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Friday, April 11th, 2014
Stumped about what type of present to purchase for your umpteenth baby shower? Before you resort to a gift card, consider checking out one of the various retailers—including Kmart and Ebay—that have partnered with the March of Dimes’ annual “imbornto” campaign.
March of Dimes is known for addressing the health issues that affect mothers and babies—you may be familiar with their charity walk that raises money to keep pregnant women and their newborns healthy, for example. March of Dimes has also conducted medical research. Specifically, the goal of the “imbornto” campaign—which honors the parents who take good care of their little ones both in the womb and out—is to raise money to continue the various March of Dimes efforts.
One March of Dimes success story, Aidan Lamothe, serves as the organization’s national ambassador for 2014. The 6-year-old boy was born 11 weeks premature and has continued to thank March of Dimes for their life-saving efforts through volunteer work and yearly NICU visits. Check out the cutie’s moving campaign video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqdqz2L28iQ&feature=youtu.be
Each retailer participating in the campaign has its own method of giving back. Some will make donations to March of Dimes after buyers purchase a particular product, while others will give after patrons send a text (The Bon-Ton Stores) or upload a photo (Martha Stewart Omnimedia). A full list of stores and their policies is available here: http://imbornto.com/partners.html and information on making an online donation in a loved one’s honor is also accessible: https://www.marchofdimes.com/giving/support-imbornto.aspx. The adorable rabbit pictured above is available through Scentsy.
Happy gift-giving! And if you’re throwing a baby shower, check out this cute baby-bodysuit bouquet idea.
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Friday, March 14th, 2014
Kourtney and Kim’s baby girls (Penelope and North, respectively) have inspired the new (for now all-girls’) Kardashian Kids line, launching today on BabiesRUs.com and in Babies “R” Us stores starting tomorrow. The design collaboration involved sisters Khloe, Kim, and Kourtney, who have been designing their women’s Kardashian Kollection at Sears for a few years now. We talked on the phone with Kourtney to find out more about the new line for little ladies.
What is uniquely Kardashian about the new baby girl clothes?
“We have little touches of leopard. I feel like it wouldn’t be a Kardashian line if it didn’t have a bit of leopard. And I feel like leopard on babies is so cute because it’s pretty neutral.” (a 2-pack of bodysuits, right, is $20)
“Also, coming out in June is a tribal-print jumpsuit . We’ve done some tribal print in our women’s collection, so it kind of reminds me of our women’s collection as well.”
Did you have any baby-clothes pet peeves you wanted to address when designing your own line?
“As far as fabric, that was a big concern. We made sure that nothing is itchy, that everything is really soft and the best fabrics. Especially when it came to the details, I know my sister Kim and I definitely loved flaps that would fold over an infant’s hands. The little details that we used and appreciated, we wanted to make sure those were in our line.”
What was the most fun piece to create?
“We did a really amazing little tulle skirt that is ruffles in a few different layers. We played with the different fabrics of what the layers were going to be. I would say that was really fun. It’s a really whimsical piece that can be worn with tights or leggings.” (skirt, right, is $30)
You know I have to ask, will you design for little boys eventually as well? Your son, Mason, is such a dapper little dude!
“Thanks! I would love to. I love little boy’s clothes. And I think my style for him has evolved. I’ve learned so much about what, depending on the age, you can get little boys to wear. They have such an opinion. Well, mine does! I feel like I would love to do a little boy’s line. So hopefully that will be soon.”
While we’re talking about Babies “R” Us, is there any little affordable thing that gets Penelope through the day?
“Each of my kids took a pacifier. But they each used a different one. They say you should try different ones with your child [to find one they'll like].”
“I also loved the Beaba Babycook to make baby food. And Beaba has silicone spoons for their first spoons. I loved those, and the machine, and their food-storage containers. That whole system for me was really great for making baby food at home.”
The Kardashian Kids line is sized for newborns through 24 months.
Love celebrities? Play our Celebrity Match Game to see if you can pair the celeb baby name with his or her parents!
Are you, like Kourtney, a fan of pureeing baby food? Check out this recipe for spinach and banana puree!
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Thursday, February 13th, 2014
The highchair aisle has changed in the past few years. The number of just-highchairs has gotten smaller, and the range of seats that morph from infant highchairs to boosters has grown. Seems fair; if you’re going to park a new chair in the kitchen, it should be one that can stay for a few years!
We recently got to preview Svan’s new Baby-to-Booster, and it’s a beauty. Here at the magazine we kind of lust after the old-fashioned wooden chairs, and this chair is birch save for the tray and seat pad. But like a modern chair it folds up, and the footrest adjusts as your kid grows. It’s safety tested for ages 6 months to 5 years, so your baby may just be doing kindergarten homework in it some day!
This week, Svan is offering ONE lucky winner the chance to scoop up a Baby-to-Booster Bentwood High Chair, a $179 value!
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day February 19. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on February 20 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!
Interested in playing chef for your new eater? Check out this recipe for delicious butternut squash-apple-sweet potato puree:
Congrats to our winner Rachel Rich-Shea!
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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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Image: Baby crawling and playing with pile of diaper via Shuttertock
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Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Did your baby get clothes for the holidays? My niece and my kids got plenty of new things…mostly hits, a few misses, you know how these things go. Today I used a gift card to buy my kids some things I know they need, like standard sweatpants and leggings.
To that end, I’m excited that this week’s giveaway is from Zutano, offering ONE lucky winner a gift code worth $150 for baby clothing or decor. Zutano has plenty of little toys and giftables, but their bread-and-butter has always been soft cotton staples that wear really well. So though your aunt may have gotten your baby some over-the-top special occasion outfit and grandma got something two sizes too big “to grow into,” you can buy that super-practical footie you know your baby will wear all winter.
And FYI Zutano’s Cozie Baby Elf Suit is THE freakin’ cutest thing ever. Here is my niece in one that my brother and sister-in-law got at their baby shower; she’s obviously sad that she’s leaving my house on Christmas Eve without having tasted any cookies. (She’s still on vegetable and fruit purees so has to wait.)
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day January 1, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back on January 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!
Congrats to Christie Lamoureux!
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Thursday, December 19th, 2013
BabyBjörn, Swedish innovators of the upright-infant front carrier, now have a version that converts to a back carrier. Baby Carrier One can be used from newborn to age 3 (or about as long as you can wear your child without your back giving out). On YouTube you can watch it in action.
I am a big fan of BabyBjörn, and not just because they show cute dads in so many of their ads (though that might help). I think their carriers are incredibly sturdy and supportive; it’s an example of getting what you pay for, IMO, because a bargain carrier might only have enough padding to wear comfortably when your baby is small. I hauled each of my kids around until well past their first birthday because it was so glorious to have my hands free and to not be nipping people’s ankles with my stroller all the time. This new one can last even longer; I wouldn’t be surprised if my little niece (shown below looking like an elf) is in one through her toddler years.
Keep your little one close by entering our latest contest with BabyBjörn; ONE lucky winner will receive the Baby Carrier One, a $200 value.
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day December 25, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back on December 27 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!
Congrats to Lisa Levenson Friedman!
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Thursday, November 14th, 2013
At first glance, I didn’t understand why someone would design a high-end bag for a breast pump. My pump came with a bag, and though it was nothing gorgeous, it was fine. Worrying about a breast-pump bag being too ugly is maybe the very definition of a first-world luxury problem, IMO.
But in the past few months I’ve talked to a few different pump companies about how the Affordable Care Act impacts their business, because a small piece of that insurance puzzle is that new moms have their breast pumps covered. The way that will work, it seems, is that some pumps will be pared-down and come largely without bags. That makes the cost more reasonable for the insurance companies, and gets women with health insurance a pump that’s paid for.
That will leave those women without a “free” bag for carrying their pump. Still a luxury problem, yes, but in America, we have a solution you can purchase to solve every problem, this one included! Juno Blu is a new line of breast pump bags that seriously look nothing like breast pump bags. They are first and foremost luxe bags, with a pocket for a pump snuck in. When you’re done with pumping, you can still gets years of use out of the bag.
Juno Blu bags cost $185, which does negate the savings you may have received by getting your pump covered by insurance. But the lovely moms behind the company do have their own story of why these bags can help pumping moms feel less self-concious, which I’m always all for. A mom should pump as long as she dang well pleases, and I hate to think that embarrassment would hold anyone back.
Not to get sidetracked, but because I managed to pump for a full year after each of my kids, I always try to help out other moms. Here is our latest American Baby story on pumping-at-work success, and it’s a good one! And here’s a breast pumping made easy video that includes some of my favorite tips.
And to that end, Juno Blu is going to send THREE lucky winners one of their pretty bags. If you win, you get to chose your favorite! And I wish you many months of easy pumping!
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and Wednesday, November 20, and don’t forget to read the official rules here. Be sure to check back here on November 21 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. Goody luck!
Our winners have been chosen. Congrats to Courtney Kittel, Monica Desiree, and Becky Gian Campeau!
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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Halloween is just one of those holidays that creeps up on you. While it’s fun to plan costumes and treats with the kids, it’s easy to put off buying these items until you need them most. If you’ve yet to figure out a Halloween game plan, we’ve scouted some awesome finds to make your day a little less frightening.
Alex and Alexa’s Halloween shop offers cool updates on traditional ghoulish wear and décor. Use this fun, $24 pumpkin storage head from Lego to hold Halloween treats now, and those stray Lego pieces down the road. It also comes in a cute skeleton face. Don’t forget to check out the clothes, too, featuring offbeat prints, like a Stella McCartney Glow in the Dark tee, on sale for $34.50.
Online costume retailers have scores for under-the-wire shoppers. Costume Express’s Pumpkin Busters start around $10. That’s where we found this undeniably adorable lady bug outfit for $20 for Baby. Buy Costumes also has Grave Busters lasting until this Friday; our favorite is this $17 red dragon get-up for toddlers. With attached wings and a one-piece body suit, it’s easy to put on and entertaining. Both sites feature clearance up to 60 percent off as well.
For more bargains, check out Walmart’s Halloween store, where children’s costumes start at $6.97 and candy packs at $2. Beyond the savings, you’ll find guides for easy crafts and recipes, such as carving the perfect pumpkin.
Just remember, if you want your loot by the 31st, you’ll need to order online sooner rather than later. With seven days left until the big day, procrastination is not your friend at the moment.
Up for some old-fashioned in-store shopping? Old Navy announced an exclusive deal; For today only, and only in stores, all baby costumes are $5, and all other Halloween items are 50 percent off. Now, that’s a good reason to get your feet moving.
Finally, if you’re looking more for craft ideas than costumes, don’t forget our awesome 100 Days of Holidays section on our Web site. We’ll take you through Halloween and on to Thanksgiving and Christmas!
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