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 Much Should You Pay Your Babysitter?

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What's the going rate for a sitter on your block? Based on a new study from Care.com, the average babysitter takes home $13.50 per hour. And that's just for one kid. The numbers vary quite a bit from city to city; in San Francisco, for example, the average rate of a babysitter is... Read more

The Royal Baby Booties Have Been Selected!

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Kate Middleton was spotted at one of her favorite High Street retailers this weekend. But she wasn't shopping for another killer maternity outfit. Nope -- the Duchess picked out a cute pair of Zara baby booties. Don't get too excited; the gender-neutral white and tan Leather Blucher booties didn't reveal whether we'll be... Read more

Angelina Jolie: 'I Will Not Be Able to Have Any More Children'

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It's been two years since Angelina Jolie announced she underwent a double mastectomy. Because of her family history and the presence of a cancer-causing mutation in the BRCA1 gene, she opted for the preventative surgery. And last week, she had a second preventative procedure: the removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes. Because of... Read more

Fetuses of Smoking Moms Grimace in Ultrasound

fetus of smoking motherPhoto: University of Durham
You know you shouldn't smoke during pregnancy. But now there's photographic evidence urging you not to. Using 4-D ultrasounds, researchers at Durham and Lancaster universities in the UK found that fetuses of smoking mothers touched themselves and moved their mouths significantly more than the rate typically expected at 24, 28, 32 and 36 weeks.... Read more

Recall Alert! Amy's Kitchen Products

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Amy's Kitchen, Inc. is voluntarily recalling several products due to concerns of Listeriosis. One of the company's organic spinach suppliers may have received spinach containing Listeria monocytogenes.

Typically, if you consume Listeria monocytogenes bacterium, you’ll probably be hit with Listeriosis, or food poisoning. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea, headache and diarrhea. But Listeriosis has especially...

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Number of Births Could Affect Your Heart Health

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There's always been a lingering concern that your kids are going to give you a heart attack, but UT Southwestern Medical Center is taking a closer look at the link between childbirth and cardiovascular health in women. The Dallas Heart Study found that women who give birth to four or more children are more... Read more

Dad Takes Lunchbox Notes to a New Level

gloves cartoonBrent Almond via Instagram
Even if a sticky note with "Have a great day!" made its way into your lunchbox as a kid, get ready to feel incredibly inadequate. Brent Almond kicked off his son's first day of preschool by slipping a Post-it note in his lunchbox, complete with a cartoon of Batman saying "Go get 'em, Jon!" And nearly... Read more

Vin Diesel's Baby Name Pays Tribute to Paul Walker

Vin Deisel and daughter PaulineVin Diesel via Instagram
It's been a week since we learned that Vin Diesel welcomed his third child with longterm girlfriend Paloma Jiménez. But we're just discovering the touching tribute behind the baby girl's name. "I named her Pauline," Diesel, star of Furious 7, told TODAY's Natalie Morales. The name honors Diesel's late friend and Fast and the Furious... Read more

Photographer Travels the Country to Capture Diverse Families

Ghartey family portraitMichele Crowe
Brooklyn-based photographer Michele Crowe has been photographing families for years. But redundant shots of traditional families got her thinking -- it was time to cast her net wider. So began "The Universal Family" project. While still primarily based in the northeast, Crowe has traveled to California, Colorado and Texas for the project. Soon, she'll leave... Read more

Does the Newborn Heel Prick Test Pose Privacy Concerns?

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Right after birth, babies quickly have their heels pricked. A few drops of blood are collected on a card with your child's name and taken to the lab to be tested for approximately 40 genetic diseases. But what happens next? That card typically goes into long-term storage, where it may later be retrieved and given to medical... Read more