parenting

Artist Turns Baby Photos into Cute Cartoons

cute baby in snow illustrationBehance.net
Can't stop showing off your baby photos to everyone you know? Get ready for the next level: personalized illustrations, with a touch of cartoonish magic for good measure. The clever idea was brought to life by Costa Rica-based graphic designer and illustrator Maria Jose Da Luz of Behance.net. She neatly sums up her ongoing project in just four... Read more

Indiana Considers 'Baby Boxes' for Unwanted Newborns

baby boxMichael Conroy/AP
They don't look too inviting, but these metal boxes could mean the difference between life and death for some newborns. Pending legislation, these baby boxes might start showing up in Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and certain nonprofits. A bill -- already unanimously passed in the House -- just needs to clear the state Senate to make... Read more

Pancake Dad Celebrated 'National Tell a Fairy Tale Day' Better Than You

Elsa and Anna pancake portraitsNathan Shields via SaiPancakes.com
Nathan Shields kicked off the week with some Disney Princess magic. And we're willing to bet he didn't even know Thursday was National Tell a Fairy Tale Day. Pancake works of art have become a Sunday ritual in his family's Port Angeles, Washington home. In September, his pancake portraits of the Beatles went viral, and... Read more

Coolest Parents Ever Get Tattoos to Match Daughter's Birthmark

Parents tattooed to math daughter's birth markMirror
Matching mother-daughter charm bracelets suddenly don't seem so special. One UK mom had her right leg covered in blotchy red tattoos to match her daughter's birthmarks. Even better? Dad had the procedure done first. "Most people might think it’s very extreme but to us it was the natural thing to do to ensure our daughter... Read more

Netflix for Preschoolers? Nickelodeon Has the Answer

baby holding remoteGetty
It's just so easy for toddlers to consume all the kid-friendly media they want. Right on the heels of YouTube Kids' app launch, Nickelodeon announced a subscription streaming service meant for toddlers: Noggin. The ad-free, preschool-targeted service -- available March 5 -- will cost $5.99 per month. Don't expect to see new content, though; Noggin will offer reruns of... Read more

Delaying Kids' School Entry? Why You Should Reconsider

school busAssociated Press
Planning on sending your August baby to school a year later than you have to? While it's common for parents to delay the start of school for preemies or summer babies, a new study suggests they might want to reconsider. The parental argument is that these kids won't be mature enough to start school compared to... Read more

Real-Life Toddler Princesses Make Photo Debut

Chloe dressed as Little Red Riding Hood posing with wolfMyranda Josephson
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (California)... Two-year-old Claire and her one-year-old cousin Chloe recreated their favorite fairytale characters in an adorably magical photo shoot. Jessica West -- Claire's mom and the mastermind behind the shoot -- was inspired by similar photos to create a fantasy world for her daughter and niece. After making the... Read more

How Your Voice Can Boost Your Preemie's Brain

Premature baby with tubesGetty
From smarter incubators to higher level NICUs, innovations for preemie care keep coming. But the newest tool is the simplest one yet: your voice. That's the latest from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Just a few hours a day of mom's voice is a welcome contrast from the buzz of the incubator... Read more

Get Ready for 'Frozen Fever' Next Month

'Frozen' charactersDisney
Brace yourself: Frozen Fever is hitting the big screen on March 13. Consider this a compromise. Your kids get another dose of Frozen, but you don't have to sit through a full sequel; this addition to the franchise is only seven minutes long. And there's a new original song, so you'll get a little variation from "Let It Go."... Read more

Drumroll, Please! See the Winners of Our 2015 Best of Baby Awards

Best of Baby 2015 CollageThe Bump
We built strollers. We dissembled pack and plays. We applied diaper rash cream and tried baby food. And now we're announcing all 90 products that stole the show in this year's Best of Baby awards. Covering everything from car seats and feeding gear to skin care for baby and you to maternity basics, our comprehensive roundup breaks down the best... Read more