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    One of the most wonderful parts of summer is enjoying fun in the sun on the beach, though I think we can all agree that visiting the beach with a baby in tow is no picnic. From the extra gear you need to pack to survive the day, the diapers full of sand, and the constant worry about baby getting a sunburn -- it's really a wonder that any parent attempts such a feat at all.

    Here are 13 photos that pretty much sum up why babies and beaches are simply NOT a winning combination.

    More from The Stir12 Beach Tips for Parents Who Hate Sand But Love the Ocean

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    When it comes to selfies, Kim and Khloe Kardashian are probably the queens -- followed closely by pre-hospitalized Amanda Bynes. Even President Obama is getting in on the act -- though unfortunately he chose to do it at Nelson Mandela's funeral. Not cool, prez. But selfies have been criticized for being self-indulgent, narcissistic, and let's face it, freaking boring. Not, however, these selfies! These selfies were done by children who happened to be left alone with a cell phone. These kids are too young to be narcissists -- though it does make one wonder if selfies are a biological impulse, given how quickly these tykes took to it. Here are 7 cute selfies from camera-ready kids.

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    Being a mother is hard, hard, hard, and no one knows this better than Teen Mom Kailyn Lowry. She is an immensely loving and involved parent to both her son Isaac with her ex-boyfriend and her newborn baby son Lincoln as well. And when her husband Javi tweeted out to the world his appreciation of his wife, the world sighed a collective "awwww."

    It's really, really sweet.

    But what he said? Is one of those things that gets under my mom skin. Here's his tweet:

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    Not that you need an excuse to look at a cute photo of a baby, but you have to look at these cute photos of a baby. They're "selfies" of Holly Madison's baby Rainbow, taken by her husband Pasquale Rotella. And they're screamingly adorable. Forget that I'm supposed to be rolling my eyes at the very idea of staged baby selfies. I don't even care about that. These photos are just too cute.

    "I guess you are never too young to take a selfie!" Rotella captioned on Holly's blog. He actually posed Rainbow with her arm out in both photos. How did he do that? And best of all, no duck lips. Just those huge, baby blue eyes and an open mouth. You guys, this could become a trend.

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    It's one of those videos that seem hilarious until you actually start thinking about it. Babies riding Roombas -- a compilation video happening now on YouTube. What's not to love? It's shot after shot of babies sitting placidly atop moving Roombas. I don't know that everyone will find this video funny, but when I first saw it, I thought it had a kind of droll, absurd appeal. And then someone asked a super-boring but necessary question: Is that even safe?

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    Congratulations! It's your first Halloween as a parent. You know what this means? For the first time since you were a kid you get to go trick-or-treating again. Candy for everyone, yayyyy!

    What's that? Babies are too young to eat candy? Well of course, silly. The candy isn't for the baby -- it's for you! You're just using your baby as candy bait. Everyone will know that, and they will still totally respect you in the morning. Here's seven completely reasonable and not-at-all ridiculous reasons why you should go trick-or-treating with a baby.

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    Motherhood has a funny way of shifting our former judgments on other parents into the ability to make fun of ourselves. I can’t be the only one that’s referred to playpens as “toddler jail,” right? Right? Just keepin’ it real, folks.

    Let’s face it -- there are some baby products out there that non-parents just can’t understand. Take the playpen example. Maybe some people can’t understand why you wouldn’t just wear your baby, or let them play nicely on the floor. The answer is that it’s freaking hard to open the oven when you have a baby strapped to your chest or crawling rapidly toward the door. So into baby jail she goes, and that’s what we call it, because if you don’t keep a sense of humor about things, what’s the point?

    Here are five totally misnamed (and renamed) baby products that are parent lifesavers.

    Do you have any to add to the list?


    Image via Joshua Dalsimer/Corbis

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    Readers, Friday night is finally here, and you know what that means? Time to relax with a cute baby video, obviously! And I've got a bonus: Not just a baby, but two fluffy Alaskan Malamutes crawling together to boot. While baby Maple Syrup (his nickname) crawls, so do his canine companions, Brown Sugar and Rice Candy. Maple Syrup's mom calls them the "three plump sugary siblings." It's so sweet, I'm getting a cavity just writing this post. Get ready to go into diabetic shock, everyone. Here comes cute on 12 limbs.

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  • 5 Most Ridiculous 'Mommy & Me' Classes I Attended

    posted by Jenny Isenman September 27, 2013 at 9:25 PM in Baby
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    After writing a recent piece on 5 baby classes I wish they gave because they would be awesome, it dawned on me that the classes I did choose were pretty questionable. By that I mean, classes that now make me question my own sanity at the time. When my first child was little, I was under the impression that the more time you spent in various classes that would teach and socialize your baby, the better parent you were. Sure, we may have had to take out a second mortgage but darn if my 3 month old wasn't going to get a baby massage in a fancy room while he and 10 other babies squirmed uncomfortably. No, I would not be the ogre to rob him of that experience. An experience that would surely be the reason he one day gets accepted to Harvard.I'm pretty certain I'm not the only mom that searched for the perfect classes. Here are my 5 Mommy and Me mistakes (if only I could get that money back to buy shoes, or food)...

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    Babies are just weird sometimes. They're little mysteries wrapped up in chubby cheeks and pajamas. What are they thinking? What do they want? And why are they crying -- again?!? Here's a real puzzler: This eight-month-old baby cries every time he hears the Nationwide Insurance jingle. Dad Beau Cooper noticed little Deegan getting upset right after a commercial, so he sang it again. Sure enough, Deegan cried. So he called his wife over and sang it again: Crying. They did it a third time just to capture it on video. More crying. And this is not even the end of the story!

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