Category archive: urbanbabywatch

September 26, 2012

That Is A Button Well-Pushed, Free Range Kids Lady

Ancient Playground, Central Park, by Richard Dattner You remember Lenore Skenazy; she wrote that book, Free Range Kids, the one you kind of guilt yourself for not reading every time you drive your kid to a foam-lined playdate. Well,...
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January 4, 2012


Don't you ever change, Urbanbaby....
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January 3, 2012

Don't Send Me That Perfect Mom Story

My 2012 strategy for dealing with Ayelet Waldman is the same as for Caitlin Flanagan and the Kardashians: ignore them, and they'll go away. Or to CNN, which is close enough. I was forced to watch that network for a...
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December 31, 2011

The Dudela Abides

Oh wait, no, maybe this parody posting for a "dudela" on UrbanBaby should be the craziest, last post of the year:A DUDELA? IS THAT LIKE A DOULA? Yes, think of a dudela as being a doula for the mother's partner....
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September 7, 2007

Wait, Say Again? Moms Sit Around Comparing The Size Of Their Kids' Penises??

Is this just Californiatalk or did Josh from Cookie's Daddy Underground blog stumble upon something mothers have known about for years--but don't mention in front of their baby daddies? Or when you have a boy, everyone just talks about his...
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July 18, 2007

Hot NY Trend: Tibetan Nannies Teach Kids How To Be Oppressed By Kids With Chinese Nannies

When daddytypes was born, I started the category UrbanBabyWatch. The idea was to sift through the impenetrable archives of just-the-girls talk and pull out those rare, invaluable, or at least useful, nuggets of information dads needed to know. Screw that....
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August 15, 2006

WHA WHA WHA? CNET Bought Urbanbaby??

Where was I when this happened? The deal went down in May, but wasn't announced until their Q2 earnings call the end of July. CNET Buys for City Moms [] they also bought and, which I did...
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August 8, 2006

Sue It Out: UK Crying Expert Throws Legal Tantrum Over Parents Messageboard

You know what's funny about England? They speak English, but they still have different names for things. They have a best-selling, but controversial cry-it-out baby scheduler like Dr. Ferber, only her name is Gina Ford. And their Urbanbaby, a message...
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July 17, 2006

THIS JUST IN: Moms Kvetch On UrbanBaby. Also, Sun Rises In East

Eight pages and a cover to reveal that, yes, in fact, anonymous moms and pregnant women in NYC still let loose on UrbanBaby's message boards with the rants, the complaints, the criticisms, the angst, and the secrets. In that...
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April 10, 2006

Boys & Girls? That Is SO Manhattan

Last week, Blogging Baby reported on a remarkable bit of data analysis on Urban Baby, which broke down the citywide Health Department data to reveal the most popular names by neighborhood. Wow, how'd they do that, I wondered? I couldn't...
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November 30, 2005

The Push Present: Show Her You'd Impregnate Her All Over Again

OK, sorry to swamp Jason's lingerie buying guide with my somewhat skeptical take on "birth jewelry." I was wrong. Birth jewelry sounds like a lovely idea, a way to commemorate and celebrate the beauty--and hard work and sacrifice--of a woman...
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January 12, 2005

UrbanBabyWatch: When Putting Down The Seat Just Isn't Enough

This just in from Urban Baby's Toddler message boards, a fast and furious discussion that DT reader Raquel wanted to share right away [quoted verbatim and without commentary because, honestly, I don't know what to say. Except that 'dh'...
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September 15, 2004

Why Is Sushi Banned During Pregnancy?

Sushi and alcohol are just the tip of the iceberg. In the last two decades, the lists of things a pregnant woman can't eat or do without putting the fetus "at risk" is a mile long. Not that I didn't...
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September 6, 2004

UrbanBabyWatch: Fetal Nicknames

An incomplete list of nicknames given to the little fetus by expecting moms and dads, culled from the UrbanBaby message boards: Moms: Cookie Pie Face Squirt Rice ("b/c the lady who did my ultrasound said, 'like a piece of rice'")...
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July 18, 2004

UrbanBabyWatch: Flying

Advice on flying, from the oft-treacherous shoals of UrbanBaby's message boards: Flying w/stroller, carseat and base? "Check the base, gatecheck the stroller and carseat, that way you can use the carseat if there's an open seat." "airlines provide a large...
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June 4, 2004

Urbanbabywatch: What Daddy doesn't know

Reading UrbanBaby's acid-filled message boards, so you don't have to:"Husband's self-centered, clueless and useless" I just had an epiphany about what it means to be a mother versus a father. A mother will set aside her wishes and whims of...
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April 20, 2004

UrbanBabyWatch: Diapers

Wherein Daddy Types reads UrbanBaby's message boards, so you don't have to. Long story short: LEARN HOW TO CHANGE DIAPERS, THEN CHANGE THEM EVERY CHANCE YOU GET. Bitter UB Mom: "My husband lives at work. Sometimes i think he would...
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April 13, 2004

UrbanBabyWatch: Bugaboos, v1

Look for a more extensive post someday on the bitchy class warfare that boils over whenever someone mentions the $700 Bugaboo Frog stroller on Urban Baby's message boards. It'll help you become a more enlightened Bugaboo owner (if you so...
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April 12, 2004

UrbanBabyWatch: Annoying

UB1: When he follows me around with the baby saying, "Let's see what mommy's doing." He even followed me into the bathroom! UB2: Mine does that, too. UB3: That is SO CUTE! UB2: No, it's not. IT'S ANNOYING....
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