New parents: don’t have enough baby pictures? Thought not. There actually might be some minutes of the day in which your child’s every move is not being documented for posterity and/or Facebook. But fret not: now your baby can take pictures of herself with a new app called — wait for it — Baby Selfie. The app makes silly noises and displays cartoon animals onscreen, which surprise your baby while your smartphone’s camera snaps away. “We capture your baby’s reaction in unique, unexpected photos that you’ll love to share,” explains the 99-cent app’s description on GooglePlay. (Unique! Because your baby is a special snowflake!) This all sounds like it could be cute … but what if they are unleashing an epidemic of baby duckface? [GooglePlay via Laughing Squid]
New mothers in the United Arab Emirates are now required by law to breastfeed their babies for two years, according to a clause in the country’s Child Rights law. Mothers who cannot nurse would be provided with a wet nurse by the government. One viewpoint held by the council is that children have the right to be breastfed, according to Islamic teaching; another compared not breastfeeding — just giving your baby formula — to child neglect. Keep reading »
Maybe I should be over this by age 35, when the vast majority of my peers are on the procreation train and it’s just something I should be expecting, but I still feel a twinge of, I don’t even know what to call the feeling, when I discover that a guy I used to date has gone and made a baby. It’s not quite wistfulness or jealousy — but it’s certainly unsettling.
The other day I was scrolling through Instagram when I discovered that I guy I dated briefly a bunch of years ago was a parent. He posted a picture of his wife (?) and his 9-month-old daughter(!?), who looked eerily like his much younger, female twin (like, she had the same haircut as him…it was weird). His hashtag: #neverdreamedthisdaywouldcome. “Damn right, you didn’t,” I replied to my iPhone screen, enlarging the picture to get a closer look. Below, the range of reactions you can expect to go through when you find yourself in this situation… Keep reading »
Jessica Shyba, a mom of three and the blogger behind Momma’s Gone City, recently added another little one to her brood — a tiny puppy that was found behind her local SPCA. Named Theo, the little pup has especially taken to Shyba’s youngest child, 23-month-old Beau, treating him almost as a littermate. The duo is especially fond of their daily naps, which Shyba has captured for her blog and her Instagram. They are possibly the most squee-worthy images I have ever seen. Click on through for more and then, if you can handle the cuteness on a regular basis, follow Shyba on Instagram. BRB, about to go make a baby so Lucca has someone to cuddle with this ridiculously. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
OMFG. A baby in an LED costume. These are the moments when I long to be a parent — so I can dress my baby up to look like a glow-in-the-dark stick figure on Halloween. Please, please, please parents of the world, let me live vicariously through you by putting this glow-y thing on your baby next week. [Videogum]
“The Osbournes” pioneered the family-centric reality TV format, and I personally believe that the entire genre should have just quit while it was ahead. The Kardashians are good for whatever it is that they’re good for, but nothing will ever compare to Ozzy’s aimless bumbling, Sharon’s loving shrillness, Kelly and Jack, teenage Jack’s oft-berated Australian nanny Melinda, all those dogs … there will always be a special place in my heart for that show, and the people in it. Jack was one of my first Weird Celebrity Crushes, a condition I suffer from to this day. He hasn’t had it easy the past couple of years — he was diagnosed with MS in 2012, and his wife Lisa miscarried late in her second pregnancy just a couple of months ago — but he obviously still has reason to smile. Jack threw a baby wig and a pair of Ozzy’s signature glasses on his 16-month-old daughter, Pearl, and the results are strategically formulated to KILL ME DEAD. So cute!!! [Twitter]
I dislike Mitt Romney and his politics as much as the next liberal. But I draw the line at inane knee-jerk reactions to the name of his new adopted grandchild.
See, Ben Romney and his wife Andelynne Romney (above) adopted a newborn baby boy. The 23rd grandchild in the Romney family (not 22nd, as tweeted) is a little Black baby named Kieran James Romney. Some folks on Twitter are upset that in Gaelic, the name Kieran means “black,” “little dark one,” or “dark skinned.” They seem to be suggesting Ben Romney, a doctor, and his wife chose intentionally to stigmatize the child by effectively naming him “Black Romney.” Keep reading »