Anisa Arsenault

Anisa Arsenault, editorial assistant @TheBump. Follow her on Twitter @anisaarsenault

Holiday Shopping Inspiration: Princess Charlotte's Stuffed Animal

Princess Charlotte playing with dog stuffed animalInstagram
As Cyber Monday wraps up and the holiday season begins in earnest, we have a new toy to add to your list: a Fuddlewuddle. The stuffed animal, made by British company Jellycat, is similar to a Beanie Baby. And the Fuddlewuddle puppy ($17-$45, depending on size) is clearly a toy fit for a little... Read more

What's The Riskiest Day Of The Week To Give Birth?

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The "weekend effect:" urban legend or a bonafide trend? This idea that patients admitted to the hospital on weekends have worse outcomes than those admitted on weekdays now has research -- geared specifically to mom and baby -- to back it. Still, that doesn't mean you should panic if you go into labor on a Saturday or... Read more

The Sleepy Santa Photos You'll Want To Replicate

Santa and baby sleepingFacebook
A timeless tradition or a holiday hassle? The younger the baby, the less likely your photo session with Santa will end, well, merrily. But one Santa Claus embraced the challenge when a toddler fell asleep before getting the chance to ask for everything on his Christmas list. Rather than the risk of sending the toddler into a... Read more

11 Year Old Helps Mom Deliver Baby, Then Goes To School

Big sister Caitlin kissing baby ElsaBirmingham Mail
Caitlin Burke wants to be a midwife when she grows up. And at only 11 years old, the UK native has already logged some experience. Caitlin's mom, Tara, started having contractions early Tuesday morning just minutes after her partner left the house. But 10 minutes later, her water broke, and based on her experiences delivering... Read more

Thanksgiving Leftovers Done Right

bacon and pea risottoThe Nest
Let's be real: right now, you're either picking at cold pie or contemplating never eating again. Not to fear; this perpetual fullness will pass, and you'll actually want these Thanksgiving leftover recipes. Pea and Bacon Risotto Toss those leftover peas into this savory, bacon-topped comfort food courtesy of food blogger, Stephanie Le. Read more

Could Crib Bumpers Soon Be Banned?

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That cute, padded, crib decor? Totally unnecessary and totally dangerous. You may already know that the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission considers crib bumpers a big no-no, citing reports that 52 infants died from bumper-related incidents between 1990 and 2010. Yet a new study found bumper deaths have spiked in recent years, prompting researchers to call... Read more

Stranger Donates Liver To Save Baby's Life

Liver donor holds babyWalker family via TODAY
Natalia Walker's first birthday was a cause for celebration in more ways than one. It was the day she received a liver transplant from a donor she'd never met. Walker was born with biliary artresia -- the same disease that affected the Ohio baby boy whose mother saved his life with her liver.... Read more

Our Predictions For Mark Zuckerberg's 2-Month Paternity Leave

Mark Zuckerberg's baby stroller and dog in his paternity leave Facebook announcement photoFacebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he'll be taking two months of paternity leave once his daughter arrives (that's actually only half of what Facebook allots new moms and dads). And as he did with the baby announcement, he took to Facebook to share the news, sharing a photo of the family's dog Beast with the... Read more

Which Pregnancy Symptom Does Kelly Clarkson Share With Kate Middleton?

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Kelly Clarkson and Kate Middleton share a commonality beyond their adorable baby girls. And trust us, it's not something they'll want to bond over. Both the singer and the Duchess experienced severe morning sickness. While Clarkson hasn't confirmed an exact diagnosis of hyperemesis gravidarum -- the medical term for the extremely severe morning sickness that... Read more

Spotify Announces 6-Month Parental Leave Policy

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Leave it to a Sweden-based company to unveil a jaw-dropping parental leave policy. Music streaming service Spotify announced yesterday that it will be offering six months of paid leave to all full-time employees globally. Not only is the policy effective immediately, it's effective retroactively. As long as their children were born after Jan. 1, 2013,... Read more