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Win a Hand Puppet Washcloth from Challenge & Fun!

Enter to Win! Leave a comment below telling us you want to enter and two lucky winners will get a FREE Hand Puppet Washcloth from Challenge & Fun! Make bath time lots of fun with a scrubby friend! The perfect size for little hands to rub-a-dub-dub, these 4″ x 6″ animal washcloths are made from 95% Oeko-Tex certified cotton. Check back tomorrow, Wed,Oct 13, at 5pm EST to find out if you are the winner! - - - - - - - About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager... read more

Safe Cosleeping

Hi Judy, Our daughter is just about to get too big for her Co-Sleeper. I would love a recommendation on how to safely keep our eight month in our king sized bed. I have seen one or two bed rails on the internet....but they don't look particularly sturdy (at least from the pictures). Thank you very much!Many moms and dads just put the king bed top mattress directly on the floor.  That way, the kids don’t fall from the bed.  You could keep her in between you and your partner, but be sure that she doesn’t overheat with covers and your body heat.Best wishes,Judy Arnall read more

Becoming an Aunt

In July, I became an aunt. This past weekend, I finally got to meet my nephew, Noah. I was a little nervous about how I’d handle the encounter. Even though I was excited, I wondered: Would I be an emotional train wreck, given my infertility struggles? Turns out, holding Noah eased the ache I’ve often felt in my arms. Being an aunt is great fun. Here are the top ten things I love about my new role: 10 ~ Sniffing Noah’s head. Ahh…that newborn baby smell. 9 ~ Watching my brother and sister-in-law take care of him. Such good parents. 8 ~ Wondering... read more

The Winners of the Sept-Oct Audio Books are...

Listen to the Mothering Audio Book Now! Thanks for taking part in the giveaway! Congrats to the random winners of the Sept-Oct Audio Books– Jenny Halteman, Mary Siever, and River! Contact me at webeditor [at] mothering.com to claim your audio book. If you didn’t win you can get your Mothering fix today by grabbing a copy of the audio book for just $2.99 to download immediately! Listen to Mothering anywhere, anytime. I love to listen in the car! Where will you listen to your Mothering Audio... read more

Celebrate, Welcome, Intend: L.O.V.E. Parenting Technique CD Drawing Part II

Friends on a Swing Hi Friends, Last week, we worked with Apologize, Forgive, Release. I hope those who wrote in felt lighter after sharing; thank you for your contributions! One L.O.V.E. Parenting Technique CD is on its way to Sara. This week we celebrate what is working well with and clarify our intentions for how we’d like things to be with an exercise called: Celebrate, Welcome, Intend. You can do the exercise as a written entry in a journal set aside for this purpose, or you can do this as a spoken exercise. This exercise involves... read more

Win a Mothering Sept-Oct Issue Audio Book!

Sept-Oct Mothering now an Audio Book! The Sept-Oct issue is now available as an Audio Book so you can listen to it anywhere, anytime hands-free!! Leave a comment below telling us why you would like a copy of the Mothering Sept-Oct Audio Book and you could win a copy to be downloaded tomorrow. Three lucky winners will be chosen tomorrow afternoon. If you need your Mothering fix today you can grab a copy of the audio book for just $2.99 to download immediately, and if you are chosen to win tomorrow we will give you your money back! Make... read more

Deaths Prompt CPSC, FDA to Warn Parents Against Using Infant Sleep Positioners

Oct 4, 2010 The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are warning consumers to stop using baby sleep positioners due to risk of suffocation. Suffocation can occur when a young infant rolls from their side or back into a dangerous position next to, or within, the sleep positioner.“The deaths and dangerous situations resulting from the use of infant sleep positioners are a serious concern to CPSC,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “We urge parents and caregivers to take our warning seriously and stop using these sleep... read more

Mattel Recalls Millions of Toys and Other Items

Oct 1, 2010Mattel's Fisher-Price announced the recall of over 11 million potentially dangerous toys and high chairs due to safety hazards. It's the biggest toy recall of the year, with 7 million trikes, nearly 3 million infant toys, 1 million high chairs, and over 100,000 toy cars and ramps. Reported injuries from the products include choking and cuts, some deep enough to require stitches.The recalled products have already been removed from store shelves but if you own any of items listed in the recall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada,... read more

Why Not Apply to Harvard? If You Don't Get Rejected Sometimes, Maybe it Means You Aren't Trying Hard Enough...

At a family dinner I sat across from my husband’s cousin. Everyone was in high spirits, eating enormous plates of pasta and retelling familiar yarns in loud voices with lots of backslapping and beer guzzling. But Cousin Stephanie looked thoughtful. She just started her junior year and was wondering about colleges. “So what are you thinking?” I ask. “Maybe dentistry,” she says. “Or international relations or psychology or business or journalism. Maybe journalism. I’m really not sure.” “Wow,” I say, impressed that she’s already looking ahead... read more

7 Reasons Why Kids Don't Need Toys

#1. It’s more fun to play with a box. #2. No parent ever stubbed her toe on her child’s imagination. #3. Running around outside is better exercise than playing with Lincoln Logs. #4. A lot of toys sold in America today are actually toxic, some popular toys are made with lead and others contain endocrine-disrupting materials like phthalates that are restricted in Europe. #5. They can scream as loud as they want in the back yard without giving anyone a headache. #6. Many stuffed animals are made with synthetic materials that off gas. All stuffed animals collect dust. And... read more

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