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Learning Apps Get the Disney Treatment

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Disney knows you’re searching the App Store for educational games for your kids, and trying to tell the good-quality from the waste-of-time is rough to say the least. (We know, we looked at a ton for our 70 Best Apps for Families.) Today Disney unveiled ambitious plans to pair their stories and animation with strong learning content; the first of some 30 Imagicademy apps will launch on December 11.

The search for “joyful learning that kids don’t run away from,” as Andrew Sugarman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide, puts it, is universal these days. This generation is screen-savvy and ready to learn as long as we capture and keep their attention. To that end, the math app, the first one out, features games like “put the sleepwalking alien to bed” that cleverly build in number order along the way. Another activity in the app has a baby robot building a sandcastle, working in number sense by first asking the child to draw a numeral on the touchscreen, then having that number of balls of sand appear, then counting them out and assembling a castle with that number of spires. (A mischievous child can then gleefully destroy the sandcastle. It’s all part of staying engaged!)

This first Imagicademy math app will hit the sweet spot of ages 3 to 5, children in Pre-K and Kindergarten. A creative arts app will roll out in January, followed by a Frozen-themed science app in March and reading with Doc McStuffins in April or May. By 2016, Imagicademy apps will stretch from ages 3 to 8.

One final note: Parents will be able to download our own app, and receive push notifications about what a child is doing in the Imagicademy world. You can then send your child a virtual high-five or at least be able to give them concrete feedback, such as “I like that rocketship you built,” rather than having to always ask, “What are you doing on there?”

 

Digital Devices and Children
Digital Devices and Children
Digital Devices and Children

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Baby Deals and Steals–Your Cyber Monday Hit List!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

** By Dana Baardsen

It’s nearly impossible to join the holiday discount madness with a little one glued to your hip—or swaddled to your side. Even though you may not be able to charge through the crowds in-store this season, don’t you dare settle for full price! We’ve got your aching back, mommy, and here’s our gift to you: 2014’s best Cyber Monday baby deals and steals, all ready to go live on December 1, 2014!

Keep Baby warm. Explore 7 A.M. Enfant, find something warm and snuggly for your little one, and check out with 30% off of your entire purchase. This one really suits your on-the-go family! Code: CYBERMONDAY30

 Carrying your baby never looked so good. With multiple wearing positions for mommy and daddy, these beautiful Baby K’tan carriers are a must. Enjoy at 20% off. Code: BFCM20

Grab some mommy-and-baby body balm. This mild, soothing lotion is safe to use on your baby’s delicate skin, and effective enough for yours. Get 25% off of the Loving Care Body Balm by Le Couvent Des Minimes from Ulta!

Who doesn’t need anything from Skip HopSpend up to $50 and get 20% off, up to $80 and get 25% off, and if you spend more than $75 you get 30% off. Any purchase over $50 (hello, diaper bag!) is shipped with a free gift!

Say no more to sore knees! Protect your baby’s skin with Crawlings, so the time spent on the ground isn’t as taxing. You’ll get free shipping with one pair, 20% off with 2-3 pairs, and 40% off with four pairs!

MommyMeds app is a lifesaver. This database, which is an extension of research from the InfantRisk Center at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, contains information on over 20,000 prescribed, over-the-counter, and herbal medicines. Moms can look up symptoms and medications to find out what’s safe and what isn’t. By the time Tuesday rolls around, this source of information will no longer be free-for-download on iOS, so get it free now!

Calling all mini trendsetters! The mini collection at Appaman binds European trends with Brooklyn vibes. Will you have the most stylish baby in 2015? Receive 40% off of the entire store, and free shipping on orders over $100.

The only thing softer than Baby is mommy. Check out Earth Mama Angel Baby, a line featuring certified organic shampoos, soaps, balms and lotions galore! Snag 50% off of your entire order, with free shipping for orders over $25.

Cotton never felt so good! Spruce up your baby’s romper wardrobe, and peruse through Skyla Luna’s eco-friendly sleepwear collection.  This green baby deal involves 20% off of long-wearing jammies made from organic cotton.

As baby grows, so does the highchair. The innovative Tripp Trapp Chair by Stokke, just made parents’ lives a whole lot easier—and a little sleeker, too. The chair is designed to seat your baby right up to your dining table, so your newest family member doesn’t miss out on a single thing. This staple highchair will be discounted from $249 to $199 with free shipping on Cyber Monday.

These shoes were made for growing babies! The American Podiatric Medical Association has placed their stamp of approval on these UMI Baby shoes designed for healthy foot growth. Some of these too-cute-to-boot styles will be featured at 60% off.

How to Buy Baby Toys on a Budget
How to Buy Baby Toys on a Budget
How to Buy Baby Toys on a Budget

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win $590 Worth of Pampers Easy Ups™, Wipes, and Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toys!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Do you have a little one at home who is potty training? Someone who tries the potty during the day, but still needs protection at night, or some extra security on long car rides? This giveaway is for you! 

Enter for the chance to win approximately $590 worth of merchandise, including a two-month supply of Pampers Easy Ups™ and wipes, and a huge assortment of Thomas the Tank Engine™ toys. Pampers Easy Ups™ is celebrating the introduction of new Thomas the Tank Engine™ designs for boys and new Dora the Explorer™ designs for girls! These are great for potty training!

ONE (1) lucky winner will receive:

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on December 1, 2014. Be sure to check back on December 2nd 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.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, 21 years and older. Begins: 4PM EST on November 25, 2014. Ends: 11:59PM on December 1, 2014. Subject to Official Rules at http://www.parents.com/blogs/goodyblog/official-rules-enter-for-the-chance-to-win-590-worth-of-pampers-easy-ups-and-thomas-the-tank-engine-toys. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation.

For more you can also read our official rules here. Goody luck!

Potty Training Girls vs. Boys
Potty Training Girls vs. Boys
Potty Training Girls vs. Boys

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Should I Get My Baby Into Modeling? He’s Really Cute

Friday, November 21st, 2014

* By Liz Krieger for American Baby magazine

Once in a while I see a kid so deliciously cute, I almost want to tell the parents that it’s their civic duty to share that baby’s beauty with the world. But it’s no easy feat to get your little guy into the pages of, well, this magazine.

An old coworker of mine, Stacy, found this out a few years ago while jostling her infant daughter in her arms at a casting call for a commercial. The hallway was teeming with other moms and babies, the whole thing was running late, and as naptime came and went—let’s just say it wasn’t the quietest of hallways. Later, during some test shots, she was shocked when a makeup artist dabbed a bit of rouge on her 4-month-old’s face.

And that’s the thing, says American Baby’s photo editor, Amber Venerable: “You’ll definitely need an open mind and a relatively open schedule if you’re serious about helping your kiddo make it big. But most important, you have to really consider if your baby has the right temperament for all that action,” she cautions. For instance, some kids won’t let strangers hold them or won’t smile for anyone but their mama. For baby modeling to work, your child has to come alive in front of others, smiling for a room full of strangers.

All that said, if you’ve got the time, and your babe’s got the good cheer, dial a local modeling agency (none that charge an upfront fee, please!) and get those headshots sent in.

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter to Win a John Deere Wagon Full of Toys

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Harvest season intersects with toy season, and if Santa is feeling a little pressured all around, this week’s giveaway of a wagon full of John Deere toys can help! 

The John Deere Steel Stake Wagon (worth approximately $200) is one we have here in our offices; it’s our secret weapon for moving props around our hallways. You’ll love pulling your kid around in it, or watching him use it himself…ideally to help you get leaves to the curb.

The winner of this giveaway will also receive the following toys: Gear Force Harvest Action Combine ($60), Monster Treads RC Gator ($50), Monster Treads Shake & Sounds Farm Armor ($35), Monster Treads Raging Bull Roundup ($30) and Kernel Shucks ($16). Most of the toys are for ages 3 years+; the wagon is for ages 2 years+, Kernal Shucks is for 18 months+, and the remote-control gater is for ages 6 years+.

The approximate retail value of the total prize is $391. That’s a nice start, Santa! For your chance to win, you can leave a comment below, up to once a day every day between now and 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 17th. We’ll post the winner at the bottom of the thread, and please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize. For more details, check in to our official rules. Goody luck!

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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Dear Mom: I Gave Your Brats Candy for Dinner

Friday, November 7th, 2014

By Brooke Schuldt

When I originally said I was free Saturday night, I figured it would be three hours of feeding and entertaining your kids—two boys who are very close in age—before they went to sleep and I continued my Mad Men Netflix binge.

I never imagined that I would be pinned to the ground against my will by one brother while the other taunted me by dangling my IPhone over the trash can filled with the dinner that they refused to eat.

“Give us candy for dinner instead,” the first brother yelled, “Or your phone swims with the fishes!”

Technically it would be swimming with macaroni and cheese, but I decided it was not the best time to be snarky with him. And yes, I could have just thrown the second brother off of me, but the risk of hurting him stopped me.

So, do you know what I did?

I gave them candy for dinner.

Not a lot, because I still respect your rules. But you have to understand that when one of your demon children is pinning me to the ground, and the other is looking to destroy my only connection to the outside world, desperate times call for desperate measures.

If it makes you feel any better, I put a vegetable on the table with the candy. You can probably guess where that vegetable ended up.

Babysitters work hard for our money, and only occasionally does the “I’m going to call your mom” threat actually work. Kids are resilient and barbaric.

I once had a kid trick me into thinking that he wanted to go outside, only to lock me out while he ran around the house threatening to call the police and say I was a burglar. This was all because I said, “Hey, we have played Just Dance for about an hour now. Why don’t we do something else?”

Parents, please be kind to your babysitters. Most of them follow the rules to the best of their abilities, but if your smartphone was dangling over three bowls’ worth of Kraft Easy Mac and a stranger’s son was sitting on your back, wouldn’t you just give in?

Child Care: How to Find Quality Child Care
Child Care: How to Find Quality Child Care
Child Care: How to Find Quality Child Care

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Snapchat Nanny Shows the Truth

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

** By Dana Baardsen

I’m sure when my best friend was hired as a nanny,Social Media Babies, Social Media Children, Funny Baby Stories, Funny Kid Stories
her employers had no clue that their little tykes would be so consistently featured on her Snapchat. But she isn’t shy about revealing what it’s really like to take care of kids. While my other mommy friends on social media tend to glamorize what parenthood is like, my friend, Snapchat Nanny, lets me see the moments that aren’t so picture-perfect. A few of her gems:

Hurricane Hysterics One day my friend was trying to bring the kids out of the back seat of her car, and they didn’t feel quite ready to get out. I received a little clip of the tantrums that followed. Sweeping in and out, like a hurricane, the hysterics got harsh, then a calm would suddenly roll over the kids, and then just as relief seemed to set in, the red faces, tears, and screams started all over again. It’s too bad Snapchat Nanny never even experienced a calm before the storm.

Beach-Bag Syndrome I’ve seen lots of cute baby-at-the-beach photos, but Snapchat Nanny sent me a photo of the trunk of her car packed with a stroller, cooler, and several other bags. The cooler was filled with snacks and lunches, all planned out, and the bags were each stuffed with different types of little-life necessities. This behind-the-scenes glimpse into her routine revealed the battle-like planning that goes into one simple outing.

Land of Loop My friend sends me snaps of a kid watching the same thing repeatedly, as if the show or movie is programmed to a loop setting. It doesn’t matter how many sources of entertainment there are, kids want to hear or watch the same thing over and over again. They really need to just Let It Go.

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Messy-Clean Life This came in a series of three snaps. First was the mess, then was the clean after-photo, and then came the “mess again” picture. Now I know that no matter how many times you clean and organize, a mess inevitably appears when little ones run around, dispensing toys around the room like it’s their job.

End-of-the-Day Selfie I’ll never forget this one from last summertime. My friend had just left the family’s home after a grueling day of chasing tots around a hot park. She was lying down on her bed, with a red face, sweaty pores, and smeared mascara, when she snapped a selfie and captioned the photo #NannyLife.

Of course as scary as these snaps are to me (childless for now!), I know that these little moments are tiny parts of a more meaningful whole. Despite everything, I must admit some of the sweetest snaps to ever hit my inbox are also from my Snapchat Nanny.

Here, Johanna Stein of mothereffed.com shares her own harrowing real-life mothering tale.

Mother Eff'ed
Mother Eff'ed
Mother Eff'ed

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I Survived a Diaper Disaster

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

By Alice Laussade for American Baby magazine

When our first child, Penny, was 4 months old, my husband and I took her with us to shop for a new dishwasher. Half of the dirty dishes in our house were Penny’s bottles, so I figured she should come along for the decision.

Once we hit the aisles, she got fussy, so I picked her up from the stroller and took her for a walk, leaving my husband behind to sort out our options. As we walked the store, I noticed folks checking us out. Yeah, she’s super cute, I thought. You should totally be jealous.

Then, I felt it. Something was dripping off of my arm. My little angel had pooped all over me. And I mean All. Over. Me. Turns out, people were horrified by us, not enamored.

We were light-years from the stroller at that point, so I ran to the bathroom. But without my diaper bag full of everything I could ever need, I was a wreck: No wipes?! What do I do? My baby cooed. A woman in a nearby stall gagged.

And then it clicked. I’m not sure how it happened, really, but there were paper towels involved, and in the end, my baby was sparkling clean and wearing her shirt as a diaper. I was a freaking ninja. Best mom ever.

I hugged my sweet girl close to me, and she immediately barfed down the front of my shirt. Welp.

I may have left my dignity at Home Depot that day, but I did learn a lesson: No matter how well you pack your diaper bag, you can never be prepared for everything. But you’ll get through it. And one day, when your baby becomes a high schooler, you’ll use your stories to embarrass her in front of friends. And that’s what parenthood’s all about, right?
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Assuming you’re home and not improvising on the run, here’s the ideal way to change a diaper!

How to Change a Diaper
How to Change a Diaper
How to Change a Diaper

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