Blog Posts by BabyZone
- Check out which names are most commonly passed down from generation to generation and the celebs who are part of this naming tradition. -By Alice Gomstyn Read More »from 6 Most Popular Inherited Names
- BabyZone | Parenting – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 12:16 PM ESTThe first time I had a baby, I worried I might never sleep again. This time, I know how quickly this phase passes, and the The infant stage makes us stop and marvel at the miracle of life; in a short nine months, a whole new person grows all of his or her perfect little parts and then bam: here our babies are. It's a momentous thing, followed by a million magical moments in which we wonder how our hearts can hold such a big kind of love. Meanwhile, life's basics--like sleep, showers and social lives--land temporarily on the back burner as we care for our little ones around the clock. The first time I had a baby, I think I spent more time wondering why these basics were so hard to come by; I adored my newborn, but worried I might never sleep again. This time, I know how quickly this phase passes, and the "basics" feel more like little blessings every time they come my way. Here are seven everyday things I'm especially grateful for this time around:
1. Pinterest: I hook myself up to the breast pump four or five times a day (in addition to feeding Otto at the breast!), and while I usually spend that time
- Are you grateful to be raising the world's next global citizens? These 13 parents share their reasons for raising global kids--and why they're grateful for them. -By Vanessa Bell Read More »from 13 Reasons We're Lucky to Raise Global Kids
- BabyZone | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 12:07 PM ESTA growing body of research shows that spending more time outdoors can reduce the incidence and severity of near-sightedness in children.When her two elementary school-age boys were toddlers, New Jersey mom Ilana Friedman followed long-held conventional wisdom on children and outdoor time: the former should get lots of the latter.
"We always went for walks and went to the park--things like that," she told BabyZone.
But with her youngest son, now 3, Friedman has even more reason to make sure he gets out of the house and into the sunlight.
"I don't think many of us have been as aware as we have been in the last year or two about the increasing evidence showing that outdoor light is beneficial for children and visual development," she said.
Friedman is a pediatric ophthalmologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. The evidence she's referring to is a growing number of studies showing that children who spend more time outside are less myopic--less near-sighted--than their indoor-dwelling peers. That's not great news for the city kids Friedman treats at her Bronx-based hospital.
"Kids today areRead More »from Will Getting Your Kids Outside Save Their Eyesight?
- Our first baby's first ThanksgivingOur first baby's first ThanksgivingEven if it's your baby's first Thanksgiving, especially if it's your baby's first Thanksgiving, it's OK to skip the banquet. It's not great to go shopping instead, in my old-fashioned opinion, but if cooking a whole turkey plus stuffing and schlepping across an Interstate with babies crying in car seats is going to make you crazy, there's a solution. You can take this year off. Really!
We sort of did last year. And the turkey police never found out.
Thanksgiving 2012 fell six days after we had arrived in the US from Italy but this wasn't a visit. We were moving. From another continent. With three small kids in tow. Luckily we found refuge at my in-laws' Florida home, but really I've never felt more like a pilgrim. Beleaguered from an already long trip with a baby, a toddler and a preschooler, too, I was also suffering from the flu and trying to figure out if I'd ever get my milk supply back after not holding anything down for three days (I didn't). We basically crash-landed.
- You don't need to spend a lot of money to keep your kiddo warm through the season especially as they grow so quickly! Better yet, take my parenting pro-tip and purchase next year's coat when all these coats go on sale at the end of the season. You'll feel you're really getting your money's worth. Here are five coats for your little dude to be on the lookout for!
- By Tracy BrennanRead More »from 5 Affordable Toddler Boy Coats
- The New York Times tackles the perfect storm, two totally toxic experiences fused into one: airline travel plus kids with peanut allergies.If you were allergic to dogs, you would avoid dog places. You wouldn't have one in your house. You'd never visit the dog park. You'd skip pet stores and cross the street when you saw one coming. It seems like peanuts, being small-time snacks and mediocre lunch material, would be simpler. But they're not. Especially when it comes to those tiny bags on planes.
This week The New York Times tackled something more relevant than last week's rant about nannies who don't cook fancy enough meals and the $2500 solution (ahem). No, this question is straightforward, and a reasonable solution actually seems obvious too: What should airlines do about children with peanut allergies?
None of my three children have food allergies but as we all know by now, some kids are so allergic to peanuts that even traces of the stuff can trigger anaphylactic shock requiring immediate emergency medical care, which is hard to come by at 30,000 feet, as the Times points out.
But parents of these kids areRead More »from Why Peanut Allergies Make Everyone so Nuts
- BabyZone | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 11:23 AM ESTMy threenager suddenly has to share me all the time. (Ruh-roh, right?) Check out my tricks for keeping meltdowns to a minimum.
I have to hand it to my 3-year-old, Kaspar; since his baby brother's arrival, he has been more patient than I ever imagined he would be--or could be--especially considering how frequently he was asked to wait before I'm able to turn my attention toward him. Don't get me wrong--we've certainly seen our share of meltdowns since baby Otto's arrival, but I've recently developed some strategies for preemptively keeping Kaspar's inner threenager calm, cool and collected… most of the time. This, in turn, has kept the chaos level in our home at maybe a medium-low, which is pretty good for nine weeks out, no? Read on for some small changes that have made a big difference in helping our little dude adjust to life at home with a baby in the mix.1. Grab and Go Snacks: I took a tip from Kaspar's Montessori classroom and looked for ways to help him be more independent in our home. Empowering him to do things for himself leads to a lot less whining when my hands are full with the baby. I started by Read More »from 6 Ways to Help Big Sibs Stay Happy with a New Baby in the House
- We all know it takes a village to raise a child, but some of those village members aren't always properly recognized. From teachers and babysitters to pediatricians and nice neighbors, there are many people who help make our parenting journey a little easier. Use some of these fun ways to let your helpful community know they are appreciated. -By Kelle Hampton Read More »from 4 Ways to Say "Thank You" to Special People
- Before I became a parent, I was sure I wouldn't get caught up in the mind-numbing language of parents. I would mean what I said. I wouldn't lie. I'd never do dumb things like yell "Go to sleep!" as if it would actually make a difference. But now, I'm a parent of two and I say all of these things, all the time. Why? Because I said so! -By Lyz Lenz Read More »from 8 Dumb Things Parents Say