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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Enter for a Chance to Win a $400 Organic Crib Mattress from Naturalmat

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Your baby will, ideally, spend a lot of time in the crib. That’s one of the reasons I’m always preaching to pregnant women to consider spending extra money on an organic or Greenguard-certified crib mattress. You want something non-toxic, that’s safe for baby to breath next to for hours at a time. I know the mattress isn’t as fun to buy as the sheets or the crib itself, but I’d argue it’s the more important purchase.

Probably the most hyper-natural mattress manufacturer I’ve ever encountered is Naturalmat. Watch this video of them making mattresses over in the UK, by hand! Surrounded by cute lambs! You can’t make this stuff up. They are organic down to the ingredients they use to make their mattresses hypoallergenic and fire-retardant

Naturalmat is offering ONE lucky GoodyBlog reader the chance to win its Coco Mat organic crib mattress, which is $400 at retailers such as Amazon.com. The inside is made from coconut husks and lambswool…such a nice change from the days when we all thought we had to sleep on plastic-encased metal springs.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day April 23. Be sure to check back on April 24 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!

And since this giveaway closes on my birthday, here’s the horoscope for Taurus Moms like me. Mommy-style horoscopes for all the signs are on our site!

Horoscope for a Taurus Mom
Horoscope for a Taurus Mom
Horoscope for a Taurus Mom

Click here for official rules.

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World Premiere Video: Rockabye Baby Does The Clash

Monday, March 31st, 2014

We always get a kick out of Rockabye Baby, which takes music you love as an adult (from The Beatles to Jay Z to Pink) and plays the tunes out on xylophones and bells. It might sound like sacrilege but turns out to be music that appeals to your infant without you getting “Twinkle Twinkle” stuck in your head, which is a blessed relief.

They have some 60 titles at this point, with each CD selling for about $12 to $17 and also available for download on iTunes. There are single MP3s for about $1.30, including Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. (I know it’s probably inappropriate but the picture of their signature bear, blurred, cracks me up.)

Today they are taking us back to London in 1980, presenting a first look of their video for The Clash’s London Calling, done Rockabye-Baby style. Play your newborn The Clash without risk of raised eyebrows, or show your toddler this gentle little one-minute video for a minute of screentime that won’t grate on your nerves.

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a $300 High Chair from BabyBjorn

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

My niece is fully onto solids. On most Tuesdays I do Facetime with her, and I eat my dinner while my brother spoons food into her mouth. She seems fascinated to watch me eat while being fed herself! 

This week, when she was done, she started to try and dismantle her high chair. The one she is using is portable and not super sturdy. That got me thinking, gear-obsessed editor that I am, about the Baby Bjorn High Chair. It’s sturdy as a rock, great for small spaces, has a comfy shape and footrest to keep a kid sitting, and wipes down quickly. The $300 pricepoint stops a lot of people, but I would maintain that if you watch the video on the product, you can understand why the design and features are worth it.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that it isn’t giant; a baby doesn’t need a big seat (and you don’t want to clean one). This high chair fits a 5-month-old to a 3-year-old, and BabyBjorn is giving it away to ONE lucky winner. (But not to my brother! He’s going to have to pony up.)

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day April 2. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on April 3 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!

Starting solids? Watch our cute video for some tips!

Congrats to our winner Joanna Garcia!

How to Start Solids
How to Start Solids
How to Start Solids

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Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Watch This!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Watch this quick video tutorial called “How Safe is Your Sleeping Baby” by Mindy Walker, Executive Editor of American Baby magazine. It aired on Fox & Friends this weekend.

In case you missed it, American Baby did a poll with Safe Kids Worldwide and discovered that an astounding 73 percent of parents put something in the crib with their baby, often a potential suffocation hazard. A blanket was most common (59 percent), followed by bumpers (35 percent), stuffed animals (23 percent), and pillows (8 percent). Our message: Keep the crib bare! A crib mattress with a fitted sheet is all a baby under 1 needs.

If you want to buy a bedding set that gives your nursery a theme, we like Skip-Hop’s Complete Sheet Set, which for $99 gives you a sheet, crib skirt, wall decals, and a blanket to use for tummy-time. (We know it’s tempting to put that blanket in the crib, but please keep it out!) Instead of a blanket, try a SleepSack like the one from Halo we featured on the segment.

Another sticky issue is cosleeping. Bedsharing is common; a full 65 percent of parents in our poll said they do it and 38 percent said they share the bed with baby regularly. But as Walker points out, just as we’ve gotten used to keeping our infants in a rear-facing car seat for their own safety, so must we get used to having them in their own safe sleep spot. Did you know that in 2010 (the lastest statistics available), 59 children younger than 1 died in a car crash but 3,610 children under age 1 died of sudden unexpected infant death? In about half of those SUID cases, the baby was in an adult bed.

We applaud Delta Children for helping educate consumers about safe sleep and for manufacturing safe, affordable cribs; the one in our segment, above, is Delta’s Waves 3-in-1 Crib and only $129.

We’re also on a crusade to stop the mixed messages that new parents get when they see, for instance, a crib filled with a bumper and stuffed animals but then are told to keep those very things out of the crib. Enough with that! We are working to populate Parents.com with only pictures of safe sleep environments. (At least in our editorial…the ads are harder to control!) Is your baby in one? If so, email a pic to cribsafety@meredith.com and we’ll consider it for our site. You can also tag us on Instagram @americanbabymagazine using #mysafecrib and we’ll take a look. We’re all in this together; let’s work to get all babies through the night safe and sound.

 

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Trio of Transition Swaddles from Zipadee-Zip

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Turns out my niece is not such a sleeper. She snoozes for 45 minutes or so, then pops back awake. My brother and sister-in-law swaddled her from birth, and that really did help for some months. Then having her arms bound started to make her furious. (Plus, once a baby can roll, a tight swaddle is a safety issue…babies have to have their arms free enough to push on the mattress and lift their little head up to breath.)

Even though I’m a baby-gear expert, I didn’t know what to recommend beyond trying a baby sleeping bag/wearable blanket. But my relatives are intrepid, and found this little Zipadee-Zip. The parents who invented it had the same issue as my bro and sis-in-law, their daughter wanted to be free and coddled at the same time. They invented this star-shaped wearable blanket so that an older baby’s feet and arms can be totally enclosed, yet have some necessary freedom of movement. 

If you’re having sleep issues, this might help! This week’s giveaway will offer ONE lucky winner the chance to choose three favorite styles of Zipadee-Zips. It’s a package worth $104 to $119, depending on which styles you chose. (Each Zipadee-Zip costs between $35 and $39 plus postage.)

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day February 12. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on February 13 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!

Are you a swaddling newbie? Watch our video!

How to Swaddle Baby
How to Swaddle Baby
How to Swaddle Baby

Congrats to our winner Alisha Erickson!

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A Keychain That Detects Dirty Diapers? You Better Believe It!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Not long after Huggies Brazil introduced the world to the TweetPee, another device is garnering attention in the wet-diapers-detection industry.

Engineer Eric Schuh, based in Michigan, developed a USB-looking keychain that lights up if a diaper is wet. The user just places the sensor up to the diaper and a light turns on if it senses wet fabric. Yep, it’s that simple.

According to the demonstration video, the device works through a fully-clothed child, as well. Say goodbye to these days of undressing your bundled-up child or waking up your sleeping baby.

Schuh placed the model up for auction on Kickstarter on Jan. 21 asking for $500 to get the project off the ground. To date, more than $5,500 has already been pledge and bidding is still open through Feb. 20. An individual device is going for $12 and expected delivery is between February and March. Schuh did note one setback though: he hasn’t been able to experiment on all forms of diaper-clothing combos.

As dirty diaper detection technology becomes available, is this something you’d invest in? Tell us in the comment section below.

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

Image: Baby crawling and playing with pile of diaper via Shuttertock

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Best Board Books for Babies

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

** Guest-edited by Emily Jenkins, 2013 Chair of the National Book Awards Committee on Young People’s Literature and author of Toys Go Out and more

First come my board-book standards. Your baby should have them. All babies should have them. All of them are properly interesting to someone who still wants to chew on books. 

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illus Clement Hurd

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, illus Felicia Bond

books by Sandra Boynton (my favorite is Snuggle Puppy)

books by Eric Carle (my favorite is From Head to Toe)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, illus Eric Carle

books by Dr. Seuss, shortened into board books (my favorite is Hop on Pop)

books by Karen Katz (my favorite is Where Is Baby’s Belly Button?)

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell 

Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

The Max and Ruby books by Rosemary Wells (my favorite is Max’s Breakfast)

The Duck and Goose board books by Tad Hills (my favorite is Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin)

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

All the fun baby-centered books by Leslie Patricelli

Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill

If you’re a book lover, or on your second baby, chances are you already know the books above. You want to buy your baby (or your friend’s baby) something that’s beautiful and worth reading over and over and that might be a little under the radar.  Below are my go-to board book gifts for literary folk who have all the others. 

I Kissed the Baby! By Mary Murphy

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

More More More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams

Ten Little Fingers & Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illus Helen Oxenbury

Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tufari

Baby Penguins Everywhere by Melissa Guion 

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, illus. Marla Frazee

Ten Little Babies by Gyo Fujikowa

Peek-a-Boo by Alan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg

Also check out nine new board books from the American Baby Editors.

Remember that your local bookstore can order any of these books, and you can also find many board books in our Parents.com/shop

Activity Tips: Mia Reads Book
Activity Tips: Mia Reads Book
Activity Tips: Mia Reads Book

 

 

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American Baby Baby’s Booty: Win a Build-a-Bear Baby Gift Set

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

My kids are crazy about Build-a-Bear Workshops, where you choose the skin of a new plush friend and then get it filled, right there in the store, with fluff. And they’ve got a new addition to announce: Baby gifts from Build-a-Bear! The line is called Hug-a-Cub. Since the new goods are for babies, you don’t have to wait in a store to get them stuffed (definitely more fun for the older kids). They do encourage you to order online, because there’s lots to chose from there. 

For instance, the 5-piece Brown Bear Gift Set can be personalized with Baby’s name. And I was excited to see this Sweet Velvet Bear who is allergy-friendly. There are a lot of Snugglers, too, those blankets-with-a-head that babies love so much.

Build-A-Bear is giving away THREE cuddly Hug a Cub 5-piece Brown Bear Gift Sets, including a soft bear, rattle, snuggler, blanket and bag to tote your treasures.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and Wednesday, November 27, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back on December 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!

Our winners have been chosen. Congrats to Charley Elizabeth, Veronica Lynn Willyard and Mary Singer!

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