Babies

Do baby names make a difference later in life?

There's tons of research about how your name will affect your destiny. Some studies suggests your name is linked to your grades, your criminal record and your earning potential. Tune in to learn about what your name might mean for your future.

True Story: "That's Not a Tummy Ache. That's a Baby!"

Indeed, women can be pregnant without even knowing it, as discussed in the Discovery Health article 10 Reasons You Might Now Know You're Pregnant (Until You're in Labor). Since it seems like such a far-fetched notion, we asked listeners to send in any real-life anecdotes. And they've been rolling into our MomStuff Inbox -- at an admittedly startling rate.

How (Not) to Predict a Baby's Sex, Round 2

Just when we thought we had everything figured out about magically predicting how the sexual organs inside a fetus will turn out (barring telepathy -- although I could probably sell a TV series called "Mind Reading Mommies" faster than you can say 'breastfeeding'), some Japanese scientists had to come along and shake things right back up like a hysterical baby rattle.

Childbirth Changes Moms' Brains

Having a baby bring about a host of changes in new moms' lives -- and their brains. A recent neuroimaging study suggests that women experience gray matter growth in certain brain regions during the first few months of motherhood. The added gray matter volume was concentrated in the prefrontal cortex, parietal lobes and midbrain areas that are associated with maternal care. Mothers who openly doted on their babies the most showed the greatest amount of gray matter growth, indicating that the neurological adjustment is the body's way of prepping women to be good mothers.

To diaper or not to diaper?

Diapers would seem to be an indispensable necessity for new babies, but some people argue that they're wasteful and unnecessary. In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss baby poop, elimination communication and the pros and cons of diapers.

What's it like to have a baby in the NICU?

In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore how babies are cared for at a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, and share tips for parents with children in the NICU.

Presumably as more women elect to postpone building families in favor of building careers, the age of childbearing women continues to rise, the Guardian reports. While the average maternal age has only climbed about a year from 28.4 years old to 29.4 years old over the past decade, the number of women having kids in their 40s has shown dramatic growth in England and Wales.

Should I bank my baby's cord blood?

Like placenta, the blood contained in the umbilical cord isn't always considered a waste product of birth. In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss why some people choose to save their baby's cord blood -- and where they store it.

How will we have babies in the future?

In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen ponder baby technology of the future -- from designer babies to robot children.

Does breastfeeding make better babies?

To breastfeed or not to breastfeed? That is the question. Join Molly and Cristen as they sift through numerous studies and anecdotal information in search of the answer in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.