YouTube user Useless Duck Company noticed that his friends were having lots of babies. He wanted to offer them a gift that was both unique and practical. The result of his efforts was an automatic baby soother. The whole thing is controlled by an app that you can load on a phone.
When the baby wakes up in the middle of the night, press the music button. That activates music from a speaker in your baby's bedroom. If that doesn't work, press the rocking button. A pneumatic piston rocks the baby's crib until he stops crying.
Be sure to watch until the end of the video.
In this sweet video, YouTube user and wife Brittany LeBlanc Welch presents her husband David, who is hearing impaired, with a gift on October 15 this year. The gift bag contains a Dad's Root Beer, a Baby Ruth candy bar *and* a positive pregnancy test, to eliminate all confusion. In this way, and with some American Sign Language communication thrown into the mix, David learns of their upcoming role as parents, and there's nary a dry eye to be found. Via Uproxx
Scarlett needed a paintbrush. Miko's tail was handy, so she went right to work. Lance Ellis, their father, filmed them getting creative. Miko is incredibly patient with this unorthodox use for his signaling device.
Question: which breed of dog offers the best tail paintbrush?
-via Tastefully Offensive
Donny and Miranda Goeb came home from Pearl Harbor (where he’s serving with the Air Force) to visit Donny’s family for Christmas. What Donny’s mom got was the biggest surprise ever -a new granddaughter for Christmas!
How was grandma surprised by this? The new baby, Lily, was adopted as a newborn. She knew the Goebs were trying to adopt, but that’s only been since October, and when it happened, it was out of the blue as far as she knew. -via Buzzfeed
This little girl is too young to sit through a feature film, but she’s truly excited about The Force Awakens. She knows all the characters, even the “Aluminum Falcon,” and reacts adorably to watching one of the earlier trailers.
The only exposure to Star Wars my daughter had prior to seeing the trailer was a Star Wars The Force Awakens sticker book. We spent a lot of time peeling off the stickers and she would say: "Who is this?" and I would tell her, and she would stick it in the book. She liked it so much when we ran out of stickers I got some more and now the book is totally coated in stickers. She just got really excited seeing those sticker characters come to life. I think she was looking around like that because she couldn't believe we weren't flipping out the same way :)
Also, she hasn't seen the film. She loves the trailers because they're short and sweet but feature length films are too long / too much dialogue to keep her attention. One day soon I hope :)
Ugly Christmas sweaters are all the rage these days, and those knit nightmares have gone from something you dig up at a thrift store to win a party contest to common holiday wear for men, women and children.
But young kids don't always get why the ugly sweater they're wearing is funny, and therefore might get sent to school wearing something inappropriate for an elementary school age audience.
When Imgur user angryhamzter sent his five-year-old son to school in this ugly sweater he claims he didn't think twice about why Merry Christmas was written in yellow, that is, until his kid's kindergarten teacher pointed out the problem.
It's a hilarious sweater and a clever way to teach kids not to eat the yellow snow, now that's what I call educational!
When three-year-old Ansleigh got hold of a pair of scissors and cut her own hair, she found herself in a bit of hot water with her parents. Here in this clip, we see her daddy giving her a lecture and her earnest yet tearful explanation of the premature, surprise study of cosmetology that resulted in this misguided, mullet makeover. Via Viral Viral Videos
How many questions can a 6-year-old ask? The answer is close to infinite. Andy Herald of How to Be a Dad watched the original Star Wars with his son, who had never seen it before. Anyone who’s ever watched a movie with a child that age can relate.
Since then, they have watched The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. No prequels yet, but you really don’t need them, I think, to be ready for The Force Awakens. I have to marvel at the difference ion seeing the movie now as opposed to 1977 in a theater. Like George Lucas, we didn’t know about Luke’s parentage until the second movie years later. And this generation has no idea what it was like to see that crawl, hear that music, and become aware of the Imperial Star Destroyer looming in the context of what movies were really like in 1977. -via Gamma Squad
Philippe Morgese is a single father who worked hard to teach himself how to style his daughter’s hair. Doing a girl’s hair is something most men have no experience with, and it’s a great bonding experience. As he got better at it, Morgese shared his expertise with other dads, and even begin holding free Daddy Daughter Hair Factory classes in Daytona Beach, Florida. As word got around, salons and hair care vendors got involved, and he began to hold classes in other towns. He says:
I love watching these dads step up to learn how to do their daughter's hair. I've had mechanics, prison guards and construction workers in there braiding with the best of em. Lol. It's been incredible to watch those relationships grow right in front of my eyes. The best part is doing this all with my 9 year old daughter by my side. I get to show her how powerful good intentions are and how much influence we have on the world around us. It's been a beautiful adventure for both of us.
Morgese has a Facebook community, and is working on an online manual for men who can’t attend the classes. There’s a tremendous amount of interest- witness this long comment thread full of men (and probably some women) discussing ways to detangle a little girl’s curly hair. In the picture above, Scott and other dads who never had long hair themselves learn to make rope braids at a recent class. -via reddit
Arnold Lobel wrote Frog and Toad Are Friends in 1970, which was thankfully a different world at the time. What would the most famous works of children's literature be like if they were written in 2015? Kristi Olberding of Distractify has 9 photoshopped covers to show you. I can't even . . . .
After a meeting with a doctor 11 years ago in which she was given the grim prognosis, Amber Bartlett believed she was unable to have any more children. Amber has an autoimmune disorder that requires her to have regular infusions of medicines in order to maintain her health.
Bartlett was surprised to learn she was pregnant in early 2015. She decided to go through with what would be a high-risk pregnancy during which she'd be unable to continue with her medicines and treatment. Thankfully, Bartlett delivered a healthy baby boy and named him Ezra.
In celebration of the blessed event, Amber and her family, all major Star Wars fans, decided to do a newborn shoot with her sister, photographer Trish McCoy, that was themed around their favorite franchise. As you can see from the photos above and below, little Ezra looks sweet alongside his new friends.
(Photo: Courtney Solstad)
"I'm going to wet my pants!"
"Don't do that!" says the mom.
Santa Claus came early for the Solstad family of McKinney, Texas. The little girls asked him for a baby brother. And they got one! The family adoped baby Nathan, who arrived as an early Christmas gift.
The Daily Telegraph reports:
They all jumped around and screamed with excitement about the new baby boy. […]
The mother wrote that welcoming Nathan into the family was “one of the most magical experiences in our lives.”
“We prayed big things and God answered in big ways,” she wrote. “Our little guy is so incredibly perfect.”
Many of us recall looking through the Guinness Book of World Records and seeing the entry for the mother with the most children. When I had the paperback version (yes, it’s a real book, and once upon a time many people owned it), it referred to a Russian woman who allegedly had 69 children. She had twins, triplets, and quadruplets in order to add up that many babies. Oh yes, there’s more to the story than was printed at the time.
Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev, a Russian peasant who lived in the 1700s, holds the official Guinness World Record for the highest number of children birthed. She and her husband, Feodor, lived in Shuya, Russia. We don’t know her first name (although some sources say her name was Valentina), but we do know that she's claimed to have given birth to 16 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets in her childbearing years (1725 to 1765). Only two children didn’t survive past infancy, leaving her with 67 healthy children.
What makes the Vassilyev story even weirder is that Feodor apparently had another 18 children (six sets of twins and two sets of triplets) with his second wife. Although it sounds implausible, a few primary sources and contemporaneous accounts about the Vassilyevs exist.
You are forgiven for being skeptical, but first read about the documents that led us to what we know about Mrs. Vassilyev and her family that put Mother Hubbard to shame, at mental_floss.
Bonus: I also found out that the founder of the Guinness Brewery that later gave rise to the records book, Arthur Guinness, and his wife Olivia had 21 children.
(Image credit: Flickr user Dave Herholz)
Dr. Robert Hamilton Pacific Ocean Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California has been working at his craft for 26 years. He knows all about caring for children, including how to get upset babies calm. When they get painful injections at his office, he uses a particular technique that soothes them almost instantly.
You can skip to the 1:01 mark in this video to see Dr. Hamilton use what he calls "the Hold." Pick up an infant according to it and, as Dr. Hamilton says, "shake their booty."
-via Twisted Sifter
Kids are dropping their nursery rhymes and Doodlebop tracks at an early age these days, trying to follow in the footsteps of their rock lovin' parents and get their garage bands started early.
That's all well and good for the preteens, but how are you going to get your kindergartner off to school when they're too busy rockin' out on the drums?
The young drummer in the video is five-year-old Eduarda Henklein-Baterista, the song is System Of A Down's "Chop Suey", and the time is sometime after SpongeBob but before bedtime.
The key phrase that a father must say in this scenario is: "Don't tell your mother about this."
Jarrad Provost of Fredericksburg, Virginia attached a leaf blower to his son Roman's Power Wheels battery-powered toy car. This means that the tyke is ready to take on the chore of clearing off fallen leaves--a task normally given to an older child.
The car may not have enough power to move over rough terrain, so I suggest setting Roman up on an ATV for other areas. Then hire him out to the neighbors. Cut Roman in for a percentage, and Provost has a profitable business in the making.
Put down the phone, fellow fathers. Right now, you're supposed to be watching your kids. They're not safe out of your sight for even a second. Just glance away to read or send a text and the worst thing has happened to your precious children in that moment.
Dad Dudes, which is a comedy production group consisting of four real-life dads, created this thoughtful PSA to warn dads to stop texting and start paying attention.
-via Laughing Squid
Maria Bradley is a special effects and makeup artist. Among other media, she paints the bellies of pregnant women.
We've seen baby bump paintings before, but Bradley takes this trendy art form to a whole new level. She's a special effects artist, so she knows how to add an element of horror to the experience. For her own belly, she created a 3d form of her child breaking out. She explained the process to Baby Center UK:
With special effects I love to shock people. I brought a second-hand doll and casted the face using clay then pored Kryolan Gelafix skin into the clay mould. I removed the cast and glued it to my own belly. I then used liquid latex and tissue to cover the moulds to try and make it look like the baby is pushing its head through the skin. I then painted it all with foundation to blend it in with my skin tone.
(Photo: Tara Smith-Adkins)
Tara Smith-Adkins of Halifax, Nova Scotia wants to make sure that the homeless people in her town don't want for warm winter coats. So every year, she rounds up local kids to walk around town, tying coats and scarves to trees and signposts in the area.
This year, the event served as her daughter's eighth birthday party. She and seven of her friends tied up the coats with little tags explaining what they were for. The CBC reports:
The children wrapped lamp poles with coats bundled with either scarves or mittens. Each item had a tag that read "I am not lost! If you are stuck out in the cold, please take me to keep warm!"
-via 123 Inspiration
Ethan Hall is just seven years old. He had been given an important task: singing the song of his people before a crowd watching him at the beginning of a baseball game.
It was the worst possible time to get hiccups. But Ethan did.
This took place at Cooper's Stadium in Adelaide, Australia. Ethan started hiccuping at the beginning of his performance of "Advance Australia Fair." But he kept right on going, maintaining his composure and the dignity of his homeland's national anthem.
As the color commentator for the game says at the end of the video, Ethan's performance was "absolutely priceless."
-via Huffington Post
When PSAs talk about all the ways alcoholism can ruin your life and the lives of your loved ones they have a hard time painting a picture ugly enough to match the real face of the eternally drunk.
But the horrifying PSAs created for Finland's Fragile Childhood campaign are terrifying enough to drive the point home- straight through the eyeballs.
The PSAs were created to scare kids into looking for warning signs that their parents are drinking the day away, but they're so frightening that some kids might start thinking their parents are actually monsters in disguise!
-Via Boing Boing
In 1971, Big Bird made friends with a creature called Mr. Snuffleupagus. But the adults of Sesame Street never saw Snuffy, and thought he was Big Bird’s imaginary friend. That went on for 14 years!
Norman Stiles (Writer/Head Writer, 1971-1995): The character was kind of a collaboration between [executive producer] Jon Stone and Jim Henson. I think the initial idea was really to be ambiguous in the sense that, well, Big Bird says he’s real and the audience sees him and yet he always manages to not be there when the other people were there—so is he real or isn’t he real? The whole idea was to not really answer that, but to leave it as an open question.
Emilio Delgado (“Luis,” 1971-Present): It was going with the whole thing of a child’s imaginary playmate, which a lot of kids have. Big Bird was the only one who could see him. When adults came around, he would be talking about Snuffy this, and Snuffy that. We’d just say, "Yeah, sure, OK." We didn’t believe him.
Carol-Lynn Parente (Executive Producer, 2005-Present): There was a lot of humor to be mined from the issue. We never explained whether he was imaginary or not. Kids were able to see him, but adults couldn’t. You never really knew—was he imaginary? Playing with that question was a lot of fun; kind of a healthy ambiguity.
Stiles: You really had to believe that it was just terrible coincidences and quirks of Snuffy’s own personality that made it so that he just wasn’t there when Big Bird wanted him to be there to introduce him to his friends.
Then in 1985, the Sesame Street adults all found out that Big Bird had been telling the truth all along! For 14 years. The entire 1984-85 season was used to lay the groundwork for the “big reveal.” The writers, Muppeteers, and producers explain why Snuffy came out, and how they went about doing it the way they did, in a conversation at mental_floss. You can also watch a video of the big moment.
(Image credit: Sesame Street via Facebook)
It’s a fact of life: children do not want to follow a schedule. Playing is too much fun to stop and go to sleep, and sleeping is too comfortable to bother wake up when it’s time to go to school. Reed Verdesoto describes the struggle well in a parody of “Shut up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. For a man who’s been deprived of proper sleep for days, he sings it well. -via Viral Viral Videos
Yerin is upset about . . . well, whatever it is toddlers get angry about, which is pretty much anything at random moments.
But she can't stay that way. She has squeaky shoes. As she turns to avoid her father, her shoes squeak. They squeak so much that they squeak the orneriness right out of her!
-via Tastefully Offensive
From Rocket News 24 comes news of the cutest cat and baby couple in the world. Japanese twitter user @kokesukeppa's little boy was napping on a cushion. The family cat decided to join him, stretching out across his belly.
Now I want a blanket made of cats! Can I get one to fit a queen size bed?
A couple weeks ago, Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal argued that it's better to have a cat instead of a baby. This photo makes a compelling argument for getting both.
Is it just me or are kids bigger metalheads these days than ever before?
It seems like more and more kids are trading in their Sesame Street t-shirts and Kids Bop albums for Black Sabbath on vinyl and Slayer concert tees.
One extremely hardcore 6-year-old made it on to Skeletonwitch's Facebook page with her totally brutal mic check, and her growling was so fierce it sent shivers down the spine of the band's lead singer Chance.
Will this young lady become the next mighty maiden of metal, or is this video by Fuglymaniacs the last we'll ever see of this hardcore cutie?
Well, she made at least one more appearance on this video entitled Birth A.D. vs. 6 yr. old (skip to 0:42 to see her), and considering these videos were posted three years ago she has most likely moved on to bigger and better things- like the fourth grade!
-Via Dangerous Minds
Okay, the full picture of this little boy might be shocking at first glance, so we made it an opt-in image.
It’s not what it appears to be. Redditor nyctibius tells us his little brother tried to make himself a drink in the middle of the night. He dropped and broke (or maybe just spilled) a bottle of rose cordial, which is a syrup you add to milk or water and sugar to make a drink. The syrup is fairly thick and very red. No doubt the boy's wails of failure summoned nyctibius to the scene of the crime, and of course the first thing he did was take a picture of the carnage. The child is fine. The pajamas are probably not.
(Photo: Denine Davies)
Mason has never had a complete haircut. It's a very difficult experience for him because he has autism. But when Mason came with his mom into a barber shop in West Glamorgan, UK, barber Jim Williams found a solution. Mason wanted to lie on the floor instead of sit in the chair. So Jim got down on the floor with him. ABC News reports:
Then, on Nov. 3, Williams said he was finally able to give Mason the "perfect haircut" by distracting Mason with an iPhone and letting the little boy lay down as he worked.
"He allowed me to cut around his neck and his ears," Williams said. "Obviously his mother was glowing because something happened there. He allowed me to give him his first proper haircut and that was a great achievement."
Mason's mother, Denine Davies, said she is grateful for Williams' patience and kindness.
"I think Jim is fantastic with Mason," Davies told ABC News. "He always takes the time to chat to Mason, gives him a high five each time we visit and always puts 'SpongeBob SquarePants' on for him in the salon. Williams has gone above and beyond the call of a regular hairdresser."
-via Sesame Street
Jaine Ferreira Figueira of Mostardas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil allowed her 17-month old son, Lorenzo, in her garden. She found him with a dead snake in his mouth. She rushed him to the hospital to receive treatment for a bite from the venomous jararaca snake, a species of pit viper.
But he hadn't been bitten. On the contrary, Lorenzo had likely gone on the offensive, grabbed the snake, then bitten it in the head. The International Business Times reports:
The child was taken to a local hospital, along with the snake in a jar so that he could receive the proper antivenom, where the doctor informed the parents that it was probably Lorenzo who had killed the snake. "He bit the young jararaca close to its head, which immobilized it and prevented it from biting him," the doctor added. "The boy was very shaken up — I think it was a self-defence instinct that kicked in, or he thought it was a toy."