health
Midwives Beg Nation to Stop Having Sex at Christmas

A midwife's plea to the people of the UK has gone viral, after she vented on the tricky subject of loads of babies being born in September following drunken Christmas intercourse the previous year. Read More >>

apps
Nearby Pregnant Woman Alert! Nearby Pregnant Woman Alert!

Someone's had an idea for an app again. This one's really quite specific and bizarre, and uses Bluetooth proximity alerts to tell commuters when there's a pregnant woman in the vicinity so you might want to look up from your phone and offer her a seat so you don't look like a bit of a Trump. Read More >>

gadgets
There is Now a Wearable For Babies Before They Are Born

There are literally wearables for everyone, even people who haven’t technically been born. A startup called Bloomlife is at CES with what it says is the first pregnancy wearable. Read More >>

research
Here’s The Urine-Detecting Electronic Nappy You Needed

Now I’m not a baby, but I can imagine it would be really cool if my parents just knew it was nappy changing time without me crying about it and disturbing everyone within a thirty-mile radius. A team at Ritsumeikan University in Japan gets it—they’re working on a urine-powered nappy sensor that can tell when it’s time for a changing. Read More >>

wtf
These Nightmare Videos Are Generated From Still Baby Photos by a Neural Network

Is that a baby or the blob? It’s actually just the sick and twisted result of a neural network predicting what a still photo of a baby would look like if it were moving. Researchers at MIT have published demonstrations of their work on generative video, and the “hallucinated” outcomes of are both impressive and repulsive. Read More >>

research
Creepy Robot Babies Don’t Prevent Teenagers From Getting Pregnant

One might think that caring for a robot baby—one that cries and sleeps like a regular human baby—might discourage teenage girls from getting pregnant. According to new research, however, the robo-babies actually appear to have the opposite effect. Read More >>

robots
Scientists Think Robots Might Help Yank Babies Out One Day

A team from the MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have been tinkering with the routines of an existing robot to see if it might be of any use during childbirth, making decisions or fetching towels etc when the humans are otherwise engaged. And yes, they think it might. Read More >>

rant
Why I Don’t Use a Baby Monitor

Like any person scared shitless about the prospect of keeping a fragile new human alive, as soon as I found out I was pregnant I started googling the important questions. Among them: “What is the best baby monitor?” Read More >>

science
Your Baby’s Bum Is Wrapped in a Brilliant Piece of Engineering

If you opt for the convenience of disposable nappies over their more environmentally-friendly cloth alternatives, you probably don’t stop to think about the science that allows them to keep your baby dry at night. But engineerguy Bill Hammack has, and in a new video, he explains why you’re actually wrapping your baby’s bum in a brilliant piece of engineering. Read More >>

facebook
The Guy Who Broadcast the Birth of His Child on Facebook Live Didn’t Know It Was Public

Facebook Live has given us many things: an exploding watermelon, a failed presidential interview, the joy of Martha Stewart, bike murder. On Monday, it also gave us the gift of life, when Kali Kanongata’a of Carmichael, California used it to broadcast the birth of his child. Read More >>

science
We’re Totally Wrong About Why Babies Make Funny Faces

Newborn infants are supposed to be capable of imitating our facial expressions, like sticking out our tongues and opening our mouths. A new study in Current Biology suggests there’s no actual imitating going on—and that it’s all in our heads. Read More >>

design
You Can Squeeze the World’s Most Compact Folding Pram Into a Shoulder Bag

When flying you probably do all you can to avoid checking a suitcase full of your belongings. So why allow baggage handlers to toss an expensive pram around? The gb Pockit, confirmed by Guinness to be the world’s most compact pram when folded, can actually fit under an aeroplane seat, or be squeezed into a purse. Read More >>

science
Watch Newborn Babies Reluctantly Walk for Science

Ever wonder how babies learn to walk? This adorable experiment in which a newborn gets perp-walked (complete with a blurred-out face) by a scientist tells us a little about how that happens. Read More >>

health
Tablets Won’t Fry Your Baby’s Brain if You Follow These Rules

The “NO SCREENS UNTIL 2” guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics raised eyebrows internationally in 2011. Now, the AAP says its position has “evolved,” and released a more nuanced set of guidelines when it comes to babies and screen-based media. Read More >>

research
Babies Can Tell the Difference Between FaceTime Grandparent and YouTube Elmo

It’s a dilemma for parents in the digital age: we know we’re not supposed to prop our four-month-olds in front of an iPad and let them watch Dora until their eyes bleed. But technology has made the rules of screens complicated: what if Nan and Grandad want to FaceTime? Turns out babies are smart enough to know the difference. Read More >>