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Cool Diaps Disposable Diapers 5-Pack Giveaway [Closed]

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Cool Diaps We first wrote about Cool Diaps, an exciting new disposable diaper, back in early January. After seeing such an increase in “designer” diapers hit the market, it was actually pretty refreshing to hear from the husband and wife team that created Cool Diaps. For one, Paige Gillingwater and Holland Henton aren’t behind multi-million dollar companies without a face, nor are they noted fashion designers looking to break into the design for baby field. They are parents of four children themselves and champion diaper-changers, so they would know a thing or two about the need for quality and functional disposable diapers that don’t carry a hefty price tag because of a logo or brand of box you pull your diapers from.

Cool Diaps are stylish and affordable disposable diapers, while functioning at the same quality, if not better, than most leading diaper manufacturers. They are available in three different designs, including peace signs, happy faces and zebra print. After spending a great amount of tireless hours making sure Cool Diaps functioned on such a superior level, these diapers have a surprisingly soft outer layer, the velcro is much stronger than most leading manufacturers’ and the double leg cuff leak protection has more gathers and closed channels, which means less leakage. Cool Diaps also have a cool “blue chip” absorbency located in the center of the diaper that extends up the front and back of the diaper to help prevent leakage so your baby has the protection they need throughout the day.

The best part about Cool Diaps is, of course, the price. Each package of Cool Diaps are priced at only $8.99, regardless of size or quantity. They are available in sizes small (6 to 13 pounds), which contain 36 diapers per package, medium (8 to 19 pounds), which contain 30 diapers per package, large (19 to 30 pounds), which contain 24 diapers per package and XL (over 30 pounds), which also contain 24 diapers per package.

You can purchase Cool Diaps now in select Babies R Us store locations and online at www.babiesrus.com.

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Cool Diaps, Disposable Diapers with Cool Prints from the Makers of Spread Heads

Cool Diaps There are a multitude of different diapers on the market today and walking into the baby care aisle of any store proves pretty quickly that it can be pretty difficult to distinguish one brand from the other. Diapers featuring cartoon characters and designs have been available for quite some time now, but more brands are trying to come up with new and hip designs that you want to look at every day for the rest of your life. Last summer, we saw Huggies come out with limited edition jeans diapers and Cynthia Rowley designed a line of diapers for Pampers.

Black Lab Products, the same company that made the amazingly cute and functional Spread Heads for toothpaste and condiments, have created a new line of disposable diapers, Cool Diaps, that feature both very cool designs and an awesome price tag.

Cool Diaps come in a variety of three different designs–peace signs, happy faces, and a zebra pattern–and regardless of the quantity you purchase these diapers in, they cost just $8.99. They are perfect for every day use, not just because it will take you a good, long while to even begin getting tired of looking at the vibrant designs, but also because of just how financially accessible they are for most parents.

These disposable diapers were created by Paige Gillingwater and Holland Henton, parents of four kids and champion diaper changers. They created Cool Diaps because they couldn’t find a disposable diaper that they wouldn’t mind looking at day after day; because they couldn’t find one, they decided to make their own.

Cool Diaps will not be available until January 26th, but when the time comes for them to be released, they will be sold exclusively at Babies R Us for a limited time. They will be available in sizes small (6-13lbs), medium (8-19lbs), large (19-30lbs), and Xlarge (over 30 lbs). The good news is that right now, you can get a free sample of Cool Diaps (located at the bottom of the page) to try out before going out to buy them when they go on sale.

If you try Cool Diaps, be sure to come back and tell us how they worked out for you and your baby!

Help Your Child Develop Self Esteem and Learn the Benefits of Daily Exercise with Go! Go! Sports Girls — Review and Giveaway [Closed]

Go! Go! Sports Girls Encouraging and inspiring girls to develop and live a healthy lifestyle is incredibly important and the knowledge girls and young women rely on for that development has been proven time and again to start early. From the mainstream media’s insistence on showcasing stick-thin women on billboards, in magazines, and on television to the severe lack of full-figured role models in the media are enough to start the negative self-talk in girls very young. I am a huge advocate for giving girls and young women the tools and knowledge they need to build strong self esteem and the ability to appreciate themselves for who they are without wishing they were like someone else, so when I saw Go! Go! Sports Girls, I was immediately interested in learning more about them and spreading their message as far and wide as I possibly can.

Go! Go! Sports Girls are 14″ plush, sports-themed dolls that were designed as an educational toy to promote self appreciation and the benefits of daily exercise and healthy eating and sleeping habits in girls ages 3 to 12.

I was given the opportunity to receive a Go! Go! Sports Girls doll and I chose M.C. the dancer for my five-year-old stepdaughter who has been taking ballet classes for about a year now. There are a variety of different dolls who are interested in different sports, such as basketball, soccer, swimming, softball, and tennis, among others. Each doll also comes with a small backpack as well as sports accessories, like a small plush ball and bat, a golf club, and so on. Every Go! Go! Sports Doll also has their own unique story and background that promotes exercise and a healthy diet, like having an apple for a snack and drinking plenty of water, and there’s also information about their likes and dislikes. These are dolls that are very relateable and very fun while also telling girls that sports aren’t just for boys or that they don’t belong, which I really like.

Another aspect of Go! Go! Sports Girls that I love is that they are a business that strongly believes in giving back. A portion of their profits are donated to organizations that encourage girls to participate in physical activity and develop healthy lifestyles, like Girls, Inc. and Jack’s Fund.

Go! Go! Sports Girls have won numerous awards, including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award in 2009 and Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Socially Responsible Products in 2010.

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Halloween Safety Tips for Your Little Monsters

carved pumpkins Did you know Halloween is among the top three holidays that produce the most emergency room visits? Last night while talking to a friend of mine online, she mentioned that she was standing by with Band-Aids while her husband and two young children carved the first pumpkin of the season. Carving pumpkins has always made me incredibly nervous, even when adults are doing the carving without little onlookers. Luckily, they got through that first pumpkin without incident, but that isn’t always the case. Due to the high volume of finger and hand injuries in children ages 10 to 14 related to the Halloween holiday, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has recently released some crucial safety tips to keep you and your family safe and happy this Halloween season.

  • Never let children carve pumpkins. Adults carving pumpkins should remember to use specifically designed carving knives, rather than kitchen knives, as they are less likely to get stuck in the thick pumpkin skin. Carve the pumpkin in small, controlled strokes, away from oneself on a strong, sturdy surface.
  • Carving knives should be kept in a clean, dry, well-lit area. Any moisture on the tools, hands, or table can cause the knife to slip, leading to injuries.
  • Should a pumpkin carver cut a finger or hand, make sure the hand is elevated higher than the heart and apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding. If continuous pressure does not slow or stop the ¬†bleeding after 15 minutes, an emergency room visit may be necessary. Additionally, it may be wise to follow-up with a hand surgeon to make sure everything is okay and nothing needs repair.
  • Be considerate of fire hazards when lighting jack-o-lantern candles or use non-flammable light sources, like glow sticks or artificial pumpkin lights. Alternatively, try painting pumpkins for a fun, creative option and remove the risk of carving.
  • Halloween costumes should be light and bright, so children are clearly visible to motorists and other pedestrians. Trim costumes and bags with reflective tape that glows in the dark.
  • Costumes should be flame-resistant and fit properly. Be sure the child’s vision is unobstructed from masks, face paint or hats. Costumes that are too long may cause kids to trip and fall, trim or hem their costumes as necessary.
  • Children should wear sturdy, comfortable, slip-resistant shoes to avoid falls.
  • It is important that children walk on sidewalks and never cut across yards or driveways. They should also obey all traffic signals and remain in designated crosswalks when crossing the street.
  • Trick-or-treaters should only approach houses that are well lit. Both children and parents should carry flashlights to see and be seen.
  • Be aware of neighborhood dogs when trick-or-treating and remember that these pets can impose a threat when you approach their home.
  • It’s also a good idea to carry a cell phone while trick-or-treating in case of an emergency.

Important Newborn Questions and Answers from the Authors of “Heading Home with Your Newborn”

The authors of Heading Home with Your Newborn answer important questions from moms about infant and baby care

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Pediatricians, moms and authors, Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP offer a wealth of “parent-tested, pediatrician-approved” advice in Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, Second Edition (American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2010). Available on the American Academy of Pediatrics official Web site for parents, HealthyChildren.org. Also available in bookstores nationwide. Here they answer a few questions from fellow moms:

Question: The new recommendation for rear facing car seats is two years now, not one year. There are moms out there who say, ‘no you switch them as soon as they start kicking the back of the seat, because if there’s an accident they’re going to break their legs’ or ‘I don’t want my seat to get dirty’.

Dr Jana: I’ve actually spent several years as an Instructor in child passenger safety. So there’s almost nothing that we haven’t heard before along those lines. Specific to your question about breaking the legs if they’re going to touch the seat… crash dynamics tell us that when a car is in a crash, everything moves towards the point of the crash, which is usually the front of the car. If they’re in a rear facing car seat, their car seat presses their whole body into the car seat as it moves towards the front of the car. Yes, there is some rebound to the seat, but if you’re in a serious enough crash, even if your child is protected in a car seat, what do you want to protect more, their head and torso or their legs? That becomes a very easy choice in terms of why we keep rear facing longer. Technically the recommendation is to keep kids rear facing as long as possible within the limits of their seat. The bare minimum is 1 year and 20 pounds, and then I always add on; and I don’t know a parent, who when it comes to the safety of their child wants to settle for the bare minimums.

In Heading Home with your Newborn, even though we already had an extensive section on car seat safety in the First Edition, the field has changed so much that we did a huge update on that section of the book with the absolute latest in child passenger safety recommendations. In a book that is meant for new and expecting parents about newborns, we give parents an overview of car seats in general, knowing that it may be the last time that parents read about car seats. We obviously spent the most time on infant car seats and making sure your baby is secured correctly in an infant car seat, because we’re talking about newborns, but we give parents a perspective of what is in their future, because really parents should be dealing with car seats for the next 10-12 years.

Dr Shu: I think where parents might be nervous about something happening to the legs are mostly a theoretical risk. We really don’t see reports of damage to the legs from rear facing car seats, where we do get reports of whiplash and brain damage and death from babies who are forward facing.

Comment: Most instruction manuals should have a set height limit for rear facing.

Dr Jana: In fact you can find those limits on the boxes when you’re walking the aisles of the store. They all very clearly say, once you know what to look for, they will all say ‘rear facing height and weight limits for seats that are meant to be used, rear and forward facing’. The other thing for parents, and partly why we were committed to including that big picture view is, there are some seats that may say they can be used up to 80 pounds, but they’re talking about the entire life of the seat, but rear facing can only be used up to a certain weight, and then it has to be turned face forward. That is something that people want to take into account when they’re buying car seats. If they want to be able to use this longer rear facing, then one of the criteria is to buy a seat that has a higher rear facing height and weight limit.

Question: Are the latch limits in the car seat manual or are they in the car manual?

Dr Jana: You need to look at both, because cars can have limits. Every vehicle has its own individual uses and cannot use recommendations for the vehicle itself. We felt it was so important to include these as a substantial chapter of the car seats, because if you’re going to pick the single most important thing in terms of preventing unintentional injury to children, all the way up to the age of 14, it is going to be motor vehicle crashes.

Question: Do you recommend in your book that parents go ahead and go to the fire station or someplace where they can have their car seat checked out once they have it put together?

Dr Jana: Absolutely, and we tell people where to go on the website, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to go find by zip code where your closest fitting station is.

If you’d like more information about caring for your infant visit Heading Home with Your Newborn at HealthyChildren.org.

*This post is sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

The Many Colors of Poop: Book Excerpt from the Authors of “Heading Home with Your Newborn”

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Pediatricians, moms and authors, Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP offer a wealth of “parent-tested, pediatrician-approved” advice in Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, Second Edition (American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2010). Available on the American Academy of Pediatrics official Web site for parents, HealthyChildren.org. Also available in bookstores nationwide.

The following is an excerpt to help you navigate those first crucial weeks of parenthood and caring for a newborn:

The Many Colors of Poop

Long after adjusting to parenthood and your role as principal poop watcher and wiper, you may still find yourself fretting over changes in the color of your baby’s poop. In reality, once your baby has pooped enough to get rid of the tarry meconium, all the varying shades of yellow, brown, and even green are considered perfectly acceptable. Mustardy yellow is the color of choice for most breastfed babies, and yellow-tan with hints of green for those who are formula-fed. Being presented with a changing palette of colors is not uncommon, however, particularly later on down the road when your baby is introduced to such things as solid foods and snotty nose colds, both of which can add new shades and substance to the mix.

Black, White, and Shades of Red
There are a few colors of baby poop that, should you see them, always warrant discussion with your baby’s doctor.

Red. Seeing red can mean blood, especially in the newborn period when your baby isn’t eating or drinking anything red-colored that could be mistaken for blood when it comes out the other end. Blood should not signal you to panic immediately, but you should bring it to the attention of your pediatrician, who will be able to help you sort out the cause. It is possible for babies to swallow some blood during delivery that presents itself shortly thereafter–either in the baby’s spit-up or poop–but, nevertheless, any amount of bloody poop should be evaluated because it can also be a sign of a problem.

Black. Black-colored poop sometimes represents old blood because blood is known to turn from red to black over time in the intestinal tract. Remember that this black color alert does not apply to your baby’s first few meconium bowel movements, which you can fully expect to be black and tarry looking.

White. White poop is quite rare, but needs to be brought to the attention of a doctor ASAP because it can be caused by an underlying liver problem. The earlier it is addressed, the better–either for peace of mind or medical management.

*Book excerpt from Heading Home with Your Newborn (Second Edition/Copyright 2010/American Academy of Pediatrics).

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“Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale” Review

Barbie A Fashion Fairytale When I was a child, I remember sitting on my bedroom floor and the bedroom floors of my friends playing with Barbie dolls for hours upon hours; I would transform entire rooms into Barbie dream houses of my own, dress and accessorize my dolls and it never got boring. There wasn’t a line of super awesome movies though, and now that I see what they’re coming out with, I have to admit that my inner child is a tad jealous.

My four-year-old stepdaughter is crazy about Barbie, so I was pretty excited about being given the opportunity from MomSelect to review the new Barbie DVD Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale.

This movie takes on the genre of a modern-day fairytale and is all about fashion. Barbie and her dog, Sequin, visit her aunt in Paris after she thinks Ken has just broken up with her, but finds out that her aunt’s fashion house is about to be shut down because someone is stealing designs. Barbie discovers three enchanting Flairies who have sparkle-magic powers and together, they come up with an idea to save the fashion house. Barbie also inspires a fashion designer to create amazing fashions in order to have a runway show. Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale is embedded with the message to never give up and that hard work pays off. I think the message of hard work is so very important to teach young children so they can grow up and know that nothing in life comes particularly easily and that in order to get what they want, they will need to work hard for it and to keep trying for the result they want.

Some themes in the movie are a little over the heads of smaller children, although I was told that this movie was enjoyable for children as young as 3, such as the vindictiveness of some of the characters, which starts a whole lot of trouble and drama and sends Barbie off to Paris to visit her aunt in the first place. My stepdaughter liked Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale a lot, but she did get a bit bored with it about 45 minutes in and was ready to move on for the day.

I would recommend this Barbie DVD for children who are super crazy about Barbie, but maybe for those who are a little older or who have a longer attention span.

Disclosure: MomSelect provided me with the Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale DVD to review and keep. All opinions expressed throughout this post are 100% mine.

It’s Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week

Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week

Petfinder recently conducted a survey of their shelters and rescue groups and found that 95% of them currently have adoptable pets that are going un-adopted and who they are having an extremely hard time finding forever homes for. Also, 33% of their adoption groups have had pets who were posted for adoption on Petfinder who went one to two years without being adopted and 27% have had pets who have waited more than two years to be adopted and to have a forever home of their own.

In response to these sobering and quite heartbreaking statistics, Petfinder launched Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week on September 19th that will continue up until September 25th. The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness about less-adoptable pets and to find forever homes for these animals, who are just as wonderful and rewarding as the younger pets who are often adopted over them.

According to the shelters and rescue groups who are trying to find homes for these less-adopted pets, they found that 30% of the pets not being adopted are because they are older pets, 15% are pets with medical problems, 13% are victims of breed prejudice, 10% are shy pets and 10% are those who need to be the only pet in the house.

There are currently 458 pets posted in Petfinder’s Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week gallery and while the initiative will end this week, it is important to keep checking back and see if there is a pet out there who you could provide a forever home to.

Social Psychologist Says Children of Single Parents are Just Fine, Contrary to Bill O’Reilly’s Recent Comments

Jennifer Aniston Bill O'Reilly Bill O’Reilly recently attacked Jennifer Aniston because of her new movie The Switch, about a single woman deciding to have a baby using a sperm donor and not with a man who would be a father to her child. While promoting the movie, Jennifer Aniston commented on the movie’s premise, saying:

“Women are realizing more and more that you don’t have to settle, they don’t have to fiddle with a man to have that child. They are realizing if it’s that time in their life and they want this part they can do it with or without that.”

Many have been commenting on what the movie is really saying about society, but this commentary goes back as far as when other movies of the same type came out; movies like like Baby Mama and Miss Conception. But one person in particular had quite the negative reaction to Aniston’s comments about women having children without fathers being in the picture; and that person is none other than Bill O’Reilly.

O’Reilly is under the impression that Jennifer Aniston is some gigantic role model amongst children and commented saying, “She’s throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that, ‘Hey you don’t need a guy. You don’t need a dad.’ That is destructive to our society.”

When I heard about this comment, the first thing I thought of was “Why would 12 and 13-year olds need a guy in the first place? At that age, you kind of want them to stay far, far away from guys”, but perhaps he just meant that Jennifer Aniston is out there saying that kids don’t need any kind of male figures in their lives whatsoever. Even so, that’s a pretty big slip up on O’Reilly’s part. Secondly, what 12 and 13-year-olds know who Jennifer Aniston is or what she is doing or what movies she is in? I really don’t think they care much about Jennifer Aniston and I was assured in my thought about this when Beth Feldman of Role Mommy came out and said the same thing.

But let’s get down to the real point of this topic–Do children of single mothers suffer more than if they were brought up in a household with a father present?

Susan Newman, a social psychologist and author of the book Parenting an Only Child commented on O’Reilly statement saying,

“The traditional family that we have always known as mom, dad and two kids is no longer the traditional family. … Children of single parents do just as well as kids who have two parents. There’s nothing in the research that says having a baby by yourself is a terrible thing.”

Carl Pickhardt, a parenting expert and psychologist also commented on where Bill O’Reilly’s comments were coming from and what to take away from them, saying that while fathers are important in a child’s life, what it is even more important and downright crucial is “the quality of parental commitment to raising that child after it is born. … It is a prejudice that single parents — mostly moms — are deficient parents. In fact, they are among the strongest and most resourceful parents I see.”

Support Your Kids’ Education with Box Tops for Education at Your Local Walmart and $25 Gift Card Giveaway [Closed]

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Box Tops for Education The back to school season is already in full swing and now that you may have a lot of your kids’ back to school shopping completed, it’s time to start thinking about how you can support their education aside from the new clothes, shoes, backpack, lunch box, pencil cases, folders, notebooks, protractors and the rest of the supplies they need throughout the school year.

Box Tops for Education is a great way to support your child’s education. Just buy some of your favorite items at the store, like Betty Crocker cake mix, Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries, Yoplait Kids Yogurt, Hamburger Helper, among many others, clip the Box Tops for Education coupon off of the package and send them in to your school’s Box Tops coordinator. With over 20 great brands and more than 40 products participating in Box Tops for Education, it won’t be very hard to find items you and your family will love and support education at the same time. Each Box Top coupon is worth 10 cents for your school. It doesn’t take long for those Box Tops to add up and the money collected from them goes towards school field trips, activities and supplies your child’s school needs to continue giving them the best education possible. Don’t have a child currently enrolled in school? That’s okay, collect Box Tops and save them for a friend or family member who does.

Walmart As if it weren’t already super easy to collect Box Tops for Education, Walmart is making it even easier! From August 3rd to August 31st, head over to your local Walmart to find 4 Box Tops on participating General Mills products and earn even more cash for the participating school of your choice. Walmart is already helping families save on all of their back to school supplies, so it’s only natural for Walmart to also help you save and earn more with the Box Tops for Education brands you love.

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