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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a $150 Special Edition Coffee Maker from Keurig

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

After a frazzled morning spent preparing your family for the day, sometimes all any mom needs is a cup of joe for an instant energy boost. While it’s important to remember drinking too much coffee can be dangerous, in moderation, the beverage could actually be good for you. Take recent research from the American Heart Association. They found that drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee helped improve blood flow in small blood vessels, a big plus for maintaining cardiovascular health.

Good thing then that Keurig has a K65 Special Edition brewing system to help coffee lovers get a healthy dose of caffeine. Valued at $150, it makes a cup in under a minute as hot as you’d like thanks to the temperature control. Or you can brew your beverage of choice over ice.

This week, Keurig is offering TWO lucky GoodyBlog readers the chance to win a Special Edition coffee maker. To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day April 28. Be sure to check back on April 29 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

For our preggo moms-to-be, check out this video for smart caffeine and tea consumption while expecting!

Coffee & Tea During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Coffee & Tea During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Coffee & Tea During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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American Baby Bests 2014: Baby Clothes and Splurge

Monday, April 21st, 2014


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Marching for Premature Babies

Friday, April 18th, 2014

“Your friends, your moms, your sisters, your cousins – they don’t get it,” said Briana Tortoso. “Unless they’ve been there, they don’t get it.”

More than 450,000 babies are born prematurely each year, and Tortoso, pictured at right with supermodel Niki Taylor, son JohnCarlo, and husband Matthew, is the mother of two of them. She gave birth twelve weeks early to twins JohnCarlo and Andrew almost two years ago, but sadly, Andrew passed away just days after birth.

Tortoso is now a proponent of the immense help of the resources provided to her by the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling healthy pregnancies and healthy babies, during her time of need.

Last year, the March of Dimes nationwide annual fundraiser walk, March for Babies, raised over $100 million to fund research and advocacy projects for safer births.

March for Babies participants walk three miles with thousands of people all devoted to one goal. Interested in getting involved? Head to the March of Dimes website to join a preexisting team, or to start one of your own. There are 700 locations and walks to choose from nationwide, so finding one locally is as easy as typing in your zip code.

Once you’ve chosen a walk, click “register,” and complete a profile that includes standard participation details, plus your fundraising goal. Then, rally your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors to sponsor your walk. All donations will help to improve the lives of premature babies and their families.

Premature birth qualifies as a national health crisis, affecting one out of every eight babies born in the United States. Be a part of eliminating that statistic, one step at a time.

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Baby Care Basics: Concerns for Premature Babies
Baby Care Basics: Concerns for Premature Babies
Baby Care Basics: Concerns for Premature Babies

 

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Looking for Baby’s Future Pediatrician? Dr. Todd Rosengart of Vitals.com can help!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Just because Baby’s in the womb doesn’t mean you should hold off on your pediatrician search! The process may seem daunting, but these tips from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Todd Rosengart of Vitals—a website that offers patient reviews and background information about all types of docs—will ease the burden.

Top 5 Tips For Finding a Pediatrician You Love

1. Location

You’re gong to be doing a lot of traveling back and forth to your pediatrician’s office, particularly during the first few months. Choose somewhere that’s easy to get to and has enough parking. A long drive and lack of empty parking spaces can be a headache, especially when you’re dealing with car seats and strollers.

2. Reputation

One of the best ways to find a good pediatrician is to ask friends and family members who are like-minded and have a similar philosophy on health care and raising kids. If they recommend a pediatrician, there’s a good chance you will like him or her, too. Follow up with your own research at sites like Vitals.com and take into account what other people say about the doctor.

3. Philosophy

Make sure your pediatrician’s parenting philosophy aligns with yours. There’s no one right way to raise a baby, but it can be uncomfortable if your child’s doctor doesn’t agree with how you want to feed or educate your child. The best way to get to know a doctor: Schedule a prenatal visit before your child’s born. That way you can ask questions about his values and opinions and make sure they align with yours before you entrust him with your child’s care.

4. Availability

Your baby will need the most medical care when he’s little, but there are times it’s going to be inconvenient. You’ll want to be able to get your child in for an appointment should he need a last-minute visit–or at least be able to reach your doctor. See how your pediatrician handles a request for a pre-natal visit; that will be a good indicator of his or her availability. If he won’t take 15 minutes out of his day to talk to expecting parents, there’s a good chance he won’t take time out of his day for more pressing concerns.

5. Good Listener

When looking for a pediatrician, you want a doctor who takes the time to listen and not rush you through appointments or meetings. Of course, this goes for any doctor, but especially new parents who can’t explain symptoms themselves. You need a doctor who’s going to treat your child–and you–as important.

Not sure how you’ll be able to tell if Baby’s fever is serious? Watch below to find out which symptoms warrant a visit to the doc.

When is a Fever Serious?
When is a Fever Serious?
When is a Fever Serious?

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Is Disneynature’s Bears Too Wild For Your Kids?

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Disneynature BEARSBy Chelsea P. Gladden, BreezyMama.com

Lately, it seems as though it’s getting harder to find a kid’s movie that isn’t too scary for my 5-year-old, yet can still keep her entertained. Frankly, I thought I’d be safe with another gem from the Disneynature series, and in general, this movie worked well for my daughter. However, Bears, like many quality wildlife shows, features the raw, often scary story of survival, which required this mama bear to be on high alert for scenes that might be too much for her litte cub.

Following a mother brown bear and her two newborn cubs for a year, Bears gives a glimpse into their lives: from waking up after hibernation in need of finding food, to avoiding avalanches, threatening rivals and other predators, such as a pesky wolf.

From the beginning, we learn that many cubs don’t survive their first year and immediately the tension is palpable. Fears that an overly hungry rival bear may try to eat them (and actually does go after them!) combined with the over-eager wolf ready to pounce the second the mom turns her back, lead to some anxiety-filled moments that had us on the edge of our seats.

To top it off, the mama bear’s conscious effort to search for food in less threatening environs nearly has her starving to death and you can actually start to see just how emaciated the nursing mother becomes.

Set in Alaska, the documentary is just as captivating a story as any animated cartoon; my daughter and I couldn’t help but root for our heroes every step of the way. Narrated by John C. Reilly, the script offers up humor and playful moments as well. Overall, it wasn’t too scary for my daughter, but the tense moments had her squirming.

At one point, the boy cub gets stuck in water as high tide comes in and my daughter reached for my hand as we hoped he wouldn’t drown. Another particular scene that my little cub found frightening was, “When the [male rival] bears fight.” Other than those moments, she seemed to handle the “scary” scenes well.

Since I saw Disneynature’s Chimpanzee (where the mother dies), I was concerned about whether the cubs would make it and they definitely tease throughout that they likely won’t! SPOILER ALERT: They do survive their first year and their mother fuels up on enough milk to feed them during hibernation to keep them alive for the next spring.

Taking a cue from my daughter’s reactions, however, Bears would be a little too intense for my 3-year-old twins, but any child over age 4 should be fine. Also, the pacing is on the slow side and toward the end, I was concerned it wasn’t going to hold my daughter’s attention for much longer as she started to get antsy in her seat. If your child has a short attention span for movies and television, this movie might not be a choice for her.

That being said, my daughter declared a few times afterward, “It was awesome!” She also added in the car ride home, “Mama, animals are great movie stars!”

Entertaining and informative, Bears demonstrates no matter what your species, a mother’s love for her family is a powerful thing — right down to the occasional bear hug.

Disneynature’s Bears opens in theaters everywhere 4/18/14

Grade on a scale of kid’s films: B

Rated G, Minor conflict among animals; Tense moments; 77 minutes

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Enter for a Chance to Win a $400 Organic Crib Mattress from Naturalmat

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Your baby will, ideally, spend a lot of time in the crib. That’s one of the reasons I’m always preaching to pregnant women to consider spending extra money on an organic or Greenguard-certified crib mattress. You want something non-toxic, that’s safe for baby to breath next to for hours at a time. I know the mattress isn’t as fun to buy as the sheets or the crib itself, but I’d argue it’s the more important purchase.

Probably the most hyper-natural mattress manufacturer I’ve ever encountered is Naturalmat. Watch this video of them making mattresses over in the UK, by hand! Surrounded by cute lambs! You can’t make this stuff up. They are organic down to the ingredients they use to make their mattresses hypoallergenic and fire-retardant

Naturalmat is offering ONE lucky GoodyBlog reader the chance to win its Coco Mat organic crib mattress, which is $400 at retailers such as Amazon.com. The inside is made from coconut husks and lambswool…such a nice change from the days when we all thought we had to sleep on plastic-encased metal springs.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day April 23. Be sure to check back on April 24 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

And since this giveaway closes on my birthday, here’s the horoscope for Taurus Moms like me. Mommy-style horoscopes for all the signs are on our site!

Horoscope for a Taurus Mom
Horoscope for a Taurus Mom
Horoscope for a Taurus Mom

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Earth Day: 3 Eco-Friendly Celebrity Moms

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Hollywood is going green!

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day. From Gisele Bündchen to Jessica Alba, let’s take a look at three green celebrity moms who inspire others to protect Mother Nature.

Jessica Alba

Actress Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren are parents to two daughters: Honor, 5½ and Haven, 2½. 

Shortly after her second daughter arrived, the Fantastic Four star partnered with Christopher Gavigan, dad-of-two and founder of Healthy Child Healthy World, to create The Honest Company, an online source to purchase eco-friendly baby/kid products.

The Sin City actress opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about how she encourages her girls to minimize their carbon footprint.

“First and foremost, we try to model and practice eco-friendly habits for the girls,” she shared. “Otherwise, we talk to them about being mindful and explain that things can be turned into something else one day. This can be as simple as teaching them about recyclables and showing how to sort bottles and cans from trash.”

She added: “We also do a lot of DIY crafts like using cardboard boxes to make airplanes and dollhouses—our creative playtime together similarly shows the girls about repurposing old items.”

The mom-of-two is all about living eco-friendly on a daily basis.

“Involving children in gardening and cooking is another great way to inspire eco-friendly living,” she said. “Caring for the plants in our herb wall garden helps Honor understand the steps to growing food (including patience!), how it ultimately lands on her plate, and about being a good steward of the planet.”

“Honor is also a great sous chef when we’re in the kitchen, so being a part of the dinner process encourages her to eat the foods she grows and develops her taste for fresh ingredients,” she continued. “Hopefully, this lays the foundation for children to prioritize their health and that of the planet.”

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone is one outspoken green mama!

The actress caused quite a stir with a video that went viral. The Clueless star was seen feeding her then 11-month-old son Bear Blu mouth-to-mouth on her eco-friendly blog The Kind Life.

She wrote: “I just had a delicious breakfast of miso soup, collards and radish steamed and drizzled with flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon. Yum! I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his. It’s his favorite…and mine.”

Alicia and her husband Christopher Jarecki live in a Los Angeles home with solar panels and an organic vegetable garden. The actress is an advocate for animal rights and environmental issues and became a vegan in 1998. She shares her eco-friendly tips on her official website.

“The Kind Life is an interactive extension of my book, “The Kind Diet”, which is about living your healthiest and happiest life to the fullest, while taking care of mama Earth at the same time!,” Alicia writes on her blog. “The site is whatever you make of it; whether it’s joining the many others who are on this same journey or simply visiting to gather information and other tips. Whatever you need, you will find it here. I will be sharing all kinds of tasty morsels with you; from fashion and beauty tips, to simple ways that we can help the planet! By the time you’re done with your visit, your mouth will be watering and you will surely want to crash here forever. So come on in, kick off your shoes and check out all sorts of recipes, my favorite foods, nutritional information from doctors that are in the book, the very best restaurants, amazing travel discoveries, party planning tips, ways to make sure your house is as healthy and green as possible, great pet care tips, and so much more.”

Alicia is also vocal about elimination communication, the eco-friendly potty training technique coined by Ingrid Bauer, author of Diaper Free! The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene.

“When Bear Blu was 5-months-old,” the proud mama tweeted, “[S]aturday bear blu went poo and pee on toilet 4x throughout the day…we were so proud! “Check out book Diaper Free..soo fun!” The actress added, “yesterday bear did 2 poops in toilet….so sweet! i’m saving so many diapers…even cloth ones….yahoooo! and it’s so fun!”

Gisele Bündchen

Supermodel mom Gisele Bündchen has long been an advocate of going green. The Brazilian beauty says that her children – Benjamin, 4, Vivian, 1, and 6-year-old stepson Jack – have made the importance of the message really hit home.

“I had my first munchkin, Jack (husband Tom Brady’s son with Bridget Moynahan), before I gave birth to Benjamin,” Gisele said. “After spending so much time with Jack I saw how he wanted to play with the stuff I was using instead of the toys we bought him. In terms of clothes, I bought Jack so many clothes and am now using them for Benjamin. Look, when I was growing up my sisters and I wore hand-me-downs and am now doing the same thing. This all goes back to my motto: Reduce, recycle and reuse. The more we buy the more we encourage the manufacturers to produce more stuff.”

Also a fan of elimination communication, Gisele said Benjamin was potty trained at 6 months old! How did she do it?

The model mom said that her son was on a schedule including breastfeeding in the morning and afternoon, promptly followed by a bowel movement, making it easy for her to put him on the toilet and eliminate the use of a diaper. Of the process she said,

“Give it about five minutes, and bang,” admitting with a laugh that she realizes the process is actually, “more complicated.”

Use our Baby Name Finder to find the perfect name for your little one, check out which celebrities are pregnant, or find eco-friendly toys at Shop Parents.

Eco-Friendly Bottles
Eco-Friendly Bottles
Eco-Friendly Bottles

More celebrity & parenting news:

Raphael Sbarge: I Started Green Wish In Response To Becoming A Father

Beverley Mitchell Shares Details of Posh Nursery

Jen Kessy: “I Am Beyond Excited To Be Pregnant”

CelebrityBabyScoop.com is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on CelebrityBabyScoop.com. 

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach in Clearwater Beach, FL

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the seventh in a weekly series of special travel deals. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATIONHyatt Regency Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Between the Intercoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico, this pink-hued resort with spa, rooftop pool, and three restaurants stands tall on a spacious beach — an idyllic locale for spectacular sunsets. Looking for a fun day trip? St. Pete’s Beach is a little over 30 minutes south and features a sweet zoo where you can feed rhinos and giraffes. Plus the entire area is famous for fresh seafood, cool museums and miles of sandy shoreline.

BOOK IT! From $259; you can check your travel dates online at ClearwaterBeach.Hyatt.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! With the BABY14 package, enjoy a welcome amenity of sparkling cider and chocolates; full daily breakfast for two; guaranteed late checkout at 1 p.m.; and valet parking (resort fee included). Other restrictions, as well as specific book-by-and-stay-by dates, may apply; call 800-233-1234 for full details.

Before you leave, check out these tips on traveling while preggers!

Traveling Pregnant
Traveling Pregnant
Traveling Pregnant

 

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