Tech Gadgets for Babies

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Tech Gadgets for Babies

New parents will go gaga over these gadgets, including a power-folding stroller, smart socks, self-warming bottles, and more.   A rattle used to be enough to keep a baby amused, but now, unless that rattle has a touch screen or connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth, your baby may not be interested.

Some babies are already so conditioned to use touch screens on iPads that they’re confused by a tactile, non-interactive print magazine. Children as young as six months are playing with their parents’ electronic devices, according to an infographic about the iGeneration by Angiolotty.

We’ve all seen parents give kids their tablets or smartphones instead of paper and crayons to play with while they wait for their food at restaurants. (Questionable? Maybe. Effective? Absolutely.)   And this interaction extends beyond dining rooms into more private places.

The iPotty, a gadget unveiled at CES 2013, is a potty-training toilet with a built-in iPad dock that lets toddlers play while they wait for nature to call.   Even the classic bedtime story Goodnight Moon got an update.

In Goodnight iPad, children readying for bed say goodnight to a host of technology: “Goodnight LOLs, goodnight MP3s, goodnight LCD Wi-Fi- HDTV. Goodnight remotes and Netflix stream, Androids, apps, and glowing screens.”

The Angiolotty graphic also reveals that more two- to five-year-olds with Internet access at home know how to play a computer game and use a smartphone than know how to swim, ride a bike, or tie their shoes. (But that’s OK, because there’s probably an app for that.) If that statistic scares you, read our tips for keeping your child safe online.

Not all baby gadgetry is so frivolous, though. Some tech toys make parenting easier, like automatically folding strollers and self-warming baby bottles. Others help moms and dads monitor the health of their child, like smart scales and even smart socks.

A few promising products—such as the Embrace infant warmer, an affordable and portable incubator for premature babies in developing countries—are only available for medical professionals. Still, they remind us of the potential technology has to improve even the youngest of lives.

We feature all of that and more in the following roundup, so put your baby down for a nap and quietly click through.



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5 Great Laptops for Kids

5 Great Laptops for Kids

5 Great Laptops for Kids

Ready to help your child learn about the world of technology? Getting your son or daughter a laptop of their own doesn’t have to be scary. We’ve already found 5 great laptops that should fit the bill.

Name Acer Aspire V5-571-6891 Samsung Chromebook Series 3 (XE303C12) Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2847) DirAction NL3 Classmate PC Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11
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Lowest Price $439.99 $244.46 Amazon $299.00 Amazon $399.99 Amazon
Type General Purpose, Value, Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage Ultraportable, Value, Netbook Netbook, Ultrabook Netbook Ultraportable, Value, Tablet
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 5 Intel Celeron 847 Intel Atom N2600
Processor Speed 1.8 GHz 1.7 GHz 1.1 GHz 1.66 GHz
Platform Windows 8 Google Chrome OS Google Chrome OS Windows 7 Windows RT
RAM 6 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB
Weight 5.07 lb 2.5 lb 3.05 lb 3.7 lb 2.62 lb
Screen Size 15.6 inches 11.6 inches 11.6 inches 10.1 inches 11.6 inches
Touchscreen No Yes
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics Intel GMA 3600 Nvidia ULP GeForce
Storage Capacity (as Tested) 500 GB 16 GB 320 GB 250 GB 64 GB
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The world is a high-tech place, and kids today will often forgo toys and treats in favor of tech and games. If you’re thinking of buying your son or daughter their first laptop, you’ve probably wondered what’s out there for them. We’ve sifted through the dozens of PCs aimed at adults with grown-up budgets, and found five great kid-friendly laptops.
Kids entering elementary school are now finding themselves interacting with PCs and the web, and it’s not too early to encourage a budding interest in technology and computer science. The wealth of information available online has opened up new avenues for education in and out of the classroom, and familiarity with technology and the Internet is rapidly becoming as important to modern life as literacy and basic math.
Whether you want to equip your child for the classroom or just get them used to life online, there are laptops available that won’t break the bank, and help ease the learning experience with fewer maintenance issues. When selected the following systems, we avoided laptops that might make buying a system for a youngster more trouble than it’s worth.
Kids don’t always treat technology with care, so we selected systems that were either ruggedized against drops and spills, low-cost to make replacement less painful, or both. The K-5 set probably won’t be using any performance straining software tools, but they will definitely want to play games or get online, so we focused on laptops that would meet those needs without the expense of high-end processors. And finally, we looked for kid-friendly features, such as the educational tools found in the DirAction Classmate PC, or the dead-simple ease of use offered by Google’s Chromebooks.


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Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2847)

Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch)

DirAction NL3 Classmate PC

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 11.6-Inch Convertible Touchscreen Laptop

 Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11

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Tips for Road Trip Survival With Kids

Tips for Road Trip Survival With Kids

Tips for Road Trip Survival With Kids

Vacationing with children is kinda like childbirth. Your brain erases the pain so you’re dumb enough to do it again! For the most part our kids are great travelers, but no one really enjoys being trapped and strapped in a vehicle for an entire day, do they? We try to make the best of the hours on the road with a activities, snacks, and special treats to help pass the time.

Here Are My Top Tips for Road Trip Survival With Kids:

  • Check out a giant stack of library books.  Store about 3-5 of them behind each seat. Have them look for a while, and then trade with someone sitting close to them. Replenish with a fresh choices during stops.


  • Bring a portable potty for roadside emergencies and a container for the motion sickness prone.


  • Borrow DVDs from friends or the library that your kids have never watched.  Having something new seems to capture their attention best.


  • Load up a clipboard with coloring pages and white drawing paper, along with a small box of crayons.


  • Plan for sleep patterns and normal nap schedules to be disrupted. (Sometimes just having realistic expectations and a positive attitude when the crankiness strikes is a huge deterrent for backseat meltdowns.)


  • Try audiobooks – sometimes the quiet listening lures them to sleep!


  • Window markers are great for inserting some creativity to an otherwise boring day.


  • Bring flashlights or glow in the dark sticks for night travel.


  • Take exercise breaks at rest stops.  Run around the van 5 times, do 20 jumping jacks, hop on one foot, shake out your arms, etc. It gets some wiggles and sillies out before they have to be strapped back into their seats.


  • Cheer like crazy people when you reach a new state.  It’s an accomplishment to be celebrated!


  • Buy a bag of trinket toys at Goodwill (we can buy a whole bag for $3) and toss them back one at a time.


  • Bring baggies of snacks, and treats and span them out throughout the day.  Our go-to road snacks are: protein bars, dried fruit, lunch meat roll-ups, applesauce pouches, string cheese,and yogurt. Suckers are also a good treat because they keep their mouths busy and last for a while!


  • Track your progress using a map or another sort of visual to show that you are making progress!


  • Have a reward (aka bribe) for good behavior and patience on the road.


  • Download the Roadside Attraction app and allow time in your schedule to stop along the way. They’re fun & quirky, provide the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and since most roadside attractions are free, they’re budget friendly.


  • Take a look at your route and see what interesting sights you can see along the way or with a slight detour. Not only does this turn a long day of driving into a fun day of sightseeing, but you can experience interesting places (at least briefly!) that wouldn’t have made it onto the itinerary otherwise. Sometimes, these little places are more memorable than the larger destinations!


  • Get a National Park pass! The pass will pay for itself after a few visits to the more expensive National Parks. Use the restroom at the visitors centre – they almost always have decent baby changing facilities. Pack a lunch and find a picnic area in the park. With the National Park pass you won’t feel guilty about keeping your visit shorter – ducking in to use the facilities is a lot more enjoyable than a greasy fast food rest stop or gas station bathroom.


  • Look for coupons – groupons, etc. – before you go! Also, in the US, at the first public rest area when you enter a state, they will have whole books of coupons for hotels, attractions, etc.


  • Get older kids involved in mapping and planning.


  • Stay at a hotel with a pool so the kids can burn off energy after a long day of driving.


  • Join AAA. Not only can they help with car trouble but their TripTik travel planner can help you plan your route, locate gas stations, hotels and restaurants and lead you to some interesting spots along the way.


Packing Tips:

  • If you plan to move around a lot, plan to pack one carry-on with enough outfits for that section so you don’t have to bring everything from your car to the hotel,  especially if you will arrive late at night. We have a lot of stuff when we road trip but I packed a carry-on for the first night so when we arrive we can just bring only that carry-on to the hotel.


  • Pack by the day, not by the person–one suitcase or duffel for each day/hotel on the trip, plus another for makeup/toothbrushes/pajamas and other daily needs. Mark them with a tag for the date/location so anyone can grab the proper one out of the trunk. At each new hotel, you’ll only have to bring in two bags, instead of the potential many depending on your family size.


  • Also make sure you have a small first aid kit packed in the car and a small raodside emergency kit ( flare/flashligt/etc).


  • Keep a towel and a change of clothes per person in a small bag in the trunk for quick roadside water adventures. Splashing in fountains makes for fabulous photos and cools kids off before hopping back in the car.


  • Make sure you remember your car charger… Our phone holds our GPS & our road tunes so when the battery is dead we are either lost or moody!


  • Have a plastic bag, paper towels and wipes handy in the car for unexpected car sickness.


  • Put the kids in shoes that are easy to put on and take off so they can be comfortable in the car, but ready quickly at the stops.


Tips for On the Road:

  • Give each child an age appropriate “job” while on the road. You can also switch jobs each day. Ex: Pump gas, clean windows, remove all trash from the car, fill water bottles, etc.

  • Download a free app called ‘Road Ahead’. It’s a great app to see what available in the exit up ahead on your highway. A great way to at least ensure we have decent selections of places to eat.
  • Don’t rely entirely on your GPS. When we were in Montana last summer, the GPS was down for an entire day. Thank goodness I had actual maps with me!

Don’t be on such a strict schedule that you can’t make unexpected stops.

  • If we were driving at night or if they were likely to doze off, I put them in pull-ups. Wasn’t taking a chance! Also I had a stash of plastic grocery bags within reach. My kids were motion sick once in their lives and it was when I had nothing handy to “catch” it!


  • Be on the lookout for those brown roadside signs. The historical markers are pretty fun, quick side trips and teach a thing or two, too  Usually, the “attractions” are a short detour and worth the stop.


  • For road trips in Europe (this is specific to Germany, though could be true in other countries): you have to pay to use the bathroom in the rest stop, but you get a ticket when you pay. You can then use that ticket as a coupon when you buy something at the rest stop. The value of the ticket is a portion of what you paid to use the restroom. For example, pay €0.75, the value is €0.50.


  • Leave at nap or bed time. Nothing ensures quiet as much as a sleeping kid.

Boredom Buster Tips:

  • Fight the urge to start trips with iPads, video games, or movies. Hold back on the electronics and use them AS NEEDED. We always start with conversations, our family sing alongs, books, enjoying the scenery, license plate games, etc. One of our best trips was 8 hours of pure family road trip bliss, with a 3 year old, and no electronic interference. It was a shock and an amazing bonding time. Of course, the next trip called for the iPad before we even left town and it was needed for sanity the entire trip.
  • Lesson learned: You can always add the ‘kiddo crack”, but it is hard to take it away once introduced. Always have an ace in your pocket.

  • Listening to audiobooks together helps the hours fly by on long road trips. We always have audio books in the car, even when we are only driving a short distance. Not only do they keep the kids entertained but it increases vocabulary, listening skills, and attention span!
  • Pack a Secret Weapon: A little treasure trove of boredom busters and new things that can be busted out when kids are getting antsy the drive is getting long or the unexpected ruins your plans! Fill it with fun little items from the dollar store: wikki stix, balloons, stickers, new coloring items, cards, a dice game, kaleidoscopes, things that can be fun in the car, not make a big mess and won’t sugar them up!


  • Make a “mix tape” or it’s iPod equivalent–a playlist. Get input from all members of the family.


  • I always have lots of things printed out – scavenger hunts, license plate games, car bingo, fact sheets about the states we are driving through, and quizzes – my kids love quizzes. Miles of Smiles is an awesome book for road trip games


  • String small beads onto a pipe cleaner and hang from your rear view mirror. Use it as a mileage marker for the days travels. 25 miles per bead. Then you can tell the kids how much further by the number of beads left. Or “we will stop for lunch when we drop 3 beads”.


  • For toddlers and pre-schoolers make a busy kit with different activities they can do in the car with little to no assistance.


  • Blue painters tape! Tape is contraband in my house so when I give each of them their own roll and say “go nuts”, it’s like Christmas! Painters tape won’t hurt if it gets stuck to hair or skin and won’t damage the car. Plus it’s cheap so they can use the whole roll.


  • I gave the littles an old digital camera & ipod and verbal list of things to capture. i.e. only green things, things that make noise, things that have the sound B…


  • A few days before our trip, I’d go to Walmart or Target or The Dollar Store and pick up several new inexpensive “toys” or items for me to pull out as needed throughout the trip. These were never expensive, just something different for the kids to enjoy.


  • Create a Survival Kit that is tailored to your individual child’s likes.


  •  I try to buy a few cheap, new and car-friendly toys and books. To add to the fun, wrap them like a gift and give them out every 50, 75, 100 miles.


Eating on the Road:

  • We try to find alternatives to fast food dining stops, and we love checking out the prepared foods in supermarkets like Wegmans, which has a dedicated hot food bar and a dining room. In this post, I polled other family travel bloggers for their own ideas on eating on the road.


  • If you can borrow or purchase the mini-fridge that can plug into your car, it’s a great little thing to have.   Dad can have his cold drink of Mountain Dew to keep him going and we can also pack cold cut meat for lunch.


  • Don’t let the kids gorge themselves on drinks. I let my kids have drinks, but I make sure to spread it out. This keeps us from making extra stops.


  • Don’t disregard highway non-chain restaurant signs. Try out the mom and pop restaurants!

  • Check to see if there are any farmers markets in the places that you’ll be passing by. They make a great place to relax, see local life, and get fresh food that is often lacking in restaurant meals.

  • Because our kids are quite young, we love packing a picnic lunch or dinner instead of eating in a restaurant (which inevitably involves more time having to sit still and behave–precisely what they need a break from!). Then we just stop at a rest area, nearby playground, or state park.

  • Pack healthy food like cheese sticks, bananas, nuts, dried fruit and cereal rather than stopping for fast food along the way.


  • We found eating on the road to be our biggest challenge because the Interstate is nothing but fast food chains. Yuck! If you don’t mind taking a little extra time during stops, use your Yelp and/or Trip Advisor app to find healthier (and tastier) options off the beaten path. Save them to your favorites so you’re not trying to find them while on the road and the directions will be right there on your phone.
  • We also use our GPS (not the one on our phones–ours is a Garmin unit) to find restaurants along the way. You can do searches by cuisine/type and also search for options along your route or near your destination(s). We try to eat locally as much as possible to experience local cuisines but sometimes the kids just want something familiar so it’s easy to find them that way. Plus, the GPS helps you estimate how long it will take you to get there!

Memory Making

  • At the end of each day, write down one thing/sentence that each person liked about the trip that day. By the end of the trip, you’ll have a nice keepsake without much effort. Even better if the kiddos write it out! Perhaps, include drawings.


  • Pack crayolas and give each a journal they can draw in to chronicle the journey, as they can hand it down to there kids. Also, have them draw pictures they can hang in their room. Grab a stack of postcards and stamps for each child and let them mail out to themselves telling about the trip this way it will help them remember all the fun they had.


  • Give your kiddos a disposable camera to chronicle the road trip. To me, the most memorable part of the trip is the journey there. I like to snap photos as we pass a city or state “Now entering… or welcome to”  Plus if you plan ahead and know memorable sites or landmarks those are fun to snap up too!


  • Give your kids a composition book, a glue stick, tape and colored pencils. Let them put any paper objects they find in the notebook, plus they can draw and add thoughts if they want. Even young kids can do this!




How about YOU?  How do you keep your sanity with kids during road trips?  Share your tips and advice!


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Dollhouse Products

 Dollhouse Products

dollhouse products Miniature dollhouse products are the most sought after ones throughout the world. These products have continued to entertain the children for a long stretch of time. The grown–ups as well started to take immense interest in the product in recent times. The experts were categorical in pointing out the fact that the miniature doll house products have undergone a constant evolution and introduction of products in regular intervals. While talking of the evolution the experts have pointed out that the doll house miniatures since its’ inception have continued to entertain the people of all age–groups.


Their smallness and the interactive art form of dollhouses created immense interest amongst the children as well as the grown–ups as well. The experts have continued to say about the various instances of miniature doll house products. Some of the experts have pointed out that there are antique doll house miniatures which are historical records of life. The experts have pointed out that the products depicted a successful depiction of the common life in the time of manufacturing the doll house miniature.


Dollhouse kitchen furniture Is one of the funnest rooms that you can get for your dollhouse. Before you really make a purchase, contemplate the age of your youngster and her likes and dislikes. That is since it can be your son or daughter that may be taking part in together with the doll house power plants and never you. So, make positive that you choose to decide on the proper type of dollhouse kits to your little a person.


World Wars I and II changed the dollhouse miniature manufacturing market significantly, bringing more American dollhouse kit and accessory producers into the market. Ramped up mass production meant that a dollhouse doll could be produced on a scale never before seen, and this is the era that can be considered to have popularized the dollhouse. However, much of the dollhouses produced in this period were manufactured from cheap sheet metal and featured plastic dollhouse accessories. The wooden doll house became a rarity at this point, although many dollhouse kits of the time were still manufactured in wood.


Collecting tiny wooden dollhouse furniture revolves around creating real looking room setting in small scale versions. An understanding of this reduction in size is necessary in order to achieve the desired realism. In a dolls house, scale is the relationship in size between the real life house and the tiny model. A change of scale can also change the impression that an object conveys. For example, a wood couch gives us the feeling of massive weight, a feeling entirely lost in the dolls house furniture model. But the reproduction rewards us with something else by showing us the entire mechanism at a single glance, which helps us to understand how the elemental parts relate to one another.


The Victorian style is still very popular with today’s houses; most of us look at these homes with even a romantic view. The main characteristics of the Victorian home; the gazebo or wrapped porch, circular tower, and pitched roofs will continue to be displayed in both real homes and dollhouse kits.


The more stories your dollhouse collector kit has, the more fun you’ll get to have in furnishing it. Three-story dollhouse kits are the most popular styles, with anywhere from six to nine rooms (or so) plus porches, hallways, and verandas. You can choose from kitchen furniture, bedroom, bathroom and more. We have built many dollhouses and love to share knowledge and tips in building a dollhouse. We offer dollhouse kits, dollhouse furniture, accessories, and helpful hints in setting up your dollhouse kits. Please enjoy our display of doll house furniture!


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Should I Buy My Teen A Car?

Should I Buy My Teen A Car?

Should I Buy My Teen A Vehicle?

Should I Buy My Teen A Car?  Well, that depends if you’re prepared for your teen to become more independent and responsible. It also depends of course on your purse or wallet! Just about the most typical desires regarding teenagers can be getting his or her own car. Buying a car for your teen is a big leap and presents lots of responsibility for your teen who is either at or approaching the age he or she can drive. You may want to think about some or all of these tips to help you in your decision on whether or not you should buy a car for your teen:


1) Consider getting your teen to work towards paying the down payment or entire purchase price for their car.  By doing this, your teen is able to learn responsibility and the value of money! Your teen will most likely take great care of their car if they are contributing or paying for the purchase of the car.


2) If you choose to purchase or allow your teen to buy a car, consider having your teen pay either a portion or all of the vehicle maintenance costs and insurance. This will assist your teen in continuing to learn responsibility and how to manage their finances. They’ve got to learn sometime, so why not now!


3) If you and your teen have come to a decision to purchase a vehicle for them to use, do your research on the vehicle that would be appropriate for your teen. If you have access to the net, that’s a good spot to start. If not, then review the newspaper vehicle classified section, vehicle trader magazines and any other resource you can find prior to buying the vehicle. You’ll want to find the highest quality, value and reliability for the vehicle that is being purchased for your teen.


4) You may want to purchase your teen an older used car, most likely a sedan that will be reliable for their needs. Your teen will most likely be able to save money on insurance and fuel fees by buying an older car. A sports car or 6-12 cylinder vehicle would not be an appropriate car for your teen to have. They don’t need it! Don’t forget, their just getting started. Typically the insurance fees for older vehicles are cheaper than newer and sport car type vehicles for your teen. So keep this in mind before you and your teen consider purchasing a car.


5) Perhaps you’re not ready for your teen to have a car yet. That’s okay too. Nevertheless, you may want to have them work towards saving for the purchase of their car for the future. You know they will start driving eventually, so why not start saving now! You will be able to help your teen learn the value of saving and budgeting for items they would like to purchase in the future.


6) Get yourself a stand-alone insurance plan. With this particular form of plan, your kids will probably be in charge of their own insurance. As a taxi driver, he’ll almost certainly only be authorized sunshine generating, a piece of paper coming from a school of motoring, and stuff like that.


So, after you and your teen have discussed the prospective purchase of a car for them, hopefully you’ll be armed with enough information to assist you in making a decision that will work for you and your teen!


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Educational Resources

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Once upon a time I believed that homeschooling, done well, required a significant financial investment. Private schools and the amount spent by the government on each public school student certainly suggest that education comes at a high price. After a couple of years, however, I began to notice that my kids needed less and less in order to learn. A library card, favorite book titles purchased for our home collection, a stack of blank paper, and a few well-chosen resources here and there have done the job quite nicely thus far.  Have you made the same discovery? If you’re interested in saving your pennies while still helping those little minds grow, here are a variety of FREE and inexpensive educational resources you might not have heard of.


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Delightfully cheerful music accompanies baby fun shapes while introducing the ABC’s and 123’s! It’s what babies want to hear and see, and what you want them to learn! Baby Logic is unique compared to most baby videos. It utilizes advanced techniques from proven methods over time, incorporating smooth transitions, high contrast familiar shapes, and logical motions to help stimulate brain activity and introduce the ABC’s and 123’s to your baby. This approach attempts to occupy your baby and help brain development while avoiding adverse affects that could lead to ADHD in later years(read supporting articles below). Format: DVD (approx. 45 min, looped*)
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You’ve made it through pre-algebra, but now things are getting harder in algebra class. Never fear Dr. Math, the popular online math resource is here to help you figure out even the trickiest of your algebra problems. You won’t find a better explanation of the world and language of algebra anywhere. Presents questions and answers on standard algebra topics such as linear equations, polynomials, factoring, square roots, and quadratic equations.
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Animal Antics – From toucans, macaws, and other birds of the rainforest, to zebras, elephants, and lions across the grasslands of Africa and into the woods with black bears, deer, and owls, the animal kingdom runs wild in Doodlepedia: Animal Antics. This doodle guide invites young readers to discover how animals live, what they eat, how they move, and why some are so big while others are so small, all while they complete drawings, color images, and add finishing touches. Unique, interactive, and most of all, fun, this book is perfect for every young, creative animal lover. (Paperback)
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In this easy-to-use fact book, kids will find all the facts they need to know to be a geography expert. Created by a National Geographic Bee winner, this is the perfect tool for kids to use to help them prepare for a competition, study for a test, or fill their hunger for learning facts and figures about the countries of the world. This book is also the perfect companion to the National Geographic Bee Official Study Guide. The National Geographic Ultimate Fact Book provides the building blocks to geographic knowledge and will change the way kids look at the world.
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Starting school can be scary — especially for kids who don’t have older siblings. One great way to help them prepare for the big day is through books. Stories help kids learn to understand their complicated feelings about school… and show them that those feelings are perfectly normal.

There are a lot of fun, colorful picture books to help your child know what to expect on their first day of preschool or kindergarten.

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Tiptoe into Kindergarten by Jacqueline Rogers-A preschool girl visits her big brother’s kindergarten. She discovers a fun world of blocks, books, paints and puzzles.
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Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee It’s ten days before kindergarten starts, and this little girl has learned everything there is to know about school — from a first-grader. But what do you do when your shoes come untied and you’re the only one who doesn’t know how to tie them?
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A Color of His Own-Elephants are gray. Pigs are pink. Only the chameleon has no color of his own. He is purple like the heather, yellow like a lemon, even black and orange striped like a tiger! Then one day a chameleon has an idea to remain one color forever by staying on the greenest leaf he can find. But in the autumn, the leaf changes from green to yellow to red . . . and so does the chameleon. When another chameleon suggests they travel together, he learns that companionship is more important than having a color of his own. No matter where he goes with his new friend, they will always be alike.
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Cinderella – Matthew Reinhart’s resplendent retelling of Cinderella comes to life with intricate pop-ups, foil, ribbons, acetate, and amazing dimensional surprises. The stunning transformation of a pumpkin into a magnificent coach, a rat into a coachman, and Cinderella into a beautiful princess is pure magic.
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A Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up
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Disneyland Vacations For The Whole Family

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Tips For The Best Disneyland Family Vacation

Tips For The Best Disneyland Family Vacation

Disneyland is a GREAT kid friendly destination! For the Little and the Big kids! I had a blast, I couldn’t stop smiling the whole trip. My husband went on Ever Single Ride, even the kid and baby ones, “because someone had to take the little ones on…” hahaha. We purchased a 3 day park hopper tickets at our hotel when we arrived. The hopper was for Disneyland and California Adventure park, which are right beside each other. Then we did one full day at Universal Studios, a day in LA to look for the star walk and the Hollywood sign and 2 days at the beaches around LA. We went to Long beach and Venice beach, both Beautiful!!

The Best Hotel

We stayed at the Marriott Maingate Hotel. It wasn’t super fancy, but we had a kitchenette suite with a room that we could close the doors if mom and dad wanted privacy!  It had a pull out couch in the living room area where all 3 children slept(we only had 3 then) and we slept on one of the queens in the room, it had two queen beds, but the kids wanted to squish together. The hotel had a rectangle pool with a small diving board, a baby pool and a hot tub. We went in the pool once I think. We were so busy out and about we never really spent much time at the hotel other than eating breakfast or sleeping.


The Residence Inn by Marriott Anaheim Maingate has a GREAT hot buffet breakfast every morning from 6am-10am. It is filled with scrambled eggs, french toast, sausages, bacon, fresh fruits, pancakes, cereals, and a waffle maker area, juices, coffee and teas. All FREE and included in your stay. That saved us a ton of money for all 5 of us. Every morning we would go for breakfast around 7am and I’d grab a couple bananas and oranges to bring for the kids snack where ever we were going. Then we’d head out to catch the bus to Disneyland or drive to our fun planned adventure.


If you want a great kid friendly, nicely priced Disneyland family vacation hotel this is it!! For 7 nights it only cost us $1100. It was also only about 4-5 blocks to Disneyland Park and we walked the first day, but wouldn’t recommend that! After walking there, then walking allllll day, then walking back with 3 very tired and cranky kids, makes for sore feet and legs! We took the bus the other two days! lol it only cost for the bus was $3 per adult and $1 child. But oh so worth it as it took you right to your hotel and then right to the Disneyland gate.


The Marriott Maingate is also centrally located around some great restaurants and shopping areas! We walked to Bubba Gumps 2 times and the Cheese Cake Cafe twice. Both SO Yummy! Omg the Cheese Cake Cafe had HUGE ceilings and massive columns and fairly good prices. The food portions were huge, like I gained 10 pounds in one week huge!


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Even MORE Tips For The Best Disneyland Family Vacation


  • Always take the hotel bus/trolly to and from Disneyland.
  • Pick a hotel close to Disneyland with free breakfast, as this will save money.
  • Try bring snacks with you, the food at the park is expensive, also bring water bottles!
  • Bring a coloring book, DS or something to keep them entertained as the lines can get pretty long sometimes. This will save you tears and lots of “is it my turn yet?” in lines.
  • USE your Fastpass on the really popular lines! You get them free with entry, its your ticket. (If you dont know how to use them ask one of the park dudes walking around or at the ticket counter!) Saves you lots of time and whining and makes for a better Disneyland family vacation!
  • Wear really good runners or very comfy sandles…. not high heels or crappy sandles because there is hours and hours of walking.
  • Shop around at Disneyland and shops outside of Disneyland park, prices vary greatly! Don’t blow all your family vacation money on items. We allowed the kids to pick out one item worth $25, that was all they got the whole trip. So they shopped and compared prices at Disneyland.
  • Plan to do one section at a time…. Our first day we went all over the place totally unorganized which wasted so much time and made for WAY more walking! Pre-plan with the map.
  • TAKE Advantage of the Magic Morning ticket!! (Magic Morning admission allows admission into selected attractions to Disneyland Park before the park opens to the general public on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. Each Guest must have valid park ticket) This was so helpful and we got through a ton of rides before it got busy! We went as soon as the Magic Morning gate opened.
  • Take a stroller… For kids 4 and under, even a simple small umbrella stroller with a backpack or under storage area! The ones you can rent at the park kinda suck!
  • Disneyland is good for kids age 10 and under, but California Adventure Park was better for the 10+ age and all the kids liked it better than the actual Disneyland! There is little kid rides at California Adventure park too.
  • Make sure to at least go to the Disneyland Fireworks celebration one of your nights AND the World of Color one night. This made for great Disneyland family vacation memories!
  • World of Color Tip…. go super early and have someone save the spots for you, we thought we were getting there early enough but still way back and could hardly see, the kids couldn’t see much of anything. It’s standing the whole time so prepare for that. ITS Awesome though!
  • Book/Reserve a Disneyland Character breakfast!! Look online and book one a couple months before your trip! We went to Goofy’s Kitchen and the kids LOVED it! The characters came right to the table and signed the autograph books we bought them at the gift shop in Disneyland! So awesome!
  • Take hand sanitizer in your pack or purse because 10,000 people touch the same thing, and you don’t want your kids or you getting sick on your Disneyland family vacation! I’d use it after every ride!


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 For The Toddlers

Disneyland was designed for kids of all ages – and toddlers are no exception! There are many things that you can enjoy with your toddler – so many things in fact, that unless you will be staying for several days, you won’t have time to do them all.


Start with Toon Town. Here is where you will find your toddler’s favorite Disney Characters, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse. All of the Characters have homes in Toon Town, full of things that will amaze your toddler, and make them laugh.


Your toddler will definitely enjoy the Disneyland Railroad. This is a great way to get around the park, because there are stations in New Orleans Square, Toon Town, Tomorrowland, and on Main Street. This will amuse your toddler, and give you a chance to see some sights and rest a bit.


Its A Small World is very appropriate for toddlers. Music and colors will keep your child mesmerized while you enjoy a relaxing ride across the water. The Storybook Land Canal Boats is another good choice, as it will take you through the miniature villages that your child will be quite familiar with from their story books.


Rides that you and your toddler must not miss include all of the rides in Fantasyland, King Arthur’s Carousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the Circus Train, and the Mad Tea Party. Rides that are appropriate for youngsters, but that may cause a little fear are the rides that are dark. These include Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Alice in Wonderland, and Snow White’s Scary Adventure. Buzz Lightyear is a popular ride for all toddlers.


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There are other areas of the park that have attractions and rides that are appropriate for toddlers. Remember that Disneyland is a place for kids of all ages. Pay attention to the height and age requirements for each attraction, and avoid taking your toddler to rides that they will not be able to enjoy. This will only cause your child disappointment.


Stick to the areas where the toddler appropriate attractions are located as much as possible. As an adult, you realize that some rides are simply not safe for small people – but your small person will not comprehend this! Your Disneyland vacation should be enjoyable for everyone, and Disneyland has made sure that there is something for everyone at the park. It is up to you to keep your child happy, and to keep them interested in the rides and attractions that they are meant to enjoy.


Disneyland Baby Centers

Disneyland is a place for everyone, and at Disneyland, they have thought of everything –including the babies. The Disneyland Baby Center is located on Main Street, behind the Plaza Inn. This is not a babysitting service. Instead, it is a place where you can attend to your babies needs. There are several characters present in this area, and their purpose there is not only to amuse your baby, but also to help you attend to your baby’s needs. This area has rockers, where you can rock and breast feed your baby. No men are allowed in this room, but they are allowed in other rooms within the Baby Center. You can warm a bottle or a jar of food, and clean bottles as necessary. Baby changing tables are available, and the entire center is very clean and comfortable. There are even smaller toilets for children who are being potty trained.You can also purchase emergency baby supplies at the Baby Center. Diapers cost about a dollar each, and several different types of formula and baby food are kept in supply, although the selections are limited. This is Disneyland’s way of making sure that the needs of every guest – no matter how small they may be – are attended to.


Special Needs

I didn’t realize how accommodating Walt Disney World (and likely other theme parks) are for special needs. My nephew has some social anxiety, and my sister in law had heard that she could go to Guest Relations and mention his need, and got a pass that would help make it more manageable in some lines/rides. This goes for children with Autism, Downs Syndrome, ADD, etc. I thought that was wonderful. My mom also had a bum knee, and got to ride around in a wheelchair pushed by my dad. On many attractions, they (plus 6 guests respectively) got to join in the fast pass line, or often go to the front.


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There are characters all over all of the parks. I was shocked and amazed at all of the characters we saw (since we only saw Goofy in our one day of Disneyland a few years ago).  When I wasn’t sure how it would all work, I wanted to MAKE SURE that my girls met, got to chat, and photograph princesses, so I researched Character Meals. I knew they’d be a bit pricey, but I figured I’d just do one, just with my girls. I’ll go into more detail of that on the day we went, but I worried I also wouldn’t be able to book a character meal because everyone said they book so far in advance. They were pretty booked up, but I called 2 weeks before and got a time slot, then changed it another week before. They get last minute cancellations and changes a lot, even the day before. In my mind, moments (and pictures) with the princesses were priceless.



There are a million things to buy around Disney World, but were were there for the memories (and accompanying pictures taken). I told each of my kids that they could have $20 and find one thing all week that they could take home to enjoy. I didn’t tell them, but I was a bit flexible on that amount (went up to $34 for my son and a unique wand) but encouraged them to find something fun (not food) that would remind them of our trip. My girls got Micky Jewelry/princesses and my other son got a zipper pouch.



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Speaking of pictures, there are Disney photographers EVERYWHERE taking pictures with Disney Photopass system. As with many roller coasters snapping pictures of crazy faces, you can buy one image. But they also sell a package for $200 ($150 if you pre pay online before you go) that you can get EVERY SINGLE image taken by photographers, and that could be up to 200 pictures. I didn’t realize what this was til the last day, so we didn’t have photographers take our pictures, but if I were to do this again (even though I’m a photographer and I know how to use my fancy camera) I’d do this. A week of memories captured for $200 is pretty fabulous, in my opinion. Since I didn’t do that, I’d hand off my camera to my family members or strangers. I am passionate about moms getting out from behind the camera and IN pictures with their children.



Though I rarely take my almost 4 year old out in a stroller at home, I made sure we hauled it to Florida for this week. Not only does it help her when her little legs are tired, but it carried all of our bags and jackets all day long. I think I may just take a stroller even when she is 12. There are lots of stroller parking spots all over the park, people just leave their junk in the strollers and get on rides.


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Early Park Hours

Staying on Disney property granted us early admission to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Though some say to avoid the parks on early days because it will be more crowded, that first hour is GOLDEN time to get in the rides that you really want to ride first. No matter when the park opens get. there. early.


Fast Pass

This seemed to be quite the complicated system before I got to the park (only at Disney, Not Universal). Fast Passes allow you to not have to wait in long lines for your most favorite attractions. I found out ahead of time what was popular, and we planned to do those first or get a fast pass for them. The tricky part is that you can only have one fast pass at a time. So we’d get to a park and my brother and I would grab everyone’s park ticket (see above, also a credit card) and run to the ride that we knew we wanted to go on and grab a fast pass. One person (in our case two) can get fast passes for as many park tickets as you have in your hand. You then get a paper ticket that tells you what time to come back (between 10:30-11:30) as an hour window, and you get in the fast pass line instead of the longer line. That generally was a 20 minute line and GREAT! The trick is that you can’t get another fast pass ride until 10:31 (in the case above). So we’d go to our other favorite ride while waiting. The tough part is that by NOON, the fast pass times are so filled up that popular rides are having windows like 9-10pm and if you get that time slot, you pretty much can’t get any other ride time slots til after that. So you have to really plan and map out to go to your top 2-3 favorite rides first thing in the day, or have a long line later.



Waiting in line for the shuttle, riding the shuttle, unloading the shuttle, waiting in the park line to check backpacks, line to get in the gates, then lines for food and rides. Plan on it, then maybe it won’t annoy you so much. Walt Disney World is going to be busy with lines all year long. Maybe slightly better in off season,but it’s DISNEY WORLD, it’s going to be busy, period.


Make New Friends

I like to talk to strangers, I like to offer to take strangers pictures when I see a mom snapping a shot of her husband and kids at Disney World. I didn’t have to mention that I take lots of pictures and post them on my blog…they didn’t care, all they cared about was a family shot. Offer to do that for strangers. Ask questions, find out where people are from, what rides their kids liked. I found out lots of great information by just chatting with people in line near me.


There’s An App For That

If you have a smart phone, uploading Disney apps are really helpful. They have maps of the park, and estimated wait times on varying rides if you don’t have a fast pass. Sometimes we’d be across the park and see that a certain ride had a lower wait time, and run over there!  Mine is called My Disney Experience, but there are others as well.


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Sometimes people get cranky when tired or hungry. Kids are being dragged from here to there and everywhere, and adults are stressed at all of the dragging. Have expectations to have fun, but also expect some of the grumpiness that comes along with running ragged and be patient with everyone–including yourself!  I saw some cranky faces on parents, stern “talkin’ to’s” as well. Just have fun and relax, and make memories!



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How To Hire A Nanny

How To Hire A NannyHow To Hire A Nanny

Hiring a nanny is one of the best solutions. People may consider daycare instead of nanny. So which choice is better than another? Why would you choose to hire a nanny instead of using a daycare? Here are some questions you should ask yourself as well as what you should look for when choosing a nanny for your children.


In some parents’ eyes, daycare centers are less favorable than a nanny. Some parents feel the personal attention a nanny can give to their children is a valuable service many daycare centers are not capable of providing due to the number of children in their care. Another reason that families choose nannies is for the convenience of having the childcare available outside of standard daycare operating hours. A nanny will become an integral part of the family so choosing wisely is an important step to selecting the best nanny for your children.


What Do You Need To Consider?

1. Do you want a live-in nanny, day time nanny, full-time, part-time or on call? What is your budget? Will you want the nanny to clean the house, cook meals or transport your children to after school activities or play dates? What other responsibilities are you looking for in a nanny?

2. Will you allow smoking or visitors in your home during the care period? Do you care if the nanny speaks your native language or any other language? Au pairs are commonly younger women from foreign countries; is it important to you to have a caregiver from your locality?

3. What is the rate? Before you start looking for a nanny you should find out what the local rates are and determine if you can afford the care you are looking for. Perhaps making arrangements with another family to share a nanny will better suit your budget. If you choose to share a nanny you will also need to make a clear agreement with the other parents as to the responsibilities you both require.


Nannies can be found through agencies, personal references and by posting an ad in the newspaper. Wherever you go to find a nanny you will want to ask them for references (make certain that you are able to contact the references), a driver’s license or other ID, criminal check and child care experience or education depending on your personal requirements. Asking for a nanny with First Aid or CPR is also common.


Keep your eyes and ears open for red flags. Red flags may be gaps in employment, job hopping, not completing jobs or education, being let go from previous positions and frequent moves. Red flags are also physical signs like avoiding eye contact, being late for an interview, crossing arms or not interacting with your children.


You need to take the time to verify that the references your applicant provided are credible. Make phone calls and ask her previous employers about her performance. Were they satisfied with the services she provided? Were the children properly cared for? How did the children find their babysitter when she was taking care of them?


It is better for you to ask the agency about their background and work experience. Arrange to meet the candidates in person and don’t commit to a hiring until you’ve had the chance to interview them.


Where To Look When You’re In Need Of A Nanny


The decision regarding who’ll watch your children is one never to be gripped lightly. Finding the best nanny or sitter for your family entails a process that has to have both time and the criteria, but the time and effort you invest up front in taking proper steps in securing a nanny assists hire a nanny that will best fit the requirements of your family and give you peace of mind in the long run.


There are lots of avenues where a family found a nanny. There are very well established nanny referral people country, wide that will recruit, interview and screen candidates to realize consider. Agencies do way too much tedious work for you, but do so through a hefty fees. If you are planning to find a reputable grandma referral agency, the Another country Nanny Association (nanny. org) is actually a great resource.


Many families and nannies are turning to the internet, looking for “do it yourself” locomotives. Websites like Find peoples Nanny offer the families a pool of candidates strong to choose from. Find the correct Nanny is the only internet company founded by an organization expert, Sharon Graff-Radell. Sharon is not only currently the Vice President of the above International Nanny Association, but was consulting in the nanny agency marketplace for over 20 years.


Consider the next one steps for a productive search. First, you need to determine what kind of care critical. If you are are anxious for someone more than 30 hours a week you are thinking about full time care, in addition to a full time nanny. If you need less than 30 a matter of hours, but have set few weeks and times, then you are searching for a permanent part chance nanny. The last choice is babysitting. Babysitting is equally as important as the other options rather than necessarily permanent. Whatever the need, the importance of choosing the right caregiver is paramount.


After determining the level of childcare needed sit down and have a job description. The job description should include days of the week, hours, job responsibilities, accidental injury, as well as customer qualifications and experience. You will also describe your family dynamics, your children’s needs and individual personalities.


Find the Best Caretaker provides professional agency forms in every its registered users. Sitting in forms for reference analyzing, interview questions and employment contracts will ensure a safe hiring realization.


More than likely you decide to do initial screening of the candidates on the phone. The first interview is very important and will help narrowing down your pool of persons for second interviews. Have paper and pen ready and be prepared to take notes. Ask the nanny to share some information about their businesses. She may be barely shy at first, as a result ask open ended has to do with, be patient and look. When taking notes, besides write down what states, but also write down your thoughts during the interview.


This will help you to with your decision good-bye. Review with the candidate work description and needs. After everything has been discussed, if you need to move forward with concern applicant, ask her to function related references. Childcare references comprises, but are not necessarily limited to past nanny jobs, sitter or teaching positions, volunteer work in group settings (i. k. church or synagogue nurseries) or maybe a temporary or on-going baby-sitting jobs. It is also recommended that you speak with a character reference as well as non-childcare job references.


Keep your vision and ears open for warning flags. Red flags may become more gaps in employment, reason hopping, not completing jobs or education, being generate from previous positions as well as frequent moves. Red flags can also be physical signs like avoiding eye-to-eye contact, being late for a discussion, crossing arms or not getting together with your children.


After the first interview you need to call the references. You should call all the references to realize a clear picture of each candidate. If you are happy with the results of your conversations, call the prospect for a second appointment.


The second interview is the ideal chance to see how she endures your children. Watch and pay attention to how she plays in addition to your kids and how they pickup her. See if they get warm to her, if they appear calm around her. They may important signs. Most significantly, trust your parental norms of behavior. You will know how much caregiver fits in best with your family.


When you have finalized the interviewing process while you feel you have based on the best nanny for your family, make her an give incentives to. Write up a contract and get both parties sign bottom end draft.


Find the Best Grandma recommends that families form a background check on check if they hire. This can be produced through companies like SOME OF US Information Search. You also might contact your county police department and inquire about a police pay back and child abuse and most neglect screening.


Congratulations, you should have found a great health professional! In order to hold the relationship positive, check in often in addition to your nanny or sitter. Keeping the lines associated with communication open is the proper way to ensure a successful business relationship.


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Potty Training–The Easy Way

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Potty training your child could be a big challenge, especially if it is your firstborn. You may be a little nervous wondering if you are doing everything correctly to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Potty training is a natural part of a child’s development and can be made easier just by understanding factors that indicate your child is ready to begin learning the task.


One important thing to stay away from is thinking that potty training has to take place at a specific age. Children develop different skills at different ages and every child is unique. Therefore you can not expect your child to lean how to potty train at the same age your best friend’s child learned.


Instead be patient and understanding.

Trying to potty train a child before they are ready could results in many setbacks. If the child does not understand what is happening and why you are taking them into the bathroom they may become discouraged and even afraid of the bathroom. This could add to the length of time it takes your child to learn how to use the potty. Therefore, you need to wait until your child is old enough to understand just what using the potty means.


This would include things like knowing when your child is beginning to have better control over their bladder because they or staying dry more often. Also, when they show signs that they do not like having their pants wet or soiled then you can feel sure they are beginning to understand and its time to start potty training. They should also be coordinated enough to be able to pull their pants up and down.


After all, if they cannot perform this task it would be difficult to use the potty and may begin to discourage them. You can help in this area by providing clothing that is easier for the child to remove.


Children are very curious and love to watch what you do, by allowing them to observe you in the bathroom they will begin to understand and want to imitate this action. Have a potty chair ready for your child and explain to them what it is and how to use it. Keeping a light on in the bathroom can also help considering most light switches are too high for a child to reach. If they are spending too much time trying to get the light on then it may be too late to use the potty. One of the most important steps in potty training your child would be to never yell at them for accidents and always let them know you are proud of them.


When it comes to potty training, timing is everything. If you start when your child isn’t ready, it will just take longer. However, if you miss the right opportunity, your child may resist the process more when you try later on. So, just how do you know when to begin?


First of all – forget what your mom told you about having you potty trained by the time you were eighteen months old. She probably just had herself trained to sit you on the toilet at regular intervals, which is not the same as being fully potty trained.


It’s really best not to even think about potty training until your child is two. But, for most children, the right time will hit sometime between the ages of two and three.


When your child is ready to begin potty training, he will show an interest. He will begin to want to observe your toilet habits and will ask questions. Explain that big people go to the potty instead of using a diaper. Even if it makes you uncomfortable, let your child go to the bathroom with you and watch. If you have a son, make sure Daddy is taking him to the bathroom with him, too. Daddy will probably resist this, though I’m not really sure why, since public restrooms make public urination a regular occurrence for the average male! There are several good story books on the market about potty training that you can start reading to him your child at this stage, to help encourage an interest in going potty.


There are books geared specifically to boys and those geared to girls, which is helpful. (I’ve listed a few at the bottom of this page)


It is very important that you don’t make your baby feel self-conscious or fearful during potty training. It can be very difficult to potty train your baby so you have to be patient above all else.


Make sure your baby is ready for potty training. They need to be able to let you know when they need to potty and they need to be able, physically to use the facilities.


Use positive encouragement. Forcing them to sit on the potty until they go will only lead to setbacks in your baby’s potty training. If you force them, it will create negative thoughts about using the bathroom that may last a long time.


You may even cause your baby to withhold letting you know they need to potty.


If there is a lot going on in your life, such as vacations, marriages, divorces, etc., then it may be a bad time to start your baby’s potty training. Your routine should be as normal as possible while you take your baby through this process.


Don’t let anyone tell you that your baby’s potty training should take any specific amount of time. Every child is unique and while some may learn in three days, others may take as long as a year. Don’t stress on this point or force them to learn faster than they can. Take even small progress as a positive sign and show your baby how proud you are of them when they do well.


Accidents will happen. It’s normal.


Don’t make it out to be a big deal. Get them to help you clean up the mess and wait until next time to encourage them to use the potty. Overreacting to accidents will only lead to more accidents and again set back your baby’s progress.


Make sure you dress your baby in clothes that are easy to manage. They may wait until it’s almost too late to make it to the potty, then because of the clothes fail. Again, that can discourage them and set back your baby’s progress. Nude is the ultimate way to let your baby run around while potty training. If you are uncomfortable with that, then make sure they have as few snaps, zipper, bows, or buttons to deal with. Clothing that just pulls up or down is the easiest type of clothing to dress your baby in while potty training.


For the little girls, make sure they wear two piece bathing suits for swimming so they won’t have a harder time than little boys. Also, remember winter may not be the best time to potty train your baby. The need for extra clothing during winter will hamper your baby’s efforts to use the potty.


Bed-wetting, or enuresis is not solved through potty training and is a separate issue altogether. Don’t expect that as you complete potty training that bedwetting will also stop at the same time. Many children don’t stop wetting the bed until they are 4 years old. Babies under 3 don’t have the bladder control to stop this yet. Children that are sleeping don’t have the mental capacity to know they need to wake up, go to the bathroom, and use the toilet.


Keep your baby’s fears about potty training in mind. The loud flush of the toilet in a confined space might be frightening to your baby. If they slip and their bottom touches the water in the toilet, they can be traumatized to the point that you will have to stop potty training for awhile. Seeing something come out of them and then flushing down the toilet can even scare them. Remember their fears are real and their minds don’t quite comprehend what is happening to them.


Another thing to consider is, your baby may not want to change certain things. They may feel secure in diapers. The fact that you have been changing their diaper and taking care of them may have them comfortable with that process and may make it difficult for them to begin taking care of themselves.


This loss of intimacy is frightful to your baby. Your child may not become independent so easily. This is also normal. Make sure in the beginning that you spend time with them to be close and intimate with them after potty time so they don’t miss the time you spent with them when they were wearing diapers and you took care of them.


Another good sign that your child is ready for potty training is his ability to pull his pants up and down by himself. If your child has mastered this step of dressing, potty training will go much more smoothly.


Another important physical sign of potty training readiness is the frequency with which your child urinates. If he is still wetting his diaper every half and hour or so, he is not ready. But, if he’s going one to two hours between wet diapers, then he is able to hold his urine, which is critical to being truly potty trained, at any age.


If you think your child is ready for potty training, check out my article in “Mommy to Mommy – the Truth About Taking Care Of Baby”, where I outline some potty training strategies designed to make this developmental hurdle as painless as possible, for you and the little one.


Have you tried potty training your child and it just isn’t going well? Some children fight every potty training attempt you will make, while other children are interested in potty training. You as a parent will be able to tell when your child is ready to start potty training. Two or three years of age is the average age for your child to start the potty training process. Here are some simple methods to help make it easier on both you and your child.


1. Start practicing using the toilet around the age of two. Go out and purchase a small potty chair or a potty seat that fits over the regular sized toilet. If you are potty training a boy make it has a shield in front so they do not make a mess. Bring the potty chair into the room that your child spends most of their time in on a day or weekend when you have some free time. Let your child run around in just a shirt with their diaper off. If this nudity bothers you then have your son or daughter wear underwear. If you have them in a diaper they will never get the idea that when they urinate it will run down their legs and make a mess.


2. Clear your schedule before starting to potty train your child. Pick a time when you know that you and your family’s routine it least likely to be disturbed with vacations, guests, moving to a new house and so on. Long holiday weekends are a great time to start potty training your little one.


3. Decide what words you will use to describe body parts, urine and bowel movements. Try not to use words like “dirty”, “stinky,” or “naughty”. Using these negative terms can make your child feel self-conscience and ashamed. Talk about urination and bowel movements in a simple, matter-of-fact way.


4. Use your child’s favorite action figure or doll on a pretend potty, explaining “the baby is going pee in the potty.” Put diapers on their favorite stuffed bear and then eventually graduate the bear to underwear.


5. Discuss with your child the advantages of being potty trained. Talk to them about not having diaper rashes anymore, not having to take time away from playing to have their diaper changed and the wonderful feeling of being clean and dry. Help them understand that potty training is an important stage of growing up.


6. Use books and videos to help your child understand the process of potty training and see other children learning to use the potty. There are lots of books and videos available online or in your local bookstore. Let your child look at their favorite book while sitting on the potty to help the minutes pass by.


7. Get out your calendar and declare a potty day. This is the day that your child would like to start potty training. Use a bright color and circle that date. Keep reminding them that “potty day” is almost here.


8. Does your son or daughter like to unroll the toilet paper? Try squashing the roll so that the cardboard roll inside is no longer round. This way, it will not unroll as quickly. Also, little ones who are potty training will not get too much paper per pull on the roll.


Usually it takes several practice sessions for a child to understand what they are supposed to be doing and be totally potty trained. Just remember to keep trying, your child will eventually understand and be successful.


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Internet Safety For Kids

Internet Safety For Kids:  How & Why Parents Should Learn About the Internet internet safetyProtecting Your Kids On The Internet

We hear of online predators all the time. You hear about things you can do to protect your children. Have you done them? We have two children that use the internet every day. Below are some of the rules we use that can help you make sure the internet is a safe place for your own children.


Make sure an adult approves adding an email address. Don’t allow your kids to send emails to people they don’t know, or subscribe to emails on websites. This can send junk mail to your children’s email box. Junk mail can contain information you do not want your children reading, as well as links to websites.


Keep the computer in a visible place in your house. If your children are surfing in private, you don’t know what they are viewing. It’s so easy to find bad stuff on the internet. Make sure you can see what your kids are visiting.


Go in after your child has gone to bed and check the internet history to see what websites they have visited. If you feel like they have been sending inappropriate emails, you can check their email also. You can see what they have sent and what they have deleted.


Provide a list of favorites for the websites they are allowed to visit. If they have heard about a new website, check it out first to make sure it is kid friendly. Don’t allow them to search through Google or another search engine. Making sure they stick to the approved list increases the odds that their internet viewing will be safe.


Following a few suggestions can help ensure that your children are safe when online. Our children live in a different world from the one we grew up in. Make sure they are safe.

If you are you the parent of a child who uses the internet or the parent of a child who will start using the internet soon, you should know that the internet is a great way to stay up-to-date on the news, do research for school projects, and communicate with friends, but it can also be very dangerous.  As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure that your child stays safe online.  Unfortunately, for this to happen you must know your way around a computer and the internet.  Do you?


A child should never know more than a parent does about the internet.  At the very least, you should know about the same.  If you are looking to block adult websites or websites that have offensive language, it will not do you any good if your teenager knows ways to get around the parental controls that you set.  That is why it is important that you know how to use a computer and the internet or learn if you don’t know.


Another reason why you should be well educated on the internet and computer use is because you are better able to fully understand the dangers of them.  You may hear that an internet predator approached or kidnapped a child on the news, but you may automatically assume that it will not happen to your child.  Unfortunately, until you understand how the internet works, you really have no idea.  Does your child use internet chat rooms or social networking websites?  If so, do you know how easy the internet makes it for someone to create a whole new, fake identity?


A good understanding of computer and internet use can better enable you to protect your child.  Do you know that Internet Explorer, the browser that comes standard, has a free parental control option that just needs to be activated?  A few easy steps and you can have certain websites blocked from your child.  Unfortunately, you won’t know this if you don’t know all that you can know about the computer or the internet.  Speaking of the internet, additional online safety tools for parents can be purchased online as well.


Now that you know the importance of staying in the know about the internet and a computer in general, you may be curious as to how you can go about doing so.  The good news is that there are a number of ways that you can learn all that you need to know about computer and internet use.  A few of these ways are outlined below for your convenience.


Teaching yourself is an easy way to learn about the internet and computer use.  In fact, what better way is there than to just jump on the computer and see what you can find.  For starters, examine your computer or your internet browser for free internet safety tools for parents. You may also want to visit some of the websites that your child visits, just to see what they are subjecting themselves to.  Visit their online profile for MySpace, Facebook, or another social networking website.  Does it make you uneasy?  Are the discussions taking place in your child’s favorite chat room too adult?


You can also ask a trusted friend or relative for help.  Do not ask your child or teenager for help though.  If they know that you want to set up parental controls or keep tabs on their internet use, they may withhold important information from you.  Instead, invite a trusted friend or relative over for coffee and lunch and let them show you the ins and outs of the internet.  All you really need is a couple of hours.


You can also take an internet or computer education course. These courses are sometimes offered for free or for an affordable fee by local community groups, colleges, or vocational training centers.  In fact, see if your child’s school offers anything.  Some schools host informational seminars for parents on internet safety about once a year.


Should You Let Your Child Post Pictures and Videos Online?


Are you the parent of a child or a teenager who uses the internet, namely social networking websites like MySpace?  If you are, your child may be interested in posting pictures or videos of themselves online, if they haven’t already done so. Should you let them?


When it comes to determining if you should let your child post personal pictures and videos of themselves online, you, as the parent, should have the final say.  With that said, it is first important to examine the pros and cons of letting your child post these items online.  Pictures and videos are common on social networking websites, like MySpace and Facebook.


In all honesty, the only true pro or plus side to letting your child post videos or pictures of themselves online is because it is what your child wants to do.  Letting them post their pictures and videos online will likely make your child happy.  They can easily share videos and pictures with friends, as opposed to actually bringing them to school.


As much as your child or teenager may want to post personal pictures or videos of themselves online, it is also important to know that there are many cons or downsides to doing so.  One of those is the wrong impression.  Say you have a teenager daughter who posts a picture of herself wearing a low-cut shirt online.  Even though no cleavage is showing, the picture can create the wrong impression.  Sexual online predators may think she is welcoming attention, and so forth.  You and your child need to know that not everyone interprets things the same way.


Speaking of the wrong impression, it is important to know that pictures and videos can easily fall into the wrong hands online.  If your child is using a social networking website, like MySpace, is their profile set to private?  If not, anyone with their own account can view their private and personal pictures and videos.  Your child may be interested posting pictures and videos to share with their friends, but that doesn’t meant that others can’t see them.  Unfortunately, those others can have impure intentions.

Another con or downside to letting your child post personal pictures and videos of themselves online is that they are easy to copy.  Yes, a picture or a video can be taken down, but did you know that it may already be too late?  People can easily copy and repost or copy and save videos and pictures that are posted online for whatever reason, including their own personal pleasure.


As you can see, there are a number of pros and cons to letting your child post pictures and videos of themselves online, namely on social networking websites.  As the parent, the decision is yours to make, but be sure to use your best judgment.  When it doubt, the best answer may be no.


If you do decide to let your child or teenager post personal pictures and videos of themselves online or if you already think that they do, be sure to check them.  Ask to see the photos yourself.  Make sure that your child is well covered in any photographs that they post.  As for videos, make sure they aren’t doing anything illegal, like stealing, or showing anything suggestive, even if it is simply meant as an inside joke among friends.

What to Do When Your Child Will Not Follow Your Rules

When it comes to internet safety rules that you have set in place, it is important that your child follows them.  Why?  Because their health and safety is, literally, at risk.  Not following your internet safety rules should be treated differently than a child who doesn’t clean their room.  The situation is much more serious.  If your child doesn’t follow the rules that you have set concerning internet use, they may unintentionally find themselves a target of a child predator.


What you will want to do is re-talk to your child.  Be sure that they are clear on your rules.  For example, if your child is allowed to use social networking websites, what are they not allowed to have posted on their profile?  Do you not want them to have personal information or personal pictures or videos shown?  Restate all rules that you have for your child and instruct them to start following them right away.


If your child still isn’t following your internet safety rules all of the way, you will want to give them one final warning.  Let them know that there are serious consequences to their actions.  However, there is one important exception to this step.  If you suspect that your child is communicating with strangers online, like those who may be sexual predators, bypass the final warnings, as your child may already be in over their head.


As for what steps you should take next, you can ban your child from using the internet.  This is the strictest form of punishment and likely the one that will send the clearest message.  If your child must use the internet for school, like for a school research project, only let them do so when you are sitting right next to them.  You can also make them do their research at their local library.  This is a great way to make your child understand the importance and consequences of not following rules.


Another approach that you can take is to block the websites that you want to keep your child away from.  For example, if you asked your child or teenager not to post personal pictures or videos of themselves online, but they still continue to do so, block the social networking websites that they use.  If you have Internet Explorer, this is easy to do.  First, open a new internet window.  Then, from the drop-down menu select “Tools,” and then “Internet Options,” and then click on the “Content Tab.”  Finally, under the heading of “Approved Sites,” you can also enter in the websites you want blocked.


You may also want to let your child use the computer when you are home or in the room.  If they have their own computer, make them relocate it into a well traveled area, such as your living room.  Speaking of which, if your child uses a family computer, you should always make sure that it is in an area where you can easily see what your child is doing online.  This is a nice approach, as your child is still able to use the internet, but you are able to keep a close eye on them, making sure that they are following your rules.


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It is so important to teach your kids responsibility, but many parents fail in this area. I watch parents that will not allow their children to do anything because they don’t want to deal with the mess, they feel their child will fail, or they don’t want to take the time. Yet, a responsible child needs these skills to be successful in school and to build a strong sense of self.



There are many things you can do to teach your child responsibility. This is an important part of parenting. We will briefly discuss a few ideas.



Give your child chores or things around the house that they must do. Start a small child out by having them make their bed and put their toys away. Give older children jobs that must be done every day, or every week. Giving them work to do around the house helps them belong more to the family and the home.



Find a pet that your child would like and help them learn to care for it. This teaches them to be responsible for another living thing. There are many different choices in pets and many pet stores will help you make that decision.



Make your child be responsible for the consequences of their actions. Allow them to make choices for themselves. Understanding that there are rewards and punishments for their actions helps to develop social skills they need.



As our children grow, we can continue to provide opportunities where our children can learn and develop. Teaching responsibility now will help them make correct choices later in life. This is such an important skill to learn, and one that is easy to teach if we take the time.


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What Do You Do When Your Child Cries?

What Do You Do When Your Child Cries?

All normal babies cry to communicate with others. Since they can’t express their feelings in words crying is the only way for communication. Crying is a physiological process in the life of a baby. If any uncomfortable feeling comes they simply cry.


Normally babies cry in situations like hunger, wetting, too hot or cold, tight clothes, pain etc. Some kids need the presence of somebody otherwise will cry simply. Crying without any cause is habitual in some babies.


Even though crying is considered as normal it may worry the family members. Since the reasons for crying ranges from simple causes to serious causes it should not be ignored and hence exact cause has to be identified and managed accordingly.


The following are some points which should be considered while dealing with a crying baby.


1. It is dangerous to shake the baby vigorously.

2. Tight clothes can cause irritation hence it should be removed.

3. If the room is hot put the fan and open the windows.

4. If the nappy is wet remove it and after cleaning the parts make it dry with a soft towel.

5. Pat their back or stroke their head slowly and let her here your soothing sound.

6. Give them breast milk and make them quiet.

7. If the climate is too cold cover them in soft towel.

8. Rock them gently in your arms and walk slowly in the room.

9. Take a music making doll and let them listen.

10. Try a pacifier to offer help for thumb sucking.

11. If no response change her position.

12. Walk with them outdoors.

13. Put them on the cradle and rock gently.

14. If no response ask somebody to carry the baby.


Even after all these steps the baby continues to cry check for the following signs.

(The probable cause is given after every sign)


1. Press their abdomen gently, she may twist or resist you.  (Cause-Colic)

2. Pull their ear gently she may become worse or push your hands away (Cause-Earache)

3. Feel their temperature with the back of your hands (Cause-Fever due to any infection)

4. Examine the skin from head to foot (Cause-Eruptive disease, rash, measles, vesicles, allergy etc.)

5. Check the nose for any discharge (Cause-Coryza)

6. Move the head gently to feel any neck stiffness (Cause-Meningitis, head injury etc.)

7. Keep your ear near their chest to hear any rattling sound (Indicating increased mucus in wind pipes)  (Cause-pneumonia, bronchiolitis, asthamatic bronchitis etc.)

8. Examine the anal orifice (Cause-Anal erosion, rectal polyp, crawling of worms)

9. Examine the genitalia (Cause-Any discharge or erosion)

10. In male baby see the testicles which may be swollen or tender (Cause- Orchitis, torsion of testes)

11. You should also notice the body movements and see for any convulsions, rigors, vomiting, cough, labored breathing etc.


If you see the above signs or any other abnormal signs consult your doctor for proper treatment.


Letting Your Baby ‘Cry It Out’ Doesn’t Make You a Bad Parent

Babies cry. It’s a fact. Next to pooping and sleeping, it’s what they do best.


Why they cry can be anyone’s guess. They could be wet, hungry, tired, scared, confused, sick, or just need some attention. They can’t talk yet, so crying is the closest thing to a language they have.

For the most part, it works. You hear your baby cry, you quickly try to figure out what’s wrong and rectify the problem. Crying baby = bad. That’s what we’re instinctively taught.



But at what point do we stop listening to our instincts? When babies cry all night long unless you’re holding them, should you be comforting them or do you need to give them some tough love?



When our oldest child was a baby, he was a terrible sleeper. We’d put him in his crib and maybe he’d last an hour. Things got so bad at one point that he literally woke up every 45 minutes. That’s just not healthy for anyone.



The baby would be tired and cranky. We would be beyond exhausted the next day, which doesn’t do us or the baby any good. I’d be so wiped out as I headed off to work that I would pass out under my desk when the boss wasn’t around.


No, something had to be done. We started discussing the Ferber Method, we knew it was time to give it a shot. Ferberizing involves putting your baby down for the night and letting him “cry it out.” It’s done slowly over a few nights.


I still remember that first night of just letting him wail for five minutes in his crib as we sat on the living room couch staring at each other. Believe it or not, five minutes is an excruciatingly long time when you’re listening to your child scream bloody murder.


As soon as the clock hit five minutes, one of us would BOLT down the hall to pick him up, comfort him, and put him back in the crib. Then we’d wait 10 minutes and repeat, adding five minutes on to each round. I think we got up to 30 minutes that first night before he finally fell asleep for good that night. It was certainly a long night.


The second night was slightly easier. It was still painful to sit there listening to him cry, but by the third and fourth night, we saw a massive improvement. He’d still cry but only for about five or ten minutes and then fall asleep. We were shocked. It actually worked.


Now it wasn’t a perfect science and he didn’t magically just sleep through the night from that moment on. But going from waking up every 45 minutes to falling asleep in 10 minutes and sleeping for a few hours at a time was a big win in our book!


Ferberizing truly taught us the phrase, “This will hurt me more than it will hurt you.” It was extremely hard to do — you need incredible patience and a strong will not to run into your baby’s room the second he or she starts crying.


It may sound completely cruel on the surface. Your baby’s crying and you’re just ignoring him? He may think you’ve completely abandoned him, the poor thing. He could be terrified! Yeah, all that ran through our minds too. But we realized that letting your baby cry it out does not make you a bad parent.


If you run to your kids every single time they start crying and simply comfort them, how are they ever going to learn how to soothe themselves? Sure, every kid is different and will learn this on their own at their own pace. So it’s up to you whether you want to try the cry it out method or not.


All I know is that when this kid becomes a teenager who sleeps until noon every weekend, I cannot wait to wake him up at 7 a.m. just for kicks.



Why Do Kids Cry More On Days You’re Exhausted

I’ve noticed that kids seemed to be extra rambunctious on those days when I was feeling lousy. On the days that I have a bad headache, the kids were way more apt to be climbing the walls (and me). The more I needed them to be quiet, the louder they get. They were picking up on my distraction and found it scary; they were trying to drag my attention back.


Those of you who have kids have likely noticed the same thing. You come home from work dragging and everyone seems whinier. Or you wake up with that sore throat that’s going around and that’s the day your toddler decides that every little thing frustrates her and she can’t manage without your help.


And I don’t know about you, but my children are psychic and can sense when I get on the phone to have a nice long chat with a friend. Nothing brings them underfoot faster, right?


It’s not your imagination; your children are trying to reestablish the balance that feels safe to them. They want your eyes back on them. For children who have experienced loss or trauma, these reactions might be stepped up.


Teens do this, too, sometimes on a much larger scale. The teen years aren’t just about hormonal upheaval. Families have developmental stages just like individuals do and the developmental stage of preparing children to move up and away is hard on the system. Everyone is doing that weaning dance — stepping towards each other, stepping away — and sometimes the steps aren’t in sync. Parents may embrace the relative freedom of having a teen a little too forcefully, relaxing the rules and the supervision too much or too fast. Teens react by revving up unsafe behavior both because they can and because they may be unconsciously asking the parents to come close again.


When you recognize that your children are working to bring back balance and aren’t just trying to drive you crazy, you can figure out ways to do that while still taking care of yourself. On the days you need some quiet, you may find that if you can give some concentrated time to your child that she’ll be more willing to let you pull away later. Same goes for a teen that appears to want more of you. Building in some focused family time may help reassure them that you’re not expecting them to leave the nest just quite yet.



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Teaching A Child To Walk

Teaching A Child To Walk

The best mode of teaching a child to walk, is to let it teach itself, and this it will do readily enough. It will first crawl about: this exercises every muscle in the body, does not fatigue the child, throws no weight upon the bones, but imparts vigor and strength, and is thus highly useful. After a while, having the power, it will wish to do more: it will endeavor to lift itself upon its feet by the aid of a chair, and though it may fail again and again in its attempts, it will still persevere until it accomplish it. By this it learns, first, to raise itself from the floor; and secondly, to stand, but not without keeping hold of the object on which it has seized. Next it will balance itself without holding, and will proudly and laughingly show that it can stand alone. Fearful, however, as yet of moving its limbs without support, it will seize a chair or anything else near it, when it will dare to advance as far as the limits of its support will permit. This little adventure will be repeated day after day with increased exultation; when, after numerous trials, he will feel confident of his power to balance himself, and he will run alone. Now time is required for this gradual self-teaching, during which the muscles and bones become strengthened; and when at last called upon to sustain the weight of the body, are fully capable of doing so.


When Can A Baby Walk?


Babies learn to walk at different speeds and accomplish it at different ages. Walking is not only an important developmental milestone, but also a convenience, so many parents are eager to know when their babies can learn to walk and how they (the parents) can help teach them. Babies are different when it comes to walking.



Most babies take their first steps between the age of 9 and 12 months, and are walking confidently by 14 or 15 months. There are many factors at play here:

  • Age and developmental stage. When I say that most babies take their first steps at 9-12 months, that’s adjusted age. As many twins are born as preemies, they can take a bit longer.
  • Coordination and physical strength are both required, and generally obtained with practice crawling and pulling up on things.
  • Environment. The household, the day-to-day activities, and the presence of siblings can all influence how soon babies learn to walk.
  • Genetics and personality. The latter was an important factor for our youngest; he’s a happier child and was simply content to stay where he was. He finally began to learn when his older brother was walking and out-raced him to every desirable toy.


How Do You Teach Your Baby to Walk?

Practicing pulling up on things

First it was just a matter of teaching him to pull up on the edge of tables, couches, chairs, or other steady objects. This builds both leg strength and confidence. Eventually they learn to start cruising along these things while holding on. Don’t forget to make sure your home is baby-proof.


Walking with both hands supported

Sometimes I’ll hold both of his arms and encourage him to walk, but that doesn’t always work. He’s just not always into it. When he’s holding onto a wheeled cart or the Vtech baby walker, however, he just loves it. He’ll walk around as long as we’re willing to keep turning the walker around, until his little legs poop out.


Walking sideways

Set up a narrow lane for them to walk through (like between the couch and the coffee table), so that he can only move sideways. It’s good practice, but getting them to go along with this scheme isn’t always easy. It works best if you put some of their favorite blocks or snack at the far end to lure him along.


Taking steps unsupported

This is the critical exercise that teaches a toddler to walk. The parents sit or crouch a couple of steps apart, and take turns encouraging them to walk to each other. As they gain confidence, you move a couple steps back. But it’s important never to back away while he’s walking to you. If he expects you to catch him in two steps, don’t let him down.


Push toys that don’t offer support

Once your child has mastered walking independently, he will still needed lots of practice. Encouraged them by giving a toy such as a Fisher Price Corn Popper. It’s colorful and noisy and is sure to keep them entertained.


Final Thoughts: Walking is Over-rated

Unless your baby’s development is way behind the curve, don’t rush this! Every milestone achieved is one less to look forward to, and walking is a big one. At the very least, make sure you have the video camera ready!


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Tips For Foolproof Baby-proofing

Tips For Foolproof Baby-proofing

If you stop to count up all the possible dangers in a home it can start to feel impossible to keep a mobile baby safe. Baby-proofing is not a one-time process that removes every possible hazard. It’s a continual battle, a war of attrition as babies discover new dangerous and/or forbidden things in your house as fast as you can remove them. Baby-proofing is something we can all be concerned about, but it doesn’t need to be a total lock down of the house.  I believe that we all need to be careful, but not  so strict with proofing that the child does not have the freedom to move about the house. Children love to learn and explore–Encourage it! If you keep reading, this article is full of tips for foolproof baby-proofing.


Here are a few things I’ve learned about baby-proofing that you can apply in your home no matter what your budget is.


You Do Not Need To Rush Out And Spend Loads Of Money On Baby Proofing Items At Birth

I recommend baby-proofing as the child grows up.  You will see what needs to be addressed and when.  Sure, the outlets can get covers as electricity is a hazard, but when it comes to door knob covers or even gates, you can wait to install them until your child gets mobile.



There Is No Need To Put Everything You Love Into Storage

Teach your child what can be played with and what can not. Okay, it takes some watching to do it this way, but it also teaches your child to respect belongings, which is helpful when you are visitors at someone’s home.



Baby-proofing the Nursery

Let’s start in the nursery, a room where your little ones will spend much of their time. Hazards in and around the crib should be the top priority. You’ll want to address:

  • Loose items in the crib. The American Academy of Pediatrics takes a strong position on this one. The baby should be the only thing in the crib. Swaddling is fine, but no loose blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, crib bumpers, or anything that could prevent air flow.


  • Anything they can reach from the crib. Even before they can crawl, babies are able to scoot around in the crib. They can and will grab anything outside the crib that they can reach. Watch for loose curtains, mini-blind cords, electrical cords, and choking hazards. Secure any heavy objects that might tip over and fall into the crib.


  • Climate control hazards. Maintaining a comfortable ambient temperature in the nursery is an excellent idea, but use extra caution with things that heat or cool the air. Point fans, vents, and especially space heaters away from the crib. Even from across the room, a space heater directed right at a crib will turn it into an oven.


Electrical Hazards

We live in a world ruled by electricity, which creates all kinds of potential dangers for babies. I’m sure you already bought outlet covers, but that’s just a starting point. Unused outlets are easy to cover up. What about things that must remain plugged in? Luckily, there are outlet plug covers like the one from Kidco (pictured at bottom of article) that secure plugs and keep outlets safely covered up. See how the cord wraps around on the inside to prevent the plug from being pulled out?


While we’re at it, watch for dangling cords of any kind that could present a strangulation hazard: Mini-blind cords, curtain tie-backs, and too-long electrical cords. Rubber bands, twisty-ties, and tape can be used to secure these tightly out of reach.



Power Strip Safety Cover

Power strips and surge protectors are common in the household these days. They accommodate the power needs of all of your entertainment devices (TV, DVD player, DVR, etc.) and theoretically protect them from electric surges. Usually they’re crammed with an octopus of cords and a glowing orange or red light on the power button. A lot of things to catch your baby’s attention. A power strip safety cover is advisable if your power strip is less than 4 feet off the ground.


It works both ways, too: your electronics might need protection from your baby. No one wants to see the DVR unplugged in the middle of recording your favorite show!


Choking Hazards Require Constant Vigilance

A milestone in a baby’s development is the ability to pick something up and put it in his or her mouth. This will quickly become a favorite activity. Combine that with crawling and pulling up, and suddenly a world of small objects in your house are now choking hazards. Things that kids try to eat include:

  • Small metal objects, like coins, keys, and screws from baby furniture. It might have been on the floor two seconds or five years. They’ll find it. It’s not just on the floor, either. Under couches, on coffee tables, in drawers that aren’t locked.
  • Toys for older kids: marbles, Barbie brushes, Legos, etc. These require constant sweeps, because usually there’s an older sibling always scattering them about.
  • Fallen food, especially popcorn, grapes, berries, seeds, and nuts. They’ll be able to eat these things eventually, but not now. They’re worrisome because your little ones see you eating them, and know that they’re food.


Walk-through Baby Gate

Your home has many physical dangers for babies, especially those crawling, pulling up, or walking. Even rolling over can be a dangerous new talent for your baby when practiced on the diaper changer or another place off the ground.


Stairs are a particular danger. Most parents know this, and take some steps to block access to these areas. That said, if the gate isn’t correctly installed/latched/positioned, your little ones will get around it. For this reason I highly recommend investing in good baby gates. I like Summer Infant’s walk-through baby gates pictured at the bottom of this article because they’re pressure-mounted (so you don’t have to screw them into a wall) but include a gate that you can walk through.


There is endless additional baby proofing that you can do to help prevent physical injuries, such as:

  • Padding the edges and corners of tables, fireplaces, steps, and other things with sharp edges.
  • Always using the safety belt/restraint in strollers, high chairs, Bumbo seats, diaper changers, and other places from which a baby could fall.
  • Installing child-safe locks on drawers, cabinets, and doors, especially if they open to cleaning supplies, sharp objects, or outside.
  • Reducing access to hard-to-baby proof rooms such as bathrooms (by keeping the door closed).



Do Not Feel The Need To Put A Lock On Every Cabinet Door

Move anything that shouldn’t be played with by a child (glass, etc) into a different cabinet and place the plastic down low so he/she can play without fear of being disciplined.


Baby-proofing doesn’t have to be hard, just effective.  It also doesn’t need to be done before the baby is born – you have time.  Proof things as the baby grows, it relieves the pressure of proofing and also allows your child to learn and grow. No baby proofing is ever enough.


Drawer & Cabinet Latches

Sure, letting kids play with utensils and pots and pans is technically harmless, but one does get tired of constantly washing those things. Especially when there’s a toy box or storage ottoman with perfectly good toys just 10 feet away. Consider installing long-reach Safety 1st Cabinet Latches. Do yourself a favor and get the long-reach drawer/cabinet latches. Otherwise, they’re very hard to install properly and with a short reach, you almost need one of your toddler’s little fingers to pop the latch open anyway. Which reminds me of a key rule for using drawer and cabinet latches: never let your little ones see how you open them. If they manage to figure it out (monkey see, monkey do, right?) then no cabinet is safe.


Gated Access

The first thing to do to instill a bit of control on your day is gate off the stairs, so that the kids have to stay on the same level. Plus, it reduces the chances that they’ll tumble down the stairs. The Regalo walk-through gates are my favorite because  they are pressured (don’t have to be drilled/screwed into the wall) but allow you to lift and swing open the gate to walk through. What a lifesaver!


True, when you’re on one side of the gate and the kids are on the other (sometimes gripping the bars and crying at you), it does tend to make you feel like a bit of a prison master. But I remind yourself that it’s for safety and containment, not punishment.



Claim the High Ground

There was a time when the kids are crawling (not walking) that nearly anything above ground level was safe.  As they grow, that’s no longer the case, as they’re capable of standing up and reaching on top of things. So you must establish which surfaces are within their reach, and which are still too high. Everything that’s unsafe, fragile, or valuable gets moved to the high ground. Make constant sweeps to recover errant cell phones, important papers, and other items that need to be kept out of reach.


Safety Trial & Error

If your little one just started pulling up on things and/or walking, there are some common-sense steps to take to make things a bit safer around the house:

  • Top-heavy or tipp-able furniture. They’ll be pulling up on anything within reach. End tables, stools, and other tipp-able furniture should be removed or secured. In a pinch, you can sometimes gate these off to prevent your toddlers from reaching them.
  • Hard or sharp edges. Even a sharp corner of a wall is dangerous to a bumbling toddler. Table corners are another concern because they’re often at a toddler’s head level. Low edges, such as the edge of a brick hearth or a single-step room transition, are also dangerous because toddlers can fall onto them.
  • Cords, cables, and electrical hazards. Toddlers start reaching on top of and behind things to get at electrical cords and outlets. Devote a couple of “nap times” to securing cords with twisty-ties or rubber bands. And need I remind you about the dangers of mini blind cords? Get those things up and away from the floor.


I wish I could tell you that parents of toddlers develop a sixth sense for safety concerns and can spot all of them in advance. Sadly, this isn’t so. Toddlers are as unpredictable as the wind. The only way to know for certain that you’ve baby proofed enough is to let them loose and keep a sharp eye out.


Anyone who has had the distinct pleasure of living with a toddler knows that they are both fast and endlessly creative; turn your back on a 15-month-old and they are either sticking their fingers in an electrical outlet, fiddling with the stove knobs or trying to climb onto a dangerously tall dresser.


The logistics of having to be ever-watchful is hard to understand. Do you never shower? Never allow your child to be in a different room? And who the heck has kids that actually listen and don’t touch?


Baby proofing shouldn’t replace active and engaged parenting, shouldn’t replace teaching of good judgment and safety and about how humans can’t actually fly.


Hopefully these tips will help you keep your kids safe in the potentially-hazardous world that is your home.


Kids are Individuals

The point of all of this is that children are individuals. If your child is curious about what is behind cabinet doors, you might want to put locks on them (even if the things inside are child-safe… it might be annoying to constantly have to re-wash and put away everything in your kitchen). If your child likes shiny colorful objects, you might have to move them to higher ground so that they’re out of reach (OR come to terms with allowing your child to handle them).


Don’t Be Stupid

When you’re deciding what to baby-proof in your house, and what to house-proof in your child, a good line to draw is the degree of injury that’s possible. Electrocution can kill a kid, right? So baby-proof the hell out of your outlets. Toilet paper costs a couple bucks a roll and never killed anyone? House-proof that kid. Your paper shredder should absolutely have safety mechanisms on it. Basically? Don’t be stupid.


Electrical Outlets

Electricity is powerful stuff, man. Heard of the electric chair? Zapppp, dead. This isn’t a place to take chances. Go around the perimeter of every room in your house (and be sure to get down on a low level, because sometimes there are less-obvious ones you might miss – like the one under our breakfast bar), and cover those electrical outlets. If you don’t have the budget to spring for anything fancy… just get the cheapy plug-in outlet covers you can buy in a package of a billion for a dollar.



There are fancier ones that will make it easier on your fingernails when you want to plug something in, with special release buttons, or self-closing self-opening outlets that magically know if the thing poking it is a real plug or if it’s a kid with a paper clip… I don’t know anything about those. I just have the cheaper ones and they work fine.


If you need to cover an outlet that has something plugged into it, there are covers designed to fit OVER the plug, snapping around the entire thing with a hole for the cord to come out of… we have one. It requires 2 hands and some curse words for me to get the cover off, so I think it works really well.



Wires and Power Cords

Think about why you’re worried about wires and cords. (Not the outlets/plugs themselves, which we covered above.) Is it because of a tripping hazard? Strangulation? Or maybe because if a kid pulls on that particular cord, a big appliance or electronic item will come crashing down on them. Each cord situation is a little different, and you have to decide how to deal with yours.


For some of the cords can be tucked them under the baseboards or secured with a few staples (the big kind you can hammer in AROUND the cord. Don’t go stapling through any cords!) so that they wouldn’t come free.


Others, like the cords for our lamp and iPod dock/speakers (both on the end table in the corner of the room), would more likely be strangulation hazards. We moved the couches closer together to sort of block off that whole corner, so that babies can’t get to the cords there at all. Definitely simpler than trying to attach the cords to the furniture and then the floor and back up to the outlet or something. Though I suppose that’s possible.


And cords for appliances or electronics that could be pulled down? We just try to keep those out of reach. The stand mixer in the kitchen is plugged into one of the outlets above the counter, not one below it. Our computers are charged out of reach, and our television cords are hidden behind the entertainment console.



You have two options here. You can put any toxins out of reach*, or you can lock the cabinets they’re stored in. Or both.


What counts as a toxin? Anything you would go, “Oh Crap!” and then google the number for poison control if your kid had a half-empty bottle of? That’s a toxin. My homemade all-purpose cleaning spray? It wouldn’t taste good, but it’s not a toxin. But a bottle of ibuprofen isn’t something I’d want to find out that my kid had chugged, so it goes out of reach. A bottle of Tums? Not a toxin. A bottle of bleach? Definitely a toxin.



Sharp Stuff

Scissors, knives, saws, what have you… I know it’s probably obvious but I had to point it out. They should be out of reach or locked away.


One thing that might not be as obvious though is that when you’re in the kitchen, chopping vegetables, and you turn around to do something else… you need to remember to put the knife you’ve been using FAR into the counter-top, away from the edge.


Curious toddler hands may reach up and try to grab anything near the edge of the counter, and they won’t know whether they’re grabbing a dishtowel or a chef’s knife. Make sure it isn’t a chef’s knife.


A Child’s Perspective

Get on the floor and look around. I don’t mean kneel, or sit. I mean get down on your stomach, lie down, and slither around your house. (Well, you can get up and walk in between rooms/areas, but tummy-down is the best perspective for this.) Look at everything, and try to think like a child.


The shelf that just looks like a shelf to you, from an adult point of view? On the floor, suddenly each “level” of it becomes the rung on a very exciting ladder. The items at the top of the shelf are challenging you, taunting you, DARING you to climb. Make sure to secure this type of furniture to the wall, just in case.



The water cooler that just looks like a thirst-quencher to your adult mind? Now it’s primary-colored levers that Mommy likes to touch! I want to touch them too!! I need to reach up there! In the case of the cold water, this is a “house-proof your child” issue. In the case of the hot water, your child could get hurt, so it’s a good idea to make sure the one you buy has a child-safety feature.



Wires under furniture that you NEVER see as you walk around? Your kids see them and they look exciting. Push them far back enough so that they’re out of reach, or attach them to the backside of the furniture if possible, off the floor.



Appropriate “Containers”

It can be tempting to see playpens, baby play yards, and baby gates as the simplest childproofing solution. Instead of worrying about your entire house, you just stick your kid in a “container” and they can’t get hurt.


This goes back to “house-proofing your child”… if your child has no mobility in your house, no independence, no opportunity to learn, the world is going to be a dangerous place. Because they won’t know any better. So while these things have their place and their use, it’s best not to rely on them.


HOWEVER, if you have stairs, you should absolutely gate them off! (This falls under “Don’t be stupid.”)


Somewhere between keeping your child in a cage all day and letting your child have free rein is your perfect balance. Only you can determine where that line is drawn.


No Children Allowed

It is OKAY to have grown-up-only areas. One room in our house is completely off-limits to the kids (unless in a play pen / ball pit). The office/sewing area is SO NOT CHILD SAFE… I have fabric scissors, a rotary blade, pins, needles, cords everywhere, the paper shredder, and so forth. At this point, it’s not even worth trying to make this room child-safe. Instead, it’s a kid-free zone.


There are no-entry zones in the real world too, and it’s important for children to learn to respect them. Just like we as adults know not to go into an “Employees Only” area in stores or restaurants, taped-off crime scenes, or construction zones, kids can learn that there are boundaries at home and in the bigger world too. You don’t have to feel guilty about it. It’s life.



Bonus Tips

  • Make sure that small objects are out of reach, as they are choking hazards.
  • NEVER leave your child unsupervised around water, even for a minute. If you’re bathing your kid, and the phone or doorbell rings, ignore it or take the baby with you to answer. And yes, this includes the toilet.
  • Teach your child about the stove and oven and potential burns.
  • If you use tablecloths or table runners than hang over the edge, make sure nothing is on top of it that could hurt your child if he decides to yank on the dangling fabric. Remember to think like a child… it’s not a tablecloth when you’re crawling around on the floor. It’s an invitation.
  • Make sure the pull cord on window blinds is secured out of reach. These can be strangulation hazards.
  • Socks with grippy bottoms are great for beginning walkers, if you have slick floors. Barefoot is even better.
  • Baby walkers are just not a good idea. They can cause many injuries (especially on uneven ground, or if there is a step to fall off of) and have no benefits.
  • If you have a fireplace, there are tons of considerations to keep in mind. If it’s a gas fireplace, even if you have a glass “window” between the flame and the room, the window can get very hot. Make sure to have a screen blocking the glass, if the fire is or has been on.
  • Store all matches and lighters out of reach* or behind a lock.
  • Guns and ammunition should be stored SEPARATELY from each other, AND behind locks.
  • Make sure that the plants in and around your house are not toxic when ingested.


There are so many more things to consider, based on your own house, your child’s personality, and so forth. But hopefully my list has given you a start! And remember, you don’t have to do all of the baby-proofing in a day. If you miss something, you can fix it later. If you don’t have the perfect solution to a baby-proofing quandary, find something that works “enough” for now, and change it when you’ve researched it better.


Baby proofing: Hidden Dangers You Might Miss


I think it’s fair to say that all parents are aware of the need to baby-proof their house, especially once their baby starts crawling, walking, and climbing. There are lots of obvious things parents jump to secure and lots of lists available to point out the main hazards and areas that need baby-proofing. But there are also lots of ways for your baby to get into trouble in your home that are often overlooking or the danger of which are underestimated.


Though falls and electrocution are usually the primary concerns for many families, and most readily addressed, a child between the age of 1 and 4 is actually most likely to be harmed from fire and burns, choking, drowning, or poisoning.


Of course you should place covers on the sharp edges of low tables, secure baby gates at the top of stairs, cover your electrical sockets, and limit the openings of windows to protect your baby from electrocution and falls, but don’t stop there!


Some Dangers That You May Have Overlooked:


  • House fire: Make sure you have working smoke detectors.


  • Oven and Stove: Consider putting a baby gate at the door to your kitchen, or if you can’t, a guard around the oven (which is often hot to touch) and stove-top (where saucepans can be pulled down).


  • Tablecloths: Don’t use them until your baby is older, or tuck all the sides up. Baby can pull hot drinks and heavy objects onto herself.


  • Hot drinks: Don’t underestimate how far you baby can reach or how high they can climb. Keep hot drinks off of low tables and well into the middle of higher tables. This goes for all small objects as well.


  • TV: These days many households have flat-screen TVs that are easy to pull over but still heavy enough to cause serious damage. Keep your TV pushed well back from the edge of its table.


  • Bookshelves: Anchor to the wall. They look great for climbing and can topple over and crush baby. Similarly, always keep drawers closed. An open set of drawers looks like a set of stairs to your baby.


  • Fridge Magnets: Don’t forget how far baby can reach. Keep all magnets well above the height you baby could reach on their very best day. Don’t forget to keep checking how high this is; baby is getting taller all the time!


  • Glass Doors: Well cleaned glass is invisible to your baby. Place stickers on the glass at their eye level – or dirty up the glass! 


  • Toilet: Your baby can drown in the toilet. Because they are so top-heavy if she looks inside she can tip in headfirst and drown within seconds. Keep a latch on the toilet and keep the door shut. Similarly, be mindful of a bucket you may use when mopping the floor. Never let it out of your site and remove as soon as you’re finished.


  • Toys with beaded eyes: Many teddies have glass or plastic bead eyes that can be chewed off and become a choking hazard. Keep these toys for when your baby is older.


  • Dishwasher: Look inside yours and you might find knives. Keep it shut and latched at all times. Best if you can have that gate on the kitchen door.


  • Handbags: You may be used to putting any bags belonging to family members out of the way, but don’t forget those belonging to visitors. You have no idea what might be inside and many will have lotions you don’t want your baby swallowing and small items they could choke on. Designate a place up and out of the way where you can always ask guests to leave their possessions when visiting. 


  • Rubbish bins: Most families realize they need to latch a cupboard containing medicines or poisonous cleaning products, but don’t forget these bottles end up in the bin. There may also be small items in here that your baby could choke on. Keep your bin latched or behind a latched door.


This is not a comprehensive list of every way you can baby-proof your house, but a collection of tips that are sometimes left off more general lists or overlooked when baby-proofing freestyle.


One of the best things you can do to make sure you’ve covered all the bases in your home is to get down on your hands and knees and crawl around the house. From this angle you can see what might look interesting to your baby, where potential hazards are, as well as get an insight into what they can’t see easily.


Also, don’t underestimate the power of teaching your baby to listen to your instructions. While a 1 year old can’t be given complicated instructions they can understand “No” and if you use the right tone of voice and expressions (low and stern) they quickly learn to understand when they are about to touch or open or do something they aren’t meant to. There are, frankly, more hazards than you could ever 100% baby-proof for. While the major ones can be covered, there’s always going to be situations where a response to a well-timed “No” can save your baby from harm.


But here’s my #1 hot tip for keeping your baby safe: there are three words you must never forget


Supervision, Supervision, Supervision !


If you care enough about keeping your kids safe to read this entire article……you’re well on your way to creating a safe environment for your littlest family members.


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Note: See how the latch at right has a nice, flat “hook” at the end? Often this will simply catch the top of the cabinet, which means you don’t have to install the little white plastic “catch”. Another good reason to get the longer latches: fewer holes in your cabinets and fewer chances for installation error.

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ABC’s Of Breastfeeding ABC's Of Breastfeeding

I’ve just had the privilege of reviewing one of the most carefully written and absorbing books on breastfeeding I’ve come across in quite some time – The ABC’s of Breastfeeding: Everything a Mom Needs to Know for a Happy Nursing Experience , by Stacy H. Rubin

Stacey, a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant and mother of two, begins the book by tracing her own background and interest in breastfeeding and goes on to cover many of the common, and not so common, concerns new and experienced breastfeeding mothers have about breastfeeding.

Using stories gathered from mothers who have attended her private practice, Stacey covers such areas as:

  • how mothers should prepare for breastfeeding before the birth of their baby;
  • the importance of recognizing and finding a breastfeeding-friendly doctor;
  • how to position your baby after birth;
  • the importance of skin-to-skin contact;
  • resuming breastfeeding after a problematic start
  • how to recognize your baby’s hunger signs;
  • increasing your milk supply;
  • returning to work when breastfeeding;
  • how to recognize and treat painful breastfeeding problems;
  • breastfeeding in public;
  • weaning.

She also answers the questions many breastfeeding mothers think about, but are often afraid to ask – such as whether it’s okay to drink alcohol when breastfeeding; if supplementing with formula is ever helpful; if it’s possible to have a sexual relationship with your partner when you’re breastfeeding; the chances of pregnancy whilst breastfeeding and much more.


What I really loved about this book is that by using real life examples from mothers she has helped and tried to help, Stacey illustrates how sometimes the most basic advice can save a seemingly doomed nursing relationship. And, with every chapter summarized in an A, B, C fashion, the reader gets a quick refresher in what they’ve just read, thus allowing an extra opportunity for everything to sink in!


She successfully shows how by supporting breastfeeding mothers in a practical manner and helping them remain in control throughout their nursing relationship, breastfeeding forges a beautiful and everlasting bond between mother and child.


The ABC’s of Breastfeeding is packed full of useful and important tips, information and advice with Stacey coming across as a woman passionate about breastfeeding and genuinely caring about the women she strives to help.


Any pregnant woman considering breastfeeding, as well as those mothers who’ve already begun the journey, would be well advised to ensure they keep a copy of this wonderful book nearby. It would also make a fantastic and very welcome gift for a new breastfeeding mother.


I believe I’ve been one of the very first people to read a book guaranteed to become a breastfeeding classic and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I only wish I’d had a copy of it by my side when I first started breastfeeding!


It is informative, educational and truly an inspirational read.


The ABC’s of Breastfeeding by Stacey H. Rubin is published by Amacon and is available for order via Amazon To find out more about the author, read chapter excerpts, reviews and events and to contact the author, visit

ABCs Of Breastfeeding

For the new mom and her baby, breastfeeding provides countless physical and emotional benefits. Breast milk provides proper nourishment, helps strengthen a baby’s immune system, and deepens the mother-child bond. However, breastfeeding doesn’t always happen as naturally as one might expect. As a Neonatal Practitioner and Board Certified Lactation Consultant (and mother of two), Stacey H. Rubin knows the difficulties new moms can experience. Now, in “The ABCs of Breastfeeding”, she offers a practical and reader-friendly guide that will help every new mother feel comfortable and confident about feeding her baby.From pregnancy to weaning, this helpful book will show nursing mothers how to: find a doctor who is breastfeeding-friendly; hold their baby comfortably after birth; recognize the signs that a baby wants to be fed; take necessary steps that will prevent breastfeeding difficulties; build a healthy milk supply; manage the right diet; continue breastfeeding immediately after returning to work; and, know when to stop breastfeeding. Illustrated with real-life stories from the author’s own private practice of women who have overcome common and not-so-common breastfeeding difficulties, “The ABCs of Breastfeeding” will help expectant and new mothers turn their nursing experiences into a joyful one – for themselves and their new babies. Price$14.95

The Advantages Of Breastfeeding From A to Z.

A to Z: 26 Reasons To Nurse Your Baby

From: LEAVEN, Vol. 33 No. 4, August-September 1997, p. 90

  • Amenorrhea
  • Bonding
  • Colostrum… the perfect first food
  • Decreased risk of breast cancer
  • Easy baby care
  • Few allergies
  • Good for the whole family
  • Human milk is specially designed for human babies
  • Immunities
  • Jaw development
  • Kids get lots of attention when the new baby is breastfed
  • Laundry is a breeze
  • Mental development
  • Natural
  • Oxytocin and prolactin
  • Protection against many diseases
  • Quick weight loss for mother
  • Rest
  • Saves money
  • Traveling is easy
  • Understanding the baby’s needs
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Working goes smoothly when the nursing relationship is maintained
  • eXactly what baby needs
  • You get to take care of your baby
  • Zero waste

Even More Advantages A to Z

A: Always available, avoiding allergies

B: Bump reduces, bans bottles, boycotts Nestlé, biologically normal

C: Convenient

D: Delicious

E: Ear infections reduced, eye-hand coordination

F: Frugal, fresh, fewer health problems

G: Growth

H: Home (ie encourages mum to stay at home in early days and bond with her baby), healthy, happy baby

I: Intelligence, illnesses fewer, immediate

J: Jaundice risk lower

K: “Kangaroo Care” for premature babies

L: Laxative, less constipation

M: Money saved, mothering

N: Nighttime parenting easier

O: “Outage” of power but baby can still have a warm meal

P: Periods delayed, peace of mind

Q: Quick – as in baby gets more time efficient at feeding

R: <Any other suggestions?>

S: Simple, safe, sterile

T: Travels well, teeth – better dental health, temperature always right

U: Use of breastfeeding reduces risk of some cancers

V: Viruses result in “custom made” milk

W: Warm

X: <Any other suggestions?>

Y: Yummy smell of breasfed infants

Z: Zero chance of forgetting baby food



From the first moment the infant is applied to the breast, it must be nursed upon a certain plan. This is necessary to the well-doing of the child, and will contribute essentially to preserve the health of the parent, who will thus be rendered a good nurse, and her duty at the same time will become a pleasure.



This implies, however, a careful attention on the part of the mother to her own health; for that of her child is essentially dependent upon it. Healthy, nourishing, and digestible milk can be procured only from a healthy parent; and it is against common sense to expect that, if a mother impairs her health and digestion by improper diet, neglect of exercise, and impure air, she can, nevertheless, provide as wholesome and uncontaminated a fluid for her child, as if she were diligently attentive to these important points. Every instance of indisposition in the nurse is liable to affect the infant.



And this leads me to observe, that it is a common mistake to suppose that, because a woman is nursing, she ought therefore to live very fully, and to add an allowance of wine, porter, or other fermented liquor, to her usual diet. The only result of this plan is, to cause an unnatural degree of fulness in the system, which places the nurse on the brink of disease, and which of itself frequently puts a stop to the secretion of the milk, instead of increasing it. The right plan of proceeding is plain enough; only let attention be paid to the ordinary laws of health, and the mother, if she have a sound constitution, will make a better nurse than by any foolish deviation founded on ignorance and caprice.



The following case proves the correctness of this statement:



A young lady, confined with her first child, left the lying-in room at the expiration of the third week, a good nurse, and in perfect health. She had had some slight trouble with her nipples, but this was soon overcome.



The porter system was now commenced, and from a pint to a pint and a half of this beverage was taken in the four and twenty hours. This was resorted to, not because there was any deficiency in the supply of milk, for it was ample, and the infant thriving upon it; but because, having become a nurse, she was told that it was usual and necessary, and that without it her milk and strength would ere long fail.



After this plan had been followed for a few days, the mother became drowsy and disposed to sleep in the daytime; and headache, thirst, a hot skin, in fact, fever supervened; the milk diminished in quantity, and, for the first time, the stomach and bowels of the infant became disordered. The porter was ordered to be left off; remedial measures were prescribed; and all symptoms, both in parent and child, were after a while removed, and health restored.



Having been accustomed, prior to becoming a mother, to take a glass or two of wine, and occasionally a tumbler of table beer, she was advised to follow precisely her former dietetic plan, but with the addition of half a pint of barley-milk morning and night. Both parent and child continued in excellent health during the remaining period of suckling, and the latter did not taste artificial food until the ninth month, the parent’s milk being all-sufficient for its wants.



No one can doubt that the porter was in this case the source of the mischief. The patient had gone into the lying-in-room in full health, had had a good time, and came out from her chamber (comparatively) as strong as she entered it. Her constitution had not been previously worn down by repeated child-bearing and nursing, she had an ample supply of milk, and was fully capable, therefore, of performing the duties which now devolved upon her, without resorting to any unusual stimulant or support. Her previous habits were totally at variance with the plan which was adopted; her system became too full, disease was produced, and the result experienced was nothing more than what might be expected.



The plan to be followed for the first six months. Until the breast- milk is fully established, which may not be until the second or third day subsequent to delivery (almost invariably so in a first confinement), the infant must be fed upon a little thin gruel, or upon one third water and two thirds milk, sweetened with loaf sugar.




After this time it must obtain its nourishment from the breast alone, and for a week or ten days the appetite of the infant must be the mother’s guide, as to the frequency in offering the breast. The stomach at birth is feeble, and as yet unaccustomed to food; its wants, therefore, are easily satisfied, but they are frequently renewed. An interval, however, sufficient for digesting the little swallowed, is obtained before the appetite again revives, and a fresh supply is demanded.



At the expiration of a week or so it is essentially necessary, and with some children this may be done with safety from the first day of suckling, to nurse the infant at regular intervals of three or four hours, day and night. This allows sufficient time for each meal to be digested, and tends to keep the bowels of the child in order. Such regularity, moreover, will do much to obviate fretfulness, and that constant cry, which seems as if it could be allayed only by constantly putting the child to the breast. A young mother very frequently runs into a serious error in this particular, considering every expression of uneasiness as an indication of appetite, and whenever the infant cries offering it the breast, although ten minutes may not have elapsed since its last meal. This is an injurious and even dangerous practice, for, by overloading the stomach, the food remains undigested, the child’s bowels are always out of order, it soon becomes restless and feverish, and is, perhaps, eventually lost; when, by simply attending to the above rules of nursing, the infant might have become healthy and vigorous.



For the same reason, the infant that sleeps with its parent must not be allowed to have the nipple remaining in its mouth all night. If nursed as suggested, it will be found to awaken, as the hour for its meal approaches, with great regularity. In reference to night-nursing, I would suggest suckling the babe as late as ten o’clock p. m., and not putting it to the breast again until five o’clock the next morning. Many mothers have adopted this hint, with great advantage to their own health, and without the slightest detriment to that of the child. With the latter it soon becomes a habit; to induce it, however, it must be taught early.



The foregoing plan, and without variation, must be pursued to the sixth month.



After the sixth month to the time of weaning, if the parent has a large supply of good and nourishing milk, and her child is healthy and evidently flourishing upon it, no change in its diet ought to be made. If otherwise, however, (and this will but too frequently be the case, even before the sixth month) the child may be fed twice in the course of the day, and that kind of food chosen which, after a little trial, is found to agree best.


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500 Paces To Travel With Your Kids

 500 Paces To Travel With Your Kids

Better than many of the current flock of “places to go before …” travel guide books, Frommer’s 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up by Holly Hughes and Julie Duchaine makes a sensible point: there are some places that you can visit that your kids might enjoy the most while they are still kids, and it seems to me that it is worthwhile to make a list of these.


500 Places to Take Your Kids

Instead of the regular doomsday information in books like 500 Places to See Before They Disappear (also from Holly Hughes, incidentally, who obviously loves lists), this guide has a good selection of tourist sights across the globe that are suitable to travel to and enjoy with children. The places are divided into seventeen different categories, so that traveling families can pick out the themes that best suit the interests of their children and family, such as animals, science, medieval times, sports, and so on.


Each destination listing has a page or more of information, including the age range for which it is suitable, a detailed description of what to see and do there, contact details and website information, how to get there and usually a hotel recommendation too, and finally, a snappy “why the kids will thank you” one sentence summary. At the end of the book, maps show the various sights by continent to help you with trip planning or just trip dreaming.


500 Places to Take Your Kids allows parents, grandparents, and kids to create a lifetime of shared memories while visiting destinations the whole family can enjoy. Here are cities, zoos, sports shrines, museums, castles, beaches, outdoor activities, and more—500 thoughtfully-chosen places that will enchant and beguile both the young and the young at heart. Each entry contains all the information families need to help plan a trip: age ratings, service details, and nearby kid-friendly hotels. A Specialty Index organized by type of trip helps families discover places and activities for all ages and interests, while a Geographical Index allows families to locate attractions across the world or simply across town. Photos throughout the book help bring destinations to life.
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500 thoughtfully chosen treasures that will inspire and enlighten travelers of all ages
This book enables passionate travelers and the eco-conscious to learn about and plan a visit to see rare cultural, historic, and natural places before they are irrevocably altered or even gone forever. Included are one-of-a-kind landscapes, fragile ecosystems, rare bird habitats, places to see the last remaining species of big game in the wild, cityscapes in peril, vanishing cultural kitsch, petroglyphs, and more. This Second Edition offers new reviews and updates on such topics as the Gulf Coast after the BP oil spill, the effects of earthquakes in Asia and Haiti, and improvements and progress in the fight to preserve threatened places.


Frommer’s 500 Places to See Before They Disappear by Holly Hughes is another in a long list of “must see” books doing the rounds of the the travel shelves in the last few years. This one says it is intended for eco-tourists who are keen to visit places that are affected by environmental change or by a lack of preservation, and covers 500 sites that are both natural and man-made.


There are nine chapters in this book, dividing the 500 places into categories like mountains, ruins, architecture and water. Famous spots like the Grand Canyon, the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu feature, but there are also lesser known places like the El Fuerte de Samapiata fort in Bolivia and the Mabi Forest in Queensland, Australia. There’s a big bias towards American sights with many of the 500 sites to be found within the 50 states.


Each entry gives a good description of the place involved, plus a paragraph or two on why this site is endangered and what is being done to help preserve it. To finish off, there are also hotel recommendations.


Of course, the question is clearly whether such a book should exist or not. If these 500 places are in danger of disappearing, is it really a good idea to encourage tourists (even eco-friendly ones) to go traipsing off to visit them?



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How to Travel With Kids

How to Travel With Kids

It is good to have your kids with you when you travel; this would surely open their eyes to a lot more of new knowledge and discovery. When you bring along your kids in your trips, this is not only a way of bringing them close to your heart but also through this, your child would definitely make him or her more aware about the world around him or her.

Well, when kids are with you, you need to be more prepared because as we all know they have special needs and we have to respond to such needs. With the tips provided below, it would surely help you get yourself prepared for the entire travel.

You have to bring with you some of the most useful things you could carry with you as you travel and as you reach destinations:

  • Band-Aids
  • antiseptic hand gel
  • small tissue packs
  • sun screen
  • Dr.’s phone numbers
  • Tylenol – children’s & adults
  • a rubber door stop can provide extra security for a hotel room door
  • small plug in nightlight – to help find the bathroom in the middle of the night

* These things re for the activities you could have together in order not get bored and to get their attention fully

  • Crayons
  • mechanical pencils
  • highlighter – good for word search games
  • paper
  • deck of cards
  • zip lock bags (collecting shells, storing food, wet clothes)

* These are other things for travel uses:

  • sun glasses
  • hats/visors
  • light weight wind breaker
  • umbrella
  • camera with extra film
  • keep a photo of your child in your wallet – incase you loose them in a crowed area
  • extra copy of birth certificates, photo id, travel reservations, airline tickets


Whether journeying by car, train or plane, there are perils and pitfalls to traveling with children, but the joys of a wonderful family experience far outweigh the difficulties. Before setting out on your next expedition with your kids in tow, prepare with following tricks and tips and make your vacation one that will be fondly remembered for years to come.

1. Start the Excitement Before the Trip

Unless your children are very young, get them involved in the pre-trip planning. If you have a choice of two interesting sights along the way, ask your kids which sounds best. Look at pictures of your destination on the Internet, and talk about what you might see on the trip. Have the children count down the days until departure by crossing them off on the calendar.


When it’s time to pack, have your older kids pack their own bags, and let your little ones make decisions on which jacket to bring, which pajamas and definitely which favorite toy. If you are traveling by car and have room, consider bringing a favorite pillow and blanket.


2. Your Carry-On (Bag of Tricks)

Your carry-on can make the difference between a meltdown and a child who is quiet and entertained. Airports are notorious for delays, stress and rush, and long flights can be boring. Hours spent sitting in the back seat of the car lead to fidgets, cramped legs and irritability. A carry-on can be your own personal bag of tricks, producing entertainment and distraction in the form of:

  • Familiar, well-loved toys
  • New toys
  • Books or magazines
  • Small, non-messy crafts

3. Have Plenty of Snacks

Kids need to eat more frequently than adults do, and a hungry child is a child who is going to make your trip difficult. Always have snacks available in the car or in your airplane carry-on bag. Make sure you include foods with protein, not just sweets or empty carbs. Protein helps keep blood sugar balanced, preventing fatigue, irritability, sugar highs or meltdowns. Your snack bag can include:

  • Beef or turkey jerky
  • Nuts
  • Fruit, either fresh or dried
  • Cookies
  • Crackers with cheese or peanut butter
  • Carrot or celery sticks (wrap these in a damp paper towel so they don’t dry out)
  • Raisins
  • Boxed juice
  • Water

4. Make Drive Time Easier

If your trip involves a long drive, plan to break up the monotony with plenty of stops for bathroom breaks, food and a good stretch of the legs. If you have two adult drivers, head out at night and alternate driving while the kids sleep in the backseat.

  • If your kids are old enough, give them an inexpensive digital camera and encourage them to take photos of interesting sights along the way. You might be surprised at what catches their eyes, and some of your most treasured photos from the trip might be these candid, child’s-eye views.
  • Old standbys like “I Spy,” “20 Questions,” spotting license plates from other states and alphabet games are always good for passing time. You can also keep kids entertained with books and art supplies designed for car travel.
  • If you have a child prone to motion sickness, check with the doctor for possible prescription or over-the-counter medications like Dramamine. Ginger ale or ginger candies are also good for relieving nausea. Have a plastic bag and towel available just in case these remedies don’t work.
  • If desperate enough, you can always resort to a portable DVD player with favorite movies, an iPad or iPhone for games and video  or a laptop with cellular access. Though these are all good ways to keep the kids busy, they also eliminate family interaction, so try to keep electronic entertainment to a minimum.

5. Plan for Your Flight

If you are flying to your destination, your carry-on bag will function as an entertainment center both while waiting to board and once upon the plane. If possible, book a red eye flight so your kids can sleep the hours away. If not, keep them entertained as much as possible and take deep breaths as necessary. Other helpful tips on surviving a flight with your kids include:

  • Use the bathroom before boarding the plane.
  • Dress in layers, as temperatures on airplanes can vary widely.
  • Everyone should wear slip-on shoes and have empty pockets for ease when passing through security.
  • If you have three or more kids, have everyone wear the same brightly colored T-shirt so it’s easy to do a headcount.
  • Have gum handy for plugged, hurting ears during takeoff and landing.
  • Review the airport and flight procedure long before reaching the airport. Kids should be aware they will need to go through a security checkpoint; they will be expected to sit in their seats with the seat-belt fastened; and running in the aisles, kicking the seat in front of them or loudly flipping the meal tray up and down will not be tolerated.


With these pointers in mind, you would not surely miss the thrill and the fun, you would also be able to good at preparing for traveling like from the simple trips to those that require loads of planning.Traveling with kids can be stressful, and most children cannot tolerate inconvenience, boredom or discomfort as easily as adults can. Take this into account when planning your trip, and you are likely to enjoy a wonderful, family experience that will one day be a treasured memory.


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Finding The Best Educational Toys For Kids…What To Look For

Children love role-playing and always seem to have excess energy for various fun activities. Toys play an important role in a child’s life. Swings, slides, sand boxes, educational toys and games are part and parcel of the child’s growing process. Famous brand names like Little Tikes make safe and useful toys enjoyed by children all over the world.  Take for example the latest new additions from Little Tikes. Their lookout swing set comes complete with a climber, a slide and 2 swing seats making that into a mini playground. This will surely keep your child entertain for hours. Mini playground set such as this encourages active play and social skills too. Group play helps improve social skills such as taking turns and sharing.


A sandbox is a very traditional playpen for small kids. The very cute little sandbox from Step2 provides hours of creative fun building and demolishing sand castles in your backyard.  Building blocks are good for improving spatial skills, balancing and motor skills. These blocks bring out the creativeness of your child. Stacking the blocks vertically, horizontally, big blocks over small ones and small blocks over bigger ones makes the child see the relationship between balance, sizes, shapes and gravity.


Playing with jigsaw puzzles help develop the cognitive skills. Jigsaw puzzles help the child to differentiate between various shapes and sizes, starting from the simple baby puzzles to the more complicated few thousand pieces puzzles. They get a great sense of accomplishment when the puzzle is completed and might even immediately take it apart and redo all over again.


Playing with toys enhances your child’s intellectual, spatial, social, emotional and physical development as well as improving motor skills. Buy age appropriate toys to stimulate your child’s growth at various stages of his/her life. Toys that stimulate the sense of sight, smell and touch are great for babies whereas an energetic toddler will love something more action-involved such as swings and slides.


Slightly older kids love role-playing. Kitchen sets, doctor kits, action figures toys and dolls let them have fun doing the things daddy and mommy do. They also learn to solve problems.


With the change in the education scenario, the pattern of education has also changed. More and more practical knowledge is being introduced in education nowadays. To add to the practical knowledge, Educational Toys have an important role to play. Today Educational Toys are used in kindergarten, play school, and by parents at home to teach their children. There are various kinds of Educational Toys and these toys are created using diverse kinds of materials such as wood or plastics.


Educational Toys are generally used for teaching and for increasing the thinking capacity of kids and hence various kinds of such toys are being used currently for these purposes. The various kinds of Educational Toys which are used consists of building blocks, construction toys, stacking units, puzzle games, musical toys, word games etc form some of the most commonly used Educational Toys. Each of these toys has their specific character and they are used to develop the perception and mental ability of kids.


You have educational toys for kids, educational toys for toddlers and even baby educational toys. You have electronic educational toys, educational board games and even for specific age groups such as the educational toys for infants or the 2 years old group.


The most common Educational Toys which are used are word games or alphabet games. The plastic pieces of English alphabet help the kids to learn alphabets and same for the numbers is also available. Buildings blocks are small plastic pieces of various shapes like rectangular, triangular, square etc. these blocks different colors. The building blocks help the kids for enhancing the eye and hand coordination, color and shape recognition etc.


Puzzle games are also very useful Educational Toys. The puzzle are generally related to figures of cartoon and kids are supposed to arrange those in correct manner. Hence these games increase the intellectual capacity and patience of kids. Musical games are another set of toys where certain tones and songs are played and kids are supposed to identify the songs and learn them better. This reveals the inner talent of kids from the very beginning which help them to choose their career when they grow up.


Children learn and discover the world around them through the toys they play. Just make sure the toys are fun too besides being educational. Develop skills and have fun at the same time and you can’t go wrong with your choice of the right toys for your child.



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Step2 Naturally Playful Summertime Playcenter – Give your kids a place to enjoy summertime outdoors — in a playhouse right in your own backyard! This Step2 Naturally Playful Summertime Playcenter features an umbrella and built-in picnic table for up to four children. There is also a built-in sandbox to add to the fun. More than just an outdoor playhouse, the Step2 Naturally Playful Summertime Playcenter is a whole world ready for your kid’s most imaginative role play.
Step2 Naturally Playful Summertime Playcenter:
Playcenter is designed with built-in picnic table
5′ umbrella protect children from the sun’s harmful UV rays
Sandbox holds up to 200 lbs. of sand (not included)
Includes a lid to keep debris out of sandbox
Also includes 2 shovels and 2 pots
Price $149



Little Tikes TikeStix Playhouse, Pink-Inspire Creativity
Sturdy building pieces fit little hands
Use indoors or outdoors
Kids can build a playhouse large enough to fit inside
Kids can create a playhouse, a baby doll crib (doll not included), a table & more
Building blocks and construction toys have never been so much fun! This innovative construction play set allows children to build an endless number of creations. Build a fort! Build a castle! What will children create a perfect toy for building problem solving skills while inspiring creativity.
Set includes:
1 piece of fabric
8 fabric clips
41 interlocking pieces
Price $49.99


Little Tikes TikeStix, Rocketship

With Little Tikes Rocket TikeStix, you and your little one can create anything you want. From rockets to robots to aliens and dragons, this rocketship toy can do it all if you have the imagination to start. The building set toy includes 30 interlocking pieces and five clips, and the pieces fit together perfectly for strong and durable creations. The rocketship toy is designed for small hands and is best-suited for children three years old and up. The Little Tikes Rocket TikeStix are also compatible with the whole line of TikeStix so you can mix and match as you add to your home collection.
Little Tikes TikeStix, Rocketship:
Age Range: 3 years and up
30 interlocking pieces
5 fabric clips
Pieces fit together perfectly
Creates endless play possibilities
Pieces can form:
Much more
These TikeStix can be used indoors & outdoors
Price $29.94


VTech – Rhyme and Discover Book-Open a page to learning with the Rhyme & Discover Book! Recommended for kids 6 months to 3 years, the Rhyme & Discover Book combines rhythm and rhyme with nursery favorites. The electronic book includes three light-up character buttons on the tabs of the pages. Seven popular nursery rhymes and easy to turn pages encourage playing, thinking, and learning. The Rhyme and Discover Book features four movable pieces that your baby will love. The side of the book features bright colors and a music note button.
Parent Friendly Features:
Parent-friendly features include an automatic shut-off to preserve battery life. A durable design allows for long-lasting play while volume controls allow for quieter play. The Rhyme & Discover Book was developed with your child’s development in mind. Age-appropriate vocabulary and nursery rhymes introduce familiar animal names and sounds. Sing-along songs encourage verbal skills and familiar melodies and sing-along songs promote parent-child interaction. The twinkling lights and bright colorful graphics attract baby’s attention. Turning pages promotes gross motor development and sliding buttons strengthens fine motor development. Price $16.90 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25


The Little Tikes Count ‘n Play Cash Register blends education with entertainment. Its vibrant colors are more than just visually pleasing; they also provide a fun way to teach children to match colors, sizes and numbers. The Little Tikes count register features put-and-take and coin-drop play. Sliding the credit card into the card slot drops the coins into the drawer, and pulling the handle opens it up. This kids’ cash register also features a built-in change dispenser for additional play.
Little Tikes Count ‘n Play Cash Register:
Color, size and number match provides fun learning for kidsPut-and-take and coin-drop play
Slide the credit card in the slot to drop coins into drawer
Pull the handle to open the drawer
Built-in change dispenser for additional play value
Includes: 1 credit card, 1 dollar bill, 2 red coins, 3 blue coins and 4 yellow coins. Price $14.97


Educational Insights GeoSafari Phonics Pad-EDI1373-Price $174
GeoSafari Phonics Pad
Success with Phonics Pad
Children can ”touch, listen, and learn to read” in a systematic, fun way
Requires 4 C batteries (not included) or an AC adapter (sold separately)
Grades Pre-K+ / Ages 3+
Includes learning station, 128 ”talking” lesson cards, guide, and follow-up tests
Standard 1/4” headphone jack for silent learning
Dimensions: 5.8” H x 11.3” W x 14.2” D
One year unconditional warranty Price $174



The Little Tikes Look Out Swing Set is designed for hours of backyard fun. Be confident your kids are playing on a durable, sturdy and safety-tested swing set from Little Tikes. It features climbing wall, fun steering wheel and slide. The Swing set includes 2 Cozy Swings and mounting hardware.Product must be anchored. (Anchors included) The fun never ends with Endless Adventures- an exciting line of color-coordinated products to complement any outdoor environment. The Little Tikes Company, founded in 1970, is a multi-national manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, innovative children’s products. Little Tikes products are known for providing durable, imaginative and active fun. Products are manufactured in a wide variety of categories for young children, including infant toys, popular sports, play trucks, ride-on toys, sandboxes, activity gyms and climbers, slides, pre-school development, role-play toys, creative arts & juvenile furniture.
Features: Accessories include: 1 Anchor kit,2-Swing Seats
Climber maximum number of kids: 4 (Weight limit up to 81lbs. per child)
Climbing wall on back side
Encourages kids to be active while having fun!
Lookout tower with steering wheel that encourages role play activity
Must be anchored. Slide
Swing extension maximum number of kids 1 per swing (Weight limit up to 81lbs. per child)
Price $571.01



Sum Swamp Addition and Subtraction Game- Kids will have a terrific time learning math skills as they avoid the hilarious pitfalls of the Sum Swamp. Designed for two to four players, this game is sure to develop and sharpen beginning math skills, because the only way to escape the mire is to roll the dice and add and subtract your way around the board. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to take the Crocodile Short Cut, although sooner or later everyone gets caught in the Endless Loop. Landing on special squares, such as Even or Odds or a number space, makes things even more interesting; you could get stuck for quite a while. The best part is that this is a game kids can grow with–children 5 to 6 will find it a learning challenge, and older kids can play for fun. The game is an Oppenheim Best Toy award winner. 
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Math becomes an adventure with this addition and subtraction game that takes kids on a journey through Sum Swamp. They’ll make their way over the crocodile shortcut and through the endless loop by adding and subtracting the numbers on the dice. Includes 12″ x 17″ game board, four swamp critter markers, two number dice and operation die. For 2-4 players. Price $ $14.83 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25



Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes-Promote music appreciation and auditory development by introducing your little one to baby-friendly versions of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin and Rossini with the Baby Einstein take along Tunes. A large, easy to press button allows your baby to toggle through 7 high quality and enjoyable classical melodies at home, or for on-the-go fun. This baby’s version of an MP3 player has colorful lights that dance across the screen to enhance each entertaining melody and promote visual perception.
7 baby-friendly classical melodies
Volume Control
The colorful and easy to grasp Caterpillar handle ensures that baby can ?take along tunes? anywhere
Off/Low/High volume switch
Promotes auditory development and music appreciation
Price $8.09 Free Super Saving Shipping & Free Returns



Little Tikes Jump 'n Double Slide Bouncer

Little Tikes Jump ‘n Double Slide Bouncer
This huge, fun-filled inflatable bouncer has double the excitement with two slides!
Little Tikes Jump ‘n Double Slide Bouncer:
Built of puncture-resistant material with durable mesh netting Tall, protective walls surround a large jumping area 2 big slides with side rails
Mesh door closes to protect children and allow parents to watch the fun
Stakes anchor the bouncer firmly in place
Blower required for inflation
Heavy-duty blower with GFCI plug included
Comes with stakes, repair kit and storage bag
Deflate and fold for storage
Maximum weight capacity: 250 lbs
Accommodates up to 3 children
Dimensions: 7’10″L x 15’5″W x 6’10″H
90-day limited warranty
Price $379.97



Keep the wheels of commerce turning with the authentic Town Hall! Build the authentic 3-storey Town Hall, the latest addition to the LEGO® Modular Buildings series! This highly detailed model features large entrance-way columns, a coat of arms, a tall bell tower with clock and a large skylight that lets you see inside! On the ground floor, the large hall, tax office and auditorium have everything you need to run the town. Take the working elevator up to the secretary and mayor’s offices on the second floor, realistically furnished with desks, chairs, paintings and even a frog sculpture. Hold a meeting and address the town’s citizens at the podium! On the third floor, a spacious meeting room features a large conference table, chairs, globe and plants. Includes 8 mini-figures: mayor, secretary, bride & groom, janitor & 2 children.
Accessories include a painting, desks, chairs, sculpture, lamp, conference table, globe, plants and bench
Bell tower features bench and maintenance ladder and the roof features skylight with view of inside the building
Functioning elevator features space for 2 mini-figures & ladder access to roof
Includes 2766 pieces
Includes 8 mini-figures: mayor, secretary, bride and groom, press woman, janitor and 2 children
Price $377.05


Snap Circuits Green – Alternative Energy-Learn about the energy sources and to “think green”. Have fun learning about environmentally-friendly energy and how the electricity in your home works. Includes full-color manual and separate educational manual that explains all forms of environmentally-friendly energy including: geothermal, hydrogen fuel cells, wind, solar, tidal, hydro, and others. For ages 8 and up. Price $197


Doctor Kit Pretend Play Set – This doctor kit features enough medical tools for a whole team of young “doctors” to play at the same time.
The sturdy plastic 19-piece set includes:
Stethoscope with realistic sounds
Pager with realistic sounds
Battery operated cell phone
And more!
Everything fits into a handy 12″ x 14″ x 3-1/2″ plastic clamp-tight case.
Batteries for stethoscope and pager included.
Price $29.99

Little Tikes 7′ First Trampoline-Little Tikes has designed this trampoline for toddlers preschoolers and elementary school children. The large 7-foot bouncing area is durable and has just the right amount of bounce. The netting on all sides helps keep children safe and the padded frame provides extra protection.
Designed for home outdoor use only
Durable high-quality pad protector covers the safe
Ground to jumping surface measures 17
Jumping area measures 21.65 sq. ft.
Maximum number of children: 1
Shoe holder attached to the unit
The frame is made of durable blow-molded plastic a
Total diameter is 74
Weight limit up to 100lbs
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Guidecraft All in One Play Kitchen

Stimulate your child’s imagination using educational, creative pretend-play with the Guidecraft All-in-One Play Kitchen. Crafted in natural, birch hardwood, this Play Kitchen features loads of real-life chef necessities, including an oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, a clock with movable hands, a wall phone and a write-on, wipe-off marker board for lists and cooking orders. Brightly painted in retro colors, this Play Kitchen has a neutral, satin finish and is coated with a UV layer for rugged durability.Price $229.47

Little Tikes Endless Adventures Rock Climber & Slide-Price $199
The Little Tikes Endless Adventures Rock Climber & Slide offers adventure and versatility. This Little Tikes Hide & Slide Climber play set grows along with kids and provides multiple configurations for a variety of play patterns.
Little Tikes Endless Adventures Rock Climber & Slide:
3 kids can play at the same time (one on slide, one on platform, one on climbing wall)
Slide height can be adjusted for younger and older kids
Large 2′ tall platform with high safety rails and easy-climb ladder. 2 large climbing walls with separate climbing holds
Little Tikes Endless Adventures Rock Climber and Slide features an easy climb for younger kids or a challenging climb for older kids. Little Tikes rock climber and slide comes with several separate climbing rocks that can be reconfigured. 3 crawl-through tunnels
Dimensions: 88.12″L X 58″W X 61.68″H (with telescope); without telescope: 55.68″ H
Maximum weight capacity: 180 lbs. (for example, 3 children at 60 lbs. each)
Little Tikes sidle and rock climber are made in the U.S.A.
Backyard play set requires assembly
Price $199


The Best Educational Toys For Kids



What are the best educational toys and games for kids? Well, first of all I think they should be toys and games that your kid loves enjoying with. If they don’t love playing with the toy they won’t perform with it and therefore won’t understand from it. The toys and games should also educate typical lifestyle training, factors that are going to be useful to your kid in their beginning decades. Things like the Alphabets and numbers are great lessons and a good place to start.



Many small children’s are given the shapes and dice toy. This is where they learn to put the shapes onto the coordinating cube. But that is not all they understand. At that younger age they are still studying how to manage their hands and fingertips. It may appear to be very easy to someone that already knows this, but for a younger audience, it’s a first experience. Learning a new item and actually managing their fingertips to keep an item has to be discovered. Then there is side to eye control/coordination to take the item and position it up to the dice. This is complicated but can be accomplished with practice.



A toy box loaded with classic toys ones that you’ve made or bought produce your kid’s capability to make, innovate, and develop. Traditional toys are passively educational toys your kid’s creativity will develop and increase without them even understanding it. Old fashioned wood made toys like puzzles, building blocks and pull along toys motivate broad thinking, problem solving abilities, and even excellent motor abilities. Surprisingly classic toys are actually often a lot more secure than contemporary ones. There are less choking hazards, less fear about lead-based shows, no dripping battery power or electric areas, and are less likely to crack when chewed on.



Once you have made the decision on where you are going to get the educational toys and games, you can then shift one to choosing the toys and games according to your requirements and choices as well as your kid’s. When you are choosing the toys for your kid, it is essential that you also take the age or your kid into consideration. If your kid is still a baby, then you are restricted to the smooth learning toys and games. But when they get older you can opt for toys and games that are strong and are more complicated for them. And for course, do not forget to examine the quality of the toy, the components used and how it is designed.  Rather than getting regular toys or games, it is always best to consider an academic toy for your kids.



There are sooooo many great educational toys out there, but these are a few of the best academic toys and games for children. You should always be sure that the toys and games you get your kids are secure for them whether it’s educational or not. Don’t ignore the energy of toys and games that inform. Educational toys and games can provide your kids with a jump start on learning and provides them abilities that they will need in life.


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IQ Baby Knock-Knock Blocks-Birth & up. Sixteen soft building blocks with lots of peek-a-boo windows and doors to build with. Eight colored blocks, eight black and white. All blocks have textures for little fingers and mouths to explore. Some blocks rattle and others make a crinkle sound as they are squeezed. Surface washable.
16 soft building blocks
Feather light to the touch
Covered with satin
Peek-a-boo fun
                     Teaches cause and effect                                               Price $25.19 & FREE Shipping



Lauri Toys Shape and Color Sorter-The captivating Lauri set that helps kids master essential skills! From basic pegging to the challenges of sorting 5 shapes or colors, little ones love this time-tested favorite. Inviting, chunky shapes-bumpy on one side, smooth on the other-slide over glossy pegs and promote eye-hand coordination. Includes 25 double-thick Crepe Rubber shapes. 11 1/2″ long rubber sorting board and 5 removable wooden pegs.
The Shape and Color Sorter promotes finger dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and sorting skills
The Lauri Crepe Rubber pieces are washable for years of safe, quiet play
Contents: Lauri Crepe Rubber Sorting Pegboard, 5 Wooden Pegs, 25 Lauri Crepe Rubber Shapes (5 Each of 5 Colors)
Made in the USA
Ages 2 and Up
Price $10.13 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25


Baby Einstein Bendy Ball-Price $5.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
The Baby Einstein Bendy Ball features bright primary colors and the recognizable Caterpillar character on center band. Soft, flexible plastic make this ball both durable and fun and the Bendy Ball’s design makes it easy for little fingers to grasp and roll. The multi-colored rolling Rattle Ball inside adds additional sounds and visual stimulation to this toy. Soft, flexible plastic with bright primary colors make this Ball fun and easy for little fingers to bend, squeeze, grasp, and roll
Colorful, recognizable caterpillar character on center band.Rolling chime ball inside for additional sounds and visual stimulation
Attractive, fun toy to play with. Price $5.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25


Children’s Factory 9 in. Block Set – Set of 21
9 in. soft foam modules for building structures
Light weighted, noiseless and colorful soft shapes
Meets ASTM standards and CPSIA requirements
Recommended for ages 9 months and above
Easy to store
Price $472.99

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How To Raise Self Reliant Children

How do you raise self reliant children? In many ways this is an impossible task. Parents are the primary caregivers and by doing your job well you will create a child who depends on you. This is a good thing. Children should know they can depend on their parents, and your child will grow up much more secure, confident and happy than if they were expected to take on too much responsibility as children. But how to push them out of the nest when the time comes?



A parent must first figure out what type of child they have. Is your child prone to dreaming of large life goals? Or are they prone to getting fixated on small tasks and interests? If you’re lucky, you will have a child that does both, but they will usually favor one or the other and this will help a parent realize what areas their child is going to need help on. Self reliance is about taking control of both the small and the large aspects of life.



The dreamer will be good at setting long term goals, but may fall short on planning the small steps to reach those goals. You don’t want to discourage their dreaming or they will never become the pilots of their own life, but you will want to help them realize how smaller dreams and smaller goals will add up to accomplishing the larger goal. Show them that there is a path to their heart’s desire and that it isn’t just an unreachable fantasy. Encourage them to take on day to day planning habits by pointing out how ‘A’ leads to ‘B’ leads to ‘C’ and so on. Raising a self reliant children will be a matter showing them how to build a path.



The focused child will be very good at handling the day to day tasks that make up life, but will not be able to set larger goals and work towards them. As adults they may become financially independent sooner, but will realize at age 50 that they haven’t accomplished anything they really want. Because the dissatisfaction with life’s course happens so much later in life, it is often the dreamer that is seen as the irresponsible child. But a parent will want to ensure that they raise a child who can find fulfillment and success in life, and not just be capable of surviving it. Opening up a focused child’s mind will be a matter of exposing them to as much variety as possible, as well as giving them examples of others who have accomplished great things through hard work and focus. They will begin to see how their skills can help them build to something bigger, and will learn to set meaningful life goals.



Lastly, the child who displays talent at both will need to learn how to connect the two. It will be rare that they use their focus or their dreaming at the same time, and the connections between the two might not be clear to them.


Building and raising self reliant children will be about showing how hard work today leads to dreams tomorrow. Be patient and supportive and your child will be happy, healthy, and successful.


Here are a couple of great books that also cover How To Raise Self Reliant Children.

FREE RANGE KIDS has become a national movement, sparked by the incredible response to Lenore Skenazy?s piece about allowing her 9-year-old ride the subway alone in NYC. Parent groups argued about it, bloggers, blogged, spouses became uncivil with each other, and the media jumped all over it. A lot of parents today, Skenazy says, see no difference between letting their kids walk to school and letting them walk through a firing range. Any risk is seen as too much risk. But if you try to prevent every possible danger or difficult in your child?s everyday life, that child never gets a chance to grow up. We parents have to realize that the greatest risk of all just might be trying to raise a child who never encounters choice or independence. Price $9.32



Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks for Developing Capable Young People Price $12.97-No Parent or Educator Can Afford to Ignore This Groundbreaking Work!
Bestselling authors H. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelsen have helped hundreds of thousands of parents raise capable, independent children with Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World. On its tenth anniversary, this parenting classic returns with fresh, up-to-date information to offer you inspiring and workable ideas for developing a trusting relationship with children, as well as the skills to implement the necessary discipline to help your child become a responsible adult. Price $12.97


What Does It Mean To Be Self Reliant

What does it mean to be self reliant? Well, it means being able to rely on yourself. That is of course a circle definition. But I say that in order to wake up the mind of the reader. “Self-reliant” has become a single phrase that is analogous with independence. It is important to break down the term into its parts in order to understand the true meaning.



What leads to a feeling of being able to rely on yourself? Well, to take an old metaphor, it is the feeling that you will land on your feet. No matter what situation you are thrown into, you feel you will be able to survive it. Further, you feel that you will be able to come out of it better than when you went in. Lastly, you feel that you will not be pushed off course, or will be able to change course as needed and still move towards goals that are meaningful to you.



When looked at in this manner it is more clear that self reliance isn’t about independence, it’s about balance. A self reliant person is not cut off from the others around them, nor are they completely able to meet all of their own needs without anyone else’s help. That is not true of 99.9% of humanity and that is as it should be. Humans evolved as social creatures, and our reliance on our communities is what allowed us to survive as a species. Self-reliant people are not cut off from their societies, instead, they are those who have found a way to work within their societies in ways that benefit themselves and others.



Bill Clinton states that, “There’s no difference between selfish and selfless if you understand how the world works.” This points to the fact that the world is interconnected. Humans are not born into a vacuum. Each of us lives our lives in the company of others. Our actions have effects on others and their actions have an effect on us. Furthermore, humanity is just one species of billions on the planet, and the planet is just one of 8 in the solar system, the sun just one star of…you get the point. Every piece of the world acts on and affects all of the other pieces. The only real question is to what degree?



Once this is understood it is clear that actions taken to help others also end up helping yourself. While actions taken to help the self can also benefit others. Self reliant people learn to strike a balance with society in which they are taking actions to help themselves, therefore creating more productive members of society, and benefiting society as a whole. As things add up, self reliant people end up being a net positive to society and those who strike even or are a net negative are not considered self reliant.



The nuts of bolts of self reliance is often listed as doing their own laundry or paying bills on time. Once we break down what self reliance is, we can see that these standards are put in place so that individuals are not burdening others with tasks they can accomplish for themselves, therefore freeing others to handle other tasks that benefit society and so create a net positive for everyone.



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Fifty SPF Sunscreen For Children

Fifty SPF Sunscreen For Children

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Pretty much everybody enjoys summer, they enjoy going out and having fun. There are just so many options for things to do when summer finally rolls around. This is especially true for children. Anyone with kids knows that they will stay outside from dawn to dusk if given the chance. But all that exposure to the sun can be harmful, especially on children with sensitive skin.So what do you do as a parent? Do you cut down on their fun by only allowing them to stay outside for a certain amount of time? We were all kids once, how did you feel when your parents made you come home? So no, we do not want to do that. Instead we can let them play all they want while protecting them by getting some 50 SPF Sunscreen for Children.


Children almost always have more sensitive skin than adults, so they almost always require a more powerful sunscreen. The way it works is that SPF measures how much UVB is being blocked. UVB is radiation from the sun that causes sunburns and skin cancer. An SPF of 50 means they need to be exposed to 50 times as much UVB before they will get burned. While getting 50 SPF Sunscreen for Children is important, that is not the only thing you should look at if you really want to get the best for your kids. Another major thing you will want to keep in mind when picking out sunscreen is whether or not it is waterproof. You may think it does not matter since your kid might just be playing around the neighborhood, however it is not just for those times when you want to go swimming.


When you are running around in the hot sun, you are going to sweat. If you do not get waterproof sunscreen then it will be washed away by your kid sweating. So if you know they are going to be running around and exerting themselves, make sure to use waterproof sunscreen. Something else you will want to keep in mind is how easy it is to apply. I’m sure we can all relate to the annoyance of having our parents apply sunscreen. As kids we just wanted to get out there and play, not bother with this. So as parents we should learn from that experience and try to mitigate it. Getting sunscreen that is quick and easy to apply is important because of that.


Typically, the easiest 50 SPF Sunscreen for Children to apply would be spray sunscreen. You can just spray them down, give it a slight rub, and they are good to go. It also makes re-applying it later much easier as well. If it is fast to re-apply, your kid will be more willing to take a short break to let you touch up their sunscreen. While allowing our children to have fun in the sun is important to us parents, we always need to keep a watchful eye on them. So looking for the best Sunscreen For Children is key. With these tips you should be better able to give your kids the best protection against the sun’s harmful side.


BabyGanics – Cover-Up Baby Sunscreen Spray For Face & Body Water Resistant Fragrance Free 50 SPF – 5.98 oz –
No PABA, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Nano-Particles, Retinyl Palmitate or  Fragrances
Water resistent for up to 80 minutes
Hypoallergenic, tear free formula applies evenly and absorbs quickly
Net Weight: 5.98 oz
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Zinc Oxide 11.2%
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vp/hexadecene Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Hexaglyceryl Polyricinoleate, Polysorbate 80, Phenethyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Citric Acid, Squalane, Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate> Price $19.98

Babyganics Cover Up Baby Sunscreen Stick 50 SPF, 0.47-Ounce (Pack of 2) Price $12.78- Specially formulated to help protect the tiniest of tots and retains its SPF strength- Waterproof Sunscreen-Take this zinc oxide sunscreen stick everywhere you go. Price $12.78


Banana Boat Ultramist Baby Tear Free Lotion SPF 50, 6-Ounces (Pack of 3) Price $22.26-Pack of 3, 6-ounces-UVA/UVB protection-Provides fast and even protection-Pediatrician-tested and clinically-tested

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Lego Duplo Sets

Lego Duplo SetsunnamedPerfect Toys For Toddlers Up To Five Year Old’s

Lego is a Danish toy company that got its beginnings in the 1930’s. Originally, and still, based in Denmark, the brand has been acclaimed worldwide for its line of construction toys. In 1934 the products, as well as the company, officially became known as Lego. The Lego Duplo Sets come with various themed and designed series of sets. Most of these sets cater to a particular age group. One of the well known series is the Lego Duplo line.


The Lego Duplo Sets are well built and nontoxic. The larger pieces allow toddlers to use the bricks and blocks with their own little hands. Building instruction manuals come in every box set. If the instructions are lost, any parent or older child can visit Lego online and get guides in helping the children build their three dimensional designs.


The Lego Duplo Sets are specially made for toddlers with ages ranging from 18 months to 5 years. The Lego pieces’ size is eight times larger in volume than the average Lego brick. The dimension is also twice the height, length and width of the conventional Lego blocks. The concept was first introduced in the year 1969, available in only four basic colors: red, white, blue and yellow. Throughout the years, the collection has evolved to different Lego Duplo Sets including train sets, dinosaur lairs, farm and ranch themes and more. Lego Duplo has also partnered with popular children’s program and cartoon franchises such as Bob the Builder from the famous TV series. These four feature Bob, Scoop and all Bob’s friends. The Thomas & Friends series of toy sets are very popular as a result of partnering with the famous Thomas the Tank product line.


Lego Duplo Sets are certainly one of the best selling toy collectibles for younger kids of all time. The eleven sets in the Lego Bricks series are often cited as being among the all time best selling toys for children ages 2 to 5 years old! This is where the kids can begin getting their building experience. There are three different sized Lego Duplo Sets and other basics to get the beginning brick inventory as well as city, farm, and zoo settings and buildings.


Other Duplo series of sets include:

  • Lego Ville is the largest of the Duplo series with 31 sets making up everything a person would expect to find in your average town.
  • Duplo Castle series consists of only three sets but these include such exciting things as a fire breathing dragon and a knight on a horse.
  • Duplo Dino also has three sets that come with different dinosaurs and cave men.
  • Duplo Trains sets are favorites with the youngsters and the eight sets include everything from the Train Starter Set to the Deluxe Train Set and everything in between.
  • Princess Castle sets are perfect for the family’s little princesses with a pink castle, royal stables. A prince and even horses and a princess with real hair to comb.


Once the kids experience Lego Duplo Sets they will be eager to move on to more challenging Lego projects. They can have years of fun using these wonderful toy building bricks!



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Lego Duplo Sets

LEGO Duplo Cinderella’s Castle-Duplo bricks are perfect for littler hands. So get her building early with Cinderella’s castle. Easy-to-follow instructions and 77 princess-colored duplo elements help you create this pretty castle together. Your little one will spend hours creating stories of Cinderella in her charming castle. Comes with lots of great extras like a fireplace, chandeliers, and cute little beds. Price $89.99



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LEGO Duplo My First Construction Site (10518) – 43 Pieces – Suitable for Ages 2-5 Years- Drive, dump and load at the busy building construction site! Help the LEGO DUPLO workmen in the My First Construction site with truck, front loader, crane, building, road sign, cone and more! Features LEGO Duplo My First Construction Set Features building, road sign, cone, small building plates and assorted DUPLO bricks Includes 2 LEGO DUPLO workmen figures. Highly interactive & hours of fun!
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All aboard the Number Train to skill building!
Hop aboard the Number Train where learning to count has never been so much fun! With numbered LEGO® DUPLO® bricks and 3 wagons, young builders will learn math skills while creating and constructing their own toddler-friendly train! Rebuild into a tunnel, building, dog house and more. Includes child LEGO DUPLO figure and a dog. Includes child LEGO® DUPLO® figure
Features 10 numbered bricks, dog, 3 wagon bases and other assorted bricksRebuild into a tunnel, building or dog house with a roof that opens! Teach counting while playing!
Price $19.99

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This creatively designed castle features towers, a dungeon, King’s throne, Knight’s table, a moveable staircase, secret escape door and more! The King’s Castle set includes 996 Lego building pieces, instruction booklet, horse and 7 mini-figures with weapons and accessories. Intended for children ages 7-12.
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Get into the fast-paced LEGO® building action with a new scene from the Disney/Pixar Cars? movies. Lightning McQueen is being held captive in Big Bentley Tower. Agent Mater Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell rush to the rescue. Help our 4-wheeled heroes to bust him out and hit the road! Includes World Grand Prix Lightning McQueen Agent Mater Finn McMissile Holley Shiftwell The Queen Miles Axlerod and Professor Z Big Bentley Tower features secret entrance control panels and flag-pole Sneak into the Big Bentley Towers secret entrance! Use the lift to reach the top! Launch through the Big Bentley Tower clock into freedom with the slammer function!
Disney Pixar Cars Big Bentley Bust Out Lego [8639 – 743 pcs] 
Price $79.99Retail Price: $99.99
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LEGO duplo Toddler Starter Set 10561
Let your young child explore, play and create with the all-new LEGO® DUPLO® Toddler Starter Building Set! Extra-large DUPLO bricks are the perfect introduction to creative building for toddlers. This 37-piece set includes patterned and eye-decorated DUPLO bricks that are fully compatible with standard DUPLO bricks and elements. The box lid also doubles as a building plate.
Price: 19.99
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Baby Girl Dresses

Baby Girl Dresses

Baby Girl Dresses

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Director Jewels: Baby Girl Fashion Round Up: Fall 2013

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Baby girl clothes are incredible. If I had unlimited funds, Addie would probably have a new outfit every day of her life. Okay, that’s crazy. No kid needs that many clothes. But here are a few things that have caught my eye as I’ve 

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Play the free online arcade game Baby Boy And Girl Dress Up at Big Fun Town. Dress up the babies in the cutest outfits and get them ready for their play date, choose their favorite toys for them so that they can share them with 

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Make certain that you simply buy some cute baby dresses made from cotton.


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White A-line Square Satin Floor Length Flower Girl Dress Price $76.49

White A-line Square Satin Floor Length Flower Girl Dress Item Code:#07700101274 Price $76.49
If your little darling is in the pageant circuit, you know the importance of beautiful dresses. Having a competition dress that is both appealing to the judges and complimentary to your daughter goes along way in helping her secure the crown. This one features a heavily beaded halter-style bodice with bow embellishment in the center. The princess-style A-line skirt has several ruffled overlays of tulle, adding interest and detail. This darling gown will make your daughter look like the princess she is.
Product Details:
Made from satin
Halter-style bodice
Intricate beading
Bow embellishment
A-line skirt


Baby Girls Tulle Headband and Tutu Bodysuit Price $14.99

First Impressions Baby Set, Baby Girls Tulle Headband and Tutu Bodysuit-She’ll be prancing and dancing in no time, but for now keep her looking cute in your arms with this zebra-print bodysuit and tulle-accented headband to match—paired together in this set from First Impressions.
Cotton/polyester; Tulle: nylon
Machine washable
Baby girls two-piece set from First Impressions
Headband: zebra-print band; tulle applique
Bodysuit: sleeveless; lap shoulders; bow at neckline; attached tulle tutu skirt; snaps at bottom Price $14.99


Ball Gown Light Sky Blue Satin Organza Beading Flower Girl Dress Price $89.99

Ball Gown Light Sky Blue Satin Organza Beading Flower Girl Dress Price $89.99
Silhouette: Ball Gown
Neckline: Straps
Hemline/Train: Tea-length
Waistline: Natural
Strap Style: Off-Shoulder
Back Details: Zipper
Fabric: Organza, Satin
Embellishment: Beading
Sleeve Length: Sleeveless
Fully Lined: Yes
Shown Color: Light Sky Blue



Dolce & Gabbana Lace Dress (Little Girls & Big Girls) Price $844

Baby Girl Dresses

Dolce & Gabbana Lace Dress (Little Girls & Big Girls) Turquoise Details & Care-Elegant lace swirls across a vintage-inspired dress cast in a whisper-soft hue and styled with a gathered skirt. Scalloped edges dusted with eyelash fringe complete the captivating design.
Back button closure.
Cotton/viscose rayon/nylon; dry clean.
By Dolce & Gabbana imported. Price $844



First Impressions Baby Set, Baby Girls Tulle Headband and Tutu Bodysuit Price $14.99

First Impressions Baby Set, Baby Girls Tulle Headband and Tutu Bodysuit -Cool and sweet (like ice cream). A tutu bodysuit is the main star of this First Impressions set, but the show can’t go on without the matching headband!
Cotton/polyester; Tulle: nylon
Machine washable
Baby girls two-piece set from First Impressions
Headband: gently gathered at band; tulle applique
Bodysuit: sleeveless; lap shoulders; applique at front; attached tulle tutu skirt; snaps at bottom Price $14.99

American Princess Floral Gathered Dress Price $52

American Princess Floral Gathered Dress Price $52 This American Princess dress is perfect for your little blossom. Floral appliques with rhinestones adorn the waistband and gathered skirt, making this girls’ dress a lovely addition to her special occasion wardrobe.
Shirring on skirt enhances the design.
Tulle on underskirt lends volume.
Back zipper
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 Hatley Voile Dress W/ Bloomer Price $29.99

Hatley Voile Dress W/ Bloomer-Infant Voile Dress W/ Bloomer-Mandala Pink-Hatley’s Woven Beach dress is impossibly pretty, summery and lightweight. Made from 100% Cotton voile this dress is perfect for your super stylish girl on super hot days at home, on the beach or at a party! 100% Cotton, Machine Wash/Dry. Made in India Price $29.99ek


 American Princess Tiered Dress – Toddler Price $52

American Princess Tiered Dress with fanciful fashion. Featuring a tiered design, embellished waistband and subtle color blocking, this girls’ dress is the perfect choice for her next special event.
Back bow enhances the design.
Tulle adds volume.
Back zipper
Machine wash
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Ball Gown Rose Red Net Beading Flower Girl Dress Price $89.99

Ball Gown Rose Red Net Beading Flower Girl Dress

Ball Gown Rose Red Net Beading Flower Girl Dress
Item Code:#05620257418
Price: US$ 89.99
Silhouette: Ball Gown
Neckline: Straps
Hemline/Train: Tea-length
Waistline: Natural
Strap Style: Off-Shoulder
Back Details: Zipper
Fabric: Net
Embellishment: Beading
Sleeve Length: Sleeveless
Fully Lined: Yes
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Sash Shown Color: Fuchsia



 First Impressions Baby Set, Baby Girls Pleated Bow Tunic and Leggings Price $23.10

First Impressions Baby Set, Baby Girls Pleated Bow Tunic and Leggings-Pleated perfection! She’ll be best dressed in this cotton top and leggings duo from First Impressions.
Tunic: cotton; Leggings: cotton/spandex
Machine washable
Baby girls two-piece set with tunic and leggings from First Impressions
Tunic: A-line; ruffle cap sleeves; bow at front with contrast piping; pleated at skirt; contrast trim at hem; button closure at back
Leggings: elastic waist; capri length; faux layered effect at hem
Satin hanger included Price $23.10



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Trendy Kids Clothing

Trendy Kids Clothing

Getting Trendy Back to School Clothes for Your Little Man

Despite what some people might think, children’s fashion is a big deal, to not only the parents but for the children as well. Trendy kids, want to wear trendy kids clothing and when they get dressed, there is no holding them back, they shine like any adult. While shopping for newborn clothing and toddler clothing might not be very hard, the older children get the harder it is to buy clothes for them.


When buying kids clothing for your trendy kid as they get older, you need to keep a few things in mind and the most important thing on that list is their personal preference and styles. Your child should have a say in the clothes that you buy for them and you should give them the choice of choosing between outfits when they are getting dressed. Due to the fact that the kids fashion industry has taken the world by storm, your little bundle of joy has his or her own fashion sense and your little girl knows how to put her clothes together and buying designer trendy kids clothing will give her the option of being her own little fashionista.


While shopping for trendy kids clothing is a bit hard, it is even harder to shop for their back to school clothing and being so close to the reopening, it is essential that you start shopping and the best way to find trendy kids clothing for going back to school is online. When you shop for trendy kids clothing online, you are automatically by passing the long lines in the stores, the hassle of pushing and shoving in a crowded mall, and most importantly, you get trendy kids clothing online at a much more affordable price.


Finding back to school clothes for children can be pretty easy; however, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind and do before you hit up the mall or online stores. The most important thing for you to do is discuss style and trendy kids clothing with your trendy kids and after you have settled on the clothes that you like best, create a list and make a budget. The clothes that are on your list should include pants that can be easily washed and durable; leggings, khakis, and jeans are the best options for girls and of course, jeans and khakis are ideal for boys.


Choose about six tops that will work perfect with the bottoms and choose some regular shirts that can be worn on a daily basis or as under shirts for both boys and girls. Stick to black and white basic shirts because they can be mixed and matched with everything and a nice jacket will compliment these shirts.


Include a couple dresses and skirts for your little fashionista and a couple dressy pants and shirts for that little man who could care less what he wears. Remember to have some designer children’s clothing sweaters on the list and never forget about shoes; sneakers, dress shoes, and of course sandals (not flip-flops) are a good idea.


Raincoats and snow gears are essential and one of the most ideal places to get your trendy kids clothing is at near your shop. There you will be able to find all the latest trendy kids clothing from some of the top children’s designers around the world.


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It’s that time again – time to get new spring clothes for kids. All of the hottest designers have just rolled out their adorable new designs for spring. You won’t believe how many trendy kid clothes designs are available.


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10 Ways To Save Money When Doing Laundry

10 Ways To Save Money When Doing Laundry


Laundry.  We all have to do it, right?  So why not save money while doing this necessary evil?  Follow the tips 10 Ways To Save Money When Doing Laundry below and you’ll do just that!


1.  Wash only full loads
Doing this not only saves electricity, it also saves water and laundry detergent.  After all, we use pretty much the same amount of all of those things whether we do half a load or a full load, right?


2.  Look at those labels
This might sound obvious, but think about it.  When was the last time you read the instructions on the clothes that you are wearing right now?  If the item says “Wash in cold water” you might get by with using warm water but typically hot water is disastrous.  And if you dry “line dry only” items in the dryer, chances are that you’ll be greeted with a smaller version when you retrieve it thanks to the heat shrinking it.


Occasionally you can get by with ignoring the laundry labels, but it’s always good to check and make sure you at least know what is recommended.   I don’t personally follow every label to a “T” but I do recommend at least observing the two things I noted above: not washing “cold water only” items in hot water and not drying (at least not fully) “line dry only” items in the dryer.


3.  Wash in cold water
While some clothes require hot water to get them sanitized (think towels or gym clothes), most clothes get clean just fine using cold water.  At the very least, instead of using hot, use warm.

Curious how much you’ll save?  Check out how much energy is used depending on the temperature selected:


4.  Only launder when needed
Some of you might cringe at this one, but I honestly don’t think it is necessary to wash every item of clothing every time you wear it- especially things like sweaters that are worn over other pieces of clothing. Often we wear a piece of clothing for just a couple of hours and immediately call it dirty.  But is it really?


Wondering why it’s such a big deal to not over-launder?  Every time you wash a piece of clothing it wears it out, especially so if you use a dryer to dry it.  By not washing it as often, you can extend the life of your clothing a bit longer.


5.  Treat stains as soon as possible
The longer a stain sits on fabric, the more it soaks deeper into the fibers and then it becomes harder to get the stain out.  And if the stain dries it becomes even more difficult.  One trick that I use with baby clothes that are soiled by dirty diapers that leak is to at least keep them wet until I am able to treat the stain.  It helps me out in the long run!


While I’m talking about stains I thought I’d mention that two of my favorite stain fighters are Oxi-clean and Fels-Naptha soap.  I love Oxi-Clean for stains that have set or just won’t come out with anything else.  It’s worked great at whitening old baby clothes too.  Fels-Naptha soap is my go-to choice for a great an inexpensive stain remover.  I simply rub a bit of the soap on the stained area. wet it a bit and scrub a bit.  And most of the time the stain is gone!  I’ve used this on many things including grass stains.


6.  Cut back on the amount of laundry detergent
Did you know that you don’t have to use the full amount of most laundry detergents to get your clothes clean?  I’ve found that I can cut back sometimes as much as half the amount and not notice any difference.  Experiment a bit.  Hardness of water and the kind of laundry detergent makes it vary, but I can almost guarantee that you don’t need the full amount.  Oh and this tip goes for liquid fabric softener too!


7.  Use a Mesh Laundry Bag for Small or “Fragile” Items
This is one of my favorite laundry tips ever.  Everyone knows that mesh lingerie bags work great for laundering intimate articles of clothing.  But did you ever think of using them beyond those lacy pieces of clothing?


When my son was a baby I got so tired of trying to find his itty-bitty socks in the laundry.  They’d get stuck inside pant legs or just somehow mysteriously disappear.  So I started putting them in one of my mesh lingerie bags when I did the laundry.  It works like a charm.  No more lost socks around here!


I also use mesh lingerie bags for things like sweaters or my daughter’s delicate dresses that have lace or tulle on them.  Anything that seems like it might easily get caught on another piece of clothing gets tossed into one of my bags.  It has definitely helped keep my clothes looking newer much longer!


8.  Turn clothes inside out
While I love using my mesh lingerie bags I can’t use them for everything.  Some things are just too big.  Dresses, sweaters and other items that might snag or pull get turned inside out reducing the chances of any damage happening to the outside.  Again, a simple thing, but one that has helped me keep my clothing look nicer for longer.


9.  Avoid using your dryer 
Did you know that most households can save $25 a month by not using a dryer?  Not only do dryers hog electricity, they also are hard on your clothes.  (Where do you think all that lint comes from?)  Use a clothes line or a drying rack as much as possible.  And if you must use a dryer, don’t use it any longer than necessary.  Over-drying clothes quickly weakens the fibers reducing the life of your clothing.


We live in the city and don’t have much space but we found a retractable clothesline that we use outside that works really well.  I love being able to hang laundry out!  Between that and our drying rack we use our dryer very little.  When I do use it, it’s often just to “fluff” our clothes.  I’ve learned that by drying our clothes for about 15 minutes in the dryer before we hang them, I rarely have to iron anything- it fluffs them just enough to get the wrinkles out.


Just a quick personal story.  My husband and one of his friends were talking about their electric costs and discovered that his friend’s electric bill was consistently at least $30 more a month than ours.  After discussing it a bit they figured out that the only big thing we do differently is use our dryer very little.  That was an interesting discovery to me.  I knew not using our dryer as much will save money but I didn’t realize it was that much!


10.  Keep dryer lint cleaned out
Again, a no-brainer, but something that is so easy to forget to do!  But by keeping your dryer vents cleaned out you can save up to 30% of your dryer’s typical electricity usage because your dryer doesn’t have to work as hard.


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Kids and Cars Safety

Kids and Cars Safety – Driving Is More Hazardous When School Is In Session

The new school year has started. That means a lot more traffic on the roads, and a lot more kids crossing streets, parking lots and driveways. Parents drop off their children at school in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. And little does anyone realize the dangers. With today’s prevalence of SUV’s, Minivans, and sedans with high back ends, visibility behind these vehicles is seriously compromised. When mom or dad puts the car into reverse, they are taking it on faith that whatever is behind the car will get out of the way.

Automobile manufacturers are dealing with this safety problem by offering (on select high-end models) a device designed to help a driver when in reverse. These little electronic marvels, often called Reversing Aids or Backup Sensors, can literally be lifesavers. Ask Dr. Greg Gulbransen. On October 19, 2002 Dr. Gulbransen was backing his SUV into his driveway when he ran over his 2 year old son Cameron. If Dr. Gulbransen would have been aware that something was behind him — whether it was something as precious as his son, or as trivial as a mailbox — he could have stopped the car before a tragedy occurred.

If you’ve never seen or used a reversing aid, you might be surprised at how technically advanced they actually can be. Reversing aids use a variety of technologies to sense an object behind the car. Some units use Doppler radar, and others use infrared sensors, but by far the most accurate method of detection is the one the U.S. Navy uses on its submarines: sonar. Sonar can operate in any weather, including direct sunlight or rain. And it doesn’t require that the car be moving in order to sense an obstruction. And that’s when the device has to warn the driver.



Some of the least expensive models use a tone which beeps more rapidly as you get closer to an obstacle. Although you have no real indication of how far you are from an object, you can at least hear the relative distance just by listening to the beeps.



Compare that to other devices which actually have LED displays on your dashboard. These are cumbersome — almost useless — because when you drive in reverse, you naturally look behind you, and you’ll never see the little red lights. That’s why an audible sensor is best. But even better than a beeping indicator is one that tells you in a spoken voice exactly how far away you are. Not only do you not have to look forward at your dashboard, you’ll know without guessing how much further you can safely back up.

When buying a new car, ask your dealer if a backup sensor is available for your model. If a new car is not in your plans, then search Google or your favorite search engine for Backup Sensors or Reversing Aids that you can add to your car. Another valuable resource is the Technology page at, a non-profit organization dedicated to children’s safety in and around automobiles. Janette Fennel, who runs the organization, has compiled a list of different reversing aids. She’s a big fan of these devices.

Ms. Fennell is also a champion of children’s safety, and is responsible for proposing much new legislation in this area, including the recently proposed legislation H.R. 2230, the Cameron Gulbransen Kids And Cars Safety Act of 2005, which has also been supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The bill would require that the Department of Transportation establish regulations and deadlines by which light vehicles “would be equipped with a variety of safety measures, including a rear-ward visibility standard and driver notification systems”, says Ms. Fennell.
This type of legislation is a necessary stepping stone in order to strengthen car safety codes throughout the country.



Whether or not you have children, think carefully before backing up. When you buy a new car, ask the dealer if a reversing aid is available for your model. If not, consider adding one to your current car. Even if you don’t have kids, or if school is not in session, it’s worth the peace of mind.  Just ask Dr. Gulbransen.



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Article Written by: Jerry Appleby

About the author:
Jerry Appleby is Manager of Public Safety and Information at American Dealer Services, exclusive distributor of Bak-Talk, reversing aid with voice indicator and sonar technology.
Visit for more information on the safety benefits and other applications for backup sensors.

Open Educational Resources

Finding, Curating, and Sharing Open Educational Resources

We have all heard about the future of “21st century” education: student-centered, project-based, technology-based, and more “authentic” learning experiences. As we move toward the future and implement more technology into our planning, instruction, and assessment, it is important to keep this in mind. One of the biggest hurdles for teachers is finding educational resources online. With the introduction of the iPad and other tablets, the initial focus was on interactive textbooks created by publishers. These “ebooks” are cool and flashy but very expensive. The next phase was for teachers to create their own digital textbooks. This can be done but is also very time consuming. Considering we are all in the process of implementing the Common Core and new science standards, the content of these books is also very much in flux and subject to change. The current trend is to use OER – Open Educational Resources. The “open” implies free resources that can be used by educators and shared with their students.



As educators and students are increasingly looking to technology and digital resources. Policymakers need to recognize that digital is more than print on a screen or flat, digitized text and images. Digital enables the redesign and transformation of textbooks and instructional materials to be more robust, interactive, and personalized; and digital includes multi-media, simulations, online courses, adaptive tutorial course ware, and serious learning games.



The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is committed to improving teaching and learning through the effective use of educational technologies and digital learning. SIIA views Open Educational Resources (OER) as one of many appropriate models for the development and distribution of content needed to meet the needs of students and educators. SIIA’s OER agenda (and this Guide) is focused on helping all stakeholders better understand the benefits, challenges, and total costs to consider in determining the appropriate model for developing and implementing Open Educational Resources. SIIA expects that future educational needs will be addressed by a mix of instructional materials, including OER, and that there is a critical, though perhaps evolving role for commercial partners and proprietary models.



Open Education Resources Are Here To Stay


In a new report by the Software & Information Industry Association, Guide to the Use of Open Educational Resources in K-12 and Postsecondary Education, Open Educational Resources are here to stay. This white paper from the SIIA’s Education Division’s working group was written to provide an increased understanding of OER’s impact and usage in schools.


This Guide provides a framework for understanding Open Educational Resources (OER), and it examines development and implementation costs, current business models, government and philanthropy’s role, and other considerations around the use of OER.


The Guide includes the following:

  • OER Definition, including full explanations of related copyright and licensing issues
  • Total Cost of Development/Ownership of instructional materials, including implications for those creating and implementing OER
  • Business/Funding Models being used to develop and support OER by content developers and aggregators, both for-profit and non-profit
  • Government Initiatives, including a sampling of key federal, state and international OER policies and grants
  • OER Frequently Asked Questions


The guide was developed under the direction of the SIIA OER working group. It was authored by independent consultants Sue Collins of CollinsConsults and Peter Levy of Learning in Motion. Their knowledge, perseverance, and commitment to excellence made this document possible. The guide is available to all under a CC-BY license and is especially crafted to inform legislators, government officials, education leaders, faculty, and content developers and aggregators.
This guide will attempt to inform discussion and help answer many important questions about OER definitions, quality, sustainability, total cost of development, and implementation, among others. It is informed by decades of experience of the authors, SIIA, and SIIA member companies in partnering with education stakeholders to address the vast, varied, and evolving needs for open educational resources and technologies. It was also informed by feedback from organizations that advocate for the use of OER. SIIA hopes this paper will help lead to sound educational resource policies needed to meet educational needs moving forward.
Some SIIA members develop OER and/or integrate them into their platforms and learning applications, while others develop, support, and use open source software. Most SIIA members and digital resource publishers employ a commercial license to distribute their content and applications. SIIA members invest many millions of dollars each year to research, develop, and deploy innovative educational content and technologies. They have extensive experience in not only developing a wide range of educational resources, but also in supporting their distribution, effective use, and ongoing improvement.



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