Parenting done right: Baby's first word is "taco"

As one of the most important words in any language, having a baby utter "taco" as their first word is a massive parental victory. Read the rest

Unregulated fertility technologies are being used to create babies

Mitochindrial replacement techniques, which produce "three-parent babies," promise to allow infertile couples to have babies, and even allow people with debilitating genetic disorders to have healthy babies. The largely unregulated tech is already producing babies despite the unknown long-term risks. Read the rest

How to rock a baby to sleep, as demonstrated by an experienced dad

Jordan Watson, the New Zealand-based father-of-three behind "How to Dad," demonstrates how to rock a baby to sleep in his latest video. It's cute.

In my personal experience, the "Invisible Trampoline" is the most effective for knocking newborns out but then again I've never tried waltzing.

(This one goes out to my brother and his family who just welcomed my nephew Benjamin to the world!)

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This weird crawling robot baby is used to study dirt and bacteria inhalation

Purdue University researchers built this bizarre crawling robot baby to study how real infants kick up dirt and bacteria from carpet that they then inhale. Engineer Brandon Boor and his colleagues ran the robot over carpet samples removed from people's homes and then analyzed the particulates that were stirred up. Turns out that the particle concentration is as much as 20 times greater than higher up in the room where we adults breathe. That isn't necessarily bad though, Boor says.

"Many studies have shown that inhalation exposure to microbes and allergen-carrying particles in that portion of life plays a significant role in both the development of, and protection from, asthma and allergic diseases," says Boor, an assistant professor of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering. "There are studies that have shown that being exposed to a high diversity and concentration of biological materials may reduce the prevalence of asthma and allergies later in life."

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Babies are born 'in the 9th month. It is wrong. It has to change,' says Donald Trump

Donald Trump, President of the United States, is apparently rewriting the laws of human biology and procreation now. Yep, he really said this. Read the rest

"You Died"

As the father of a five-month old baby and the owner of a copy of Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition, this has been the funniest 11 seconds of 2017. Read the rest

LED onesie to treat babies with jaundice

About 5 to 10 percent of newborns need phototherapy to treat jaundice. Rather than put them in bassinets under special lights while wearing eye protection, a new garment woven with optically-conductive fibers could enable them to be treated and cuddled simultaneously. From Smithsonian:

“Currently, newborn babies need to stay naked under strong blue light, with eye protection, and away from their mothers,” says Luciano Boesel, a textile scientist at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. “We wanted to develop a portable textile system that babies could use, so that the treatment could eventually even be performed at home, together with their parents.”

...The new textile is an improvement over previous treatments in that it’s breathable, washable, and can be worn directly next to the baby’s skin, Boesel says. The team found that the weaving process that produced the best result in terms of light penetration is the process that produces satin. In the satin weave, the optical threads don’t cross with the traditional thread very often, which maximizes light available to be emitted over the skin. It also makes the fabric quite soft. The fabric can be sewn into pajamas where the light-emitting part faces in, so no light is shining towards the baby’s eyes, meaning there’s no need for sunglasses.

"POF-yarn weaves: controlling the light out-coupling of wearable phototherapy devices" (Biomedical Optics Express)

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Baby with contagious giggle can't stop laughing at dad blowing dandelion flowers

Tom Fletcher (of McFly music fame) shared this video of his then infant son, Buzz Fletcher, seeing dandelions flowers for the first time in his new little life. Read the rest

48 reasons babies are tiny drunk people

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Woman turned her prenatal ultrasounds into a VR experience

Samuli Cantell had the interesting idea of importing her ultrasound data into a 3D modeling program to create a VR experience: Read the rest

Watch these cute Barn Owls learn how to fly for the first time

“Luna and Lily have grown from helpless little chicks to near adult barn owls and now they're beginning to learn how to fly.” Read the rest

How to calm a crying baby

How to calm a crying baby? Just let the little guy watch this video. Read the rest

Notorious B.I.G. calms down crying baby: “Don't worry, Biggie's coming back.”

An internet classic from 2011. “Don't worry honey, Biggie's coming back.” Read the rest

If you can see the baby in this photo you may be more prone to hallucinations or psychosis

Can you spot the baby in this image? Researchers at the Universities of Cardiff and Cambridge found that volunteers who showed early signs of psychosis were much better at recognizing the baby than a group of people who did not have psychosis.

Can't see the baby? Good for you! See the original photo.

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Dog and baby freak out adorably when dad comes home

We should all be so lucky to be loved this much. Read the rest

Smart little 11-month-old baby figures out a clever way to climb off this bed

Proud papa Francisco Aguilar posted this video of his 11-month-old son, whose budding intelligence was captured perfectly in this short video. Read the rest

An opera for sleep-deprived parents

For anyone who has raised children: sing along, you know the words. Read the rest

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