Monthly Archives: December 2010
Everyone knows the holidays are hectic, but for a parent every day can be hectic! One easy way to keep up on all that’s going on during your pregnancy, child’s development and more is to download the free parenting app by Parenting magazine.
The app has articles, tips, age-by-age development guides and more. We love it to have parenting info on the go!
You can download your free iphone/ipod touch app at parenting.com/app.
You may have made your list and checked it twice and found out you still have last minute gifts to get for the holidays. Instead of heading out to the insanity of the mall, did you know you could lots of prizes from baby products to toddler toys to mommy pampering products and more on mom blogs?
We wanted to highlight a few of the holiday giveaways where you are sure to win great prizes.
Crazy Coupon Mommy is giving us a lot to celebrate during this Holiday Season!
Double Duty Mommy is ringing in the holidays throughout December!
Minnesota Mamas Must Haves is celebrating the holidays throughout December!
My Chicago Mommy is teaching you how to survive the holidays by winning great prizes in December.
Shop with Me Mama is giving you great savings throughout December so your shopping can be stress free.
Enjoy winning prizes on these mom blogs but most of all meeting amazing moms who will inspire you, give good advice and make you laugh!
In some places around the world, the winter wonderland landscapes have begun to be formed! No matter if you live in cold or warm weather, this winter children’s craft will be sure to make your children smile!
What you’ll need:
- 1 sheet blue construction paper (or if your child wants to use a different color, we say “Why not?” Let him express his creativity!)
- Construction paper: black, white, orange, and red/pink
- Non- Toxic glue stick
- Black marker
How to make it:
- Trace outline of penguin on piece of paper. If you think your child can do it, let her do it. Just draw a tall hump with a half circle on the bottom for the feet.
- Add a simple line behind the penguin’s body, just a few inches above the penguin’s foot to make it look like the penguin is standing on the ground.
- Tear white and black construction paper into strips, and then into squares.
- Apply glue with glue stick to small areas of the blue paper, using your tracing as a guide. Start building the “ground” first, pressing white paper scraps in place.
- Work in small areas so glue doesn’t dry before you get to it & press on all the black paper areas. Finish with the white area in the center of the penguin.
- Tear or cut out a triangle beak from the orange paper and glue on to the face. Use black marker to add eyes. Tear or cut out a bow from pink paper and glue it on top of penguins head (for a boy place it under the neck like a tie).
What winter crafts do you like to do with your child?
Moms deserve peaceful sleep this holiday season. Seem impossible? Not with our new Sealy Sweet Pea® 2in1 Maternity and Nursing Pillow! Our Sealy Sweet Pea® 2 in 1 Maternity & Nursing Pillow was designed to create comfortable sleeping and nursing positions that moms can use for years!
Some features we love:
- A 2-tiered peapod design contours to a pregnant woman’s body offering supportive sleep positions
- Fuller end helps align the tummy, hips, knees and lower back to alleviate discomfort and pain during sleep in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters
- Tapered end gives the perfect nursing or bottle feeding positions to keep newborns close and comfy
- Both the pillow and removable cover are machine washable
- Pillow is filled with 100% hypoallergenic polyester for resiliency & encased in a 230 thread count 100% cotton casing for durability
You can win a Sealy Sweet Pea® 2 in 1 Maternity & Nursing Pillow!
Just tell us in 50 words or less how Sealy will help your family get better sleep this holiday season and you can win the new Sealy Sweet Pea® pillow!
Twelve winners will be chosen! Comments should be left in the Baby Matters blog comment section. Contest ends December 13th at midnight CST. Winners will be announced December 15th.
Mom started reading to us when we were still in her womb. She was determined that we would love books because she knew they would open new worlds for us. Mom made reading fun. She would snuggle with us in bed as she read our favorite bedtime stories. When we got a little older, she would read a chapter a night of a bigger book like The Secret Garden or Mandy.
Those special bedtime reading rituals are cherished memories I still have today, but they are more than memories. I continue to love reading and I’m so grateful that the good reading habits I had as a child, helped me throughout school and even now in my current career.
The holidays are a great time to start some reading traditions. A few simple tips to get your little one hooked on books!
Children under a year
- Snuggle with your child as you read to equate good feelings with reading.
- Look for age appropriate books with bright simple, pictures with few words.
- Use rhythm when you read. Clap to promote baby’s natural sense of rhythm. Brown Bear is a perfect book for this.
Children 1-2 years old
- Let your child turn the pages of the book as you read so he feels part of the reading experience.
- Use silly voices, make animals noises and add drama. It will get your child extra excited about the story.
- Make your own book with your child’s baby photos. We love Shutterfly’s albums where you can add text and pictures. Your child will love reading the story of her own life.
What reading tips do you have for your little one?