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.

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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.

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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.