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!