Friday, May 15, 2009

5 Words Newborns Use

Every mother with a newborn should know about Priscilla Dunstan. Her photographic memory for sound enabled her to decode the language of babies 3 months old and younger. The result is the discovery of a 5 word vocabulary that every baby possesses from birth, no matter what part of the world they are from. It might seem hard to believe but thousands of mothers swear by it and have peaceful babies as evidence. Check it out on Oprah:

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant

Women who have experienced a stereotypical pregnancy complete with morning sickness, weight gain, and exhaustion may have a hard time believing fellow mothers who swear they didn't know they were pregnant until they gave birth. Having watched a few of the I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant segments on the Discovery Health channel, I am convinced it can really happen. Do you know someone who has experienced this phenomenon?

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mother gives birth to identical triplets at odds of 150,000 to one

Emma Spooner, 28, gave birth to sons Alfie, Sebastian and Zak by a planned Caesarean section on April 8 at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The boys who were born six weeks before their due date stayed in hospital for eight days before going home to Cockley Cley, Norfolk. They had a combined weight of nearly 15 lbs with Zak weighing 5lb 2oz, Sebastian at 4lb 12oz, and Alfie at 4lb 11oz.

Identical triplets occur when one fertilized egg splits to create three separate embryos. Non-identical triplets occur when three separate eggs are fertilized.

The Multiple Births Foundation estimates that triplets occur once in every 10,000 naturally conceived births, but the odds of identical triplets are 150,000 to 160,000.

Mrs Spooner said: "It is quite amazing. It makes us feel quite special. They are each a bundle of joy. They are fantastic.

"We have a family history of twins, but nobody from either side of the family has had triplets before."

Mrs Spooner admitted that telling them apart was sometimes still tricky and she is dressing them in different colored clothes to differentiate.

"We want to make sure they each have their own identities."

Husband Ken Spooner said: "I am absolutely ecstatic about the triplets. I am very excited and looking forward to the future.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Most popular baby names released

The Social Security Administration released its annual list of most popular baby names Friday, ahead of the Mother's Day weekend.

Topping the boys list for 2008 is the heavyweight "Jacob," which has been the number one male moniker for 10 years. Not a single name in the boys' top five changed positions: Jacob, Michael, Ethan, Joshua and Daniel all kept their places from 2007.

Rounding out the masculine top 10 for 2008 are: Alexander, Anthony, William, Christopher and Matthew.

The most popular 10 names for baby daughters, in order, are: Emma, Isabella, Emily, Madison, Ava, Olivia, Sophia, Abigail, Elizabeth and Chloe.

Disney star Miley Cyrus similarly saw her moniker rise dramatically in popularity, with "Miley" moving up more than 100 spots to number 127. But Cyrus' alter-ego Hannah Montana slipped somewhat, with "Hannah" falling out of the top 10 and landing at number 17.

The fastest rising boy name in the top 1,000 was "Jacoby," moving up hundreds of spots to become the 423rd most popular name in the United States last year.

Barack Obama's name may been everywhere in the last year, but it did not make the top 1,000 most popular picks for babies. But it's picking up ground fast. Social Security officials believe "Barack" set a record, soaring more than 10,000 spots in a single year, jumping from the 12,535th most popular name to become the 2,409th most popular.

To see how your name did or what the most popular names are in your state, go to this Social Security Administration page.

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Celebrity Moms Design Baby Blankets to Benefit Save the Children

Toys“R”Us has partnered with Save the Children on a new philanthropic campaign called Bundled in Hope to provide blankets to babies in need in impoverished areas in the United States. Kicking off the campaign, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund donated $250,000 to Save the Children’s U.S. programs but they have also organized a great charity auction involving celebrity moms. One-of-a-kind baby blanket designs by Marcia Cross, Jamie Lee Curtis, Isla Fisher, Jennifer Garner, Jennie Garth, Melissa Joan Hart, Julianne Moore, Kyra Sedgwick, Niki Taylor and Kerri Walsh will be auctioned on eBay, with all proceeds benefiting the campaign, between Mother’s Day and July 11.

Why baby blankets? “Research and experience have shown that a favorite blanket can be a soothing and comforting transitional object as children face changes early in life and can actually help them develop emotionally,” said Judith Jerald, MSW and Early Childhood Advisor to Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. “Children born into poverty often face a higher level of stress and more anxiety-producing situations than those from more affluent families, making their trusted blanket all the more important.”

In addition, Lorraine Bracco, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julianne Moore and Kerri Walsh have shared their baby blanket stories which you can read about on the site.

Even if you’re not interested in bidding on a blanket, you can take part in this campaign by donating as little as a dollar at Toysrus.com/BundledinHope. Also, through July 11, if you have registered for baby gifts at Babies”R”Us, you can request donations for the campaign from friends and family who are shopping the registry.

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