Coping with Kids: Nursing pillow with privacy cover

| Monday, May 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Nursing pillow has built-in privacy cover

San Diego Bebe was inspired by a young mother that Sandy Clark witnessed unsuccessfully breastfeeding her baby under a blanket at a San Diego beach. As the mother struggled to keep the blanket across her shoulder while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed to design a product that would help resolve the struggle for privacy while nursing.

San Diego Bebe has a built-in privacy cover, which provides discretion while nursing. The cover's lightweight mesh provides continuous airflow, and a comfort bolster wraps around the outside of the pillow for added security. It has an angled top surface, securing strap and detachable back pillow.

The nursing pillows are available in a twin version, as well. The covered pillow sells for $59.99 and comes in different colors and patterns. It is available at

Use Painter's Tape to create crafts projects

If your kids want to give you something handmade and from the heart for Mother's Day, check out Scotch-Blue Painter's Tape, which you can use for craft projects. Kids can use the tape to create many things, such as decorating a wooden tray to bring mom breakfast in bed. Another idea is to repurpose a dark-wood cabinet door to create a chalkboard. Use the tape, some spray paint and a few small embellishments. For more ideas, visit

Retreat planned for youth, teens with disabilities

To celebrate Mother's Day weekend, the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania is hosting its annual Youth/Teen Retreat for young people with disabilities May 10 through 12 at the Family Resource Center, 1100 Freeport Road, Mars. The two-night retreat starts at 7 p.m. May 10 and ends at about 11:30 a.m. May 12, after a Mother's Day brunch at which parents can attend. Carol Lynn Vicini, a storyteller and author, will read aloud from her book “Adventures of Steel Dog” at 11 a.m. May 11, and will bring matching animals. The retreat cost is $150. Details: 724-934-9600 or

Change reduces aid for juice for kids

A change to a U.S. program that provides food and medical visits to many infants, children and pregnant women will reduce the amount of juice overall, according to a new study reported by Reuters. Researchers examined the impact of an October 2009 change in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children — known as WIC, which cut the monthly allowance of 100 percent juice by more than half.

Information available for moms through text4baby

In honor of Mother's Day and National Women's Health Week, text4baby and mom ambassadors are highlighting the free service to help moms get information that leads to better health.

If you're pregnant or have a baby younger than 1, text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 to receive free text messages about health and safety from text4baby. You'll receive three personalized text messages each week throughout pregnancy and up until baby's first birthday. Information includes labor signs and symptoms, prenatal care, urgent alerts, developmental milestones, immunizations, nutrition, birth defects prevention, safe sleep and safety.

Text4baby just launched Team Text4baby, a new campaign to empower text4baby moms to help other moms make healthy choices during pregnancy and baby's first year. To join Team Text4baby, visit or text4baby's Facebook page.

Schoolbased programs help kids avoid cigarettes

Reuters Health reports that certain school-based programs that aim to keep kids from smoking cigarettes seem to work, according to a fresh look at past research. After examining more than 100 “gold standard” studies, researchers found that school-based programs that teach children life skills and self-esteem were linked to a significant reduction in the number who started using tobacco down the road.

— Staff and wire reports

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