Friday, April 06, 2012

Friday Wrap-up: Parenting and Pregnancy News

April 1st Prank On Baby - Watch More Funny Videos

April 1st Prank On Baby [Break]

Mother's Helper: A Shocking Thing I Learned After Giving Up My Eggs [theAtlantic]

Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch Has a Daughter [People]

Remember When Pregnant Women Were Allowed to be Fat? [Jezebel]

Hilary Duff Introduces Son Luca Cruz! [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Are Picky Eaters Just Spoiled Kids? [HuffPo]

Cord Blood Stem Cells Save Lives [TheStemCellSource]

My Six Months as a Dirty, Boob-Swinging Derelict [Jezebel]

"It's Always Sunny..." Stars Welcome Second Son

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars, Kaitlin Olson (36) and Rob McElhenney (34), announced the birth of their second child yesterday. Leo Grey was born at 1:15am on April 5th, weighing 8 lbs, 5 oz and measuring 20 inches long. "We are overjoyed," Olson told People.

Leo is the second child for the couple. He joins big brother Axel Lee (19 months). The couple were married in September 2008.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

What do you think of the name Leo Grey?

Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney Welcome Son Leo Grey [People]

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Baby Name Regret on the Rise

A few of the most difficult conversations you will have with your significant other when you're expecting will be about baby names. Inevitably, your partner already has a set of names they've always loved and so do you. Despite all the things you might have had in common up to this point, what to name the baby can easily become an argument which makes you question everything about your relationship. In addition, the input of in-laws or having friends that "steal" your baby name as soon as you've gone public all make it totally understandable to finally cave-in and compromise on a name you might not feel so great about. However, a new report reminds us that maybe we shouldn't compromise because baby-name regret is on the rise.

What's in a name? Probably much more than you should even consider. Studies have found that baby names can influence how often you're disciplined at school and whether or not you'll get a call back for a job interview. In the past, a handful of names were used for close to the majority of children across the nation, but now it takes up to 546 names to cover half the population of the United States. In other words, names are becoming more unique and in effect, they are a bigger indicator of what kind of parents the child has. Your reaction to meeting a child named Bella 20 years ago might have been, "oh, what a beautiful name," whereas, now hearing that name you might immediately assume that the parents are fans of the Twilight series. Plus, it's hard to know which names will become the most popular for your child's generation. After all, it was only a few years ago that naming your daughter Madison or Addison or another English name that essentially means "son of" was believed to be the most unique thing you could possibly name your little girl.

 Psychologists are finding that the more choices you have, the more likely you are to experience remorse. The recently published, "The Baby Name Countdown: 140,000 Popular and Unusual Baby Names" is the largest list of baby names to date, and you're probably tempted to buy it to make sure you've seen every-single-possible-baby-name-there-is-and-will-ever-be (beware that many baby naming books and websites are inflated with multiple spellings of the same name). Despite more choices being available, baby name expert, Laura Wattenberg, says the volume of mail she receives from parents experiencing baby name regret has recently risen considerably. Psychologists believe a phenomena called "the paradox of choice" could be at play. More choices can equate to more stress and despite the final choice we make, there is likely to be some regret because it was such a harrowing decision in the first place, making it hard not to look back with, "what if?"

Too many choices isn't the only problem. Some parents complain about people not pronouncing their child's name correctly, others find out after the child has been named that there is an unfavorable stigma surrounding the name. The number one reason Wattenberg hears, however, is that parents feel another name on their top ten list would've fit the child better. She offers a few tidbits of advice: if it's early on, you can change the name without a problem, but be aware that children will grow into their names even if it doesn't seem like such a great fit at six-weeks-old. Lastly, she tells expectant parents to keep their lists small and avoid reviewing every possible baby name out there. 

How has the baby-naming process treated you and your partner?

Baby-Name Regret Is on the Rise, Expert Says [LiveScience]
Photo Credit: Hasan Sami Bolak

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Best of the Web: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Tori Spelling Talks New Book, Baby [Today]

Baby food in a pouch: Marketing trumps logic [ChicagoTrib]

What We Learn, and Pass On, from Our Mothers [HuffPo]

Why does my baby's urine smell? [CNN]

'Bones' Star Emily Deschanel Talks About Her Pregnancy and Fake Belly [HWR]

Autism: Why Some Children 'Bloom' and Overcome Their Disabilities [Time]

Why So Many Babies Are Still Being Born With Down Syndrome [theAtlantic]

'Breastfeeding in Combat Boots': Active-duty moms can breastfeed, too [fayobserver]

Peter Phillips and Wife Welcome Baby No. 2: Isla Elizabeth [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Book Review: The Baby Brezza Cookbook

Don't worry; you don't need to own the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker in order to re-create the great recipes enclosed in the maker's cook bookThe cook book is a great purchase for any mom, filled with age appropriate recipes for the first year of your baby's life. 

There are 47 recipes total, all tested by other moms. In fact, between recipes you’ll also find helpful tips from moms and experts, including tips for planning ahead and transporting your homemade baby food. There’s also a handy guide to introducing foods to your child based on their age.

All the recipes are simple to follow and labeled with the appropriate age of the child. There is a great variety of purees including mixed fruit purees, vegetable and fruit concoctions, pure vegetable combinations, recipes with meat and recipes for introducing spices. There’s also one section devoted to different mixtures that include sweet potato – an ideal first food for infants. As the child gets older, the recipes get a little more complex. One example is the Baby’s First Peach Pie, which blends graham cracker and spices with pear to create a pie fit for a one-year-old. Each recipe is bound to please, with sweet vegetables or fruits accompanying the healthiest, but not always the most liked vegetables.

At the end of the book you’ll find a handy guide to steaming and blending the most commonly introduced fruits, vegetables and meats, enabling you to create your own recipes that are bound to work. As an added bonus, there are some recipes for dips and popsicles perfect for the whole family. The Baby Brezza Cookbook quite simply contains all the recipes you will ever need for your baby’s developing taste buds and provides the kind of creative concoctions you may have never thought of yourself. For less than $20, it’s a great book to have in your arsenal. You can pick up a copy here.

What’s your baby’s favorite homemade baby food?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Bruce Willis Welcomes Fourth Daughter!

Bruce Willis (57) and his wife Emma Heming (33) have welcomed their first child to the world! Mabel Ray arrived on April 1st in Los Angeles, weighing 9 lbs, 1 oz. A rep for the actor shared the couple's joy, saying they "are overjoyed about the newest member of their family. Both mother and baby are healthy and doing beautifully."

The couple have been married for three years. Willis has three daughters from his previous marriage to Demi Moore, Rumer (23), Scout (20) and Tallulah (18).

Congratulations to the happy couple!

What do you think of the name Mabel Ray?

Bruce Willis Welcomes Daughter Mabel Ray [People]

Monday, April 02, 2012

Featured Babies of the Week

Every week we feature the best baby photos sent to us through our Babies of the Week contest. We receive photos from parents from all over the world. Here are a few of our favorites:

Shaniyah Grace is 11 months old and mommy's first child. Mom says: "I never thought being a mom would be this awesome. When I am sad she tries so hard to cheer me up by giving me hugs and kisses. She walks around screaming mama all day. But most of all she is the biggest cuddle bug of all time. She is the best cuddler i could ask for. I love this little girl."

Lennon is 10 months and eight days old in this picture. He was born on February 1st, 2011.

Kamea was born in October. She loves to eat, read books and play outside.

Yardley Jane-Alice is three months, three weeks old in this picture. Dad is super proud of her, he says: "She is very strong and started rolling over before she was 3 months old...She fights her sleep but her daddy can always put her right out. She is a wonderful baby."

Jayden was born in August, 2011. Mom says: "He is the happiest and most perceptive baby I know."

Aiden is two and a half months old in this picture, sitting all by himself. 

Thanks to all the parents who sent us their pictures. You can see the rest of the featured photos on the front page of BabyWeekly. To enter your baby picture for the Baby of the Week contest, please click here. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, it may take many months before your baby's photo is featured.

Fetal Development - Week 24 (Video)

Your baby weighs about 1.2 pounds and is just under 12 inches from head to heel. His or her lungs have started secreting surfactant, the substance that keeps the moist, interior surface of the lungs from sticking together; and he or she is practicing breathing. Your baby's eyes are also watching for light and its ears are listening to your heart beat and your stomach growl.