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Gender-neutral names are becoming more popular for children. We have a great list for you to check out.

By Dave Roos

An app developed by a UCLA scientist and mother was originally designed for deaf parents, but hearing parents can benefit too.

By Alia Hoyt

The U.S. birth rate has plummeted since 1976. Is this a trend we should be worried about?

By Patrick J. Kiger


Gender reveal parties are fun, but they may also reinforce stereotypes.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Are people with the last name Cook more likely to work as chefs? Nominative determinism is the phenomenon that the name a person is given may have a significant impact on their path in life.

By Laurie L. Dove

One year it's Brittney and Justin, next year it's Ashley and Ethan. Then all of a sudden we're back to Dick and Jane. Can you guess the 10 most popular baby names of all time? Is yours on the list?

By Kim Williamson

Today's celebs are steering clear of names like Sally, Dick and Jane, and are instead choosing more bizarre names for their offspring. What are some of the, shall we say, most unique? Put it this way -- we had a hard time pairing down the list.

By Danielle Fisher


It's possible to convert a crib to a toddler bed for when your toddler has outgrown his crib but isn't yet ready for a full-size bed. Learn how to convert a crib to a toddler bed in this article.

By Contributors

You did your homework before you picked your particular daycare center and so far, everything seems good. But what goes on behind the scenes after you drop your child off? What does your daycare provider not want you to know?

By Laurie L. Dove

Few images pull the heartstrings like that of a nursing baby in a mother's arms. They are relaxed and full of the joy and magic of new life. For many people, though, that's not the whole story. What don't you know about breast-feeding?

By Julia Layton

For someone so tiny, a preemie can be surprisingly resilient. Here is a list of 10 things you can expect during your baby's stay in the NICU.

By Shanna Freeman


In order to help you adjust to this monumental new responsibility, we've organized a list of five things to expect after leaving the NICU.

By Chris Obenschain

The cinematic adventures of adorable newborns can provide hours of entertainment, even though none of the babies on screen are as cute as your own. These are 10 of our favorite movies about newborns.

By Susan Cassidy

The wide availability of over-the-counter drugs can make them seem deceptively safe. If they're marketed as drugs for children, then they must be pretty harmless, right? Wrong. There are a number of drugs you need to be on the lookout for.

By Sara Elliott

Have you read every baby book and magazine? Caring for a newborn is an around-the-clock job. Discover ways to bond with your baby and aid in the development of your baby's self-esteem.


This isn't "Little House on the Prairie," so why did you only register for receiving blankets? Today's kids will never know what life was like before iPods and Twitter, so get them acclimated to our high-tech society while they're still in the womb.

By Chris Obenschain

Some babies travel well and sleep through the whole trip; others can get fussy at inconvenient times. What can you do to be sure your baby's trip is smooth sailing?

By John Kelly

Teething is a normal, though often painful, stage all babies go through. How can you be sure that your baby's symptoms are a sign of teething, and what can you to do soothe his pain?

By Lance Looper

Most likely your toddler is plenty active. It's in his or her nature. But you can still plan activities that will challenge the brain and the body and aid in development.

By Gerlinda Grimes


Keeping kids healthy at daycare is a nearly impossible goal but these suggestions may help.

By Maria Trimarchi

When you find yourself faced with finding safe, quality day care, how do you begin? The first step is to determine what kind of day care your family needs.

By Maria Trimarchi

If you just had a baby or are looking for more tips on how to care of one, then take a look at these 10 baby care tips to get started.

By writers

Many expectant parents face the choice of cloth or disposable diapers. But a growing movement could make that choice easy. Don't use diapers at all.

By Alison Cooper


Do programs like "Baby Einstein" help your baby learn? Experts are saying no -- and that programs like these may actually harm a child's cognitive development.

By Jacob Silverman

Potty training is a developmental skill your child cannot master until he is ready. The process of training should be called potty learning, since your child teaches himself. Learn how to potty train a child.

By Michael Meyerhoff