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12 best baby gifts with form and function for new parents

12 best baby gifts with form and function for new parents

When it comes to all things baby, there are two opposing camps. One is like a rainbow implosion of a theme park – obnoxiously bright and busy to the point of garishness because the consensus among both child development psychologists and paediatricians is that colours, shapes, and patterns can encourage a baby’s development. However, in recent years, a muted trend has dominated social media feeds and favoured by modern millennial (and younger) #aestheticMums like Kylie Jenner. Think neutral-coloured baby gear (like oatmeal bonnets and taupe onesies) and earth-toned nurseries and toys (like sand-coloured stacking cups).  Comedy writer, Hayley DeRoche, coins this “sad beige parenting” and “sad baby clothes for sad beige children”. Her funny satirical videos mocking the austere baby items in marketing campaigns featuring children with equally dour expressions (versus happy looking little ones) quickly went viral, spurring other hashtags like “sadbeigemum” and “sadbeigebaby”.   Harsh critics of the less-than-colourful trend have deemed it “poverty cosplay” even, since these less-than-colourful baby items spotted in these perfectly curated nurseries of minimalist calm also spot heftier price …

Why I hope my parents won’t read my novel | Life and style

Why I hope my parents won’t read my novel | Life and style

My forthcoming novel, Exhibit, follows a trio of Korean women rioting with desire. It’s shot through with physical longing, queer lust and kink. The characters find joy and delight in trying to fulfill their bodies’ cravings. I’m also a Korean woman. I was raised Catholic. For a while, until I lost the faith, I turned into an evangelical Protestant so fervid that my life’s hope was to be a pastor – an ardent, single-minded servant of the Lord. The first time I read from Exhibit, at a literary festival, my parents sat in the front of a large crowd, shining with pride. “Trust me, Umma, Abba,” I said, after noting they’d come to hear me read. “You don’t want to read the rest of this novel.” People laughed, parents included, and so did I, as though I spoke in jest. But I didn’t, or if I did, I joked as one might when telling the most urgent kind of truth. To so much as talk in public about a sex life, let alone to publish …

Snapchat: essential safety advice for teenagers and parents

Snapchat: essential safety advice for teenagers and parents

The Snapchat app came onto the market and into the hands of teenagers in 2011 and continues to be as popular with young people to this day. With its instant picture messaging format, it is an easy-to-use app for making instant connections with friends, speaking on group chats and sharing videos easily. But, like any social media app, teenagers must use the app safely. After all, photos can be sent and received within seconds. The app has a 13+ age rating but there are still safeguards you should put in place to protect any teenager. © GettyProtect your kids on Snapchat Snapchat’s senior manager of trust and safety, Hazel Baker, tells HELLO! how to protect your teen. What are the benefits for teens of using your app? Snapchat is a place where our community – especially teens – come to connect with friends and family. For younger users, it’s often their main messaging app and where they chat with friends, make plans, catch highlights from their favourite shows, follow their favourite creators and express themselves …

YouTube & YouTube Kids: Essential safety advice for children, teens and parents

YouTube & YouTube Kids: Essential safety advice for children, teens and parents

YouTube and YouTube Kids are among the most popular entertainment apps for children and teens today. The video sharing site was launched in 2005 and is the second most visited website after Google, so it’s no surprise that our children are fans too. YouTube tells HELLO! that their youth products, ‘YouTube Kids’ and ‘supervised experiences’, are used by 100M users each month. However, just like all social media apps, YouTube connects our kids to the world, and parents want to know that their children are safe whilst using the app. © GettyTeen boy films himself on his phone We asked YouTube to share advice on its safety features so we can be up to date and protect our children as best we can.  Read tips direct from YouTube below… What are the benefits for teens of using your app? Teens today can access a world of possibilities on YouTube. Whether it’s exploring important topics around the world or looking up a video to help with science homework, they’ve never known a reality without this world …

Baby loss certificates introduced in England to ‘provide comfort’ for parents grieving after a miscarriage | UK News

Baby loss certificates introduced in England to ‘provide comfort’ for parents grieving after a miscarriage | UK News

Parents in England who have lost a baby early in a pregnancy can now receive a certificate to recognise their loss. Those who experience a loss within the first 24 weeks of a pregnancy can receive the document as part of the government’s new baby loss certificate scheme. The government says the scheme has been introduced to formally recognise the devastating impact of losing a child so early on during pregnancy. Babies stillborn before 24 weeks do not need to be officially registered, and campaigners say this has left some parents feeling ignored. The new certificates, which are not compulsory, will be official but not legal documents. The certificates will be available from today for either parent living in England at the time to access after any miscarriage or other type of pre-24 week baby loss that has occurred since September 2018, with the government planning to expand eligibility in the near future. The NHS defines miscarriage as the loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks. On a visit to a family bereavement …

Parents in England who have lost baby before 24 weeks can apply for certificate | Miscarriage

Parents in England who have lost baby before 24 weeks can apply for certificate | Miscarriage

People who have lost a baby to miscarriage before 24 weeks of pregnancy will be able from Thursday to receive a certificate from the government recognising their grief. Baby loss charities welcomed the move, which they hope will help bereaved parents manage the pain and trauma of their loss. Parents in England who have lost a baby in such circumstances at any time since September 2018 will be able to request a new baby loss certificate through the gov.uk website from 9am on Thursday. Millions of people could potentially apply for a certificate, experts said. The certificate will be an official but not legal document. Victoria Atkins, the health and social care secretary, said: “Losing a baby can be a hugely traumatic event and the introduction of certificates to formally acknowledge the loss of a life is a positive step towards better supporting women and parents affected.” The move means that the government will have finally delivered on its pledge to bring in the certificates, which it first made in July 2022 as part of …

Michelle and Barack Obama’s daughter Malia changes her name as she steps out of her parents’ shadow

Michelle and Barack Obama’s daughter Malia changes her name as she steps out of her parents’ shadow

Michelle and Barack Obama have one of the most famous surnames in the world – but their daughter, Malia, appears to want to distance herself from it as she forges her career.  The 25-year-old is a budding filmmaker and showcased her short film, The Heart – about the relationship between a mother and her son – at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on January 18. Watch it below. WATCH: Malia Obama debuts first short film, The Heart In what appears to be an attempt to distance herself from the nepo-baby stigma – her parents launched a production company, Higher Ground, in 2018 – the Harvard graduate has dropped ‘Obama’ from her last name in favor of a different stage moniker.  During the Sundance Institute’s Meet the Artist spotlight video, it was revealed that Malia is using her middle name as she was referred to as Malia Ann.  Malia is proving herself in the entertainment industry after interning on HBO’s Girls and at Harvey Weinstein’s production company.  She also worked as a staff writer on Donald Glover’s Amazon …

What It Does To The Soul Of A Child When Parents Reject Who They Truly Are

What It Does To The Soul Of A Child When Parents Reject Who They Truly Are

Siri Lindley is a two-time world champion triathlete and popular motivational speaker who started the sport during another period of major transformation in her life. She was 21 years old when she discovered an essential truth about herself: She’s gay.  “At that time, it wasn’t like the world is today,” Lindley told the hosts of the Open Relationships: Transforming Together podcast, In claiming that part of her identity, Lindley lost her relationship with her father. No child — whether they are an adolescent or an adult of any age — deserves to be rejected by a parent in this way. “When my father found out he called me, and he was crying so hard,” she explained. “So, I’m thinking he’s dying and I’m panicking. And when he finds his words, he said exactly this: ‘Somebody told me you’re gay. And I could not possibly have a daughter that’s gay. Tell me, right now, Siri, that this isn’t true.’” Siri couldn’t deny her truth. She told her father, “It’s true. I’m me, I’m the same me that I’ve always been. Please, just love me …

After my baby was born, I became a target for grifters. I thought I’d be better prepared | Parents and parenting

After my baby was born, I became a target for grifters. I thought I’d be better prepared | Parents and parenting

They put a button in my hand after I had my baby. A miraculous little object, it summoned a midwife to the room at any hour. At first I resisted it out of politeness, but the reassurance of these women with their casual competence was irresistible. A question about a rash, a latch, a baby that seemed to hate the ugly plastic bassinet they placed her in? I pressed the button again and again. That lasted four days. On the fifth day, we were home. Now, instead of the buzzer, my smartphone rarely left my hand. Any parent of a newborn knows the in-between feeling that comes from feeding a baby every few hours around the clock. I scrolled social media feeds – now clogged with newborn content – through the night. In a moment of desperation, I bought a $100 sleep program from an influencer I watched one woman say it was bad for your baby’s spine to lift their legs while changing a nappy. I watched another say it was fine. I watched …