Coping with Kids: Blooming Bath, 'Doodle our Day'
Baby bath looks like a flower
MyRegistry.com predicts that the Blooming Bath baby bath will be among the trendiest baby-registry items in 2013. The flower-like item with petals fits under a faucet and cradles the baby for bathtime. Blooming Bath costs $39.99 and comes in turquoise, canary yellow, hot pink and ivory.
Making sense of your baby's size
Is my baby gaining enough weight? It's a common concern for new parents and not necessarily an unfounded one. Low weight among newborns has been linked to compromised immune systems, making babies susceptible to illness, and could signal anything from a food allergy to a developmental issue. Scary as it sounds, though, low weight doesn't always signal a problem.
“Small babies can be as healthy as big babies,” according to an article in the February issue of American Baby magazine. “The key is steady growth.”
The magazine's latest issue breaks down what moms and dads can expect. In the first few days after birth, it is normal for a baby to lose a few ounces — water weight, according to experts. Around the two- to five-day mark, the baby will start to regain about a half-ounce per day and should be back at birth weight between days 10 and 14.
What are some red flags? If a newborn's weight dips by more than 7 percent, if she takes longer than two weeks to return to her birth weight or if there is a significant drop in trajectory on the growth chart — for example, from the 60th percentile to the 10th — then it's best to consult a pediatrician.
‘Doodle Your Day' encourages journaling
Author Anita Wood, known as the Doodle Queen, is putting out a new book, “Doodle Your Day,” in March. The activity book offers doodling and journaling prompts for kids to use every day of the year, so that they will have an illustrated keepsake at the end of the year. The book ($16.00, Gibbs Smith) includes 300 color illustrations.
Safety pledge: Never illegally pass stopped school bus
The Traffic Safety Coalition, a national nonprofit, has released a video called “All It Takes Is One” that stresses the importance of obeying a school bus stop sign. Some 16 million traffic violations involving a school bus stop sign happen nationwide every year, and a child can be injured or killed, according to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services.
The coalition is circulating a safety pledge never to illegally pass stopped school buses. To view the new video, visit www.trafficsafetycoalition.com
Dr. Viola Valletta, owner of Brain Balance Achievement Centers in East Liberty, will be hosting educational events next week. The center works with children ages 4 to 17 who have learning and behavioral problems like ADD/ADHD, Asperger's, and other conditions. On March 5, you can meet the Brain Balance staff at 1 p.m. The center will host an open house and book signing by Dr. Robert Melillo, neurobehavioral expert, 2:30 to 5:30. p.m. Melillo will give a parent lecture 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater in Oakland. Details: www.brainbalancecenters.com
— Staff and wire reports
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