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These Photos of #BoltBabies Will Make Your ENTIRE Day

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

bolt-babyNeed a little pick-me-up before you head into the weekend? Look no further than the Twitter feed of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. This week, the fastest man in the world became an accidental viral sensation after retweeting some photos of babies pulling his famous “lightning bolt” pose. Naturally, it didn’t take long before parents began flooding him with pics of their kiddos doing the one-arm-up stance.

Ever the good sport, Bolt has been offering thoughtful commentary on each of them. His words of wisdom have ranged from the ultra flattering (“Epic” and “Future star”) to the gently encouraging (“Practice makes perfect” and “Almost there.. Little more practice.. Lol”).

That last comment was reserved for the photo Jonathan Mulkeen posted of daughter Amelie doing her lightning bolt (pictured at right). While most of us parents bristle when anyone says anything less than complimentary about our babes, it seems criticism is a little easier to swallow when it comes from someone famous. Or is it? Mulkeen told Today.com, “It was great that Bolt took time to respond to the picture, even though he did say that my daughter’s pose could do with a little more practice. I should screen grab Bolt’s tweet and the media coverage it has been getting so that I can show my daughter in years to come — but it would be just my luck that she isn’t into sport whatsoever and her reaction would be, ‘Usain who?’” (Burn!)

Zingers aside, the Olympian’s gig as a one-man judge is winning him a lot of fans — and a ton of attention. News outlets here and around the world are reporting on the phenomenon, and just this morning, the runner declared it the week #BoltBabies. One look at those sweet faces and I couldn’t agree with him more. Now it’s your turn: Have you seen your baby do the lightning bolt? What are some of the crazy poses you’ve seen so far?

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+

Playing With Baby: Get Moving
Playing With Baby: Get Moving
Playing With Baby: Get Moving

Image of Amelie courtesy of Jonathan Mulkeen via Twitter

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#SoCute! New Photos of Prince George

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Our office can’t get over how cute Prince George is, and we’re sure you’ll fall more head-over-heels in love with him when you see the latest photos!

ICYMI, three new official photos of Prince George, taken at the end of November, were released on the official website of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Now 16-months-old, the toddler sits on the steps of Kensington Palace while wearing an adorable outfit that includes a knit blue vest with a design of the Queen’s Guard, navy blue shorts, and knee-high socks. (And check out more aw-worthy photos of the prince here!)

Prince George Kensington Palace

Prince George Kensington Palace

Prince George Kensington Palace

Want to know more about Prince George’s outfit? The Telegraph reports that the vest is from Cath Kidston, the collared white shirt is actually a bodysuit from Polarn O. Pyret, the corduroy shorts and knee-high socks are both from Amaia Kids, and the shoes are from Start Rite. Most of the items can be purchased online (note the prices are in pounds). The vest is no longer available, but it might be back in stock, while only navy shoes (not black) remain.

The Duke and Duchess made their first trip to New York City (and second official trip to the U.S. since visiting Los Angeles in 2011) earlier this month. Over three days, they visited the September 11 Memorial and attended a gala at The Met. They also spent time with Mayor de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, along with Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea. The royal couple even watched a Nets vs. Cavaliers game at the Barclays Center, where they were introduced to Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and Lebron James. Prince William also took a trip to D.C. to meet President Obama.

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com who covers baby-related content. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea

Update: This post was updated on 12/16 to include details about Prince George’s outfit.

Images courtesy of INFphoto.com/Corbis

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Is This Baby as Scary as a Zombie? Facebook Thought So

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Facebook censors have struck again. But this time, instead of yanking down a Coppertone baby-inspired photo, they’ve rejected a picture of a sick newborn in a hospital, saying it was “scary, gory or sensational.”

The battle began this summer, when the baby, Hudson Bond, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy of an unknown origin, reports WTVD (via The Huffington Post). After learning that his son would need a new heart, Kevin Bond did what many of us would do: he started a Facebook page to publicize his son’s plight and raise money for medical expenses. Along with news of Hudson’s condition, Kevin posted photos of the baby in the hospital. To reach a larger audience — and hopefully garner more support — he occasionally forked over $20 to boost the posts.

But Facebook censors rejected his September 4 boost, which included a photo of baby Hudson hooked up to a few different tubes. Their reason? The photo was “scary, gory, or sensational and evokes a negative response. Images including accidents, car crashes, dead and dismembered bodies, ghosts, zombies, ghouls, and vampires are not allowed.”

Boilerplate language, for sure, but to Kevin, those were fighting words. He told WTVD, “I was really hurt, actually. I mean, I kind of cried. He’s my son, I love him. And to have someone reject a picture… [of] my beautiful son lying in a hospital bed needing help — that really cut me.”

Kevin tried to sort out the situation with Facebook, but the social media giant wouldn’t respond to him. However, the Bonds’ situation did catch the attention of the media, who spread the story quickly. Soon after the news broke, Facebook recanted: A company spokesperson told The Huffington Post (though not the Bond family directly), ”This was a mistake on our part, and the ad has been re-approved. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused the family.”

But it wasn’t enough for the Bonds. The distraught father called Facebook’s apology “half-hearted” (which it kind of was). After writing a scathing post about it on September 10, Kevin received a call from Facebook. Besides a verbal “I’m sorry,” the company explained that an automated system accidentally flagged the photo of Hudson in the hospital. As an olive branch, it offered $10,000 worth of Facebook ads. The Bonds have asked that $5,000 of it go to help Eliza O’Neill, a 4-year-old girl with Sanfilppo Syndrome; they’ll use the remainder for baby Hudson, who continues to wait in the hospital for his new heart.

Update: The wait is over for baby Hudson, reports Today.com. On Monday, Sept. 22, he underwent a successful heart transplant surgery and is recovering well in the hospital. The day after the surgery, Kevin updated supporters on Facebook: “Last night I really slept for the first time in two months. My heart made whole by that precious little gift beating strong in Hudson’s chest. Thank you will never be enough for all you’ve done to support Hudson. He’s got a long way to go, but we can honestly say we would have never gotten this far without you all.”

Tell us: Do you think Facebook has done enough to make amends for censoring the photos?

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When to Worry: Heart Murmur
When to Worry: Heart Murmur
When to Worry: Heart Murmur

Image of Hudson Bond courtesy of Hudson’s Heart via Facebook

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This Is What Being Pooped on as a Parent REALLY Looks Like

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

New dad Al Ferguson did what so many of us do when we have a baby — he and his son, Ted, posed for professional pictures. The shoot started out innocently enough. Al held a sleeping Ted tenderly in his arms while looking at the camera with a hint of a sweet smile.

But then suddenly, Ted woke up. Well, at least his bowels did. “It happened within a second,” Ferguson told Today.com. (He also wrote about the incident on his blog, The Dad Network.) “As I felt his stomach tense, in the back of your head you know he’s about to go poo, and then before you know it … he’s doing it.” By “doing it,” Ferguson means his son unleashed a steady stream of loose poop over the crook of Dad’s arm and onto the carpet below — all with a self-satisfied smile on his face.

Thankfully, photographer Kirsty Grant was there to capture the still-snoozing newborn‘s “deposit.” In fact, Ferguson said she picked up a diaper to “stem the flow. And she still got the shot.” (Well done, Kirsty!) Anne Geddes this photo is not, which is probably why everyone is going bananas over it. After all, most of us parents can relate way more to being covered in baby poop than we can to a baby dressed as a flower sitting in a garden pail.

But don’t take my word for it — check out the hysterical before and after shots below:

New dad Al Ferguson baby poop photos, Kirsty Grant photographer

Tell us: Did you have a professional photograph your baby? How did your child do during the shoot?

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When to Worry: Constipation
When to Worry: Constipation

Photo of Al and Ted Ferguson courtesy of Kirsty Grant Photography 

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Why Adele’s Lawsuit Is a Win for Celeb Babies Everywhere

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

adele-privacy-lawsuitI had always heard about the “mama bear instinct,” where a new mom will basically do whatever it takes to protect her child. I’m not going to say I thought it was a bunch of hullabaloo, but I will admit I thought people were exaggerating for effect. Like saying you could die happy now that you’ve tried a cronut.

But then, 12 hours into being a mom, I felt the first stirrings of it. By month three, the instinct to protect at all costs was so strong, I was starting to scare myself. I would stay up at night picturing all these insane scenarios where my tiny newborn was in harm’s way, and then I’d imagine what I needed to do to save him. Leap in front of an out-of-control car? Yes! Throw myself on top of a rabid dog who was eyeing him up like a piece of steak? Where do I sign up? It was crazy, yes, but so satisfying.

So when I read about Adele taking the British paparazzi to task for illicitly photographing her one-year-old son and profiting from it, I could totally relate. (Well, at least to her need to protect.) According to multiple reports, the Oscar- and Grammy award-winning singer and her partner, Simon Konecki, sued the photo agency Corbis Images U.K. Limited for taking pictures of baby Angelo‘s “milestone moments” (like his first playdate) and making them available to British tabloids. Though the very private Adele says she has accepted that she’s in the public eye, she’s always maintained that her son is not — a point her lawyers emphasized to the High Court in London this week. “These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements,” Adele’s solicitor, Jenny Afia, said (per the BBC News). “They represent a clear infringement of our client’s right to privacy.”

Afia also said the first-time parents believed “these images were of routine, everyday family occasions which the paparazzi has no right to intrude upon, profit from and file away in picture libraries for future reference and use.”

The High Court agreed with Adele, awarding Angelo a five-figure sum that will be squirreled away in a trust. In addition to the payment from Corbis Images U.K., the ruling also ensured the photos will never be used again.

Adele’s victory comes on the heels of a California law enacted last September aimed at protecting children of celebs from intrusive paparazzi eager to get a payday shot. The new law clarified the legal definition of harassment and made the possible punishment more severe, reports E! Online. Celeb moms (and mama bears) Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry, who have had their fair share of run-ins with paps, testified in support of the bill.

These wins are two very big steps in the right direction, though certainly more can be done to shield famous kids from the prying eyes of the public. The California law, for example, stopped short of restricting the transmitting, publishing or broadcasting of a child’s image or voice. But hopefully, legal victories like these will help ensure that the photos we do see of A-list kids have been taken with the full knowledge and consent of their (understandably) protective parents.

Tell us: What do you think about Adele’s win? Will it do enough to protect the privacy of famous kids?

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British Baby Names
British Baby Names

Image of Adele courtesy of Shutterstock

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