American Baby’s Babymoon Special: The Buccaneer in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the eighth in a weekly series of special travel deals. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATIONThe Buccaneer, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

This legendary romantic island getaway, featured on ABC’s The Bachelor, is one of the longest-running resorts in the Caribbean. Couples can stroll the grounds set against three beaches or relax at one of the hotel’s two pools. The family-owned resort encourages guests to be active with a golf course, tennis courts, and guided walks.

BOOK IT! From $271; you can check your travel dates online at TheBuccaneer.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Our new five-night American Baby package includes your deluxe oceanview room, daily breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 55-minute spa service for each of you, a sunset sail, beach picnic basket, romantic dock dinner and more for $2,381 (about a $3,381 value). Other restrictions may apply; call 800-255-3881.

Want to wind down before your trip? Throw a spa-themed baby shower with these tips.

Baby Shower Ideas: Spa-Themed Party for Mom Expecting Baby #2
Baby Shower Ideas: Spa-Themed Party for Mom Expecting Baby #2
Baby Shower Ideas: Spa-Themed Party for Mom Expecting Baby #2

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A 6-Year-Old Kid Reporter Shares His First Time Meeting Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Kid Reporter Easter Sunday event

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a Kid Reporter gaggle in the White House Library during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Justin Creppy who, at 6 years old, is the youngest contributor we’ve ever featured on our site! Justin (pictured in a blue shirt with red tie, right) was invited to the White House on Easter Sunday to be part of a special Kid Reporter event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Read Justin’s story about his experience.

By Justin Creppy

This year I visited the White House for the first time on Easter, and I was one of seven kid reporters to be in the first-ever Kid Reporter gaggle. My day started with so much excitement! I couldn’t wait to get to the White House, but I didn’t know what to expect, so I kept asking mommy and daddy so many questions.

When I arrived at the Northgate I had to be a big boy and give my name and birthdate to the secret service. That was special and fun. I got a badge and entered the White House lawn area. There was so much to see.  I walked past the West Wing and I went to the Vermeil Room that had portraits of first ladies. Then I had press time with First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House Library. Her “Let’s Move” program was the focus for the event’s theme, “Hop Into Healthy, Swing into Shape.” When mommy told me what those words meant, I started telling her that I had a bunch of questions for the First Lady. Can I ask her what exercises she does? What sports do Malia and Sasha play? Do they eat healthy every day?  My parents told me to pick 2-3 questions I really wanted to ask because this was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

I was one of the youngest kid reporters, and I got a little nervous when the First Lady entered the room.  She was very nice and asked us to sit on the floor and introduce ourselves. I got so excited and asked a question, “First Lady, what do Malia and Sasha do to have fun when you are busy and the President is traveling?” I was happy to learn they are just like all the children in the United States. They like to have fun! Malia plays tennis and runs track. Sasha likes to dance hip-hop and plays basketball.  The First Lady also said they like to be normal kids with sleepovers, playdates, and going to the movies.

I also learned so much by listening to the other kid reporters’ questions and learning the importance of eating healthy, being active, and watching only a little bit of television.  I had an amazing day, and the First Lady gave all the kid reporters a wristband to enjoy the Easter Egg Roll. I was so happy to see so many kids having fun, running, and playing with their families. I had a fun-filled day that I will never forget!

Read experiences written by other kid reporters:

 Michelle Obama Kid Reporter Easter Sunday event

Justin, center, standing in front of the First Lady

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

With the costs of feeding a family of four somewhere up around $146 to $289 a week, it stands to reason that cutting costs at the grocery store is probably up there in terms of places where parents are trying to cut back. This week’s deals can help with that cause. We’ve got discounts from places like Peapod, Magic Kitchen, David’s Cookies and more.

1. Rubios. Printable: $1 off Chipotle Orange Salad with Tilapia. Expires 4/27/2014.

2. Peapod. $15 off first purchase (Coupon code: PPCJ15). Expires 4/30/2014.

3. MagicKitchen.com. 11% off orders $100 or more (Coupon code: AP22). Expires 5/01/2014.

4. My M&M’s10% off orders $25 or more (Coupon code: MY10OFF). Expires 12/31/2014.

5. David’s Cookies. 10% off all orders, plus free shipping (Coupon code: CCAS10). Expires 7/01/2014.

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a $150 Special Edition Coffee Maker from Keurig

After a frazzled morning spent preparing your family for the day, sometimes all any mom needs is a cup of joe for an instant energy boost. While it’s important to remember drinking too much coffee can be dangerous, in moderation, the beverage could actually be good for you. Take recent research from the American Heart Association. They found that drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee helped improve blood flow in small blood vessels, a big plus for maintaining cardiovascular health.

Good thing then that Keurig has a K65 Special Edition brewing system to help coffee lovers get a healthy dose of caffeine. Valued at $150, it makes a cup in under a minute as hot as you’d like thanks to the temperature control. Or you can brew your beverage of choice over ice.

This week, Keurig is offering TWO lucky GoodyBlog readers the chance to win a Special Edition coffee maker. To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day April 28. Be sure to check back on April 29 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

For our preggo moms-to-be, check out this video for smart caffeine and tea consumption while expecting!

Coffee & Tea During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Coffee & Tea During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Coffee & Tea During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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Parents Given 90 Minutes of Babysitting, No Idea What to Do

Our writer Sarah Schmelling offers a funny perspective in her new Parents magazine column, ”Just Kidding! 

ROCKVILLE, MD – Charles and Megan Thompson were unexpectedly offered an hour and a half of free babysitting on Saturday, and had absolutely no clue how to use it. “I was dumbstruck when our neighbor said she’d watch the kids for a bit,” said Megan, 31. “We were elated, but what on earth could we do?”

Charles, 32, immediately started looking at movie times. “The last movie we
saw without the kids was Slumdog Millionaire,” he said. “What do grown-ups watch now?”

“We discussed the chance we’d fall asleep during a movie that didn’t have screaming cartoon characters,” said Megan. “We considered going to a restaurant, but if we used our time sitting in traffic or waiting for a table, I might have started sobbing.”

In the end, the couple remembered they had to return a lamp to IKEA and they walked the aisles slowly, hand in hand, without having to remove children from Expedit shelving units or from under Ektorp sofas. “It was amazing,” Megan said. “Just the two of us, talking over meatballs, wondering how bed linens could cost nine dollars. It was totally romantic.”

Take our quiz to find out if you’re ready for another child.

Mom Confessions: If I Could Spend a Day Without My Kids I Would¿
Mom Confessions: If I Could Spend a Day Without My Kids I Would¿
Mom Confessions: If I Could Spend a Day Without My Kids I Would¿

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American Baby Bests 2014: Baby Clothes and Splurge


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Marching for Premature Babies

“Your friends, your moms, your sisters, your cousins – they don’t get it,” said Briana Tortoso. “Unless they’ve been there, they don’t get it.”

More than 450,000 babies are born prematurely each year, and Tortoso, pictured at right with supermodel Niki Taylor, son JohnCarlo, and husband Matthew, is the mother of two of them. She gave birth twelve weeks early to twins JohnCarlo and Andrew almost two years ago, but sadly, Andrew passed away just days after birth.

Tortoso is now a proponent of the immense help of the resources provided to her by the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling healthy pregnancies and healthy babies, during her time of need.

Last year, the March of Dimes nationwide annual fundraiser walk, March for Babies, raised over $100 million to fund research and advocacy projects for safer births.

March for Babies participants walk three miles with thousands of people all devoted to one goal. Interested in getting involved? Head to the March of Dimes website to join a preexisting team, or to start one of your own. There are 700 locations and walks to choose from nationwide, so finding one locally is as easy as typing in your zip code.

Once you’ve chosen a walk, click “register,” and complete a profile that includes standard participation details, plus your fundraising goal. Then, rally your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors to sponsor your walk. All donations will help to improve the lives of premature babies and their families.

Premature birth qualifies as a national health crisis, affecting one out of every eight babies born in the United States. Be a part of eliminating that statistic, one step at a time.

Visit Shop Parents for prenatal health products.

Baby Care Basics: Concerns for Premature Babies
Baby Care Basics: Concerns for Premature Babies
Baby Care Basics: Concerns for Premature Babies

 

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Looking for Baby’s Future Pediatrician? Dr. Todd Rosengart of Vitals.com can help!

Just because Baby’s in the womb doesn’t mean you should hold off on your pediatrician search! The process may seem daunting, but these tips from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Todd Rosengart of Vitals—a website that offers patient reviews and background information about all types of docs—will ease the burden.

Top 5 Tips For Finding a Pediatrician You Love

1. Location

You’re gong to be doing a lot of traveling back and forth to your pediatrician’s office, particularly during the first few months. Choose somewhere that’s easy to get to and has enough parking. A long drive and lack of empty parking spaces can be a headache, especially when you’re dealing with car seats and strollers.

2. Reputation

One of the best ways to find a good pediatrician is to ask friends and family members who are like-minded and have a similar philosophy on health care and raising kids. If they recommend a pediatrician, there’s a good chance you will like him or her, too. Follow up with your own research at sites like Vitals.com and take into account what other people say about the doctor.

3. Philosophy

Make sure your pediatrician’s parenting philosophy aligns with yours. There’s no one right way to raise a baby, but it can be uncomfortable if your child’s doctor doesn’t agree with how you want to feed or educate your child. The best way to get to know a doctor: Schedule a prenatal visit before your child’s born. That way you can ask questions about his values and opinions and make sure they align with yours before you entrust him with your child’s care.

4. Availability

Your baby will need the most medical care when he’s little, but there are times it’s going to be inconvenient. You’ll want to be able to get your child in for an appointment should he need a last-minute visit–or at least be able to reach your doctor. See how your pediatrician handles a request for a pre-natal visit; that will be a good indicator of his or her availability. If he won’t take 15 minutes out of his day to talk to expecting parents, there’s a good chance he won’t take time out of his day for more pressing concerns.

5. Good Listener

When looking for a pediatrician, you want a doctor who takes the time to listen and not rush you through appointments or meetings. Of course, this goes for any doctor, but especially new parents who can’t explain symptoms themselves. You need a doctor who’s going to treat your child–and you–as important.

Not sure how you’ll be able to tell if Baby’s fever is serious? Watch below to find out which symptoms warrant a visit to the doc.

When is a Fever Serious?
When is a Fever Serious?
When is a Fever Serious?

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