By Kylie McConville for TheBump.com
Thinkstock / The BumpA shocking new study completed by Swedish researchers and published in the journal Pediatrics found that parents who pick up a dropped pacifier and suck it clean may be helping their infants become better germ fighters.
A shocking new study completed by Swedish researchers and published in the journal Pediatrics found that parents who pick up a dropped pacifier and suck it clean may be helping their infants become better germ fighters.
Crazy new mom confessions!
Crazy, right? We didn't believe it at first either! But you can't ignore the research. Here's what they found:
Researchers in Sweden studied 184 infants at the age of four months old. Scientists collected saliva samples from each infant to determine which times of bacteria resided in baby's guts. At six months old, parents were asked to report on whether their infants used pacifiers and how moms and dads cleaned them. At ages 18 and 36 months old, researchers checked back in with parents
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Your mom will love this!The mark of a good Mother's Day gift is something so cool, you'd want it for yourself. Is there any other way to thank the woman who made you so awesome?Read More »from 27 Genius Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day
By Elisa Benson
1. Candy Gram
When this e-card arrives in mom's inbox, she'll get a coupon code to select four sample sizes of her favorite candy on this stylish, fun-to-use site. Then her sweet treat will be delivered to her door in super-chic packaging. You know what they say about moms in a candy store! (JK. They say nothing.)
Candy Gift Card, starts at $25, sugarwish.com
2. Tick Tock
Give to mom and give back-for every purchase of this striking emerald and gold watch, Michael Kors will donate $25 to the United Nations World Food Programme.
Watch Hunger Stop 100 Series Watch, $295, michaelkors.com
3. Facebook Gifts
Now that you've come to accept that your mom is on Facebook, impress her-and her 86 friends-by using Facebook Gifts to send a cool pressie straight to her page. This coffee mug, which looks exactly like a DSLR
© VeerBy Janelle Hanchett
When I thought about writing this post, I was going to use it as a forum to scold those horribly annoying people who can't have lunch with you because they're too busy tweeting about having lunch with you.
And then I realized I am one of those people and I grew immensely uncomfortable.
I used to be normal. Then I got an iPhone.
I used to have this wretched little Blackberry that did nothing - and even that it does poorly. I would gaze at my husband's iPhone with a longing in my heart: the touch screen, the plethora of apps, Facebook so clear and bright. So when it was finally time for an upgrade, I splurged on my own iPhone.
And now it's like crack to me.
If I don't have the lil sucker with me I feel like somebody removed my pants without me looking.
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Courtesy of Parenting.comBy Shawn Bean for Parenting.com
It's Mother's Day, 2006, and I'm shopping for Mother's Day. That afternoon, I arrive at our family's holiday gathering with a card and a potted petunia from the Home Depot. As the other moms and grandmoms dive into their gifts, I hand my wife, Brandy, the recyclable, unfertilized tokens of my affection. "I'm so lucky to have you in my life," reads the card's handwritten sentiment. "You've made me a better person and a better father." She smiles sweetly.
Extend hand. Pat back. Repeat.
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That evening, Brandy walks past the Mother's Day card I gave my mom, which sits open on the kitchen counter. She takes a peek. "I'm so lucky to have you in my life. You've made me a better person and a better father." More than half of the message was identical.
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guns for kidsThis week, I'm reeling over the terrible story out of Kentucky about a 5 year old boy who accidentaly shot and killed his 2 year old sister. The boy was playing with a child-sized hunting rifle he'd recently been given as a gift. His parents said they thought the gun was unloaded but, tragically, it was not.Read More »from Up in Arms: Why We Need to Stop Marketing Guns to Kids
I am utterly heartbroken for this family, especially the boy who will never get to live a normal life because he has to forever cope with the memory of killing his sister. That burden is simply unimaginable.
But looking beyond the horror of a child killed in such a way, I'm drawn to the fact that the boy had his own hunting rifle. Not a rifle meant for adults, either. This is a rifle scaled and marketed for children. I had no idea such a thing existed and, frankly, I find it very, very upsetting. I have a 5 year old and he is in no way ready to handle lethal weapons, even if he took one of the much touted safety classes the NRA and local gun ranges offer. Hell, he lacks the
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, May 3, 2013 5:42 PM EDT
allegedly shot his 2-year-old sister by accident with a Crickett gun he received for his birthday.The company that makes real guns for children has taken down its website after a 5-year-old boy in southern Kentucky
While giving a kid a gun at all seems outrageous to people along the coasts of the United States, in many, often rural, parts of the country, learning how to shoot at a very early age is a normal part of life.
“People learn how to shoot before they learn how to read,” Jeff Booher, 53, told The New York Daily News. The Cumberland County, Kentucky, resident said that he taught his own kids (now ages 22, 12, and 9) how to use a gun when they were just 4 or 5 years old.
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Would you put this on your baby?Everyone knows that newborn baby girls are extremely insecure about their baldness. Why do you think they're always crying? Baby wants to get her weave on! Well, not to worry little diva, your dream of luxurious locks is now a reality! Introducing the fantastic Website Baby Bangs with the tagline, "For the girl that has everything--except hair!"Read More »from Insane Beauty Products...For Your Baby
By Rose Surnow
Baby Bangs sells headbands that come with fake hair sewn in, so your mini-me can stop feeling hair shame and start working hair game! According to the Website, "Our patent pending HAIR+band accessory combination allows baby girl's (with little or no hair at all) the opportunity to have a beautifully realistic HAIR style in a SNAP!!" This is a huge relief to infants everywhere that have been dying to sex up their look.
The brains behind Baby Bangs, Lisa Grigg-Campbell, says that after her first granddaughter was born she, "began experimenting with the possibility of creating a miniature hairpiece suitable for newborns to wear."
Funfetti cake with rainbow chip icing. DYN-O-MITE.
By Erin Zammett RuddyOne of the many benefits to having kids is that I'm exposed to this crap more than I was pre-kids and, well, I eat it up...literally.
I must start this post with the disclaimer that I do not feed my kids the things on the list below very often. In fact, I'm rarely the one offering it to them (apart from the first one-guilty there a few times a month). My kids have a varied and very healthy diet, we all eat lots of whole foods, real food, organic fruits and veggies, meats raised without antibiotics, etc. I have read Michael Pollen, I belong to a food coop, I have a big organic veggie garden in my backyard and yet…I dig me some processed kid food. As I established in my last post, I am far from perfect and I break my own rules and I'm OK with that. Especially when the five foods below are involved. Because, well, yum:
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, May 3, 2013 3:20 PM EDT
Playdates: Laissez-Faire Or Organized Fun?Playdates or "mom dates" as I call them become part of our weekly or even daily routine once we have kids. We want them to interact with others after spending every breathing moment on or next to you. Besides, we need some time too - to get out, share a cuppa with a fellow mama and swap spit up stories and indulge in actual adult conversations.Read More »from Over the Top? 7 Moms Take Playdates to a New Level
You might meet at the park to let the kids go wild, brave a group of kids at your own place or you meet at a local kid friendly café (I haven't come across too many in the US, but in London my local Starbucks had a play area and they even made babyccinos). You catch my drift. But then you realize that just letting the kids sit next to each other isn't enough and you take your playdates to a whole new level. You send out Evites, you require RSVPs, you buy snacks and drinks and have an agenda, you may even ask for a donation. I've experienced it all as the playdate guest - I call it it the ULTIMATE PLAYDATE.
I prefer the "laissez-faire"
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