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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Box of Hasbro Games!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

It may be mid-October, but your kids have probably started a list for Santa already. While you may be thinking about a new pair of shoes to add to your list, your little one is thinking about toys, toys and more toys! We’re thinking about toys too, have you seen our Parents 2014 Best Toys list?!


Hasbro has a variety of games that make perfect “family gifts,” ones that everyone can share. And unlike Santa, Hasbro doesn’t have a naughty or nice list. Hasbro is giving ONE (1) lucky winner a chance to receive his or her own box full of Hasbro Toys; including My Monopoly (one of our Best Toys winners!), Scrabble Electronic Scoring, Taboo Buzz’d, Trivial Pursuit Hints, Catchphrase Decades, Simon Swipe, Disney Frozen: Pop Up Magic Game, and a Transformers Battle Masters Grimlock figure–a prize worth $143.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on October 20. Be sure to check back on October 21 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. We’ve also posted all of the Official Rules. Goody luck!

Watch a behind-the-scenes clip of our toy-testers playing with our 2014 winners!

 

We Pick the Best Toys of 2014
We Pick the Best Toys of 2014
We Pick the Best Toys of 2014

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Dresser and a Kardashian Kids Outfit from Babies R Us!

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

If you enjoy dressing your little fashionista in the latest trends, you’re probably familiar with the Kardashian Kids line at Babies “R” Us, designed by sisters Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe. Not only are the pieces stylish and kid-appropriate, but their comfortable threads aren’t expensive (every piece is under $50), making them a win in our book.

Since the Kardashian Kids collection continues to grow, and your daughter’s wardrobe may as well, Babies “R” Us is giving away a chic $350 dresser from Delta to hold your child’s clothes, along with a $102 complete Kardashian Kids outfit!

ONE (1) lucky winner will receive a Babies “R” Us Delta Chalet 6-drawer dresser and an outfit from the Kardashian Kids line including a mod print dress, jacket with faux-fur collar, ivory tights, and a black metallic head wrap. Approximate retail value of the entire prize is $452.96. To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day October 15. More Qs about our giveaway? Read our official rules. Be sure to check back on October 16 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!

Congrats to our winner, Robin Quaintance. Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize!

Want tips on how to organize your kid’s closet? We’ve got a video!

 

Home Organization: Kid's Clothing Storage
Home Organization: Kid's Clothing Storage
Home Organization: Kid's Clothing Storage

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win the New Halo Bassinest Plus a Gift Set!

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The mission of safe sleep for babies is something that HALO takes very seriously. While they’ve always been a leader in safe baby nightwear, such as their SleepSack Swaddle and SleepSack wearable blanket, they’re now introducing their first piece of gear, the innovative HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper.

Use the bassinet to have your baby sleep by your side, but not in your bed (which poses a suffocation hazard; if you don’t believe them, read about safe sleep habits from First Candle). Unlike traditional bassinets, this one can slide right next to you in bed, plus one side lowers down, making it easy to lift your baby out for feedings. Also, the mesh sides provide both good air flow and a clear view of your sleeping infant, for peace of mind. It’s good from the moment you bring your newborn home until he or she is about 5 months old.

The Bassinest just launched for $230 at Giggle and Right Start. But HALO is also generously giving one away here! HALO will send ONE (1) lucky winner a HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper and a HALO gift set (including a SleepSack, Swaddle and a SleepSack wearable blanket); a retail value of approximately $294.00.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day October 8th. More Qs about our giveaway? Read our official rules. Be sure to check back on October 9th 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!

Congrats to our winner, Casey Hoffman! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook in order to claim your prize.

Watch the video below for additional tips on dressing your baby for sleep.

 

Dress Baby for Sleep
Dress Baby for Sleep
Dress Baby for Sleep

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Lakeshore Celebrates 60 Years of Learning Anniversary!

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Haven’t finalized your weekend plans? You may want to dig out your party hat! On September 27, Lakeshore Learning Materials–a developer and retailer of children’s educational products– is celebrating its 60th anniversary by hosting a “60 years of Learning” event at stores nationwide. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., children and their families and friends are invited to participate in fun games, activities, and special crafts (such as decorating their own party hat!) at their local Lakeshore store. The event is free and kids will receive a goodie bag, too!

During its six decades of service to teachers, parents, and children, kids nationwide have the ability to grow and learn–all while having fun. Lakeshore produces new products every year for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age children–covering all subject areas including math, language, science, music, and art.

“We’re extremely honored to be celebrating such a major milestone in our company’s history,” said Bo Kaplan, president and CEO of Lakeshore. “It is a huge testament to our people, our products and the loyal customers who have wholeheartedly supported us over the years. And, we are beyond excited about the future. We look forward to delivering the highest-quality products and service for many years to come.”

Besides helping children reach developmental and educational milestones in the classroom, Lakeshore Learning Stores have become a valuable part of the community by hosting family-friendly, year-round events with authors, folk singers and more. This October, Lakeshore is hosting a nationwide event in celebration of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, a national campaign celebrating early literacy.

For more information on products and events, visit The Lakeshore Story: A Simple Beginning and LakeshoreLearning.com.

Photos courtesy of Lakeshore Learning Materials.

Watch the video for tips and tricks on raising a star student in and out of the classroom.

 

3 Things to Raise a Successful Student
3 Things to Raise a Successful Student
3 Things to Raise a Successful Student

 

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win the ‘Most Registered For’ Travel System from Amazon.com’s Baby Registry!

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Whether you’ve already registered for baby gear or you’re still deciding what you really need, Amazon.com is here to help you find the best gear for you and your little one. With a universal baby registry, Amazon.com makes it convenient to shop for the products you love. Plus, their top 100 most registered for baby items allows you to view the most popular gear purchased by moms like you. 

To help you get prepared before delivery, Amazon.com is giving away a Britax Travel System to ONE (1) lucky winner, a retail value of approximately $420.00. Prize includes Britax 2014 B-Agile stroller and B-Safe Travel System.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day October 1. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on October 2 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!

Congrats to our winner, Renee Amorosi! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize.

Want advice on stroller safety? Watch the video below.

Stroller Safety
Stroller Safety
Stroller Safety

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Parents Goodyblog Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a GameTruck Party

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

No matter how old you are, celebrating your birthday never goes out of style. From character-themed parties to camping out and sleeping over, having a birthday bash is a great excuse for getting all of your friends together and having fun. If your child’s birthday is coming up and he’s crazy about video games, GameTruck is an exciting way to throw a party he’ll remember forever.

 

GameTruck is giving ONE (1) lucky winner a complimentary two hour GameTruck party, an approximate value of $400. The winner must live within 50 miles of a GameTruck service area or an alternative prize will be provided. If the winner is outside the service area, GameTruck will allow the participant to share the prize with someone that’s within service area or be compensated with a video game system valued at $200. The GameTruck allows 16 to 20 kids inside at a time; however, no food or drinks are allowed inside the truck.

 

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day September 30. More Qs about our giveaway? Read our official rules. And be sure to note that the winner must claim and use their prize by December 31, 2014. So you may be celebrating your child’s half-birthday! Be sure to check back on September 30 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!

Congrats to our winner, Mary Happymommy. Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize.

Photos courtesy of GameTruck.

Want advice on how to teach your child party manners? Watch the video below.

Manners & Responsibility: Kids at Parties
Manners & Responsibility: Kids at Parties
Manners & Responsibility: Kids at Parties

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Be First to Shop Gilt.com’s Semi-Annual Stroll in Style Event!

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Gilt.com is about to launch its Semi-Annual Stroll in Style event, and they’re giving Parents and American Baby readers an exclusive opportunity to get in the door before the event officially begins on Monday, September 22.

With steals on Stokke strollers, BabyBjörn baby carriers, Danzo diaper bags, and Aden + Anais swaddles, you’ll want to get in early! And for every purchase made in the Stroll in Style event, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Children’s Health Fund.

Melissa Keswin, GILT Director of Baby and Kids, offers these shopping tips:

  • Two-Stroller Minimum “If you’re gearing up for baby, you’ll need two strollers: One for short trips or when you’re traveling, and one for strolling longer distances. The first should be super-light and easy to fold — Maclaren is a favorite here — and the second should be sturdy and easy to maneuver, like Stokke, with its taller frame and comfortable seat.”
  • The #1 Must-Have for Babies “Every baby needs an Aden + Anais blanket, and it will likely be your most utilized item. It’s perfect for swaddling, for tummy time, for shading your baby from the sun, and more. Plus, the beloved brand now makes even more essentials like bibs and buntings.”
  • The Baby Carrier “Having a carrier is super helpful when you’re out and about, especially when you have more than one child and need to be hands-free! One of my favorites — and of many celeb parents too – is by BabyBjörn. Their carriers are ergonomically correct, incredibly comfortable, inward and outward facing, and can be used from birth to age 3.”

Here’s an example of the discounts in the Stroll in Style event:

  • Danzo Hobo Diaper Bag- GILT Price: $150, Original Retail: $295
  • BabyBjorn Baby Carrier- GILT Price: $80, Original Retail: $100

  • Wifi Baby Camera- GILT Price: $205, Original Retail: $260

  • Britax USA Agile 2013 Stroller- GILT Price: $179, Original Retail: $250

  • JJ Cole Urban BundleMe Infant- GILT Price: $42, Original Retail: $59.95

Get Ready, Get Set, SHOP!

 

And watch this video for more tips on how to buy baby gear on a budget.

 

How to Buy Baby Gear on a Budget
How to Buy Baby Gear on a Budget
How to Buy Baby Gear on a Budget

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Melissa Joan Hart Launches Boys’ Clothing “Made with Awesomeness in the U.S.A.”

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

If you have boys and wish there were more clothing options for little dudes, Melissa Joan Hart understands! She and her husband, Mark Wilkerson, have three boys: Mason, 9, Brady, 6, and Tucker, 2. They’re launching King of Harts and shared with Parents how the line got its start and what we have to look forward to.

P: When did you realize you wanted to launch a kids’ clothing line?

MJH: Mark and I have always been disappointed with the boy side of clothing stores. Never enough options and usually the shirts are covered in licensed characters like Spongebob or Spiderman. We felt we could add some cool options to the closets of little boys everywhere. We tossed around names for a few months but nothing seemed to be right until I told our designer that I thought maybe it should have my name in it for recognition and she immediately came up with King of Harts. I feel kinda silly that we hadn’t thought of it before. 

P: So often girls get the cute designs. What were some of your ideas behind creating designs for young boys?

MJH: We wanted to be sure to start small and grow our company over time to be sure that we maintained the quality of our garments. So we decided to start with only boys and within that, we wanted to start with jeans and graphic t-shirts. But we are suckers for great outerwear and decided to include a military-inspired jacket. A few months into developing the line, we couldn’t resist adding a great chambray shirt and hooded sweatshirt.

P: All of the clothes from the line are made in America. Why is that important to you and your husband?

MJH: We believe fully in the Made in America label and look for it ourselves on everything we buy. I think our country is struggling in many ways due to the lack of manufacturing in the US. By making the line in the US we hope to support local farms, factories, and businesses on every Main Street across the country.

P: What have you done to make the clothes long-lasting since many boys are tough on clothes?

MJH: Nothing is more aggravating then paying good money for clothes that don’t last. We have passed down almost every item from Mason to Brady and now to Tucker. We put in a double panel with a cool stitch around the knees of our denim jeans to help add support for those boys who like to play rough on the playground and dig for worms. 

P: King of Harts will be working with the national nonprofit, Youth VillagesWhat made you and your husband want to work with this organization? 

MJH: We came across Youth Villages and fell in love with their team and the work they do because they seek out kids across the country that need support and love and they help them find their way again. They fiercely believe that building strong families is the answer and we couldn’t agree more! Families are the answer to changing the course of a child’s life so that they can have every chance for a successful future. The proceeds from our limited-run Louie tee (with an awesome photo of my fellow Dancing with the Stars alum and Olympic snowboarder, Louie Vito) go directly to Youth Villages, as will a portion of our T-shirt sales every month.

P: What is your favorite outfit? 

MJH: I am crazy about the Chambray shirt with the Camo shorts together. It’s perfect for school picture day or a trip to the zoo. The lobster with the funny sunglasses tee is also a fun fave of mine.

P: The Winter 2014 line is available for pre-order and the Spring/Summer line will be available in March 2015. What are your future goals for King of Harts?

MJH: We will see what happens as we grow but the fall 15 line is in development now. I encourage fans and friends to recommend what they would like to see in future collections using the website’s email address. Someday we hope to have a Queen of Harts and maybe shoes called Hart and Sole. The big dream is to build our own factory in the US someday to provide knits and woven materials for our designs.

P: In one word, how do you describe your line?

MJH: Awesomeness!

Photos courtesy of King of Harts.

Want behind the scenes footage? Watch their video here!

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