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How Alicia Silverstone Started Potty Training Her 6-Month-Old Son

04/19/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Alicia Silverstone and Bear
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Most mothers greatly anticipate—and then struggle with—getting their toddlers out of diapers. But for Alicia Silverstone and her son Bear, almost 3, the process was a much happier one.

The actress and author, whose second book, The Kind Mama, chronicles her pre and postnatal methods for raising healthy babies, utilized elimination communication: a technique in which parents, using cues from babies as young as newborns, help their children use the toilet from the start.

“Just like your baby tells you it needs to eat or it’s tired, they tell you when they need to go to the bathroom,” Silverstone tells PEOPLE. She started using the method with Bear when he was six months old.

“They give you cues, but we’re ignoring those cues. If you pay attention, they actually have a pause button and will give you enough time to get to a place that makes it comfortable for them to go. It’s amazing.”

Bear would still use diapers on occasion and at night, but quickly adapted to using the toilet as well (with help from mom or dad).

“It’s the most natural, primal thing,” says Silverstone. “That all aside, when I got into it, I was so excited because it was another way to communicate. The joy he experienced in being heard and the teamwork, it was amazing.”

Not to mention very fitting in terms of her passion for a green lifestyle. “You save tons of money on diapers, tons of time because it’s not as messy and you’re also helping the earth!”

For more from our interview with Alicia Silverstone, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now

– Aili Nahas

Idris Elba Welcomes Son Winston

04/18/2014 at 10:55 AM ET

Idris Elba Welcomes Son Winston Steve Granitz/WireImage

It’s a boy!

Idris Elba welcomed a son with girlfriend Naiyana Garth on Thursday, April 17, he announced on Twitter Friday.

The British actor and star of The Wire shared a sweet snapshot of his new bundle of joy, showing his baby boy’s tiny fingers touching his own.

“My son, Winston Elba, was born yesterday. Truly amazing,” Elba Tweeted.

Elba, who made PEOPLE’s “Sexiest Man Alive” list in 2013, and Garth, a make-up artist, have been together since 2013.

Baby Winston is the second child for Elba, 41, a Golden Globe winner who most recently portrayed South African President Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He is also father to daughter Isan, 11.

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Eric Decker and Jessie James Introduce Daughter Vivianne Rose

04/11/2014 at 04:15 PM ET

Eric Decker Jessie James Welcome Daughter Vivianne Rose Courtesy Jessie James

Meet Vivianne Rose Decker!

Jessie James shared the first photo of her and Eric Decker‘s 3-week-old daughter on Friday via Instagram.

The New York Jets wide receiver, 27, and the country singer had chosen to keep their brown-eyed beauty to themselves for the first few weeks.

“I would appreciate if everyone respected my personal choice as a mommy to keep her private for now and to stop accusing me of magazine deals,” James, 25, explained on Twitter late last month.

“For the sweet fans, I know y’all are excited and I appreciate the love. Just would prefer to have this private time for now.”
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Beverley Mitchell Celebrates Daughter Kenzie’s First Birthday

04/10/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

Beverley Mitchell daughter Kenzie birthday
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It’s fun to be one!

On March 28, Beverley Mitchell and husband Michael Cameron welcomed close friends and family into their Los Angeles-area backyard to celebrate daughter Kenzie Lynne‘s first birthday with a pink and yellow soiree.

“It was so bright and cheery and perfect for spring,” the actress tells PEOPLE. “We wanted something small and intimate for her first birthday. We wanted to be able to focus on Kenzie.”

After coming up with a theme — strawberry lemonade! — Mitchell enlisted the help of her good friends Bill Horn and Scout Masterson to transform their yard into a colorful space fit for a celebration.

The highlight? Masterson’s treat table, which featured everything from a bright pink rosette butter cream and vanilla cake to lemon-shaped smiley face cookies.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Jokes: My Kids Love Their Baby Brother, Just Not Each Other

04/08/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

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The sibling love was at a standstill in Mark-Paul Gosselaar‘s home — until his two kids were saved by … the baby.

Despite a rocky relationship with each other, the actor’s children, Michael Charles, 10, and Ava Lorenn, 7½, have happily embraced their roles as big brother and sister to 6-month-old Dekker Edward.

“They still hate each other, but they love the baby, so all the love now goes to Dekker,” Gosselaar, 40, joked to PEOPLE at the Safe Kids Day event on Saturday in West Hollywood, Calif.

Balancing a new baby and busy schedules with work can get hectic, so during the week Gosselaar’s goal is often “just having dinner … as a unit.” But all bets are off on the weekends when the family — which includes Gosselaar’s wife Catriona — gets together for some fun.
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David Krumholtz Welcomes Daughter Pemma Mae

04/07/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

David Krumholtz Welcomes Daughter Pemma Mae Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic

This working man needs to take his paternity leave!

Men at Work star David Krumholtz and his wife, actress Vanessa Britting, have welcomed a daughter, he announced Saturday on Twitter.

“I am a parent,” Krumholtz, 35, Tweeted without sharing any details.

But a day later, not only did the new dad reveal his baby girl’s name – Pemma Mae Krumholtz — he also shared a sweet snapshot of his sleeping newborn.

“The girl of my dreams,” he captioned the photo.

After getting engaged in Paris, the actor wed Vanessa in New York City in May 2010.
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All the Details on Prince George’s Cute Royal Tour Shoes

04/07/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Prince George Kate Middleton Prince William Royal Tour New Zealand AustraliaJAMES WHATLING/SPLASH NEWS ONLINE

Prince George may not yet be walking, but that doesn’t mean he can’t don adorable shoes on his first ever royal tour.

While disembarking the plane in New Zealand Sunday in the arms of his mum, the Duchess of Cambridge, the 8-month-old showed off his cute cream outfit (a sweater with soldier motifs worn over a Peter Pan collar onesie and shorts) accessorized perfectly with a pair of Early Days Alex Pre-Walker shoes in ivory leather.

“We are really thrilled,” Paul Bolton, managing director of the heritage children’s footwear brand, tells PEOPLE, adding: “You couldn’t have a better pair of feet for them to be on!”

Founded in 1952, the Leicester-based company is the only traditional children’s shoe manufacturer left in the UK.
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