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Need a Last-Minute Gift for Your Kid’s Teacher?

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

cardNo doubt, your child’s teacher loves the baked goods and other treats she typically receives for holiday gifts. But this year, consider giving her something that’s really useful–and that will also benefit your child.

A tax-deductible gift card from classwish.org allows your child’s teacher to use your gift to purchase items on her classroom wish list–anything from pencils to paintbrushes to musical instruments. We’ve all seen the budget cuts that have happened throughout the country, and many schools and classrooms are in need of supplies. Gift cards run from $5 to $100 and will be mailed out first-class until December 27.

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Recall Alert: Hyland’s Teething Tablets

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

teethingDo you give your baby Hyland’s Teething Tablets? You should stop and immediately discard any remaining tablets. Each tablet is manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that in large doses can cause serious harm. However, an FDA analysis of the product shows that the tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna. Additionally, the FDA has received reports of children consuming more than the recommended dose of the product, likely because the container does not have child-resistant packaging.

Consuming too much belladonna can lead to seizures, difficulty breathing, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation.

If your baby consumed Hyland’s teething tablets and is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact a doctor immediately. Additionally, you can report adverse reactions to the FDA’s MedWatch Program.

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Shout-Out Saturday

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Win Free Netflix and an iPad!

We’re giving away three one-year subscriptions to Netflix as well as three iPads! Three lucky winners will get to enjoy an iPad and a full year of the DVD rental and streaming service. Click here to see instructions on how to enter. As of Friday, we had 2,135 entries!

Stop Smoking Help:

About 1 in 5 Americans smoke cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Make a pledge to stop smoking today. And check out a new Web site from the National Cancer Institute: Smokefree Women is an online community that offers tools to help women quit.

Halloween Fun:

Halloween is right around the corner! Are you looking for cool ways to deck out your house for the big day? Check out our ideas for decorating, as well as easy pumpkin crafts and treats. Plus, look at our ideas for fun Fall wreaths! And don’t forget to enter our Halloween Costume Contest. We want to see photos of your best do-it-yourself costumes. You could win $500!

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Shout-Out Saturday

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Celebrate Halloween With Us:

Register for our free 100 Days of Holidays newsletter. You’ll get daily e-mails with cool ideas for holiday recipes, parties, and costumes. Also try out our new Carve-a-Pumpkin iPhone app, available from iTunes for $.99. It’s a nifty tool that allows you to pick one of five pumpkins–and carve it with a variety of eyes, noses, and mouths. Add a background and a message and send to a friend!



Win Art and School Supplies:

Enter the Play with Your Pears! Kids’ Art Contest, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Canned Pears Service and SmileMakers Inc. Have your child “dress up” a canned pair and take a picture of it. Two lucky winners will win a gift certificate for art and school supplies from Smile Makers.

Flu Shot Reminder:

Earlier this week, Goody Blogger Rachel Morris wrote about the importance of getting your flu shot. Read about why it’s so important and make an appointment for your flu shot today.

And This Week’s Link Love Goes To…

PhD in Parenting

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Shout-Out Saturday

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

shoutoutChildren’s Health Month:

October is Children’s Health Month, and the EPA has planned a whole month of events for you and your children to enjoy. Teach your children about how they can protect themselves from environmental health hazards–and how they can take care of themselves and the environment. Each day this month, take part in an activity with your child–or introduce your child to a fun health game.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Earlier this week, Goody blogger Diane Debrovner posted about the importance of making a difference this month–and five ways to do it. We urge you to get involved, whether it’s registering for a race, buying products that give back, or educating yourself about breast cancer. So tell us, how do you make a difference? We asked our Facebook fans this question. Jessica Porntono-Currin says, “I am saving all my lids from my yogurt. According to the company it will donate 10 cents for every lid sent in.” And Jaynee Solomon says, “I’ve raised over $2,300 for the Susan G Komen three-day walk. In 16 days I will walk 60 miles in Atlanta.” Leave a comment on this post to let us know how you’re helping out and why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is important to you. We’d love to hear!

pumokinShameless Self Promotion:

The anticipation of Halloween is here, and so is the new Parents Carve-a-Pumpkin app for iPhones and iPads. Your child (or you!) can pick one of five pumpkins and carve it  freehand or with a library of wacky eyes, noses, and mouths. The app is $.99 at the iTunes store.

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Stimeyland

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Shout-Out Saturday

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Mega Fisher-Price Recalls:

On Thursday, 10 million kid toys and high chairs were recalled by Fisher-Price. The biggest of the recalls: trikes that can cause genital bleeding. See all of the recalls here and here.

Sleep Positioners and SIDS:

This week, the FDA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning against sleep positioners. The sleep aids pose a big danger to babies: Over the past 13 years, 12 babies between ages 1 and 4 months were suffocated by a sleep positioner.

Free Flash Cards!

Go and get ‘em! Parents just released its free flash card app for iPhones and iPads. Download the app, and you’ll get two free sets of cards of colors and shapes. Additional packs of cards are $.99 each.

Most Bizarre Fundraising Effort:

Bacon Salt created a statue of Kevin Bacon–made out of bacon! The company is hoping to raise more than $10,000 for Ashley’s Team, a non-profit that helps childhood cancer patients and their families, by selling the statue. As of Friday, the bidding on ebay.com was over $500.

And This Week’s Link Love Goes To…

Adventures in Baby Wearing

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Sleep Positioners and SIDS: New Warning

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

ss_1208_cribsIf you have an infant sleep positioner, now is the time to stop using it. Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning against sleep positioners. These sleep aids pose a big danger to babies: Over the past 13 years, 12 babies between ages 1 and 4 months were suffocated by a sleep positioner. And these are only the reported instances.

Although most sleep positioners claim to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by keeping a baby on his back, the FDA has never cleared any sleep positioner for this use. Some sleep positioners may also claim to help with digestion or ease colic or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)–or prevent flat head syndrome. However, in today’s statement, the FDA said that any benefit from a sleep positioner is insignificant compared to the risk of suffocation. There are two main types of sleep positioners: those with flat mats and side bolsters and those with inclined mats and side bolsters.

Remember: Never place anything in the crib with your baby. In addition to sleep positioners, this means no pillows, comforters, or quilts. These items increase the risk of SIDS. To further reduce the risk of SIDS, place your baby to sleep on his back–not his side or his tummy.

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Shout-Out Saturday

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

News-Image-NEW1Shameless Self Promotion:

Sign up at parents.com for our 100 Days of Holidays newsletter. You’ll get lots of ideas for cool crafts, recipes, party ideas, and Halloween costumes.

What Does Your School Need?

Bing.com just kicked off its Our School Needs contest. Bing plans to donate half a million dollars to schools throughout the country, and a grand prize recipient school will receive $100,000. Start preparing your entry today; the contest officially starts on Monday, September 27.

car seatThe Importance of Car Seats:

In the last year, there were 33,808 traffic fatalities, and 4 percent of those involved victims age 14 and younger, according to new statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Car seats and booster seats are vitally important for keeping your child safe. View our top picks for car seats here.

Changes in Healthcare:

As Goody blogger Michael Kress previously mentioned, several provisions of the healthcare bill, formerly known as the Affordable Care Act, took place this week. Find out how these changes will affect you and your family.

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Motherhood in NYC

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