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Having a first child can be overwhelming – with the new bundle of joy comes the new lifestyle, new responsibilities, new sleep schedule, etc. 

An alarming amount of parents can get overwhelmed, particularly in the first few weeks of bringing the baby home.  This could be a lot less of a stressful experience knowing some tips from the experts beforehand.  

BornFree, the leading chemical and BPA-free baby product manufacturer has provided some tips below to guide first time parents in ensuring a more pleasant experience for mom, dad, and baby:
 
1. Get your home in order before the baby arrives: Clean, organize, and find a place to store all baby products, so they can be easily accessible.
 
2. Find the places that are open all night and who will deliver to your home – keep a running and accessible list of nearby pharmacies, grocery stores, etc. and have these numbers readily available. 
 
3. Keeping your baby safe is the most important. Products that are BPA and chemical free are essential. 
 
4. Try and lock down a sleep schedule ahead of time to adjust to both your needs and your baby needs. Taking turns between parents is a great way to ensure both parties are tending to the baby while taking care of their own health as well and getting as much rest as they possibly can.
 
5. Read up beforehand and don’t be afraid to ask your pediatrician questions before the baby even arrives in your home such as what to expect for feeding, sleeping and general care of your child.
 
About Born Free:  BornFree™ has developed a range of products baby bottles, cups and accessories that is totally free of the potentially dangerous chemicals Bisphenol-A (BPA), Phthalates and PVC.  According to researchers, BPA may cause developmental and neurological problems if it leaches from plastic.

heidi klum seal birth baby girl lou samuel

Supermodel Heidi Klum and singer Seal have welcomed a baby girl to their family.

According to reports, Klum gave birth to her fourth child, daughter Lou Samuel, early Friday morning.

Klum, who recently filed a petition to change her last name to her married name Samuel, has two sons, Henry, 3, and Johan, 2, with Seal.

She also has a daughter, Leni, with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore.

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simplicity bassinet recall infant deaths

Two more infants have died by entrapment in Simplicity bassinets, so the Consumer Product Safety Commission decided to re-announce its August 2008 recall of the child beds.

The recall was first announced last year after the death of two additional children,  totaling four deaths that have been reported to the commission involving Simplicity bassinets.

The recall includes more than 900,000 bassinets sold as far back as 2001 and as recently as last year.

The hazard found in the Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets is from the metal bars being spaced farther apart than federal standards allow, the commission said.

If the Velcro-attached fabric designed to cover the metal bars on the bassinet is attached improperly, a pocket can be created where children can become trapped, the commission added.  And children can become stuck between the bassinet’s bars even without the fabric attached.

Owners of the recalled bassinets can return the beds to the stores where they bought them, the safety commission said.

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Photo by memoossa

With 55.8 million kids enrolled in public and private schools this fall, retailers can anticipate their usual brief stint of shoppers. But given lackluster consumer spending and a 9.4 percent unemployment rate, it is no surprise analysts at industry research firm IBISWorld expect back-to-school spending to decline by 3.4 percent – from the $20.42 billion generated in 2008.

“Parents will inevitably put more thought and less dollars into their back-to-school shopping strategies,” said George Van Horn, senior analyst at IBISWorld. “In particular, dollar-variety stores can expect to see a greater wave of traffic since parents are doing everything they can to save an extra buck”.  In fact, IBISWorld approximates 21.3 percent of sales from the $47 billion discount-retailer industry to come from school and office supplies alone.

The fastest growing category, electronic school supplies, will see a slight decline of 1.8 percent, down to $5.12 billion. Parents on average will spend $91.69 per child on electronic equipment this year, a fairly significant leap from the $43.36 average observed in 2005. Items such as calculators and personal laptops are must-haves in today’s learning environment, and IBISWorld predicts that by 2016, this sector will become the number one back-to-school spending category – overtaking the core area of clothing, as the learning environment becomes more technologically focused.

The biggest decline this year comes from the clothes category, expected to plunge 5.4 percent. For each child enrolled in school this year, sporting the latest trends in clothes and accessories will cost parents $136.60 on average.

And for the 1.23 million kids that will be home-schooled this year, IBISWorld found that while parents may be saving on certain expenses like clothes and shoes, educating a child at home escalates costs in other areas. In particular, parents incur the hefty price of purchasing the latest teaching tools, textbooks, and learning equipment – typically covered by public and private schools.

“Back-to-school spending is a necessary and justifiable expenditure,’” said Van Horn. “Retailers have driven down overall prices in order to draw consumers, so price-conscious parents won’t need to significantly cutback because they will get a lot more for their dollar this year.”

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This year, 4.3 million babies will be born in the United States, representing a 0.4 percent decline from 2008.  While recessions typically lead to fewer birth rates, the latest research from Los Angeles-based IBISWorld shows that not only does parenting get pricier with time, but the impact of current economic conditions will further exacerbate the financial commitment.

“We can expect to see a surge in the boomerang generation [ages 18-24] returning home and continuing financial dependency on parents due to a scarce and competitive job market,” said Toon van Beeck, senior analyst at IBISWorld. “This phenomenon has become more apparent in recent years, with higher costs in tuition and rent making transitioning into adulthood increasingly difficult. Thanks to the recession, many parents will get prolonged time with their kids until the graduate’s debt is paid off or market conditions improve.”

From the moment of conception to age 18, the average cost of raising a child is about $227,862—which translates to an average cost of $12,658 a year.  A household yielding an annual income of less than $45,000 will spend roughly $156,469 on their child until they turn 18.  Incomes between $45,000 and $75,000 spend $214,829, while households earning $75,000 and above splurge over $312,286 by the time their teen graduate’s high school. Afterwards, parents can expect to shell out for college tuition, along with additional financial burdens induced by a stagnant economy.

kate gosselin spank leahOnce again, Kate Gosselin has found herself in the center of media attention; this time for spanking one of her eight children.

Apparently Gosselin grabbed daughter, Leah, by the arm and swaddled her rear end before walking away from the crying child.

According to In Touch magazine, Leah had been asked to stop blowing a whistle and was not listening.

“The girl was screaming and crying. Kate just pushed her away and walked off with her coffee,” a witness told the magazine. “Her older sisters were trying to make Leah feel better.”

In response to the recent controversy, Gosselin defended her actions by releasing this statement:

 “Whether the paparazzi are there or not, I am a mother first,” Gosselin told Life & Style Weekly. “I love my children and when they misbehave, I discipline them as I deem appropriate for the situation.”

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Photo by assiewin

You’ve taken steps towards Internet safety on your home computer, but do you know what websites your child is visiting on his/her cell phone?  Now that smart phones allow users access to the web, a new danger is available at the fingertips of your child. 

Luckily if your child has an iPhone or another Apple device a new application has been created that allows you to block inappropriate pages from their web surfing.  The application is called Safe Eyes Mobile and is available for $19.99 at www.safeeyes.com/iphone.  

Put your mind at ease and download the application. 


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