Can You Create Baby’s Last Name?

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If you thought choosing baby's first name was tough, consider the can of worms choosing a surname could open up. Of course, if you don't want to settle on one person's name, there's the hyphenated option. But what about an original blend of mom and dad's last names? That was the choice for Kim Sarubbi and Carl... read more

Genius Product That’s Better Than a Diaper Bag?

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There's a whole lot of diaper bags out there in every style imaginable -- chevron, leather, ruched, Hello Kitty -- we've seen it all. Feeling like you'd rather just not choose at all? Totally fine. Now, you have the option of turning your everyday purse into a diaper bag. The magic is in this organizer by Life... read more

Do You Think Birth Control Should Be OTC?

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Photo: Thinkstock/The Bumo
As a new mom, you may have a lot of questions about resuming birth control after baby. When do you start? How will the hormones effect your post-baby body? What if you're breastfeeding? Now, the question of accessibility is also being brought front-and-center. In an effort to make access to contraceptives easier, the... read more

New International Growth Standards: How Does Baby Measure Up?

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You've probably heard of growth chart percentiles at each of baby's checkups, but until now, there haven't actually been any international standards for fetuses or newborns. A team of scientists from Oxford University conducting the INTERGROWTH-21st Project just released the first set of international standards for both fetal growth (measured by... read more

Could Your Neighborhood Affect Baby’s Health?​

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If the grass is really greener on the other side, then that's the side moms-to-be should want to be on. According to a new study from Oregon State University, mothers who live in neighborhoods with plenty of green vegetation (like trees and grass) are more likely to deliver at full term than mothers in... read more

Alyssa Milano Welcomes Baby Girl (With a Unique Name!)

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Photo: People Moms & Babies
You already knew Alyssa Milano was having a girl, but we bet you didn't see this name coming. The Mistresses star welcomed Elizabella Dylan Bugliari today, according to E! News. Elizabella, weighing in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces, is the second child for Milano, 41, and husband David Bugliari. Fingers crossed we get to see pictures of the... read more

How You’re Feeding Baby Has Longterm Effects — Here’s What to Do

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In an effort to get to the bottom of just how important infant nutrition is, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a study over six years long. After following the health and nutrition of babies starting in the third trimester until age one, researchers circled back after... read more

So How Many Parents Get Their Babies Vaccinated?

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You've probably heard about parents choosing not to vaccinate. But exactly how many people are opting for shots? According to the recently-published 2013 National Immunization Survey by the Center for Disease Control, vaccine coverage was at 90 percent last year. Basically, everyone is getting baby vaccinated with the routinely-recommended childhood immunizations: measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR),... read more

How to Respond When Baby Babbles

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Since you're probably doing it anyway, it's a relief to know that having full conversations with your babbling baby is now scientifically encouraged. According to a new study by the University of Iowa and Indiana University, they way parents respond to baby influences how the child will communicate and vocalize. By listening and responding... read more

Make a Full-Body Workout a Walk in the Park

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With summer giving way to fall, many moms are still rejoicing in the sunshine and flocking to the park. If you have young children at home, or if you work outside the home during the day, it can be difficult to fit in a workout. You can start by getting outside. Just walking is good exercise,... read more