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White House photographer shares his favorite pictures of the Obamas

White House chief official photographer Pete Souza has shared many photographed moments of the Obamas.

Over the years, he's repeatedly been asked to name his favorite photo. So, as he gets ready to leave the White House, he decided to share that favorite moment.

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It came in 2010, when Washington, D.C., was covered in snow, and Souza was forced to sleep in his office at the White House because he knew he probably couldn't drive there in the morning.

"People are always asking me to choose my favorite picture of the President. But I just can't do it," Souza wrote on Instagram. "So let me tell you about my favorite day. It was a Saturday in February 2010. Washington was under siege with snow. I slept in my office overnight, knowing I probably couldn't drive to the White House the next day. And then I guessed...and yes, hoped...that the President of the United States would be a dad and play with his girls in the snow. And he did."

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:22pm PST

He followed up his original photo with two more of the same special moment in time, each showing President Obama playing in the snow with his daughters, Malia and Sasha. The first was captioned, "Snow angels. 2010."

Snow angels. 2010. A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:24pm PST

The next was captioned, "Snowstorm 2010. The President with Sasha and Malia."

Snowstorm 2010. The President with Sasha and Malia. A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:25pm PST

Parents warn others of mold inside popular teething toy

A popular teething toy for infants is susceptible to mold, according to some parents who took a closer look at the inside of the toy.

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Pediatric dentist Dana Chianese said she used to recommend the Sophie the Giraffe teething toy to parents regularly. But that was before she made a discovery in her own children's Sophies. 

Chianese said she noticed an unpleasant smell coming from a hole in the toy when she went to clean it recently. 

"I decided to cut into Sophie out of curiosity and discovered a science experiment living inside," Chianese told Good Housekeeping. "Smelly, ugly mold living in my infant's favorite chew toy."

Warning for parents: your baby's Sophie the Giraffe toy might be full of mold. Last month, mother Dana Chianese...Posted by Julie Dolan on Monday, January 16, 2017

Chianese said she had cleaned the toy before, following its cleaning instructions to use hot, soapy water and a damp sponge. She had always avoided submerging the toy in water, as the instructions directed.

But when she cut the toy open, she found spores of black mold attached to the toy's rubber.

"It still hurts my heart to know that for months I allowed my babies to chew on moldy toys," she told Good Housekeeping. "I no longer buy any chew toys with a hole or recommend any to my patients."

After Chianese's discovery was made public, other parents began inspecting their rubber giraffes and took to social media and product reviews to share their experiences. 

Just cut up Millie's Sophie the giraffe after seeing a post and it's full of mould 😷 disgustingPosted by Jade Mayo on Sunday, January 15, 2017

"Beware! If you have a drooly baby, moisture will get in the hole and you'll end up with mold," one Amazon customer wrote last year. "We've had ours for two years and the entire inside is coated with black mold."

Vulli, the French company that makes the Sophie toy, says moisture should not get inside the toy giraffe.

Other parents said they found their children's Sophie toys to be clean and safe. 

Ok, it's with great sadness that our Sophie the Giraffe came to her end this morning. Luckily though Dougie was very...Posted by Laura Gratton on Monday, January 16, 2017

According to Lyuba Konopasek, an assistant professor of pediatrics at New York Presbyterian/Weil Cornell Medical Center, exposure to mold in toys is usually OK, except in cases in which a child has an immune disorder. Those with mold allergies may experience coughing and itchy eyes.

"The only way to prevent mold inside plastic toys is to make sure they are cleaned and thoroughly dried," said Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

Forte advised washing plastic toys in hot, sudsy water or in the dishwasher.

But Laurie Schraenen, a spokeswoman for Sophie the Giraffe, said the toy is meant to have its surface cleaned with a damp cloth and that it should not be immersed in the water.

"Each complaint received is taken very seriously and ... the return of the product is always asked for further examination," Schraenen told Good Housekeeping in a statement. "Furthermore, please know that the safety of children and satisfaction of their parents is our main priority. For the past 55 years, we have always strived to exceed security standards and all of our products comply with the most stringent global standards."

Read more at Good Housekeeping.

Even if you clean it really well, there's a good chance the inside is still covered in mold.Posted by Good Housekeeping on Saturday, January 14, 2017

Jessica Alba's Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection risk

Jessica Alba's The Honest Co. is recalling its organic baby powder over risks of eye and skin infections.

The company, co-founded by Alba and Christopher Gavigan, announced earlier this month that it is recalling "all lots" of the product "due to possible contamination with microorganisms, including some species associated with skin infections or eye infections."

"We've decided to voluntarily recall this product out of an abundance of caution," Gavigan said last week in a YouTube video.

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The recalled product has a UPC of 817810014529 and was sold in 4-ounce containers. Customers who bought the baby powder can return it for a refund.

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For more information, call 1-888-688-8653 in the U.S. or 1-888-532-0190 in Canada from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Customers also can email with the subject "Baby Powder."

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#RECALL: @Honest recalls their Organic Baby Powder due to possible eye and skin infections— Today's Parent (@Todaysparent) January 14, 2017

SEE IT: Prince William, Duchess Kate's holiday thank-you card makes rounds on social media

The holiday season has come and gone, but fans of the British royal family are getting another festive treat as Prince William and Duchess Kate's holiday thank-you card makes the rounds online.

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Last week, a few lucky social media users revealed that they had received an adorable photo of the royal family as a thank-you for Christmas greetings. The charming photo features an awestruck Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their parents’ arms. It was taken in September during the family’s outing in Canada, at a children’s party held at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia.Take a peek below:

The Cambridges have mailed their thank-you card for the #Christmas greetings they received from fans! #KateMiddleton— HRH Kate Middleton (@HRHKateBlog) January 5, 2017

A lovely royal surprise arrived today! This photo taken by Arthur Edwards in Victoria, BC was used as The #Cambridges' Christmas / thank you card. Absolutely adore George & Charlotte! #royalmail #postcard #PrinceWilliam #DukeofCambridge #DuchessofCambridge #Kate #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #KensingtonPalace #igerslondon #twitter A photo posted by V (@ladyandtherose) on Jan 5, 2017 at 3:11pm PST <script async defer src="//"></script>

WATCH: Mom wears Chewbacca mask while in labor

There’s a new "Chewbacca mom" in town.

Katie Stricker Curtis took Candace Payne’s Chewbacca mom video to a whole new level when she wore her Chewbacca mask while in labor. The Detroit mom filmed herself while having contractions before giving birth to her son Jayden, and she definitely let out some Wookie calls.

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Just because I'm about to be a mom doesn't mean I have to grow up!Posted by Katie Stricker Curtis on Monday, January 2, 2017

“Just because I’m about to be a mom doesn’t mean I have to grow up!” Curtis wrote when she posted her video on Facebook.

She added, "Never take life too seriously! Best Christmas gift ever!”

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She then added the hashtags #havingababy #pregnancyhairgrowth.

So far, the video has gotten more than 70,000 views, but she still has a way to go to beat out Payne’s 164 million views.

Caught on camera: Man steals Florida girl's Power Wheels car, bike from driveway

A Florida dad is reeling after his security camera recorded a man taking off with his daughter's pint-sized set of wheels – a pink Power Wheels car.

According to WTSP, Rick Hebert of Riverview went out to lunch with his family Wednesday. When they returned, his little girl's toys, which had been in the driveway, were gone, he said.

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Luckily, the thief was caught on video swiping the tiny car and a bicycle. 

"If anyone local (knows)/sees this vehicle or man, let us know," Hebert wrote in a Facebook post that included the surveillance footage. "He stole a bike and Power Wheel from our house today! If you see these for sale on Facebook, let me know ASAP."

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This isn't the only bad news for the family this week: Hebert told WTSP that his truck had caught fire the night before. Despite their hardships, he said the thief "probably needed the toys more than we did."

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Hebert added that he won't press charges against the culprit.

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Parents deny viral video of toddler rescuing twin from fallen dresser was staged

A Utah couple is speaking out against skeptics' claims that a viral video of their toddler son saving his twin brother from a fallen dresser was staged for publicity.

>> Utah dad shares video of 2-year-old saving twin brother from fallen dresser

In an interview Wednesday with Fox News, Ricky Shoff, an employee of the company that made the family's nanny cam, balked at allegations that he would intentionally put his children in danger.

"It's obvious there isn't any editing to the video, and to put my sons in a position where the dresser does fall on them on purpose is a horrible thought," he said. "How would you even stage that even if we were professionals with experience in such?"

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In another interview with CNN, Shoff's wife, Kayli, had a similar response.

"Why would we put our child in harm's way?" she asked.

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The video, which Shoff shared on Facebook over the weekend, has been viewed millions of times on social media. The dramatic clip shows a dresser falling on his 2-year-old son, Brock. The boy's brother, Bowdy, quickly comes to the rescue, pushing the dresser off his twin.

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I've been a little hesitant to post this. But I feel it's not only to bring awareness, but it is also incredible. We are...Posted by Ricky Shoff on Sunday, January 1, 2017

"I've been a little hesitant to post this. But I feel it's not only to bring awareness, but it is also incredible," Shoff wrote in the Facebook post. "We are so grateful for the bond that these twin brothers share. We know Bowdy was not alone in moving the dresser off of Brock. And feel blessed that he is OK. Please make sure all your dressers are bolted and secured to the wall. Please share."

The couple told CNN that the reaction to the video has been mostly positive.

"A lot of people have messaged us since, (saying,) 'Hey, we've now got our dressers bolted,'" Shoff said.

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But some critics blasted the parents for not watching the children more closely or securing the children's furniture. 

"You can't 100 percent child-proof your home," Kayli told CNN. "I think it's impossible."

Others were suspicious, wondering why the camera was pointed directly at the dresser, which was empty at the time.

"I'm not sure how they would be able to think that it was a stunt after watching the full video," Shoff told Fox News.

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New Year's twins born 10 minutes apart in different years

Twin boys in Arizona were born 10 minutes apart and in different years.

When Holly Shay went into labor on New Year’s Eve, she and her husband, Brandon, never thought they would welcome the last baby of 2016 and the first baby of 2017 at Banner Hospital in Phoenix.

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Sawyer Shay was born at 11:51 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2016, and his brother, Everett, followed just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2017.

“At 11:51 [p.m.], Sawyer joined us,” Brandon Shay told KPHO. “And Everett was a little more stubborn, so Everett Jackson Shay wasn’t born until 12:01 [a.m.]”

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The twins were born without medical intervention. 

“They are going to be amazing. They have already left their mark on this world,” Brandon Shay said.

Read more here.

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Ivanka Trump reflects on 2016, shares New Year's Eve, Hanukkah family photo

Ivanka Trump looked back on 2016 and shared a family photo in social media posts Saturday as she celebrated New Year's Eve and the last night of Hanukkah with her husband and children.

In one post, Trump, Jared Kushner and their stood happily in front of a menorah.

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“New Year’s Eve + Last Night of Chanukah,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Dentist says controversial restraint technique can help soothe younger patients

While some providers said a new restraint technique can help children cope better at the dentist’s office, opponents say it can actually traumatize children. 

Dr. Brian Martin, division chief of pediatric dentistry at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, said that although the “papoose board” is controversial, it can be crucial to a child’s dental visit. 

“A lot of things we do in dentistry involve a lot of instruments that are near the face, obviously, and we don’t want to have a circumstance where we put the patient at risk,” Martin said. 

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The restraint devices are used in Pittsburgh and nationwide, but not every dentist or parent approves. found a case in California where a girl suffered cuts and bruises in a papoose board. In Texas, a 4-year-old is said to have suffered brain damage, and other critics said it causes “dental PTSD.” 

Those are all risks that Martin said he doesn’t take lightly, and he admits that things can go very wrong if the device isn’t used properly. For example, if a restraint is very tight, it could limit the ability to breathe, or limit circulation to a child’s limbs. 

Martin said that every doctor needs to follow the guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry when deciding if a child needs to be restrained. That includes assessing a child’s developmental level, dental attitudes and temperament. Additionally, Martin said he will never use the papoose board without a parent’s consent. 

Melissa Hartman, whose son C.J. is 8 and was trying out the papoose board, said she reassured her son and explained how the restraints work. 

“I think, just a parent explaining it to him, to them, that, ‘You’re OK. It’s for your safety,' (helps)," Hartman said. 

Martin said the papoose board can be very soothing for children on the autism spectrum. His best advice for parents is to come up with a treatment plan together with their dentist. 

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