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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
What do you get the kid who has everything? How about his own car?! The 2014 Power Wheels are out for the holiday season, promising to make your kid the coolest on the block with a roomy truck bed, working tailgate, speeds of up to 5 MPH, the ability to reverse, and in some models, a working radio and lights!
And for laughs, you need to see their new commercial, just click on this picture:
ONE (1) lucky winner will receive one (1) Fisher-Price Power Wheels F150, worth approximately $360 and appropriate for children ages 3 or older. (If you don’t win but still want one of these, start your shopping here!) To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on November 24, 2014. Be sure to check back on November 25th 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.
For more check out our official rules. Goody luck!
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Friday, November 14th, 2014
*By Patty Adams Martinez
Shakira is parenting son Milan, who turns 2 in January, to the beat of her own drum.
You were born in Colombia but are raising Milan in the U.S. and Spain. Is your parenting style a blend of all three cultures?
Yes. In Spain, parents speak to their children as equals, which I like, and I feel that the children respond in turn. But in all three cultures, parents are attentive to their children. Gerard [Piqué, her soccer-pro boyfriend] and I both grew up in very close-knit families, and that has made us very openly affectionate parents.
How are you incorporating your heritage into Milan’s upbringing?
Milan got his Colombian passport, which was a very special moment for me. I want him to know and embrace that side of his culture, and I plan to bring him back as often as I can to make sure it’s something he feels a part of—from music to food to family.
How much of an influence was Milan on the line of baby gear and toys that you co-created with Fisher-Price [for sale exclusively at Amazon.com]?
He was a great influence—especially on the soccer ball in particular, since he loves to kick the ball around. I also wanted to include toys that I think are timeless. The blocks in the collection (seen in the picture above right) came from a vivid memory I had of playing with some in my own childhood.
You kept a diary the first year of Milan’s life—a tradition passed down from your own mom. What were some of your favorite moments captured?
His first steps! We were in London at a recording studio, a month and a half before his first birthday. Who knows? Maybe the music motivated him to get up and dance!
You’ve said you want to have enough kids for a soccer team! Is that still true?
(Laughs) Perhaps I was a bit ambitious when I said that! Two or three children would be nice. And I’d like to have a daughter.
How has being a mom helped you learn how to delegate?
I have a tendency to want to be involved in every facet of my career, and in the past my personal life often took a back burner. Becoming a mom forced me, in the best way possible, to re-prioritize and make room for the things that are most important, while recognizing that there are things that I can let go of and the world won’t crumble around me.
Image courtesy of Shutterstock
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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.
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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.
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Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Still looking for a “big” gift for your baby? Named one of American Baby’s Best Toys of 2013, the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car takes stationary playtime to a whole new level.
With more than 75 songs and phrases and three modes of play, Baby can have a serious blast while developing gross and fine motor skills. Plus, he can explore the look of shapes while placing blocks through the car’s color-sorting door. From letters to numbers as well as words, Baby is guaranteed to practice concepts across a variety of skill levels. And if your kid just wants to sit inside and pretend he’s in his own real vehicle, the interactive dashboard and Baby GPS are fun, too. Our only road-tested word of warning: You put this together and add all the stickers yourself, so you might want to work on that before Christmas Eve!
Get your little one learning and moving by entering our latest giveaway for ONE lucky winner to receive the Laugh and Learn Crawl Around Car, worth about $50. To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and December 18, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back on December 19 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 Amanda Alexander Wright!
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Friday, October 4th, 2013
Each year we ask you what baby gear you love best. This year some 58,000 of you voted, and your favorite products have received the coveted American Baby Bests Award. There are 18 products on this year’s list, from the small (Sophie the Giraffe is your favorite little lifesaver) to the large (Graco’s travel system covers both your stroller and car-seat needs).
Fisher-Price often has a couple of winners, and this year was no exception. Both their bouncer seat (see it on the Today Show along with other winners!) and their Jumperoo won. You need safe, entertaining places to sit your baby for a minute; these two products are the key to making a meal, taking a shower, and getting dressed in the first six months.
I used to call our Jumperoo “the office” as in, “He’s going into the office now,” because our son looked so busy while he was in there! Did it take up a fair amount of our living room? Yes. Did we care? No, because I am not sure how we would have, for instance, gotten our older child dressed without it. And he loved being in there!
In fact, that’s the difference I see in our reader comments between the bouncer and the Jumperoo. The bouncer is for an infant, and so it’s all about how much it saves the mom’s day. But the Jumperoo is more about the baby; most readers write about the smiles they see when their baby is in the playspot.
If you’re in the market for a Jumperoo, Fisher-Price has paired with Babies R Us to offer 20 percent off the Go Wild Jumperoo from today until Thursday, October 24th, in honor of our American Baby Bests Awards. It’s $104 instead of $130 for the next few weeks; take that $26 savings while you can! Have a Goody weekend…
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Monday, September 16th, 2013
Building vocabulary, fine-tuning motor skills, and darting everywhere: that’s what’s on Baby’s agenda for the next 12 months. Help her grow with these playful first birthday gifts, currently available at deep discounts at Shop Parents.
• Let your babe create her own tunes with the Baby DJ music mixer. It has a scratch pad and joystick that lets her trigger loads of zany effects.
• Keep him looking and feeling good in a long-sleeve cotton polo shirt.
• Encourage creative thinking with Fisher-Price’s Trio My 1st Blocks. Its big bricks are designed for little hands.
• Thrill your little walker—while teaching her about cause-and-effect—with the Dino Push Pal and Soother-and-Pull-Toy set.
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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
All of us grown-ups are likely to be in our kitchens over the next few days…chances are, our kids will be underfoot. Especially toddlers, who love to imitate. Well, guess what I have here in our prop closet? A brand-new Fisher-Price Servin’ Surprises Kitchen & Table! Set this little beauty up near your kitchen and your kid can go nuts being his or her own chef, leaving you better able to actually get your cooking done.
Of course I can’t get it to a winner by tomorrow, but leave a comment here and you’ll be entered to win it in time for December holidays. You can comment up to once a day, between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, November 28th. Don’t get freaked out if your comment doesn’t show right away; our server can be slow. You can read the complete rules here. Goody luck!
My daughter (here at Thanksgiving with her Aunt a few years back) resists dressing up for the holidays, leaving me wishing for the times when I could dress her up like a little doll. Check back next Thursday when I’ll be giving away some cute new baby holiday outfits from Disney, The Children’s Place, and Tiny Tillia for Avon! Think stuff for 6-month-old boys and girls! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
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Thursday, November 15th, 2012
With all the talk of Black Friday starting ridiculously early (sigh), I feel like I may as well start handing out some holiday gifts before Thanksgiving! We get some pretty sweet surprises in the mail over here at Parents and American Baby magazine, and there’s no reason you all shouldn’t get a crack at some of it.
For instance, we’ve been jamming over here with Master Moves Mickey. He’s hanging out in our office, but should be singing in your home! The toy is for ages 2 and up and sings, flips himself over on one hand, and otherwise rocks out.
Master Moves Mickey has a retail price of $50. But leave a comment here, up to once a day, and you’ll be eligible to win him when we do our random drawing the day before Thanksgiving. Maybe tell me one of the toys you’ll be looking to buy this holiday season! (My kids want something that doesn’t exist: A Lego school. So that’s probably going to translate into a big box of Lego bricks and a “good luck!” note!)
Sometimes folks leave a comment here and it doesn’t show up right away, but it usually registers with our server within a few hours. Don’t panic! And we promise more holiday gift-giveaways in the next few weeks. For the full rules, read here. Goody Luck!
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