A roundup of news and advice for parents:

Parents commonly use gripe water or other herbal remedies to soothe fussy babies, but there’s no evidence these products are effective, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration study. In some cases, researchers found, these remedies can dampen a baby’s desire for breast milk or formula. (Reuters Health via Chicago Tribune)

Stepfamilies often need a different routine from other households, says the author of “The Secrets to Stepfamily Success.” She gives several ideas for bringing together a blended family. (PBS Parents via ParentDish)

Mother’s Day is Sunday. Thinking of giving flowers? It may not be the best choice. Read this list of undesirable gifts before shopping for your mom. (Strollerderby)