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Playing the name game

Updated: 9:56 This is the fun time of year when we start seeing the lists of the year's top baby names, which makes for an interesting sociological snapshot of a moment in history. According to babynames.com, here are this year's most-frequently seen baby names on their Web site. (Note: The...

By Brian Reid | December 18, 2009; 07:07 AM ET | Comments (100)

Dads in the delivery room: a bad idea?

Apparently, there is no idea in parenting so common-sense that there isn't some expert, somewhere, who is willing to argue against it. This week's example comes from across the pond, where French obstetrician Michel Odent is waging a battle against men in the delivery room. In Odent's view, having the...

By Brian Reid | December 1, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (159)

When baby gets airbrushed

Anyone with even the vaguest knowledge of what goes on in the publishing industry probably realizes all those sexy, magazine-cover images of movie stars and models are usually -- shocker! -- airbrushed. But for some reason, most of us may not have considered that the cherubic faces beaming at readers...

By Jen Chaney | November 19, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (24)

Having More Kids: Do We Decide the Duggars' Way?

Earlier this week, the Duggars -- that's Jim Bob and Michelle of TLC's "18 Kids and Counting" -- announced that they are expecting their 19th child. Yes, I said 19, a number that makes me think the Duggars are trying to turn into the family depicted in this video....

By Jen Chaney | September 3, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (70)

Baby Firsts, Digitally Speaking

By Andrea H. Caumont It used to be, that when it came time for a smitten mother to archive her child's first steps, there were really only two options: enough scrapbooking supplies to make Martha blush, or, as was the case with my family, a plain beige photo album with...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 19, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (42)

The Breastfeeding Doll

As a young girl -- a tomboy in most ways -- I did have some girlie girl toys: Dolls. Not a roomful, but a Barbie who I dressed in beautiful gowns. As far as I can tell, playing with the dolls didn't harm me in any way. It didn't make...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 11, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (86)

Precious First Borns, Neglected Seconds and So On...

The Daily Mail Online in Britain calls the syndrome proof that we parents show favoritism to older children. But really, "precious firstborn syndrome," a term coined by British parenting Web site Mumsnet.com has nothing to do with favoritism and everything to do with first-time parenthood obsessions. You remember those days......

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 24, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (12)

Do Babies' Looks = Love?

People do NOT like looking at abnormal looking babies. That's the word out of a SMALL study by doctors Igor Elman and Rinah Yamamoto at Harvard Medical School affiliate McLean Hospital. In the study, the doctors equated ugly and abnormal. A total of 27 testers -- only six of whom...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 26, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (16)

How Important Is Your Unborn Child's Gender?

Pregnant for 8 weeks or longer? Then, you, too, could know your child's gender. But you must have been pregnant for 8 weeks. And no man must touch your blood sample. And you must follow the kit's instructions to the letter. Sound fishy yet? Well, if you said yes, you...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 23, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (22)

When Baby Makes Four

Regular readers of the On Parenting comments know newsahmom. And if they've been following her notes over the past few weeks, they -- and I -- know that she needs support and advice. In the his and hers blog about finding equality earlier this week, newsahmom wrote: "Today's post is...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 12, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (51)

Live on Twitter: It's a !

The Tweets started simple enough: "# Showered, ready to go to the hospital. Today is D day! ... Busy checking in and doing the "are you allergic to anything" thing ... Going thru previous pregnancy and loss history. Running out of space." Then the mom gets closer to delivery: "Ouch!!...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 19, 2009; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (22)

The 2008 Top Baby Names Are...

The Social Security Administration's list of the top baby names of 2008 has been released. And, once again, topping the list are ... drumroll, please ... Jacob and Emma. Do those names sound awfully familiar? That may be because Jacob has topped the list for a decade and Emma was...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 8, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (16)

Not-So-Safe Cribs

Cribs: They're not the safe sleeping environments we all imagine them to be. That's the crux of a series of Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls of more than 5 million cribs over the past few years, including 96,000 cribs manufactured by Jardine today. CPSC staff is reviewing dozens of drop-side...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 30, 2009; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (30)

A Little Girl's Death; A Community Inspired

Today, Heather and Mike Spohr are burying their little girl. Madeline Alice Spohr was born at 29 weeks gestation on Nov. 11, 2007. The little girl, who weighed 3 pounds, 1 ounce, wasn't expected to live through the day. Live she did, though, both in life and through a...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 14, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

We Gave Our Kid the Wrong Name

By Kelcey Kintner You know, 9 months is a really long time to come up with a baby name. But apparently, not long enough for me. Because when my daughter was about a month old, I looked down at that sweet, scrunched up face and thought, "This baby is absolutely,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 24, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (74)

Multitasking Gone Too Far?

I'd venture to guess that many of us have been in similar situations to a mom in Dayton, Ohio. Kids need to get to school. Someone in the car is hungry. But that's where one mom's decisions went incredibly wrong. The mom was seen breastfeeding her baby -- who was...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 2, 2009; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (5)

TV's Not the Big Bad Wolf

Remember that Baby Einstein study a couple of years ago that showed that those baby videos that claim to boost IQ scores did the exact opposite? Well, moms and dads, now you can relax. A follow-up study on television's impact on children under the age of 2 has some good...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 2, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (19)

Conventional Wisdom vs. Yourself

It's time to come out of the closet. I've got a dirty little secret from when the boys were babies: I put them to sleep on their tummies. I revealed this recently to a cousin, who's going through a terrible bout of colic and digestive issues with her newborn. However,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 27, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (27)

Four Months Pregnant and Looking for Child Care

The moment I became pregnant with my first child, my husband and I placed our names on the day care list at his then-government office. The day care was well-thought of by other parents and a simple solution. And it seemed fine during our initial visit. Throughout my pregnancy, that...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 24, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (57)

Would You Breast-Feed Someone Else's Baby?

Actress Salma Hayek's generous donation of her own breast milk to a starving African baby got me thinking: How many of us in her position would do the same? Hayek has been on a humanitarian mission to Sierra Leone since September. "Nightline" has been accompanying her on that trip. The...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 13, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (19)

Enough With the Eight-is-Enough Judgments

By Rebeldad Brian Reid It's rare that a parenting controversy comes along in which nearly everyone ends up on one side of the issue, and the strange case of Nadya Suleman -- the mother of the octuplets born last week -- is one of those issues. But it isn't the...

By Brian Reid | February 2, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (22)

Public Enemy No. 1: Layabout Dads

By Rebeldad Brian Reid As much as I hate to admit it, the inescapable fact is that dads, statistically, aren’t holding up their half of the parenting bargain. I’ve known this for some time, but when confronted by the stubborn reality, I usually do one of two things: I point...

By Brian Reid | January 22, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (41)

Juggling Babies and Work

"If breast is best, why are women bottling their milk?" That's the question posed by Jill Lepore in The New Yorker this week. Lepore runs through the long history of breastfeeding before getting to the crux of her question. As we continue to put our emphasis on providing better, faster,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 16, 2009; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (27)

Snotty-Nosed Kid Season

The colds started sometime in November. You know the symptoms. Snot of varying colors. Ear infections. Coughs. Pink eye. Nausea. More snot -- who knew those little bodies could be so prolific? It wasn't just my kids. These little sickies have been everywhere I've been turning lately -- at school,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 9, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (19)

When Is It Worth Torpedoing Eat/Wake/Sleep Routine?

By Rebeldad Brian Reid Things are fairly regimented around our household. Dinner is usually on the table at about the same time every night, and bedtime – even on the weekends – is fairly consistent: the little one is down by 7 p.m. or so, and the big one is...

By Brian Reid | January 8, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (30)

Baby On the Way; You're Having ...

In a discussion earlier this month, captiolhillmom posted the following question: "How do fathers typically react when they are told during the ultrasound that there is a girl on the way? My husband just shut down. Looked numb. It made me furious and I suppose that is unfair, but it...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 30, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (27)

Obscene or Not?

This photo of Kelli Roman nursing 3-month-old Ivy was removed from Facebook for violating the site's obscenity policy. poll courtesy of twiigs.com Mom Kelli Roman got an unexpected Christmas Eve surprise: Facebook yanked her privileges to use the social networking site not long after she received an e-mail warning...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 26, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (60)

2008 Baby Names

Goodbye, Jacob and Emily. See you later, Michael. Your names are old news and falling out of favor. That's the word coming out of Web sites that track popular baby names. Of course, the official word from the Social Security Administration won't be out for awhile, but while we're waiting,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 23, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (31)

Melamine, Girl Scouts, Cheating Teens and a Sports Test

While we were all off spending quality family time, a few talkers hit the news. Here's a rundown: Melamine in Infant Formula Small amounts of melamine and melamine-related compounds have now been found in two samples of infant formula manufactured and sold in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 1, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dr. Sears on Ways We've Changed

A month ago, I snatched up an opportunity to chat with Dr. William Sears. THE Dr. Sears. You know, the one who, along with his wife, registered nurse Martha Sears, wrote "The Baby Book," which was pretty much glued to my body along with my first infant until I gained...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 28, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (26)

A Look at the First Year of Life

For the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. has taken a hard look at how -- practically speaking -- we're feeding our infants and putting them to sleep. The study, which looks at singleton babies, comes courtesy of the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 7, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (52)

Nursing in Public -- Again?

Reading The Consumerist earlier this week was a little too much like deja vu. A Consumerist blog reader -- Addie -- wrote in that she was told not to breastfeed while trying out a glider at a Babies R Us store in California: "I went to this Babies R Us...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 19, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (155)

TV, the French and Common Sense

By Rebeldad Brian Reid The latest shot in the war over TV and tots was fired last month in France, where the government there decided to ban all marketing of TV shows to kids under 3. Those who would broadcast such fare would be require to slap the following warning...

By Brian Reid | September 5, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (84)

Cord Blood Banking and the Selling of Safety

By Rebeldad Brian Reid Two weeks ago, the Boston Globe ran a couple of pieces on a local event touted as the "Ultimate Baby Shower," which turned out to be a corporate event designed to push the idea of cord blood banking. The Globe's initial front-page article played the story...

By Brian Reid | August 14, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (87)

Some Facts on Adoption

By Rebeldad Brian Reid Maybe I've been too hooked into the Brangelina news to get good perspective on the topic, but a new data-heavy report out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this morning is forcing me to reconsider a lot of what I assumed about adoption. I...

By Brian Reid | August 7, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (126)

The Cost of Child Care

Links: Child/Staff Care Center Ratios Allowed by State: http://www.nccic.org/pubs/cclicensingreq/ratios.pdf Google/NYT Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/05/business/05nocera.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5124&en=77aa1e331c0119e3&ex=1372996800&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink Definition: Family Licensed Child Care Homes http://www.nccic.org/pubs/cclicensingreq/definition-fcc.html

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 21, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (160)

Skin Protection 101

Ah, July. The weather in D.C. alternates between hot and sweltering. And about the only relief is to: a) stay indoors or b) swim All that time at pools and playing in water fountains means the kids get lathered with sunscreens, some of which contain ingredients I can't possibly pronounce....

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 9, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (62)

Smiles, Crocs and Cholesterol

The news is filled with lots of tidbits this week. So, for today, put your hand in the grab bag and pull a few out: First, the good news. Baby's first smiles are great for mom. Now, I'm fairly certain that most moms could've told you this without a study,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 8, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raising Lefties

Before becoming mom, I made certain, shall we say, presumptions about my future children. They'd need glasses early, just like their dad and mom. They'd be adventurous eaters, not unlike mom and dad. And they'd be right-handed, again like mom and dad. Turns out I couldn't have been more wrong...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 7, 2008; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (95)

Flight Attendant vs. Baby

Just in time for summer travel comes another story of a flight attendant frustrated by a traveling child. In fact, it was about a year ago that a D.C. mom had a tiff with TSA officials over water in a sippy cup. And it was last July when a Continental...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 18, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Ultimate Birth Story

Earlier this week, a baby girl made quite the untimely entrance into the world. The weather was nearly constant rain -- and typical of traffic conditions in bad weather in D.C. -- mom, dad and arriving baby got stuck in traffic on the Beltway on the way to the hospital....

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 14, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (35)

Plastics -- Again

Earlier this month, Canada became the first country to ban bisphenol A, widely known as BPA. In its fact sheet about the decision, the government issued the following information: "Our focus now is on the health of newborns and infants under 18 months. Science tells us that exposure levels are...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 30, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Along for the Ride

Welcome to On Parenting's occasional guest blog feature, where we welcome parenting bloggers from around the Web. If you'd like to join the guest blogging party here at On Parenting, please e-mail parenting@washingtonpost.com. By Amy Bowman Preparing for the arrival of your first child is one of the most exhilarating...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 29, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bunching Up Babies

Welcome to On Parenting's occasional guest blog feature, where we welcome parenting bloggers from around the Web. If you'd like to join the guest blogging party here at On Parenting, please e-mail parenting@washingtonpost.com. By Linda Kerr A friend -- who recently had her second baby just 19 months after her...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 21, 2008; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (61)

Breastfeeding Is No Excuse

A few weeks ago, I narrowly escaped landing on a jury that would have taken me out of commission for a week. Yes, I know that jury duty is an honor, a right and a privilege. But let's face it -- I've got realities that would have to be adjusted....

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 16, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (43)

Boy Power or Girls Rule?

How much is the "right" gendered child worth? In England, mom Wendy Bowen thinks it's important enough to try for baby No. 9. Bowen and her husband's first child was a girl. The fetus died when Bowen was 8 months pregnant. And since then, she's had boys -- eight of...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 7, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (51)

An Adoption Story

Meredith Nahra became a mother the way thousands of others do: Through adoption. She and her husband first considered adopting siblings domestically before deciding to adopt internationally. From beginning to end, the adoption process took about nine months. About three-fourths of the way through that time, the couple learned that...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 24, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Would You Tell?

When I first started looking for my nanny years ago, my first stop was the park. Sure, I wanted to be out and about and let the baby play outdoors anyway. But how better to look for someone good than to meet other nannies whose approach I liked? My intent...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 19, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

If Only I Knew Now ...

Hundreds of dollars for the "right" stroller. Hundreds -- even thousands -- more for experts from everything from sleeping to potty training to child-proofing. These are costs that some parents gladly pay for peace of mind or help getting a family on track. Remember those first days with your newborn?...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 10, 2008; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (43)

The Things People Say

"Twin Time." That's what mom Colleen Fisher says she and other twin moms have to factor into any trip they take outside the house, and it's not because of all the extra gear and difficulty of corralling two small children. What Fisher and moms Meredith Nahra and Randi Tercyak describe...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 5, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (100)

Multiples -- The Early Days

The Bureau of Labor Statistics pins the percent of twin births at about 3 percent of all live births as of 2005. But, really, doesn't it seem like twins are everywhere these days? The next door neighbor. Friends. In the classroom. Cousins. Co-workers. Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony. I,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 25, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (40)

Point, Shoot, Then What?

Neighbors with new babies recently shared photos of the little ones via Flickr. That got me thinking -- again -- about my online photo service allegiance. Over the past six years, I've had good and bad experiences with photo sharing sites. First there was Kodak EasyShare Gallery. The site was...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 19, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chemical Leaches From Baby Bottles

The jury's officially out on whether and exactly how a commonly used chemical called bisphenol A is hazardous for our health. The chemical, known as BPA, is used in polycarbonate plastics. These plastics are used in many products in our lives including baby bottles and sippy cups. While the chemical...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 8, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (60)

The Languages We Speak

Forget music and gymnastics. The big "is-my-kid-keeping-up" trend these days is all about language; that is, how many languages your child is learning. The New York Times jumped on the trend in an article earlier this week: "If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Spanish." While no one knows how much...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 7, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (40)

Sibling Love and War

Before son No. 2 was born, husband and I spent a great deal of time planning to help his older brother welcome the new addition to the family. We talked with him about babies. We combed the library for sibling arrival books, eventually settling on and loving "Talk, Baby" by...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 4, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

Recording Memories

Ever since we became parents, people have asked whether we've shot video of fun childhood moments. Not just first roll, first steps, first words. But the kind of moments our kids might never believe. Like 6-year-old talking about his career plans to run Legoland and charge everyone $1 -- or...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 14, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Pay Up; I Just Gave Birth

For a significant portion of women, the "push" doesn't just mean popping the baby out. The New York Times writes that more than a third of women receive "push presents" for giving birth. And about 55 percent of women expect rewards for having a baby, according to BabyCenter.com "It's a...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 10, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (109)

Lost Loves

There's little in life that I can imagine as worse than losing a child. And so, two articles recently, have brought me to tears and made me thankful for the generally healthy boys in my life. First, the L.A. Times featured photographer Sandy Puc' just before Thanksgiving. Puc' runs a...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 30, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kids Don't Come Cheap

A couple of days ago, many of you discussed issues that keep you up at night. Sarah started it off: I'm kept up at night wishing I could afford to stay at home with my kids instead of working, and still afford a roof over the head, to repay the...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 16, 2007; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (74)

'Bringing Up Baby'

Imagine six families all with parenting coaches. And they're trying three very different parenting styles from different eras. There's the "Dr. Spock trust-your-instincts" approach. There's the "get the baby on a strict schedule" tack. And there's the "attachment parent." Now, put the families and their coaches on TV. What you...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 10, 2007; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eat Fish. It's Good For You

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/02/AR2007100201972.html

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 4, 2007; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (26)

Goodbye Pre-Boarding

Starting today, Southwest Airlines will no longer pre-board families. The change is part of a larger restructuring of the airline's "cattle call" boarding process. Here's the exact wording from Southwest's Web site: Beginning October 2, 2007, an adult traveling with a child four years old or younger will board between...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 2, 2007; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (61)

Brush 'Em, Brush 'Em, Brush 'Em

When it comes to our toddlers' mouths, many parents are falling down on the job. At least that's the word from a National Center for Health Statistics report on oral health, which reports that nearly 28 percent of children ages 2 to 5 had at least one cavity. While I've...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 28, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Breast-Feeding Is Obscene'

Thirty-nine states currently have laws that specifically allow women to breast-feed in any public or private location. Apparently, that doesn't apply to nursing over the Internet. Australia's Sydney Morning Herald last week reported a story on Facebook's anti-breast-feeding stance. The social networking site that recently opened its doors to grown-ups...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 10, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (126)

Mom to Mom; Dad to Dad

Isolation, exhaustion and depression. That's how two older moms described their first weeks of motherhood to me years ago. Both of these women had their children before the age of the Internet. And they hadn't a clue about how to find other new moms. One described a neighbor knocking on...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 30, 2007; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (24)

Stop! Don't You Know That's Bad for Your Kid?

The FDA and some consumer groups have been on a run of cautions lately: Don't give your under-2 toddler cough or cold medicines. Apparently, there have been hundreds of overdoses that have resulted in some deaths. If you're nursing and take codeine, watch out for signs of an overdose in...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 20, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (49)

Name That Child

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/13/earlyshow/leisure/books/main3160651.shtml

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 17, 2007; 06:58 AM ET | Comments (180)

Lessons From a Three-Year-Old

It's beginning to feel a lot like hospital roulette these days. Looking back on our vacations over the past two years, it's hard to remember one in which younger son didn't have to either go to a doctor or hospital. First, it was Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 14, 2007; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (15)

A Soundtrack for Parenthood

It's been a pleasure filling in for Stacey this week. Since this is my last day, I figured I should go out with a nice musical number. A couple of weeks ago I hosted a discussion on washingtonpost.com about "The Simpsons," which prompted one chatter to confess to singing "Who...

By Jen Chaney | August 10, 2007; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (33)

Baby Einstein = Baby Dumbed-Down?

Apparently Baby Einstein is making our kids dumber. Sort of. According to a University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital Institute study that's been covered in Newsweek and numerous other publications, DVDs of the Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby variety don't make infants smarter. In fact, children between the ages of 8...

By Jen Chaney | August 9, 2007; 06:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

When the Onesies Won't Stop Coming

As mentioned in yesterday's post, I am filling in this week as On Parenting blogger during Stacey's well-deserved vacation. Because I am a new mom -- I have six months of experience under the old belt -- I am still discovering the elation and frustrations of parenting. Hopefully that will...

By Jen Chaney | August 7, 2007; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (68)

Birthing Plans

For 38 weeks of my life, I was consumed with pregnancy and methods of giving birth. I read all the "must-reads" at the time obsessively: "The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy" and "What to Expect When You're Expecting." I read about moms using doulas, moms using midwives, moms giving birth in...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 1, 2007; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Milestones Gone By the Wayside

For several months now, we've been a diaper-free house. In January, we gave the changing table to a new teen mom in need. In April, our three-year-old started wearing "special nighttime underwear" that he has successfully kept dry during all but a handful of nights. No swim diapers at the...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 11, 2007; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (56)

Food Fear

Apparently, it's not just me who's noticed: More kids these days are being diagnosed with food allergies. According to Sally Squires's Lean Plate Club column today, 8 percent of kids aged 2 and younger have a food allergy. Some will outgrow them, some won't. In 2003, a leading allergy specialist,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 10, 2007; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (108)

Trust Your Instincts

Weeks after having son number 1, a nurse hosting a group of new moms gave us a piece of advice that has stuck with me since: You are your child's main advocate. If you're ever uncomfortable about something involving your baby, trust your instincts and say something. Through the years,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 25, 2007; 09:53 PM ET | Comments (39)

The Sippy Cup Tale

It all started on June 11, when Monica Emmerson posted her tale of traveling through security at Reagan National Airport on DC Urban Moms, a widely distributed listserv. Emmerson's story, posted online by blogger Bill Adler after he received her permission, details mistreatment by security screeners who wouldn't allow her...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 19, 2007; 06:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Missing Madeleine

Madeleine McCann was three when she disappeared from her bed in a Portuguese resort on May 3. Her parents were dining at a restaurant near their vacation rental and checked on Madeleine and younger twin siblings every half hour. Madeleine, whose fourth birthday was this past weekend, has not been...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 15, 2007; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (185)

Baby Products We Can Live Without

Since when did having a baby mean spending a fortune on useless or semi-useless STUFF? Sam Apple, a writer at one of my favorite off-beat parenting sites, babble.com, notes that the $50 Zaky -- it's really listed for $34.95 at ThePregnancy Store -- is flying off the shelves. According to...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 9, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (117)

There's No Miracle Cure for Obesity

"Breastfed infants grow exactly the way they should. They tend to gain less unnecessary weight and to be leaner. This may result in being less overweight later in life." So says the Department of Health and Human Services on its women's health Web site. A new Harvard study says nope...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 26, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

One Room or Two?

About 2 a.m. the other night, after oldest son came in whining for milk, followed by younger son whining for the same, I started to wonder if our decision to have our boys share a bedroom was a smart move. We have enough room for each to have their own...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 12, 2007; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's So Wrong With Formula?

A colleague with a new baby e-mailed this week lamenting the difficulties of breastfeeding. Governments and researchers drill the point home that breast is best with such fervor that many pregnant moms I know cringe at the thought of giving their babies formula. But breastfeeding is not an art learned...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 27, 2007; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Baby Bounceback

Five hours after giving birth to 6-pound 14-ounce Isaac Sorensen, University of Nebraska at Kearney women's basketball coach Carol Russell helped lead her team from the bench. Now that's commitment! Let's see. What was I doing five hours after giving birth? Learning to breastfeed? Sleeping? Recovering from the pain? Changing...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 15, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nighty-Night. Now Sleep There!

You've had a long day. You're exhausted. Your child is sick. He had a nightmare. And in the middle of the night, he climbs into your bed, wraps his arms around you, steals your pillow and falls asleep. Do you: A) Fall back asleep B) Move to his bed C)...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 6, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

Fifty years ago yesterday, "The Cat in the Hat" was born. It turned its author Theodor Seuss Geisel into a legend and it transformed children's books. In case you don't know the story of "The Cat in the Hat" (and no, I don't mean "The sun did not shine. it...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 2, 2007; 06:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Television for Geniuses or Dummies?

Baby Einstein, Brainy Baby, Baby TV, BabyFirst TV, Sesame Beginnings. The shows aim to make parents of the under-2 set think that their children will learn, be geniuses even, by watching. Yet, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children younger than 2 (and has for eight...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 26, 2007; 06:45 AM ET | Comments (74)

A True Miracle

Baby Amillia Sonja Taylor is a double miracle. Conceived via in vitro fertilization, she was born on Oct. 24, less than 22 weeks into her mother's pregnancy, weighing less than 10 ounces and measuring 9½ inches long. "We weren't too optimistic," Dr. William Smalling told the Associated Press. "But she...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 21, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (103)

 

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