April 29, 2011
Today in England a young woman is becoming a princess. If you want to give your little girl a princess' lifestyle, then here is the perfect crib for you. This Cinderella inspired carriage crib has a single drop side and six height positions. It meets all US safety standards and is available in matte white, white glossy, antique white, and antique steel. The price: a small King's Ransom, over $5000.
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April 28, 2011
In case you missed the news, there's a Royal Wedding taking place this Friday. Okay, maybe there's NO WAY you could miss that news. Of course, as the parent of any little girl can tell you, all little girls are princesses at heart. Instead of wall to wall media coverage, you watch your little girl grow with this princess themed photo frame. It holds 12 photos to commemorate your baby's first year. You can hang it on the wall or use the stand on the back. It is a such a great way to remember the precious first year. You will be glad you did it before the terrible twos set in.
April 27, 2011
Thankfully for most of us, cold nights are behind us. That doesn't mean that your baby can go without a cover at night. Little ones still need to be protected from cool nights or even air conditioning. You can keep your little one toasty and safe with this cotton sleep sack. It is light weight, breathable and safely protects your infant from rebreathing carbon dioxide, a possible cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The unique design prevents it from being kicked off at night. This little sleep sack will help you and your baby get a good night's sleep.
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April 26, 2011
Can you believe Mother's Day is just around the corner? These holidays can creep up on you if you are not careful, and you'd better be careful! Mother's Day is not a holiday you want to forget. You can tell the first time mom in your life how special she is with this keepsake gift. You can personalize it with the mother's name and the child's date of birth. It is just the perfect size for a shelf or desktop. It also comes with a velvet carrying pouch to protect it from scratches. Your favorite first time mom will love it.
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April 25, 2011
Okay, I confess. I probably write about this product a few times a year, but I think it is one of the most important yet overlooked method of baby proofing. It's spring time and all over the country parents are opening up those windows to finally let in some fresh air! Don't let this wonderful time of the year turn tragic. Protect curious little ones from falls with this Guardian Angel Window Guard. I have these on several of my second story windows and they are only ones that we open. They are so easy to install and are super durable. In the event of an emergency, the bars can be easily removed with a simple pinch. Don't let the price tag discourage you. These window guards are worth every penny.
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April 22, 2011
Increasingly, parents are looking at cloth diapers as a solution to the ever growing problem of single use diapers ending up in landfills. These cloth diapers are waterproof and super absorbent. Unlike disposable diapers, these are breathable so they can help prevent diaper rash. They are also machine washable. The best part is that they can save you more than $1,000 over a three year period. Yes, you can save green by being green.
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April 21, 2011
Let the sun shine in! This adorable dress is made from an eco friendly hemp fabric. This dress is made from fabric that is pesticide free and biodegradable. It is also lightweight and extremely durable. But most importantly, your little girl will look so cute in it. What more can you ask for?
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April 20, 2011
As part of our ongoing countdown to Earth Day, let's talk toys. Earth friendly doesn't always have to mean organic fruits and cloth diapers. Even the toys your baby plays with can be eco friendly and developmentally appropriate. This wooden puzzle stacker is an alternative to the traditional colorful stacker you might be familiar with. The eco friendly wood is painted so you can still teach your child color recognition and the circles have interlocking puzzle shapes that help develop motor skills and critical thinking. Try doing that with a simple circle and plastic post.
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April 19, 2011
Eat more fruits and veggies. You hear it everywhere. It's a lot easier to adhere to that advice if you start young. It's also easier to eat healthy if the food is yummy. No problem!! This cookbook provides 50 simple, tasty recipes and invaluable advice for parents along the way. There are recipes inside for meatballs and cupcakes. You will become empowered to eat food that's good for your baby and yourself. That's perfect meal planning from beginning to end.
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April 17, 2011
As we approach Earth Day, it is a good time to look around and find little ways we can be a little "greener." You can start by looking at what you are using to bathe your little one. You would be surprised to see what ingredients we rub into our baby's skin and then wash down the drain. Products like Earth Friendly Baby Organic Shampoo/Bodywash are a perfect way to introduce small changes to your routine. It is not tested on animals and has no petroluem based ingredients.
After the bath, you can cuddle up and share the story of Earth Day with your baby. You probably have a Little Critter story already on your bookshelf. Now you can add, It's Earth Day! to your collection. It's never to early to start reading to your baby. You can bond over reading and saving the planet. Now that is a full day!
April 15, 2011
As parents, we spend a lot of time finding ways to keep our little ones busy indoors. We fill our homes with plenty of toys and colorful distractions. There's nothing wrong with that. One day you might find yourself looking for something a little bit different though. Then you can bring the outdoors in with this simple window mounted bird feeder. This one is shatter proof and ideal for all climates. Infants as young as few months old will be fascinated with the fluttering images and sounds the birds make. As your child grows, you can use the feeder as a tool to teach your child about the importance of caring for smaller creatures and other more scientific lessons. It is important to be creative in your approach to parenting, but that doesn't always have to mean crayons, paints, and craft sticks.
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April 14, 2011
If you think the national debt is getting out of control, then you really don't want to see college tuition projections. There is no reason to panic. There are plenty of resources and books to help you get started saving for the future. The Best Way to Save for College - A Complete Guide to 529 Plans, 2009 provides an overview of the 529 options available to you. It also discusses other savings vehicles available and how they stack up against the 529 option. There's even a reference section that consists of a state by state comparison of each plan so you can decide which one works best for you. It's never too late to get started. You and your baby will be glad you did.
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April 13, 2011
Now that the weather is warming up in most of the country, families will be spending more time outside. Yard work, games, and picnics all mean fun in the sun. Don't let the fun be ruined by a nasty sunburn. This sunscreen pack includes towelettes, basic lotions and sticks, all with an SPF of 40. It is non greasy and hypoallergenic. It is even the right size for airline travel. So you can use it in your backyard or an exotic location. Of course, the exotic location might be more fun.
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April 12, 2011
It's the time of year when we start taking inventory of our outdoor toys. What survived the winter? What did the kids outgrow? What does the baby need now? What will keep the kids occupied so they don't fight non stop? If you are looking to keep the kids happy this Spring, a water and sand table is virtually a necessity. This one is safe for toddlers as young as 18 months and comes with eight toys. Don't worry about rain and critters getting in your sand. This table comes with a lid that doubles as a roadway when it is on the table. You will love the table too as you sit and enjoy watching your children play peacefully outside.
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April 11, 2011
If you are packing snacks for day care or lunches for your elementary age child, you want to be sure that the lunch bag is as safe as the items you are putting in it. The sad truth is that many children's items contain lead, even lunch boxes. Fortunately, lead free items are becoming more readily available. Check out this lead free lunch box. It is fully insulated and has space for your napkins and utensils. The strap is adjustable so it can fit on your shoulder or wrist. If you want, you can just carry it in a diaper bag or backpack. Now you can be sure that when you are packing healthy snacks, you are carrying them in a healthy way too.
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April 8, 2011
Who says all onesies have to look like little tee shirts? This kimono onesie is stylish and functional. It has a tie one to secure the side and has three snaps along the bottom for easy diaper access. It's perfect for up to three months old.
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April 7, 2011
What's this baby doing in a sack? Staying warm of course! This ingenious blue sleep sack is actually a low cost incubator that will help save lives in developing countries. According to the medical journal the Lancet, up to 4 million premature babies die each year due to hypothermia related to low birth weight. The problem is that most developing countries do not have the money or energy needed to purchase the incubators to keep these babies warm. The pouch contains a wax like material that can be heated using a supplied electric or non-electric hot water heating unit. Within 20 minutes the wax will reach its melting point, after which it will maintain a temperature of approximately 37C (98.6F) for four hours without electricity. The material can even sense the baby's temperature and will release or absorb heat as needed. There is an indicator that will let you know if the wax is getting too cool to operate the sack.
This sack is a perfect solution to a serious problem. As a mother, I can appreciate this need for a sack like this. I always say I have many children, but none to spare. I'm sure mothers all over the world feel the same way.
Want to help get Embrace to the children who need it? It's easy. You can donate directly to the charitable arm of the Embrace organization. You can also visit the sites of their retail partners. A portion of the proceeds go toward launching Embrace. Next time you need a gift for someone special, you can help someone special too.
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April 6, 2011
Earth is coming up on April 22. You can celebrate in so many ways, but I like to celebrate by reading this book to my kids. Diary of a Worm is a great way to introduce your child to the critters who also live on this Earth. It's never too soon to start reading to your little one and building up their little library.
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April 5, 2011
Sunscreen starts reappearing on store shelves around this time of year. There are so many options, but most parents lean toward waterproof and high SPF as the main criteria. Those are important, but with California Baby sunscreen lotion lotion you also have the peace of mind that you are protecting your baby with a lotion that is PABA free and contains organic and sustainably grown ingredients. Bring on the sunshine!
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April 4, 2011
You have many choices when feeding your baby. It's easy to get overwhelmed. The decision to go organic doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. These Earth's Best Organic Fruit & Whole Grain Combos will give your baby the nutrients she needs without the pesticides often found in traditional baby foods. Generally, organic baby food is only about ten cents more than non organic baby food. That's a small price to pay when you think about the negative impact chemicals such as pesticides can have on a developing brain. Plus, it's tasty since the chemicals haven't killed the flavor along with any little critters. Your baby will love the taste and you will love the safety.
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April 1, 2011
Do you know what today is? If you said April Fools Day, you're only half right. It is also the first day of Autism Awareness Month. Autism currently affects 1 in 110 children, 1 in 80 boys. Many experts think the numbers are actually higher. If you have a loved one impacted by autism, you know how challenging this disorder can be. If you think you need more information on autism there are so many resources to choose from. Organizations like the Autism Society and Autism Speaks provide information and support.
If you prefer to study on your own, there are countless books to choose from. Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Other ASDs will give you great insight into this disorder. As a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, I love books actually written by someone with the disorder. Of course, Temple Grandin is a favorite. Her book, Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism gives a first hand account of what it is like to actually live with autism AND how it can have a POSITIVE impact on your life if you just find the right path. The memoir Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant is an inspirational story of a young man's exciting journey that he never would have had if he did not have autism. Don't wait until autism touches your life to learn about. These truly are fascinating stories.