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Friday, August 10th, 2012
It’s pretty shameful. Nearly every Sunday night this summer, I’ve seen that my young daughters have way too much color, especially on their face, where they keep getting slight burns on their nose and under their eyes. I am completely vigilant about sunscreen, and thanks to this job, I have an endless supply of it. But something’s not working, whether it’s me or the SPF I’m using.
I was recently at the beach with my sister, who used a sunscreen wipe on her 2-year-old daughter just as I was about to embark on my usual routine of spraying my girls’ bodies, putting lotion on their faces, and using a stick SPF on their nose and ears and under their eyes. My daughters looked wistfully over at their cousin–who was finished getting ‘screened up in about 30 seconds–and asked if they could use the wipe, too. My sister swiftly rubbed their faces and told me how much she swears by the towelettes, which are from a company called MD Moms and developed by two pediatricians who themselves have children. Even with that pedigree, I confess I was slightly skeptical …
… Until we got home that afternoon and I saw that for once, my children’s faces were the same shade they were when we arrived at the beach. Hallelujah! And now that I’ve done a little digging online, I see that basically everyone who uses these wipes (official name: Baby Silk Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes) is a devotee. They are a must-have as I head to the beach tomorrow for a week’s vacation.
Now, the wipes aren’t cheap–$26 for 20–but think of the pros: They’re foolproof. They’re great for babies. They can get in kids’ eyes without irritating them. You can bring them on your carry-on luggage, unlike any other sunscreen. And they work.
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Friday, July 27th, 2012
The crazy weather we’ve been having on the east coast this summer has brought out the worst in the mosquitoes around my neighborhood. They’re so darn sneaky. I never seem to see them until it’s too late: My family and I will be enjoying a nice dinner on the deck when slowly but surely, we all start slapping our arms and legs, and scratching (and eventually clawing) away at our ankles.
But I’m done with that scene. The folks at ThermaCell sent me their Mosquito Repellent Patio Lantern, which looks nicer than the big citronella candles we normally use, and has no odor. (It works by releasing allethrin, a synthetic version of a natural repellent.) You do need to take a few minutes to carefully read the instructions and set it up (or at least your husband does), but after that, it’s truly a matter of turning it on and occasionally replacing batteries and cartridges. Keep it in mind as we head into another warm weekend!
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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
My daughters started camp at our town pool on Monday, so we met their counselors at orientation over the weekend. When the counselors met Lila, my particularly fair 3-year-old, one of them said, “Please pack plenty of sunscreen!” I have, but I’m also doing one better: I’m putting her in a SwimZip suit (there she is at right). SwimZip items are rated UV50+, and cover more than a bathing suit will, so I can cut back on the amount of sunscreen we go through–which is typically more than a bottle a week! The top is really easy for her to put on and take off herself, since it zips up like a jacket. (That’s key when she’s soaking wet–it’s great to not have to bother with yanking a tight shirt over her head.) And the other big perk is that SwimZip’s styles are totally adorable, and the girls’ options are different from anything I’ve seen.
SwimZip, sizes 6-12 months to 4T, $29.99.
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Friday, May 11th, 2012
This sweet Pack ‘n Play is sitting here next to me and bringing back so many memories. Mostly I think of traveling, and how I took my first child, Grace, on probably a trip a month during her first two years of life. Our Pack ‘n Play saw a lot of use! It came as a shock when she turned 2 and cost a full plane ticket. That slowed our travel for sure. Then her brother was born and we were really grounded. But I still kept a Pack ‘n Play at Neenup’s house (you have to visit grandma!) and at Madama’s house (you have to visit both grandmas!). As a travel crib, the thing is a lifesaver.
The one shown here, the newest collaboration between Graco and Disney Baby, is especially tricked-out. It’s Minnie-Moused themed, but not with Minnie all over it or anything. It’s just inspired by Minnie’s girlishness, with flowers and such. I’ve gone on before about my family’s love for Disney, so I won’t go into it now, I’ll just take the opportunity to post a picture of my own Minnie!
My favorite Minnie!
Back to the Pack ‘n Play: It’s got a changing pad and bassinet built in. This makes it a portable nursery. Seriously. It can be a second nursery setup in your living room, or be pretty much all you need in your baby’s bedroom until she’s ready to graduate to a crib. (Side note: My coworker next to me kept her son in a Pack ‘n Play until he was 18 months old, so I’m just saying, you can make one of these your baby’s sleepspot for quite a while!)
Readers who vote in our American Baby Bests contest love the Pack ‘n Play; most use it as the changer and as a playpen in some area of the house aside from the nursery, so they’re not always running back in forth to their baby’s room. And hey, if you love this or any baby product and want to tell new moms, please vote at our polls right here! They’re fun, I promise you.
And good news: Graco and Disney will mail this same $220 Pack ‘n Play Premiere (or I’m sure they could substitute some boy-appropriate gear if necessary!) to one lucky person who leaves a comment at this post between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, May 16. That’s right, we’re running this contest over Mother’s Day! And as a salute to all mommies or mommies-to-be, I’m linking to Disney’s tear-inducing tribute to moms here. (Or am I the only person who cries when I see Dumbo’s mom?!)
Leave a comment, as many as one a day. Maybe tell me who your favorite Disney mom character is! (There aren’t a whole ton to choose from, right? But the mom in the Mary Poppins movie cracks me up, personally.) Read the Official Rules here. And as always, goody luck!
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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
They've got a beautiful online baby registry!
You don’t have to be a “green” mommy to love eco-friendly baby products. Sometimes the earth-friendly stuff is just ridiculously adorable. That’s how we found AbesMarket.com some years ago. We were looking for something new and different for a nursery-storage story in the magazine, and found the $70, completely recyclable, no-screws-necessary Beehive Bookcase. And we were hooked!
We’ve since gone back to them a bunch of times. We showed one of their $68 organic baby blankets in a layette story, for instance. And here I’ll give up one of my editor’s secrets, which is that I sometimes refer to them as a sort of cross-check. Lots of companies promise that they are eco-friendly, but because I know Abe’s Market does a serious amount of research before taking on a product line, I’ll sometimes just peek and see if a product that says it’s green is on their Web site. (I do these kinds of cross-checks with Whole Foods too, but they’re tougher, because you can’t shop Whole Foods online!)
Also, if you just like to read about where your baby products come from, you’ll like the company overviews. Check out this one about Green Sprouts. You can learn what they make, where, and with what materials! If you’re not careful, you’ll turn into a product geek like me.
I’m finally working around to their new news: AbesMarket.com launched a baby registry! It’s presented in a gorgeous online magazine format and is a pleasure to browse through.
To help them celebrate and spread the word to moms and moms-to-be, we’re giving away a $100 giftcard to AbesMarket.com. Just leave a comment here (you can comment up to once a day) and let us know what your favorite eco-friendly baby product is. You can comment through Wednesday May 9th; on the 10th, we’ll randomly chose one winner. See the complete rules here. Goody luck!
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What would you buy with $100 at their site?
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Kelty Transit 3.0
When your baby is new, you can’t imagine wearing him anywhere but right in front of you. As he gets older, though, you warm to the idea of letting him ride on your back, so you can have your hands totally free.
I know that in some parts of the country, baby backpacks are really common. If you live where it’s easy to hike or hard to get around fast with a stroller, a backpack makes a lot of sense. I live in Brooklyn, so my backpack didn’t get as much use…and yet, when I did break it out, I loved it.
baby on board!
Here’s a picture of Joe riding along while I shop for plants at the Botanic Garden!
Every year, the folks from Kelty come to the offices to show me their cool baby backpacks. The one pictured up top is their Transit 3.0. Get this: It’s got a sun/rain hood, a pocket for your water bottle at the waist, a changing pad, and cushy straps. It’s also amazingly adjustable to the length of a person’s torso, so if Mom and Dad are different heights, changing the size is no problem. You can put a child as heavy as 40 pounds in the thing. I look at it and fantasize about running all over town with a baby strapped to my back, no stroller to fold and no baby legs smacking the top of my thighs.
This year I didn’t let my Kelty contact leave with the backpack. I asked if we could give it away, since it’s worth $199 and surely should belong to some American Baby reader! So, leave a comment here, between 5pm on March 8th and the end of the day on March 14th, and the lucky winner could be you. You can post once a day. Read the full rules here. Goody luck!
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Monday, March 5th, 2012
It’s official: I’m now in the subculture of parents who suck out the stuff that’s clogging up their kids’ nose.
You may already be aware of a product called NoseFrida–aka The Snotsucker. We’ve written about it in Parents before (most recently in our March issue, because Christina Applegate was raving about it), but I had never tried it myself until last week. I’m a convert.
I have two daughters, ages 6 and 3. I thought I’d use NoseFrida on my 3-year-old, Lila, who has a cold at the moment. She’s also pretty fearless, so I figured she’d have no problem with me putting a small plastic tube in her nostril while I extracted its contents by sucking on a smaller plastic mouthpiece. (Don’t worry! There’s a foam filter that prevents anything from actually getting into your mouth.)
But Lila wanted nothing to do with it. So I asked my intrigued 6-year-old, Julia, to let me demonstrate on her. I thought she would flatly refuse; she’d swatted away that (useless) blue rubber suction bulb ever since she was a newborn. But Julia jumped right on board and we put on quite a show. (I’ll spare you the details.) And this is when I realized that the NoseFrida isn’t just for congested children. You see, Julia is bizarrely unskilled in blowing her nose. I’ve tried for years to teach her, but she can’t seem to pull it off without extreme concentration. Faced with a tissue, her natural instincts seem to be to either inhale through her nostrils, or blow out of her mouth. (Or cry.) It’s been frustrating for both of us, but NoseFrida has changed all that. Clearing out her nose is now a source of amusement. Victory is ours!
Check out NoseFrida in action here. And you can purchase it here. Are you already a snotsucker? Let me know how it works for you!
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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
When it comes to parenting, I think the majority of moms and dads wish they could enjoy a little more good old fashioned quality time with their kids. However, given the numerous directions most parents are pulled in on any given day, these opportunities can oftentimes get lost in the shuffle. Until now. One of our Parents Advisory Board members and Professor and Vice Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Harley Rotbart, M.D., has written a new book with hundreds of little ways parents can make everyday moments special. I’ll turn it over to him to explain further:
Parents.com has been kind enough to allow me to share a few words about my “No Regrets” approach to parenting, and tell you about the new book, No Regrets Parenting – Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2012). I’m a pediatrician, Professor and Vice Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado, where I’ve practiced for the past 30 years.
Each day with young kids can feel like a week, and each week like a month. But as every new birthday passes, childhood seems to streak by at warp speed. “No Regrets Parenting” is a fresh, commonsense approach to time management for those of you who shudder at the thought of your kids growing up too fast, leaving for college, becoming young adults before you’ve had a chance to fully experience their childhood.
NRP is not like other “time management strategies” that are geared for efficiency with kids rather than for intimacy with them, for organizing rather than optimizing time with your kids. How to get everything done is not the same as how to make the time with your kids meaningful and memorable. NRP is about capturing the precious moments of parenting that otherwise are lost in the name of efficiency. It will show you how to transform the mundane and exhausting routines of parenthood into special parenting events. Car pool, bath time, soccer practice, homework, dinner hour, and sleepovers can all become more than just obligations – they can be opportunities, for intimate quality time with young kids. NRP teaches parents the important difference between minutes and moments. It’s not how much time you have with your kids, but how you spend the time you have that matters in the life and legacy of a young family. NRP helps you find the time to feel good about your kids’ childhood – and still get it all done!
As a pediatrician, I am privileged to observe best parenting practices but, unfortunately, I have also witnessed parenting strategies that aren’t working. Too many sad stories from parents whose careers and adult responsibilities so overwhelmed their lives they felt as if they had missed knowing their kids. Childhood had gone by too quickly. Parents wishing they could do it over again, re-prioritize. Parents with profound regrets.
NRP is for busy parents in our busy times. So there will be no regrets.
The days are long, but the years are short. And now is the time.
No Regrets Parenting is available as of today, 2/21/2012, in bookstores everywhere, and at all online book vendors (you can buy it here). The book will be excerpted in the March issue of Parents. Also, see the blog, follow the tweets and share No Regrets Parenting Facebook posts, all linked at www.noregretsparenting.com.
More related features on positive parenting:
7 Ways to Raise a Well-Rounded Kid
The 6 Best Gifts You Can Give Kids Without Spending Money
Find Your Happy Parent Place
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