December 31, 2009
As the holidays wind down, I found myself looking for topics for parents who want to relax and treat themselves for a change. But then I started thinking about parents who are stressed because their first baby is on the way and how they can relax. Enter the newest trend in travel...babymoons! A babymoon is defined as the last getaway for a couple prior to the baby's arrival. Resorts that specialize in babymoons offer expectant moms prenatal massages, healthy meals, and plenty of rest before the big day. You can plan it as big or small as your budget allows. Any travel site such as Frommer's or Babymoonguide.com can help you get started.
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December 30, 2009
Today's moms are informed, smart and active. So why do most of us carry around bags with bunnies, butterflies or little trucks? Your baby has enough cute accessories. Pick a diaper bag that says something about you. This diaper bag has everything the modern mom needs. There are the standard pockets for diapers and wipes. For the busy active mom, there are pockets for a cell phone and an iPod. Now you are truly ready to hit the road.
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December 29, 2009
If you have been caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you may have missed the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety report on Booster Seat Safety. This independent organization recently rated the safety of Booster Seats used for older children. Among the highest rated, called a "Best Bet" by the Institute was the Britax Frontier Booster Car Seat. The features that may have helped put the Britax on top include deep side walls and adjustable head support to provide true side impact protection and distribute crash forces. The supports also shield from vehicle intrusion. No parent wants to be in an accident with their child, but if you know your child is safe, you can get some peace of mind.
See www.iihs.org for the full article and list of recommended boosters.
December 28, 2009
A new baby brings so many new experiences. But what if your experience is just a little extraordinary? You might want to document it in a special way. If you have a baby in a NICU each little milestone takes on its own special meaning. You can track each one with this Milestone Calendar from the Preemie Store. It has 3 months of undated pages so you can enter the dates in as you choose. Milestones are marked using stickers which makes it so simple and quick for a busy preoccupied parent to capture those precious moments.
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December 25, 2009
It's Christmas Day. It's a time to be with family and friends. I think I heard a rumor that calories don't count if they are eaten on Christmas Day. I hope it's true. After I enjoy a big holiday dinner, I think I'll sit down and do a little Christmas shopping online to get a jump on the sales. It's never to early to start for next year.
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December 24, 2009
If today or tomorrow is the big day you have been planning for, you are in the home stretch. 2009 is winding down and Christmas is here. All the shopping, baking and celebrating will all be over soon. But for now, don't forget to watch out for the big man himself...Santa Claus. The website NoradSanta.gov will help the kids track Santa's every move before he gets to your house. It may even convince them to go to bed early so he gets there quicker.
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December 23, 2009
If you are looking for a neutral bedding set for your baby's nursery, then check out this Artic Hero Crib Set from Fisher Price. It includes a comforter, bumper, fitted sheet and dust ruffle. All pieces are machine washable which is helpful for a busy parent. The colors are a soothing pastel suitable for boys and girls. Don't forget the adorable companion pieces like the mobile and the plush throw blanket.
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December 22, 2009
A record breaking snow storm blanketed most of the country this past weekend. If you are still digging out of the mess, you might be longing for the dog days of summer already. Get yourself in the mood with a fun Hawaiian shirt like this one. It has matching shorts and is 100% cotton. Nothing says summer like a colorful shirt with palm trees on it. Your little one can look adorable and you can relax with a pina colada.
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December 21, 2009
If you are a mom with a child in day care you know how much stuff there is to bring back and forth. Snacks, wipes, change of clothes and maybe even sleepy time mat. It can be hard to find the right one for your child. This Cupcake Nap to go is made of soft fleece and folds up to a convenient handle. It is also machine washable which makes a busy parent's life a lot easier.
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December 18, 2009
If you are in last minute shopping mode, you can still get great gifts on time for Christmas. This adorable gumdrop game can ship in 2 days to make the little baby in your house giggle on Christmas morning. It's a simple sorting game. Put the brightly colored balls in, pull the lever, start all over. Learning doesn't have to be complicated. It can be fun.
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December 16, 2009
I'm a sucker for anything vintage and these booties are right up my alley. They are handmade with a spice flower and sage brocade pattern. Once you put these on your baby, you will instantly notice their old world charm. They are delicate though, hand wash only.
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When it comes to fabric that touches your baby's skin, sometimes less is more. That includes chemicals. The bedding manufactured by DwellStudio is created with no chemical processing. It is completely safe, right down to the organic thread used to keep it together. The subtle circular design and neutral color is perfect for a boy or a girl. It's also completely machine washable which makes it easy to maintain.
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December 15, 2009
In today's world, it can be beneficial for a child to be bilingual. If you live among a diverse population or not, the world is shrinking and success may depend on how well your child can adapt to different environments. Don't feel pressure to teach your child another language all at once. You can start slow with a simple toy like this bilingual teddy bear by Chicco. This plush teddy will introduce your little one to numbers, letters, and a few first words in English and Spanish. Bright colors and friendly sounds will encourage your child to keep touching and squeezing the bear which will enhance the learning experience.
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December 14, 2009
If you have been watching the news lately, you know that one of the most talked about medical advancements is saving the umbilical cord blood of your newborn infant. It can be controversial and both sides of the debate have strong opinions. Only you know what is right for you. It is important to take your time with any major decision you make and consult a variety of resources. The internet has been an increasingly valuable resource for parents. Websites like WebMD and others can provide a diverse view of pros and cons and costs associated with the procedure. As an expectant parent, you have a lot on your mind. As technology advances, the list only gets longer.
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Bringing your new baby home is always exciting. It doesn't matter if it's the first time or the last time. It's a milestone most parents never forget. During this busy time, you'll probably have so much to do, it will be hard to keep track of it all. A new baby requires a lot of energy and if you don't properly prepare for that first day home, even the most seasoned parent can lose control. Below are a few suggestions to help you get through those first crucial hours so you can get your baby home safe and sound.
Don't forget the car seat! This is probably one of the first purchases most expectant parents make. After all, you have to get the baby home right? The selection of car seats is so vast that it can be an intimidating process for any parent. Ask yourself, do you want a travel system, a convertible car seat or gender neutral colors for future siblings? Consider safety features. A five point harness is pretty standard among the larger manufactures. Be sure to check the weight limitations on any car seat you choose. The NTSB has a page dedicated to helping you make the right choice.
Once you get your baby home, there are obvious items that any parent would need. Such as a crib with plenty of bedding and blankets. Don't skimp in this area. You might find yourself changing sheets almost everyday for the first few days. And you can use the blankets for swaddling, feeding and clean up if the baby spits up on you. Having a few within arms reach will really come in handy. Speaking of messes, avoid the urge to dress your baby picture perfect everyday.
Save it for grandma's house. For the first few days, comfy pajamas will do just fine.
Feeding supplies are another obvious need. If you breast feed or bottle feed, the items needed will vary. But stock up. Babies can eat way more and you expect and the mess afterward isn't pretty. If your a breast feeding mom, finding a comfortable breast pump is key so you can get a break and dad can pitch in. I'm sure he can't wait. Bottles are important too. Manufacturers are now making bottles BPA free which reduces the amount of chemicals your baby is exposed to.
Safety is any parents main concern. You need to decide if you want a simple baby monitor or a video monitor set. Your specific preference may depend on your budget.
Now that the bare necessities are covered, don't forget the fun items. There are plenty of brightly colored, funny sounding, fun to touch toys to choose from, such as Baby Einstein Takealong Tunes and Baby Einstein Octoplush. You might have as much fun as your baby playing with them. Check out these toys and you will definitely find more than a few that will keep you both happy.
December 11, 2009
Do you ever get tired of the same old baby clothes? Teddy bears, rainbows, trucks, and dolls adorn rack after rack of baby clothes. Sometimes you want something a little different. After all, you want your baby to grow up to be an individual, right? This Asian Onesie set is a great way to help your little one stand out in the crowd. They are 100% cotton and come in a variety of sizes. The unique images of bonsai trees and asian letters are hand painted in the USA.
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December 10, 2009
If you are into science fiction or gadgets, then check out this prototype baby carrier. It was developed as part of a competition to improve the way parents can travel with their baby. There are breathing windows and a clear door to maintain visual contact with the baby inside. Waste is washed away by water pumps to a waste storage compartment located on the front of the case. That's a chore you can look forward to when the plane lands. I'm not sure this makes me want to give up my umbrella stroller just yet. We'll see what happens if it actually makes it to the showroom floor.
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December 9, 2009
Winter fun just isn't complete without a run the through the snow with mom or dad pulling the sleigh. For your peace of mind, choose this sturdy sled by One Step Ahead. It's made of maple and is so strong, your child will pull his own child on it some day.
Little ones love to play outside with their moms and dads. But sometimes the cold gets to be too much for them. Warm up the sleigh with this cozy cover. It is soft flannel and can be personalized. Your baby will be having so much fun, you'll wish you had one while you pull the sled.
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December 8, 2009
Bath time toys and soaps are one of my weaknesses. I always stock up on these items. I guess because all my kids always loved bath time. This basket is full of everything a baby needs to have a blast in the bath. This basket includes a sampling of Johnson & Johnson Bath Wash, Tearless Shampoo and Baby Powder, Rubber Ducky Washcloths, a Ducky Finger Puppet, Comb and Brush set, and Baby Key rings. Last but certainly not least, the very important Rubber Ducky is included.
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December 7, 2009
This time of year isn't just for buying presents. It's a great time to stock up on some festive items to decorate your home. These Nesting Snowmen are a fun way to decorate your home all winter long, not just during the holidays. They are study too. No need to worry if curious little hand reach up and pull them off the shelf.
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December 4, 2009
This Busy Zoo is a great deal at its current price. Busy cubes like this always seem to be in doctor's waiting rooms whenever I take my kids in for a visit. They love them, but they are so expensive I never bought one for the house. This Busy Zoo Activity Center has so many ways to entertain a child. It actually has 5 sides of fun including, jungle design pattern doors, a silly critter puzzle and snake along beads. The snake along beads were always a favorite with my kids. The rounded corners will keep your child from getting hurt and the size just right so your little doesn't get overwhelmed by the toy. Best of all, you might actually get a break since there is so much to entertain your baby.
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December 3, 2009
These stackable toys really caught my eye. The bright colors were fascinating to to me. If I can't stop looking at them, imagine how curious a little baby would be. This Stackable Toy Bundle includes nesting blocks and a boa and squeeze. These toys will help your child improve his motor skills and imaginary play. What's more, buying in a bundle saves you time and money. Purchasing these two items together saves you about 33% more than if you were to buy them separately. That's good news these days.
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December 2, 2009
This piano mat is a great complement to the puzzle mat also made by One Step Ahead. Your little one can use his hands and feet on this puzzle. He might even want to role on it. Just put 2 AA batteries in the mat and wait for the fun to begin. Who knows, you might have musical prodigy right in your own house.
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December 1, 2009
Toys like these are great for throwing on a blanket during tummy time. You place them across the blanket and encourage your baby to crawl toward them. Your baby will want to reach out to these blocks. They squeak, rattle, and ring. One block even has a teether on it to sooth your baby. They are brightly colored and are made of soft material that your little one will love.
See Infantino Activity Blocks.