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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Villages. What 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?
Photos courtesy of King of Harts.
Want behind the scenes footage? Watch their video here!
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Lots of new moms would love a jogging stroller, but when it comes to paring down a registry list, the jogger is often one of the first items to go. (Sniff!) A new stroller line, called Urbini and sold at Walmart, is out to change that. Their jogging stroller, the Urbini Avi, comes in at $200, putting this piece of baby gear in reach! The Avi is built for parents looking for a little exercise, but it has a compact frame and easy fold, so you’d be fine relying on it for everyday use, too.
We’re happy to announce that ONE (1) lucky winner will get a red Avi jogging stroller, which has an approximate retail value of $200. To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day September 18. More Qs about our giveaway? Read our official rules. Be sure to check back on September 18 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, Lauren Christner! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize.
Watch this video and learn how you can get baby gear on a budget!
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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Sending your kids back to school involves buying new school supplies and possibly a new wardrobe (or at least it feels that way). Your kids continue to grow, and styles continue to change, but what do you do about the clothes that no longer fit? Donate them, of course!
Not only can you donate your child’s gently-worn clothing, but you can donate to their school as well by purchasing or donating like-new clothes through Schoola.com.
How it works? It’s as simple as the ABCs! Gather your child’s outgrown clothing, enter your address and school on Schoola.com, and wait for the pre-paid donation bag to arrive in your mail. Fill it, then leave it for the postal service to pick up. Schoola tags, photographs and posts the clothing in its online store–obviously at thrift-store prices. For each purchase made, $2 of every $5 in sales goes to the school designated by the donor. It’s a win-win situation!
Stacey Boyd, founder and CEO, has these tips on cleaning out your kid’s closet before school:
- “Kids grow so quickly, it’s important to refresh their closets every school year. I try to clean out my daughters’ closets at least twice a year, as that’s how fast she seems to outgrow her clothes!”
- “Remember what your child wore and didn’t wear last year. If your kid hasn’t worn something in the past year, they probably won’t wear it this year–if they still fit into it.”
- “Always consider donating the clothes your kids no longer wear, and if you can find a store like Schoola that gives the proceeds back to organizations in need–even better!”
Want more tips on how to save on back-to-school clothes?
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Thursday, September 4th, 2014
We agree that a baby’s bare feet are super cute, but keeping little piggies safe when toddling around outside is important, too!
To get you ready for the fall season, Robeez® is giving away a pair of shoes to FIVE (5) lucky winners, each pair worth approximately $20. Each winner will get to choose the pair of Robeez shoes of his or her choice for their little one.
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day September 10. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on September 11 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 FIVE (5) winners: Melanie Fee, Anna Pry, Evan Rollins, Brandy Husted-Yaist and Nicole Marie. Please check you “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize!
Trying to pick your baby’s first pair of shoes? Watch the video for tips on choosing the perfect fit.
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Whether or not your youngest enrolled in preschool this year, it’s never a bad idea to get a jump-start on her ABC’s and 1, 2, 3′s!
To help prepare your little one for the first day of preschool, all the way through 1st grade, School Zone® is giving ONE (1) lucky winner a chance to receive his or her own School Zone® Little Scholar™ Tablet–prize value worth $200. However, the tablet is currently on a back-to-school sale at $170!
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on September 8. Be sure to check back on September 9 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!
Congrats to our winner, Amy Magee! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize!
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