It's Time to Love Your C-Section Scar

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A recent story on fetal cells made me cry. There's a lot of cool science on fetal cells—how they can be found throughout a mother's body for the rest of her life, for example, or how they can help moms fight things like breast cancer. (There's also, to be fair, some creepy stuff, like how... Read more

Kids Who Grow Up With Dogs Have Lower Likelihood Of Asthma

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In the best news ever for dog-loving parents, early exposure to dogs is linked to a lower likelihood of asthma in kids. Over the course of five years, Swedish researchers analyzed information from babies born between  Jan. 1, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2010. Their findings, just published in JAMA Pediatrics, shows that the... Read more

Photographer Unites 19 Moms Who've Experienced Losing A Child

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Photographer Teresa Byrd lost her son Christian at just 17 months. While the grief of losing a child is unimaginable for those who haven't experienced it, Byrd eventually found solace at a Christian conference from those who had. "As I stood [at the conference] sobbing because of how bad the pain of losing my son still cuts... Read more

Mobile Screen Time Starts Early, Study Finds

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Forget walking and talking; the mobile media milestone comes first for many babies. A new study published in Pediatrics confirms that kids as young as one are using tablets for more than 20 minutes a day on average. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against screen time for infants under age two, explaining... Read more

Stranger Rescues Baby From NYC Subway Tracks

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Braving public transportation with baby is always a harrowing experience. But one New York City grandmother's commute escalated into a true emergency when her one-year-old granddaughter fell out of the stroller and onto the tracks. The Daily News reports Pamela Ferrell was carrying her granddaughter's stroller off the subway in Times Square with... Read more

Is Low Testosterone The Secret To Being A Good Dad?

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Are some men wired to be good dads? A new study from the University of Michigan looks into this question, analyzing how testosterone levels can affect a father's empathy and parenting skills. The takeaway? Lower levels meant more nurturing, a definite parenting plus. Most research about dads and babies involves their interactions during play. But that... Read more

Parenting 'Merit Badges' Are The Inspiration You Need

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When it comes to milestones, babies get all the credit. First smile, first word, first step; we document and celebrate these achievements all the time. Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn, hosts of the comedy podcast One Bad Mother, think moms should be recognized for their own parenting achievements. So they created a Kickstarter... Read more

The Heartbreaking Reason Babies Shouldn't Sleep In Car Seats

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When used properly, car seats are life-saving pieces of baby gear no parent would dream of not having. But for one Oklahoma family, a car seat tragically proved deadly. At 11 weeks old, Shepard Dodd was put to sleep in an unbuckled car seat, placed on the floor in a home day... Read more

1 In 5 Pediatricians Dismiss Families For Refusing Vaccines

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Immunizations are often a touchy subject, sparking debate in spite of the American Academy of Pediatric's advisory that all children be vaccinated. And that touchiness is causing about 20 percent of pediatricians to drop their patients. A team of researchers from the University of Colorado Medical School surveyed over 800 physicians from across the country,... Read more

Cutest Of The Cute: Last-Minute Halloween Inspo From Celeb Babies

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Halloween is the perfect excuse for parents to showcase their craftiness. And if you were a celebrity parent, you bet you'd be taking advantage of your social media presence to show off extra hard. From Pinterest-worthy costumes to store-bought princess dresses, famous moms are already sharing their kids' Halloween photos. Let's see what tricks... Read more