Archive for the ‘Oh, Baby!’ Category

Who Can Wait for Wordless Wednesday When Your Favorite Toddler Just Discovered Surf Dudes?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Parenting Multiples Just Got Easier

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I’m so jazzed to share with you the new book Magical Multiple Moments (Parents of Multiples Share Stories and Advice on Raising Happy, Healthy Twins, Triplets, Quads and More!) by Julie Gillespie. Julie’s website, TripletTales.net, was the inspiration for the book.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have triplets, or wondered how parents of multiples manage their lives, this is a great resource. Gillespie answers every question you could think of, from “How big should I expect a belly for three to get?” to “How much help will I need to keep everything together?”

After interviewing more than 250 parents of multiples, and becoming a parent of multiples herself, she knows the ropes. She also shares expert advice from psychologists, sleep specialists and more.

Want to see those three adorable babies as they are now? Visit TripletTales.net. They’re just as adorable, but now they have homework!

Halloween Costumes for Baby

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I just saw the CUTEST Halloween costumes for babies over at Gifts.com and I have to share them with you. While some are a bit pricey, in my opinion, some adorable costumes are just $9.95. Here are some of my favorites, covering all price ranges. (Makes me miss those preschooler days, when Matt was a spider for Halloween!)

Choosing Your Baby’s Name

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

How did you choose your baby’s name?

We always liked the name Matthew, and Matt’s middle name, Benjamin, came from Benjamin Rush, a great, great, great (great?) grandfather on my husband’s mom’s side who was George Washington’s personal physician.

When we watched “John Adams” on HBO, Matt was so jazzed to see Dr. Rush featured in the show! Alas, I had no such family history on my side to contribute. :)

I love hearing how parents came up with the name for their baby. And did you share the name choices with friends and family before the baby was born — or keep it a surprise?

Hot, Locked Cars Are No Place for Kids

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

I’m guessing every one of these parents thought it would never happen to his or her family.

But 18 kids have died in hot cars in this country since the beginning of 2010, eight of them in just the past 12 days. That’s the most deaths for the first six months of the year since such data began being collected in 1998.

Since that year, 463 children have died of overheating (called hyperthermia) in cars in the U.S., the majority of whom were accidentally left behind by parents or caregivers.

Kids also can become trapped in a car and overwhelmed by the heat while playing in  the car. To prevent this, parents should keep the car locked and keep keys and key fobs out of the reach of children.

To help remind yourself that your baby is in the back seat (when driving to day care before heading to work, for example), leave your cell phone, employee ID, purse, or another item you’ll need, on the floor of the back seat, in front of the baby’s seat. That will help you stay in the habit of checking the back seat.

Win a Gorgeous Custom Quilt from Campus Quilt Co.!

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I’m guessing you’ve done what I did. As your children got older, you gave away many of their baby clothes — but you kept the ones that meant the most to you. The ones that spark special memories of a little boy running around the house in Buzz Lightyear jammies or a little girl wearing a Tinkerbell t-shirt.

Or perhaps you have memories, in the form of t-shirts, from high school, college, ski trips, etc. and you’re longing to have them made into a keepsake t-shirt quilt.

Well, the wonderful folks at Campus Quilt Co. took my collection of Matt’s special baby and toddler clothes and turned those clothes into the most gorgeous hand-crafted quilt I’ve ever seen.

Here’s Matt wearing his favorite yellow fish t-shirt, which is now square #1. :)

Full disclosure: This quilt was created for me at no charge so that I could review their workmanship and share the info with you.

Prices run from $129 for a 9-square lap quilt (the squares on these quilts are big — 15 inches) to $419 for a 49-square king-size quilt, which would truly be huge!

These are the prices if the quilt is made from t-shirts. There are additional charges for doing special detailed work with baby clothes, adding extra fabric between the squares, etc. Call 502-968-2850 and they can give you all the details re extras.

My quilt is a full size with extra fabric between the squares, which makes it a bit larger. Matt is 5’9″ tall, so you can get an idea how big it is! It fits across the top of our queen-size bed and hangs over a bit.

I have to say, I’ve become a true fan of this company. I’m following them on their Facebook fan page, too. (Check it out for special deals and lots of great photos showing their work.)

I have to show you some close-up photos to show the detailed workmanship. I told my husband it felt as if someone who really cared about our family (and who also had a lot of talent!) made the quilt. There was such attention to detail regarding how the clothes were pressed and arranged on the squares, etc. It really wowed me.

The company also takes great care to make sure your baby clothes or t-shirts are transported safely. They send you a kit that explains everything, and they include a large, heavy-duty mailing bag and a pre-addressed label for shipping.

Then they email you when they receive your t-shirts or baby clothes. They also get in touch with a tracking number when they ship the quilt back to you. They understand how important these memories are to you and they make sure you’re informed at every step of the way. I loved that.

And here’s the best news: Campus Quilt Co. is giving away a gift certificate for $150 to a lucky Parent Talk Today reader. (And if you’re a blogger and are willing to blog about your finished quilt and link to Campus Quilt Company, they will upgrade the gift card to $300!)

To enter the contest, just leave a comment below telling us why you’d like to have your own custom quilt. The winner will be picked at random using random.org. The contest ends on Thursday, April 15 at noon Pacific Time and the winner will be notified by email and announced here on Friday April 16.

If winner does not claim the prize by noon PST on April 18, 2010, he or she will forfeit the prize to an alternate winner who will be drawn at random. USA and Canada residents only, please.

BONUS: You can be entered in the contest more than once by doing any or all of the things mentioned below. When you do one of these things, just leave a separate comment here so I can enter your name in the drawing the correct number of times:

  1. Become of fan of Campus Quilt Co. on Facebook
  2. Mention this contest on your blog and link to Parent Talk Today
  3. Subscribe to Parent Talk Today’s RSS feed (see upper-right sidebar)
  4. Mention this contest on Twitter
  5. Share this post on social media in any other way (see buttons at the end of the post)
  6. Add Parent Talk Today to your blogroll or add our button to your sidebar (see right sidebar)
  7. Become a fan of Parent Talk Today on Facebook

I can’t wait to hear what you would include in your quilt, and why you’d like to win this generous gift certificate. Be sure to leave your comments before noon PST on Thursday!

It’s the Halpert Baby Blog!

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Can’t get enough of The Office? Check out this fun Halpert Baby Blog (good idea, NBC), as Jim and Pam navigate the waters of early parenthood. Cecelia Marie Halpert is adorable, and the hospital pics ring true.

(OK, some of the blog comments make me wonder if everyone there realizes this is a TV SHOW… But more power to NBC for making this a fun addition for fans of the show.)

Just don’t let Dwight hold the baby. OK, guys?

Advice for New Moms

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

What’s the one thing you wish someone would have told you when you were a sleep-deprived, nervous new mom? What advice do you have to share with that mom who just brought her baby home from the hospital and is wondering… Now what?

Let’s share the mom love with those who are new to this world, a bit overwhelmed and in need of a bit of reassurance. We’ve all been there!

Please share your advice in comments. Thanks.

P.S. Here’s some advice received on the (public) Parent Talk Today FB fan page. Thanks, everyone!

Love Your Kid But Wonder What Happened To YOU?

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

In a recent blog post for “Adoption Stories,” her blog on psychologytoday.com, journalist, blogger and licensed social worker Meredith Resnick has hit the nail on the head in describing the early (and sometimes not-so-early) days of parenthood.

She talks about “missing the freedom of life just being about me and my husband.” Something he said “helped me see that now more than ever — when it felt like there was no time because of the kids — that he and I needed to carve out time for ourselves individually, and for our relationship, together.”

Resnick’s interview with Alisa Bowman, creator of Project: Happily Ever After, quickly gets to the heart of what many parents feel during that adjustment period. It’s possible to have “me time” and “couple time” and still be a good parent, Bowman says. “When you put yourself last, though, that’s a recipe for burnout, poor parenting, and marital problems,” she adds. “You keep allowing yourself to get used up and used up some more, until all that is left of you is an exhausted, out of shape, cranky shadow of your former self.”

I loved this interview, and I can’t wait to read Bowman’s upcoming book, Project: Happily Ever After, her story of how she went from wishing her husband dead to renewing her wedding vows.

Both Resnick and Bowman are brave writers who know how to get very personal. In the process, they help readers relate to their own lives — even the lives sometimes lived in tears behind closed bedroom doors. Visit their blogs and I think you’ll be hooked, too. Then call the babysitter and make a dinner reservation just for the two of you — no kids’ meals, diaper bags or talk of preschool allowed.

Beware of Kids and TV Tip-Over Hazard

Friday, February 12th, 2010
Playful toddler on hardwood floor

Got a curious toddler?

Consumer Reports’ recent blog post and video about TV tip-over problems really caught my attention. Young children can be crushed from the weight of a falling TV.

But there are things you can do to protect your kids. Check out the post and video, then check out that TV sitting on the dresser in your bedroom…

(Full disclosure: I’m the social-media reporter for Consumer Reports.)