Noah, Emma Top Most Popular Baby Names

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The results are in: Emma and Noah top the lists of most popular baby names for 2014. That's the word from the Social Security Administration's annual report on baby names, released every May. Emma is reclaiming the number one spot, a position it held back in 2008. And Noah remains no. 1 for... Read more

Amazon Drops 'Boys' and 'Girls' as Toy Categories

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It's 2015, people! That means gender equality starts at playtime. Amazon eliminated gendered categories from its primary filtering options on the Toys & Games page. While you could previously search based on categories like gender, age range, price range and interests, the gender column has been removed. While the change is subtle, it's... Read more

Protecting Preemies with Plastic

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Here's a sentence you don't hear every day: "I’m so proud of my freezer bag babies." That's a direct quote from mom of two Emma Blakey, whose daughter and son were both wrapped in plastic bags soon after being born. And it very likely saved their lives. Blakey first delivered a daughter, Willow, at 29 weeks,... Read more

New TOMS Campaign: Instagram Your Bare Feet to Help a Child in Need

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Your bare feet are probably already sandal-ready (hello, warm weather!), so why not Instagram them for a good cause? This year, TOMS is launching its eighth One Day Without Shoes initiative with the help of social media. From May 5 through May 21, TOMS will match every single Instagram photo of bare feet by donating a... Read more

Mom Gives Birth on the Same Day as Kate Middleton -- Twice

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In the latest royal baby news, one Birmingham, England woman's motherhood experience is paralleling Duchess Kate Middleton's. Monika Tano welcomed her first daughter on July 22, 2013, the same day Prince George was born. And she recently gave birth to another baby girl, who shares a May 2 birthday with Princess Charlotte.... Read more

State of the World's Mothers Report: How Does the US Stack Up?

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Every year, Save the Children releases its State of the World's Mothers Report, ranking 179 countries based on maternal and children's health statistics. Where would you expect the US to fall? Somewhere within the top 10? Try 33. Internationally, disparities between care available for the urban rich and the urban poor are Read more

Why Premature Girls Do Better Than Boys

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We're not necessarily saying girls rule, boys drool, but a new study finds that preemie girls are beating boys to some important early skills. After analyzing 2,700 preterm infants in level III NICUs born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, Loyola University Medical Center researchers pinpointed exactly when preemies can feed on their own. On average,... Read more

Make Mom Smile! 7 Great Mother's Day Gifts

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Still scrambling around for the perfect Mother's Day gift? Or need to drop your partner a hint? Either way, we've got your back. Any mom would love to open any one of these unique gifts -- and if you bring them to her along with breakfast in bed, even better. Pretty and practical, this... Read more

Baby's First Apple Watch

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On the fence about whether or not you should get the Apple Watch? One family found an adorable way to put it to use. This couple used the heart rate sensor on the Sports Watch ($349) to track and share their newborn's heartbeat with family members who couldn't be there for the birth. Not a bad alternative to a Read more

A Doctor Explains What the Rubella Eradication Really Means

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Last week, we learned rubella has been eradicated in the Americas. We know what you're thinking: So what? Measles was technically eradicated too. So we decided to learn a little bit more about what this means for you and for baby. First of all, what is rubella? Known as the German measles, rubella manifests... Read more