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Top 3 Car Seat Mistakes Parents Make

Friday, September 28th, 2012

All parents would like to think they”re using a car seat correctly, but would you recognize if you’ve made a mistake? In honor of National Baby Safety Month, we’re sharing the top three car seat mistakes parents make, and how to fix them.

Adam Cohen, a certified passenger safety technician and editor of DaDaRocks.com, says the top three car seat safety mistakes are as follows:

1. The seats are installed incorrectly.
2. The straps are coming from the wrong place.
3. The child is in the wrong type of car seat: Either he’s in the infant car seat too long, or the seat is facing forward too soon.

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10 Fashion Forward Celebrity Kids

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Suri CruiseThis post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Move over young Hollywood — these mini fashionistas are taking over as the new trendsetters in Tinseltown!

With fashion designers as moms, it’s no wonder that celeb kids such as Kingston Rossdale, Skyler Berman, Suri Cruise and Harper Beckham are seen in today’s top fashions.

“It is too much fun. It is like dressing a live doll,” Rachel Zoe said of dressing her 1-year-old son Skyler with husband Rodger Berman. “He has no opinion. Every minute I have to buy things for my son,” she confessed.

And not to mention Suri Cruise‘s fashion statements!

Her mom Katie Holmes came clean about Suri’s lack of weather-appropriate attire, admitting it can be “embarrassing.”

“Recently, Suri and I were taking a walk and a fight got started because it was cold outside and she didn’t want to wear her coat,” Katie said. “My philosophy is, well, fine, because after a block of walking you’re going to ask me for your coat. So the pictures of her [without a coat in cold weather] are sort of embarrassing.”

Suri’s Top Gun papa, Tom Cruise, has also weighed in on Suri’s much-talked-about fashion choices — such as her heels and lipstick.

“Listen, I believe that she (should wear) whatever she wants to wear,” Tom said. “She dresses herself. I want to encourage her creativity and her own self-expression. I think that’s important for the child’s own identity.”

The doting daddy went on to say that Suri is “so sweet” that it’s hard to say “no” to her.

With Harper Beckham‘s mom making a name for herself in the fashion industry, it’s no stretch to hear that her wardrobe is full of fancy duds!

“She has so many little dresses!” dad David Beckham said of his 11-month-old daughter with Victoria Beckham. “I didn’t realize how excited I would get over buying hair bows.”

Harper looked cute as a button when we spotted the mini-fashionista with her posh mama at LAX, sporting a Little Marc Jacobs Isis Even Stripe Dress ($119) and a pair of Chloe tights ($50).

The always stylish Gwen Stefani said she lets her stylish 6-year-old son Kingston pick out his own clothes.

“At that age they like to be in control of everything, so I let him choose,” the L.A.M.B. designer said. “Luckily, everything in his closet is cute so no matter what he picks, he’s gonna look good. For a while he was into costumes. Now he doesn’t even want to wear shoes.”

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Celebs’ Childhood Summertime Memories

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

With the warm months upon us, CelebrityBabyScoop asked some of our favorite celebrity moms to share their childhood summertime memories.

From Tori Spelling‘s family vacations in Las Vegas, to Jewel‘s horse riding adventures in Alaska, to Denise Richards’ family fun with their furry friends, read through our list of unforgettable family memories.

Jewel:

Soulful singer Jewel welcomed her first child, son Kase, in July 2011 with rodeo star hubby Ty Murray. The new mom opened up about her carefree childhood summertime memories in the great outdoors up in Alaska.

“They’re all outdoors,” she said. “I grew up in Alaska and the outdoors are so beautiful. I don’t think I spent any time inside except to sleep. My memories were horse riding and getting outside.”

Tori Spelling:

Actress-author Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott are parents to three children – son Liam, 5, and daughters Stella, 4, and Hattie, 8 months – with baby No. 4 on the way this September. The “Beverly Hills, 90210″ star opened up about her childhood summer vacations with her family, including her late father, acclaimed TV producer Aaron Spelling, mother Candy Spelling and brother Randy.

“Everyone always asks me if I flew all over the world as a child,” Tori said. “But the truth is, my dad was afraid to fly. So we drove to Vegas for a month every summer! And this was before Vegas was kid-friendly. I really have to hand it to my mom for always finding fun things for us to do in Vegas.”

Sarah Wayne Callies:

Actress Sarah Wayne Callies, spokesperson for the International Rescue Committee‘s Wake Up Campaign, is mom to 5-year-old daughter Keala. The “The Walking Dead” star opened up about her idyllic childhood growing up in Hawaii.

“I lived in Hawaii, so it would have to be the beach,” she said. “We had a fun tradition where we would try to watch the sun rise over the water and then drive to the other side of the island and watch the sun set. My hair was constantly a mess of salt, seaweed, and sand. Gosh, I loved summers and lived for them as a kid. My parents were professors at a university, so they had summers off too. We were constantly outside; I think we went inside just to sleep and to raid the fridge for food to take outside. We would do a lot of kayaking and other fun summer activities. I have a lot of memories of kayaking with my dad and seeing sea turtles all around. Just incredible.”

Nicole Sullivan:

Actress and Jenny Brand Ambassador Nicole Sullivan is mom to sons Dash, 5, and Beckett, 2 1/2 with husband, fellow actor Jason Packham. The ”MADtv” alum opened up about her childhood memories of camping in the summertime.

“Some of my favorite memories growing up are camping with my family and our dog,” Nicole said. “And I still love it!”

Laila Ali:

Former boxer Laila Ali and her husband, football star Curtis Conway, are parents to son C.J., nearly 4, and daughter Sydney, 13 months. The ”Dancing with the Stars” alum said that growing up in a divorced and blended family with boxing legend father, Muhammed Ali, provided endless hours of fun in the sun with her stepsisters.

“As a child, we didn’t go on summer vacations,” Laila shared. “I just remember that my stepsisters would come over and everyone would be there. It was great to have everyone come to the house to go swimming together and pile up in the car together. It was a lot of fun…summers were always family time.”

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Celeb Moms Share Their Summer Plans

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Summer PlansThis post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Grab your flip flops and sunscreen, it’s time for some fun in the sun!

With summer upon us, we asked a few of our favorite celebrity moms about their fun family plans. Laila Ali and her kids will hit the beach, Shannon Miller is gearing up for the Summer Olympic Games in London and Kimora Lee Simmons and her three kids have poolside plans. Read on…

 Laila Ali:

Former boxer Laila Ali and husband, NFL star Curtis Conway, are parents to two kids: son C.J.who turns 4 in August, and 1-year-old daughter Sydney. The Dancing with the Stars alum opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their upcoming summer plans.

“I plan to do a lot of swimming and I want to enroll my son in official swimming lessons and get Sydney in the water,” Laila said. “I want to do a lot of outdoor activities, like take them to the beach. We haven’t really done that, because I wanted to wait until my son was old enough. You have to be careful with the kids and sand; I don’t want that situation where my daughter gets sand in her eyes. I want to take my son to the beach and do a lot of swimming, and maybe get him on the back of a bike. A lot of outdoor activities.”

Kimora Lee Simmons:

Kimora Lee Simmons is accustomed to life in the fab lane! The model-entrepreneur is mom to daughters Ming Lee, 12, and Aoki Lee, nearly 10, with ex-husband Russell Simmons. The reality TV star is also mom to son Kenzo, 3, with husband, actor and model Djimon Hounsou. The mom-of-three opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their upcoming summer plans.

“This summer, everyone is working,” Kimora said. “I’m launching Shinto Clinical all over the world, Djimon is on-set filming, the girls have summer activities, Kenzo has a little camp he’s going to – but i know we’ll have fun. I honestly wouldn’t mind spending more time around the pool. Maybe grill out…that sounds fab to me!”

Nicole Sullivan:

$#*! My Dad Says star and Jenny Brand Ambassador Nicole Sullivan and her husband, actor Jason Packham, are proud parents to sons Dash, 5, and Beckett, 2 1/2. The actress opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their summer plans.

We went camping with my older son’s preschool class this past weekend,” Nicole said. “Imagine 50 kids under 6. Oooof! We are also going to Connecticut to visit my cousins and their kids. We do it every year and it’s always so fun. We get to say things like, ‘Kids go outside and play.’ “

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Laila Ali: “We Are A Kissing Family”

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Laila Ali

The post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Former boxer and Dancing with the Stars contestant, Laila Ali, is teaming up with Everyday Health TV in Around the Clock, a new daily discussion show alongside fellow celebrity moms such as Jillian Michaels, Kendra Wilkinson and Ali Landry to share “personal opinions” and health tips.

The mom-of-two opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her kids – son C.J. who turns 4 in August, and 13-month-old daughter Sydney - their upcoming summer plans, and growing up with boxing legend father Muhammad Ali.

CBS: Tell us about Everyday Health TV’s Around the Clock YouTube show. What is it all about, and how are you involved?

LA: “Around the Clock is a new show on YouTube’s Emmy-nominated Everyday Health channel that focuses on certain health topics and how we feel about them. Sometimes the topics are funny and sometimes they are more serious. It is a quick daily topic talk show for moms.

I am one of the moms on the show, along with Kendra Wilkinson, Camila Alves, Heather Armstrong, and Ali Landry. We all talk about the topic of the day and give our personal opinions.

The viewers can also leave comments and request questions that they would like us to tackle. That’s what will happen as the show grows; we will look at the topics that are the most popular and talk about them on the show.”

CBS: How are your kids Sydney and C.J.? Do they get along well? What are they into these days?

LA: “Sydney is 13 months and C.J. is 3, getting ready to turn 4-years-old in August. They are growing so quickly! C.J. is in Pre-K and loves his sister. Of course there are struggles, like when C.J. is playing with his toys and Sydney comes over and knocks down something he built [laughs]. He will want to knock her over and I’ll be like, ‘Don’t do that! Be careful with your sister!’

A lot of times he wants to hug her and pick her up, but he can’t [laughs]. For the most part they get along really well, and it is funny how they have this little relationship of their own. Even though she can’t talk, she gets so excited when he comes home from school, and she also gets mad when he leaves and she can’t go. They also give each other hugs, which makes me as happy as I can be!

In regard to what they are into now, Sydney loves music. Whenever she hears music, she starts dancing. Her favorite thing to do is try to open up my kitchen cabinets and take everything out [laughs]. She also loves to open up my kitchen drawers and cabinets and take out my kitchen towels, put them on her head, and try to walk into things. So I really have to watch her when she tries to ‘help’ me in the kitchen [laughs].

C.J. is really into trains and cars, and every night he has three things that he has to take to bed with him. Every night it is something different, and he won’t go to bed unless he has them. He will ask, ‘Where’s my car?’ ‘Where’s my dog?’ He wants to take any little random thing to bed with him [laughs].

CBS: What aspects of motherhood do you love the most?

LA: “Watching my kids grow, form their personalities, and come into their own independence are aspects that I love. They are little people, and I get to help shape the way they look at the world and the way they think of themselves, and I get to guide them along. They are going to be who they are, but my job is to help them with their foundations and make them strong, which makes me feel confident as a mom that they will make the right decisions in life.”

CBS: Do you have any special motherhood moments to share?

LA: “With my son, the moments that I love with him, now that he can actually talk and have a conversation, are when he says, ‘I love you mommy  every night and gives me kisses. I say, ‘Give me my kisses and hugs!’ It makes me so happy and I always think to myself, ‘O god, there is going to be a time when he doesn’t want kisses or hugs anymore!’ [laughs] I have to cherish these moments now.

My daughter is the same; she will actually grab me by the back of my neck with both of her arms and pull my face to hers for a kiss. I love that, because I grew up with my father and my father loved kids and kisses. Not all people love that…oh, and I am not talking about on the mouth! [laughs] I would be like, ‘Daddy! Daddy! Muah, Muah, Muah!’ and kiss all over his face. My kids are the same way. It is funny how it runs in our bloodline—we are a kissing family [laughs].”

CBS: What are your favorite childhood memories of summer vacation? What do you plan to do with your family this summer?

LA: “As a child, we didn’t go on summer vacations. I just remember that my stepsisters would come over and everyone would be there. It was great to have everyone come to the house to go swimming together and pile up in the car together. It was a lot of fun…summers were always family time.

In regard to my plans for this summer, I plan to do a lot of swimming and I want to enroll my son in official swimming lessons and get Sydney in the water. I want to do a lot of outdoor activities, like take them to the beach. We haven’t really done that, because I wanted to wait until my son was old enough. You have to be careful with the kids and sand; I don’t want that situation where my daughter gets sand in her eyes. I want to take my son to the beach and do a lot of swimming, and maybe get him on the back of a bike. A lot of outdoor activities.”

CBS: How do you balance work and family life?

LA: “Family comes first and is my priority. I know how to say ‘no’ to things, like I don’t do a lot of traveling. It is a matter of looking at what’s on the schedule and making sure I always have enough time to be home with my kids. It is very important to me that I am available to cook them dinner and be there before they go to sleep. I want to make sure I am there. I had a lot of nannies around, because my parents were traveling a lot and couldn’t always be there, and I just don’t want that for my kids.”

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Where Are They Now? Parents Cover Contest Finalists

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Cover Contest FinalistThere’s a reason why you and your friends bug one another to vote for each others adorable kids in the Parents Cover Contest  — there’s a lot at stake, after all! You could win a spot on the magazine cover, an all-expenses paid trip to New York City, a professional photo shoot, and $10,000! Plus, there are all the memories you’ll share with your little one!

The parents of past cover contest finalists will tell you that entering your kid’s photo is totally worth your time. We caught up with a few of them to find out what they’re up to now, and about their family’s experience with the contest.

 Justina Kubat, son Jordyn, 2011 Finalist

What did you think when you were notified your child was a finalist?
When we were notified Jordyn (pictured) was selected I was in shock, I read the email over and over again!  I couldn’t believe Jordyn was noticed and selected out of the tens of thousands of entrants.  After the initial shock wore off I was so excited and so happy for our little guy.  

What was your favorite part of the trip?
We live in PA, but I’ve never been to NYC.  Just getting a chance to experience the city was amazing.  We enjoyed walking to Central Park and going to the zoo.

What does your child remember from trip?
Jordyn was only 10 months old when we went to NYC.  I’m sure he won’t remember the experience, but I’d have to say that meeting Elmo in Central Park was the highlight of the trip for him.  He loves Elmo more than anything!  I’m so glad we took photos for when he’s older. 

Describe your experience at the photo shoot.
Every employee of Parent’s Magazine was so welcoming.  They were fantastic with the kids and knew how to interact with them to get them to show their personalities.  The kids were not pressured into being or acting out of their element.  The important part is that they were treated as kids!  When they were done (aka having a meltdown), the staff knew it and didn’t push them to keep going.  Overall the studio was amazing, the staff was awesome, and the kids really did have fun!!!

What advice do you have for this year’s entrants?
My advice to this years parents is to ENTER!  I never thought my son would be chosen as a finalist, I’m sure I was doubted by so many when I kept asking them to vote for him on Facebook.  It was definitely worth it.  Never say never, anything can happen and we were very excited to be selected.  To those who think the photo shoot would hard on their child, it isn’t.  It was the most amazing and enjoyable experience.  The kids are treated as kids and are not pushed to do more than “just be kids”.

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FDA: Avoid Teething Gels With Benzocaine

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Baby teethBeware baby teething gels! The Federal Drug Administration has re-issued a warning that they made last spring against gels made with benzocaine, a local anesthetic used to soothe teething pain. The substance can cause methemoglobinemia, a serious, and sometimes deadly, condition that reduces oxygen in the bloodstream. Benzocaine can be found in name-brand products such as Baby Orajel, Orajel, Anbesol, Hurricaine, and Orabase.

We suggest soothing your babe’s gums with a benzocaine-free gel such as Baby Orajel Naturals and Camilia from Boiron. You can also let her use chew on cold teething toys or washcloths,or give her a gum message to help ease her discomfort.

More on benzocaine from the FDA.

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10 Pregnant Celebrities: Maternity Style Trends

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

It’s a Hollywood baby boom! And what better way to celebrate high-profile baby bumps than with funky fashions?!

From Reese Witherspoon‘s breezy summer dresses, to Alyson Hannigan’s casual chic statements, to Kristin Cavallari‘s effortless feminine fashions, let’s take a look at the latest maternity style trends from 10 pregnant celebrities.

Reese Witherspoon:

Expectant mom Reese Witherspoon has been simply radiant with breezy summer dresses throughout her third pregnancy. From polka dots, to stripes, to solid colors, the Oscar-winner has been opting for above-the-knee dresses, flat sandals, and layered necklaces as her maternity style of choice. Perfection!

Kristin Cavallari:

The Hills alum Kristin Cavallari is one of those lucky women who is ‘all belly’ during pregnancy. And she has been dressing that bump beautifully while expecting her first child! From feminine flowing maxi dresses, to mini maternity looks, to skinny jeans and form-fitting tops, we cannot get enough of Kristin’s maternity style! Has she ever looked better?!

Molly Sims:

Mom-to-be Molly Sims has got that glow! The expectant actress has been keeping a keen sense of style throughout her first pregnancy with a variety of maxi dresses and layers. “I love long skirts,” Molly told Celebrity Baby Scoop of her favorite maternity look. “People think you should dress bigger. But the tighter you dress, the thinner you look,” she shared with us. Keep it up Molly, you look amazing!

Kourtney Kardashian:

From casual chic to red carpet ready, Kourtney Kardashian sure knows how to make pregnancy look good! Currently expecting her second child, the reality TV starlet is the queen of polished looks, whether it’s at the latest Hollywood event or at the local farmer’s market! For her everyday maternity style, Kourt keeps things casual chic in fitted duds showcasing her burgeoning belly, paired with the latest trends such as oversized handbags, fedoras, and blazers.

Alyson Hannigan:

Throughout her second pregnancy, How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan has been opting for maxi dresses, jeans with fitted tops, and leggings with tunic tops. Keeping things casual chic with layered accessories, we’ve loved seeing the latest maternity duds from the down-to-earth expectant mama. Can’t wait to hear her exciting news soon!

Snooki:

From meatball to hot momma! It’s all about animal prints, sky-high heels and short hem lines for expectant Jersey Shore star Nicole ‘Snooki‘ Polizzi! The 24-year-old reality starlet shocked fans with her pregnancy news earlier this year, and the pint-sized TV star has been updating her Twitter fans ever since with plenty of mini baby bump shots, displaying her maternity fashions.

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