In Bolivia, Strollers Compete With Baby Slings()  

A young child wrapped in an aguayo, a traditional sling, on mother's back in La Paz, Bolivia.

August 5, 2011 Today, some young people in Bolivia have mixed feelings about carrying their babies in traditional bundles, known as aguayos. They want to be considered more Western, or "modern," and would rather push strollers. But it's causing tension with their mothers, who say they're abandoning indigenous tradition.


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At 7 Days, Egyptian Babies Mark First Rite Of Passage()  

Israa Saad Diab lifts the cover from her son Hamza's face, while her husband, Ibrahim Muhammad, watches, after the traditional Sebou ceremony in Mansoura, Egypt, on May 27.

July 29, 2011 In Egypt, families hold a ritual called the Sebou to formally acknowledge their baby to the world. The tradition dates back to the Pharaonic times. But since the revolution earlier this year, which affected the economy, the ceremonies have been tempered.


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Songs For The Delivery Room: One Woman's Playlist()  

Alison MacAdam with her son, Abe, about eight months after she put this mix to use.

July 29, 2011 Given the chance to make a soundtrack for one of life's most profound moments, a beat was a must.


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Circumcision: Rite Faces Modern Concerns()  

Ross Goldstein  and Susanna Garfein decided to give their son Bram a bris when he was 8  days old. Neither had second thoughts. Garfein says she was surprised by  the transcendence of the moment.

July 25, 2011 While the majority of Jewish parents still opt to circumcise their boys, a small but growing number are wavering. The stories of two families show the conflict between the power of tradition and creeping doubts about the necessity of the ritual.


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Beginnings: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Beyond

Wrapped In Memories: Baby's First Blanket()  

Last week, NPR  asked for photos of newborns with the pink-and-blue-striped  flannel blanket. We received close to 2,000 photos, from almost every state in  the U.S.

July 22, 2011 In hospitals across the U.S,, newborn babies are swaddled in the same pink-and-blue-striped flannel blanket at birth. We asked you for photos of your babies in this blanket and received an amazing response: close to 2,000 of them from 45 states and the District of Columbia.


Love It Or Hate It, Pregnancy 'Bible' Has A Lot To Say()  

Cover of What to Expect When You're Expecting

July 6, 2011 What to Expect When You Are Expecting is a perennial best-seller, but its detailed descriptions of virtually every moment of pregnancy can also make mothers-to-be a little crazy. Some women in pregnancy crave all that information, but for others, it's information overload.


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Naming Trends And How Parents-To-Be Face 'Baby-Name Hostility'()  

Blocks that spell out "baby girl."

July 4, 2011 When people find out they're expecting, choosing a name for their baby can be one of their most stressful tasks. Baby name wizard Laura Wattenberg explains why — and tells us about naming trends today.


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