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Adorbs! Taylor Swift Meets Her Baby Godson

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

If there happened to be any blank space in Taylor Swift’s heart, it was surely filled yesterday, when the Grammy-winning singer and all-around awesome person was finally introduced to BFF Jaime King’s 6-day-old son, Leo Thames Newman.

Between performances on her 1989 World Tour, the singer-songwriter flew to Los Angeles to meet her godson and, of course, the memorable moment was documented on social media.

“Meeting my boy,” Swift captioned the shot of her holding Leo for the first time—with new-mama King smiling sweetly in the background. The image posted on Instagram has already received 1.6 million likes.

Related: Model Mama: Jaime King

Both King and husband Kyle Newman reposted the same image each expressing their happiness. “My loves meet. Baby boy Leo Thames and his God Mother = Bliss. X,” King wrote on her Instagram page.

Soon after, Swift posted another photo of Leo’s teeny tiny fingers holding her manicured sparkly gold nails—she couldn’t get enough of the little one! Using fitting lyrics from her hit song “Never Grow Up” off her 2010 Album Speak Now, the star wrote, “Your little hand’s wrapped around my finger and it’s so quiet in the world tonight…”

Related: 9 Surprising Celebrity Godparents

I think I speak for everyone when I say… Congrats and please keep the adorable pictures coming!

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Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn

Baby Milestones: Your Baby's First Month
Baby Milestones: Your Baby's First Month
Baby Milestones: Your Baby's First Month

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Every Baby is a Royal Baby, According to Huggies

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Huggies Royal BabyWith only seven days left in April, we’re biting our nails in anticipation of whether the royal family will welcome a princess or another prince to their adorable family. But there are tons of moms in the U.S. who are expecting babies around this very same time—and new initiative by Huggies will give these American families some royal treatment of their own.

The diaper brand plans to celebrate the birth of the royal baby by giving the gift of free diapers to every U.S.-born baby who shares the new prince or princess’ birthday—whatever day that may be! That means an estimated 11,000 American babies will be eligible to receive one free pack of Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers.

In order to redeem this gift, parents will need to email Huggies@AltaResources.com and include proof of birth via a copy of the birth certificate, a published birth announcement, or a hospital birth announcement. They will then receive one 35-count package of size 1 diapers.

In addition, as soon as the royal baby news breaks, Huggies will travel to the Madison Health hospital in London, Ohio, to make over the hospital’s maternity ward—complete with a red carpet, “throne” room, and royal nursery viewing area.

Huggies will also be donating six diapers per every baby born that day to the National Diaper Bank Network, to help the one in three American families who struggle to provide clean, fresh diapers to their children. And to get the rest of the country involved, Huggies will donate an additional six diapers for every use of #RoyalHug on Twitter from now until royal baby #2 arrives. Now that’s a hashtag we can get behind!

Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie who loves dancing and anything to do with her baby nephew. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn

The Royal Baby Is Born!
The Royal Baby Is Born!
The Royal Baby Is Born!

Photos courtesy of Huggies

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See the ‘Pride Baby’ Pictures That Are Melting Hearts Everywhere

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Most delivery room pictures (mine included!) look a little something like this: sacked-out mom holds swaddled-within-an-inch-of-his-life newborn and grins wearily for the camera. But a new series of pictures burning up the Internet may make parents-to-be want to rethink their first family photo.

Toronto couple Frank Nelson and BJ Barone welcomed their son, Milo, on June 27 the way most of us do: with overwhelming joy, lots of tears, and maybe even a little fear. Unlike most of us, though, the first-time dads were lucky to have professional photographer Lindsay Foster on hand to record the moment they first held the baby, before his umbilical cord was even cut. (She was shooting the birth as a gift for her friend, who was also the couple’s gestational surrogate.) They were also fortunate that the midwife gave them a heads-up to remove their shirts right before the birth for some important skin-to-skin time with the baby.

The photos are, simply put, extraordinary. Every time I look at them, I’m immediately back in the delivery room, cradling my brand-new son, and drinking in everything about him. And considering how quickly the pictures went viral, I bet I’m not the only one who feels that way.

Pride Baby Lindsay Foster Photography“She absolutely captured the most beautiful moment,” Nelson told Today. “I was completely overwhelmed. I was so scared of dropping the baby. Mostly, the feeling was of joy and love and amazement.”

Barone added, “I was so excited, so overjoyed, so overcome with emotion, it was an incredible moment I will never forget. The fact we have this photo, it’s a reminder of how much love we have for him.”

Surely making Milo’s birth that much more special was the fact that he was born during Toronto’s World Pride gay rights festival. “That picture, to us, represents what pride is all about and how far the LGBT community has come,” Nelson said. “Love is love, and that’s what pride is all about.”

Congratulations to the new family!

Tell us: Do you wish you would have hired a professional photographer to shoot your baby’s birth?

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Photos of the new dads and Milo courtesy of Lindsay Foster Photography via Facebook

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Do You Live in One of the Worst States for Working Moms?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

working-familiesA new study has confirmed what every working parent already knows: our country doesn’t do nearly enough to support new moms and dads when baby arrives. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit National Partnership for Women & Families conducted a state-by-state analysis, grading each state and the District of Columbia on whether it passed laws that expanded federal leave and workplace protections for families.

The results are worse than you think.

Only California managed to eke out an A, with Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey and the District of Columbia coming in next with a B+. Sadly, 31 states earned a grade of D or lower; of those, more than half scored an F. The lowest-scoring states are scattered around the country–everywhere from Alabama to Delaware, Michigan to South Dakota. (To see how your state measured up, check out the full report.)

Despite growing public support for change, things aren’t much better on the federal level. The U.S. is one of the few countries that doesn’t guarantee paid leave for new moms or dads, and there are only three national laws designed to help families.

Still, it’s not all doom and gloom. There have been some signs of progress since the nonprofit’s first study was published nine years ago. Some states now guarantee reasonable workplace conditions for women with pregnancy-related physical limitations, which means more moms-to-be can stay on the job while pregnant. Employers in Hawaii are now required by law to provide nursing mothers time to pump during the workday, and if possible, give them somewhere besides a toilet stall to do it. And thanks to temporary disability insurance, some 24 million workers are now guaranteed access to paid sick days, paid family leave and paid medical leave.

The study was released just ahead of next week’s White House Summit on Working Families, where the administration will unveil policies that will bring the U.S. more in line with other countries. My hope is that the proposals will prevent new parents from being penalized for deciding to have a family and help working moms make the already-tough transition back to the office that much smoother. Whether these concepts will be embraced by both sides of the aisle remains to be seen.

Tell us: Did you decide to go back to work after having your baby? What was the transition like for you?

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Work-Life Balance in America
Work-Life Balance in America
Work-Life Balance in America

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Moms Rejoice: A Too-Clean House Is Bad for Baby!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Put down the mops and step away from the sponges! It turns out that that old adage “A little dirt won’t hurt” is right—especially when it comes to allergies.

A new study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that exposure to cat dander, a wide variety of bacteria and even rodent and roach detritus (ew!) when your baby’s under the age of one can help reduce the risk that she’ll develop allergies and asthma later on. (Kids who weren’t exposed to a wide variety of pathogens early on were three times more likely to develop wheezing and allergies as those who grew up in dirtier households.) But you’d better hurry and get her that kitten fast—if you start the exposure after age one, you’ll actually increase the likelihood that she’ll develop allergies. “It was the opposite of what we expected,” Dr. Robert Wood, chief of the division of allergy and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and co-author of the study, told NBC News. “We’re not promoting bringing rodents and cockroaches into the home, but this data does suggest that being too clean may not be good.”

The researchers theorize that the exposure to dirt gives the immune system something real to fight against, keeping your kid’s immune system from doing battle with harmless things like peanuts. It’s the exact opposite of what we’ve been told all along for allergies—my mom busted her butt keeping the house clean to deal with my issues with dust and pet dander.

So maybe you don’t want to start letting mice nibble in your pantry, but this is definitely a good excuse to hang up the mop and let your kiddo play on the (dirty) floor with you. And if your baby dips her binky in the dirt or sand before putting it back in her mouth, you probably shouldn’t worry too much!

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Baby Care Basics: Allergies
Baby Care Basics: Allergies
Baby Care Basics: Allergies

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