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February 15th, we’re talking to James Hirtenstein The Safety Dad and Founder Baby-Safe about the most dangerous rooms in our house, with Heather from Mom4Life about things to make traveling with kids easier, and with Jami Kent about sleep solutions when your baby thinks it is time to give up the nap! Safety Dad For more information on the most dangerous rooms in your house, check out James’ blog. The most dangerous rooms in the house are Kitchen Bathroom Child’s room all other rooms What You Need in the Kitchen Latches: (Kidco S331 adhesive), (Swivel S333), (Gerber Spring loadedGIN-80034409)) Magnetic tot lock Stove Knob Locks: 5 pk (kid kushion P/N 9000) Appliance/Lazy susan All-Purpose Locking Strap (Kidco) Water cooler anchors-Simple L bracket with zip ties What You Need in the Bathroom Toilet locks-Lid-Lock (P/N I-0240) Made by Mommys Helper Safety Tap (P/N Made by Safety Tap Inc.-Protects against access to hot water valve Locks-should be switched so the locking machanism is on the outside of the door so a child doesn’t get locked inside accidentally Scald guard-Automatic hot water shut off if gets too hot. Latch all cabinets-see above for brands What You Need in the Child’s room/other rooms Furniture tipping- furniture safety brackets by Mommy’s helper Item # 91192-2 Change door stops with white tips-use solid doorstops by Kidco #906 Electrical outlets–Safe beginnings Sliding Safety Plate for Decorator Outlets, Item # 794-2 Power Strip safety cover-Power Strip Safety Cover (P/N 40896) by Mommys Helper Blind cord cleats-Anti Choke Pack of Cleats (P/N FO330) by R H Rowley Anti-slam door mouse-protect fingers Door Mouse, 2 Pack (P/N ) by Kid Kushion Traveling with With Kids–Tools to Make it Easier Here are some of the products suggested by Heather from Mom4Life. For Mom’s on the go, City Hopper created the “Hold-me” Bib. Originally the bib was designed to hold the ever dreaded, but often life-saving, binky. As our babies grow, and we grow as parents, we now realize that these bibs can hold just about anything with a ring. Sippy cups, teething rings, and favorite toys can easily be attached to the baby*, their strollers, and car seats. Retail price: $16.00 Peek-A-Boo Stuff, LLC has found a way to combine entertainment, education, quiet time, and style into a simple hand-held toy. Choose from three styles, all perfect for quiet play, especially road trips! There is even a detachable contents list for the parent (or older sibling) to use to prompt what item the child can look for next. Retail price: $15.00 Angel Guard Seatbelt Release Cover $19.00 for a set of two Problem Solved: This guard deters small children from disengaging the seat belt holding their car or booster seat in place. The AngelGuard is really popular with moms that have toddlers in booster seats. My kids are not at that sage yet so I haven’t used them myself because they can’t reach down that far but they have gotten great reviews from moms of those kids. Babysparewear Travel Kit outfits to go $24.99-$42.00 Problem Solved: Always have a spare set of neutral, comfortable clothing (pants, short and long sleeve shirt) on hand in the car or diaper bag for accidents while traveling. You could certainly just put extra clothes in the car but moms seem to like the idea of a set of clothes that are specifically for emergency purposes ready to go in their own little bag that you can put the soiled clothes in if needed and they are popular for putting in the dad’s car. The plain colors makes it so that if you just need to use the shirt or pants it will likely still look ok with what they were wearing. OnTray 2Go Multifunctional Container $9.99 Problem Solved: An easy way to keep snacks, small toys, coupons, shopping lists and more close at hand and attached to the handle bar of your shopping cart. Travelmate $89.00 Problem Solved: Leave your stroller at home wh[...]
We have a great show with Lisa Druxman of Stroller Strides talking about how to exercise in winter (her voice is a little soft, but the info is great). Then, we talk to PA Jeff Abrams of Alpine Pediatrics about how to deal with Winter Colds. And finally, we discuss how to bring singing into your house and add signing. Check out Babies and Moms Host Nancy Cadjan’s book Baby Signing 1, 2, 3 for great tips on singing and signing. Products discussed today: Burt’s Bees Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Grapeseed Oil Hand Creme This natural hand cream provides daily therapy for extremely dry hands using some of nature’s most moisturizing agents like honey, jojoba oil and rosemary extract. Reveal hands that are naturally soft to the touch, smooth and healthy. It was the cream that we found most useful. Nancy has used Cetaphil, Eucerin, and Aquaphor before, but this was better than any other product. Tricia likes the Burt’s Bees Banana Hand Cream. Additionally, Tricia and Shelly liked the results they got from Nature’s Shea Butter. Shea butter is a wonder and works incredibly well to give hands great moisture. Nature’s Shea Butter has lots of different fragrances. Because it is all natural, it can be a bit hard to get it out of the jar, but once you get it warm on your skin, it sinks right in with no oiliness. We love PureWorks Antibacterial Foam as the only hand sanitizer we use in our diaper bag and in our homes. Tricia was the first one to let us know about this incredible product. Since then, we have all tried it and find it is really great. Best of all, it is 100% safe for kids–even if they drink it (they will be really clean on the inside). Kills 99.9% of bacteria and other harmful germs that can cause illness and infection. Persistent – Continues to protect your skin for hours after application. FDA compliant as both a First-aid Antiseptic and hand sanitizer. No-rinse application for foams and sprays. Alcohol free. The active ingredient is benzethonium chloride, recognized world-wide as a safe and effective antimicrobial compound. Rather than drying or irritating the skin, PureWorks products soften and condition the skin while providing hours of lasting protection against bacteria and harmful germs that cause illness. To order please contact Skyler at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 801.884.8337. Mention Moms and Babies Radio to receive a special offer of 1/2 off price. You may also visit www.pureworksdistributors.com/puresky for more information. Xlear nasal wash is an amazing way to clean out the nose and keep things moist so bacteria don’t enter the body. When certain harmful bacteria enter the body, they attach to the membranes of the nose and throat. Xlear Nasal Wash merely flushes harmful bacteria away. Nancy has used Xlear for 6 years every winter and her kids actually don’t mind the spray because it is kind of sweet. Tricia’s kids call it the “sweet spray” and they love it too. It stops the runny nose and helps keep the kids healthy. Xylitol is a remarkable substance. It is all natural and is non habit-forming. The World Health Organization and the FDA have given xylitol their safest ratings for food additives. Babies and small children can use Xlear Nasal Wash without restriction.
We talk about Etiquette with Babies and Toddlers with Ellen Reddik of Impact Factory. We all discuss our chapped hands and the solutions we have found and LOVE and then Stacey discusses birth order. The sound quality is lower on this show because we had to talk over the phone due to a snowstorm. But the content is REALLY great. What We Like for Chapped Hands Mistral antibacterial liquid hand soap leaves your hands supple and smooth. Enriched with glycerin and shea butter, Mistral liquid soap protects and hydrates your skin leaving your hands both clean and moisturized. We liked this soap. NOTE: We tried all the soaps in the grocery store from the national brands. All of them dried out hands and made things worse. Bath and Body soaps were OK, but Nancy still feels that the Mistral is better. We love PureWorks Antibacterial Foam as the only hand sanitizer we use in our diaper bag and in our homes and the soap REALLY keeps hands from cracking. We have all tried the foam and the lotion and find it is really great. Best of all, it is 100% safe for kids–even if they drink it (they will be really clean on the inside). The lotion heals cracks–we even use it to clean out cuts. We add the Burt’s Bees at night because even though we like this, we find it still needs a bit more at night to keep our hands silky–but with PureWorks, we have no more cracks and the cracks we had are all healed. To order contact Skyler at email@example.com or at 801.884.8337. Mention Moms and Babies Radio to receive a special offer of 1/2 off price. Visit www.pureworksdistributors.com/puresky for more information. Burt’s Bees Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Grapeseed Oil Hand Creme This natural hand cream provides daily therapy for extremely dry hands using some of nature’s most moisturizing agents like honey, jojoba oil and rosemary extract. Reveal hands that are naturally soft to the touch, smooth and healthy. It was the cream that we found most useful. Nancy has used Cetaphil, Eucerin, and Aquaphor before, but this was better than any other product. Tricia likes the Burt’s Bees Banana Hand Cream. Additionally, Tricia and Shelly liked the results they got from Nature’s Shea Butter. Shea butter is a wonder and works incredibly well to give hands great moisture. Nature’s Shea Butter has lots of different fragrances. Because it is all natural, it can be a bit hard to get it out of the jar, but once you get it warm on your skin, it sinks right in with no oiliness.
We talk with Claire Lerner from ZERO to THREE about your child’s temperament, an update on signing and what to do in specific situations, and nursing covers and which ones work well. This show really ROCKS! Temperament Claire will be discussing the following: What is temperament? Why is it important? Are there temperaments that are better or worse than others? Can you change your child’s temperament? Should you? What do you do when your temperament as a parent is different from your child’s, like if you are really active but your child is sedentary? Or you like to be around people a lot and they don’t? Nursing Covers The nursing cover that our testers liked the best was the Obuba–yes it is a weird name but it works! You pronounce it Oh-Boo-Baw. Unlike some others we tested, this one is multi-function and can be used as a car seat cover, a blanket, or a shade. Plus it covers your back side so when you lift your shirt up, you don’t expose your back! And it is stylish and looks like a GREAT poncho. Check it out! We gave it our Squeal of Approval (and Babies and Moms listeners get $5 off when they use the coupon BabiesandMoms when ordering).
We’re talking to Chrissy Cianflone of SafeKids.org about fire safety with small children. Then, were talking about having realistic weight expectations and how to beat winter sniffles and about two great products we found: PureWorks Antibacterial Foam and Xlear. We love PureWorks Antibacterial Foam as the only hand sanitizer we use in our diaper bag and in our homes. Tricia was the first one to let us know about this incredible product. Since then, we have all tried it and find it is really great. Best of all, it is 100% safe for kids–even if they drink it (they will be really clean on the inside). Kills 99.9% of bacteria and other harmful germs that can cause illness and infection. Persistent – Continues to protect your skin for hours after application. FDA compliant as both a First-aid Antiseptic and hand sanitizer. No-rinse application for foams and sprays. Alcohol free. The active ingredient is benzethonium chloride, recognized world-wide as a safe and effective antimicrobial compound. Rather than drying or irritating the skin, PureWorks products soften and condition the skin while providing hours of lasting protection against bacteria and harmful germs that cause illness. To order please contact Skyler at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 801.884.8337. Mention Moms and Babies Radio to receive a special offer of 1/2 off price. You may also visit www.pureworksdistributors.com/puresky for more information. Xlear nasal wash is an amazing way to clean out the nose and keep things moist so bacteria don’t enter the body. When certain harmful bacteria enter the body, they attach to the membranes of the nose and throat. Xlear Nasal Wash merely flushes harmful bacteria away. Nancy has used Xlear for 6 years every winter and her kids actually don’t mind the spray because it is kind of sweet. Tricia’s kids call it the “sweet spray” and they love it too. It stops the runny nose and helps keep the kids healthy. Xylitol is a remarkable substance. It is all natural and is non habit-forming. The World Health Organization and the FDA have given xylitol their safest ratings for food additives. Babies and small children can use Xlear Nasal Wash without restriction.
We are talking to Jill from HowsMyNanny.com about how to help moms who have nannies monitor what their nannies are doing.For Babies and Moms listeners, HowsMyNanny has a coupon code of your membership of 20%. Use the code 8743re3e to get the discount! We are also telling you more about each of the hosts and why we love coming each Friday to talk on Babies and Moms. We’re already your friends so listen and learn more about us personally! This is really a great discussion of parenthood!
Claire Lerner from ZERO to THREE talks about on how to properly deter unwanted behaviors with appropriate discipline. We will also talk with Rachel Coleman of Signing Time about signing with children with special needs. AND we will discuss the importance of religion in the life of a child. Don’t miss it!
We talk about taming the Power Struggles and Temper Tantrums, How to get out stains, and how to tell if that research you read about is good or if it is just a scare tactic to get you to buy a product. Great Info! Basic Baby Clothes Stain Removal: Pre-treating stains is the best way to keep your baby clothes looking like new. Formula, diaper accidents, and brightly colored baby food can be difficult stains to remove from baby clothes, but taking the time to work on the stains before washing should improve your success rate. If stained clothing will sit for a while, try using a paste-type pretreatment that can sit on the fabric for up to a week. Otherwise, a spray-on stain treatment or laundry additive should handle most stains. For stains that don’t respond to basic treatment, you’ll need to take a more aggressive approach. Moms have been successful at removing stains by making a paste of Oxi-Clean and spray stain remover, putting baby clothes in a mixture of boiling water and Oxi-Clean, using Zout stain remover, and an other product called Quick n Brite. Stain Removal Guide Sponge stains promptly with cool water to prevent setting. Always test your stain-remover on a hidden part of the garment first to check for colorfastness and bleachability. Before laundering, pretreat or presoak stained articles with a detergent that eliminates both protein and oil-based stains. Remember, washing and drying without pretreating can set some stains. If pretreating with a powder detergent, add 1/2 scoop per gallon of water in a bucket or 1-1/2 scoops in your washer and check care label to determine warmest water for your fabric. Air-dry treated and washed items, since some residual stains are not visible when wet and heat from the machine drying may set them. Follow all safety precautions on stain-removal product labels. ALWAYS SELECT the Right Water Temperature Hot water is best for whites, items that retain their dyes (colorfast), heavily soiled clothes or greasy stains. Warm water should be used for permanent press and other 100% man-made fibers, blends of natural and man-made fibers and moderately soiled items. It can also prevent dye loss and reduce wrinkling. Cold water will help keep most dyes in dark or bright colored clothing from running (provided they are colorfast) and minimize the shrinking of washable woolens. Cold water is also good for lightly soiled clothing and clothes stained with blood, wine or coffee. (These stains may set if washed in hot or warm water.) STAIN REMOVAL PRODUCTS we recommend Quick’n Brite is a biodegradable cleaner that is environmentally safe, yet strong enough for the worst stains and messes. Best of all, Quick’n Brite is the perfect, all-purpose, household cleaner. This means that Quick’n Brite is entirely safe and requires no special handling like so many other household cleaners. There are no toxic fumes and it won’t irritate your skin. OxiClean Baby Stain Soaker, is a non-irritating, 100% fragrance, chlorine, detergent, dye and residue free solution, so moms feel safe knowing it will not irritate their baby’s sensitive skin. It removes tough stains caused by just about anything your baby can get into. Zout® Liquid was developed in the early 1960′s as a solution to fighting off hard-to-remove bloodstains from the uniforms of doctors and nurses. Zout Liquid is water-based, non-corrosive, non-flammable & biodegradable. Zout does not contains chlorine or bleach and is safe for all colorfast washable fabrics. You can purchase this product at most grocery stores. There is a store locator on their website. Last option: Buy all white baby clothes and wash them with bleach! Taming the Tantrum Ken Patey is the father of 11 children and has traveled and lived in Canada, the United States, England, and the Middle East. Ken is the founder of GrowthClimate Therapy Services. Check out GrowthClimate to find out more about the amazing services that t[...]
We’re talking about Fit Moms and winter exercise, Rae Pica of Moving and Learning.com talks about keeping kids active (no couch potatoes this show) and we share Cute things you just have to have–and some of them are useful too!! BTW: See a 3-month old reading Baby Signing 1, 2, 3. So cute! Keeping Toddlers Active in Winter Rae Pica of www.movingandlearning.com and author of 17 books and consults with organizations like Sesame Street, Headstart, the CDC, Blue’s Clues, and Gymboree. Set aside time every day for active indoor play. Make sure there is someplace where you and your child can safely move –where knickknacks and sharp corners aren’t a concern. Put on a lively march, or break out the pots and pans, and hold a lively march around the house. Put on some music and dance–or play Statues. Set up an obstacle course using furniture, empty boxes, a jump rope, etc. Play Follow the Leader, or Shadow. Play the Mirror Game; make it active. Play Catch Me If You Can. Bundle up and go outside! Important not to give children the idea that they can’t go out just because it’s cold! Take a walk. Play in the snow: building snow people, making snowballs, making angels. Play some of the above games: Follow the Leader, Catch Me if You Can. Catch falling snow on mittens or tongue! Give toddler a child-sized shovel so s/he can “help” with the driveway or walk. Join a program like Gymboree or KinderMusik, which you can attend at least once a week. Buy activity-oriented, rather than sedentary, toys, games, and gifts that will allow your child to be active on his/her own. Twister Pull toys CDs with lively music to dance to Chiffon scarves to catch Balls of various sizes A toddler tricycle Cute Things WARMSIES–Totally cute and USEFUL warm undergarments for babies. You won’t mind when the cute print peeks out from under the pant leg. 15% off Check out put the code RADIO in the comments and they will refund you 15% of your entire bill including shipping. The refund is not placed immediately, but will be refunded to you within the same day. This company was started by moms Krista Lewis and Melissa DeMordaunt. GiddyGiddy–Our favorite hair clips. SO cute and fun. We get stopped when we are on the street and our girls love to put them in her hair. Get them at Mom4Life (Animal clips, Flower, Fruit Themes). These cute clips were created by Teri Dimalanta . See Kai Run Shoes–When we first saw these, the oohs and ahhhhs were so loud. Totally cute and useful too. The soles are comfy and easy for your kids to walk in. Plus the style is wonderful! They were created by a husband and wife team when they had their first child! Pink Bench HeadBand–This is really for Mom and maybe for daughter if she has a larger head. This headband is light and stays in place. If you have a mane of hair that needs to be kept back, try one. No pain and stays in place! Funkie Bibs–Since you have to use one everyday, why not use something fun. These are cute and they still work. They wash up and save the clothes. And they can even be reversed so you get twice the bib! BabyLegs Leg Warmers–No joke. These are back in style but they are cuter than they used to be. This is not Flash Dance–but something cute and useful. You can keep baby’s legs warm. Check them out but if you are an older mom, don’t confess to your kids that you wore these once. Nicole Donnelly, stay-at-home mom to Sara, started making BabyLegs to keep her dear daughter’s legs warm. Zooni Hats–Can you just say TOTALLY CUTE? These hats are adorable and very warm. If you live where you need a hat, check out this totally cute option that will have everyone laughing and loving it. From Puppy Love, Flower Power, Fire Cracker, to Katie’s Moss, these hats are adorable! Inspired by the arrival of their children, sister team Michelle and Melissa Jeong[...]
We broadcast our Moms’ Retreat . We met in the mountains with 20 of our friends to eat good food, bond and learn more. Today, we listen to three of the 6 classes that were presented at the Moms’ Retreat. In this show, you’ll learn about: how to feed babies and toddlers how to organize your house how to get your kids to eat more veggies and fruits This show is REALLY COOL so sit back and relax. Check out Shelly and Michelle digging into the GREAT food we had! We’d be remiss if we did not thank several people. First, thanks to Steve and Sharon Thompson for letting us invade their beautiful house in the mountains. A special thanks to ChrisDean Epling from Mary Kay for helping us have Satin Hands and learn to put our makeup on in 5 minutes or less. We felt so pampered when we left! We would also like to thank the following companies that donated products to the Retreat (pictures of these great products are below!) Our favorite gourmet popcorn company Colorado Kernels provided tasty treats. Our all time favorite is Chocolate Avalanche. Baby Bliss for provided Baby Bliss Gripe Water (my all time favorite colic solution) as well as diaper cream and products for moms such as Belly Butter and Foot Cream. Silikids for cool silicone bibs. Blush for topless undershirts It is always fun to get something free. We had a great contest and moms got all sorts of things such as books, safety gear, gates, flash cards and so forth! Thanks again to our presenters: Laura Lawrence, professional organizer from Harmony Within Lori Ameh, registered dietitian with Utah CountyWIC (she mentions www.ellynsatter.com and www.mypyramid.gov/) Robyn Openshaw Pay friend and creator of Green Smoothie Girl Jami Kent, our resident sleep expert, from BBSleep Solution (in the stripes) Diana Kimber from Family Center of Utah Valley (in the red jacket) FINALLY: Thanks to our husbands for staying with the kids so we could have fun. And thanks for not calling the police when we didn’t get home on time (a few of us talked to the wee hours of the morning like teenagers. And like teenagers, we did not call to say we were OK and sitting in the driveway–OOPS! You think we would have learned!)
We talk to Diana Kimber about music that helps kids, Jami Kent from BBSleepSolutions about sleep solutions for older kids and Tricia talks about the toys that kids love (and are not toxic). We have several GREAT giveaways so tell your friends to listen and win! Music for Babies and Toddlers Diana Kimber brings us the best information. This is about music that really works with your kids and helps them increase their brain power and sleep better. Check out these CDS. Great New Site Joins the Babies and Moms Family If you are looking for something hip and cool–something cutting edge for you and baby, check out Fair-etail.com. This site carries products from up-and-coming designers and sells them at very FAIR prices (hence the name). Check them out and the 20% off they have for our listeners who use the code radio when ordering through Dec 31st 2007. Don’t forget how to spell the site FAIR-ETAIL.com (don’t forget the dash in the middle or you won’t be able to use the coupon). TOYS, KIDS (and moms) LOVE! Discovery Toys We had 3 products from Discovery Toys that moms love! To get these great toys, visit Discovery Toys, Inc. to find a consultant nearest to you. We loves these toys and we know you will too! Rainfall Rattle–This rattle responds to your babies every touch with a gentle melody of beads and a rainfall of color. This product is great for 1 year to preschool aged. Hammer Away!–Every child likes to take a whack at something. Why not let them whack away on the Hammer Away Boat that builds hand-eye coordination and experience with cause-and-effect concepts. Great toy for age 19 months to preschool. Measure Up! Cups –Every child likes to either stack or fill something. These colorful stacking cups are designed to make stacking easy for little hands. They also come in different sizes so you can stack them inside each other. Great for 12 months to Kindergarten. Shape-O Toy There is another reason to call your local Tupperware Representative other than replacing all your rose colored Tupperware you purchased in the 90′s! Mom’s and Babies alike love the Shape-O Toy. This classic rattle, shape-sorter, and counting toy is fun for babies and later helps toddlers match and identify shapes along with building coordination and dexterity. Oball Rhino Toys, Inc. has created their Oball to fit just about every age. This ball’s 4.5″ diameter size and finger holes makes it very easy for little fingers to grasp. It is very colorful and comes in two different sizes. It is “the ideal ball in every situation.” Magtastix This toy has different shapes and sizes that fit together to make structures. The ball pieces are the size of a tennis ball and perfect size for young kids! Zoobies We love these and have given them our Squeal of Approval! With their soft, squishy and cuddly bodies that converts from animal to pillow to blanket. This toy is bound to be the perfect companion for any child. Child’s Chair We also recommend a child’s chair for your little one. They just love furniture “just their size!” You don’t need to break the bank however, just a plain wooden chair that maybe has a little rock to it will do! However, make sure that the chair is well made and will be up to the challenge of an active little one. A suggestion would be to find a local unfinished wood furniture shop that would have a chair at a reasonable price and paint it or stain it to fit the child’s room. You can even add their name in vinyl lettering. This way, if you needed to pass the chair down to a future little one, you can just peel the name right off and add another name! Tent and Tunnels One of our all time favorite play items is a Play Tent with a few tunnels. This provides hours of entertainment for all crawling+ children. It’s a real plus when the tent has the EZ Twist technology that doesn’t require pole[...]
We talk about the importance of traditions, how to prepare your child to meet the extended family and what college savings funds are and why you might want to have family give a donation to one this year. Introducing Your Child to Relatives During the Holidays Today we are talking about Bringing Family Together at Holiday–how Kids React. It can be really stressful for young children who are introduced to their relatives that they have never seen, but are expected to feel comfortable and happy having strangers in their house or being at a stranger’s house. Plus, we all know the dynamics can get really strange during the holidays–even if your family lives close. College Savings Plans Lynne Ward, Director of the Utah Educational Savings Plan 800.418.2551 talks about the value of a college savings plan. Background–The Utah Educational Savings Plan the official 529 college savings plan sponsored by the state of Utah a “direct-sold” 529 plan, which means individuals can set up an account and make contributions by contracting directly with UESP. now holds more than 100,000 accounts valued at more than $2.4 billion. 23 percent of the accounts are owned by Utah residents. 20 percent of the accounts are owned by grandparents. rated one of the top 529 plans in the nation–receiving local and national attention from media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Morningstar, and Money magazine, for its low fees and range of investment options. Plan Features Utah’s 529 college savings plan makes it easy to save. There are no enrollment fees and no minimum contributions. You can contribute as much or as little as you want, whenever you want. If funds are used for qualified higher education expenses, earnings from a Utah Educational Savings Plan account are tax-free, under both Utah and Federal tax laws. Qualified higher education expenses include tuition, books, fees, supplies, room and board, and items required for attendance at an eligible institution. Account owners can choose from nine different investment options, including five age-based options and four static options. Utah Account owners receive a Utah state tax deduction of up to $1,620 ($3,240 if filing jointly) per beneficiary, or the Utah state tax credit is up to $87 ($173 if filing jointly) per beneficiary or credit for contributions to a UESP account. The deadline for contributions you want applied to the 2007 calendar year must be received at the Utah Educational Savings Plan office before 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday, December 31, 2007. Effects of Traditions on Children Traditions are valuable for several reasons: Traditions connect the present with the past and give a foundation for the future through influences from other generations. You can use the holidays to express values you want your child to have through stories of family members and past experiences and through experiences you make now. Someone is going to teach your child values, so you should be the one and you can do this quite effectively during this time of traditions. Traditions bond individuals together emotionally, spiritually and in relationships. Participating in traditions not only can create a sense of family but also help meet a child’s need for belonging. Holiday traditions are opportunities to meet these needs and positively influence the development of the children in their families and circles of influence. Traditions celebrate family uniqueness Holiday traditions allow each member to embrace the special uniqueness of their family. So what can we do to make the holidays an effective time to teach and bond the family? Cut out what is not working or is not meaningful: Don’t think you can do everything. A relaxed mom and a few traditions are better than a harried mom trying to do everything. Pare it down to what really works for your family. And besides, if you are the mom, you can now decide what the tr[...]
Heather from Mom4Life.com tells us about cool products to solve feeding problems. We’ve got giveaways too! So Listen and Win! We’ll also talk about how to have date nights and in honor of Halloween, we’ll share mommy horror stories. If you have one–write to us so we can share it. Cool Feeding Product from Mom4Life.com: The medibottle Problem solved: giving your baby medicine easily and accurately medibottle® assures delivery of an accurate dose, while at the same time eliminating the upset for both you and your baby. To see a video of this item in use, click here. Retail price: $12.75 LilyBugs fun bottle and sippy cup covers Problem solved: helping them to grip/hold Sippy cups at a young age, prevents sweating and is a fun tactile stimulant (ears and tails scrunch and make sound) LilyBugs are a fun bottle and sippy-cup cover designed to help babies and toddlers learn how to lift and hold their own bottles and sippy cups. Their fun, tactile stimulation is a hit with children. Retail price: $11.50 Kipiis Bib Clips Problem solved: makes anything a bib, easy to take in your purse Kipiis Bib Clips let you make anything a bib – napkin, cloth diaper, kitchen towel. Just clip the two rounded fasteners onto whatever is handy, adjust the back–and viola! Your child is covered. Retail price: $12.00 LilyPadz Problem solved: stops milk from leaking rather than absorbing it, can swim in them, go braless LilyPadz are made of breathable silicone that is tacky on one side and smooth on the other. The tacky side adheres to your breast preventing you from leaking, amazing! Retail price: $19.95 available from Mom 4 Life for just $16.75 Milk Trays Breast Milk Storage Problem solved: easy way to store frozen milk in one oz sticks that fit in all bottle openings (unlike ice cube trays) Milk Trays are a safe, easy and economical choice for breastfeeding mothers who want to create a frozen stash of their breast milk. If you are a working mom, an on-the-go mom, or just a mom wanting the security of knowing that she will never run out of breast milk then Milk Trays are the right choice for you! Retail price: $15.95 Lil’ Topper by Dache Problem solved: any water bottle can become a non spill Sippy cup Lil’ Topper is a no-spill top for bottled water that will fit 99% of the bottles available through your local retailers. Whether you’re at the mall, an amusement park, a convenience store or a restaurant; there’s sure to be a bottle of water that Lil’ Topper will fit. You can give to your child water with Lil’ Topper and know that everything will stay dry. Retail price: $6.50 The dwink Box Holder For All Drink Boxes Problem solved: prevents juice box spills The universal “dwink” box holder: designed to fit most individual drink boxes and pouches, including soy milk and extra small juice boxes! Retail price: $4.99 Date Night Ideas: Infant Costume Ideas from Shelly: Use your gear. Turn your stroller or wagon into a racecar with a cardboard box and dress your baby with some sunglasses and a jacket covered with endorsement logos. Or turn it into a giant flower pot and dress your baby as the flower. If you are going to carry your baby in a carrier you wear, dress him as a superhero in flight. Or attach a large circle of colored posterboard or felt to his chest and a thick white rope hanging from it to be an irresistible lollipop. Use a purchased hooded sweatshirt and matching pants and dress it up. Here a loads of things you can do with different colors of hooded sweatshirts. (Some of these costumes would be even better with mittens. If you can’t buy them in the right color, buy some colored socks and cut a hole in it for the thumb to stick out. Or you can make some easily: Sew knit fabric into a sock shape to cover hands. Cut a hole for the thumb to stick out on one side. Perfection in the project is NOT required! Your child might comply with wearin[...]
We talk about Parents as Teachers, an amazing in-home parent education program. Dr. Robert Young will be with us to talk about baby skin care (call you questions in), and Sharon Paety of GrowthClimate Therapy Services will be with us to talk about the importance of Grandparents and issues that might arise. Check out GrowthClimate‘s website and their parenting quiz. Parents as Teachers is the overarching program philosophy of providing parents with child development knowledge and parenting support. The organizational vehicle for delivering that knowledge and support is Parents as Teachers National Center. Connect with your local Parents as Teachers resources to get the knowledge and support you need.
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