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    Jessica Simpson has two beautiful babies -- emphasis on the word babies, as Maxwell is 2 and Ace is just 13 months old. Two under 3. Two in diapers. Are you exhausted just thinking about it?

    The 34-year-old singer announced something on her Instagram that doesn't surprise me in the least: while posing with her adorable friend's son, Jack, she wrote, "I love you Jack, but I do not want another!!" The star makes truly beautiful children -- um, with a little help from her husband, Eric Johnson, of course -- but in this case, I do not blame her one bit for only wanting two children.

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    As a mom who's brought her baby to questionable venues from bars to New Year's Eve parties, I'm not one to judge where mothers bring their kids. That's why I was dismayed to hear that a breastfeeding mom with a 4-month-old baby strapped to her chest says she was kicked out of a Brad Paisley concert in San Diego last Thursday, with police arguing that she was endangering her child.

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    From frozen to alcoholic, parents have had plenty of solutions to ease babies through their teething stages. But do you really need to slather your little one's gums in medicated gels in order to treat their soreness? Turns out, no. The Food and Drug Administration is now warning parents away from certain prescription and over-the-counter teething medications

    According to the FDA, the gels and creams parents are using can be harmful to the baby. Specifically, the government agency says drugs like viscous lidocaine have been reported to actually hurt the baby, and popular benzocaine gels and liquids can cause methemoglobinemia, a rare but serious and possibly fatal blood disorder.

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    Choosing baby gear is an exciting part of preparing for a new arrival. But even after you've unpacked all the gifts and settled on the nursery, making sure to stay current on updates, changes, and especially recalls is just as crucial. A tragic story out of New Jersey this morning shows us the importance of paying attention to recall notices. More than four years since the product's original recall, an 8-month-old baby has died in the Nap Nanny infant recliner.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that the child was found strapped in by the belt, hanging over the side of the recliner and trapped by the edge of the seat and the crib bumper. This is the sixth baby to die from the use of the product, and officials say that even though the seats are no longer sold in stores, they're very popular at secondhand sales: yard sales, online, and as hand-me-downs.

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    Taking care of a newborn can be a rough job. Moms, don't you ever wish you had a handy assistant around to help you? Even just someone to take care of changing the diaper ... or at least someone who can give you all the necessary tools and then dispose of the nasties?

    Well, you're in luck. Because there's one pooch who's up for the role. Charlie the beagle recently welcomed a new addition into the family, and it seems like he's acclimating pretty nicely. So well, in fact, that he's helping mom with the diaper changes. Check him out:

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    A California woman who has been in a coma since early March has given birth to a healthy baby boy. And with assistance, she's even started breastfeeding her newborn son!

    Melissa Carleton has been in a coma for over two months. When she was in her second trimester with baby West Nathaniel Lande, doctors discovered a benign brain tumor. She wanted to wait until after giving birth to operate, but she suffered from a seizure that left her almost fully unconscious. And she hasn't regained her consciousness since March 11.

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    When you think "attachment parent," you might think of some kind of hippie martyr mom who wears her baby in a sling, breastfeeds on demand, and co-sleeps with her 3-year-old. She's the type of mom who quit her job, gave up girls' nights for washing cloth diapers, acts judgy, and lives only for her kids. You'd be partly right. The latter (the judgy mom who sacrifices everything for her baby) is an urban legend. But the stuff about the sling, the breastfeeding, and the co-sleeping -- those things might be true. But, and this is well worth noting, you don't have to do all of that or even any of it to be an attachment parent. Attachment parenting, a term coined by William Sears, is all about creating a close bond with your baby.

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    Parents innately want to protect their little ones from every injury, illness, or other potential danger out there, and do their best every day. But as much as we try to protect them, occasional discomforts (from stomach aches to stuffy noses) happen. Hence why it's best to keep a prepared medicine cabinet.

    Here, the 13 things every parent of a baby should have on hand ...

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    Giving a baby a bath is not the easiest task on the planet. They're squirmy. They're slippery, and -- more often than not -- they're screaming. But since you can't wait until they're old enough to do it themselves, getting a handle on how to give a baby a bath is a must.

    So when is baby old enough for their first bath? What temperature should the water be, and what do you have to buy?

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    Baby nurses and other medical professionals who work with newborns are supposed to be absolute experts on how to care for our little ones. When we give birth in a hospital, some of us -- especially those of us who were nervous first-time mommies (I'm guilty) -- look to these pros for advice and comfort. So what would you say if you found out your newborn had spent the first day or two of his life in the nursery with tape over his mouth? And no, not because docs have discovered some breakthrough health benefit of bonding a child's lips with tape -- but because your poor baby had the nerve to...get ready for it...cry.

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