- Are you one of those parents who goes full bore with the holiday cheer? Do Christmas decorations cover every square foot of the inside of your home, and is the outside of the house lit up like the Griswold's? If this sounds like you, then you must also love to dress up your child in holiday attire for the ol' Christmas photo or family party. Well, forget the ugly holiday sweater and put your baby in one of these nine, awesome Christmas costumes instead. - By Andrea Wada Davies Read More »from 4 Cute Christmas Costumes for Baby
- When it comes to babies, it is better to keep clothes simple, no fuss and absolutely adorable. Here are 5 holiday pieces that are almost as cute as your baby and will keep him looking dapper this holiday season. -By Lyz Lenz Read More »from 5 Holiday Outfits for Baby Boys
- In 2013, we saw a lot of sweet, modern names (Avery and Mason, anyone?), but also a lot of really terrible names. And while we know that North West is a big offender, it was nowhere near the worst of the bunch. Here are the 15 most cringe-worthy names from the past year. -By Emily Kelley Read More »from The Worst Baby Names of 2013
- Actor and writer Nia Vardalos chats with us about her journey to motherhood, her recent adoption advocacy award and her new book, Instant Mom.Actress and screenwriter Nia Vardalos was recently honored by The American Fertility Association with the Carolyn Berger Adoption Advocacy Award for her outspoken leadership in the area of foster care adoption. It's an award she couldn't be more proud of as the AFA, an inclusive organization committed to helping others create their families of choice, "welcomes all people and all ways of becoming parents." Vardalos and her husband, actor Ian Gomez, adopted their little girl (almost 3 years old at the time) in 2008, and she has since become a proud advocate for the adoption community.
With her book, Instant Mom, (a recent recipient of the Mom's Choice Award), Vardalos chronicles the long journey of becoming a mother in a way she never expected.
After countless unsuccessful fertility treatments, she found the adoption process long and frustrating as well. Finally, with the help of an American Foster Family Agency, she became a mother overnight... literally. (They were given 14 hoursRead More »from Nia Vardalos, the Instant Mom
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This is a guest post written by Dr. Winifred Soufi, a mom and ob-gyn.
Don't skip meals! Be well rested! Stay hydrated! Alleviate stress! Sound familiar? Most mothers-to-be are aware of these common recommendations, but I wish every mother knew a few other less frequently discussed tips regarding the health and safety of baby, which are just as important. As an ob-gyn of Women's Health Associates and a mother myself, I encourage expectant mothers to be mindful of these invaluable tips.
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1. Monitor, monitor, monitor.
I remember feeling my baby move for the first time. It is one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy. After all, an active baby is a healthy baby! As early as 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy, you can begin monitoring baby's fetal kick or movement counts. Establishing a daily monitoring routine is important for tracking the health and development of baby. Once you start feeling consistent movement, you can checkRead More »from What I Wish Every Mother Knew
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A new statement just released from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that even though moms and moms-to-be have been led to believe that raw milk is healthier and more nutritious than pasteurized milk, it's actually not. Author Dr. Yvonne Maldonado and researchers found that between 1998 and 2009, more than 93 cases of disease outbreaks were associated with raw milk and raw milk products, and to date, raw milk has caused 1,837 illnesses, 195 hospitalizations and two fatalities.
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This statement means that the AAP is now joining the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), American Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, National Environmental Health Association, International Association for Food Protection and World Health Organization in advising people against drinking raw milk.
The researchers found that most of the infections were caused byRead More »from Dangerous Effects on Babies and Moms-to-Be Have Doctors Saying "No" to Raw Milk
(Newser) - A bizarre story out of Brazil, where doctors performed an emergency C-section on an apparently expectant mother only to find ... no baby at all. When the woman, 37, arrived at Cabo Frio's Woman's Hospital saying she was 41 weeks pregnant and in pain-with a protruding belly and some kind of proof of prenatal care-doctors assumed she was in labor, officials revealed this week.
"Because the doctors couldn't pick up the [baby's] heartbeat, they decided there wasn't time to request an ultrasound," the site's director told the Daily Mail. "They did the surgery then had the great shock of not finding any baby at all."
a pregnant womanIt turns out the woman was suffering from a false pregnancy (known as pseudocyesis) and "was so convinced she was pregnant, that she altered her prenatal tests that showed otherwise because she was convinced the results were wrong," a city Health Department rep said per CBS News.
And her husband says it wasn't the first time. Last year, she said she'd lost aRead More »from Emergency C-Section Turns Up ... No Baby
- BabyZone | Parenting – 22 hours agoOK, I know I've said you can skimp out on baby's first Christmas. But it's OK to buy one present that's personalized--a keepsake to always remember baby's first holiday experience. I think that's a sweet idea, and with a little digging, you can go beyond ornaments and onesies for an item that's altogether special. Click through for some of my favorites!
-By Ellen Schmidt Read More »from 4 Personalized Gifts Perfect for Baby's First Christmas
- BabyZone | Parenting – 22 hours agoThey bring us our slippers, inspire us to go out in the fresh air and sunshine to walk them, play catch with the kids and provide affection, warmth and licks on the cheek. Not every family has a dog, and not all dogs are cut out to be doulas or midwvies, but if you think dogs are only man's best friend, read these stories of dogs who helped their mistresses have safe, happy labors and beyond…-By Jennifer Margulis Read More »from “My Dog Delivered My Baby” and Other Tales of Mama’s Best Friend
- Why does it seem harder than ever to talk to the boss about juggling work with having a baby?When Lisa Hotchkiss found out she was pregnant last year, the 39-year-old financial adviser from upstate New York had a bad case of the butterflies when the time came to share the big news with her boss.
"I was petrified that my supervisor would view me as weak because of my pregnancy or not as committed to my job as I had been, even though I'd been with the company for 10 years," Hotchkiss recalls. She was also concerned that her supervisor might ask her questions that she really didn't have answers for at the time, including how long she planned to take off for her maternity leave or whether or not she planned to return to the company at all after having her baby.
"I went into that meeting prepared for some very personal questions," says Hotchkiss.
But what ended up happening was the very opposite of personal.
"My supervisor was pleasant enough. He congratulated me and then hunted through his files looking for the handout on how to set up a maternity leave through HumanRead More »from Do You Talk to Your Boss About Your Pregnancy?
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