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Give Back to Moms in Need with Boppy, and Enter for a Chance to Win a Trip

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Mother’s Day—it’s the one day a year that’s truly all about you and your little ones. Maybe you’re looking forward to a leisurely breakfast in bed or a cute card “signed” by Baby. But before you unwind and enjoy a well-deserved day of relaxation come May 11, consider giving back to mothers in less fortunate circumstances, too. 

Boppy will celebrate the mama-centric holiday as well as its own 25th anniversary by donating 5 percent of all May profits from their feeding pillow to moms in need. Boppy is working alongside Nurse Family Partnership, who matches financially needy new moms—often teenagers—with public health nurses who assist them before Baby arrives and for the two years following the birth. This service has been intact for over three decades and has helped foster healthier pregnancies and safer home environments, and it has also positively impacted children’s education and their mothers’ employment status.

Taking part in this initiative means you’ll have a new Boppy for yourself or to gift to an expectant friend or relative. The Boppy pillow comes in lots of colors and patterns and helps keep Baby comfy while you nurse or bottlefeed. As your wee one grows, the pillow can help support her as she learns to sit. 

Prefer to donate a concrete dollar amount? Give online here through Boppy’s partnership with Captivate.org (http://captivate.org/contests/nfp-explore-keystone) or use the link on Boppy’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheBoppyCompany/app_1393201434248014) from now through May 11. Upon donating $10 or more, you’ll be entered to win a vacation to Keystone, Colorado for two. Pledge larger sums and you’ll be rewarded with a variety of Boppy products, detailed here: http://captivate.org/contests/nfp-explore-keystone/ Even if your own little one has outgrown such items, this is an excellent opportunity to stock up on baby shower gifts for pals who will soon be engaging in their own Mother’s Day celebrations!

Are you a pumping mom? Here are some tips on storing your breastmilk safely.

Store Breast Milk Safely
Store Breast Milk Safely
Store Breast Milk Safely

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Enter for a Chance to Win a $140 Clothing Set from Munchkin’s Mbaby

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

It’s not often that there’s true innovation in baby clothes, but Munchkin’s new Mbaby line has some well-thought-out details that are unique and useful, especially as the weather heats up.

For instance, all the one-pieces in the collection have a double layer of fabric on the front side, but a single layer behind. That’s because babies spend so much time with their backs against the stroller, or car seat, or crib mattress, that they could use venting back there and extra warmth up front!

And I don’t know about you, but I had big-headed babies. A lot of bodysuits can stretch around the head, but this little Mbaby sailor suit has snaps that open to easily get it over a boy’s head, then can be snapped up for a smart polo-shirt look. Too cute!  

Check out the line (most pieces are between $28 and $60) and when you shop between now and the end of the day on April 30th, use this exclusive discount code for 15% off: Goody15.

Also this week, Munchkin is offering TWO lucky GoodyBlog readers the chance to win Mbaby’s Cherry Stripe Sleepster (worth $48), Sailor Peacoat (worth $60), and a Onester of the winner’s choice (bringing the total package to about $140). 

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day April 30. Be sure to check back on May 1 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!

Now that we’ve helped you dress your baby, let us help you play with him too! Watch this video.

Congrats to our winners Adriana La Fontaine and Becca Parks!

Playing With Baby: Baby Toys
Playing With Baby: Baby Toys
Playing With Baby: Baby Toys

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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!

Congrats to our winner Nicole Hessig!

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

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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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