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  • 6 ways to save money on baby clothes

    Cafe Suzanne shared a great idea recently on how to save money on baby clothes -- Snap N Grow Garment Extenders. They snap onto the bottom of onsies, shirts and any top that fastens at the bottom to give a little extra "crotch" room. Brilliant.

    In general, baby clothes are not something many moms want to spend tons of money on because before you know it, they've already grown out of it. My personal tip is to extend the invitation for as many hand-me-downs as possible. Sometimes people won't want to impose the offer unless you bring it up first. My neighbor's daughter is a year older than mine, and I don't think I've spent a penny on her clothes in four years.

    Read the rest of this article on CafeMom's Baby Buzz...

    Written by Cynthia Dermody for CafeMom's Baby Buzz


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  • Cute maternity Halloween costumes

    Last week I wondered if scary maternity halloween costumes for us pregnant ladies was too much. So far all of you thought I should go for it.

    But in case you wanted to go the cute maternity Halloween costume route, I have more ideas!

    One mom painted a pumpkin on her belly when she was pregnant for Halloween two years ago. Adorable!

    And there are more CafeMoms who have some great ideas for pregnant Halloween costumes:

    • Mother nature --paint your belly as the Earth or just wear a blue or green dress with a garland of leaves and branches around your head
    • Painting belly as soccer ball, basketball, baseball...and wearing uniform to match.
    • Bumble bee
    • Gypsy...paint a crystal ball on your belly
    • A man with a beer gut (Ha! OK, maybe not so "cute")
    • Pregnant nun
    • And the site Extreme Halloween has some more ideas including this Bun in the Oven costume. Your SO can go as the "bun maker."

    Are you dressing up for Halloween? Will you go the scary or cute

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  • Winter babies come from less-privileged families

    Uh oh. Here's another one of those frustrating studies, but this one deserves some comment (and possibly criticism?).

    For a long time now, experts have believed that children born in winter months test poorly, don't get as far in school, earn less, are less healthy, and don't live as long as children born at other times of year.

    Reasons posed for this pattern have included everything from Vitamin D deficiency, to the fact that being put in the same school year with children who are mostly younger might make children born in the winter less socially mature.

    But none of these explanations have actually been proven.

    Now researches think they have the answer to why children born in winter do more poorly in life: Winter babies are more likely to come from less-privileged families.

    Specifically, researchers examined birth certificates between 1989 and 2001 and determined that the percentage of children born to unwed mothers, teenage mothers, and mothers who hadn't

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  • Pregnant woman gets pregnant again!

    This morning my husband called me to his computer to show me a news report he found about a pregnant woman getting pregnant again.

    We're having twins and while I'm 26 weeks along, we still joke about what if we got pregnant again when we have sex. It's not a funny haha joke.

    I was told my twins were conceived on different days -- granted only two or three days apart the doctors seem to think -- but still different days, yet they are still twins. It's called superfetation. My husband likes to think it was his super sperm.

    But this Arkansas woman, Julia Grovenberg, had two and a half weeks between the two conceptions. Still, why wasn't I that impressed?

    I'll blame my hormones. I think it's fantastic, yes. Fascinating? Absolutely. And now that I'm thinking about it more, two and a half weeks could affect the birth day. Will they be born on the same day? Is there a risk to the younger baby?

    A specialist told me of a woman who birthed one twin one day, but the other

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  • Halloween costumes too sexy for tweens?

    Major Trouble costume; $40Major Trouble costume; $40

    That model doesn't look like any "tween" I know, but there's no mistaking the target demo of these new Halloween costumes from an e-commerce site named Costumes for Tweens.

    One mom in the CafeMom's Newcomer's Club said:

    "What the heck is up with the tween costumes? I thought a tween was 10-12 years old ... these costumes look like hoochie mamas. Who lets their kids wear this? Check out Goldie Locks and Dorothy ..."

    Another mom's take: "A pedophile's dream come true."

    And another says,

    "Thank goodness I have boys, LOL! But seriously, what ever happened to encouraging kids of that age to be creative and make their own costumes? We used to always make ours and that was half the fun!"

    What's your feeling -- are any of these costumes appropriate for teens? What is your teen wearing for Halloween?

    Written by Cynthia Dermody for CafeMom's Big Kid Buzz


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  • Too short to lay sleeping baby down in crib?

    I'm almost 5'1". Short, in other words.

    And when I had babies, I had a similar problem as one CafeMom, who can't reach over the crib's side railing to lay her baby down in the crib now that the mattress is in the lowest position.

    Now, this mom has a convertible crib bed, on which the side railing doesn't drop down. Our crib had a drop-down side, but I could never drop it down without waking the baby. Or the times I did remember to drop it down when baby last woke, I woke the baby raising it up (the sucker wasn't real easy to raise or lower; it took a knee and some force).

    *sigh* Now what?

    I wanted to bring up this little issue here because I'm sure some of you have had this problem. Maybe some of you even found a great solution. I think I did a lot of gentle baby dropping. This only worked though because my boys liked sleeping for the most part. This is a nightmare if your baby wakes easily or is impossible to get to sleep in the first place.

    Some suggestions from

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  • Are you taking bets on baby's birth date?

    My twins are due December 24th or the 29th depending on if we go with my OB or my specialist. But most twins are born early...I've been told possibly three weeks ahead of schedule. So from Thanksgiving on, I'm ready for go-time.

    I have a good feeling about December 10th. I have no idea why.

    I just looked it up -- Emily Dickinson, Meg White, and J Mascis were all born on this date. Not bad.

    Maybe I should start a guessing game on my delivery date...

    A few moms were talking about taking bets on baby's birth date in CafeMom's Newcomer's Club:

    One mom suggested doing chore bets if it's just between you and your partner. Whoever is the farthest off has to do the dishes at your house for how ever many days they were off. You can do weight, too. For this, the person who was the farthest off on the weight has to cook you that many meals.

    Another mom and her family put money down on her step-sister's due date and she won! Whoever got closest to the birth date and time of

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  • Mom confessions: I don't like being a stay-at-home mom

    It's time for a Mom Confession - because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

    This Week's Confession:

    I don't like being a stay-at-home mom.

    I really don't like staying home and can't wait until I go back to work. I am stressed out some days with just one toddler. I stay home because my husband makes good money, so I went back to college. -- Mom2Just1

    Take Our Poll

    We all have secrets and opinions - so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!

    Written by Sheri Reed for CafeMom's Toddler Buzz


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    I Have a Family, But I'm Lonely

    I Lie and Say I'm "Working" to Avoid Playing

    I Let My Son Fall Asleep to DVDs

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    I Use Housecleaning to Avoid Playing With My Kids

    I Am Not a Fun Mom

    I Don't Set Up Play Dates for My Kids

    I Wish I Had a

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  • Woman arrested for spanking stranger's kid

    An Ohio woman allegedly spanked a stranger's two-year-old son for saying something that annoyed her. Gloria Ballard, 43, was then arrested and charged with assault.

    Donnay Jones, the toddler's mother, told the news, "She was basically trying to tell me what to do with my son." She told Ballard she would handle her own business, then she says, Ballard took Sean from her and spanked him, making him cry.

    Ballard (a mother and grandmother herself) denies any wrongdoing and says she was just trying to help. She says she gave the boy a hug and gently patted his backside because he was upset. She faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

    If the allegations were true and the child was yours, what do you think the punishment should be?

    Written by Suzanne Murray for CafeMom's Toddler Buzz


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  • Mom confessions: I have a family, but I'm lonely

    It's time for a Mom Confession - because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

    This Week's Confession:

    I have a family, but I'm lonely.

    I feel awful even saying this... I have a great husband and three healthy kids, ages 1.5, 3, and 7, but I'm lonely. To my core, I feel lonely. My husband and I don't get much quality time alone together. We're always on the go or exhausted. I have a few girlfriends close by, but we're all busy with our families. When we do get together, it's rushed and not always meaningful. I find myself longing for the days when I felt connected to other adults in a real way. Am I crazy? -- anonymous

    Take Our Poll

    We all have secrets and opinions - so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!

    Written by Sheri Reed for CafeMom's Toddler Buzz

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    I Lie and Say I'm "Working" to

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