Category: Baby Stuff

Prince George Sets Trend with Adorable Animal Backpacks

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 by No Comments

Last April, the Royal family was spotted at the Sydney airport en route to New Zealand carrying a kangaroo backpack. Everyone had their eye on the royal family that trip, because it was Prince George’s first visit abroad. It didn’t take long for word of the cuddly, cute backpack to spread…and sell.

Since then around 2,000 or so of these backpacks have been sold by the Australian Koala Foundation and it has raised some valuable funds. And now the website touts that the backpack is “Good enough for royalty, this kangaroo toy back pack is owned by Prince George….”

The Foundation sent a thank you to the palace along with an AKF Koala backpack that I just love! Not that the kangaroo backpack isn’t adorable, but I just love kolas. They’re fuzzy, cuddly looking with round ears.

In real life, they are pouched marsupials like the kangaroo and like the kangaroo backpack, include the mum and joey. This backpack is designed for kids from 2-5 years old. In addition to the backpack, the Foundation also planted a small forest of eucalyptus trees in Price George’s honor as part of the thank you.

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In return, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge replied with a thank you letter to the CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation saying they were humbled and grateful for the koala backpack which was sent to their son.

It’s always amazing how just the slightest glimpse of a celebrity holding an item can make sales take off, but this time it’s different. First of all, with all this free publicity, the backpacks have stayed priced at $14.95. And, it’s a product that’s strives to do more than make a profit. The money from these backpacks goes to help koalas survive.

Photo credits: Royals Direct, savethekoalashop.com

Gennifer Goodwin Returns to Work Following Birth of Son

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by No Comments

I grew up believing in a happily-ever-after life, and of course was a bit disappointed when I learned that’s not necessarily how things work. However, I still enjoy movies, books, and of course, real life events that lend themselves to happy endings.

If you’ve ever watched ABC’s Once Upon a Time show based on familiar fairytale characters placed in the fictional town of Storybrook, you know happy endings are hard to come by even for Snow White and Prince Charming. However, in real life, when I learned that Gennifer Goodwin, who plays Snow White, and Josh Dallas, who plays Prince Charming, had fallen in love and were expecting a baby, it brought a smile to my face.

Gennifer spent her hiatus from the show having little Oliver who arrived on May 29 and has kept a pretty low profile since. Now she’s back filming for season 4, and scheduling made it impossible for her to attend the Once Upon a Time Comic Con panel which disappointed fans.

However, she didn’t leave them disappointed. She showed up via Skype. Other show favorites on the panel included her husband Josh, and co-stars Jennifer Morrison (Emma), Lana Parrilla (the evil queen), and Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook).

Gennifer greeted thousands of Comic Con fans with her sweet Snow White smile from on set. She rocked her son gently in his stroller and told fans she couldn’t be there with her little one because she was needed on set. If you’re a fan you know she has a sense of humor and it shows up in this video.

If you’d like a laugh, you’ll want to watch it because the new mom jokes about her postpartum emotions. Let’s just a say a stunt man is involved. She stayed in character as the sugary sweet Snow White with one minor blow up. I’d say more but I don’t want to be a spoiler.

It’s good to see her back on set, with her baby, and I look forward to seeing what happens with the storyline this year. The reinvented fairy tale characters remain somewhat predictable but when they are thrust into new realities with all kinds of unpredictable outcomes, you never know what to expect.

It’s important to note that Happily Ever After is not the title of the show, however, I do wish Gennifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, and little Oliver all the best.

Photo Credits: Once Upon a Time

White Noise May Help Baby Sleep

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 by No Comments

I made the mistake of bringing my crying, teething baby into my bed during the night. She’d fall back to sleep and so would I. That’s not only a bad habit, it’s not safe. So once she cut four teeth, I tried to break the routine.

I’d nurse her, put her back to bed, and a screaming unhappy baby doesn’t begin to convey the stress my husband and I experienced. I’d give in just to get some sleep. That was another mistake. All I did was reinforce that crying is how she’d get what she wanted.

When I talked with my pediatrician about it he instructed me to make sure all her needs were met and to let her cry. If she was still crying in 10 minutes to check on her but not to take her out of the crib. Three nights of this and she was sleeping through the night, but it was a nerve-racking experience.

Now parents are turning to white noise to help crying babies to fall asleep. Actually, this isn’t a new idea. In a bygone era, Grandma might have turned on the TV to an off-air channel or turned on an electric fan to get the same result.

White noise can work as a distraction and in some cases even contradicts conventional “be quiet the baby is sleeping” wisdom. Instead, white noise can help babies fall asleep and stay asleep.

Maybe a sound machine should be a nursery accessory. They even make them to look like toys that can be strapped to your crib or stroller if you’re on the go. These soft, adorable looking sleep-time sound machines play calming sounds perfect for helping a wailing baby to fall asleep.

While these sleep sound machines look like toys, they are not and should not be placed in the crib as they can pose a choking hazard to children under three.

For those who don’t want to invest in a toy-like sound machine, apps like Baby Soothe are available on iPhones and Androids. The app features repetitive soothing sounds like rain, waterfalls, heartbeats, fans, even vacuum cleaners and more. With the app, you can even combine sounds to create white noise that work best for your baby.

Photo credits: Amazon

Link Round-up: Ice Cream, Christmas in July, a Stress Ball, and More

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has ice cream recipes, Christmas in July ornaments, how to make a stress ball out of clay, and more.

The Suburban Soapbox has toasted marshmallow ice cream and other cold treats.

Chicago Jogger taught us how to make Crockpot BBQ with apricots.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to make an aromatherapy stress ball out of clay.

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Upstate Ramblings taught us how to make melted crayon Christmas ornaments for Christmas in July.

Domestic Mommyhood showed us how to make a squishy sensory bag.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make DIY clipboard art displays.

Peekaboo Pattern Shop shared a free button-up romper pattern.

Photo credit: The Suburban Soapbox and Upstate Ramblings

Should You Use a Night Light for Your Baby?

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by 1 Comment

When my daughter was three years old, all of a sudden she started waking during the night afraid of a “monster” in her room.

I finally figured out that during the winter months, the bare branches of the tree outside her window created a scary shadow on her wall that moved with the wind. I added a night light to her room and it scared the monster away.

Today, night lights can be purchased that complement your nursery décor or showcase other interests. But is it good to put a night light in your baby’s room?

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This Tardis night light is not recommended for children under three.

My daughter wasn’t afraid of the dark until she was three, and the dark never bothered my son. It turns out that children don’t experience night-time anxiety until they are two or three because that’s when their cognitive development has reached a stage where they can understand the concept of fear and can even imagine scary things like the monster on the wall.

Should you use a night light? Experts say that if your child fears the dark, a night light can help dispel that, but the light should not illuminate the room too much because toddlers sleep better in a dark room.

And if you decide to buy a decorative type night light, it’s important to check warnings because some include choking hazards and are not suitable for children under three years old. For instance, Dr. Who fans may love the idea of a tardis night light but it is not appropriate for young children!

If you’ve heard concerns about night lights harming your child’s vision, that belief dates back to the late 90s and has since been disproved. At that time, parents grew alarmed about night-lights and vision problems after a study found a link between night-light use for children under two and the development of myopia (near-sightedness).

Since then follow-up studies found no relationship between night-lights and near-sightedness and the authors of the original study have even backed away from those findings. Plus, kids under two don’t really need a night light! If you’re child is afraid of the dark, go ahead and get a night light.

Photo credits: Amazon, Amazon

Is Kate Middleton Pregnant with Second Child?

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 by 1 Comment

When I learned I was pregnant with my second child, I chose not to make mention of it for a few months. My first child was only 13 months old, and I just wanted to experience “normal” life for a little longer before people started asking all the pregnancy-related questions, and eyeing my belly for signs of the bump.

Now with the Internet abuzz with rumors that Kate Middleton is expecting her second child, I almost feel sorry for her.

The Duchess received all kinds of attention when pregnant with Prince George and people are ready for more…but is 32-year-old Kate Middleton ready for all that again this soon? The rumors are based on a childhood friend’s claim that a sibling is on the way, but Kensington Palace has said Kate hasn’t talked to that friend in years.

I tend to believe Kensington Palace, because anyone who is a true friend and learned Kate was pregnant would share the joy but keep the news to themselves. But now with these statements, people are looking at Kate with a critical eye searching for “the” signs.

Is her face fuller? After all, her face looked fuller when she was expecting the Prince. Other rumors suggest she holds something in front of her stomach when she is out among people, but really what is she suppose to do with her purse or the flowers someone hands her?

So is she pregnant or not? Rumors say yes; Kensington Palace has said…that she hasn’t been in touch with that old childhood friend for years. They did not say that she isn’t pregnant. So that has stirred more speculation because they didn’t deny the rumors.

It leaves the royal watchers chomping at the bit, but along with them we’ll all have to wait and see. This isn’t the first time rumors have suggested baby number two was on the way. Remember that little slip William made when accepting a baby gift from a woman in New Zealand? He told that woman she may have to make another one soon for baby number two. But Kate wasn’t pregnant.

Even if she is expecting now, she may want to wait a little while before making an announcement. Let’s give her some space. After all, remember how sick she was the first time round?

Photo credits: CLIKATV

Barnes & Noble Promises New Nursing-Friendly Policy

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by No Comments

Back in March, an assistant manager at the Nanuet Barnes & Nobel told 22-year-old mom Shereen Matera that she would either have to cover up or leave the store if she planned to keep breastfeeding her five-month old son. Matera tried to calmly explain that the law in New York allows women to breastfeed in public, but the employee said the store had a different policy.

Matera went home where she ended up posting her experience on Facebook with the group Badass Breastfeeders of New Jersey. Members of the group were as upset Matera and the outrage spawned an organized nurse-in at the bookstore the following day.

This protest caught the attention of state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman who decided to look into the situation. For him it seemed to be an issue of women’s rights, and following months of deliberation, Schneiderman and Barnes & Noble came to a settlement which will result in some changes for the nationwide chain’s 42 stores in New York.

Barnes & Noble is now required to train its store workers on the state’s breastfeeding law which allows mothers to nurse in public. The stores will also be displaying the international symbol for breastfeeding at the store entrance, and they are donating $10,000 to a breastfeeding support group overseen by the Rockland Department of Health.

New York’s breastfeeding law has been around for 20 years, and according to Schneiderman, “All New York residents, including breastfeeding mothers, must be afforded equal protection under the law. No mother should endure harassment for breastfeeding her baby in public. There is one set of rules for everyone in New York, and I applaud Barnes & Noble for taking steps to ensure that moms are not harassed or discriminated against.”

Matera says she is pleased with the outcome, but says a simple apology would have been satisfactory.

Photo credits: Christine K

Baby Girl Survives Miscarriage of Twin and Abortion Pills

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by No Comments

Little Megan Hui is a miracle baby. She was born last February and is now a healthy 18-week-old little girl.

She’s a miracle, because her mother suffered a miscarriage six weeks into the pregnancy. Then following the miscarriage, she was given abortion drugs to help clear out her uterus and as a precautionary method to avoid infection. Then 10 days later she went back to the hospital to have a surgical procedure to clear remaining blot clots that could be life threatening.

According to Megan’s 31-year-old mom, Michelle, the doctor said, “You are not going to believe it, we’ve got a heartbeat.” Can you imagine the roller coaster of emotions to she went through from losing her baby, to finding out she was still pregnant?

It turns out the Megan was a twin. Her mom had lost a baby after six weeks of pregnancy, and didn’t know that she was actually carrying two babies. She even underwent 5 different scans that confirmed she had lost the baby, and yet for some reason, little Megan survived the abortion drugs. I count that a miracle!

Michelle Hui went in to have the surgical procedure to have the potentially dangerous blood clots in her uterus removed. It was at this time that a scan picked up a faint heartbeat.

The medical team decided that since the baby had survived so much already that Michelle should continue her pregnancy. They think that perhaps the blood clots caused shadows that hid the surviving fetus, but however it happened, the result is that a healthy baby girl who weighed six pounds at birth.

She joins her older sister Mya, who is four, and her brother, Noah, who is two.

It turns out that I’m not the only one who thinks Megan is a miracle. Her story is considered extraordinary enough to be written up in medical journals and the doctors said it was a “blessing.” I agree!

Photo credits: Twitter

Link Round-up: Birthday Badge, Puree, Summer Reading, DIY Sunscreen, and More

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s round-up has a first birthday badge, puree, a summer reading list, non-toxic sunscreen, and more.

It Happens in a Blink shared a tutorial for a first birthday badge.

It’s Always Ruetten shared her summer reading list.

Army Wife to Suburban Life gave us 15 ideas of things to do when you’re alone.

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It Bakes Me Happy shared a recipe for carrot apple mango puree.

Sand in My Toes taught us how to make a parking deck out of a cereal box and other items you have around the house.

A Mom’s Take shared her recipe for a moisturizing non-toxic sunscreen.

Carolyn’s Homework shared a guest post and taught us how to make peanut butter and jelly cookies.

Photo credit: It Happens in a Blink and It Bakes Me Happy

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