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Saturday, May 31, 2008
The Cruises Out For Dinner

Tom and Suri were seen heading into a waiting car after enjoying dinner at Italian eatery E. Baldi in Beverly Hills.

The pair didn't dine alone – Katie Holmes, her parents, daughter Bella and son Connor were also there.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Risky Business," Tom's first starring role and the one that immediately made him a star, the actor recently launched a website to commerate his career - www.tomcruise.com


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Study: "Every Child Costs The Mother One Tooth"

Wow! A new study that was recently published indicates that women who gave birth to more children tended to lose more teeth during their lives, regardless of whether they were rich or poor.

They examined data on 2,635 U.S. women ages 18 to 64, sorting the nationally representative sample into three categories -- low, middle and high socioeconomic status.

In the highest socioeconomic group, women with no children were missing on average less than one tooth, those with one child were missing about two teeth and those with four or more were missing about five teeth.

Among the women in the lowest socioeconomic group, those with no children on average were missing two teeth, those with one child were missing an average of three teeth and those with four or more were missing more than eight teeth.

The trend also held true in the middle socioeconomic group, said the researchers at New York University and Yale University in Connecticut.

"It seems that having more children is related to having fewer teeth," New York University dental professor Dr. Stefanie Russell, who led the research published in the American Journal of Public Health, said in a telephone interview.

"People might say that happens because women who are poor have more children and women who are poor are not going to be able to afford the dentist," she said. "But we found that it was true across all socioeconomic levels."

The study did not break down the results by race.

Well...I have one child and I lost one tooth after I had him - so maybe these researchers are onto something.



Angelina Talks To Vanity Fair About Her SEXY Pregnancy

In a new interview with Vanity Fair Angelina Jolie speaks frankly about her love of being pregnant, birth, babies, nannies, and more.

Angelina Jolie on being pregnant:

“I love it. It makes me feel like a woman. It makes me feel that all the things about my body are suddenly there for a reason. It makes you feel round and supple, and to have a little life inside you is amazing. Also, I’m fortunate. I think some women have a different experience depend-ing on their partner. I think that affects it. I happen to be with somebody who finds pregnancy very sexy. So that makes me feel very sexy.”

Angelina Jolie on her international family:

“When I was growing up I wanted to adopt, because I was aware there were kids that didn’t have parents. It’s not a humanitarian thing, because I don’t see it as a sacrifice. It’s a gift. We’re all lucky to have each other. I look at Shiloh—because, obviously, physically, she is the one that looks like Brad and I when we were little—and say, ‘If these were our brothers and sisters, how much would we have known by the time we were six that it took into our 30s and 40s to figure out?’ I suppose I’m giving them the childhood I always wished I had.”

Angelina Jolie on Shiloh’s birth:

“We were in this little hospital in Africa when Shi was born. I don’t think there was anybody else in the hospital. It was just a little cottage, the three of us. It ended up being the greatest thing…. I had a C-section and I found it fascinating. I didn’t find it a sacrifice and I didn’t find it a painful experience. I found it a fascinating miracle of what a body can do.”

Angelina Jolie on nannies:

“We don’t ever have anybody spend the night. We may have to adjust that when the next one comes. But we do have ladies that work with us, and they’re also from different cultures and back-grounds. One lady’s a Vietnamese teacher—wonderful. One is of Congolese descent from Bel-gium. Another is from the States and is really creative and does art programs.”

Angelina Jolie on artists as parents:

“Artists raise their kids differently,” she said. “We communicate to the point where we probably annoy our children. We have art around the house, we have books, we go to plays, we talk. Our focus is art and painting and dress-up and singing. It’s what we love. So I think you can see how artists in some way raise other artists.”

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Friday, May 30, 2008
Amazing Baby Stuns Doctors By Growing Outside The Womb

Durga Thangarajahhas been hailed as a "miracle" after she survived a full-term pregnancy outside the womb.

The little fighter was delivered by caesarian at Darwin Private Hospital on Thursday, after spending almost nine months growing inside her mother's right ovary -- stretching the organ's tissue as thin as paper.

Obstetrician Dr Andrew Miller said the chances of a foetus lodging in an ovary were one in 40,000 but that the chances of such a pregnancy producing a healthy baby were almost nil.

"It's an extraordinarily unusual outcome and I am not aware of anyone who has seen a (full) term ovarian pregnancy as we have here," he told AFP.

"I deliver anything up to 520 (babies) a year here privately and I've never seen anything like this before."

An ectopic pregnancy, in which the foetus develops outside the womb, usually involves the fertilised egg lodging in the fallopian tubes which link the ovaries to the uterus.

The condition places the woman's life at risk because of the likelihood the foetus will cause a rupture resulting in pain and blood loss, and is usually resolved by a miscarriage or termination.

The mother, 34-year-old Meera Thangarajah, condition was not known because she had not had early pre-natal scans and had had a trouble-free pregnancy.

The doctor believed that he was going to deliver the baby normally from the womb and then remove a large 'fibroid' which scans had detected.

It was only after he made the incision that he released that what doctors had misdiagnosed as a fibroid, an overgrowth of the muscle of the womb, was in fact the mother's womb and the baby was in the ovary. "And you can't believe that the baby, just by normal movement and that, wouldn't have caused the sac (inside the ovary) to rupture. It was so paper thin you could see the baby's hair and so on," Miller said.
When my son was in the NICU, the nurses told me about a baby born at that hospital under the same conditions. That baby was a legend at our hospital as I am sure this baby will be at this hospital.

Congratulations to this family on a safe delivery.

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Traveling With Kids: Silver Cross Dazzle

Are you looking for a stylish lightweight stroller for quick trips to the mall or the Caribbean?

Silver Cross, the company that created the ultra exclusive Balmoral and Kensington Prams, now offers a chic travel option for parents.

The Silver Cross Dazzle is suitable from birth to toddle and it features a single handed smooth recline. It has an easy, compact fold, which makes it the stroller of choice for busy, on-the-go parents.

I personally like the soft, bold fabrics the stroller is offered in. With names like Blueberry, Cosmic Black, Grape, Pumpkin and Silver Grey, it almost makes you want to head to the bakery for some pie.

Other features include:

  • High grade brushed aluminium frame
  • Deep-padded fabrics
  • Single-handed easy-folding system
  • Twin automatic folding locks
  • Ventilated hood canopy
  • Ventilated rain cover
  • Hidden shopping basket
  • Concealed fittings for sleek design
  • 4-wheeled suspension for smooth ride
  • Ergonomic comfort grip handles

For parents who like to match - A diaperbag, Parasol and Footmuff are available in all colours.

Available for $299 at estella-nyc.com

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Thursday, May 29, 2008
Dezi's Play Date

Jaime Pressly and son Dezi, 1, have a playdate with other celebrity moms – and their tykes – Wednesday at the Playroom in Sherman Oaks, Calif., during a star-studded benefit celebrating the hot spot's first anniversary.

PHOTOCREDIT:Roger Karnbad/ Celebrity Photo VIA PEOPLE.COM

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British Couple Abandons IVF Twins After They Are Delivered The 'Wrong Sex'

A British Couple comprised of a 59-year-old mother and 72-year-old father shocked everyone when the told horrified hospital workers they did not want the “wrong sex” babies immediately after the Caesarean section in the UK.

The babies were conceived in India with fertility treatment. After the procedure the pair returned to England for the birth.

The husband then asked how soon it would be before his wife could try IVF again in the hope of getting a boy to continue the family name.

Female babies are often abandoned in India for being the wrong sex.

The mother — one of Britain’s oldest— discharged herself against the advice of doctors who told her she should stay for more than a week after her operation.

This story shocks me.

Who goes through 40 weeks of pregnancy to abandon their babies minutes after delivery?

I guess someone forgot to tell this couple that you pick your friends not your family!

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Geri Shares Bluebell's Birthday With Hello Magazine

Geri Haliwell shares the details of her daughter Bluebell's second birthday with Hello Magazine.

The festivities, which took place in a 16th-century mansion, featured lop-eared bunnies, enormous stuffed toys, and white-horse chess pieces. And the guest of honour came dressed as a fairy princess - which to her adoring mom was quite appropriate.

"She's my little fairy," enthuses the showbiz dynamo, adding: "It's like a magic wand was waved when she came into my life."

Wow that is a big party for a 2-year-old.

She looks cute with the icing on her face!

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Flying With US Air? Bring Your Own Snacks

Traveling is about to get harder for parents.

If you are planning to travel via the US Airways Group, bring your own snacks because the airline announced today that it will eliminate free snacks in coach class on all its domestic flights starting June 1st.

US Airways spokesman Morgan Durrant said the move to cut free snacks was needed to save money in a time of extremely high fuel costs. The price of jet fuel has soared this year with crude oil prices in the $130-per-barrel range.

The good news? Thirsty family members will still be able to have a complimentary soft drinks. Well at least for the next month...

My Tip: Fly Jetblue! Our family prefers the larger seats, great service and personal TV's.

During our trip to Puerto Rico in February we were offered a multitude of snacks and beverages. The staff didn't bat an eyelash when I asked for an extra bag of yummy cookies. In fact they came through the cabin twice with snacks and beverages during our flight from JFK to San Juan. LOVE IT!!


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RECALL:Little Tikes Toy Cell Phones Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Kids Station Toys International, today announced a voluntary recall of about 1 million Little Tikes Chit ‘N Chat Toy Cell Phones because the hinge cover on the toy cell phone can detach from the phone, posing a choking hazard to young children.

CPSC and the firm have received three reports of the toy breaking, including one report of a child beginning to choke on a small part.

The Little Tikes brand Chit ‘N Chat Toy Cell Phone resembles a flip-phone style cell phone and has a 10-key numeric button pad and three buttons with pictures of animals. All of the buttons make a sound when pressed. The toy phones are multi-colored and have a sticker on the back with model number KSL4010 (sold separately) or KSL8032, KSL8033, or KSL8051 (sold with other items). “Designed and Licensed by Kids Station Toys International Ltd.” is printed on the back of the toy phones. Toy phones with a screw visible on the hinge cover are not subject to the recall.

Parents should take these toy phones away from young children immediately and contact the firm at (888) 620-0930(8-5, M-F) or visit the firm’s Web site at www.kidsstationtoys.com for instructions on obtaining a free replacement.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008
FDA Proposes New Drug Labels for Pregnant Women

One of the most common questions that moms-to-be have is what medications they can take during their pregnancy and while breast feeding.

U.S. health officials proposed Wednesday changes to the labels on prescription drugs that would detail potential health effects for pregnant and breast-feeding women, their fetuses or their newborns.

The proposed system would replace the current system that relies on letter designations to describe the risks of a drug when taken during pregnancy or breast-feeding. This system was deemed confusing and incomplete.

"The system of letter categories has led to an inaccurate and overly simplified view of prescribing in pregnancy," Dr. Sandra Kweder, deputy director of FDA's Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said during the teleconference. "This system also makes it very difficult to update labeling as new information becomes available," she added.

There are about six million pregnancies in the United States every year, and pregnant women take an average of three to five prescription drugs during pregnancy. Also, women with pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma or high blood pressure, may need to use prescription drugs to treat those conditions during pregnancy, the FDA noted.

The information would be split into 3 sections:

  1. Fetal Risk Summary - this section would describe what's known about the effects of a drug on the fetus and whether the risk is based on results of animal studies or human studies.
  2. Clinical Considerations - would include information about effects associated with the drug if it were taken before a woman knows she is pregnant and it would also outline risks of the disease to the mother and baby, dosing information and how to address complications.
  3. Data - would describe in detail the available information about the drug's use in humans and animals studies used in developing the "Fetal Risk Summary."

The FDA began work on redesigning labels of prescription drugs' effects during pregnancy and breast-feeding in 1997. This process could take up to one year to finish, officials said.

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Cuddle up with Ambajam

Vibrant colours… playful designs… whimsical patterns… cuddly textures… what more could a baby or toddler ask for?

My seven-month-old daughter received a package from Ambajam that included a white T-shirt with a modern-looking, polka dot elephant, matching pink pants with polka dot ruffles, and a “Square with Flare” baby blanket with a bright zoo print pattern. The clothes are adorable, but our whole family absolutely fell in love with the soft, snugly blanket. Everyone from dad to dog has been caught cuddling it!

Ambajam products are made with 100% quality cotton that wash up easily without shrinking or fading and offer comfort and durability that makes sense for the reality of babies and toddlers. My daughter’s blanket has been washed three times in the week that we’ve had it and the fleece is as soft and snugly as it was the day it arrived!

With a variety of creative designs and products, you are bound to find something special at Ambajam for the little ones in your life. Their “cupcake T-shirts” are a great idea for that special birthday boy or girl and I absolutely adore the concept behind the mini-cuddle blanket… perfect for road trips when storage space is limited but your little one still needs something soft and cuddly. Their “one of a kind heirloom quilt” is a wonderfully special and unique baby gift idea for showers or births… sure to be cherished by little ones.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Caroline Rhea Expecting First Baby

People.com is reporting that Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star Caroline Rhea and her longtime boyfriend, Costaki Economopoulos, are expecting their first child this fall.

The mom-to-be looked great at the premier of Sex and The City: The Movie last night.


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Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Is 2!

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s little girl, Shiloh celebrates her second Birthday today.

I don’t usually cover celebrity baby birthday’s but I am quite fond of this little one. I am always amazed at how pretty she is.

Here are some pictures from her many outings this year.


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Teacher and Class Vote 5-year-old Autistic Boy Out Of Class

There is a very disturbing story coming out of Florida this afternoon that has caused a teacher to 'reassigned until further action is determined.'

Last week, Elementary kindergarten teacher Wendy Portillo held a vote in her classroom in which kindergarten students "voted out" 5-year-old Alex Barton, who was in the process of being tested for Asperger's Disorder, a type of high-functioning autism. Alex's mother, Melissa Barton, said the vote was taken after classmates were allowed to tell Alex what they didn't like about him.

The class voted Alex out of the room, by a 14 to 2 margin.

As of This morning, Alex had officially been diagnosed with an autism-spectrum disorder and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. He is not in school, but misses the one friend he made in the classroom his mom said.

I think that this teacher should have helped the class understand that Alex was different because of the disorder he was born with.

When a student with special needs is placed in a class, a specialized teacher should help the other students understand that the child may be disruptive, but that they can't control their behavior.

This could go a long way to preparing the other kids for what is in store for them rather than have them just not like that person.

It makes me sad to think that this little boy had to listen to his classmates list off the things they didn't like about him. No one should ever have to go through that, especially a kindergartner!



What is With Parents Putting Their Babies Up For Sale?

I am so amazed every time I read that some wacky parent had put an ad in a paper to sell their child.

Vancouver police are investigating the attempted sale of a week-old baby for $10,000 on the online classified site Craigslist.

A woman surfing the website Friday evening noticed the ad and called police. Vancouver police used a cellphone number on the ad to track the alleged sellers to a West End apartment.

When police arrived at the home they arrested the baby's mom, who was breastfeeding and a 26-year-old man they say is the father, on charges of mischief.

"They said it was just a hoax," said Vancouver police spokesman Const. Tim Fanning.

"Only they know if it was a hoax or not."

The baby, who has been placed in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, is in good health.

The two suspects are known to police, Fanning said, and allegedly have addiction issues.

Last weekend a couple lost their baby after he was listed on Ebay for $1. They also said it was a hoax.



Rapper Xzibit Looses His Son To Prematurity

I am sad to report that Rapper Xhibit has lost his son to prematurity.

The new dad wrote on his Myspace blog yesterday morning that the baby's lungs weren't strong enough.

Here is the entry:

AS you all know, I shared with you the announcement of my newborn son Xavier Kingston Joiner on may 15th and also informed you that he was born prematurely. well this week was extremely difficult for him because his lungs were not strong enough to handle regular oxygen on his own.

Xavier passed away this morning at 3:30am and I must tell you this, It is unnatural for a parent to bury a child. I am telling you this because of the same reason I tell you when I'm having great times, life is too short to be fake. Hold on to your kids if you have them, protect them and show them you love them everyday you wake up and see them, don't take a second you get to hug them teach them and care for them for granted. You can have all the material wealth in the universe but it is NOTHING compared to having your family.

I am thankful for all of my blessings and I'm not one to question God's perfect plan, so I leave you with great love and thanks for the love that was sent earlier on my previous blog to my son. Of course I need to take some time and handle my loss, STAY FOCUSED PEOPLE. Its not promised to any of us.

R.I.P Xavier May 15th 2008- May 26th 2008

It was not reported what the baby's gestation was or his weight at birth. We wish the family well.

VIA Celebrity Baby Blog

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Elisabeth Takes the Kids To The Park

Elisabeth Hasselbeck was seen out with son Taylor Thomas and daughter Grace taking a stroll in Central Park.

The new mom, who was accompanied by a nanny, pushed Grace, 2, on the swings and played with Taylor.

Elisabeth pushes the kids in a Mountain Buggy Urban Double stroller, which is perfect for parents with a toddler and an infant because it allows new parents to use a car seat on one or both sides.


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Low Rise Bikini Underwear For A Toddler?

Elisabeth Hasselbeck brought up a good point on he View today. Apparently she was having trouble finding a pair of classic full back underwear for her daughter.

She held up a pair of low rise bikini underwear for toddlers that was considerably smaller than the pair of 'full backs' that she eventually found.

I guess toddler clothing manufacturers make the low rise underwear to go with the low rise jeans that are made for the little tots.

Because I have a little boy who is not yet potty trained, I haven't had any experience with toddler underwear. I have to say that it surprises me that any company would create a pair of bikini underwear for any child under the age of 16.

This brings me back to a conversation that I had with a mom last year. She complained to me that the summer clothes family members had bought for her 2 year old were too sexy.

Some of the skirts barely covered her thighs and the t-shirts showed off her belly.

It all makes me happy that I have a boy and the only choices I have is between blue and beige pants, overalls or carpenter cut.

Well, if all else fails mommies - head to the boys section. That's where most moms buy their little girls jeans so that they have some room to play.


Nigerian Mom Welcomes Unusual Quads: 2 identical girls, 2 fraternal boys

A Nigerian woman has given birth to an unusual set of quadruplets in Baltimore.

Officials at Sinai Hospital say 40-year-old Nelly Itula delivered the babies on Friday. The quads include identical twin girls and fraternal twin boys.

The babies were delivered by Caesarian section. The girls, Freda and Pauletta weighed slightly more than two pounds, and the boys, Frederick and Paul weighed slightly more than three pounds.

Nelly, the new mom, came to Owings Mills in December to visit her sister when she found out she was pregnant.

She was advised to stay in the United States because of health concerns. Her husband, Frederick Itula, arrived in Baltimore from Nigeria late Saturday. The babies were conceived while Nelly was taking fertility drugs.

One newborn is still on a respirator.Doctors say they should be able to leave the hospital in about a month.

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Monday, May 26, 2008
Iggy is A Black Tie Baby!

There are no babysitters or nannies for Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton.

The pair attended a glamorous charity dinner for the Sydney Theatre Company last night with baby and bed in hands.

Clutched in his mother's arms, six-week-old Ignatius was ushered into the STC, where his parents are co-artistic directors, for the annual Armani fundraising dinner.

Blanchett, looking stunning in a black dress, carried her son into the event at The Rocks just before 7pm while her husband toted the designer baby bag.


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Tina Fey Takes Alice To Disney World

30 Rock star Tina Fey takes daughter Alice, 2, to Disney World on Friday.

The pair are seen here at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. visting with the Disney character Snow White.

PHOTOCREDIT:AP Photo/Disney, Gene Duncan VIA YAHOO

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Giveaway Monday: 2 Protect a Bub Stroller Sunshades

Protect A Bub is a company that has dedicated itself to keeping children safe from the elements.

They have a full line of sun protective swimwear for infants and children, 100% Australian lambswool stroller inserts, 100% natural cotton cheesecloth blankets, stroller rain covers, carrier covers and stroller sunshades.

We have been lucky enough to get 2 single stroller sunshades to giveaway just in time for the hot weather.

Parents, grandparents and caregivers will love that these sunshades will give their child an extra 25% coverage on the sides and front of the stroller. This product is great to go over a stroller that has a short canopy.

Here are some Sunshade facts:

  • protects against 98% of the sun's UVA & UVB rays
  • breathable fabric & mesh side vents promote air circulation
  • easily ties to canopied strollers, joggers & car seat-stroller combos
  • can be left attached while stroller is folded
  • includes compact fabric storage bag
  • Pediatrician Recommended

To enter our giveaway please e-mail us at giveaways@growingyourbaby.com with the subject 'Protect a Bub' and tell us your best sun protection tip.

Giveaway Closes On Thursday May 29th

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Sponsor Thank you!

Thank you to pur sponsors for their support of our site.

Please visit their sites for some great Memorial Day specials.

1. Chittipulga boutique offers a unique collection of gifts for the newly delivered baby or the little girl who is turning 5. They have clothes for the rocker baby or distinctive young pre-schooler.

Chittipulga is currently offering shoppers up to 50% off of their 'tea collection'.

2. Pure and Honest Kids is a great online shop that offers some of the most sought after baby products on the market, including the Baby Planet Endangered Species Lemur Leap Frog stroller.

They are currently offering free shipping on orders over $75

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Sunday, May 25, 2008
Ruby Is Tobey's Sweetheart!

Tobey Maguire and wife Jennifer Meyer take their daughter Ruby Sweetheart, 18 months, to the park in Culver City, California today.

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The Healthy Baby Doctors Believed Would Arrive Severely Disabled

At 20 weeks, during a routine check-up, Leeann Phelanwas was told by doctors that her baby wasn't developing properly.

After she was sent to another Hospital for further examination, it was found that a bit of his brain was missing - the bit that controls his movements.

He was diagnosed with Dandy-Walker Syndrome, a congenital brain malformation.

This is where the brain is not formed properly in the womb and, after birth, this means the child's movement is severely affected and the skull grows excessively large.

The increased pressure on the brain results in problems with the nerves that control eyes, face and neck, irritability, vomiting, breathing difficulties, convulsions, and a lack of muscle coordination.

'They said he would have no quality of life and would be strapped to a chair,' Leeann said

Despite doctors suggesting that she terminate the pregnancy, the expectant mom refused, but had to be induced three weeks later on due to pregnancy complications.

At 2lbs 7oz Jayden was just six inches long and needed specialist hospital treatment for three months.

The baby's dad, Stephen Crane, 32, said: 'We were told to expect him to be stillborn. It was like being on a time bomb.

'When he came out fighting there was so much relief, but we were trying to keep our emotions together. I have never cried so much in my life.

Now at six months old, tests have proven that little Jayden was wrongly diagnosed and is a fit and healthy little boy.

Dr Peter Saunders, from the Pro Life Alliance Alive and Kicking, said: 'Mistakes are made in prenatal diagnosis and pressure is then put on parents to abort.

'The tragedy is that then totally normal babies are aborted.

Jayden's parents are now preparing for a 59-mile London to Southend bike ride to raise money for the special care baby unit at Whipps Cross University Hospital in east London, where Jayden was treated.

It is amazing to me that these parents were strong enough to make the decision to continue on with the pregnancy.

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FDA Warns Moms Against Using 'Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream'

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use or purchase Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream, marketed by MOM Enterprises, Inc., because the product contains potentially harmful ingredients that may cause respiratory distress or vomiting and diarrhea in infants. The product is promoted to nursing mothers to help soothe and heal dry or cracked nipples. Product labeling specifically states that there is no need for mothers to remove the cream prior to nursing. However, the ingredients contained in the product may be harmful to nursing infants.

Potentially harmful ingredients in Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream are chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol. Chlorphenesin relaxes skeletal muscle and can depress the central nervous system and cause respiratory depression (slow or shallow breathing) in infants. Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications. It also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration in infants.

Mothers and caregivers should watch for a decrease in an infant's appetite. More serious signs would be difficulty in awakening the child, limpness of extremities or a decrease in an infant's strength of grip and a change in skin color. Please seek immediate medical attention if your child is showing these signs and symptoms.

"The FDA is particularly concerned that nursing infants are being unwittingly exposed by their mothers to this product with dangerous side effects," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director, FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Additionally, these two ingredients may interact with one another to further compound and increase the risk of respiratory depression in nursing infants."

Though the FDA has not received any reports of injury to infants, the agency is alerting the public because of the potential harm this product can have on a child.

Chlorphenesin can also harm the mother by causing dermatitis, a skin condition that can worsen the drying and cracking of nipple skin.

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Cloth Diaper Trials: Kissaluvs

For the last 2 years I have been cloth diapering my son with a simple all-in-one system.

My all-in-ones recently stopped fitting my son properly, which caused me to look for another type of diaper.

For my trial, Kissaluvs sent me a diaper and some organic wash cloths. After seeing how soft they were, I went out and bought a few more diapers so that I could properly see if they were a good fit for our family.

Kissaluvs come in 2 styles - fitted and contoured. The ones we are trying are the fitted diaper with a cover.

As directed, I washed the diapers a couple times in a fragrance-free laundry soap. After the first 4-5 washes, you should have a good starting absorbency.

Even after washing the diaper a few times, I was surprised at how soft it stayed.

The cotton fleece is created by special mechanical and heat processes applied to top-notch terry. The deep pile Sherpa finish is thicker and nicer than most cotton fleeces, with no piling!

One of the things I like about this diaper is it's ability to conform to any baby's size. The snaps make it easy for the parents of a tiny baby keep the diaper tight or for it to fit a bit loose on larger babies.

This is big for us because many diapers don't fit my tiny son.

Once on my son, the diaper wasn't overly bulky, even with the cover on it. We didn't experience any leaking and the diaper held it's own during nap times, which tends to be a big pee time.

The poop factor: The one thing I hate about cloth diaper is poop. They always stick, don't come out or stain. I have found that cleaning poop off of Kissaluvs not too bad. The fabric holds it but it doesn't seem to get smooshed in - unless he sits down for a long period of time before I notice what he's been up to.

The unbleached cotton fleece the diaper is made of helps reduce the appearance of stains and the fitted elastic area around the legs keeps anything from leaking out.

After the success we have had with Kissaluvs, we had added them to our diaper rotation. I am also testing out other brands, but this diaper has exceeded the others in comfort and fit.

The key to not having any leaks is to use a good cover. We are currently using a Bummis cover over our cloth diapers.

The fitted Kissaluv cloth diapers are reasonably priced at $11.50/ea. for unbleached and $12.50/ea. for coloured(pictured)

Cloth Diaper tips:

  • You should never use fabric softener's, bleach or diaper cream when using cloth diapers
  • They should always be washed in hot water
  • The diaper that works for you may be different than the one that works for your child. Try a few brands before you commit to one type of diaper.
  • Some retailers will tell you that you need 24 diapers in order to stay fully stocked, I think that 12 is sufficient.

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Alessandra Ambrosio at Christian Audigier's 50th Birthday

Alessandra Ambrosio attends designer Christian Audigier's 50th Birthday on Friday night.

In March, the Victoria Secret model announced that she was expecting her first baby with boyfriend Jamie.

The baby is expected to make it's debut near the end of the summer.


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Saturday, May 24, 2008
Nicole and Joel Take Harlow To The Park

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden enjoy a beautiful day at the park with baby Harlow.

Earlier this month, Nicole gushed:

"Everything I do is for her."

"I was so excited from the minute I found out I was pregnant ... and it's been nothing but an amazing ride since."

"Joel actually changes more diapers than I do. It's his time with her. He sings to her. He laughs with her, plays with her. It's amazing."

"I feel like my group of five to 10 friends, they really love her, like she's theirs ... My friends never go outside for smoke breaks anymore, they don't curse, they are definitely more demure. It's actually been really interesting."


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Couple Hoping To Adopt Approaches Waitress In An Unusual Way

Julie Moore is five months pregnant and she doesn’t wear her wedding ring.

Last Friday night after she was done serving a couple dinner, instead of leaving a tip - they left her an unusual card.

It read: “We wish to adopt a baby. We are caring, happily married, financially secure and a loving couple. We want to share our joy and love for a child.”

The note also had a phone number on it.

Julie's husband, J.D. said he thought it was "really creepy" and both felt it was a rude slap in the face.

“I don’t wear a wedding ring at work and so for them to assume I’m not married or that I’m working in a service industry and that I maybe couldn’t afford to have a child or something, I don’t know. I just felt there were too many assumptions there,” Moore said.

KING-TV called the phone number on the card, which was directed to the couple’s attorney. He said they have not gotten any negative responses to their unusual method of finding a baby to adopt. They were doing nothing illegal.

The Moore's feel bad for this couple, but think that they crossed the line.


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Friday, May 23, 2008
Identical Triplets Birth Complicated By Rare Syndrome

It seems that the occurrence of identical triplets has been less rare lately, but this set's birth and survival was even more unusual because of a rare syndrome in the womb.

Brodin, Gavin and Trevin Kuhl's arrival was complicated by twin-to-twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, caused by sharing the same placenta and some of the same blood vessels.

The condition is dangerous because it can cause one fetus to be overloaded with blood and amniotic fluid to the point of heart failure, while others become wasted and anemic with too little.

“Although two of the triplets are most affected, the third is affected to a smaller degree,” Mike Wiltse, hospital marketing and public relations specialist, said today.

On Feb. 22, the babies had a risky surgical procedure while inutero called endoscopic laser treatment to interrupt the blood flow between them. It was performed at Wheaton Fransciscan Healthcare in Milwaukee by Dr. Julian DeLia, an obstetrician/gynecologist who specializes in the procedure, said Rockford perinatologist, Dr. Paula Melone, who referred the Kuhls to DeLia.

“But on the fourth day (after the surgery) we did an ultrasound and saw we still had three heartbeats. And the fluid rates (for the overloaded fetus) had gone down.

“This is the first time I know of that we’ve been able to do this procedure where all the triplets survived,” said Melone, who had cared for Kalie Kuhl since the triplets’ condition was diagnosed in late January.

On Tuesday the babies arrived via Caesarean section at 32 weeks gestation. On arrival, Trevin, who came out first, weighed in at 2 pounds, 14 ounces. Gavin came out second at 3 pounds, 15 ounces and Brodin weighed 3 pounds, 3 ounces.

Trevin and Brodin already are breathing on their own. Gavin still is on a ventilator.

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Britney Spends Time With Jayden

Britney Spears was seen out with son Jayden, 20 months, during a playdate in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.

The toddler looks so comfortable in his moms arms. It really is very sad that she doesn't get more time with her boys.


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Heading To The Beach? Don't Let The Kids Drink The Water

As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, the U.S. Congress considers legislation to make beach closure and swimming advisories more accurate.

New research shows that children age 10 or younger experienced higher rates of gastrointestinal illness - diarrhea, vomiting or nausea - after playing in water with measurable amounts of bacteria indicating the presence of human or animal fecal matter.

The study did not identify why young swimmers experienced more illness, but researchers speculate that it could be because children tend to spend more time in the water and may be more likely to swallow water or get it in their mouths while playing.

New procedures have been put in place to test beach water for contamination and to detect sewage and human feces in as little as two hours, allowing authorities to issue public health alerts more quickly than in the past.

Hopefully, beach managers will be able to close beaches that have a high contamination risk so that young families aren't exposed to the illness causing bacteria.


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Drinking Water Can Be Harmful Babies Under 6 Months

Physicians at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore want to remind parents that babies younger than six months old should never be given water to drink. Consuming too much water can put babies at risk of a potentially life-threatening condition known as water intoxication.

"Even when they're very tiny, they have an intact thirst reflex or a drive to drink," Dr. Jennifer Anders, a pediatric emergency physician at the center, told Reuters Health. "When they have that thirst and they want to drink, the fluid they need to drink more of is their breast milk or formula."

Because babies' kidneys aren't yet mature, giving them too much water causes their bodies to release sodium along with excess water, Anders said. Losing sodium can affect brain activity, so early symptoms of water intoxication can include irritability, drowsiness and other mental changes. Other symptoms include low body temperature (generally 97 degrees or less), puffiness or swelling in the face, and seizures.

"It's a sneaky kind of a condition," Anders said. Early symptoms are subtle, so seizures may be the first symptom a parent notices. But if a child gets prompt medical attention, the seizures will probably not have lasting consequences, she added.

Parents should also avoid using over-diluted formula, or pediatric drinks containing electrolytes.

Anders said it may be appropriate in some cases to give older infants a small amount of water; for example to help with constipation or in very hot weather, but parents should always check with their pediatrician before doing so, and should only give the baby an ounce or two of water at a time.

Parents are advised to seek medical attention immediately if they thinks their child may have water intoxication, or if their infant has had a seizure.


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Thursday, May 22, 2008
Nicole Kidman To Pose Nude For Pregnancy Pictures

It appears to be a pregnancy rite of passage for celebrities to pose nude for a major magazine during their pregnancy.

Nicole Kidman has rumored to be following in the same footsteps as Demi Moore, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Myleene Klass.

The 40-year-old actress - who is expecting her first biological child with husband Keith Urban - is said to have decided on renowned photographer Patrick Demarchelier to take the exclusive snaps, but wants to wait until she is nearly ready to give birth before the shoot.

A source close to the 'Cold Mountain' actress told the New York Daily News newspaper: "Nicole wants to wait until she looks really pregnant." Nicole isn't the first celebrity to be photographed while pregnant.

My question is - will we ever see these pictures or are they just for the couple to keep to themselves?

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Chris Noth Out With Baby Orion

Sex and The City star Chris Noth was seen out with 4 month old baby Orion in Hollywood yesterday.

Orion rides in a chocolate brown original Baby Bjorn Carrier.

The hunky daddy has been busy promoting the new Sex and The City Movie which opens next Friday.


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Adam Sandler and Jackie Titone Expecting Baby #2

Adam Sandler announced on Jay Leno last night that his wife is almost 4 months pregnant with their second baby.

The comedian spoke openly about everything from how he told Sadie to Jackie's morning sickness:

"My wife gets it very bad. She vomits a lot," he told Jay "And my little daughter is always looking at her and is nervous to see her mom sick like that. So I had I try to relax my daughter, just saying, 'Mommy's not like bad sick. She just has something growing in her that's eventually gonna shoot out her vagina and take half your toys.' "
Even though he sounds a bit insensitive, he also does his best to comfort her by rubbing her back and telling her,
"We're gonna have another beautiful baby, I love you, thanks for doing this."
Jackie, 33, is nearly four months pregnant with the couple's second child. Something Sandler finds very attractive.
"It's fun sexually to fantasize you're with somebody else," he admitted. "Like when she's on top of me, I say, 'Please tell me your name's Big Bill.' You know, stuff like that. And she goes with it," he joked. The You Don't Mess with the Zohan star added: "She's a good lady my wife. She deals with the fact that I look like the way I look."


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Hushabye Baby

Country fans rejoice! The producers that turned your favorite rock songs into lullabies have done it again with Country music.

Hushabye Baby is a collection of Country music classics redoux for baby.

I am not a country fan, but I do enjoy the classics. Hushabye Baby redoes them all including Travis Tritt, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood and even Shania Twain.

The soft lullabies paired with the country twang is a perfect combination for bedtime.

The series has been launched with 4 mixed cd's that each have a theme. Volume #1 is Young Country (Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban), while Volume #4 features Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette.

Please visit Hushabye Baby to hear selected songs from each album

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Readers Traveling with Kids Tips

This week we have been asking our readers to give us their best traveling with kids tips to enter our Kushies My Bag Giveaway.

Here are some of the tips we have received so far:

  1. Make a list and check your items off as you pack them - Heather and Carey
  2. Pack a few days in advance so that your not running around the day before - Heather
  3. Have enough snacks and toys - Michelle
  4. Traveling with a baby? Bring a sling - sometimes baby needs to be close to mum and this way you have both hands free to do other things - Kristi
  5. Bring a DVD player - Bethany, Susie and Jenn
  6. Carry your travel documents in a 'koala bag' that can hang off your waist in order to have your hands free - Ana
  7. Bring an Emergency Kit and index book with a list of dr.business cards and meds(thermometer, tylenol, first-aid stuff) - Julie
  8. Bring along plenty of wipes. Children are magnets for dirt and while traveling it's not always possible to wash properly - Rashmi
  9. Use a good backpack with lots of compartments. It will help your hands stay free to hold your kids hands or push a stroller - Amy

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Denise Richardson Talks About Her New Reality Show on The View

Whoopi questions Denise Richards about having her kids on her reality show during a segment on today's View.

You may notice Denise is not impressed about her suggesting that the girls are being overexposed.


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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Usher Raymond V is Undercover

Pop star Usher was seen shielding his son, 5-month-old Usher Raymond V, from the rain during a break from shooting a promo for the upcoming MTV Movie Awards.

The little guy, who we have yet to see, is being covered by Suri's favorite blankie Little Giraffe Luxe Duo Blanket.


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RECALL: Children’s Blankets Due to Strangulation Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Douglas Co.,today announced a voluntary recall of about 74,000 Lil’ Snugglers™ Children’s Blankets because The blanket’s satin edge can come loose, posing a strangulation hazard.

The firm has 18 reports of the satin separating from the blanket. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled children’s blankets are 14 inches square with an animal head sewn in the middle. The satin border around the outside edge is about one inch wide.

Parents are bring asked to take the blankets away from children immediately and return it to Douglas for a free replacement blanket or credit toward another item of equal value.

For additional information, contact Douglas Co. at (800) 992-9002 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.douglastoys.com, or email the firm at linda@douglastoys.com

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Ohio Mom Awarded $20 Million After Baby Gets Stuck in Birth Canal for 13 Hours

An Ohio jury has awarded more than $20 million to Heather Grow after her baby was stuck in her birth canal for 13 hours.

A jury found doctors negligent Monday for trying to push Heather Grow's 9-pound baby through in 1997. The process squeezed her head. The baby was eventually delivered by Caesarean section.

Grow's attorneys argued during a medical malpractice trial that the baby suffered brain injuries. Doctors had told Grow months earlier that she had a narrow pelvic arch.

The lawyers say the now 10-year-old girl has limited use of her limbs, has vision problems and is mildly retarded.

The doctors organization Group Health Associates says Dr. Lisa Yang "did everything medically possible to facilitate a healthy delivery."

Could you imagine the pain of having a 9 pound baby stuck in your birth canal for 13 hours???



Donald Trump Not A Fan Of Having Babies In The Workplace

Just yesterday, I wrote a great story about 80 companies that are allowing babies to go to work with their moms until they are mobile.

Today, pagesix is reporting that Donald Trump is speaking out against the trend setting companies that like to keep families together.

"It's not the most professional environment when there's a baby crying or dirty diapers in the office," Trump says. "I can't imagine a lot of work getting done if there were babies in the boardroom of the Trump Organization. It's just not going to happen."

What a nice man...

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Mom Delivers Own Baby On The Way To The Hospital

Melissa Dunn, 30, a mother of two boys, wasn't due to deliver her third child until the end of the month but she went into labor unexpectedly about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The couple started to head to the hospital but it was too late.

"I didn't realize I was in such hard labor, and by the time I did, I said, 'I need to go right now,'" Melissa Dunn said in a phone interview from her hospital room.

Even though the hospital was only 8 minutes away, Melissa could feel the baby coming as they neared the exit ramp.

The quick thinking mom then grabbed the towel she was sitting on and caught the baby.

Grace Maria Dunn was born weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces of her. Melissa figures labor lasted a total of 90 minutes.

"She cried. I put my finger in her mouth and moved it around. She did let out a cry and ... everything was absolutely perfect. I wrapped her in the towel and held her tight."

Upon arrival emergency room staffers, ran out to out to help.

The baby did have to undergo a few blood tests because the umbilical cord wasn't clamped right away, Melissa said, but other than that, she's expected to be just fine.

Grace will join her brothers Nicholas, 5, and Matt, 13, when Melissa goes home from the hospital in a few days.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Could Cell Phone Use During Pregnancy Pose Behavioural Issues Later?

UCLA Professor Leeka Kheifets who had previously written there was no proof of "any adverse health effect from cell phone use now believes that pregnant women who regularly use mobile phones are more likely to have children with behavioral problems.

Both The Daily Mail and The Independent reported that expectant moms who used their mobile phone while pregnant were 54 percent more likely to report issues such as hyperactivity and emotional problems in their children.

FOXNews.com managing health editor, Dr. Manny, said there is no need for pregnant women to be alarmed over this study yet.

"This study in its current form fails to link a direct cause and effect between cell phone use in learning disabilities in children," He said. "What you have in the study is an epidemiology survey where the use of cell phones seem to be more frequent in women whose children have learning disabilities."

Using a mobile or cell phone two to three times a day was enough to raise the risk of behavioral problems in children, and letting children under the age of 7 use a mobile phone also put them in danger, the study of more than 13,000 women found.

The study follows a finding by the official Russian radiation watchdog that the danger posed by mobile phones is "not much lower than the risk to children's health from tobacco or alcohol."

Dr. Manny also said he believes there are other environmental impacts that are far more detrimental to pregnant women, such as mercury, lead exposure and biological contaminants in food.

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Monday, May 19, 2008
Myleene Gets Kisses From Ava At Cannes

Wholly cuteness! Myleene Klass gets some kisses from 8 month old daughter Ava last night at Cannes.

Pushing a Quinny Buzz frame with a Maxi Cosi Infant seat, the new mom was seen co-ordinating her daughters gear in a monochrome strapless prom dress.


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