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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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    5 Parenting Trends I'm Thankful I Escaped

    posted by Jill Smokler September 24, 2013 at 1:03 PM in Baby
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    I often look at my friends who have babies with envy. It seems like there's so much more for them than there was for me, just a decade ago. I mean, mustache pacifiers, really? I contemplate having a baby just so I can own one of those, and I'm not even kidding. And those faux shoe-socks or ballet flat socks? I think I missed them by a year. So close.

    But then there are the other things, the trends and expectations that I'm forever grateful to have escaped because there's no way I could have succeeded at them. Stuff like these:

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    Time to check your baby's playroom, Kids II is recalling the Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper because of some horrific injuries that have been reported due to one of the toy attachments on the activity jumper, which can rebound with force and injure a baby. In fact, the company has received 100 reports of incidents involving the jumper, including 61 injuries. These reportedly included bruises, lacerations to the face, a 7-month-old boy who was given a skull fracture, and an adult who chipped a tooth!

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    Long before my baby had even been born, the crib was already set up in what would become her bedroom. It's silly, really. I planned to have her sleep in a bassinet in my room so I could breastfeed. But babies need cribs. That's just how it's done. Right? Well. Maybe. Here in America. But have you heard how they do it in Finland? Most Finnish moms let their babies sleep in cardboard boxes.

    America? This is yet another sign we're taking this whole parenting thing to extremes.

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    Admit it -- one of the funnest parts of being pregnant is looking at all the adorable baby gear: The booties, the onesies, the blankets and toys. But as you scroll through the big box store baby shower registries you may start getting a little frustrated. If it's non-toxic, eco-friendly gear you want, you have to do a lot of sorting!

    Wouldn't it be great if there were already some wonderful eco baby registries out there? Well... here you go. We've found five baby registries for crunchy moms.

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    Congratulations to our winner, meam4444!

    The birthday fun continues here on The Stir! Today's giveaway is an Evenflo Portable BabySuite Premier Playard. One lucky Stir reader will win the BabySuite, which can entertain any little one for hours on end. With a detachable toy bar with three plush toys, the BabySuite conveniently folds into a carry bag for easy transport and also converts to a full-size bassinet. Hello multifunctional!

    To enter to win the Evenflo Portable BabySuite Premier Playard, simply tell me:

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    Baby Calls 911 So Many Times Cops Arrest Mom

    posted by Jeanne Sager February 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM in Baby
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    All right moms, 'fess up. How many times have you let your baby play with your cellphone because you didn't have the heart to hear them cry when you take it away? Once? Twice? Three times (a lady)? After you read this story, you will never do it again.

    An Oregon baby managed to call 911 not once, not twice, not three times. The 1-year-old called the emergency line SIXTEEN TIMES with her mom's phone! As you can imagine, the cops in Astoria, Oregon are none too happy with Jessica May.

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    Pippa, Carole, and Kate Middleton.Kate Middleton would allegedly like to hire her mom, Carole Middleton, to be the royal nanny. A supposed friend of the Duchess told an Australian magazine that Kate wants her mother to help her care for the future king or queen of England when he or she arrives in July, breaking tradition of hiring a royal nanny equipped with all the bells and whistles of childcare expertise.

    After the rough pregnancy Kate's had with the hyperemesis and all, I can totally understand why she'd want her mom to be there to help her with the baby, and not some stranger.

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    It's time to check your toy chests, parents -- because the Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling over 45,000 Hug N' Tug baby toys made by Sassy and Carter's due to a choking hazard to infants.

    The problem with the toy has to do with the plastic sphere in the center, which contains small beads that could possibly fall out and cause babies to choke if they try to ingest them.

    So far, 12 reports have come in from people who had the beads fall out of their Sassy Hug N' Tug toy, though thankfully, no babies have been injured. There haven't yet been reports of beads falling out of the Carter's toy, but the CPSC is still recalling them as a precaution.

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    Aww, poor Snooki! The new mom is all excited about spending her first Christmas with little Lorenzo. And now she has to worry about what kind of tricks her best friend JWoww has up her sleeve.

    Yes, JWoww plans to be one of THOSE aunties. You know, the type who torture their best friends in the name of spoiling their little niece or nephew?

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