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At the playground a while ago, my 13-month-old daughter wandered up to a toddler and the pair began a very enthusiastic giggle exchange. It was beyond cute, so I couldn't resist grinning at the other kid's mother. She smiled back and I noticed she had the same flaxen hair and ginormous cobalt orbs as her son.

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Babies are smarter than you thinkupdated: Sun Oct 23 2011 14:57:00

In the past 30 years we've learned that babies and young children know more and learn more than we would ever have thought possible.

Babies: 'The R&D division of our species'updated: Sun Oct 23 2011 14:57:00

Psychologist Alison Gopnik explores the intelligence-gathering and decision-making babies develop when they play.

Stupid things parents do that put their kids at riskupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 09:21:00

Julie Perrault shudders when she remembers some of the dumb things she did when her kids were babies.

How safe is your car seat?updated: Thu Oct 20 2011 09:21:00

The Insurance Institute for Higway Safety has a new list of safe car booster seats for kids. CNN's Holly Firfer reports.

How to calmly (and safely) tackle the most common toddler traumasupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 13:22:00

When your toddler is hurt and screaming and emotions are bubbling over, it can be hard to tell if a situation is a true emergency, something that can be treated in your doctor's office or an issue you can handle at home.

Kate Hudson, Matthew Bellamy welcome 'healthy baby boy'updated: Sun Jul 10 2011 16:56:00

Actress Kate Hudson gave birth to her second child Saturday, her representative confirmed to CNN on Sunday.

Too old for a car seat?updated: Mon Mar 21 2011 09:56:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains why some lawmakers want to keep kids in car seats longer.

Kids should ride in rear-facing car seats longer, pediatricians sayupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 09:56:00

New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics may change the way many parents buckle up their kids.

Cutting Head Start is bad fiscal policyupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 10:56:00

Early childhood education is the single best investment we can make for our children. Unfortunately, the U.S. House proposed a spending bill for the remainder of 2011 calling for drastic cuts to education, including a 22.4% reduction in funding for Head Start and Early Head Start.

20 things moms should never feel guilty aboutupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 08:53:00

We could probably come up with about 200 things to not feel guilty about, but then we would just feel guilty about never feeling guilty at all. This list will give you the general idea of what kinds of not-exactly-maternal feelings are within limits, and what childcare chores you can cheat on now and then.

Milestones in your baby's language developmentupdated: Mon Feb 07 2011 08:18:00

Although your baby won't say much during her first year of life (at least not in words you understand), her language skills begin to grow the minute she's born. Here's how the process unfolds:

Is it safe to fly with a 2-week-old?updated: Mon Jan 17 2011 08:26:00

Is it safe to fly with a 2-week-old?

Homemade incubator saves livesupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 05:36:00

A traditional birth attendant in Kenya takes on infant mortality with a homemade incubator.

Homemade incubator helps premature babies in slumupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 05:36:00

In her small clinic in Nairobi's Mathare slum, Alice Sibour has defied a shortage of medical equipment and come up with an inventive way to care for newborn babies.

Head Start for kids, prisoner parentsupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 07:49:00

Christal Maki disappeared from her daughter's life when Mia was 2 years old.

Feds investigate Head Start enrollmentupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 13:07:00

Some Head Start programs allegedly enroll people above the income limit while poor families are wait-listed.

Kids, parents still waiting on Head Startupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 13:07:00

Lamont Butler is a single father, unemployed for more than a year and trying to do the best for his daughter, 3-year-old Samaya. The family qualifies for the federal government's free pre-kindergarten program, Head Start, but has been on a waiting list for more than a year.

Atty. Gen. calls for same-sex weddingsupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 13:33:00

California Attorney General Jerry Brown files a motion for resumption of same-sex weddings in the state.

Same-sex marriage will hurt families, societyupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 13:33:00

The institution of marriage is unique. It is the one institution that binds women and men together to form a family, and this serves broad societal purposes.

Study: More U.S. girls starting puberty earlyupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 05:50:00

Girls in the United States are entering puberty at earlier ages than they have in the past, a new study reports.

Study: Girls becoming women soonerupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 05:50:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a study that shows girls are starting puberty earlier in life.

A second opinion on learning disordersupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 10:51:00

Aditi Shankardass explains how an EEG device revealed mistaken diagnoses in children who have developmental disorders.

Searching for roots of learning disordersupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 10:51:00

Far too often, children with developmental disorders are diagnosed solely on the basis of their observable behavior, slotted into broad diagnostic pigeonholes and provided generalized treatments that may not always meet their specific needs.

GAO uncovers fraud, abuse at Head Start centersupdated: Tue May 18 2010 14:26:00

Staff members at eight Head Start centers manipulated income information given to them by undercover applicants so that the applicants would get benefits they were not qualified for, according to a Government Accountability Office report being released Tuesday.

Principal calls for Facebook banupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 21:17:00

A New Jersey middle school principal urges parents to ban their kids from Facebook. He spoke with CNN's Kiran Chetry.

Principal to parents: Take kids off Facebookupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 21:17:00

In a move likely to earn him few Facebook friend requests from tweens, a New Jersey middle school principal is calling for parents to yank their children from all social-networking sites.

Study helps kids speakupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 16:27:00

A Vanderbilt study looks at a new, but unproved, occupational therapy that helps some autistic children learn to speak. Fans Flood Duggars with Messages of Supportupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 19:30:00

Viewers across the country offer prayers and best wishes for the family's premature 19th baby

Fans flood Duggars with supportupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 18:01:00

The arrival of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's 19th baby hasn't been easy -- and the future is still not certain for preemie Josie Brooklyn, born three months early on December 10 and weighing only 1 lb., 6 oz.

Terrible tweens are the golden years?updated: Thu Dec 03 2009 09:36:00

When my kids were younger, friends with tweens gave me dire warnings: "It's a whole new world -- much worse than the terrible twos." "You won't believe the change in your kid -- like night and day." "Just wait until they hit middle school; brace yourself."

Report: More than 1M preemies die in first month annuallyupdated: Sun Oct 04 2009 19:56:00

More than 1 million babies born prematurely die each year before they are a month old, the March of Dimes said Sunday in the first comprehensive global report on premature births.

Should I breast-feed a baby with food allergies?updated: Mon Jun 15 2009 09:52:00

I am exclusively beast-feeding my 4-month-old baby, who was diagnosed with allergic colitis at 3 months. I have been off dairy and soy for eight weeks now. We still see blood specks in his poop. He is gaining weight, albeit very slowly. Question, is it beneficial for me to be on an elimination diet and figure out what he is allergic to or is a hypoallergenic formula the answer? Has any research been done on this? My baby won't take those formulas and I am torn on what to do. Is breast-feeding detrimental in this case or will he outgrow it eventually in six months or a year? Please advise.

Thomas the Tank Engine helps autistic kids identify emotionsupdated: Wed May 27 2009 05:38:00

Thomas the Tank Engine, whose television adventures on the fictional island of Sodor have delighted children around the world for years, is now on a real-life mission to help kids with autism.

How new moms can deal with tricky relationshipsupdated: Mon May 11 2009 10:25:00

Teething rings, pacifiers, Mylicon drops: When your baby is difficult and cranky, there are plenty of tools at your disposal to set things right. But what can you do when the grown-ups in your life act like uncooperative, whiny children? No matter how hard you look, you won't find a pacifier big enough to hush your difficult mother-in-law or cranky hubby.

Will my anthrax vaccination hurt my unborn child?updated: Mon Apr 13 2009 09:20:00

I am enlisted in the military and recently had an anthrax shot. Then a week later, I found out that I am pregnant. Will this shot have an effect on my pregnancy or child?

Avoiding baby obesityupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 09:52:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a look at baby obesity and shares tips on how to maintain a healthy weight for your baby.

Holy hormones! What to expect when puberty hitsupdated: Wed Apr 01 2009 09:38:00

I saw it -- I'm not blind: The hair peeking from under those arms and the little sprinkle of it Down There, too. The curvy hips and shapely legs and the bubble booty that would make the über-curvy Beyoncé do a double take.

Study: Average preemie costs $49,000 in first yearupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 11:52:00

The average cost of medical care for a premature or low birth-weight baby for its first year of life is about $49,000, according to a new report from the March of Dimes Foundation.

Octuplets making good progress, hospital saysupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 16:41:00

Doctors remained optimistic Friday that all eight babies born last month to a California woman will fully develop without major complications.

Extreme multiple births carry tremendous risksupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 14:44:00

After the birth of octuplets this week, some doctors are questioning the ethics and medical practice that contribute to extreme multiple births.

Misbehaving teens may be at risk for major adulthood problemsupdated: Fri Jan 09 2009 10:26:00

People who displayed behavioral problems as teenagers were likely to develop mental or personal problems in adulthood, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

7 ways to help your baby fall asleepupdated: Fri Nov 28 2008 09:16:00

Naptime at our house used to be a recurring mystery: When would Lucy go down today? I'd be on the lookout for clues and remain suspicious through dim lights, books, and droopy eyelids. Schoolyard Bullying: Which Kids Are Most Vulnerable?updated: Tue Oct 14 2008 20:00:00

A new study tries to isolate the factors that make children more prone to bullies -- and to suggest what parents can do Kids Aren't Getting Enough Vitamin Dupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 19:00:00

Pediatricians say babies, children and teens need to double their intake of vitamin D Flu Shot Season Begins with Ample Supply Comingupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 12:00:00

Far too few Americans get their flu shots each winter, the government is warning as it calls for a record number to line up for inoculations this year -- including 30 million more school-age children

Why infants still die from SIDSupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 10:42:00

When Melissa and Rudy Haberzettl's son Jacob was born in November 2006, he was perfect in every way -- full-term, healthy weight, and a champion eater. Like many new moms, Melissa was determined to follow doctor's orders: She breastfed Jake exclusively, put him to sleep on his back, never exposed him to cigarette smoke, and kept soft toys and bedding out of his crib. And Jake thrived. "He was such a happy baby, always looking around and cooing," remembers the Colorado Springs, Colorado, mom.

Survey reveals abuse in teen relationshipsupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 21:14:00

Teenagers and preteens endure significant levels of different types of abuse in dating relationships -- particularly among those who become sexually active at a young age -- and most parents are unaware of what is going on in those relationships, a survey released Tuesday said. Why Are People Taller Today Than Yesterday?updated: Tue Jul 08 2008 16:00:00

Is a population's height governed by genes or diet? TIME asks John Komlos, a University of Munich historian and economist CDC: Hospitals Not Promoting Breast-Feedingupdated: Fri Jun 13 2008 12:55:00

Most U.S. hospitals don't do very well when it comes to promoting breast-feeding, according to the first national report to look at the issue

Breast-feeding heroupdated: Thu May 22 2008 19:33:00

A Chinese policewoman is being praised for breast-feeding earthquake-stricken babies. CNN's Hugh Riminton reports. CDC: 3 of 4 Moms Breast Feedupdated: Thu May 01 2008 13:05:00

More than 3 out of 4 new moms now breast-feed their infants, the highest rate in the U.S. in at least 20 years, according to a a government report Study Links Preemies to Autism Signsupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 11:00:00

A small study of toddlers finds that about one-quarter of babies born very prematurely had signs of autism on an early screening test

Autism and premature babiesupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:22:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at a new autism study, and shows some of the videos has received from viewers.

Autistic poet gives rare glimpse into mystery illnessupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 20:54:00

Tito Mukhopadhyay shuffles to the front door of his home in Austin, Texas. He's coming home from school, something that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

Preemies face long-term risksupdated: Wed Mar 26 2008 10:44:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at a new study on the long-term risks associated with premature babies. Preemie Risks Last into Adulthood updated: Tue Mar 25 2008 22:00:00

Even as more of them survive their early years, premature babies can have health problems later in life, new research shows

Potty school really gets 'em goingupdated: Mon Mar 17 2008 15:52:00

It all started with the flush of an automatic toilet. The terrifying sound marked the beginning of a two-year nightmare for Sarah Teres as she desperately tried to potty train her daughter Molly.

Potty training timeupdated: Mon Mar 17 2008 15:52:00

Potty training a toddler is not an easy task. CNN's Judy Fortin has tips for parents.

When to question a doctorupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 10:58:00

There are times when it's reasonable to disagree with a pediatrician's advice. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

When it's OK to question your pediatrician's adviceupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 10:58:00

At some point during last month's well-baby checkup for her son Isaac, Kamila McGinnis stopped listening to her pediatrician.

The way kids grow, age by ageupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 10:38:00

There are few issues that preoccupy new parents more than this: Is my baby growing normally? When the percentiles seem off-kilter, we worry -- but experts say there's rarely reason for concern.

Jaundice: Why your baby may look yellowupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 10:10:00

Jaundice is a common condition that affects six out of 10 newborns, according to the March of Dimes. CNN learned more about infant jaundice from Dr. Anne Hansen, a neonatologist at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Playgroup for AIDSupdated: Mon Jan 21 2008 05:46:00

Cassie visits a children's playgroup, where the aim is to educate children about HIV/AIDS and the people who suffer from it.

How to keep your baby safe: 4 biggest at-home hazardsupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 10:24:00

Leah McCammon was just five days short of her first birthday when she was severely burned in her grandmother's bathtub. "My mother stepped out for just 30 seconds to get my other daughter from the living room," recalls Leah's mom, Shelly McCammon, an Atlanta, Georgia, interior designer. "In that time, Leah pulled herself up by grabbing the faucet and turned it on, sending 128-degree water splashing down." Three days later, Leah died.

Pregnancy and parentingupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 14:05:00

Here you will find various articles related to pregnancy, childbirth, parenthood and child safety. • Doulas deliver help for birthing moms • Lower your miscarriage risk with new tests, treatments • 5 mistakes parents make with newborns -- and how to avoid them • 8 things no one tells you about being a mom • Your baby: 10 milestones for the first 2 years • Got a million worries about your baby? Here's calming advice • Test your baby-safety savvy • Car seat installation: Make sure your baby's safe

Five breast-feeding mistakes new moms make, and how to fix them updated: Thu Nov 01 2007 16:56:00

When Erika Clowes was pregnant, she figured breast-feeding would be a breeze. After all, she'd read all the books and taken all the classes. After an easy birth, she brought home her baby, Charlie, and waited for paradise to begin.

5 mistakes parents make with newborns -- and how to avoid themupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 16:53:00

When you take your bundle of joy home from the hospital, it's inevitable you won't do everything right. We asked pediatricians for the five most common mistakes parents make with their newborns.

Ask Dr. Sears: Diabetes and pregnancyupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 13:19:00

Q: I'm 28 and diabetic. Now my husband and I would like to have a baby. Is there anything I should worry about because of my condition? What Breast-Feeding Can't Doupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 18:55:00

Breast milk is best for babies' health and well-being, but a new study finds it doesn't help prevent asthma or allergies

Everything you need to know about caring for your kids' teethupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 10:16:00

For the first time in decades, cavities in kids are on the rise. As many as 28 percent of children ages 2 to 5 have cavities in their baby teeth. What can you do to keep your child's teeth healthy? Answers to your most pressing dental questions, for babies on up:

Your baby: 10 milestones for the first 2 yearsupdated: Thu Jun 07 2007 10:09:00

Every milestone -- from when your baby first holds up her sweet little head to when she speaks her first word -- is thrilling. These moments aren't just exciting and fun; they're also markers that can clue you in to your baby's development. Most parents already know to look for the much-lauded ones, like rolling over and walking. But of the multitude of milestones cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics, some are considered more significant. Here, 10 milestones that are worth paying a little extra attention to during your child's first two years:

Got a million worries about your baby? Here's calming adviceupdated: Mon Mar 12 2007 10:49:00

When my first daughter, Sadie, was a few days old, we hadn't mastered breastfeeding, and I was sure I was starving her. But after a few panicked calls to the doctor and a few weigh-ins, it became clear that she wasn't starving at all -- she was thriving.

The daddy-baby connection: everyday ways to help them bondupdated: Mon Jan 29 2007 10:52:00

When Melanie, a happy new mom, and her baby, Jason, recently came into my office for his two-week checkup, she had more worries about her husband than questions about the baby. "I feel so close to Jason, but I'm afraid Nick doesn't," she said. "How can I help them to bond?"

Test your baby-safety savvyupdated: Fri Jan 26 2007 11:52:00

Make sure you know better than Britney! Here are four questions and answers from the editors of Parenting magazine:

Childproofing made easy: A room-by-room, stage-by-stage guideupdated: Fri Jan 26 2007 10:52:00

The best way to make your home safe: Start childproofing early -- before your baby's born, since that's when you actually have time to do it, or before such milestones as crawling or walking.

Car seat installation: Make sure your baby's safeupdated: Fri Jan 26 2007 10:42:00

Of course you have a car safety seat, but are you using it properly? The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates misuse to be as high as 80 percent.

The joy of reading updated: Thu Aug 24 2006 14:10:00

Reading to your child can be one of life's sweetest pleasures. You're spending focused time together and teaching a habit that can open countless doors throughout his or her life.

Inside autismupdated: Fri Jul 28 2006 13:37:00

Autism. It's a word more often heard these days. But what autism actually is is probably less understood by the average person.

Not your mother's breast milkupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 10:53:00

One of my first assignments for CNN was to profile a young mother who was part of a government program encouraging women to breast-feed their babies.

Stem cells proving popular giftupdated: Mon Dec 19 2005 05:57:00

It may not be your average Christmas present or gift for a newborn baby, but a British-based company says grandparents looking for a gift with a twist are increasingly investing in stem cells for their grandchildren.

Gupta: Progress, hurdles in breast cancer fightupdated: Mon Oct 10 2005 09:12:00

In 1987, around one in four women age 50 and older said they'd had a mammogram and breast exam in the past two years. Eleven years later, that number jumped to 69 percent.

FSB: The Battle for Your Baby's Brainupdated: Sat Oct 01 2005 00:01:00


This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jun 30 2005 15:08:00

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Money Magazine: Priceless That's how adoptive parents describe their children. But adoption is also a financial transaction. A look at the interupdated: Tue Apr 01 2003 00:01:00

Alana West had had enough. West, an actress and set costumer, had spent years in infertility treatments and was on the brink of taking the next step, in vitro fertilization. But as she stood in the...

Money Magazine: THE WORLD'S BEST 5 IDEAS FRANCE How to prime kids for schoolupdated: Tue Jun 01 1993 00:01:00

While Americans proclaim the social and academic benefits of early-childhood education, the French deliver it: Virtually all children attend preschool, and eight of 10 go to free, government-run in...

Fortune: STRUGGLING TO SAVE OUR KIDS Many more than ever face the crises of childhood: violence, drugs, bad schools, updated: Mon Aug 10 1992 00:01:00

IF THE WELL-BEING of its children is the proper measure of the health of a civilization, the United States is in grave danger. Of the 65 million Americans under 18, fully 20% live in poverty, 22% l...

Fortune: MOST DANGEROUS AND ENDANGERED As both victims and perpetrators of crime and other pathologies, America's boys updated: Mon Aug 10 1992 00:01:00

WHEN DETROIT announced a plan to open three all-male, all-black public schools last year, the National Organization for Women and the American Civil Liberties Union rose up and defeated it. In resp...

Fortune: THE AMERICAN FAMILY, 1992 Everyone knows how vastly it has been transformed, but we are just learning how updated: Mon Aug 10 1992 00:01:00

I KNOW BY THE WORRY in their eyes that my children are not kidding when they ask, every couple of months or so, ''Are you and Mommy getting a divorce?'' And this in a close-knit family committed to...

Fortune: PRESCHOOL AROUND THE GLOBE The U.S. can't afford to ignore the payoff from early childhood education. Here are grade A lessons fupdated: Mon Oct 21 1991 00:01:00

WHEN IT COMES to early childhood education, the U.S. ranks near the bottom of the class. Nearly every other major industrialized nation -- and even some developing countries -- see the job of educa...

Fortune: CAN YOUR CAREER HURT YOUR KIDS? Mommy often gets home from work too tired to talk. Daddy's almost never around. Says one expert:updated: Mon May 20 1991 00:01:00

BECAUSE CHILDREN are the future, America could be headed for bad bumps down the road. Some of the symptoms are familiar -- rising teenage suicides and juvenile arrest rates, average SAT scores lowe...

Fortune: NOW EVERYONE LOVES HEAD START The preschool program is cheap, effective, and due for major expansion. The money updated: Mon May 28 1990 00:01:00

SUDDENLY Head Start is on nearly everybody's agenda. Calling the $1.4 billion federal preschool program ''something near and dear to all of us,'' President Bush proposes to spend an additional $500...

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