the “push present” — a “thank you for birthing my child” gift that often involves the presentation of a bauble to the mother right after delivery.
Everything involving becoming new parents could be considered a marathon event worth training for. Here’s our list of five new parent skills that could be considered Olympic sports:
Guess how most first time moms learn about what they need for baby? Shopping! Yes, we said shopping. That is, shopping for items to add to the baby registry.
Spring is right around the corner, so it’s time to dress that bump for the warmer weather.
This newborn Graco Soothe and Swaddle™ bouncer seat recreates the calming sensations your baby felt in utero to help you soothe her more easily. It’s okay to put your child down every once in a while. With the Graco Soothe and Swaddle Soothing Seat, your baby won’t mind when you do because the comforts of the womb are now available outside your belly!
Announce the arrival of your new baby to all of your neighbors with this fun and easy Inflatable Outdoor Lawn Birth Announcements! Setup couldn’t be easier – just plug it in and it inflates automatically. So easy! Let everyone know that your house is the one with the sip and see because the stork is in your yard.
It’s a good time to start thinking about the holiday cards you’ll be sending out this year. It’s always smart to buy your cards early so you can begin working on your list early – that way you won’t be struggling to finish your shopping, wrap your presents, plan Christmas and Hanukkah parties, and write your holiday cards at the same time.
Did you think if your baby watched Baby Einstein videos that they would become a baby Einstein themselves? So did a lot of parents. You all thought wrong, and now you can get your money back.
Whether it’s to celebrate a pregnancy or a fabulous holiday mom gift, the toe tapping sweetness of the Heart-n-Sole necklace was created especially for moms and moms-to-be to reflect what’s in her heart.
After a week of hanging out at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the ABC Kids Trade Show, one thing is certain, there are a lot of amazing manufacturers of baby products. For four days, I was utterly amazed at new and innovating ways to make baby’s life better, more stylish, and make a new parent’s life easier. From beautiful bedding and cribs with craftsmanship to dirty diaper solutions and stylish clothes, there’s no shortage of adorable and inventive products for babies and mothers. After walking aisles of more than 1,000 products, here are ten standout products and trends that will soon be available in the Baby Lifestyles shop and stores around the country.
Total Baby for iPhone and iPod Touch is the most complete baby logging and tracking application available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is the must-have high-tech accessory for parents.
Medela’s Supplemental Nursing System (SNS) is a feeding tube device for giving premature, failure to thrive, impaired or adopted babies long-term supplemental feedings at the breast. Because it keeps the baby on the breast, the SNS avoids problems with sustaining the milk supply, and problems with nipple confusion for the baby.
Do you want to know what the gender of your baby is? Now there’s an app for that! Company Dynadel has announced ‘Baby Gender’ an app for iPhone and iPod touch that allows you to predict the gender of the baby of your pregnant friends based on their birth dates.
All natural Belly bars have a unique nutritionally targeted formula lets expectant and new moms get folic acid, iron, Omega 3s, Omega 6s, and other important vitamins in a delicious, portable and doctor recommended snack. Even better, they have only 170-180 calories per bar!
Medela has become almost synonymous with breastfeeding, as they manufacture some of the highest quality nursing accessories available on the market today. There is an extensive selection of Medela products, from full pump sets and replacement parts, accessories to storage solutions – so breastfeeding can be a positive experience for both mom and baby whether you are at home or away.
Since it first arrived on the scene, nursing moms agree that the Boppy Pillow is a must-have. This firm, wraparound pillow helps a mom position her baby on her breast while she nurses, allowing her to remain in an upright position. Beyond nursing, it’s a great resting place for baby.
It’s breastfeeding awareness month! Bringing home a newborn is a joyous and challenging time in your life as well as your baby’s life. Everything is new and wondrous, yet exhausting and overwhelming. Every mother want the best for their babies, which is a great reason to breastfeed. Pediatricians, health care experts and millions of mothers all swear by it. Studies from all over the globe show that breast milk is by far the best food for your newborn.
“Hands Off My belly!” or “Don’t Ask, We’re Not Finding Out”: these are great words to have on a maternity shirt. But if you’re having trouble finding what you want your pregnancy outfits to say, you can create your own!
Along with being a music legend and being the King of Pop: Michele Jackson was father to three. They are rarely seen in public, and when they are, it is usually with their faces masked or veiled. Their father was always by their side. His two oldest children Michael Joseph, Jr, and Paris Michael Katherine were born to his then wife, Debbie Rowe. His youngest, Prince “Blanket” Michael II was born via a surrogate mother. Now that the music icon has passed, the question now is who will get custody of them?
Hollywood is congratulates Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick on the birth of their twin daughters Tabitha and Marion. At Baby Lifestyles, we’re receiving emails about the legal rights that the couple’s surrogate might have to visitation. Surrogacy laws vary by state, so choosing the right state is crucial. North Dakota does not legally recognize surrogacy agreenments, and in Arizona it’s actually a crime. Here are some important legal facts about surrogacy for those who are deciding if this route of child birth is right for them:
For years, best-selling author Heidi Murkoff has been guiding women through pregnancy and beyond with her book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Now Murkoff is turning her attention to helping parents navigate what they should do before conception actually occurs.
Trying to copy celebrities who are back in skinny jeans weeks after giving birth is unrealistic and dangerous, new mothers are being warned. It can take women six months or even a year, not weeks, to shed the weight they put on in pregnancy, say experts at the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care.
Adding a new baby to a home can be a hectic time for everyone in the household – - especially for an animal that has been the ‘baby’ of the family. There are also unfamiliar noises, smells and routines that can further confuse and stress pets. Every year, thousands of animals are turned into shelters by expectant parents concerned about how their pet may affect the health and safety of their new baby. The arrival of a new child into a family is a very exciting, it means a lot of changes for you and your pet as well. However with a little planning it is possible to ensure that stress and change is kept to a minimum for your pet.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to get President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle to send a congratulations card for your new baby? Would your son or daughter not be thrilled to see this card from this historic couple when they grow up? Could you image the amazing addition this would make to your baby’s memory book or scrapbook?
Elaine Farber has made a career of loving and nurturing babies in a variety of environments. She has worked in hospital nurseries, run a daycare center, provided consultation to expectant parents, and served as a nanny for families with newborns. Farber is known throughout the multiples community in San Francisco for her remarkable ability to care for twins, triplets, and quadruplets with ease. It was this love for children which prompted Farber to investigate and review a multitude of products in real-world conditions.
When you are an actress on TV, having a baby doesn’t always fit in to your character’s story line. Writers don’t always jump at the chance to add pregnancy or baby drama to plotline developments. That’s when the wardrobe and prop department work overtime coming up with unique ways to have characters still involved in the action without giving away to the viewers that the actress is pregnant.
Illinois based Public Relations firm, Baby Swags, was recently called upon to put together one hundred and sixty gift bags that would go out to pregnant audience members who attended a taping of the television show, The Doctors. “We had one week to put together gift bags for the entire studio audience”, states Baby Swags owner, Phyllis Pometta. “It amazed me how many companies we able to pull it all together on such short notice.” The special pregnancy episode is set to air in March 2009.
If you’re pregnant you’ve probably been told there are certain foods to not eat and others to definitely put on your shopping list. But there are seven pregnancy ‘super foods’ that you might not be aware of. All of these foods are inexpensive, available year-round at your local grocery store, and easy to fairly easy to prepare. Make a place for them in your pregnancy diet and you’ll instantly upgrade the health of yourself and your baby.
Bachelorette–now wife and mother–Trista Sutter delivered her first child, son Maxwell ‘Max’ Alston (now 19 months), four weeks premature. There were a series of complications with her first pregnancy and Trista and her husband, winner Ryan Sutter, agreed that they would complete their family with the addition of her second baby due next month.
Rocker family Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have announced that their daughter Harlow, 1, is going to have a little sibling! In a message posted to the Good Charlotte blog late last night, Joel Madden posted the following: “What’s better than winning an Oscar? I am so happy to tell everyone that Harlow is going to be a big sister! God has truly blessed my family. Hope you’re all feeling as good as I am right now.”
Charlie Sheen’s wife Brooke Mueller was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital earlier this week for premature contractions. But since her release 24 hours later, the mommy-to-be of twin boys has turned her focus on organizing her baby shower.
An amenity called stork parking, already offered by some retailers, could soon become law in Kentucky. Pregnant women and parents of children under the age of one would be allowed to temporarily park in spaces reserved for the disabled under a bill filed this week by House Speaker Greg Stumbo.
Kimora Lee Simmons announced her pregnancy in her own way — stepping out in a maternity dress and occasionally resting her hand on her stomach — at Saturday night’s Pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis, held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Before a very pregnant M.I.A. graced the stage at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 8), she told MTV cameras her baby was poised to be a hip-hop star. That makes sense, because he’s already hit the stage with Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I. and Lil Wayne (not to mention his MC mom) for their “Swagga Like Us” performance.
In Jennifer Aniston’s next movie, The Baster, she’ll play a woman struggling to get pregnant for the first time. The comedy will co-star Jason Bateman and center around a man who learns that his best friend (Aniston) is planning to have a baby through artificial insemination. So he does what any normal person would do… he replaces her donor’s semen with his own so that he’s secretly the real father.
There’s no getting around it, IVF is expensive. But if you’re already puttind down $14,000 or more for your baby, why not guarantee it is the most perfect baby you can? For an extra $6,000 not only can you find out if your baby is genetically disposed to develop any one of 6,000 diseases, but you can also determine what color you’ll be painting your nursery. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine doesn’t prohibit gender selection, even using it in cases of family balancing. So you can talk it over with your spouse and decide if you want to think pink or dream blue. Sex selection is discouraged for women age 40 and over, but exceptions might be able to made if the mother is in good health.
Last week, Kimora Lee Simmons gained a baby daddy in actor and Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou. This week, she’s losing a husband in media mogul Russell Simmons. Just an average week in the fabulosity lane.
If it’s baby’s first Valentine’s Day, show your little one how much you love them with these great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for baby.
January 22 marks the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision legalizing abortion in the United States. Many activists for life are trying to honor the day with a rally cry for the unborn, but also to help people facing very tough decisions. Many proponents will use the anniversary as reminder to the newly sworn in President that in a 2007 fundraising event with Planned Parenthood, he said “the first thing I’ll do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act,” sparking the ire of pro-life groups.
It’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting meets The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy for today’s hip and professional black woman. The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy is a straight-talking handbook to pregnancy with contributions by doctors and personal stories from black women and celebrity moms. Kimberly Seals-Allers offers candid advice on specific health concerns affecting black women such as high blood pressure, sickle cell disease, diabetes, and low birth weight, as well as hip and refreshingly frank information about how to get your finances in order, how to cope with embarrassing pigmentation and hair texture changes, single-parenting, maternity fashion, how to deal with demanding jobs and hormone-induced meltdowns.