Sunday, August 29, 2010

8 Signs of a Healthy Baby

Even if you fear you don't know the first thing about newborns, after a few weeks with your own little darling, you start to hear a difference between his hungry and tired cries. You know how he prefers to be rocked and burped. You grow more confident about your parenting skills. If it weren't for the exhaustion and the hormonal overload, you'd feel like you have everything under control. But all it takes is a small, paranoid though -- is my baby eating enough? Is all this crying unusual? -- and you can easily fall into a spiral of anxious concern..

So you search around online and read the comforting, vague phrases: "Healthy babies exhibit a wide range of behaviors, appearances, and temperaments." Question is, how do you know that your baby is happy and developing normally? To help reassure you, we've assembled a list of indicators to watch for that prove an infant is doing just fine.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kissy Kissy Hello Pumpkin Line: Just in Time for Halloween!

This adorable line from children's clothing designer Kissy Kissy is perfect for the Fall season and Halloween. Made with 100% pima cotton, the print features bears, pumpkins, candy corn and cute phrases.

Check out the Kissy Kissy Hello Pumpkin line at

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tough Enough? How parents can help their kids handle criticism

Wise parents help their children -- not with false soothing, distractions or praise -- but with probing observations. For instance, you might say, "I noticed yesterday that Sally didn't want to play with you. Do you have any ideas of why that might be?" With some guidance, the child might respond, "It could be that Sally is having a bad day. Or it could be because I didn’t share."

Learning to accept criticism and evaluate one’s behavior empowers a child for life. Read the full article here.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The first day: Kindergarten, high school and college are big transitions -- how you can help them prepare

No other milestone provides a snapshot of a child's life like the first day of school. It's a tangible reflection of the child moving away from the parent and into the adult he or she will become. Unlike graduation, where success is celebrated and emotions are welcomed, starting a new school requires a tougher face.

Before the little fish can swim in the big pond, there is work to be done and decisions to be made: what to bring to school, how to get there and who will become a friend. Yet there are ways to prepare the child, whether they are anxious, confident or a mixture of the two.

Read the full article.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cach Cach Tweetie Blanket

Founded in 1984 cachcach began with the unique concept of the “Pocket Buddy.” Each child’s garment came with a stuffed toy attached to the garment by a string and stowed in the pocket. Since the 80s the brightly colored character-themed prints with the matching pocket buddy has evolved to meet the fashion trends of the new decades. But to this day, cachcach is still remembered for its pocket buddies and animal motifs. Today’s cachcach is known best for its use of rich fabrics, textures that are visibly soft to the touch, charming dimensional motifs, and of course, whimsical animal characters.

Check out the Tweetie Blanket from Cach Cach at Made In USA.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Vaccines: Fact and Fiction

Most moms don't have to look far beyond their circle of friends to find a family with serious concerns about vaccines. It's not difficult to understand why. For one, it can be torture to watch your child get jabbed repeatedly with a needle. Combine that discomfort with a steady stream of negative publicity -- celebrity diatribes, alarmist news and Internet reports, ripped-from-the-headline TV shows -- and the wariness seems warranted.

Yet underneath all the debate and impossibly good intentions (after all, everyone hopes to be doing the best for their child no matter how or whether they immunize), there are some solid facts about the benefits of shots that cannot be ignored.

Read the full article.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Wes & Willy Flying 89er 100% Cotton Short Sleeve Tee

Just in time for back to school, your boy will look great in the Flying 89er shirt from Wes & Willy.

With families in mind, Wes & Willy creates durable classic clothing with a casual lived-in feel. Rugged enough for those keep-away games at recess, but comfortable enough for a brother to sit through his sister's dance recital. Clothing that kids will want to wear all day.

Check out this and more from Wes & Willy at

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Baby names with some bite

You can watch the "Twilight" movies and read the books, but why stop there? Thousands of Americans are giving their babies "Twilight"-related names.

Bella, the name of the love-struck heroine of Stephenie Meyer's vampire novels, hadn't quite cracked the Social Security Administration's list of the top 200 girls' names in America when the first "Twilight" book was published in 2005. Today, it's at No. 58, higher than Miley, Kingston or Maddox. Cullen, the last name of Bella's vampire beau, Edward, is in the top 500 boys' names for the first time in more than a century.

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Five Ways to Introduce Siblings

One of the most amazing parts of motherhood is watching relationships blossom between your children. Siblings share a special bond unlike any other so it's essential to emphasize that from the get-go. If you're expecting another lil one, consider a creative way to introduce your child to the family's newest addition.

Check out this slideshow for a couple of tried and true ideas.