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  • Britax B-Safe Base Kit, Black

    Car Seats
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Britax B-Safe Base Kit, Black -- $64.00
  • Toddlers and Pets Babies & Toddlers
    30 Mar 2014 | 3:06 pm
    That is not my bunny. Much to their disappointment, my children need to visit other people's homes (or in the case of this picture, the town library) to play with ...Read Full Post
  • Recalculating costs of combination vaccines

    Infant's Health News -- ScienceDaily
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    One of the most popular vaccine brands for children may not be the most cost-effective choice. And doctors may be overlooking some cost factors when choosing vaccines, driving the market toward what is actually a more expensive option, according to a new study. The researchers encourage physicians and advisory boards to take all factors into account when determining how to administer the best combination of vaccines for the lowest cost.
  • Stuff The Stuffed Animals (Part 3)

    Posh*Little Blog
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Update: I've always loved these white wire baskets for stuffed animals but not so much the prices. At my latest trip to Target, I found them for under $20. I don't see them online though so you'll have to pack up the kids and head out to see if your local Target has them. Crate & Barrel also doesn't sell them anymore so I've update the link below for an alternative from Land of Nod. They actually have several colors besides white so a great find! Looking for stuffed animal or toy storage that is a little more subtle? While I love decorative storage, something that blends into the…
  • Reuben & Jessalyn | Chester, WV Wedding Photography

    infant « Tag Feed
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    ELKAphoto started off early this year with the wedding season! I got to celebrate with Reuben & Jessalyn in WV at Jessalyn’s hometown Nazarene church. The church brought back so many memories for me. I remember growing up in a Nazarene church just like that one…small…outdated…intimate…genuine. The Rockwell wedding day was a lot of fun. A lot of new faces but a few familiar faces too. So many memories made for the bride and groom–including locking the keys inside the RUNNING getaway car–yay for groomsmen! All sarcasm aside, moments like that are…
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  • Toddlers and Pets

    30 Mar 2014 | 3:06 pm
    That is not my bunny. Much to their disappointment, my children need to visit other people's homes (or in the case of this picture, the town library) to play with ...Read Full Post
  • Spring, Spring, We Want Spring

    26 Mar 2014 | 4:03 pm
    We actually had snow this morning. Not much, but it killed the hope for warmth. Next week it looks like we're scheduled for some long overdue high temperatures. I can't ...Read Full Post
  • Welcome St. Paddy's Day

    12 Mar 2014 | 3:39 pm
    We're getting ready for the the big green day. It's an important religious feast day, but it has take on other significance as well. It's a time to sing, dance, ...Read Full Post
  • Toddler Product Reviews

    28 Feb 2014 | 4:31 pm
    What do toddlers need? Not much beyond the essentials. However, if you're shopping for toys and outdoor gear or health and wellness products, you want to be sure you buy ...Read Full Post
  • Toys and Learning

    31 Jan 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Toddlers play in many different ways. Whatever they do, is a learning experience to them (even if it looks just like throwing things and chewing on stuff to us). The ...Read Full Post
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    Infant's Health News -- ScienceDaily

  • Recalculating costs of combination vaccines

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    One of the most popular vaccine brands for children may not be the most cost-effective choice. And doctors may be overlooking some cost factors when choosing vaccines, driving the market toward what is actually a more expensive option, according to a new study. The researchers encourage physicians and advisory boards to take all factors into account when determining how to administer the best combination of vaccines for the lowest cost.
  • Changing where a baby is held immediately after birth could lead to improved uptake of procedure that reduces infant iron deficiency

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Changing where a newborn baby is held before its umbilical cord is clamped could lead to improved uptake in hospitals of delayed cord clamping, leading to a decreased risk of iron deficiency in infancy, according to new results from a study. Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord until around two minutes after birth allows for blood to pass from the mother's placenta to the baby, and has previously been shown to reduce the risk of iron deficiency in infancy.
  • Preterm delivery, low birth weight, neonatal risk in pregnant women with high blood pressure

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Pregnant women with chronic hypertension (high blood pressure) are highly likely to suffer from adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm delivery, low birth weight and neonatal death, which highlights a need for heightened surveillance, suggests research. Chronic hypertension complicates between 1-5% of pregnancies, and the problem may be increasing because of changes in the population.
  • Mothers with higher BMI have increased risk of stillbirth, infant death

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Higher maternal body mass index (BMI) before or in early pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of fetal death, stillbirth, and infant death, with women who are severely obese having the greatest risk of these outcomes from their pregnancy, according to a study. The authors suggest that several biological mechanisms could explain the association found in this study, including that being overweight or obese has been associated with increased risk of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational hypertension, and congenital anomalies, conditions that have been…
  • SSRI use during pregnancy linked to autism and developmental delays in boys

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    In a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs, researchers found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a frequently prescribed treatment for depression, anxiety and other disorders, was associated with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays in boys.
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    Posh*Little Blog

  • Stuff The Stuffed Animals (Part 3)

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Update: I've always loved these white wire baskets for stuffed animals but not so much the prices. At my latest trip to Target, I found them for under $20. I don't see them online though so you'll have to pack up the kids and head out to see if your local Target has them. Crate & Barrel also doesn't sell them anymore so I've update the link below for an alternative from Land of Nod. They actually have several colors besides white so a great find! Looking for stuffed animal or toy storage that is a little more subtle? While I love decorative storage, something that blends into the…
  • Win It Wed: Monster Defense Brave Spray

    22 Jan 2014 | 5:03 pm
    We've never really had a problem with my 2 year old going to bed. On the contrary, we actually have a hard time keeping her awake so she'll stop waking the entire house up at 5:30 every morning (if we're lucky, that is). That was until recently when my 6 year old used monsters as a lure to get her out of her room. Now, not only does she wake up at 5:30 am, we have to negotiate at bed time because of monsters, shadows and a creepy big sisters. I can't handle the fight at both ends. If you're going to wake up at 5:30 in the morning, you are going to bed w/out a fight. Period! So when I was…
  • Cavy Crazy: Guinea Pigs The Posh Little Way

    18 Jan 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Mid December our family had to say goodbye to our beloved Nellie, an 11 year old cockapoo. It was devastating for my husband and I but even harder for my 4 kids who have never experienced loss before outside of fish. Nellie was a big part our family and with each child since they were born. Since we weren't necessarily ready to take on a new puppy (4 kids and two dogs is a lot) we packed up our sad little clan and headed to Petsmart to get a Guinea Pig. I had had guinea pigs growing up so was super excited about getting one for my kids. Wasn't excited about the mess though. They wanted a…
  • Sweet Baby Necklace by StephieMc Designs

    3 Jan 2014 | 4:00 pm
    For most people it's time to get a new necklace when it gets broken, lost or dropped down the drain. For a baby machine like me who loves to sport customized jewelry celebrating each child, it's when you have another baby. So just in time to help me celebrate the arrival of my new baby girl, my adorable new Sweet Baby (now called the Bree) customized necklace arrived from StephieMc Designs along with a 25% off coupon code for you (keep reading for the details). The Sweet Baby necklace is an 18" Sterling Silver necklace with a Sterling Silver hand stamped charm and crystal. The charm can hold…
  • Mommy Style File: 5 Minute Makeup (or less)

    22 Dec 2013 | 9:07 pm
    I got several emails after my What's In My Mommy Makeup Bag post (yes I am sorry my comment system seems to not be working well) about mommy makeup and not just what I use but also tips about quick makeup tips and so I thought I would share a great video I was inspired by. there are of course so many pictures and videos via Pinterest and YouTube but as a mom (w/no time or flat out inspiration) the trick is finding someone you can relate to and here a gem of a video that I discovered last year and have gone back to time and time again. This is from beauty/mommy blogger Cara from Maskara.Com…
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  • Reuben & Jessalyn | Chester, WV Wedding Photography

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    ELKAphoto started off early this year with the wedding season! I got to celebrate with Reuben & Jessalyn in WV at Jessalyn’s hometown Nazarene church. The church brought back so many memories for me. I remember growing up in a Nazarene church just like that one…small…outdated…intimate…genuine. The Rockwell wedding day was a lot of fun. A lot of new faces but a few familiar faces too. So many memories made for the bride and groom–including locking the keys inside the RUNNING getaway car–yay for groomsmen! All sarcasm aside, moments like that are…
  • Love visits Auntie

    Lana: Living with Post Concussion Syndrome
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
      Love & Auntie (excuse the super messy hair) My mum was to begin vacation yesterday, howev
  • Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 35 Infant Car Seat, Vance

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    This infant carseat comes with a LATCH-equipped stay in car base, and the level indicator makes it easy to install.View larger Pick up additional stay in car bases to install in your baby’s other caregiver’s cars. View larger It’s compatible with all Graco Classic Connect strollers, so you can create your own custom travel system.View larger Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 35 Top-Rated Excellence for Your Baby Graco’s top-rated SnugRide Classic Connect 35 infant car seat is a favorite of moms and is consistently a top pick of respected consumer magazines. So, you can feel great about…
  • No One Hurts My Baby...Not Even My Baby!

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    It happened. It was bound to happen at some point, but still it shook me up. My little boy got hurt/scared today. Not only that, but it was my little girl’s fault. He was playing on his play mat very happily, and she leaned over it to talk to him. Wanting to play with her brother, Leah grabbed one of the hanging toys, but then she accidentally let go of it and it came swinging back and hit Christopher in the face. It was purely by accident, and it was a soft toy and did not really hurt him, but it scared him and he screamed. I was sitting right there and immediately snatched my baby up…
  • My little boy is turning 365 days old.

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    My little boy is turning 365 days old. And I am so ready. I am sentimental, and a little sad, when I look at newborn pictures of him, or when I add more clothes to the too-small-to-wear pile for donations, but overall I am looking forward to this new year. This past year was challenging, extremely fun, extremely exhausting, and full of surprises, tears, and sleepless nights, long days, little baby smiles and giggles. But challenging. I mean, isn’t “having a baby” supposed to be something you have complete control over, from conception to parenting? It’s like…
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    Andrea Banks BR
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Family lunch! Reese Witherspoon stepped out with her kids, Ava and Deacon, for lunch at Tavern Restaurant. It looks like little Tennesse stayed home. Perhaps it was his nap time. RELATED: Workout buddies Reese Witherspoon and Deacon do the grocery run. We’ve been seeing Deacon hit the gym with Reese, but we don’t see as much of Ava. Every time I see her, I’m always taken with how much she looks like her mother! Honestly, Reese has her own not-so-mini me with her daughter. Reese has some good-looking kids, doesn’t she? Photos by Pablo/Goodwin/FAMEFLYNET 
  • RACHEL ZOE & SKYLER Pick Up A Sweet Treat From Coffee Bean

    Andrea Banks BR
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    It was quite a day for Rachel Zoe and Skyler! We saw them stopping by Kitson’s to do some shopping. Afterwards, they stopped by Coffee Bean. RELATED: Rachel Zoe and Skyler hit the shops! I can’t  tell what Skyler got, but whatever it was, it looks like he enjoyed it. That’s one big spoon for such a little guy! Skyler didn’t let that stop him from enjoying his treat. Good for him! Photos by Bruce/4CRNS/FAMEFLYNET 
  • IDRIS ELBA Welcomes Baby Boy!

    Andrea Banks BR
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    ‘Mandela: Long Walk of Freedom’ star Idris Elba had a very special day Thursday: he welcomed a baby boy with Naiyana Garth! Idris announced the news yesterday on twitter with a sweet pic. RELATED: Idris Elba attends ‘Captain America’ premiere with his daughter. Idris tweeted a simple message with the photo. My Son Winston Elba was born yesterday..Truly Amazing Anyone who’s had a child understands the power of those words. Idris and Naiyana decided to go with a traditional name, Winston, as you can see. Congratulations! Photo Courtesy of Idris Elba &…
  • Kids React To Walkman (Viral Video)

    Andrea Banks BR
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Ready to feel old? These people gave kids a walkman (the first portable cassette player) and asked them what they thought it was. They had NO idea, but it’s making for a funny viral video. RELATED: Anther funny video: Stephen Colbert shares frustration over Common Core Math. First, the kids had to figure out what the walkman itself was. Once they were told, that didn’t help much. Then they had to be shown what a CASSETTE was. Once they figured out how to put the cassette in the walkman, however, the lessons weren’t over. These poor kids were absolutely shocked to learn they…
  • JIMMY KIMMEL & MOLLY MCNEARNEY Baby Bumpin’ In Paradise

    Andrea Banks BR
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, just wrapped up a vacation in paradise (a.k.a. Hawaii). This is my first time seeing Molly’s baby bump. They’re expecting their first child together! RELATED: Jimmy Kimmel expecting a baby with his wife Molly. Jimmy has two adult children from his previous marriage, so he’s not new to this, but his kids are in their twenties, so it’s been a while. Molly looks like she’s doing great, though. I bet she was rocking a bikini with her baby bump. Is there any better place to relax in the world than…
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    Celebrity Baby Blog

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

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ako/Splash News Online 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…
  • Around the Web…

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Happy Friday! Kick off your Easter weekend with these clicks: Kristen Bell: Lincoln loves to dance with her whole body — 14 activities kids can do when they’re home sick — Round up: Celebs share sweet snapshots of their kids — POPSUGAR Moms New study: antidepressants during pregnancy linked to autism in boys — CBS News Martina McBride: My daughters are not interested in performing — PARADE
  • Debbie Matenopoulos Is Married and Pregnant

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Araya Diaz/Getty Marriage — and a baby carriage! Debbie Matenopoulos is expecting her first child and got married last summer, she confirms to PEOPLE. “I eloped in Greece and I’m four months pregnant!” she said on Thursday. A regular on Home & Family and an original co-host of The View, Matenopoulos started dating her photographer husband Jon Falcone, 36, two years ago after meeting through mutual friends. They decided to get married while shooting for her upcoming recipe book, It’s All Greek to Me in Greece. This is her second marriage. “We had a…
  • Idris Elba Welcomes Son Winston

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    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…
  • Noch Mini: Sophisticated, Eco-Conscious Style for Kids

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thinking pink is not something clothing designer Jina Jang does very often. Especially when it comes to the wardrobe of her 3-year-old daughter, Ollie. “I’m not a big pink person in general,” says Jang, who has designed for Bill Blass, Tommy Hilfiger and Ann Taylor. “When our daughter was born, I was looking for organic clothing options and the choices were very limited. And when I looked at the conventional options, it was always too blue or too pink.” So what’s a clothing designer to do? Create your own label, of course! In 2010, Jang launched Noch…
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    Easy Baby Life

  • New Mother, New Life! – Tips For Sleep, Getting Organized, Feel Better…

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Being a new mother is.. a lot! It is fantastic, exhausting, time consuming... Here's how to cope being a new mom. Been-there-done-that tips from mom to mom. The post New Mother, New Life! – Tips For Sleep, Getting Organized, Feel Better… appeared first on Easy Baby Life.
  • Your Post-Pregnancy Body – What You (Don’t) Want to Know!

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Having a new baby is great, right? Having a post pregnancy body is not that great! Learn about stretch marks, baby belly, the linea nigra, your breasts and the rest... The post Your Post-Pregnancy Body – What You (Don’t) Want to Know! appeared first on Easy Baby Life.
  • Sleep Tips For New Moms – Go From NO Sleep To OK Sleep Already Today!

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:08 am
    As an exhausted new mom YOU can still get some sleep even if your baby wakes up a lot. Follow these sleep tips for new moms and you'll feel a lot better! The post Sleep Tips For New Moms – Go From NO Sleep To OK Sleep Already Today! appeared first on Easy Baby Life.
  • Breast Augmentation After Pregnancy – Pros and Cons Of Different Methods

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Fat injections, implants, pills, macrolane... there are no ends to how a new mom can enhance her post-pregnancy breasts. Learn about the pros and cons here. The post Breast Augmentation After Pregnancy – Pros and Cons Of Different Methods appeared first on Easy Baby Life.
  • What’s It Like To Be A New Mom? Better Or Worse Than You Expected?

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    To be a new mom can be quite overwhelming. But it can be great too! Or a little of both. This polls reveals what's it like for new moms like you. The post What’s It Like To Be A New Mom? Better Or Worse Than You Expected? appeared first on Easy Baby Life.
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  • What is the T word?

    Shaman Mother
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Trust, according to Webster’s dictionary is: “the belief in and reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc, of a person or thing.”  If you look back on your own life experiences, how many times your trust has been violated on many different levels of life?  I think every single one of us can share a story of how a trust was broken and how painful it was.  We can look at organized religions that have broken a sacred trust, as well as governments, banks, businesses, and personal relationships in which trusts are broken frequently.  You might ask ‘Is trust humanly…
  • The Joy of Eating

    Shaman Mother
    26 Nov 2013 | 12:41 pm
    Americans are obsessed with dieting; billions of dollars are spent by consumers on weight loss companies and diet literature.  Yet, one third of Americans are obese and out of shape.  Eating disorders are rampant on college campuses and women who are petite, lament how fat they are.  The new word for diet now is “CLEANSE” OR DETOX.  No one is happy with themselves, no matter what weight they are and the joy of eating is gone! Food experts are everywhere; everyone has an opinion about food: …..Do not eat meat it’s not spiritual. …..Raw food has all the nutrients in them so do not…
  • Integrity

    Shaman Mother
    8 Sep 2013 | 12:47 pm
    Integrity is an important virtue to cultivate. In our fast paced society many people over commit themselves and never follow through on their promises.  Honesty goes hand in hand with integrity like a harmonious chord.  People are conditioned to say what people want to hear, rather than speak the truth. Recently I made hotel arrangements with an online company that had “ Price Assurance”; I thought that this was the lowest rate possible.  I booked with them and then discovered I was over charged by hundreds of dollars.  The travel service told me that the hotel did not have the right…
  • Moment of Surrender

    Shaman Mother
    17 Jul 2013 | 5:14 pm
      Do you feel like life is one big struggle?  There is always some inner or outer conflict that seems to be upsetting our inner peace.  The lists of obstacles are endless: money, health, jobs, relationships, traffic, weather and so on.  I had a client come to me recently and tell me how tired she was of the struggle.  I decided to tell her this story.  A man discovered a chrysalis on his property one day.  Observing the progress of the metamorphosis fascinated him.   But after a period of time he watched helplessly as the caterpillar was struggling to be free of her encasement.
  • Pretending

    Shaman Mother
    2 Jun 2013 | 12:29 pm
    How much of your life do you feel like you are pretending?  Since our early years, we have been schooled, trained and handed over a set of beliefs from everyone around us.  We are told what is appropriate, who and how we should be behave and what to believe.  Education drills and dictates knowledge and society frowns on being different or controversial.  But do ever wonder who you really are? Identities are formed at an early age.  A child learns very young how to perform to get the love and attention they desire.  Some children give up on themselves, believing a judgment by a…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Taking Love Off The Line

    Zen Mommy
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Why? Why must we continue to discipline our children from a place of fear? of distant authority? of the sort of not-enoughness that soooo many of us were raised in? .... In the words you use. In the actions you take. Tell your child. Your love is theirs. Unconditionally. It just IS.
  • You Know You Are A Parent When…

    Zen Mommy
    19 Feb 2014 | 7:16 am
    (The truth is always funnier than anything we could possibly make up.) Embracing the little moments of this day (the messy, imperfect and oh so sweet little moments of life with little ones...) with you.
  • Embrace the Chaos

    Zen Mommy
    10 Dec 2013 | 10:01 am
    When motherhood offers up the unexpected there is really only one thing left to do. Embrace it.
  • Think Food Doesn’t Affect Behavior? WATCH THIS.

    Zen Mommy
    2 Dec 2013 | 6:44 am
    Think food doesn't affect behavior? Check this video experiment out for yourself; the differences in these two groups of kids is remarkable...
  • Average Is Not What Your Baby Needs

    Zen Mommy
    21 Nov 2013 | 10:58 am
    There's a lot of information out there. It is worthless without you and your mommy-filter to make sense of it all. Step into your power. Average is not what your baby needs. You are.
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  • New Warnings on Laundry Detergent Packs and Dishwasher Tabs

    31 Mar 2014 | 3:59 pm
    © CPSC has issued another warning about those single-use detergent packets you may have in your laundry room or under your kitchen sink. The group issued another detergent pack warning in 2013 after an infant died when he ingested a laundry detergent packet....Read Full Post
  • Could Your Antique Toy Chest Be Deadly?

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:41 am
    Lots of modern parents keep an eagle eye on kid-related recalls. After all, we want to know that the products we buy for our precious youngsters are safe. If you've been saving an older toy chest or antique hop chest for a future generation, though, you may have missed a huge danger to your child. Toy chests, storage chests, cedar trunks, hope chests, and other storage furniture are the subject of a recent warning from CPSC. Some of these chests and trunks may have been recalled in years past, and some may have been made in the early 1900s and stored for years before being handed down to kids…
  • What's New With Your Stroller?

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    Well, nothing. At least not yet! But in 2015, you'll see some changes coming to the strollers sold in the U.S. That's because CPSC has just approved a new set of federal safety standards for strollers. These standards address many of the problems we've seen in recent years that resulted in stroller recalls. Remember the stroller hinge finger amputations? The parking brake failures? The potential entrapment? The broken wheels? The new standards cover all of these things, so your baby should be safer on the stroll than ever before....Read Full Post
  • Vera Bradley Toy Recall

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:32 pm
    © About 98,000 Vera Bradley bear ring rattles and bunny stuffed toys are recalled because small pieces can detach, posing a choking hazard. Two incidents where a pom-pom detached have been reported, but no injuries have been reported....Read Full Post
  • Flipping Acrobat Toys Recall

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    © About 135 wooden flipping acrobat toys from Minga Imports are recalled because they contain lead paint. Federal standards allow only certain amounts of lead in paint, because if a child chews on the product and ingests lead paint, the lead can harm the child. No injuries have been associated with this toy....Read Full Post
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  • :: a simple summer party ::

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    all clothing from (bring on the nautical stripes for everyone!)This snowy spring has me dreaming of warmer days, and the half-birthday party we have planned for our kids. The poor little guys both have birthdays in December and their parties get lost in the shuffle of Christmas (poor Scarlett, our Boxing Day baby!) or cancelled for sickness during the cold & flu season. We had the idea this year to have a party in June to celebrate their "half-birthdays" and I'm dreaming of a simple party in the backyard. A sprinkler, happy kids, a BBQ, some popsicles, and some summer vacation…
  • :: vintage treasures in australia ::

    9 Mar 2014 | 8:36 pm
    My beautiful Aussie friend Marli moved home to Australia in January (but not before we did this amazing winter friends photo shoot with the talented Genevieve Renee) Our boys were best mates, and Hunter still doesn't understand why we can't get together for playdates (maps don't seem to help 4 year olds grasp the concept of distance!). I've been thinking of her often as she settles into her new home, wondering what kind of vintage treasures she must be finding as she sets up her kitchen and bedrooms. She is a master at finding the most beautiful trinkets and an expert user of buy/sell…
  • :: app review - waterlogue ::

    9 Feb 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I was scrolling through Instagram a few weeks back and noticed that Mom101 was testing out a new app. She had taken a picture of her daughter and turned it into a watercolour, and it was so beautiful I skipped to the app store and bought it immediately. Luckily, we had a gorgeous sunset that night, and I was able to create my first waterlogue watercolour from a photo of our backyard. I have not stopped playing with it since :)The next day, I snapped a bunch of photos of a sunny walk in fish creek park,one of our favourite picnic spots,and my little Hunter pulling along his sled on the empty…
  • :: carina organics - sweet pea baby shampoo :: {great canadian companies}

    19 Nov 2013 | 2:10 pm
    is there anything more delicious than a fresh from the bath baby?We planted sweet peas in our garden last year, and absolutely loved watching them creep up our trellis and then open up in a rainbow of colours. I would cut them and bring them inside to scent our house with their gorgeous fragrance. Though they would only last a day or two at most, they brought us so much joy with their delicate form and beautiful smell.When we were vacationing in BC over the summer I noticed them growing wild beside the road. Actually, there were so many amazing flowers growing beside the roads I was often…
  • :: christmas photo cards from minted ::

    18 Nov 2013 | 10:59 am
    With our move coming up in December, I've been trying to get all my Christmas planning and shopping done early. I'm determined to send out Christmas cards this year, especially because I never did get around to sending out announcement cards for Scarlett's birth. At least our family members far away can "meet" her through our card!I love how you can see your picture on multiple cards on Minted's website. I think I must have a thing for swirly fonts, because all of my favourites feature that type of typography.Which one is your favourite?(photo by Tickled Pink Photography)
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    Playground Confidential

  • Hey, Rebecca! Can we talk about bullshit Internet baby advice?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Hey Rebecca, A fellow mom in my mom’s group was horribly sleep-deprived, sobbing and feeling emotionally bombarded by all the bullshit on the internet that tells her she is to blame for the night-nursing her ten-month-old baby is doing. Can we talk truthfully about what it’s like to breastfeed a nearly-one-year old? Signed, Sick of […]The post Hey, Rebecca! Can we talk about bullshit Internet baby advice? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • How to stop sounding like a douchebag parent in 5 easy steps

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Your child is a wonderful creature filled with intellectual curiosity and boundless joy. She is a fucking delight. No, I’m serious. I bet she is. And you deserve some credit. You are a committed and fully engaged parent who takes great pains to make sure you do things the right way. Your entire family is […]The post How to stop sounding like a douchebag parent in 5 easy steps appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Peaches Geldof, motherhood and how we still don’t get it

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    I spent the morning reading about Peaches Geldoff. Strangely, I’m having a hard time processing this one. She’s a pseudo-celebrity made famous by birthright. I really didn’t know much about her apart from the occasional tabloid headline. This doesn’t feel like a deep personal loss for me and yet I can’t shake this sense of […]The post Peaches Geldof, motherhood and how we still don’t get it appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Popping in before Passover…

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    I thought you might like to know that I’m alive; along with all four of my children. We’re not totally well, at least not the three year old, but we are on the way! The ringworm ordeal was a total doozy. Let me tell you. We’ve had a busy bunch of weeks – in-between washing everything that stands still in our house. I’m coming to grips with the fact that this three and a half weeks plus spring break week are putting our school year into July or later. Whatever – I’m OK. It’s too hot to do much in Texas past July anyway. Might as well keep our…
  • Still in the Saga… and a Story of How God Answered a Prayer

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    It’s funny how God brings you through layers of new revelations if you stick with Him through a difficulty. You get a glimpse of the beauty in the pain of a transformation at the potter’s wheel. This last two weeks has been a flurry of motion – doing the next thing – putting fires out – refocusing on family and dropping all other distractions. That’s what you do in a health crisis… you double down and lick wounds. When the quiet comes, even in the motion… always the constant sound of the washer and dryer rumbling, the little ones being little,…
  • Little Rascals and a Give Away

    29 Mar 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I have some little rascals at my house. I can relate with movies like Dennis the Menace and most recently, Little Rascals Save the Day. I was glad to get a chance to review the DVD before it hits the stores on April 1st. Since I have my copy, I’ll be picking up a copy of Walter Mitty (also out April 1st) instead. My boys… well, the younger two, liked The Little Rascals Save the Day much better than Walter Mitty, though. Mitty was a little above their age level. I talked about that movie over at the Homeschool Post yesterday when I put up the Field Trip link-up for March. Have you…

    24 Mar 2014 | 4:13 am
      UPDATE: When I started this blog, my homeschool kids were 5 and 7 (now they are sophomores and 15 & 17). We were using Konos Unit Studies almost exclusively as our main curriculum. I wrote this post to explain how I was planning at the time. At the bottom, there’s a link to my planner page I created as a PDF, for those of you who have been asking me about it! So sorry it took so long to get it up for you! Now for the original post from August 2005: I have had a lot of questions about Konos lately… so I thought I would do a timely post about how I do my planning.
  • Ringworm Remedies and Stuff

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:40 am
    I never set out to write a health blog. I can’t help that God keeps throwing all this new information in my lap, though. I mean, who wants to learn first hand how to use natural remedies to get rid of ringworm? Not me. You can mark my name off that list. God had other plans, though. Remember the new kitten? Yep, the insanely cute little fluff ball that no one could keep their hands off of? I found a couple of ringworm spots on my arm last week before I left for a retreat in the Texas Hill Country. I read online that you could use an anti-fungal spray on them and keep them covered and it…
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    Nancy's Baby Names

  • Name Quotes for the Weekend #19

    Nancy Man
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Viggo Mortensen, as quoted in TIME Magazine in 2005: I met someone last night who showed me a picture of a baby, and they had named the kid Viggo. You know, Viggo is a pretty dorky name in Denmark. It’s like Oswald or something. It’s a very old Scandinavian name, at least 1,000 years old. From an NPR review of Blue Nights, an explanation of Joan Didion’s daughter’s name: Just after they adopted Quintana Roo (they’d seen the name on a map of Mexico, liked it, and chosen it) the writer says she acted as if she’d gotten a doll to dress up, not a real baby.
  • Baby Name Prediction – Lacey

    Nancy Man
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Lacey Holsworth & Adreian Payne© InstagramA little more than a week ago, 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth — known for her friendship with Michigan State University basketball player Adreian Payne — succumbed to the cancer she’d been battling for several years. I don’t know much about Lacey, but I’ve seen/heard her name in the news a lot lately. This makes me wonder: Will this sad event increase the popularity of the baby name Lacey in 2014? We’ve seen this sort of thing happen before with names like Caylee, Etan, Kyron, Natalee, Rainelle and most…
  • 3 Baby Names in the News

    Nancy Man
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Three quick stories from the news: 1. In February, paramedics in Oceanside, California, helped save the life of a baby boy born seven weeks early and without a heartbeat. The baby was given the first name Zavier and the two middle names Stephan and Morgan, in honor of paramedic Steven Choi and fire Capt. Glen Morgan. 2. In April, police officer Nelson Hearns of Canford, New Jersey, responded to a call regarding a sick pregnant woman. He ended up delivering a baby boy in the woman’s living room. The baby was given the first name Kase and the middle name Nelson. 3. Also in April, doctor…
  • Popular Baby Names in Quebec, 2013

    Nancy Man
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Quebec’s top baby names of 2013 were announced yesterday. According to data from the Régie des rentes du Québec (RRQ), the most popular baby names last year were Lea and William. Here are Quebec’s top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2013: Girl Names Boy Names 1. Lea, 625 baby girls 2. Emma, 500 3. Olivia, 491 4. Florence, 455 5. Alice, 439 6. Zoe, 415 7. Rosalie, 404 8. Juliette, 366 9. Charlie, 343 10. Chloe, 339 11. Charlotte, 332 12. Sofia, 304 13. Jade, 302 14. Mia, 299 15. Eva, 289 16. Camille, 286 17. Victoria, 284 18. Anais, 274 19. Beatrice, 265 20.
  • What “Enos” Sounds Like In Italian…

    Nancy Man
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    “M” of the blog Married to Italy posted a funny baby name story a while back. M, an American, was living in Italy with her then-boyfriend (how husband). Over a family dinner, her boyfriend’s sister-in-law announced she was pregnant. Talk then turned to baby names. After weeks of discussion they had finally settled on one name that had traditional Emiliana roots, but sounded perhaps a tad more modern than the other suggestions. My boyfriend’s brother, as he was standing over the table serving out some pasta into everyone’s dishes, announced that they really liked…
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    Latest Updates from Stroller-Envy | Best Baby Strollers Blog

  • Baby Jogger Double Strollers

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    Baby Jogger was established in 1984 by Phil Baechler, a local newspaper journalist. Wanting to spend more time with his infant son, he took his son jogging with him, but in his regular stroller. Baechler quickly learned that standard strollers were not meant to handle the rigors of a jogging speed, and so he designed a specialized stroller equipped to take the stress of running. Each Baby Jogger double stroller is designed with a parents' needs and children's comfort and safety in mind. From the stylish stroller design with functional, high performance wheels and suspension system to the…
  • UPPAbaby Vista Revised Stroller Review

    11 Mar 2014 | 6:30 am
    The UPPAbaby Vista is a convertible stroller designed with both parents and babies in mind; it is an engineered system that offers maximum flexibility from birth through the toddler years as your baby grows. This is a beautifully made stroller that actually includes a matching bassinet so that you have an elegant pram during your baby's first six months. Also included in your set is a lightweight chassis with a modern design and a toddler seat, not to mention a bassinet storage bag, and a bug shield and rain shield for the main seat. The UPPAbaby Vista is described as a hybrid between a…
  • New Phil and Teds Smart Lux

    15 Feb 2014 | 8:07 am
    Here is the newest product from the Phil and Teds stroller line, the Smart Lux. This is the stroller to have if you want a 4-wheeler, yet you don't need something that converts to a double, and you also want more features than the Smart offers. Smart Lux is a bigger stroller; it weighs eight pounds more than the Smart at just over 26 pounds. So while it is not light weight, it is compact with a flat fold for convenient storage. It holds your child up to 44 pounds. The wheels are a big deal - they are overall 2 inches larger than the Smart. The 10" front wheels have suspension and are EVA.
  • Combi Double Stroller Update

    5 Feb 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Weighing just over 22 pounds, the Combi Cosmo Twin is light weight and folds easily and quickly. In addition it has a self-standing feature and a carrying strap making transport a breeze. The fold is a HUGE hit with parents, with most reviews giving it the highest praises. Not only does the Cosmo Twin have wide, reclining seats with breathable air-mesh fabric, but the seats recline flat and you can use one Combi car seat as part of a travel system. Parents love the extending, full-coverage sun canopies and removable padded bumper bars with cup holders. Parents you now get a cup holder, too! I…
  • Britax B-Agile Updated 2014 Review

    24 Jan 2014 | 6:15 am
    Britax has not really made many changes with their B-Agile stroller for 2014. The frame is still the same, but the way the fabric goes over it is slightly different. This year's colors are only three - red, black and sandstone, whereas last year had many more bright colors like green and turquoise blue. More subtle colors seems to be the trend... What do parents like about the B-Agile? Moms say they love the maneuverability and that it can go over rather rough terrain, though it is not an all-terrain stroller. Reviewers recommend the easy fold and the one-handed seat recline. Lots of…
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    The cutie files

  • And Lucia is here

    Emily Davila
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The morning after I wrote the “Waiting for Lucia” post I woke up rested, oddly at peace.  Lucia came later that Friday.  Poor Luis had been working around the clock that week to meet a deadline for the 20th anniversary of the climate change convention (UNFCCC) entering into force.  He met his Friday deadline, but did not get a chance to rest. Lucia was born that evening. She came much quicker than Elena’s epic 33 hours, we did not even have time to have an epidural.  It was no picnic, but she was there before I could believe it.  More like a scene from the movies than…
  • Waiting for Lucia

    Emily Davila
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:56 am
    Lucia’s due date is Saturday. It’s a strange time. You stand on the threshold, waiting to cross over, unsure how long you will be waiting. You can’t make plans other than doctor’s appointments.  Tomorrow the astrology sign moves from Pisces to Aries.  I always have had many Aries in my life.  We will have a house full of fire signs. Today was an odd 24 degree day in March and I went out for coffee with a friend.  I have to walk very slow. I’ve been invited to a luncheon tomorrow, but I honestly don’t know what to wear.  Even my pregnant clothes are too…
  • What to expect when you’re expecting

    Emily Davila
    4 Feb 2014 | 2:35 pm
    It’s been a really long time blog.  I even wrote post drafts and didn’t publish them.  I don’t know what happened.  Busy times. A blog vortex.  Then my computer crashed and I lost all my writing.  So blogging is safer. I should have learned my lesson. But now Cutie number two is on the way, just one month to go,  and I thought best to document a few things about these special times so I can look back later and laugh: Today I wore leggings and ankle boots to work. God help me. I am hungry all the time.  It’s really too bad I am not in a food mecca like New York,…
  • Elena’s top sayings

    Emily Davila
    2 Sep 2013 | 4:36 pm
    Elena is talking more and more everyday, so I wanted to put together a list of her favorite sayings from 2.5.  I almost forgot her  her secret word for elephant (ati), so its time to write them down before they fade away in my mommy brain. “Look-a-mirror” or “Look-a-window”.  Said as one word. Fairly self-explanatory, when she wants to look in the mirror or out the window. “Sticky Hands!”  This can have several meanings.  Usually it means, give me you hand so I can hold it.  Sometimes it means, my hands are sticky.  Sometimes it means, let me touch…
  • Happy mommy-baby day

    Emily Davila
    12 May 2013 | 6:23 am
    Mother’s Day is a great holiday, in fact I would not mind it if it was more than once a year.  It could also be called international Mommy sleep-in day.   And a good one in my case as Elena decided to get up at 6:30 today.  I dusted off my sleeping in skills, and rolled out of bed around 11 to be greeted with a cappucino and two slices of cake.  The cake is still sitting on the table as it looked a bit rich for breakfast.  Each time Elena sees it she says “Happy Birthday Mama”. It’s been a long time dear readers, and a hectic spring.  Elena was in the hospital,…
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  • A favourite book: Ramayana

    ebabee likes
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Ramayana by Sanjay Patel is possibly one of the most beautiful kids books we’ve got.  While the book is based on Hindu mythology, it’s a simplified version of the story that any child can relate to.  The tale involves a prince, a 10 headed demon, a beautiful goddess like princess and some animals with super powers.  It’s about an adventure involving deceit, wit, friendships and good triumphing over evil.  The story is engaging and the illustrations are stunning.  Full of colour and detail, each page comes to life with pictures that tell the story as beautifully as the…
  • Minimal design by Lile Sadi

    ebabee likes
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:56 am
    While browsing La Petite, I recently discovered this sister duo who design homewares, kids stuff and more, all with a minimal touch.  I’m loving that graphic bear print that appears on quite a lot of stuff from baby blankets to wallpaper.  There’s lots of black and white in their collection which has a very Scandinavian feel to it.  The sisters are German but run Lile Sadi from the Netherlands.  Lile Sadi doesn’t have a huge collection, but what they do have is a distinct aesthetic which is simple, stylish, minimal and very appealing to anyone who likes a bit of beauty…
  • Hello from India

    ebabee likes
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    We are away on holiday in India and we have mostly been eating, spending lots of time together with my family, soaking up the hot, hot, hot sunshine and eating some more.  Because we are all so spread out – my mum in India, my brother and sister-in-law in the States and us in London – we don’t manage to get together as often as we would like.  But because of this, our meetings feel even more special when they happen.   And with Anya being the only child around, she gets so spoiled – today she indulged in two desserts after lunch thanks to my brother!  I’ve…
  • 6 of the best bunny soft toys

    ebabee likes
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    With Easter coming up you can’t move for bunnies.  Even though they’re everywhere I still like a stuffed toy bunny  especially because I love how this one animal can be designed to have so many different looks.  I’ve seen cute bunnies, quirky bunnies, funny bunnies and even some slightly sinister looking ones!  So I rounded up some of my current favourite bunny soft toys and while no two are even slightly alike, they’ve all got lots of charm.  Which one do you like best? 1.  cuddling rabbit…  2.  spotty bunny…  3.  tall long-eared bunnies… …
  • It’s all black & white…

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    9 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    I know that black and white kids decor isn’t for everyone but I am a big fan.  So if you are a fan like me then this new Dutch shop is for you.  En Las Nubes does some of the cutest black and white posters, wall stickers and decorations for kiddies as well as some adorable tees.  There are lots of stars, triangles, clouds and raindrops featured on a range of goodies, all in black and white but sometimes with a hint of pink or grey.  I’m especially loving those sweet posters that have happy little thoughts printed on them. Tweet This Post
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    Sleep Positioner

  • The Pros and Cons of Electronic Devices designed to save babies in hot cars

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:42 am
    It’s a sad fact that there are rampant cases when parents accidentally leave their babies or toddlers behind their car. Many have relied on electronic devices and modern gadgets to serve as childminders systems. These gadgets are intended to increase the safety of children and protect them from being left unattended by their parents especially on hot summer days when temperatures inside the vehicles can soar in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, these devices can’t guarantee total safety of the children. David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety…
  • 5 Simple Guides And Tips On How To Properly Handle Temper Tantrums Of Your Child

    28 Mar 2014 | 11:45 am
    Temper tantrums can be very frustrating and problematic if not handled properly. Your kid might cry, whine, scream, kick, hit, throw himself to the floor, and even hold his breath. Temper tantrums are usually very common during toddlerhood and it is equally seen in both boys and girls. Because kids are not yet fully mature and developed when it comes to expressing themselves, temper tantrums is seen to be the best and quickest way out. In this post, let us go through some of the ways on how you as a parent or nanny can handle temper tantrums. Let us go through some of them. Understand the…
  • The Best Place for Parents

    28 Mar 2014 | 11:39 am
    Are you an expectant mom with no idea how to go through the next stage of your life? Are you a contented mother who would like to share your expert views on parenting? Are you having problems with your kids and you would like to talk to fellow moms about it? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you’ll definitely find the answers you are looking for from, a new and exciting website that is specially built and designed for all mothers out there. Join now and get to meet with fellow moms. Share ideas, advice, and information with each other. The forum is always…
  • Britax: Baby Travel Systems That Will Take Care of Your Kids

    20 Mar 2014 | 10:17 am
    Babies are the most delicate things on earth. So only the strongest, the most secured, and the most reliable baby travel accessories should be used for them. is a good place to look for convertible car seats and strollers for your babies. The website features almost a hundred design options that will give parents the peace of mind that they need and babies the comfort that they deserve during their travels. Find the most popular, the newest, and the cheapest car seats, strollers, and travel systems only from Britax. Britax is one of the most popular baby travel…
  • How to find the perfect baby name with

    10 Mar 2014 | 3:48 am
    Babies are the cutest things in the world. So it is only right that you give your baby the perfect name. All babies deserve that. However, many parents find this rather simple task to be surprisingly insurmountable. The more they consider that the name they’ll give will stick with the baby for the rest of his life, the more they wanted to put a lot of thought and effort into choosing. can greatly help parents who can’t decide which name to give their babies. Their collection of baby names is wide and varied, thus making the most ideal one easier to find. The best choices for…
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    Mother-2-Mother Blog

  • Summer Activities: Garden With Your Child

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    My grandfather had a garden when I was growing up, and I remember how different the vegetables taste from the store brought veggies.  With that in mind, I planted a vegetable garden.  My father was an avid flower gardener, so it's in my blood. I decided to involve my grandson when he was little.  He lives near the beach, so backyard gardening isn't a common theme in that area. When he visits in the summer he helps me with my garden.  He enjoys playing in the dirt and watering Mawmaw's plants, but most importantly he is learning about growing vegetables and flowers.
  • 8 Benefits of Giving Children Chores

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Do you give your children chores?  I have found that many of our children have become entitled. They think they should have maid service, they shouldn't have to work for anything, and the world owes them.  Many make no effort in school and they have no respect for their parents or anyone else they encounter.  I wonder if their attitude is a result of them not understanding that things are earned and their are no entitlements.  Do they understand that mom is not a maid or their personal chef, and the roof over their head and food on the table is the result of work?
  • Tips On How To Plan A Baby Shower

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Thinking of hosting a baby shower for a relative or friend this year, and don't know where to start or what a hostess should do?  Taking on the responsibility of hostess requires time, energy and creativity.   I've hosted several over the years, and I sure wish I had a few tips on how and when I should do things before I took on the responsibility.  I know your time is precious, so I put together a few tips on how to host a baby shower.  Here are our tips:  Planning the Event:  A relative, co-worker or friend can host the shower. It's considered improper for…
  • 5 Benefits of Going To The Library

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:27 am
    It's National Library Week. Do you go to your local library or attend information sessions? Going to story hour at the library was a major event when I was growing up and raising my daughter.  I don't hear much about story hour at the library from parents anymore. I have wonderful memories of spending time at the library during the summer when I was growing up.  We spent time having stories read to us, checking out books, and becoming responsible by returning them on time.  We have moved into a technological world, and it seems that most books are downloaded these…
  • 15 Tips To Detect If Your Child Is Being Bullied

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Do you have a child in school? Are they scared of the school bully?  School bullies are a national problem in America's school systems. Bullies can be found in preschool, elementary, junior, and high schools. A bully is defined as a person with internal anger, resentment, and aggression. A bully also lacks interpersonal skills and chooses to displace their aggression onto another person. It's anti-social behavior. School bullies usually come from families who lack warmth and affection or from abusive homes. They are usually poor students and aggressive, however, this is not always the…
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    Newborn Baby Blog

  • Find a Washington Newborn Photographer

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Find a Washington Newborn Photographer to capture forever that very special time of life.
  • Seattle, Washington - Shih Photography by doug & jackie

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Shih Photography by Doug and Jackie We are a married couple that discovered our shared love for newborn photography and baby photography after our son
  • Welcome baby Owen

    14 Mar 2014 | 6:41 am
    My daughter announced on, of course, Labor Day that she was around 5 months pregnant. Our heads and lives went into total turmoil. School, college, absentee
  • Find an Illinois Newborn Photographer

    11 Jan 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Seeking an Illinois newborn photographer? Our Newborn Photgrapher Directory can assist you in connecting with a talented on in your area!
  • Chicago, IL- Hannah Drews Photography

    11 Jan 2014 | 11:56 am
    Hannah Drews is an award-winning newborn and family photographer based in Chicago's South Loop. She specializes in natural light photography on-location
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    Sleep Sisters

  • What is Sleep Training?

    Melissa Zdrodowski
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / When I mention sleep training to parents, their first reaction is typically to cringe. We’ve all heard the stories: days of enduring hours-upon-hours of screaming followed by perfect sleep, or the ones about the parents who still haven’t gotten a decent night’s sleep after more than a year, and even the tales of those seemingly mythical children who have no sleep troubles at all and just start sleeping through the night without fuss at a few months old. “What will our fate be?” new parents wonder.
  • Merlin Really is Magic

    Debbie Sasson
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know I’ve said it before, but I am so amazed by how much has changed in the 5 years since my first daughter was born. I’ve already written about a number of new products that I love and I’m thrilled to write about yet another amazing discovery. In a recent blog, I wrote about the challenges of transitioning out of a swaddle blanket. Our babies really slept noticeably better when they are swaddled, so the thought of having them OUT of the swaddle and just in a sleep sack made me extremely nervous. It seemed cruel to have my daughters go straight from feeling like they were back in the…
  • Unwrapping the Challenges of the Swaddle

    Debbie Sasson
    26 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    We believe strongly that babies sleep much better when they are swaddled. Melissa and I read the book by Dr. Karp called Happiest Baby on the Block (and watched the amazing DVD) and found that Dr. Karp’s advice for soothing newborns was very helpful and holds true for all the babies with whom we have worked. Babies feel calmer when they are in an environment that mimics the womb – dark, cool, noisy, and confined!  Babies have a very strong startle reflex (the Morrow Reflex) and when they are swaddled, this reflex is dampened. When they are not, they wake frequently and are, well,…
  • You Have the Baby…Now, Where’s the Intimacy?

    Debbie Sasson
    14 Feb 2014 | 9:07 am
    Image courtesy of photostock / For nine months you and your partner have been focused on one thing…the pending arrival of your future child. Whether one of you is carrying the child or not, there is nothing that can compare to the all-encompassing stress and excitement of that wait. Will the baby be healthy? Will she have everything she needs when we bring her home? Did we get the right kind of stroller? (And will we be able to open and close it when we’ve got a screaming baby in our arms?) And then she arrives, and she’s healthy and beautiful and the stroller…
  • Even Big Kids Need Healthy Sleep

    Melissa Zdrodowski
    29 Jan 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Image courtesy of photostock at My daughter, Zoe, is in kindergarten – such a big girl now! Recently, her teacher pulled me aside and said that a significant number of kids come to school tired. By the time our kids are school-age, I thought we’d be through with sleep troubles. Haven’t we been practicing and teaching good sleep hygiene all this time? Shouldn’t our kindergarteners be able to tell us when they are tired and need more sleep? No! They don’t. Whether it’s more time on the playground, or a dinner with the family, or the rest…
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    Baby Folk

  • Why Do Your Baby’s First Words Mean So Much To You?

    Melissa Warden
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Every parent waits eagerly for their baby’s first words. It’s one of the first steps to their tiny human becoming a real person, one with own original opinions and thoughts, and one that will be able to voice pain, happiness, confusion, excitement, irritation, and a myriad of other emotions, sooner or later. It’s when their […] The post Why Do Your Baby’s First Words Mean So Much To You? appeared first on Baby Folk
  • What Baby Toys are Suitable for a Newborn?

    Melissa Warden
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Babies love toys, and playtime is crucial for your baby’s development. In the beginning, your child’s toys should be safe, stimulating, and appropriate for their age. The following are some tips on how to choose age appropriate toys for your newborn. The early months In the first few months of your baby’s life, they are […] The post What Baby Toys are Suitable for a Newborn? appeared first on Baby Folk
  • Can You Afford to Have a Baby?

    Melissa Warden
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    With the state of the economy the way that it is today, having a child really needs to be a very conscious decision, with many factors that need to be considered. The first and perhaps most obvious is financial. Can you financially afford to have a child? Medical costs, general care and feeding of a […] The post Can You Afford to Have a Baby? appeared first on Baby Folk
  • Baby Toy Discussion

    Chloe Baile
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Choosing the right baby toy is an important decision for anyone with a baby.  Things to take into consideration are the age of the baby and the developmental level of the baby, as well as safety issues regarding the toy.  Most toys serve a purpose other than just pacifying your baby.  The majority of toys […] The post Baby Toy Discussion appeared first on Baby Folk
  • Make Your Baby Happy

    Melissa Warden
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    For men, the age old question is ‘how do you make women happy’? For a parent, the question becomes ‘how do you make your baby happy?’ Thankfully, it is relatively easy to make a baby happy. There are really no hidden secrets in how to make your baby happy. Though it may take a little […] The post Make Your Baby Happy appeared first on Baby Folk
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    Incredible Infant

  • 3 Hocus Pocus Tips to Overcome the “Witching Hour”

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Does your baby have an inconsolable "witching hour" every evening? Here are 3 hocus pocus tips to brew up a calming potion! Enjoy this appetizer? Indulge on the whole post! 3 Hocus Pocus Tips to Overcome the “Witching Hour”
  • What Every Parent Should Know About Flying with a Baby

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    The 10 unwritten rules of flying with a baby will help you LEAVE the plane with just as much confidence as you did when you boarded! Enjoy this appetizer? Indulge on the whole post! What Every Parent Should Know About Flying with a Baby
  • Free is Fun: An Uncommon Giveaway for Baby, Mom, Dad, & Home!

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Win $65 to splurge on anything you like at Enjoy this appetizer? Indulge on the whole post! Free is Fun: An Uncommon Giveaway for Baby, Mom, Dad, & Home!
  • Does Your Baby Have Sleep Apnea?

    11 Mar 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Research is showing that baby sleep apnea is under diagnosed and could be the cause of your child's sleeping problems. Here's what to ask your doctor. Enjoy this appetizer? Indulge on the whole post! Does Your Baby Have Sleep Apnea?
  • 10 Stylish Easter Outfits for a Well-Dressed Baby

    6 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    Like framing the Mona Lisa, these cute baby Easter outfits help to draw attention to your own little masterpiece! Enjoy this appetizer? Indulge on the whole post! 10 Stylish Easter Outfits for a Well-Dressed Baby
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    Baby Flat Head Syndrome

  • What to do if your helmet insurance claim is denied

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    What to do if your helmet insurance claim is denied Some insurance companies have a bad reputation where helmeting and banding treatments for flat head syndrome are concerned. Many parents have reported significant problems with Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, and TRICARE. It is difficult to generalize because these companies offer so many […] The post What to do if your helmet insurance claim is denied appeared first on Baby Flat Head Syndrome.
  • Container syndrome – how modern products are impacting children’s health and development today

    29 Mar 2014 | 11:30 am
    Container syndrome – how modern products are impacting children’s health and development today There are so many wonderful new products on the market today to help us care for our babies.  Some of these are essential for safety, and some are designed just for our convenience.  These products include infant travel systems that allow you […] The post Container syndrome – how modern products are impacting children’s health and development today appeared first on Baby Flat Head Syndrome.
  • Grants and other funding options for treating flat head syndrome

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Grants and other funding options for treating flat head syndrome If you have already filed an appeal or multiple appeals, and continue to be rejected, there are other funding strategies you can pursue. Some parents contact local media outlets and ask them to cover their story. Others use sites like Wish Upon a Hero or […] The post Grants and other funding options for treating flat head syndrome appeared first on Baby Flat Head Syndrome.
  • Flat Head Syndrome – a new risk

    5 Mar 2014 | 10:37 am
    Flat Head Syndrome – a new risk Despite the success of the Back to Sleep campaign in dramatically reducing the incidences of SIDS, there has been one unintended negative consequence.  In conjunction with the more frequent use of many modern “container” devices such as car seats, swings, and bouncy seats, placing babies on their backs […] The post Flat Head Syndrome – a new risk appeared first on Baby Flat Head Syndrome.
  • Safely positioning baby for sleep

    Vijay Elance
    19 Feb 2014 | 6:52 am
    This post was kindly submitted by Susan Slaughter, MS, OTR/L, of Carolina Kinder Development, which is is a practice devoted to infant development and preventing and treating torticollis, plagiocephaly, and brachycephaly.  Founded in 2006 in Charlotte, NC, their services include baby classes, parent education videos, cranial bands, pediatric occupational and physical therapy. Carolina Kinder Development offers a helpful […] The post Safely positioning baby for sleep appeared first on Baby Flat Head Syndrome.
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    Nursery Design Ideas and Parenting Advice | Baby Cafe

  • Not too Shabby, Chic, Easter-Inspired Nursery: Working with Pastel Colors

    Chantal Maddocks
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    Easter is almost here, and we couldn’t help ourselves from designing a nursery with beautiful, soft pastel colors.  You see them everywhere this time of year with easter eggs, candies, toys and decor.  Yes, pastels are in charge right now, but it doesn’t need to be just a spring occasion.  You can incorporate pastels throughout… Continue reading →The post Not too Shabby, Chic, Easter-Inspired Nursery: Working with Pastel Colors appeared first on Nursery Design Ideas and Parenting Advice | Baby Cafe.
  • Is Labor Near or Here? Top Tips on How to Tell

    Chantal Maddocks
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    If you’re in your 8th month of pregnancy, then labor is certainly on your mind.  You probably are getting a little anxious and excited over every little pain or ache, wondering “Is Baby Coming? Oops no, false alarm!”  There are definite signs that let you know when you’re getting close to D-Day, the BIG Delivery… Continue reading →The post Is Labor Near or Here? Top Tips on How to Tell appeared first on Nursery Design Ideas and Parenting Advice | Baby Cafe.
  • March Madness Inspired Basketball-Themed Nursery: It’s AWESOME Baby!

    Chantal Maddocks
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Oh man, are you all ready for the exciting Sweet 16 Rounds tonight?  The Midwest and East Regions are preparing to slam the court with with several thirsty players that are prepared for War!  So what are your predictions for tonight’s March Madness games?  Will Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon be the savior of plays… Continue reading →The post March Madness Inspired Basketball-Themed Nursery: It’s AWESOME Baby! appeared first on Nursery Design Ideas and Parenting Advice | Baby Cafe.
  • 6 Most Common Nursery Design Mistakes Parents Make

    Chantal Maddocks
    14 Mar 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Who would like to run into time-consuming, costly and unsafe issues while designing the nursery?  Anyone?  I didn’t think so.  Generally, nursery design and preparation takes about 3 months if you are fully committed to the project.  But many of us don’t have 3 months and literally cannot afford wasting time or money. I remember… Continue reading →The post 6 Most Common Nursery Design Mistakes Parents Make appeared first on Nursery Design Ideas and Parenting Advice | Baby Cafe.
  • Nursery Design Tips: Why Patterns Can Be Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy

    Chantal Maddocks
    5 Mar 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Incorporating patterns can add fantastic characteristics to your nursery, but not knowing how to properly use them can make your nursery look like The Mad Hatter’s living room.  When it comes to nursery design, selecting your nursery color(s) and theme will set the tone for the rest of your design efforts.  And while those 2… Continue reading →The post Nursery Design Tips: Why Patterns Can Be Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy appeared first on Nursery Design Ideas and Parenting Advice | Baby Cafe.
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    Baby Shower

  • 4 Unique and Original Baby Shower Themes That Will Make Your Guests Say Ooooh and Ahhhh

    Jennifer K
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
    You are hosting a baby shower and you need cute (and unique!) baby shower themes STAT. One of the most important things that sets a baby shower apart from the “it was good” to “it was great!” status is the decorations and themes. Below are some unique and original ideas … Continue reading
  • No Gender Discrimination Here! Tips For Hosting the Perfect Co-ed Baby Shower

    Jennifer K
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    A baby shower does not have to be gender specific. Men, along with women, are equally entitled to being invited to a baby shower. After all, the dad-to-be deserves some attention as well right? A couple baby shower is a great way for all of the friends to be involved, … Continue reading
  • 7 Fun (An Extremely Easy!) Baby Shower Games To Keep Your Guests Entertained

    Jennifer K
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    Baby showers are all about fun, games, bonding with the people you like, and giving special attention to the mom-to-be. You can make your baby shower completely memorable by incorporating unique games, which people have never heard of or played before, and which can result in fun times for everyone. … Continue reading
  • Baby Shower Gifts That Will Leave A Memory Forever

    Jennifer K
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Baby shower gifts are prized possessions for all moms and dads to be. Therefore, they should be given special consideration, and should be full of practicality and sentimental value. This is mostly because these gifts mark the beginning of something new, and in this case it means the birth of … Continue reading
  • Strategies For Having The Best Baby Shower On A Limited Budget

    Jennifer K
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:10 am
    Throwing a baby shower is always fun, provided you know what you are doing. Whether it is for your best friend, a family member, or even an acquaintance, you have the ability to throw the best baby shower, even with a limited budget. Baby Shower Limited Budget To-Dos The Invitations … Continue reading
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    The Fussy Baby Site

  • Susan’s Story: A Moment of Perspective

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    There are times when I have a moment of clarity. Today was one. After we came back from being out all day I was worn out. I looked at Jacob and thought: This is one of those moments when I wish I could just lay down and relax after being at the park and the easter egg hunt. My legs felt like rubber. Then I realized it was just me and him, my older kids scattered as soon as we got home. They are older; easter egg hunts with them are ending. If it wasn’t for Jacob I wouldn’t have to be sorry about my legs hurting, because egg hunts would be over. There WILL be a day when I…
  • Wait it Out (WIO) or Cry it Out (CIO): Is This Really the Best We Can Do?

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, there’s a good chance you already know my views on the whole sleep training issue (I could use the word debate here, but I’m purposely choosing not to…this only further promotes the ‘mommy wars’). I like to think of myself as ‘pro sleep’, rather than ‘pro sleep training’, but I guess the two can be pretty similar, for all intents and purposes. I guess when you have a history of two non-sleeping babies (one in terms of naps, the other nights), coupled with talking with parents day in and…
  • Sponsored: Vic’s Starry Night Humidifier (& Contest!)

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    If you have a fussy or high need baby who is suffering with a cold or congestion, you are likely ALL suffering. Fussy babies have enough trouble coping with life, so a stuffy nose or cough can make life almost unbearable for them (and for you!). Being in the middle of flu season here in B.C., I thought it would be helpful to look at a few ‘not-so-fun facts’ about Canadians and sick kids; I’m sure these findings are similar among Americans. Did you know that: Nearly half (43%) of Canadians suffer from airborne allergies, and in almost a quarter (22%) of homes at least two…
  • Letting Go of the ‘Should’s’

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:33 pm
    There is one thing, one insidious thing, that makes life with a high need child 10x harder than it needs to be. It’s not the fact that your little one wakes up 5 times a night. It’s not that he’s a fussy eater who can’t go more than 1 or 2 hours between feeds. It’s not that she’s unpredictable, and hard to soothe. Yes, there is no doubt that all these things are hard. Parenting is hard. Parenting a high need baby is beyond hard. But there is one thing you can do, believe it or not, that can make this whole gig easier. It won’t make your life perfect.
  • Nothing is Wrong…She’s Just a High Need Baby

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    I’ve spent more than 8 months wondering what was wrong with my baby, testing various theories, hating myself, resenting her, fighting with my husband, and getting nowhere. I’ve finally figured it out. Nothing. Nothing is wrong with her. She cries a lot, yes. But she also talks a lot. She has a greater variety of vocalizations than I’ve ever heard on a baby her age. Probably the whole alphabet, excepting maybe ‘q,’ plus raspberries, tongue clicks, whispering. I mean, come on, what baby whispers? I’ll have to read up on the requirements, but she may in fact…
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