzi," which specifically targets paparazzi who sell unauthorized photos of children.
In order to spread the word, they've teamed up with Entertainment Tonight, and Bell has been very vocal about which outlets she'll refuse to work with from now on should they buy unauthorized photos (versus pictures taken of celebrities who attend premieres with their children or schedule photo shoots with a magazine). As it turns out, her campaign is paying off: People Magazine has joined the cause, and with the threat of a boycott, E! Online has just issued a letter saying they will adopt a "no kids" policy on unsanctioned photos as well.
I have to applaud Kristen and Dax, and many other celebrityRead More »from Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Fight to Protect Kids from Paparazzi... And Us