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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Evenflo ExerSaucer Sweepstakes

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

When I became a mom, I started catching myself sounding just like my mother. I think that’s partly why grandparents are so in love with their grandkids — babies help prove that grandma and grandpa were right about everything. One of the top phrases that we all steal from our parents when we have kids of our own: “They grow up so fast.”

Babies are amazing in that way. Within the first year alone, they reach so many milestones from rolling over, to clapping, to first words and steps! Their little muscles get stronger and they get to be more fun by the day.

This week, in honor of strong, fun, fast-growing babies, we’re giving 2 lucky winners an Evenflo ExerSaucer.

Evenflo ExerSaucers give baby a safe place to jump and spin while surrounded by toys. And they play music! Baby will play and learn while building strength and coordination.

Leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and Wednesday, September 18th for your chance to win.

Read the official rules here. Goody luck!

Congratulations to Nicole Amorosi Rollins and Jackie Finn!

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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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Win Back-To-School Supplies!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

It’s that time of the year again, and the only thing harder than getting your kid up in the mornings is trying to get him to go to the store for some back-to-school shopping. But we can help! We’ve rounded up four awesome backpacks that are stuffed with cool supplies. And the best part? You can take them home for free. For a chance to win one, post a comment in the comments’ section below, noting which “Prize Pack” you want to score (Prize Pack 1, Prize Pack 2, Prize Pack 3, or Prize Pack 4). We’ll pick one winner for each of the four goodies. The prizes are:

Prize Pack 1:

Madpax Halfpack

Kids Desk Organizer

Rocket Pen

AutoDrive Flash Drive

Rubik’s Pencil Holder

Aladdin Expandable Container


Prize Pack 2:

Gummy Bear Backpack

Kids Desk Organizer

Fiskars Scissors & Ruler

ORE Originals Lunch Sack

Sushi Stapler

Ugly Doll umbrella

Bic Impressions Mini Pencils 10 Pack


Prize Pack 3:

Color My World Backpack

Popeyed Pencil Pouch (in Staples stores)

Cuddly Wolf Bag

Bic Impressions Mini Pencils 10 Pack

Fossil Erasers

Built NYC Doggie Lunch Bag


Prize Pack 4:

Skip Hop Hippo Backpack

Mead Notebook

Stack-A-Doodle Crayons

Streamline Mini Tape Dispensers

Honest Boy Pencil Sharpener


Aladdin Expandable Container

I Love Tootsie Roll Lunch Box

Popeyed Pencil Pouch (in Staples stores)


Goody luck!


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 9:00 a.m. E.T. on August 1, 2012. Ends: 9:00 a.m. E.T. on September 10, 2012. Subject to Official Rules at Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation. For full rules, click here.



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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Self-Folding Stroller!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Two amazing features of the new 4Moms Origami stroller really stand out: It folds itself at the touch of a button, and it lets you charge your cell phone while you roll. It’s a techie dream machine. This thing even has headlights! They’ve engineered it so that it can’t fold if anything is on that seat; that way you can’t fold your baby in there by accident. (Watch Ellen demonstrate it on her show.)

But I have to talk about the other cool feature: It’s from my hometown, Pittsburgh! There’s plenty of good that comes from my city (the Steelers, Pittsburgh Dad, Eat n Park) but it’s especially exciting for me, being the products editor at American Baby, to find some cool baby gear from the ‘burgh. Since 4Moms was born there, we’ve shown their innovative Cleanwater bath tub, and more recently, their MamaRoo in our article on Tia Mowry (she’s a fan!).

Being the cool Pittsburgh people they are, 4Moms will let me send one of you lucky ducks the new Origami stroller, which retails for $850. That’s right, it’s a luxury-priced stroller! Just leave a comment below. You can post up to once a day. Tell me your must-have stroller feature. (For me folding small is key, so the Origami is pretty great for that.) You can read the full rules here. The giveaway starts now and ends at midnight on Wednesday, the Fourth of July 2012. And I’ll leave you with an image that my Pittsburgh friend Emily took, of the city at the end of a double rainbow. See you in September, Pittsburgh friends! 

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American Baby invites you!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

One of Britax's new models

One of the best parts about being a magazine editor? You get invited to fun events. We go to breakfasts and lunches to view and hear about new products. We enjoy free food, advance information about stuff that will be coming to market, and, if we’re lucky, a goody bag to boot!

Britax is holding one such breakfast on Tuesday, March 13th, and their invite added a cool twist. It says I can invite one American Baby devotee to join me! But there are serious limitations. You have to live in the New York City area, because you have to get yourself to Manhattan for the event. (No travel reimbursement.) Also, I can’t guarantee you’ll get anything interesting to take home other than a full belly! But if you’d love to play editor for a morning, see the Britax line of strollers and meet the people who design them, leave a comment here. You’re welcome to bring your baby, too. Post a comment now through the end of the day on Monday, March 5th. After that I’ll randomly select someone to join me between 9am and 11am, Tuesday March 13th, on the East Side of Manhattan. (I’ll email the winner exact directions!) Goody luck!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Get a Babysitter!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Baby Bjorn's Babysitter Balance

And no, we don’t mean someone who will watch your kid, though that’s certainly useful around New Year’s Eve. We mean the Baby Bjorn Babysitter Balance, which is an infant seat that can last you through the toddler years. I got one of these when my daughter was about 10 months old and had a cold; she had outgrown the bouncer seat and swing, but still needed to be sitting comfortably upright to breathe easily. A friend recommended it, and it worked like a charm. She sat in it (as a TV-watching chair, please don’t judge) through age 3. Then we used it for my son.

I got to thinking about the Babysitter Balance because of all the reports of other baby seats, mainly the Bumbo, tipping over when on a high surface. An advantage of the Babysitter is it’s pretty obvious it doesn’t go on a chair or counter; the wide base relegates it to the floor. And it has safety straps to hold a baby in place. The only downside is the price: $180. But it’s a good value, because you’ll use it for years with multiple kids. But don’t just trust me; it gets lots of 5-star reviews on

Another safe place to put an older, sitting-upright baby is in an ExerSaucer, or a Jumperoo, or some other stationary activity center. Or in the highchair (use the straps!). I’m sure someone will want to comment “how about just holding your kid?” but everyone needs a safe place to sit a baby for 20 minutes here and there during the day, to use the bathroom, get dressed, or make a meal. Most of the day you can hold your baby or wear her in a carrier, but while you shower is just not one of those times!

How do you solve the challenge of either keeping your sniffly baby upright, or seating your baby somewhere safe? Leave a comment below; one lucky poster will win the Baby Bjorn Babysitter Balance for their child! It’s a light blue seat with dark blue trim, but otherwise, just like the one pictured here, and a $180 retail value. You have through Wednesday, December 28th to post and can post just once a day; read the full rules here. Goody luck!Really a comfy seat!


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The Perfect Summer Ice Pop

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Screen shot 2011-06-16 at 12.40.06 PMNo doubt about it, once the mercury starts rising, nothing gets kids smiling more than a cold, lickable popsicle—except maybe one that they’ve helped you make at home. And what could be more seasonally appropriate than using these beachy-keen sailboat, rocket, and sandcastle molds? Icy treats, Ahoy!

(Set of six,$10;

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Learning to Write

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

getattachment.aspxMy 5-year-old daughter, Jane, has had trouble holding a pencil properly—she likes to grasp it with her whole fist—and would fuss when we tried to correct her (“This is the way I do it!”). After her Pre-K teacher acknowledged that this was a problem we should help her work on, we discovered The Writing C.L.A.W., a unique pencil grip that shows children exactly where to place their thumb, index finger and middle finger. It’s so simple to use and Jane feels a sense of satisfaction that it helps her hold her pencil the way grown-ups want her to. I am sure that once she uses it for a while, it will become much easier for her fingers to find their proper place without it. I ordered a pack of five from Therapro, a terrific source sorts of products used by occupational therapists—and many you can use yourself at home. But you can order a single C.L.A.W. in your child’s favorite color directly from the manufacturer.

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