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Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Ed VINCI Tab: Soft-sided Android-based tablet for toddlers
Feeling reluctant to hand that shiny new iPad over to junior? The VINCI Tab might be the answer – it’s an Android 2.3-based 7-inch tablet with a tempered-glass display and soft edges that’s been designed specifically for children of up to four years.
Hospitals need to do more to help moms breastfeed
Hospitals could and should do a lot more to help women succeed at breastfeeding, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Indiana parents with truant kids may face criminal charges
Parents of young children who don’t show up for school in Indiana’s capital may face criminal charges under a new program announced on Wednesday by Marion County Prosecutor Terry R. Curry.
Parents’ Conflicts Affect Adopted Infants’ Sleep
New parents often report sleep as being the most problematic of their child’s behavior. Neiderhiser and colleagues found that poor sleep patterns in children from ages 9 to 18 months are likely influenced by conflict in their parents’ marriage, the researchers report in the current issue of Child Development.
Franklin Township parents have to pay to bus kids to school
Amanda Adams just spent $220 to get her children to and from Kitley Elementary School — about 10 miles round trip — in August and September.
Foreclosed family camps in back yard
Imagine using a hose to brush your teeth and shower. Your shed is a closet, and you sleep in a tent in triple-digit temperatures.
Children Hit Hard by Economic Recession as ‘Kidflation’ Soars, Report Santander
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The rate of inflation for goods and services most commonly bought by children has risen at a rate 68 per cent faster than inflation (RPI) as a whole over the past three years.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
By now, you’ve probably heard of the latest publishing world sensation, a slim title with a seemingly kid-focused cover and the not-for-kids title Go the F–k to Sleep. The book, written by Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Ricardo Cortés, mimics the cadences and rhythms of a children’s book, mixing heartwarming and sleep-inducing images–”The wind whispers soft through the grass, hon. / The field mice, they make not a peep”–with the vented frustration of a parent hoping against hope that his or her little one will finally settle down: “It’s been thirty-eight minutes already. / Jesus Christ, what the f–k? Go to sleep.”
Funny, right? I thought so. My wife thought so. The thousands of people who made this book #1 on Amazon even before it was published must think so.
But Katie Roiphe doesn’t think it’s funny. Writing in Slate, she points to what she sees as “a certain nastiness” in the book, an “anger or hostility [that] is aimed at children.” It is, to her eyes, the tale of parents who’ve wrapped their lives so tightly around their children that they can see nothing else beyond the nursery walls and long, fruitlessly, for some TV time with their spouses. To these parents “full of rage,” Roiphe puts her closing bit of advice in the mouth of the book’s fictional kids: “If those sweet-faced children, so gorgeously drawn by Ricardo Cortés, could talk back would they say: ‘Put on a f—ing dress. Have a f—ing drink. Stop hovering over us. Live your own goddamned life.’”
But where Roiphe sees the rage of repressed dreams, I see something else entirely. (more…)
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Friday, May 27th, 2011
Have you heard about this book? It comes out in a few weeks, but it’s already gone viral, which is not surprising considering it’s absolutely hysterical. Adam Mansbach, father of 2 1/2-year-old Vivien, wrote it in the spirit of a children’s book, but with the kind of words you’re saying when you’ve put your child to bed and she just won’t wrap it up. Such as:
The tiger reclines in the simmering jungle.
The sparrow has silenced her cheep.
F*** your stuffed bear, I’m not getting you sh*t.
Close your eyes. Cut the crap. Sleep.
Who can’t relate? This weekend we’re moving Lila from a crib to a bed, so I fear her newfound freedom is going to make this book a little too relevant for us…
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Monday, February 7th, 2011
Give your child sweet dreams and yourself a peaceful night’s rest with the new “Acoustic Dreamland” lullaby CD from Putumayo Kids.
Instead of “Hush Little Baby,” you’ll find original lullaby songs plus covers by children’s performers Elizabeth Mitchelle and Frances England and favorite grown-up artists such as Hem, Rosie Thomas, and Lucy Kaplansky. Covers include songs written by James Taylor, Wilco, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. You can listen to samples of the lullabies on the Putumayo Press website.
We’re giving way 10 copies of the “Acoustic Dreamland” lullaby CD to 10 winners. Post an answer to the question, “What’s your favorite lullaby?” in our comments section from now through February 18. We’ll choose one winner in a random drawing. Click here to read the complete contest rules. And Goody luck!
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Friday, February 4th, 2011
The warnings continue for drop-side cribs. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is advising parents to stop using all “SafetyCraft” brand full-size and portable drop-side cribs manufactured or distributed by Generation 2 Worldwide. This comes after the “SafetyCraft” models were found to have identical hardware to another model owned by Generation 2 Worldwide—ChildESIGNS brand drop-side cribs, recalled in February 2010.
According to the CPSC, “this hardware can fail and place infants and toddlers at risk of strangulation and suffocation.” Parents who have purchased one of these cribs are urged to discontinue use immediately.
Currently, there have been three reported deaths and 20 drop-side related incidents involving previously recalled models of Generation 2 Worldwide and ChildESIGNS cribs. Unfortunately, these reports account for only a small portion of the drop-side drama. According to Consumer Ally, “malfunctioning hardware in drop-side cribs has been blamed in the deaths of at least 50 infants and toddlers over the past decade, and in recent years around 10 million cribs have been recalled.”
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced the enforcement of new safety regulations regarding the making of all cribs, including finally banning all drop-side cribs. These new standards are set to take effect by May of 2011.
As always, be sure to keep up with the very latest on recalls with our helpful Recall Finder.
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Monday, December 20th, 2010
Your first answer might be “Nope.” But if you’re thinking strictly about whether you allow your child to have soda or iced tea, you might be surprised at the truth. If your kid has cocoa in any form—whether it’s in candy, or in cereals, or in drinks—then she also consumes caffeine.
A new study from the University of Nebraska Medical Center shows that 75 percent of kids take in caffeine every single day, and it’s interfering with their sleep. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 have the equivalent of three 12-ounce cans of soda every day. Some kids as young as 5 years old have as much as 1 can’s worth of caffeine daily.
Talk to your pediatrician if you’re unsure of whether your child is getting too much.
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Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
Moms-to-be thinking of going the formula route in hopes of gaining some extra zzz’s each night may want to think again.
According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, a mother who breast feeds and one who formula feeds will get about the same amount of sleep each night. “The perception is that the breast-feeding mom is up day and night, always breast-feeding,” Miriam Labbok, director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was quoted as saying in Pediatrics. “But when you’re bottle-feeding, you’re up day and night always bottle-feeding, too,” she continues.
Hawley Montgomery-Downs, an assistant professor of psychology and coordinator of the behavioral neuroscience program at West Virginia University in Morgantown and the study’s lead author explained in the article that while “there is some small evidence that infants who are breast-fed sleep less, no one has ever looked at the mother’s sleep until now.” However, after conducting the study, which tracked new moms’ sleep habits using a watch-like monitoring device over a period of 2 weeks after baby’s birth to 12 weeks, ”we found absolutely no difference in the mother’s sleep based on how babies were fed,” said Montgomery-Downs.
These new findings come as music to breast-feeding advocates’ ears–they’re, of course, hoping undecided moms-to-be will now be swayed toward the idea that breast is best, and in doing so, allow their babies to reap the many health benefits natural feeding is shown to provide. Regardless, the good news is that when it comes to sleep for mom, breast and formula are on equal footing.
Does this new study change your mind on breast feeding vs formula feeding? Share your thoughts with us!
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Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Low blood levels of Vitamin D linked to chubbier kids, faster weight gain - Kids who are deficient in vitamin D accumulated fat around the waist and gained weight more rapidly than kids who got enough vitamin D, a new University of Michigan study suggests. [Science Daily]
Fearless children show less empathy, more aggression - Preschool-aged children who demonstrate fearless behavior also reveal less empathy and more aggression towards their peers. This has been shown in a new study that was carried out at the University of Haifa’s Faculty of Education. “The results of this study show that fearless behavior in children can be identified and is related to neurological and genetic predisposition. This type of behavior has less correlation at least in infancy with standards of educational processes or parenting practice,” says Dr. Inbal Kivenson-Baron, who carried out the study. [Medical News Today]
Breastfeeding moms don’t get less or worse sleep than moms who use formula, study finds - Breastfed infants are reported to awaken more often and to sleep less. But does that mean breastfeeding mothers get less sleep, too? Not necessarily, according to the study, “Infant Feeding Methods and Maternal Sleep and Daytime Functioning,” in the December issue of Pediatrics. [Medical News Today]
New research highlights importance of parent-child communication to combat obesity - As part of its proprietary survey program, Student ViewPOINT™, ARAMARK Education, a leading provider of school food and nutrition services, surveyed almost 40,000 middle school and high school students across the country. The research revealed that parent-child communication has a significant influence on the nutrition habits of children. [The Medical News]
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