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Thursday, April 30, 2009
RECALL: GAP Children’s Coats; Toggles Can Break and Detach Posing Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with GAP Inc., today announced a voluntary recall of 23,100 babyGap Children’s Coats because the coats have toggle fasteners that could break and detach from the coat, posing a choking hazard to young children.

This recall involves three different children’s coat styles with toggles including Rose Toggle Hoodie (style 600298), Pink Duffle Coat (style 600344), and Blue Plaid and Mojave Toggle Coat (style 600942). The coats were sold in infant sizes up to 24 months and are made of cotton, polyester, or polyester/acrylic. The toggles are light tan plastic and about 1 3/4 inches long.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled coats away from children and return them to any babyGap, GapKids, or Gap store for a full refund. Consumers who return the coats before August 31, 2009 will also receive a 20 percent off coupon for a regular priced item. Contact Gap to return by mail if purchased online.

For additional information, contact Gap toll-free at (888) 747-3704 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET, visit www.gap.com, or email the firm at custserv@gap.com


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Kimora's Baby Shower

Could Kimora Lee Simmons be having a boy? In just a few weeks the designer will become a mom for the third time. On April 19th she celebrated with the impending arrival of her new baby with friends and family.

Among the 50 guests were Stevie Wonder and his wife, Kai, Holly Robinson Peete, and Kimora’s daughters with ex-hubby Russell Simmons, Ming Lee, 9, and Aoki Lee, 6.

Even though Kimora hasn’t had the sex of the baby confirmed yet, she confides to OK Magazine,

“We’re leaning heavily toward the blue team!”

Crazy cravings:

“I’ve been eating a lot of spicy food. I put jalapenos in everything.”

Shapes and sizes:

“With the girls I was wider in the belly. Now I’m narrower, but if I turn sideways I can’t fit through the door!”

Dream dad:

“Djimon is a spiritual person, and it’s a big deal for him to have a baby. When he first heard the heartbeat at the ultrasound, he said he felt very humbled.”

Big sisters:

“The girls say, ‘We’re going to dress the baby up!’ Djimon’s like, ‘No, you’re not going to be pinning tulle to the boy!’ ”

We can't wait to see if the couple is right!


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RECALL: Jardine Recalls Another 96,000 Cribs Sold by Babies'R'Us Due To Entrapment and Strangulation Hazards

The CPSC today announced that crib manufacturer Jardine is recalling another 96,000 cribs Sold at Babies'R'Us because the wooden crib slats can break, creating a gap, which can pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers.

CPSC has received 31 incident reports of slats breaking, including two reports of children becoming entrapped in the gap created by the broken slat on the crib models identified below. In 10 of these incidents, consumers reported that their child broke the slat while in the crib. There was one report of minor injuries (bumps and abrasions.)

This recall involves 7 models of Jardine wooden cribs with the date codes identified below. Cribs with other date codes are not affected by this recall. The date code and model number are printed on the label located on the inside of the bottom rail of the headboard or footboard.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Jardine at (800) 646-4106 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.jardinecribrecall.com/ to receive a full credit toward the purchase of a new crib. Jardine will provide consumers with detailed instructions for purchasing cribs in retail stores and online.


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Serena and Lily Expand Their Market Sling Collection

Linens and Homewares Company Serena and Lily have expanded their popular market sling line to include an exotic embroidered peacock($129). The newest sling is vibrant, colorful and elegant. Like the other patterns in this collection the peacock sling is made of soft brushed canvas with 100% organic cotton lining

Also new for this Spring is the introduction of the Gypsy Tote, Clutch, Diaper Changing Pad and Brag book. All are made from Serena and Lily's beautiful flax linen with leather detailing and hand-embroidery. This collection was inspired by the design of the Prague Collection Market Sling (pictured right)


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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Kelly Rutherfords Talks To Pregnancy Magazine

Gossip Girl's Kelly Rutherford gets the cover of this month's issue of Pregnancy Magazine.

The actress talks to the magazine about her birth plan, motherhood and preparing Hermes for his new sister.

Here are some highlights:

How are you doing?

I’m doing good, I’m doing really well. Since we’ve been in New York, I’ve been working and my tummy’s getting big. She’s movin’ around a lot in there. I’m excited to get back to LA and have the last few months off before I give birth. That will be nice. So I’ll focus on that.

I’ll be done at the end of March and then I can go back to LA and get everything ready for the baby and then I don’t have to come back until July, the baby’s due the first week of June and then I’ll go back to work some time in July. So that will give me enough time to rest and regroup and all of that.

What’s your plan for the birth?

I’ll probably have my mom there and Hermes will be close by and I’ll get a baby nurse too. And I haven’t had, I don’t know if I’m going to do a doula this time, I probably will. I usually labor at home, I’m very close to where I give birth, the hospital and my doctor is so lovely he usually comes to the house and checks on me and everything. It just depends on how this one goes. With Hermes it was a little bit longer, I labored at home a long time before I even went into the hospital and I just try to do it as naturally as possible and be as comfortable as possible. You think you can prepare, but nothing can prepare you for the first time you give birth for that experience because it’s just so extraordinary. So at least now I know a little bit more about what goes on, so I’m excited.

I’ll probably have a doula. I had a doula with Hermes and she was so helpful through the process and I’ll probably call her again when I get back to LA and see if she’s available. Cause it just helps, I think no matter who’s there by your side whether it’s your mother, your husband, whoever, there’s something nice about having that neutral party because they can help and keep everyone else around you together. And they know what’s going on, especially if you’re like me and you kind of want to do a lot at home, it’s nice to have someone that’s knowledgable around.

Does Hermes know what he’s in for?

He does, he’s in and out of it. Sometimes he gets it and he’s into talking about it and sometimes he’s like, “Let’s not talk about that yet.” So we’ll see, I think he’ll be a great older brother. He loves to explain things, so I’m sure he’ll have fun explaining to her how things are, how things work. And I just plan on including him in everything and that’s what my mom did with me and my brother, and I have a great relationship—I was an older sister—so I kind of know and she just really encouraged me to help and be a part of it. And I still do, I’m still probably too much in my brother’s business!

What’s your favorite thing about motherhood?
The smell. The smell thing is huge. The first thing I have to do when I see him is smell him. I just have smell him and kiss him and hold him. It’s kind of t hose instinctual things I guess or just seeing him do something new. Now he’s making sentences and he wants to see everything and point everything and show me what it is. It’s like rediscovering the world again.

What’s your biggest challenge as a mother?
The most challenging thing for me is not to worry. Because there are so many things you think about and worry about and I think it’s natural. And I talk to my girlfriends and they all do it, so I think, “OK, it’s not just me.” Cause sometimes you think it’s just me, I’m just overly worried about things. You want to do the right thing. There’s always an element of you want to do the right thing, am I doing the right thing? I just really try to follow my own instincts and say okay, at least if I follow my own instincts one way or the other I can be accountable for it.


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Iiamo's Cool Self Heating Baby Bottle

World renowned designer Karim Rashid has created an amazing bottle that heats up the milk in about 4 minutes without the use of either batteries nor electricity and cords – just an organic heating cartridge.

The Iiamo feeding bottle is an exciting product because it can heat up your baby's milk in the car, on the plane, at the café, beach, park….

  • No BPA, PVC, Lead or Phthalates.
  • Accommodates Dr. Brown's, Meda, Pigeon and Nuk nipples
  • 100 % organic heating cartridge , that only contains salt and water.

Available at danskdesign.nu for 299.00sek (about $37 U.S)
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Jon Gosselin Tackles More Cheating Allegations

Reality star Jon Gosselin is firing back at new reports that he was cheating while his wife Kate was across the country promoting her new book.

The latest controversy came after the busy dad was seen leaving a bar at 2 a.m. with a mystery woman and without his wedding band.

"Like most people, I have male and female friends and I'm not going to end my friendships just because I'm on TV," he says in a statement. "However, being out with them late at night showed poor judgment on my part. What makes me sick is that my careless behavior has put my family in this uncomfortable position. My family is the most important thing in my life and it kills me that these allegations have hurt them."

The Gosselins, who are raising 8-year-old twins and 4-year-old sextuplets, have dealt with similar allegations in the past. In February, Jon was spotted hanging out with a couple of female college students from Juniata College, located near his hometown in Pennsylvania.

While the world condemned him, a College student who was at the bar defended Jon by saying,

"He was very well-behaved, a gentleman. He talked more about his wife than his kids. He was very friendly, very approachable."

Shortly after the controversy, the couple admitted that raising their children in public has been stressful for their marriage.

"Kate's career is taking off and I'm a bit lost," Jon admitted. "This struggle has definitely put some tension in our marriage."

I feel bad for Jon because he's the one that is always getting a tough rap. Everyone goes out sometimes and has a few drinks. Chances are his friend pool has gotten smaller since the kids arrived and the show started.

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Swine Flu And Your Baby or Young Child

In the last few days the Swine Flu fears have been put front and center as the dangerous virus travels worldwide.

Children are at the highest risk of mortality if affected with the Swine Flu. Symptoms may be difficult to recognize, but it is crucial that you are aware of signs of the Swine Flu in order to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome if your child is infected with the virus. If your child is unable to speak, it may be hard to recognize symptoms of Swine Flu infection. This flu virus is most dangerous in the weakest of individuals including young children. There are some indicators you can look for to ensure that you recognize Swine Flu symptoms that require emergency care in your baby or young child before it is too late.

EHOW has this list of symptoms for parents to look for:

  • Flu Symptoms - If your child has any flu-like symptoms, it may be the Swine flu. The symptoms of this virus are like many others. Monitor their symptoms and look for a high fever over 101 degrees following a cold. Worsening cough is also a sign of Swine Flu. If you are treating your child for flu, and their cough worsens, it is a symptom of the virus.
  • Look for a Rash - Look for a rash that accompanies the fever. This is an indication of Swine Flu infection. The child may also have a blue color to their skin. This indicates a lack of oxygen and requires immediate emergency care.
  • Stops Drinking - If your child quits drinking fluids do not hesitate to rush them to the emergency room. Dehydration is a killer for young children. In addition, if they have explosive diarrhea or vomiting you should seek immediate emergency treatment.
  • Breathing Problems - If they appear to be breathing quickly or having any shortness of breath, get them help quickly. The faster you get emergency help in this situation, the more likely they will suffer no adverse affects.
  • Body Aches - If they act as if they are in pain when you hold them, or try to wriggle away because they appear uncomfortable, it could indicate severe body pain. Get them to a treatment facility immediately. This is an indication of a Swine Flu virus infection.
  • Flat Affect - If they are not maintaining eye contact, or appear flat in affectation this is a warning sign of severe viral infection. Get to an emergency facility.
  • Will Not Wake Up - Finally, if you are unable to wake your child, call an ambulance immediately. Do not hesitate in this situation. Swine Flu is a deadly virus and can be treated with antiviral medications such as Tamiflu so getting your child treated immediately can save your child's life. The Swine Flu epidemic is likely to get worse before it gets better and it is important to be aware of symptoms of the virus that may require emergency care.

The best way to avoid getting swine flu is to

  • avoid sick people
  • stay home if you become ill
  • cover your coughs and sneezes
  • WASH YOUR HANDS frequently - you don't need to use antibacterial soap, just use any soap and wash for at least 20 seconds. The is most important to do when you come in from being our and before you eat.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

If you want to know where the swine flu is being found. Here is a map of reported Swine Flu cases.
  • Purple marker is confirmed or probable
  • Pink marker is suspect
  • Yellow marker is negative
  • Fatal cases have no dot


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Looking For A Jogging Stroller? We Compare 7 Different Options

Now that spring is here it is time to get out and enjoy the nice weather. Many parents do this by combining their exercise regime with their children.

Jogging with your child is a great way to get some fresh air and stay fit.

Like with most baby gear purchases, finding the right jogger can be challenging. You need to consider size, terrain, wheel size and price.

We have put together some information to help you better decide which jogger is right for you.

Here are some jogging stroller facts:

Wheels: A real jogging stroller will have 3 wheels that resemble a bicycle, but they can come in many different sizes

  • 20" Wheels: frequent running/off-road use. Larger wheels offer superior glide, less resistance and easier curb and bump handling.
  • 16" Wheels: frequent jogging/walking with light off-road use. A best bet for most users, great glide and usability. They can handle anything from walking around town to running on a dirt path with no problem.
  • 12" Wheels / Swivel Wheels: walking and around town. They offer superior maneuverability and great improvements over traditional strollers with tiny plastic wheels. They also take up less room in the back of your car when the wheels are left on.

Shocks or Suspension - Shocks are recommended for off-road use and rugged terrain. They aren't necessary because most manufacturers have accounted for shock absorption when designing and building their strollers. If you will be strolling out on bumpy roads then you should consider shocks.

Alloy vs. Steel Wheels - Currently Aluminum Alloy wheels are the trend. Even though most strollers come standard with them, you may come across Steel wheels when manufacturers are trying to cut costs, and a stroller's price usually reflects this. Alloy wheels won't rust, and are a great in climates where rusting is an issue like marine environments, coastal areas, mountain zones, and areas with snow and road salt). Another plus: alloy is lighter in weight.

ASTM Certification - When you see an ASTM Certified* product jogging stroller, you know that it meets the most rigorous standards set by the jogging stroller industry. Undergoing ASTM testing and meeting the set standards is voluntary, done so at the expense of the company, and not required by any government or commercial body. Because ASTM standards are the highest anywhere, any product that meets or exceeds them is certifiable as an item of the highest possible quality.

Tips for the Safe Use of Jogging Strollers:

  • Use a well-built jogger that has good shocks and is not lightweight. Do not substitute a cheaper price for less stability.
  • Consider you child's age before you buy. It is not advisable to take children under 6 months old out in joggers.
  • Adjust the handlebar to your height before you take the stroller out to insure you are as comfortable (and stable) as possible.
  • Take a practice run or two without the child in the jogger to get a feel for the handling of it and to make sure you can turn and stop it without any trouble. Remember, it will be heavier and carrying something very important; you'll want to be able to maneuver it easily.
  • Strap your child in with the full harness. You want them as safe as possible and if you have to stop suddenly, you don't want them to fall out or even get shaken. Also you don't want them to be able to reach out and get their fingers tangled in the wheels.
  • Never take your hands off the stroller. They are made to need little to no resistance to make them move, so that running with them is easier, but this causes them to move if you let go. Rogue strollers can be very hard to catch and very unsafe for your child.
  • Stick to smooth surfaces if your child is not a year old yet. This will lessen the amount that the child is shaken while running.
  • Be in control of your jogger. Make sure that you are never going so fast that you cannot stop the jogger if needed. Remember, the brake is for parking, not for stopping during a run. It is the runner's responsibility to use momentum in such away that they can control the jogger.
  • Use your runs to your advantage. If you run right before nap time, the rhythmic sound of you running may put your child to sleep, which can be a nice bonus of your runs.
  • Increase the comfort of your child by shifting them to different positions during the run. This is especially important in very young children who cannot rearrange themselves.
  • Don't expect your child to sit still for the duration of the run. For toddlers and older, it is a good idea to allow the child to get out and play for a bit during the run, especially if they seem restless. This will increase their enjoyment and comfort on the run.

We have put together a comparison chart of 7 popular Jogging Strollers, all with different features and price points:

  1. Baby Jogger Performance Jogging Stroller - This stroller was created for serious runners. It features an over sized canopy, 5-point safety harness, zippered pockets for your keys, cell phone and toys for the kids, a more comfortable reclining seat, and a revised shock absorber system. The performance is the only jogger on the market that has 20-inch pneumatic tires AND a one-piece frame. (Available in double)
  2. BOB Ironman Stroller - The Ironman strollers are the lightest of the BOB line. They feature high-quality slick 16" tires and shock absorbing suspension. It is equipped with a 5 point harness for your child's safety, coil springs to cushion your little one as you run, and both a hand brake and rear wheel foot brake for safety.(Available in Double)
  3. Schwinn Joyrider Stroller - This stroller features 20" aluminum alloy wheels, a handbrake, and mesh venting at the back of the seat. It was created for those who take their stroller workouts very seriously. In addition to its marathon-runner friendly design, the Joyrider is packed to the handles with conveniences that any parent can appreciate
  4. Kelty Speedster Deluxe Jogger - The speedster deluxe was built on a tough but lightweight aluminum frame to provide a smooth ride. It features an adjustable 5-point harness with contoured straps and padding in all the right places. Your child will also offer appreciate the reclining seat and a retractable sun canopy for optimum shade. (Available in double)
  5. Schwinn Free Runner LT - The free Runner LT was designed with a 16-inch front wheel and 20-inch rear alloy wheels to offer great performance and style. The frame is made of a lightweight aluminum that folds quickly and easily for compact storage.The generous canopy with a fold-down tinted visor protects little ones from the sun. The airy, vented cabin and reclining seat option ensures an ultra-comfortable ride, while rear suspension and five-point harness offer a safe and secure ride.
  6. Bebelove USA Bohemian Jogger - This fashionable jogger features a reclining seat, recline harness, 5-point hand and foot braking It has a multi-position sun canopy, all terrain frame is lightweight steel, quick release wheels and quick release wheels. (available in Double and Triple)
  7. Joovy Zoom ATS - New for 09 Joovy introduces the Zoom Jogging stroller. Made from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum and 600D fabric the Zoom is ready for tough duty. It features 16" wheels and over sized canopy to provide the best sun protection, a neoprene parent organizer with 2 cup holders and a custom made rain/wind cover.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Another Mom Charged With Drunken Breast Feeding

I am not really sure what is happening with new moms, but another mom has been charged with drunken breast feeding.

Stacey Anvarinia from North Dakota pleaded not guilty a child neglect charge for allegedly breast-feeding her baby while drunk.

While responding to a domestic disturbance call, police officers watched as an "extremely intoxicated "Anvarinia" began breast feeding her infant in front of us," according to a police incident report.

Since alcohol can pass from mother to child via breast milk, the new mom was arrested for neglecting her six-week-old infant.

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Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick Expecting Twins Via Surrogate!

The Hollywood twin invasion continues as Sarah Jessica Parker & hubby Matthew Broderick announce they are expecting via surrogate.

The Hollywood couple, who already have son James Wilkie, 6, announced Tuesday they're "happily anticipating the birth of their twin daughters later this summer with the generous help of a surrogate. The entire family is overjoyed."

Matthew and Sarah Jessica stepped out together Monday night in New York at the premiere of his film Wonderful World, where the actor gushed about his fashion-icon wife (wearing a skintight dress) of nearly 12 years, saying, "Doesn't she look beautiful."

PHOTOCREDIT:WENN

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Baby Survives 12 Hours Alone Outside In Woods

The police in Quebec deserve some recognition after they rescued a one-year-old boy who spent 12 hours alone overnight in the cold, damp woods near Quebec's Eastern Townships. They believe that he likely cried all night and had no tears left when they located him.

Const. Patrick Sullivan carried the lucky baby out of the woods about 120 kilometres east of Montreal around noon on Sunday.

Somehow he managed to survive overnight despite wearing only a T-shirt and soggy diaper in the rain. Temperatures dipped to 5 Celsius overnight.

"I was so happy to see that this child wasn't dead, that he was alive," Sullivan told reporters in French. "He wasn't even crying. He tried. But I sensed that he was crying and screaming so much during the night that he couldn't even cry anymore. That really touched me."

Twelve hours earlier, the baby's mother had called police saying her husband had taken their child in the family minivan.

Twenty minutes after the call, police located the minivan in a ditch near a wooded area, but did not find the father or the baby.

A 7am on Sunday, the baby's father was picked up hitchhiking by a women who thought he needed medical attention.

When the pair stopped briefly stopped at a friend's house on the way, police say the man pushed her out of the car and drove away.

Not long after, officers found the man at the hospital, said provincial police spokesperson Louis-Philippe Ruel.

In the meantime, a massive search was launched for the baby that included a team of officers searching on the ground, a K-9 unit and a police helicopter, which spotted the baby from the air. When police found him, the baby seemed healthy, except for mild frostbite on his cheeks.

He was under observation at a near by hospital and then released yesterday into his mother's care.

The unstable father was arraigned in Granby, Que., on charges of robbery and criminal negligence.

He is to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is fit to stand trial. His next court appearance is scheduled for next Monday.

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Usher Raymond V Is Lovin His Elmo

Usher and his oldest son Usher Raymond V arrived at LAX Airport in Los Angeles over the weekend.

The 16-month-old, who wears lil polo shoes, seems to be fond of Elmo doll daddy toted through the airport.

Usher recently teamed up with the United Nations Foundation to launch the Nothing But Nets campaign, urging underprivileged youths to become more pro-active and make a difference in global issues.

The initiative aims to raise money to prevent African kids contracting the deadly disease by providing more mosquito nets to civilians. Malaria is usually spread by mosquito bites.

Usher says,

"I am proud to be a part of an exciting partnership with the United Nations Foundation and its Nothing But Nets campaign. This initiative sends an important message: youth, regardless of their backgrounds, can make a difference in this world by taking action through service to save lives. Anyone can make a difference. All it takes is $10 to send a net and save a life."


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Monday, April 27, 2009
Dancing Through Labor

Last year when Camila Alves delivered her first baby, new daddy Matthew McConaughey told OK Magazine that she danced through labor saying,

“Contractions started kicking in, and we found a great rhythm. We had a 14-hour session, her and I did. I sat there with her, right between her legs. We got tribal on it. We danced to it. I was DJing this native Brazilian music.”

Dancing through labor has become increasingly popular as moms try to find natural ways to deal with contractions.

Many of the movements in belly dance are similar to movements and techniques taught in childbirth class. For instance, the belly roll in typical belly dancing is similar to the pattern of breathing progression women are taught to practice during labor: lower abdominal breaths, to more shallow chest breathing, and to the popular panting breath.

The pelvic rock that most childbirth preparation classes teach is to stretch and strengthen the pelvic muscles; allow the baby to attain a better position in the pelvis; and to ease the strain on the laboring mother's back. These hip and pelvic movements are synonymous with the hip circles, figure eights, and hip lifts of belly dancing.

When I had my son dancing was the last thing on mind. Heck the pain was so intense I couldn't even speak let alone dance...

How do these women do it?

The woman in the video below is 9cm dilated and dancing like she is at a Caribbean resort...


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Levi Enjoys The Surfrider Art and Music Festival

Levi McConaughey enjoys the Surfrider Art and Music Festival on Malibu Pier yesterday with his mom and dad.

The trendy baby wears John Deere Johnny Popper Green Infant Cowboy Boots and a pair of jean overalls to match.

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Mom Welcomes Philippines First Set of Quintuplets

A 27 year-old Philippines mom has welcomed five babies via Caesarean section Sunday in Manila. Lorita Barrera and her husband Gary were only expecting quadruplets, based on her ultrasound results.

All five babies were placed in incubators, with at least three of them struggling with underdeveloped lungs. Two were reported to have pneumonia.

"There's a chance that they will survive as long as there are no complications. They're only 33 weeks old so their lungs aren't fully developed," one doctor said.

Dr. Jolynne de Leon told the Star two of the babies were in critical condition and the other three were unstable but improving.

She said it was the first recorded case of quintuplet birth in the country, with all the babies alive.

The babies had not yet been given names so doctors referred to them as babies A, B, C, D and E. Their weights ranged from 3.09 pounds down to 2.32 pounds.

Sadly, both parents are unemployed.

"We don't know how we're going to support them," the mother said a day after giving birth at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center.

Welfare officials said the government would provide the family financial support, including medical assistance and milk for the infants.

Last year I posted this picture of a hospital in Manilla. I wonder if this mom is getting her own room?

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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Kelly and Mark Enjoy A Nice Day in NYC

Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, their dog Chewie, their three kids Michael, Lola and Joaquin as well as Marc's parents and a family friend (green dress) spent the day lunching at P.J. Clarke's at the World Financial Center and then hanging out at a local playground.

Kelly Ripa, Marc Consuelos, kids, dog and Marcs parents in Battery Park

Kelly Ripa, Marc Consuelos, kids, dog and Marcs parents in Battery Park

Kelly Ripa, Marc Consuelos, kids, dog and Marcs parents in Battery Park


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Adventure Buggy Stacks One On Top Of The Other!

New Zealand Stroller company Adventure Buggy takes a unique approach to strolling with multiples. They just stack them on top of each other!

The Everest Single or Twin Buggy has a beefy design that was created for ease of maneuverability, while providing maximum comfort to your young children.

Each stroller comes equipped with all terrain wheels, 5-point harness, shopping storage, bumper bar, tether strap, sun mesh, rain cover and legwarmer.

I love that an extra seat or two can be stacked on top if you have more children. I've never seen anything like it before!


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23 Weeker Defies Odds By Breathing Just One Week After Birth

Arriving last Monday at just 23 weeks of gestation, Berselia Hernandez Chavarri defies odds by breathing on her own inside her incubator. The baby's chances of survival are still being assessed, but it is definitely a good sign that she is already breathing independently.

Borselia surprised doctors at Trujillo, Peru when she was born weighing just 450gms (less than a pound).

Her mom Sonia Chavarri is shown here watching on as she sleeps.

PHOTOCREDIT: AP/Karel Navarro


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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Lighten The Load With A Diaper Clutch

Moms who want a discreet way to tote diapers while they are for a quick trip to the mall or store may consider a diaper clutch.

These fashionable bags are not only petite but they are practical. All of the ones listed below included a change pad, have room for a couple diapers and wipes.

  1. Paisley Diaper Clutch - This stylish Diaper Clutch easily unfolds into a changing mat and can store diaper and wipes. The clutch is fully laminated for easy cleaning and makes changing diapers a breeze! $30
  2. Danielle Elizabeth Pink Damask Diaper Clutch - This clutch has elastic pocket inside for diapers, a zipper pocket inside for items such as wipes and ointments and a zipper pocket outside for personal items It also includes an Oilcloth changing pad.
  3. Clairebella Diaper Clutch - this clutch unfolds into a changing mat. It is fully laminated for easy clean up, holds 2-3 diapers, a small pack of wipes and has two smaller pockets for cell phone or keys. available in 9 patterns $70
  4. Reese Li Diaper Clutch - This small clutch can hold 3-5 diapers, changing pad, wipes case, diaper rash ointment, & cell phone. As an added bonus, there is a little ’brag flap’ shows off baby’s picture to family & friends.$60
  5. Petunia Pickle Bottom Cross Town Clutch - this chic clutch has a water resistant lining. It has a Diapers/wipes pocket, Ointment/cream pockets, a Fold-out, snap-out, wipe-able changing pad. Also includes a Petunia Pickle Bottom monogrammed wipes case. Available in 9 fabric patterns
  6. Joya Baby Diaper Clutch - This Nylon pouch holds 2-3 diapers and a soft travel wipe pack. It includes a large machine washable changing mat that rolls up inside and an extra pocket behind wipe envelope to hold money or cards. Available in 6 patterns $54
  7. Petunia Pickle Bottom Cake Cameo Clutch - This clutch has a Diaper/Wipes pocket and Ointment/cream/pacifier pockets. It includes a fold-out, detachable, water-resistant changing pad and detachable inner zippered coin purse.
  8. JP Lizzy Chamelia Diaper Clutch - This clutch is made of quilted wipeable microfiber. For your convenience there is an exterior zippered pocket , coordinating changing pad, diaper wipes case and a divided interior pocket to hold cash, credit card, cell phone ot lipstick holders. $38
  9. Lollipop Kisses Diaper Clutch - The interior contains two pockets, each large enough to hold a travel case of wipes and 2-3 diapers. There is also a small pocket that you can use to hold your drivers license and credit card.


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Skipping Matilda

Matilda Ledger enjoys the nice weather in Brooklyn today as she skips and jumps down the street. The pre-schooler catches some good air while getting lift from her mom and a friend.

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Pax and Maddox Hang Out With Daddy

Pax and Maddox were seen hanging out with dad Brad Pitt in Long Island today. I guess when you have 6 kids quality time comes in shifts.

Last month we saw him taking his girls Shiloh and Zahara shopping in NYC.

Brad Pitt with kids Maddox and Pax grabs a coffee in Long Island

Brad Pitt with kids Maddox and Pax grabs a coffee in Long Island


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Soopsori's Wooden Toys: Simple and Natural

Soopsori makes extraordinary wooden toys for kids that are 100% recyclable. The Korean company only uses natural wood without using bolts or paintings. Their packaging can be reused 100% since it does not contain unnecessary decoration or harmful surface coating.

Each wooden toy has its own unique color and texture depending on its species of wood chosen for that product. Soopsori carefully selected 20 types of natural wood to manufacture the natural featured toys.

Unlike color-painted toys, Soopori toys are not only safer but they also have the natural scent of tree because the natural wood is still alive and breaths although it is manufactured.


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Francois-Henri and Salma Share Wedding Weekend With Valentina

Valentina joins her parents in Italy for their wedding weekend extravaganza.

The trio was seen this morning leaving the Cipriani hotel in Venice, Italy.

Francois-Henri and Salma will exchange vows today at the Palazzo Grassi, a historic white-marble palace owned by the Pinault family and the site where Hayek and Pinault first met in 2006.

The toddler also attended The masked ball last night. All the guests wore black Venetian masks.

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Friday, April 24, 2009
Nicole and Harlow Hit Starbucks

Nicole Richie spends time with daughter Harlow after a whirlwind trip to Canada.

The mom-to-be was up North to launch her new jewelery line 'House of Harlow' and to tour the plant in Montreal that will be manufacturing her new maternity line.

Yesterday she blogged about her trip saying,

I toured the majestic mills plant where my pieces will be constructed and then had several other meetings throughout the day to begin shaping my clothing line, maternity line (details to come soon), as well as shoes and accessories. I was so excited to see the fabrics, the designs, and the first samples, as well as share our ideas for what the line will become.

My trip to Canada was great! Everybody that I met was so nice and I really had the best time there, but to be honest I’m miserable without my family and was so excited to get home!


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Mom Gives Birth on Fifth Ave With A View Of Central Park

A New York woman who almost made it to the hospital on time instead ended up giving birth on Fifth Avenue with a view of Central Park.

Hospital staff ran out to help deliver the baby girl after mom-to-be Elisabeth Brew's screams could be heard a woman from inside Mount Sinai Medical Center today.

When they arrived they found Elizabeth sprawled across the front seat of her SUV with the baby's head already crowning

The new baby joined her twin brother, after he was delivered a few minutes later indoors. Both babies are healthy, but will stay hospitalized for a few weeks because they're premature.

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Irresistable Handstitched Wool Felt Crib Shoes

How cute are these baby gardner handstitched wool felt crib shoes? Each pair features a classic childhood image and contrasting ardornments.

These one-of-a-kind shoes are not only irresistible, but they'll be the topic of conversation wherever baby goes.

Available in small, medium, large and x-large $28


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Apple Apologizes For Aproving 'Baby Shaker' Game

Apple Inc. is apologizing for allowing a 99-cent iPhone game called "Baby Shaker" that let a player quiet a virtual crying infant by shaking the device.

The game featured black-and-white line drawings of a baby as well as the following description:

"See how long you can endure his or her adorable cries before you just have to find a way to quiet the baby down!" the Associated Press reports. Once the player finishes shaking the device, the on-screen baby is depicted with large red X's over its eyes.

Apple removed the program from the iPhone's App Store on Wednesday, but only apologized after critics pressed for it yesterday.

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said Thursday that the game was "deeply offensive" and said it should not have been approved for sale.

"We sincerely apologize for this mistake," Kerris said in a statement.

The game developer, Sikalosoft, commented just before their website was taken down saying,

"Okay, so maybe the Baby Shaker iPhone app was a bad idea. You should never shake a baby! Even on an Apple iPhone Baby Shaking application. No babies were harmed in the making of Baby Shaker."

Maybe if they saw the effects of a real baby that has been shaken this would have never been an issue. Some live, but never fully recover, causing them to need full time care.

These people should be ashamed of themselves!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Keep Your Toddler Safe With Baby Sherpa's Safe2Go Harness

Moms who are concerned about their little one fleeing the scene while they are out will like the Baby Sherpa Safe2Go Harness.

These toddler harnesses feature a retractable 38” tether which can hold children up to 50 lbs and can be retracted into the pack when not needed.

Each backpack is discreetly disguised as a cute child's character and all are big enough to hold a snack or toy.

Harnesses are a controversial item with some parents because they can look like you are putting your child on a leash.

But sometimes they are a necessity for events like summer carnivals, airports or busy malls.

If you find the right one, your child may not even know they are wearing it.

More information and lots more styles available at babysherpa.com

$25 each


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Study: Morning Sickness May Lead To Brighter Kids

Good news for expectant moms who are suffering from morning sickness. Researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children’s (SickKids) Motherisk Program have found that morning sickness, which impacts up to 80 per cent of pregnancies, enhances children’s long-term neurodevelopment. The study will appear in the April 23 advance online edition of The Journal of Pediatrics.

This is the first study to assess the direct impact of morning sickness on children’s neurodevelopment. While previous studies suggested an early protective benefit of morning sickness, the long-term effects, including intelligence and specific cognitive skills, had not been directly investigated.

“Our findings suggest an association between NVP and improved neurodevelopment in the offspring,” says Dr. Irena Nulman, lead author of the study. “NVP is a widespread and puzzling physiological phenomenon that has yet to be sufficiently studied,” adds Nulman

Morning sickness may result from an altered secretion of hormones (HCG and thyroxine) during pregnancy. The change in hormone levels happens to ensure adequate placental growth.

For this study, participants were recruited through Motherisk’s NVP hotline database. The research included 121 women who called the hotline from 1998 to 2003. Participants were split into three groups of mother-child pairs: mothers who experienced morning sickness and were treated with diclectin (a drug used to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy); those who experienced morning sickness and did not take diclectin; and those who did not experience morning sickness.

Children aged three to seven years were assessed with standardized age-appropriate psychological tests, including measures of intelligence and behaviour. Other factors such as mother’s IQ, number of cigarettes smoked per day, alcohol consumption and socioeconomic status were also taken into account.

The study showed all children across the three groups scored within the normal ranges for neurodevelopmental outcome. It indicated children of women with morning sickness scored higher on performance IQ, verbal fluency, phonological processing and numerical memory. It also suggested diclectin does not appear to adversely affect fetal brain development. Severity of morning sickness was a significant predictor of higher scores, and maternal IQ also played a role in the outcome.


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Charlie and Brooke Talk About Max and Bob's Early Arrival

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Charlie Sheen and wife Brooke Mueller Sheen speak to Entertainment Tonite in a new interview airing tonight.

The Sheens open up to ET about the birth of their twin sons, Bob and Max, born 7 weeks premature.

"It was scary," Brooke says. "I went to the NICU to see them and words can't express how amazing and shocking to see two human beings that came out of me. But I was scared. Our babies had so many tubes on them, it was frightening. I didn't have the easiest pregnancy. I had preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and cholestasis." Charlie adds, "She would have been in serious jeopardy had they stayed in longer."
Charlie also sets the record straight on the reported heart problem Max suffers from,
"They were 7 weeks early so things were still developing. Max has something called ejection fracture. It's the volume at which the heart pumps and how much blood the heart can pump. There wasn't anything that any other premature child, especially a twin, doesn't normally go through. Things are gradually going toward normal." Charlie goes on to explain the condition that kept baby Max in the NICU longer than brother Bob, "The reason he had to stay longer in the hospital than Bob was a weight issue."
http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif Today the Sheens say the twins are "doing great."
"They are completely Sheens," Brooke jokes. "They don't have any Mueller genes. I'm like, 'Can I at least have an ear?!' Bob looks identical to Charlie. Everybody at the NICU called him Charlie. And Max looks like (Charlie's dad) Martin."
Charlie says that his two daughters, Sam and Lola, love to hold their baby brothers.
"I think they think they might be dolls," Brooke says. Charlie jokes that he has a different issue when his older daughter, Cassandra, 24, visits. "With her it's more like, 'Don't get any ideas!' At 43, I'm not ready for that label (of Grandpa)."

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Mom Gives Birth In Parking Lot After Hospital Refuses Admittance

A woman was forced to deliver her premature baby in the back seat of a car after a private hospital in Dubai rejected admitting her because it didn't have the facilities to look after a premature baby.

The 25-year-old woman arrived at the hospital 35 weeks pregnant and in labour, but was asked to leave because they were not equipped to deal with premature babies.

Hospital staff carried her on a stretcher to her friend's car and left her there. "I thought they [were] taking me to an ambulance and another hospital as I was in severe pain," she said.

Then the woman's water broke.

"Within a few minutes I saw the baby crying on the back seat of the car," she said.

After her water broke, a friend went back into the hospital looking for help. Seven doctors came out to assist in time for one cut the umbilical cord. The woman was taken into the emergency ward as she was bleeding heavily.

She suffered three episodes of cardiorespiratory arrest. The baby also is suffering from breathing trouble.

Both mom and baby were taken to a government hospital that had an incubator for the newborn.

According to the hospital report the baby girl is in critical condition suffering from bleeding in the brain. The report notes the baby stopped breathing three times.

In Dubai Health Department rules state that patients who are three terms, less than 35 weeks, are not allowed to be treated in private hospitals because they are not equipped with NICU's.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The First Years MiPump: Compact and Efficient

When I pump, I prefer to use an electric pump because of their efficiency.

The First Years offers 3 nicely priced options for new moms who are looking to pump, but not break the bank.

The single electric, double electric and deluxe double electric model all come with a portable, re-chargeable pump that is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

I like the double electric model because it includes a one-handed handle. This feature gives you a free hand when pumping. The handle has two adjustments ; one to adjust the width between the pumps and another to manipulate the angle. This neat addition helps keep the breast shields in place, while allowing you to multi-task while pumping.

Also included with my pump was a pair of comfortable flexi-fit breast shields. In the past, the pumps I have used have had a hard plastic breast shield, which can be uncomfortable. MiPump's flexible shields stay in place and don't dig into my skin if I move.

The suction on this pump is good enough that I only needed to adjust it to the 3rd bar out of 4. I rarely use the highest suction level when I'm pumping because I find it only increases the pain, rather than milk flow. For that reason, I have only used this pump at 3/4 of it's ability, which still allowed me to express 3 ounces in just 5 minutes.

Moms on-the-go will like the rechargeable battery that comes with the MiPump. It is nice to not be chained to a certain location in the house because that's the only spot where you can plug in an adapter. This is also convenient for moms who need to pump in the car, bathroom at work or anywhere where there is no power outlet available.

The single electric, double electric and deluxe double electric pumps include:

  • a nipple and lid(2 with the double)
  • collection bottle(2 with the double)
  • the pump, base and cord
  • a pair of breast pads
  • a sample package of milk storage bags

AND a great tote bag that is big enough to hold all of your equipment with room to spare for diapers and wipes if necessary.

The First Years has designed a product that is discreet, efficient and budget conscious.

It is a great pump for moms who need to pump a few times a day.

More information available at learningcurve.com


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Nurse Accidentally Feeds Baby Fabric Softener

Somehow, a nurse in the Special Care Nursery mistakenly fed a premature baby fabric softener instead of breast milk.

The toxic 'Comfort Pure' was poured into the newborn boy’s stomach via a feeding tube in a mix-up after his mum brought in the liquid to add to his blankets.

Staff only realized the mistake after he frothed at the mouth and started vomiting.

Fabric softener contains chemicals called surfactants that can be fatal to humans.

The hospital is blaming the mother of the preemie, named only as Baby Hunter, for bringing in the Comfort in a baby’s bottle.

But yesterday a furious nurse said colleagues should have double-checked before using it.

A source within the unit said:

“It was stupid of the parent to bring in fabric softener in a baby’s bottle to give to nurses.

“But this is a worried mother who wanted to make sure her baby had soft blankets.

“For a nurse to pick up an unlabelled bottle and not check it is also negligent.

“Fabric softener doesn’t even look like milk. It’s pearly and gloopy and has a strong perfume.

Everything about this is ridiculous. Let's hope the baby doesn't have any long term issues from this...

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Cool New Trend: Wooden Balance Bikes

The coolest new trend for kids this year is the introduction of wooden 'Balance bikes' . While this is not a new concept, there are just more companies entering the market, giving parents more choice of style.

These tiny bikes, often referred to as run bikes or training bikes, which are pedal free and without training wheels, first and foremost help a child develop the most important skills necessary to later ride a 2 wheel bicycle with pedals: Balance and Motor Skills.

They are a great way to transition from ride on toys to a big boy/girl bike and all are made of 100% birch wood or eco-friendly materials.

Most have

  • a height adjustable, padded seat
  • 12" rubber/foam tires
  • Solid rubber/foam handgrips

  1. PLIM Swiss Roadie Runner$50
  2. Prince Lionheart Balance Bike $89
  3. Like a Bike$160
  4. Smart Gear Balance Bike
  5. Skiphop Wishbone 3 in 1 Bike $250
  6. Sevi Balance Bike$160


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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Julie Chen Expecting First Baby!

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During this morning's The Early Show on CBS Julie Chen announced that she and her husband, Les Moonves, are expecting their first child together.
"I am expecting my first child," she announced while rubbing her tummy,"So it wasn't a big Sunday at the buffet table. I'm starting to show now! And my due date is Oct. 4. So, fingers crossed, and ... I'm not taking maternity leave from (the CBS show) "Big Brother," which she hosts. "I e-mailed my boss over there this weekend and I said, 'Don't worry. I can still do the show!" '
The mom-to-be even kidded that the headlines could read, " 'Big Brother' Gives Birth. Medical Miracle!" '


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Eco Awareness: Baby Products Made From Recycled P.E.T Material

In recognition of Earth Day, we have found some products that use recycled P.E.T materials in order to help reduce the waste in our landfills.

Approximately 31% of plastic bottles produced in the United States are made from a material called PolyEthylene Terephtalate, "PET" or "PETE." Usually clear or green, the plastic is mostly used for consumer goods such as soda bottles and food jars. According to the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), in 2005 United States manufacturers produced 5.075 billion pounds of PET products. Such a high production rate makes finding uses for post-consumer plastics imperative. If the current rate of manufacturing and consumer recycling remains, 40 billion pounds of PET waste will be added to our landfills within only a decade.

In the late 1970s, only a few years after PET entered the United States marketplace, forward-thinking companies started to transform recycled PET into many useful products like new bottles and fiber for carpet and other textiles. By the late 1990s many other companies were using 1/2 billion pounds of recycled PET per year by creating products like blankets, belts, shoes, insulation, and even car parts.

Some baby product manufacturers have stepped up and started creating products from recycled P.E.T material.


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