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  • Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Being Criticized for Taking a Baby-Free Vacation

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    AU IBTimesBeing a new parent is an all-around challenging job, from getting hardly any sleep to juggling what feels like a million new concerns all at once. So the big question is - when do you up the ante from leaving baby at home for a night out to leaving baby at home for a vacation?

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    Prince William and Kate Middleton are currently in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean for a weeklong vacation - and didn't take seven-month-old Prince George with them, who's reportedly being cared for by his new nanny and his grandparents while his parents are away.

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    The royal couple has come under fire from some social media users for being away from Prince George for so long, at such a young age. On one hand, we can see some couples not wanting to leave baby with a caregiver or grandparent until a certain age, but on the other hand, some couples enjoy

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  • Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic Expecting Baby Number 2!

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    Why Cause I CanBatman- err, Christian Bale, is expanding his family! The Oscar nominee and his wife, Sibi Blazic, are expecting their second child, People reports.

    The famously private couple are already parents to a 9-year-old daughter, Emmeline, and have been married for 14 years.

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    Sibi put us on a major Bumpie watch after displaying her growing belly underneath a fabulous figure-hugging black dress at the Academy Awards last Sunday.

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    If Emmeline ends up having a baby sister, perhaps Robin would be the perfect name choice - only because Poison Ivy is just a wee bit daunting to call a newborn.

    How long would you want to wait to have another baby after your first child's birth?

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  • Does Breastfeeding Make Moms Smarter?

    By: Kylie McConville for

    Shutterstock / The BumpShutterstock / The BumpThe latest study performed by sociologists at Brigham Young University found a major clue that tells the story about why breastfed babies are so smart: Their moms! (Duh.)

    Led by Ben Gibbs, researchers are Brigham Young found that there are two major parenting skills that help give babies the notable cognitive boost: The fact that moms respond to their children's emotional cues and read to their children earlier, starting at nine months old. Which means that nursing mothers are more responsive to their babies, picking up on a newborn's cues better (both emotional and physical) and encouraging them from an earlier age (in this case, by reading to them).

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    Published in The Journal of Pediatrics, Gibbs and his colleagues analyzed a national data set that followed 7,5000 mothers and their babies from birth to five years old. The data included information on their home

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  • Moms for Moms Day Is March 4! Join in the Fight to End the Mommy Wars

    By Kylie McConville for

    Heard of Moms for Moms Day yet? Not so long ago, The Bump and got together for a photo shoot where moms and moms-to-be shared their biggest Mommy Truths in a safe, friendly space. We - along with the team from CT Working Moms - created the day because we want every woman to feel comfortable, confident and proud of her choices as a mother (and mama-to-be). We were so inspired by the CT Working Moms Campaign for Judgment-Free Motherhood shoot that we wanted to expand the message by encouraging moms everywhere to stand up and support one another.

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    The journey to motherhood is flooded with decisions (from the type of diapers you'll buy to the ways you'll feed your infant and the sleep-training methods you'll subscribe to) and our goal is to support, encourage and stand behind each and every mother's choices - and Moms for Moms Day is our way of putting an end to the judgments that moms make

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  • 10 Men that Single Moms Should Avoid

    Shutterstock / The BumpGetting back into dating after baby can be tough -- and complicated -- but you deserve a shot at love, Mama! Just be on the look out for these red flags.

    By Christine Coppa for The

    I'm a single mom, and it took me a solid three years to go on a date after my son was born. It's funny how, when you're a mom, dating isn't just about you -- it's about your child. Whether each man I date knows it or not, I'm testing him from day one. Does he like kids? Will he be more into his BMW than me? Are his boys his priority?

    So while dating should be fun, exciting and a break from the tough parts of single motherhood, don't waste your time with anyone on this list.

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    1. Sugar Daddy

    This is the guy that tells you about his yearly bonus, designer suits and finds a way to ease the topic of money into every conversation. According to Leah Klungness, PhD, psychologist and coauthor of The Complete Single Mother, guys who love to flash

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  • Woman Breastfeeds Puppy to Save Its Life

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    "Woman Breastfeeds Puppy To Save Its Life." It sounds like a headline dragged straight from the trashiest of grocery store checkout line gossip rags, but apparently, this one is true. A woman, who prefers to remain anonymous, told news outlets in her Colorado home town that she was fostering a litter of orphaned Lab-mix puppies and the runt of the litter, named Tubbs, was refusing to eat.

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    "I didn't know what else to do, I was desperate and I just couldn't bear sitting there watching it die," she said of the pup who wouldn't take a bottle or puppy formula. "I just felt like he just had an hour left. That's how weak he was, he wasn't moving and I just did it." As the mother of a 15-month-old (human) daughter, she did what came naturally, but swears she only gave Fido the boob when she felt like she had exhausted all other options and his life was in peril. (Happy ending update: Tubbs is reportedly

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  • Male Lawmakers Want to Make Breastfeeding Mandatory for Baby's First Two Years

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    Lawmakers in Abu Dhabi have proposed that all new moms breastfeed their babies until the age of two as part of a new law that legislatures are desperately trying to pass in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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    The breastfeeding clause, which was passed by the country's Federal National Council in January, will be part of a new Child Rights Law. The law is the first comprehensive child protection and rights legislation that the UAE has passed.

    Federal National Council members (the people responsible for the law) argued that breastfeeding was a mother's "duty" and that every infant is entitled to be nursed because it's beneficial to his (or her) health and also builds a strong bond between mama and baby.

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    While most men agreed, a few members of the FNC felt that even the Quran spells out a mother's responsibility to

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  • What Being Born in 2014 (the Year of the Horse!) Will Mean for Baby

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    By Kylie McConville for

    Happy Chinese New Year! Did you know that it's the Year of the Horse? And according to legend, that can affect baby's personality - and even his future career. So here's the scoop on what your 2014 baby will be like. Saddle up, Mama! It's going to be one heck of a year.

    The sign of the Horse is considered the most powerful of all the Chinese symbols, so get ready for a babe with a strong personality right from birth. Horses are super-active and energetic; they're also extremely animated and known for their good health (which means perfect attendance once baby reaches school-age!). Plus, they love being the center of attention and are incredibly clever too.

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    Colorful and creative

    Horses are known for their love of green, red and purple, so don't shy away from these hues when stocking up on nursery bedding and baby clothes. When you're picking out a paint color, try a soft,

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  • 6 Weirdest Baby Keepsakes We’ve Ever Seen

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    What's weirder: necklaces made from baby's teeth or baby butt molds (yep, baby butt molds)?

    While the jury deliberates (and I decide whether or not to send my mom a 24-year-old cast of my very own derriere), we rounded up the most outrageous keepsakes moms have turned to in order to remember baby's biggest moments. Photo albums, be damned!

    Check out these unbelievable mementos:

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    Baby Teeth Necklaces
    Adorn your wrist, neck or fingers with molds of baby's first molars!

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    Umbilical Cord Art
    Not into banking baby's cord blood? Add a little splash of cord color to baby's nursery walls instead.

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    Baby Bottom Molds
    Baby. Butt. Molds. You can't make this stuff up, you guys.

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    Baby's First Haircut Necklace
    Say so long to storing baby's first haircut in a plastic bag at the bottom

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  • Grandma Showers and Other Top Pregnancy Trends for 2014

    Wondering what will make it big in the pregnancy world this year? From unique shower ideas and nicknames as first names to textures and prints in baby's nursery, take a peek at the hottest pregnancy trends to know about in 2014. Get ready for a year of serious style!

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    Thinkstock / The BumpThinkstock / The BumpRaising the "Barre" on Prenatal Exercise

    We know -- yoga and Pilates are tried and true ways to stay in shape and feel great when you're expecting, but who doesn't get tired of the same-old workouts? This year, expect to see tons of barre classes popping up in your neighborhood! The latest fitness regimen utilizes the ballet barre for a full-body workout that's also low-impact (perfect for mamas-to-be!). Thanks to Pure Barre, Xtend Barre, the Bar Method and more, prenatal fitness never looked (or felt!) so good.

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    Noticing more and more Kates, Charlies, Maggies and Alexs at your

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