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Got a Great Kid-Product Idea? Tell Huggies!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

What if that awesome invention you thought of while dozing off after a midnight feeding could lead to some big bucks? 

Thanks to the Huggies MomInspired Grant Program, parents who’ve dreamed up products designed to help fellow moms and dads have the opportunity to win some cash–$15,000, to be exact!

Eight parent entrepreneurs who have either developed a product or an ingenious idea will receive these grants. The 5th annual competition is already underway, but applicants may enter through September 30, 2014.

Here are the rules!

  • Who: Anyone with an original, innovative and viable new product idea to help make life easier for parents; must be 21 or older and reside in the United States
  • How: Log onto www.HuggiesMomInspired.com and submit application, including the idea and business plan
  • When: June 17, 2014 through September 30, 2014
  • Why: For the chance to receive $15,000 and advice to help start or grow your business idea

Struggling to potty train your kiddo? Check out Huggies’ “Potty Dance” tactic!

Potty Dance Party
Potty Dance Party
Potty Dance Party

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Alicia Silverstone Gets Real

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Silverstone familyInterview by Patty Adams Martinez

All you may know about Alicia Silverstone’s parenting is what you saw in a video that went viral years ago: her feeding her son, Bear Blu (who turns 3 in May) food from her mouth. Well, there’s way more to the actress-turned-New York Times bestselling author than that. She shares her alternatives to the one-size-fits-all way of parenting from her new book, The Kind Mama, which hits stores on April 15.

You let your preschooler sleep with you. I have to ask what moms everywhere are thinking: How do you have sex when there’s a kid in your bed?

If anything it’s extra incentive to get creative. I’ve never been a “it’s the end of the day; let’s go have sex” person. Whoever said in bed at night is the only way you can have sex?

You’ve said that your first 14 hours of labor with Bear Blu were “sexy and amazing and totally blissed out.” Share your secrets!

Every woman’s bliss is different. I was in my bedroom, walking around and feeling completely comfortable. Yes, I had contractions (which hurt!), but there are all of these natural hormones running through you that make you feel amazing. And then it transitions and the real labor starts. It’s called labor for a reason—it’s intense and hard work.

The internet was in a tizzy when you posted a video of yourself feeding Bear from your mouth. Were you surprised?

Yes, very. I wasn’t trying to make a statement. Bear wanted what I was eating—kale or collards—and literally just went for my mouth on pure instinct. It’s not like I was practicing premastication [pre-chewing food for babies], but it is something people have done for years. That’s what women did before there were blenders.

Your son was using a toilet at 6 months, which sounds like heaven for all parents who’ve gone through potty training.

We used Elmination Communication, which is all about being able to read your child’s potty needs. When his whole body tightens up, he acts restless, or makes a puckered face or flirty eyes—those are signals you should take your baby to the potty. Once he walks, he’ll naturally take himself to the toilet. It means fewer dirty diapers: less to wash or thow away, less expense, and way less mess.

Are you and your husband, Christopher Jarecki, always on the same page, or does he ever need convincing?

He thought I was crazy with Elimination Communication at first, but once he saw it worked, he was a believer. I’m the one who does all of the research and asks the questions, and then we talk it out and come to a decision together. We just had this dilemma of what school to send Bear to: one we could walk to, or the school we really love that’s a 30-minute drive. We ultimately decided to go with the magical place that’s farther away. If your kid is going to be spending a lot of time somewhere, you want it to be the best place possible, not just convenient.

What was the inspiration behind The Kind Mama?

I wanted to provide women with a book full of valuable information that would help them get pregnant and have an ailment-free pregnancy—free of all of the icky stuff that we’ve come to assume is unavoidable, from hemorrhoids to swollen ankles to diabetes. I also wanted women to know their birth options and to empower them to make the right choices for themselves.

What is the book’s lesson?

Be kind to yourself. Being a mom requires every morsel of your being. When you’re better rested, you’re more patient and can enjoy every precious moment of mamaness.

Are you an attachment style parent like Alicia or are these other styles more like you? Take our quiz and find out!

Parenting Style: Attachment Parenting
Parenting Style: Attachment Parenting
Parenting Style: Attachment Parenting


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Potty Training Made Simple (& Up to 20% Off!)

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Potty training can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be expensive, too. Make things easier with these ingenious products — including multipurpose potties and how-to toilet-training books — currently up to 20 percent off at Shop Parents.

• Teach your tot what to do with potty-time books like Superhero Potty Time or Dinosaur vs. the Potty.

• Congratulate your little one on using the potty like a big kid with Sesame Street Potty Training Rewards.

• Bed-wetting is a natural part of potty training. Keep your tot dry throughout the night with the Ultimate Training Bed Pad.

• Get more bang for your buck with The First Years Potty Training system, which transforms from standalone potty, to trainer seat, to stepstool.

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Rosie to the Rescue: “My Tips for Successful Potty Training”

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Check out blog posts by Rosie Pope, star of Bravo’s “Pregnant in Heels,” every week at Parents.com! 

With New Year’s resolutions made, perhaps even broken and re-made, you might be thinking about some for your kids. Perhaps one is that milestone of all milestones: to potty train!

Before you start to fret that your little girl or boy will never get there, just ask yourself: Have you ever seen someone walk down the aisle, wedding dress or tux-clad, in a diaper? The point is, your wee one will eventually be potty trained and while you can push him (or her) to do it early, it is far better and easier to wait until he’s ready. And, I promise, it will happen way before he gets married!

In order to tell whether your wee one is ready, check for these signs:

*Able to pull pants up and down
*Tells you when he has a dirty diaper, and has words for pee and poop.
*Can sit quietly for 2-5 minutes–and therefore has a chance of staying on the potty long enough
*Shows interest in the bathroom
*Able to follow basic directions
*Is in the age range of 18 months to 3 1/2 years old
*There are no other big changes happening for your child, like starting school, recovering from illness, moving into a toddler bed, etc.

If you think your child is ready then you also have to make sure you’re ready. So:

*Are you able to be at home for two full days?
*Is there anything else going on that will make it hard for you to focus on this and be positive and upbeat? It can take a lot of patience.

If you are feeling like now is the time and all these items are checked, then I say go for it, making sure to keep an incredibly proud and positive attitude and never letting your wee one feel disappointed or embarrassed if he has an accident.

These pointers should help you reach your goal:

*Watch some potty-related DVDs, or read some bathroom related stories.
*Make sure to push modesty aside and show your child how the whole process works. Make a point of buying “big-kid” underwear as something really special.
*Consider a sticker chart and reward system, although many children will feel rewarded in the success of being able to use the toilet independently. However, if a little extra incentive is needed, that’s okay too.
*Make sure you return to the potty every 30 to 60 minutes for those first two days until your child gets the hang of it.
*When potty training, tackle daytime dryness first, and use pull-ups at night.
*If your child isn’t sure where to stand or sit, you can buy a special potty or training seat. For boys, draw around their feet on a box by the toilet, so they know where to stand.
*Make sure to always go with your child to the bathroom, and keep the atmosphere relaxed.

With all these tools you’ll be sure to get there and before you know it, you’ll hear the sound of the flush and you’ll realize your little one just went to the potty and didn’t even tell you! I cried the first time this happened. I know: totally crazy, but it made me feel like the next step was college. I was getting a little ahead of myself….

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Is Early Potty Training Harmful?
Many experts’ recommendations to get children out of diapers before age three can be dangerous for some children. A child’s bladder, which continues growing to its standard size until age three, grows stronger and faster when it’s filling and emptying uninhibited. You interrupt that process when you train early, one expert claims. (via ABC News)

US Panel: Improve Child Custody Rules for Military
A national legal panel that works to standardize state laws wants to simplify child custody rules for military service members, whose frequent deployments can leave them without clear legal recourse when family disputes erupt. (via Associated Press)

Lack of Exercise Is a Global Pandemic, Researchers Say
Lack of exercise causes as many as 1 in 10 premature deaths around the world each year — roughly as many as smoking, researchers say. This global pandemic is largely due to four major diseases: heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and colon cancer. (via TIME)

Study Reveals How Some Kids Can Overcome Egg Allergies
Giving children with egg allergies small, and then increasingly higher, doses of the very food they are allergic to may eliminate, or at least reduce, reactions, a new study shows. (via MSNBC)

Mothers Who Use Fertility Drugs May Have Shorter Kids
A new study from Australia found boys whose mothers used fertility drugs were on average 1 inch shorter at ages 3 to 10, compared with boys of mothers who did not use the drugs. (via Fox News)

Breastfeeding Tied to Kids’ Nut Allergies in New Study, But Not All Agree
Australian researchers claim children who are exclusively breastfed for their first six months have a greater risk for developing a nut allergy than those given other foods or fluids, either exclusively or in combination with breast milk. (via Huffington Post)

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Alyson Hannigan’s Potty Training Tips

Monday, February 27th, 2012

We’re gonna go ahead and guess that potty training isn’t your favorite part of parenthood. But it’s a task that every parent and child has to get through, so why not make it fun? This past weekend, How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan partnered with Pull-Ups to host a Potty Dance Party, introducing a new way to train. “Potty training is a big deal, so why not kick it off with a celebration?” says Hannigan. “The potty dance turns a daunting task into a fun, exciting experience.”  (See video clips of Hannigan’s Potty Dance Party here.)

 

How do you know if your tot is ready to start? If she shows an interest in the bathroom, tells you when she has to go, or asks to be changed, she’s giving you the hint. When that happens, kick off the training journey with a Potty Dance Party. “When my daughter was interested, I would sit her on the potty, and if she went it was a huge deal,” says Hannigan. “It wasn’t until I picked a day and committed to it, and began asking her every 20 minutes if she needed to go, that it actually worked.” That’s not to say she hasn’t had any hiccups (Hannigan notes a couple public-restroom-automatic-flush incidents that scared her daughter, Satyana), but the combination of keeping it fun and offering an organic-gummy-vitamin reward for going potty in public has helped them both get through training.

 

Visit Pull-Ups.com to learn the potty dance steps and song and to start planning your own Potty Dance Party.

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Potty Training Tools of the Trade

Monday, April 4th, 2011

So my 2 1/2 year old, Lila, is turning out to be so much better at toilet training than I dared to dream. I almost don’t want to jinx it by explaining how comfortable she is with the process or how few accidents she’s had. But I’ll tell you that I know things are going a little easier because of a few tools in our arsenal. One are these toilet seat covers—an indisputable must now that we’re taking her out of the house in underwear. Unlike the ones you see in public bathrooms, these “potty toppers” have adhesive backs, so there’s no risk of one falling off the seat. I lived for these when I was training my older daughter, and my love has not diminished.

New to the game is a product called The Little Looster. As you can see from the photo, it’s a white plastic stool that wraps around the base of the toilet and keeps little legs at the perfect height. Lila didn’t dig it at first, but now using it is all part of her routine. (The makers say that it’s narrow enough that you don’t need to move it when it’s not being used, but we like to get it out of the way.) The Looster really adds to Lila’s confidence and reduced her initial fear of falling in.

What products have made potty training easier for your family?

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Word of Advice to Potty-Training Parents

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Yesterday I had the chance to chat with one of our advisors, Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block (one of my all-time favorite parenting books). I told him how Lila’s doing with potty training and he asked, “And you’re not going overboard with the praise, right?” Umm… why, yes, I believe I am. He explained why that can backfire: If you make a huge deal out of it every time your child goes to the bathroom, she starts thinking along these lines: “Wow, this is really important to them. I can’t handle the pressure. I’m not even going to try anymore.” Or your child might realize that she’s got the upper hand in this situation, and embark on a power play by not going on the potty.

Instead, Dr. Karp recommends a technique he calls “gossiping,” where you tell others how great your child is doing. (Do it in a whisper right in front of your child, to give her the impression that you don’t realize she’s listening to the “conversation.”) I actually did this the other night, when I told her favorite duck how Lila let me know at the birthday party that she was ready to use the potty. She then handed me her sheep, Pillow Pet, and turtle so that I could tell them the story, too. So from now on I’ll do more gossiping and dial down the unbridled enthusiasm after each trip to the potty.

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