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    I'm giving birth to a baby boy, oh, any minute now. As someone who usually follows social norms, I'm really surprised by how put off I am by the thought of circumcision. Growing up in the U.S., circumcised penises seem normal to me, but I can't wrap my mind around why I'd willingly let a doctor cut off a piece of skin located on the most sensitive part of his male sexual organ. It seems bananas!

    With that said, I also don't want him to mature into a teen and realize his penis is different. I don't want him to feel more self-conscious about his body than he probably already will at age 16. Is that a good enough reason to circumcise him? Probably not. And I'm still on the fence about this decision (despite the ticking clock), but here are 24 real-life quotes from moms and dads who either chose to circumcise or chose not to circumcise their baby boys.

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    Day three of birthday giveaways has arrived and today we're giving out the Chicco NaturalFit All You Need starter gift set that's perfect for the newborns.

    Finding, storing, and washing baby bottles is a hassle. Especially when you have to juggle, oh, a thousand other things. So we're making it all easier and freeing up your time with this all-in-one set.

    The NaturalFit line is a staged feeding system, and this gift set includes three different bottles, orthodontic pacifiers, a bottle brush, a teether, and a microwave sterilizer. Anything you could need, we've got you covered.

    To enter for a chance to win one of the four $59.99 sets from Chicco, simply tell me:

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    You can just tell Katheryn Deprill's adoptive parents raised her right. The 27-year-old mom of three children did not have the best start in life. When she was just a few days old, her mother abandoned her at a Burger King bathroom in Pennsylvania -- a story that made all of the papers at the time. But she was luckier than most because she was adopted by two very caring people who never lied to her about her past. When Katheryn recently revealed to them that she wanted to try and find her birth mom, they weren't just supportive -- they decided to help her do it.

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    Well, that didn't take long! Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have officially been looking for a new nanny since January, being that Jessie Webb, who took care of Wills as a boy and has been taking care of Prince George, is now retiring at the age of 71. Now, although the palace has yet to confirm, rumor has it that they've hired a young European nanny for their upcoming trip to Australia.

    Lovely! Except, apparently, this has jaws dropping everywhere, because it's a major break from tradition.

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    Up until this point, they've done a pretty decent job of making sure Prince George is in their care as often as possible, but now supposedly Kate Middleton and Prince William might hire a nanny due to their crazy schedules.

    Well, a full-time nanny, that is. They currently have Jessie Webb, Prince William's former nanny, helping them out as needed, but she recently gave notice that she's over the whole deal (because she's 71 and it's about time for her to retire).

    And because of her exit, the palace apparently has gone ahead and put out the word to agencies that Kate and Wills need someone permanent to take care of their little guy while they're doing royal stuff.

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    When you think of a stay-at-home mom, you envision a woman who is with her child all day. Her world, is all about taking care of home and family. No job to run off too or office politics to navigate. What you don't imagine is a woman who doesn't work AND has a nanny. But that is a sweet reality for a lot of women. Recently. SAHM Esther Walker made a splash with her essay on hiring a nanny to care for her 8-month-old son five days a week so that she should do less "boring" things with her time. For her, being with her son 24-7 was mind-numbing.

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    It's every mom or caretaker's worst nightmare. You're living life as normal and, suddenly, your baby stops breathing. No matter how much training you may have had in infant first aid and CPR, it's difficult, if not impossible, to keep your head and not panic. One woman experienced firsthand the frightening reality of this scenario while she was driving with her 5-month-old nephew on a Florida highway. Pamela Rauseo pulled her vehicle over to the side of the road when she realized the child who was in her care had stopped breathing and was turning blue.

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    Few issues can divide parents and cause fury as quickly as the debate over whether children should be vaccinated for diseases like measles, rubella, and pertussis, or whooping cough. Those opposed to vaccinations often believe the ingredients used to create them can cause autism and that a child's immune system is strengthened when he or she is forced to fight off diseases rather than be protected against them. On the opposite side of the fence, parents who choose to vaccinate their children may not always feel 100 percent comfortable with the risks that can be involved with these shots but have decided that the benefits of warding off dangerous diseases far outweigh the hazards. 

    Regardless of how you feel about vaccinations, it's difficult to dismiss cold hard facts. A new map released by the Council on Foreign Relations clearly shows the effect the anti-vaccination movement is having on children and adults in the U.S. And it ain't pretty. 

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    Are you and the people caring for your kids on the same page? One mom found out the answer to that question the hard way. She posted on Reddit the "eye-opening text I wasn't supposed to see from a daycare provider I was considering for my daughter." At least she caught the conversation before she sent her baby there. Sounds like they weren't exactly simpatico with her kind of parenting style.

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    Forget attachment parenting, helicopter parenting, natural parenting, and everything in between -- because the celeb-types have a brand new style of raising kids that's apparently all the rage.

    It's called "RIE Parenting," which is an acronym for Resources for Infant Educarers. It's pronounced "wry," and the basic gyst of it is treating babies like individuals ... not like tiny little bundles of joy. Why on earth should kids be treated like kids? (That just isn't right.)

    Some of RIE's famous fans include Helen Hunt, Tobey Maguire, Penelope Cruz, and Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, to name a few.

    And apparently this style of parenting is oh so appealing to A-listers because duh -- they're raising their babies without "disrespecting" them.

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