Public views of gene editing for babies depend on how it would be used

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12 strange (but totally normal) habits of breastfeeding babies

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Michelle Stein

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Recently, I came across this adorable video that brought back so many memories of breastfeeding my babies. The clip features an infant gently massaging mama’s breast while nursing. Too precious, right?

Sigh. I remember when my little ones did this. These days, though, my breastfeeding toddler prefers waaayy more awkward ways to pass time on the boob. Like …

1) Nipple twiddling. Whenever I’m lying down on my side to feed her, one of my daughter’s hands cups around the boob that she’s latched onto and the other hand always finds the unused nipple for twiddling.

breastfeeding toddler nipple twiddling

2) Weird acrobatics. This is her favorite pastime whenever I’m lying on my back. She plops on my belly, pulls up my shirt, latches on and then proceeds to contort her body in the oddest ways. Toe touches. Partial rolls. Yoga poses. What the crap, kid?

weird breastfeeding position

3) Boob slapping. This one doesn’t happen very often, but it always catches me off guard. She usually does it when letdown is taking too long for her liking. It’s like she’s saying, “Hey, is this thing working?” and trying to slap it into cooperation.

4) Hair yanking. Before the nipple twiddling habit began, my daughter was all about grabbing my hair and flailing her arm around. Um, OUCH. Thankfully, this was only a phase. (And wearing a nursing necklace really helped head this one off, too.)

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5) Shirt flapping. Her one hand always has to be doing something, doesn’t it? This one is only a problem for me if she’s doing it in public. Because although I’m fine with breastfeeding wherever we may be, I don’t necessarily want to draw more attention to myself.

6) Biting. It may be considered “normal,” but this one is by far my least favorite. After a few times of my pulling back in shock (and pain,) and giving them a firm “no,” all three of my babies got the hint.

I reached out to fellow BabyCenter bloggers to see what notable habits their babies had while breastfeeding. Here’s what they had to say.

7) Unclasping clothing. Becky Vieira: “Archer unlatches the clasp on the opposite side of my nursing tank. Every time!”

breastfeeding baby udoing shirt

8) Mole fiddling. Betsy Shaw: “One of my babies used to stroke my side gently, the other fiddled with a mole incessantly to the point of driving me mad.”

9) Boob/chest stroking. Joyce Slaton: “Violet used to stroke my chest and breast so sweetly it often brought tears to my eyes. Her hand was as soft as biscuit dough. I used to think of them as tiny stars. Breastfeeding was a sweet time for us.”

10) Scratching. Kelly Wilbanks: “Annie digs into my breasts right now — sometimes drawing blood.”

breastfeeding wound

11) Nipple nuzzling. Adrienne Hodges: “Before latching, my daughter will nuzzle my nipple with her nose and sometimes whisper to it. They’re pals.”

12) Foot in the face. Sabrina Garibian: “Each one of my kids loved to stick their feet in my face while nursing. Every one!”

So, new and expecting moms be warned: Your babies may develop some interesting habits while at the breast. It’s nothing to worry about. But that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily appreciated. (Especially the biting and hair-pulling!) Click here for tips and tricks on handling some of the more painful/irritating behaviors from Kelly Bonyata, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and the mom behind KellyMom.com.

What sweet/weird/annoying habits does your little one have while breastfeeding?

This post was originally published in July, 2017.

Images by Michelle Stein, Becky Vieira, Kelly Wilbanks; Instagram post embedded with permission by the baby’s mother, Kaitlyn Victor, and Barbara Demske/firstlatch

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Women under 40 having fewer babies? Make way for older moms

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Maggie Downs

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Let’s hear it for the olds!

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women in the United States are having babies at record low rates. In 2017, births were at a 30-year low, down two percent from the previous year.

With one exception: American woman over age 40 are having more babies than ever before.

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The birth rate for women age 40 to 44 in 2017 was up two percent from the previous year.

“The rate for this age group has generally risen since 1982,” says the CDC report.

Meanwhile, the birth rate for women over age 45 remained the same, although that number rose by three percent from 2016 to 2017.

“This suggests, as a Pew Survey found earlier this year, that more women are delaying childbirth into their late 30s and early 40s, but ultimately choosing to have children in the end — just perhaps not as many,” says an article, “The Rise of Older Mothers,” in The Atlantic.

The article proposes that more woman are likely to get degrees, establish their careers, and then have a baby rather than give birth during their earlier work years — potentially because women who have children between the ages of 25 and 35 suffer a hit to wages that they rarely recover from.

However, “it’s too soon to say whether this delayed childbearing will result in fewer babies overall,” according to the article.

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I am an older mom. I was already of advanced maternal age when I gave birth to my son, and the doctors then acted like I was one of the Golden Girls. Now, almost four years later, I’m in my early 40s, I’d love to get pregnant again, and I don’t even know what they’d call me now — Advanced Crone? Geriatric Mama?

But for all the times I mutter about my aching back or wish I had the energy of a twentysomething, there are definite benefits to being an old mom. I think I’m in a better emotional space than I was when I was younger. I am more tolerant and relaxed. And while I’m not well off, I’m about as financially stable as I’ll ever be. Plus, kids born to older parents might have higher IQs and longer life spans, according to NBC News. (And who am I to argue with NBC?)

I look forward to more older moms joining me. If you want to find me, I’ll be the one at the playground wheezing as I chase after my son, cursing under my breath as I contort my ancient bones down the spiral slide, then laughing all the way down.

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5 best alternatives for your defunct Babies “R” Us registry

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Joyce Slaton

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Babies “R” Us stores are disappearing, and with it the registries of lots of moms and dads — up to 100,000 registries, BabyList estimated late last week.

If you’re one of those people, you’re not out of options. Here are the 5 best places to move your registry, and the pros and cons of each.

Pros: Amazon has everything — everything! If there’s a product you want, it’s here, and likely at the cheapest price, too. Most people are familiar with ordering through Amazon, find it fast and easy, and shipping is often free. Plus, if you add the Universal Registry Button to your browser, you can add anything from any store to your registry, even if it’s not sold at Amazon. Amazon’s completion discount is also fresh: 10 percent for anyone, 15 percent for Prime members.

Cons: If you have family members who are not comfortable shopping online, they’ll have no way to get to your registry — and you’re that much more likely to get hideous outfits from your aunties or mom.

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Pros: Like Babies “R” Us, Target has plenty of brick-and-mortar locations as well as online shopping, so friends and family who feel comfortable shopping either way are all set. Target’s completion discount is also robust — a few weeks before your baby is due, you’ll get a coupon for 15 percent off one online or in-store shopping trip.

Cons: The selection isn’t as vast as it is at many stores, and you may find it more difficult to find the exact items you registered for at BRU. You’re limited to what Target sells, which is…limiting.

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Pros: BabyList is arguably the most popular of the universal baby registries — you can add anything from any site to your registry; you’re not limited to one store. BabyList also wins our nod because of the extra mile it goes to former Babies “R” Us registrants: If you transfer each item on your BRU registry to BabyList (rather than just linking your entire registry), BabyList tries to automatically match the product you transferred, rather than making you search for it all over again at another store. Here’s how to transfer items to BabyList.

Con: BabyList offers a completion discount of 10 percent, but only on items sold at the BabyList store. So anything on your list that’s not there — and the selection is good, but it’s no Amazon.com — should be sold at a store that does give a completion discount you like. This means more checking, and thus more hassle, for you. BabyList also doesn’t operate real-world stores, so shoppers who prefer to touch and feel their purchases can’t.

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Pros:
Walmart has lots of brick-and-mortar stores to shop in, and a surprisingly wide selection of baby gear, including luxury brands you might not expect to find there, like Baby Jogger, Aden + Anais, Britax, and more. Like Target, you can allow your gift-buyers to shop online or in-store. And the prices are typically as low or lower than you’ll find at other baby sites.

Cons: Though Walmart does offer a lot of products, including those you wouldn’t typically find at a baby store — don’t forget to register for laundry detergent, trash bags, and cleaning supplies! — it doesn’t offer a universal registry, so you’re restricted to what they sell. It doesn’t offer any completion discounts, either.

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Pros: It has stores and an online presence, so it’s good for both types of shoppers. buybuy BABY’s completion discount deal is also sweet: you get two coupons for 10 percent off, one good for in-store, one for online, thus, you have twice the chance to save. BBB also offers 20 percent off coupons for customers who sign up to receive them. You can’t combine that with your 10 percent coupon, but 20 percent off a big-ticket item could really save you some cash.

Cons:
The selection isn’t as huge as some outlets, and buybuy BABY doesn’t offer a universal registry, so you’ll be limited. Plus with just 135 stores in the U.S. and Canada (compared with Target’s 1,800+, and 4,600+ for Walmart), friends and family may not have one in their area for in-store shopping.

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7 fun Easter basket ideas for babies

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I love coming up with fun and practical Easter basket ideas for babies.

Growing up we always received a Easter basket that had just a few small treats tucked in. The Easter bunny usually brought me a bathing suit, new jelly sandals, a bag of jelly beans, and one of those giant Italian hollow chocolate eggs with the surprise inside.

I loved Easter because it had nothing to do with the Easter basket. My parents weren’t regular churchgoers and I loved that we got to go to church on Easter Sunday and listen to the beautiful music. We wore big, puffy dresses and an Easter hat, even gloves some years. After mass we went as a family to the neighborhood lake and feed the ducks before going home to enjoy Easter lunch.

At our Easter meal, we played games together with our colored eggs and I loved that even the grownups got in on the fun and competition. Some years we had an Easter egg hunt, but not every year. We talked about what Easter means and I would ask about a thousand questions about God and Jesus.

I want to create memories like that with my kids for Easter. Why has Easter become the new Christmas? It’s ridiculous and just feeds into the materialistic lifestyle we all talk about avoiding but don’t really avoid. We “Konmari” our homes only to fill them back up with junk again. Well, not me!

I have four kids, and they will all receive Easter baskets this year, even the baby! However, I will fill each basket with items I planned on buying anyway. I (I mean the Easter Bunny) will gift practical Easter baskets with goodies that will be used all year long. Mark my words.

Here are some fun Easter basket ideas for babies for the Easter bunny who wants to keep it simple but super fun this year:

practical easter basket ideas for babies

1. Disney SoapSox (SoapSox, $ 12.99)

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This is like a loofah stuffed animal, and kids go nuts for it!

2. Crawl ‘N’ Go Snail (Yookidoo, $ 24.95)

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I love this magical moving snail because it’s multiple toys in one, and my kids learned to crawl by trying to chase it.

3. Lion Teether (Marcus & Marcus, $ 8.99)

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With clean lines and a nice hard surface, this is a great baby teether for your little cub.

4. Snack in the Box (Amazon, $ 9.99)

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You can pack two different snacks in one container. This is great for a new eater and fits a good handful of Cheerios!

5. Heart to heart pacifier chain (HABA, $ 13.49)

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I find pacifier chains to be very useful for the forgetful mom who loses everything. This one is wooden and makes for a good teether too.

6. Squirting silicone bath toy (Marcus & Marcus, $ 11.99)

This squirt toy stays mold free and is very easy to clean. It’s load of fun too!

7. HABA Classic Duck Pull Toy (Amazon, $ 33.99)

haba classic duck toy

I would put this pull toy in a baby or toddler’s Easter basket. Kids love pulling their little wooden pets around, and it’s great fun for early walkers.

If you want to give your baby an Easter basket but aren’t sure what to put in it, focus on what items baby might need or want in her first year and go from there! Happy shopping!

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This brilliant “library” helps moms find the best bottles for their babies

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Maggie Downs

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Until I became a mom, I thought all bottles were the same. Container for liquid, put a nipple on it, boom. You’re all set, right?

Wrong.

I spent countless hours trying to figure out the right bottle for my fussy, gassy baby. After reading hundreds of reviews and buying several types of bottles my son refused, I finally found something that worked — but I lost a lot of time and money in the process.

A baby being fed a bottle

 

Tiffany Page knows that scenario well, because she lived it too. Page is the creator of my local moms’ group, Real Moms of the Coachella Valley, based in the Greater Palm Springs area, and she was also plagued by bottle problems.

As the mom of a 26-week premature child, Page never thought she would be able to breastfeed. But her baby, Henry, took to nursing right away. However, to supplement his diet, Henry also had to drink one bottle of a special, high-calorie formula each day. Even though Henry initially took the NICU bottles just fine, after about a week of nursing, he began to refuse bottles.

“He would gag, chew on the nipple, and cry,” Page said. “Mama all the way.”

She tried just about everything on the market, ending up with practically more bottles than a Babies R Us.

“Ten months, several tears and syringe feedings later, he finally took to a Tommee Tippee bottle,” Page said. “I couldn’t believe that I had spent $ 10, $ 20, and even $ 30 on one bottle, and he chooses the one we had started with.”

That left Page with a stash of more than 20 different kinds of bottles that weren’t being used — but it also inspired an idea. Page started a bottle library to help other mamas in the same boat.

The rules are very simple: The library is available to moms within the local group. The entire collection is “checked out” by a mother in need. When that mom has figured out the bottle her child needs, she passes along the collection to someone else.

It’s a brilliant idea. And unlike a library filled with books, you’ll never have a late fee with the bottle library.

“I decided that no mom should have to be this stressed, worried and out of money over something something as simple as a bottle — something that can be cleaned and sterilized and passed on,” Page said.

Could you use a bottle library?

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Pregnant dolls with removable babies are a sight not to be missed

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Sara McGinnis

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The Mattel version of Barbie we grew up with may never get pregnant (after all, she’s only dating and not married…), but some of her knockoff friends are starting families.

In the depths of Amazon’s pages can be found a number of Barbie-esque dolls who are not only pregnant, their babies are removable!

The c-section rates are shockingly high.

Appearing as angelic as princesses, the pregnant dolls sport long hair and classic enlarged eyes. Maternity wear consists of a sweet dress embellished with a fabric flower, and sky-high red heels. Of course.

Folks on a deals site in the UK have been chatting about these pregnant dolls, which are surprisingly cheap if you’re willing to wait a few weeks for one to arrive from China. If you’re looking for something faster, they run $ 12.99.

Among throngs of “haha” reactions there is, of course, that one person who comments: “That’s horrid lol, shouldn’t be for little kids =/.”

You know that one tiny friend you have who had the shockingly big baby? There’s a pregnant doll for her kids to play with as well…

Happy shopping, all.

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Have you ever noticed these babies at the end of a film?

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Maggie Downs

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Some parents mark the birth of a child with an announcement in the local newspaper, a post on Facebook, or an adorable Instagram story.

Then there are the Disney and Pixar parents, who make a real production of it — because they have Production Babies.

If you’re an eagle-eyed movie fan, you’re probably already familiar with Production Babies. They are the children born to anyone involved with the making of a film. You’ll see their first names run as part of the credits, usually listed as Production Babies.

However some movies add a spin to it, like the 2011 version of Winnie the Pooh, which boasted “Pooh Babies” in the credits.

I love this trend with my whole heart. It only makes sense that an enormous milestone, like the birth of a child, would be shared among colleagues while birthing a large creative project, like an animated film. This speaks to the deep affection between the people who make these movies happen — they celebrate each other’s families with a “mazel tov!” for all the world to see.

The director of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich, told the San Francisco Gate in 2010: “If you ask any of us which movie we were making when one of our kids was born, we’ll be able to tell you instantly. It’s like our family lives are permanently woven into the movies.”

That’s just like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first child, Sebastian, who will always be immortalized in the Production Babies list for Moana. (Aside: No, I don’t know why Cooper’s name has a star next to it. Pixar did not respond to my requests for more information.)

The babies born during the production of Moana

 

For those of us who aren’t in the movie business, Production Babies are a fun way to gauge how the business is booming.

“As the studio keeps growing, so does the number of infants in the credits,” the San Francisco Gate story noted.

A Bug’s Life, which was released in 1998, had 34 production babies, while 2015’s Inside Out had a whopping 104. Also 23 babies were born during the original Toy Story, but Toy Story 3 brought 69 babies into production!

The Production Babies lists are also terrific because they offer a look at the beautiful and sometimes non-traditional baby names chosen by these inventive, creative parents.

Zootopia, for instance, included such gems as Opal, Ilaria, and Marley, while Finding Dory celebrated Leona, Brenhin, Pelayo, Runa, and Miramar. One of my very favorites, Toy Story 3, brought a host of lovely baby names into the world, like Emi, Neala, Reihan, Avedis, Linnea, Devavrat — along with a truly spectacular film.

Have you ever noticed production babies in the film credits before?

Images from iStock and Maggie Downs

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1960s moms drove home from the hospital with their babies in their arms

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Betsy Shaw

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When my mother was much younger, she once looked over the shoulder of her general practitioner and saw this written on her file:

“Joan is a pleasant housewife who lives in her own home with her husband.”

Today that housewife is 93. She still lives in her own home, but she outlived her husband. Now she lives with me and my husband and my two daughters. More specifically, we live with her.

Even though she’s my mom, she holds a certain mystery about her. Like how on earth could she have given birth to and raised five children in the very house where she still lives, and still be so happy and healthy and gracious and…  normal?

So I asked her a few questions:

What was it like to raise five children during the 60s?

 

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Me: How did you know you were pregnant the first time and subsequent times?

Mom: I got nauseous. And I couldn’t stand watching romantic scenes in movies. It made me feel terrible. It made me feel physically sick, but I didn’t know I was pregnant. Finally, I would go to the doctor, Doc Harwood, and Doc would invariably say, ‘Yep, you have a little passenger on board.’

Me: What did you do then?

Mom: I guess I went to see Doc Harwood every month, and he really never did much that I can remember. I guess he examined me. I was gaining weight. I asked him what I could to to stop gaining weight and he said, ‘try cutting down on the corn on the cob.’

Me: Did they have prenatal supplements back then? I hated those.

Mom: I will never forget the prenatal vitamins Doc Harwood gave me. They were huge, horse pills.

Me: What sort of things did pregnant women worry about back then?

Mom: I don’t remember that much about it. I do remember we were painting the room upstairs when I was pregnant with one of your sisters, and I wondered if the fumes might be bad for me. Back then you could smoke and drink. I never smoked, but I did have two Tom Collins the night one of you was born. I did worry about falling on my stomach. And, after I had babies, I was self conscious about not losing weight fast enough. Wearing maternity clothes after baby was kind of embarrassing.

Me: What did pregnant women wear?

Mom: A skirt and an over blouse, like a smock. You could also get skirts with a hole in the front, rather than having to buy a huge skirt. Then you wore an over blouse. I didn’t have to buy much. People loaned clothes to me , and I made a couple of clothing items out of calico material.


Vintage “open bump” patterns, image courtesy Free the Bump’s Kickstarter site

Me: Did you take childbirth classes or read books?

Mom: No birthing classes. My method was to just whistle through all my contractions. Nurses would pass by my door and say, “There goes that whistle.”

Me: And what about Dad? Did he take part? Your father never came in once I went into the labor room. Hospital staff would come into look at me once in while. But I was mostly alone. But you don’t feel alone because the door is open.

Me: What about pain relief?

Mom: During delivery, they wheeled you into the delivery room, and at the last possible minute when you are supposed to be “enjoying” the whole experience of birth, they put something over your nose (ether) and they knock you out and you don’t know what happened. I didn’t want them to do it when I was having you, because I has having trouble breathing,

“No, don’t do it, please don’t do it,” I said. But they did it anyway.

Me: What about breastfeeding?

Mom: I know they didn’t show me how. I was on my own. I don’t remember my friends doing it, but I got the idea that I should. I had three babies so close together, you couldn’t do both. Sally got the most, Andy got some, Nancy… I don’t remember.  I remember Aunt Cele tried to encourage me to do it in the middle of a room once, and I didn’t want to.

Me: How did you choose our names?

Mom: I just chose names I liked, or names of people I had met and thought they were nice. I liked Nancy. I knew a lot of nice Nancys.

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Me: What was it like bringing your babies home.

Mom: I drove home with babies in my arms. We stayed in the hospital for a couple of days and then we were home alone. My mother in law hovered around a bit, but we were mostly on our own. It’s a wonder you kids ever grew up to be normal.

Me: Did you ever get the baby blues?

Mom: I remember crying when Sally was a baby and still nursing. I was crying about all the poor starving children in the world, and thinking this was a bad thing to be feeling when feeding my child.

Me:  Did you like being a stay-at-home mom? A housewife?

Mom: Not particularly. It’s just something you had to do if you were married with children.

Me: Did you feel that having kids was expected of you?

Mom: When we got married, Dad said, “Let’s get married and have lots of children, what else is there to do.”

Me: Did you ever think you would do something else with your life?

Mom: Oh yes. I wanted to save the world. That’s why I applied for a job at the U.N. after college, but when they called me for an interview I was busy traveling with my friends.

Me: Did you enjoy motherhood?

(She’s making a funny face.) It wasn’t one of my favorite things to do.” I always felt pressure to play with my kids, and I wasn’t very good at it, that was a problem. I could do it up to a point. It was great when you all got old enough for nursery school.  I spent a lot of time picking up little things, like Legos, and always wondered why I didn’t have a smaller waistline because of it.

One thing I remember enjoying was washing diapers and then hanging them out in the sun. Going to the clothesline was an excuse to go out into the sun, carefully hanging each diaper, and try to get a tan.

And we had playpens in those days. That was a nice thing. You can pop a kid in the playpen and put toys in for it to play with. But then when the baby got big enough to climb out of the play pen, it was all over.

Me: Were you ever lonely and or bored?

Mom: Yea, a little bit. Babies aren’t very interesting.

Me: Did Dad help at all?

Mom: Yes. He helped when he was here. He changed diapers, sozzled them in the toilet. He helped around the house, and vacuumed. He held babies and he put you to bed. He read to you. But I also remember sitting at the dinner table one night and telling him that he wasn’t fun anymore.

Me: Were you exhausted?

Mom: One time when I got really fat, I got desperate and went to Dr. Harrigan and he said my weight gain was because of frustration, so once a week I had to take an afternoon off for myself. Then he gave me diet pills.

Me: Did you have any help?

There was no such thing as daycare. By the time you were a toddler, there was a place to take children, and my friend Judy and I took you and David there so we could go skiing. I felt so guilty using daycare, because we weren’t working mothers.

But I never felt pressure to be a working mother. There was a group of us who had kids the same age, and none of us worked while our kids were small.

Me: Did you have playdates?

We started the “dirty Thursday club.” We would get together in the afternoon with our kids at each other’s houses and have coffee and snacks and let kids play and make a mess.

Me: I was secretly hoping dirty Thursday club involved martinis.

Have you ever asked your mom, or grandmother, what motherhood was like for her?

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7 ways to comfort babies with severe diaper rash

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Coleen Smith

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Between the heat, sweat, swimming, and splashing, summer is prime time for serious diaper rash and we have had it BAD this season. When my 16-month daughter mysteriously wakes up screaming, it’s so heartbreaking when I go to change her diaper and see her red, raw little bottom.

Fortunately, after an on-and-off battle over the past few months, I’ve learned some great strategies for both comforting my little lady and getting the rash under control quickly. Here are my tried-and-true tips for soothing your little one when diaper rash is at its worst:

  1. Start with a bath. While this may seem counter-intuitive since moisture is often the culprit that started the rash, giving your baby a bath helps soothe their skin and distract them from the pain — IF you get the temperature right. Be sure to go quite a bit cooler than you normally would because their skin is obviously overly sensitive. Adding a few shakes of baking soda will help neutralize the acids that may have contributed to the rash.
  2. Stay at home. When my little one wakes up with a bad rash, I clear our social calendar and plan to stay home for the majority of the day so she can go diaper-free whenever possible. Car seats, heat, and tight clothing can all aggravate a burning bottom. Not to mention if your little one is anything like mine, she is sure to be in a DOOZY of a mood and I’d much rather deal with that at home than at the park or the library.
  3. Soft, softer, softest. While at home, I cover the floor with the softest blankets I can find and let her crawl around and play with no diaper. When she needs to eat, I put a soft blanket or towel in the highchair and let her sit commando there, too. If she needs comforting, I put the blanket in my lap and snuggle her — often until she falls asleep, at which point she inevitably pees. But as a seasoned mom of three, I know a little pee never hurt anyone.
  4. Make homemade diaper wipes. I am not a Pinterest type gal but this is a homemade remedy even I can handle. You should never use regular diaper wipes on an inflamed bottom — the alcohol is like torture for them. My doctor recommended we use slightly damp (SOFT) paper towels. I typically cut a bunch of paper towels in half, put them in a Tupperware container with a lid and sprinkle with a small amount of water. Use these when diaper rash is bad and for at least 3-4 days after it clears up to avoid relapse.
  5. Keep it dry. Aside from bath time, moisture is the enemy. Pat their bottom dry with a tissue or dry washcloth after every bath and diaper change and then be sure to let them air-dry for a few extra minutes before you put a diaper back on.
  6. Get loose. I’ve often found that when my daughter is struggling with recurring diaper rash, it’s time to move up to the next size diaper. In fact, we had it so bad this year, we let her use my 3-year-old’s overnight diapers all day and night. We tightened them around the waist, but the extra breathing room around her bottom really helped her rash clear up more quickly.
  7. Prevent bedtime blues. When diaper rash is at its worst, overnight is the hardest time to keep them comfortable. This is why you need the best overnight diaper rash protection. I’ve always been a huge Aquaphor fan, but I recently found they have a new product for more severe rash — Aquaphor Baby Fast Relief Diaper Rash Paste. It literally takes just ONE application before bed to relieve the discomfort and you will be able to see a difference by morning. Happy bottom = happy sleep, so needless to say, I am an instant fan.

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Diaper rash can be tough to manage. While these tips have really worked for me and my family, all babies are different. If you struggle with recurrent diaper rash, you may want to check with your pediatrician. Your little one may have a bacterial or fungal infection that requires treatment.  Regardless, bad diaper rash days are prime for good snuggle time. When diaper rash strikes, take the opportunity to slow down, sit around, and cuddle your little one — they’ll be out of diapers before you know it.

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Hospital employees post disturbing images of newborn babies

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Maggie Downs

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This thing happened as soon as I gave birth: Every child in the world became my child, and their pain became mine.

It’s why I have a difficult time watching movies or shows where something bad happens to children. It’s why I sobbed so hard watching Lion that I cried through every napkin from the concession stand, every tissue in my purse, and finally used the hem of my skirt to wipe my eyes. And it’s why my body seethes with rage when I read stories that involve harm, neglect, or the complete disregard of children, like this.

Two staff members at a naval hospital have been removed after inappropriately handling newborn babies and sharing images on social media.

One employee at the Naval Hospital of Jacksonville posted unsettling photos of herself giving the middle finger to newborn babies, making them “dance” to music (specifically 50 Cent’s “In Da Club”), and referring to the children as “mini Satans” in one of the photo captions.
A screenshot of a hospital employee giving the middle finger to a baby with a caption that refers to the child as a "mini Satan."

The video of the incident has been removed from Snapchat and the profile of the corpsman who posted the video has been deactivated. Another corpsman allegedly participated in the incidents as well.

Screenshot from the video in which a corpsman holds a newborn upright and makes the child dance

The acts came to light when a military spouse discovered the photos and videos, shared them on Facebook, and reported them to the hospital administration.

The hospital responded with this statement on Facebook:

A screenshot of the hospital statement from Facebook

“Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Commanding Officer sends: We are aware of a video / photos posted online. It’s outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated. We have identified those involved — two staff (not nurses as reported on some sites). They have been removed from providing patient care and they will be handled by the legal system and military justice. We’ve notified the patient’s parents.”

Beyond the online outrage since the photos went viral, the two corpsmen could face severe consequences for these actions, according to a report from First Coast News.

Not only did these hospital employees likely violate HIPAA privacy rules and potentially put newborn babies at risk, they’ve also sowed distrust and suspicion among new parents, at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.

Is this not truly absurd behavior?

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Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy Style — Her Best Looks From Her First Babies & What We Can Expect

Kate Middleton is pregnant with her third child and we can’t wait to see her fabulous maternity fashion! Let’s take a look back at her best looks while pregnant with George and Charlotte.


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Subscribe to Pampers on Prime Day and help NICU babies too!

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Lani Derrick

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Did you know that 1 in 10 babies in the United States will be born prematurely this year? The March of Dimes strives for a world in which every baby has a fair chance of surviving and thriving, yet this is not the reality for many moms and babies.

The scariest moment in my life was when my doctor told me I was dilated to 3 centimeters. I immediately burst into tears. What would normally thrill parents-to-be gave me an enormous sense of dread. I was just shy of 31 weeks pregnant, and I was terrified.

I immediately thought of all the things I had been doing that week. It was spring break and my toddler and I had been adventuring around. Had I done too much? Had I somehow caused this? What would happen if they couldn’t stop the labor? Was my baby going to be healthy? I had so many scary questions that the joy of her coming birth was overshadowed by fear.

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They held off my labor for 4 days and my daughter was born at 31 weeks and 2 days. We received permission for her to stay at the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the same hospital as me, instead of being airlifted to another hospital downtown. The staff in the NICU was amazing — they educated me and answered every question I had. Having been a pediatric nurse for over a decade, it didn’t prepare me for these moments and questions.

We spent 5 weeks in the NICU. The nursing staff and doctors were amazed at the progress our little girl made, and how quickly she achieved her milestones. She has been home for 2 months now and is growing at an unbelievable rate. She continues to amaze us every day. I know that for many families, this simple and happy ending isn’t the case.

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Each year in the United States, more than 380,000 babies are born too soon — that’s one baby every two seconds. And each year more than 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect. Some are so small they could fit in the palm of your hand, and others face lifelong health complications.

You may have heard of the March of Dimes March for Babies fundraising walk events. With the money raised, and other campaigns and initiatives, they are able to support more than 75,000 families with a baby born preterm or very sick, through their NICU Family Support® program. The March of Dimes has also invested $ 19.3 million in research — in just one year — to help wipe out premature birth and birth defects.

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July 11 is Amazon Prime Day. You may know it as a day of amazing online deals. I’ll be stocking up on my favorite items and looking for great deals too. The first thing on my list is diapers. Pampers is the diaper of choice in our house and I am pleased to say that when you purchase a Pampers subscription on Prime Day, Pampers will donate $ 10 to the March of Dimes to support families with babies in the NICU.

Together we can reach our goal of welcoming home 10,000 babies*.

I hope every baby gets the same fighting chance that my little girl got.

*Pampers will donate up to $ 160,000. The March of Dimes does not endorse specific brands or products.

 

This post is sponsored by Pampers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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Photos of dads napping with babies are sweet — and potentially deadly

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Whitney Barthel

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“A couple hours later I woke up and Charlie was gone.” Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Sam Hanke spoke openly to Fatherly about the tragic death of his 4-week-old son.

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In an effort to give Hanke’s wife Maura a break, the doctor who specializes in babies and children told his wife, a kindergarten teacher, to go rest. Hanke states, “I just sat down on the couch to watch some TV and he was kind of sitting on my chest. We were just hanging out and I nodded off…A couple hours later I woke up and Charlie was gone.”

Knowing the Hanke’s background with children makes this story especially shocking.

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Since the death of their son, Sam and Maura have set out to inform new parents of the inherent dangers of co-sleeping by starting a foundation called Charlie’s Kids.

A report by the CDC in 2015 reports that 25 percent of the 3,700 deaths due to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS) were cause by accidental suffocation and strangulation while sleeping.

A separate study also found that co-sleeping with your baby on a couch or sofa increases the likelihood of SUIDS by 67-fold.

What has many baffled is the fact that since 1990, cases of SIDS have dramatically gone down, while deaths due to suffocation and strangulation during sleep have been steadily sneaking up.

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Dr. Hanke and wife Maura, along with several other experts, think this phenomenon might be due to the social acceptability of dads sleeping with babes.

Shontavia Jackson Johnson, memetic theorist and Director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University, explains a big part of parent’s okay-ness with co-sleeping dads is the way people positively view the images shared on social media. Johnson also spoke with Fatherly, he states,

“The dad-and-baby image is [powerful]…Positive images of fatherhood in the media are actually pretty rare when compared to images of motherhood…Images of dads being nurturing are not common. Seeing those types of images warms our hearts. That leads to sharing…It’s all the stuff we love.”

Unfortunately in this situation our hearts are saying yes, while our brains should be saying NO!

So, what should we do? According to many experts, the answer is to speak out.

See a friend posting pictures of their baby in an unsafe sleep environment? Tell them. But, tell them in a private, respectful manner.

As a mom who has made this very mistake, I can see how friends trolling me on Facebook would be a turnoff. We all want to think we are doing the very best for our kids, but sometimes we just don’t know any better. Being called out for our mistakes is not at all appealing, so be kind, people.

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My husband and our son George.

Have you seen images like these floating around social media?

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Photos: Even newborn babies get their hair done, apparently

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Melissa Willets

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The other night, I literally spent four hours at the hair salon getting my hair colored and cut. It was exhausting. Well, it turns out even newborn babies sometimes log long hours in a hair dresser’s chair. Kind of.

Photographer and newborn safety advocate Melissa Adams doesn’t recommend that babies get their hair done up in curlers, and sit under a heat lamp…unless it’s for an adorable photo shoot, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Newborn babies get their hair done too

Melissa explained to BabyCenter how this unique photo shoot came to pass. “I saw the prop for sale on a Facebook page that many of us newborn photographers use and I purchased it.”

But none of her clients requested the set for months. “When [this] mother said it was okay for me to use [it] for her session, I was so excited!” Melissa told us the mom is an OB nurse, not a hair dresser, but that the prop was too adorable to resist trying out.

Hair dresser set for newborn babies

As a safety advocate for newborn babies, of course it was important for Melissa to have this precious little one’s mama standing by during the photo shoot. “Newborn safety is always in the forefront of my work,” she explained. “I would just simply Photoshop mom out in post-production.”

Ah, the secrets of the trade! It’s good to know the mini-primper’s safety was a high priority during her session. And the end result has given us a reason to smile and say, “aww,” today. So thanks to Melissa, her subject, and her family for sharing this sweet, cheeky set of images.

Too bad we don’t all look this cute in the hair dresser’s chair…

We aren't all as cute as newborn babies in a hair dresser's chair

Check out another recent post about rainbow baby twins, and featuring Melissa’s work here.

Where is the cutest place you have photographed or plan to photograph your newborn?

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Instagram mom-of-twins admits her secret to “bouncing back” after babies

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Carolyn Robertson

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Have you ever spotted a skinny mama pushing her baby in the stroller and silently punished yourself for your lingering muffin top? Well, next time – don’t. Australian mom-of-twins Trudi Eade’s recent Instagram post is a much-needed reminder that whatever shape or size your body may be, it is capable of amazing things.

The 27-year-old, who blogs at The Twin Mama Diaries, welcomed babies Jada and Marley in November 2015. Since then, her Instagram feed has been full of photos of her absolutely adorable little ones. It’s also occasionally home to a selfie or two, showing Trudi looking like she has somehow found the secret to the “post-baby bounce back” the tabloids are always talking about.

For the record, Trudi is a pretty fit mom. She is clearly health-conscious, and documents some of her regular workouts, many of which involve her toddler twins, for her 10,000+ social media followers. However, one of her latest posts makes a powerful point about our body image expectations and assumptions.

Ok so I’ve been wanting to share this for awhile now. Almost everyday, I receive messages from other Mums asking me how I look the way that I do. How I got my ‘pre baby body’ back. Here’s the truth ladies – I DIDN’T. I have the excess skin. I don’t have stomach definition the way I used to. My hips are a little wider. I don’t want there to be any misconceptions. My body did not just ‘bounce back’. Now having said that, I work very hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to FEEL good in my skin. I may not ever look the way I did before I had the twins. And you know what? I’m OK with that. I have arms. I have legs. I can see, hear and experience life. My body has done amazing things, why on earth would I punish it? Learn to appreciate what you have. It doesn’t mean you have to stop working for what you want, just show a little self love along the way ?

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Regardless of what we look like, regardless of the number on the scale and whatever scars and signs pregnancy and motherhood have left on our bodies, I think just about all of us have moments when we compare ourselves to others, or to our own expectations, and feel as though we come up short. And it feels awful. It feels awful to look in the mirror and be embarrassed or ashamed. It feels awful to see only our so-called flaws: the stretch marks, the loose skin, the extra pounds.

It just seems that no matter how much lip service we collectively pay to self-love and acceptance, the end goal never truly seems to change. The fantasy is always a “hot” body, rather than a healthy and happy one. That starts when we are teenagers and carries on, even after our bodies have proven their incredible, awe-inspiring worth by carrying and delivering our children.

I think Trudi’s post is a great reminder to focus on what we are capable of, on all of the flat-out amazing, kick-ass things these bodies of ours have given us, and to strive not to be hot enough to look good in a bikini, but healthy enough to one day hold our grandchildren.

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How c-sections were meant to save babies from eternal damnation

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Maggie Downs

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Today we are familiar with cesarean sections as surgical procedures performed to birth children. About 32 percent of all babies born in the U.S. enter the world via c-section, and the reasons why are varied and wide-ranging.

But that wasn’t always the case.

Hundreds of years ago, some laws required the baby be cut from the womb of a deceased mother before she could be buried. This was routine religious practice, performed to save the babies’ souls.

For instance, in 1804, the king of Spain issued a statement that said no pregnant woman should be buried without first having a c-section. This piece by Erin Blakemore details why, exploring the forgotten practice of postmortem cesarian sections, which has its origins in the Catholic church.

“By accessing the fetus before burying the mother, the logic went, the fetus could be baptized and receive salvation within the Roman Catholic Church, and the baby would not be buried inside its mother,” Blakemore writes.

 

Her piece goes own to show how religion, law, and medicine were often intertwined, with clergy firmly embedded in the sciences.

“The clergy was expected to care for women during pregnancy, and a postmortem c-section was seen as part of that care,” she writes.

As a (thankfully living) recipient of a c-section, I wanted to learn more about the practice.

I found this fascinating analysis of a fifteenth century document – “Sadly and With a Bitter Heart: What Caesarian Section Meant in the Middle Ages” – that details similar practices among the religious during medieval times. The c-section was quite common, but never performed on living women at that time.

Based on the study of that 1473 document, this process (known as sectiones in mortua) had already been performed for nearly two centuries, a notion propelled by the Catholic doctrine that only baptized souls could enter heaven.

A Medieval illustration of a C-section, with a drawing of a woman flat on a table and a gaping hole in her gut.

 

Ancient Roman law also forbade the burial of pregnant women, according to that article: “The lex regia (royal law) on women who die while pregnant forbids that she be interred before the offspring is cut out of her. He who acts contrary to this is seen to have destroyed the hope of new life along with the pregnant woman.”

A history of the pre-modern cesarian section offers more than a look at issues relating to pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. It gives a broader conceptualization of what it meant to be a spiritual person in the world – and what it meant to be a grieving parent, worried their child’s soul would be damned to hell.

The article explains, “Through one brief text we gain a richer sense of the complex relationship between people and bodies and of the delicate link between the beginning and end of life …”

After my own c-section, I spent a lot of time trying to dispel the guilt I felt. I was someone who was determined to have a “natural” birth (whatever that means), and I ended up being someone who had a surgically enhanced birth. It helps to know this surgery has appeared throughout time, and that it’s remarkable that women and children regularly survive it now.

Framing the procedure in a historical context has made me even more grateful to see my healthy baby emerge from the other side of that blue drape.

As much as motherhood connects me with the women who inhabit the world around me now, that thin slivered scar across my lower abdomen is like a footnote, an annotation of history, linking my body to all the bodies that came before.

What does the history of the c-section mean to you?

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Oprah Says She ‘Wouldn’t Have Been a Good Mom for Babies’ and Doesn’t Regret Not Having a Child

Oprah Winfrey doesn’t have kids of her own, and she’s just fine with that.

The media mogul says she’s a mother figure to the 172 girls in her Leadership Academy, and that’s enough.

“I didn’t want babies. I wouldn’t have been a good mom for babies,” Winfrey, 63, tells Good Housekeeping U.K. in their April issue, on sale March 1. “I don’t have the patience. I have the patience for puppies, but that’s a quick stage!”

Instead, the girls at Winfrey’s boarding school in Johannesburg, South Africa, give her a chance to be a mother figure.

“When people were pressuring me to get married and have children, I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them, because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children,” she says. “Love knows no boundaries. It doesn’t matter if a child came from your womb or if you found that person at age two, 10 or 20. If the love is real, the caring is pure and it comes from a good space, it works.”

“It is more rewarding that I would ever have imagined,” she says about working with the children at her boarding school. “I was doing this to help them, but it has brought a light to my life that I can’t explain.”

Winfrey — who at age 14 gave birth to a son that died in the hospital a few weeks later — previously spoke about her decision to not have any more children to The Hollywood Reporter.

“If I had kids, my kids would hate me,” Winfrey told THR in 2013. “They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them.”

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Winfrey also spoke to Good Housekeeping U.K. about her 42-lb. weight loss, and how she feels “liberated.”

“ has been the go-to comfort for me,” she says. “You use it as your coat and your shield, and it keeps you from doing things. You don’t have to go to that party because you don’t have a dress to wear and nothing is going to fit you.”

“Now I feel liberated!” she continues. “It’s the thing I have been looking for my whole life — to feel a sense of freedom. The taste of freedom? There is nothing better than that!”


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Pics Of Chubby Asian Babies Will Warm Your Cold, Despondent 2016 Heart

Brace yourself. You’re about to see the most delightful thing on the internet. 

Instagram page “Tiny Gentle Asians” features happiness-inducing photos of chubby, adorable Asian babies alongside hilarious, meme-worthy captions. 

Poutout to my main girl @kyliejenner

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The page launched about two years ago and since then, it’s racked up more than 50,000 followers, even attracting famous fans like Chelsea Handler.

One small step for (wo)man, one giant leap for mankind #

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But we can probably all agree that’s not surprising at all. The little guys are so cute, your face will start to cramp from smiling so hard. 

Maybe she's born with it⁉️ Maybe it's Babylline!

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Just look at their smooshy lil faces!

When your friend looks good and you look bad but she posts that pic anyway. # #baddog

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Mel Kenny, the genius behind the page, told The Huffington Post in an email that it all started purely out of “irrepressible love” for tiny gentle Asians, or “TGAs” as she lovingly calls them. The name, Kenny says, perfectly captures what these little nuggets are all about. 

It me, @skrillex

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“The Merriam-Webster dictionary tells me gentle means ‘free from harshness, sternness, or violence,’” she said. “How can babies really be anything other than those things?”

If anyone needs to borrow some sugar hmu. Rgds, your friendly neighbour Totoro. #sweetcheeks #totorolls

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Kenny’s posts range from Asian babies in precious costumes or stuffing their faces Asian babies chillin’ with pets, among other ridiculously cute moments that score a 10 on our extremely official cuteness scale. 

Stand up and let your voice be heard #depacifyme

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Kenny, who’s a writer, editor and social media consultant mentioned that part of the draw of chubby Asian babies on Instagram lies in the way their preciously pudgy features are captured.

“What I have observed is that Japanese and Korean mothers seem to take a more theatrical approach to documenting their babies.”

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“What I have observed is that Japanese and Korean mothers seem to take a more theatrical approach to documenting their babies,” she said. “This approach is most definitely steeped in humor – using unflattering angles to best accentuate a baby’s chubbiness, for instance.”

Another reason why the page is so popular is because TGAs are, well, all of us, Kenny noted.

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“The average person finds enlarged babies from Asia rather relatable,” Kenny, who’s Thai, told HuffPost.

She added that people often tag their friends when seeing TGAs that perfectly illustrate different moments in their lives: “Going ‘hi @friend remember when we skipped the gym in favour of that Family Pizza Meal Deal?’ is just another way people communicate with their friends during the day.” 

I am so smart like Albert Einstein or Jennifer Lawrence

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But when it boils down to it, the Instagram page is really just proof of the awesome, uplifting power of the interwebs, Kenny said. 

 “Joy can be cultivated via digital screens and it is contagious!”  

If you can't afford extravagant pillows, a naturally cushioned face is just as good

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