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Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Blog Review From 'Sugar Pop Ribbons'

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Tips on making New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions offer the promise of a thinner, nonsmoking, debt-free, more organized you. But when it comes to enacting change, our pledges are often as meaningful as Tiger Woods' wedding vows. That's because resolutions require action plans - without them, they're nothing more than wishes. There it is in a nutshell: Resolutions take work.

For a little motivation on your vow for a fresh start, this article offers suggestions from a few experts who make a living at helping others meet - or exceed - expectations.

Post-Holiday Cleanup: Best Hints

Do you, as many of us do, dread the thought of cleaning up once Christmas is over? These undecorating tips will help make the process faster and more pleasant. Ornaments, lights, decorations – they are all discussed!

Read the full article.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

4 Post-Christmas Organizing Tips

As if the long cold winter ahead isn't punishment enough, you've got a major bummer of a job putting away all those decorations. To the rescue: our Mom Squad organizing expert Kathy Peel, author of The Busy Mom's Guide to a Happy, Organized Home, with tips on how to un-deck your halls and store your stuff so you can find it when you want it next year.

Monday, December 21, 2009

10 Lessons from a Veteran Mom

I'm a mother of three and far enough away from those infant years to look back with...well, I'm not sure I'd call it wisdom. More like 20/20 hindsight. I guess I can hope to put my lessons learned to good use in my next life. In the meantime, I'll do what so many of us veteran moms do: try to warn the women going through new parenthood right now about some of the mistakes I made.

This article presents ten things I wish someone had told me the first time around.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Kissy Kissy – Florette and Party Time Collections

New collection posted at Atterdag Kids!

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Jamie's Precious Peas Review

 
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Working Mother: Detox Your World

When we think air pollution, we think outdoors. But the chemicals in everything from beauty products to food to furniture mean the air inside can be worse than outside. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air quality—in our homes, cars, workplaces and schools—as among the nation’s top five environmental risks to public health. So how do we clean it up? We make healthier choices for our family and the planet.

In this article, we clear the air by cutting through marketing lingo to help you make confident choices when buying the essentials.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Out-of-the-Box Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

It doesn’t take much to get pre-schoolers jump-up-and-down excited. (Think about the thrill they get from telling that same “knock-knock” joke over and over again).

The trick is keeping them excited. If you want holiday hits that will hold their attention long after the out-of-the-box newness wears off, you’ve come to the right place. This article presents 12 of the most awesome, keep-them-giddy gifts you’ll find anywhere.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

How to Buy Safe Toys

This holiday season, don't grant your kids' wishes for the newest, coolest toys until you know they're safe. With new product recalls almost daily, trouble with lead-tainted toys from China and studies showing that certain chemicals may be harmful to children, choosing safe and healthy toys can be a daunting task.

So we're here to help you stay vigilant about toy safety. Before you buy, double check that the toy you're considering meets these safe shopping guidelines.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Baby Development Myths Every Parent Should Know

Grandparents, friends, and society flood parents with well-meaning advice, but how can Mom and Dad be sure they are receiving accurate information? With help from Dr. Andrew Adesman and his book "Baby Facts", this article separates baby myths from reality.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Boys vs. Girls: Who's Harder to Raise

I often say that I spend more time and energy on my one boy than on my three girls. Other mothers of boys are quick to say the same. Not so fast, say moms of girls, who point out that they have to contend with fussier fashion sense, more prickly social navigations, and a far greater capacity to hold a grudge.

Stereotyping, or large kernels of truth? Read the full article.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Great Expectations

There's nothing quite like the emotional juxtaposition of pregnancy. On one hand, you’re thrilled, elated and impatient; on the other hand, you may feel anxious about a million unknowns. As you balance these competing emotions, we have one word for you: Relax. The most important thing to keep in mind is this: Most pregnancies turn out absolutely fine. Women’s bodies are designed to carry children safely and effectively. That doesn’t mean everything will be smooth sailing on this journey, but it does mean that the odds are greatly in your favor. If you can learn how to maximize your chances that nature will run the course it’s supposed to, then you increase those odds even more.

Of all the things we want you to learn, two of the most important involve things that you may have never spent much time thinking about: epigenetics and the placenta.

Read the full article.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Maternity Jeans

Now that your regular jeans no longer fit, you are ready to buy maternity jeans. Maternity jeans come in several different styles with varying waste types. You will want to try on several different styles to find the best fit for you.

Learn more!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Toys that Last

We always want the best for our babies, but these days—more than ever—the best needs to fit the budget. That’s where Working Mother comes in: We’ve scoured the 2009 holiday season toy market for playthings that will give you the most bang for your buck. Priced from $15, all of these toys—from stacking cups to a 3-in-1 wagon—will keep your little one learning and playing for years.

Read the full article.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Baby's First Thanksgiving Recipes

Make Baby's first Thanksgiving one his taste buds will never forget. This article puts a baby-friendly spin on eight traditional holiday foods, many of which are probably already on your grocery list. Pick a few of your favorites for the big day or make them all and freeze the extras for later. Even babies love Thanksgiving leftovers!

Read the full article.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Is It Autism? First Signs & Important Treatments

In the beginning, Lance seemed like a typical baby. He smiled, sat up, and walked. "He could say about five or six words, like 'mama' and 'dada,'" says his mother, Stacy Strombeck-Goodrich. "He hit all of his milestones right on time."

So the Gilbert, Arizona, mom was perplexed when at about 18 months, Lance, now 3 1/2, started sliding backward. "He got really quiet. Not just no words, but no babbling, no sounds at all." Other skills evaporated too. "He wasn't pointing or waving bye-bye anymore," she says. When Lance stopped responding to his name, his mom had his hearing checked. It was fine. Strombeck-Goodrich was stumped -- until she saw a TV report that made her wonder if Lance was autistic. A specialist soon confirmed Lance's diagnosis. "To hear somebody actually say 'autism' was shocking," Strombeck-Goodrich says.

Lance is among the 1 in 150 U.S. kids who will be diagnosed with autism by age 8. What does being autistic mean? Is there a cure? Here, answers to tough questions.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

7 Exercises to Prepare Your Body For Pregnancy

Working out is one of the best things a woman can do for a healthy pregnancy—it not only benefits the baby, but it also gives you strong core muscles that help prevent back and hip pain.

Starting to exercise before you conceive is ideal, since you’ll be able to continue throughout pregnancy (with your doctor’s okay, of course). But if you don’t have a regular exercise routine in place before getting pregnant, then you shouldn’t jump into one during your first trimester. Most healthcare practitioners generally advise women not to start a new exercise regime within the first 12 weeks of getting pregnant.

Try these seven moves to help create a stable pelvis well before getting pregnant. And by starting now you won’t need to worry about losing a whole trimester of core and hip strengthening.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

FitPregnancy: 2009 Flu Season Tips

Flu refers to illness caused by a number of different influenza viruses. The flu can cause a range of symptoms including high fevers, headaches, sore throats, muscle aches, dry cough, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. Public health experts continue to warn that the 2009 H1N1 virus (aka swine flu) has the potential to cause widespread, serious illness—even death.

Pregnant women are more susceptible to serious compli¬cations from infection with all types of influenza viruses, including the 2009 H1N1.

Read this guide to getting through the Flu season.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Interrupting: 6 Ways to Get Your Child to Stop

Kids interrupt for many not so good reasons. A child may interrupt because he likes being the center of attention or because of bad manners or impulsiveness. Youngsters interrupt because they are wired to believe the world centers around them. However, by seven years old, it's reasonable to expect your child to find a polite way to ask for your attention.

Read this article to learn 6 ways to get your child to stop interrupting.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

For the Working Parent: The Easiest Way to Do (Almost) Everything

Being a working parent means multitasking, squeezing every minute from a day, pleading with our bodies to fall asleep fast so we can wake up early and find that extra hour. But hold on there, warns Samantha Ettus, mom of two, author and TV correspondent. It isn’t about working harder, it’s about working smarter. The trick is to decrease time spent on what’s mandatory and increase time spent on what’s enjoyable.

The tricks and tips adapted from her latest book, The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster, will help you glide through life’s to-do list, so you can get on with, well, life.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Eco-Friendly Nursery

Decorating the nursery can be exciting, emotional, and… eco-friendly.

Keep in mind that as babies’ immune systems are developing in the early months of their life, they are more susceptible to their environment and could have a harder time handling toxins.

This is not just about living green – it’s about creating the safest, healthiest, most non-toxic environment possible for your children.

Read the full article!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

What to Do When Baby Gets Sick: 7 Solutions

My son has always been a happy, easygoing kid. But at 4 months, Samuel was really cranky for a few days. I called the pediatrician's office, and the nurse said it sounded like teething. That, though, didn't seem right, so I asked to come in for a doctor's take. I felt awkward. After all, I'd been a mom for a fraction of this nurse's career. Who was I to second-guess someone with so much experience?

What I didn't consider was that I'd developed my own expertise on Samuel. I could differentiate his feed-me wails from his cuddle-me whimpers and his I'm-so-sleepy sobs. Turns out, he wasn't teething. He had an ear infection, one we were able to catch and treat early.

Indeed, parents can help docs diagnose properly. Follow this guide to common childhood illnesses, how to treat them, and when to see the doctor.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

10 Things to Know About Potty Training

Oh, how time flies. Could your child be ready to potty train? This ten-step guide from Parents Magazine will get you started on the right track and help you and your little one find potty training success.

The first step? Wait until your child is ready. Read more about all of the steps.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Halloween Trick or Tears

As Halloween stretches its creepy claws toward us again this year, a terrifying array of sights and sounds is just waiting to scare the daylights out of your baby. Ghosts wail from drugstore aisles, goblins howl from front lawns, and strangers lurk about in spooky costumes. For some kids, the whole thing can be extremely distressing. What's a mom to do?

Read this article on how to soothe babies on the spookiest night of the year.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

No texting at dinner! Parenting in the digital era

We all know teens love their gadgets — more for texting than talking. But the devices are posing some new challenges for parents. How can they teach their tech-savvy kids some electronic etiquette? So far, parents are learning on the fly, imposing new rules for their young offenders such as "no texting at dinner."

Read the full article.

Monday, October 12, 2009

5 Mood Boosters for New Parents

Having a baby changed your life. There is nothing quite as exhilarating. But learning how to take care of him, while coping with sleep deprivation and postpartum hormones, can lead some first-time parents to feel less than joyous.

If you're experiencing some post-baby blues, check out these five tips to help you get through the first few months of your baby's life, and your new life, a little more happily.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Baby Names That Drive You Crazy

It seems to get crazier each year, as parents strive to distinguish their baby by giving it a name that makes your head turn twice. In this article, they surveyed iVillage community members to share the wackiest baby names they've ever heard.

Here's a sampling – read on!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Half of babies born in rich world will live to 100

More than half of babies born in rich nations today will live to be 100 years old if current life expectancy trends continue, according to Danish researchers. Increasing numbers of very old people could pose major challenges for health and social systems, but the research showed that may be mitigated by people not only living longer, but also staying healthier in their latter years.

The study showed that by 2050, its population will be substantially older and smaller than now -- a situation it said was now typical of rich nations.

Read the full article.

Monday, October 05, 2009

How to have a green pregnancy

Going green for your baby -- even before birth -- is an easy way to make eco-friendly living a permanent part of your lifestyle, says Jennifer Taggart, who wrote "Smart Mama's Green Guide. " And it's well worth it. Soon after conception, toxic chemicals absorbed by the mother through breathing, eating or skin exposure can harm fetal development.

In this article, Taggart offers four tips to protect your child and the planet.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Disney FamilyFun's 18th Annual Toy of the Year Awards

In homes across the country, toothbrush robots vibrated, rockets shoe skyward, plush pets frolicked, and all manner of playthings were put through their paces. Disney's FamilyFun magazine testers assessed quality, value, and the fun factor of more than 375 toys to create a list of 30 kid-and-parent-approved winners.

View the top 10 winners!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Money-savers for the new arrival

The ultimate joy of a new baby can be tempered by worry in an economic climate like this one. In this article, Erica Sandberg, a personal finance expert and author of Expecting Money: The Essential Financial Plan for New and Growing Families, presents strategies to help working new moms survive and thrive.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Handmade Halloween Costumes

Halloween is quickly approaching! Don't get caught last minute without a costume. For some whose budgets are tight, consider getting crafty! Steal stuff from the garage, your kitchen, and the recycling bin to make the way-creative (and totally simple) costumes outlined in this article.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kanye, Miley, Serena and More: Talking to Your Kids About Celebrity Faux Pas

Last week was fraught with celebrity screw ups. How do we, as parents, make sure our children don’t emulate the poor choices their role models might make? Better yet, can we turn a negative episode into a positive lesson?

Here are some recent celebrity faux pas and the teachable lesson that can be gleaned from them…from one mother to another.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Playing Favorites

We're all guilty of going through phases of favoring one child over another. But what are the lasting implications of our behavior? In this article, a mother of twins, for whom favoritism is a constant, nagging issue, shares her wisdom.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Coping with empty nest when the kids clear out

What can parents do when children leave the nest? The house is suddenly quiet, the vibrancy of children gone. The days seem empty without soccer games, school plays and bake sales. The job you've been doing every day for 18 years is over.

This article presents tips on how to cope when the kids clear out.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The (Swine) Flu Stops Here

Your child, husband or roommate is down with the flu, be it seasonal or swine. You’re okay… for now. But you know how quickly the flu virus can spread through your household, with new victims getting infected just by touching a contaminated object, like a door knob or telephone, and then touching their face. Can you care for the sick while keeping yourself and other family members safe from infection?

Yes, you can. This article presents how.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Recycled Crafts

So art projects probably don't have a huge carbon footprint, but wouldn't it be nice to turn all that stuff you have lying around into cute little collectibles for your kids?

This article features three easy trash-to-treasure ideas they can help with.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Avoiding Colds - The Best Ways to Protect Your Baby

Cold viruses flourish in winter—and the more everyone is indoors, the less likely it is that virus-containing particles will blow away. Infants are especially susceptible to the common cold because they haven’t developed resistance to most of the viruses that cause them. That’s why the all-time No. 1 cold-prevention strategy—washing hands frequently— is especially important for all baby-handlers to keep in mind, and that’s true even if no one around your baby has the sniffles.

Read the full article.

Friday, September 04, 2009

6 Ways Sleep Keeps Kids Healthy

Losing half an hour of sleep may not seem like much, but regularly missing that amount over two years added up to increased feelings of depression and lower self-esteem among a group of eighth-graders, according to new research from the University of Massachusetts. Sleep loss is normal as kids enter adolescence, but it's a good idea to keep an eye on their shut-eye -- losing too much could take a toll on kids' mental health over time.

Read the full article!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

5 Ways to Pack a Healthier Lunch

The new school year has arrived and it the perfect time to start packing healthier lunches for your kids. Need some ideas?

Read this article and find out how to give your child's lunch an extreme — and deliciously nutritious — makeover.

Friday, August 28, 2009

How to Advocate for Your Child and School

It's that time again - yes, back to school is upon us! This time of the year can bring its own set of challenges in the classroom.

Maybe you think your child’s special needs aren’t being met, or the school budget doesn’t have room for music classes. Whatever your concern, there’s a lot you can do, even with a busy work schedule.

Read the full article.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Your kids or mine?

As parents face reduced work hours, lower wages, layoffs and uncertainties stemming from the recession, a growing number of families are turning to babysitting swaps to reduce what they pay local teenagers and college students to look after their children.

To be sure, parents have partnered to share the load of child care for years, but the economy has broadened the appeal. Traditional babysitters say business is down and some offer to work for lower rates to encourage parents seeking savings during the recession to use their services. But co-op costs can be hard to beat.

Read the full article....

Saturday, August 22, 2009

How to Lose (or Hide) Your Mommy Tummy

No matter how many miles you've walked, how many diets you've tried, or how long it's been since giving birth, that extra bit of flab on your belly, which arrived along with your baby, doesn't seem to want to budge. Sound familiar?

That's why we've gathered these simple ways to reclaim your pre-pregnancy stomach, once and for all!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dinner Strategies: Get Me to Wednesday

Having a stash of well–chosen, prepared staples in the fridge can go a long way toward consistently getting food you're proud of on the table. The right meal leaves you with the makings for enough unfussy, fresh-tasting dinners (or lunches, or snacks) to last you the next few days without ever feeling like you're eating the same meal twice. So while the coals are hot, grill up some extras. And once Thursday rolls around, you'll have earned the right to order Chinese takeout.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Best Ways to Break the News You're Pregnant

You're pregnant! Now comes the fun part. How will you break the BIG news? The possibilities are endless!

Forget about a phone call -- here are some of our favorite ways real moms shared the news.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Middle-income family spends $221,000 to raise baby

It's no secret that raising children can be expensive, but how about nearly a quarter of a million dollars expensive? A government report released Tuesday says a middle-income family with a child born last year will spend about $221,000 raising that child through age 17.

The report by the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion identified housing as the largest single expense, followed by food and child care/education costs. The $221,000 in expenses rises to about $292,000 when adjusted for inflation.

Read the full article....

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Your Baby's Teething Timeline

One night last fall, as I tried every trick in my repertoire to get my cranky, drooling 1-year-old daughter to go to sleep, I realized something: Teething is nature's idea of a practical joke. Think about it. A baby's first tooth usually comes in somewhere between 4 and 8 months, just after you've finally gotten her to sleep through the night. In my case, we had a few months of peaceful slumber before Molly began cutting her first tooth. When she started working on her molars, I was back to pacing the floors, bouncing her around, and frantically searching for the Tylenol -- for both of us.
Read the full article....

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Height Predictor: Calculate Your Child's Adult Height

Grow, baby, grow! This height calculator uses a popular formula that takes genetics into account to predict how tall your child will be as an adult. Keep in mind that this formula can only provide an estimate of how tall your child will be. Here's how it works:

1. Enter the mother's height, the father's height and the sex of the child.

2. Click "Calculate" to find out how tall your child will become.

Try the height calculator now!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Happy budget birthday to you

When Chris and Brian Gesme of Wildwood, Mo., asked their daughter what kind of party she wanted for her fourth birthday, Lauren had a surprising answer. She wanted her friends to come to grandma's house and ride their bikes on the driveway. Her parents offered her big, fancy parties they've done before, like a Chuck E. Cheese bash, but Lauren remained true to her idea, adding that she would like face painting, too.

Now, Lauren may simply be a sweet little girl with simple taste, but she's also unwittingly picked a party that's very in-the-moment. Forget the over-the-top, rented limos and lavish parties for tots. That's so 2006. Homemade, simple birthdays on a budget are back.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Guide to Your Kids' Online Hangouts

Wondering where your kid has been lately? Check with their virtual persona -- the avatar. Most likely you'll find them at one of these four popular playgrounds outlined in this article.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Baby Skin Care

Almost nothing is quite as sweet as the scent of a freshly bathed baby. Yet, you may have heard that some ingredients in personal care products may be anything but sweet. Because no pre-market government approval or testing is required of cosmetics (a broadly defined category including makeup, lotions, some soaps, shampoos and deodorants), virtually anything can be put into them. And, since manufacturers are not required to disclose the individual contents of every ingredient on product labels, it can be difficult for consumers to make informed choices. So just how worried should you be?

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Pool Safety for Kids

There are about 260 drowning deaths of children younger than 5 each year in swimming pools. About 77 percent of the victims had been missing for 5 minutes or less when they were found. Precious time is often wasted looking for missing children anywhere but in the pool. Since every second counts, always look for a missing child in the pool or spa first.

Parents may think that if their child falls in the water, they will hear lots of splashing and screaming, and that they will be able to come to the rescue. Many times, however, children slip under the water silently. Even people near or in the pool have reported hearing nothing out of the ordinary during drowning incidents.

Visit this link and get valuable information on pool safety for your kids.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Family game nights encourage generations to bond

Economic woes are challenging families like this to find inexpensive entertainment options. Others are looking to get away from electronic gizmos and reconnect. For many, an old-fashioned family game night is the answer.

A recent survey commissioned by Hasbro found that 48 percent of Americans believe game nights are the best type of family bonding. Games solidify relationships and create special memories, and are an ideal way to get different generations together.

Read the full article.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Solve Your Baby's Sleeping Setbacks

The sun rises and sets each day, winter invariably gives way to spring, and every April, Uncle Sam comes a-knockin'. Unfortunately, your child's sleep habits aren't likely to follow such a predictable pattern. One day your angel is dreaming through the night, then for the next two weeks she's bawling like crazy at 2 a.m.

There are dozens of reasons why sleep habits can veer from perfect to problematic. Find out more by clicking here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Summer safety: Don’t leave your child in a hot car

It may only take a few minutes to park your car and run into the supermarket to buy a gallon of milk. But the next time you park -- even if it’s for “just a minute,” don’t leave your child in the car. Sunlight and heat get trapped inside a parked car, and in direct sunlight on an 80-degree day with no ventilation, the temperature can rapidly reach up to 131 degrees, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). In just 10 minutes, a child’s body temperature can go as high as 106 degrees F, leading to damage to the brain and vital organs, heat stroke, dehydration, seizures, and death.

According to Consumer Report’s Safety blog, six children this year already have died in overheated cars. In one case, a child died after his father forgot he in the back seat and left him in the car all day. The temperature outside was only in the 60s, but reports say the air in the car topped 100 degrees.

Follow these Consumer Report important tips from the ACEP to keep your child safe.

Wes and Willy – Atterdag Kids

Wes and Willy makes boys clothing for kids 6 months to 14 years old. Their casual clothing is made from quality natural fabric, prewashed, and garment dyed. All which serves to create durable, comfortable boys wear in classic styles.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Internet Safety for Kids

MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter can help teens connect with friends — but can leave them vulnerable to bullying and worse, too. While it may be tempting to simply ban your child from using social-networking sites, a better strategy is to work with him to help him make smarter decisions online.

This article presents how to keep your kid safe online.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Camp Care Packages for Tweens and Teens

My son sent a single postcard home his first time at sleep-away camp."Send a juggling ball and fun toys," was just about all it said.

This year I pledge to send the best camp care package ever, including not one, but three juggling balls, which seems like the right number if you actually plan to juggle. But what else qualifies as a "fun toy" for a kid in middle school or high school?

Here are some ideas for what to send tweens, teens and teenage counselors at sleep-away camp.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

6 Fresh Prenatal Fitness Trends

When your mom was pregnant with you, chances are she wasn’t running, pedaling a stationary bike or doing ball squats. Back then, doctors worried that exercise might harm the growing baby and discouraged pregnant women from breaking a sweat.

But the medical establishment has done a 180. In a development that might surprise your mom’s OB-GYN, researchers are discovering that prenatal inactivity—not exercise—is what puts moms-to-be and their babies at risk.

Read the full article!

Friday, July 03, 2009

How to Protect Baby's Hearing

Just after birth, your baby's ears should be in almost perfect working order. But in some cases they're not, and that's why experts say we should listen up from the very beginning. If your baby has undiagnosed hearing loss, it can trip up his speech development and lead to later struggles in school if, for example, he can't hear a teacher's voice above the buzz of classroom activity.

In this article, learn more about spotting problems and helping your baby's hearing.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Tweens and Eating Issues

Eating disorders are dangerous at any age, but when one isn't recognized in a child, or when treatment comes too late, the effects can be catastrophic. Children have a lower percentage of body fat, which means they get much sicker much faster than adolescents and adults. And because their bodies and brains are still developing, the most severe cases can permanently affect their development -- limiting growth potential, damaging vital organs (particularly the heart, kidneys, and brain) -- even when the eating disorder is eventually successfully treated.

Read the full article.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bedrooms Built for Two

Whether you need to save space or just want to promote sibling bonding, shared bedrooms are sure to see lots of late-night giggle sessions, secret jokes -- okay -- even the occasional tiff. But, as Winnie the Pooh told Piglet, "It's so much friendlier with two."

This slideshow provides several ideas of how to set up Bedrooms Built for Two!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Kissy Kissy Ba Ba Sheep

Kissy Kissy Ba Ba Sheep collection has been posted and is available at Atterdag Kids website.

9 Sure-Fire Ways To Fight the Summer Reading Slump

Are you aware of that kids can lose an upward of three month's worth of reading progress during this summer break? The famous "summer reading slide" is well documented and shows that learning declines in all kids during these lazy, crazy days, but especially in reading. Kent State education professor, Timothy Rasinski , points out that this can mean a loss of one-and-a-half years of reading achievement through the sixth grade!

But don't despair. The reverse is also possible. Reading just a few books before school starts can save kids from the summer reading loss. Studies also show that parents play a crucial role particularly on their older kids' reading attitudes and behaviors, as well as helping to find the right book to capture their interest.

Read the full article.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Learning Letters, Numbers and Colors

Toddlers are eternally curious about the world around them -- wanting to touch, play with and ask questions about everything they see. How can parents to channel this boundless inquisitiveness into learning? Of course, toddlers don't need to be subjected to structured learning at such a young age. But with a little mindfulness, you can teach your youngster how to begin to recognize letters, numbers and colors in the course of everyday play.

Here, the parents of iVillage - the #1 gathering place for parents online - share their tips for teaching toddlers in a relaxed, fun way.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Your Complete Guide to Playdates

Kids like to hang out with their pals. Parents need a break. Hello, playdates! If things go well, they can be a blast for everyone. They're also one of the key ways your child learns how to get along with others.

This article presents tips for both hosts and guests, to get your protocol down pat.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Recession uproots families, takes toll on children

Like the Great Depression, this economic downturn is wrenching lives out of shape.

But unlike 90 years ago, hunger isn't the main problem, and neither is the kind of homelessness that sent thousands of middle-class Americans into tent cities during the Depression. This time the toll is far less obvious: children are grappling with more stress at home, and low-income families, already highly mobile, are being forced to pull up stakes and move more often.

Educators and demographers say frequent moves can lower school performance and increase chances that students will drop out of school. It also makes it more difficult to provide appropriate resources to children who have learning disabilities and behavioral issues.

Read the full article....

Monday, June 08, 2009

What to Eat for Your Growing Baby

The foods you eat during pregnancy can boost your baby's health and help keep you in tip-top shape through your delivery day. Read on about why these nine super-mama foods made our list (some may surprise you). Plus, learn easy ways to incorporate them into your diet -- we've got you covered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

When Grandparents Provide Childcare

Grandparents are more than just babysitters. They spend many hours with their grandchildren each week. They’ve gotten to know these children very well. And they have become guiding forces in their grandchildren’s lives. These grandparents aren’t technically raising their grandchildren, but they are doing important work. They are passing on family traditions, serving as trusted role models, and helping to nurture a whole generation of children.
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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Brilliant Decorating Tips on a Budget

We all love our kids, but who wants to spend a lot of money on decor that's going to get drooled on, chewed on, sneezed on, and who knows what else? Luckily Cookie Magazine's readers shared these genius tips for kid-friendly decorating on the cheap—or free!

Read on!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

New Blog Review of Atterdag Kids

My Moms View.com Review

New Lines by Kissy Kissy Premier at Atterdag Kids

Kissy Kissy Premier newest lines, Garden Butterflies are now available to preview or purchase at AtterdagKids.com. Kissy Kissy's lines are made with high quality, 100% Soft Pima Cotton, and each piece is comfortable, stylish and sure to please anyone who receives or wears them.Kissy Kissy Premier Garden Butterflies is 100% Pima Cotton.

Kissy Kissy Premier - Garden Butterflies

Kissy Kissy - Fall Gardener – at AtterdagKids

Kissy Kissy newest lines, Fall Gardener are now available to preview or purchase at AtterdagKids.com. The latest lines feature exciting and fun prints made from high quality 100% pima cotton.

Kissy Kissy - Fall Gardener

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pixie Lily Designer Clothing at Atterdag Kids

At Atterdag Kids we feature Designer Baby Clothes from the latest top designers like Pixie Lily. Pixie Lily provides the ultimate in high-end and luxury baby clothing. The heirloom quality layette line is a favorite of celebrities and babies alike. Classic Designs use the softest 100% Pima Cotton and are finished with signature hand-made details.
Baby Clothes

Am I Nuts? Understanding Your Pregnancy Emotions

Between soaring hormone levels and the enormous physical and emotional changes we go through when we're pregnant, it's no wonder that during pregnancy, we find ourselves sobbing, laughing, and forgetting our own name -- sometimes all within a few minutes.

In this article, find out more what to expect.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Developmental milestones for your toddler

A toddler's newly learned skills such as walking, running and climbing may make for a much more adventurous child. At the same time, your child's new awareness of the consequences of independence can result in bouts of separation anxiety.

During these months, developmental milestones vary widely. Unless your child lags in several areas or is more than a few months behind in any one area, there is little need for concern. Keep in mind that a child born prematurely may reach milestones slightly later than a child who was born full-term. By age two, both the premature child and the full-term child will even out developmentally. Beside several delayed milestone achievements, signs that a parent should be concerned might include a toddler who is often irritable, seldom smiles or makes few or no sounds.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Is sass from kids of all ages out of control?

I walked into the dining room one night and asked a cheery and simple question of my seemingly well-rested 9-year-old as she sat at the table.
"Whatcha reading?" "A book," she sneered, not bothering to look up.

While people who know me might not be all that surprised by my child's capacity for a little lip, my husband's sweeter nature usually prevails. But neither of us had anticipated a teenager-y sass factor so early.

Were we the only ones with a wonderful but sometimes sassy kid? When did it begin? And most importantly, how do we make it stop while navigating that space between developmentally natural and vein-popping, consequence-inducing out of line?

As I set out in search of its origins, I quickly realized that sass wasn't just our problem. It's all around us, in toddlers to teens. And it seems to be wrapped up in the debate on helicopter parenting, aka overparenting, and what appears to be an overindulgence of an entire generation.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Boys vs. Girls: Who's Harder to Raise

I often say that I spend more time and energy on my one boy than on my three girls. Other mothers of boys are quick to say the same. Not so fast, say moms of girls, who point out that they have to contend with fussier fashion sense, more prickly social navigations, and a far greater capacity to hold a grudge. And as a daughter grows, a parent's concerns range from body image to math bias.

Stereotyping, or large kernels of truth? Read on.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Gardening With Kids

For most budding imaginations, gardens are magical places. And if you keep yours simple and choose hardy, quick-growing varietals, it can become an airy classroom. Gardening teaches kids patience, as well as where fresh food comes from. Watching tiny radishes, a bright tangle of morning glories, or an oversize pumpkin grow from a handful of seeds is thrilling to even the most indoor-centered child. Most important, early enthusiasm for plants can translate to environmental stewardship in adulthood.
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Monday, May 11, 2009

Amazon Dream Baby Registry Sweepstakes

Enter to win a dream baby registry valued at over $3,000 in apparel, feeding, gear and nursery products from top-name baby brands like Britax, Fisher Price, Graco, Quinny, Maxi Cosi and Skip Hop, including a one year supply of Huggies Supreme diapers!

One Amazon Dream Registry Sweepstakes winner will be selected each month from May through December for up to eight chances to win.

It’s easy to participate - you simply need to create an Amazon Baby Registry and add 10 items to be automatically entered into the sweepstakes. The sooner your readers create their baby registries, the more chances to win! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Drawings monthly. Ends 12/31/09.

For more info or to participate, click here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Ten Smart Snacks for Moms and Kids

Making healthy snack choices for you and your kids can be the toughest food decisions you'll make all day. We asked Tanya Zuckerbrot, M.S., R.D., author of The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss and founder of the nutrition and lifestyle website SkinnyAndTheCity.com, for her favorite nutritious snacks.

Here, the mom of three shares 10 delicious recipes for fiber-and protein-rich snacks that will keep you and your little ones full without any of the junk

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Must-Read Tips for Your First Week with Baby

I'd done the necessary prep work for my baby's arrival. But all that stuff is fluff when it comes to making it through the maiden days of motherhood. That's when you need to master new skills that you can't prepare for or practice until your baby arrives, like breastfeeding, soothing a crying child, surviving on no sleep, and tackling other areas of uncharted territory. To help you ease into your first week, we've asked experts and moms who've been there how to handle the most common challenges.
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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Made for Moms

Calling all dads and kids! Mother’s Day is approaching. These fun and creative ideas from Parents.com are sure to please any mom who receives them.

View the ideas by clicking here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Baby Clothes – New Kissy Kissy Line at Atterdag Kids

Check out the most recent addition to our selection of high quality, trendy clothing for babies and children. Kissy Kissy Star Spangled Line of baby clothes. Check it out at www.atterdagkids.com

Kissy Kissy - Star Spangled Short Playsuit with Collar

Michelle Obama: Her First 100 Days as Mom-in-Chief

While President Obama reaches his historic milestone, Michelle celebrates her big day, too! From vegetable gardening to rubbing elbows with the Queen, the last few months have been a whirlwind of White House activities for the first lady.

Here’s a peek at a few of Mrs. O’s achievements.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Best Children's Audio-Books

Let's face it: You can't always find the time to read to your kids. So why not let Meryl Streep do it? Or Jeremy Irons? More and more children's titles are getting the audiobook treatment, providing perfectly edifying ways to pass time on car or plane trips (or even just while you clean out the basement). You can purchase this literary ear candy in the form of CD box sets or via download (many are available on iTunes, and nearly all can be found at Audible.com, a subscription service that allows one or two audiobook downloads per month with payment of a membership fee).

In this article, listed by age group, are 15 examples of excellence of execution in the audiobook medium.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Baby at the buzzer: Older couples race against their biological clocks to start families

Kim Harper started a career before starting a family. After graduating from Michigan State University in 1990, she traveled, earned a law degree and began working as an attorney. When Harper married in 2006, she and her husband, Jeff, hoped a baby would soon follow. A year passed; no baby.

Like many women who marry later in life, Harper didn't think much about her fertility until she'd reached the age at which many doctors warn that healthy pregnancies don't come easily.
In fact. the statistics might surprise some women.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

AtterdagKids.com Announces Brand New Kissy Kissy Lines Are Now Available For Preview and Purchase

AtterdagKids.com, an online retailer of high quality designer baby clothes and accessories, today announced that it has recently added the latest lines from leading children’s clothing designer Kissy Kissy to its web site. The new lines, Hot Air Ballons, Dolphins, Le Papillion and Organic Flower are immediately available to preview or purchase at AtterdagKids.com.

Alll of Kissy Kissy’s lines are perfect to stylishly outfit your favorite child, and the adorable, soft prints are perfect for the summer season. Kissy Kissy’s lines are made with high quality, 100% Soft Pima Cotton, and each piece is comfortable, stylish and sure to please anyone who receives or wears them.

Click here to view the latest lines!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Recreate Celebrity Mom Style

Love them or hate them, celebs know how to dress. This article presents easy -- and affordable -- tips from top stylists and you, too, will be ready for the camera.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Why Being Less Protective Is Better for Your Kids

What mom doesn't recognize this impulse to swoop in and make it all better? There are so many things that people forget to tell you about being a mother, and this is one of them: When our children suffer, so do we. And we suffer on a variety of levels. We remember our own bruised knees and skinned heart, and want to spare our children the same pain. And while part of us knows that sometimes, being a good mother means allowing them to fall off their bikes and to make friends with children who we suspect in our hearts will hurt them one day, the protective Mama Bear in us objects. And so we struggle within ourselves: Do we barge in and save our kids, or do we stand back and allow them to experience life's hard knocks?
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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Stay-at-home moms find job-hunting a challenge

Many mothers who planned to stay home to raise children say the recession has pushed them to work — or hunt for work — much sooner than expected.

At playgroups, employment firms, nanny agencies, therapists' offices and online discussion forums, married women are saying a husband's layoff, fear of downsizing or tighter household budgets have forced them to update resumes they thought they had put to rest until their kids went to school.

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Sibling Squabbles and Fighting

Experts agree that constant feuding won't affect the relationship children have with each other when they grow up. Siblings fight because they're hungry, tired, bored, or they want Mom and Dad's attention. Sometimes they squabble because they're simply sick of spending so much time together.

This article provides advice on keeping mundane conflicts from escalating into nasty free-for-alls.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Go Green to Save Green

Don't believe the frog--it is easy being green, and you don't have to spend a small fortune to do it. We've got everything you need to be both eco- and wallet-friendly, and at minimal cost to you--in some cases, even free!

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Rumbly in the Tummy: How to Treat Stomach-Related Illnesses

This article presents baby's most common tummy-related problems, what they mean, and how to make them go away.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Should Babies Eat Fish?

Over the years, the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, essential nutrients found in seafood have been touted. Study after study have been proving their contribution to infant brain development and more. One pediatrician began "prescribing" omega-3's to my patients in 2000 by encouraging their parents to offer them more fish. Since then, he has only grown more convinced that omega-3's are the head-to-toe nutrient because they're good for nearly every organ of a child's body, from the brain to the skin. Most parents, however, are unsure about feeding their babies fish, which is the richest source of DHA, the healthiest type of omega-3 fatty acid for infants.

Here's why -- and how -- to "go fish," for both your baby and you!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

16 Perfect Baby Thank-You Notes

One more perk of having a baby? Those incredibly generous gifts. But you know the rules: Once you unwrap that sweet receiving blanket, it's time to pen the proper thank you. And this is one instance when an e-mail won't do.

This article presents 16 of the most perfect thank-you cards, each one reflecting your fun, fashionable aesthetic. After all, they may be for baby gifts, but let's be honest -- these notes are really from you.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

New Kissy Kissy Lines Now Available at Atterdag Kids

Now Available! New Kissy Kissy lines that have been added are "Lets Go Fishing", and "Ocean Pals". Links below.

Ocean Pals

Lets Go Fishing

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New job for laid-off moms: stay-at-home motherhood

Many laid-off women are involuntarily experiencing the life of a stay-at-home mom, and they are getting to know a lot more about the details of their children's daily existence. They are also discovering some of the things they have been missing. Though the mass layoffs of this recession have so far affected mostly men, more than 800,000 women have lost their jobs since the end of 2007. For the mothers among them, it means that, suddenly, Mommy's home, often for the first time in many years.

For many of these women, unemployment has no doubt been terrifying. But for some -- particularly those who have the financial resources to ride out the storm -- it has been a precious opportunity to get to know their children a little better.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Beautiful Baby Search 2009- The Results Are In!

The winner of the 2009 Beautiful Baby search, sponsored by Parenting Magazine and Live with Regis and Kelly, has been announced! View the winner, semi finalists and the beautiful baby gallery by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

14 Things to Do Before Baby Arrives

Women like control. We try to conceive based on our age, our work schedule, or the seasons. But as you've figured out, your baby-to-be doesn't care about your schedule.

However, there's a lot to do before giving birth. This article presents how to pace yourself and prepare for baby.

Monday, March 09, 2009

How to Make Nutritious Family Dinners

Back-to-school time means a fresh start for your kids -- and a fresh start for you. By now, you've probably got an idea of how to get dinner on the table for the family, but are you serving healthy, nutritious meals? It's time to rethink what you're feeding your kids to make sure they're getting all the nutrients they need, and not loading up on too much fat and calories.

iVillage spoke to Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom, the Today show's diet and nutrition editor, and picked up these simple guidelines -- they're easier than you think.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Top Parenting Trends of 2009

2009 has arrived, and for most of us, it is moving along at a fast clip. So what are the trends top parenting trends emerging this year?

From elephants in nurseries to the Obama girls, Parents Magazine presents what people will be buzzing about in the year ahead.

Monday, March 02, 2009

How to Track Your Family's Health Records

You record all of your child's major (and minor) milestones on video, film, e-mail, and photo albums. But how should you keep track of their health care?

In an increasingly wired world, you might be shocked to learn that your doctor likely maintains your family's vital medical information on ... paper. What gives? This article gives you the lowdown on what you need to know about maintaining your family's health records online.

Friday, February 27, 2009

3 Reasons Moms Are Addicted to the Internet

I was scrolling through family photos on my computer, admiring my two beautiful babies, when I spotted a disturbing trend: My laptop was open in almost all of the pictures. There's my daughter, at 8 months, playing at my feet while I typed away on the couch. There's me and my son, a year later, with the laptop at my side as I held him in my arms.

Seeking information, community, and escape, new moms like myself are spending more and more time on the web. But how much is too much?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Celebrity Moms Who Adopted

Serial adopter Angelina Jolie may get most of the press, but she's far from being the only celeb to become a mama through adoption. A slew of stars we love have done the same.

Check out these 10 fabulous and famous actors and musicians chose to adopt and read their stories.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Is It Okay to Snoop on Your Kids?

You have to know where your kids are, what they're up to, and who they're with. But tweens and teens also have a right to privacy. How can you keep close track of their lives without violating their trust?

Find out more...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

7 Secrets of Highly Happy Families

Scientific studies show that a happy family has positive effects on health, improving blood pressure and increasing life expectancy. And the activities you share, no matter how frivolous they may seem, can actually be extremely meaningful in the long run. According to a recent Gallup Poll, 96 percent of Americans rank family as the most important thing in their lives. Building the bonds that make families strong starts with the simplest, and sometimes the silliest, of habits and rituals.
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

529's: Investing in your Baby’s Future

The older the parent, the tougher choices one has to make when it comes to saving for college. Which is more pressing, retirement or higher education? And when you do contribute to college funds, the pressure seems greater to make the right decisions.

Once a parent decides to start saving for college, scores of accountants and financial planners champions 529 plans -- state-sponsored educational savings funds that offer tax breaks. First introduced in 1997, there are now 85 plans available. And while there are other college investment programs, 529 savings plans stand out in a variety of ways.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Opinions on the Octuplets: Our Users Speak Out

When a California woman gave birth to the world’s first set of surviving octuplets, the world reacted first with joy and then with outrage. iVillage users had plenty to say about the new mom, her family and the circumstances surrounding the extraordinary pregnancy.

Here are some of their thoughts.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Baby Health Information: The Vaccination Debate

Established medical opinion maintains that the benefits of vaccinations outweigh the risks. A growing number of parents disagree, citing possible links between vaccines and autism, brain damage and even death.

Here, an introduction to a debate that gets stickier every day.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

How to Talk to Your Kids About Layoffs

Keeping kids in the dark about something so serious as a job layoff is a huge mistake. First, children come equipped with built-in radar and notice those hushed conversations and pick up on your tension. They may even feel they somehow caused your stress. And hearing such an immensely personal family problem from anyone other than you is plain unfair and could well break down the trust between you and your child. Believe me, your children are far better off hearing this news straight from your mouth. Regardless of how difficult this is, the truth must be told.
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Monday, February 02, 2009

Great books for toddlers on the move

If you think about it, until a child learns to walk, life has a different meaning. Before walking, the child is wholly dependent on a parent for everything. Once a toddler is able to maneuver without anyone's help, it makes sense that the child will identify with and view other moving things with great fascination, especially if they make a loud and interesting noise.

In that spirit, this article’s reviewed books are for all the toddlers who love things that move. There will be a natural gravitation and interest in books that carry this theme.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Work & Family: How to Argue Less About Money

The struggle to find common financial ground between spouses is far from unique -- arguing over money is the number one cause of divorce. The arguing can also get worse after children arrive. However, being stuck in a money-fighting rut doesn't doom you forever. In fact, the path to peace is probably a lot easier than you think. Ready to get started?

Friday, January 30, 2009

New Kissy Kissy Lines Posted at Atterdag Kids

Now Available! New Kissy Kissy lines that have been added are "Anchors Away", "Cottage Rose",  “Purple Rose”, and  "Mini Floral ". Pictures below are previews of lines.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A guide to naming your baby

There's no way around it --- every baby needs a name! It isn't always an easy decision – everyone has input on the names you choose. This article presents 12 real-mom tips to make the process a fun and easy one.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Tooth Fairies: Tooth-Care Tips for Kids

While it may never be a blast for kids to brush their teeth, it doesn't have to be eat-your-brussels-sprouts awful, either. When they're infants, of course, you're steering the cavity-prevention ship, and "fun" isn't necessarily on the itinerary. As they get a little older and you want them to start learning good dental habits, things get trickier. But if you equip yourself with the latest gadgets, some yummy tooth goo, and a few classic motivational tricks, you can keep your children intrigued just long enough for them to shift into autopilot.
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Growing Up in the White House

While the new First Family is marching in the inaugural parade—carpenters, decorators, and movers, will be hard at work boxing up the Bushes and transforming the East Wing into the new Obama family home. What will life in the White House be like for Malia and Sasha?

A glimpse at the lives of other president's kids gives a sneak peek at what lies ahead.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Top Parenting Trends of 2009

For many of us, it is hard to believe that 2009 is upon us. But a new year brings new trends!

From elephants in nurseries to the Obama girls, find out about what people will be buzzing about in the year ahead.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Beautiful Baby Search

Live with Regis and Kelly is partnering with Gerber in a search for Beautiful Babies! Enter and your baby has the chance to appear on the cover of Parenting Early Years win $125,000 towards a college scholarship.

An additional $100,000 will be divided amongst 4 runners-up, to be used toward a college education. And, all 10 of semi-finalists will be awarded a year's supply of Gerber products customized for their child using the Start Healthy Stay Healthy nutrition plan, which helps provide nutrition guidance from birth to preschool.

All submissions must be received by 5pm ET on February 13th, 2009

Enter here!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Top 10 Kids' Health Issues to Watch

As 2008 comes to a close, Akron, Ohio, Children's Hospital has compiled "10 Kids' Health Issues to Watch" in 2009. This year's list includes both mental and physical health issues. However, one common thread factors into many of these issues and so became the country's focus of attention: the economy. The financial crunch, here and around the world, will undoubtedly affect the physical and mental health of parents and kids throughout 2009 - and beyond.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Will You Be a Good Mother?

Will I make a good mom? The question crosses many a woman's mind at some point in her life. Goodness knows, there are enough reasons for trepidation. Loss of control. Fear of sacrificing your own ambitions for your child. Fear of turning into your mother. Worries about how your relationship will change. Fear of realizing, too late, that you just aren't the type to be called "Mama."

It's easy for your imagination to run amok. You can't peek into a crystal ball to see whether you're cut out for the job. Your life, however, is rife with clues. Here, how to read them --whether you've just given birth or are waiting for your first baby.

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Tackle the Family Budget

The days of obsessively checking your tech stocks have likely given way to the somewhat more pressing need of getting through the day with the baby. Until you are able to emerge from the fog, make sure you're taking care of these bare-minimum money-saving strategies and getting any outside help you need.
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