parenting

Katy Perry’s Littlest Big Fan? (WATCH!)

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And in today's turn of events, Katy Perry is the newest baby whisperer. This baby was on the brink of a car seat meltdown until the soothing pulses (what? not how you would describe it?) of "Dark Horse" started to play. She gives her best "THIS IS MY JAM" face, and proceeds to raise the... read more

Giving Your Newborn Probiotics? Read This First

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If you eat yogurt, you probably have at least a vague understanding of probiotics. They're organisms, like "good" bacteria and yeasts, that aid in digestion and boost the immune system. But a new study suggests they may not be so good for newborns. The study looks at just one subject, a baby boy in... read more

The States Where It’s Legal to Breastfeed In Public

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In spite of the frustrating accounts of moms being asked to leave restaurants or cover up while breastfeeding, it's a perfectly legal activity nationwide. Except in Idaho. Get your act together, Idaho! According to the National Conference of State Legislatures47 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically... read more

Five-Year-Old Doesn’t Want Baby Brother to Grow Up (Watch!)

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You know that feeling when you wish your baby would stay cute and little and dependent forever? That's hitting fiver-year-old Sadie pretty hard. She cradles her baby brother's adorable little head, sobbing, "I don't want him to grow up!" And all he does his giggle, which prompts a blubbery: "Oh you are so cute! I love... read more

Oops! Dad Delivers Baby Into Toilet

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Can't decide between a water birth and a home birth? This Connecticut couple inadvertently got both with their second baby. David Davis delivered baby Livia right into their toilet when it became clear his wife wasn't going to make it to the hospital on Friday. Lillie Davis was sent home from the hospital earlier that... read more

Paid Leave Keeps More Moms in the Workplace

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It's a startling fact you've probably heard before: The United States is the only developed country that doesn't offer paid maternity leave. Employers can offer some sort of compensated leave, but only 59 percent of workers say this is the case at their companies. With an immediate drop off in income and no subsidized childcare, women without paid... read more

Join in the Boob-olution this Friday, August 1!

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With Breastfeeding Awareness Month right around the corner, we’re kicking things off this Friday, August 1, with a party – a Boob-olution (sponsored by The Bobby Company)– all in the name of public breastfeeding. Why? The more often moms breastfeed out in the open, the more they show other moms it’s no big deal.... read more

New AAP Guidelines for Treating RSV

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For the second time in two years, the American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for doctors to scale back the use of palivizumab prophylaxis when it comes to treating RSV in infants. Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common lung infection that most kids come into contact with by age two. It's usually nothing too... read more

4 Big Benefits of Exercising with Baby

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Even if you were a super-fit mom-to-be and exercised regularly through pregnancy, you are likely to find it difficult to get back into a regular fitness routine after having a baby. Combine sleep deprivation with juggling a busy schedule as most new moms do, and it feels nearly impossible to find the right activity to... read more

Could Labor Pain Meds Lower Your Risk of Postpartum Depression?

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An epidural might be your secret weapon against postpartum depression. A Chinese study found that women who received epidural anesthesia during a vaginal delivery had a much lower risk for postpartum depression than women who didn't. How much lower? 21 percent. "It's a huge omission that there has been almost nothing in postpartum depression research... read more