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Friday, April 17th, 2015
Welcome to the #brelfie party, Instagram! After months of disabling accounts with breastfeeding photos, the popular photo- and video-sharing site has officially changed its tune about seeing you nurse your baby.
According to its recently clarified guidelines, pics of women actively nursing are totally fine, as are images of post-mastectomy scarring and nudes in paintings and sculptures. (The X-rated stuff — photos showing sex, genitals, or close-ups of the full monty — is still off limits.) Instagram is the latest major social media player to give breastfeeding shots the green light. Last month, Facebook famously refined its image policy so nursing moms can “always”post their pictures without fretting over bans or censorship.
Related: Celebrity Breastfeeding Photos and #Selfies
Did Instagram head honchos have a light bulb moment and realize that breastfeeding is anything but offensive? Well, maybe, but my guess is that these new guidelines were prompted more by controversy than common sense: For months now, fed-up Instagram users have taken to blogs, Twitter, and, ironically, Facebook to criticize the site’s uneven handling of nursing photos and raise awareness about its “discriminatory” practice of shutting #brelfie-loving moms out of their accounts. At the same time, they’ve continued to post breastfeeding photos despite potential repercussions from the site or other users.
And though this move is a clear-cut win for the #normalizebreastfeeding movement, it’s also painfully overdue. Any level-headed person can tell you that a woman breastfeeding is hardly pornographic, but until recently, that’s exactly the message social media giants Facebook and Instagram were sending with their short-sighted policies. Hopefully this is but the latest step to help drive home the fact that nursing is natural and normal — #nofilter needed.
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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+.
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Thursday, January 15th, 2015
When photos of 23-month-old Beau and his pup, Theo, snuggling together during naptime went viral in 2013, you could almost hear the collective awww from the Internet. After all, there’s nothing cuter than a tow-headed toddler and his tiny puppy. Well, except, of course, a brand-new baby.
About four months ago, Jessica Shyba gave birth to daughter Evangeline (or Evvie, for short), turning the dynamic duo (#theoandbeau) into an insanely photogenic trio (#theoandevie). Evvie is already napping alongside Theo and Beau, and Shyba, the brains behind the blog Momma’s Gone City, has once again captured the cuteness for us. We first spotted the heartwarming pics on Today.com, but check out plus the whole batch on the Momma’s Gone City Instagram. (Talk about cute overload!)
We have yet to run across a picture that doesn’t make us smile: There’s the trifecta, sleeping soundly after a morning of playing dress-up as Beau wears his doggie tie; dreaming of their next adventure while cuddling thisclose together; or — my favorite — dozing off in the same arms-up-feet-together sleeping position. Just look at the photos below!
(Side note: Although super cute, these pictures don’t exactly jibe with the AAP’s recommendations. Remember to remove soft bedding, toys, and pillows from your kiddo’s sleep area, and always have baby sleep on her back. But you probably already knew that!)
As much as I adore these photos, I’ve got to say I’m more impressed that this mom of three kids and two pets even has the time to snap them, come up with cute captions, and post them online. How about you — have you found the time to take any Instagram-worthy shots of your babe?
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+
Image of Theo, Beau and Evvie courtesy of Jessica Shyba via Instagram
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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Every mom I know has a camera roll full of selfies taken by her baby. You know the ones — a frame full of forehead and (if you’re lucky) maybe some wisps of hair, an eye, and a sliver of mouth. While most of us send them straight to our virtual trash cans, Mommy Shorts blogger and mom-of-two Ilana Wiles came up with a pretty fantastic way to put them to good use (h/t Today.com).
Inspired by the first selfie taken by her tot, Harlow, who turns 2 next week, Wiles started @insta2yearold, an Instagram account that offers a tongue-in-cheek look at life through the little girl’s point of view. Accompanying the nearly three dozen photos (nearly all of which have been taken by Wiles but are made to look like Harlow could have shot them) are captions that are part Stewie Griffin, part someecard.
Which is to say that @insta2yearold is sarcastic, irreverent, and wildly funny, much like the very popular Twitter account Honest Toddler (of which Wiles is a big fan). It’s also totally relatable, which probably explains why this still-new account has already gone viral and has more than 46,000 followers as of this writing. Wiles-as-Harlow is clearly in the zone with us — and our babies. To wit:
* On a breakfast of frozen waffles and syrup: “Say what you will about my mom’s cooking skills, but she can defrost one helluva waffle.”
* On watching Toy Story: “Step 1: Run around wreaking havoc until Mommy and Daddy need a time out. Step 2: Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.”
* On creative solutions: “I hid my Halloween stash where I knew no one would ever find it. In the closet next to Mommy’s free weights.”
It’s like she’s reading my kiddo’s mind! Now it’s your turn: Can you relate to @insta2yearold? Do you ever wonder what your baby is secretly thinking?
Want to make a record of your baby’s exciting first year? Get the scoop on how to create a memorable baby photo book. And be sure to like All About Babies on Facebook to keep up with the latest baby news!
Image of Harlow courtesy of @insta2yearold
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Thursday, October 30th, 2014
With the exception of assembling the crib, is there a tougher job for parents-to-be than picking out baby’s name? If you’re not diplomatically shooting down your partner’s ideas, then you’re selling your own favorites as if your life depended on it. It’s exhausting, frankly. So small wonder when the deed is done and the name is finalized, most of us just want to curl up on the sofa and binge watch Homeland.
Unless you’re Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. As the Daily Mail reports, when the tech-savvy couple finally decided on the name Wyatt Isabelle, they hopped on their computer and created a gigantic online footprint for their unborn daughter. “We immediately went home and reserved all the domain names,” Kutcher said during an appearance on Conan earlier this week. “We’ve got the Twitter handle, the Instagram, everything you could possibly get. I don’t want a porn site with my daughter’s name!” One-month-old Wyatt even has her own email address, and the inbox is already full of messages from her parents (and probably some requests for money from a Nigerian prince).
None of this should surprise me. Besides the fact that Kutcher is a well-known tech investor, he’s also a prodigious user of social media. Before there was @KimKardashian, there was @aplusk, the actor’s Twitter account that’s already attracted 16.5 million followers and counting. He’s just as popular in other spaces, too: nearly 1 million followers on Instagram and almost 18.5 million likes on his official Facebook page. This is the guy who played Steve Jobs in a movie, for heaven’s sake. Point is, he’s passionate about the online space.
But he’s hardly the only parent who’s setting up baby online before she’s even out of diapers. According to a new study by Gerber.com, nearly 40 percent of millennial moms started a social media account for their baby before the kid’s first birthday, and 7 percent did so before the child’s second birthday. Companies are taking notice and responding with gadgets designed to simplify the upkeep of your infant’s online presence. Exhibit A: New Born Fame, a high-tech mobile still in prototype that lets babies take selfies in the crib and share them with their followers.
While the thought of a newborn posting photos of himself online gives me the willies, it’s something that some parents are totally fine with. Like most aspects for parenting, figuring out how much info you should share on social media depends on who you ask. For every mom who supports a baby blackout, there are just as many who believe that publishing a sweet photo of their kiddo sleeping is a nice way to make loved ones feel involved. While there’s some truth to that, especially if you have out-of-town friends and family, I still think there’s something to be said for giving your baby’s early years some degree of privacy. While Kutcher and Kunis’ daughter has little chance of that — hence their desire to snap up every conceivable domain name out there — it’s something our children can enjoy. At least right now. I know that Facebook — or whatever replacement exists in a decade — isn’t going anywhere; social media is part of how we communicate. But for now, in this moment, my husband and I have chosen to let our son enjoy these wireless years as long as he can. Then, when he’s old enough, we’ll give him the option to share what he wants with the rest of the world.
Now it’s your turn: What’s your take on putting your baby’s photos and status updates on social media?
Ready to do something with all those baby pictures in your phone? Get the scoop on how to create a memorable baby photo book. And be sure to like All About Babies on Facebook to keep up with the latest baby news!
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Friday, June 20th, 2014
Nothing’s sweeter (and cuter!) than a newborn baby — and Kelly Clarkson proved that when she shared an Instagram photo of her daughter, River Rose, sleeping in an old-fashioned cherry-red carriage, surrounded by lacy white blankets.
The American Idol winner just gave birth to River Rose last week, her first daughter with husband Brandon Blackstock. As a caption to her photo, which already has over 27,000 likes, Clarkson wrote, “Here is our beautiful baby girl River Rose; 6 lbs 6 oz, 18 inches, and the greatest thing on the planet.”
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