Monday, June 27, 2011

10 Kid and Toddler Superfoods

It's a fact of life: Chips, cupcakes, and lots of other not-so-nutritionally-noble foods are going to find their way into your child's mouth. Heck, if left to their own devices, a lot of kids wouldn't eat anything that didn't come out of a pizza or pasta box. But that's all the more reason to make sure the meals you serve up are packed with as much good stuff as possible.

Serve up these colorful, tasty, nutrient-packed superfoods, like blueberries, cocoa, cinnamon, and more healthy foods for kids. Plus, get healthy eating tips, exercise ideas, and more ways to shape up with Parenting’s Fit Generation 2011!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

10 Pregnancy Myths

We all know them: Women who sail through their nine months loving every minute, full of the promise of the new life they carry within.

What's with the rest of us? It turns out that a host of factors - biological, psychological, and social - can trip up women on their way to delivery day.

Minefields can range from the stresses of work, to the monumental things happening to your body, to the worry over the life changes that come with bringing a child into the world.

Monday, June 20, 2011

New from Magnolia Baby - The Payton & Penny Collections

Magnolia Baby specializes in Layette and Occasion wear. The designs are subtle and sophisticated, with no detail overlooked. Made with the highest grade pima cotton and the most delicate of hand embroideries. Featured here are a few of the latest lines from Magnolia Baby the Payton & Penny Collections.

Friday, June 17, 2011

10 Best Towns for Families

When Americans choose an area to live in, most of us yearn for the same things: fewer crowds; less concrete and hassles; more serenity, nature, and neighbors we can count on. That's why Family Circle singled out these small cities, where living costs, commute times, and crime rates are low, and the educational and cultural scenes are way above average. In all of them, moms and dads are stepping up to help their children thrive; they volunteer in schools, coach sports teams, and keep bike trails clean. As the people in these top towns will tell you, life is good. And if your community isn't among the winners, read on to learn ways you can make it warmer and friendlier.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Truth About Labor Pain

It may seem surprising that labor pain varies dramatically from woman to woman, and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. Until you go through childbirth, you won’t know where on the spectrum you’ll fall. In this article, experts in the field as well as other labor veterans talk about the pain from both the professional and personal points of view.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Now Available at The Pink Juicy Scooter from Juicy Couture

This Juicy Couture Pink Scooter is a sure way to keep your child active and stylish this summer.

You won't find a better way to scoot around town! This exclusive two-wheel scooter features rubberized grip handles with streamers at sides, pink easy pivot wheels, Juicy Couture base and collapsible bar for easy storage and portability. Age range 8 - 12. Board measurement: 24"L x 4"W.

Check out the scooter and the other Juicy items carries today.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Mad-Mommy Makeover

Hell hath no fury like an overtired, overstressed, overworked mom. Hard as it is to admit, we’re perfectly capable of freaking out and screaming at our kids—then beating ourselves up for it afterward. A full 93 percent of moms with 4-year-olds yell at their little ones at least once or twice a week, according to University of Texas research. In another survey, two thirds of moms say yelling is a primary guilt inducer.

If you find yourself snapping at your kids during breakfast, fuming in the car after work or losing it during the dinner-and-homework scramble, it’s time for a mad-mommy makeover.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

25 Secrets of Happy Moms

Before you have a baby, it's impossible to imagine the highs you'll feel -- what can match seeing that big, toothless grin or watching him take those first wobbly steps? But it's just as hard to conceive of how stressful raising kids can be -- the worry, the fatigue, and the occasional pang over your lost freedom. The truth is, staying in good spirits with a little one at home can take some effort. But it's well worth it: Your happiness is not only vital for your own body and soul, but for your baby's too.

So how do you find your bliss amid diapers and dirty dishes? First, try to recognize the humor in the ridiculousness. Research shows that laughter can relieve stress by "resetting" your nervous systems. And employ a few (or all!) of these proven pick-me-ups to stay on the sunny side of mommyhood.

Monday, May 30, 2011

New Kissy Kissy Aviators Collection Now Available at

Perfect for the little pilot in your life! The new Aviators line from Kissy Kissy features different types of planes, helicopters, stars, clouds and more. Made with the softest 100% Pima Cotton, Kissy Kissy Baby Clothes are the sweetest basics around. is proud to offer the largest selection of Kissy Kissy Basic and Premier lines. Check out the aviator collection today.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Your kid swallowed what? How to remove stuck objects

Grapefruit seeds, pins, Lego ninjas, plastic beads and button batteries: There's no end to what a curious child will jam into an orifice in the name of scientific experimentation.

Button batteries which rapidly corrode and leach chemicals, can be serious. Other objects, like the 40-centimeter long piece of dental floss swallowed by a toddler, resolve naturally.

This article presents what to look for and whether to panic, should you discover a foreign object lodged in your child.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The End-of-the-School-Year Gift: What to Get Your Kid's Teacher?

School is nearly out -- and the annual hunt for the perfect end-of-year teacher gift is on. What do you get that won't collect dust, garner a (private) yawn, or duplicate what every other mom buys?

This article presents iVillage's unofficial guide to teacher-gift giving.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

7 Picky Eater Solutions

Nearly two thirds of parents describe at least one problem with their child's eating, according to a study in Contemporary Pediatrics. Although pickiness is normal and tends to lessen with age, you probably still feel you should do something if your child is living on frozen waffles. Know what you can do? Relax. There are no significant differences in overall nutrient intake between picky eaters and other kids, another study in the same journal found. And most likely, your child's diet seems worse than it is. See why in this article, and get plenty of tips on handling all kinds of fusspots -- even yours.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Perfect for Summer - New Swimsuits from Kate Mack!

With sparkly embellishments and tons of pizzazz, the swimsuits, coordinating cover-ups and flip flops have left both retailers and the public wanting more. Nowhere else in the market place can little girls find such princess-worthy swimsuits. Featured here is the Poolside Princess Halter Dress.

View the latest from Kate Mack at!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Planning Tips: First Day Back at Work

Working moms go through a lot of firsts: first job, first promotion, first baby—and, of course, all of our kids’ firsts (you get the picture). Some are exhilarating, some exhausting, some painful, some proud. But the first that’s hard to beat for sheer emotional anxiety is the new mom’s first day back on the job after that tender time of bonding with her child.

It ain’t easy, as they say, but these tips can make your first day back feel a whole lot better.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

10 Nursery Decor Trends We Love

Of all the prepping that needs to be done for baby’s arrival, planning the nursery is definitely one of the most fun. You may be waddling around like a duck towards the end, but you’ve got a mission -- you must find the right crib skirt! We talked to our favorite interior designers to inspire you with the biggest trends in nursery design. You and baby deserve a beautiful and comfy space; you’ll both be spending a lot of time in it!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Now Available: Kissy Kissy Beach Blanket Ducky Collection!

This new collection from Kissy Kissy is just in time for summer. The print features adorable ducks at the beach, beach balls, buckets filled with sand and more! Made with 100% pima cotton.

Check out the Kissy Kissy Beach Blanket Ducky Collection, and all of Kissy Kissy's other collections, at

Saturday, April 30, 2011

How to Save for Baby's Future

With the economy still sluggish and your baby expenses mounting, you're probably too concerned with paying for diapers to think about paying for college. But your bambino will be dwelling in a dorm sooner than you expect. Plus, financial experts predict that school will only get more expensive; by the time today's newborns are packing up their extra-long twin sheets in 2028, four years at a private university will cost almost $350,000, and state schools could set you back as much as $116,000.

Don't panic: You don't need to have all that dough in the bank to make your kid's college dreams come true. Read the full article.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Get Ready For Summer With Swimsuits from Juicy Couture!

Now available at, the latest collections of swimsuits from Juicy Couture. These are a great way to start summer out right! View the collection today. also carries accessories, jewelry, handbags, shoes, baby clothing and clothes for girls ages 2 - 14 from the Juicy Couture collection. Be sure to check them out today!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

'Greening' Your Baby From Head to Toe

From organic food to eco-friendly fashion and hybrid cars, more and more people, including new parents, are "going green" these days. But, with so much information out there, the lifestyle change can often be overwhelming.

Get tips and helpful hints on how to "green" your baby's food, nursery, clothes and more!

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Truth about Boys and Girls

Recent brain research seems to explain why “boys will be boys” and “girls will be girls.” Does this mean our kids are destined to play out gender roles, or do we ultimately have influence over their choices of toys, clothes and activities?

Here’s the latest thinking, so you can decide on the best way to raise your child.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Now Available at - Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpacks

More than three little words, Petunia Pickle Bottom is a lifestyle -- a different way of looking at the world. And perhaps nowhere else is that difference more distinct, unique or decidedly fashionable than in the Petunia products themselves. A perennial exhibit of bold lines, daring colors and darling designer details, Petunia Pickle Bottom was created for the steadfast sophisticate inside every woman.

Featured here is the Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack in Brilliant Brussels. View all the Petunia Pickle Bottom collection by clicking here.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

14 Fun, Easy (and Cheap!) Easter Crafts for Kids

Time to bust out those paintbrushes, glitter and hard-boiled eggs: It’s Easter! From cute chickies made from left-over baby socks to origami-inspired eggs and more, this article rounds up a bunch of easy-peasy Easter crafts from our favorite crafty mommy bloggers.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

2011 Parents Magazine Cover Contest

Here's your chance to get your little one on the cover of Parents magazine! Upload photos of your child by June 25, 2011. 10 winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to be photographed for an upcoming issue of Parents magazine! One child will appear on the cover. To enter, your child must be between 3 months and 6 years of age.

Don't forget to vote for your favorite entries! Each weekly winner will receive $250.

Find out more by clicking here.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Just in Time for Easter - The Bunnies By The Bay Collection!

Celebrate Easter right with an adorable outfit from the Bunnies by the Bay Collection! This line also features cute stuffed rabbits that would make a great gift.

With engaging art and playful wit, Bunnies By The Bay offers detailed designs and lush materials in timeless products that promise parents and grandparents a cherished heirloom in the years to come.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Working Mom Balancing Act

Mention "work-family balance" to a roomful of working women who have children, and the response you'll probably get is semi-hysterical laughter...followed by tired sighs. It's no small feat to carve out a life that balances all of your many needs and responsibilities yet doesn't make you feel like you've turned into a mouse endlessly running on a wheel.

Here, 11 strategies that can help you get there.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Must-Have All-Natural Baby Products

These days, everyone is eager to use all-natural products—those items that we can depend on to be healthy, organic, and eco-friendly. This is especially true when it comes to our children. Set aside your concerns, because Fit Pregnancy’s Melissa Foss put together a list for the TODAY show of some of her favorite natural products so that you know exactly what to look for when shopping for your baby.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Now Available at - Kissy Kissy Darling Daisies Collection

New from Kissy Kissy, this new collection features a beautiful pink color with a subtle print featuring daisies. Made with 100% soft Pima cotton.

Friday, March 18, 2011

10 (surprising!) Prenatal Power Foods

As you know, folate, fiber and iron are essential nutrients for you and your growing baby. What you may not know is that you can get all three by eating chives. Or, how about adding figs to your diet to boost your calcium intake? From The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Pregnancy, here are 10 unexpected (and delicious!) foods that will provide the nutrition you need during pregnancy.

Monday, March 14, 2011

7 Pregnancy Superstitions

As I sat nervously in a clinic, waiting to undergo a round of genetic testing early in my pregnancy, my husband slipped out to a nearby 7-Eleven to get me something to drink. He also picked up a 99-cent ring from a basket by the cash register. The sign promised they were "lucky." When the test results were good, I vowed to wear the ring until my son was born. And I did, even as my poor finger swelled around it.

We tend to look for things to believe in during periods of high uncertainty and when the outcome is of huge importance," explains Erika Brady, Ph.D., a professor of folk studies at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green. And for all of the medical advancements women enjoy today, having a baby still comes with no guarantees.

In this article, readers share the traditions they abided by (or in some cases, rejected) while expecting.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Forever baby: You've got 12 months to capture the beauty of your child's infancy

We're not saying babies stuffed into green stockings and made to look like sprouting little pea pods don't make for adorable photographs. We're just saying the pea suits are a little superfluous.

If you want to capture babies in all of their doughy, moody, one-of-a-kind glory, props and costumes often matter less than simple nuts and bolts: lighting, proximity, facial expressions. We checked in with some folks who photograph babies for a living for tips on creating timeless images of your child before that first birthday - and the ability to walk - alter the landscape forever.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Now Available at - Margery Ellen Baby Collection

The Margery Ellen Baby Collection is made in Peru from the finest 100% Pima Cotton. This fun collection would look great on your little one or make a great gift.

View the full collection today!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Prenatal Testing

Prenatal testing can be a multi-edged sword. Usually, test results are reassuring, which puts expectant parents’ minds at ease. But some people argue that because birth defects are rare, these tests in most cases cause undue stress; others argue that they allow people to create “designer” children. Then there are the parents who discover very real, sometimes dire, problems with their babies and face the decision of whether to keep or terminate a pregnancy. Testing is a difficult and confusing issue, and what’s right for one family may be entirely wrong for another.

Monday, February 28, 2011

New From Kissy Kissy - Petal Power Collection

This beautiful new collection from Kissy Kissy will look great on your little one. Made with 100% soft Pima cotton, this print features a variety of colorful flowers that are perfect for Spring! features the largest selection of Kissy Kissy Basic and Premier lines available. Check out the Petal Power collection today.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Surviving the sleepover: How to keep your child’s slumber party from becoming a nightmare

Slumber parties have never been for the faint of heart, but a slumber party in the age of texting and tweeting is a veritable contact sport. Which isn’t to say they should be avoided altogether. But if you want to escape emotional bloodshed, you’ll approach them with equal parts caution and strategy.

We turned to some experts for advice on surviving a sleepover, whether you’re the host parent or the one sending your child into the ring.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

How to Keep Baby Healthy This Winter

The common cold might be an inconvenience for you, but for your baby, it’s a big deal. (Have you ever tried to breathe and suck down milk while your nose was all stuffed up?) Unfortunately, babies are more susceptible than adults to just about every common winter illness, from colds to stomach bugs – and a virus that causes minor symptoms in adults could land your baby in the hospital.

Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to keep your baby healthy throughout the colder months.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Now Available at - RabbitMoon Children's Clothes

Rabbitmoon’s folklore-inspired children's wear integrates comfort and ease with a perfect yet simple blend of innovation and style. Each rabbitmoon item is made from the finest soft cotton fabrics so that every piece meets the strictest demands for quality, comfort and durability.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Teaching Manners for Spoiled Children

You've just showered your children with holiday gifts, and now (surprise!) they're feeling entitled. It's time to reprogram your little gimme-gimmes.

Deal with these three less-than-angelic incarnations of your kid with advice from Dana Dorfman, Ph.D., a New York City-based child psychotherapist and mother of two.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Teen crisis: Should they friend parents on Facebook?

As the world's biggest social-networking site continues to grow, parents are joining — and invariably asking the kids to include them in their circle of online friends.

Many young people are horrified at the idea of parents seeing their posts — which may include racy photos or talk about who they're dating.

Parents may think it's a harmless way to keep up with what their children are up to. After all, child-safety advocates advise parents to keep tabs of their children's online activity. But teens are likely to view their parent's Facebook friending request as unnecessary prying into their personal lives.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Now Available at - Patagonia Kids

Patagonia is first and foremost a maker of environmentally conscious, high-performance outdoor apparel, and kids are no exception. They offer a full line-up of hats, jackets, shirts, socks, undies, pants, gloves and other goodies for toddlers, tykes, and pre-teens.

Check out the Patagonia Kids line today!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Baby Milestones: Why Baby Won't Stop Crying

So long, quiet, dreamy newborn; hello, certified screamer? If your baby has begun shrieking endlessly, his face turning purple in frustration, console yourself with this fact: A series of Canadian studies have shown that sometime in the first five months, all newborns experience unsoothable crying jags, some of which can last two hours. Overall, they may cry as much as five hours a day.

Read on to get past this frustrating stage of endless shrieking.

Monday, January 31, 2011

How to Teach Your Kid Anything

Parents are many things: Providers. Protectors. Boosters. Butlers. And, above all, teachers. If we can't instill a basic (and long) list of life skills in our children, we'll unleash substandard human beings on society. And that should be a felony.

We asked child-development experts across the country for strategies to break through the disinterest and resistance that usually stymie your efforts. Along the way, you'll cultivate a stronger, more satisfying relationship with your kids, which means they'll be more receptive to all the other wisdom you'll want to impart later in life.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sure Shots: Your 18-Month Vaccine Timeline

When it comes to their tiniest patients, docs sure know how to stick it to 'em. Nearly every checkup during your baby's first two years ends with at least one shot, and at some visits, she may need to have as many as five injections. Seeing your little one cry out in pain can be torturous. So who can blame you for wondering: Is it really necessary -- or even safe -- for your infant to receive so many vaccines?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Kissy Kissy Honey Bear Line Now Available at

The new Kissy Kissy Honey Bear Line features and adorable bear trying to catch honey bees with a net. The pattern also features bee hives, honey jars, and more. Kissy Kissy features 100% soft Pima cotton - you can't get any softer! carries the largest selection of Kissy Kissy available. Check out all the lines today!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Proven Ways to Help Baby Sleep Through the Night

“Is your baby sleeping through the night yet?” may be the most annoying question for a new mom. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 70 to 80 percent of infants sleep through the night by nine months of age -- but that statistic provides little comfort when you’re up at 2 a.m. (again!) desperately rocking the baby. Besides, who wants to wait a full nine months to get a full night of sleep?

Here are some tried-and-true tips to help your baby settle in for the night so you can both get the sleep you so desperately need!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Most Controversial Parenting Stories of 2010

From Katy Perry's sexy Sesame Street appearance to major baby product recalls and cyber bullying cases, this article presents the controversial parenting stories that got readers at talking.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

14 Surprising Myths About Parenthood

Kids are undersize adults who are perfectly capable of holding down a job. Children should be seen and not heard. That's probably what you would have believed if you'd raised a family 100 years ago. Today, of course, you know such ideas are utter nonsense. So why are you still convinced that sugar makes your preschooler bounce off the walls? Or that bribing your child makes you a bad parent? Because you're no more immune than your Victorian ancestors were to conventional wisdom that's tossed at you by friends, family, and the media. To help you sort facts from fiction, we've taken a look at some myths that circulate widely among today's parents.

Monday, January 10, 2011

New from Magnolia Baby - the Monkey Business Collection!

You will go bananas over the new Monkey Business Collection from Magnolia Baby, which is now available at

Magnolia Baby specializes in Layette and Occasion wear. The designs are subtle and sophisticated, with no detail overlooked. Made with the highest grade pima cotton and the most delicate of hand embroideries.

To view all of the Magnolia Baby Collections, click here.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Study: Whether mom works or not, the kids are OK

Parents who worry they are forever damaging their children by dropping them off at day-care every morning can find some comfort in a recent study that looked at academic achievement and behavioral issues of children whose mothers work outside the home versus those with moms who stay home.

An analysis of 50 years of research found that kids of working mothers don't turn out to be much different than those with stay-at-home moms, at least when it comes to academic achievement and behavior issues.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

For Hire: Baby Dream Team

New moms can use all the help they can get—and sometimes they are willing to pay for it. From planning for a new baby in the house to mom’s medical needs, skilled practitioners are only a web click away.

Click here to learn about the different resources available.