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The Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win Five Chuggington Playsets and Two DVDs, All Worth $280!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Do you have a little builder or train conductor at home? If you think these Chuggington model train sets are just too much fun to pass up, this giveaway is for you!

Enter for the chance to win approximately $280 worth of merchandise, including five Chuggington train playsets and a DVD.

ONE (1) lucky winner will receive:

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on December 8, 2014. Be sure to check back on December 9th 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.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, 21 years and older. Begins: 4PM EST on December 2, 2014. Ends: 11:59PM on December 8, 2014. Subject to Official Rules at http://www.parents.com/blogs/goodyblog/official-rules-enter-for-the-chance-to-win-five-chuggington-playsets-and-two-dvds/. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation.

For more check out our official rules. Goody luck!

Best Toys That Feature Favorite Characters
Best Toys That Feature Favorite Characters
Best Toys That Feature Favorite Characters

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Shakira on Motherhood: “I’m Nailing at Least Part of the Job.”

Monday, October 27th, 2014

* Interview by Patty Adams Martinez

Today Shakira, superstar singer and mom to 21-month-old Milan (and with a baby on the way!), announced her partnership with Fisher-Price, driving the design of a new line of baby gear and toys sold on Amazon.com. Look for our exclusive interview with her in the December issue of Parents magazine, and in the meantime, here’s a bit of what she shared with us!

Q: You wanted to join forces with Fisher-Price after Milan loved the Kick & Play Piano Gym. Why do you think Milan was so captivated by it? How much of an influence was Milan in the new toys you are helping to launch?
I think the toy stimulated him on various levels—his kicking led to a concrete response from the toy, which really allowed him to understand cause and effect and how he himself could participate, while the toys overhead provided visual stimulation. Watching him play and learn was a huge eye-opener and of course, had a great influence when we were designing the new toys.

Q: Music is obviously a huge part of your life. What are Milan’s favorite songs?
I’ve played him a bit of everything, from nursery rhymes to Green Day to Frank Sinatra. If he’s anything like his mother, he will have very eclectic tastes in music.

Q: Which is Milan picking up faster: Spanish or English?
I think I would have to say, if pressed to choose, that Spanish is his first language since I am the person he most spends time with and it’s my first language. He has an equal understanding of English, Spanish, and Catalan [which Milan’s dad, Gerard Piqué, speaks]. It’s quite astounding, really. But his first words, “mama” and “papa,” could work in any of the languages, so I’m really curious to see how his language skills develop in all three as he begins to form sentences and more complex thoughts.

Q: What do you consider your biggest mommy win?
I’d say the fact that Milan trusts me more than anyone is a win. I always explain everything to him, give him reasons for everything we do or don’t do, and always tell him the truth. I can see how it makes him feel safe with me, which makes me feel that I’m nailing at least part of the job.

Q: And your biggest mommy fail?
Getting my son to eat! He no longer eats pumpkin and certain fruits he used to love as a baby, and I don’t understand why!

Q: You’ve long been a proponent of early childhood education. Why is it so important to you, and how has it become even more important to you now that you have Milan?
It’s so important to me because of its importance in changing a person’s course in life really cannot be understated. Lots of people are born into less than ideal situations on a socioeconomic level. But those who have access to education gain the tools that help them to overcome their circumstances and become the chief of their own destiny. The return on investment for early education is limitless, because children’s potential is limitless. And after becoming a mother, I now realize how important it is to instill that knowledge not only in the children themselves but in their parents, because even before our kids enter school, we are their primary educators, and the more we stimulate them and interact with them, the more prepared they will be when they go off to school, and the more likely their chance of success later on in life.

Here, teachers explain to Parents why music is so important to kids.

The Importance of Music
The Importance of Music
The Importance of Music

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Be First to Shop Gilt.com’s Semi-Annual Stroll in Style Event!

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Gilt.com is about to launch its Semi-Annual Stroll in Style event, and they’re giving Parents and American Baby readers an exclusive opportunity to get in the door before the event officially begins on Monday, September 22.

With steals on Stokke strollers, BabyBjörn baby carriers, Danzo diaper bags, and Aden + Anais swaddles, you’ll want to get in early! And for every purchase made in the Stroll in Style event, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Children’s Health Fund.

Melissa Keswin, GILT Director of Baby and Kids, offers these shopping tips:

  • Two-Stroller Minimum “If you’re gearing up for baby, you’ll need two strollers: One for short trips or when you’re traveling, and one for strolling longer distances. The first should be super-light and easy to fold — Maclaren is a favorite here — and the second should be sturdy and easy to maneuver, like Stokke, with its taller frame and comfortable seat.”
  • The #1 Must-Have for Babies “Every baby needs an Aden + Anais blanket, and it will likely be your most utilized item. It’s perfect for swaddling, for tummy time, for shading your baby from the sun, and more. Plus, the beloved brand now makes even more essentials like bibs and buntings.”
  • The Baby Carrier “Having a carrier is super helpful when you’re out and about, especially when you have more than one child and need to be hands-free! One of my favorites — and of many celeb parents too – is by BabyBjörn. Their carriers are ergonomically correct, incredibly comfortable, inward and outward facing, and can be used from birth to age 3.”

Here’s an example of the discounts in the Stroll in Style event:

  • Danzo Hobo Diaper Bag- GILT Price: $150, Original Retail: $295
  • BabyBjorn Baby Carrier- GILT Price: $80, Original Retail: $100

  • Wifi Baby Camera- GILT Price: $205, Original Retail: $260

  • Britax USA Agile 2013 Stroller- GILT Price: $179, Original Retail: $250

  • JJ Cole Urban BundleMe Infant- GILT Price: $42, Original Retail: $59.95

Get Ready, Get Set, SHOP!

 

And watch this video for more tips on how to buy baby gear on a budget.

 

How to Buy Baby Gear on a Budget
How to Buy Baby Gear on a Budget
How to Buy Baby Gear on a Budget

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Celebrate Father’s Day with a Free Playlist for Dad!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Dad’s big day is almost here–it’s June 15, to be exact! To celebrate, cue up this exclusive playlist featuring positive songs about love and families.

Artists include Raffi–the children’s artist’s latest jam, “Love Bug,” is the title track of his new album–along with performers The Not-Its! (“Love is Love”), Brady Rymer (“Light is Love”), Suzi Shelton (“Ten Thousand Kisses”), Lucky Diaz (“When I Grow Up”), The Pop Ups (“Feelings Change”), Sugar Free Allstars (“My Daddy’s Record Collection”) and Eric Herman (“The Elephant Song”). Download the songs for free from June 13-18, or just stream the playlist here: https://soundcloud.com/bethbcpr/sets/a-playlist-of-songs-for

The songs have sweet lyrics that will make you smile (“Daddy loves you little one,” sings Suzi Shelton in “10,000 kisses”–she co-wrote the track with her husband, Dave Mitri!) and reflect ( “Families are never quite alike”/”Yours may not be just like mine,” sing The Not-Its! in”Love is Love”).

Need a gift idea for Dad? Lollypapas are a cute, clever, (oh, and edible!) treat you and your kids can make together.

Father's Day Lollypapas
Father's Day Lollypapas
Father's Day Lollypapas

Photo: Brady Rymer with kids Gus and Daisy, taken by Bridget Rymer. 

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Kardashian Kids (and Family?) Growing!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Whether or not you watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians you need to see the three older sisters’ amazing Kardashian Kids collection at Babies “R” Us, which launched in March and has new, super-on-trend girl clothes hitting shelves June 15th. Here’s a first look at some of the pieces!

Kourtney says that her daughter and niece (Penelope and North) inspire a lot of the ideas, and some of the prints and styles are spinoffs of the Kardashian Kollection at Sears. Kourtney and Kim, like many other moms, want to dress their children in something fashionable and comfortable.

One thing Kourtney has not talked to us about: Whether she and longtime boyfriend Scott Disick are expecting their third child together. We suspect she’s hiding her bump, but we won’t have to wait much longer to know for sure; her mom says all will be made clear on this Sunday’s episode, E! Online reports.

Maybe if Kourtney adds another son to her family to join little Mason we’ll see baby-boy clothes added to Kardashian Kids. Until then, it’s for girls newborn to 24 months, though Kourtney tells us that she’s seen fan pictures of preschoolers wearing the clothes too, for instance wearing one of the baby dresses as a top. When you look at how sophisticated the clothes are (the color-blocking! The pleather!) it’s no surprise that families are making them stretch into older ages. Side note: The spring collection, on sale now that the summer stuff is coming out, was pretty much all under $30 and we expect the summer clothes to be very affordable too.

Want additional tips on how to keep your baby cool and comfortable in the summer?

How to Keep Your Baby Comfortable in the Summer Heat
How to Keep Your Baby Comfortable in the Summer Heat
How to Keep Your Baby Comfortable in the Summer Heat

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Visit Personality Hotels in San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

This is the eleventh in a weekly series of special travel deals. It’s our last for now focusing specifically on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATION: Personality Hotels, San Francisco, California

Looking for an intimate urban getaway? This collection of boutique hotels in the Bay Area offers full-service accommodations, and each location has its own unique vibe, from art-deco inspired to sleek and modern. At any of them you’ll be only minutes away from the city’s best theaters and shops.

BOOK IT! From $179; you can check your travel dates online at PersonalityHotels.com

HERE’S THE SPECIAL! Personality Hotels is offering a super Pregnant & Pampered package at three properties: Hotel Diva, Kensington Park, and Hotel Union Square. For an extra $49, you’ll get sparkling cider on arrival, a cozy body pillow, a soothing massage therapy bar from Lush, a free ice cream sundae, a roll of Tums, a $40 coupon for a prenatal massage or facial, a copy of Your Pregnancy Week by Week, Green Toys’ play keys for Baby, and 20 percent off a future stay at Hotel Union Square’s Kids’ Suite or Hotel Diva’s Little Diva Suite. Other restrictions may apply; call 800-553-1900 for full details.

And in thinking about future outings with your baby, learn everything you need to know about investing in a Travel System. Also, check back next week for the start of our family vacation deals!

Meet the Travel System
Meet the Travel System
Meet the Travel System

 

 

 

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Visit the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, NM

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the tenth in a weekly series of special travel deals. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATIONInn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, New Mexico

This inn and award-winning spa has adobe-style architecture, kiva fireplaces, and Pueblo, Native American, and Spanish artwork throughout.

BOOK IT! From $179; you can check your travel dates online at InnAtLoretto.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Readers can request the two-night Babymag special featuring the spa’s signature 365 Minutes of Bliss: Native Reflections Ritual (a sage herb blessing with a ritual bath soak, followed by a Sacred Stone Massage), a Zen Flower Organic Facial, a manicure and pedicure, a milk-and-honey wrap, and chakra balancing. You’ll also get a $100 hotel credit, a bottle of custom-blended massage and bath oil, and one robe-and- slippers set, from $1,365 (about a $2,400 value). Other restrictions may apply; call 866-582-1646 for full details.

While you wait for Baby to arrive, catch this mom’s birth story on how to push!

Birth Stories:
Birth Stories:
Birth Stories: "My Water Broke..."

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: visit the La Quinta Inn & Suites Wellness Hotel in Trinidad, CO

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the ninth in a weekly series of special travel deals. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATIONLa Quinta Inn & Suites Wellness Hotel, Trinidad, Colorado

Located midway between Denver and Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this pet-friendly hotel makes a perfect home base for picturesque drives, scenic walks, and visits to local museums.

BOOK IT! From $99; you can check your travel dates online at LaQuintaTrinidad.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Ask for the Yes Baby! package created for AB readers. From $265, it includes a bottle of sparkling cider, a platter of chocolates and fresh fruit, breakfast for two in your two-room suite, an organic facial, and a classic teddy bear basket of newborn goodies for your baby-to-be (about a $400 value). Other restrictions may apply; call 719-845-0102 for full details.

To celebrate your soon-to-be mommy status, have fun making this Mother’s Day bangle bracelet!

Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Bangle Bracelets
Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Bangle Bracelets
Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Bangle Bracelets

 

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