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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Joovy Introduces The Ergo Caboose

In Vegas this year Joovy introduced a great stand-on stroller with a ton of great features for busy parents.

The Ergo Caboose has an ergonomically engineered front seat with a new multi-functional sun canopy.

Busy kids will love the swing away front tray/2 removable cup holders.

A huge, easy access storage basket makes this stroller the perfect choice for trips to the mall.

If that's not enough, Joovy has an extensive list of options to keep any child/parent comfy:

  • Parent Organizer
  • Car Seat Adapter
  • Deluxe Seat Package
  • Deluxe Fleece Package
  • Sun Filter
  • Rain Cover
  • Travel Bag
Parents who have been looking for a stroller to replace the discontinued Fisher-Price Stand N' Ride will find the Ergo a great option. This company has been successfully designing stand on tandems for a quite a few years.


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Kate Gosselin Talks Parenthood in Cookie Magazine

Kate Gosselin, the head of TLC's popular Mega Family, talks to Cookie Magazine about parenthood and raising 8 children.

According to Kate, lots of rules and routines makes being a mom to a set of twins and a set of sextuplets easier.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

Q: What about your children makes you laugh?

A: I laugh at them all the time. They are just so cute that I can't help it!

Q: What is your favorite family ritual?

A: I feel most happy when we are getting ready for church on Sunday mornings. It is a ritual that works and goes smoothly—for the most part—and I love when our routines are down to a science.

Q: What parenting issue do you and your partner disagree most about?

A: How to make the punishment fit the crime.

Q: What is your parenting role: good cop or bad cop?

A: Neither of us are bad cops, but if you are asking who is firmest, that would be me.

Q: What do you wake up in the middle of the night thinking about?

A: How much I miss my kids and wish I had endless hours with each one.

Q: What do you wish you had done before you had children?

A: Slept more!

Q: What is a typical Saturday morning in your house like?

A: We all sleep late—or at least play quietly, right, Alexis? And then we have Mommy's homemade pancakes or waffles around 9:30. After we eat, I clean up and we play and laze around. That is, if our busy schedule allows for that luxury.
Kates:

  • ...guiltiest pleasure?
    I treat myself to a spa treatment every month—but wish it could be weekly!
  • ...ideal getaway?
    Hawaii. With the kids, without the kids ... I don't care. It's paradise!
  • ...favorite clothing item?
    Anything summer wardrobe and anything that makes me look thin.
  • ...current reading material?
    The Bible and a book on how to be the best mommy I can be—but I can't remember the title, sorry.


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Rhea Durham and Mark Wahlberg Welcome Baby Boy!


UPDATE: The baby's name has been revealed as Brendan Joseph

Congratulations to Rhea Durham and Mark Walberg on the safe arrival of their third child!

The couple's third child, a boy, arrived on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The longtime couple, who plan to marry soon, already have a 4-year-old daughter, Ella, and a 2-year-old son, Michael.

While Mark and Rhea are thrilled to add another boy to the family, he recently told US Magazine daughter Ella "was extremely disappointed when she found out that we were having a boy — she wanted a little sister."

PHOTOCREDIT:FLYNET


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Pediped Introduces New Styles For Fall

The trendy shoe company Pediped introduced their new Fall styles at ABC in Vegas.

Parents will be very happy with all of the new patterns, especially those with little girls.

This season's little princesses will be able to chose from quilted metallic, adorable flowers and 2 new Giselle styles (brown multicolored polka dot).

Styles for boys are offered in the classic loafer as well as suede board shoe and the must have staple: camouflage.

While Pediped Originals are available in sizes newborn (XXS) to 18-24 months (L), the new Flex line has been expanded to accommodate Toddlers with small feet (US sizes 5 up to 12).

Please visit Pediped's site for more new styles


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Marisol Nichols Welcomes Baby Girl

Congratulations to 24's Marisol Nichols and her husband, director Taron Lexton, on the safe arrival of their first child.

Rain India Lexton arrived this morning at 2:18 a.m.

"We are all doing great," the new parents said. "She is beautiful and gorgeous and more amazing than we ever imagined."

PHOTOCREDIT: Michael Doven VIA PEOPLE.COM


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Pregnant Mom Gets Married While In Labor

Even though the baby was on its way, a pregnant bride fought labor pains, got married and even attended some of her wedding reception before giving birth.

Emma Lowdon's contractions began as she tied the knot with her partner Sean Allum, 35, but she was determined to finish the service.

The 36-year-old squeezed some time in at the wedding reception before being rushed to a hospital delivery room.

Baby Josh arrive five weeks prematurely weighing 5 pounds, less than 24 hours after his parents' wedding in Ashington, Northumberland, England.

Hospital staff renamed the maternity room the Honeymoon Suite just for the occasion.

The new mom told the Newcastle-based The Journal,

"We did consider canceling the wedding after my water broke on Tuesday, but I was absolutely determined that I would be married and I would be Mrs Allum before the baby came."
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Monday, September 29, 2008
Labourkit Takes The Guess Work Out Of Packing For The Hospital

Even if you have already had a child, packing for the hospital can be a tricky tedious task and trust me, you will never remember everything.

Labor Kit hospital bags are a great way to make sure that you bring everything during your moment of haste!

Starting at just $39.95 the express kit includes Deluxe Canvas Bag, Gerber Breast Pads (36),Stay Dry Icepack, Lanonlin Cream, Large Blue Pads (3), Mesh Underwear (2), Sanitary Pads (4), Newborn Diapers (20), Peri Bottle, Stress Ball, Birth Plan, Share The Joy Contact List, Hospital Checklist and Pillow Paws non-slip socks.

We recently received the Standard kit ($59.95) which included everything listed above plus Thank you Cards (8), Notepad/Pen and Lip Balm.

I LOVE this kit because there are quite a few items included that I wouldn't have thought to buy and most certainly wouldn't remembered to pack.

Everything comes packed neatly in the Canvas bag, with a couple empty pockets to spare. It is surprisingly compact for the amount of stuff that is loaded inside.

Moms will also appreciate that all of the products included in the bag are brands that new moms have been using for years. (Pampers, Gerber, Tena, Preggie Pops, Burt's Bees)

Friends and family looking for the most practical gift idea for an expectant mom, should consider the Labor Kit. It is the perfect gift for a first, second or even third baby.


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Study Reveals Why Smokers' Babies at Greater Risk of SIDS

As we have reported on many occasions, babies of smoking moms are more likely to be born prematurely and have low birth weight, grow slower, and be at greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

When babies are born too soon, their lungs aren't as developed as full-term babies (born 38 to 42 weeks after the mother's last menstrual period, or LMP). So preemies' lungs often don't function as well and they're more likely to have breathing problems.

Looking at the oxygen levels of premature babies born between 28 to 36 weeks (both those of smoking and non-smoking moms), researchers found that the infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy had a hard time coping when their oxygen levels dropped – their heart rates rose and they had pauses in breathing that lasted longer and were harder to recover from.

This, say the researchers, may offer insights into why babies born to smoking moms are at greater risk of SIDS.

Even though the Back to Sleep campaign has reduced SIDS by 50%, it still remains the leading cause of death in babies 1 month to 1 year old, and still claims the lives of about 2,500 US infants each year, usually between 2 and 4 months old.

To help reduce the risk of SIDS for babies of all ages, make sure everyone who takes care of your little one – in and out of your home – follows these extremely important safety precautions:

  • Unless your doctor says otherwise, always place your baby to sleep on the back – never on the belly or the side. Doctors now know that putting babies to sleep on their sides also puts them in danger of SIDS because of the risk that they'll roll onto their bellies. (But it's perfectly normal and OK for older infants, usually around 4 to 7 months, to roll onto their sides or bellies by themselves as they sleep.)
  • Lay your baby down on the back on a firm mattress in a crib or bassinet – never on a pillow, waterbed, sheepskin, or other soft surface that your baby's face can sink into.
  • Never put your baby to bed with blankets, comforters, quilts, pillows, or plush toys.
  • Don't put your baby to sleep in your bed. Instead, keep the crib or bassinet in the room where you're sleeping. You can bring your infant to your bed for nursing or comforting, but return your baby to the crib or bassinet to sleep.
  • NEVER let anyone smoke around your baby both during pregnancy and after your baby is born.
  • Consider putting your baby to sleep sucking on a pacifier.
  • Breastfeed, if possible.
  • Keep the room temperature comfortable and don't over bundle your baby.
  • Get early and regular prenatal care during your pregnancy and make sure your baby gets regular checkups throughout infancy.

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Kids Kustoms Pimps Your Trike!

Kid Kustoms introduced the coolest tricycle in Vegas this year.

The company, who is known for its head turning stroller, upped the ante by offering the worlds first trike conversion kit.

The Trike is available both as a stand alone piece, and as a conversion kit that replaces the front end of the Roddler with a simple 2 bolt application. Crafted from the finest materials available and certain to become a family heirloom, the trike features a host of accessories they will save their allowance for. From interchangeable fenders with functioning brake lights, to custom pedals, headlights, exhausts tips and grips, you can make sure no two trikes are alike.

Price:
  • Trike $1200
  • Trike Conversion Kit $500

I am in love with this design.

Pansies need not apply - this trike was clearly designed with Bad Ass Toddlers in mind!

More information will be available on Kid Kustom's official website soon.

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Norwegian Princess Welcomes Baby Girl!

Norway's Princess Martha Louise gave birth at home to a baby girl on Monday, to be named Emma Tallulah Behn, the royal palace announced.

Martha and her husband Ari Behn already have two daughters, Maud Angelica born in 2003 and Leah Isadora born in 2005.

"The birth took place in the couple's home," the palace said in a statement, adding that the mother and baby were both well.

Martha Louise, age 37, is the daughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja and fourth in line to the throne after her younger brother Crown Prince Haakon and his two children.

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Constance Marie Arrives at Yes! On Prop 2 Party

An expectant Constance Marie Arrives at Yes! On Prop 2 Party.

The former George Lopez star, 43, and her fiance, yoga teacher Kent Katich, recently told US Magazine.com exclusively that they are expecting a baby girl in February.

"I am feeling good now," the five-months pregnant actress tells Us. "But the beginning was rough! Instead of 'morning sickness,' they should call it 'all day sickness!'"

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Jim and Michelle Duggar Expecting a Girl!

The Duggar family revealed today that the newest member of the family, expected on New Years Day, will be a girl!

“This will give us 10 boys and eight girls,” her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, confirmed Monday to TODAY’s Ann Curry.

Actually, it will be just nine boys to eight girls in the family’s Arkansas home. The family’s eldest son, 20-year-old Joshua, was just married to Anna Keller, also 20, over the weekend at the Buford Grove Baptist Church in Hilliard, Fla. The family gathered in the church parking lot to bring Curry up to date on the wedding and to talk about tonight’s debut of the Duggars’ new reality show, “17 Kids and Counting.”
On Mother's Day, Michelle revealed to her surprised family that she was pregnant again, just nine months after giving birth to the 17th Duggar child, Jennifer.

During today's interview Ann Curry noted that the family is very traditional, even old-fashioned. Yet, they are the stars of their own reality series on TLC, a very modern form of popular entertainment.

“We’re just a big family. We want everybody to know that we can have a fun time even though we’ve got a large family,” Jim Bob said. “We love going places together, doing things together. Some of the [TLC] shows will talk about our trip to the TODAY show and how much fun our big family had in New York City.”

“We just want to encourage families to hang in there and realize children are a gift from God,” Michelle added, saying their goal is “to just encourage families to have fun and enjoy life and to love the Lord.”

The next big Duggar decision is coming up is what to name the new baby when she arrives. It’s a given that her name will begin with a J, and Joshua, John-David, Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah and Jennifer are already taken.
“My dad wants Julie Grace,” young Josiah reported. “I think Jessie’s a lot better.”
Michelle suggested the family would have to put the issue to a vote. Michelle Duggar is 42. She has two sets of twins and has been pregnant for 12 years of her life. When asked if the couple would like more kids, Michelle replied,
“We would love more. We really believe that each child is a gift from God. We would love to receive more gifts if the Lord sees fit. I guess we’ll just wait and see.”
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
Giveaway: Teutonia Handmuff

Teutonia, the German stroller company, launched their fully customizable stroller into the North American market a few months ago.

Teutonia offers parents the choice of stroller chasis, wheels, seat preference and some of the coolest accessories.

One of my favorite accessories is the Handmuff. Moms who live in a cold winter climate will appreciate the greatness of this muff.

Your hands will love to be buried in the two-sided, fleece-lined t-handmuff with weatherproof shell. It snaps right onto the handle of every teutonia stroller chassis, ensuring warm, dry hands for mom, dad or whoever is pushing.

The machine-washable handmuff comes in black only.

While this accessory was created for Teutonia strollers, it also fits onto most strollers that have rounded stroller handle.

GIVEAWAY: We are offering one Growing Your Baby Readers the chance to win a Teutonia Handmuff.

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

Giveaway closes Friday September 26th, 2008

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Hollywood Moms Attend March Of Dimes "Celebration of Babies"

Yesterday celebrity moms attended "Celebration of Babies"at The Beverly Hilton in support of The March Of Dimes.

The Charity luncheon recognized "celebrities and prominent individuals who are celebrating the birth of their children and who are role models for the March of Dimes Commitment to love and hope of babies."

PHOTOCREDIT:M. Sullivan/WIREIMAGE.COM


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Dad Allegedly Buys Beer for 2-Year-Old, 4-Year-Old Sons

A Wisconsin dad has been cited by police after he bought a beer for his 4-year-old son at the Fond du Lac County Fair and shared it with the boy's 2-year-old sibling.

A woman working at a beer tent last July told an officer she thought the man was joking when he asked for two beers — one for him and another for his 4-year-old son.

When he was questioned by an officer, he told him it's legal for underage children to drink in Wisconsin, as long as they're with their parents. The officer countered that the boys weren't old enough to know what they were drinking.

A police report said the man began yelling and swearing and was kicked off the fairgrounds.

UGHHH!!! I wonder if the kids were taken away or if they were allowed to go home with this guy?

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Haba Re-Invents The Ball

Haba is my favorite toy company because everything they create has so many uses. This year they have introduced many balls that double as other toys. Here are some of the ones I love!

1. Pommella Activity Toy - Open up the magnetic apple and inside there is a cute little rattling caterpillar. Apple comes with rustling foil. ($14)

2. Ballino is a colorful rattling ball made out of wooden discs. Great toy to have for first grabbing. ($12)

3. Stacking Ball Colori - The 5 part stacking ball rattles, squeaks and rustles.($17)

4. Peely Grasping Ball - Change Peely's colors from red and yellow to blue by folding the sides up or down. Little ones will love the rattling sound and bright colors.($9)

5. Fabric Miniland Ball - Great for grasping and rolling. Comes with little bell.($20)

6. Fiori Fabric Ball - This simple, yet vibrantly colorful ball is covered in soft, ruby red fabric, with delicate pink and green flowers sewn all over it. This ball has a rattle inside, which gently tinkles when the ball is shaken, or rolled along the floor.($12)

7. Discovery Ball with Squeaker - This colourful ball's sounds and optical effects trigger the curiosity of any child, stimulating them to fumble and clutch. ($5)

8. Allegro Stacking Ball - The ball is separated into four squishy pieces which slide together on a soft, fabric rod. Some pieces are lined with rustling foil or contain a rattle for a bit of noisy interest; all are luxuriously soft and fuzzy.($12)

*All of Haba's wooden toys are made of beech wood, with ecological, water-based, non-toxic lacquers.*

All of Haba's toys are available at oompa.com


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Friday, September 26, 2008
Salma Strolls in Paris

Salma Hayek goes for a stroll with daughter Valentina near the Plaza Athenne and Luxembourg Garden in Paris, France.

The adorable tot rides in a Baby Jogger City Mini stroller in black.

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Nicole Kidman Shows Off Sunday Rose

Actress Nicole Kidman smiles as she takes her daughter Sunday Rose out for a walk.

The Oscar -winning actress was spotted out and about in London with her two month old daughter, who could clearly be seen for the first time.

Dressed in an all pink outfit, and showing more than a tinge of the famous Kidman red hair, Nicole proudly showed off her precious charge while holding her protectively to her chest.

PHOTOCREDIT:MATRIXPHOTOS VIA DAILYMAIL


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Peta Asks Ben and Jerry To Use Breast Milk In Their Ice Cream

In a weird twist, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals(PETA) is asking the ice cream maker to begin using breast milk in its products instead of cow's milk, saying it would reduce the suffering of cows and calves and give ice cream lovers a healthier product.

The idea got a less than warm reception from the Vermont company and even La Leche League International, the world's oldest breast-feeding support organization.

PETA wrote a letter to company founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield on Tuesday, telling them cow's milk is hazardous and that milking them is cruel.

"If Ben and Jerry's replaced the cow's milk in its ice cream with breast milk, your customers – and cows – would reap the benefits," wrote Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of the animal rights advocacy group. She said dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies and obesity.

In an e-mail Ben and Jerry's spokesperson Sean Greenwood responded by saying,

"We applaud PETA's novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother's milk is best used for her child."

According to La Leche spokeswoman Jane Crouse, cow's milk and mother's milk aren't interchangeable. Breast milk is a dynamic substance that's different with each woman and each child and might have difficulty being processed into ice cream.

She went on to say that,

"Some women feel compelled to donate milk to a milk bank for adopted babies, or for someone who's ill or unable to breast feed. There's plenty of anecdotal evidence about sisters who nurse each others' babies. There's a population of women very willing to share their milk. Whether there's enough to do it for a commercial entity, who can say?"

Clearly, PETA has not done their research on this subject. Human breast milk is NOTHING like cow's milk infact, depending on the mother's diet and ethnic background EBM can be different colours.

I learned this while my son was in the NICU. While putting our milk in the freezer one day, I caught a glance at other moms milk. One was a dark brownish in color, another yellow and one even had breast milk that had a greenish tinge to it.

Do you want this in your ice cream?

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Outed By A Cute Maternity Dress

Every expectant mom has a story about how friends and family found out unexpectedly about the upcoming baby.

When I was just 11 weeks pregnant I had decided that it was still to early to tell people that I was expecting. Because my 1st son was born so early, I couldn't help but feel like it would jinks the health of my new baby.

While trying on clothes for a wedding I needed to attend, I realized that my blossoming bosoms had nixed all of the options I had in my closet.

This was my first trip to the maternity store.

I quickly picked up a green dress that I felt could pass as a trendy option that did not scream 'I'm Pregnant!'.

Matching it with pearls and even wearing high heals, I though for sure there could be no way that anyone would guess I was pregnant.

When I arrived, everything was great until a family friend starting admiring how cute my dress was.

She and her daughter both started saying that they had had difficulty finding a dress for the wedding and that while they were out, they hadn't seen mine in the stores.

Continuing on, my friend asked where I had found it. I was lost for words and stuttered a bit not knowing what to say.

This gave her the impression that I was one of those people who doesn't tell where they get stuff and she started to get embarrassed.

Apologizing, she said that if I didn't want to tell where the dress came from - that was ok.

That is when I revealed where the dress came from AND that I was expecting baby #2!


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Thursday, September 25, 2008
Advertiser Spotlight: Smarter.com

Parents looking to purchase Baby & Maternity products may find lower prices at Smarter.com

With over 200 savings opportunities, Smarter.com offers deals on everything from free shipping to percentage discounts on your total purchase.

If you are planning on doing some online shopping in the near future, this site is definitely worth looking at before your check out of your favorite store.

Big brand names like BabyGap, Old Navy, ToysRUs and The Children's Place are all listed here, each with different savings offers.

It is a great place to:

  • Search for Top Brands
  • Save with Discount Stores
  • Stay Within Your Price Range

The one feature I like about this site is it's ability to list all discounts on a certain product.

If you search a specific stroller or crib, all sites offering this product will be listed. Just click on the coupon icon beside the item and all discount offers will come up.

Candid product reviews are also available on this page.

Everyone is always looking to save money. Smarter.com is a great place to start


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Greenguard Certification Offers Parents Piece Of Mind

Even though chemicals emitted by products can affect everyone, children are more vulnerable to indoor air pollution than adults. Their physiological systems are still developing, and they breathe at a faster rate than adults, taking in more air relative to their body weight. Indoor air pollution is typically 2-5 times higher than outdoors. Since children spend about 85 percent of their time indoors, they may face both short-term and long-term health risks due to indoor air pollution.

Parents can look for a new certification company that guarantees the products that are being used in their children's schools and in their homes are safe.

The Greenguard Children & Schools certification mark can be found on more than 110,00 products produced by over 100 manufacturers. By using products bearing the Greenguard Children and Schools Indoor Air Quality Certified mark, parents can be assured that these products have been independently verified to meet some of the most rigorous chemical emission standards in the world. A list of all Greenguard certified products can be found online at www.greenguard.org.
Pictured below: Infant products during Greenguard's stringent tests


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Brooke Burke Shows Off Shaya On DWTS

During the second night of Dancing With The Stars, Brooke Burke enlisted the help of baby Shaya to help her keep her posture.

Brooke blogged yesterday about her kids support saying :

Neriah and Sierra will be in the audience tonight with my mom, Rain will be watching at home, and Shaya will make his television debut!

Derek and I actually danced with baby Shaya in our rehearsal and the show made a package out of it. I can’t wait to see my son on the screen. I really miss my kids soooo much, these last few days have been really long prepping for the live show. I can’t wait to see them tonight!

Shaya is being carried in a Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier Original in Black Gingham


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Giveaway Reminder: Save The Wildlife Gift Set

This week's giveaway is provided by Earthwise Kid, a company that was created by a mom who is passionate about preserving our Earth.

She has made it her mission to provide the very best gifts you can give a child in the form of (healthy) earth-friendly products and educational books.

Earthwise Kid offers three inspiring Land, Ocean, and Wildlife super-comfy 100% certified organic cotton t-shirt and eco-friendly book gift sets. All gift sets come wrapped and ready to give in our reusable jute bags (no wasteful wrapping).

The Save The Wildlife Gift Set includes:

  • Unbleached natural color
  • Tag-less neck
  • Machine washable-dryable
  • Recycled paper and soy based inks
  • Paper back
  • Packaged and ready to give in our Biodegradable/Reusable jute gift bags!
  • Each gift item comes with a to/from hang tag for easy giving
  • Sure to please any 2-6 year old

GIVEAWAY: Earthwise Kids is offering one Growing Your Baby Reader Save The Wildlife Gift Set that includes: organic t-shirt and eco-friendly book gift sets and reusable jute bag.

To enter our giveaway please e-mail us at giveaways@growingyourbaby.com , with the subject ‘Earthwise Kids’ and tell us which Eco-Friendly set you like.

Giveaway closes Friday September 26th, 2008

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Eco-Friendly Trichair Does Triple Duty

Introduced at this year's ABC Show in Vegas, the Trichair does triple duty with no re-assembly required.

The Trichair was created to promote healthy eating habits as a highchair, cultivate artistic habits as a desk and reward with playtime as a rocking horse.

It is constructed of MDF that contains recycled materials, a powder coating that has no solvents, with the overspray recycled for reuse.

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Gillian Anderson Takes Tumble at Premiere

Pregnant Gillian Anderson gave the audience quite a scare Wednesday night, when she lost her balance and fell to the floor at the London premiere of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

As director Robert Weide introduced the movie he joked that the mom-to-be going into labor that night would be great publicity.

Dressed in a floor-grazing Alice Temperley dress, Gillian threw a fake punch at the director and lost her balance.

Robert Weide reassured the audience that the 40-year-old actress – who is expecting her third child – was fine. "Is there a lawyer in the house?" he quipped.

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Nebraska's Unique Safe Haven Law Allows Parents To Surrender A Minor Of Any Age

While the 'safe haven law' is different in each state, Nebraska recently passed a unique version of law designed to protect unwanted infants by allowing parents to legally surrender them at a hospital.

In the law, which took effect July 18, Nebraska allows parents to give up a minor of any age — possibly an unruly teenager — instead of just infants.

Passed in February by the state's nonpartisan Legislature, the law specifies that no person can be prosecuted for leaving any child in the custody of any on-duty hospital employee. While other states set a much lower age limit for children to be left under safe haven laws — the oldest is a year in North Dakota — Nebraska law defines a “child” as anyone up to 19 years old.

State Sen. Pete Pirsch, whose compromise amendment eventually became the law, said using the broad language was intentional, because several senators felt strongly that the safe haven protection needed to be extended to all children.

Because the definition of a minor child is so broad, hospitals are seeing families of all ages being abandoned on their doorsteps.

Eleven children ranging in age from 1 to 17 were left at hospitals Wednesday.

Nine of the children came from one family. The six boys and three girls were left by their father, who was not identified, at Creighton University Medical Center's emergency room. Unrelated boys ages 11 and 15 also were surrendered Wednesday at Immanuel Medical Center.

Todd Landry, director of Health and Human Services' division of Children and Family Services, said that in nearly every case, the parents who left their children felt overwhelmed and had decided they didn't want to be parents anymore. None of the kids dropped off so far has been in danger, Landry said.

The children surrendered Wednesday are OK, said Kathie Osterman, spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. She didn't know why they had been abandoned.

State Sen. Arnie Stuthman said he introduced the bill intending to protect infants. In a compromise with senators worried about arbitrary age limits, the measure was expanded.

Abandoning teenagers was not the original intent of the law, Stuthman said Thursday.

"People are leaving them off just because they can't control them," he said. "They're probably in no real danger, so it's an easy way out for the caretaker."

Here are what's acceptable in other states:

  • In Texas, emergency medical services personnel and child welfare agents can accept infants up to 60 days old.
  • In California, a baby up to 72 hours old can be surrendered to any “safe haven site,” which includes hospitals and fire stations. The parent then has two weeks to reclaim the child if he or she has a change of heart.
  • In Maryland, an updated version of its law, scheduled to take effect this October, allows parents to surrender an infant to a “responsible adult” without prosecution up to 10 days after birth, as long as they don’t try to return for the child. The previous law allowed only three days.
  • In Florida parents of newborns can leave the child -- unharmed and up to three days old -- at any fire rescue station, emergency medical services station or hospital, anonymously and without fear of prosecution.
I just can't understand how someone abandons 9 children after they have been raising them for the last 15 years. This law seems like it was created for cop-out parents...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Clay Aiken Introduces Us To His Son Parker

Clay Aiken holds his son Parker Foster Aiken in a photo featured on the cover of the Oct. 6, 2008 issue of People magazine.

In an exclusive interview to the Magazine, Clay explains why he decided to reveal that he was gay.

"It was the first decision I made as a father. I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that."

As for his own child, the new dad told the magazine that Parker – who was conceived via in vitro fertilization with his best friend, music producer Jaymes Foster – will be raised in an environment that is "accepting and allowing him to be happy."


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Surgeons Use Ping-Pong Ball to Save Toddler's Life

In a world first, an Australian surgeon has used a simple ping-pong ball to keep liver transplant patient Mackenzie Argaet alive.

Dr. Albert Shun, from The Children's Hospital at Westmead, used the unusual approach when confronted with a medical problem while operating on the 2-year-old girl.

Born with a rare gastrointestinal disorder known as biliary atresia, Mackenzie needed the life-saving operation earlier this year.

But after inserting a portion of an adult-size liver in the little girl, Shun discovered it was too big and was placing pressure on her blood vessels which could have been fatal.

Having heard about the use of ping-pong balls in operations overseas, he decided to test their suitability in transplant surgery.

"I was using a sponge as a back-up purpose but there was no way I could close her up the way it was,” he said. “She is the first (transplant patient) in the world that the ping-pongs have been used for these purposes."

In Mackenzie's case, the ball keeps the liver off the arteries. Since her operation, Shun and his team have performed the procedure several times.

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10-Ounce Baby Born In South Carolina

A tiny baby born girl in South Carolina has survived the first week of her life, despite overwhelming odds.

Dye'mon Dodd weighed only 10 ounces at birth and had a 30 percent chance of survival.

Her mother, Yolanda Austin, said, "She was a blessing. She still is a blessing because she's my little miracle baby."

The tiny infant's footprint is barely bigger than a thumbnail. She weighed less than a can of soda and she is still less than 10 inches long.

Yolanda was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a potentially life-threatening disorder that causes high blood pressure, so she was forced to deliver the baby more than three months prematurely.

"God is on our side because if He wasn't, He would have taken her way before now," Austin said.

The family is just taking Dye'mon's fight for life a day at a time, hoping that the miracle baby will continue to gain weight.

And they continue to stay hopeful about her future. The little fighter wasn't due to arrive until December 27th.

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Thomas Beattie and Wife Enjoying Parenthood

The Daily Mail has some exclusive pictures of the 'pregnant man' Thomas Beatie, his wife Nancy and their new baby Susan.

The 34-year-old, a transgender patient who has retained his female organs, made history when he gave birth after a 40-hour labour on June 29.

Thomas was impregnated by sperm from a donor, which was inseminated at home by his wife Nancy using a do-it-yourself kit.

Susan Juliette weighed in at a healthy 9lbs 5oz and has been breastfed by her 'mother' Nancy.

Thomas carries the baby in a Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier Original in Black Gingham


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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
RECALL: Wood Abacus by LTD Commodities LLC Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with LTD Commodities LLC, today announced a voluntary recall of about 6,000 Wood Abacus' because the wooden rods on the abacus can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

LTD Commodities has received four reports of small parts detaching from the wood abacus. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled wood abacus is a multi-sided activity center that has a chalkboard, movable block letters with pictures, sliding shapes, a fun maze with gears, and a blue and yellow clock on the side of the activity center with two pink moving hands. Product code E7A is printed on the packaging near the UPC bar code.

Consumers should take the abacus away from children immediately and contact LTD Commodities toll-free at (866) 736-3654 (7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. M-F) or visit the firm's Web site at www.ltdcommodities.com or www.abcdistributing.com for instructions on receiving a product credit.


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Everything is Pink At Boon!

Boon is one of my favorite modern baby companies because they are always introducing great new products for parents.

I always love to see what Rebecca Finell, the head designer, has come up with for the new year and she never lets me down.

Boon's new bath line (pictured top right) are PVC and Phthlate free. This line includes water squishers, a ring toss game and floating ducks that were moulded to not look like conventional ducks. Each has its own unique name to match it's shape.

New for 2009, Boon has created a pink version of their popular Flair highchair. Additionally, parents who already have the Flair and want to make it pink can just purchase the pink padding as an accessory.

Girls can rejoice! Boon's popular feeding line is now available in the original color, Orange and new for 09 - Pink!

There are many new ideas in the pipeline at Boon and some were on display in prototype form at the show. At the company's request, we did not take pictures because the products are not complete or ready to be shown to the public.

One thing I can reveal is that crib bedding is in the works and it is CUTE! Can't wait!


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Celebrities Attend Playhouse Disney Preschool Toys Launch

Celebrities attend Star-Studded event at Toys“R”Us Times Square To Introduce a New Line of toys for preschoolers.

The Disney preschool toy line features favorite Disney Channel Playhouse Disney characters including Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and My Friends Tigger and Pooh.

PHOTOCREDIT:NUNEZ/WIREIMAGE.COM


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Get Post Pregnancy Tummy Support With Belly Bandit

Moms who are looking to get back to their pre-pregnancy shape after delivering their baby may want to consider looking at wearing a belly support or girdle.

Such support helps yours uterus to contract faster, it gives excellent back support while breastfeeding and provides some extra support when lifting older child in and out of the crib.

Even though I am still a few months off of delivering #2, I am already looking for the best way to get back into shape after baby arrives.

The Belly Bandit wrap is an abdominal compression binder designed to help you get your body back to its former fabulousness post childbirth.

Not only does it help reduce uncomfortable uterine swelling, it aids in decreasing bloating caused by water retention, and gives additional support for Mommy's weary legs & back. For you breastfeeding moms, there's a bonus. The Belly Bandit will help you with your posture during feedings, and may help to reduce the all too common back & shoulder pain associated with breastfeeding.

Available in 3 different styles, this unique abdominal compression binder offers something for all moms.

The Original($39.95) is the no-frills 'get-it-done' model. It has all of the same benefits as the other versions, with less flash.

The Couture($49.95) is the trendy mommy Belly Bandit choice. It is fully covered lightweight fabric with a solid outer cover with an inside peek-a-boo print that’s simply fabulous to wear! This version was created for moms who want to feel extra cute while losing that post-pregnancy belly.

The Bamboo($59.95) is the eco-friendly version for the Green mommies. It is inherently anti-microbial, moisture wicking and is three times more durable than cotton. Fabric made from Bamboo is one of the softest, all natural, greenest, fibers around.


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