Monday, September 29, 2008

Our Space

With a little one on the way, it's time for you to start thinking about where all her stuff will go. But instead of designating just one space or room for it all, you can tastefully incorporate baby's furniture, toys and other necessities into your home without making it look like Romper Room.

Here are some ideas that will show you how to blend adult furnishings and traditional nursery pieces for a cohesive family space.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Safe Sippers

If you've been following the headlines, you've learned by now that many bottles and sippy cups are made from polycarbonate plastic, which contains bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen that studies have linked to an increased risk of obesity, attention-deficit disorder, brain damage, and even cancer. Safe beverage containers are made from glass, steel, or BPA-free plastics like polyethylene or polypropylene (are typically opaque or labeled with a #2, #4, or #5).

Cookie Magazine puts these toxin-free brands to the test to help you find the best.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pregnancy Nutrition Made Easy

Pregnancy is not the time to omit any of the major food groups, such as carbohydrates, or to put yourself on a weight-loss diet. Instead, focus on developing healthy habits. If your current diet is less than stellar or if you feel overwhelmed by all the food advice directed at mothers-to-be, work with a registered dietitian to get personal, individualized nutrition instruction. There are so many vibrant, energizing, and scrumptious new foods to enjoy during pregnancy, and many women find that they stick with their improved eating habits long after their babies are born.

Read through the information in this Plum Magazine article to determine what nutrients you need and how to get them.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Biggest Toy Recalls of 2008 for Babies and Toddlers

Dangerous toys products for babies and toddlers continue to make headlines. As a parent, you need to make sure the toys your little one is playing with are safe.

This article lists the biggest toy recal s of 2008 (so far!) for babies and toddlers. Check it out to see if you recognize anything , and if you do, toss it from the toy box.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Scoop on Day Care

A few months ago, headlines shouted that child-care centers contribute to children's disruptive behavior—an effect that lasts through sixth grade. The news, gleaned from a long-term National Institutes of Health-funded study, made lots of us nervous. Yet those headlines didn't tell the whole story (what else is new?) and perhaps didn't even tell the right one.

What did the study really reveal? Read on.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Halloween Party Planning Ideas

Are you trying to organize the best Halloween party that will be talked about for weeks after your special event? Don't fret... Here you'll find fresh tips and ideas from party planning to Halloween themes that will guarantee your guests have fun.

Mix and match these tips to fit your preference and check your haunted house or party setting over for any hazards your guests may run into. For a safe Halloween party, plan ahead and remove any possible dangers.

Make sure your little one is the best dressed baby for Halloween! Check out Kissy Kissy's adorable Halloween attire.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Start School With a Smile: What To Do When Young Children Cry About Going

At schools across America, teachers see two types of first–year students: one quickly adjusts to school and begins to enjoy it, the other cries each day at the door.

By applying some easy–to–follow guidelines outlined in this article, parents can help their youngsters belong to a very lucky group– students who start school with fun instead of fear.

Friday, September 05, 2008

10 Steps to a Green Nursery

Move over pink and blue—green is in!

New parents have plenty of options today when it comes to creating a safe and sustainable nursery for their little one.

This article presents 10 potential problems when setting up the nursery — and 10 smart solutions for avoiding them.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Shrinking packages, pricier foods fluster parents

Kids may be worried about homework, teachers and that pesky bully this school year. But parents? They're leery about lunches.

With food prices rising and packages shrinking, parents are wondering how they'll stretch their food budgets. Children are going to get an unwitting lesson in economics, analysts say, as parents change their food-buying habits to keep costs down.

This year's lunchroom will be less about convenience and more about the bottom line, said Marcia Mogelonsky, senior research analyst with Mintel International in Chicago. Parents will be shopping for deals but still wanting all the basics — fruits, veggies, proteins and fun things like chips and cookies. It won't be easy, she said.

Full article….