Friday, July 25, 2008

Question of the Week

This is a slightly controversial topic that many parents debate heavily. How old is too old for a toddler to be drinking from a bottle?

Of all the celebrity babies in the spotlight right now, there is only one that seems to be getting people up in arms over this particular topic: Suri Cruise. Suri is often seen out and about with her mother Katie Holmes clutching a bottle in her hand. Many critics and “fans” are often heard criticizing both Katie and Tom Cruise for allowing their daughter, who is almost 2 1/2, to still suck on a bottle.

Drinking from a bottle after the first year of age has been shown to lead to oral developmental problems in children. At the age of one, often before, kids are able to learn how to drink from a sippy cup, so many people see that as the perfect age to start teaching them.

What do you think? Is there a problem with the fact that Katie and Tom allow Suri to carry a bottle with her 24/7?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Judge: Girl's name, Talula Does The Hula, won't do

A family court judge in New Zealand has had enough with parents giving their children bizarre names here, and did something about it.

Just ask Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. He had her renamed.

Judge Rob Murfitt made the 9-year-old girl a ward of the court so that her name could be changed, he said in a ruling made public Thursday. The girl was involved in a custody battle, he said. The new name was not made public to protect the girl's privacy.

"The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child's parents have shown in choosing this name," he wrote. "It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily."

The girl had been so embarrassed at the name that she had never told her closest friends what it was. She told people to call her "K" instead, the girl's lawyer, Colleen MacLeod, told the court.

In his ruling, Murfitt cited a list of the unfortunate names.

Registration officials blocked some names, including Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit, he said. But others were allowed, including Number 16 Bus Shelter "and tragically, Violence," he said.

Read the full story here.

The Former 'Pregnant Man' Debuts His Baby

It's been three weeks since his blue-eyed baby debuted in this world, but Thomas Beatie – better known around the world as the Pregnant Man – can already say this about his daughter's personality: "She's easygoing and mellow and intelligent."

On June 29 at 8:55 p.m., Beatie, 34, a former female beauty pageant contestant, made cultural history as perhaps the first legally transgender male to give birth, bringing into the world a 9 lbs., 5 oz. baby girl named Susan Juliette.

"She's so precious, I just can't stop staring at her," Thomas tells People magazine in his first interview since he and wife Nancy returned with their bundle from Bend, Oregon's St. Charles Medical Center. "Just holding her is the best feeling in the world."

Read the full story here.

Minimally invasive treatment helps infertile men

Swollen veins in the scrotum, known as varicoceles, are a common cause of infertility in men -- now new research suggests that the problem can be effectively treated with a minimally invasive procedure called retrograde venous embolization.

The procedure, which is done via a tiny catheter, works by blocking excessive blood flow into the veins, allowing them to shrink back to normal size.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Keith and Nicole Adjust to Life with a Newborn

Two weeks after the arrival of their daughter Sunday Rose, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have resumed their normal domestic routine. But these days the pace is just a little more hectic.

What were once morning trips to the local Starbucks have now become coffee runs. Since the birth, Urban, 40, has been spotted rushing in to grab warm drinks and newspapers to go instead of sitting down at a quiet corner table to relax with his wife.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tori Spelling Plans Another Tell-All

What's life like for a new mom in 90210? Tori Spelling is ready to dish.

The actress, 35, is reportedly planning a new book – tentatively titled Mommywood, which will focus on her life as a Hollywood princess-turned-parent, according to publishers Simon & Schuster.

Spelling's debut effort this year, sTORI Telling, spent seven weeks on The New York Times best-seller list – and included accounts of her ill-starred first wedding, her father Aaron's death and the roller-coaster relationship with her mother, Candy.

The new book, already listed on and scheduled to hit the shelves in April 2009, is expected to focus on the birth and growing pains of 1-year-old son Liam and newborn Stella.

Read the full story here.

Most children with milk allergy tolerate warm milk

Seventy-five percent of children with cow's milk allergy will be able to tolerate it if it is heated extensively, according to a report in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Children who have outgrown their milk allergies still have milk-specific antibodies, but the specific milk proteins that trigger this reaction can almost entirely be destroyed through exposure to high temperatures. The researchers therefore reasoned that children with milk allergy might tolerate milk if it were extensively heated.

Read the full story here.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Kimora Lee Simmons says 'no midriff tops' for her daughters

As an ex-model and current fashion designer, Kimora Lee Simmons has learned a lot about clothing over the years – including what not to let daughters Ming, 8, and Aoki, 5, wear.

"I would not let my daughters show their midriff," she said this week at the New York City launch of her new juniors line at JCPenney. It was even tough for her to see Ming in her halter dress. "That's a lot for me," she admitted.

"I feel like I've exposed my kids to a lot," Simmons said of her parenting philosophy. "We do lead a very high-voltage life so we have to taper back in other ways."

It's an attitude Simmons, 33, shares with her boyfriend, actor and model Djimon Honsou, 44. "He's very protective of them," she said.

Read the full story here.

Dietary fiber cuts risk of pregnancy complication

Eating more fiber during the first trimester of pregnancy seems to reduce the risk of developing preeclampsia, a potentially fatal condition characterized by elevated blood pressure.

The finding appears to be another good reason for pregnant women to maintain good fiber intake, one expert said.

Read the full story here.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

U.S. lawmakers to ban toxins from toys

US lawmakers agreed to ban the use of a group of chemicals in toys and other children's products that consumer groups say cause serious health effects, newspapers reported Tuesday.

Congressional negotiators agreed Monday on the wording of a ban after months of wrangling, according to The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

The ban, part of a long-debated overhaul of US consumer safety standards, would eliminate certain phthalates used to soften plastic and commonly found in toys, shower curtains and shampoos, The Washington Post reported.

Critics believe the chemicals are linked to reproductive problems, including low sperm counts.

Read the full story here.