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  • Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel on Babies: "They Can Really Freak You Out"


    Paine PRPaine PRby Lauren At Parenting.com

    You've seen reality TV star, author and celebrity natural food chef Bethenny Frankel all over the place -- on Real Housewives of New York, book covers, her spinoff reality TV show Bethenny Getting Married? and in the tabloids. It makes sense -- this woman gives us a lot to talk about. In the last season of RHONY, she went from single and living with her dog Cookie, to married with a baby, Bryn, now 6 months. She's also the author of Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, The SkinnyGirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life and she's working on two more, A Place of Yes, and Naturally Fit Pregnancy. She's also starting a skin care line. Somehow, in the midst of launching the new Trident Layers Cool Mint + Melon Fresco gum, she had a few seconds to talk with us about being a new mom and babyproofing her entire apartment. Read on...

    How's life as a new mom?

    Great. I just got done babyproofing my entire

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  • 2 Million Strollers Recalled Following 4 Infant Deaths

    by Melanie at Parenting.com

    Several years after receiving reports of four infant strangulation deaths, Graco Children's Products Inc., is voluntarily recalling about 2 million strollers. The recall is in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and has been issued due to risk of entrapment and strangulation. The CPSC and Graco have received four reports of infant deaths due to strangulation that occurred in these strollers between 2003 and 2005. Additionally, the CPSC is aware of five reports of infant entrapment, resulting in cuts and bruises, as well as one report of an infant having difficulty breathing.

    The recall involves older versions of the Graco Quattro Tour™ and MetroLite™ strollers and travel systems manufactured before the existence of the January 2008 voluntary industry standard which increased the height of the opening between the stroller's tray and the seat bottom, specifically to prevent infant entrapment and strangulation hazards.

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  • Frozen Vegetables Recalled for Glass Fragment Risk

    PR Newswire reported that the Pictsweet Company announced a voluntary recall of certain codes of store brand products containing frozen green peas after the company learned that some of the packages may contain glass fragments, which may cause injury if ingested.

    Products subject to this recall were distributed only to Kroger stores in the Southeast United States and Walmart stores throughout the United States and include the following items:

    • Kroger 12 ounce Green Peas (UPC 11110 89736)
      Production Codes of 1440BU, 1440BV, 1440BW, and 1600BD
    • Kroger 12 ounce Peas and Carrots (UPC 11110 89741)
      Production Codes of 1960BD and 1960BE
    • Great Value 12 ounce Steamable Sweet Peas (UPC 78742 08369)
      Best by Dates of July 20, 2012; July 21, 2012
    • Great Value 12 ounce Steamable Mixed Vegetables (UPC 78742 08026)
      Best by Date of July 15, 2012

    No injuries have been reported to date. While no injuries have been reported,

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  • How to Make the Creepiest Looking Sandwich Ever

    by Annabel Karmel

    You will need:

    • Thin sliced white bread, crusts removed
    • Soft margarine
    • Cream cheese or peanut butter
    • Almonds
    • Strawberry Jam

    Gently flatten the slices of bread with a rolling pin to make them more pliable. Spread with a little margarine and some cream cheese or peanut butter. Roll up the sandwiches and make three indentations with a blunt knife to form the finger joints. Trim the ends of the fingers into a 'V' shape and stick an almond on to each tip with a little cream cheese to form the nails. Now for the gruesome bit - add a dollop of strawberry jam over the end of the finger for the blood !

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  • Why Breastfeeding Makes Me a Bit Squeamish

    by Jenny Feldon

    I nursed E for a year. Exclusively. Not a single drop of formula ever touched her lips; she was weaned to cow's milk after her first birthday. But-and this isn't something you'll hear many moms who chose to nurse say-I never really wanted to. And now that I'm pregnant with #2, even though I have a solid year of breastfeeding under my belt (or, more accurately, my bra), I'm having the same doubts about nursing I did the first time around.

    When I was pregnant with E, the thought of breastfeeding grossed me out. I knew it was better for the baby, that it would help with the bonding process, that there were significant health benefits for me. I'm a very private person, however-I don't like to be naked even when I'm alone. I'm uncomfortable with bodily fluids, messes, things that leak, and public exposure. No matter how many times I tried to envision peaceful moments with a new baby cradled in my arms and nourishing her with my breasts, all I could picture was a dairy cow.

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  • Shamelessly Threatening Your Three-Year Old with "Santa"

    by Christine Coppa

    A few days ago, JD and I were at the park and he ran up to a beautiful, lush spruce tree and screamed with enthusiasm, "Mama, a Christmas tree!" He tilted his neck back and stood there, looking up, with his mouth suspended in a little circle.

    "It does look like a Christmas tree, bud," I said. "And you know what that means-Santa is coming to town!"

    "Santa coming to town!?" JD said. "He's coming to our house?"

    "Yes!" I said. "What do you want Santa to bring you? What kind of prizes?" (Because of our successful run with potty training, JD calls all gifts, "prizes.")

    "I want trucks and cars and stickers and Moo-bies (movies), and ice cream and so many new books and pickles!

    Me: Laughing! (Pickles!!!)

    "OK, well you gotta be a good boy. Because Santa only brings prizes to good boys who eat all their dinner, clean up their blocks, go potty."

    JD stared at me with a very serious face. Kind of like this face.


    "Got it?" I said.

    "OK, Mommy!"

    And so

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  • 11 Million Fisher Price Toys Recalled

    fisherprice.comfisherprice.comRight on the heel's of Wednesday's warning about sleep positioners comes a recall of more than 11 million Fisher-Price tricycles, high chairs and toys. The recall was prompted by 24 reported injuries in the U.S. and Canada, among them - yikes - genital bleeding from falling against or sitting on plastic key ignitions on some trike models. None of the toys have caused injuries, but are being recalled since they can pose a choking hazard.

    The following models have been recalled.

    High Chairs:
    Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs

    Tricycles:
    Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles

    Toys:
    Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway and Baby Playzone™, Crawl & Cruise Playground™, Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Slide Arcade™ , Baby Gymtastics™ Play Wall, Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl™ Aquarium (C3068 and H8094), 1-2-3 Tetherball™, Bat & Score Goal™

    Find out more
    about each of these recalls, including how to contact Fisher Price to get a replacement product.


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  • Would You Feed Another Woman’s Breast Milk to Your Baby? (I am!)

    by Taylor Newman

    I'd caught wind of the heated breast milk debate/divide (who could miss it?) before becoming pregnant; I knew about the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk, and also about the countless healthy, happy formula-fed babies out there in the world, enjoying life. I was formula fed myself, and haven't suffered from any IQ or immune system deficits, so while I appreciated from the get-go all that breastfeeding has to offer, I didn't get swept up in the politics of it. I felt in the beginning of pregnancy, in that early stage of constant nausea and soul-crushing fatigue, that nine months was a long time for one's body to host another being, and thus found myself leaning toward formula feeding in the interest of regaining a level of physical autonomy as soon as possible. Once into the second trimester, however, bumping along nicely and adjusted to the idea that my autonomy-physical or otherwise-was long gone (forever), and feeling okay about that, I decided I'd

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  • How gross is it? Your germiest situations analyzed.

    Experts examine some of Mom's most-feared dirt and germ situations to figure out if it's as bad as you think it is -- or worse


    By Kate Rope


    See 7 more germy situations analyzed at parenting.com.

  • Even More Evidence That Mercury and Autism Are Not Linked

    Alexandra GrablewskiAlexandra GrablewskiBy Sasha Emmons, Parenting.com

    It can be a tough decision for new parents to decide whether to get their child vaccinated. Most pediatricians -- and the American Academy of Pediatrics -- will tell you immunizations are safe and vital to the health of all our children, but google "vaccine safety" and you'll open a Pandora's box of conflicting information. It can be hard for well-meaning parents without a medical degree to separate fact from fiction; celebrities like Jenny McCarthy, who has been vocal about her belief that the MMR vaccine gave her son autism, and controversial figures like Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who originally linked vaccines and autism but has since been discredited, further muddy the waters.


    More from Parenting.com: Celebs and Vaccines - Jenny McCarthy and More


    Now a new study debunks one of the major myths surrounding vaccines: that the preservative thimerosal, which contains a form of mercury called ethylmercury, causes autism. A new study, which will be published in

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