How to Talk to Your Child About Death

Talking about death is hard enough for adults. But when a family member or close friend passes away, it is especially difficult to know how to discuss the tragedy with a young child.

This video shows the Sesame Street gang explaining to Big Bird–without euphemisms, and with tremendous compassion–that Mr. Hooper has died. I think the writers did an excellent job. Take a look.

How to play with your newborn

Playing with your newborn is great for his brain development! It’s also a fun way for everyone–brothers, sisters, grandparents–to bond with him (especially if you are exclusively breastfeeding and they can’t help out on the feeding front 🙂 ).

TIP: Your baby does not see too well yet, but you can take him on a “touching tour” of the world around him. Take his hand and let him feel all of the different textures out there: the smoothness of the window pane, the fuzziness of a stuffed animal, the roughness of the throw-rug, the coldness of the outside of your drinking glass. You can almost see the wheels turning in his mind…..

SAVE YOUR BABY’S LIFE: Basic infant CPR

Have you signed up for a basic first aid class? If not, now’s the time!

But until the class begins, this short video explains the basics of infant CPR.

And you’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: NEVER leave a young child alone in or near a bath or a swimming pool–not even to answer the phone, check the pot you left simmering on the stove, or to go to the bathroom. Even though it is a pain, PLEASE take your baby with you if there is nobody else around to keep an eye on her. All it takes for her to drown is a few minutes under enough water to cover her nose and mouth.

An introduction to the basics of infant massage

Don’t you think it’s funny when the “experts” say that babies like skin-to-skin contact?

I mean, why wouldn’t they like it? What’s there not to like?

This video offers some tips on how to get started:

(Frankly, I don’t think there is a “right” way to massage your baby. If she likes a particular stroke, do it again, and if she doesn’t, she’ll let you know….)

Excellent step-by-step video on how to bathe your newborn

Whatt??!! They showed you how to bathe your baby ONCE in the hospital, and now you’re supposed to do it on your own???

Let’s face it: You’re sunk (pun intended 🙂 ). After all, if you hold on to him too tightly, you’ll break him–but if you don’t hold on tightly enough, he’ll drown.

I recommend watching this video a few times and then doing a dry run (pun intended again…) with a doll (no, seriously).

Then go for it! It’ll be fine. Really.

And one more thing: Does your newborn HATE being bathed? If so, stop torturing him! After all, how dirty could he possibly be? Keep his bottom clean (duh), and wipe the spit-up from the creases in his neck with a warm washcloth. One bath a week (MAYBE two, but I am not convinced) should be plenty. He’ll grow up a bit, and then it will start to be fun for the both of you.

Britax Car Seat Sale

The April 2009 Britax Car Seat Sale is Here. Here’s where you can find the lowest prices online. Order Your Britax Car Seat Now.

The Britax Sale Is Here!

Click on the car seat you want for the best prices:

Britax Marathon Convertible Car Seat – Best Price

Britax Frontier Booster Seat – Best Price

Britax Boulevard Car Seat – Best Price

Britax Boulevard CS Car Seat – Best Price

Britax Roundabout Convertible Car Seat – Best Price

Thanks to CarSeatPlace.com for keeping us updated with the lowest prices for the Britax car seat sale. If you want more information, visit the Britax Car Seat Sale page on CarSeatPlace.com.

Lots of people have been waiting for the February 2010 Britax car seat sale and it is here! Take advantage of it today, and get your Britax car seat for the lowest price.

Here’s a summary of the various Britax Car Seats (descriptions taken from Amazon.com):

Britax Marathon Convertible Car Seat:

Britax Marathon Sale The Marathon from Britax is a durable, convertible car seat that helps keep your child safe and secure in the car. Ideal for parents seeking premium comfort and a higher, forward-facing harnessed weight capacity, the Marathon fits children rear facing from five to 35 pounds and children forward facing from at least one year old and 20 pounds, up to 65 pounds. Both positions can accommodate a standing height up to 49 inches.

Britax Frontier Booster Car Seat:

Britax Frontier Sale Keep your child safe and secure in the car with the Frontier Harness-2-Booster seat from Britax. Loaded with comfort and safety features, the Frontier is ideal for children ready to transition from their convertible car seat. It accommodates a weight capacity of up to 80 pounds in forward-facing, and serves as a vehicle belt-positioning booster for children weighing up to 100 pounds. The Frontier is also certified for air travel.

Britax Boulevard Car Seat:

Britax Boulevard Sale The Boulevard from Britax offers a host of comfort and safety features designed to keep your child secure while traveling in the car. Made to accommodate your child throughout his or her infancy, the Boulevard can be used as either rear facing for babies five to 35 pounds and a standing height of 49 inches or less, or forward facing for those babies weighing 20 to 65 pounds, with a standing height of 49 inches or less.

Britax Boulevard CS Click and Safe Car Seat:

Britax Boulevard CS Sale The Britax Boulevard CS car seat is similar to the regular Britax Boulevard, yet it introduces the new Click and Safe snug harness indicator, the latest advancement in child safety, which addresses the leading misuse with safety child seats. The Click and Safe feature is an audible aide to help determine when the harness is secure by clicking when the harness straps are snug.

Britax Roundabout Convertible Car Seat:

Britax Roundabout Sale The Roundabout from Britax is a sturdy and reliable restraint system that helps protect your child in the car. Designed for children rear facing from five to 35 pounds and forward facing from at least one year old and 20 pounds to 40 pounds, with a standing height of up to 40 inches for both positions, this convenient seat features a versatile, contoured base that fits in almost any car.

The February 20 Britax car seat sale ends soon so what are you waiting for?

New site provides unbiased stroller info

Sara, the founder of Baby Place, has started a new site. This one is an unbiased guide to baby strollers: Information, price comparisons, sales and coupons, which online stores give the best service and more.

I must admit that I learned there is a lot more to buying a stroller than just comparing prices. Besides comparing all the different features of each stroller model one has to know which merchants have free shipping, the best return policies, no “restocking fees” and good testimonials (real ones) from past customers. Sara has done the research and listed the best stores and why they are the best.

This is going to be a serious authority site for baby strollers. Regardless, don’t buy a stroller until you have checked out her site first:

Stroller-guide.com