Anisa Arsenault

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

Dad's IKEA Hack Creates "Most Awesome" Bed Ever

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Bow down, parents: This dad has just become the DIY nursery king. More specifically, when he tackled this project last year (it's only now gaining traction thanks to Reddit) Eric Strong was helping his son transition out of nursery-mode. It wasn't easy for the boy to leave his crib, and he had one stipulation: he needed... Read more

"Normal Babies Look Weird To Us"

Baby Jaxon Buell, who was born with part of his brain and skull missing.Facebook
At thirteen months old, Jaxon has outlived everyone's expectations. And when he started to utter "mama" and "daddy," he blew them away again. The reason? Jaxon was born with a shrunken head and severe brain malformation. The official diagnosis -- which took months to get -- is microhydranencephaly. He has no cerebral cortex and his cerebellum,... Read more

Are Booster Seats Safe?

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Turns out parents are even worse at installing booster seats than car seats. Following news from Ohio State College of Medicine that over 30 percent of car seats aren't the proper size for the cars in which they're installed, researchers at the University of Michigan took a look at car seat safety for older kids.... Read more

Your Baby's Smile May Have An Ulterior Motive

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Those first smiles from baby -- right around two months old -- are heartwarming, life-affirming reminders that you're probably doing this whole parenting thing right. And then you learn that it's actually baby's foray into manipulating you. A new study out of University of California, San Diego was the first to examine... Read more

You Can Now Share Your Own 'Pregnant Then Screwed' Stories: Site Launches US Version

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Pregnancy discrimination is illegal, classified as a type of sexism. But moms-to-be and new moms alike have both felt the sting from employers who didn't seem to get the memo. After a wildly successful UK launch, the Pregnant Then Screwed project has come stateside, providing an anonymous, online outlet for women in the... Read more

Infant Etiquette: Beware Of Giving Baby Kisses

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There are some good old staples of baby etiquette. Sanitize your hands before holding baby. Don't ask a new mom if she's breastfeeding. And don't even think about asking if she wants another. Add keeping the smooches to a minimum to the list. UK mom Claire Henderson shared a photo of her daughter,... Read more

With 11 Sets Of Twins, This Kindergarten Is Really Seeing Double

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Ellen Postman, the principal at Long Island’s Lynbrook Kindergarten Center, makes it a priority to place twins in different classrooms. And this year, she really had her work cut out for her. Of the 191 students enrolled at the kindergarten center this fall, 22 are twins. Just one pair out of the 11 is identical. And yes,... Read more

Baby Gear #TBT: Baby Cages

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Long before the days of baby gates, safety latches and window guards, city moms were finding resourceful ways to get baby outside (read: dodging going for a walk). Dangerous, but we'll hand it to them: resourceful. In the late 1800s, doctors began to recommend that kids in urban apartments get fresh air. Physicians like Dr. Luther... Read more

Coco Rocha Responds To Formula Haters: 'My Milk Went Dry'

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After using the text message-based service GoButler for a baby formula delivery, model Coco Rocha took to Instagram to give the company a glowing review. But she inadvertently walked into one of parenting's most hot-button issues: formula feeding vs. breastfeeding. Strangers attacked Rocha for using formula instead of breast milk to feed her nearly-six-month-old... Read more

Time To Hit The Orchard: Study Finds Kids Really Love Apples

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Great news on the first day of fall:  Compared to other fruit, kids are really, really into apples. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics surveyed over 3,000 kids, determining that apples account for 19 percent of the total fruit they're consuming. And this love of apples seems to get stronger with... Read more