Monthly Archives: April 2011
Firm and supportive sleep for your baby is what Sealy® crib mattresses are all about and this is your chance to win one of our Sealy crib mattresses!
We want to hear from you about your baby’s peaceful sleep on a Sealy and you can win a Sealy® Signature Soybean Foam-Core Crib & Toddler Bed Mattress or a Sealy® Baby Ultra Rest® crib mattress - your choice!
It’s easy to enter!
Just leave a comment on how Sealy will support your baby and you will be automatically entered to win! Contest ends June 1st at midnight CST.
SIDS is the number one cause of death in infants between one month and one year of age. This is a terrible tragedy and one that little by little research is shedding more light upon, but more funding is needed to bring SIDS’ numbers down. Check out Spring for SIDS and how you can help.
Ways to Lower Risk of SIDS:
- Always put your baby on her back to sleep.
- Give baby his own safe sleeping space.
- Put baby to sleep on a firm crib mattress.
- Keep baby’s sleeping space free of pillows, blankets and toys.
- Do not use crib bumpers.
- Keep the air in baby’s room fresh by using a fan.
- Do not allow smoking around your baby. Even smokey clothes can impact your baby.
- Limit baby’s exposure to infection. Feel free to ask people to wash their hands before holding your baby.
The recent storms in the South have destroyed our customer service phone lines. We are working hard to get the phones up & running, but we ask for your patience as we do this.
Email is still working so you can email any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to have the phone lines up soon so we can give you the quality customer service you have come to expect from Kolcraft.
Thank you for your patience.
The world is abuzz about the Royal Wedding, but Kate and William are not the only ones who receive royal treatment. Kolcraft, the #1 crib mattress manufacturer, gives your baby and toddler the royal treatment every night so your child can sleep like royalty!
We love our Pediatric Enchanted Princess Crib Mattress at Walmart. For only $36.00 your princess will have a peaceful night’s sleep on a mattress that gives:
- 80 heavy-gauge steel coils for firm support
- Firm non-allergenic sleeping surface
- Durable Perma-Dri cover wipes clean
- Colorful “Enchanted Pink Princess” pattern
- Waterproof lock-stitched binding helps prevent mold, mildew, and odor
- Airflow pocket helps keep the Kolcraft Enchanted Princess crib mattress fresh without the use of small metal vents
- 7-year warranty on workmanship and materials
- Kolcraft 800 pediatric and toddler mattress fits all U.S. standard-sized crib and toddler frames
- This Kolcraft Enchanted Princess mattress meets or exceeds all flammability and lead testing and does not contain toxic fire retardants
A real jewel in your crown is when your child sleeps through the night. Our Sealy® Baby Posturpedic Crown Jewel Firm Luxury Crib Toddler Bed Mattress can help your little prince sleep peacefully. We love the following features:
- Exclusive POSTURETECH® coil system offers 220 POSTURETECH® coils for long-lasting support
- Everedge® Pylons at each corner of the mattress create ultimate corner support
- STAPH-GARD® reinforced cover effectively inhibits bacterial growth and provides an anti-static surface
- All-around heavy gauge steel border rods maximize side, corner and edge firmness
- Steel bars distribute baby’s weight evenly over the entire surface of the mattress
- Two non-allergenic layers insulate the mattress for lasting durability
- Third non-allergenic layer provides additional support
- Fourth non-allergenic layer offers a plush, gentle sleeping surface for your baby
- STAPH-GARD® woven jacquard fabric covers offers liquid, stain and allergen resistance
- Fabric cover feels soft, no plastic waterproof coating is used!
- Mattress also fits toddler bed frames
- Lifetime warranty on workmanship and materials
- Entire mattress is phthalate and flammability compliant and does not contain toxic fire retardants
- Have a royal tea party. Make scones, tea (we suggest tea for children) and put on special hats that you have made. You can explain to your child who the Royal Family is and other fun facts about Britain.
Will you be celebrating the Royal Wedding with your children?
Have you checked out the latest boxes of Cheerios®? They have a very special surprise in them – a children’s book! Cheerios and Simon & Schuster have partnered to encourage parents and kids to read together. Since 2002, Cheerios has giveaway away over 50 million books on package and donated more than $3.5 million to a non-profit that provides children from low income families the opportunity to own their first books. It’s a wonderful program and we applaud both Cheerios and Simon & Schuster for this great program.
We were lucky enough to catch up with Laurie Isop, author of How Do You Hug a Porcupine? and winner of the 2009 Spoonfuls of Stories Contest. Laurie is a very down-to-earth mom with an imagination that brings children and adults to wonderful worlds of possibility. We know you will enjoy her as much as we did!
Laurie, did you ever imagine you would be a published author?
I was always hopeful I would be and when you have hope it’s an inspiring thing to have! When my boys were little I made stories with clip art on the computer and used their names in the story. It was a fun project and gave them a positive connection to reading. As for me, it made me “feel” published. After that I started writing more seriously.
What inspired you to enter Spoonfuls of Stories contest by Cheerios?
My sister told me about the contest so I entered. I learned a lot along the way. I still remember the day I received the call that I won the contest. I was STUNNED. It was a miserable afternoon and when I picked up the phone, I heard a lovely voice. At first I thought it was a solicitor and almost didn’t answer the phone! When she told me that I won, I was so excited and emotional. First thing I did was call my mom to tell her the good news.
Where did you get the idea for your book?
It was a process really. My family was sitting around the dinner table talking about people who are difficult to warm up to. You know, the kind who are cold and “prickly”. I realized there was something here that could be a story concept. Kids love animals and are receptive to learning from animals so an animal would be part of the story. My family brainstormed – there are fun animals, cute animals and animals that might not be so easy to love. (Editor’s note – we love that a book for children was the result of a family, meal discussion.)
What do you hope parents and children will get form reading your story?
I hope they see the basic message of being persistent and that things that are difficult can be done. You just have to keep your options open because there is always a way!
Writing children’s books is in many ways more difficult than writing a novel. What made you want to write this genre?
Children’s books have their own sets of challenges, but I like that challenge. It’s a challenge to get it done, but when you met that challenge there is a sense of completion. I actually had my mailman, UPS man and the kids read the various stages of How Do You Hug A Porcupine? When the book was finally published my family thought it was so wonderful. It was like seeing a baby for the first time. I examined it like I was looking at a newborn. It was real and surreal at the same time. We toasted our new arrival and drank plenty of wine to celebrate!
Why is reading to children so important?
It’s all about connection. Reading to a child, sitting close to him, drawing her into the story and escaping from the digital world all brings a positive impact on your relationship with your child and teaches them to love to read. Each child will love a different sort of story. You have to just see what type of story they connect with and follow that lead.
Will there be more books?
YES! Stay tuned.
Laurie at a glance
Describe your ultimate day – Oh it’s a luxury to even think about it! I would sleep in and have breakfast with my husband. It would be 70º and sunny, chores would be done so I wouldn’t feel the pressure of completing them! I would do some yoga then head to the water and the islands nearby. Oh – I’d also go to the spa and then have about 2 free hours to write.
What is always in your fridge? Leftovers!
What is your favorite mom phrase? HA! “I’m on my way home, please make sure you pick up…”
If someone was going to write a book about your life, what would the title be? The One Woman Band
WIN A Copy of How Do You Hug A Porcupine?
Laurie is giving away an autographed copy of How Do You Hug A Porcupine? It’s easy to enter!
Mandatory Entry - like Laurie Austin-Isop on Facebook and leave a comment on our blog that you did so
Extra Entry - Check out Laurie’s website and let us know one interesting thing that you learned about her as an author.
You can never have too many copies of this adorable book. Run out to your grocery store and pick up a box of nutritious Cheerios. Enjoy reading the story and having a healthy breakfast!
Do you feel like your child grows out of his clothes before you can even get the tags off? While we love to see our children grow at a healthy rate, it can be difficult on our budgets because baby and kids’ clothes are not cheap.
That is why we love the site ThredUp – a site for moms and dads like you to swap children’s clothing & toys online.
It’s easy to use:
- Pick a great box full of clothes for your child – just $5 plus shipping
- Post a box of gently-worn clothes your child no longer wears
- When another member picks your box of clothes, send it free of charge. ThredUp provides boxes, postage & even schedules the pick up!
What tips do you have for saving on children’s clothes?
Did you ever read something so funny that you laughed until you cried? That was all of us here at Kolcraft when we starting reading Baby Rabies blog. We completely fell in love with Jill’s honesty, sense of humor and insight. She tells the “real” story behind childbirth and parenting in a way that nobody else can. We had to have our Kolcraft fans meet her and are THRILLED to have you meet Jill – the mom behind Baby Rabies.
We LOVE your blog. You are so honest & funny. How is it that you can find so much humor in everything from birth pains to baby poop to your post-pregnancy body? Did we say we LOVE your blog? I love that you love it! It’s always nice to find others who relate. That’s the main reason I blog! You know, I have to find humor in all this stuff. If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry… and I have an ugly cry. I just try to always look at life in a way that makes me smile.
How would you say motherhood has changed for you, now that you have two children? My day to day is all about balance now. It’s about weighing the needs of one child against another. I used to never let my first-born cry if I could help it. I ran to him every time he whined. Now? If my infant daughter is crying in her crib while I’m trying to get my son to the potty before he pees on the kitchen floor, well, she’s just going to have to cry. I do my best to give equal love and attention to the one who needs it most at the time, but that’s not always obvious, and that’s hard for me.
What is your favorite part of being of mom? Love. It’s always the love…the love, the smiles, the laughs, all the trite things that every mother will tell you. It’s all that.
What has been your greatest challenge as a mom? Not being so hard on myself. As a business professional, and before that as a student, I demanded a lot of myself, and I excelled at it. I was an honor’s student, I was great at what I did in the work place. I didn’t fail often, and when I did, I could fix it. As a mother, there’s no way to be perfect. There are many days I don’t excel at this job, a few that I fail. It’s hard to let myself off the hook for that, to learn from it and grow and move on.
If you could give ‘expert advice” on one aspect of parenting to new parents, what would it be? Coming from a woman who produces children who grow like my boobs produce Miracle Grow, I say don’t waste too much money on tiny clothes! They grow out of them sooooo fast, and honestly, there are so few opportunities to dress a baby up in anything more than a comfortable sleeper or onesie those first few months. Save your cash and spend it on yourself! Get a baby sitter for a night or buy some great 4th trimester transitional clothes. Consignment sales and stores are your friend.
Where do you see yourself in 25 years? A happy empty nester, finally living in that downtown, super chic condo with our fancy, expensive furniture that we never had while having kids in the house. We travel. A lot. We have a dog. We visit our children frequently, and then we return to the quiet of our little space and raise our glasses every night to the beautiful life we made for ourselves.
Now for a quick glance into Jill’s life.
What is one thing always in your fridge? That sour cream that expired last year that my husband and I are silently arguing over who’s going to finally throw it out. Spoiler alert- it won’t be me. That and cheese. We are a cheese loving family… that hardly ever goes bad.
What is your one guilty pleasure? Just one? Goodness I have so many. Lately it’s wine and episodes of The Real Housewives of The OC, laptop up, tweeting snarky commentary.
If a genie could give you one wish but it couldn’t be immortality or 2 more wishes, what would your wish be? Health? Can it be health for my whole family? We can be broke, living in a van down by the river as long as we’re healthy. My husband and I strive to be examples of healthy living for our children. A healthy, happy family is my dream come true.
If you had a free day to yourself, how would you spend it? I would spend it dressed up, probably with heels on and impractical jewelry, carrying a purse instead of a diaper bag. I would meet up with some of my besties at a vineyard and drink some wine in the shade of a big tree in the Hill Country of Texas. I’d like to say we wouldn’t talk about our children or our husbands, but I know better than that.
If someone were going to write a book on your life, what would they title it? The Girl Who Knew Just Enough To Have It All
Happy Earth Day!
To celebrate Earth Day we have some easy kid-friendly crafts and activities!
- Recycled Milk Jug Flower – Teach your child to love nature through recycling and caring for her own plant with this fun craft.
- Magazine Holder – Why buy a plastic organizer when you can make a recycled magazine holder and have fun with your child while doing it!?
- Earth Day Activities - From planting a tree, to cleaning up your neighborhood or planning a picnic, get outdoors and have some Earth Day fun!
What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?
Did you know that on our Wally Wonderbug site you can enter your child’s Cute As A Bug photo & win prizes? Wally just picked two winners who get the Cute As A Bug Award and a Wonderbug Baby Activity Center. We had to share them with you!
Enter a photo of your Cute As A Bug child & be entered to win great prizes every month!
Kermit the Frog sang “It’s Not Easy Being Green”, but there are so many ways each of us can make our lives more green. This week, The Today Show featured a CA family who has created a zero waste home. We were so impressed by this family and how they were actually able to create a zero waste home quite seamlessly.
Some things we love about this family:
- Refuse, Reduce, Reuse is their mantra.
- They have reduced expenses up to 25%!
- They are leaving a legacy not only for their children, but for all future generations.
- They are very practical and have a tip section showing how all of us can work towards zero waste homes.
This family is far from deprived. They are living a very healthy, happy, fulfilling life. They have inspired us to take steps toward working to create our own zero waste homes.
What do you think? Could you live in a zero waste home?