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Crib notes: Pumpkins, birthday parties and hands-on dads

News items, blog posts and other parenting tidbits from around the Web.Halloween hints: Patches for prime pumpkin picking!Go light on the fright: How to keep Halloween fun – and not too scary – for the little ones.Say cheese: 17-week-old fetus cracks a big smile.A piece of cake: A guide to birthday party invitation etiquette.Not-so-soft drinks: Is it bad to give your baby soda?Let’s hear it
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News items, blog posts and other parenting tidbits from around the Web.

Halloween hints: Patches for prime pumpkin picking!

Go light on the fright: How to keep Halloween fun – and not too scary – for the little ones.

Say cheese: 17-week-old fetus cracks a big smile.

A piece of cake: A guide to birthday party invitation etiquette.

Not-so-soft drinks: Is it bad to give your baby soda?

Let’s hear it for the man: In praise of hands-on dads.

Picture of the day: One little body develops a healthy and understandable fear of camels.

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