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Ooo nah nah, what's my name?

What would your name be if your parents gave you the name that was as popular now as your name was when you were born? Data from the Social Security Name site (2014 data just released).
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on May 15, 2015 - 216 comments

“This [hypothesis] will not stand, man.”

So you'd like to apply an evolutionary hypothesis about gestation to your pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Apr 1, 2015 - 29 comments

Yam cake for everybody!

A baby gorilla who had to be delivered through an emergency cesarean section and had some rocky early days has celebrated her first birthday at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Includes video of gorillas eating yam cake.
posted by Lexica on Mar 17, 2015 - 5 comments

City of a Thousand Spires, One Of Which Has Giant Babies On It

A Tour of David Černý's Prague. David Černý is shaping Prague’s personality - one sculpture at a time. (previously)
posted by bq on Mar 3, 2015 - 5 comments

I'll eat you up, I love you so

Shortly after meeting my wife, she introduced me to the nuanced meaning that the Spanish word nervio had acquired in the lexicon of her family. As used in their Chilean home, the word could be defined as a feeling of such intense affection that one trembles or grits his teeth with restraint so as not to harm the object of his affection. I have heard others allude to the sensation in seemingly bizarre phrases such as, "It's so cute [that] I want to squeeze it to death." I often ask people about nervio. For those like me who have experienced it frequently throughout their lives, a complete definition is unnecessary and the word fills a void in their vocabulary. With others, my description is often greeted with bewilderment. Having never felt such a sensation, it is hard for them to imagine.
More? Tagalog's gigil, corporal cuddling, and some scientific insights into the "cute aggression" phenomenon
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 14, 2015 - 67 comments

OMG, it's full of cars!

Babies going through tunnels in cars {SLYT}
posted by pjern on Jan 29, 2015 - 33 comments

you can't name him that.

Don’t Even Try to Pick the Perfect Baby Name: "I was left with the same old words I’d had before, the same short list of names worn thin by the lives of other men ... For every boy name there is a man in the world who has ruined it."
posted by changeling on Jan 27, 2015 - 233 comments

They look nothing alike but they love each other.

"2013. In my Medieval Literature class at the University of Pittsburgh, we’re talking about Margery Kempe, a 14th century English woman who wanted very, very much to be a saint, one of the few roles an ambitious woman of her time could aspire to achieve. She talked a monk into writing down her dictated autobiography, a sort of proto-memoir/self-hagiography that – along with a lengthy explanation of how she convinced God to make her a virgin again after having 14 children – includes visions of interacting with the Christ child. There’s one in which she explains to Mary, the mother of God, how to diaper the baby." [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Nov 10, 2014 - 15 comments

Fantasy Families

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."
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 24, 2014 - 128 comments

Big Dog, Small Person

Twenty two fantastic pictures of little kids with big dogs.
posted by quin on Sep 18, 2014 - 48 comments

The clipboard lets me know it’s science.

Relax on your pristine white couch and enjoy these realistic depictions of motherhood.
posted by EndsOfInvention on Sep 16, 2014 - 73 comments

Gyo Fujikawa, Godmother of #WeNeedDiverseBooks

What do vintage ads for Beech-Nut, Q-Tips, and Eskimo Pie have in common with some of the earliest depictions of multiethnic babies in children's books? They were all the work of pioneering illustrator Gyo Fujikawa. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Jul 8, 2014 - 12 comments

Having babies...with science

Evidence Based Birth is a blog with articles by Rebecca Dekker, a PhD nurse and faculty member at the University of Kentucky, summarizing the best medical evidence for childbirth practices. To start, check out the table summarizing the state of US maternity care to see the differences between current standard childbirth practices and evidence based care. The topics page lists the currently available articles. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Jul 3, 2014 - 40 comments

PPD

"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]
posted by zarq on Jun 18, 2014 - 60 comments

Babies & Toddlers: Social circle killers - also uber manipulative

Why your friends with children no longer socialise and other horrifying new parent facts Christine Skoutelas explains the myriad reasons why parents with young children don't seem to want to socialise (TLDR: They are permanently exhausted). [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on May 21, 2014 - 124 comments

I will love him and squeeze him and call him George.

Cute things are made for squeezing. Scientists study why we want to squeeze, squish, pinch, and eat cute things. "Volunteers were given bubble wrap and told they could pop as much of it as they wanted. When faced with a slideshow of cute animals, people popped 120 bubbles, whereas people watching the funny and neutral slideshows popped 80 and 100 bubbles respectively."
posted by cmyk on Apr 29, 2014 - 21 comments

In the hall of the mountain king, betrayal never tasted so sour

Pucker. A video collaboration of babies tasting lemon for the first time.
posted by sparklemotion on Apr 7, 2014 - 21 comments

...you took Christopher and turned it into Krystougher.

You named me... WHAT? Nine baby-naming rules.
posted by crossoverman on Dec 27, 2013 - 406 comments

Do cats love us back?

A researcher at the University of Lincoln tests whether cats form secure attachments in the same way human babies or dogs do. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 14, 2013 - 171 comments

I have no fine motor skills, and I must laugh.

Babies laughing at dogs.
posted by Atom Eyes on Nov 23, 2013 - 32 comments

I was completely surprised at the serenity

Photographer Jenny Lewis' new project is One Day Young, portraits of mothers and their newborns.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 11, 2013 - 46 comments

Give me your firstborn... to cuddle

Cats stealing babies' souls
posted by desjardins on Oct 9, 2013 - 45 comments

Why do people want to eat babies? The Christian Science Monitor explains

UPDATE: The headline, subhead, and lead to this story are not meant be taken seriously. Together they are, in the parlance of journalism, "the thing that gets people to read the article." The Christian Science Monitor website published a brief article summarizing a study that examined the effects of newborn baby smell on women's brains. Its lead sentence: "If you're like most normal people, you've briefly considered eating a baby or two." Via Romenesko
posted by oneswellfoop on Sep 24, 2013 - 47 comments

'Crack baby' study ends with unexpected but clear result

"Poverty is a more powerful influence on the outcome of inner-city children than gestational exposure to cocaine." [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Jul 22, 2013 - 89 comments

Minimalist Toys

Babies Laughing About Rubber Bands SLYT
posted by Ipsifendus on Jun 17, 2013 - 24 comments

Baby doesn't like you. I don't like you either.

UBC psych prof Dr. J. Kiley Hamlin: "Across two experiments with combined samples of more than 200 infant participants, we found that 9- and 14-month-old infants prefer individuals who treat similar others well and treat dissimilar others poorly." Popularization at The Atlantic. Full paper (Psychological Science, paywall). Researcher profile.
posted by seanmpuckett on May 16, 2013 - 17 comments

Everybody Puts Baby In The Corner

" Initially it was thought to be something to house firewood, though it didn’t seem capable of holding much, and the slat that sits perpendicular to the box on the inside wall made little sense. It took observers a while to realize that this contraption was a device for holding children—a “baby tender.”" (via)
posted by The Whelk on Mar 5, 2013 - 56 comments

The Babies Who Sleep in the Cold

A mixture of data and cultural tradition support the notion of putting babies outside to nap, even in winter. There is some evidence that babies who nap outside sleep longer and get sick less.
posted by dry white toast on Feb 23, 2013 - 101 comments

Leftover at 27?

BBC/NRI reports that women in China are being labeled "sheng nu" or "leftover women" after the age of 27. Beyond the traditional family pressure to get married, the Chinese government is applying pressure on single women to get married, fearful that a growing population of single men could cause civil unrest. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Feb 21, 2013 - 57 comments

Calm down, Elmyra.

"You are so cute I could just eat you up!" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 1, 2013 - 18 comments

BECAUSE HE GODDAMN WELL COULD, THAT'S WHY

'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]
posted by zarq on Jan 17, 2013 - 28 comments

So That's How Babby is Formed

Photographer Patrice Laroche has created an image series that answers, once and for all, how to make a baby. [sfw]
posted by quin on Dec 10, 2012 - 17 comments

a challenge of squee!

Can you make it through this post without squealing?
Plus hedgehog bath time! & other moments of squee, within [more inside]
posted by flex on Nov 6, 2012 - 44 comments

Warning: Contains scenes of violence, plush toys, stuffing, and babies.

Iron Baby and Dragon Baby, the inevitable prequels for two movie franchises, from Patrick Boivin, creator of AT-AT Day Afternoon (previously).
posted by Doktor Zed on Nov 3, 2012 - 5 comments

Pertussis Epidemic — Washington, 2012

Since mid-2011, a substantial rise in pertussis [Whooping Cough] cases has been reported in the state of Washington. In response to this increase, the Washington State Secretary of Health declared a pertussis epidemic on April 3, 2012. By June 16, the reported number of cases in Washington in 2012 had reached 2,520 (37.5 cases per 100,000 residents), a 1,300% increase compared with the same period in 2011 and the highest number of cases reported in any year since 1942 [Make sure you don't miss Figure 1]. Commentators are already drawing corellations with the fact that Washington State leads the nation in vaccine non-compliance, Washington State's recent cutbacks in public health funding, and increases in the number of uninsured (PDF). [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Sep 27, 2012 - 111 comments

Nobody puts baby in a corner

Oh now, this really is ridiculously cute. slyt
posted by howfar on Aug 28, 2012 - 39 comments

The End of Sex?

Science is Rewriting the Rules of Reproduction Aarathi Prasad's new book investigates taking sex out of the reproduction equation. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Aug 19, 2012 - 28 comments

Unbaby.me, baby

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]
posted by 2bucksplus on Aug 6, 2012 - 495 comments

"It has brown genes from the dad and pink genes from the mom"

How Babies Are Made SLYT
posted by Deathalicious on Aug 3, 2012 - 25 comments

NYC and Breastfeeding

During his tenure as Mayor of New York City, "public health autocrat" Michael Bloomberg has attempted to regulate trans fats, smoking 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 (press release / posters / FAQ -pdf-), will make formula less accessible, to encourage moms of newborns to breastfeed instead of using formula. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 30, 2012 - 220 comments

A difficult decision.

"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]
posted by sio42 on Jun 26, 2012 - 121 comments

Give and Take

Given or Taken – an ABC television documentary by the usually excellent 4 Corners looks at a period in the nation’s history when unwed mothers were forced, coerced or tricked into giving up their babies- often without holding or even seeing their newborn. Writer Kim Berry describes a little of what it was like to be relinquished by her teen mum.
posted by mattoxic on Mar 2, 2012 - 7 comments

It's all in the hand movements

From Sociological Images, here's baby preacher, baby worshipper and baby rapper.
posted by Apropos of Something on Dec 12, 2011 - 10 comments

"I heard a noise, faint, monotonous, white."

Getting babies to sleep is a topic of great interest to all parents (see previously). One trick that has been shown to work is white noise. Although many opt for a white noise machine, other parents swear by radio static, vacuum cleaners, dryers, or a running faucet. Now, of course, you can send your cutie to slumberland without wasting nearly so much electricity or water, all thanks to youtube. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Dec 6, 2011 - 89 comments

Yogurt!

This baby loves yogurt. via
posted by Deathalicious on Dec 2, 2011 - 40 comments

Papa Jesus is passed out drunk again...

Renaissance Babies in various stages of choking and passing out from noxious fumes: A Study. This is what happens when the Madonna eats way too much turkey, yall. Happy Thanksgiving! (Warning: Tumblr)
posted by Hal Mumkin on Nov 25, 2011 - 25 comments

World Prematurity Day

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]
posted by jasonhong on Nov 17, 2011 - 33 comments

Everybody's Got The Shining

Arthur recreates scenes from classic movies.
posted by mippy on Nov 9, 2011 - 26 comments

Jeff Atwood On Parenthood

Jeff Atwood, co-founder of StackOverflow/StackExchange (previously) is also fairly well known for blogging about programming and human factors. Today he wrote a post about Parenthood.
posted by memebake on Oct 24, 2011 - 83 comments

Baby Escape Artists

Cute babies escaping from safety gates. (MLYT) [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Sep 8, 2011 - 60 comments

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