FastCo explores the invasive practice of taking someone else's baby's pictures off Instagram and pretending that the baby is yours, or even, you
. It's called Fake Adoption
or Baby Role-Playing.
In response to the FC article, Instagram has declared, "This type of content violates our terms. Once a parent or guardian reports it to us, we work quickly to remove it."
"Postpartum depression isn’t always postpartum. It isn’t even always depression. A fast-growing body of research is changing the very definition of maternal mental illness, showing that it is more common and varied than previously thought." ‘Thinking of Ways to Harm Her’
and "After Baby, an Unraveling"
. [more inside]
You named me... WHAT?
Nine baby-naming rules.
'News of impending fatherhood affects men in different ways. Some guys pump their fists. Others light cigars. A few flee. When 33-year-old Colin Furze
learned that his girlfriend was pregnant, he channeled his paternal excitement into building the world’s fastest baby stroller.
' The twin-exhaust, 10-horsepower, gasoline-fueled pram has four gears. And cupholders. And it can accelerate to 50mph in less than 30 seconds. [more inside]
Oh now, this
really is ridiculously cute. slyt
Tired of looking at your friends' baby pictures on Facebook?
1. INSTALL unbaby.me
2. BROWSE Refresh Facebook. Any baby pics will now be cats.
3. REJOICE Now you don't have to look at all your friends' annoying kids. [more inside]
During his tenure as Mayor of New York City, "public health autocrat
" Michael Bloomberg has attempted
to regulate trans fats
and sugar-filled sodas
. Now, he has a fresh target: moms who don't breastfeed. Beginning September 3, NYC hospitals participating in a new, voluntary program: Latch-On NYC
-pdf-), will make formula less accessible, to encourage moms of newborns to breastfeed instead of using formula
. [more inside]
"Boxes where parents can leave an unwanted baby
, common in medieval Europe, have been making a comeback over the last 10 years. Supporters say a heated box, monitored by nurses, is better for babies than abandonment on the street - but the UN says it violates the rights of the child." [more inside]
A typical full term pregnancy is 40 weeks. Premature babies are those born before 37 weeks. Worldwide, 13 million babies are born premature
. In the United States, 1 in 8 babies are born prematurely. Prematurity can lead to a host of lifelong cognitive, respiratory, vision, and digestive problems
. November 17 is World Prematurity Day
, devoted to raising awareness of the problems of as well as prevention of pre-term births. [more inside]
One in every 8 babies born in the US is premature
. A new study (pdf/via)
published online Wednesday in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
indicates that vaginal progesterone gel can help women who are pregnant for the first time and at risk of premature birth extend their pregnancies, reduce potential complications and boost the health of their newborns
. [more inside]
(pdf) Chris Gottlieb writes in the "Baltimore Law Review" about judging parents.
The article discusses instances of racism and classicism in the family court systems.
An adaptation of the "Baltimore Review" article appears in the New York Times. [more inside]
Couples from Western countries, such as Australia
, the US
, and the UK
are turning to surrogates in India
to carry their babies. [more inside]
The "Still Face" Paradigm (YT video)
designed by Dr. Edward Tronick
of Harvard and Childrens Hospital’s Child Development Unit
, is an experiment which shows us how a 1-year old child will react to a suddenly unresponsive parent. It allows us to understand how a caregiver's interactions and emotional state can influence
many aspects of an infant's social and emotional development. [more inside]
"My Fake Baby"
is a Channel 4 documentary
exploring "the lives of women who spend hundreds of pounds on life-like baby dolls.
Loved like real babies, they're taken for walks, cuddled and even have their nappies changed." Parts 2, 3, 4, 5.
The Crying Game.
The Japanese proverb Naku ko wa sodatsu
says that "A crying child thrives." During the annual Konaki Sumo
("Crying Sumo") festival held at certain temples
in Japan, babies are held facing each other and encouraged to cry
by priests and sumo wrestlers. The one who bawls first, or loudest, is the winner, thought to be blessed by the gods with good health.
is just one of many cute
and funny baby
Celebrity Baby Blog
explains Babywearing, how to do it and what could be the best way to do it for you and your baby. "Wearing your baby is one of the best things you can do to promote healthy bonding and attachment between you and your little one. Did you know that babies that are worn cry less and are easier to soothe? There are four main types of soft baby carriers: wraps, mei tais, slings and pouches. All are excellent for different types of carries and or different aged children."
White Power if it's a boy, Aryan Justice
if it's a girl.
dumpster sticker says, Don't throw that baby away!
. Christine McGuire of the Santa Cruz county District Attorney's Office thinks it's a good idea.
Breast-feeding increases babies' IQ
by 3-5 points, compared to the babies fed with formula. This is probably for two reasons: better nutrition and maternal bonding. Premature babies receive the greatest benefits.
Parent's name their baby "Espn" after the all sports network ESPN.
One of my pet peeves is when parents name their babies something "unique" or "cute." I read somewhere that the director Robert Rodruiguez named his kid Rocket. Don't these parents understand how much teasing their children are going to have to endure? Aargh.