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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

‘The Lion King 3D’ Claims Box-Office Crown with $29.3 Million
Nostalgia wins again! Disney’s “The Lion King 3D,” a technologically enhanced re-release of the 1994 animated classic, tore up the competition at the box office this weekend, earning an estimated $29.3 million — more than the other three newcomers combined.

Learning to See: How Vision Sharpens
Babies are born nearly blind. You may think that your newborn is gazing into your eyes, but what she actually sees is a vaguely face-shaped blur, associated with loving sounds and possibly milk.

Neighbors Save Baby Boy with Infant CPR
An Auburn mother bottle-feeding her baby boy suddenly realizes he’s blue and not breathing. Fortunately her neighbors knew what to do.

Can Fatty Acids in Breast Milk or Formula Make Kids Smarter?
Whether they’re fed by bottle or breast, babies seem to turn out smarter when nourished with healthy fatty acids found in breast milk and some formulas, two new studies indicate.

Lack of Sleep Hurts Kids’ Academic Performance: Study
Inadequate sleep and the absence of a good bedtime routine take a toll on the school performance of primary school children, research shows.

Norfolk Family Sues Starbucks
A Norfolk family is suing Starbucks after they say their 5-year-old daughter found a camera in a store bathroom.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

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
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.

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‘Go the F–k to Sleep’: What’s It Really About?

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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Will Your Child “Go the F*** to Sleep”?

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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Win an ‘Acoustic Dreamland’ Lullaby CD

Monday, February 7th, 2011

acoustic-dreamland-cdGive 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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Drop-Side Cribs Continue to Pose Serious Dangers

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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Do Your Kids Consume Caffeine?

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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Study: No Extra Sleep for Formula vs. Breast-Feeding Moms

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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