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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January 30, 2009
Yojo Mama is a new website that helps you find child friendly and centric places near where you are. Need a public bathroom? Want to find a near by playground? This is the website for you. This website also can keep you up to date on child friendly events, activities, and services available in your city. You can use your mobile phone or computer to look up what you need. Right now they are only in two cities, San Francisco and New York City, with Los Angeles coming soon. We hope they will expand to other cities as this is something that we all could use!
January 14, 2009
Parents Digest is a great resource for all parents that you should look into if you haven't already. It's basically a Cliff Notes of all the parenting books out there. Someone else reads the books for you and summerizes all the great information in them. I think this is a brilliant idea. I have lots of parenting books, but I have read very few of them straight through. I never have the time! You can find anything you need, from temper tantrums and hitting to divorce and health.
December 23, 2008
Anderson recently learned how to sing a few songs at his preschool. He asks us to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", the "Alphabet Song", the "Wheels on the Bus", and the "Itsy Bitsy Spider". Now, of course, we know (most of) the lyrics to these songs, but I had to look up the "Wheels on the Bus" because i only knew the first verse! Well, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, has put together a "official government website for Kids". Among lots of other neat activities are a whole list of sing along songs. Each song has the lyrics, and if you're browser is appropriately configured, you'll be able to hear the tune of the song too. There are lots of songs available -- many I've never heard of. But there's just about every song you can think of on this list (even On Top of Spaghetti!)
November 13, 2008
Do you want to raise your children in pleasant harmony with nature? Have you replaced all your incandescents with fluorescents and bought reusable grocery bags? Well, we've got a great blog for you. The folks over at Eco Child's Play have created a blog that will give you advice for an organic, fun and chemical-free life for your kids. Every day there are reviews, suggestions, and news on a wide variety of parenting topics. There are gift ideas for the holiday season, an essay on raising an eco-aware child, and a warning to bike riders in a study finds bikes only second to cars in childhood injuries. With all the environmental problems lurking out there for parents today, the writers over at Eco Child's Play will help you keep abreast of all of them.
November 11, 2008
Just Ask Baby, is a new website that we just found out about. It's billing itself as
The first online on-demand TV channel focused solely on aiding parents in their understanding of their unique infant’s social, emotional and intellectual development.
We created Just Ask Baby because we are strong believers in the importance of helping parents help infants as they develop socially, emotionally and intellectually, and we would love to work with you to help parents get more insight into their infant’s development and how that affects the person they will become.
For Just Ask Baby we produced exclusive, fun videos hosted by nine-month-old Joey and his infant friends who give us a true view of what babies Feel, See, Think, Do and Say during their first year.
While each video is presented in a fun format, the content is based on the well-established science of infant development, and every video has a complete set of scientific references, supervised by our Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor David Elkind.
Just Ask Baby has lots of different videos where you can learn what your child is feeling, seeing, thinking, saying, and doing from ages 0-2 months, 3-5 months, 6-8 months, and 9-11 months. There's also an area where you can keep track of your child's picture, milestones and even keep a journal.
Just Ask Baby is definitely a useful website for new parents. If you're interested in checking it out, Just Ask Baby is offering a 15 day free trial. There is also an option to buy a gift subscription for a friend, or grandchild.
January 28, 2008
I've seen a few recall websites in the past, but nothing compares to the Product Recall List at MyThings. This is the perfect site to look up recalls for your baby products and toys. It's much easier to use than any other site, has pictures accompanying the products that are recalled, and it is updated every day. They also monitor both U.S. and U.K. recall websites. You can register your products on their site, and if one turns up on a recall list, they will send you an email. If recalls are a concern of yours, I highly suggest you check out this great website.
December 23, 2007
We recently were told about a website for new and expectant parents called Pregnancy Survey. I was not one of those expectant parents who reads up on everything ahead of time, and I wish I had been. Figuring out issues as they came along led to many situations where I had no idea what to do and a lot of added stress. The next time I get pregnant, I am going to read up a lot more to prepare myself. I also cannot believe how much I've already forgotten about pregnancy and those early months with a newborn, so this is a good resource to have. If you are pregnant or hoping to be in the future, bookmark this website!
November 2, 2007
I felt like I was living in a box recently when I discovered the Hot Moms Club. How could I not know about this site? It pulled my in instantly. Finally a site with articles that I actually care about! They have articles on parenting, beauty and style, house and home, recipes, and a ton more. It's an empowering site that helps me feel like the world hasn't passed me by just because I became a mother. If you want to see what other hot moms are doing and thinking, check the site out!
August 23, 2007
If you've had kids, you'll know that some of the best parenting advice comes from other parents (as long as it isn't unsolicited of course!). At BabblePedia they have advice on topics from Breastfeeding to Vaccines, and its all from other parents like you. In the spirit of Wikipedia anybody can change and contribute to the BabblePedia, so each article should only get better (or at least point out both sides of every controversy). Most articles have a short little blurb, followed by a series of
expert opinions (usually taken from articles posted on other parenting websites), followed by the opinions and experiences of other parents. This is a great way of seeing a wide variety of literature on a given topic, which can be very helpful. So, the next time you're looking for some parenting advice, be sure to check out the BabblePedia!
July 18, 2007
I realize that Snopes, a reference page for urban legends, isn't what you'd typically think of when parenting websites come to mind. However, I think it's an important resource that we shouldn't forget. Recently, I heard about a child who was injured because she drank hand sanitizer. It sounded like one of those silly forwards that someone starts just to cause fear. But low and behold, it was actually true! Snopes is a great place to check those things out to see if they are true or just falsities. And they cover everything too, from old wives tales to pregnancy. Another one to keep in mind: some brands of sidewalk chalk have lead in them!
March 16, 2007
If you're a parent, you probably know many of the big parenting blogs out there. Here is one that you may not know about that has been very helpful to me. 365 First-Time Parenting Tips started about two months before I gave birth. I read it very intently both to see what was written about Andy's age but also to look ahead to see where I would be in a few months with him. There are a lot of helpful tips that made things for me so much easier. Now the author has started with toddler tips as well, which I am looking forward to reading. If you like parenting blogs, I highly suggest you add this one to your reading list.
February 19, 2007
Parents are definitely an inventive bunch. Trapped between the cost of raising a child, and the lack of products to do exactly what you want, parents are forced to make do or "hack" a solution together. Well, the website Parent Hacks is all about these innovative solutions that parents come up with to everyday problems. For example, instead of sending your younger children outside in the freezing cold to play in the snow, bring the snow into the house! The bathtub specifically. They can play to their hearts content, and when playtime is over, there's no mess to clean up. Or perhaps your stuck at a dingy gas station bathroom, and with no paper towels or toilet paper in sight? Cover that toilet seat with disposable plastic garbage bags, for a quick and easy cleanup. There are lots of parenting gems like this posted nearly every day. If you're a parent, and you don't read Parent Hacks yet, get over there right away!
January 31, 2007
Right after I gave birth to Andy, I had a very hard time adjusting to being a new mom. I was so tired and stressed and terrified I was going to mess him up somehow. I didn't read much ahead of time, so I didn't know what to expect and how to fix all the problems I had. My mother would do research for me online, and she kept sending me links to the same blog, Ask Moxie. I soon added it to my blog reader, and I've been hooked ever since. Moxie has a knack for always writing about problems I'm having before I even realize they are problems. When Andy started getting teeth, she wrote about teeth and breastfeeding. Her posts about sleep have helped me a ton. What I like best is that she tells it how it is. There's no flowery stuff about how great it is to be a mom (which I agree it is, but at times it definitely isn't as well) or fluff answers. She is real and wants to help. She is also extremely friendly. I linked to her once on my personal blog, and she wrote me a huge email about my problem (I don't even remember what it was anymore, we fixed it right away with her help!) with a ton of suggestions. If you are not reading Ask Moxie, I highly suggest you do. And send her blog to all the future moms you know, I'm sure they'll love all the information.
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