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Table of contents: December 2015

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New+Now
Doll face
Fifteen Disney characters reimagined as toddlers.

This Month
The latest toys, apps and entertainment.

Technology
Play on
. Check out the coolest new video games.

DIY
Shine a light
. Celebrate Hanukkah with an industrial-chic menorah.

Party time
Festival of white
. Invite guests to an indoor winter wonderland to celebrate your babe’s first birthday.

Happy+Healthy
Sing song
Singing to babies calms them more than talking does.

Need to know
New products, studies and stats.

Checkup
Gut feeling
. Babies are born with a bacteria count of almost zero. SO how do we give them a strong start?

Pretty simple
Quick holiday looks
. Parties or kids’ concerts—these festive beauty tips will take you there.

Advice+Real Life
Santa baby
Many kids freak when they meet Santa. Here’s some help.

Quick fixes
How to… relieve dry skin; make ice bubbles; avoid lost mittens; and remove stains from leather boots.

At our house
Cheers, mommy!
Lisa Kadane enjoys mixing drinks at the end of a long day. Trouble is, her daughter does, too.

Education
Why girls need STEM. Science, technology, engineering and math are the future, and your daughter’s going to want to be a part of it.

Ian Mendes
Daddy Grinch
. Holiday traditions are lovely, but there are some things Ian Mendes just won’t do.

Steps+Stages
Pregnancy
While no longer routine, episiotomies are still a possibility in the delivery room.

Newborn
You’ve mustered up the courage to take your little peanut out in the cold, but what should she wear?

Preschool
Whether you find it horrifying or hilarious, here’s how to handle kid swearing.

Big kid
What to do when your tween is a slob at mealtime.

Features
Gift guide
Feeling pressed for time to find gifts for everyone on your “nice” list? Don’t stress—we’ve done your shopping for you!

Have a happy holiday, for real
Don’t strive for perfect—aim for relaxed. We’ve got 58 gloriously lazy hacks and tips to make it all happen.

A question of faith
Spirituality has been linked to a series of long-term benefits for kids.
So what do you do if your family never darkens the door of a church, temple or mosque?

Small but mighty
Extreme preemies
—babies born before 28 weeks—face a number of hurdles. But thanks to medical advancements, their changes of surviving are better than ever.

Food+Family
Mini “Gingerbread” house
Skip right to the good part—the candy—with this clever shortcut.

Baking with kids
We’ve got 10 tips to make holiday baking a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

The make-ahead holiday
Consider these five hearty, no-fuss meals our gift to you.

In the pantry
Festive baby food
. Take the season’s classic flavours for a whirl and serve them on a spoon.

Just for you
The debate
Should kids have to write thank you cards for holiday gifts?

This is your life
Enter the secret lair known as the mom cave.