Anisa Arsenault

Anisa Arsenault is the editorial assistant at The Bump, and was probably led there by her affinity for the video "Babies Eating Lemons for the First Time." (Having a bad day? Check it out.) Obsessed with all sorts of news and celebrities, she'll keep you updated on all that is current, relevant and funny in the world of parenthood and babies. Follow her on Twitter @anisaarsenault.

How You Parent Has a Lifelong Impact on Baby: Study

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Bad grades? Failed relationships? A new study suggests blaming your parents might not be misplaced. In a long-term study that followed 243 children from low-income Minnesota families until age 32, researchers keyed into how mothers interacted with their children ages three and under. As the years went by, researchers asked the kids' teachers about their academic performance and social skills.... read more

From Fertilization to Birth: Watch It Happen (GIF)

fertilization GIFEleanor Lutz
It's time we had the talk. Sure, you know about where babies come from, but do you know how the whole thing actually works? We finally have a great visual to show you the ins and outs of embryogenesis -- the process of of egg fertilization and fetal development. Seattle-based designer Eleanor Lutz created... read more

Baby on the Way for Ashlee Simpson!

Ashlee Simpson pregnancy announcementAshlee Simpson via Twitter
Brooklyn? Queens? Manhattan? Start brainstorming borough baby names, because Bronx Wentz is going to be a big brother! Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross are expecting their first child together. The pair tied the knot on Aug. 31 after going public with their relationship last summer. "I got married, I have new music and I'm part... read more

Grossed Out By Your Favorite Foods? You Could Be Having a Boy

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Repulsed by your regular favorite foods? Congrats, you might be having a boy. A new study from the University of Wrocław in Poland suggests that women carrying boys are more squeamish during their first two trimesters than those expecting girls. The reason? Your increased aversions are actually your body's way of guiding you away from potentially harmful substances, protecting... read more

No Batteries Required: Classic Toys for Baby

Baby playing with blocksVeer
Feeling inundated by talking Elmos and flashing play gyms? Unplug yourself—and baby–this holiday season with some timeless, battery-free toys. If you're looking for a little last-minute gift inspiration, these old-school ideas—from whimsical building blocks to adorable play food—are just the thing. Building Blocks

You can’t go wrong with a set of wooden...

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Don't Throw Away Baby's Dried-Up Belly Button, Turn It Into a Necklace

Belly button necklaceRefinery29
Remember those rumors that Kesha wears a necklace containing pieces of her placenta (to improve her psychic abilities, of course)? Maybe it's not a Kesha-specific thing after all: because there are moms out there looking for unique and unusual baby keepsake jewelry. One such mom is Sara Larson, a Refinery29 contributor who wears a gold cast of daughter Ihlen's belly... read more

Surprise! Dads-to-Be Are Hormonal Too

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If you're going to blame your short temper and wild cravings on hormones, you better cut your guy some slack, too. In an extensive study on first-time expectant couples, it was discovered guys are prone to hormonal changes just like pregnant women. As expected, female hormones increased across the board: testosterone, cortisol, estradiol... read more

Neil Patrick Harris: The Paternity of My Twins Doesn't Matter

Neil Patrick Harris, David Burkta, Harper and GideonNeil Patrick Harris via Instagram
While the public may be wondering which one of their dads Gideon and Harper takes after, Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka aren't concerned. "I have no interest in [finding out]. We are their parents and I love them implicitly," the actor told Barbara Walters in her 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2014 special. The now four-year-old twins... read more

Dad Turns Daughter's Funny Quotes into Amazing Tumblr Blog

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You've definitely told your friends all the weird stuff your kids say. Maybe you've even tweeted some of it. But in a brilliant move, one dad created Tumblr and Facebook pages dedicated to his 3-year-old daughter Harper's quotes. Some of the quotes are actually things said to Harper by Mom and Dad. Either way, Martin Bruckner's " read more

Watch This Deaf Toddler's Reaction to Hearing for the First Time

Aprea familyTereza Harper Photography
This is the best Christmas gift mom Jennifer Aprea could ask for her son Ryan. Her 2-year-old son had cochlear implant surgery last month. Born at just 25 weeks, Ryan spent seven months in the NICU, and his parents learned he was deaf shortly before bringing him home. The surgery gave them hope, but there were no guarantees... read more