April 30, 2010
The summer travel season is almost here. If you are going to grandma's house or to the beach, you are going to want a safe place for your baby to sleep away from home. That's why pack and plays have become a must have item for parents of newborns. This Pack 'n Play Playard with Bassinet by Graco also comes with a full size bassinet. It folds with the push of one button and can be carried with an easy carrying case. It's safe for your baby and convenient for you.
April 29, 2010
You are ruining my life!!!! This is what my 7 year old shouted at me when I refused to buy yet another trendy toy that every second grader at his school seemed to own. So yes, I am a bad mom. I have committed the high crimes of drawing the line, saying NO, and taking away toys. Motherhood can be stressful at times, but the way to get through it is to keep your sense of humor. Books like Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace, give us the chance to laugh at ourselves and realize that it is okay to make mistakes as long as we try our best. After all, isn't that what we try to teach our kids?
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April 28, 2010
In case you are keeping score, S. Pellegrino has just released its annual list of Top 50 Restaurants in the World. For the record, eight are in the United States. Let me guess, your baby food making expertise has not put you on this list. I'm sure your baby appreciates your cuisine and that's a very important customer. After creating your delicacies, you can store them safely and conveniently with Stay-Fresh Baby Food Containers. These containers are freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe and have a screw top that won't pop off in your diaper bag. They are also conveniently designed for compact storage as well. These are tools worthy of a great chef such as yourself.
April 27, 2010
Attention first time fathers! Mother's Day is coming up quick. You don't want to be the dad at the drug store the night before Mother's Day trying to find a thoughtful gift. If your baby was born 10 months ago or 10 days ago, let your favorite new mom know that you appreciate all that she done for your new little baby. A simple Picture Frame is all that is needed to bring a smile to a new mom's face. It's a gift a mother will treasure forever.
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April 26, 2010
Summer is on its way. It's time to stock up on some traditional necessities and some new ones too. Start with sun lotion. Recently, experts have stated it can take up to 30 minutes for skin to properly absorb sun screen, start rubbing it on as soon as you plan to head outside. Johnson and Johnson is a name parents have trusted for generations. You can buy this water resistant SPF 40 sunscreen to keep your baby safe from the sun's rays while playing outside.
If your baby will tolerate wearing sunglasses, buy them. Of course, babies look hilarious in sunglasses, but it's important to get the right ones too. These sunshades from One Step Ahead block 100% of harmful UV rays and have a comfortable strap to help them stay put.
Head to toe, sun protection is important. The tops of feet are an often neglected area when it comes to sun protection. These little sun socks are light weight and comfortable, and also have an SPF of 50+.
So now you've got your protection...get out and have some fun!! Grab a pool float and get ready for some lazy days in the sun and a summer of memories.
April 23, 2010
New parents love to take pictures of their new baby. The problems start when there are more pictures than time to organize them. That's the nice thing about Keepsake Boxes. You can just neatly place the photos inside them. There's no guilt about not putting them in a scrapbook or photo album. A special feature of this keepsake box is the felt cover can be decorated with your favorite photo and a footprint. Don't worry, it's available in pink too.
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April 22, 2010
As parents, we all want what's best for our children. We buy BPA free products, put safety plugs in outlets, and gates on the stairs. As you child proof your home, look out the window and think about ways to take care of the earth so it can take care of you. It's easier and cheaper than you might think. Here are a few tips to conserve resources.
Always turn off the lights when not in use.
Don't let the water run when brushing your teeth.
Use the automatic setting on your thermostat.
For more information on ways to preserve the earth, check out www.planetpals.com to see what you can start today.
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April 21, 2010
The countdown to Earth Day continues with our focus on earth friendly products for your baby. Young babies explore thier environment by putting objects in their mouth. As a parent, you are diligent about keeping toys clean and germ free. It's equally important to provide your little one with items that are manufactured with as little chemical processing as possible. This fairy themed stroller toy will engage your baby's senses and help develop motor skills as she pulls on the elastic legs and plays with the knotted hat. This adorable toy is also manufactured with certified eco friendly textiles, so you can be sure that if the toy does find its way into your baby's mouth she is not exposed to any harsh chemicals.
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April 20, 2010
Cloth diapers are making a comeback. Don't worry; cloth diapers have come a long way since the days of cotton cloth and pins. There are many manufacturers and styles to choose from. Sites like KellysCloset.com can help guide you through the process of picking a set that's right for you. You can shop a variety of manufacturers and even purchase an entire supply from the site if you find what you are looking for. Don't let the start up costs scare you. Packages might start at the mid $300 range, but that's nothing compared to the cost of disposables over a year. What's more, you can feel confident that you are not contributing to the tens of millions of disposable diapers that end up in landfills every year. You will be saving a bundle and the earth at the same time. I bet your little one will be so proud of you.
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April 19, 2010
Earth Day is four days away. Let's celebrate by doing a four day count down that features an earth friendly item every day until the big day comes. If it's good for the earth, it's probably good for baby. Even babies born during the warmer months need to be protected from drafts and cooler temperatures. That's why it's important to have lightweight rompers on hand to keep sensitive little babies warm. This Cotton Footed Snap Front Romper is made with certified organic fabric that is gentle on your baby's skin. The chemical free manufacturing process is gentle on the earth. It's available in three colors for you to choose from. Don't choose, get them all.
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April 16, 2010
There are a few things that a new baby will always need. One of those things is bath supplies, so if you are buying for a first time parent or for the third baby, this Rub A Dub Dub Gift Basket will surely be appreciated. The basket features time tested parent favorites such as Johnson & Johnson Bath Wash, Tearless Shampoo and Baby Powder. Also included are Rubber Duck themed washcloths and bath toys. This bath set will make the mommy and the baby smile.
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April 15, 2010
Mother's Day will be here before you know it. Some moms like breakfast in bed, some like to get flowers and some like jewelry. Even handmade cards are special. You can mix sentimentality with a little bit of glam this Mother's Day by surprising your favorite mom with this silver charm necklace. It is handmade and includes a Swarovski crystal birthstone. This is a gift any Mother will treasure for years.
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April 14, 2010
When you are layering up your baby with sun protection this summer don't overlook your baby's eyes. It's true, even eyes need protection from the sun's rays. These wrap around glasses will sit snugly on your baby's face and provide 100% protection from UV rays. They are also shatter resistant, which is a great safety feature, but is also helpful if your little one decides to pitch them somewhere.
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April 13, 2010
If you are a parent of children across a large age range, you will love this. Do you ever find yourself yelling, "Stay near the car!" while you are getting a younger sibling out of the car seat? These Parking Pal Magnets are a colorful and fun way to keep your kids safe so you can take a few moments to focus on something else if necessary. It's important to never leave children unattended in a parking lot, but with these magnets on your car, you can at least make it fun for your kids to wait for you. Just place the magnet on your car where your children can safely wait, do what you need to do, and you all be on the move again in no time.
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April 12, 2010
If you had a baby about 2 months ago, you might be anxious to get back in shape before the really hot days of summer hit. If you are up for it, you might even want to hit the track again. Working out with little ones around can be tough, which is why jogging strollers are such an awesome invention. You can stay in shape and entertain your little ones at the same time. This stroller is light weight and has swiveling wheels so it's easy to maneuver while jogging. It's equipped with one of a kind all wheel suspension, making it a smooth ride so it's comfortable for your babies as well.
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April 9, 2010
Some babies love their pacifier. I'm not sure I would take my chances with this diamond studded pacifier. You will be the talk of the play group, but for all the wrong reasons. Marilyn Monroe sang diamonds are a girl's best friend, but I'm not so sure this is what she had in mind.
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April 8, 2010
Most babies and toddlers love bath time. For parents, it might be more of a chore. Bending awkwardly over a hard tub waving off splashes doesn't seem like a great way to end the day after a long day at work. There are ways to make it fun for both of you. Colored soaps, shaving cream and toy boats are just a few ways you can keep your little one entertained while keeping the water inside the tub. This Tubby Tug Boat contains 15 play things in all. Also included are 3 cups to sift, nest, stack, and pour. There's even a little captain floating in a life boat. This will help turn your bath time chore into quality time with your baby.
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April 7, 2010
Kids love dancing and playing in the rain. It's fun, but it is important to make sure kids are dressed appropriately too. This Fire Chief Rain Coat will make any little boy wish for a rainy day. It's lightweight and fabric lined for comfort. Even better, you can go to the party store, buy a little fire hat and you have an inexpensive Halloween costume when the time comes.
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April 6, 2010
There are certain times of the year when you just have to purchase new supplies for your kids. I say Spring and Summer fall into that category. Kids grow so fast last year's sandals rarely fit, if they survived the wear and tear at all. Key factors in the decision making of buying new sandals include, strong treads to prevent slipping at the pool, ease of fit over chubby wet feet and they must cover the toes. Most day camps and child care facilities require this. These kids beach shoes fit all that criteria and more. All this and the price is reasonable, which you will appreciate once you start paying for all those fun summer activities.
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April 5, 2010
The issue of school bullying has been grabbing lots of headlines due to the recent tragic events in Massachusetts. It's every parents nightmare. As parents of young children you might think these worries are years away. Sadly, that may not be the case. Studies show that children learn these behaviors a lot younger than you might think. Fortunately, there are resources available for parents to prepare children for such events and how to deal with it after it occurs. Books like, The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book: For Preschool Classrooms help teachers create positive learning environments that will help prevent bullying from happening at all. A child will spend at least 12 years of his life in school. It is important to get off to a good start.
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April 2, 2010
There's a movie that lots of people are talking about and it's getting great reviews. But you won't find it in your local movie theater. It's on HBO and it's the adaptation of Temple Grandin's book, Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism. Diagnosed with Autism when most medical professionals didn't even know about the illness, Ms. Grandin faced an uphill battle. Her successes will inspire you to persevere through your own struggles. If movies aren't your thing, you can read about her story in her own words in her book. You will be glad you did.
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April 1, 2010
Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day? Autism spectrum disorders now impact 1 in 150 children. In recent years, there has been a lot of media attention directed toward autism and related disorders. If you want to show off your own autism awareness, you can stick a magnet on your car, put on a tee shirt or carry it around on your coffee mug. Once you start sharing your knowledge, you might be surprised to find out you are in a pretty big club.
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