How Your Home Helps (Or Hurts) Baby's Motor Skills

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To you, it's just a sofa. But to baby, it's a challenge. Standard household objects, from furniture to toys, can play a role in baby's motor skill development, a new study published in the journal Physical Therapy determined. "Parents, doctors or other infant caregivers might ask 'What does a toy or a coffee table do?'... Read more

How To Raise a Kind Child, According to Harvard

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Like most parents, you probably have several ideals for raising your kids. You want them to be smart, successful, happy, kind -- but which values are you actually demonstrating as important? Concerned that "our youth’s values appear to be awry," researchers from Harvard decided to tackle this question. As a part of the Read more

Best Gear For Smarter Babyproofing

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June is National Safety Month. So if you feel like everything is an accident waiting to happen now that baby is here or on the way, now's the time to beef up your babyproofing. Bath Spout Cover Bath time should be fun, not fearful. This adorable soft rubber whale spout cover by Skip Hop protects... Read more

Losing The Mommy Pouch: Ten Minutes A Day To Firm Your Lower Abs

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Summer is upon us, which means pools and beaches and many other opportunities to don a bathing suit. Bikini season can be a real bummer for new moms who aren't pleased with the body changes leftover from pregnancy. The good news is that there's a lot you can do to help yourself look and feel... Read more

Physicians Fail To Persuade Parents To Vaccinate, Study Finds

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Communication between doctors and parents is essential, but it might not be effective at making change. In light of the resurgence of the vaccine controversy tied to last year's measles outbreak, public health professionals are trying harder than ever to get moree parents on board with immunizations. But studies show educating parents... Read more

Just How Fast Do Infant Brains Develop?

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Baby's brain develops at a quick pace. But a new study says that development is even faster than we thought. Years faster. Previously, researchers associated the ability to perceive faces with the ability to read. But a team from the University of Louvain discovered babies can already distinguish between faces at four months old.... Read more

Why I Support Working Moms Setting (And Adjusting) Their Own Breastfeeding Goals

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Meet Jessica Shortall, a working mom with a career dedicated to the intersection of business and doing good. As the former Director of Giving for TOMS Shoes, she literally circumnavigated the globe with a breast pump. Pre-order her upcoming book by Abrams, “Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to... Read more

Blame Bad Behavior On Bacteria

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You may take this as good news or bad news, but to a degree, your toddler's behavior might be out of your hands. That's the word from a new study out of Ohio State University. Researchers found that the abundance and diversity of certain bacteria in the gastrointestinal tracts of kids between 18... Read more

How Did Baby Food Become a Household Staple?

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Whether it's Gerber brand or your own homemade recipe, baby food is a staple in your household. But did you ever wonder what parents did before Beaba cookers and those little jars of smashed sweet potatoes were at the ready? Baby food as we know it didn't come on the scene until the 1920s.... Read more

Would You Try These Hands-Off Baby Swimming Lessons?

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Memorial Day Weekend means the start of summer! And it's also the end of the CDC's Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. Bottom line? Water safety is becoming high-priority for parents. You know your kids should take swimming lessons, and chances are you've heard of all sorts of baby-and-me swim classes that help acclimate your infant to the water. But... Read more