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Thanksgiving Craft Keepsake for Baby

Thanksgiving is essentially a day away. Soon enough the house will be filled with the warmth and intoxicating aromas that only a Thanksgiving meal and an overworked oven can produce.  The slow-roasted turkey, buttery oven-baked rolls, and bubbling pineapple-cranberry sauce (trust me, pineapple is key) will soon be accompanied by the faint sound of football in the background – and I can’t wait!

If you’re a new parent, it will also include the babbling and giggling of a precious little one experiencing his/her very first Thanksgiving.  To commemorate this joyous occasion, it seems only right to create a Thanksgiving craft that you can hold onto forever (and annoy your “little one” with when they aren’t so little anymore for Thanksgiving’s to come). ;)

With just a few simple materials, you can create a beautiful Thanksgiving keepsake.  In between the mad dash to prep for Thanksgiving, run out to your local craft store and pick up the following:

  A glazed ceramic plate

  Fall-colored gloss enamel paint (we used Americana Gloss Enamels)

  Paintbrushes/foam brushes

  Rubbing alcohol

  Spare newspaper to line your workspace

  Paper plate and/or plastic cups for the paint/paintbrushes

  Oh, and make sure your baby’s teeny little feet are clean and dry before you start.

Once all materials are in your possession, get to work!  Feel free to use our picture as a guide but don’t be shy to get creative!

  • Prep the plate by cleaning it with alcohol. Dry completely.
  • Paint the turkey feathers on the plate however you’d like, big, small, a lot, a little, multi-colored, one color, okay…you get the point. Allow the wings to dry a bit before the next step.
  • Then paint baby’s foot with paint and lightly place in between the wings. Make sure you have a pretty thick coat of paint (but not too much!) on baby’s foot so that it will show up nicely on the ceramic. I highly suggest using the newspaper/spare paper to do a few practice rounds before you make your one and only stamp on the plate.
  • Allow the footprint to dry as you wash away the paint on baby’s foot.
  • Then, paint on the face with a paintbrush.
  • To finish it off, simply grab a permanent marker and write whatever you would like to commemorate their first Thanksgiving! Our sample reads: “Thanksgiving 2012, [insert name here]“, but again, feel free to add your own personal touch.  You can write why you are thankful for them, something funny/memorable they did on their first Thanksgiving, or they can even add their own paint stokes/scribbles depending on their age!

*This can be done and displayed by Thanksgiving, but to permanently set the plate AND make it dishwasher safe (bonus!), you’ll need to do a few more steps…

  • Allow the plate to dry fully for four days. It does take awhile to dry completely, but it can still be displayed on Thanksgiving. (This can also be a great craft for all the kids on Thanksgiving Day if you are looking for craft ideas). Just make sure to keep it away from curious little fingers.
  • Without preheating the oven, “bake” the plate for 30 minutes at 325°F. Let cool with the oven door open.

Voila!

*This craft was recently created by our awesome in-store participants. If you are unfamiliar, BabyEarth love’s to hold events at our Round Rock location just outside of Austin, Texas. We offer an array of workshops, classes, playtime, and crafts for parent and baby. If you are in the area, please check out our Events page for more information.

Boden Pajama’s Recalled: A Burn Risk

One of the three recalled pajama prints.
One of the three recalled pajama prints.

November 20, 2012. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Boden, has issued a recall of nearly 1,1300 children’s pajamas due to risk of burn injuries.

The pajamas, sold at BodenUSA.com for children 1.5-14 years old, fail to meet the Federal Flammability Standards for Children’s Sleepwear.  The recalled pajamas were sold from July 2012 to September 2012, Though no injuries have been reported, consumers should immediately take the pajamas from children and stop use. The pajamas are sold in a 2-pack containing two pants and long-sleeved tops in the following color schemes:

  • Motorcycle print in black, white, and blue
  • Rocket and stars print in blue, white, and pink
  • Cars print in blue, light blue, and green

The brand name printed on the tag should read “Mini Boden.” For a full refund, exchange, or store credit, contact Boden toll-free at (866) 206-9508, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST daily, or visit their website at www.bodenusa.com and click on the ‘Product Recall’ tab located near the bottom.

For more information, visit the CSPC.

Elephantito Girl’s Pajamas Recalled: A Burn Risk

November 20, 2012. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Elephantito, has issued a recall of nearly 180 girl’s pajamas due to risk of burn injuries.

The pajamas, sold at specialty stores and boutiques nationwide as well as online from August 2008 to September 2011, fail to meet the Federal Flammability Standards for Children’s Sleepwear.  Though no injuries have been reported, consumers should immediately take the pajamas from children and stop use. The recalled pajamas with style number JP 12 FL (on garment tag) is a 2-piece cotton set with a pink flower and green leaf print.

The girl’s pajamas should be immediately returned to Elephantito, or the store of purchase, for a refund, exchange, or store credit.

For more information, visit the CSPC. You can also contact Elephantito toll-free at (888) 776-9541, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday-Friday, visit their website www.elephantito.com, or email the company at [email protected]

How to Deal with a Newborn

When a baby is first born, the hospital nurses do all that they can to get you off on the right foot. They help change the diapers, they take the baby to the nursery for a few hours so you can sleep—heck, someone from the hospital even brings you hot meals and cold drinks three times a day while you sit in bed waiting. Then, before you know it, it’s time to go home and do it all on your own. Oh shoot, now what?! That’s when reality truly sets in.

In the very beginning, babies have a few primal needs you can usually rule out whenever they cry. Check to see if they have a wet or dirty diaper, if they are hungry, or if they’ve got a bubble trapped that you can free by burping them. Sometimes a newborn baby cries when he/she wants to be held or if he/she’s a bit too cold. Other times, some unlucky parents may find out it’s colic.

If your newborn baby cries, it can be due to any number of things, but most are very normal. Consider these tips for dealing with a newborn:

  First and foremost, if you suspect illness, always check for a fever.

  Track baby’s feedings in the beginning so you can anticipate when he will be hungry.

  Burp baby for a good 10 minutes after each feeding to get rid of the gas bubbles.

  Walk baby around the house and through the neighborhood to show her new things.

  Spend lots of time snuggling, talking, and singing with your new baby. It builds an intimate bond and even helps with breastmilk production.

  Every once in a while when nothing else works, you may have to walk away for just a few minutes to regain your sanity. (It seems to happen to every parent at least once.)

  If you suspect you might have a bit of postpartum depression coming on, set up an appointment to discuss your concerns with your doctor. It is very common, with an increased risk due to a lack of sleep.

  Speak with your pediatrician about anything else that concerns you.

Most new parents will find that newborns sleep throughout the majority of the day, just not all at once. It is very common to wake up every two to three hours in the middle of the night with your newborn. One final piece of advice I can share is to nap when your newborn naps, at least until you feel 100% again. You may even find that you can fall asleep within seconds of your head hitting the pillow, like mine does now.

Just about any new parent will tell you that the first couple of months are the toughest after your baby is born. Of course, they aren’t accounting for future stunts-gone-wrong (broken bones), teenage drama (backtalk), and dating (don’t tell dad). Good luck with that!  All kidding aside, though it might be a trying couple of months, remind yourself of how special this time is. Inspect their little toes and memorize the feel of their baby-soft skin because soon enough, you’ll wonder how the time passed so quickly!

Teacher Sues District Over Right To Breastfeed

Breastfeeding is a special journey that nurtures the bond between baby and mom, so much so that mom’s body becomes completely in sync with her little one’s feeding needs. In fact, the cry of her baby-heck-any baby, can bring on an embarrassing moment in public… So, what happens if your workplace is less than accommodating?

According to Yahoo! Shine, a California mom, and now former teacher, is suing her previous school district after being told she could not pump breast milk during working hours.  Sarah Ann Lewis Boyle, an employee of the Child Development Center within the Carmel Unified School District, returned from her maternity leave in September of 2011.  She had requested to pump breast milk during the work day which is in accordance with California law.  However, Boyle was allegedly told by her supervisor to train her “breasts not to make milk between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.” What? I hate to bring up politics, but that comment is oddly reminiscent to a certain representative’s remark during an interview on KTVI-TV in which it was said the female body had certain ways to “shut the whole thing down.”

In short, Boyle was uncomfortable with stretching out feeding times and had made a request to Human Resources to accommodate her breastfeeding needs. Though HR replied that they would, no changes were made. Boyle found herself sneaking off into the attached bathroom of the classroom to pump while also watching the kids through the crack in the door. The stress-induced environment had weakened her breastmilk production, and she eventually stopped trying. By February however, she was asked to resign after her first-ever negative evaluation. As a result, Boyle filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission and was given the green light to file a lawsuit.  Prior to doing so she tried to reason with the district once more to which they responded that they would strongly deny her claims as they were more than accomodating.

It seems that this issue comes up time and time again in the workplace as well as the general public.  What’s your opinion of this story? Have you ever dealt with a similar issue? What’s the best course of action?

For the full story, click here.

National Adoption Day

November 17th is a monumental day for children as it is also National Adoption Day! In the United States, there are over 100,000 children in foster care that are in need of a loving family.  This annual event works to raise awareness, encourage prospective parents to adopt, and to find forever homes for foster children.  National Adoption Day hosts events that run across the nation as well as Puerto Rico and Guam to ensure children are placed in loving homes. Whether you can conceive or not, adoption is a wonderful avenue for parents looking to expand their family and give the gift of love to a child that so desperately needs it.

For those of you thinking of adoption or have adopted, thank you! The gift of love and family is so very precious. To learn more or share your story, visit National Adoption Day.

November 17th is World Prematurity Day

Not only is November Prematurity Awareness Month, November 17th is a day fully dedicated to spreading awareness of the worldwide crisis that affects 15 million babies.

 

Thank you, March of Dimes for your continuous effort to end premature births and give rise to full-term, healthy babies!

To learn more and/or donate to the cause, visit the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign.

Were you a preemie baby?  Do you have a preemie baby?  Tell us your story here or visit our forums page for support.

 

 

Hostess Closes, Mom’s Rejoice

As of today, Hostess has officially decided to close its doors and halt the assembly line that has for decades packaged empty calories and chemicals into unsuspecting snack cakes and other refined foods.  How Wonderbread was ever that white and fluffy, I’ll never know.  Seriously, I never want to know.

But for many of us, Hostess was a childhood staple.  I’ll admit it, back in the day I packed away quite a few cupcakes donned with the loveable white squiggle on top.  I wanted my sandwiches on Wonderbread because the bread was so soft it nearly melted in my mouth (seriously, what’s up with that?).  I would pout at the store when my mom told me I couldn’t have that snack cake I had been longing for.  In retrospect, I understand why.  So now, as Hostess begins the liquidating process, I can’t help but think of all of the mom’s (and dad’s!) out there celebrating it’s shut-down.  As an advocate for healthy eating, Hostess certainly isn’t an item I include in my grocery list.

Though I can’t help but feel a tinge of nostalgia that an era has ended, this time-lapse video reminds me of why I am a-okay that Hostess will be off the shelves and away from the diets of our growing kids.  Maybe saying goodbye isn’t so bad after all…

How do you feel about the closing of Hostess?

PeaPod Travel Bed Recall: An Entrapment and Suffocation Risk

November 16, 2012.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with KidCo Inc., has issued a recall of nearly 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds/Tents.

According to the CSPC, infants can become entrapped between the tent fabric and inflatable air mattress.  As of now, nine entrapments and one death (though cause was not determined) have been reported in relation to using the tent.  Consumers should immediately stop using the tents and contact KidCo Inc.

Below is the list of affected models with the corresponding tent color:

  • P100  -  Teal
  • P101  -  Read
  • P102  -  Lime
  • P103  -  Periwinkle
  • P104  -  Ocean
  • P201  -  Princess/Red
  • P202  -  Camouflage
  • P203  -  Quick Silver
  • P204  -  Sagebrush
  • P205  -  Cardinal
  • P900CS  -  Green

For more information regarding this recall, visit the CSPC.  To receive a free repair kit, Contact KidCo Inc. toll-free at (855) 847-8600 between 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.kidco.com, then click on Recall Info.

Managing Your Mischievious Toddler

Whether you have a screamer, a runner, a nudist, a biter, a disappearing act, or a gets-into-everything type of toddler, mischievous toddlers are difficult to manage.  They have this uncanny ability to innocently get under your skin as they go about their task of exploring life to the fullest. Rather than squash that innate curiosity like an annoying bug, it’s time to learn how to manage your mischievous toddler so that you can preserve what’s left of your sanity.

The biggest tool you have is your ability to out-think your toddler. After all, most toddlers aren’t mischievous because they plan to be. It just happens. Active toddlers never actually know what they are going to do next until they think of it. Life is like one big arena of possibilities to a toddler tempting him or her with the newness of each experience.

Do you remember the five W’s that your teacher taught you in school – who, what, when, where, and why? For a toddler, the exploration begins with WHO or WHAT is this and continues with WHY is it here, WHEN did it get here, and WHERE can I make it go. To answer all of those questions, a mischievous toddler is going to pick it up, take it apart, move it, shake it, bang it, or take it somewhere else. You know that it’s true. If it isn’t tied down or hidden behind locked doors, your toddler is bound to find it as the result of his curiosity.

Fortunately for you, the familiarity of your home and the places you visit are going to be your saving grace. For me, dealing with my “mischievous one,” the last in a line of four darlings, involved being as quick on my feet as I was with my mind, the purchase of a few handy devices, and an awareness that I wasn’t dealing with an average toddler. He had the advantage of watching three older siblings, giving rise to his ability to walk and run by the age of nine months. First lesson learned – ALWAYS EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.

If you have a wanderer, purchase portable door alarms that could also be attached to windows and put them up high so your toddler can’t take the batteries out. Purchase cabinet locks for everything and store dangerous items in high places, even if they are behind locked doors. Never allow your toddler to self-entertain unless you are POSITIVE that it won’t involve something like coating his sister with a tub of margarine. If none of that works, get down on the floor and look around the room to see what might attract your mischievous toddler, and then hide it!

What’s the craziest thing your mischievous toddler has gotten into?

For more on managing your toddler, visit Terrible Two’s How To’s.