DO Your Kids Snore? My Son Sure Does!!

By featured Guest Blogger Ariella – mother of 1 year old Joseph!

What’s Up with That? I took Andrea’s advice and was playing around with the new Healthology articles on THIS awesome website and guess what?

On my first search I found something that TOTALY relates to my son!

My (now) 13 month old son snores very regularly and ALWAYS seems to have a stuffed up nose. I’ve taken him to doctors and ear, nose, throat specialists and they always tell me the same thing: “He’s too young to diagnose allergies, its a simple swelling in the nose and its nothing to worry about.”

Well that MAY be right but this article gives me some information to take back to the doctors and see if there really is any cause for concern. ( I certainly hope NOT!) Do Your Kids Snore? Allergies may be the reason. A snoring child may be cute to some people, but it could very well be a sign of allergies and allergic diseases, according to a new study.

We want to help our kids be as healthy as possible and educating ourselves is a good way to start on accomplishing this goal!

Go Healthology!

Nice talking with you 😉

Ariella 

 

Some Lotteries are worth entering

How many times have you heard a picture is worth a thousand words??

Well how about $10,000??

If there is one thing there is usually no lack of.. it is pictures of our children. First tooth, first steps, sleeping in all sorts of odd positions, first birthday, etc…

Picture.com offers an annual $10,000 prize for a winning picture. This is taken from their FAQ page:

Q. How does the contest work, and what prizes can I win?
A.
Each year, we sponsor the International Open Amateur Photography Contest to encourage new artists and undiscovered talent to submit their work for consideration. We receive thousands of entries, each of which is evaluated by our selection committee. Those entries that exhibit a unique perspective or artistic vision are advanced to semifinalists in the contest. Complete sets of prizes are awarded at the end of each contest. All prizes are guaranteed to be awarded. The annual Grand Prize is $10,000.00. The Grand Prize for each individual contest is $1,000.00. For each individual contest there are forty First Prizes of $35.00, four in each of 10 categories. Seventy-three Second Prizes of gifts with a retail value of $25.00 each are awarded without regard to category. We award additional prizes in case of ties.

They have baby photo contests all the time, so your selection/s, if they include babies, can be considered for both :).

Sometimes when we try to get our children to pose for the camera for the perfect shot, that perfect shot comes from those moments in between – when they are falling over each other, straight into the mud, ruining their picture perfect clothing!Not long ago the GAP was on the search for child models. They opened the contest to the nation at large and 1000’s of people entered…. for obvious reasons. If that was a no brainer, the chance of winning $10,000 should make this an even MORE obvious opportunity to go for!

And unlike the Lottery – this is FREE!!

Best of luck!

~~andrea

Yoga for NEW MOMS!

We have information peppered througout our site from Healthology. Healthology is one of the premier health sites on the web, and since Baby-Place is one of the premier baby sites on the web, they invited us to share their very relevant information on pregnancy, birth, and babies with our visitors… you will be glad they did!

However, since the site is so large, I realized that so many great topics (usually in the form of video) were being ignored! Therefore, we are now introducing the Healthology category to the blog, and I can assure you that even if we cover a topic that you THINK will not interest you, when you watch it.. you will gain new insight and respect for the topic… that’s how informative and well done these videos are done. Dont worry.. they are all under 2 minutes long!

This first video highlights the importance of Yoga for new Moms. Giving back to yourself allows you to give more to your child! Check out this video to see what makes this class unique.

Take care of your heart, mind, soul… and of course your body, and consider YOGA

~~ andrea

Importance of 5 Point Harness Car Seat

Every now and then I find myself at YouTube for one reason or another.. lately for business reasons.

Ocassionally I will start clicking around on videos and see where it takes me….

About a year it took me somewhere TRAJIC and today… well I have absolutely NO words for today’s experience.. I admit I cried more last year, either because the video was more compelling, or because again.. today’s video is beyond belief..
I refer to memorials left to children lost to car accidents..(we should not know from this!)..

I am not embedding the videos here, just offering the links. You can make the choice to follow through with watching them by clicking on the childrens names … The choice that should be obvious is to follow through with the lessons learned about having your child in a

Britax Regent Booster Car Seat 5 point Harness Car Seat..

Kyle David Miller� was killed in a car accident last year because a senile, 78 year old woman ran a red light and hit�the family�causing�them to flip into a ditch. Kyle’s seatbelt came unlatched during the roll and he was ejected. His seatbelt was later examined by several experts who determined it was faulty and told his mother that seatbelts regularly fail, especially in roll over accidents. She (like most people) had no idea that seatbelts could fail and think that this is something everyone should be made aware of.

Their crusade has resulted in almost 2 million views on YouTube and the demand for Britax Regent to cause backorders everywhere!

Todays experience:

�Kyle, Emma, and Katie Coble Crash on I-5 in Mission Viejo, California takes family’s three kids. The Coble children, Kyle, 5; Emma, 4; and Katie, 2, were killed on May 4, 2007 when a semi-tractor trailer rear-ended the minivan they were riding in.

Britax Regent 5 Point Harness Car SeatBritax Regent 5 point Harness Car Seat

To your safety,

�~~ andrea

Leave the Stroller at HOME and STILL take your baby places!

By our regular guest blogger, Ariella, mother of 1 year old Joseph.

The other day I was taking a walk with my son to a store I had never been to before and there was a steep flight of stairs leading up to the entrance.

Now- this happens ALL the time- I am with baby in stroller and come upon a situation were I can’t possible get baby AND stroller to the place I need to go- without making at least two trips.

I am so sick of taking my stroller with me everywhere I go. The aisles in the grocery store are never quite wide enough, stairs are a nightmare and elevators are only possible if they are empty . . . never mind if my son wants to be held! (You know as well as I do thats its not great fun holding a skirmming baby AND pushing a stroller at the same time.)

So my friend suggested a great idea- a BABY CARRIER! perfect for babies how can either hold their head up and/or sit up by themselves. A BABY CARRIER means:

1. FREE hands


2. No HUGE stroller


3. Your baby feels “HELD” at all times


4. MOBILITY to go where no stroller has gone before That’s alot of benefits in the right situation.So i thought i’d share two of my favorite styles of baby carriers with you all. They are both COMFORTABLE and easy to put on and take off. Which one is right for you?The Baby BjornBaby Bjorn Carrier Known as the ‘Cadillac’ amongst baby carriers, it’s reputation is well deserved! You can lean over and your baby wont fall out! Try that on the no name brand versions. The Baby Bjorn offers good back and shoulder support, holds your baby upright and right where you can see him.

&

Endorsed by chiropractors, the New Native Baby Carrier Organic Baby Sling distributes the weight of your baby evenly from your shoulders to your hips. Its unique design allows you to wear your baby across your front, on your side, or in back. ( Don’t worry instructions are included!)Speaking from experience a baby carrier is a GREAT GIFT for any mom who has a newborn, young baby or toddler. ( Make sure to check the weight limit on the specific carrier you are interested in).

Have a great weekend!

Ariella

OUCH!!!

My baby has gotten his two front teeth!! I dont mean OUCH for him either ;), although I suspect he is feeling some pain…

So far my children are very different from each other. Different hair color, eye color, personalities, and… different sexes! However, one thing they have in common.. they all get their teeth at exactly the same time!

So here have been some life saving finds.. or perhaps just overpriced gimmicks, but either way he was happy!

Like most products available today, there is a wide variety and you no longer have only one option. So if you plan on sending your mother to the store to buy a teething ring for your baby, expect a frantic call saying.. do you want the

Over-the-Shoulder Teething Bib??Teething Ring and Bib combo

Teething Blanket?? Teething blanket

or the Traditional Teething Toy ??Traditional Teething Toy Ring

My answer to her?? YES!! 🙂

Be well,

~~ Andrea

Hey Moms . . . Wouldn’t you like your child to be potty -trained in 1-3 days without any STRESS?

……This is written by our NEW Featured Guest Blogger, Ariella.. mother of a darling 1 year old boy 🙂

My son just turned one and I am ALREADY dreading the day we begin potty-training . I am imagining MONTHS of tears, accidents all over the place and baby elimination trauma – I don’t even know where to start. Anyone have any ideas out there on what’s worked for you?

My husband has already started to complain about the endless diapers, the STINKY bathroom and bedroom and the MESSY clean-up job. Wouldn’t it be great, he dreams, if we could train our son to go on his own before he hits his 2nd birthday?

I just laugh- everyone knows this is IMPOSSIBLE – right?

Who ever heard of a toddler being potty trained before their 2nd birthday?

On a similar note, who every heard of potty-training happening easily and quickly?

Ok- so hold on to your seats- because I just found an AMAZING resource and audio guide. It has literally changed my mind about this whole potty-training experience.

The Jensen family has designed this amazingly simple STRESS- FREE system to train your children in 1-3 days!!! That’s 72 hours or less! They even offer a guarantee that there system with work, so how can you loose?

Their informative Site includes: 6 Reasons Why Your Child Must Get Off “Diaper Dependence” Before It Is Too Late and 7 Reasons That You Will Be Eternally Thankful That You Are Taking Action Right Now.

I can tell you -I am already Thankful and we haven’t even began yet!

Click here to access their guide, and let us know how it goes!

Ariella 🙂

Happy Fathers Day!!

Today’s MAN is a much different composite than a few generations back. I am not sure of the origins of ‘Fathers Day’ but when I was growing up, it should have been called ‘Primary Bread Winner Day’.. since unless it came to teaching us how to say ‘hangober’ instead of hamburger, get your ‘feets’ on, instead of shoes, and going on nightly excursions with flashlights to hide behind the bushes lest the evil people driving with their headlights on come out to get us… my Dad was pretty typical for his generation.

Actually my Dad is a ‘crossover’, since my sister, born 16 years after me and on the cusp of a new generation, gave him a chance to do that which he did not do with us. No – not act mature. Change Diapers, bathe, and dress her, etc..

Today it is not uncommon to find stay at home Dads, and actually very common to find fathers who share a large part in the child’s rearing.

So it is no surprise that items available on the market reflect this.

Here is my Fathers Day suggestion:

Daddy's Survival Kit

New Daddy’s Survival Kit Deluxe – Men’s Diaper Bag/ Backpack Plus – Unique New Dad or Father’s Day Gift Idea!

However, you cant expect to convert a gender overnight…. so dont be surprised when you come across the ‘gag’ gift items also for the New Dad – like the diaper changing apron.p>

As you would expect, Amazon has Awesome Stuff for the NEW DAD,

My favorite (based on Title alone) – Keeping the Baby Alive Till Your Wife Gets Home

Check it out!

Happy Fathers Day!!

Be Well,

~~ Andrea

Dont Even Think of Going to Disneyworld WITHOUT This..

If you are like me, then you probably and unfortunately, view Disneyworld as a childs’ Rite of Passage.

Disney, of course, is entirely aware, and they take full advantage by charging Rolls Royce prices… yet people just keep on coming!!

So.. if we have already admitted that Disney is an undeniable pleasure we allow ourselves, and we also agree that the prices are ridiculous… would you not take advantage of a way to figure out how to cut corners and find great deals??

For example – I just recently discovered that you can pay an extra $10 on your entrance ticket to a certain Six Flags Adventure Park (I imagine all of them), and then for the next 3 hours, you are given VIP status and do not have to wait on any lines for the rides. Depending on the time of the year, and the crowd, that extra $10 could easily translate into A LOT more rides and ACTION!

I am the type of person who likes to get my money’s worth. I am like an Army Sargent. As soon as I arrive at the park, I get a map, and then over the next 10 hours make sure we hit EVERYTHING. No laggers allowed. If you go to a park with me, you know you will maximize your experience (and hate me by the end of the day). I even put my almost 7 year old son in one of the rented strollers to ensure that he could keep up with my pace.

That was a long time ago… and talk and plans are in the works to make sure my next children also have their own memorable experience. When searching I came across a book that I think (I KNOW!) will come in handy.

An Ex-Disney Employee shares her secrets to how to find the best deal in town! She offers..

best tips, tricks and savings available for a Disney Vacation. Strategies that can literally save you hundreds � if not thousands of dollars.”

and

Follow the 9 easy steps in my Disney Savings Guide, and you can do it too.”

Check out her book and what she offers. Its an instant download so no need to pay for shipping and wait for it to arrive!

Do you have any tips on how to save money on a family trip? Please share!

And if you see someone with a couple of little kids barreling through the crowds….. you will know that I made my way there too !!

~~ Andrea

Kids… why go outside and play when you can be inside watching TV!!

Unfortunately (or fortunately) I have only seen a handful of Simpsons in like the 20 years?? they have been on the air. Yet I managed to catch the brilliance that is Homer Simpson in educating his children:

“Why go outside and play when you can be inside watching TV”??

On this lazy Memorial Day weekend, it was beginning to get too hot to go out during certain times of the day, so I felt like cozying up with my kids. But they were coloring and riding their bikes! hmm..what to do.. Well kids have this extra sensory hearing… so I took out the present from my parents that I had stashed away and slowly started to peel away at the plastic wrapping. My kids heard the peeling of paper and ran from doors away to find out what their mother was opening. Yes Homer and I have something in common – I am officially guilty of taking my kids away from nature to fill their innocent minds with destruction and smut that is Hollywood today.  But what FUN it was!!!

I am talking about Cars – The Movie by Disney/Pixar.

Lightning McQueen and Mater I think I was more enthralled than my children.  The unbelievable talent.. the music, the animation, the jokes, the everything! It was just so good! A sign of a good movie is when you leave the theater (computer screen) and are compelled to talk about it.  The kids had other things on their minds – like what else can we get her to let us watch – so I am blogging about it.

Isnt it neat how they make animated film to entertain both children and adults? They find the subtle humor to drop between the lines for their adult crowd, without losing the babies rapt ADD I need constant entertainment attention.

Ok, there now I feel better :).  If you want to find it 2nd hand to add to your collection – here is the current offering available at Ebay

Ka-chow!

~~~Andrea