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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?
Assuming you’re home and not improvising on the run, here’s the ideal way to change a diaper!
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Thursday, September 4th, 2014
We agree that a baby’s bare feet are super cute, but keeping little piggies safe when toddling around outside is important, too!
To get you ready for the fall season, Robeez® is giving away a pair of shoes to FIVE (5) lucky winners, each pair worth approximately $20. Each winner will get to choose the pair of Robeez shoes of his or her choice for their little one.
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day September 10. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on September 11 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 our FIVE (5) winners: Melanie Fee, Anna Pry, Evan Rollins, Brandy Husted-Yaist and Nicole Marie. Please check you “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize!
Trying to pick your baby’s first pair of shoes? Watch the video for tips on choosing the perfect fit.
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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Trend alert! Fancy-schmancy researchers recently discovered a decline in birth rates for women 29 and younger while (get this) other researchers have found that purchases of small dogs have spiked dramatically, with young women buying the most. Yup. Many millennials are replacing motherhood with puppies. The nerve! When we first heard the news we wanted to personally call each and every one of these dog moms to tell them all about the many joys of parenthood. But during a middle-of-the-night breastfeeding session, we got to thinking … hmm. Maybe these ladies are on to something? Here are three reasons puppy parenthood just might be a whole heck of a lot more manageable than the real thing:
Dogs are easier to potty train.￼ No poop in the house after a few weeks versus poop in the house (and sometimes on your clothes) for years.
Feeding pups is easy-breezy. No one judges what you feed your dog nor expects you to make your own organic, gluten-free puppy food in a blender.
No Pinterest anxiety. It’s your dog’s birthday? A bone and a belly scratch are all it takes to give your pup the Best. Day. Ever.
Image courtesy of Shutterstock
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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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