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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Baby Einstein Baby Water Rocker

This baby rocker is really cute. It is made by Baby Einstein and it features brightly colored Baby Einstein characters, toys and a dual speaker stereo. There are both plush and soft plastic developmental toys that are safe for baby's hands and the Discovering Water Rocker Seat will sooth your little one while at rest or engage them while at play.

It has a built-in audio system with dual speakers that provides three modes of play - Soothing, Playful and Nature sounds. Soothing Mode features 4 classical lullabies. Playful Mode includes 4 classical melodies re-orchestrated especially for little ears. Nature Sounds Mode plays 3 soothing sounds from nature. The audio system also includes an external source input to use with your own music devices such as portable CD, MP3, iPod and cassette players.

The thing I like about this rocker is that you can play your own selection of music, you're not stuck with the 3 songs the unit comes with.


Track Your Stroller Adventures

Nothing feels better on a nice day than getting the baby into the stroller and heading all over town. I find myself out walking sometimes for over an hour. When I get home I always wonder how far I had gone, how fast I got the stroller up to and how long I had been out for.

Designed by a parents of three, Dan and Adi Weber, Strollometer is a small digital unit that clips onto your handle and a sensor that sits magnetically on the out edge of the tire. It tells you all kinds of great information about your stroller journey. It monitors your speed (max. and avg.), distance, temperature, time, and mileage. For all of you "strollerfit" mommies this thing is perfect or for us casual walking moms who just like to know how far we have been....

Official Site www.strollometer.com


Happy Halloween!! "Cute Pumpkin Baby"

I received this through e-mail today and wanted to post it because this little girl is tooo cute!! Enjoy!!


Monday, October 30, 2006
You Tube "Nestle Mikybar Mischevious Kids"

I sometimes under estimate the power of a kid. This clip is cute...they do get nasty when they don't get what they want.

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Sunday, October 29, 2006
Smoking In Cars A Danger To Children

A new study out of New Zealand just confirms what we should already know. When you smoke in the car with your children it is dangerous to their health.

Medical researchers even think that the government should consider banning smoking in cars where children are present, as it could damage the youngsters' lungs.

A Wellington School of Medicine report published today found being in a car with a smoker was equivalent to sitting in a typical smoky bar, even with the smoker's window wound fully down.

With all the windows wound up, the pollution was at least twice as bad as sitting in the smokiest bar, the researchers said.

The study measured the amount of particulates in a car while the front seat passenger smoked a cigarette.

Particulates are tiny airborne particles which can enter the body, and have been associated with negative health effects in previous studies of air pollution.

Public health lecturer Richard Edwards said on a very smoggy day, particulate levels were between 35-40 micrograms per cubic metre.

In a car where someone was smoking with their window down the particulate level was 199 micrograms per cubic metre.

With all the windows up, the level skyrocketed to 2926 micrograms per cubic metre.

Dr Edwards said the School of Medicine was calling on the government to consider a law aimed at halting smoking in cars with children.

The practice was already banned in some areas of the United States, and was being considered in New South Wales, he said.

"There's lots of evidence that second hand smoke causes respiratory illnesses in children, so given that the levels are high, then you'd expect (parents) are exposing their children to health risks."

The particulates research follows another study released by the School of Medicine last month, which observed 16,000 cars in Wellington over a two-week period.

A smoker was present in four per cent of the cars, and of those a quarter were also carrying other occupants.

Researchers said that study was likely to have greatly underestimated the prevalence of smoking in cars.

Now that smoking is banned in most restaurants, it should be illegal to smoke in a car, whether there are children involved or not. Cracking the window doesn't do enough.

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CPR Teddy

This is an item most people should have on hand if they have small children.

CPR Teddy is a gentle reminder to practice your choking rescue and CPR skills at home. You can also use CPR Teddy to review your babysitter's skills before leaving your child in his or her care. CPR Teddy complies with the newest Guidelines for CPR. Squeeze his a paw to hear an audio review of Infant (0-1 year) or Child (1-8 years) choking rescue steps and the steps for CPR.

A bright red heart on the bear's chest indicates where to compress the chest. Red and green lights in the bear's bow tie indicate if you are pressing the correct depth or if you're pressing too hard or too soft. A metronome clicks in the background to pace your compressions, and a disposable mask and air bag allow you to "see the chest rise" as you practice rescue breaths.

CPR Teddy also includes a free instructional DVD on CPR, Choking Rescue, First Aid, and tips for Childproofing Your Home & Car taught by a nationally recognized CPR instructor and reviewed by physicians and experts from across the country. You can purchase a CPR Teddy kit which includes one bear, one disposable mask and airbag, one instructional DVD, and one wallet-sized reminder card for $59.95 at www.CPRTeddy.com. Additional masks and DVD's are available online

CPR Teddy was also named "Oustanding Product of 2006" by Iparenting media awards. It is definitely worth looking into.

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The Coolest Mom Ever!!

That would be your new title if you had this Tabletop Ice cream make by Cuisinart.

This unit would make birthdays easier, Christmas a little less stressful and desert less time consuming. It would also be nice for your guests to be able to help themselves after dinner to a sundae of their choice or add more toppings to the table and do a sundae bar for your child's birthday!

Professional-quality soft ice cream, yogurt, sorbet and sherbet is now available right at home, with the Cuisinart® Mix It In™ Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker. Not only does it make everyone’s favorites, but with three built-in condiment dispensers, it makes them extra delicious! Just a pull of a tab sends sprinkles, chips and other mix-ins down the chute to mix right into frozen desserts as cones or bowls are filled. Operation is fully automatic; simply pour in the ingredients and turn the dial!

Product Features
• Adds favorite mix-ins into soft serve ice cream as it’s dispensed!
• Pull out tabs to add one, two or all three types of mix-ins
• Pull down handle to dispense soft serve ice cream directly into cones or bowls
• Makes 11⁄2 quarts of frozen dessert in as little as 20 minutes
• Fully automatic – just add favorite fresh ingredients and turn the dial
• Cone holder holds a stack of pointed or flat bottom cones
• Double-insulated freezer bowl holds temperature for fast results
• No chemicals, salt or ice required
• Removable parts for easy cleaning
• Instruction Book and Recipe Book included
• Limited 3-year warranty

Approx. $129.00 U.S.

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RECALL: Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Kits Sold at Target Stores

Mr. Potato Head pumpkin decoration kits sold at Target stores are being recalled. The kits contain small parts that pose a choking hazard to young children.

Recalled Pumpkin KitsThe recalled kits include plastic ears, eyes, noses, mouth, hands, shoes, hats, eyeglasses and jewelry that are used to decorate Halloween pumpkins. The recall includes Mr. Potato Head "Make a Monster Pumpkin" and "Make a Fireman Pumpkin" and Mrs. Potato Head "Make a Diva Pumpkin." The products are labeled for ages 2 and older. Products with small parts intended for children under 3 years old are prohibited due to a choking hazard.

The kits were sold by Target Stores nationwide from September through October 2006 for about $5.

Consumers should stop using these pumpkin decorating kits immediately and return them to the nearest Target store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Paper Magic Group Inc. toll-free at (866) 394-5047 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.papermagic.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).


Saturday, October 28, 2006
"These Hands Are Good!"

If you have a picture that you would like to be considered for the Photo Of The Week please send it to me at growingyourbaby@rogers.com Titled:Photo of the week. Please reduce the resolution size so that my inbox doesn't fill up too quickly...Tks Check back on Friday to see if I have chosen your picture!!


Friday, October 27, 2006
"That's Not My Baby"

With the matching mom/dad/baby bracelets that are issued at birth this should never happen....except, somehow it did.

Moms have intuition and this one knew the baby she was just handed wasn't hers.

A nurse at St Vincent's Private Hospital handed the Williamstown woman the wrong child as she recovered from giving birth on Sunday. It was her first baby. The woman began breastfeeding the infant girl but complained to a midwife that she did not think it was her child.

A statement by St Vincent's Hospital last night said the midwife realised the mistake and immediately rectified the situation. The hospital acknowledged the mistake and promised to investigate.

"We have taken this matter very seriously and have instigated a full investigation and have reinforced procedures to prevent this from happening again," the statement said.

"We are in constant contact with the families and they have asked that they be left alone to enjoy this special time with their babies.

"Both mothers and babies are well and they have requested that their identities and further details that may lead to them being identified are not released and we will respect that request.

"Everyone at St Vincent's and Mercy Private Hospital is committed to the highest standards of patient care and we are concerned and regret that this has happened, as the welfare of our patients is our number one priority."

It is not known whether the babies were wearing identification bracelets at the time of the mix-up.

At least one of the families is believed to be considering legal action.

The hospital has taken blood samples from the families to ensure they have the right newborns.

Australian Breastfeeding Association Victorian spokeswoman Karen Commisso did not think the bond between mother and baby would have been harmed by the brief mix-up. But such mistakes should never be allowed to happen, she said.

"It should not have any long-term health effects, but it is very distressing for both mothers involved," she said.

"If that's your first baby and she has her first feed from somebody else, you'd be pretty devastated."

Ms Commisso said baby-friendly hospitals -- where mother and babies are not separated after birth -- should be adopted across the state to avoid mistakes.

I believe this is part of the reason why babies are now kept with their mommies at all time. Partly for bonding, safety and identification.

Nurses are so busy now with the cutbacks that they may not take the time to carefully look at the i.d. tags when they are returning a baby to it's mother.



Thursday, October 26, 2006
RECALL: Minnie Mouse Cardigan Sets Sold At Walmart

Wal-Mart is recalling Minnie Mouse Cardigan Sets sold in its stores. If the cardigan is buttoned, the ribbon woven around the neckline poses a strangulation hazard for children.

Recalled cardiganThe pink cardigan is sold as part of a three-piece set which also includes a light pink turtleneck and denim pants. The cardigan has a pink ribbon woven around the neckline. Minnie Mouse is embroidered on the lower left front of the cardigan. The cardigan was sold in sizes 12M, 18M, 24M, 3T, 4T, and 5T.

The sets were sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from July 2006 through August 2006 for about $15.

Consumers should take the recalled cardigan away from children immediately and return the entire three-piece set to Wal-Mart for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Wal-Mart at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.walmartstores.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).


Toddler Gets Stuck In Vending Machine

I think the is the second time I have heard of this happening. You would think that after the first time the company would redesign their machines so that small children couldn't get stuck in them. Click on the picture for the video.

Three-year-old Robert Moore went fishing for a stuffed replica of Sponge Bob and ended up trapped in a vending machine.

The toddler's adventure began with a Saturday evening shopping trip with his grandmother, Fredricka Bierdemann, and three siblings. Bierdemann ended the trip by giving each child a dollar and telling them to have fun in a retailer's game room.

A stuffed Sponge Bob in a vending machine's bin caught Robert's eye. He tried without success to fish it out with a plastic crane.

"I told him I could get it for him," his grandmother said. "He's a character. He said, 'Oh no, I can get it."'

When she turned her back to get another dollar for a second try, Robert took off his coat and squeezed through an opening in the machine. He landed in the stuffed animal cube.

"I turned around and looked for him, and he said, 'Oma, I'm in here," Bierdemann said. "I thought I would have a heart attack."

Store employees couldn't find a key to the machine, so Robert waited while the Antigo Fire Department was called.

"He was having a ball in there, hugging all the stuffed animals," Bierdemann said. "He was so good-natured, but I was shaking like a leaf."

Firefighters broke one lock but then spotted two latches inside the plastic cube. They passed a screwdriver to Robert.

"He stacked up all the stuffed animals and used that screwdriver to open the latch," his grandmother said. "You should have seen him go."

Eventually, Robert freed himself. But his mother, Marie Moore, and grandmother said they were lucky that he remained calm when another child might not have. He went home safe -- but without a stuffed Sponge Bob.

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FDA Denies Petition to Block Mercury in Vaccines

Federal health officials won't put new restrictions on the use of a mercury-based preservative in vaccines and other medicines, denying a petition that sought the limits because of health concerns.

A group called the Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs petitioned the Food and Drug Administration in 2004 seeking the restrictions on thimerosal, citing concerns that the preservative is linked to autism. In a reply dated Sept. 26 but made public only Tuesday, the FDA rejected the petition.

"Only a small number of licensed and approved products still contain thimerosal, and the available evidence supports FDA's conclusion that all currently licensed vaccines and other pharmaceutical drug products containing thimerosal are safe," Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, the FDA's assistant commissioner for policy, wrote in denying the petition.

"We're not accepting that answer," said Dr. Mark Geier, one of the petitioners. The group now plans to seek a court order that would force the FDA to withdraw thimerosal from all vaccines and medicines unless the agency can show the preservative is safe, Geier said.

Thimerosal, about 50 percent mercury by weight, has been used since the 1930s to kill microbes in vaccines. There have been suspicions that thimerosal causes autism. However, studies that tracked thousands of children consistently have found no association between the brain disorder and the mercury-based preservative. Critics contend the studies are flawed.

Since 2001, all vaccines given to children 6 and younger have been either thimerosal-free or contained only trace amounts of the preservative. Thimerosal has been phased out of some, but not all, adult vaccines as well.

Most doses of the flu vaccine still contain thimerosal, though manufacturers produce versions free of the preservative for use in children. The FDA said it was in discussions with those manufacturers to increase the supply of thimerosal-free flu vaccine.

There also are minute amounts of mercury, as thimerosal or phenylmercuric acetate, in roughly 45 eye ointments, nasal sprays and nasal solutions, the FDA said. Various antivenoms for black widow and snake bites also contain thimerosal.



Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Animal Snacker

These snacker bowls are really cute. The are for kids aged 10months and up.

Animal sounds encourage eating! The Animal Snackers Cow from Star Electronics is the perfect way to make meals fun for child AND parents! Animal Snackers will encourage eating by making cute animal sounds with every spoonful of food! Cow will Moo and kids will laugh!

* “Magic” bowl makes funny sounds when utensil leaves the bowl!
* Removable bowl is microwave safe; bowl and spoon are dishwasher safe too.
* Strong suction cup keeps base secured to table or highchair.

Award Winner!
iParenting Media Awards
The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval

I found this bowl at hottoads.com for $15.99


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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Sun Visor/Great Car Toy

I have a terrible time finding things to keep my son occupied in the car. His one set of grandparents live 2 hours away and about half way he is squawking because he is bored. I want to get this for him because it looks like it could keep his attention.

The Turn'n Tunes Window Shade from Star Electronics is a handy car screen that will entertain and protect young children for short and long trips! The remote control unit (included) makes it easy and convenient for parents to activate motion and melodies!

* Colorful screen will keep kids cool and vibrant design will create interest
* Fun character turns while melodies play
* Handy remote can activate motion and melodies
* Also great for a window in baby room and change area
* Sturdy suction cups keep screen securely fastened

Batteries Included

Award Winner! iParenting Media Awards Creative Toy Awards - Top Toy of the Year

Recommended for ages Newborns+

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Britains Largest Chain Selling Pole Dancing Toy

If I were to guess, I would think someones getting fired over this. Tesco has been forced to remove a pole-dancing kit from the toys and games section of its website after it was accused of "destroying children's innocence".

The Tesco Direct site advertises the kit with the words, "Unleash the sex kitten inside...simply extend the Peekaboo pole inside the tube, slip on the sexy tunes and away you go!

"Soon you'll be flaunting it to the world and earning a fortune in Peekaboo Dance Dollars".

The £49.97 kit comprises a chrome pole extendible to 8ft 6ins, a 'sexy dance garter' , 'peekaboo dance dollars' and a DVD demonstrating suggestive dance moves.

The kit, condemned as 'extremely dangerous' by family campaigners yesterday, was discovered by mother of two Karen Gallimore who was searching for Christmas gifts for her two daughters, Laura 10, and Sarah, 11.

Mrs Gallimore, 33, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, said yesterday: "I'm no prude, but any children can go on there and see it. It's just not on."

Dr Adrian Rogers, of family campaigning group Family Focus said yesterday that the kit would "destroy children's lives".

He said: "Tesco is Britain's number one chain, this is extremely dangerous. It is an open invitation to turn the youngest children on to sexual behaviour.

"This will be sold to four, five and six-year olds. This is a most dangerous toy that will contribute towards destroying children's innocence."

He added: "Children are being encouraged to dance round a pole which is interpreted in the adult world as a phallic symbol.

"It ought to be stopped, it really requires the intervention of members of Parliament. This should only be available to the most depraved people who want to corrupt their children."

Tesco today agreed to remove the product from the Toy section of the site, but said it will remain on sale as a Fitness Accessory, despite the fact that the product description invites users to "unleash the sex kitten inside".

I am at a loss for words. What were they thinking directing this product at young girls? Did they think no one was going to say anything?

I also found another site called findmeagift.com in the U.K. that was also gearing this towards kids as well.

"The Peekaboo Home Pole Dancing Set is a godsend for boys and girls alike! From the Pussycat Dolls to Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera to Carmen Electra, erotic dancing is enjoying new heights of popularity. It's not only fantastic fun, but a very fashionable fitness aid."

Note to retailers: Pole Dancing is not a fun game for kids. Just because some popstars choose to use it in their videos doesn't mean kids should learn how to do it. Please stick to marketing your crap to adults!



Parents Give The Ultimate Gift To Twin Daughters

Sometimes while looking for articles for this site I come across come really tragic stories about parents and children. I try not to post negative articles unless there are health risks attached. Today I found this story that is makes me realize what good parents are!

A family has made medical history after parents of identical twin sisters donated a kidney to each of their daughters on the same day.

Diane and David Spensley from Godalming, Surrey, decided to act after their daughters were left waiting for a suitable donor for three years.

Twins Anna Spensley and Allison Mann, 29, had been on a transplant list since they were both diagnosed with renal failure in 2003.

Doctors said the double transplant, which took place at St George's Hospital in Tooting, London, two weeks ago, was the first time parents of twins have both been able and willing to donate their kidneys and gone through all the necessary operations in one day.

Mr and Mrs Spensley spent six months preparing for the surgery after surprise test results showed they were both compatible as donors. Businessman Mr Spensley, 53, said: "I feel a bit sore but otherwise we are all fine. It has all been worth it. We had always known that if there was anything we could do to help we would.

"At the point when we passed the tests there was no doubt we would donate. People can exist with just one of their kidneys working so giving one away was not an issue."

Mrs Spensley, 52, was the first to be operated on. Czech surgeon Jiri Fronek used revolutionary keyhole surgery during a four-hour operation to remove her kidney.

He then transplanted it into Allison. A few hours later Mr Spensley went under the knife. His kidney was removed and transplanted into Anna.

Apart from visits to the hospital for routine check-ups, the operation means life can return to normal for the sisters, whose daily routines were governed by restrictive diets and their dialysis regime.



Want Babies? Reduce Your Husbands Cell Phone Time!

Could the fact that your husband uses his cell phone a lot effect your conception plans? According to study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in New Orleans, the answer is yes. Results showed a drop in sperm count and quality with increased usage of mobile phones. The study covered 361 men attending a fertility clinic.

Men's sperm showed significant declines in four standard measures of sperm quality, including count, viability, motility and shape, with a definite link to the average amount of time spent using their phones daily.

The researchers found those men who used a phone for four or more hours a day had fewer sperm and those they had moved less well and were of poorer quality. Those who said they did not use cell phones at all had the highest average sperm counts and their sperm was of the highest quality seen.

The study was conducted by Ashok Agarwal and colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Agarwal stressed that while the research did not conclusively prove that mobile phones were damaging fertility, it certainly suggested that more research was needed.

According to Agarwal, mobile phone radiation may harm sperm by damaging DNA, disrupting cells that produce testosterone in the testes, or shrinking the tubules where sperm are created.

Recent research in Hungary concluded that men who carry mobile phones in their pockets risk damaging their sperm count.

Last year the chair of the UK Health Protection Agency, Sir William Stewart, warned that children under eight should not be using mobile phones because there was still no certainty about the long-term health impact.



Monday, October 23, 2006
DECT Baby Monitor

The new DECT Baby Monitor by Philips is supposed to be the "cats meow" in baby monitors.

Not only do they guarantee zero interference but the digital technology provides a secured, private connection, because you want to be the only one listening to your baby.

The monitor automatically chooses an unused channel and switches as it detects another device using the same channel.

Some of it's great features:

  • Indicates a continuous connection between the baby and the parent unit with visible and audible link indicators.
  • Provides the ability to allow you to talk back to the baby
  • Uses lights to indicate if the baby makes noise, even with volume off.
  • Remotely monitor the baby's room temperature for extra comfort and control.
  • Ultimate mobility in and around the house
  • Small, mobile parent unit to freely roam around the house.
  • Allows you to freely roam around the house due to the small size, but still hear when your baby needs you.
  • The neck cord provides hands-free convenience and mobility: clip the parent unit to your belt or wear it around your neck.
  • With a range up to 300M you are ensured a secure reception in and around the house.
  • Rechargeable parent unit for minimal 24 hours of monitoring.
  • The rechargeable parent unit gives you a minimum of 24 hours of cordless monitoring with a range of up to 300m (900 feet).
  • Travel pouch protects units while traveling
  • Soothing words
  • Comforts the baby in the dark with soothing stars
  • Nightlight with soothing stars to comfort your baby.
  • Five lullabies soothe baby to sleep

I love this monitor. Can you believe it plays lullabies, monitors the room temperature and lights a pattern for your child? Where was this darn thing a year ago when we were looking for one?? I got one from Safety 1st and the only thing I can hear on mine is our neighbour reading bedtime stories to her son. The sad part is that we aren't even on the same channel!!


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This video is very cute and this mommies belly is unusally perky looking!!

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Gaining Weight Between Pregnancies Has Risks

A new study which appears in the September 30 issue of The Lancet finds that a woman who gains even a small amount of weight between pregnancies significantly increases her risk of a poor pregnancy outcome.

Reseachers used the records of more than 150,000 Swedish women who had first and second consecutive births from 1992 through 2001. They calculated body mass index, or B.M.I., at the beginning of the first pregnancy and again at the start of the second.

Compared with women who gained less than one unit of B.M.I. between pregnancies, those who gained three or more were twice as likely to have gestational diabetes, 76 percent more likely to have gestational hypertension, 30 percent more likely to have a Caesarean delivery and 63 percent more likely to have a stillbirth. The more weight they gained the more likely they were to have an adverse outcome.

The authors acknowledged that since the time between births varied from 1 to 10 years, some of the weight gain could be due to temporary postpartum weight retention and that there could be unmeasured factors that might have affected both weight gain and pregnancy outcome.

“The strongest evidence of causality would come from a randomized clinical trial, but that’s obviously not possible here,” said Eduardo Villamor, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. “One alternative is to look at changes in exposure over time and to find out if they are associated with changes in risk, and that’s what we did. For now, we believe that the results allow us to conclude that weight gain in women of normal B.M.I. between pregnancies is not advisable.


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Sunday, October 22, 2006
Funky Night Lite

Vessel Candeloo is great for kids who want something to bring with them when they have to venture out of their rooms in the night. They are shaped fun for kids and come in neat colours.

"Intelligent circuitry makes the lights turn on when lifted from the charging base, and start to recharge as soon as they're put back so they're always ready and easy to grab in the middle of the night. Plus, the SafeCharge system eliminates exposed electrical contacts, making them safe for inquisitive little hands.

Candeloo is safe, portable and reusable -- but most of all, it's perfect for brave trips to the bathroom at midnight."

Available at designpublic.com $47


Black and White Twins Born By One In A Million Chance

Nature has given Alicia and Jasmin Singerl a little individuality.

Gorgeously chubby and sunny-natured, the five-month-old girls already turn heads when their parents take them out.

But many do a double take when they realise Alicia is black while Jasmin is white.

Experts say the chance of twins being born with such different physical characteristics is about a million to one.

The Australian sisters, who were conceived naturally, were born in May and live with their parents in Burpengary, north of Brisbane.

Their mother, Natasha Knight, 35, is of mixed-race Jamaican-English heritage, while their father Michael Singerl, 34, is a white German.

The couple, who are engaged, also have five-year- old daughter, Taylah, who is a blue-eyed blonde with an olive complexion.

Miss Knight said they had speculated during her pregnancy about what would happen if each twin entirely took after one parent.

"It's just amazing, they are so different," she said. "When they were born you could see there was a colour difference straight away. We couldn't believe it.

"Alicia's eyes were brown and her hair was dark. Jasmin's eyes were blue and her hair was white - you could hardly see her hair or her eyebrows.

"Someone even asked me if I was sure there wasn't a mix-up at the hospital. But there was no mix-up - they are my girls and they are both so beautiful.

"We were joking when I was pregnant about what if one baby looked like me and one looked like Michael? We joked about one light one, one dark one, so it was amazing when it actually happened.

"When we go out people stop and ask if they are twins. Other people will look but not say anything. Maybe they think I am babysitting one of them.

"It will be interesting when they go to school and they will probably wonder why they look so different from each other. I guess the easiest way to explain it will be to say one took after Mum, one took after Dad."

Genetics experts say that in most cases a mixed-race woman's eggs will be a mixture of genes for both black and white skin.

However, more rarely, the eggs may contain genes for predominantly one skin colour.

In this case, there were two such eggs, one with dark pigmentation genes and one fair.

Clinical geneticist Dr Stephen Withers said the likelihood of a mixed-race woman having eggs that were predominantly for one skin colour was rare enough, let alone producing two of them, resulting in twins.

"It's probably a million to one," he said. "It's a terrifically rare phenomenon."



Saturday, October 21, 2006
Are You Feeling Fertile?

There is a new way to predict when you are ovulating. I never trusted these things because when we were trying to have our son nothing worked. I have a 3 month cycle so these gadgets can usually only help those who normally on time. This "gadget" is useful to women like myself because it doesn't go by dates, it uses body chemistry.

The OV Watch uses chemicals found in your sweat to predict when that little egg is roaming free. Here is what the official site says:

"Researchers in the late 50s and early 60s noted that numerous salts (chloride, sodium, potassium) in a woman's sweat fluctuated in relation to the menstrual cycle. Chloride levels are low at the start of the menstrual cycle and peak three times during the cycle (see graph below). Using a patented biosensor, OV-Watch detects a baseline chloride ion level for each woman and then accurately predicts ovulation based on the timing of the first peak. The OV-Watch detects the chloride surge 3 days prior to the estrogen surge, 4 days prior to the LH surge and 5 days prior to ovulation, making it an earlier predictor of ovulation than any other chemical surge during the month. During the clinical trials for FDA approval with Dr. Arthur Haney at Duke University, approximately 3 out of 4 women received the full 5 day notice of ovulation while only 1 in 6 women were given more than 12 to 24 hours notice with urine tests or LH kits. For women trying to conceive, knowing the days before ovulation not only lowers the stress level for her and her partner , but it increases her chances of getting pregnant."
Here is how you use it:
"OV-Watch® is worn on the woman's wrist while she sleeps. Women start wearing OV-Watch® on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd day of their menstrual cycle and wear it through ovulation. It measures a woman's changes in her chloride ion levels that are secreted in perspiration every 30 minutes and records up to 12 readings per period. OV-Watch's patented technology detects the chloride ion surge and alerts the woman to FERTILE DAY 1, FERTILE DAY 2, FERTILE DAY 3, FERTILE DAY 4, OVULATION DAY 1, and the day after. It is the ONLY device of its kind that can give you the 4 days BEFORE ovulation. That can make all the difference when you are trying to conceive. OV-Watch® can be used for this pregnancy and subsequent pregnancies, and unlike urine based products can be shared with a friend after you are pregnant."
I love the concept, if it works women would definitely wear a "watch" than pee on a stick every morning. You still need to buy refills just like the pee ovulation testers, but this device may give you more notice. Watch $99, refills $39/month


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Tati Superbed Convertable Crib

This crib change table combo is unique. While it is expensive, the whole unit does dismantle into many pieces that your child will be able to use for years to come.

This unique line is colorful playful and diverse. The crib comes with the changing table attached. Once the child grows out of the crib, the bed will become a toddler day bed and the changing table unit turns into a child desk and a night-stand.

-Conversion kit included

-Mattress is at fixed height -European crib size -Special size mattress after conversion European crib dimensions: 74"Lx35.5"Wx41"H

Headboard, foot board and changing top with maple melamine finish and thick edge, bed frame in curved thin laminate $1750 plus crib mattress $125, and daybed mattress $180.

In the room with other pieces

Let the conversion begin

After everything has been converted, you will have the bed, the wall shelf, the end table and the desk. Some pieces extra are needed to create the look you see here.

Available at Modernmini.com


Mommy Cards

They are like a business card for moms. Handy and convienent, these cards have your information on them just in case you see an old friend at the park and have no pen.

If your child is having a play date you can just give the other parent a mommy card. You will know that they will have the proper contact information.

Flowered card - $50/100crds (double sided) at Cards for mom

Sandbox Card - $4.99/10crds at Carries Kiddie Closet


Friday, October 20, 2006
Cute Baby "snapsuit"

I came across these cute "Snapsuits" at Moderntots.com. They are $22 U.S. and a great gift idea for a friend having a baby.

Nothings worst than someone mistaking your little boy for a girl, with these little onesies it definitely won't happen.

"Snap suits with attitude. Party on, baby. Snapsuit is 100% cotton and comes in a handy vinyl zipper bag. Small is for 0-6 month olds, slightly larger size is for 6-12 month olds."


Bath Safety

Health Canada is once again reminding parents and caregivers that infants need constant supervision by a competent adult while being bathed. This is needed even if the child has been placed in a bath seat, bath ring or some other bathing device which is set in any depth of water. Tragedy can occur in seconds.

Since 2004, Health Canada has been notified of four separate fatal incidents involving bathing-assistance devices. Since 1991, the Department has received 12 reports of drowning deaths linked to these products with eight occurring in the last five years. Additionally, 23 near-drowning incidents have been reported since 1983. All of these reported infant deaths linked to infant bath seats and bath rings have been the result of the infant being left unattended in the product. The false sense of security that these products can provide is of concern to the Department.

Infant bath seats and bath rings are products made to hold infants in an upright position in the bathtub, and are usually made of a plastic seat or ring. Suction cups are often used to hold the product in place, however, some models use an arm that attaches to the side of the bath tub. These designs lead to a sense of security.

The product is usually used with children aged six to nine months when an infant can sit up by themselves, until the time when they can pull themselves to a standing position or weigh more than the limit set by the manufacturer.

In most cases, drownings and other incidents with bath seats and bath rings happen because of:

  • the product becoming unstable and tipping over in the bath;
  • the infant climbing out of the product; or
  • the infant slipping through one of the leg openings and becoming held under water.

In the face-down position, water just deep enough to cover the mouth of an infant can and has caused death by drowning. Also, once water is taken into the lungs of an infant, damage can be immediate and death can occur within seconds. So, even being away for a second could lead to tragic consequences (Canadian Red Cross).

Some models of infant bath seats and bath rings carry warning labels that say "prevent drowning - never leave child unattended" while other models bear a warning that states "prevent drowning - always keep baby within arm's reach." Health Canada stresses that this advice must be followed.

For further information, or to report an incident, please contact the Health Canada Product Safety Office nearest you, toll free, at 1-866-662-0666 or by e-mail at cps-spc@hc-sc.gc.ca (if corresponding by e-mail, please indicate your province or territory).


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Thursday, October 19, 2006
Read To Your Baby

Babies need to hear and use sounds, sound patterns, and spoken language. This helps prepare them to eventually learn to read printed words. Here are some tips on how you can help provide these opportunities from the moment your baby is born!

  • Making books, stories, and storytelling a part of your baby’s daily routine will help nurture a love of reading.
  • Use rhymes, games, and songs. Babies respond to them almost from birth. And they don’t need to understand the words for these moments to be learning experiences, especially when they’re sharing them with mom or dad.
  • For newborns and very young babies, try rhymes that involve gentle touch, such as patting their feet or giving them a little bounce while you’re talking.
  • Talk about what’s going on. Whether you’re changing a diaper, bathing your baby, or taking a walk, use words that describe the actions and the things around your baby. You’ll help him develop vocabulary before he can even talk.
  • Babies babble. It’s how they learn to make sounds with their own voices. Repeat these sounds, and turn them into real words. You’ll help your baby recognize which sounds form language. And he’ll eventually make the connection between the sounds and an object or person, like "dada.
  • "Reward your baby’s first tries at making sounds with smiles and hugs. This early communication is exciting for your baby, and your approval will encourage her to keep trying.
  • Once your baby starts talking, help her find the words for the things around her. By repeating words, you’ll help your child remember them.
  • Sing songs. The music makes the words easier to remember, and is a fun way to make language come alive for you and your baby!



Children's Health Environmental Coalition Blog

I came across this blog today which is great. For 90 days, CHEC is focusing on daily tips that will help you reduce exposure to chemicals, toxins, and pollutants - for the benefit of your children's health, the health of your home, and the environment.

It's nice to see that there are people out there looking out for the future health of our children. Lord knows the people who are supposed to keep the earth clean are not doing their job!!

If you have any tips to reduce exposure to chemicals, toxins, and pollutants email them in.

They are currently at day 22 so check it out and see what they come up with!

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You Tube "Dove - Evolution Commercial"

This commercial is fabulous!! I am glad Dove filmed this and allowed everyone to see how things really are. So many companies only have perfect women wearing their clothes and modelling their products.

This commercial doesn't have anything to do with moms and pregnancy but it deals with self esteem. After you have had your baby self esteem plays a big part in your life. It is important for all of us to know that no one is perfect and the computer can fix anything!!

Love Who You Are!!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006
RECALL:Baby Cookie Monster Toys Sold with DVD at Wal-Mart

Baby Cookie Monster toys sold at Wal-Mart are being recalled because of a choking hazard.

Recalled toyThe small felt fabric cookie attached to the plush toy's hand can be removed easily and ingested by young children, posing a choking hazard.

This recall involves the Baby Cookie Monster plush toy packaged with certain Sesame Beginnings Make Music Together DVDs. The blue plush toy has a small, felt fabric cookie attached to its hand. The plush toy and DVD are packaged in a yellow and green box with the words "Sesame Beginnings" and "Make Music Together" printed on the front. The product is labeled for children ages 6 months and up.

The toys were sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from March 2006 to July 2006 for about $15.

Using scissors, consumers should immediately remove the felt cookie and its connecting thread from the plush toy. Once detached, the felt cookie and thread should be disposed of immediately.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sesame Workshop at (800) 986-1619 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Sesame Workshop's Web site at www.sesameworkshop.org/recall.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).


You Tube "I Want To Capture This Moment"
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Celebrity Style

This very cute letter sweater by suss design was a recent gift to Suri Cruise from Toms Rep. The sweater has a rollneck collar and is on the big side (roll the sleeves up a bit and your child will get more wear out of it!).

It is available at www.sussdesign.com for $89

They have quite a few cute knitted outfits for kids and babies. Definitely One-of-a-kind!!

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Safety alert: Some cleaners look like beverages

Parents Beware!

They're sold in clear, beverage-style bottles and come in vivid colors: pink, yellow, orange, blue, green, and purple. They smell sweet and fruity; some labels picture lemons, apples, pears, and kiwi.

No, they're not energy drinks. They're all-purpose cleaners that can be harmful if swallowed.

The problem is that such packaging may entice children to take a gulp. Furthermore, these cleaners do not have child-resistant caps, nor are they required to. And some labels lack crucial information, such as what to do in case of accidental ingestion or the phone number for poison control centers.

On store shelves, we found numerous such cleaners, such as Fabuloso by Colgate-Palmolive, Mistolin by Mistolin Caribe, and Festival by AlEn. Some store brand cleaners were similar in appearance.

The Poison Prevention Packaging Act requires child-resistant packaging if a product contains certain caustic or otherwise hazardous chemicals that these products apparently do not contain. Federal law also prohibits toxic formulations from being sold in packaging that looks like a food container. But a spokesperson for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission characterized such containers as "general purpose." Since labels describe the products as cleaners, they comply with the law, the CPSC says.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers says that in 2004, the most recent year for which statistics are available, cleaning products were involved in nearly 125,000 poisonings of children younger than 6. And about 30 children under age 5 still die each year from unintentional poisonings. Data for all-purpose cleaners like those noted above were not available by brand, though we are aware of two accidental ingestions involving Fabuloso and one involving Mistolin reported to the CPSC by hospital emergency rooms. None of the three resulted in a death.

In addition, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection conducted an investigation into and analyzed the contents of Fabuloso after a consumer alerted the agency of the potential hazard of the product. "Under Wisconsin law, this product does not require a safety cap and is not in any violation of our law," said Glen Loyd, a spokesperson for the agency. "But these companies must ask themselves if they can do more so people won't mistake these cleaners for a soft drink."

As for Mistolin, the Connecticut Poison Control Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center warned consumers in 2004 about the cleaner, "a cleaning product with packaging very similar to a sports drink and contents that are colorful and have a sweet and fruity smell," after a teenager took a swig, mistaking it for a beverage.

A statement from Colgate-Palmolive, manufacturer of Fabuloso, states that the product meets all applicable safety regulations. A spokesperson for Mistolin said that no one had reported a poisoning to the manufacturer. A spokesperson for Festival said the company does not release any reports of poisoning to the media.

Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, believes that cleaning-product manufacturers should avoid package designs and product scents that resemble food and drink, because young children can be attracted to them. At the very least, they should use child-resistant caps.



Disney To Sell Healthier Foods

Disney has announced that it would limit fat and calories in foods bearing the faces of Mickey Mouse and friends, following a food industry trend toward healthier meals for kids.

Beginning this month, kids' meals at Disney parks and resorts are being served with low-fat milk, juice or water instead of soft drinks. French fries are being replaced with apple sauce or carrots.

Disney also said it has outlined new guidelines for the foods using its product licenses, and it expects most of its licensed foods to conform to the new policy by the end of 2008.

The move also follows the expiration this year of a decade-long exclusive deal with Disney to promote its films with McDonald's Corp.'s fast-food kids' Happy Meals.

"We think it's the right thing to do for our business. We became convinced that more and more parents are looking for more choice as they seek to design an overall healthy diet for their kids." Disney Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs

According to the new guidelines, added sugar in Disney-licensed foods will not exceed 10 percent of calories for main and side dishes and 25 percent of calories for snacks. Total fat will not exceed 30 percent of calories for main and side dishes and 35 percent for snacks.

Disney has pledged to eliminate artery-clogging trans fats from the food served at its theme parks by the end of 2007.

The company said it will continue to license sweets like birthday cakes and candy but will limit those items to 15 percent of its licensed portfolio by 2010.

At the Disney parks, parents will be able to ask for soft drinks or fries at no additional cost, though Disney said tests showed that about 90 percent of parents stayed with the more nutritious options.

This is a big victory for parents. When you go to these big amusement parks you feel like your being held hostage with no good food choices. Maybe Cedar Fair, who just aquired paramounts amusement parks, is listening and they will follow suit.



Great All Purpose Socks!!

Combining the comfort of a sock with the practicality, strength and support of a shoe - Bical introduces the sturdy and safe, non slip rubber sole baby shoe/sock!

Every baby will love a pair of these non toxic, washable shoes. If you have a little one that is teething, the soles smell great and are good for chewing.

These wonderful shoes keep little feet comfortable while at play at the pool, the beach, the lake or the waterpark. Thick orange rubber soles have plenty of traction to prevent slips.

Great for indoor play areas and preschool!

Neoprene knit uppers allow water and air to flow through for a great sock like fit.

Available at thebabymarketplace.com $26cad/$24U.S.


Breathable Bumper Pads

Last month I did a post on bumper pads for cribs. Health Canada had issued a warning in August /05 stating that bumper pads in cribs posed a risk to infants because of entanglement, entrapment, strangulation, and suffocation hazards.

I recently came across these Breathable Bumper pad which have no strings and allow the air to flow through the crib. Part of the problem with traditional bumper pads is that the air is not able to circulate in the lower part of the crib. These new bumpers are not made from thick material therefor allowing the baby to get fresh air while sleeping.

Breathable bumpers can be removed for machine washing and they fit most standard cribs. The bumper allows visibility and air flow to the child while keeping arms and legs from entangling in the slats.

  • Padded Breathable Mesh
  • Keeps Arms & Legs in Crib
  • Portable & Durable
  • No Ties
  • Attaches Securely
  • Easy to Install
  • Machine Washable
  • I found them at babyproofingplus.com $39.95cad

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    Monday, October 16, 2006
    You Tube "Baby Wants Milk"

    Sometimes daddies just don't get it...This video is really cute!!

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    Great Sling/Hip Hammock

    This sling looks great. It doubles as a hip hammock for your baby when they don't want to be cradled anymore.

    The front has pocket for things like money and carkeys if you are grocery shopping and passports if you are travelling.

    * can be used directly from birth
    * use as a sling for 0-5 months, a hip hammock for 5-18 months
    * promotes face to face interaction
    * keeps your hands free and your child happy
    * convenient pockets for diaper, cell phone, wallet, etc.
    * fashionable color choices
    * durable wide strap which adjusts to fit both mom and dad
    * simple to put on and easily removable
    * machine washable

    I found it at Babyguru.ca for $69cad


    Woman Gives Birth To Grandchild

    A Japanese woman in her 50s gave birth to a child she had carried for her daughter, who was unable to conceive as she had her womb removed due to cancer, an obstetrician said on Sunday.

    The case is likely to further stir debate in Japan about births by surrogate mothers, which both the government and a key medical association oppose.

    Yahiro Netsu, the head of a maternity clinic in the central prefecture of Nagano, told a news conference that the woman gave birth in the first half of 2005 using an egg from her daughter and sperm from the daughter's husband, both in their 30s.

    Kyodo news agency said it was the first time in Japan that a woman has acted as a surrogate mother for the child of her daughter -- effectively delivering her grandchild.

    Netsu said the baby -- whose gender has not been revealed -- was first registered as a child of the surrogate mother and later adopted by the daughter and her husband.

    The Japanese Justice Ministry takes a position that the woman who gives birth, not the biological mother, is the mother of the child, which critics say is a stance that ignores the interest of the child.

    Netsu, who has defied an obstetrician association and has helped other couples have children through surrogate mothers, urged the medical community and the government to review their policies.

    "I want them to debate the issue. Birth by surrogate mothers, it could turn out to be an issue for anybody," he told the news conference in Tokyo.

    The issue came into the spotlight after a Japanese celebrity couple had twins through a surrogate mother and was denied their request to register the children as their own. They are fighting their case in court.

    There have been cases of women acting as surrogate mothers and giving birth to their grandchildren, in both the United States and Britain, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said.

    I think the amazing part about this story is that the woman was in her 50's. As you get older there are so many more risks when carrying a child. They are very lucky the baby didn't arrive early.



    Saturday, October 14, 2006
    icandy apple Is Sweet!!

    I have no idea why the U.K. gets all of the great baby products. I always come across the nicest, most beautifully designed stuff on .uk sites.

    This stroller is no exception. It is bugaboo-esq, only the apple emblem replaces the circles. I like the size, shape and features.

    • Suitable from birth
    • One hand easy-fold mechanism
    • Choice of Stroller/Jogger with swivelling or fixed front lockable swivel wheels
    • Large rear wheels with air-filled tires
    • All-around suspension
    • Adjustable soft touch rubber handle bar with choice of 7 positions (Max 115cm)
    • Adjustable, multi-position front-facing and rear-facing seat
    • Adjustable leg rest
    • Extra large shopping basket
    • Adjustable sun canopy with side and rear viewing panels
    • All-over rain cover included
    • Safety tested and certified

    Save Your Pennies. In the U.K. this stroller is about 500£



    "Done Like Dinner"
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    How freaken cute is this?? Naked babies in the water.


    Babies With Big Heads May Be Smarter

    The University of Southamptom in England report says a child’s intelligence may partly be reflected by how much his or her head grows by age 1.

    The study, led by Catherine Gale, PhD, looked at 633 full-term British babies and found that head growth, especially during infancy, may be a key factor in a child's intelligence-- along with other factors such as parent-child relationships.

    “The brain volume a child achieves by the age of 1 year helps determine later intelligence,” Gale and colleagues write in the October edition of Pediatrics.

    The researchers do not know exactly what causes some babies to have bigger brains than others.

    The researchers used a tape measure to gauge the babies’ head circumference at birth, one year, four years, and eight years.

    The children took IQ tests when they were 4 years old and 8 years old. Those with the biggest heads tended to have the highest IQ scores.

    The researchers found that head growth by age 1 was the key factor. Catch-up growth didn’t matter as much.

    “Brain growth after infancy, at least in terms of brain volume, is unlikely to compensate for poor growth in the first year of life,” the researchers write.

    The babies’ mothers completed surveys about their parenting style, their older children, and other factors such as breastfeeding and postpartum depression.

    The researchers gave each mother a parenting score based on the survey results.

    The babies tended to have higher IQ scores if their parents had more education, had been breastfed for three or more months, and had mothers with high scores on the parenting questionnaire.

    Even after adjusting for all those factors, babies’ head growth by age 1 remained tied to IQ scores among the 4- and 8-year-olds.

    “Our findings provide additional evidence that infancy is the most important period of postnatal brain growth for determining later intelligence,” the researchers write.

    SOURCE:Fox News