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Coping with Kids: Keep baby's skin moisturized in winter

| Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, 9:32 p.m.
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The TV show characterf “Peppa Pig” has a Peek ‘n Surprise Playhouse available. Child's Play Communications

Cold temperatures bring on dry skin, and babies may be susceptible to harm because their skin is so sensitive. The makers of Baby Magic, a line of moisturizing products for infants, offer the following tips for keeping baby's skin soft during the winter.

• Minimize bath time, by shorter or less-frequent baths, which can remove natural oils from the skin.

• Moisturize. Suggested products include Baby Magic's Dry Skin Therapy Moisturizing Cream and Baby Magic's Healing Balm for eczema-prone or extra-dry and itchy skin.

• Treat diaper rashes immediately.

• Bundle up with warm clothes, gloves and hats when you take the baby outside. Baby Magic's Soothing Jelly can help if your baby's cheeks or other areas are chapped.

• Hydrate by moisturizing right after a bath, and using a humidifier in the house.

‘Peppa Pig' shows up in toys, DVDs, books

Preschool fans of the animated television show “Peppa Pig” can get theme toys, DVDs and books under the Christmas tree. The Fisher Price Peek 'n Surprise Playhouse ($34.99) has four rooms and furniture. The book “Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List” ($12.99) from Candlewick Press could be a good bedtime story. Hug 'n Oink Peppa ($21.99) from Fisher Price is a plush toy that giggles, talks and snorts when you squeeze it. Entertainment One Family's “Muddy Puddles and Other Stories” ($14.98) features 10 episodes of the Nick Jr. series.

Autistic kids need peer-group play

Participating in a peer play group is important for children with autism, say three professors from San Francisco State University's Autism Spectrum Program.

The scholars — Pamela Wolfberg, Mila N. Kornhaber Dewitt and Kristen Bottema-Beutel — wrote an article about the topic in the American Journal of Play. The article, “Including Children with Autism in Social and Imaginary Play with Typical Peers,” talks about how the communication skills in children with autism tends to isolate them from peer relationships that are important for development. The article is available free online at www.journalofplay.org

Wristbands bring lost kids back to parents

Arden Fair mall in Sacramento, Calif., has a new tool this holiday season for reuniting parents with lost children: wristbands for the kids that have their folks' cellphone numbers written on them.

The new program addresses a problem that surfaces regularly during crowded shopping days, said Steve Reed, the mall's security chief.

“Parents just turn their heads for a minute, and (the kids) are gone,” Reed said.

Carried away

When errands or activities beckon, and parents need their hands, a great carrier is the answer. The beloved BabyBjorn has been a go-to for years, thanks to its comfortable design and adjustability. Choose from the original design, the “active” carrier, the “miracle” (which touts ergonomic styling) or the sturdy “comfort” variety.

Details: $79.99-$184.95 retail (deals commonly found online); www.babybjorn.com , www.amazon.com

When traveling, mix formula, water when needed

You no longer have to travel with a tub of formula, bottles and the constant search for filtered water. Mixie's design lets you fill bottles with exact amounts of formula and water — in separate compartments — and release the formula into the water with a push of a button at feeding time.

Details: $18.95 for a 4-ounce bottle, $21.95 for an 8-ounce bottle; www.galtbaby.com

Send parenting news to Coping With Kids in care of Rebecca Killian, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, D.L. Clark Building, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or e-mail rkillian@tribweb.com.

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