Coping with Kids: Tray lets toddlers eat at family table

| Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 9:35 p.m.

Table tray lets toddler eat without highchair

The new Tidy Table Tray Flexi-Diner lets toddlers eat at the family table without a highchair, and is designed to help with the transition from a highchair to a booster seat.

The design helps keep tables, floors and clothes clean, says the inventor, “mompreneur” Megan Streit-Wilson. It has interactive features that will teach the tot where to put plates, bowls, sippy cups, spoons and forks. A spill catch lip molds to the toddler's body and catches spills that fall between the child and the table. Cost is $39.99.


Treehouse products contain no plastic

Two sisters — Lori Kay Schoeneman and Tara Schoeneman-Brown, each of whom is a mother — have created the eco-friendly Once Upon a TreeHouse line, with numerous dollhouses, dolls, pets, clothing and accessories. No plastic parts are used in the toys; they are made only of wood, cotton fabrics and natural wool.

For every doll purchased, the Schoeneman sisters donate a soft baby doll to a needy girl. The Once Upon a TreeHouse website offers interactive ideas for grandparents, parents and children who play with and use the products.


Foam earmuffs attract celebrities' kids

Some celebrities' babies may have started a fashion trend with Baby Banz earmuffs, which have been spotted on babies including rapper JayZ's Blue Ivy Carter.

The earmuffs are made out of foam that gently rest on the baby's ears without pinching, the manufacturer says. The earmuffs have a leather-covered headband and come in shades including pink and blue. The cost is $30.


Kids can stay at Science Center for Parents' Night Out

Parents can have a date night while the kids are entertained at the Carnegie Science Center on Saturday and Dec. 10, when the North Side center hosts Parents' Night Out. Parents can register their kids ages 6 to 12 in advance for an evening that includes pizza, an Omnimax movie, a science workshop and time to explore the center. Parents will get a $15 coupon for free slot play at the Rivers Casino. Drop-off time for the event, which costs $40 per child, is 5 p.m., and pickup time is 10 p.m.; or 11 p.m., for $10 extra.

Details: 412-237-1637 or

Make an appointment for free cut for child

JCPenney is offering free kids' haircuts every Sunday at all jcp salons. Call or stop by a jcp salon to book an appointment. A list of locations is available at

Fathers influence teen sexual behavior

Fathers' attitudes toward teen sex and the emotional closeness of their relationship with their teens have a sizable influence on their teens' sexual behavior, separate from the influence of moms, a new review of studies suggests.

The review showed that dads' attitudes toward teen sexual behavior were linked to the age at which teens first had sex. Teens whose dads approved of adolescent sexual activity tended to start having sex earlier than teens whose dads did not approve, according to studies in the review.

In addition, teens who were close to their fathers tended to start having sex later, the studies showed.

The findings “suggest that fathers may distinctly influence the sexual behavior of their adolescent children,” said study researcher Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, a professor of social work at New York University. “Fathers may parent in ways that differ from mothers, and, therefore, represent an additional opportunity to support adolescent health and well-being,” he said.

— Staff and wire reports

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