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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 12, 2019.

Cleaning Your Baby’s Pacifier by Sucking on It Prevents Allergies, New Research Suggests

Cleaning Your Baby’s Pacifier by Sucking on It Prevents Allergies, New Research Suggests

It’s a scene parents and caregivers are all too familiar with: an infant’s pacifier falls to the floor. When this happened with my first born, I rushed to clean the soiled soother by boiling it in water or carefully washing it in the sink. But by the time my second child was born, I was considerably more relaxed, and I started do something some parents might consider a bit gross—I sucked on...

George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Feb 27, 2019. 17 comments

Parents Can Expect Less Sleep for the First Six Years of Their Child’s Life

Parents Can Expect Less Sleep for the First Six Years of Their Child’s Life

Moms and dads shouldn’t expect their sleep habits to bounce back to the way they were before kids for at least the first six years of their child’s life, according to a new long-term study involving nearly 5,000 parents.

When my own children were very young, I convinced myself that my sleep would never return to the way it was before I became a parent. The good ol’ days of uninterrupted nights...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Nov 30, 2018. 16 comments

Spider Milk Is Real and Their Babies Love It, New Study Shows

Spider Milk Is Real and Their Babies Love It, New Study Shows

Jumping spider mothers provide milk to their spiderlings far into development, according to a new study that might turn your understanding of invertebrate parenting on its head.

Animals offer all sorts of provisions to their offspring, be it through regurgitation, unfertilized eggs, or in extreme cases, their own flesh. But specialized milk-like secretions are something erroneously attributed...

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Evan Narcisse Evan Narcisse Jun 21, 2018. 10 comments

Incredibles 2 Shows How Hard It Is to Be a Super-Parent

<i>Incredibles 2</i> Shows How Hard It Is to Be a Super-Parent

The first Incredibles movie invoked the time-honored tradition of using superpowers as a metaphor for what makes people unique and special. In Incredibles 2, the tropes of being a superhero complicate the characters’ lives even more, especially the grown-ups who have to take care of children.

Pixar’s much-anticipated sequel puts superhero-in-hiding Bob Parr on the front lines of a different...

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Evan Narcisse Evan Narcisse May 16, 2018. 24 comments

Goodbye, Peppa Pig

Goodbye, <i>Peppa Pig</i>
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFPeppa Pig gives Daddy Pig a hug in a scene from “The Golden Boots.”Image: Momentum Pictures

My seven-year-old daughter has gotten into some straight-up terrible TV shows of late. While I’m glad one of them is a magical-girl show like Sailor Moon, which organically extends her genre palette, it’s absolutely awful. I...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Mar 30, 2018. 16 comments

Don’t Use a Nest Doorbell to Raise Your Kids

Don’t Use a Nest Doorbell to Raise Your Kids

Nest just released a new ad, and let me tell you: there are some issues with the content. So you see this teenage girl in a prom dress ring a Nest doorbell, and a teen couple walk out the front door. The two girls walk to a car, as a low robotic voice beckons the boy and proceeds to give him a fatherly speech about being a gentleman. Turns out, the voice is actually coming from the doorbell...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Dec 19, 2017. 5 comments

Are Screen Time Guidelines for Children Too Strict?

Are Screen Time Guidelines for Children Too Strict?

In guidelines produced last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to limit screen time to one to two hours a day for children between the ages of two and five years. New research suggests these recommendations aren’t producing the desired psychological benefits, and that the AAP’s recommendations are unreasonably strict. But given how much we still don’t know about the...

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Evan Narcisse Evan Narcisse Dec 12, 2017. 10 comments

Aquaman and Aquagirl and the Amazing Crown of Justice

Aquaman and Aquagirl and the Amazing Crown of Justice

Friday was a snow day in Austin, Texas. I told my daughter she couldn’t just watch videos all day. This is what she made.

Expect spelling and execution in line with a first-grader. Be nice.

The story was titled “Aquaman and Aquagirl and the Amazing Crown of Justice.”

(She messed up the order here, we’ll allow it.)

They were patrolling the city when a volcano erupted and it was going straight...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Sep 10, 2017. 18 comments

The Piggyback Driver Helmet Is a Great Reason to Put Off Having Kids

The Piggyback Driver Helmet Is a Great Reason to Put Off Having Kids

They say parents will do anything for their kids, but surely there has to be a line that gets drawn somewhere after dressing up like Santa, but before having to wear this Piggyback Driver helmet. It lets kids steer where they want mom or dad to go while getting a piggyback ride, but shouldn’t kids just be happy they don’t have to walk?

In case it’s not painfully clear, the Piggyback Driver...

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Andrew Liptak Andrew Liptak Sep 08, 2017. 13 comments

Toddler Singing The Imperial March Shows Off Parenting Done Right

Toddler Singing The Imperial March Shows Off Parenting Done Right

This is awesome: Jonathan Liu had been watching Star Wars with his children, and after putting his two and a half year old daughter to bed, he found that she really liked it.

Liu writes about introducing Star Wars to his kids over on Geek Dad, noting that she’s particularly a fan of Darth Vader and his theme, as we see in the clip.

Parenting done correctly. Gold star to you, sir.

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Evan Narcisse Evan Narcisse Sep 05, 2017. 18 comments

My Daughter’s Journey Into Superhero Fandom Has Made Me Look at How Nerd Culture Has Changed

My Daughter’s Journey Into Superhero Fandom Has Made Me Look at How Nerd Culture Has Changed

“I would love if DC Superhero Girls were really alive.” “Why?” “Because I really like them. I’m their biggest faaAaaAan.”

Over the summer, my daughter surprised me. When I went to San Diego for Comic-Con, her superhero fascination had cooled. Sure, she was inhaling as much Teen Titans Go! as various streaming services could serve up, falling in love with the comedic shenanigans of DC Comics’...

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Mika McKinnon (mika.mckinnon@gmail.com) Mika McKinnon (mika.mckinnon@gmail.com) Aug 28, 2017. 17 comments

The Most Excellent Ways To Cosplay With Your Baby

The Most Excellent Ways To Cosplay With Your Baby

Many cosplay-loving parents find ways to dress up with their independently-mobile children, but it gets even more interesting when they find a way to incorporate an infant into their costume through baby-wearing.

1. Batman and Robin, Batman

The Robin and Batman. Image credit: Wrap Your Baby

The dynamic duo are always ready for adventure, and can easily be a do-it-yourself project with...

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Aug 28, 2017. 19 comments

The Case for Unlimited Tablet Time for Toddlers

The Case for Unlimited Tablet Time for Toddlers

This sounds extreme, but first let me ask: how many parents do you think actually keep track of their kids’ screen time? If the TV is on but one of the children wanders out of the room, does that count? What if they’re following along to a yoga video? What if the kid borrows Mom’s phone at dinner to ask Google what snails eat?

Guidelines abound that encourage limiting “screen time.” The...

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Andrew Liptak Andrew Liptak Aug 28, 2017. 17 comments

This Tiny First Order Stormtrooper Just Stole Our Hearts

This Tiny First Order Stormtrooper Just Stole Our Hearts

Last October, we found that you could take one of the Jakks 48 inch First Order Stormtroopers and turn them into an amazing costume for your kid . Since then, costumers have been snapping them up for that very purpose, but Jim Brock just outdid them all.

Seriously, we’re dying from the cute. It’s a fantastic build, and she looks very, very happy with the result. Parenting done right.

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Kate Knibbs Kate Knibbs Aug 27, 2017. 6 comments

This Fake Baby Car Seat Is Designed to Help Governments Spy on People

This Fake Baby Car Seat Is Designed to Help Governments Spy on People

As governments look for new ways to spy on people, the commercial surveillance business is getting creative. One of the weirder offerings: a video and audio recording device hidden inside a baby seat.

A report on surveillance equipment sales to the Colombian government from Privacy International shows a flyer for the baby car seat, modeled on a product from British surveillance equipment...

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Sophie Kleeman Sophie Kleeman Aug 22, 2017. 12 comments

Virtual Reality Bedtime Lets You Ditch the Kids at Home

Virtual Reality Bedtime Lets You Ditch the Kids at Home

Being a parent, fun as it can sometimes be, is also incredibly difficult.* And for a parent who can’t be there for everything—because of work, travel obligations, divorce or separation, or other circumstances—it can be even harder.

But while modern life has brought with it a whole host of new stressors and challenges, it’s also given us some decidedly futuristic tools to help—which explains...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Aug 21, 2017. 17 comments

Open Channel: Who's Your Favorite Fictional Dad? 

Open Channel: Who's Your Favorite Fictional Dad? 

Today is that annual barbecue-flavored festival of football games and wrist watches known as Father’s Day. It’s a time when people reach out to their father, mother, or parental figure to remind them they’re awesome (that reminds me, I still have to do that!). There are plenty of fictional papas who also inspire us, so let us know which one has inspired you.

Personally, I’ve always had a soft...

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Alissa Walker Alissa Walker Aug 18, 2017. 15 comments

The Totally Insane Way That Breast Milk Works

The Totally Insane Way That Breast Milk Works

I know breast milk is good and all, but when I became a mom I was kinda shocked at how much it was cited as a cure-all for anything that ailed my newborn. It turns out it’s not just because of the nutritional value. My baby’s immune system is communicating with mine THROUGH MY NIPPLES. And now that I understand how it works, I kid you not when I say I am staring down at my boobs in...

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Evan Narcisse Evan Narcisse Aug 18, 2017. 23 comments

The Lego Batman Movie Gave My Daughter a New Way to Understand the Concept of Family

<em>The Lego Batman Movie</em> Gave My Daughter a New Way to Understand the Concept of Family

The last thing I was expecting The Lego Batman Movie to do was to show my daughter how even the Caped Crusader needs people to care about and what it means to have the people you care for torn away from you.

Over the weekend, another parent invited my daughter and me to join him and his kids at an afternoon showing of The Lego Batman Movie. When I sidled up to my kid on the couch in the...

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Evan Narcisse Evan Narcisse Aug 17, 2017. 19 comments

“I’m Thinking About the Hulk’s Farts”

“I’m Thinking About the Hulk’s Farts”

When I started telling my daughter about various superheroes, I thought for sure that the Flash or Batgirl was going to be her favorite. But super-speed and total recall can’t stand up to gamma-powered grumpiness: the Hulk has her heart.

At six years old, my girl child is still in the age range where she can’t keep still. That’s why I thought the Flash would become her favorite superhero. When...

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