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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 One of Five Pairs of Robeez!

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

I might be obsessed with baby feet. Especially my own kids’ feet. I had a friend once exclaim “ew!” when she watched my son put his feet up by my face, but I assured her that it’s entirely different if they are tiny feet and, what’s more, feet you managed to make yourself! They are delicious. Not that I bite my kids’ feet (often). 

What are also adorable are the baby shoes that are for such tiny feet, they barely look like shoes at all, but more like leather socks. Robeez are a prime example. Because they don’t need laces or straps and all that, they can be decorated in what seems like a bazillion variations. We have the star ones, below, coming out later this spring, sitting in our office right now. 

Infants don’t, strictly speaking, need shoes, but they do help keep their feet warm. If your baby is up and cruising, he’ll do best barefoot, but if you need to protect his tootsies, something flexible like Robeez are best. And yay: Robeez is giving away five pairs of shoes! Leave a comment below, up to one a day, to be eligible to win. (If you win, we’ll ask you for your baby’s age before we send a pair.) You can comment each day between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, January 16th. If you have a funny story about your baby trying to learn to walk, I’d love to hear it! If you’re still pregnant or have a newborn, tell me what baby products are on your radar…I would love to hear that too. Read all the official rules here. Goody luck!

PS If you’re shoe-shopping for a baby who is fully walking, I love this video, explaining what to look for in a pair of “real” shoes!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Bunch of Baby Books!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Happy New Year! We’ll help you get off to a happy start by giving away 11 new baby books for your child’s library. I feel like I can never have enough books for my two kids; they want a story (or two, or three) a night and it gets tough being the narrator if you have to keep going over the same tales. 

We like to compare favorite books here in the office. Our executive editor tipped me off to Little Fur Family, which is by the classic children’s author Margaret Wise Brown. She wrote Goodnight Moon and one of my other favorites, Big Red Barn. Her books are sweet and poetic and make you want to drift off alongside your baby! But the book that became my goodnight song to my kids is If You Were My Bunny. My 10- and 7-year-old still go to sleep only after I recite the whole thing in song!

The eleven books we’re giving away are all new, recent titles, and include both board books and paper pages. Maybe one will become a favorite! In total they’re worth about $110. To be entered to win, leave a comment below between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, January 9. For the full rules, read here. Goody luck!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a New Graco SnugRide 40!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Welcome to the first of about a month of weekly giveaways tied to our 2012 American Baby Bests Awards! Each year we ask parents on this Web site, and on the American Baby Facebook page, what products they can’t live without. We tally up their votes and run extra polls and come up with 20 award-winners.

I’ve been doing this contest for a dozen years now, and I can tell you, there are some products that just always win. The Graco SnugRide is one of those. This year we tried to poll exactly how many parents are using this gold-standard infant seat, and the number we got is 38 percent. That means that about four out of ten cars traveling around with an infant onboard have a SnugRide in the back seat. (I wouldn’t be surprised if the actual number is even a little higher!)

The BIG news from Graco is that the SnugRide is now…bigger. They just released the Snugride 40, which can keep your baby rear-facing up to age 2, the age now recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Moms tell us they love Snugride seats because they fit an infant so well (babies don’t look “lost” in one), and it’s also easy to click them in and out of the car-seat base. The car seats also fit onto most strollers, making transporting your baby really easy.  

As part of their rollout of the new car seat (full name: SnugRide Click Connect 40), and in celebration of their Bests Award win, Graco is letting us give two seats away! Each car seat is worth about $220, so be sure to leave a comment below, up to one a day, to be eligible. You can leave a daily comment between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, September 26th. We’ll randomly pick a winner on or about September 27th. Read the official rules here.

Check back next Thursday (and the Thursday after that!) for more Bests giveaways! Here I am on the Today Show talking about a few of the winners. I promise I’ll be giving away more of the items you see on this segment. Goody luck!

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Enter the American Baby Cover Contest!

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Think your little one is model material?

American Baby is partnering with NUK this year for its annual cover contest! Capture your baby (newborn to 12 months) in a happy moment with a bright, healthy smile and you could be one of five finalists to win $1,000, a NUK gift basket, and an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for an exclusive photo shoot.

The Grand Prize winner will appear on the cover of the April 2013 issue. Check out the cutie who won last year’s contest, to the right.

Don’t miss the chance for your baby to be seen by moms across the country: enter the contest via Facebook today!

The contest entry period ends at 11:59 PM C.T. on November 10, 2012.

Read the official contest rules here.

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Bundle of NUK!

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

My kids were both heavy pacifier users. They each stuffed those things in their mouth right through their third birthday. My mom gave me some grief about it, because from what she understood, the pacifiers were going to mess up their teeth. I will admit, Gracie has epically wrong teeth, but not because of her pacifier…some of her teeth are just not coming in, and two of them have grown together. She is an orthodontist’s dream. Joe’s teeth are fine though. So I shrug at the angst about pacifiers. As I see it, they soothed my kids a lot, and they’re even touted by the American Academy of Pediatrics as one way to help prevent SIDS.

If someone asks about orthodontically correct pacifiers, I point them toward the NUK line. In addition to being the bestselling pacifiers in the country, they seem to be the most vigilant about promoting pacifiers that don’t press against a baby’s palate. I’ve met with the company’s experts and heard their description of how the nipples mimic the real thing, and how they’re all built so that Baby can still move his tongue. They take that stuff super seriously. Though as far as I’m concerned, that’s all just gravy on top of the fact that the pacifiers can actually calm a baby down!

NUK goes beyond pacifiers too…they have bottles and cups and other feeding supplies, and they’re all built with orthodontics in mind. To help them spread the word about their extensive (and incidentally, SO cute!) line, we’re going to give one lucky family a box full of NUK products. Post a comment below, up to one comment a day. Maybe tell me what all of you use to soothe your little one, or what you plan to use. (Because I’m not going to pretend that the pacifier is the only weapon in any parent’s arsenal: Usually you have to do something like sit your infant in a swing, sing at the top of your lungs, and make sure the paci is in her mouth at the same time.) We’ll randomly chose one winner who will get 8 NUK Soft OrthoStar pacifiers, 8 NUK Lollipop Orthodontic pacifiers, 4 NUK Orthodontic 10-ounce bottles, and 4 NUK Babytalk Learner Cups. The total value is worth approximately $85, and the contest is open now through the end of the day on Wednesday, August 1. For official rules, please click here. Goody luck!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Britax Convertible Car Seat!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Just before a friend’s baby reaches a year old, I can count on her emailing me a “what convertible car seat should I buy?” question. It often comes with some panic attached, because usually the baby outgrew her infant seat more or less that morning!

With a car seat, you’re not buying for looks, you’re concerned about safety, easy of use, and value. You need to drop some serious dough, and you don’t want to have any regrets. I believe that all the car seats on the market that have the JPMA seal are well-built and tested. But this week, when a dad friend sent an SOS about needing a convertible car seat for his 11-month-old daughter, I had to mention that Britax has just launched updated versions of five of their convertible car seats, often considered the elite in the category. If you’re shopping for one of these latest-and-greatest, look for a Britax convertible seat with  ”G3″ in the name. There’s new technology in the padding, including side-impact protection as well as updated padding in the harnesses. Integrated steel bars make the seats extra-sturdy, and a new tether works like anti-lock breaks so that the seat surges forward in stages if there’s a sudden accident, reducing crash forces. Also, the three most expensive versions (the Advocate, Pavilion, and Boulevard) offer simpler, easier-to-use buckles that can’t get twisted up.

The Advocate is the top-tier seat, at $380. And Britax is going to let us give one away! Here’s our request. We need you to fill out this survey about your driving habits. We’re partnering with Safe Kids Worldwide to help make the roads safer for all families. As part of that, we need moms to talk to us about the reality of driving with kids, especially those under age 2. For me, that included driving when I was bone-tired, steering while baby Grace was vomiting behind me and I could do nothing to soothe her because I was on the FDR highway circling Manhattan, and lots and lots of trips with the same freakin’ CD playing over and over and over again. (Good thing I like it: It’s Elizabeth Mitchell’s You Are My Sunshine and it’s engrained in my brain forever.)

Got similar tales? Unlike with most of our giveaways, leaving comments here won’t win you anything, though we do, of course, welcome your feedback! To win the new Advocate car seat, click here (or above!) and take our survey. It’s subject to the official rules here, and the survey is up from today through Thursday, August 2, 2012. Goody luck, and safe driving!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win A Serenity Star Nightlight/Feeding Tracker

Friday, July 6th, 2012

You probably know Aden + Anais from the muslin swaddle blankets that are so very popular. They’re ubiquitous with “regular parents” but it also seems as if every time we interview a celebrity and ask them what products they can’t live without, they mention Aden + Anais swaddles. I guess famous people, aside from using the blankets to swaddle their baby to sleep and catch baby drool, can use them to shield their baby from photographers!

Well, Aden + Anais is branching out. First I have to mention that they have a yummy new line of crib sheets that are the same soft muslin as their blankets. We haven’t yet had one match up with one of the nursery pages we do in American Baby magazine, but I want it on record that I love them, even if they haven’t made it to our pages yet.  They’re also now doing phthalate-free, paraben-free baby skin care products, which I’m using at home on my kids and which are slated to pop up in our September issue. It’s good (and very gentle) stuff.

And finally I want to introduce another new Aden + Anais star, specifically, the Serenity Star. The founder of Aden + Anais is one of my heros, because she balances her business with charity and with raising four lovely girls. (All in Brooklyn, where balancing anything is no joke, and I can say that because I live there too!) One of her parenting hurdles was tracking feedings in an easy way, while also keeping older siblings sleeping soundly. She conceived of a nightlight that could be a soothing thing in kid’s room, which also tells the time, temperature, and lets you log feedings digitally. Oh, it works as a sound machine too! (A more graceful one than the big fan we run in our place to drown out random city noises.) 

Plus the fact that it can light up a soft red, white or blue seems very appropriate for this time of year! Want one? I’ve got one here, and Aden + Anais are willing to give out two more, which means three of you can win a Serenity Star to make life for you and your baby a little easier. It’s a $89.95 product, and if you’re not lucky enough to win one, you can buy one here. To win, just leave a comment below. You can post a comment once a day, through the end of Wednesday, July 11th. Click here for the official rules. Goody luck!

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