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Want to Make Baby’s 4th of July Safer? Don’t Forget This!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

4th of julyRaising a child in Manhattan, I think about noise every day. Specifically, how to keep my kid at a safe distance from the whining sirens, screeching subways and deafening jackhammers that are part and parcel of life in a bustling city.

But apparently, those sounds are nothing compared to the snap, crackle, pop that will take place across the country this weekend. The 4th of July may be one big love letter to patriotism, cookouts and big band music, but it’s also hell on our ears. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a dazzling fireworks display can register as high as 150 decibels. That’s louder than a chainsaw (100 dB), a jet engine taking off (120 dB) and even a jackhammer (130 dB). (P.S. Anything louder than 85 dB can cause permanent hearing loss – in you and your baby.)

Does this mean you should wrap up the party before the sun goes down? Not necessarily. ASHA offers some common-sense-tips so you can enjoy the 4th of July safely:

  • Keep your distance. Protect your fam’s precious ears by staying 500 feet (or roughly one and a half football fields) away from the noise.
  • Be mindful of limits. If you think a noise is too loud or going on too long, step away with baby. Far, far away.
  • Cover up. Leave room in the diaper bag for ear protection: ear plugs for you and ear muffs for your babe.

Of course, if you’re ever concerned that your kiddo’s hearing isn’t 100 percent, call your pediatrician. Some signs of hearing loss in young children include a lack of attention to sounds, pulling or scratching at the ears, no response to their name or simple directions, and delays in speech and language development.

Related: Fireworks Safety Rules and Tips for Families

Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

Speech Development Warning Signs
Speech Development Warning Signs
Speech Development Warning Signs

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Should Single Moms Celebrate Father’s Day, Too?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

single momsHave your goosebumps gone down since last week’s Father’s Day video from Toyota? Prepare yourself for another tearjerker of a commercial, this time courtesy of Angel Soft.

But instead of addressing the main man in our life, the tissue company is giving a shout-out to single moms, who often find themselves taking on the exhausting role of both parents. The two-and-a-half-minute video features a handful of adults talking about how, for various reasons, their mamas had to be the head of the household and how the women raised them with a combination of compassion and toughness. To wit, one man said his mom taught him how to defend himself. “She was like, ‘When you punch, you put your knuckle out and you just go for it.’ I don’t even know if that’s a thing.” (#Love)

The adults, who by this point are weepy (as am I), close by thanking their moms for all their hard work and love and wishing them a happy Father’s Day. Though this message is sweet, it doesn’t sit well with some people, who believe that dads deserve at least one day in the spotlight for themselves. I can see their point, but I’d argue that single moms deserve the day, too, since they’re assuming the duties of both parents. (Likewise, single dads should enjoy extra love on Mother’s Day!) After all, raising kids is tough enough with a partner, and I can’t imagine how trying the job is when you’re doing it solo. If you’re taking on the gargantuan task of being mom and dad to your children, why wouldn’t we celebrate you on both days?

Check out the full video below—and be sure to have a tissue nearby!

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter Pinterest, and Google+.

Screenshot courtesy of Angel Soft via YouTube

 

What's Your Parenting Style?
What's Your Parenting Style?
What's Your Parenting Style?

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Alec and Hilaria Baldwin Have a Baby Boy!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

It’s a bouncing baby boy for Hilaria and Alec Baldwin! The couple just welcomed their first son and second child together, Rafael Thomas Baldwin, who joins big sis, 21-month-old Carmen Gabriela.

The yoga instructor and Extra correspondent took to Instagram to share a sweet, close-up pic showing her newborn’s tiny hands clutching onto hers, a monumental and emotional moment all new mamas can relate to. The caption revealed his sweet moniker, which holds his mom’s maiden name for his middle: “We are happy to announce the birth of Rafael Thomas Baldwin.”

Back in January, the couple announced their second pregnancy news with a gorgeous sunset photo on the beach showing big-sister-to-be, Carmen, touching her mom’s growing baby bump alongside Alec and their two small dogs.

We’re hoping the yogi mom’s second experience with labor was just as extraordinary as her first. When we caught up with her last October, two months after giving birth to daughter Carmen, she told Parents exclusively, “Birth was absolutely incredible. My husband said it was a miracle, and I agree that it was pretty miraculous.”

Last month, she was the “Mom of the Moment” for our sister magazine, American Baby, sharing how long she’s known that she wanted to become a second-time mom: “The moment Carmen was born, I knew I wanted a second child.”

Since her almost 1 million Instagram followers know the mom of two loves to share her journey from pregnancy to motherhood, we can all stay tuned for some sweet baby and sibling pics – both with full-blooded sister Carmen and half-sister, Ireland, who is Alec’s daughter with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

 

Congrats to the newly expanded family!

—Jenn Sinrich

Image of Hilaria and Alec courtesy of Helga Esteb/Shutterstock

5 Baby Items You Can Live Without
5 Baby Items You Can Live Without
5 Baby Items You Can Live Without

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See This VH1 Star Breastfeed Her Baby—In Her Wedding Gown!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

breastfeedingWhen baby is hungry, a mom will stop everything to feed her—even if that means holding up her own wedding.

Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith found this out firsthand last month when she and Mendeecees Harris tied the knot on live TV. The beautiful bride was moments away from walking down the aisle when her 5-month-old daughter, Skylar, decided she needed to eat. So Smith did what any mom would do and fed her. Since she’s breastfeeding, that meant having to free one ta-ta from underneath a jewel-encrusted wedding gown and nursing while friends and family—and TV cameras—waited in another room. (Gee, no pressure or anything!)

An obvious breastfeeding pro, Smith finished up minutes later, looking flawless and ready to get hitched. But thankfully, not before her wedding photographer captured the tender moment, which the celeb posted later on Instagram “OMG @timefrozen you captured my life in a nutshell in this pic,” she wrote. “Baby Skylar started crying right before I walked. I had to walk down the isle (sic) a little late because I had to feed her. I love this picture. Thank you for capturing this without me even knowing. Lol. #smithharriswedding2015 #moderndomesticegl”

Related: Celebrity Breastfeeding Photos and Selfies

She’s not the only one going ga-ga over this gorgeous pic—it’s gotten more than 92,500 likes on Instagram so far, with commenters calling it “awe-inspiring” and “breathtaking.” And it definitely is. But to me, the photo also shows what all of us parents do for our children, which is to put their needs before our own, whether it’s a random Wednesday or our wedding day.

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding
How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding
How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding

Image courtesy of Yandy Smith via Instagram

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Swedish Dads Get Even More Paternity Leave

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

dad and babyFather’s Day may be five months away in Sweden, but dads there could have reason to celebrate early. If a proposal sails through Parliament, as expected, papas will have three months of paid paternity leave—up from their current two months off.

Though this extra time won’t be tacked on to the country’s generous 480 days of paid parental leave, it will carve out another 30 days for fathers to bond with their babies. This move comes as Sweden’s Left Party works toward achieving more of a balance in the reserved time off for new moms and dads.

What’s astounding, of course, is where the U.S. sits in comparison. While the Swedes are working to boost paid leave for dads, we’re still struggling to secure unpaid maternity leave for all moms. (The Family and Medical Leave Act provides 12 weeks off with no pay and only covers about 60 percent of the workforce.) Those of us who can afford to take time off usually have to supplement with a mashup of short-term disability and vacation and sick days.

Meanwhile, fathers here have it even worse. They’re practically expected to report back to work right after taking the delivery room selfies, and opportunities for paid time off are few and far between. According to recent estimates, only 10 to 15 percent of U.S. employers even offer it, and most of those are in white-collar, well-heeled offices. Even if a company does allow some time off, men often hesitate to use it all, for fear of backlash. (New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, for example, missed the first two games of the 2014 season after the birth of his first child, and was later famously raked over the coals for the decision.)

Myy own husband received—and took—a full week off of work after our son was born, though I know he would have loved even more time. The point is, paid maternity and paternity leave aren’t perks, and shouldn’t be treated as such. It’s important time off that every family deserves—not just the lucky ones in Sweden.

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

After Baby: How I Found Flexibility At Work
After Baby: How I Found Flexibility At Work
After Baby: How I Found Flexibility At Work

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