• Who doesn't love St. Patrick's Day? It's a time to celebrate Irish heritage, leprechauns, rainbows and the saint himself with a pint of Guinness or the seasonal Shamrock Shake. Want to get baby in on that celebration? Here are 8 green St. Paddy's Day get-ups for your little leprechaun that will put her in the no-pinching zone.
    -By Andrea Wada Davies

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  • project breastfeedingproject breastfeedingAfter the birth of their daughter, Hector Cruz wanted to help his wife, but without a functioning set of mammary glands he was at a loss. Cruz decided to create a campaign to empower fathers and end the stigma around breastfeeding. The campaign is a series of images that show men pretending to breastfeed with the caption, "If I could, I would."

    The sentiment, while nice, offers no real solutions. I'm at a loss as to how pictures of shirtless men is going to inspire companies to make it easier for nursing mothers to pump at work, or even start offering real maternity leaves instead of the legally mandated FMLA. None of this is going to help nursing women have access to better healthcare and better resources like lactation consultants and support groups.

    Related: 9 online breastfeeding resources

    The pictures are going viral, but once the dust settles, the same problems will remain. I hate to sound cynical, but it seems that our Western society thinks you can solve almost any

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  • They say that necessity is the mother of invention. And moms, well, we have all sorts of great product ideas every single day. Like, say, a bin of blocks that would put itself away--wouldn't you buy that? Or a high chair with a food-repellant coating that never, ever got gunky? It's only a matter of time!


    In the meantime, our world is full of incredible, smartly designed products and inventions dreamed up by moms seeking a new solution to the everyday frustrations of raising kids. Grace Welch just couldn't get her son to stay on his narrow changing pad, and thus, Patemm, the genius round mat was born. And how many kids (and moms!) have fallen in love with the Baby Einstein series? Another great mom idea. Click above to read about more great products invented by moms--because really, we always know best, don't we?


    By Biba Milioto

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  • (Photo: Thinkstock)On Sunday night my sisters and I almost took five little kids out to dinner at a linen table-clothed restaurant. We had been at a parade all day so none of us felt like cooking but we were starving and figured it would be a nice treat to go out together.

    The place we were headed is around the corner from my house. They have a $7 children’s menu, coloring stuff and plenty of high chairs, but it is fairly upscale. And by the time we got our crew into the cars, it was nearly 7 p.m. (daylight savings threw us off). The whining and teasing began immediately and it hit me that this was a terrible idea that would result in a stressful eating experience—not just for us, but for the other restaurant patrons. And so I put the kibosh on the plan and we headed back into my house to order takeout.

    My sisters didn’t necessarily agree with me but they know I am hyper-aware of my kids (and by extension any kids at my table) annoying other people in restaurants. And given how late it was, they

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  • Linda, About Those Cupcakes

    Linda, About Those CupcakesLinda, About Those Cupcakes

    Ellen found a web video of a 3-year-old boy arguing with his mother... that you just have to see to believe.

  • What is Babywearing?

    What is babywearing, exactly?As a mother, you may have thought about babywearing. Some of you may be thinking baby wha? Let's start with defining babywearing. The term "babywearing" means carrying a baby using some sort of sling or other baby carrier. Using a baby carrier can make it easier and more comfortable for parents and other caregivers to hold their baby while managing all of the other tasks of parenthood. It's also been documented that when using a sling or carrier your baby cries less. Additionally, research has shown that when a baby is in a carrier, they can be close to you, and as a result feel safe, secure and happy.

    There are so many wonderful benefits to babywearing. Your baby will be soothed by your movements, voice, the sound of your heart beat, breathing, constant touch, as well as being able to see what you see instead of being in a stroller or crib staring up at the ceiling. Wearing your baby at this level can also improve their ability to identify faces, gestures, expressions and other

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  • The Best Mom Inventions

    Genius inventions for parents, by parents.They say that necessity is the mother of invention. And moms, well, we have all sorts of great product ideas every single day. Like, say, a bin of blocks that would put itself away--wouldn't you buy that? Or a high chair with a food-repellant coating that never, ever got gunky? It's only a matter of time!
    In the meantime, our world is full of incredible, smartly designed products and inventions dreamed up by moms seeking a new solution to the everyday frustrations of raising kids. Grace Welch just couldn't get her son to stay on his narrow changing pad, and thus, Patemm, the genius round mat was born. And how many kids (and moms!) have fallen in love with the Baby Einstein series? Another great mom idea. Click above to read about more great products invented by moms--because really, we always know best, don't we?

    1. Patemm: Anyone who has ever changed a baby on the go--or at home, for that matter--knows that getting them to stay put on those flimsy travel pads is nearly impossible.

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  • Judge: Mom Can Ban Dad from Delivery Room

    (Newser) A first-of-its-kind ruling is not likely to win much favor with fathers. A woman may ban her baby's daddy from the delivery room during birth, a New Jersey judge decided in a November court hearing as a mother gave her arguments ... while in labor. "The intensity was at a 20," Rebecca DeLuccia's lawyer said.
    Just gave birth.As DeLuccia gave birth to a baby girl, Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed cited the fact that any hospital patient has the right to decide who can visit their bedside; his ruling was released Monday. In particular, "Any interest a father has before the child's birth is subordinate to the mother's interests," he wrote, per the Star-Ledger, noting such a case, which involved two unwed parents, had never before been heard in the US.

    The couple had been engaged but called off the wedding and "were estranged from one another at the time delivery was approaching," DeLuccia's lawyer said. While it was "laudable" that father Steven Plotnick wanted to be there, his "unwanted"

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  • Stunning Reversal: Drug Company Turned Away Dying Child Then Changed Its MindStunning Reversal: Drug Company Turned Away Dying Child Then Changed Its MindUpdate 3/11/14, 9:57 p.m.: In a stunning reversal, Chimerix has announced that it has found a way to provide seven-year-old Josh Hardy the drug brincidofovir. The company has said that it has reached an agreement with the FDA to immediately initiate "a pilot trial of open-label brincidofovir for the treatment of adenovirus infections in immunocompromised patients," including Josh, who will be enrolled tomorrow.

    "Josh Hardy's story brought to public attention the often-devastating impact of adenovirus infection and helped accelerate a discussion between the FDA and Chimerix regarding the need for additional clinical development to assess brincidofovir's potential in adenovirus infection," the company said in a statement.

    Chimerix CEO Kenneth I. Moch said that being unable to fulfill requests for the drug earlier was "excruciating," while the company's clinical research vice president, Hervé Momméja-Marin, M.D., explained that the new trial will still allow the company to pursue

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  • Let's All Join Beyonce and Jennifer Garner in Banning the Word Let's All Join Beyonce and Jennifer Garner in Banning the Word

    Beyonce and Jennifer Garner are asking a favor of us all -- and when Beyonce and Jennifer Garner ask us to do something, we do it! (Especially, when it concerns the welfare of our daughters.)

    The two superstars are asking us to stop using the word "bossy" when referring to girls and women. And as for me, a bossy lady who is a mother of a bossy girl, I can not agree with this movement more. The inspiration behind the "Ban Bossy" campaign is Sheryl Sandberg, the author of Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. It's been a personal battle for Sheryl Sandberg, a strong and successful woman who was called bossy as a child, and she's right to assume that "bossy" is a word that can crush a girl's instinct to lead. Ms. Sandberg claims that it is the other "B-word."

    "This has become a very negative experience for girls. If you look at my childhood, if you look at the childhood of most of the leaders we talked to, they lived through being told they were bossy," Sandberg said to NPR.

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