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20 Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Baby

Is your baby too young to wait up for Santa Claus or help you bake cookies? Not to worry! For them, the fun of Christmas is the general sense of …

Kids

Separation Anxiety in Preschoolers: How to Cope

<i>Photo by Katie Purnell</i><p>Even the most independent children will go through a stage (or several stages) of separation anxiety; it usually first surfaces …

Parenting

A couple surprised their daughters with an adopted baby brother under the Christmas tree - and their reaction is adorable

The little girls were very excited about this early Christmas present<p>This American couple decided to introduce their new adopted baby son to the family in quite an unconventional way.<p>Courtney Solstad from McKinney, Texas, wrote on Facebook that the family of five welcomed little Nathan into their …

British scientist inspires women to battle pregnancy stereotypes with #7monthsawesome

LONDON — Earlier this year, British scientist Dr. Samantha Decombel was invited to speak at the European Commission-sponsored Euraxess scientific …

SmartMom Postpartum Fashion Tips - SmartMom

After nine months of having fun flaunting your baby bump, the last thing you want once you’ve delivered is to draw attention to your postpartum …

Pregnancy

The modern mom's guide to surviving the holidays

Hello, December!<p>We’ve now officially entered the most wonderful time of year, but moms know it’s the most exhausting, expensive, stressful, …

It's OK to Say 'I Won't Miss This' as a Parent

With the holidays quickly approaching, I have had to spend more time than I like with my kids in retail stores and restaurants. I try very hard to run errands without my children. If I am planning to go out to a store with my kids, I need to add at least 1.5 hours to my total trip time. That time …

21 Things I REALLY Want for Christmas as a Mom

For weeks now, my kids have been asking me what I want for Christmas. And I have said the thing that I am supposed to say, that I always say -- <i>I don't need anything. I just want all of my children to be happy and healthy.</i> It's true. I don't need anything. And I do want my children to be happy and …

Why You Need a Sleep Schedule for Your Baby

Sign up for your FREE sleep guide!<p>When you become a new parent, it can seem as though your newborn is the one calling the shots for the first few …

Sleep

Unstoppable! New mom explains why she took a college exam during labor

Tyler Collins was born just over a week ago and, already, the baby girl has some pretty big shoes to fill. Tyler’s mom, Tommitrise Collins, completed a college exam while laboring in her hospital bed — and is being praised for her determination and focus after a photo posted to Facebook by her …

5 Sanity-Saving Signs of a Colicky Baby

If you are suspicious that your baby might have colic, you’re likely exhausted right now. You’re at the end of your rope, feeling helpless and out of …

Parenting

What to Expect When Having Twins

Some people think having twins would be fun and some think it would be a huge amount of work. They are both right. While I was excited, I didn’t know …

Pregnancy

When To Go To The Hospital for Contractions

A perfect mix of excitement, naiveté, and anxiety makes a first-time mother scurry to the hospital even before real contractions begin. Actually, …

Pregnancy

Easing the Transition from Crib to Bed

One of the first major transitions you’ll make with your toddler is the transition from crib to bed. This transition was actually harder on me than …

Parenting

Surviving the Baby to Toddler Transition

The first time my father told me my son was no longer a <i>baby</i> I wanted to scream “NOOOOO!” at the top of my lungs, scoop my little one up in my arms, …

Parenting

The Benefits of Montessori Education

Dr. Maria Montessori was a visionary who studied and documented the developmental stages of children in the early 1900s. From this research, she …

Education

5 Not-So-Glowing Things Nobody Tells You About Pregnancy

A soon-to-be mom dishes on pregnancy body changes—including the good (strong nails), the bad (itchy stomach) and the strange (more moles?!).

How to Help Children Overcome Irrational Fears

When a child suffers from anxiety and fears we as parents suffer too. It can be heartbreaking to see your little one cry over issues that we, as …

Parenting

33 Photos That Show Just How Awesomely Bad Little Kids Are At Hiding

Little kids love to play hide-and-go-seek, but as many parents have noticed, they're not always the best hiding place strategists.<p>We asked the HuffPost Parents Facebook community<p>for photos of their kids "hiding," and the results did not disappoint.<p>Whether they're playing hide-and-go-seek poorly or …