How Baked By Melissa's Founder Is Handling Nerves About Labor and First-Time Motherhood

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Melissa Ben-Ishay is the President and Chief Product Officer of the New York City-based dessert company Baked by Melissa. When Ben-Ishay was fired from her job in advertising in 2008, she decided to do what she loved—to offer consumers the ultimate dessert experience. With the idea that people should be able to taste more... Read more

#ToyLikeMe Movement Celebrates Kids With Disabilities

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Big changes are coming to play time! Yesterday, Barbie got curvy. And today, Lego introduced its first-ever wheelchair-bound figure that's not an elderly person. The toy industry is finally working to represent more body types and lifestyles. But it's been top of mind for Rebecca Atkinson for a year now. The journalist and creative... Read more

OBs Lend Official Support To Formula Moms

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We can go on and on about the benefits of breastfeeding. And we usually do. But moms can only be inundated with the phrase "breast is best" so many times. Finally, the ob-gyn community, while still maintaining moms should breastfeed if they can, is supporting a woman's informed decision not to breastfeed. "Obstetrician–gynecologists and other obstetric... Read more

Introducing Barbie's New Body: Has She Come Far Enough?

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You know her, you love her and you grew up with her. But with your doll-playing years behind you, you probably have some perspective on Barbie and her perfect (more accurately, unrealistic) body. As more and more parents strive to raise their kids surrounded by positive body images and lifestyle choices, you have to pause and ask... Read more

Viral Photo Emphasizes Baby Shopping Cart Safety

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"So this just happened," the Facebook post begins, summing up the shock one Ohio mom felt. Lindsey Wisnewski took to Facebook to share a scary photo demonstrating the danger of placing an infant car seat in a shopping cart. Wisnewski's baby was completely unharmed, safe in a baby carrier as the shopping cart tipped over. But... Read more

Zika Update: 5 Tips For Pregnant Women

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The recent World Health Organization news that the mosquito-spread Zika virus is a “public health emergency of international concern" has everyone on high alert. While 80 percent of people infected with the virus never realize they have it, pregnant women who are bitten by a Zika-infected mosquito are at risk for delivering babies... Read more

Meet The 2016 Gerber Baby!

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The sixth annual Gerber Baby Photo Search—basically the baby version of Miss Universe, minus the drama—has come to an end! And we're pleased to introduce you to this year's winner, deemed the 2016 Gerber Spokesbaby. Meet 7-month-old Isla! Already nailing the head-propping look so essential for baby models, the Troy, Michigan, native won... Read more

A Bullfighting Baby? Matador Puts Baby In Risky Position

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Francisco Rivera Ordóñez has spent years in the ring, but he's now part of a much more public fight. The Spanish dad, a fourth generation bullfighter, is under fire after posting an Instagram of himself holding his baby girl next to a bull. In addition to social media outrage, the photo has sparked an investigation from a child welfare... Read more

The Game-Changing Booster Seat You Need

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Portable, inexpensive, cool...not exactly words you'd use to describe a booster seat. But a 1.6-pound seat is finally changing that. Here's the deal: Mifold Grab-n-Go Car Booster Seat is a folding cushion with an aluminum base. It folds flat enough to stow in the glove compartment or in the side storage area of a passenger door.... Read more

Screening For Depression During And After Pregnancy: A New Recommendation For Moms

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Tackling maternal mental illness for the first time, a government-appointented health panel has recommended that women be screened for depression during pregnancy and after birth. And insurance will cover it. That panel, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, called for this recommendation after studies showed just how important early identification and treatment can be. Last... Read more