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- The holidays are time for family, fun, food and babies freaking out on airplanes. If you are getting ready to embark on a journey with a baby and a toddler, please make sure you have whiskey waiting for you at baggage claim. Also, these tips are for you. -By Lyz Lenz Read More »from 7 Tips for Traveling with a Toddler and a Baby
- Otto's FootLast weekend, our family arrived at a party an hour and a half late… except that when we got there, we realized we were an hour and a half early. (At least we got the day right.) I also recently discovered a small, but stubborn, dreadlock in my hair during the one morning in the span of a week that I washed it. "Lunch" to me means eating a hot dog spit-style on a fork while I walk/wear/burp my baby around the kitchen. And it probably goes without saying that I'm sporting my fair share of yoga pants, accessorized with burp cloths and Boppy pillows.
I'm in The Newborn Vortex: where moms of brand-new-littles live by a 24-hour, baby-centric clock, mostly-sleepless, often-shirtless, drunk on the smell of infant breath and utterly captivated by the tiny, dreamy people we'd do anything for. If you're in the vortex too, and your life's been a little weird lately, rest assured you're not alone. (And you'll be feeling normal again--well, a new kind of normal--before you know it.) Check out
- BabyZone | Healthy Living – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:48 AM ESTFriesMichelle McCaffrey says her two young boys, ages 1 and 3, don't know what fast food is.
"They haven't ever had it, and we stream shows (online instead of watching TV), so they haven't ever seen a commercial either," the Pennsylvania mom said.
McCaffrey's kids may be in the minority.
Researchers at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity have found that on average, children between the ages of 2 and 5 see more than 1,000 advertisements for fast food each year. In 2012, the average U.S. preschooler viewed 2.8 fast food ads on TV every day, according to "Fast Food FACTS 2013," a new report released by the Yale Rudd Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.Read More »from New Study Suggests Fast Food Companies Should Limit Advertising to Children
There is no shortage of picture books written by famous people. But which ones are worth your tot's time? Here's a rundown of nine children's books by celebrity authors kid-approved (by my own kids!) as bedtime favorites.
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- toddler mobile useCommon Sense Media has just released new research on children's media use in 2013, and the results may surprise you. In the two years since the study was last conducted, media viewed--specifically on mobile devices--has grown considerably. Here are a few important stats:
- 3/4 of all kids have access to a mobile device at home.
- The number of kids who've used a mobile device has nearly doubled.
- Average daily use has grown from 5 minutes to 15 minutes daily.
- In 2011, 10% of kids under age 2 had used a mobile device. In 2013, that number reached 38%.
First, consider ALL types of media and their locations, from the television toRead More »from Growing Up Mobile
- toddler eating seafoodWhen our 4-year-old was a toddler we took her on vacation to the south of Italy (we lived in Rome then, so it's not as exotic as it sounds) where they don't have children's menus. But they do have seafood. We watched in awe as Phoebe devoured an entire platter of raw, pickled and otherwise brined seafood. Sardines, clams, oysters, all soaked in freshly squeezed lemon.
And at the time, I had only one thought: Well, my work here is done. But I don't think it is.
There's a great piece in the New York Times about a food writer like myself who once had an adventurous eater in her home, her 2-year-old. Now, that guy is 7 and not the least bit interested in most foods. Fruit, "snacky things" and plain pasta, yes. Most everything else, no. So what happened? Did she stop introducing new foods to him? Did she start buying chicken nuggets in bulk? No, and not even close.
What happened is his taste buds and his personality shifted into full development mode right now. But is it really thatRead More »from Are Foodies More Likely to Raise Picky Eaters?
- Sleeping babyI remember those long nights when my daughter screamed for hours for no apparent reason. My husband and I were uptight and desperate new parents, and we ran around giving her gas drops, changing her diaper, patting her back, playing soothing ocean sounds. Nothing worked until someone mentioned swaddling. The moment we wrapped her up, she drifted off to sleep. It's like all she wanted was to be put in a little straight jacket with ducks printed on it. My daughter is a toddler now and won't stand for a swaddle, despite the fact that some nights I'm tempted to put her in a straight jacket. At four months old, my son loves the swaddle so much that I actually have to force him to come to terms with the fact that he can't go to college swaddled. We've been trying to swaddle break him, and it's pure misery.
The swaddle makes babies sleep. So you would think that it could be the one parenting thing we can unite around, but no. Not everyone loves peace, happiness and the swaddle. A new studyRead More »from Is Swaddling Really Dangerous?
- Angelcare deluxe movement monitorWhen I brought my first son home from the hospital, I was a nervous wreck. I'd read all the studies on SIDS, every statistic and safety precaution. There was nothing fluffy in or near his crib, which had adequate spacing between the slats and a perfectly-tilted mattress. And yet, I couldn't unwind. Friends would tell me to "sleep when the baby sleeps." Instead, I'd hover blearily over him, stressing over every up and down movement of his tiny chest. I'd finally drift off only to startle awake with horrific, nightmarish visions in my head.
Enter the Angelcare Deluxe Movement Monitor. A concerned coworker finally suggested this advanced device to measure my son's breathing at night. My husband looked on, bemused, as I slipped a hyper-sensitive sensor pad under the baby's mattress. It was set to sound a remote alarm by our bed if no movement was detected for 20 seconds. It even had an optional alert that could set off a muted beep every time movement WAS detected, so I could be lulledRead More »from Is Technology Making Us Bad Parents?
- BabyZone | Parenting – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 12:13 PM EST
Is there a harder-working garment in a pregnant woman's closet than her maternity pants? After two pregnancies, check out why I'm grateful for my maternity pants--and why you should treasure yours, too!
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- ClearBlueWhen I found out I was pregnant with my first son, I had absolutely no idea how far along I was. I've never been particularly "regular" in the menstrual department, and things were complicated even further by the fact that my last period had been exceptionally light. Persistent nausea drove me to take a pregnancy test, and that double-lined stick raised more questions than answers. How far along WAS I? Was that last period actually just implantation bleeding?
I needed a timeline to sort out all the questions floating through my head. Would I be too far along to go on our planned trip to Hawaii? My employer had been talking about switching insurance companies. Would I still be able to see my same doctor? I wanted to get a test from my OBGYN immediately, but they wouldn't see me for an ultrasound until I was eight weeks along. And again, I had NO CLUE where I fell on that timeline. Quite the dilemma.
The solution? A new test fromRead More »from Exactly How Pregnant Are You?