BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Mar 07, 2014 10:00am |
On Sunday, March 9 we “spring ahead” our clocks one hour for Daylight Saving Time. While it brings welcome extra daylight in the afternoons and early evening, it can wreak havoc on sleep, especially in children.
If you’re worried about losing even more sleep than the one hour, we have some tips that may help make it a smooth transition.
Dream Team Baby, baby sleep trainers, offers this advice:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 1:00pm |
Hands down the best gift I received when my second daughter was born was a sleep machine from Brookstone. It was given to me by a mom of four who knew from experience that white noise would drown out a noisy toddler and help a newborn sleep. My first daughter was the world’s worst sleeper, so I was desperate for any sleep aids. My new baby turned out to be a champion sleeper, partly perhaps because she just was wired that way, but I can’t help but believe that the sleep machine helped.
She is 6 years old now and still sleeps with the sleep machine on. Actually, she can’t sleep without it. So yes, it becomes habit forming, but to me, it was a small price to pay for getting your child to sleep better.
But a “not so small price to pay” is the hearing damage that a baby can suffer if you blast the white noise and put the machine too close to your baby’s crib.
A new study, published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics, says parents should be cautious with sleep machines because they can generate sound levels that could place infants at risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss.
BY Kristin Wald | Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 12:00pm |
Are you as excited as I am about another snow storm? Yeah, I thought so. At least it’s March already, right?
Parents with very young children especially need some additional distractions during winter weather, and happily, there is no shortage of beautiful books that allow children and parents to get through cold, snowy days and nights. Two new children’s books are perfect for helping us appreciate the joys of winter and snuggling with family.
No Two Alike, by Keith Baker, follows two happy red birds through a detailed winter landscape as they explore their wintry world. Small children love repetition, and the text provides many opportunities for them to anticipate words and surprises. In addition, as the title No Two Alike implies, the birds discover many items — nests, leaves, roads, trees — that are almost, almost alike, but not quite.
BY Kristin Wald | Friday, Jan 31, 2014 11:00am |
Young children never tire of learning and re-learning their ABCs and 123s. It’s the parents who groan inwardly when Again! is demanded before the last book or song has even ended. That’s why comfortable and inventive collections like Ella Jenkins: 123s and ABCs is perfect for listening in the car or actively playing with your young children at home.
More like eavesdropping on an entertaining preschool class than a CD, “First Lady of Children’s Music” Ella Jenkins takes children through sixteen songs and games that include counting in Spanish, Swahili, and Hebrew. In addition to ABC songs, Ella teaches simple counting games like One Potato, Two Potato and Ten Green Bottles.
BY Jen Kowal | Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 12:00pm |
Congratulations, you’re having a baby! Here are 10 tips for after birth that will help you feel prepared, confident, and empowered during labor, recovery and with your new baby:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Jan 27, 2014 12:00pm |
Our friends over at The Longest Shortest Time are hosting a Google Hangout on Parenting Hacks—those creative workarounds to your kids’ challenging behavior. They want to hear about your hacks that have worked, and your parenting challenges that could use a good hack. Your questions could be answered by a parent-infant social worker during this live event!
What: Parenting Hacks Hangout
Where: Google Hangouts; will be embedded LIVE at The Longest Shortest Time and The Daily Beast
Hosts: Hillary Frank (Longest Shortest Time), Michael Moynihan (Daily Beast) &Alyson McCormick (parent-infant social worker)
When: Wednesday, January 29; 8PM EST
What is a parenting hack?
A “parenting hack” is any workaround to your child’s behavior that you wouldn’t typically find in a parenting book. Maybe you let your kid tire herself out till she passes out face-down on the floor; maybe you feed her her dessert BEFORE her meal; maybe you bring her breakfast in bed to end a freakout over there not being any eggs left in the fridge; maybe you’ve driven him around the airport all night long to get him to sleep.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 12:00pm |
If you plan to breastfeed your baby, having a strong foundation of breastfeeding education is important. Here are 10 tips from Danit Wehle, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, for nursing success:
BY Kristin Wald | Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 10:00am |
Learning about different cultures and languages is a pleasure, and music can often be a joyful and welcoming bridge to new experiences. The new CD from The Secret Mountain, Songs from a Journey with a Parrot, is the perfect introduction to children’s songs and stories from Brazil and Portugal.
The CD comes with a book that includes colorful and whimsical artwork by illustrator Aurélia Fronty who has created a different set of images for each of the 30 songs. In addition, for those of us unfamiliar with Brazilian and Portuguese songs, author Magdeleine Lerasle provides a one or two line summary of each song along with an index of lyrics and historical background in both Portuguese and English. All together, the music and art and lyrical background create a true treasury of child-oriented songs in Portuguese.
BY Kristin Wald | Monday, Dec 30, 2013 10:00am |
“Sometimes just knowing that parenting isn’t always easy or perfect helps.”
That line, taken from the conclusion of Ready, Set, Parent, a helpful guide written by parenting Ph.D.s Dr. Elizabeth M. Vantre and Dr. Samantha L. Dawson, underscores the healthy attitude this parenting book shares. With a caring but firm tone, this book helps parents find their own style and stick to it with realistic and recognizable examples throughout.
The parenting advice found in Ready, Set, Parent isn’t particularly new, but it’s refreshing in that it acknowledges differences in children’s temperaments, family priorities, and the inevitable disappointments – as well as joys – along the parenting path. There is a bit of snark, perhaps influenced by on-line furor, but overall the tone is one of an understanding, slightly more together friend.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Dec 27, 2013 8:00am |
Local entrepreneur from Wayne, NJ, Jolie Della Valle, has created Ants in the Pants, a fun new line of children’s play clothes for kids ages 6 months to 4 years old. The Ants in The Pants line of play clothes reminds both children and parents to embrace the silly, fun-loving nature of the ants and the unique, creative qualities of every child.
The Ants in the Pants line consists of 100% cotton reversible pants available in eight prints, including blue & pink denim, pink & blue owls, giraffes, skyscrapers, cupcakes, and peace signs. Every bottom is double-lined and made to be cuffed at the bottom to reveal the ant print. The clothing line also includes onesies and T-shirts with an “I Have Ants in my Pants!” screen print design on the front.
Ants in the Pants also carries reversible ant print diaper covers for the silliest, giggliest little tots! Currently, all products are handcrafted locally to ensure every child receives the highest quality play clothes. All outfits are machine washable so kids can play without limitations and be as spontaneous and messy as they want.