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Sunday, August 31, 2008
Byler Sextuplets Celebrate 1st Birthday!

It has been a year since the Byler babies made news for being Florida's first set of sextuplets.

A lot has changed for this family in a year.

"It's been a fast year in a sense," Karoline said one recent morning as Eli and Ryan played in the family room and Charlie lounged nearby in a swing. The other three sleepy heads were still in their cribs. "They spent the first two months of their lives in the hospital."

The babies were released one, sometimes two at a time, with all home by Thanksgiving.

Charlie, Jackson and Ryan had to be hospitalized a few days for pneumonia, but otherwise everyone was healthy. Charlie and Brady had reflux and were put on medicine to curb the spit-ups.

Charlie, the most fragile of the bunch, is still on oxygen, but now needs it "only once in a blue moon," Karoline said.

The need for oxygen means that the family still has access to round the clock nurses, which are being paid for by Medicaid.

"You're there for just one baby, but you can't not pick up just one baby," said nurse Judy Schwab, who spooned sweet potatoes and strained peas into the mouths of two who were seated at a table with six built-in high chair seats.

Because of the nurses, Karoline is free to run errands. She also gets the opportunity to sleep through the night "like a normal person." Volunteers also still pitch in. Two Girl Scout troops made the Bylers their service project, with one raising money for six weeks of maid service.

While having help makes things easier, the family rarely goes out.

The couple says that it takes at least 30 minutes to get everyone and everything packed and loaded into the nine-seat Dodge Sprinter, which runs on diesel and costs more than $100 to fill up.

When at their destination, the family finds themselves a target for onlookers and questions.

Ben has found that this experience has made him more patient. He used to worry more about being late.

"It's slowed me down a lot," he said.

Looking back, he is amazed at how much easier it has been that he thought.

"Things have kind of fallen into place."

Now, as the family readies for the tumultuous toddler years, Ben anticipates one of the biggest jobs he'll have: teaching five little boys how to go potty standing up.

"It's going to be really wild."

*The babies ride in 2 - Triple Decker Model 3002 strollers ($390. ea) with Graco SnugRide Infant Car Seats($80)*

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Saturday, August 30, 2008
The Gordons Lunch At The Ivy

Jeff Gordon, his wife Ingrid and daughter Ella, 1, enjoy lunch at The Ivy on Thursday.

Jeff Gordon with wife and baby leaving the Ivy Restaurant

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Halle and Nahla Enjoy the Zoo

Halle Berry finally showed off her BEAUTIFUL daughter Nahla at the Los Angeles Zoo today.

Her eyes are so beautiful.

Halle Berry takes her daughter Nahla to the Zoo

Halle Berry takes her daughter Nahla to the Zoo

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Friday, August 29, 2008
Little Tykes Toys Inspired Dinnerware Introduced

If you look around your house you will probably have no trouble finding something from Little Tykes.

The toy giant famous for its outdoor toys is now the inspiration for a new dinnerware line designed by Zak Designs.

The classic Little Tikes turtle sandbox dinnerware set was created to help children transition from playtime to mealtime. The turtle’s shell is a wide bowl that lifts off to reveal a divided plate.

To increase the mealtime fun, Zak crafted the spoon and fork in the set to look like the rake and shovel used in the turtle sandbox.

*Parent Bonus* Zak’s Little Tikes Turtle mealtime set is dishwasher safe, BPA-free, PVC-free, and phthalate-free!

Available at laprimacatalog.com for $15.99

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Newborn Found During A Game Of Hide and Seek

A 6-year-old girl playing hide-and-seek with her grandmother found a newborn baby girl abandoned in a vacant lot next to her home.

Lilliana Williams-Rodriguez told her grandmother she had found a doll in the bushes.

But Thelma Williams, 55, who has six children, knew right away it wasn't a doll. She called 911.

The baby was taken to University Hospital with a fever but was expected to recover.

Police believe the baby was born an hour or two before she was discovered, her umbilical cord was still attached.

Thelma got a white dress to cover the baby. She, her daughter, and her daughter's friend, held and cradled the baby until firefighters arrived to take her to the hospital.

"She was crying really loud and moving her arms and legs so I knew she was real healthy still. So that was a blessing,'' said Timothy Pfaff, another neighbor who helped tend to the infant.

I will NEVER be able to understand how a mom can leave her baby after carrying them for 40 weeks.

I am always thankful for the times that I read that someone was able to find the baby before something horrible happened to them.

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Tom and Giselle Spend Some Time With John

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen spend some quality time with Tom's son John.

The couple recently put their respective apartments up for sale in Manhattan and have purchased a plot of land in Los Angeles.

Maybe to be closer to John? Probably.

The three look super together!

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Disposable Diaper Breaks Baby's Fall And Saves His Life

An 18-month-old Brazilian Toddler can thank his disposable diaper for saving his life after he fell from a third-floor apartment window.

Caua Felipe Massaneiro survived a 30-foot fall because his diaper snagged on a security spike embedded in the concrete wall around his apartment building in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife.

The boy dangled from the spike for a moment, then "the diaper opened and the baby fell to the ground, but at a much slower speed," a police officer said. "The diaper obviously lessened the impact of the fall and saved the baby's life."

"It was a miracle," said the officer who declined to be identified because she was not authorized to speak to the press. "He could also have been killed by one of the spikes."

The toddler was treated for minor fractures at an nearby hospital, where spokesman Gilberto Tenorio said he was in stable condition.

A local newspaper quoted Caua's father, 23-year-old Alexandre Cesar Massaneiro as saying that his son climbed onto a sofa underneath the window he fell from -

"something he had never done before."

"It wasn't the diaper that saved him," Massaneiro told the newspaper. "It was God."

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11 Month-old Colombian Baby Tips The Scales At 62lbs!

Colombian doctors are trying to determine why an 11-month-old baby already weighs nearly 62 pounds.

That's the the average weight of an 8-year-old.

The boy's mother said he started growing after he was 2 months old.

Preliminary tests showed that the baby has an endocrine system problem. Doctors said that he will undergo additional testing.

The normal weight for an 11-month-old boy is between 13 to 15 pounds.

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CPSC Urges Consumers To Stop Using Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 Convertible “Close-Sleeper” Models

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to stop using convertible “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets manufactured by Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa. CPSC has learned that on August 21, 2008, a 5-month-old girl from Shawnee, Kan. was strangled to death when she became entrapped between the bassinet’s metal bars. This is the second strangulation death CPSC has learned of in the co-sleeper bassinets. On September 29, 2007, a 4-month-old girl from Noel, Mo. became entrapped in the metal bars of the bassinet and died.

CPSC is issuing this safety alert because SFCA Inc., the company which purchased all of Simplicity Inc.’s assets at public auction in April 2008, has refused to cooperate with the government and recall the products. SFCA maintains that it is not responsible for products previously manufactured by Simplicity Inc.

The Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets contain metal bars spaced farther apart than 2 3/8 inches, which is the maximum distance allowed under the federal crib safety standard. The metal bars are covered by an adjustable fabric flap which is attached by velcro. The fabric is folded down when the bassinet is converted into a bed-side co-sleeping position. If the velcro is not properly re-secured when the flap is adjusted, an infant can slip through the opening and become entrapped in the metal bars and suffocate. This warning does not cover bassinets produced in recent months that have fabric permanently attached over the lower bar.

Due to the serious hazard these bassinets pose to babies, CPSC urges all consumers to share this safety warning with day care centers, consignment stores, family and friends to ensure that no child is placed to sleep in a Simplicity convertible bassinet covered by this warning.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Brash Ad For Nanny Claims That 'My kids are a pain'

When someone is looking for help, they sometimes sugarcoat the position or the situation. This is apparently not the case in Manhattan.

In an unusually honest ad for a live-in nanny, Rebecca Land Soodak, a mother of four wrote, "My kids are a pain," in her August 19th advertisement on Craigslist.

She went on to say, "If you cannot multitask, or communicate without being passive aggressive, don't even bother replying."

Even though the ad gets better with the following excerpts, a 25-year-old University of Virginia graduate, committed to take care of Rubin, 12; Ellis, 9; and Shay and Cassie, both 6.

"I can be a tad difficult to work for. I'm loud, pushy and while I used to think we paid well, I am no longer sure."

"If you are fundamentally unhappy with your life, you will be more unhappy if you take this job, so do us all a favor and get some treatment or move to the Rockies, but do not apply for employment with us."

"Also, if you suspect all wealthy women are frivolous, we are not for you."

"I have all sorts of theories on how to stack my dishwasher, and if you are judgmental about Ritalin for ADHD, or think such things are caused by too much sugar, again, deal-break city."

While I respect that this mom would like the right match for her family, I think that the way she speaks in this ad is condescending.

It is very sad to hear that she thinks her kids are a pain.


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Giveaway Reminder: Stickee-Buns For Your Baby!

Hello everyone, Just a reminder about this weeks giveaway! It ends tonight.

I came across Stickee-Buns recently while at a trade show . Many things about this product caught my attention, but the one thing that stood out was the adorable design.

The bonus was that the adorable design was practical. The 'buns' part is a non-slip piece of rubber-like material that keeps baby in place.

It is strategically placed in all the right places to keep your child stable and secure.

The bodysuits and pants have a patent-pending design, which places our non-slip "buns" on the back and butt. Stickee-Buns are not iron-on's or decals. Our buns are applied in a complex, 4-step process. These non-slip surfaces help keep babies from sliding and schlumping down, from their original position.
The unique packaging allows the pants and bodysuit set to be given easily as a gift.
  • Stickee-Buns comes in two sizes: (0-3) Months, and (3-6) Months.
  • For best results, garments should be snug-fitting.
  • They are currently available in three colors: Pastry Pink and Bakery Blue and Yummy Yellow(Available Sept 31).

For information on how to purchase a set of Stickee-Bun please visit the company's site.

GIVEAWAY: 1 lucky reader will win a Stickee-Buns gift set (size and color of your choosing retail value $39)

To enter our giveaway please e-mail us at giveaways@growingyourbaby.com , with the subject ‘ Stickee-Buns’.

Giveaway closes Thursday August 28th, 2008

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RECALL: Select HABA Infant Toys Due To Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Habermaass Corp, today announced the voluntary recall of about 118,000 Wooden Puzzles, Infant Rattles, Pacifier Holders, and Stroller Toys because the wooden rattles, pacifier holders, and stroller toys contain small pieces including glued on mirrors and/or prisms that can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants. The head of the ladybug puzzle pieces also poses a choking hazard.

Habermaass Corp.(HABA) has received 15 reports of incidents involving the recalled puzzles, rattles, and pacifier holders including pieces of the rattles detaching and being mouthed by young children.

The puzzles, rattle toys, pacifier holders, and stroller toys are wooden and are described in the chart below. “HABA” is printed on them.

Parents are being asked to immediately take the recalled puzzles, rattles, pacifier holders and stroller toys away from children and contact Habermaass at (800) 468-6873 ext. 107 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.HABAusa.com/safety to receive a free replacement product or a full refund.

Model Description Photo
Triolino Puzzle Lady bug puzzle is 7 inches x ½ inch thick Click For Larger Image
LUCY Clutching Toy (rattle) Hearts have mirrors and prisms. The rattle is about 4 inches in diameter. Click For Larger Image
Little Heart Clutching Toy (rattle) Heart has mirror. The rattle is about 3 ½ inches in diameter. Click For Larger Image
Pixie’s World (rattle) 2.5” rattle with mushroom, flower, person and house with mirror. Click For Larger Image
Belinda Clutching Toy (rattle) Flower clutching toy has face in the middle. The rattle is about 4 inches in diameter. No Larger Image Available
Miro Clutching Toy (rattle) Rattle center contains blue plastic ball with 10 holes. The rattle is about 3 ½ inches in diameter. Click For Larger Image
Bunny Pacifier Holder Pacifier holder is 8.6 inches long with fabric bunny on the end and wooden star with mirror in the middle. Click For Larger Image
Bear Pacifier Holder Pacifier holder is 8.6 inches long with bear at the end and wooden circle with mirror in the middle. Click For Larger Image
Bonita (rattle) 2.5” bouquet of four shapes on wooden ring. Click For Larger Image
Bella (rattle) 3” diameter with four wooden hearts with two mirrors. Click For Larger Image
Pirate Joe (rattle) 4” pirate theme with bell and mirror. Click For Larger Image
Rally (rattle) 4” triangle shape with three cars. Click For Larger Image
Flori (rattle) Six petal shapes on elastic band. Includes three mirrors & three bells. 5” Click For Larger Image
Triola (rattle) 4” triangle with two flowers and round corner. Click For Larger Image
Trio (rattle) 4” triangle shape with squeaker, bell and mirror. Click For Larger Image
Speedy (rattle) Wooden car about 4.5” L x 3” H. Squeaker in back and mirror on car hood. Click For Larger Image
Little Hearts Stroller Toy 18” pram-chain with ten various size wooden hearts. Click For Larger Image
Discovery Balls, Set of 4 Set contains 1 orange, 1 red, 1 blue and one bicolor blue/yellow ball. Red ball contains three small mirrors. Click For Larger Image
Discovery Ball with Rattle Blue/Yellow round wooden ball with small mirror. Click For Larger Image

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RECALL: Phil & Teds Strollers Due to Laceration Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Regal Lager Inc, today announced a voluntary recall of about 44,000 Phil & Teds e3 Single Buggy, e3 Twin Buggy and sport v1 Single Buggy Strollers because the stroller’s hinge locking mechanism poses a laceration hazard to the user folding and unfolding the strollers.

Regal Lager has received nine reports from consumers who injured their fingers in the stroller’s hinge locking mechanism.

The recalled single strollers all have metal frames with three wheels, a cloth seat and canopy. The twin strollers have a metal frame with four wheels, side-by-side cloth seats and double sun canopies. The strollers were sold in a variety of colors including red, orange, green, black, charcoal and navy. The Phil & Teds logo is located on the crotch piece of the harness.

Parents are being asked to stop using the strollers immediately and contact Regal Lager at (877) 242-5676 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.regallager.com to obtain a free hinge cover repair kit and instructions.

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Adorable Breast Feeding Reminder New Born Set

Breast feeding friendly boutique 'Mommy’s Little Monkey' created this adorable onesie set ($30) for newborns when they are in the hospital.

It is just a little reminder to anyone looking after them what their moms wishes are. It reads:

To My Wonderful Nurse, I'm learning how to breastfeed. Please no bottles or pacifiers while I'm in your care. Mommy is waiting for my return to feed me.

(heart), Baby

The matching hat reads:

Breastfeeder in Training
I love it! What a great gift idea.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Baby With Two Heads Born In Bangladesh

UPDATE:Kiron Passed away after his parents took him home because they could not afford medical care.

Originial Post:

A baby born with 2 heads has caused so much curiosity that he is now under police protection.

150,000 local curiosity seekers turned up at the clinic in Bangladesh after word got out that where he was born.

The baby, named Kiron, arrived on Monday by caesarean weighing 5.5kg.

"He has one stomach and he is eating normally with his two mouths. He has one genital organ and a full set of limbs," gynaecologist Mohamad Abdul Bari said.

"He was born from one embryo but there was a developmental anomaly."

The clinic had been unable to determine whether the baby had one or two sets of vital organs, Dr Bari said.

The baby's life was not in immediate danger but he and his mother, 22, had been moved to a larger hospital in nearby Jessore city because large crowds had gathered at the clinic, he said.

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The Amazing Journey Of A 22 Weeker

In most of North America, a baby under the age of 24 weeks may not be resuscitated if delivered before that gestation.

Doctors in Missoula, Montana must have seen something that made them think that this baby was different because on April 27 at 1 pound, 1.7 ounces, Sasha is the most premature baby born at Community Medical Center's NICU. Nine in 10 infants at her gestational age die.

Even though at birth doctors had told new mom, Jacqueline Peterson, to be ready to say goodbye to her daughter, the little fighter had different plans.

Arriving prematurely at 22 weeks and six days, Sasha's footprints were only slightly larger than the print of her moms right index finger.

She had no body fat, the size of a pinky finger and needed to stay in a special isolette that kept helped decrease the amount of water loss and infection.

Leaning over Sasha in the delivery room, Dr. Jan Hiller, 58, one of two neonatologists at the hospital had heard the baby trying to cry.

“It was a sign that we might have something we could work with, but it's no guarantee,” Hiller says. “The majority of neonatologists do not actually attempt to resuscitate under 23 weeks. The chances of survival are so slim. The majority of us feel it is futile, if not cruel, to put them through all the procedures.”

The doctoring is intense, especially for the first 10 days of the baby's life, and Sasha is given about a 15 percent chance of surviving her first week. The NICU team is vigilant, watching for typical complications including brain bleeds, stiff lungs and the vision problems. The premature babies have immature immune systems, making them more susceptible to infections and liable to get sicker than other babies. More problems can arise when nurses start feeding the babies, because of their immature gastrointestinal systems.

In the next couple of weeks Sasha will undergo a fairly common preemie surgery to fix a condition called patent ductus arteriosus. The surgery closes the fetal blood vessel which has failed to shut after birth, depriving her of sufficient oxygen.

Just before leaving the hospital, she also has laser surgery to correct abnormal growth of the blood vessels to her eyes, called retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which can lead to retinal detachment. Even after the surgery, there's a one in three risk of vision problems later.

While her NICU stay is fairly un-eventful, a baby born at this gestation should not have survived at all.

At 22 weeks gestation, a baby's eyes are still fused shut and will not open for up to 3 weeks. These little guys have yet to start to hear and they normally measure just 10 inches long.

After only spending 122 days in the special care nursery, Sasha goes home on oxygen. Her parents are just happy to have her at home.

We wish this family they best!

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Kate Garraway Raises The Cross Breast Feeding Issue Again

In an ad that some would find disturbing, Kate Garraway attempts to make the point that she doesn't think that giving human milk to a calf is any more shocking than giving cow's milk to a baby.

The TV host has just made a Channel 4 documentary called Other People's Breast Milk

Other People's Breast Milk takes Kate to America, to meet women who breastfeed babies who do not belong to them. She meets a working mother who employs someone to feed her baby while she is at work, and groups of other women who breastfeed each other's for free.

"I'd gone into the film thinking, 'Why are they doing it? Is it because it's easier than breastfeeding themselves?' They threw it back and said, 'No, we're not doing it for convenience, we're doing it totally in the interests of the child, and we're prepared to sacrifice our ego of having that role.' "

She had always known, she says, about the nutritional superiority of breast milk.

"From the second you're pregnant, they tell you that breast milk can do anything from cure conjunctivitis to send your child to university. If it could put the kettle on, it would make you a cup of tea, kind of thing. So I knew that." But her reasons for breastfeeding her own daughter had been purely psychological.

"I went back to work, albeit part-time, relatively early at three months, and I just felt it was really important to me, when I came in the door and Derek's mum had been looking after Darcey all morning, emotionally I could push her to one side - mum's here now - and it was something only I could do. That bond was really emotionally important to me, and so I would never have been able to let someone else breastfeed her in a million years."

When she explained this to the women in the documentary, however, they told her it was the most selfish thing they'd heard.

"They said, 'What you're entirely thinking about is your role as a mother, and your mental state, you're not thinking about the child at all.' These were clever, interesting women - and they said, 'That's all about you, not the child.' I'd never thought about it like that before."
The biggest point made in this article is that the women or 'wetnurses' believe that it is more beneficial to have someone else breast feed your baby after you go back to work than feed your child milk from another species - formula (from a cow).

My issue with this is that your milk is made for your baby. You know what you eat and that is what the baby gets through the milk.

You have NO control over what others do when they are not looking after/breast feeding your child.

There is no way for you to know if you child is getting painkillers, specific medications or even alcohol because this person's milk is not being screened, as done in a milk bank.

Would I allow someone else to breast feed my baby? NO! After my son decided he was done with my breast, I continued to pump for him for 10 months after. To me it was just the right thing to do.

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Another Baby Arrives On An Airplane!

Babies will come whenever they want even if their mom is on an airplane in the middle of the ocean...

An Indian woman was lucky enough Wednesday to have not one but three doctors to help her deliver a baby boy on a flight between Hong Kong and Adelaide.

The plane made an unscheduled landing in the far-north city of Darwin early Wednesday.

A spokesman for Royal Darwin Hospital told national broadcaster ABC that the six-week premature baby was healthy and weighed 2.7 kilograms.

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Australian Company Introduces BPA Free Bottle That Changes Colour!

'BPA free' is hot right now because there have been so many reports about the dangers to infants and young children.

An Australian company, Milk and Tickles, has created a BPA free bottle that has a bit of a twist - it changes colour!

The bottle incorporates a special heat sensitive technology that reacts to temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius. Any liquid placed in the bottle above that temperature will change the colour of the bottle to hot pink!

It will continue to change colour and revert back for months on end. Direct prolonged exposure to U.V light and prolonged exposure to extremely high temperatures over 100 degrees Celsius will reduce the life span of the product.

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Julia and Henry in Hawaii

Julia Roberts vacations with her three children, twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 4, (not pictured) and son Henry, 1, in Hawaii.

The down to earth mom recently told Goodhousekeeping that she wants to raise her three kids to be healthy, conscientious people who are aware of their impact on the Earth.

She teamed up with Sophie Uliano, a passionate environmentalist and the two created a "green group" for Julia's closest girlfriends, who gathered at the star's home to learn about everything from nontoxic nail polish to safer cleansers.

"There we were, on Julia's kitchen floor, huddled around this big bucket, making an all-purpose cleaning spray out of water and essential oils," Uliano says. "It was very hands-on." Roberts and her pals also kept journals, in which they wrote about their concerns and their hopes. "It got very emotional," Uliano recalls. "There were tears shed when we'd start to share about our children and what we want for them."

I like Julia as a mom and as a person.

PHOTOCREDITSteven Crantz/PacificCoastNews.com VIA USMAGAZINE.COM

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Breast Feeding Dolls

If you have been trying to figure out a way to include your younger children in breast feeding these Boobie Buddies(£37.50) may be your answer.

All of the designs are soft and cuddly, and anatomically correct for breastfeeding. They are created involving the use of secure hidden internal magnets at key points throughout the Mom & Baby dolls bodies thus allowing them to kiss, hold hands, cuddle and breastfeed, showing the "Natural Way" to feed babies and little ones.

The dolls are:

  1. A fantastic present from the new baby to their older Siblings, who can then play with their "Boobie Buddies" while Mum nurses her new baby, everyone's involved and happy!
  2. Ideal for schools and nurseries, playgroups and family centres.
  3. Ideal for use during antenatal and postnatal breastfeeding workshops.
  4. A perfect keepsake to remember those"special" breastfeeding times, once they are over.
  5. Fully safety tested with CE mark, conform to the European (1, 2 & 3 EN71) and USA (US CPSC) and toy safety standards and updated guidelines (BERR) Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform on handtags, labels and packaging.

For information on how to order visit boobiebuddiesbfdolls.net

Boobie Buddies doesn't currently ship to USA or Canada. Perspective North American customers can register on their site, so that they can contact you once the situation changes.


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RECALL: Stroller Activity Bars By International Playthings Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with International Playthings Inc., today announced a voluntary recall of about 10,000 Taggies™ Strollin’ Along Stroller Activity Bars because the shiny material on the elephant’s ear on the activity bar can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

International Playthings has received three reports of the shiny material detaching and children putting it in his/her mouth. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the Taggies™ Strollin’ Along stroller activity bars. The multicolored, fabric, and plastic activity bars feature a yellow giraffe, a purple hippo and a blue elephant attached to a 12” long elliptical base with straps that attach to a stroller. The Taggies™ and Earlyears® logos are located on woven and satin labels sewn into the seam on the lower left front of the activity bar.

Consumers should immediately stop using the activity bars and contact International Playthings at (800) 445-8347 or visit the company’s Web site at www.intplay.com for a free replacement toy.

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My First Shades For Babies and Kids

My son is completely obsessed with with sunglasses, the only problem is we can't get them to stay on and they are usually too big for his head.

While trying to figure out how to fix both of these problems, I was introduced to 'My First Shades'.

My First Shades was created by a mom in 2001 to encourage early eye protection and to increase awareness about the irreversible effects of UVA and UVB damage to the eyes of children.

Their sunglasses are not only cool and stylish, but they feature shatterproof and impact resistant lenses.

Because kids like to a variety, My First Shades come in all shapes and styles. We have a sporty pair of NY Yankees ones and a flashy pair of green ones.

Kids aged 3-7 years can choose from an unbelievable selection that will match their style and personality. Boys who like to look cool will prefer the Infinity Shades and girls will love the 'just for girls' line that features over sized printed frames in delicate flower patterns.

As soon as my son saw the bright colors of his new sunglasses - he had to put them on. We have managed to find a pair of sunglasses that are not only comfortable, but easy for him play in.

Because they are secured to his head with the neoprene band , we don't have to worry about them flying off or going missing.


  • Professional grade polycarbonate frames and lenses
  • Rx Capable
  • Impact resistant lenses
  • No pointy temple arms or metal hinges
  • Waterproof
  • Rustproof

Prices range from $14.99 - $19.99

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Monday, August 25, 2008
Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller Expecting First Child

Extra is reporting that Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller are expecting their first baby!

In a statement from his rep, Charlie tells the TV show that:

"Brooke and I are thrilled! She's the best stepmom Sam, Lola and Cassandra could ever hope for. Seeing her love and affection with those three, I know she'll be an amazing mom. Unless I bat 100%, perhaps a boy awaits us."

Charlie has two girls with ex-wife Denise Richards -- Sam, 4, and Lola, 3 -- and a 23-year-old daughter with ex-girlfriend Paula Profitt.

The happy couple tied the knot in May and have been talking about kids ever since.

"Hopefully, triplets!" Brooke told "Extra" about her baby plans. "Could you imagine if I really had triplets? He'd be like, 'Whoa!'"


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Minnie is Pregtastic in a Bikini!

I love a pregnant woman in a bikini!

Expectant mom Minnie Driver shows off her growing belly yesterday in Malibu.

Due any day, Minnie has revealed her intentions to raise her unborn child on her own, for she does not feel the need of a man to be involved in child rearing.

She was quoted saying:

"I'm not married and I don't know if I'll stay with the guy, it's great to be an independent creature, today you don't need a man any more."

"In the old days, a baby without marriage and people would put you out, I'm very into feeling this female thing," she added.



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Sadness In Kansas After Twin 3-Year-Olds Left in Car For 2 Hours

I am honestly shocked every time that I read a story like this, except this one is just more unexplainable.

Twin 3-year-olds, a girl and a boy, did not survive after being left inside a car in northeastern Kansas for more than two hours.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the twins were found in the car parked in their driveway two hours after being reported missing near Topeka.

Deputies responding to the report of the missing twins conducted a search in the immediate area of the children's house and in the surrounding neighborhood.

One resident who lives nearby said he saw a sheriff's deputy and another officer checking his above-ground swimming pool about 2 p.m., looking for the missing children.

The sheriff's office enlisted the assistance of a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter before the twins were found inside the car.

The temperature was about 75 degrees but authorities say it could have been 30 degrees hotter inside the car, with the windows rolled up.

No foul play is suspected, though the mother was being questioned by detectives, Reynolds said.

The child's father, whom Reynolds said worked out of town, had been notified and was returning to Topeka.

I cannot understand how no one looked in the car and how they were in there in the first place. The only thing I could think of was that they were outside playing and they got stuck in there.

Regardless...this is very sad.

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Alessandra Ambrosio Welcomes Baby Girl!

Congratulations to Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio and her partner Jamie Mazur on the safe arrival of their first baby.

In a statement, the new mom said,

"To all of our family and friends, we are pleased to announce that our little princess Anja Louise Ambrosio Mazur was born on Sunday Aug 24 at 7:32 p.m. She is 6.3 lbs. and absolutely perfect."

So far, Ambrosio says, motherhood has been a breeze. "She hasn't cried once except for a second when they pulled her out. We have now felt a new kind of love and joy that we never knew existed."

We wish the couple the very best!

PHOTOCREDIT:Michael Bezjian / WireImage VIA PEOPLE

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Sunday, August 24, 2008
Giveaway: Stickee-Buns For Your Baby!

We have the cutest product to introduce you to for this Monday's giveaway.

I came across Stickee-Buns recently while at a trade show . Many things about this product caught my attention, but the one thing that stood out was the adorable design.

The bonus was that the adorable design was practical. The 'buns' part is a non-slip piece of rubber-like material that keeps baby in place.

It is strategically placed in all the right places to keep your child stable and secure.

The bodysuits and pants have a patent-pending design, which places our non-slip "buns" on the back and butt. Stickee-Buns are not iron-on's or decals. Our buns are applied in a complex, 4-step process. These non-slip surfaces help keep babies from sliding and schlumping down, from their original position.
The unique packaging allows the pants and bodysuit set to be given easily as a gift.
  • Stickee-Buns comes in two sizes: (0-3) Months, and (3-6) Months.
  • For best results, garments should be snug-fitting.
  • They are currently available in three colors: Pastry Pink and Bakery Blue and Yummy Yellow(Available Sept 31).

For information on how to purchase a set of Stickee-Bun please visit the company's site.

GIVEAWAY: 1 lucky reader will win a Stickee-Buns gift set (size and color of your choosing retail value $39)

To enter our giveaway please e-mail us at giveaways@growingyourbaby.com , with the subject ‘ Stickee-Buns’.

Giveaway closes Thursday August 28th, 2008

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