Aug
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Baby’s School Year

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The start of the school year is always bitter-sweet for parents. For the stay-at-home parent, it means a break from the kids and a chance to spend some quality time with the youngest—maybe even catch a bit of alone time. For the working parent, it means a break from the expense of child care, nannies and the ever-nagging feeling that you shouldn’t be working.

But it also means the beginning of the school-year rush. Days and evenings that were spent taking walks, visiting parks and cooking out are now filled with after-school activities, PTA meetings and, of course, getting the kids to school on time.

But don’t let this transition overshadow the needs of the youngest member of your family.

As the family’s lifestyle means more time on the football field and less time in the nursery, it may be tempting to fudge on some well-known safety rules. Suddenly, baby finds herself spending hours in her car seat or sleeping in a make-shift crib. She may be placed in a stroller that doesn’t meet her needs or fastened too loosely in a car seat. While these examples run the gamut of ‘seemingly harmless’ to ‘outright dangerous’, the informed parent knows that they’re equally important in their own way.

And that is why it’s vital to remember the ‘why’ behind such travel and sleep taboos.

For proper sleeping tips, we found this great article. And, for a break-down of car seat terminology and regulations, check out this car seat safety guide from the AAP.

When times get crazy, it always takes a bit to adjust. But, keeping baby’s needs in mind will ensure a healthy and happy youngest family member.

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Aug
24
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A Healthy Lifestyle = A Healthy Family

Regardless of the state of the country’s health care system, obesity has proven to be a major health problem in the American family, and children are no exception.

Such a health concern has surfaced criticisms on everything from video games to school lunches to the Internet to fast food. But ultimately, each family must make lifestyle decisions toward health and wellness—and it starts with mom and dad.Si_1_300px

Modeling an active and energetic lifestyle can do wonders for teaching children how to stay healthy. One simple way to ensure that you stay active is to make sure you have the right gear. A jogging stroller does wonders for a daily workout, while a travel-friendly stroller ensures that nothing will prevent you from reaching your daily destinations.

We especially recommend the Si for any such out-and-about activity, and, while we could list out all of the why’s, we figured it’d be best to let some of our reviewers do the talking. There are some great reviews about the Si, and many touch on its ability to keep you going.

Go ahead and check them out—they’re unbiased, up front, and may provide just the information you need:

-        Mudpies and Mary Janes

-        Stroller Queen

And, for a video review, take a look at BabyGizmo.com.

Have all the reviews sparked some questions? Ask away! Comments and emails are welcome.

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Aug
17
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Planning For Baby: Choosing Your Caregiver

An important step in the pregnancy process is choosing your primary caregiver. Though midwives and doulas are growing in popularity, the majority of moms primarily rely on their OB. Regardless of who you choose, your caregiver should be someone you can trust.

To get the process started, look for referrals from friends and family, your state or county medical board, patient service departments in nearby hospitals or other practices, and even websites like The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Once you’ve compiled a list of possible caregivers, narrow your choices by thinking about what you need in a caregiver. Don’t lower your standards or settle for less than the best. Really dig deep to discover someone who possesses everything you’re looking for.

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Aug
13
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Story: William’s Tricked Out Polaris Ranger RZR

Though we tend to focus on baby products here at Ciao, mondo!, Peg Perego also has a playful side—manufacturing ride-on toys.

We loved the video William from NY, sent us of his son’s modified Peg Perego Polaris Ranger RZR. While we’re not sure how many hours he put into supping the Ranger up, the end result is totally worth it! Sit back and enjoy:

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Aug
10
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Pliko P3 FAQs

1) What accessories are available for the P3? A travel bag, rain cover, mosquito netting, bumper bar, child tray and adult cup holder (included with stroller). Accessories may be purchased from a local in-store retailer, authorized online retailer, or by contacting Customer Service.

2) How does the rear footboard work? The rear footboard is built on to the stroller, so no need to waste time attaching it. Simply raise the stroller seat’s backrest to allow room for your older child. Then, have your child ‘hop on’, using the handlebars for support.

Note – We’ve found a few great tips from moms who love the footboard feature:

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Aug
3
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Story: Marina and Graysen

Marina, 40, of New Jersey sent us this photo of her 8 month-old daughter, Graysen Sky, sleeping in her Prima Pappa!

Graysen Sky in her Prima Pappa Diner.

Graysen Sky in her Prima Pappa Diner.

About the photo, Marina said, “It clearly speaks volumes for the comfort of the Prima Pappa highchair . . . and my cooking!”

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