-By Ellen Schmidt Read More »from Twice the Fun: 5 Baby Shower Gifts for Twins
- Know someone who's expecting twins? I've got a roundup of baby shower and new baby gifts that are a double dose of adorable (and practical)!
-By Ellen Schmidt Read More »from Twice the Fun: 5 Baby Shower Gifts for Twins
- Crying When my daughter gave up breastfeeding for the bottle, I was wracked with guilt. Guilt because I knew I could be doing more to make her breastfeed. And guilt because I was relieved that the months of bleeding nipples and searing pain was at an end. I ended up pumping for nine months. Each pumping session took 20-30 minutes. I pumped through conference calls and car rides. I felt like a cow, but it was for the best, I told myself. It was all for my baby.
When my second was born, the idea of pumping again made me sob. I told my husband through tears that I couldn't do it, I couldn't pump. Not again. One night, delirious with a fever from mastitis and in pain from the cuts on my nipples I asked my husband if he would hate me if we used formula. He hugged me. "Our kids will be fine. Do whatever you need to do."
It's easy to be the voice of reason when you don't have a temperature of 108 and aren't full of raging postpartum hormones. But my husband wasn't wrong and now there is scienceRead More »from New Study: Breastfeeding Might Be Overrated
(Newser) Another baby born with HIV appears to be free of the disease thanks to an aggressive early treatment regimen that began just four hours after she was born, reports the Guardian. The baby was born in LA and is still getting AIDS medicines because doctors aren't entirely confident yet, the AP reports.
But after a battery of sophisticated tests, her readings are different from patients whose infections have been merely suppressed by drugs. "We don't know if the baby is in remission ... but it looks like that," one specialist said. Doctors want to be careful about saying the baby is cured, "but that's obviously our hope."
The first child to receive the treatment is now 3 1/2, and appears to be HIV-free despite two years without treatment. That baby had no prenatal care, and the infection was discovered during labor. But in the LA case, "we knew this mother from a previous pregnancy," and knew she wasn't taking her HIV medicine, one doctor said.
The mother was thus givenRead More »from Another Baby Born with HIV 'Cured'
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 6:27 PM EST
Have you ever searched #PregnancyProblems on Twitter or Instagram? It'll give you a good laugh. Being pregnant is definitely filled with its fair share of problems … some are pretty comical, but some can be downright miserable. One of the top complaints that most pregnant women can relate to is not getting enough sleep. Sleeping while pregnant basically means tossing and turning all night, waking up with weird pains, and getting out of bed to pee a million times. Getting a good night's sleep can seem all but impossible, but over the course of two pregnancies, I've learned a few tricks and remedies that help me catch the most ZZZs possible. I know there are a lot of blog posts out there promising pregnancy sleep, but I'm willing to bet there are at least a few you've never heard of before! - By Lauren HartmannMORE ON BABBLE
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A New Jersey teen is suing her parents for college tuition.
So, listen up, moms and dads of little ones: depending on which way the judge rules on this one, you might not want to earmark a savings account specifically for your child's tuition. You know, in case your kid grows up and decides to sue you and uses the following case as precedent.
According to the Daily Record, Rachel Canning wants her parents to pay for her private-school tuition, college tuition, and living expenses. The teen claims her parents threw her out when she turned 18, but her dad, Sean Canning, calls Rachel an "incredibly rebellious teen" who ran away from home because she didn't want to follow rules.
What rules, you ask? Well, the usual stuff like being respectful, keeping a curfew, and doing chores. The Cannings also wanted Rachel to break up with a boyfriend who they thoughtRead More »from Your Daily Dose of Ridiculous: NJ Teen Sues Parents to Pay for College
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 5:02 PM EST
Project: Breastfeeding," and is using some provocative images to get everyone’s attention: shirtless dads trying to breastfeed, and the phrase, “If I could, I would.”Sensitive Tennessee dad Hector Cruz is tired of “dumbed down” father roles comprised of adjusting car seats and putting together cribs. So, in an effort to help bring men more into the meaningful fold of parenting, he’s launched an awareness campaign, "Read More »from 'Breastfeeding' Dads Campaign Aims to Get Men More Involved
“Let’s be honest, we have to get conversations started in a very dramatic way,” Cruz, the photographer behind the project, tells Yahoo Shine. “What better way than by showing photos like these?” (Last year, a Chicago campaign aiming to decrease teen-pregnancy rates used images of “pregnant” boys to make a splash, kicking up plenty of controversy, too.)
“Project: Breastfeeding,” which kicked off this week with a bit of fanfare, has several aims: to dissolve the stigma around public breastfeeding, and to get fathers more involved in breastfeeding efforts and in parenting in
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 4:26 PM ESTDad Blogger Is Asking For $50,000 To Be A SAHD We hear a lot about the "value" of stay-at-home parents in the media. Economists have long tried to calculate the value of what it means to have one domestic engineer in the family acting as chef, chauffeur, personal assistant, cleaner, etc.
Personally, I think the value of a parent staying at home is priceless. To have one parent be ready at a moment's notice to handle field trips, sick days, and pick up all the reams of slack that can fall around a family is invaluable. My wife and I both work. We scramble to get things done and often crunch the numbers to find out if it would be possible for one of us to give up a career for the kids. Our math doesn't work. It doesn't work for many people.Read More »from Should Stay-at-Home Parents Get Paid? Why One SAHD is Asking for $50,000
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 4:21 PM ESTWestJet Passenger Note Claims Having conversations with kids about what they want to be when they grow up is one of the best exercises in creativity ever.This weekend, Charlie declared he wanted to be a cowboy scuba diver when he grows up and went on to detail how he would have both a diving helmet AND a cowboy hat on whilst rescuing people underwater.
Kids imagine a world where impossible things are possible, and it's the best. Adults, on the other hand? Well, we're terrible when it comes to putting limitations on things.
While I can't imagine what it must be like to try and put everyone in a box and restrict people from doing things based on anything other than ability, a WestJet passenger note is going viral across Facebook this week that would beg to differ.
"Dave" sat in 12E on WestJet flight 463 last week, scribbled out the note at the left for his pilots on a napkin, and made certain the flight attendants would get it to the flight deck.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 4:09 PM ESTAsh Wednesday: The Importance of Exposing Kids to Different ReligionsIt was a Wednesday just like any other at my law school. The building was packed with students as we all headed in every direction to get to our classes. When I entered the building and headed upstairs with a friend, I noticed another student coming downstairs with a smudge on his forehead. It looked like he had been checking the oil in his car and then unknowingly rubbed his forehead, leaving a smudge of black grease where his fingers had touched.
The only thing that prevented me from pulling the guy aside to let him know about the spot was my natural inclination toward being an introvert. I don't tend to be the guy who lets the person in front of him know the tag on his shirt is hanging out.
It wasn't until I got into class and sat next to another student who wasn't from Utah that I learned the smudges on these people's foreheads were part of Ash Wednesday. I had to do a Google search in class and look up Ash Wednesday to discover it was a Catholic holy day and the smudges onRead More »from The Lesson All Parents Can Teach Their Kids This Ash Wednesday
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 3:57 PM ESTVacationing with the Baby Having kids changes things. As parents with kids, we can't do the same things that we once did as couples.That means fewer vacations and fewer fancy getaways. Fewer dinners and fewer dressy evenings out.
But sometimes, you absolutely, positively need to get away, and you make an exception to your rule. You pack up all the baby gear, you take twice as long to drive somewhere because you have to stop every 30 minutes to feed, change, and repeat with your baby, and you get out of town with your baby on vacation.
You do it because, well, you just need to do it.
Dad on the Run's sister did just that last week. Their young family went away to a ski resort in Colorado, and things didn't quite go as planned at night. After the weekend they woke up to a note under their door:
"Thanks for bringing a screaming baby to a ski resort and waking up everyone near your room, several times a night," the letter read. "Babies don'tRead More »from Kicking and Screaming: Couple Takes Baby on Vacation, Gets Nasty Note from Hotel Guests
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