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This Post Demands a Knee-Jerk Reaction

Human infants are born with a series of reflexes that help them survive -- or that helped their primate or mammalian ancestors survive, whose persistence marks their importance to primate survival. Reflexes are typically not sent to the brain; they occur along a much shorter pathway called a "reflex arc" (your doctor triggers a simple reflex arc by hitting your kneecap with a hammer; you can't control your leg kicking because the signal doesn't go to your brain but rather hits a reflex arc that is much shorter and only goes to your spinal cord) and "primitive" reflexes in infants are those that disappear and are "integrated" and overwritten by the growing nervous system. You can keep your adult knee-jerk reactions -- infants have much cooler reflexes. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Aug 22, 2014 - 31 comments

How To make a shoe, kill a bear, and mix a Widow's Tears

Mental Floss links to free How-To guides from a hundred years ago that are still helpful if you need to mesmerize someone or name a baby
posted by The Whelk on Jul 28, 2014 - 34 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

Baby Mentalist

Baby Mentalist is a show about a baby mentalist
posted by jcruelty on May 15, 2014 - 11 comments

Eaglecam 2014

Three bald eagle chicks recently hatched on Catalina Island, just southwest off the coast of Long Beach, California. Now you can watch a live cam of the mother and her hatchlings. [UStream] [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Mar 26, 2014 - 20 comments

Slightly different than the one on Ally McBeal

A new twist on the classic concept of the dancing baby animation. [– Possibly disturbing] [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 21, 2014 - 48 comments

von Karajan in diapers

Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. (Wiki). Case in point (SLYT)
posted by growabrain on Mar 6, 2014 - 9 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

Parents recreate movie scenes with their baby and a lot of cardboard

Welcome to Cardboard Box Office. "The project began after finding that we had accumulated both a lot of cardboard boxes (due to moving to a new country) and a baby (due to giving birth)."
posted by Mezentian on Dec 22, 2013 - 24 comments

The highs and lows of caring for a drug-dependent baby

In a long-running mumsnet.com thread, a UK foster mum tells the heartbreaking story of looking after a newborn baby girl suffering from drug addition. It's a long read, but worth it.
posted by low_horrible_immoral on Nov 5, 2013 - 10 comments

Music Is The Shorthand Of Emotion

Mother sings, baby reacts. [SLYT]
posted by gman on Oct 29, 2013 - 51 comments

Very Young MCs: Brooklyn Babies Try Out DJing

"The midi-trigger’s connected to the laptop, the laptop’s connected to the PA" Mommy and baby yoga, music and sign language classes are apparently so over. Some parents are instead giving baby disc jockey classes a spin.
posted by capnsue on Sep 25, 2013 - 33 comments

RETROREPORT - The truth now about the big stories then

How often does a great story dominate the headlines, only to be dropped from the news cycle? How often do journalists tell us of a looming danger or important discovery – only to move quickly to the next new thing? What really happened? How did these events change us? And what are the lingering consequences that may affect our society to this day? These are the questions we are answering at Retro Report, an innovative documentary news organization launched in 2013 as a timely online counterweight to today’s 24/7 news cycle. Combining documentary techniques with shoe-leather reporting, we peel back the layers of some of the most perplexing news stories of our past with the goal of encouraging the public to think more critically about current events and the media in ~10 minute segments. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Sep 10, 2013 - 15 comments

When he was conceived, Bill Clinton was president.

Liam Burke is a baby. He has just learned to crawl. He was conceived through in vitro fertilization, one of several embryos made for his parents, and kept in a freezer. What makes Liam special is how long he was in that freezer: the embryo that became Liam Burke was kept "on file" for 19 years.
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 5, 2013 - 49 comments

This is not the Messiah you're looking for.

Last weekend a judge in Tennessee changed a baby's name from Messiah to Martin. Following this, Dahlia Lithwick looked into what level governments restrict baby names around the world and the U.S.
posted by DynamiteToast on Aug 19, 2013 - 176 comments

Put your jaws around the baby's head, pick her up, and hug her

Here's a video of a giant baby panda cub being reunited with her mother at the Taipei City Zoo. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Aug 16, 2013 - 47 comments

shlupshBANG

A baby giraffe is born at the Woodland Park Zoo. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 7, 2013 - 55 comments

15 ways to waste your day online with Tim Holman

tholman.com is the playground and folio of interactive developer Tim Holman, where he has posted 15 different projects, both interactive (fizzy cam [info/demo]; ZenPen; Texter; and Image Nodes) and passive (Meet the Ipsums, more than 30 text generators, from corporate to batman; the useless web; dripping paint). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 7, 2013 - 8 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

Animals Instincts: birthing and nurturing.

Videos of a chimp, elephant, and leopard giving birth or taking care of young, relying on instinct and what looks like pure love. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Jun 15, 2013 - 9 comments

Are you a liberal baby or a conservative baby?

Republicans and Democrats can’t even agree on baby names
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Jun 5, 2013 - 91 comments

But can you find it on a souvenir bicycle license plate?

“Amory” was too F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Enzo” too Europhilic. “Selby” was too Brooklyn, “Roman” too Polanski. And those are just the boy names. [more inside]
posted by Tanizaki on Jun 3, 2013 - 191 comments

YOU NEED TO SEE THESE PICTURES THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT.

11 Incredibly Important Photos Of A Baby Covered In French Bulldog Puppies [slbuzzfeed]
posted by cthuljew on Apr 20, 2013 - 36 comments

You've got serious thrill issues, dude.

For those that think they chose the wrong subject of the new Finding Nemo movie, there's always the true star of the show: Crush the turtle. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Apr 19, 2013 - 6 comments

Yes, we have video of baby goats.

Adorable frolicking Baby Pygmy Goats
posted by The Whelk on Apr 17, 2013 - 29 comments

Darth Baby's Lightsaber

Just try and get a lightsaber out of a toddler's hands. It's easier said than done when you're unarmed. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Apr 7, 2013 - 36 comments

Not there yet, but cause for hope...

Fourteen adults have also been "functionally cured" after they were given combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) for their HIV infection. [Warning: autoplay] They have been able to stop taking the treatment while still keeping their infection under control, according to a new study in the journal PLOS Pathogens.
There is an important distinction between 'functionally cured' and 'HIV negative'. [more inside]
posted by eviemath on Mar 17, 2013 - 10 comments

"There is a build-up of some kind of tension or excitation..."

Babies laugh at ripping paper, this is well established. But do you know why?
posted by mikoroshi on Feb 20, 2013 - 36 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

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

Aliens Babies would kick Muppets Babies ass.

SLYT Aliens Power Loader Halloween costume.
posted by artychoke on Nov 2, 2012 - 18 comments

The weirdest thing you will hear today.

"So a friend of mine pitched down the sound of a baby crying" - Probably the weirdest sound you will hear today. [Link is SFW. Rest of site NSFW.] [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention on Oct 12, 2012 - 52 comments

World's Best Father (FCVO "best")

World's Best Father. (For certain values of "best".) [more inside]
posted by Lexica on Oct 2, 2012 - 21 comments

Nobody puts baby in a corner

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

splash splash splash

Baby Elephant Bath [via] [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 24, 2012 - 31 comments

Hearty Baby Stew

I Wanna Eat You Up (SLVimeo)
posted by Daily Alice on Aug 19, 2012 - 15 comments

Print Your Own Foetus

For US$1275, You Can Get a 3D Model of Your Foetus The result is a scale reproduction of your unborn baby, composed of an opaque white fetus encased in the mother’s clear, colorless abdomen. [via The Verge]
posted by modernnomad on Aug 8, 2012 - 82 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

Anzac and Peggy!? OOOOOOHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOO!

This baby kangaroo and this baby wombat are friends. BEST FRIENDS. Warning: near-unparalleled levels of OMFGCUTE.
posted by davidjmcgee on Aug 3, 2012 - 58 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

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.

The best demonstration of putting newborn twins in a Moby wrap.
posted by daisystomper on Jul 14, 2012 - 58 comments

Magnetic Resonance Baby Imaging

German obstetricians carried out a study to
describe the relationship between the fetus and the pelvis as the fetus travels through the birth canal, using an open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.
(via) [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Jul 2, 2012 - 29 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

Read the same three paragraphs of a novel once every two weeks; fall asleep.

You’re So Not Almost Ready for a Baby, Even If You Think You Are
posted by chela on Jun 18, 2012 - 143 comments

yes, pretty much everybody can be wrong

the dingo took the baby [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Jun 12, 2012 - 109 comments

Kitty, Kitty!

Lion tries to eat baby human dressed like a zebra, is foiled by lion-proof glass.
posted by schmod on May 3, 2012 - 227 comments

The How Not To Kill Your Baby Official Growth Chart Of Doom

The How Not To Kill Your Baby Official Growth Chart Of Doom [via mefi projects]
posted by the young rope-rider on Apr 2, 2012 - 28 comments

An impressive work history... for a baby.

French photographer Malo imagines a single baby in a number of different jobs with delightful results. [more inside]
posted by quin on Mar 2, 2012 - 10 comments

mwah mwah mwah mwah woo woo woo woo

Yes, this will make your cheeks hurt! (SLYTHABV) [single link youtube husky and baby video]
posted by HuronBob on Feb 9, 2012 - 37 comments

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