Julie Perrault shudders when she remembers some of the dumb things she did when her kids were babies.
Spencer Elden talks to CNN's Don Lemon about his iconic photograph on Nirvana's "Nevermind" album cover 20 years ago.
Actress Kate Hudson gave birth to her second child Saturday, her representative confirmed to CNN on Sunday.
The 21-member clan talks about baby Josie's recovery and which family member expecting next
Checkups are the cornerstone of good health, and in your baby's first couple of years she'll have plenty of them, as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least nine from birth to 18 months.
I have a newborn. My pediatrician says to get close to his face when he's awake so he can see me. When will he start to see normally?
We could probably come up with about 200 things to not feel guilty about, but then we would just feel guilty about never feeling guilty at all. This list will give you the general idea of what kinds of not-exactly-maternal feelings are within limits, and what childcare chores you can cheat on now and then.
Although your baby won't say much during her first year of life (at least not in words you understand), her language skills begin to grow the minute she's born. Here's how the process unfolds:
Is it safe to fly with a 2-week-old?
What's in a name? A lot, actually. Naming your kid is one of the hardest parts of starting a family, fraught with arguments, opinions and bad choices. You need to make sure your child's name is something unique but not too weird, easily rolls off the tongue, and most importantly, totally reflects the kind of parents you are.
Newborns in the U.S. are routinely screened for disease, and their DNA is stored indefinitely, and often without consent.
Home video released by the Los Angeles Superior Court apparently shows Anna Nicole Smith confused about her pregnancy.
Video of Anna Nicole Smith appearing to mistake a doll for her unborn child was just the reality TV star acting for a camera, a defense lawyer for Howard K. Stern says.
The actor is on twin "diaper duty" while she promotes Eastwick, says Romijn
Hi. I am 21 weeks pregnant, and from start of the pregnancy to date, I have put on 15 pounds. I was high on weight before pregnancy, too, and worried what measures should I take to control my weight gain. Also, what are the risks associated with weight gain?
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen and Tony Harris talk about how the U.S. stacks up compared to the rest of the world.
Five years from now, there's an excellent chance you won't have the same health insurance you have (or don't have) right now. That's because members of Congress are gearing up to reform the U.S. health care system, and unlike in 1993 when then-first lady Hillary Clinton tried her hand at changing the medical system, this time the important players -- doctors, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers -- seem to be on board. You heard a lot about health care reform this week, and you'll be hearing even more in the months to come. It's an incredibly confusing, complex issue, so in this week's Empowered Patient, we break it down for you with 10 frequently asked questions about health care reform.
I am exclusively beast-feeding my 4-month-old baby, who was diagnosed with allergic colitis at 3 months. I have been off dairy and soy for eight weeks now. We still see blood specks in his poop. He is gaining weight, albeit very slowly. Question, is it beneficial for me to be on an elimination diet and figure out what he is allergic to or is a hypoallergenic formula the answer? Has any research been done on this? My baby won't take those formulas and I am torn on what to do. Is breast-feeding detrimental in this case or will he outgrow it eventually in six months or a year? Please advise.
Teething rings, pacifiers, Mylicon drops: When your baby is difficult and cranky, there are plenty of tools at your disposal to set things right. But what can you do when the grown-ups in your life act like uncooperative, whiny children? No matter how hard you look, you won't find a pacifier big enough to hush your difficult mother-in-law or cranky hubby.
I am enlisted in the military and recently had an anthrax shot. Then a week later, I found out that I am pregnant. Will this shot have an effect on my pregnancy or child?
The average cost of medical care for a premature or low birth-weight baby for its first year of life is about $49,000, according to a new report from the March of Dimes Foundation.
A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a 75-year-old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from the kingdom for having two unrelated men in her house, according to local media reports.
CNN.com writer Mohammed Jamjoom talks about a Saudi woman being punished for having two unrelated men in her home.
Watching television does not make babies smarter, according to a study released this week in the journal Pediatrics, adding to existing research that challenges the usefulness of baby educational videos and DVDs.
Doctors remained optimistic Friday that all eight babies born last month to a California woman will fully develop without major complications.
After the birth of octuplets this week, some doctors are questioning the ethics and medical practice that contribute to extreme multiple births.
What is the most reliable and safe product to soothe a teething baby's gums?
Naptime at our house used to be a recurring mystery: When would Lucy go down today? I'd be on the lookout for clues and remain suspicious through dim lights, books, and droopy eyelids.
Pediatricians say babies, children and teens need to double their intake of vitamin D
"The babies are getting big and healthy and developing personalities," she tells PEOPLE
Last year, 9.2 million children didn't make it to their fifth birthday. Of these, roughly 4 million children died within the first 28 days of life -- the newborn period.
When Melissa and Rudy Haberzettl's son Jacob was born in November 2006, he was perfect in every way -- full-term, healthy weight, and a champion eater. Like many new moms, Melissa was determined to follow doctor's orders: She breastfed Jake exclusively, put him to sleep on his back, never exposed him to cigarette smoke, and kept soft toys and bedding out of his crib. And Jake thrived. "He was such a happy baby, always looking around and cooing," remembers the Colorado Springs, Colorado, mom.
Did your child walk and talk early? Does she have a brain like a sponge? Scribble magnificently? Love learning? Ask questions that leave you marveling (and scrambling to Google an answer)?
Scientists have new evidence that the brain chemical best known for regulating mood also plays a role in the mystifying killer of seemingly healthy babies -- sudden infant death syndrome
Most U.S. hospitals don't do very well when it comes to promoting breast-feeding, according to the first national report to look at the issue
Flying with a baby or toddler can have its fair share of turbulence. From finding a place to change diapers to keeping your child quiet to dealing with eye-rolling passengers, parents have their work cut out for them on a plane.
A Chinese policewoman is being praised for breast-feeding earthquake-stricken babies. CNN's Hugh Riminton reports.
Question: I've always been on the Pill, but now I'm breastfeeding. That means I can't go back on it, right?
More than 3 out of 4 new moms now breast-feed their infants, the highest rate in the U.S. in at least 20 years, according to a a government report
Doctors now have a better way of helping parents make an agonizing decision -- whether to take heroic steps to save a very premature baby
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at a new autism study, and shows some of the videos iReport.com has received from viewers.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at a new study on the long-term risks associated with premature babies.
Even as more of them survive their early years, premature babies can have health problems later in life, new research shows
There are times when it's reasonable to disagree with a pediatrician's advice. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
At some point during last month's well-baby checkup for her son Isaac, Kamila McGinnis stopped listening to her pediatrician.
There are few issues that preoccupy new parents more than this: Is my baby growing normally? When the percentiles seem off-kilter, we worry -- but experts say there's rarely reason for concern.
Jaundice is a common condition that affects six out of 10 newborns, according to the March of Dimes. CNN learned more about infant jaundice from Dr. Anne Hansen, a neonatologist at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Light therapy is one of several ways to treat babies with jaundice as Judy Fortin reports in this Health Minute.
A new study suggests that a mother's acute emotional stress during early pregnancy may increase her unborn baby's risk of developing schizophrenia later in life
Fearless onscreen, Jessica Alba is feeling some jitters about impending motherhood.
Mothers sit propped against pillows and gym mats at the "Real Birth" baby clinic in New York City. It's a sea of unwashed hair, women of various ages and professions, complicit smiles and apologies for not looking more put together. The diverse women share a common drive: the desire to breast-feed their babies. They believe it's the best nutrition, but they have difficulty, for reasons ranging from low milk production to adopted babies to problems with some babies latching on.
Leah McCammon was just five days short of her first birthday when she was severely burned in her grandmother's bathtub. "My mother stepped out for just 30 seconds to get my other daughter from the living room," recalls Leah's mom, Shelly McCammon, an Atlanta, Georgia, interior designer. "In that time, Leah pulled herself up by grabbing the faucet and turned it on, sending 128-degree water splashing down." Three days later, Leah died.
It's hard to believe now, but once upon a time, Michelle Duggar was a new mom. Now the Arkansas mother is famous for having 17 children, but she can still remember how her first child had a huge belly button when he was born 19 years ago.
Here you will find various articles related to pregnancy, childbirth, parenthood and child safety. • Doulas deliver help for birthing moms • Lower your miscarriage risk with new tests, treatments • 5 mistakes parents make with newborns -- and how to avoid them • 8 things no one tells you about being a mom • Your baby: 10 milestones for the first 2 years • Got a million worries about your baby? Here's calming advice • Test your baby-safety savvy • Car seat installation: Make sure your baby's safe
When Erika Clowes was pregnant, she figured breast-feeding would be a breeze. After all, she'd read all the books and taken all the classes. After an easy birth, she brought home her baby, Charlie, and waited for paradise to begin.
When you take your bundle of joy home from the hospital, it's inevitable you won't do everything right. We asked pediatricians for the five most common mistakes parents make with their newborns.
About 1 million baby seats sold at major U.S. retailers are being recalled after the Consumer Product Safety Commission received 28 reports of serious head injuries, including three skull fractures, after young children fell out of the seats when they were placed on tables.
Q: I'm 28 and diabetic. Now my husband and I would like to have a baby. Is there anything I should worry about because of my condition?
A breastfeeding mother wins an appeal for extra time during an exam so that she can express her breast milk.
Breast milk is best for babies' health and well-being, but a new study finds it doesn't help prevent asthma or allergies
For the first time in decades, cavities in kids are on the rise. As many as 28 percent of children ages 2 to 5 have cavities in their baby teeth. What can you do to keep your child's teeth healthy? Answers to your most pressing dental questions, for babies on up:
Bridget Moynahan is "thankful" for her new son John Edward Thomas Moynahan, her rep tells PEOPLE.
New dad and New England Patriots star Tom Brady gave a winning performance Friday night in a 24-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers - just two days after missing practice to visit his newborn baby with actress Bridget Moynahan.
Every milestone -- from when your baby first holds up her sweet little head to when she speaks her first word -- is thrilling. These moments aren't just exciting and fun; they're also markers that can clue you in to your baby's development. Most parents already know to look for the much-lauded ones, like rolling over and walking. But of the multitude of milestones cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics, some are considered more significant. Here, 10 milestones that are worth paying a little extra attention to during your child's first two years:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children be immunized to protect them from dangerous childhood diseases.
The FDA is warning people - especially pregnant women and girls - not to buy the acne treatment Accutane online because of its potentially dangerous side effects.
When my first daughter, Sadie, was a few days old, we hadn't mastered breastfeeding, and I was sure I was starving her. But after a few panicked calls to the doctor and a few weigh-ins, it became clear that she wasn't starving at all -- she was thriving.
When Melanie, a happy new mom, and her baby, Jason, recently came into my office for his two-week checkup, she had more worries about her husband than questions about the baby. "I feel so close to Jason, but I'm afraid Nick doesn't," she said. "How can I help them to bond?"
Make sure you know better than Britney! Here are four questions and answers from the editors of Parenting magazine:
The best way to make your home safe: Start childproofing early -- before your baby's born, since that's when you actually have time to do it, or before such milestones as crawling or walking.
Of course you have a car safety seat, but are you using it properly? The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates misuse to be as high as 80 percent.
In the first two years of life, most children will get eight to 10 colds, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
When you're expecting a baby, as my wife and I are, you get a lot of advice. Grandparents-to-be, co-workers, affectionately nosy old ladies on the bus -everyone has ideas.
Reading to your child can be one of life's sweetest pleasures. You're spending focused time together and teaching a habit that can open countless doors throughout his or her life.
Feelings of isolation and detachment can often plague new mothers who are used to the workforce.
One of my first assignments for CNN was to profile a young mother who was part of a government program encouraging women to breast-feed their babies.
It may not be your average Christmas present or gift for a newborn baby, but a British-based company says grandparents looking for a gift with a twist are increasingly investing in stem cells for their grandchildren.
In 1987, around one in four women age 50 and older said they'd had a mammogram and breast exam in the past two years. Eleven years later, that number jumped to 69 percent.
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A San Diego, California-based group that calls itself a health and human rights organization recently submitted a proposed bill to Congress called the Male Genital Mutilation Bill ("MGM bill"). The bill, if adopted, would ban the practice of circumcising baby boys.
A new bid for all of Toys "R" Us could shake up the auction process for the company's traditional toy unit, according to a published report Wednesday.
Alana West had had enough. West, an actress and set costumer, had spent years in infertility treatments and was on the brink of taking the next step, in vitro fertilization. But as she stood in the...
It's easy to see why health care is one of the most wrenching issues in the U.S. when you compare costs and benefits with those of other industrial societies. The U.S. pays the most in both per cap...
It's no secret that the U.S. rates for infant mortality are among the highest in the Western world. In 1987 ten U.S. infants died for every 1,000 born alive; 17 developed countries have lower rates...
When Blue Cross & Blue Shield of the National Capital Area agreed to contribute $271,000 to the Beautiful Babies media campaign promoting prenatal care for women in Washington, it was more than a g...
Mammas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys. Have them be doctors or lawyers or accountants. In a six-month test, the Venture fund family of Santa Fe (800-545-2098, 505-983-4335 in New Mexi...